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  • Beware an October state of 'emergency' (... Obama's options should he fear electoral defeat)

    09/27/2012 7:05:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    As the reincarnation of Meyer Lansky once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Well, wadda ya know, the Duplicitous Despot just happens to be a man badly in need of a serious crisis, and the Middle East just happens to be on fire. But surely Obama couldn’t have created the turmoil in Arab countries all by himself, could he? No, but he certainly has done everything within his power to fan the flames of discontent throughout the region, such as playing up the infamous, anti-Muslim YouTube video as the cause of the “spontaneous” Islamic protests....
  • VANITY: Why Eric Holder is in a Bind

    09/26/2012 7:59:10 AM PDT · by WileyC · 12 replies
    9/26/2012 | WileyC
    Let's start with the facts: Eric Holder is covering up something with Fast and Furious. Obama has supported him (for now) with the ridiculous and unsupportable claim of executive privilege. Okay, now to the speculation... we know a coverup is occurring. What we don't is who is covering whom. There are two good guesses as to what is going on (which aren't mutually exclusive). The most commonly assumed is that Eric Holder knew everything and Obama is covering for him. The more intriguing is that Obama knew about it and he's really covering for himself with Holder's help. Here's where...
  • Three-Star General: Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Department of Defense

    09/25/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 57 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | September 25, 2012 | Thomas More Law Center
    ANN ARBOR, MI – U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William "Jerry" Boykin, in a recent World Net Daily radio interview, confirmed that people with high security clearances connected to the Muslim Brotherhood hold important positions in every major federal agency including the Pentagon and the Department of Defense. The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has vowed the destruction of America from within".
  • Docs:Obama,Holder approved one of Bin Laden’s bodyguards for release/transfer from Gitmo

    09/23/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9-23-12 | Matthew Boyle
    Complete title Documents: Obama, Holder have approved one of Bin Laden’s bodyguards for release or transfer from Gitmo Daily Caller front page headline 'HIGH RISK' Report: Obama approves release or transfer of former bin Laden bodyguard ### President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have approved one of Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguards for release or transfer from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to another country, according to prison records released by WikiLeaks and a recently published list of approved-transfer detainees from the Justice Department. Idris Ahmad Abdu Qadir Idris is the second name on Holder’s Justice Department list...
  • Atlantic columnist, ’60 minutes’ analyst: IG report proves Eric Holder must resign

    09/23/2012 5:31:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 22 September, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” believes Attorney General Eric Holder must resign following this week’s scathing report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, which sharply criticized the administration’s handling of Operation Fast and Furious. “In the end, the much-heralded, much-maligned Office of the Inspector General’s report on the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun scandal tells us what we already know: Attorney General Eric Holder should resign if President Barack Obama wins another term,” Cohen wrote in a Friday column for The Atlantic. Cohen added Holder has failed to fix the...
  • Rep. Trey Gowdy: ‘We are going to have a public hearing’ on Media Matters, DOJ collusion

    09/22/2012 2:24:04 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/22/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Appearing on NRA News’ “The Daily News with Ginny Simone,” South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said hearings are planned concerning the Department of Justice’s use of taxpayer resources to smear its critics by colluding with left-wing advocacy organization Media Matters for America. Gowdy’s promise of hearings comes after The Daily Caller this week published a series of emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, that show the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers working together to attack reporters covering Justice Department scandals and other administration critics. “My guess is, this...
  • Republicans want more heads to roll over 'Furious,' claim IG report contradicts Holder testimony

    09/21/2012 12:46:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 20 September, 2012 | NA
    Republican lawmakers want more heads to roll over Operation Fast and Furious after a report faulted multiple agencies for letting the failed anti-gunrunning probe get out of hand -- as they cited a key section that appeared to contradict testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder. One Justice Department official has resigned and another has retired in the wake of the inspector general report. Another 14 officials were forwarded for possible disciplinary action. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at a hearing Thursday where Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified that "all 14" should...
  • The IG Report and Holder (The inspector general indicts the DOJ and the ATF.)

