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  • Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

    02/05/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by GilGil · 78 replies
    Benswan ^ | 01-31-14 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    He [Snowden] states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.” Read more: http://benswann.com/media-blacks-out-new-snowden-interview-the-government-doesnt-want-you-to-see/#ixzz2sSdnMVhn Follow us: @BenSwann_ on Twitter
  • Lawmakers won’t have to disclose the farm subsidies they receive

    01/29/2014 1:10:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2014 | Erik Wasson
    A provision requiring members of Congress and the administration to disclose what crop insurance subsidies they receive was quietly dropped from the farm bill that the House passed on Wednesday. Section 11001 of the House-passed farm bill had a provision that “requires disclosure (by name) of the amount of crop insurance assistance received by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and members of their immediate families.” That provision was taken out in closed-door conference negotiations before the bill was released on Monday. The bill cleared the House in less than 72 hours, before many lawmakers had a chance to review it,...
  • White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts

    12/21/2013 2:41:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 Dec 2013 | CHARLIE SAVAGE and DAVID E. SANGER
    The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets. In a set of filings in the two long-running cases in the Northern District of California, the government acknowledged facts that it had long held out to be secrets that would put the country at risk if they were to come out in court, including that the N.S.A....
  • CIA personnel asked to sign additional non-disclosure form after Benghazi attack

    11/16/2013 10:16:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/16/13 | Catherine Herridge
    At least five CIA personnel, including government contractors, were asked to sign a second non-disclosure agreement after the Benghazi terrorist attack, Fox News has learned. While the three-page NDA, obtained by Fox News, does not contain specific references to the 2012 attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, it does contain standard language that unauthorized disclosures could lead to "temporary loss of pay or termination" and "in some circumstances, constitute a criminal offense."
  • Investors: McAuliffe Donor Gave 'Full Disclosure' on Scheme to Profit from Terminally Ill

    10/27/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/27/13 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Saturday, the Washington Post revealed further details on a scheme investing in the pending deaths of terminally ill patients which attracted the capital of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Earlier this month, Breitbart News reported that McAuliffe admitted he was a "passive investor" in an investment fund organized by his friend and donor, Joseph Caramadre, that preyed on terminally ill patients. Caramadre's fund would pay terminally ill patients a small amount of cash before their death and, at the same time, would purchase life insurance policies on them. When the patient died, Caramadre and his investors reaped huge...
  • Gov’t: Court should not allow disclosure

    10/03/2013 1:42:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 2, 2013 9:41 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal court should not permit five leading Internet companies to reveal how often they are ordered to turn over information about their customers in national security investigations, the government argued in papers released Wednesday. In a filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the government said that allowing the companies to release such detailed information “would be invaluable to our adversaries,” providing a clear picture of where the government’s surveillance efforts are directed and how its surveillance activities change over time, the court papers stated. Companies seeking to release the information about the orders received are Google Inc., Microsoft...
  • US had intel on chemical strike before it was launched

    09/02/2013 9:11:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes. ^ | September 2, 2013 | Shane Harris
    American government knew days beforehand that the Syrian regime was about to launch the chemical attack that later killed more than a thousand people. The disclosure, raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?
  • Stealthy Obamacare co-ops refuse to file public disclosure tax forms

    08/01/2013 6:37:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/1/13 | Richard Pollock
    All but one of the 24 healthcare co-ops funded by a $2 billion Obamacare program intended to create public competition for private sector insurers failed to file required tax returns, according to a Washington Examiner survey. The co-ops are required under federal law to file IRS Form 990 tax returns each year. The 990 is a public disclosure document that provides extensive financial information about the filing non-profit, including its sources of revenue, what it spends its funds on, and the compensation paid officers and key staff members.
  • Obama Signs Bill That Eliminates Disclosure Requirement for Gov't Employees

    04/15/2013 9:57:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/15/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama signed a bill that eliminates a financial disclosure requirement for some government employees, the White House announced. Here's the White House's statement: Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 716 On Monday, April 15, 2013, the President signed into law: S. 716, which eliminates the requirement in the STOCK Act to make available on official websites the financial disclosure forms of employees of the executive and legislative branches other than the President, the Vice President, Members of and candidates for Congress, and several specified Presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed officers; and delays until January 1, 2014, the date by...
  • Gun grabbers in California now require you fill out a form telling them all about your gun safe!

