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- June 15, 2017

Jon Ossoff's Ridiculous Attempt To Bolster His National Security Credentials Falls Flat


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Ossoff's national security positions and credentials have been deeply criticized, which has forced him to release multiple ads defending himself and led him to revamp his campaign national security rhetoric on his website.
  • In an effort to bolster his lacking national security credentials, Jon Ossoff ludicrously claimed he took on ISIS on the "front lines" by hiring a film crew that worked in the Middle East.
  • A U.S. Army veteran who fought the Islamic State said for Ossoff to claim he sent a team to the front lines against ISIS when really he just hired a film crew is "disgraceful."
  • Ossoff supports the Iran nuclear deal, which has released billions of dollars to Iran to fund terrorist groups.
  • Ossoff's national security experience, which only entails a couple months with a security clearance, informs these profound positions.

OSSOFF HAS BEEN "PUT ON HIS HEELS" OVER NATIONAL SECURITY AND HAS BEEN FORCED TO DEFEND HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN

Ossoff Has Released Multiple Ads Defending His National Security Credentials And Has Beefed Up His Rhetoric On His Website

Ossoff Has Been "Put On His Heels" Over His National Security Bona Fides. " Democrat Jon Ossoff's latest television ad has all the hallmarks of a politician put on his heels by his opponents' attacks on his national security bona fides."(Eric Bradner, "Ossoff Put On Heels Over National Security As Georgia Election Approaches," CNN , 6/13/17)

  • Ossoff Was Forced To Create "A Beefed-Up National Security Section On His Campaign Website." "He goes on to denounce ISIS as 'evil,' declare that 'we have to stop them' and direct viewers to a beefed-up national security section on his campaign website. The website now features six sections -- covering military funding, intelligence sharing, battling ISIS, fighting radicalization online and more -- that weren't there a month ago." (Eric Bradner, "Ossoff Put On Heels Over National Security As Georgia Election Approaches," CNN , 6/13/17)
  • Ossoff Has Now Released Three Separate Ads Defending Himself On National Security. "'I want to see ISIS destroyed,' he says in his new 30-second spot. 'As an investigative filmmaker I helped expose atrocities committed by ISIS against women and girls. They are evil, and we have to stop them. That's why I'll work to make sure our military and intelligence community have every tool they need to fight terrorism, and you can read the details on my website.' Two other ads also feature Ossoff directly rebutting the national security-focused attacks." (Eric Bradner, "Ossoff Put On Heels Over National Security As Georgia Election Approaches," CNN , 6/13/17)

WHILE USING HIS MOVIE BUSINESS TO CLAIM HE TOOK ON ISIS, OSSOFF'S COMPANY MADE FILMS FOR A COMPANY THE HAS CONNECTIONS TO THE TERRORIST GROUP

In A "Disgraceful" Move, Ossoff Called The Production Of One Of His Movies "The Front Lines Against ISIS"

Ossoff Ran An Ad Claiming That He "Sent A Team To The Front Line Against ISIS." "Another, which went on air May 27, per a media buying source, features Ossoff responding to 'negative ads (that) say I'm soft on terrorism.' 'I sent a team to the front line against ISIS to expose their atrocities against women and girls. As a national security aid I worked with our military to strengthen our national defense. And I earned top secret clearance based on need to know,' he said, adding that 'I love this country, and for them to say otherwise is disgraceful.'" (Eric Bradner, "Ossoff Put On Heels Over National Security As Georgia Election Approaches," CNN , 6/13/17)

Another Ad Further Explains He Was Just A Filmmaker When He Dealt With ISIS. "His [Ossoff] response has been in a series of direct-to-camera ads. 'I want to see ISIS destroyed,' he says in his new 30-second spot. 'As an investigative filmmaker I helped expose atrocities committed by ISIS against women and girls. They are evil, and we have to stop them.'" (Eric Bradner, "Ossoff Put On Heels Over National Security As Georgia Election Approaches," CNN , 6/13/17)