    09/21/2012 11:46:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Eric Holder claims that the just-released Office of Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious vindicates his claims that he knew nothing about this reckless operation. He seems oblivious to the fact that the almost-500-page report is a damning indictment of his lack of leadership, supervision, and judgment.Holder supposedly knew nothing about (and his senior leadership failed to alert him to) a major investigation that resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, hundreds of deaths in Mexico, and more than 2,000 weapons’ ending up in the hands of criminals there. It is a chilling comment...
  • President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration”

    09/21/2012 8:51:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/21/2012 | Jake Tapper (believe it or not)
    Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush. “I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were...
  • Republicans set to pursue 'Furious' court case despite IG report

    09/21/2012 9:29:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/21/2012
    House Republicans are pressing forward with their contempt of Congress civil case over Operation Fast and Furious despite the release of a book-length investigative report that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised as comprehensive. "We have no choice," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said on Fox News when asked about pursuing the court case. The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee explained that the contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this year essentially "ordered" lawmakers to go to court to attempt to pry loose from the Obama administration documents they have withheld....
  • IG: White House ‘Made it Impossible’ to Pursue Lead in Fast and Furious Probe

    09/20/2012 3:57:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    CNS ^ | September 20, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    The White House’s refusal to release communications related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking program and the refusal of a White House official to be interviewed about the matter “made it impossible” for the inspector general (IG) of the Justice Department to “pursue that aspect of the case,” the IG, Michael Horowitz, testified. He added that the sought-after White House interview and communications constituted “a lead we wanted to follow.” At the hearing of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on Thursday, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) asked Horowitz, “Do you think the White House’s refusal to share these documents...
  • Fast And Furious Whitewash - Eric Holder Exonerated In Murders of Brian Terry And Jaime Zapata

    09/20/2012 4:34:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    True Conservatives On Twitter ^ | September 20, 2012
    Scandal: The report our attorney general used to justify withholding evidence of who was responsible for the administration program that led to the deaths of two U.S. agents is out. It delivers more scapegoats than answers. The release by the Department of Justice's inspector general of a 400-page report on the administration's gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious, is no big surprise. As Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee, Fast and Furious represented a "pattern of serious failures" by various agencies. But he let the buck stop short of where it belongs...
  • Obama blames Bush for Fast and Furious, contradicts his DOJ IG

    09/20/2012 12:43:15 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/20/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama claimed that George W. Bush began for Operation Fast and Furious, in addition to contradicting his inspector general by claiming that he gave Congress “almost all” of the documents pertaining to the gun walking. “I think it’s important for us to understand that Fast and Furious was a field operation begun under the previous administration,” Obama said when asked if he will fire Attorney General Eric Holder. Operation Fast and Furious began in 2009. The president was conflating Fast and Furious with Operation Wide Receiver, a law enforcement tactic that began in 2006 and ended in 2007 which...
  • Who really unchained Wall Street?

    08/16/2012 7:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/16/2012 | Jean-Claude Groulx
    In keeping with the left's blaxploitation enterprise, white Northerner Joe Biden feigned the hemistichical rhythm of a Southern black preacher for his largely black audience in Virginia yesterday: "They've said it. Every Republican's voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they're proposing. Romney wants to let the-he said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street! They gawn' put y'all back in chains." For all the bluster of Obama, pre- and post-2008, as well as that of Attorney General...
  • Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony

    09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 19, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing. Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing. “I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he...
  • Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee behind consulate attack, intelligence sources say

    09/19/2012 3:54:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    FOX ^ | 9/19/2012
    Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda -- with a former Guantanamo detainee involved. That revelation comes on the same day a top Obama administration official called last week's deadly assault a "terrorist attack" -- the first time the attack has been described that way by the administration after claims it had been a "spontaneous" act. "Yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy," Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said during a Senate hearing...
  • U.S. inspector faults (14) federal agents in gun probe, clears Holder

    09/19/2012 5:45:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/19/12 | David Ingram | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog faulted 14 federal agents and prosecutors on Wednesday for the botched anti-gun-trafficking effort known as "Operation Fast and Furious" but cleared Attorney General Eric Holder of any wrongdoing. The report by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, prompted two senior officials to leave the government. Congressional Republicans investigating the mismanaged operation had accused Holder of covering it up. A report bolstering their claim would have been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama, who appointed Holder to his job, in the home stretch of the presidential campaign. One U.S. agent was...
  • Fast and Furious, Executive Branch Key Players (pdf graph)

    09/19/2012 2:43:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    House Oversite Committee ^ | 9/19/12 | House Oversite Committee
    A handy dandy chart
  • AG Holder cleared in Justice gunwalking probe

    09/19/2012 3:18:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    AP/CBS News ^ | September 19, 2012 2:15 PM
    The Justice Department's inspector general cleared Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday of knowing about the gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious that allowed thousands of weapons to cross into Mexico. But Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that there were "serious failures" at both the Justice Department and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives going back more than six years, CBS Radio News reporter Stephanie Lambidakis reports. Horowitz found that no one running the operations—not agents, nor prosecutors, nor managers—questioned the wisdom of letting guns vanish across the border with Mexico, where they ended up in the hands...
  • DOJ Deputy AG Jason Weinstein Resigns, AG Holder Cleared by Fast and Furious Report

