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The Obama Justice Department's Secret Blogging Team... Is it Illegal?
Publius Forum ^ | 10/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 10/07/2009 9:23:26 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, has apparently hired a cadre of left-wing, Democrat campaign bloggers to troll through the Internet looking for news stories and blog posts that denigrate the Obama agenda. After such websites are found it is the job of these secret lefty bloggers to leave comments that come to the support of Obamaism in the comments sections. It seems that Eric Holder has created his own little propaganda unit in a valiant effort to become the Bloggi Riefenstahl of the Obama era.

As reported at The Muffled Oar, a blog that first broke the story of Holder's secretive blogging unit -- dubbed the "Blog Squad" by blogger Isaac Muzzey -- Holder has housed this unit in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice. It also appears that former John Edwards staffer Tracy Russo is part of this special unit.

A site called whorunsgov.com reported back in May that DOJ hired Russo to do "media outreach for the whole department." It is, according to whorunsgov.com, the first time such an effort has been made at DOJ.

Of Russo's duties, The Muffled Oar says:

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Wow. If this is true it is very, very interesting, indeed.
1 posted on 10/07/2009 9:23:27 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The Obama Justice Department’s Secret Blogging Team... Is it Illegal?

NO!


2 posted on 10/07/2009 9:24:20 AM PDT by jessduntno (Tell Obama to STFU - Stop The Federal Usurpation.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Are the U.S. taxpayers paying for this nazi crap?


3 posted on 10/07/2009 9:25:21 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! We're spending our grandchildren's inheritance!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

DOJ is the marketing dept for Obama? I thought the DOJ had an entirely different mission - oh wait, I forgot, the adults are not in charge.


4 posted on 10/07/2009 9:25:29 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Communists need not apply.)
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To: jessduntno

Should it BE illegal? Yes!

Is this worthy of the DOJ? No!

It’s just one more sickening low-point for the White House and it’s lackeys?


5 posted on 10/07/2009 9:28:26 AM PDT by DJtex
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This administration scares me to death and I feel helpless to stop it.


6 posted on 10/07/2009 9:31:44 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Since when do democrats care about legal or illegal? Just look at Rangel as a current for instance...


7 posted on 10/07/2009 9:32:24 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Joseph Geobbels would be proud.

http://www.psywarrior.com/Goebbels.html


8 posted on 10/07/2009 9:32:53 AM PDT by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

You and me both.

And the Republicans seem so limp, out of their league, and unresponsive.


9 posted on 10/07/2009 9:35:49 AM PDT by squarebarb
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Bookmarked


10 posted on 10/07/2009 9:37:16 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: 444Flyer; MestaMachine

FyI... Keeping eye on perimeter for newbies. :)


11 posted on 10/07/2009 9:39:00 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; Jim Robinson; kristinn
Not only is the Department of Justice Blog Squad going to reach out to nontraditional media like TPM Muckraker or the Muffled Oar, but they are also tasked with fostering anonymous comments at conservative leaning blogs such as the Free Republic.

As we've all long suspected, this explains a lot of the ongoing troll activity here.

12 posted on 10/07/2009 9:40:59 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

He’s most likely combing FR.

obamanate your obamanations.


13 posted on 10/07/2009 9:42:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Mobile Vulgus

So er yeah the Big O is a great guy and a wonderful President yeah that’s it he’s wonderful


14 posted on 10/07/2009 9:42:08 AM PDT by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The bureaucracy is now part of the Democrat Party campaign apparetus. The NEA to the DOJ.


15 posted on 10/07/2009 9:42:32 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: FlingWingFlyer

yep/

The National Endowment for the Arts, AmeriCorps and the DOJ have all been made into part of the Obama Campaign


16 posted on 10/07/2009 9:43:53 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Obozo is all about the big show.


17 posted on 10/07/2009 9:45:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: DJtex

“Should it BE illegal? Yes!”

Is that you, Eric?


18 posted on 10/07/2009 9:45:50 AM PDT by jessduntno (Tell Obama to STFU - Stop The Federal Usurpation.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
1. I remember a Bush administration employee (possibly in the Department of Agriculture) getting into trouble for illegally trying to generate grassroots support for some project. I forget the details, but they crossed the line by using government money to garner support for a government project.

2. Would the new FTC rules that bloggers who review products being required to disclose if they received free products or other payments from the manufacturer apply to this? Would DoJ propagandists need a footnote saying *This opinion is paid for by the federal government?

3. Would Zotting a DoJ employee be a federal crime like taking a pot shot at FBI agents hanging around your land?

19 posted on 10/07/2009 9:47:09 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rio: Gold / Madrid: Silver / Tokyo: Bronze / Obama: Lead weight.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; ~Kim4VRWC's~
"...As we've all long suspected, this explains a lot of the ongoing troll activity here."

