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  • Electing people to office really doesn't matter, and here's why

    02/11/2015 6:00:50 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/11/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    It’s a cornerstone of our democratic republic: The right to choose those we want to represent us in government, and the right to choose which issues we support or oppose. But how much power do Americans really wield at the ballot box? Every two years we elect our representatives and a group of senators, and like clockwork, they return either to statehouses or to Washington, D.C., ostensibly to do the people’s bidding. The reality is, however, that so much of what emanates from the nation’s capital in terms of public policy has little to do with the passage of laws...
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

    04/25/2014 7:16:39 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 11 replies
    The following are U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Click on the link to take you to the official agency web site
  • Federal Agencies bankrupting America and many employees taking the money and retiring overseas

    06/05/2013 7:55:14 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    Reading, Research and Personal Experience | 05 June 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Friends, countrymen, let me explain what has been happening for years and is only now coming to head with all of the present scandals. A couple of years ago, my wife and I went to look at a house for sale. A Federal employee and his Filipino wife were selling and in the conversation, the man admitted he was retiring to the Philippines. It didn't register at the time, but now it is really hitting me. It is very inexpensive to live in the Philippines, servants are cheap, housing is a steal and food prices are rock bottom. Almost all...
  • Impact on Unicorns to be Dispositive as to all Energy Projects

    03/17/2013 2:03:29 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 17, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Finally, President Obama has seen the way, the truth and the light. Let all unicorns praise him, along with the little children! Help President Obama to save us!According to this article at National Review, President Obama may approve the Keystone pipeline but manage to have it delayed for years. Bloomberg reports that the Obama administration “is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects.” Up to now, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federally approved projects had to consider potential impacts like dangerous spills...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • State agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords (Communism around the corner)

    03/06/2012 4:39:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/6/2012 | Bob Sullivan
    If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can't see your private posts, guess again. Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and increasingly, they are demanding full access from applicants and students. In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.
  • French CEO About Ratings Agencies: ‘We Have To Shoot All These Guys’

    12/29/2011 5:57:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/29/11 | Wolf Richter www.testosteronepit.com
    "We’re experiencing the beginning of the repercussions of the financial crisis,” said Michel-Edouard Leclerc on Wednesday during an interview on Europe 1, France’s largest radio network. He is the CEO of the second largest retailer in France, E. Leclerc, a privately owned cooperative association with 555 stores—mostly hypermarkets—in France and 117 stores in other countries. Sounding like a CEO one minute and like a populist presidential candidate the next, he emphasized that his company has done relatively well in 2011, sales being up 5%. Strategy: offer deals and cut prices. The whole industry, he said, “ate up inflation” with their...
  • O’Malley asked, folks responded on business

    10/27/2011 8:49:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s new jobs-creation package ranges from ordering top-ranking agency officials to review regulations to asking Marylanders for their input on making the state more business-friendly - and he’s already gotten an earful. At least 183 people have posted suggestions to a state website since Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, made the request last week. Many of the comments detail how posters became tangled in red tape while trying to start a business or apply for a job. Others offered more wide-ranging complaints about what they considered general inefficiencies in state government - such as underperforming employees, overspending and...
  • Oklahoma FReeper sick daughter needs medical help, your info is needed. (prayers too)

    05/15/2011 11:59:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 183 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/15/11 | GailA
    Oklahoma: FReeper trussell's daughter Crystal has some urgent medical care needs that sound like a blood issue from the discriptions. She does not qualify for Sooner health care. Your information or knowledge of where she can take her for medical care is needed. FREEP MAIL trussell if you have the knowledge of the information she can use. You who live in Oklahoma, you know your health system, CAN you provide the information she needs? FREEP MAIL trussellShe would also appreciate your prayers for her daughter Crystal.
  • California’s Secret Government. How Redevelopment agencies blight the Golden State.