    09/19/2012 3:17:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | September 19, 2012 | Staff
    A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program — and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official. Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, is resigning in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general report on Fast and Furious. The report essentially concludes that he is the most senior department official who was in a position to stop Fast and Furious. The nearly 500-page report was completed after investigators reviewed 100,000 documents and interviewed 130 people. The...
  • Fox Breaking News: Libya Attack Done By Released Al-Qaeda Member From GITMO

    09/19/2012 3:04:40 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 198 replies
    Fox News | 9/19/2012
    Breaking Right Now on Fox News
  • Joel Pollak on being targeted by DOJ, Media Matters: 'Holder should resign over this alone'

    09/19/2012 2:26:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/19/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak told The Daily Caller that he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over, among other things, the Department of Justice’s collusion with left-wing advocacy group Media Matters to discredit him. Emails TheDC obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and published Tuesday show DOJ Office of Public Affairs director Tracy Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, and Media Matters staffers working together to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. “On the one hand, it’s a badge of honor,” Pollak said of being one of the targets of the collusion. “The cool conservatives make the Obama...
  • Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns

    09/19/2012 12:14:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/19/2012
    <p>A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a "disregard" for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned.</p>
  • Issa Statement on DOJ IG’s Findings

    09/19/2012 11:58:58 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 10 replies
    Rep. Issa's office ^ | 9-19-12 | Rep. Issa
    WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings of widespread failures by both senior DOJ and ATF leaders in both Operation Fast and Furious and the Department of Justice’s false denials of reckless conduct to Congress. Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have led the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious following Justice Department denials of reckless conduct that were later retracted. Guns from the reckless program contributed to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and...
  • Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns

    09/19/2012 11:21:39 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/19/12 | foxnews
    A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program -- and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official.
  • ‘Fast & Furious' operation: Justice probe clears Eric Holder

    09/19/2012 11:21:52 AM PDT · by barryobi · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 9/19/2012 | josh gerstein
    An internal Justice Department investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal recommends discipline for 14 officials, but found no evidence that the department’s top leaders knew about the gun-walking aspect of the operation when it was underway. The long-awaited report from Justice’s Inspector General finds misconduct or poor judgment on the part of officials at DOJ headquarters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington and field office in Arizona, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. However, the investigators found Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t know about the operation until after the scandal emerged in...
  • The Justice Department’s Tracy Schmaler and 3 Characteristics of Political Thugs (Good read + Video)

    09/19/2012 9:19:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 18, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Excellent Megyn Kelly-Fox News video segment on DOJ & Schmaler w/Jay Seculow. What's Behind the DoJ/Media Matters Connection? 9:17 minutes In the days following the Night of the Long Knives in 1934, a bizarre press conference took place in Berlin. Hermann Goering stood before the foreign press corps and explained why Hitler’s regime had the obligation to murder hundreds of Germans in the dead of night without due process. The farce is described in Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts . At the time, Germany still had one foot barely in in the democratic past and the other foot...
  • DOJ and Media Matters coordinated Fast and Furious reports

    09/19/2012 12:01:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/18/12 | David Corea
    The Department of Justice and Media Matters corresponded and coordinated on stories about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” going so far as to disparage the citizen journalist who initially broke the story, Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported today, citing emails obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to determine the extent of cooperation between the government and the “progressive” advocacy group. “The emails…often show department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler communicating with Media Matters bloggers,” Fox News reported in a follow-up story noting the arrangement targeted administration critics. “Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other...
  • More on Eric Holder’s Flying Monkeys at Media Matters

    09/18/2012 9:51:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 17, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    For more than a year, PJ Media has been reporting on the corrupt press shop inside the Department of Justice. The unit is headed byPress Harpy Tracy Schmaler. We broke a story in July about this relationship after a PJ Media public records request revealed communications between Media Matters’ Matt Gertz and Schmaler about Fast and Furious. (More on the corrupt DOJ press shop: “ Tracy Schmaler’s (and Eric Holder’s) Trip to the Tropics ,” “ DOJ Leaks to TPM Muckraker Florida Will Be Sued Over Voter Rolls ,” “Tracy Schmaler – DOJ Shrieker in Chief.“) Tracy Schmaler Today,...
  • Emails show Justice working with Media Matters on stories that target critics