As always people, we're dealing with Government employees here. Please, speak and type slowly when dealing with them as their comprehension may be lagging.

ZOTS to follow.


20 posted on 10/07/2009 9:47:43 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--Mignon McLaughlin)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, has apparently hired a cadre of left-wing, Democrat campaign bloggers to troll through the Internet looking for news stories and blog posts that denigrate the Obama agenda.” Organizing to Stop Far Right Violence by Frank Schaeffer - The campaign includes letters from attorney Kevin Zeese and myself to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that he take the issue of domestic terror seriously by investigating and prosecuting threats and acts of violence. I’m working with others on a campaign to reach religious leaders who enable and encourage this violence, and asking for the launching investigations into the use of the media and web organizations by the right wing to foment violence. It is time to combat hate speech.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x487157#


21 posted on 10/07/2009 9:48:20 AM PDT by anglian (0bama's Stealth Reparations: "Mouthfulls of 'Gimme' and handfulls of 'Much 0bliged')
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

check out post 199. Someone asked him if he worked for the DOJ

He was trying to sound authoritative. I busted his BS.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2353627/posts?page=199#199

He probably does work for the DOJ.


22 posted on 10/07/2009 9:48:54 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Mobile Vulgus

When I read this last week the article said they post here, to TRY to show Holder is not a partisan hack. LOL.

HI AG HOLDER BASEMENT posters, get a life it is worthless. Post all you like the truth always wins in the end!


23 posted on 10/07/2009 9:49:29 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: bamahead

Ping...


24 posted on 10/07/2009 9:51:32 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

say hi to the Holder basement bloggers.


25 posted on 10/07/2009 9:55:29 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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“”We have written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder outlining our concerns and requesting that he act quickly to address this wave of domestic terrorism.”’ A copy of the letter is here with the exhibits A-F here: http://www.velvetrevolution.us/stop_terror/


26 posted on 10/07/2009 9:56:33 AM PDT by anglian (0bama's Stealth Reparations: "Mouthfulls of 'Gimme' and handfulls of 'Much 0bliged')
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To: 444Flyer

LoL z o t slowly and swiftly.


27 posted on 10/07/2009 9:57:54 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

{{Waving!}}


28 posted on 10/07/2009 9:59:22 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Will they be fined if they don’t say how much the government is paying them?


29 posted on 10/07/2009 10:00:05 AM PDT by Trillian
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
If indeed this is what DOJ media outreach does it would most certainly qualify as “astroturfing.

Which would make it HIGHLY illegal - taxpayer dollars being spent to explicitly promote a party's partisan political agenda...no different than the NEA/Yosi Seargant debacle.




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30 posted on 10/07/2009 10:00:31 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
“...say hi to the Holder basement bloggers.”

I'm wondering what that pays? Minimum wage plus the occasional doggie bisquit for hitting quotas?

31 posted on 10/07/2009 10:01:24 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--Mignon McLaughlin)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I’m completely convinced that Zero’s administration, and not just at Justice, has hundreds, and maybe thousands, of people whose job is to populate chat rooms, forums, and any and all comment sites to promote Obama and his agenda, and to head off opposition. It all started like clockwork back during the primaries, and has continued.


32 posted on 10/07/2009 10:05:38 AM PDT by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...
The list, ping

Let me know if you'd like on or off the ping list

33 posted on 10/07/2009 10:05:55 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The Left, and their deputies in the media, went nuts when our military tried to create a group of information experts in Iraq to counter-act insurgent propaganda. But nothing will be reported about this.


34 posted on 10/07/2009 10:08:03 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: squarebarb
"And the Republicans seem so limp, out of their league, and unresponsive."

Maybe they should move from one-time Viagra onto 24-hour Cialis!

35 posted on 10/07/2009 10:09:01 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“The Obama Justice Department’s Secret Blogging Team... Is it Illegal?”

My one disappointment with Glenn Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, etc:
Who pays these covert operators and how much, e.g., the blogging
team and our Czars?

Are we paying for it with our coerced tax dollars?
Are they working for nothing, but getting checks from Soros/The Tides
Foundation?
Or are they even more dangerous: working for lunch money because
they are “true believers”?

“Follow The Money” with the Czars and Obama’a White House Plumbers
might be the most incindiary/explosive episode Beck, Hannity, etc.
might ever air.


36 posted on 10/07/2009 10:12:22 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Mobile Vulgus
((waves))
37 posted on 10/07/2009 10:12:45 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ('They're drinking the juice.'~ Barack H. Obama)
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To: jessduntno

LOL, based on what?