    03/28/2013 2:24:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Vanity | 3/28/13 | Self
    Hey, Gang... Picked up a pistol the other day. Mine, a Glock, came with a lock from the manufacturer. While there, I overheard an exchange going on between the fellow in line next to me and the salesman. The salesman asked him if he had a gun safe. Customer said yes. Salesman then whipped out a form that required the customer to answer a number of questions. All I got was... make, model, and number of guns. WTF! Don't the bastards keeping all this data on us have a database that tells them the number of guns each model holds???...
  • A Chilling Effect - N.Y. comptroller trying to force disclosure of political spending by...

    01/30/2013 9:46:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 29, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    N.Y. comptroller trying to force disclosure of political spending by corporations to cut off funding for conservativesNew York state is quickly becoming ground zero in the fight over free speech and corporate political spending as a top state official with ties to left-wing campaign finance reform groups attempts to pressure private companies into making their political contributions public.New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is the state’s top accountant and is spearheading the campaign, cites the importance of transparency.Observers warn that “shareholder activism” in pursuit of political disclosure represents the first stage of coordinated intimidation campaigns against private companies conducted...
  • Obama calls for full disclosure, almost

    08/29/2012 6:54:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/29/2012 | Bruce Johnson
    On August 20th, President Obama almost blew it. "The American people have assumed that if you want to be president of the United States that your life's an open book    (pause)   when it comes to things like your finances," he told reporters in an impromptu press conference at the White House today.  (article) The moment was glaring.  He almost called for full disclosure of the pasts of candidates, then quickly smoothed it over and qualified the comment to "finances".The quote doesn't do justice to the brief but awkward moment.  The stumble , ( video 17:00 mark) on that phrase,...
  • Rick Scott praised for making emails public [Obama will NEVER be this transparent!]

    05/07/2012 5:25:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    TheLedger.com ^ | 5/6/12 | Lloyd Dunkelberger
    As an outsider with scant experience with Florida government, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration drew much criticism for his handling of public records in his first year in office. Now, well into his second year, Scott is drawing praise for his embrace of Florida’s relatively strong Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. Going beyond what any other governor has done before him, Scott announced “Project Sunburst,” which has begun placing his emails, as well as about a dozen top staffers, on a public-access website. Scott, a wealthy businessman who is holding his first political office, has long been an advocate for more “transparency” in government....
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Rivals Call on Romney to Release Tax Returns; Perry Says "We Need to Know it Now"

    01/16/2012 1:56:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Texas Governor Rick Perry is demanding Mitt Romney release his tax records, warning there can't be any surprises should the GOP front-runner become the party's nominee. "Anita and I put out our taxes every year since back the 80s, and every candidate up there, they should put their taxes out, including Mitt," Perry insisted during a town hall meeting. "You know, November, or excuse me, September and October, is not the time for us to be finding out that whoops, there's something out there that is a problem. We need to know it now." Perry has...
  • SEIU joins Occupy LA in downtown march (In support of Obama's jobs act)

    10/19/2011 8:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    KABC-TV ^ | October 19, 2011 | Elex Michaelson
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Occupy LA movement grew by the thousands Wednesday as unionized workers, caregivers and their patients joined the call for an end to corporate greed and Congress to put Americans back to work. The demonstrators held large signs, chanted loudly and blew whistles as they marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the steps of City Hall. Organized by the Service Employees International Union, the demonstration was in support of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act....
  • Watchdog Rejects Pelosi Explanation of Late Disclosure

    10/13/2011 10:34:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 13, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    Paul Pelosi, husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will reportedly make millions of dollars from a previously undisclosed real estate venture in Mrs. Pelosi's home state of California. Mr. Pelosi is a real estate developer and an investment banker and entered into this project with the father of the current Ambassador to Hungary, as reported by The Washington Times earlier this week. Mrs. Pelosi helped the ambassador secure her the post. Angelo Tsakopoulos, a longtime associate of Mr. Pelosi put together the deal that involves Russell Ranch, a residential real estate project. Mr. Pelosi's investment has been reported...
  • Buffett Discloses $62,855,038 In 2010 Gross Income (shortened title)

