And yet MORE Nefarious Obama Administration Activities


Darrell Issa speaking at Cato Institute

John R. Houk

© July 16, 2014

 

This action designed by the Obama Administration and instrumented by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department to target business and banks involved in an enterprise Obama considers questionable has to be yet another illegal activity that should be added to Obama’s already growing high crimes and misdemeanors; viz. Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point aims at some real fraud such as in the porn industry, Ponzi schemes, gun sale cons, and so on. Those targets are legitimate for law enforcement to prevent a crime. The thing is the Justice Department (no doubt per Obama political agenda) is targeting legitimate legal business simply because the operation is a snub to Left Wing ideology; e.g. licensed gun industry, home school industry, home based businesses not dependent on pyramid and Ponzi schemes, child care and more.

 

VIDEO: Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) on the DOJ’s “Operation Choke Point”

 

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Published on Jul 13, 2014

 

Follow the link below to watch the full event:
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Featuring Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; moderated by Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

Launched in early 2013, “Operation Choke Point” is a joint effort by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the bank regulators to limit access to the bank payments system by various businesses. Initially targeted at small-dollar nonbank lenders, Choke Point has grown to cover a variety of legitimate, legal businesses that just happen to be unpopular with DOJ, such as gun dealers and porn stars. Initial responses from DOJ claimed such efforts were limited to illegal businesses committing fraud. A recent report by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reveals DOJ’s claims to be false. In today’s economy, almost any economic activity depends on access to the payments system; allowing DOJ, without trial or a right to appeal, to arbitrarily limit access represents an almost unprecedented abuse of power.

 

I have mentioned this before in that Conservative realists like to point out that any impeachment is a waste of time because if the Republican majority in the House passes impeachment, the Senate probably could not muster the 60 vote minimum to convict either Obama or Holder. And that is even if a 2014 new Republican Senate majority takes over. But I say whether the impeachment process is successful or not, it shows voters that Conservatives in both Houses of Congress understand what is illegal AND it signals to Obama that his Executive Order fiat can become so outrageous that voters will pressure even their Dem Party incumbents in the next 2016 election which includes the Office of POTUS.

 

JRH 7/16/14

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Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’

 

By Kelsey Harkness

July 15, 2014

The Daily Signal

 

Is “Operation Choke Point” about to get choked by Congress? Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sure hopes so.

 

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling for the dismantling of what he calls a secretive initiative launched by the Obama administration in early 2013.

 

Critics say that Operation Choke Point, so dubbed by Department of Justice officials under Attorney General Eric Holder, seeks to weed out businesses from the marketplace that the Obama administration considers objectionable. According to The Wall Street Journal, it was an outgrowth of the Financial Fraud Task Force, established by President Obama’s executive order early in his first term.

 

 

The initiative, Issa said last week, is a slippery slope:

 

“If you empower the government to pick winners and losers within a lawful enterprise, then there is no place to stop.”

 

Initially, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, officials targeted small-dollar, nonbank lenders. But it grew to include other legal, legitimate businesses such as gun dealers and tobacco vendors at Walmart and Bass Pro Shop.

 

Issa, speaking on Operation Choke Point at Cato Institute, called it “proactive, progressive activity” by government against banks and other legitimate businesses.

 

 

“Fraud should be prosecuted,” Norbert Michel, research fellow in financial regulations at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They don’t have to use the banking system to shut out every single player in an industry to do that.”

 

House Republicans already have passed legislation prohibiting funding for Operation Choke Point. This week, the Justice Department initiative comes under further scrutiny in three House settings:

 

·         This morning at 10, the oversight and investigations subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on the Justice Department initiative.

 

·         Today at 2 p.m., the Financial Services Committee’s subcommittee on financial institutions was set to hold a hearing on a new bill by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), the “End Operation Choke Point Act of 2014.

 

·         Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on regulatory reform will hold a hearing entitled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent?” on whether Justice has the legal authority to execute the operation and possible collateral damage to legitimate businesses.

 

 

One official at Justice, quoted anonymously in a  Wall Street Journal report last summer, said the initiative was intended to change “the structures within the financial system that allow all kinds of fraudulent merchants to operate,” with the intent of “choking them off from the very air they need to survive.”

 

By “air,” the DOJ means money. The Obama administration uses Operation Choke Point to intimidates (sic) banks from doing business with merchants it deems “high risk,” Issa and other critics say.

 

>>> Operation Choke Point: FDIC Cooperated with Justice Department

 

For example, Issa said in his remarks last week, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation officials make “inappropriate” phone calls to banks and payday lenders, pressuring them to sever ties with businesses the government considers “reputational risks.”

 

Mark Calabria, Cato’s director of financial regulation studies, said FDIC pressure is an enormous weight over the financial industry.

 

“When the federal government maintains the discretion to decide which bank gets rescued and which does not, it should be clear that banks in practice have little choice but to cooperate,” Calabria said.

