Gov’t Confirms US Jihadi Cult Under Investigation


If you are a Counterjihad reader, you are fully aware of the existence Muslims of America (MOA) on American soil. These guys are Islamic terrorists with their strings being pulled by its leader Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in Pakistan.

 

 

The Clarion Project has discovered that the MOA is under an official government investigation. Here’s what CP knows so far.

 

JRH 11/26/17

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Gov’t Confirms US Jihadi Cult Under Investigation

 

By RYAN MAURO 

November 26, 2017

Clarion Project

 

States where Muslims of the Americas enclaves are located (Photo: Fox News)

 

A U.S. government agency confirmed in a letter to the Clarion Project that an investigation into a terror-linked Islamist cult named Muslims of America (MOA) is ongoing. The group is known for its “Islamic villages” in North America, with its “Islamberg” headquarters receiving the most attention.

 

The October 19 letter from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) states that 10 documents from a previous investigation into MOA must be withheld because “the investigation related to the documents that were referred is still open.”

 

The Justice Department says that releasing the information could interfere with law enforcement proceedings as they concern an “ongoing investigation.”

 

Muslims of America (MOA) used to be known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra when it carried out a series of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The group is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan and claims to have 22 “villages” in the U.S., some of which are known to have been used for basic military-type training.

 

FBI documents from 2003 released by Clarion Project earlier this year state that MOA is was linked to al-Qaeda in Pakistan at that time.

 

The Justice Department letter is referring to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) terrorism and counter-intelligence probe into MOA activity possibly impacting the U.S. military. The Clarion Project has received a series of documents from that investigation dated between 2002 and 2004, and the files confirm that concern about MOA’s extremism is warranted.

 

The documents refer to “Islamberg” in Hancock, New York; “Ahmadabad West” and “Ahmadabad East” in Red House and Meherrin, Virginia; “Islamville” in York County, South Carolina; “Hassanville” in Ontario, Canada; the “village” in Dover, Tennessee and one in the state of Washington. Travel to and from Pakistan, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago is also of concern.

 

The NCIS explicitly states that MOA is the “U.S. name” for Jamaat ul-Fuqra and that there are reports of gunfire, including automatic gunfire, at some of the “compounds.”

 

The documents state that “all locations have individuals who are involved with criminal scams to raise money for MOA/JAF,” including worker’s compensation fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, illegal straw purchases of weapons and conversions of semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic guns. MOA members send the funds to “Islamberg” in New York and/or Lahore, Pakistan for Sheikh Gilani.

 

MOA members from all compounds also travel to Pakistan for both religious education as well as military-style training and operational experience fighting in the Kashmir region of Pakistan,” the document states.

 

Major Activity in Virginia

 

The declassified NCIS documents show extensive MOA activity in the state of Virginia outside of the two known compounds.

 

The Virginia MOA compounds are suspiciously secretive. The documents recount how the compound in Red House behaved after a hurricane in 2004. They refused to grant access to the property for the local fire department and Virginia Power to fix power lines for several days. There are similar stories from other compounds.

 

At the time of the documents’ writing in 2002-2004, life in MOA’s Virginia compounds was known to be very strict. Two families left the Red House compound after televisions were banned. Multiple MOA-affiliated sources have mentioned this ban to this author as well as Martin Mawyer.

 

The Virginia State Police provided information showing that “the group has expressed an interest in harming a VSP [Virginia State Police] trooper if they pose a threat to MOA members in central Virginia.”

 

Members living at the Red House compound were instructed to buy firearms and ordinance every single month “to enhance the defenses of their compound.”

 

The activity at the compound includes paramilitary training, presumably like that seen in videotaped training of women at “Islamberg” around 2002. The investigatory files state:

 

“Reporting to BATF has noted that MOA, Red House, VA, conducts squad-type training in surrounding woods/swamps and that they have made uncorroborated statements that they would fight any law enforcement encroachment on their compounds by use of defensive force.”

 

Suspected MOA members are reported to travel to the area and cash counterfeited payroll business checks. They then disappear. Members also operate convenience stores in the towns outside of the compounds and were looking to buy more land at the time.

 

Infiltration of Local Police

 

 According to the NCIS documents, the person in charge of the Red House compound’s security was a local Orange City Police Department officer.

 

Seized MOA documents show a concerted effort to infiltrate law enforcement and establish security companies as fronts.

 

Infiltration of U.S. Military Bases

 

“Many” MOA members are alleged to have U.S. military backgrounds, the documents warn.