    09/18/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/18/2012 | fox news
    Newly published emails show the top spokeswoman at the U.S. Justice Department regularly collaborating with the liberal advocacy group Media Matters on stories that slam the administration's critics. The emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act requestand published by The Daily Caller, often show department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler communicating with Media Matters bloggers. Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other times, Schmaler was pitching ideas, according to the Caller. In a January 2012 email chain, Schmaler sent a Media Matters writer lines from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's comments at a...
  • Emails reveal Justice Dept. regularly enlists Media Matters to spin press

    09/18/2012 3:37:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency
  • Vote fraud alert: One out of five registered Ohio voters is bogus

    09/17/2012 8:30:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 17, 2012 | John Hayward
    Vote fraud is no big deal, right? It hardly ever happens. It’s so rare that it’s not even worth discussing. Anyone who claims to take the integrity of our ballots seriously is cynically exploiting phantom fears for the purpose of suppressing the Democrat-loving minority vote. To keep that silly narrative alive, it’s important not to read the Sunday edition of the Columbus Dispatch, in which readers were informed that “more than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote.” Furthermore, “in two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting age population: Northwestern...
  • A Fine for Doing Good

    09/17/2012 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Pontiac
    WSJ On-Line ^ | September 16, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    In a complaint filed Wednesday and settled the same day, Justice claimed that California-based Luther Burbank Savings violated the 1968 Fair Housing Act and 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act by setting a policy that had a "disparate impact" on minorities. Between 2006 and mid-2011, 5.2% of Luther's single-family residential mortgage loans went to African-Americans and Hispanics, compared to an average of 41.7% for other lenders in the area. The complaint doesn't cite evidence of intentional discrimination because there wasn't any.
  • State Department: Stop asking us about the Benghazi attack (Coverup begins)

    09/15/2012 9:31:02 AM PDT · by barryobi · 36 replies
    FP ^ | 09/14/2012 | Josh Rogin
    The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won't answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete "I'm going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened -- not who they were, not...
  • Fast and Furious Embodies Corruption at Highest Levels

    09/14/2012 11:39:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 14 September, 2012 | M. Catharine Evans
    After government-trafficked guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, higher-ups all the way to the White House started scrambling to cover their tracks. The gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious came to a head two years later on June 20, 2012, when the House voted to hold the United States attorney general in contempt for lying to Congress. The same day of the House vote, the president himself publicly stepped into the fray. Obama invoked executive privilege in order to prevent long-awaited subpoenaed documents from seeing the light of day....
  • US Identifies Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Blamed for Attacks

    09/13/2012 1:59:15 PM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/13/2012 | Unattributed
    Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The official said authorities had concluded that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that denigrated Islam and the prophet Muhammad and sparked protests earlier this week in Egypt, Libya and most recently in Yemen. It was not immediately clear whether Nakoula was the target of a...
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • Stephens: Eric Holder's Gritted Teeth (Calls Off Investigation into CIA "Torture")

    09/11/2012 2:46:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/10/2012 | Brett Stephens
    It must be tough on the left, not being able to trash John Durham. Mr. Durham, recall, is the special prosecutor appointed in 2008 by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate allegations that the CIA had illegally destroyed videotapes of CIA detainee interrogations. The prosecutor's mandate was expanded in 2009 by current Attorney General Eric Holder to look into allegations that CIA officers and contractors had abused and, in some cases, tortured and killed, as many as 101 detainees thought to have been in U.S. custody. [....] What followed was an investigation that led to one exoneration after another. No...
  • 'Fast and Furious' Report Coming: Inspector General Will Soon Release Details on Gun-Walking Scandal

    09/11/2012 11:27:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Jonathan Strong
    Since Republicans began tormenting him almost two years ago over a botched gun-smuggling investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder has wielded it as a shield. "It" is a forthcoming report from the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General on exactly what happened in Operation Fast and Furious, in which agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of powerful assault guns to "walk" to criminal networks. When facing down hostile GOP lawmakers in antagonistic Congressional hearings, or refusing to disclose subpoenaed documents, Holder has pointed to the report as evidence he wants to get to the...
  • Oversight Chairman Issa forced to delay 'Fast and Furious' hearing

    09/10/2012 11:02:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been forced to postpone a hearing on an inspector general’s investigation of "Operation Fast and Furious" until next week. The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, told Issa in a recent letter that after 17 months of investigating the botched gun-tracking operation, the lengthy report would not be ready for public release until later this week, at the earliest. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, worried the DOJ would try to delay the report’s release for political reasons, according to an earlier letter to Horowitz sent last month. And the...
  • Suspect arrested in Fast and Furious killing of Brian Terry

    09/10/2012 1:04:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/9/12
    Video
  • Diesel Fuel Sought by Justice Department [DOJ hoarding diesel for generators just before October?]