    10/12/2011 3:58:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-12-11 | Tyler Durden
    Full title: Buffett Discloses $62,855,038 In 2010 Gross Income, $39,814,784 In Taxable Income, And $6,923,494 In Federal Taxes Excerpt: "Following a back and forth between Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, we have now discovered what, according to Buffett, were the precise amounts of the Octogenarian Crony Capitalist of Omaha's 2010 gross income, taxable income and Federal tax respectively. These are as follows: $62,855,038, $39,814,784 and 6,923,494. This, apparently, was not enough for Huelskamp. The debate continues below."
  • Real-Estate Disclosure: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    06/20/2011 5:23:59 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    AOL Realestate ^ | Posted Jun 20th 2011 5:00AM | Ann Brenoff
    When a bulldozer began to to clear away dirt for an in-ground pool in Brian Dyer's back yard, the Lakeland, Fla., homeowner got the surprise of his life: mountains of trash emerged from the hole. "It's just a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach to see what they're bringing up with each scoop," he told Tampa Bay's 10News. Dyer said that contractors tried to dig into three different areas in the backyard and each time, came up with more trash. "We found several tires, what appears to be washing machine tubs, trash, debris, metal parts, we found a...
  • Facebook seeks exemption from ad disclosures (just like bumper stickers, text messages, buttons)

    05/12/2011 9:01:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    CaliforniaWatch.com ^ | 5/12/11 | Chase Davis
    Palo Alto-based social networking giant Facebook is seeking an exemption to rules that would require political advertisements on the site to disclose the source of their funds, according to a letter submitted to federal regulators by company attorneys. The letter, first obtained by Talking Points Memo, argues that limits on the size of Facebook ads makes including required disclosure language impractical. Federal campaign regulations require political advertising to disclose who paid for and authorized it, but the Federal Election Commission has allowed exceptions in certain cases. Facebook is seeking an exemption similar to those that apply to bumper stickers, text...
  • A muni meltdown?

    01/17/2011 2:40:22 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 16, 2011 | Charles Gasparino
    The municipal-bond market is in crisis, with prices fall ing and investors running for cover -- and for good reason. Munis -- bonds sold by states, cities, counties and other localities to finance government operations -- are in trouble because the Ponzi scheme of Big Government is coming unglued. The markets are merely reflecting this reality, as they always do. The $3 trillion muni market was once regarded as the safest of all investments because the bonds are backed by government taxes. Now it's showing all the earmarks of the 2007-08 meltdown. That mess began with investors fleeing from bonds...
  • Labor Dept. Releases New 401k Fee Disclosure Rules(72 Million Enrolled in 401(k)'s)

    10/14/2010 10:29:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies
    KAALTV.com ^ | 10/14/2010 | Associated Press
    Department of Labor says it will require companies providing 401(k) accounts to lay out all the fees and other charges in plain language beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The new regulations, announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, will affect about 483,000 retirement plans. She said the 72 million workers enrolled in 401(k) plans will now have the detailed information they need to do easy comparisons of the costs of their investment choices in their plan. Companies must begin to lay out the administrative expenses, including accounting and recordkeeping fees, and the charges that apply to the individual choices a worker...
  • Minnesota a model in disclosure law

    10/12/2010 10:29:28 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Mpls Star & Sickle ^ | 10-12-10 | JEREMY HERB
    WASHINGTON - A Minnesota campaign law requiring disclosure of corporate donations is fast becoming a national model in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts in elections. Finding their elections awash in secret donations, other states are looking for a way to replicate Minnesota's law, which requires disclosure of funding sources for groups that spend on political advertising for or against a candidate.
  • GOP Blocks Bill to Disclose Campaign Ad Donors

    09/23/2010 1:59:12 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/23/10 | Staff
    Senate Republicans on Thursday stood fast in blocking legislation requiring special interest groups running campaign ads to identify their donors.....The 59-39 vote fell one short of the 60 needed to advance the legislation. Two Republicans didn't vote. ...
  • University must release Palin contract

    08/26/2010 7:57:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 77 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/26/10 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    California State University at Stanislaus and its private foundation violated public records laws and will have to release the speakers contract with Sarah Palin they had tried to keep secret, a judge has ruled. The details of Palin's contract to speak at a June 25 fundraiser for the foundation became national news last spring after foundation officials refused to tell state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, how much Palin would be paid. Yee has been trying to change a state law that shields campus foundations from public scrutiny. The Palin story grew more bizarre in April after students found discarded...
  • Legistorm (Data on Congressional Finances, travel, salaries, etc. by member)

    08/19/2010 9:16:43 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 1 replies
    Legistorm web site ^ | Ongoing | Unknown
    "LegiStorm launched in September 2006. Our web site is dedicated to providing a variety of important information about the US Congress. Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm's first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries but we have now added other valuable information, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers. The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. We have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. We expect this resource...
  • Dems urge Rangel to resign; Obama: Case troubling