    04/23/2011 8:24:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    City Journal ^ | 04/21/2011 | Steven Greenhut
    In Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown is planning to close California’s $26.6 billion structural deficit through spending cuts and tax extensions. Opposition has been spirited but less contentious than expected, probably because of the size of the budget hole. But one item of Brown’s plan—something that would save about $1.7 billion annually—has generated heated debates between local officials and the new administration. The governor has proposed eliminating California’s approximately 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs). In theory, RDAs spearhead blight removal. In fact, they divert billions of dollars from traditional services, such as schools, parks, and firefighting; use eminent domain to seize property...
  • List of California State Agencies

    01/21/2011 3:24:53 PM PST · by appeal2 · 17 replies
    To The Point News ^ | 1/21/11 | Self
    California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board...
  • Regulatory agencies have stepped up enforcement, study says

    12/26/2010 11:47:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Gov Exec.com ^ | 12/22/2010 | Charles S. Clark
    The Obama administration has relied less on voluntary compliance and more on tools for enforcement of regulations aimed at protecting worker safety, consumer health and the environment, according to a study released on Monday by the nonprofit OMB Watch. The report also noted current agency officials have viewed many enforcement issues "through the lens of external crises," such as the April 5 explosion in the Upper Big Branch West Virginia coal mine that killed 29 miners and the April 20 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 oil rig workers. "The agencies examined in this report...
  • Podesta calls on Obama to circumvent Congress

    11/17/2010 3:54:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2010 | Matthew Boyle
    Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda. “I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Podesta said. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use...
  • Obama's Czars won't miss a beat in destroying the country

    11/03/2010 8:04:29 AM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    pure vanity | 11/3/10
    Yes, it was a great victory last night in the Congressional elections. Today, Obama will slink into his inner chambers and rage at Americans who threw wooden shoes into the gears of his congress. But do not be fooled. Obama has installed a stealth government of pinch-lipped, sneering, condescending toadies as his Czars to continue destroying the United States from their unelected "agencies." Don't like cap and trade? Tough. The EPA will mandate it. Like your firearms collection? Too bad. The FDA will judge them a "health hazard" and the AG will deem them a "childrens' consumer hazard" (hey; they...
  • Property owners fear land grabs in Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge expansion plan

    09/04/2010 9:12:34 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    Birmingham News via Al.com ^ | 9/2/2010 | Thomas Spencer
    A proposal to vastly expand the acquisition boundary of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge has provoked passionate objections from landowners who feel they haven't been adequately notified about the plan and fear the expansion proposal could force them into giving up their land. Julia Sosebee said she didn't find out about the proposal until this week and has no interest in selling land that has been in her family since before the Civil War. "We don't have a price anyone can pay me," she said. "You can't put a price on that." CRNWR Refuge manager Stephen Miller said the...
  • Government finds way to fund organizations like ACORN

    08/05/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT · by needtowakeup · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 5, 2010 | Byron York
    The Justice Department has found a new way to pursue civil rights lawsuits, using the powers of the Civil Rights Division not just to win compensation for victims of alleged discrimination but also to direct large sums of money to activist groups that are not discrimination victims and not connected to a particular suit.
  • Mortgage Brokers to be Fingerprinted and Registered

    07/28/2010 11:08:02 AM PDT · by Qbert · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/28/2010 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mortgage loan originators will have to be fingerprinted and sign up to a central registry to do business in future, according to final rules issued on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve and other regulators. The rules are part of the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008, also called the S.A.F.E. Act. They were issued by the Fed, Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of Thrift Supervision, Farm Credit Administration and National Credit Union Administration.
  • Making New York City More Efficient (Too many duplicate agencies)

    07/27/2010 6:57:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 07/27/2010 | Josh Barro
    New York City's public offices have 8,000 vacant desks, roughly 11% of the workstations in the city government's 19 million square feet of office space. The city has nine separate agencies to handle vehicle maintenance, operating 125 separate maintenance garages, some across the street from each other. Each city agency has its own HR department, with an overall ratio of HR workers to employees 2.5 times higher than is typical in the private sector. Police officers still report their hours worked on an error-prone, paper-based system that involves pairs of officers driving boxes full of paperwork between precincts and One...
  • Giffords slams boycotts over immigration law [must be running for re-election]

    06/24/2010 10:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is criticizing two federal agencies for canceling conventions that had been scheduled for Arizona. The agencies apparently took this action to protest the state’s new immigration law. The U.S. Department of Education recently canceled an October convention set for a Tucson resort. The U.S. Border Patrol also canceled plans for a conference last month at a Prescott resort. In other boycott developments: • A group of California lawmakers is urging the state to boycott Arizona over its controversial immigration law. Sen. Gil Cedillo’s resolution calls on the state to issue a travel advisory, cease...
  • Gas spews for hours from out-of-control Pa. well

