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A New Day at Justice.gov [Announcing Obama's new DOJ Blog Squad]
doj,gov ^ | October 1, 2009 | By Tracy Russo, DOJ Blog Squad Czarina

Posted on 10/11/2009 3:24:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Welcome to the new Justice.gov. If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ll notice some changes today. If you are joining us for the first time, welcome.

The Department of Justice launches Justice.gov today in an effort to increase openness and transparency in government. Utilizing a variety of online tools, we will be able to share news and information, not just on our own web site, but through popular social networks Twitter, YouTube and MySpace and Facebook. The Justice presence on these social networks will allow Americans to interact with the Department in entirely new ways.

The new Justice.gov has incorporated more multimedia than ever before. You’ll find a photo gallery and video library that will be regularly updated with new content from across the Department of Justice. And of course, The Justice Blog will be a hub of information for the Department.

We are all excited by these new opportunities. Today’s launch is just the first step towards creating the most open, accessible and transparent Justice Department possible. We welcome your feedback about the new site and your ideas for the future.

POSTED IN: Office of Public Affairs


TOPICS: Announcements; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda; bhodoj; bigbrother; blogsquad; doj; obama; propaganda; tracyrusso; trolls; truthsquad; tyranny; watchingyou; weblogs
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1 posted on 10/11/2009 3:24:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: MestaMachine; 444Flyer

Not Blogging...again.


2 posted on 10/11/2009 3:26:59 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson

There’s that darn “T” word again. Transparency.


3 posted on 10/11/2009 3:27:10 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: Jim Robinson

But according to an official DOJ statement, there is no DOJ blog squad. DOJ employees do not post on twitter, facebook, forums, etc.

Someone’s lying.


4 posted on 10/11/2009 3:27:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)
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To: Nachum

BlogginPing


5 posted on 10/11/2009 3:27:43 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson

Why would “Americans” need to “interact” with the DOJ in “entirely new ways”? Hmmmm.


6 posted on 10/11/2009 3:27:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DUDE! Where's MY Nobel Peace Prize?)
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To: Jim Robinson
Is this a sick joke from the Onion? Or, is this for real?

Congressman Billybob

Don't Tread On Me (9/12 photo and poster"

"Ben Franklin was in D.C."

7 posted on 10/11/2009 3:27:53 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Tom Paine and the future of America: www.TheseAreTheTimes.us)
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To: Jim Robinson
There were no matches for "ohio voter fraud"
8 posted on 10/11/2009 3:29:40 PM PDT by jessduntno (Tell Obama to STFU - Stop The Federal Usurpation.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim,

That makes me feel so warm and fuzzy over. Thanks for sharing.


9 posted on 10/11/2009 3:29:41 PM PDT by Sparko (Barack Hussein Obama: Mmm, mmm, mmm... Peace Prize. Now no one is equal to Me in My Sight.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Looks like an official USDOJ.Gov website to me:

http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/129


10 posted on 10/11/2009 3:31:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)
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To: Jim Robinson

It won’t be my new home page.


11 posted on 10/11/2009 3:33:05 PM PDT by Eaker (Kaiden sez, "If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.")
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To: Jim Robinson
Utilizing a variety of online tools, we will be able to share news and information, not just on our own web site, but through popular social networks Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, and Facebook and Free Republic.

Just a dream...

12 posted on 10/11/2009 3:34:32 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Do you happen to know if this new web portal is run from the White House basement?

5.56mm

13 posted on 10/11/2009 3:34:43 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Jim Robinson

Can you report commie sympathizers and perverts on this ‘Justice’ blog?

They ought to investigate O’s cabinet and czars if they are really series..

What a regime. sigh


14 posted on 10/11/2009 3:35:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

To alert the truth squad of course, and sing praises. (IE: we can’t forget about the missouri truth squad)


15 posted on 10/11/2009 3:36:31 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson
"A New Day at Justice.gov [Announcing Obama's new DOJ Blog Squad]"

hmmmmm....LOL Jim...which is it? I can't keep up ;)

"DOJ denies existence of a 'blog squad'"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2360185/posts

16 posted on 10/11/2009 3:37:46 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Sarah Palin - Supports a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens. "path to citizenship" IS AMNESTY)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Where have you been? ;-) yeppers, real!!


17 posted on 10/11/2009 3:38:49 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Eaker
Our tax dollars at work: Whenever you walk down a hallway, don't you often see impromptu discussions like that? There are at least 40 or 50 people there.


Actual byline to photo:
The Attorney General chats with EOIR employees. EOIR employees gathered in the lobby for an impromptu discussion with the Attorney General.

