What? Valerie Jarrett says BHO Scandal Free


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Edited by John R. Houk

Posted on 1/4/17

 

Jim Delaney provides a bit of an introduction on his blog to a Daily Wire post entitled, “Valerie Jarrett Says Obama’s Been Scandal-Free. Here Are His Top 13.” Delaney scoffs at the hubris of Jarrett in perpetrating such a deviant lie about President Barack Hussein Obama. Then in a second cross post, you can read those top 13 Obama scandals that Jarrett deleted from the gray matter in her brain.

 

JRH 1/4/16 (Hat Tip Paul Sutliff of Blog Talk Radio Civilization Jihad Awareness where Jim Delaney interviewed 1/4/16 6:00 PM EST)

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Shameless Pathological Liar to the End

 

By Jim Delaney

January 3, 2017 5:24 PM

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To the bitter end, this globalist, neo-Marxist, pathological liar and narcissist continues to leave a path of destruction in his wake–and THAT is his real legacy.

 

Valerie Jarrett, his sinister confidante, is no better when she proclaims that Obama’s administration has been “scandal-free”. (Tell a big lie often enough and, for many, it becomes the truth– and that’s what these vermin are counting on.)

 

As for being “scandal-free”, and in addition to those 13 scandals listed in article, there are also his oft-repeated and very public lies about the affordability of Obamacare and our freedom to “keep [our] own doctor”, the seemingly endless and very costly vacations and campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime, and, of course, his litany of lawless imperial executive orders, the latter being the most threatening and damaging to our republic.

 

We could each go on and on, but what’s the point? The important thing is that after January 20th he will no longer be sullying our White House. And with the acuity of hindsight, historians will eventually judge this ruthless ideologue for what he really was/is. Let’s just be happy and relieved that he will no longer be burdening and degrading what little remains of this constitutional republic.

 

And one final note: going forward, let Obama be a lesson for us all. A disengaged electorate which tolerates tyranny on either side of the aisle is anathema to constitutional order. Hold Trump and the GOP Congress to a much higher standard or risk further eroding our already tattered Constitution.

 

Jim Delaney is the former director of the Refugee Resettlement program through the Rochester, NY Diocese and Church World Services. Jim served in the Army as a Captain during Vietnam and went on to give back to his country by helping refugees in Southeast Asia find a home in America. Jim has moved from an avid supporter of the Refugee Resettlement Program to someone willing to aid the Refugee Resettlement Watch under Anne Corcoran. Jim is also the author of A PATRIOT’S CALL TO ACTION: Resisting Progressive Tyranny & Restoring Constitutional Order.

 

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Scandal-Ridden Barack Obama

 

Valerie Jarrett Says Obama’s Been Scandal-Free. Here Are His Top 13.

 

By AARON BANDLER

January 3, 2017

Daily Wire

 

Valerie Jarrett, who has been the Rasputin of the Obama administration, offered a laughable line to ring in the new year: President Barack Obama’s presidency has been free of scandals.

 

“The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself,” Jarrett told CNN on Sunday. “That’s because that’s who he is — that’s who they are — and I think that’s what really resonates with the American people.”

 

Jarrett’s assertion is demonstrably false, as the Daily Wire has highlighted. Below are 13 of Obama’s top scandals, the first 11 of which are excerpted from our previously compiled list:

 

1. Operation Fast and Furious. This egregious example of a reckless government endangering lives and then scrambling to cover it up has haunted Obama for years. As Daily Wire has explained, “Operation Fast and Furious involved the Obama administration arming drug cartels and thugs south of the border as a means to undermine the Second Amendment. The program resulted in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. One of the Islamic terrorists in the Garland, Texas, attack also used a gun that was obtained through the Fast and Furious program.” …

 

2. Benghazi. The terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya resulted in four brave Americans dying despite the fact that help could have been sent, but wasn’t. Requests for security prior to the attack were repeatedly denied, and after the attack Obama and Hillary Clinton falsely blamed it on a video considered offensive to Muslims. During the election, Benghazi became associated with Clinton—and rightly so—but it is also Obama’s scandal as well. It is still not known what Obama was doing that night.

 

3. The IRS targeted conservative organizations. In 2013, Lois Lerner, who directed the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Unit, admitted that Tea Party organizations were targeted under the agency, but blamed it on lower-level employees. Such organizations were heavily scrutinized with invasive questions. Since then, Lerner and IRS commissioner John Koskinen have denied any wrongdoing and have stonewalled congressional efforts to investigate the matter, citing computer crashes for being unable to turn over related emails.

 

Meanwhile, a federal court concluded in August that conservative groups might still be facing targeted scrutiny from the IRS. It has also been reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) knew about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups as early as 2011.