    06/05/2010 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies · 663+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 6/4/2010 | MARC LEVY and JENNIFER C. YATES
    PENFIELD, Pa. – An out-of-control natural gas well in a remote area of Pennsylvania shot explosive gas and polluted water as high as 75 feet into the air before crews were able to tame it more than half a day later, officials said Friday. The gas never caught fire and no injuries were reported, but state officials worried about an explosion before the well could be controlled. The well was brought under control just after noon Friday, about 16 hours after it started spewing gas and brine, said Elizabeth Ivers, a spokeswoman for driller EOG Resources Inc. Pennsylvania, historically an...
  • Key security agencies lack permanent leaders

    12/29/2009 1:41:06 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 16 replies · 530+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2009 | Eileen Sullivan
    Snips: Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top leaders for nearly a year. It took the Obama administration more than eight months to nominate anyone to lead the Transportation Security Administration and the Customs and Border Protection agency. Bogged down with health care reform, the Senate has yet to set a date to hold hearings for the Customs position. And Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has placed a hold on the president's choice to head the TSA over the senator's concern that the new leader would let TSA...
  • Yahoo Sells All Its Users Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies (link to .PDF)

    12/08/2009 12:42:29 PM PST · by Beloved Levinite · 21 replies · 2,252+ views
    Cryptome.org ^ | 12/08/2009 | Cryptome.org
    Subject: Yahoo Sells All Its Users Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies yahoo-spy.pdf Yahoo Lawful Spying Guide December 2, 2009 cox-spy.pdf Cox Lawful Spying Guide December 2, 2009 sbc-ameritech- spy.pdf SBC-Ameritech Lawful Spying Guide December 2, 2009 sbc-lea-spy. pdf SBC Lawful Spying Guide December 2, 2009 At 02:30 PM 12/7/09, W.G.E.N. wrote: Yahoo Sells All Its Users Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies for Small Price Posted: 2009/12/05 From: Mathaba http://www.mathaba. net/news/ ?x=622292 (Mathaba) Yahoo isn't happy that a detailed menu of the spying services it provides to "law enforcement" and spy agencies has leaked onto the web. After earlier...
  • White House to agencies: Don't overstep on grants

    09/22/2009 1:31:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 496+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/22/09 | Phillip Elliot
    PHILIP ELLIOTT (AP) - Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON White House officials told agencies across the government Tuesday they should take care to avoid even the appearance that politics played a part in the award of federal grants. The advisory came in response to an embarrassing incident last month in which a National Endowment for the Arts official asked artists on a conference call to coordinate with the Corporation for Public Service on ways to help bolster President Barack Obama's public service agenda
  • California budget committee targets governor's offices for cuts

    06/04/2009 9:38:12 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 8 replies · 1,122+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2009 | Evan Halper
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked lawmakers to blow up the boxes of government, and on Wednesday they obliged -- though not exactly as he envisioned. A legislative budget committee delayed action on many of Schwarzenegger's proposals for cutting waste, and instead took an ax to operations managed by the governor. They voted to get rid of entire departments and agencies under his authority. The committee voted to eliminate the Secretary of Education office, an appointed position that exists to help the governor on school issues. Lawmakers declared that the governor does not need such an office, as it overlaps with the...
  • Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent (Lyin' Title---Rejected Taxes!)

    05/19/2009 10:53:54 PM PDT · by Syncro · 83 replies · 3,017+ views
    nytimes ^ | May 20, 2009 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent By JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: May 20, 2009 LOS ANGELES — A smattering of California voters on Tuesday soundly rejected five ballot measures designed to keep the state solvent through the rest of the year. The results dealt a severe setback to the state’s fragile fiscal structure and to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislators who cobbled together the measures as part of a last-minute budget deal passed in February.The measures, which would have prolonged tax increases, capped state spending, earmarked money for education and involved the state in a complex borrowing...
  • California state workers outraged at possible layoffs

    05/15/2009 5:50:05 AM PDT · by randita · 29 replies · 2,458+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/09 | Jon Ortiz
    California state workers outraged at possible layoffs By Jon Ortiz jortiz@sacbee.com Published Friday, May. 15, 2009 State workers were outraged and anxious on Tuesday after learning that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to lay off 5,000 of them in the coming weeks. Although the administration didn't break down which departments would lose jobs, it did say the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which runs the state prison system, would lose the most positions. And one official said the state may need to cut more jobs if California's recession worsens and the state's general fund revenue keeps dwindling. "This may not be...
  • General says protecting border means integrating agencies' missions

