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  • Executive Branch Corruption?

    06/21/2009 8:43:54 AM PDT · by FromLori · 23 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 6/20/09 | Karl Denninger
    Corruption is a strong word, but it appears warranted given the two stories of import this weekend. First, on the firing of inspectors general: WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate. Treasury, you see, is refusing to turn over documents - items that Barofsky believes he needs to do his job properly. Mr. Barofsky's job is, for...
  • Inspector General Walpin scandal reflects money's role in politics

    06/21/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 732+ views ^ | June 21, 2009 | Salena Zito
    The upside to Gerald Walpin’s firing as inspector general for the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps is that he could appear in one of those “Organizing for America” ads that highlight Americans who have lost their jobs along with their health care. It’s just a thought. Walpin became the center of some media attention last week for suspending Barack Obama supporter Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and now mayor of Sacramento, for irregularities in his use of federal money when he ran a charity. Walpin was asked by the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service to...
  • Obama Ally [ACORN] Tries To Squelch Another Whistleblower

    06/20/2009 2:05:55 PM PDT · by USMCVIETVET · 13 replies · 1,239+ views
    MaggiesFarm ^ | 6/20/09 | Bruce Kesler
    In the wake of trying to squelch three federal Inspector Generals, there’s this story about how those who try to expose Obama, Obama administration, and Obama ally activities are dealt with.
  • Removal of an inspector

    06/20/2009 7:09:36 AM PDT · by safetysign · 18 replies · 1,264+ views
    The Washigton Times ^ | 06/19/2009 | Bill Wilson
    In firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin last week, President Obama probably thought he and his wife, Michelle, were the ones "sending the message." After all, dispensing petty political retribution on behalf of one's crooked friends is the "Chicago way," is it not? And the firing of Mr. Walpin would no doubt have lasting benefits for the Obamas, too, seeing as inspectors general throughout the federal government would get the message that "FOBAMs" - or "Friends of Barack and Michelle" - were not to be touched in the future. What Mr. and Mrs. "Hope and Change" failed to take into...
  • Stand up for Inspector General

    06/20/2009 8:20:08 AM PDT · by YaZhynka · 9 replies · 588+ views ^ | June 20, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    We, the undersigned, respectfully demand that the Judiciary Committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives formally investigate the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin by President Obama. Sign the petition at:
  • CNN's Dobbs Interviews Fmr Inspector Gen Who Charges Obama Sending 'Chilling Message'

    06/19/2009 12:53:02 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 38 replies · 2,483+ views
    newsbusters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Brad Wilmouth
    GERALD WALPIN All I know is that what was done was wrong, and it was done, I think, to send a chilling message to all inspectors general that they should not touch any hot topics. LOU DOBBS: Not to touch any hot topics, by which- WALPIN: I mean topics that may be close to somebody who is at the pinnacle of power.
  • Third Inspector General Controversy Emerges (International Trade Commission)

    06/19/2009 2:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,622+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    As the Obama administration faces questions about the president's firing of the Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General last week, and about the Treasury Department challenging the independence of the Special Inspector General dedicated to federal bailout dollars for the financial bailout money, a third inspector general controversy has emerged. This week Judith Gwynn, the Inspector General for the International Trade Commission, was told that her contract would not be renewed. The news was delivered to Gwynn within three hours of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sending the chair of the ITC a letter asking about a March 5...
  • IG Seeks Help in Stamping Out Afghanistan Reconstruction Fraud

    06/19/2009 5:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2009 – The inspector general who tracks Afghanistan reconstruction has sent out a call for help in stamping out fraud, mismanagement and waste of U.S. appropriated reconstruction funds. Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said that without help from people involved in the process, millions of taxpayer dollars could be wasted. “Weak oversight means we are open to wasting valuable taxpayer dollars, as has reportedly happened in Iraq.” Fields said. “We need the help of those on the front lines of U.S. funded reconstruction projects, including U.S. government employees, military servicemembers, contractors and the...
  • FBI e-mail investigation fingers White House?