 

Despite his opposition to the initiative, Issa has yet to endorse legislation to end Operation Choke Point. Instead, he said:

 

We’ve got to do what baseball pitchers do anytime somebody’s crowding the plate. And that is, we’re going to put the ball close enough that either they’re going to jump back, or we’re going to hit them with the ball. … What they’re doing is wrong, and we’ve got to show that.

 

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And yet MORE Nefarious Obama Administration Activities

John R. Houk

© July 16, 2014

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Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’

 

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Demand Congress Appoint An Independent Special Counsel To Investigate The IRS!


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Do you think the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Obama Administration is lying about the odd disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails pertaining to illegal political attacks on Conservatives and various Tea Party organizations? Mat Staver believes so. Rep. Darrell Issa believes so. AND I believe so! IF YOU BELIEVE SO us the link and sign the petition by going to the link below.

 

JRH 6/23/14

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Demand Congress Appoint An Independent Special Counsel To Investigate The IRS!

 

By LC STAFF

June 20, 2014 7:54 pm

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The Internal Revenue Service’s and the Obama administration’s stalling and obstruction of a congressional investigation have gone on long enough. The IRS’ latest “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing 27 months of ex-official Lois Lerner’s emails is as unacceptable as it is unbelievable. The dates of these “lost” emails correspond exactly with the period when the illegal IRS targeting of conservative groups was at its worst.

 

Make your voice heard by signing the national petition below that calls on Congress to appoint an independent special counsel to fully investigate illegal IRS targeting. Politicizing a federal agency in an attempt to silence opposing voices, especially during a presidential election, is not only unconstitutional — it’s un-American and violates everything our nation stands for! Take action with thousands of other Liberty Counsel Action friends by demand that lawmakers on Capitol Hill get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal. Call on Congress to immediately appoint an independent special counsel!

 

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Rep. Issa: “I believe Lois Lerner is hiding something”

 

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Email Excerpt:

 

In an interview with FOX News this morning, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said flatly, “I believe Lois Lerner is hiding something.” He also wondered why, if specific emails were important enough to store on her hard drive, she wouldn’t have back-up copies of her “crashed” files.

 

Rep. Issa even went so far as to suggest that the Justice Department and the White House have an interest in keeping ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails hidden.

 

At 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, IRS commissioner John Koskinen will face tough questions from Issa and other members of the House Oversight Committee. If tonight’s hearing is anything like Koskinen’s Friday appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee, a national “primetime” audience could be in for some intense political fireworks.

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Masters of Fiction


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Brigadier General Robert Lovell

 

Intro to ‘Masters of Fiction’

Edited by John R. Houk

May 4, 2014

 

Justin Smith lays out the picture excellently that the White House Memo to Susan Rice to talk Mohammed video and spontaneous riots in relation to the nefarious murder of four Americans protected by the international protocol of Diplomatic Immunity.

 

There are a couple of questions that too many seem to fail to ask.

 

The most obvious is, “Is it not a crime to manipulate a Presidential election with an obvious lie claiming Mohammed video caused spontaneous Muslim riots rather than the truth? The truth is Islamic terrorists with connections to al Qaeda orchestrated an attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

 

Then since the White House Memo is a bold face lie, there must have been more to the Benghazi murders then a mere incompetent failure to provide adequate protection in an obvious dangerous location for a diplomatic mission. The Dem Party line it was the GOP fault by cutting some funding for diplomatic protect is a load of bunk. It would have been more plausible to place budget cuts on security where the host nation has a good reputation in protecting Embassies and diplomatic staff. Benghazi was not one of those places. Of course Dems to consider voters idiots or they would not postulate a blame game theory.

 

Some of the biggest questions which Mainstream Media and the reputable Conservative leaning media outlets will not touch has to do with the ‘why’. Why did Ansar al Sharia (SEE Also HERE) attack Benghazi diplomatic mission? Was it to kidnap Stevens to exchange for the Blind Sheik in prison in the USA? Was the Obama Administration involved in a Libyan arms scheme to send to Syrian Rebels to fight Assad’s government? If the answers could be traced back to the White House, it would have cost Obama the November 2012 election.

 

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Masters of Fiction

The Road to Justice

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 5/3/2014 3:26 PM

 

On April 30, 2014 Judicial Watch, a conservative non-profit group, released a new email from Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, along with other documents, that created a chain of events through which the American people may soon receive many new insights and answers to questions surrounding the fiery attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and the murders of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. These documents have already prompted the revelation from Tommy Vietor, former National Security Council spokesman, that Obama was not in the Situation Room on that night, and they perfectly illustrate one more case for the American people, in which Obama and his administration have calculated in a cold, insensitive and arrogant manner to perpetrate the lie of an anti-Islam video, as they abuse their power and manipulate the military and intelligence communities for their own political gain.