    02/21/2007 4:56:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 428+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast said Tuesday that protecting the nation’s borders means bringing together the different cultures of federal agencies. The Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have different procedures because of the way they handle their missions, which must be broadened to be more effective, she told more than 100 people attending a three-day Secure Border Initiative Conference at The Palms. The military and other government agencies must look at integrating homeland security and homeland defense, said Fast, who commands the Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca. “Personally, I believe sealing our borders...
  • Federal Agencies Collaborating on Security Clearance Process

    12/05/2006 4:08:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 277+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2006 -- The State Department and the Office of Personnel Management have combined resources to process security clearances for overseas Defense Department installations. The joint effort will make the clearance process more efficient and cost effective, officials said. Effective tomorrow, the Department of State will activate an overseas investigative program with a cadre of special investigators working from U.S. embassies and consulates. The investigators will conduct OPM background investigations on DoD facilities. OPM will reimburse the State Department for the work performed. Officials have been working to make security clearance investigations timelier, as mandated by the...
  • Commissary, School Agencies Support Family Dining Day (Commissary=Grocery Store for Civilians)

    08/28/2006 6:04:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 199+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2006 – The Defense Commissary Agency is partnering with a national anti-substance-abuse organization to promote the concept of families dining together as a means of establishing healthy lifestyles for young people, a DeCA spokesperson said today. “Since we’re the food leader for the military, anything that has to do with family quality and family lifestyles and focuses on eating is a good thing for us to be involved in,” said Bonnie Powell during a telephone interview with American Forces Press Service from her organization’s headquarters at Fort Lee, Va. DeCA will support and celebrate “Family Day...
  • Federal Government Spending - vanity

    05/05/2006 2:20:48 PM PDT · by Cobra64 · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Cobra64
    Federal tax revenue versus federal spending by departments and agencies.
  • Border safety alerts indicate problem - Communication among agencies can be complex

    02/03/2006 4:49:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/3/06 | Mason Stockstill
    In December, the FBI was worried that Border Patrol agents' lives were in danger. But many of those officers never got the memo. Instead, agents say, they first learned of the threat -- that smugglers planned to hire gang members to murder Border Patrol agents -- when a Daily Bulletin reporter called to ask for their opinions. The fact that many officers didn't know about the threat, described in an "Officer Safety Alert" disseminated by the Department of Homeland Security, shows how poor communication among law enforcement agencies can be. The warning is "proof that we're being targeted," said a...
  • Federal agencies investigating report of shooting near border

    10/08/2005 7:59:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 757+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Oct 8, 20055 | GENTRY BRASWELL
    SIERRA VISTA -- Four people believe they were shot at from south of the border on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. But no evidence has yet been found to substantiate the incident, Border Patrol spokesman Gustavo Soto said Wednesday. U.S. Forest Service investigators also have not found evidence to support the report. "They perceived shots having been fired," Border Patrol spokeswoman Andrea Zortman said Thursday. "We turned everything over to the Park Service." Kym Hall, Coronado National Memorial's superintendent, said four people were stopped as they passed eastbound through the memorial at about 7:45 a.m. for driving erratically....
  • Law enforcement agencies take on MS-13

    08/18/2005 9:45:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 69,178+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/05 | Pete Yost - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials from five countries said Wednesday they are struggling to deal with the street gang called MS-13 that is plaguing communities from the United States to Central America. A meeting at FBI headquarters launched an unprecedented effort to make inroads against what officials called "a culture of violence." "We're trying to build networks of communication for sharing historical and current data on MS-13 members," said Deborah Strebel Pierce, deputy assistant director for the FBI criminal investigative division. Shorthand for Mara Salvatrucha, which loosely translates to guerrilla gang, MS-13 is a Latin American gang founded in...
  • IN THE BALANCE..Legal and Health and Safety Implications of Terrorist Threats (TOO RICH!!)

    08/10/2005 11:10:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 538+ views
    Fred Friendly Seminars Presents IN THE BALANCE, a Provocative Look at the Social, Political, Economic, Legal and Health and Safety Implications of Terrorist Threats - Wednesday August 3, 12:42 pm ET Programs To Air During National Preparedness Month In September Presented on PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2005-- A videotape claiming that a terrorist attack will happen at a shopping mall in the next few days is sent to a major national news organization. How does the organization respond? On the one hand, this is an exclusive news event; on the other, it's a potential national...
  • CA: Bond agencies upgrade state credit rating