 

The investigators are especially concerned with MOA infiltration of Naval Air Station LeMoore and Fort Irwin in California by at least two “long-time members of the terrorism-tied Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of America” group.

 

The files refer to suspected MOA members working as a housing contract officer at LeMoore and as a contract administrator with the acquisitions command at Fort Irwin. Concern is also raised about a MOA-owned cab company that may have access to U.S. bases and services performed by a MOA member who is a contractor for Avaya Communications.

 

At the time the files were authored, at least two “long-time members of the terrorism-tied Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of America” group were known to have worked as a housing contract officer at LeMoore and as a contract administrator with the acquisitions command at Fort Irwin.

 

The two MOA members were from the group’s 400-acre “Baladullah” compound in Fresno County, California that was abandoned after its leaders were indicted for defrauding the state government of $1.3 million in a massive charter school scam.

 

The money is believed to have been funneled to MOA’s leaders in Pakistan. The compound was “alleged to have support terrorism,” NCIS writes.

 

The NCIS was concerned that the MOA members were using their positions to earn “kickbacks” to fund their organization and its leaders in Pakistan.

 

Conclusion

 

Declassified documents since the NCIS papers show that the concern about MOA is ongoing. For example, when the Clarion Project exposed a MOA enclave in Texas in 2014, the report included FBI documents from 2003-2007 with frightening warnings about the threat posed by MOA’s extremism, terrorist history and international infrastructure.

 

A retired federal source confirmed to Clarion Project in April that he was given urgent national security briefings about MOA after 2009 with an emphasis on the group’s acquirement of weapons and tactical capabilities, including training of women and children.

 

Government documents are only released after they have aged. Those who contend that MOA poses no threat point to a gap in time between an incriminating investigatory file and the time of publication. However, the U.S. government’s private assessments of MOA since the 70’s have been consistent. The most up-to-date evidence from declassified files show that MOA is not the “moderate” group it claims to be.

 

MOA members were subjected to a spate of arrests in New York state this year, as reported by this author and Martin Mawyer based in part on their confidential informants inside the group. One reported MOA associate, Ramadan Abdullah, was apprehended with a weapons stockpile.

 

MOA may also be feeling heat because of its long relationship and public support for Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist group in Pakistan and Kashmir. The U.S. State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on August 16, prohibiting any material assistance to the group.

 

For more information about this jihadi cult, visit the Clarion Project’s Fuqra Files website, which is the most comprehensive database for information about MOA/Fuqra available.

 

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Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s Shillman Fellow and national security analyst and an adjunct professor of counter-terrorism. He is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

 

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GOHMERT EXPLAINS WHY COMEY HAD TO NOTIFY CONGRESS


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Rep. Louie Gohmert provides another reason FBI Director James Comey notified Congress that he was reopening the Crooked Hillary investigation. That reason had less to do with conscience and more to do with concern about perjuring himself in Congressional testimony addressing Comey’s previous decision not to recommend prosecution.

 

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GOHMERT EXPLAINS WHY COMEY HAD TO NOTIFY CONGRESS

Also reveals only way Hillary will ‘answer for some of the things she’s done’

 

By GREG COROMBOS

October 31, 2016

WND

 

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas

 

While many Democrats publicly fume at FBI Director James Comey and many Republicans sense political opportunity, a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee tells WND and Radio America the letter was really Comey’s way of avoiding a perjury investigation against him in Congress.

 

On Friday, Comey sent a letter to several committee and subcommittee chairman and ranking members, informing them that new emails “pertinent to the investigation” had been discovered. Twice in the three-paragraph letter, Comey noted his duty to keep Congress up to speed on the case.

 

“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony,” Comey stated.

 

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said this really boils down to Comey keeping his sworn promise to lawmakers given during testimony in the wake of the FBI refusing to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton.

 

“It is actually the director of the FBI avoiding lying to Congress. He said he would update us,” Gohmert told WND and Radio America. “I think at the time he said it, he probably did not anticipate that there was going to be any other developments sufficient to get him to pursue the case further.”

 

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Shortly after the Comey letter was reported, sources within the FBI revealed that the newly discovered emails were found on a device belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

 

Gohmert said that is significant.

 

“If it’s true what we’re told that Weiner had emails that were for Huma Abedin, if any of those are classified, then Huma broke the law by allowing her husband – even though they’re married – to have access to those emails,” Gohmert explained.

 

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He said that arrangement also made both Weiner and Abedin ripe for blackmail.