    06/18/2009 3:21:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 64 replies · 2,545+ views ^ | June 17, 2009
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into a dispute that is linked to an AmeriCorps money scandal that has fingers pointing all the way up to the White House because of President Obama's dismissal of an inspector general who was on the case. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown has confirmed the agency is looking into the "circumstances" regarding the alleged destruction of e-mails regarding a dispute over the handling of money at Mayor Kevin Johnson's "brainchild" St. HOPE Academy, which had been investigated after allegations that public funds were...
  • The Smearing of Gerald Walpin

    06/18/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 19, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Oversight: If the White House really believes that AmeriCorps' inspector general was "confused" and "disoriented," how about open congressional hearings where the American people can see for themselves?The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down. Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.
  • Three inspectors general fired

    06/18/2009 5:37:46 PM PDT · by tunedin · 66 replies · 4,943+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 18, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
    WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate. The disagreement stems from a claim by the Treasury Department that Barofsky is not entirely independent of the agency he is assigned to examine ¿ a claim that has prompted a stern letter from a Republican senator warning that agency officials are encroaching on the integrity of an office created...
  • Special Report to Congress OIG Corporation for National and Community Service (Walpin's Report)

    06/18/2009 3:15:26 PM PDT · by dervish · 16 replies · 872+ views
    (p. 26) The decision by the Corporation and the U.S. Attorney to cut out OIG and agree to this Settlement Agreement was injurious to the Federal government as a whole and specifically to the Corporation and the hard-working and dedicated staff of the Office of Inspector General. First, the settlement sends the signal that acceptance of a grantee or its principal as “responsible” can be purchased in a monetary settlement, overriding all evidence of wrongdoing previously found to warrant a suspension, without the presentation of any contradicting evidence. Settlement Agreements are supposed to settle the liability of the grantee and...
  • EDITORIAL: A witness to Walpin-gate

    06/18/2009 12:20:15 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 203 replies · 5,977+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, June 18, 2009 | editorial
    (snip) "..Our witness, a staff member, said the board was hostile and rude. He said the board repeatedly interrupted Mr. Walpin and peppered him with questions on multiple issues. He fully confirmed Mr. Walpin's account that the board excused Mr. Walpin for 15 minutes and that when Mr. Walpin returned to find his notepapers out of order, the board refused to give him time to get them straight. Mr. Walpin says he had been working around the clock and was becoming ill at the meeting. Still, any confusion, the witness said, stemmed at least as much from the board's hectoring...
  • White House: Firing AmeriCorps IG an act of "political courage"

    06/18/2009 11:54:03 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 111 replies · 3,679+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2009 | By Byron York
    A top White House lawyer called the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin an act of "political courage," according to House Republican aides who were in a meeting with the lawyer Wednesday. Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with staffers for Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday. Eisen, along with another White House staffer who accompanied him, "wanted to talk broadly about inspectors general," says a GOP aide familiar with what went on at the meeting....
  • Obama has fired 2 IGs in 2 weeks, leashed another

    06/18/2009 5:59:32 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 79 replies · 2,181+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 06/18/2009 | Free America
    The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today. Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers. The sudden push to rid the government of independent watchdogs appears to coincide with Barack Obama’s plans to use government spending to get control over more aspects of American life, such as with stimulus spending, the financial sector, and volunteer organizations (via Dan Riehl):
  • Pocket Obama (Kevin Johnson) Nasty Personal Attack against Inspector General That Obama Fired

    06/17/2009 1:38:12 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 16 replies · 1,265+ views
    you tube ^ | Naked Emperor News
    Pocket Obama (Kevin Johnson) Nasty Personal Attack against Inspector General That Obama Fired
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 10:50:34 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 72 replies · 1,947+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve." In a letter to the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee that oversees AmeriCorps, Obama listed these alleged defects in Walpin's leadership as an Inspector General.
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 6:30:55 AM PDT · by ak267 · 66 replies · 1,980+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2009 | ak267
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve."
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented' (WOW)

    06/16/2009 9:25:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 280 replies · 12,004+ views
    Fox ^ | 6/16/09 | Majpor Garrett
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve." In a letter to the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee that oversees AmeriCorps, Obama listed these alleged defects in Walpin's leadership as an Inspector General. * Removed after unanimous request from the AmeriCorps board of directors * At May, 20, 2009, board meeting Walpin "was confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions and...
  • Obama ousts AmeriCorps' IG who investigated friend

    06/15/2009 10:07:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies · 582+ views ^ | June 12, 2009 | ANN SANNER and PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position. Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star. Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands...
  • The Walpin Story (Keeping score of the FOO)

    06/14/2009 6:51:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies · 1,164+ views
    Power Line ^ | June 13, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    If, like me, you haven't had time over the last few days to keep up with the story of Barack Obama's firing of Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General who has responsibility for the AmeriCorps program (Bruon York) will bring you up to speed. The story is an interesting one that sheds light on the lawless, bullying nature of the Obama administration. Walpin, who by statute is supposed to be independent of White House control, ran afoul of Obama because he investigated a charity operated by former pro basketball player Kevin Johnson, a prominent Obama supporter. The non-profit, St. Hope, received...
  • A Terrorist Appeal to the Left

