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Breaking: FBI Asked to Probe Secret Recordings of McConnell Meeting
CNN ^ | Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | Paul Steinhauser

Posted on 04/09/2013 7:41:07 AM PDT by kristinn

The FBI has been asked to investigate how Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, obtained a recording of political aides meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussing opposition research on Ashley Judd, a source close the McConnell re-election campaign tells CNN.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: ashleyjudd; bugging; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; electionbias; espionage; fbi; fifthcolumn; mitchmcconnell; motherjones; surveillance; taping; wiretapping

1 posted on 04/09/2013 7:41:07 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama minions are protected.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 7:42:43 AM PDT by moovova
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To: kristinn

Anyone who does not think our FBI is the modern day equivalent to the STASI, KGB, or the GESTAPO isn’t thinking.


3 posted on 04/09/2013 7:42:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

I actually give them credit here. They are finding out why Mother Jones has confidential and protected meeting recordings. This is espionage, pure and simple.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 7:45:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: kristinn

And yet, the FBI has NOT been asked to investigate whether the planned new, improved super-collection all-source data gathering efforts to sift through gigazillions of bits of electronic private data re: American Citizens.

There is no agency in this government now that has not been infected with the Ovirus.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 7:46:04 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: kristinn

6 posted on 04/09/2013 7:47:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: kristinn
FBI Response: "What difference does it make!?!?!?"
7 posted on 04/09/2013 7:47:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: kristinn

“how Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, obtained a recording of political aides meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “

Uh, because the libs bugged the room?
It’s safe to assume all buildings in DC have listening devices in them, everywhere.
Even the liberal rooms because someone has to keep the party faithful on the path.
Dissent is to be squashed, how else would they do that if they didn’t listen in on the party faithful discussing pimples and yogurt in the mens room?


8 posted on 04/09/2013 7:49:58 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Lazamataz

This will go exactly the same direction, and the same results as with that cute old couple who just happened to be following Newt Gingrich on the interstate with a cell phone receiver (and coincidentally, recorder)... exactly nowhere if it implicates a liberal entity.

The imperative of this story and investigation will concentrate on the “seriousness of the charges” and the bad things Republicans did - even if they are fracking RINOS.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 7:51:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Lazamataz
They have to. The Senate Minority Leader has a lot of pull.

Here's more from CBS News:

Jesse Benton, a McConnell campaign adviser, blasted "the left" for what he called "Nixonian tactics" in acquiring the recording.

"We've always said the left would stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond," he told CBSNews.com in an email. "This is Watergate tactics."

Benton says the campaign is "working with the FBI" to discern the source of the recording, and he suggested there might be a subsequent criminal investigation.

"Senator McConnell's campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings," Benton told CBSNews.com." Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell's campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished will presumably be the subject of a criminal investigation."

CBS also published details of the recorded conversations from the Mother Jones article.

10 posted on 04/09/2013 7:52:27 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Interesting. Mitch McConnell says he’ll join the filibuster on gun control, Obama threatens the senate republicans over it and now there’s an investigation.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 7:55:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: kristinn
“Jesse Benton, a McConnell campaign adviser, blasted “the left” for what he called “Nixonian tactics” in acquiring the recording.”

Wouldn't surprise me if it was one of the aides.

12 posted on 04/09/2013 7:55:39 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
From NRO:

According to a McConnell insider, there’s no chance that one of the participants in that meeting leaked the tape. The conference room in which the discussion was held was locked, and it wasn’t a big meeting: Only about six people were present, all longtime McConnell loyalists.

13 posted on 04/09/2013 7:57:46 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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Please help Finish This
FReepathon THIS Month!!

14 posted on 04/09/2013 7:57:52 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: kristinn

Headline slant gives the impression that McConnell is being investigated.

First sentence says it is Mother Jones Magazine that is being investigated.

Unintentional, I’m sure. [/s]


15 posted on 04/09/2013 7:59:48 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: JoeProBono

That kind of talk can get you an insider’s tour of the stockade, pronto.


16 posted on 04/09/2013 9:24:47 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Darksheare

Disloyal staffer with an open mike cell phone, or a virus loaded onto a loyal staffer’s cell phone?


17 posted on 04/09/2013 9:26:03 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: moovova

I’ll bet that one of the people in the room was not as loyal as the others think.


18 posted on 04/09/2013 9:35:40 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Recorder taped to underside of table”


19 posted on 04/09/2013 10:25:30 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Lazamataz
Now what shall we call a Watergate type scandal involving Mother Jones? Difficulty......no profanity!
20 posted on 04/09/2013 10:35:22 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Darksheare
"Uh, because the libs bugged the room?"

Any smart phone that has a battery in it can be used as a listening device (even if it's off).

21 posted on 04/09/2013 11:31:04 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: kristinn
“...all longtime McConnell loyalists.”

There are several examples of ‘longtime’ RINOs switching parties when expedient. I just have a hard time not seeing potential knives in the back these days.

22 posted on 04/09/2013 12:33:19 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: uncommonsense

>>Any smart phone that has a battery in it can be
>>used as a listening device

Yeah but, when the cell-phone in the pants of a coworker starts howling in an open-mike feedback loop between the cell-phone, the office intercom system, and the laptop belonging to a Soviet-Vintage Ukrainian immigrant who evidently thought he was secretly recording a conversation about “HAM Radio” and FSK encryption... that’s not really much of a “secret” anymore.


23 posted on 04/09/2013 6:13:35 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: uncommonsense

How so?


24 posted on 04/09/2013 6:39:25 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: TArcher; ponygirl
Can You Hear Me Now?

"Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. [snip] Experts say the only way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery. [snip] "Any recently manufactured cell phone has a built-in tracking device, which can allow eavesdroppers to pinpoint someone’s location to within just a few feet,"

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

CNET News December 1, 2006

"The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone." An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call."

""If a phone has in fact been modified to act as a bug, the only way to counteract that is to either have a bugsweeper follow you around 24-7, which is not practical, or to peel the battery off the phone," Atkinson said. Security-conscious corporate executives routinely remove the batteries from their cell phones, he added."

25 posted on 04/10/2013 10:32:14 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: uncommonsense

Lima Charlie.


26 posted on 04/10/2013 12:15:35 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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