 

4. The DOJ seized Associated Press phone records as well as phone and email records from Fox News reporter James Rosen. In the AP’s case, the DOJ was investigating a story involving “a CIA operation in Yemen that foiled an al-Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to set off a bomb on an airplane headed to the United States,” according to the Washington Post. The DOJ seized two months of phone records from the AP without informing the news outlet. …

 

In the Rosen case, the DOJ was investigating a story Rosen did involving North Korea and tracked “his movements and conversations,” according to Fox News, including phone numbers belonging to Rosen’s parents. The DOJ had listed Rosen as a “co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act in regards to the story—allegedly pressing a source for classified information. Rosen was never charged with a crime. …

 

5. The NSA conducted mass surveillance against American citizens without a warrant. Thanks to leaking from former government contractor Edward Snowden, it was revealed that the National Security Agency had been conducting mass surveillance against American citizens—a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. In 2015, the NSA eventually ended their bulk data collection of phone records.

 

6. The Obama administration paid ransom to Iran for hostages, and lied to the American people about it.As the Daily Wire has explained, the Obama administration claimed that they were giving a total of $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal with the previous Iranian regime, and it just happened to coincide with the release of four American hostages. The Obama administration also didn’t reveal the details of the agreement to Congress. It was obvious though that it was a ransom deal and the Obama administration lied about it. 

 

7. Hillary’s email scandal.Clinton’s use of a private email server that was unapproved and unsecured has been written about extensively, but it is also Obama’s scandal as well, since it has been revealed that not only did Obama know about her private email server, he also communicated with her under the use of a pseudonym. If their email exchanges involved classified information, then Obama also would have violated the Espionage Act.

 

8. The Environmental Protection Agency poisoned a Colorado river.The EPA breached the Gold King mine in the state and “mistakenly dug at the bottom” as well as didn’t test for pressure, leading to “three million gallons of toxic mine waste” being dumped into a river, according to The Daily Caller. The EPA has not been held accountable for this.

 

9. The EPA also broke federal law in promoting a regulation. The Daily Wire reported in 2015 that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded that the EPA broke the law in using Thunderclap to tout their “Waters of the United States” regulation as well as their use of “hyperlinks to the [Natural Resources Defense Council] and Surfrider Foundation webpages provided in the EPA blog post.”

 

10. The GSA scandal.The General Services Administration was busted in 2012 for spending $823,000 on an extravagantly decadent conference in Las Vegas, and it became a shining example of government waste. Several people in the agency were fired, with one facing an indictment. Despite the scandal, lavish spending still occurred within federal agencies under the Obama administration.

 

11. The Secret Service scandal.The Secret Service was caught in 2012 engaging with prostitutes during a trip to Cartegena, Columbia, with one Secret Service agent emailing another: “Swagg cologne-check/Pimp gear-check/ Swagg sunglasses-check/Cash fo dem hoes-check.” They “also left sensitive government documents unprotected in their Cartagena rooms,” according to The Daily Caller.

 

Below are two other scandals that occurred under the Obama administration.

 

12. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) placed veterans on secret waiting lists so agency executives could enrich themselves with bonuses. The veterans placed on these lists would languish without receiving the care they needed and around 307,000 have reportedly died as a result. Yet department executives would claim bonuses up to $400 million a year deceptively stating that waiting times had declined. The VA has yet to be held to any serious accountability and face structural reforms, and the problems the agency are ongoing.

 

13. The Department of Energy (DOE) fired one of their chief scientists because she advocated for a program that would divert money from Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Dr. Noelle Metting, who managed the Low Dose Radiation Research Program, said that the DOE terminated her because she refused to repeat their propaganda and stated the factual results of the program instead.

 

“DoE placed its own priorities to further the president’s Climate Action Plan before its constitutional obligations to be candid with Congress,” the House Committee on Science, Space Technology stated in a report. “The DoE’s actions constitute a reckless and calculated attack on the legislative process itself, which undermines the power of Congress to legislate. The committee further concludes that DoE’s disregard for separation of powers is not limited to a small group of employees, but rather is an institutional problem that must be corrected by overhauling its management practices with respect to its relationship with the Congress.”

 

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Obama Says He’s Had A Scandal-Free Administration


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Well-well. Obama says his Administration has been scandal free for eight years. That is a load of delusion he is trying to feed Americans. Sadly, the Dems probably believe that because they are loyal blind people following delusion blind leaders. The Daily Wire enumerates eleven scandals some of which should have led to an impeachment.

 

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Obama Says He’s Had A Scandal-Free Administration.

Here Are 11 of His Scandals.

 

By AARON BANDLER

NOVEMBER 22, 2016

DailyWire.com

 

President Barack Obama—who isn’t going away after he leaves office—just unleashed this massive whopper:

 

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@POTUS: “I’m extremely proud of the fact that over 8 years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations.”

 

5:12 PM – 20 Nov 2016

 

This is demonstrably false. Obama’s presidency has been mired with numerous scandals that would be blared on the news 24/7 if he were a Republican. But because he’s a Democrat, too many people buy Obama’s argument that his presidency has been scandal-free. Here are 11 of Obama’s scandals.

 

2. Operation Fast and Furious. This egregious example of a reckless government endangering lives and then scrambling to cover it up has haunted Obama for years. As Daily Wire has explained, “Operation Fast and Furious involved the Obama administration arming drug cartels and thugs south of the border as a means to undermine the Second Amendment. The program resulted in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. One of the Islamic terrorists in the Garland, Texas, attack also used a gun that was obtained through the Fast and Furious program.”