 

The Rhodes email came shortly after the Congressional Oversight Committee, chaired by Darrell Issa, had reopened hearings on Benghazi, after being stonewalled for twenty months, and in it, Ben Rhodes tells Susan Rice, then U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., to blame the 2012 Benghazi attack on local anger over an “anti-Muslim video.” Although the email was initially heavily redacted, a federal judge and an independent judiciary found in favor of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit and Freedom of Information Request; and now, the American people have proof-positive that the narrative towards an angry protest rather than a coordinated terrorist attack was the creation of White House staffers, if not Obama and Hillary Clinton themselves. Thank God for this independent judiciary.

 

This email only verifies what many already knew from great reporting by numerous news agencies such as ‘The Independent’. And during the televised (FoxNews) Oversight Committee hearing on May 1, 2014, Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, former deputy director of intelligence at African Command, stated, in response to a question from Representative Jason Chaffetz, that the attacks at Benghazi were attributable to Ansar al-Sharia, an Al Qaeda affiliate, as early as 3:15 am local time on September 12, 2012.

 

Recently, Tommy Vietor retorted, “Dude, that was almost two years ago,” in response to Brett Baer’s (FoxNews) question about documents pertaining to Benghazi, and Rep Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) was heard saying, “Diversion, subterfuge – Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi – Why aren’t we talking about something else?” This typifies precisely the cavalier, callous and arrogant manner of Obama, the Progressives, Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary “what-difference-does-it-make” Clinton, when it comes to Benghazi, the murders of four patriotic Americans and Republican insistence on receiving answers.

 

Repeatedly Jay Carney, White House press secretary, has denied that the Rhodes email pertained to Benghazi or that a White House cover-up has been ongoing from day one. If the Rhodes email is not about Benghazi, then why is the third goal of the email bringing to justice those who harmed Americans? This shows that Ben Rhodes and the Obama administration were clearly worried about how four dead Americans were going to affect Obama’s presidential campaign, especially in light of Obama’s statements that “Al Qaeda has been decimated and is on the run.”

 

For months enough suspicion has existed to warrant an intense investigation. On May 2, 2014, Chairman Darrell Issa announced a Select Committee would be formed, and he also issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on May 21. Issa stated that Kerry needs to explain why previous congressional subpoenas of documents to the State Dept. were defied, and Issa went further stating “such contempt of Congress may constitute a criminal offense.”

 

Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his support of the Select Committee, far too long in coming, by stating: “The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust…..it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration hiding from the American people?”

 

More than the Rhodes email, millions of Americans (61% believe a cover-up is in progress – FoxNews poll) especially Armed Forces veterans, are demanding for Obama to explain why an In Extremis force, FAST team or any Special Forces group at all was not immediately sent to the aid and rescue of the Americans at the Consulate and CIA  Annex. When Rep John Mica (FL-R) asked on May 1, if we had the capability to respond over the six hour period between the time Ambassador Stevens was murdered and the Americans at the CIA Annex were killed, General Lovell stated, “The military should have made a response of some sort.” Later in the Oversight Committee hearing, somewhat rhetorically General Lovell speculated, “Could we have got there in time (to save them)? We may have – We’ll never know,” whereupon, Rep Jason Chaffetz interjected, “Because we never tried.”

 

Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, asks “What are they covering up?” She told Sean Hannity (FoxNews) a story of being forgotten and ignored by the Obama administration, which has basically told her they cannot tell her anything else, after feeding her the same false video story.

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham asked, “Remember when Obama told us as things became available about Benghazi, we will be transparent and share them with the American people? Remember that statement?” (NewsMax)

 

AFRICOM’s effectiveness was most certainly compromised by not having enough boots on the ground in Libya, as well as the Consulate not having a Marine security contingent in place, however, as Gen Robert Lovell so eloquently and succinctly stated, “…the question is not in the ‘could or could not’ in relation to time, space and capability – the point is we should have tried…’Always move to the sound of the guns.'”

 

In the worse scandal and cover-up in American history, surpassing by far the third-rate burglary of Nixon’s Watergate, Ben Rhodes, who also holds a master degree in fiction from NYU, according to Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller, has had the fiction behind his email, “RE: PREP Call with Susan” Rice, exposed. Continued denial of any White House cover-up by the Progressives and the White House’s blatant lies about its role in the Benghazi cover-up, along with their acts of treason, should make it apparent that the Democrats never had any plans to delve further into Benghazi. And twenty months later, the murdering islamofascists responsible still roam free, as the Democrats engage in diversions and subterfuge of the most sinister kind. Such a lack of respect for the dead of Benghazi, their families and all America cannot stand, if any honest Democrats still exist – willing, along with Chairman Issa and the Congressional Select Committee, to seek the truth about Benghazi.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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