    09/05/2012 7:33:08 PM PDT · by AdamBomb · 20 replies
    Targeted News Service ^ | 9/5/2012 | Targeted News Service
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Justice Management Division has issued a combined synopsis/solicitation notice (DJJ-APG-12-S-0058) for the procurement of 16,000 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel compatible with 1.250-kilowatt Caterpillar diesel generators. It was posted on Sept. 4 with a response date of Sept. 11.
  • Holder derides Washington Times for editorial ripping his new targeted disabilities' policy

    09/04/2012 7:33:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/4/12 | Matthew Boyle
    n a letter to the editor published Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder accused the Washington Times of running an “ill-informed” and “offensive” editorial in late August that criticized new hiring policies at the Department of Justice. Holder also blasted the Times for making what he called “inaccurate” and “truly shameful” characterizations of people with mental disabilities. “Your Aug. 23 editorial about people with disabilities was ill-informed, offensive and a stark reminder that persistent prejudices and stereotypes remain too prevalent in our society and must not go unchecked,” Holder wrote in a letter to the Times’ editor. The Times had criticized...
  • EPIC FAIL: Obama Admin. Drops 3-Year Witch-hunt Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio (No Charges)

    09/01/2012 5:31:38 AM PDT · by iontheball · 27 replies
    It’s finally over. The 3-year, disgraceful witch-hunt of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by the Obama Department of Injustice was dropped tonight, with absolutely no charges to be filed in the matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel released a statement saying her office “is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct” by current and former members of the sheriff‘s and county attorney’s offices. Scheel didn’t elaborate, saying only that County Attorney Bill Montgomery was advised of the decision “not to pursue state criminal charges related to the investigation.” Scheel, who is based in Arizona, said she was acting on behalf...
  • DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books 'Inaccessible' to the Blind

    08/31/2012 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/31/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers. DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons. The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not
  • DOJ Representatives Seen High-Fiving Occupiers Protesting RNC…

    08/30/2012 4:46:22 PM PDT · by SumProVita · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 30, 2012 | Zip
    Comrades. Via Breitbart... What are uniformed field representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Service (CRS) doing assisting Occupy/anarchist activists outside the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa? Exclusive video captured by Breitbart News during Occupy/anarchist demonstrations outside the RNC Tuesday shows CRS field representatives, wearing DOJ logo polo shirts and hats, conversing with Occupy protesters. In one case, a CRS representative and protester are seen to high-five each other.
  • Attorney general meets Tucson shooting survivors

    08/29/2012 3:17:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press/ap ^ | 8-29-12 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON—More than a dozen survivors and family members from the 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have outlined for Attorney General Eric Holder their campaign to stem gun violence. In an hourlong meeting at the Justice Department, the attorney general agreed with the participants' request to present President Barack Obama with more than half a million signatures the survivors and family members helped gather. The Tucson group supports legislation to expand background checks to include firearm sales by unlicensed dealers at gun shows and to list all purchasers with criminal records in the national instant...
  • Attorney’s analysis of Project Gunrunner report shows admission of gunwalking

    08/29/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Examner ^ | 8/29/12 | David Codrea
    While Justice Department and ATF officials (reportedly including key players from the Phoenix Field Division at the time Operation Fast and Furious was being implemented) pore over the Office of Inspector General draft report during the required review and comment period, Arizona attorney, author, civil rights activist and blogger David T. Hardy, reminded his readers yesterday of an earlier report that, in his words, “spells out ‘gunwalking.’” Writing on his Of Arms and the Law blog, Hardy linked to the Justice Department’s September, 2010 “PROJECT GUNRUNNER, A Cartel Focused Strategy” publication and called attention to several key passages. Including, and...
  • Court rejects Texas redistricting maps (blocks TX voter ID law)[2 title changes at link]

    08/28/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/12 | Drew Singer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas voter identification law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the law before it could take effect for the November 6 presidential election. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. ..
  • DOJ Establishes Alabama Civil Rights Unit in Wake of Illegal Immigration Crackdown

    08/27/2012 8:32:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Fox News Latino
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Justice Department will establish its first civil rights unit in the southern state of Alabama, the agency said Tuesday -- a development that comes in the wake of the state's crackdown on illegal immigration, which raised concerns about Alabama's compliance with federal laws. . . The department's decision to place a civil rights unit in Alabama shows the state has problems guaranteeing legal equality years after the civil rights era ended, said Shay Farley, legal director of Alabama Appleseed, a public interest legal office based in Montgomery. "It highlights the fact that the war isn't over,"...