18 posted on 10/11/2009 3:39:18 PM PDT by Sparko (Barack Hussein Obama: Mmm, mmm, mmm... Peace Prize. Now no one is equal to Me in My Sight.)
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To: Kimberly GG

LoL acorn nuts runnin the house


19 posted on 10/11/2009 3:39:56 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson

First posted here on 10/2....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2353325/posts


20 posted on 10/11/2009 3:40:18 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: Jim Robinson

How does this comport with the dignity and solemnity of the dispensation of justice in this country? (I know, I know, Eric Holder and all that, but I’m serious.)

Maybe this sort of thing kind of might work for some other departments, though I’m having trouble thinking of them, but the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE!!!! C’mon.


21 posted on 10/11/2009 3:40:42 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Missouri Truth Squad:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=missouri+truth+squad&ok=Search&q=deep&m=all&o=time&SX=4ad21bc549194d5f98826c5ead3a85964739c44c


22 posted on 10/11/2009 3:41:51 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)
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To: Jim Robinson

Cool - ‘Net goons. Jack-booted electronic Thugs (JBeT’s).


23 posted on 10/11/2009 3:42:34 PM PDT by meyer ("I went to Europe to buy the Olympics for Chicago and all I got was this silly Nobel")
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Yep! That, or they figure as long as they keep denying it, it isn’t really happening. Unfortunately, far to many Americans are uninformed and so the strategy works.


24 posted on 10/11/2009 3:43:48 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Sarah Palin - Supports a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens. "path to citizenship" IS AMNESTY)
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To: Sparko

Yeah, that ain’t staged one bit.

Think I should photo-shop an acorn in Holder’s hands?


25 posted on 10/11/2009 3:43:54 PM PDT by Eaker (Kaiden sez, "If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.")
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To: Jim Robinson

That’s it. I think this is connected to that. They can deny it all they want..


26 posted on 10/11/2009 3:46:42 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: All

ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.usodj.gov
http://www.usdoj.gov/briefing-room.html
http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/
http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/author/trusso/
http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/category/opa


27 posted on 10/11/2009 3:48:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jim Robinson
Search The Site
ACORN
The Justice Blog RSS Feed - The Justice Blog E-Mail Updates - The Justice Blog The Justice Blog

There were no matches for "acorn"

Imagine THAT!


28 posted on 10/11/2009 3:48:37 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: Kimberly GG

Exactly... I do believe all the tea partiers are spreading the word about a lot of issues. I hope this is one of them.


29 posted on 10/11/2009 3:53:24 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: greyfoxx39

Did you put that doj pic on photobucket or is it using the doj server? If the doj server they now have our ip addies. :-p


30 posted on 10/11/2009 3:56:03 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Sparko

31 posted on 10/11/2009 4:00:36 PM PDT by Eaker (Kaiden sez, "If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.")
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Did you put that doj pic on photobucket or is it using the doj server? If the doj server they now have our ip addies.

I actually ran the search for ACORN...then

I copied the graphics, pasted to Outlook Express "New Message" which converted it to html, copied and pasted to FR...do you think they can get the IP for FR from that? They probably hav MY IP now but I considered that.

32 posted on 10/11/2009 4:01:13 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

I clicked the link provided by Jim and it brought me to a search page that said ‘no results found’. What are you referring to regarding Missouri Truth Squad?


33 posted on 10/11/2009 4:01:21 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (FUBAR)
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To: Eaker; LucyT

Ha!! LoL good one!

Lucy, ping~


34 posted on 10/11/2009 4:01:42 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson
state-secrets

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans

The United States Department of Justice Website

"Mr. Attorney General Holder, I expect a higher standard of ethics for DoJ employees as I'm sure you are familiar with the Hatch Act. I would also suggest an investigation of Charisse Carney-Nunes while at the National Science Foundation and the apparent "conflict of interest" in administrating government grants? Read more here and here.

I'm sure I can count on you and your staff to guarantee that NO government owned or DoJ owned computer systems are astroturfing private and personal websites. I'm confident that we both agree with the above mission statement of your department and this also applies to your DoJ employees."


To Mr Holder on Oct 3 from me.... US Department of Justice: Astroturfing, Propaganda, And Hatch Act Violations
35 posted on 10/11/2009 4:04:58 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: Outlaw Woman

That’s weird, when I clicked on it over 5 articles came up. Before obama was elected, eastern missouri liberal district attorneys threatened to prosecute people who spread untruths and false rumors about obama. I believe you can still type it in google, include free republic in keywords, and find the articles.


36 posted on 10/11/2009 4:05:21 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Oh yeah, they actually called themselves the “missouri truth squad”.


37 posted on 10/11/2009 4:07:14 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: M Kehoe
Do you happen to know if this new web portal is run from the White House basement?

Maybe they're working out of the old "Plumbers" office?