 

“One of the reasons it’s so important for our high officials to be above reproach is the fact that, because Weiner was doing all this sexting, that kind of thing could have made him vulnerable to blackmail,” Gohmert said.

 

He said the impending Weiner-Abedin divorce could have put Abedin at the same risk.

 

“If he has emails that Huma should not have let him see, then she could be a target for blackmail,” Gohmert said. “If Hillary were elected, then Huma would be the closest confidante to the president of the United States but very vulnerable to blackmail.”

 

Gohmert is also struck by the Clinton team demanding the FBI reveal everything it has since this revelation comes so close to Election Day.

 

“It takes an awful lot of gall to say, in effect, ‘I thought I destroyed all of those emails. I demand to know what emails you have found because I thought I destroyed them all.’ Basically, it’s a bit of an admission of obstruction of justice,” Gohmert said.

 

The congressman is disappointed the Clinton investigation did not broaden into a probe of Clinton Foundation activities and how they influenced Clinton’s decisions at the State Department.

 

“For heaven’s sake, when you’re allowing the sale of our uranium and it ends up going to Russia and our enemies, that’s pretty amazing,” Gohmert said. “None of that seemed to pique the interest. Some of us sure think it sounded like there may have been crimes involved. [It] certainly merited having a grand jury impaneled and at least [having] them look into these things.”

 

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According to reports, the FBI did aggressively push for permission to investigate the Clinton Foundation, but it was forbidden from proceeding by the Justice Department. Gohmert said that proves nothing will happen to Hillary Clinton while Loretta Lynch runs the Justice Department.

 

“As long as she’s there, Hillary Clinton will never be prosecuted,” Gohmert said. “The only chance there is that Hillary Clinton may eventually have to answer for some of the things she’s done is if Donald Trump is elected.”

 

He continued, “We have got to clean out the cesspool. It stinks to high heaven.”

 

While the Clinton campaign demands to see what emails the FBI has and simultaneously insists they are nothing of consequence, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is taking the Comey criticism to a new level.

 

In a letter, Reid is accusing Comey of violating the Hatch Act by sending his letter so close to the election. What’s more, Reid accused Comey of sitting on “explosive” evidence of Trump’s ties to the Russian government.

 

“In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information,” wrote Reid.

 

Gohmert minced few words about Reid. First, the congressman contends Comey may have violated the Hatch Act if he didn’t send the letter updating member of Congress on the probe.

 

“I think it would be a potential violation of the Hatch Act to use his position to prevent Americans from knowing the substantial change, the new evidence that has been found,” he said.

 

As for Reid himself, Gohmert said the Nevada Democrat’s reputation is already worthless.

 

“For lying Harry Reid, the guy that said (2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt) Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years, it turned out Reid had no basis. He just totally lied. He still says he is so proud he went and lied about Romney because it helped [President Obama] win the election,” Gohmert said.

 

“That tells us that Harry Reid is a guy who is so unscrupulous, so immoral that I don’t really much care what allegations he makes.”

 

While he does encourage a quick report on these new findings, Gohmert is pleading with the FBI to do a thorough job examining the new emails and not feel that it has to make a conclusion to meet a political deadline.

 

“The FBI needs to get their reputation back, and the only way to do that is to handle this more professionally,” he said.

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Hold Koskinen and IRS Accountable for Crime


John R. Houk

© November 14, 2015

John Koskinen was appointed as Commissioner to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2013 by President Barack Hussein Obama. Koskinen has lied to Congress and obstructed Congressional investigations into the IRS. Why should we be surprised? After all the IRS targeting of Conservative organizations has been going on and covered up at least since 2010 undoubtedly under the direction of President Barack Hussein Obama. When the light began to expose the crooked tax collecting organization subpoenas were ignored, documents lost or destroyed and the electronic fingerprints found attempted erasure.

HAS ANYONE BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE?

To date no one has faced criminal charges for either partisan attacks or the cover-up. Does that sound like White House cooperation in terminating the rats in the woodwork? What does that tell you? All scandal roads lead straight to President Obama. This can be surmised because the White House is involved in the same kind of obstruction to investigations with the Left Stream Media covering the Obama Administration’s back-side.