    04/08/2005 2:56:37 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 754+ views
    FPM ^ | April 8, 2005 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Erick Stakelbeck
    A recently released propaganda video by the Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir is quite revealing. Not only does the video demonstrate the group’s growing effort to package arguments in a manner designed to appeal to Westerners on the political left, but it also serves as a barometer of radical Muslim groups’ broader shift in rhetorical strategy. The video, “Iraq: Past and Present Colonialism,” appears for the first twenty-seven minutes to be a standard leftist critique of the Iraq war, indistinguishable from Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. The slickly-produced video begins with the history of past colonialism in Iraq—including the Mongol conquest...

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  • IG Report: DoD Policy Office Acted Within Law, Authority (MSM Spun, Now read the Whole story!)

    02/09/2007 3:11:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 440+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2007 – Findings of a Defense Department Inspector General report sent to Congress today offer the third determination that activities within DoD’s policy office regarding pre-war intelligence were both legal and authorized. The report, delivered today to the Senate Armed Services Committee by acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble, was based on an investigation ordered by Congress into the way former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and his staff treated the intelligence they received before the Iraq war. The report concluded that activities by the office were both legal and authorized, but that some...
  • Agency wants FAA execs disciplined over 9-11

    09/02/2006 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 3 replies · 511+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02 Sep 2006 | Reuters
    The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general has urged the FAA to consider disciplining two executives who failed to correct false information provided to the commission that investigated the September 11 attacks, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing the report by the acting inspector general, Todd Zinser, whose office acts as the department's internal watchdog, the Times said the Federal Aviation Administration executives, as well as a third, now-retired official, learned after the fact that false information was given to the commission in May 2003 about the FAA's contacts with the Air Force on the morning of the attacks....
  • Reporters and Investigations - There is no reason for delay in pursuing the CIA leak case

    04/25/2006 12:58:03 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 62 replies · 1,627+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 25, 2006 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    National Review's Byron York sensibly asks: what are the next steps in the investigation into the intelligence community's leaking of classified information to the press, including the deeply sensitive detention arrangements for high-ranking al Qaeda captives (the so-called "black-site" prisons)? That disclosure profoundly harmed our nation's critical relationship with foreign intelligence services which have been assisting the war effort. In connection with the internal CIA end of that probe, one intelligence officer, Mary O. McCarthy, has been terminated for unauthorized contacts with members of the media, including the Washington Post's Dana Priest. It was Priest who reported the black-sites story...
  • Report: NASA Inspector General Probed

    02/05/2006 6:26:54 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 6 replies · 343+ views
    AP via ^ | 2/3/2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA Inspector General Robert W. Cobb is under investigation for complaints that he failed to investigate safety violations and retaliated against whistle-blowers, according to The Washington Post. Current and former employees of Cobb's office alleged that he suppressed investigations within NASA and penalized his own investigators when they pursued cases, the Post reported on its Web site Thursday night. At least 16 people provided documents and written complaints about Cobb to the Integrity Committee of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, a group charged with investigating misconduct by agency inspectors general or their staffs, the Post...
  • DoD Assists Iraq in Establishing Inspectors General System

    07/19/2005 5:46:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 189+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 19, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2005 – American dreams of a free and sovereign nation were at rock bottom at Valley Forge, Pa., in February 1778 when Baron Von Steuben, a battle-tested former Prussian Army officer who had served on the General Staff of Frederick the Great, arrived in camp to bring organization and professionalism to the Continental Army. Von Steuben, recruited by U.S. Minister to France Benjamin Franklin, taught the raw American militiamen how to fight as a disciplined body. The Prussian was later appointed as the first inspector general of the Army, noted Deane Williams, the DoD IG office's chief...
  • Tracing Militants on a Staten Island Phone [sed 's/Militants/Terrorists/g', Lynne Stewart trial]

    10/02/2004 1:21:19 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 2 replies · 437+ views
    New York Times ^ | Oct 2, 2004 | JULIA PRESTON
    For the last three months, the defendant who has drawn the most attention in a terror trial under way in Manhattan federal court is Lynne F. Stewart, who made a name as a defense lawyer for suspects accused of terrorism. But as the prosecutors' case has unfolded, most of the evidence about the international conspiracy they hope to prove has centered on a defendant who sits silently beside her, Ahmed Abdel Sattar. A Staten Island postal worker and a Muslim, Mr. Sattar served as a paralegal aide for Ms. Stewart in the 1995 trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the...