Sgt. Grant McGarry, A U.S. Army Veteran Who Fought The Islamic State, Said For Ossoff To Claim He Sent A Team To The Front Lines Against ISIS When Really He Just Hired A Film Crew Is "Disgraceful." "The ad features Sgt. Grant McGarry, who the campaign describes as a U.S. Army veteran who fought the Islamic State in the Middle East. It centers on Ossoff's remarks, in an ad last week, that he 'sent a team to the front line against ISIS to expose their atrocities against women and girls.' 'Jon Ossoff said he sent a team to the front line against ISIS,' said McGarry in the Handel spot. 'I fought for our country. Jon Ossoff hired a film crew. For him to say that's being on the front lines is disgraceful.'" (Greg Bluestein, "Georgia 6th: Handel Attack Ad Slams 'Disgraceful' Ossoff Over ISIS," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 6/6/17)

At The Same Time, Ossoff's Movie Company Worked Extensively For Al-Jazeera, Which Has Been Called "A Mouthpiece For Terrorism" And Has Connections To ISIS

According to LinkedIn, Ossoff Worked At Insight TWI Limited As The Managing Director & CEO Since September 2013. ( Jon Ossoff LinkedIn Page , Accessed 3/30/17)

Since 2013, The Year Ossoff Was Appointed Managing Director, Nine Out Of Ten Films Produced By Insight TWI Were For Al-Jazeera. ("Our Films," Insight TWI, Accessed 3/28/17)

American Journalism Review Reported Al-Jazeera Has "Earned A Reputation As A Mouthpiece For Terrorists." "For years, critics have assailed what they see as anti-Semitic, anti-American bias in the channel's news content. In the wake of 9/11, Al Jazeera broadcast statements by Osama bin Laden and reported from within the ranks of the Taliban, earning a reputation as a mouthpiece for terrorists." (Sherry Ricchiardi, "The Al Jazeera Effect," American Journalism Review , 4/21/11)

The Washington Post Unveiled "Connections" Between A "Senior Figure In The Islamic State" (ISIS) And An Al-Jazeera Employee. "The Islamic State has also exploited apparent connections to news organizations in the Middle East. A video that surfaced in 2013 appeared to show an Al Jazeera correspondent working with a cameraman, Reda Seyam, a militant who had been linked to terrorist plots and is a senior figure in the Islamic State." (Greg Miller and Souad Mekhennet, "Inside The Surreal World Of The Islamic State's Propaganda Machine," The Washington Post , 11/20/15)

Ossoff Was Paid By Al-Jazeera Directly And Stands By His Business Dealings With The Company

According To A Recently Filed Financial Disclosure Report, Al-Jazeera Paid Ossoff More Than $5,000 In The Past 15 Months. (Jon Ossoff, Congressional Candidate, United States House Of Representatives, Financial Disclosure Report , 3/18/17)

Ossoff's Campaign "Stands By" His Business Dealings With Al-Jazeera. "'Jon condemns partisan attacks that appeal to fear,' his campaign said of the Al-Jazeera focus, 'and stands by his work as a journalist and businessman.'" (Greg Bluestein, "Republicans, Democrats Target Ossoff In Georgia Special Election," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/20/17)

OSSOFF SUPPORTS A DEAL THAT GIVES IRAN ACCESS TO MONEY THAT WILL FUND TERRORIST GROUPS

Ossoff Strongly Supports The Iran Deal That Releases Billions Of Dollars To Iran To Fund Terrorist Groups

Ossoff Supports The Iran Deal And Will Vote Against "Any Efforts In Congress To Undermine It." "Ossoff supports the Iran deal and has said he will vote against any efforts in Congress to undermine it. As a congressional aide, he drafted a resolution demanding the inspection of Iran's nuclear facilities." (Greg Bluestein, "House Republicans Slam Ossoff Over Iran Deal," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 5/15/17)

Ossoff Said He Will "Push Strongly" For Iran's Compliance With The Deal. "In his campaign website, Ossoff said he will 'push strongly for strict enforcement and uncompromising monitoring of Iran's compliance' with the deal." (Greg Bluestein, "House Republicans Slam Ossoff Over Iran Deal," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 5/15/17)

The Nuclear Deal Will Give Iran Access To Roughly $100 Billion. "$100 billion: That's roughly how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran stands to recover once sanctions are lifted under the new nuclear deal." (Jackie Northam, "Lifting Sanctions Will Release $100 Billion To Iran. Then What?" National Public Radio , 7/16/15)