38 posted on 10/07/2009 10:12:48 AM PDT by Freddd (America has a state run fringe media. Rush= last man standing.)
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To: Trillian

Can this be legal


39 posted on 10/07/2009 10:15:47 AM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

These days we have two options- inept vs. Evil.


40 posted on 10/07/2009 10:16:25 AM PDT by JerseyDvl (Since they call Bush, "Dubya" then I must insist on calling Barry, "Hussein" *2009=1984 on steroids*)
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To: bushwon

I don’t know. Its being done in secret, in a never-ending campaign for Obama. Its government employees posing as if they were not, on the clock, paid for and authorized. I’m no lawyer, so lawyers please chime in at any time.


41 posted on 10/07/2009 10:19:41 AM PDT by mudblood
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2356741/posts

In case you missed it, a newbie wants help..


42 posted on 10/07/2009 10:22:06 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
I posted these pictures of Russo and her friends on the other thread from Friday, but here it is for you: Photobucket Photobucket
43 posted on 10/07/2009 10:22:17 AM PDT by mudblood
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To: mudblood

YouTube is definitely a place where a lot of ignoramuses post on behalf of Obama with sarcastic remarks if you hit a nerve with a lot of details.


44 posted on 10/07/2009 10:23:04 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (OBAMANOCARE: No Privacy, No Choice, No Humanity, No Quality, No Health, No Life)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I’m not a lawyer but I suspect that it is a criminal offense to use Federal resources to effectively campaign for Obama. If this can be proven, criminal charges should be filed.


45 posted on 10/07/2009 10:23:07 AM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"The Obama Justice Department's Secret Blogging Team... Is it Illegal?"

Yeah! Right....Only a rock-solid head-up-their-butt "moderate" would "seriously" even ask that question....

"Is it Illegal?"....ranks with other pontifications such as:

A serous questioner would ask, rhetorically: "How long before we take pitchforks in hand?"

46 posted on 10/07/2009 10:25:04 AM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

If it’s found to be, do you think they’ll actually stop?


47 posted on 10/07/2009 10:29:10 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: jessduntno
"The Obama Justice Department’s Secret Blogging Team... Is it Illegal?

NO!"

IMHO...Wrong....

What part of the Hatch Act don't you understand? This is a purely "political" involvement of government employees in a process to affect an election (the next one) outcome.

48 posted on 10/07/2009 10:29:25 AM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; rxsid; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; ...
Of course it is true and has been for some time. Freepers have been playing with the DOJ's blogging team for some time now. They frequent the "Orly Taitz " threads, having fits that there are cases which are moving towards discovery orders for Obamas original COLB now under seal at the Hawaii Det. of Vital Statistics, a document, BTW, that Obama has spent millions on travel money and legal fees to keep concealed.

The latest grift involved them trying to find out if Orly had media based evidence of a private meeting with one Judge Land and Holder at a coffee shop. allegedly to discuss the disposition of a "Birther" case in which discovery was being requested.Of course she has photos , lifted from the coffee shops security camera tapes! This drove them absolutely mad.

The DOJ blogging team is a measure of just how fearful the DOJ is of Orly Taitz and her patriotic work. The DOJ blogging team has defamed Taitz on FR threads, castigated her , decried her ability, and flamed right and center. The weak minded on FR go along with them.

To tell the truth many Freepers have enjoyed the DOJ blogging teams paid intervention of FR, simply because of the proof they provide that the president indeed has something truly destructive of his qualifications for office to hide.

As a matter of fact we have kept a secure list of their handles on FR, and are taking other trace initiatives through quietly negotiated tracing software on IP addresses.

And when the DOJ bloggers write their "final report" there will be a "final solution" for Free Republic, with hundreds of Freeper handles being investigated for their genuine names, addresses,social security numbers, and residential locations, under the guise of their being "right wing terrorists." as defined by Janet Napolitano at "Hoeland" Security.

1st Amendment Freedom of Speech? NEVERMIND!

The power of Free Republic as a site is measured by the fact that paid operatives are used to intervene , and gather intelligence. Freepers feed them as much disinformation as possible, subtly and skilfully in a war that has been secretly waged here for some months now,keeping these paid mavens here on a regular basis.

Keep your FRiends close. And your FRenemies even closer.

The DOJ are a great wonderful bunch of coconuts. Proving the truth of what Jonah Goldberg has written about smuley faced fascismm in his book:

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of America;s Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.

Funny thing about really accurate history books such as Goldberg's. They provide accurate methods of contextual prediction. The DOJ team has its underpinnings in the same place as that of Himmler, and Eichmann.

It is imperative that we fight them with all the focus and intelligence we can bring to bear.

49 posted on 10/07/2009 10:30:42 AM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And we paid for the nea propaganda for nobama.


50 posted on 10/07/2009 10:31:29 AM PDT by tillacum
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