    07/17/2005 9:44:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 283+ views
    OC Register ^ | 7/17/05 | Hanh Kim Quach
    SACRAMENTO – Moody's Investor Services and Fitch Ratings, two of three Wall Street bond agencies, upgraded the state's bond ratings last week in the wake of a nearly on-time budget. The upgrades, from A minus to A, are slight, but they help give investors more confidence that the state is trying to dig itself out of a hole. Q: Why did they upgrade California bonds? A: Both agencies cited the state's improving economy and effort to close its budget gap. California started off the year with a $9 billion ongoing structural deficit, which is now between $5.7 billion and $7.5...
  • Bush White House overhauls spy agencies (Sandy Berger welcomes recommendations)

    07/09/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 575+ views
    White House overhauls spy agencies The move was spurred by questionable prewar Iraq intelligence. The Associated Press June 30. 2005 6:01AM AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite FBI Director Robert Mueller discusses President Bush's decision to create a national security service within the FBI, during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2005. Mueller, who will share authority for choosing the head of the new service with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, added that he does not regard the new agency as an infringement on the FBI's independence. President Bush granted the new national intelligence chief expanded...
  • Agencies move to enforce immigration laws

    04/24/2005 10:42:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 96 replies · 1,981+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 4/24/05 | Ben Fox - AP
    SANTA ANA, Calif. - Frustrated by illegal immigrant criminals who slip their grasp, a growing number of state and county police agencies nationwide are moving to join a federal program that enlists local officers to enforce immigration laws. The federal government has already granted that authority in Florida and Alabama, and the program is under consideration in Connecticut, Oklahoma and Arkansas. It's also in the works in Southern California - one of the nation's most ethnically diverse regions - where it would reverse a long-standing local police policy of avoiding questions about immigration status during criminal investigations. Immigrant rights groups...
  • US unready for rising threat of 'moles'

    04/08/2005 3:12:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies · 813+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/8/05 | Faye Bowers
    A recent report on US intelligence harshly critiqued counter-spy efforts.WASHINGTON – Amid all the criticism of the US's faulty intelligence-gathering, a new concern is surfacing about America's premier national-security agencies - their vulnerability to counterespionage. Because the US has reached such lone, superpower status, government officials say, at least 90 countries - in addition to Al Qaeda - are attempting to steal some of the nation's most sacred secrets. It's not only foes, like members of terror groups or nations that are adversaries of the US, but friends as well. The top five countries trying to snoop on US plans...
  • WMD Panel to Fault Intelligence Agencies

    03/29/2005 6:48:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 299+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/05 | Katherine Schrader - AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's commission on weapons of mass destruction will castigate U.S. intelligence agencies for their continued failure to share information after numerous reforms aimed at improving coordination, federal officials said Tuesday. One official familiar with the commission's workings, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the report also goes into great detail on why prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs turned out to be flawed. The report is scheduled to be released Thursday. The report examines factors that might have led to errors, the official said, such as whether policy-makers were seeking preconceived conclusions, whether foreign intelligence agencies had...
  • CA: Firm hires governor's fund-raiser to pitch program to agencies

    01/19/2005 4:06:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 177+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/19/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A communications firm with close ties to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is helping a state contractor persuade department heads to join a struggling procurement program, an official with the contractor said Wednesday. The contractor, Virginia-based CGI-AMS, recently hired Wilson-Miller Communications, which is co-owned by Marty Wilson, a top political adviser to Schwarzenegger and his main fund-raiser. Last May, the Schwarzenegger administration hired CGI-AMS to help the state trim its $4.9 billion purchasing bill. A spokeswoman for CGI-AMS said her company hired Beth Miller, Wilson's partner, to develop a marketing and education program aimed at getting more state officials...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • US Government Votes to Raise Oil Prices in OPEC

    04/23/2004 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 14 replies · 288+ views
    National NFRA: US Government Votes to Raise Oil Prices in OPEC CIA AND OTHER U. S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HELP OIL CARTEL OPEC IN OIL PRODUCTION CUTBACKS TO SKYROCKET OIL PRICES WORLDWIDE By Carl Olson U. S. intelligence agencies have a duty to assist occupied Iraq and its oil cartel Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "The President and Congress should reveal what help American spy agencies have provided to OPEC in causing skyrocketing oil prices," stated Carl Olson, Chairman of State Department Watch, a nonpartisan foreign policy watchdog group headquartered in Washington, D. C. "The American public does not deserve to...
  • CA: Controller seeks to cut layer of agencies (Westly)