    10/09/2004 7:17:32 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 852+ views
    Niagara Falls Reporter ^ | Oct. 5 2004 | By John Hanchette
    OLEAN -- Somewhat lost in all the media mist over who won last week's initial debate in the presidential election is a stinging John Kerry reference to late September news that I thought would draw much more play and citizen attention than it did. It should have triggered a public furor. Three days before the Kerry-Bush face-off in Miami, the Justice Department released a classified summary of a frightening report by that agency's Inspector General. The bad news literally sent a chill down my spine. The IG investigation discovered that 123,000 hours of eavesdropped recordings related to possible terrorist plans...
  • Kerry medal complaint reaches Navy secretary

    09/03/2004 12:13:20 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 26 replies · 885+ views ^ | Friday, September 3, 2004 | By Art Moore
    The Department of Defense says it has informed Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England of a formal request to investigate alleged military code violations in Sen. John Kerry's Silver Star award. The request was made by the public interest group Judicial Watch after news reports revealed Kerry's campaign website displays a document listing a "Silver Star with combat 'V'" even though the combat "V" device is never given with the nation's third highest award for heroism. Also, there are three citations for the award, with the third, issued more than a decade after the event, bearing the signature of...
  • Boykin asks for review by inspector general

    10/21/2003 11:38:34 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 15 replies · 191+ views
    CNN.Com / U.S. ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Posted: 2:04 AM EDT (0604 GMT) | CNN.Com
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, under fire for remarks about Muslims to a Christian prayer group, has requested an inspector general review his actions, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday.</p> <p>Boykin, who apologized last week for the remarks in which he implied Muslims worship an idol, made the request Tuesday, Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news briefing.</p>
  • FBI intimidation in inquiry feared

    10/21/2003 1:09:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 132+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 21, 2003 | By Jerry Seper
    <p>Three leading Republicans and a key Democrat yesterday challenged the FBI to explain whether witnesses being questioned in an investigation into a double standard of discipline for senior bureau executives and rank-and-file agents were being intimidated and subjected to retaliation.</p>
  • IG report criticizes detainee treatment

    09/08/2003 10:14:45 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 121+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2003 | By Jerry Seper
    <p>Justice Department and Homeland Security officials have improved their treatment of illegal aliens detained in the September 11 terrorist investigation, but "significant work" is needed to eliminate the harsh treatment of many detainees, a report said yesterday.</p> <p>The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, which was critical in a June report of the government's treatment of the detainees, said that while progress has been reported, it is not sufficient.</p>
  • Klamath, 2003 - get ready (my title)

    09/06/2003 6:06:32 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 48 replies · 311+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 9/06/03 | NA
    Hundreds of salmon rot near the Cleveland Wall of the Klamath River Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, near Klamath, Calif. The inspector general at the Interior Department will look into possible political interference by the White House in developing water policy in the Klamath River Basin. Water was diverted from the Klamath River to irrigate farms which may have led to a large fish kill. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

    08/27/2003 1:11:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 31 replies · 188+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/27/03 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    <p>August 27, 2003 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton demanded yesterday that the White House provide the name of the staffer who edited press releases announcing that the air quality in New York was safe after the Sept. 11 attacks.</p> <p>"I know a little bit about how White Houses work," she said yesterday at a news conference at City Hall.</p>
  • Inspector General Faults U.S. Treatment of Detainees (Update2)

    06/02/2003 3:55:54 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 11 replies · 116+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | June 2, 2003 | Staff
    <p>June 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general found ``significant problems,'' including physical and verbal abuse, with the treatment of alien detainees swept up in terrorism investigations after the Sept. 11 attacks.</p> <p>The inspector general's report cited allegations that jailers slammed detainees against walls and held some in ``painfully tight handcuffs.'' Detainees also were held without being informed of charges against them, according to the report released today in Washington.</p>
  • IG to probe secretaries use of military jets

    04/15/2002 10:08:07 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 3 replies · 155+ views
    AP via Navy Times ^ | April 15, 2002 | AP Staff
    <p>The Pentagon’s investigation of Army Secretary Thomas White’s use of military jets has expanded to include trips taken by the Navy and Air Force secretaries. The Pentagon’s inspector general, Joseph E. Schmitz, is investigating a trip White took on a military jet to Colorado in early March. White completed a house sale during the trip, raising questions about whether he used the plane for personal business.</p>