 

The attempt to cover up the fatal program resulted in Obama’s first AG being held in contempt of Congress:

 

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling investigations into Operation Fast and Furious, and President Barack Obama further stonewalled the investigations by wrongly asserting executive privilege.  On Tuesday, a federal judge threw out Obama’s executive privilege assertion on the grounds that the Justice Department “has already publicly revealed the sum and substance of the very material it is now seeking to withhold. Since any harm that would flow from the disclosures sought here would be merely incremental, the records must be produced.”

 

It has also been revealed that Joaquin Guzman, better known as the drug lord “El Chapo,” acquired a .50 caliber rifle as a result of Fast and Furious.

 

2. Benghazi. The terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya resulted in four brave Americans dying despite the fact that help could have been sent, but wasn’t. Requests for security prior to the attack were repeatedly denied, and after the attack Obama and Hillary Clinton falsely blamed it on a video considered offensive to Muslims. During the election, Benghazi became associated with Clinton—and rightly so—but it is also Obama’s scandal as well. It is still not known what Obama was doing that night.

 

2. The IRS targeted conservative organizations. In 2013, Lois Lerner, who directed the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Unit, admitted that Tea Party organizations were targeted under the agency, but blamed it on lower-level employees. Such organizations were heavily scrutinized with invasive questions. Since then, Lerner and IRS commissioner John Koskinen have denied any wrongdoing and have stonewalled congressional efforts to investigate the matter, citing computer crashes for being unable to turn over related emails.

 

Meanwhile, a federal court concluded in August that conservative groups might still be facing targeted scrutiny from the IRS. It has also been reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) knew about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups as early as 2011.

 

4. The DOJ seized Associated Press phone records as well as phone and email records from Fox News reporter James Rosen. In the AP’s case, the DOJ was investigating a story involving “a CIA operation in Yemen that foiled an al-Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to set off a bomb on an airplane headed to the United States,” according to the Washington Post. The DOJ seized two months of phone records from the AP without informing the news outlet.

 

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” Gary Pruitt, president of the AP wrote to Holder at the time. “These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”

 

In the Rosen case, the DOJ was investigating a story Rosen did involving North Korea and tracked “his movements and conversations,” according to Fox News, including phone numbers belonging to Rosen’s parents. The DOJ had listed Rosen as a “co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act in regards to the story—allegedly pressing a source for classified information. Rosen was never charged with a crime.

 

Fox News executive Michael Clemente called the DOJ’s actions against Rosen “downright chilling.” “We will unequivocally defend [Rosen’s] right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press,” Clemente said in a statement, per the Washington Post.

 

5. The NSA conducted mass surveillance against American citizens without a warrant. Thanks to leaking from former government contractor Edward Snowden, it was revealed that the National Security Agency had been conducting mass surveillance against American citizens—a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. In 2015, the NSA eventually ended their bulk data collection of phone records.

 

6. The Obama administration paid ransom to Iran for hostages, and lied to the American people about it. As the Daily Wire has explained, the Obama administration claimed that they were giving a total of $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal with the previous Iranian regime, and it just happened to coincide with the release of four American hostages. The Obama administration also didn’t reveal the details of the agreement to Congress. It was obvious though that it was a ransom deal and the Obama administration lied about it.

 

7. Hillary’s email scandal.Clinton’s use of a private email server that was unapproved and unsecured has been written about extensively, but it is also Obama’s scandal as well, since it has been revealed that not only did Obama know about her private email server, he also communicated with her under the use of a pseudonym. If their email exchanges involved classified information, then Obama also would have violated the Espionage Act.

 

8. The Environmental Protection Agency poisoned a Colorado river. The EPA breached the Gold King mine in the state and “mistakenly dug at the bottom” as well as didn’t test for pressure, leading to “three million gallons of toxic mine waste” being dumped into a river, according to The Daily Caller. The EPA has not been held accountable for this.

 

9. The EPA also broke federal law in promoting a regulation. The Daily Wire reported in 2015 that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded that the EPA broke the law in using Thunderclap to tout their “Waters of the United States” regulation as well as their use of “hyperlinks to the [Natural Resources Defense Council] and Surfrider Foundation webpages provided in the EPA blog post.”

 

10. The GSA scandal. The General Services Administration was busted in 2012 for spending $823,000 on an extravagantly decadent conference in Las Vegas, and it became a shining example of government waste. Several people in the agency were fired, with one facing an indictment. Despite the scandal, lavish spending still occurred within federal agencies under the Obama administration.

 

11. The Secret Service scandal. The Secret Service was caught in 2012 engaging with prostitutes during a trip to Cartegena, Columbia, with one Secret Service agent emailing another: “Swagg cologne-check/Pimp gear-check/ Swagg sunglasses-check/Cash fo dem hoes-check.” They “also left sensitive government documents unprotected in their Cartagena rooms,” according to The Daily Caller.

 

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Benghazi Select Committee should be Forerunner to Truth-Out Obama


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John R. Houk

© May 20, 2014

 

I received a notification from a Facebook group I am a part of informing readers that Benghazigate investigators from the House are being threatened for wanting to get to the truth.  The Facebook group links to an article by Anthony Martin written on May 13, 2014. I gotta tell ya, reading the notification and that article was the first I had heard about threats.