38 posted on 10/11/2009 4:08:11 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Matthew Miller
Director of Public Affairs
Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for ensuring that the public and press are informed about the Department's activities and about the priorities and policies of the Attorney General and the President with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs. Mission Statement

The Office of Public Affairs is the principal point of contact for the Department of Justice with the news media.

The Office is responsible for ensuring that the public is informed about the Department's activities and about the priorities and policies of the Attorney General and the President with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs.

The Office advises the Attorney General and other Department officials on all aspects of media relations and communications issues. The Office also coordinates the public affairs units of all Department component organizations.

The Office of Public Affairs prepares and issues Department news releases and frequently reviews and approves those issued by component agencies. It serves reporters assigned to the Department by responding to queries, issuing news releases and statements, arranging interviews and conducting news conferences. The Office of Public Affairs issues approximately 700 news releases each year involving the activities of the Department.

The Office ensures that information provided to the news media by the Department is current, complete and accurate. It also ensures that all applicable laws, regulations and policies involving the release of information to the public are followed so that maximum disclosure is made without jeopardizing investigations and prosecutions, violating rights of individuals, or compromising national security interests.

Staff Contacts:

Tracy Russo
New Media Specialist
(202) 514-2007
DOJ


Matthew Miller, Holder's spokesman, said Holder does not believe his probe will affect CIA employees' commitment to their work.

"The attorney general's decision to order a preliminary review into this matter was made in line with his duty to examine the facts and to follow the law. As he has made clear, the Department of Justice will not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the scope of the legal guidance given by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding the interrogation of detainees," Miller said in a written statement.

Seattle Times


Matthew Miller
Department: Justice
Position: Director, Office of Public Affairs
202-514-2007
Age: 35
Childhood State: Texas
Previous State: Texas

Miller, 35, is the front man for repairing DOJ's damaged public image after the scandals of the Bush years. "We took office with enormous challenges," he says. "People at the department were demoralized." Miller, who landed his job as a result of his work on Eric Holder's confirmation team, praises the new AG for his efforts to increase professionalism and transparency, specifically citing the release of the interrogation and executive power memos earlier this year.

During the last election cycle, Miller ran communications for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Previously, he was communications director for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a position he also held in Florida with the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. A true Texas son, the Amarillo native and University of Texas graduate lives in the District with his chocolate Lab, General Sam Houston.

National Journal


Politicization Alert:Matthew Miller to Justice?
posted at 3:50 pm on January 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Remember when Democrats screeched about the politicization at the Department of Justice when George Bush replaced nine at-will political appointees? I’ve written that AG nominee Eric Holder’s work at Justice in the Clinton administration demonstrated a lot more political hackery than anything seen under Bush, and apparently that won’t be the end of politicization at Justice under Barack Obama, either. Chris Cillizza notes that Matthew Miller has taken the job of spokesperson for the DoJ despite his past history of politicizing an actual investigation:

Matthew Miller, who spearheaded the communications operation at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2008 election, is moving inside the walls of the Obama administration as chief spokesman for the Justice Department. With Eric H. Holder Jr. expected to be confirmed as attorney general this week, Miller will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. He’s had good practice. Before working under Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the DSCC, Miller was communications director for the successful 2006 Senate campaign of Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

If you don’t remember Matthew Miller, it’s a shame — because he played a central role in a scandal that helped put Republicans in the minority in 2006. Miller got the e-mails between disgraced Congressman Mark Foley and underaged interns, but instead of giving them to investigators, Miller instead tried giving them to reporters in Florida, Foley’s home state. When that apparently didn’t work, Miller turned the material over to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Washington Post reported after the election:

"Democratic Caucus communications director Matt Miller saw the e-mails as inappropriate, but rather than taking them to authorities, he shopped them to the press, first to the Miami Herald and the St. Petersburg Times that November, then to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. He also gave the e-mails to the communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a point apparently validating Republican charges that senior Democrats were behind the revelation of Foley’s conduct."

Republicans objected to the handling of the e-mails and accused Miller of politicizing Foley’s conduct rather than ensuring that the House interns were safe from any potential predatory conduct. In fact, a familiar name headed the DCCC and knew about the e-mails long before the Ethics Committee was apprised of their existence:

"The head of the House Democrats’ campaign committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, had heard of former Rep. Mark Foley’s inappropriate e-mails to a former male page a year before they became public, a campaign committee aide told CNN. …

In his deposition to the ethics committee, Miller said he also sent Foley’s e-mails to the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, the Miami Herald and Roll Call, according to the report."

Miller also sent the material to Harper’s Magazine “and possibly others,” the report said.

"Miller told the ethics committee he had sent the e-mails to the media because he considered them inappropriate and predicted “nothing would come” from giving them to the ethics panel or the House Page Board, according to the report."