Former Secretary Of State John Kerry Acknowledged That Some Of The Money Will Go To Terrorist Groups. "Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists." (Elise Labott, "John Kerry: Some Sanctions Relief Money For Iran Will Go To Terrorism," CNN , 1/21/16)

  • Kerry Further Conceded "There Was Nothing The U.S. Could Do To Prevent That." "He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that." (Elise Labott, "John Kerry: Some Sanctions Relief Money For Iran Will Go To Terrorism," CNN , 1/21/16)

In 2016, The State Department Listed Iran As "The Top State Sponsor Of Terrorism." "The State Department on Thursday released its annual report on global terrorist activity, listing Iran as the top state sponsor of terrorism and labeling ISIS 'the greatest threat globally.'" ("State Department Report Finds Iran Is Top State Sponsor Of Terror," CNN , 6/2/16)

Iran Sponsors Hezbollah And Other Terrorist Groups In Gaza, Iraq, And The Places In The Middle East. "Iran sponsors Hezbollah in Lebanon, terrorist groups in Gaza, and groups in Iraq and the Middle East." (Dan Clark, "Nuclear Deal Allows Iran To Access Its Frozen Assets," Politifact , 8/5/16)

OSSOFF'S QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS ABOUT THE NATURE OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY CREDENTIALS HAVE BEEN LARGELY DEBUNKED

Ossoff's National Security Credentials Were So Grossly Misrepresented His Campaign Was Forced To Amend His Claims

Jon Ossoff's Campaign Ad Says Ossoff Was A "National Security Aide With Top Secret Clearance" While Working In Congress. NARRATOR: "As a national security aide with top secret clearance, Jon Ossoff saw waste and abuse by military contractors and fought to stop it." (Campaign Ad, " Warrior," 3/3/17)

Ossoff's Official Campaign Announcement Touts His Work "As A National Security Staffer In Congress For 5 Years." "A Georgia native who grew up in the Sixth District, Ossoff served Georgia as a national security staffer in Congress for five years before leaving government for the private sector." ( Campaign Announcement , Elect Jon, Campaign Website, 1/5/17)

The Washington Post 's Factchecker Called Ossoff's National Security Comments "Misleading" And "Resume Puffery." "We take a reasonable-person approach here at The Fact Checker. Would an ordinary viewer understand that Ossoff's clearance was for less than half a year? Not very likely. Moreover, declaring himself a 'senior national security staffer' is also bit too much résumé puffery. Technically, Ossoff walks a very careful line. But the overall impression is misleading enough to merit a Pinocchio." (Glenn Kessler, "Did A Democratic Congressional Hopeful Inflate His National Security Credentials?," The Washington Post , 4/3/17)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reported That "Ossoff And His Campaign Said He Was Granted Those Security Clearance Privileges While Working For Johnson After His 2006 Election." " A House GOP super PAC unleashed a $1.1 million ad campaign featuring footage of him dressed as Han Solo while at Georgetown University - and claims he 'lied about his resume' by asserting he worked for five years as a national security staffer with top security clearances. Ossoff and his campaign said he was granted those privileges working for Johnson after his 2006 election, while the super PAC said he's claiming time spent as a junior staffer as part of that calculation." (Greg Bluestein, "Republican, Democrats Target Ossoff In Georgia Special Election," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/20/17)

In Total, Ossoff Only Had The Security Clearance For Five Months "From March To August 2012." "Ossoff worked part time in Johnson's office from 2007-09; Pontoni also cited a piece of legislation Ossoff worked on in 2007 related to a Ugandan civil war that involved U.S. special forces. Ossoff was a fulltime staffer under Johnson from 2010-12, and he did have top-secret security clearance from March to August 2012." (Christopher Hopper, "Race To Replace Tom Price: Verifying Jon Ossoff's National Security Background," 11 Alive ABC , 3/28/17)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution : Ossoff's Campaign Further Admits He Only Worked For "Three Years As A Full-Time Staffer." "The timeline shows Ossoff worked for Johnson for about two-and-a-half years on a part-time basis and another three years as a full-time staffer." (Greg Blustein, "Political Insider," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/28/17)


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