 

I wasn’t surprised to hear such a thing simply because Obama and his Administration minions have been doing their darnedest to obfuscate and mislead pertaining to document evidence and preventing access to pertinent witnesses. Also scandals attached to President Clinton and his wife Hillary about people mysteriously dying or disappearing who might if questioned demonstrate harm to the Clinton agenda to transform America to a Left slanted society. An agenda by the way that President Barack Hussein Obama has moved on with an abuse of Executive authority which has questionable constitutional issues.

 

Scandals connected to the Obama Administration is becoming so large that if a PhD candidate could actually find a University that was not devoted to Leftist principles that person could write their dissertation on those scandals. Here is a list (not an exhaustive list) of Obama Administration Scandals that Congressional investigations were OBVIOUSLY stonewalled.

 

Fast and Furious:Abstract: 

 

Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley recently released Part I of a three-part report titled Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation. The report contains a compelling narrative regarding this botched law enforcement operation. In particular, it exposes the lack of supervision of some terrible on-the-ground decisions—choices that had deadly consequences. Yet horrendous decision-making is only part of the story. Following the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the implicated individuals decided to circle the wagons and, to prevent the disclosure of embarrassing and possibly criminal information, seemingly began a cover-up that persists to this day. The American public and the victims of Operation Fast and Furious deserve better.

 

… The report is relevant to:

 

o   The ongoing congressional investigation regarding Operation Fast and Furious,

 

o   The growing dispute with the Administration over its refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas,

 

o   The subsequent House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, and

 

o   The court action to override President Barack Obama’s invocation of executive privilege to shield key material from the public and Congress.

 

…” (Congressional Report on Operation Fast and Furious: The Buck Stops…Well…Somewhere Else; By John Malcolm; Heritage Foundation; 9/27/12)

 

Solyndra Scandal:

 

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Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said Friday will mark one year since the committee began its probe, and the Obama administration so far has not answered even the most basic questions.

 

“The level of White House obstruction goes so far that they have blocked the committee from having a simple conversation with those Executive Branch employees who know the most about Solyndra’s loan guarantee,” Stearns said in a statement.

 

“We have exercised extraordinary restraint and patience, but unfortunately, we’ve been down this road before as the administration and its partisan allies have fought us tooth and nail every step of the way.”

 

The California-based Solyndra received a $535-million loan from the Department of Energy in 2009 as part of the stimulus act. But in September 2011, Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it was raided by the FBI shortly after that.

 

In the course of its investigation, the House Energy and Commerce Committee turned up e-mails showing that career government officials in the Energy Department and Office of Management and Budget opposed the loan, which political appointees supported.

 

The Obama administration has accused the committee of partisanship, and insists it has provided thousands of pages of documents already.

 

But Republicans on the committee say subpoenas are necessary because the White House is not cooperating.

 

…” (Congress Set to Subpoena White House Officials in Solyndra Scandal; By Fred Lucas; CNSNews.com; 2/16/12 9:19 AM)

 

New Black Panther Party Election Intimidation:

 

“A federal court in Washington, DC, held last week that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.

 

The ruling came as part of a motion by the conservative legal watch dog group Judicial Watch, who had sued the DOJ in federal court to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the the (sic) New Black Panthers case. Judicial Watch had secured many previously unavailable documents through their suit against DOJ and were now suing for attorneys’ fees.

 

Obama’s DOJ had claimed Judicial Watch was not entitled to attorney’s fees since “none of the records produced in this litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever in” how the DOJ handled the New Black Panther Party case. But United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton disagreed. Citing a “series of emails” between Obama political appointees and career Justice lawyers, Walton writes:

 

‘The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision. Surely the public has an interest in documents that cast doubt on the accuracy of government officials’ representations regarding the possible politicization of agency decision-making.

 

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The New Black Panthers case stems from a Election Day 2008 incident where two members of the New Black Panther Party were filmed outside a polling place intimidating voters and poll watchers by brandishing a billy club. Justice Department lawyers investigated the case, filed charges, and when the Panthers failed to respond, a federal court in Philadelphia entered a “default” against all the Panthers defendants. But after Obama was sworn in, the Justice Department reversed course, dismissed charges against three of the defendants, and let the fourth off with a narrowly tailored restraining order.

 

“The Court’s decision is another piece of evidence showing the Obama Justice Department is run by individuals who have a problem telling the truth,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. …” (Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution; By Conn Carroll; Washington Examiner; 7/30/12)

 

Pigford Scandal (Dems prevent even the beginnings to investigate):

 

“The Obama administration has again been protected from a troubling scandal by the mainstream media (MSM) using the tactic of omission to simply ignore the scandal, its reality, and the negative blowback attendant to a disturbing story.  As sunlight began to illuminate the scandal’s …

 

The underreported scandal referenced is generally identified as “Pigford.”  Pigford’s germination occurred in 1997 as a lawsuit (Pigford vs. Glickman) alleging that 91 African-American farmers were unfairly denied loans by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to racial discrimination which prevented the complainants from farming.  In 1999, the black farmers won their case.

