The world's second largest automaker said it is "supporting" the investigation, with Ed Lewis, Toyota's director of public policy and communications in Washington, telling ABC News the company has briefed the Treasury on supply chains in the Middle East and procedures in place to safeguard supply chain integrity. Toyota, he said, has a "strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities."
ISIS propaganda videos filmed in Iraq, Syria, and Libya show numerous Hilux and Land Cruiser vehicles marked with ISIS seals, including one video ABC News says was shot in Raqqa, Syria, featuring an ISIS parade where more than two-thirds of the vehicles were Toyotas. "Regrettably, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand," Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said. "ISIS has used these vehicles in order to engage in military-type activities, terror activities, and the like. But in nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet — a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that's very concerning to us."
Lewis said most of the Toyotas appearing in the videos are not new models, and the company cannot track down stolen vehicles or ones that have been bought and re-sold by middlemen. An Iraqi military spokesman told ABC News he thinks trucks are being smuggled into Iraq by outside middlemen, and Toyota distributors in the region said they are unsure how the trucks are getting to ISIS. Wallace said he doesn't think Toyota is "trying to intentionally profit from it, but they are on notice now and they should do more."
I think the latest revelations about her not turning over relevant work-related emails (subject to the ongoing criminal investigations) will be her undoing.
Friends of mine in the Intelligence Community say it's clearly Obstruction of Justice and her public comments just add fuel to the fire.
The GM truck products are outselling the F Series and RAM is producing engines that are every bit the rival to or in some cases (diesel) superior to the F Series. RAM diesel engines (from Cummins) have historically been twice as reliable as the Ford 6.0L, 6.4L and 6.7L diesel engines -- well documented.
I own mainly Ford vehicles, but Ford has lost market share to Ram Trucks and I expect that trend to continue. I'm actually looking at a RAM 3500 vice the F350 as my primary tow vehicle.
Sentiment: Strong Sell
Bottom line: a stunning and vivid example of the low standards rampant in the Obama Administration -- we are talking people who by and large would not make it in the commercial world.
Plus his general (Lloyd Austin) who reported on it to the Congress this week doesn't even know how to use proper grammar -- multiple instances of poor grammar when he testified in front of the Senate. Example:
"the ones that are in the fight is 4 or 5 fighters"
Incredible waste of money and what a major joke
I can tell you from personal experience working with her.
She's a typical Washington Insider -- more concerned about being "caught" than doing what's right.
Both spell major trouble for Ford profits as they'll eliminate the so-called "Chicken Tax" opening up light truck imports. Ford makes the lion share of its profits on its truck line and look for downward price pressure in this category as foreign automakers enter.
Obama and the Democrats (Hillary Clinton) are 100% to blame for these developments
The IC (Intelligence Community -- CIA, NSA, etc) has stated there are upwards of 500 emails on Hillary Clinton's server (she was the custodian) containing classified info.
Each alone carries a single felony charge.
As "custodian" of govt documents (on her private email server) she WIPED the server clean.
Her "private email system" (containing govt specific content) created an obligation (e.g Denver firm and others that did work on the system) -- any person, firm or otherwise can now file suit for "unfinished business" related to supporting, operating, etc Hillary's server which contained govt content.
The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from:
• making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an
obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in
the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law. 31 U.S.C. 1341(a)(1)(A).
• involving the government in any obligation to pay money before funds have
been appropriated for that purpose, unless otherwise allowed by law.
31 U.S.C. 1341(a)(1)(B).
• accepting voluntary services for the United States, or employing personal
services not authorized by law, except in cases of emergency involving the
safety of human life or the protection of property. 31 U.S.C. 1342.
• making obligations or expenditures in excess of an apportionment or
reapportionment, or in excess of the amount permitted by agency regulations.
31 U.S.C. 1517(a).
An executive branch employee may not engage in outside employment or any other outside activity that conflicts with the employee’s official duties. Under Subpart H of 5 C.F.R. part 2635, an outside activity conflicts with an employee’s official duties if the activity:
Is prohibited by statute or by an agency supplemental regulation;
Requires the employee’s disqualification from Government work that is central or critical to the performance of the employee’s Government duties.
She's entered the classic stages of loss (1-Denial, 2-Anger, 3-Bargaining, 4-Depression, 5-Acceptance) and is exiting Stage 2 (her displays on stage and arguments of "a right wing conspiracy) while transitioning to Stage 3 (her recent statement expressing a more conciliatory tone ---"if only I had given the email system more thought back then" ----her comments from yesterday).
In the end, it all won't matter as her violations of government law, practice, and policy are too numerous, too obvious..
I agree --- the current Administration does, indeed, have a track record of lowered standards and a proclivity for lowering these even further. They're demonstrated sub-bar performers who expect little of themselves (obviously), remain effectively unaccountable for their actions, and largely exhibit irresponsible behavior routinely.
Time to set a higher set of standards for the feds and the rest of the country as well.
You have proven, yet once again why the liberal agenda runs directly counter to nature and the almighty.
I'm not religious but my wife and her life-long best friend, a black lady (both these ladies are as intelligent as you can get) tell me there are 50 or so verses in all versions of the bible condemning homosexuality. Here's one example they mentioned to me:
Romans Chapter 1
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
In spite of the fact the real economy is faltering
Plus the intervention/ manipulation on the part of the Fed Govt "reporting" systems helps minimize the COLA increases