Discover The Networks has an excellent timeline of what is public knowledge of nefarious activities in the IRS that begin with Commissioner Doug Shulman and continued on by his replacement Steven Miller and then Miller’s replacement Daniel Werfel who has been replaced with the current corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:

In May 2013, it was learned that from April 2010 to April 2012, the Internal Revenue Service had placed on hold the processing of applications for tax-exempt status that it had received from hundreds of organizations with such presumably conservative indicators as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” in their names. During that period, the IRS approved only four applications from conservative groups while green-lighting applications from several dozen organizations whose names included the likely left-leaning terms “Progressive,” “Progress,” “Liberal,” or “Equality.”

In February 2014, it was further learned that of the
already-existing nonprofits that were flagged for IRS surveillance (including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites, and any other publicly available information), 83% were conservative. And, of the groups that the IRS selected for audit, 100% were conservative.

This section of Discover The Networks provides a timeline of this illegal, blatantly partisan practice by the IRS.

February to March 2010: An email string from February – March 2010 includes a message from a California Exempt Organizations Determinations manager discussing a Tea Party application “currently being held in the Screening group.” The manager urges, “Please let ‘Washington’ know about this potentially embarrassing political case involving a ‘Tea Party’ organization. Recent media attention to this type of organization indicates to me that this is a ‘high profile’ case.” A co-worker responds: “I think sending it up here [DC] is a good idea given the potential for media interest.” (Source)

March 31 to April 1, 2010: Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU)—the 150,000-member union that represents employees of the IRS and 30 other government agencies—visits President Obama at the White House. NTEU’s Political Action Committee endorsed Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave READ THE REST

What a surprise. A Union and President Obama have a strategy meeting. I doubt finger criminals was the topic of discussion. More than likely the discussions was how to grease the wheels of obstruction and cover-up.

A friend of mine forwarded a Tea Party Patriots email which rallies support to press the House to impeach Obama’s current IRS thug chief John Koskinen. A successful impeachment would bring to light a trail of criminality that I am confident will eventually lead to Obama and his White House minions. Below is the TPP email portions that deal with impeaching Koskinen (I’m leaving out the marketing pitch):

Hold Ryan Accountable, Impeach the IRS Commissioner, and Wear Your Support for Our Troops

Sent by Tea Party Patriots National Support Team

Sent: 11/13/15 12:58:58 -0800

Tea Party Patriots

Sign Our Petition to Impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen

This week, Jenny Beth wrote an op-ed for The Hill laying out the reasons why Congress should impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. She wrote, “But impeachment is the appropriate response to Koskinen’s conduct in office, if impeachment is meant to be used, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 65, to remedy ‘those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.'” We need your help to build as much support for impeaching IRS Commissioner Koskinen! Sign our petition supporting efforts to impeach the IRS Commissioner!

Send a Message to Speaker Paul Ryan – Sign Our Petition!

Now that Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House, it’s critical that we make sure he keeps the promises that he made to govern as a conservative and to decentralize power in the House. Help us send the message that we won’t let the new House leadership go back to doing business the same way John Boehner did. Make sure you sign our petition to hold Paul Ryan accountable!

… [End of Impeach Koskinen portion]

I included the Paul Ryan portion of the email because the new Speaker will be instrumental in moving the impeachment process along to a vote.

For your convenience I am cross posting the Jenny Beth article found at The Hill and used here by the Tea Party Patriots to highlight reasons to impeach John Koskinen as Commissioner of the IRS.

JRH 11/14/15 (Hat Tip Steven Hofer)

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Impeach Koskinen

By Jenny Beth Martin

November 10, 2015, 07:30 am

The Hill

House Republicans have introduced a resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, about which, a simple thought – it’s about damn time.

Impeaching a senior official of the federal government is no small deal. Only seventeen times since the Constitution came into force in 1789 has the House of Representatives even tried to impeach a federal official; only eight times has the Senate seen fit to convict. And not since March of 1876 has an appointed executive branch official been impeached. It’s a difficult thing to do, and it was meant to be; it should only be used for the most egregious offenses.

But impeachment is the appropriate response to Koskinen’s conduct in office, if impeachment is meant to be used, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 65, to remedy “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

The text of H. Res. 494, introduced by Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and cosponsored by 22 others, makes plain Koskinen’s “abuse or violation of the public trust.”

In four separate articles of impeachment, Koskinen is charged with:

Failing to comply with a subpoena for evidence, resulting in the destruction of that evidence – 422 backup tapes, which housed as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails;

Failing to testify truthfully and providing false and misleading information to the Congress – Koskinen testified that the IRS had turned over all emails relevant to the congressional investigation (including Lerner’s emails), and then, when that proved to be inaccurate, he testified that the emails were unrecoverable, which also turned out to be false;

Failing to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing – the IRS knew the Lerner emails were missing as early as February 2014, and, in fact, destroyed the emails in early March 2014. But the IRS didn’t tell Congress until June of that year, well after White House and Treasury officials had been notified.