 

… Since then, Eric Holder (and Obama) have been involved in overseeing and managing the Pigford “judgment fund.”

 

 

Pigford began innocently enough: as a lawsuit to redress a perceived wrong against a group of 91.  But then the number climbed to 400….then 1,600…then…

 

 

The number of black farmers has metastasized — nay, exploded — and the aggrieved group now includes not only blacks, but Hispanics, Native Americans, and females.  In fact over 90,000 people have filed claims seeking a payment under the terms of the original Pigford court ruling.  That decision, now referred to as Pigford #1, was anticipated to cost approximately $120 million, including legal fees.

 

Pigford #2 is the appellation used to identify an expanded payment regime that funds more payments to African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and females.  This regimen grew out of the fact that thousands of claimants missed the original Pigford #1 filing deadline of October 12, 1999.  Interestingly, Native American potential claimants were estimated at 5,300, while plaintiff lawyers pegged the exposure at an estimated 19,000 Native Americans.  The judgment fund announced by Agricultural Secretary Thomas Vilsack and Eric Holder in 2010 was expanded from just over $120 million to $1.25 billion, given the expectation of many more filers.

 

However, the explosion of claimants has caused payouts to reach $4.4 billion and has swelled legal fees to over $130 million.  More importantly, the claim’s process created a rush to get a share of the monies allocated to the judgment fund, even if no real claim existed.  Essentially, the process encouraged people to lie and spawned a cottage industry.  Claimants had only to file applications for a $50,000 payment by stating that they had “thought about” applying for loans to become a farmer.

 

 

The combination of the racial criticism, the MSM’s silence regarding Pigford, and the quarantine on additional Pigford narratives subsequent to the NY Times‘ article have emphasized the media’s concern for the damage an ongoing discussion of Pigford could cause the president. … (Pigford: The Unexamined Obama Administration Scandal; By Jim O’Sullivan; American Thinker; 6/15/13)

 

NSA Spying on American:  

 

First of all you should be aware the lower courts are struggling with the concept that NSA Spying on Americans is constitutional or unconstitutional:

 

“Southern District of New York Judge William Pauley III declared in a December 27 decision that the NSA surveillance program — which draws in every American’s telephone records without a warrant or probable cause — was “legal” even though it “imperils the civil liberties of every citizen.” The decision contrasts sharply with a decision two weeks ago by Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon that termed the warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian.”” (N.Y. Judge: NSA Spying “Imperils Civil Liberties of Every Citizen” but “Legal”; By Thomas R. Eddlem; New American; 12/27/13 18:10)

 

BUT – whatever you think about Eric Snowden – Patriot or Traitor – his disclosures on NSA spying is making waves all the way from Moscow. Due to the waves you need to be aware of another spy agency – Government Communication Headquarters – UK (GCHQ):

 

“The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is a British intelligence agency responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the British government and armed forces. Based in “The Doughnut“, in the suburbs of Cheltenham, it operates under the formal direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) alongside the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Defence Intelligence (DI). GCHQ is the responsibility of the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, but it is not a part of the Foreign Office and its Director ranks as a Permanent Secretary.”

 

READ THE REST (Government Communications Headquarters; Wikipedia; last updated 5/19/14 21:14 – I left the intra-Wikipedia links, to read them go to the article – except “The Doughnut” link.)

 

Snowden has released documentation showing that the NSA and the GCHQ have been cooperating with each other on spying on Americans (& probably Brits) via their webcams. Even the Dems in the Senate are upset:

 

Three US senators are planning to investigate any role the National Security Agency played in its British partner’s mass collection of Yahoo webcam images.

 

Reacting to the Guardian’s revelation on Thursday that UK surveillance agency GCHQ swept up millions of Yahoo users’ webcam chats, senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement that “any involvement of US agencies in the alleged activities reported today will need to be closely scrutinized”.

 

The senators described the interception as a “breathtaking lack of respect for privacy and civil liberties”.

 

 

According to documents provided to the Guardian by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the GCHQ program codenamed Optic Nerve fed screengrabs of webcam chats and associated metadata into NSA tools such as Xkeyscore.

 

NSA research, the documents indicate, also contributed to the creation of Optic Nerve, which attempted to use facial recognition technology to identify intelligence targets, particularly those using multiple anonymous internet IDs. (Bold text is Editor’s)

 

Neither NSA nor GCHQ addressed the Guardian’s questions about US access to the images themselves. …

 

Wyden, Udall and Heinrich are all members of the Senate intelligence committee. They said they were “extremely troubled” by Optic Nerve and planned to investigate it during the committee’s announced omnibus inquiry into the scope of US surveillance activities revealed over the nine months since the Guardian and other news outlets began reporting the Snowden disclosures.

 

“We are extremely troubled by today’s press report that a very large number of individuals – including law-abiding Americans – may have had private videos of themselves and their families intercepted and stored without any suspicion of wrongdoing. If this report is accurate it would show a breathtaking lack of respect for the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding citizens,” they said.