Matthew Miller had evidence of possible pederastic predatory behavior, and instead of acting to protect the interns, he tried to make political hay out of the e-mails. I guess he’ll fit right in at a Holder-led Department of Justice. Will that be normal procedure for investigating potential crimes at the Obama DoJ?

HOT AIR

39 posted on 10/11/2009 4:09:48 PM PDT by thouworm
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To: IrishPennant

Of Russo’s duties, The Muffled Oar says:

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. They are also tasked with fostering anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama.

http://rightwingnews.com/2009/10/the-obama-justice-departments-secret-blogging-team-is-it-illegal/


40 posted on 10/11/2009 4:14:06 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: IrishPennant

Of Russo’s duties, The Muffled Oar says:

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. They are also tasked with fostering anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama.

http://rightwingnews.com/2009/10/the-obama-justice-departments-secret-blogging-team-is-it-illegal/


41 posted on 10/11/2009 4:14:48 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Typed in “truth squad” and a couple of the articles came up from 9/08 from Post Dispatch and Hotair. You know.....the only way free speech can be eliminated is if we stop talking/informing. That might sound simplistic to some but for me, it boils down to that. I’m not easily intimidated and get the impression that many on here are the same.


42 posted on 10/11/2009 4:19:45 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (FUBAR)
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To: greyfoxx39

Maybe, we can look @ page view source to find out. It happens, a lot of people don’t know about that.


43 posted on 10/11/2009 4:23:30 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Outlaw Woman

You’re right..they want people to stop talking, sharing and discussing.

Here’s a link that’ll help.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=free+republic+missouri+truth+squad


44 posted on 10/11/2009 4:28:24 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Jim Robinson
Friday, October 09, 2009
The Department of Justice Visited My Blog and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Back in August I posted a few videos of Rep. John Dingell's Town Hall on Health Care. Over the next few days I wasn't surprised to see a few visits from House.gov and Senate.gov on my web site. As you can see, near the bottom of my blog is a counter that tracks visits to this site. I can't tell who visited, but I can see what I.P. address they were using. Imagine my surprise that a few weeks later I see that someone from DOJ.gov logged onto my site. That's right: The Department of Justice. Why would they be looking at my blog, a blog that was getting at that time an average of 50 visitors a day? Sure, I have been critical of the Obama Administration, but there has been nothing on this site that broke any laws in anyway.

Well, I may have found my answer.

The New Republic Online posted this story on October 6th:

" Is the Department of Justice engaging in fraud, or is it simply trying to hide its propaganda? Those of you wondering how DOJ uses your tax dollars to enforce our nation’s laws might be interested to learn that Eric Holder has apparently hired former Democratic campaign bloggers to work at the department in what appears to be a secret propaganda unit.

According to a story at The Muffled Oar website, the bloggers are housed in the Office of Public Affairs (the press office). Their job is to place “anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama.” One of the bloggers is former DNC and John Edwards staffer Tracy Russo, whose name was featured prominently on the department’s introduction of its new website on October 1."

Matthew Miller Director of Public Affair at the Justice Department told the Washington Times:

""There is no 'blog squad'. There is Tracy [Russo] who handles online media. It’s the policy of the office of public affairs to not post anonymous comments. We have not seen any evidence that anyone does post comments, and if we did have evidence of that, people would no longer work here.""

Mr. Miller countered accusations of the existence of a "blog squad" pointing to what he says is lack of evidence.

Except for the fact that the DOJ.gov was on my site back in August. Now maybe I gained a fan from someone in Attorney General Holder's office, but considering it was a one time visit, I figure they were looking for something.

Are we seeing a trend develop in the Obama Administration? First we read about employees working out of the White House to get artists to work with the National Endowment for the Arts to create propaganda that will "push" the President's agenda on health care. Now we may have the Department of Justice scanning web sites for dissent against the policies of the White House.

The Hippo's Ass

45 posted on 10/11/2009 4:29:25 PM PDT by thouworm
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To: Eaker

Free Republic is not a blog, you bozo.


46 posted on 10/11/2009 4:30:52 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; rxsid; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; GOPJ; ..
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A New Day at Justice.gov [Announcing Obama's new DOJ Blog Squad]

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47 posted on 10/11/2009 4:35:12 PM PDT by LucyT
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The Department of Justice launches Justice.gov today in an effort to increase openness and transparency in government.

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48 posted on 10/11/2009 4:37:47 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Jim Robinson

They won the election by using 1000’s of paid and volunteer bloggers. They want to keep the momentum going. The DOJ doing this with our tax dollars paying for it is illegal. Period!


49 posted on 10/11/2009 4:38:43 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: Sparko

50 posted on 10/11/2009 4:40:05 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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