In each of these charges, the evidence is clear – it is Koskinen’s own words, offered in sworn testimony to Congress, compared to the record of his and the IRS’s actions.

The resolution has been moved to the House Judiciary Committee, which will, presumably, mark it up and send it to the floor at the discretion of the House GOP Leadership. This gives newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) the perfect opportunity to prove to conservatives and the American people alike that he is truly ready to do the peoples’ work.

This shouldn’t be a heavy lift for Ryan – remember the Ways and Means oversight hearing where he tore into Koskinen, saying repeatedly he simply did not believe him? I do.

And what do the 2016 Republican presidential contenders think about the latest IRS revelations? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has asked the Justice Department to save documents related to the IRS investigation so that the next administration can have a shot at justice. But are the others willing to step in and defend the American people should one of them win the White House? Might I suggest that Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network choose this as a subject of conversation during tonight’s debate over some of the more ridiculous topics we’ve seen from other forums this year?

Remember, it was the IRS that was used as a political weapon to target citizens who were deemed opponents of this Administration. My organization and many affiliated with it have been on the receiving end of this political weapon and I would not wish it upon any American–including my worst political adversaries.

Not surprisingly, it was announced last month that the Obama Justice Department would not press charges against the person at the center of this scandal – former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner. So, just when will the American people receive justice?

A start would be to impeach and convict the man who continued the cover-up and denied justice for the American people, and I truly give House Republicans credit for seeming to understand this. Will Congress step up and do something meaningful to defend the American people? Help make your voice heard by adding your voice to the national petition at www.ImpeachJohn.com.

It’s about damn time.

Martin is president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.

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John R. Houk

© November 14, 2015

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Justin Smith writes about the Scandals that have discredited and probably point to felony crimes perpetrated by Attorney General Eric Holder. Justin somewhat takes the approach of they get what they deserve toward a Free Press investigation of the Associated Press (AP). As a Conservative I feel like joining Justin and say “Waaaa” because the Liberal AP’s hero – the Obama Administration – turned on them. On the other hand if the AP begins to push back against Holder and his boss Obama I have no doubt other Left Media Outlets would follow the AP’s lead. And since Holder also signed warrants to investigate Fox News and their correspondent James Rosen (and Rosen’s parents) Obama might be in some actual trouble with other scandals that have popped up. And who knows – with scrutiny now placing Obama and minions under a microscope perhaps more nefarious scandals will come to light.

 

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By Justin O. Smith

June 3, 2013 at 11:10pm

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For the past two decades, the bulk of the liberal press, such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have removed any pretense of being anything else other than a partner of the Progressive Democrats and their communist, anti-American agenda. They have failed to censure Attorney General Eric Holder… the most corrupt person in the most corrupt administration in American history… when he misused his power regarding the 1965 Voter Act and the Black Panthers, during the Fast and Furious ATF/Mexican gun-running scandal, in immigration matters and in numerous terrorism cases. They have lost any semblance of fairness and journalistic integrity, as they have failed on numerous occasions to fulfill their essential role to serve the Truth and the American people. So, it is hard for me to give a sincere damn over the AP’s plight, now that they have been targeted by an unrestrained Holder Justice Department and cried “Foul!”

 

The AP’s trouble began after they printed a story on May 7, 2012 about a foiled Al Qaeda terrorist plot in Yemen to bomb an airliner. The AP held the story for five days before finally receiving CIA clearance to run it; then the AP was asked to hold it one more day, because the White House wanted to release it first. The AP declined, since national security was not the issue.

 

Although innocent in the 2012 case, the AP has long attacked America’s national character and our American Heritage, and much too often they have given aid and comfort to America’s enemies. In 2005 the AP followed The New York Times lead and pushed a story that disrupted a program monitoring cell phones that Al Qaeda had bought in Switzerland, and six months later, they both exposed a program that tracked funding for terror attacks!

 

Holder said that the leak connected to the 2012 AP case “put the American people at risk”, but the facts point towards politics and this administration’s need to make the facts fit their narrative, especially since the records sweep went far beyond any one news article. Laura Malone, general counsel for the AP, released a letter from Ronald Machen, U.S. attorney, that detailed the seizure of “all such records for, among other phone lines, an AP general phone number in New York City as well as AP bureaus in NYC, Washington-DC, Hartford-CT and the House of Representatives; more than 100 journalists work in these offices (AP), and many of these bureaus and reporters had no connection to the leaked story.