 

GCHQ’s program, which uses … (Senators to investigate NSA role in GCHQ ‘Optic Nerve’ webcam spying; By Spencer Ackerman; The Guardian; 2/28/14 12.14 EST)

 

Here is some more info on Webcam spying.

 

IRS Targeting Conservatives and Tea Party Organizations:

 

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Last week, the legal advocacy organization, Judicial Watch, released incriminating emails that prove the IRS abused its authority by singling out Tea Party conservatives for punitive actions. The most damaging email was sent by Lois Lerner, the now-disgraced IRS honcho who’s still refusing to testify before Congress, and it revealed that raw political motives were behind the efforts.

 

 

On March 30, 2012, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin wrote a letter to then-IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman, discussing the issue of political activity by nonprofit applicants. Levin asked if the IRS was sending out additional information requests to applicant groups.

 

“Some entities claiming tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations under 26 U.S.C& 501(c)(4) appear to be engaged in political activities more appropriate for political organizations claiming tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C.&527,” Sen. Levin wrote. “Because of the urgency of the issues involved in this matter, please provide the following information by April 20, 2012.”

 

This email is the smoking gun that proves there was political pressure behind the IRS moves. Correspondence between Senator Levin and Shulman powerfully implies that Levin wasn’t simply looking for information about the actions of the IRS. Rather, Levin seems to be guiding the IRS and calling for retaliatory processes.

 

Another email, sent by Lerner in April 2013, includes a description of the criteria for targeting. The list is a “BOLO” (government lingo for “be on the lookout”) directive targeting any nonprofit applicant linked to the Tea Party.

 

The email specifically named “organizations meeting any of the following criteria as falling within the BOLO’s reference to ‘Tea Party’ organizations: 1. ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriots,’ or ’9/12 Project’ is referenced in the case file. 2. Issues include government spending, government debt and taxes. 3. Educate the public through advocacy/legislative activities to make America a better place to live. 4. Statements in the case file that are critical of how the country is being run.”

 

Why anyone would be against an organization wanting to “make America a better place to live,” I’ll never understand. Either way, this is the criteria set by Lerner for IRS targeting.

 

In addition to the …

 

 

These emails rip to shreds the Obama administration’s oft-repeated lie that the targeting effort was exclusive to the Cincinnati IRS office. It’s now obvious that there was an organized, deliberate campaign to target Tea Party groups.

 

…” (New Proof of Extensive IRS Scheme; By Floyd Brown; WallStreetDaily.com; 5/19/14)

 

OK the proof is out there that IRS targeting the Tea Party and Conservatives was not the work of rogue agents at Cincinnati field office. Why hasn’t House investigations shown the same results? IT IS BECAUSE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!

 

“On May 21, 2013 the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent the IRS a Freedom of Information Act request asking for “any and all documents or records, including but not limited to electronic documents, e-mails, paper documents, photographs (electronic or hard copy), or audio files,” related to correspondence from January 1, 2009 and May 21, 2013 between thirteen different Democrat members of Congress and top IRS officials. Those officials include former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, former Commissioner Steven Miller, senior IRS official Joseph Grant and former head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner. Members of Congress named in the request include Sen. Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Reid (D-NV), DSCC Chair Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Hagan (D-NC), Sen. Begich (D-AK), Sen. Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Sen. Franken (D-MN), Sen. Warner (D-VA), Rep. Braley and Rep. Peters (D-MI).

 

Since that request was received by the IRS nearly one year ago, IRS Tax Law Specialists Robert Thomas and Denise Higley have asked for more time to fulfill the request six times.

 

“I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 21, 2013, and received in our office on May 30, 2013,” Higley wrote in a letter to NRSC Attorney Megan Sowards last year. “I am unable to send the information requested by June 27, 2013, which is the 20 business day period allowed by law. I apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.”

 

Thomas and Higley have sent six letters with the same language and different dates to Sowards requesting more time to locate information in order to fulfill the FOIA request. Most recently, the IRS has asked for a deadline of August 1, 2014 to produce information.

 

Earlier this week Judicial Watch released documents showing Democratic Michigan Senator Carl Levin was in contact with former Deputy IRS Commissioner Steven Miller repeatedly throughout 2012 and was working with the agency on how conservative groups, specifically those working against his reelection, could be targeted through IRS rules and regulations. Last month we learned the staff of Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings had been in touch with the IRS about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote, despite direct denials from Cummings any contact with the IRS had ever occurred.” (EXCLUSIVE: IRS Stonewalling FOIA Request Surrounding Correspondence With Democratic Members of Congress; By Katie Pavlich; Townhall.com; 5/16/14)

 

Yup, I had to post the whole Pavlich article rather than excerpting it. The article was brief but packed with info of White House and Dem politicians obstructing justice.

 

I am going to finish with Benghazigate obstruction of investigation by the White House last because that is what got this ball rolling for me. However, the newest relevant scandal has to do with American Veterans:

 

Veteran Affairs (VA) Letting Vets DIE:

 

“WASHINGTON — If the Veterans Administration scandal is a preview of government-run health insurance, then Republicans are rapidly acquiring explosive new ammunition in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The scandal is becoming a bigger disaster everyday. Also, more evidence is accumulating that the Obama administration was repeatedly warned about problems at the VA, going back all the way to 2008, before the president even took office.