    07/30/2010 5:21:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 62 replies · 10+ views
    google ^ | 7/30/10 | LAURIE KELLMAN (AP)
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday called ethics charges against Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel "very troubling" and said he hopes the longtime lawmaker can end his career with dignity. Several House Democrats went further, flat-out urging the New York congressman to resign."He's somebody who's at the end of his career," Obama said in an interview that aired Friday on "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." "I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."Obama, speaking on the issue for the first time, praised the 20-term...
  • A shameless charade on disclosure

    07/29/2010 7:41:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Senate Democrats' "Disclose" Act - "Disclose" stands for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections" - represents perhaps the baldest, if failed, power grab attempted this year. But you wouldn't guess it from reading news stories about the bill. As the New York Times reported, "The Senate on Tuesday refused to take up a bill that would require more disclosure of the role of corporations, unions and other special interests in bankrolling political advertisements, after Democrats failed to persuade even one Republican to support it." The Washington Post began, "Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation requiring...
  • Filibuster Rnd 2 on S3628 Schmucky's "Unconstitutional Disclose Act" Wed 7/28 Call 1-877-851-6437

    07/27/2010 10:47:49 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 14 replies · 4+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | July 26, 2010 | Tim Shoemaker
    Oppose DISCLOSE! The Senate will hold another cloture vote on the First Amendment-shredding DISCLOSE Act as soon as Wednesday, July 28. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard and urge your Senators to OPPOSE DISCLOSE! Call US Capitol toll free at the following numbers 1-877-851-6437 or 1-866-220-0044 1-866-340-9281 or 1-800-417-7666
  • House approves campaign disclosure bill nobody likes

    06/24/2010 3:51:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    McClatchy on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/10 | William Douglas
    WASHINGTON _The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would impose strict campaign donation disclosure requirements on unions and corporations, despite Republican opposition and objections from liberal Democrats who were upset by disclosure exemptions added to appease the National Rifle Association . By a vote of 219 to 206, lawmakers approved the Disclose Act, intended to partially fill a void created when the Supreme Court overturned some campaign spending rules in January.
  • Disclosure ACT Vote Coming Tommorrow

    06/22/2010 1:37:28 PM PDT · by csd · 9 replies
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | BIN Breaking News
    The DISCLOSE ACT is back on the calendar for tomorrow June 23, 2010 Sources are reporting that the vote is expected to take place tonight or tomorrow. On April 29, 2010, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act. The bill is a direct response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (McCain- Feingold) - a First Amendment victory in which the Supreme Court overturned the prohibition on corporations and unions using treasury funds for independent expenditures supporting or opposing political candidates at any time of the...
  • Obama Justice Department tells Court to shield White House visitor logs from disclosure & FOIA law

    04/29/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 19 replies · 869+ views
    judicialwatch.org ^ | April 29, 2010 | Not listed
    Court Precedent Contradicts Obama Administration Position Justice Department Lawyers Claim Previous Court Cases “Incorrectly Decided” Contact Information: 202-646-5172 ext. 305 Washington, DC Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Obama Justice Department advanced the erroneous claim in an April 21, 2010, court filing that Secret Service’s logs of White House visitors are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  As Judicial Watch noted in its original complaint filed on December 7, 2009, this claim “has been litigated and rejected repeatedly” by the courts.  The Justice Department filing comes in...
  • Geithner's Backdoor Bailout for AIG

    02/04/2010 2:52:39 PM PST · by opentalk · 6 replies · 544+ views
    newsmax ^ | Feb 4, 2010 | James Hirsen
    Bloomberg is reporting that the idea of secret banking groups that control the country and global economy are not such a crazy idea because of what came out of this week’s congressional hearing into the bailout of American International Group Inc., better known as AIG. The hearing described a secretive group “deploying billions of dollars to favored banks.” The legislators are looking at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the most influential part of the federal-reserve system, due to its decision in November 2008 to buy out, for about $30 billion, insurance contracts, called credit default swaps that AIG...
  • NY Fed-AIG Bank Swap Flap Causing Trouble

    01/08/2010 9:17:50 AM PST · by Stayfree · 4 replies · 539+ views
    The Atlantic Magazine ^ | January 8, 2010 | Daniel Indiviglio
    President Obama advertised Geithner as a Treasury Secretary that didn't cater to big Wall Street banks. This news paints quite a different picture.
  • Geithner’s New York Fed Told AIG to Limit Swaps Disclosure