 

Under normal circumstances, the Department of Justice is required to give advance notification to news organizations, in order that they may have time to have any forthcoming subpoena halted by a judge. However, regulations also allow for exceptions, in which case journalists must be notified within 90 days.

 

In June 1971, The New York Times started publishing a series of damaging internal documents, “The Pentagon Papers”, provided by Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg and also partially published by The Washington Post. Solicitor General Erwin Griswold argued before the Supreme Court that the publication of the papers would effect the nation’s security adversely. And, while Justice Hugo Black held that the government could not stop such publications of illegally gained documents, the government could still constitutionally try, convict and punish editors for violating the Espionage Act if they did publish classified material; no one has a constitutionally protected right to publish the U.S. governments secret documents.

 

Eric Holder described the AP article as among “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen” in a 35 year career, and yet, this is the same man who dropped charges against former DOJ lawyer Thomas Tamm; Tamm leaked information to The New York Times, during George W’s administration, about a wiretapping program designed to intercept terrorist calls between high level Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and their contacts in the U.S.; a vital program was compromised, the Times received the Pulitzer Prize, and thanks to Holder, Tamm suffered no consequences!

 

Currently, New York Times journalist David Sanger is thought to be the focus of the investigation of disclosures made about a joint American-Israeli effort to sabotage the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which obviously crosses a red-line. Also, Sheryl Attkisson, CBS reporter, suspects the DOJ of hacking into her computer; and, while James Rosen has been a known target of the Holder DOJ, typically past administrations, including George W’s, have focused on those who violated their oath to protect classified information.

 

Sheryl Attkisson, CBS reporter, is only one of hundreds who believe that they have come under the scrutiny of Eric Holder. She has repeatedly asked Obama tough questions on Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS. She has performed the job of a reporter, in the manner it was meant to be done. So now, the liberal media have dubbed her “the Pit Bull” and accused her of having a political agenda… as if they don’t… for reporting proven facts!

 

James Rosen, Fox News reporter, was labeled a possible “co-conspirator” and defamed then in 2010 and now as the story resurfaces, simply because he reported on a planned missile launch by North Korea in response to the UN Security Council’s condemnation of its nuclear tests. The “classified” status of this information was dubious at best, since the North Korean leadership was already screaming about it to anyone who would listen.

 

Eric Holder grossly abused his position, power and the law in the manner in which he applied the Espionage Act in order to investigate James Rosen. As he took this case to three different judges before receiving approval for a warrant, he also had to make a leap into fantasy to get from Mr. Rosen’s so-called crime of “employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s (Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, State Dept security advisor) vanity and ego” to an “aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leak. And, Holder outright lied before the House Judiciary Committee repeatedly, as he replied, “I don’t know” to any question pertaining to this investigation and whether or not he ever sought to “personally prosecute any journalist” under the Espionage Act; on May 22, NBC News reported Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant, which reportedly even included monitoring the phone lines of Rosen’s parents in Staten Island: Attorney General Eric Holder must be fired and criminally prosecuted!

 

If the House Judiciary Committee determines that Eric Holder lied under oath, he is gone… he should have been dismissed long ago on Fast and Furious alone. Until then he will remain, because he is a personal friend of Barack Obama, who believes that Holder is a vital agent in the “fundamental transformation” of America; however, Obama has shown no reluctance in the past to cast aside anyone in his administration that he considered a liability to his agenda of creating a post-Constitutional America and an all powerful State.

 

From the very beginning, the Associated Press and other liberal media refused to thoroughly check the background of Obama and his associates or hold them accountable for a litany of unConstitutional acts, and now they are reaping what they have sowed. America has witnessed an administration that does not mind using its full weight of power to interfere with our First Amendment Rights on many levels, and one must doubt Obama’s sincerity when he states, “And I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable”; however, whatever the final judgment, journalists and government officials both are charged with the moral imperative to find the line and balance between national security and the people’s right to information. And, if Obama is really “concerned about information that could compromise their missions or might get them killed”, as he refers to Americans in hazardous posts, he should charge Holder with the mission to prosecute Vice-President Joseph Biden for leaking the information that made SEAL Team Six a primary target for Al Qaeda and ultimately led to the entire Team’s death!

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

© Justin O. Smith