 

The Washington Times reported Monday that the Obama administration received notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care.

 

Veterans Affairs officials reportedly warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the wait times that its facilities were reporting were not trustworthy.

 

According to a memo the Times obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, “This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying – and potentially denying – deserving veterans timely care.”

 

The 2008 transition report referred to a VA inspector general recommendation to test the accuracy of reported waiting times, because there could be “questionable differences” between the dates shown in medical records and dates in the Veterans Health Administration’s scheduling system.


…” (VA SCANDAL REACHES OBAMA; By Garth Kant; WorldNetDaily; 5/19/14)

 

Benghazigate Obstruction Finally Leads to a House Select Committee:

 

“House Speaker John Boehner recently asked me to serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, a significant and solemn responsibility that I accepted.

 

This was not a decision I took lightly. The Benghazi attack was a terrible tragedy, and we still mourn the four Americans that were brutally murdered that day. Some have asked why further investigation is needed on Benghazi after multiple existing committee inquiries into the matter – including one I led.

 

One reason is that the Administration’s explanation for exactly what happened that day and why has been far from clear – both in the immediate aftermath and months later.

 

Recently we learned the White House withheld important Benghazi documents from Congressional investigators. These documents reveal a campaign-focused White House in spin control mode, and the failure to disclose them raises questions as to what else has been hidden from the public.

 

Such a lack of transparency is unacceptable. It is the duty of Congress to seek answers on the government’s activities on behalf of the American people, particularly when government officials attempt to obscure the truth.

 

Another reason this Select Committee is needed is that the multi-jurisdictional nature of the Benghazi issue makes it difficult to investigate across the existing committee structure. You may remember that during my time as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I led the inquiry into military activities surrounding the Benghazi attack.

 

While we were thorough in our investigation, our jurisdiction was limited to the Department of Defense. There are many more layers to the Benghazi story, including our intelligence community, the State Department, and, of course, the White House. And, while other committees have made inquires in those areas, no group has had the authority to investigate all aspects of the Benghazi situation at the same time – until now. A select committee with broad jurisdiction will better connect all the dots and …” READ THE REST (ROBY: Why I’m Serving on the Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi; By Rep. Martha Roby; Yellow Hammer; 5/19/14)

 

I’m a bit behind in all this stuff now because I didn’t actually read this information until May 17. So I thought I’d look for some independent verification reports on House members being threatened for participating in a Benghazi Select Committee. So after using the old search engine I was surprised that very few legitimate sources have reported on any threats to House members. The stretch of time most active on threats seems to be between May 6 and May 8. AND all those sources point to Politico as the primary source of an “assassination” threat against Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tagged to Chair a Benghazi Select Committee to ferret out more info from the Obama Administration. After May 8 information on something that should be considered very serious has dried up. The search engine did not bring up any other credible sources on the issue and a quick search on Politico only results in the original story from May 6.

 

What the heck does that mean?

 

It leaves me with guess work. The death threat was very credible and the police are keeping the story away from the Mainstream Media (MSM). OR the story was not credible and Politico would just forget they did one story because no other MSM is touching it. OR perhaps the worst case scenario Obama’s Administration is plugging holes a la Watergate to further stall bad press that might affect old BHO.

 

At any rate, the Examiner.com is the vehicle for a May 13 story by Anthony Martin who has an unnamed source that is a member of the “underground resistance” (whatever that is) again notifying readers that Republicans that join the House Benghazi Select Committee to investigate the truth are under threat of either personal harm BUT more likely of MASSIVE character assassination (a la Sarah Palin) to discredit finding and/or destroy careers.

 

Well we know the Dems are really good at the latter.

 

JRH 5/20/14 (Hat Tip: Benghazi-gate FB Group)

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Underground source reports high level threat to Benghazi investigators

 

By Anthony Martin

May 13, 2014

Examiner.com

 

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, a source who described himself as a part of the “underground resistance” told this reporter that a top level government official had relayed information to a fellow patriot in the resistance movement, information that represents a dire threat to investigators of the Benghazi attacks. The threat was directed specifically to those who have been chosen for the Select Committee on Benghazi in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as reporters who are investigating the Benghazi attacks.

 

Although the nature of the threat was unclear, the government source was adamant that at the very least those who attempt to get at the real truth about Benghazi would “be destroyed politically.” When asked what he thought such a threat means, the source in the resistance movement stated the closer Congressional investigators such as Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., get to the uncovering the truth the more at risk they are to become targets of a well-coordinated smear campaign, complete with lies, innuendo, false charges, and character assassination, all designed to ruin their careers.

 

In order to be transparent concerning these reports, it is imperative that I emphasize that I do not know the person who relayed the information from the underground resistance. He would not provide his name, nor would he provide the name of the fellow patriot who talked directly to the government source. But he stated that the truth of what he had conveyed would be verified nationally on Friday, May 9, probably on conservative talk radio.