    01/07/2010 6:17:52 AM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies · 439+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 7, 2010 | Hugh Son
    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then led by Timothy Geithner, told American International Group Inc. to withhold details from the public about the bailed-out insurer’s payments to banks during the depths of the financial crisis, e-mails between the company and its regulator show. AIG said in a draft of a regulatory filing that the insurer paid banks, which included Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Societe Generale SA, 100 cents on the dollar for credit-default swaps they bought from the firm. The New York Fed crossed out the reference, according to the e-mails, and AIG excluded the language when...
  • Official disclosure of extraterrestrial life is imminent

    10/23/2009 11:06:19 PM PDT · by TheBigIf · 179 replies · 6,197+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | October 21, 2009 | Michael Salla, Ph.D.
    An official announcement by the Obama administration disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life is imminent. For several months, senior administration officials have been quietly deliberating behind closed doors how much to disclose to the world about extraterrestrial life. Dissatisfaction among powerful institutions such as the U.S. Navy over the decades-long secrecy policy has given a boost to efforts to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life and technology. The impending disclosure announcement follows upon the secret implementation of a year long openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Over the period February 12-14, 2008, the United Nations held closed doors discussions...
  • Mr. Obama’s Promise of Transparency (NY Times Criticizes Hussein Alert)

    10/05/2009 4:55:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 592+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2009
    Hopes for an effective law that would protect the public’s access to essential news from inside government have been dealt a severe setback by the Obama administration. As a senator, President Obama co-sponsored a robust proposal to protect journalists and their sources who rely on confidentiality to reveal abuses, scandals and other inner workings of government agencies. But, White House officials are now proposing deep revisions to a Senate Judiciary Committee bill that weaken protections against forcing reporters to reveal their sources. At the heart of the disagreement is the balance between national security and the public’s right to know.
  • Reid amends disclosure reports

    07/23/2009 7:58:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 873+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/09 | Kevin Freking - ap
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed 42 pages worth of amended financial disclosure reports Thursday for the years 2000 through 2006 to more fully account for a land deal in Las Vegas and to more accurately reflect the value of some other properties he owns. Reid, D-Nev., had disclosed ownership of the Las Vegas property in his original disclosure reports, but he did not report that the title of the property had actually been transferred to a limited liability corporation called Patrick Lane LLC, which Reid had an ownership stake in. Reid valued the transaction in his amended...
  • UK expense scandal widens with duck hut disclosure

    05/23/2009 3:53:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/09 | Gregory Katz - ap
    LONDON – A lawmaker at the center of Britain's growing expense account scandal said Saturday he has been humiliated by public revelations about his attempt to get taxpayers to pay for a duck hut on his country estate. Opposition Conservative Party legislator Peter Viggers' duck hut — used to shield ducks from predators — has become a potent symbol of expense account excess in recent days. He tried in vain to bill taxpayers 1,645 pounds ($2,600) for the structure — just one of many misdeeds in a scandal that has turned British voters against their elected representatives and led many...
  • The rescue has failed: it's time to fess up, reboot and start again

    01/18/2009 7:49:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 864+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01/18/09 | Liam Halligan
    The rescue has failed: it's time to fess up, reboot and start again Last Updated: 9:40AM GMT 18 Jan 2009 Comments 16 | Comment on this article It's official. Government policy isn't working. As bank shares collapse amid renewed carnage on global markets, we now know the worst isn't over. This crisis just entered a whole new phase. Gordon Brown's "rescue plan" lies in tatters. Perhaps now the Prime Minister – and his counterparts across the Western world – will do what needs to be done. Regular readers know what's coming next. I've been writing the same thing for months....
  • Palin aide discloses campaign travel costs

    01/10/2009 8:48:08 PM PST · by Toki · 33 replies · 1,493+ views
    AND ^ | anuary 9th, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    An aide to Sarah Palin is disclosing as gifts more than $13,000 in airfare and lodging from the John McCain campaign, logged while helping the Alaska governor with state business during her bid as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
  • UFO over Suffolk Cathedral: Possible photo emerges

    12/17/2008 1:59:58 AM PST · by indianbob · 185 replies · 3,138+ views
    All News Web ^ | 17-12-2008 | Masha Dimitriov
    Earlier this month we reported about a sighting of a luminous grey UFO in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds in the United Kingdom. The UFO was seen spinning and hovering over the St Edmundsbury Cathedral by a townsman who promptly notified the police. It later emerged that the UFO was also seen by a staff member of the Cathedral. Sarah Friswell, the Cathedrals visitor officer, noted that the topic of the mysterious craft had come up in a staff meeting and
  • Obama Demands Extensive Disclosure for Potential Appointees