    11/25/2003 9:38:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 162+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/25/03 | John Hill
    <p>State Controller Steve Westly on Monday called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to consider abolishing or reducing the budgets of state agencies, which he said may add an unnecessary level of government.</p> <p>"Everybody appreciates the need to streamline," Westly said. "It's important to reduce the number of layers in government. ...</p>
  • Fake drivers licenses easy to obtain - investigators dupe state agencies, warn of terror loophole

    09/09/2003 6:43:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 329+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 9/09/03 | Bob Hager, Bob Sullivan
    Fake drivers licenses easy to obtain Government investigators easily dupe state agencies, warn of terror loophole NBC's Bob Hager reports on how easy it is to get a fake driver's license. By Bob Hager and Bob Sullivan MSNBC AND NBC NEWS Sept. 9 — Armed with fictitious birth certificates, utility bills, out-of-state licenses and other falsified documents, congressional investigators easily convinced motor vehicle agency employees around the country to issue genuine drivers licenses, a security flaw that could open the door to future terrorist attacks, a government report to be released Tuesday says. THE REPORT from the General Accounting Office,...
  • Parallel intelligence services alarmed by Iranian President

    07/27/2003 6:54:35 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 275+ views
    Iranmania ^ | July 26 2003 | AFP
    TEHERAN, July 26 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has expressed alarm over the treatment of political activists by unofficial intelligence agencies, the country's main reformist party told state media Saturday. Khatami issued a formal complaint to the office he set up after his election in 1997 to record violations of constitutional rights, said the reformist party Iran Participation Front (IIPF), lead by the president's brother Mohammad Reza Khatami. The president's written complaint claims that around 60 political radicals have been arrested by unofficial intelligence agencies, kept in isolation and subjected to psychological abuse to extract forced confessions, official news...
  • Geldof's Praise For The US (Bush) Is Criticised By Aid Agencies

    05/28/2003 3:59:55 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 197+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-29-2003 | Raymond Whitaker
    Geldof's praise for the US is criticised by aid agencies By Raymond Whitaker 29 May 2003 Heedless of the dismay caused to international aid agencies by his support for Washington's Africa policies, Bob Geldof heaped more praise on the Bush administration yesterday.The Live Aid founder, who is visiting Ethiopia for the first time in nearly 20 years to highlight the danger of another famine, hailed President George Bush's signature on a $15bn (£9bn) plan to fight Aids in Africa and the Caribbean, saying: "That is extremely radical and welcoming ... and will take the fight against Aids to new heights."...
  • CIA: Hizbullah Cells in US Could Strike if Syria Pressed (up to 12 groups in USA)

    04/22/2003 10:07:25 AM PDT · by ewing · 31 replies · 295+ views
    World Tribune Breaking News ^ | April 22, 2003 | staff report
    U.S. Agencies have warned that Hizbullah has been recruited by Syria to prepare massive retaliatory attacks in any confrontation between Damascus and Washington.U.S. Officials said that the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department have warned that Iran and Syria could employ Hizbullah to launch attacks against U.S. interests in Europe, the Middle East and North America.They said the Shiite movement is seen as more entrenched in the West than Al Qaeda and could have up to 12 cells in the United States alone.'It has a signifcant presence of trained operatives inside the United States waiting for the call to action,'...
  • Spy Agencies Compete To Find Saddam Secrets

    04/10/2003 8:43:55 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 193+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-11-2003 | Nick Paton Walsh/Julian Borger
    Spy agencies compete to find Saddam secrets Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Julian Borger in Washington, Ian Black and Richard Norton-Taylor Friday April 11, 2003 The Guardian US forces in Baghdad have secured the Iraqi interior ministry for the CIA in the hope of finding documents on the ousted regime's human rights abuses and the development of weapons of mass destruction, according to intelligence sources. The development comes amid reports that Russian agents have been scouring Baghdad, as the scramble by foreign governments to secure the prized archives of the Iraqi intelligence agencies and Saddam's regime gathers pace. Russian newspapers...
  • Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation

    01/11/2003 7:34:51 PM PST · by ultimate_robber_baron · 13 replies · 746+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | April 16, 2002 (what a date!) | Stuart K. Hayashi
    Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation Stuart K. Hayashi Most Americans believe paying taxes is a patriotic duty. Yet this very nation was founded upon people evading taxes in 1776. When individuals don’t pay taxes, the government goes after them with guns, even though they haven’t used force on anyone else. Thus, taxation is an initiation of physical force against the individual’s right to life, liberty and property. Because taxation is forcible extortion, it violates your right to property. If you don’t pay taxes, you can be jailed, hence depriving you the right to liberty. And if tax “evaders” fight tax...