 

I attempt to monitor all of the nationally syndicated conservative talk radio shows, but I heard nothing about this issue on Friday. But on Sunday evenings a couple of local radio stations play episodes of talk shows that are not carried on weekdays. It was then that I hit pay dirt. I began listening to the replay of Friday’s Dennis Miller Show, which is broadcast on a local station once per week on Sunday.

 

Miller, of course, is the Hollywood actor turned talk show host who appears regularly on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor to discuss political issues with Bill O’Reilly. Miller has a daily talk show on the west coast that is picked up by some stations in other areas of the country.

 

One segment of Friday’s show dealt specifically with the Benghazi investigation as the U.S. House gears up to delve into the attacks by a Select Committee chosen to discover the facts about the attacks — facts that have been carefully hidden by the Obama administration despite several committee investigations and a lawsuit that forced it to turn over to Judicial Watch a group of emails and documents it has deliberately withheld from Congress. Even after winning the lawsuit and forcing the administration’s hand, Judicial Watch has reported that there are still thousands of documents the administration has refused to turn over despite the court order.

 

And then came the bombshell statement by a guest that Miller had on the show to discuss these matters. The guest stated that he believes that the American people will never know the truth about Benghazi, in spite of the Select Committee. Miller agreed. Further, the guest stated that he was convinced that those who get too close to the truth will be targets of a massive coordinated attack involving character assassination, falsehoods, bogus charges, and other dirty tricks that will have the effect of ruining the careers of those involved. The same thing, he said, would happen to reporters who get too close to the truth.

 

Miller agreed fully and wondered if the investigation would be worth it if it means that good men and women of integrity will have their lives destroyed. Miller’s reticence is a worthy consideration, although it should not be enough to stop an investigation. Already the collectivist cabal involving Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Podesta of George Soros’ Center for American Progress, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and many others has begun attacking anyone who wants to know the truth.

 

But that’s not all. These particular politicians are bankrolled by multibillionaires who not only have deep pockets but are pushing a collectivist, globalist agenda. Democrats and collectivists would love for citizens to think that only Republicans and libertarians have supporters with lots of money, such as the Koch Brothers. But the Democrats and extremists among the collectivists have even more wealthy donors who somehow remain in the shadows.

 

So, what is the uptake concerning this credible threat? An overriding factor is that Trey Gowdy does not scare easily. As a former U.S. prosecutor and District Attorney for the upstate of South Carolina, he has seen it all, including numerous death threats and attempts to destroy his career. But this man is no man’s fool. He is amazingly intelligent, a quick study, a bulldog who will not let go until he gets the facts, and a steadfast advocate for truth and justice.

 

Could Gowdy be destroyed in the process of investigating Benghazi? Anything is possible, but this is highly unlikely. The pit bulls of the collectivist cabal may have seen some pretty mean creatures in their long careers of creating political mayhem, but they have never encountered Trey Gowdy. Good luck with that one.

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Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers


BHO Prosecutes Whistleblowers

Michelle Malkin writes how the Obama Administration punishes Whistleblowers when it involves the operation of his government or his family and friends.

 

JRH 5/9/13

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To the Dems on Holder – STICK A SOCK IN IT


Eric Holder 6-28-12

John R. Houk

© June 28, 2012

 

Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress today by the GOP majority in the House. Democrats and especially the Black Caucus have made Holder’s refusal to come clean about Fast & Furious into a race issue to deflect the real reason for the contempt citation.

 

Namely, Holder has been caught in several lies and adding to Holder’s refusal to cooperate with the House investigation to find the idiot who signed off on Fast & Furious smacks of the Watergate Cover-up Republican President Nixon faced in the early 1970s. In that cover-up the President was saved from impeachment and a Senate trial by a blanket pardon for Nixon. That pardon came from the only President not elected to Office as a President or Vice President. In my growing political youth that Presidential pardon solidified me as a Democrat at the time causing my first vote for the Office of President to go to Jimmy Carter. Carter was such a failure I departed my Leftist ways and have become a permanent Conservative (although not always a Republican) ever since.

 

I mention my brief personal feelings on Watergate because the Fast & Furious scandal has all the appearances of a Watergate Cover-up. In this case the Cover-up would then be to protect the Leftist-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Could the GOP be flexing its muscles after the Supreme Court in a close 5-4 vote upheld the central financing of Obamacare ruling Individual Mandates a tax rather than forcing citizens to buy a product under the Commerce Clause?

 

Unofficially I’d have to say, “You’re darn toot’in!”

 

Chief Justice John Roberts insinuated he voted the tax route so that Congress would legislate via the purse strings rather than SCOTUS formulating policy. I don’t know if I agree with the Roberts reasoning; however having Congress act rather than SCOTUS appears to be some slick Constitutional interpretation by throwing the issue back to Congress.

 

The House GOP is flexing its muscles according to the constituents that voted them into Office. I am guessing some of those constituents were represented by Democrats prior to 2010. Ergo whether the Dems are crying race or political motivation – STICK A SOCK IN IT and listen to your constituents as you will probably lose more seats in the House in 2012 AND perhaps lose the Senate to the GOP in 2012 as well.

 

Here is the Fox News report on Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress.

 

JRH 6/28/12

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