    11/15/2008 9:39:00 PM PST · by John Semmens · 37 replies · 909+ views
    President-Elect Barack Obama has demanded that all potential appointees undergo a thorough background check prior to being considered for any job in his administration. Would-be cabinet members, deputies, assistants, aides, secretaries, and receptionists are being asked to provide extensive dossiers on themselves if they hope to be hired. Among the documents required are original birth certificates, all school transcripts, complete health records, military service histories, any police reports, and a listing of all business and personal associates since the applicant’s 18th birthday. Applicants are also being required to submit, under penalty of perjury, sworn affidavits either admitting to the commission...
  • UK appeals court rejects encryption key disclosure defense

    10/18/2008 11:38:09 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 388+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | 15 Oct 2008 | Jeremy Kirk
    Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the data it unlocks will incriminate them, a British appeals court has ruled. The case marked an interesting challenge to the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which in part compels someone served under the act to divulge an encryption key used to scramble data on a PC's hard drive. Failure to do so could mean a two-year prison sentence or up to five years if the case involves national security. The appeals court heard a case in which two suspects refused to give up encryption keys, arguing that...
  • Obama Paid ACORN $800,000 & Failed to Report

    10/09/2008 9:44:41 PM PDT · by GOPbabe · 75 replies · 5,008+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 2008 | David M. Brown
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/election/s_584284.html
  • Spy chief: Anti-terrorist programs more extensive than acknowledged

    07/31/2007 6:58:32 PM PDT · by james500 · 17 replies · 804+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/31/2007
    The Bush administration's anti-terrorist surveillance efforts are more extensive than top officials have acknowledged, going beyond the controversial no-warrant eavesdropping program, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday. President Bush acknowledged a program allowing the government to wiretap phone calls without obtaining a warrant in 2005. The program, run by the National Security Agency, is at the center of disputed congressional testimony by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales is defending himself against allegations that he lied to Congress about a 2004 dispute between the White House and Justice Department over the legality of the eavesdropping program. In a letter defending the...
  • Belabor the Point

    07/16/2007 9:34:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 486+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 17, 2007 | John Fund
    The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors the compliance of unions with federal law. In the past six years, the Office of Labor Management Standards, or OLMS, has helped secure the convictions of 775 corrupt union officials and court-ordered restitution to union members of over $70 million in dues. The House is set to vote Thursday on a proposal to chop 20% from the OLMS budget. Every other Labor Department enforcement agency is due for a budget increase, and overall the Congress has added...
  • Full Disclosure for Katie and the Congress

    05/14/2006 8:36:16 AM PDT · by tvn · 1 replies · 184+ views
    blogspot.com ^ | May 14, 2006 | Smith and Jones
    Under pressure from the Hill, the Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing the adoption of the so-called "Katie Couric" clause. The SEC wants publicly traded companies to give shareholders more information about multimillion-dollar salaries of their executives and employees. The name comes from the "Today Show” co-host, who is leaving NBC at the end of May to join CBS as anchor and managing editor of the to be retitled "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. " It’s been widely reported that Couric is to receive $15 million over five years. The SEC proposal – primarily aimed at requiring the disclosure...
  • Ad Backers Tied to Schwarzenegger - Backers of Ads Skirt Rules on Disclosure (New Majority)

    04/16/2006 10:47:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 299+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/16/06 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — A television ad campaign portrayed as an independent effort to help Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been bankrolled partly by a group with deep ties to his political operation. An official with the New Majority, a Southern California Republican group at the core of Schwarzenegger's fundraising apparatus, said its members have given about $1 million to the Washington, D.C., business group that is the public face of the ads: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. By pumping the ad money through the chamber, well-heeled New Majority members have bypassed requirements that their donations be publicly disclosed. And they skirted the...
  • Yes, West Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

    04/10/2006 6:56:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 785+ views
    House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was aware of the story being developed against one of her members, Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), and his questionable finances and the ensuing political troubles, yet did nothing to act on that knowledge. The Wall Street Journal last week reported that Mollohan's income and assets grew from the mundane (no more than $565,000 in 2000) to the magnificent (about $6 million, give or take a couple hundred thou in 2004). As the weekend wore down, while House Speaker Dennis Hastert was calling for Mollohan to step aside as ranking member on the House Ethics...