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  • NYT: Trey Gowdy to subpoena Sid Blumenthal for Benghazi committee

    05/19/2015 9:39:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    To quote Wilford Brimley in Absence of Malice: “Wonderful thing, subpoenas.” Don’t set your DVR just yet, as this subpoena will serve as an “invitation” to a closed-door but transcribed hearing. Still, the move to collar longtime Clintonista Sid Blumenthal qualifies as a major development for the Benghazi Select Committee investigation: Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.Mr. Gowdy’s chief interest, according to people briefed on the inquiry, is a series of memos that...
  • Obama issues 'executive orders by another name (Why Obama didn't issue EO)

    02/19/2015 3:44:22 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    USA Today (see link) ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Gregory Korte
    Executive orders are numbered; memoranda are not. Memoranda are always published in the Federal Register after proclamations and executive orders. And under Executive Order 11030, signed by President Kennedy in 1962, an executive order must contain a "citation of authority," saying what law it's based on. Memoranda have no such requirement.
  • Obama making record use of presidential memos to carry out policy (w/Video Judge Napolitano)

    12/17/2014 9:39:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2014
    Great 3:23 minute video interview at link. President Obama reportedly is using a unique form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum at a historic pace a tactic that allows him to, technically, claim hes not over-using executive orders while still pursuing high-level policy changes without involvement from Congress. A review by USA Today, published Wednesday, shows that, in fact, Obama has issued more memoranda than any U.S. president in history. Hes issued 198 more than the 195 executive orders from his White House. The executive action is strikingly similar to an executive order, with only slight...
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • Senators ask ex-IRS chief to detail communications with White House

    05/20/2013 2:13:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2013 | By Ed O'Keefe
    Signaling that it intends to conduct an aggressive investigation into how the Internal Revenue Service targeted certain conservative-leaning groups, the Senate Finance Committee has asked the agencys outgoing acting commissioner to document any communications with top Obama administration officials about the unfolding scandal. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who lead the Finance Committee, wrote to Steven T. Miller on Monday making 41 specific requests for information. They include documentation of all attempts to elicit information from groups seeking tax-exempt status; a list of all the words and phrases used to target applicants for additional scrutiny; how...
  • Hacker Begins Distributing Confidential Memos Sent To Hillary Clinton On Libya, Benghazi Attack

    03/18/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 87 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3/18/2013 | staff
    In e-mail blasts this weekend, Guccifer sent documents stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide to congressional aides, political figures, and journalists. Armed with confidential memos to Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide, a hacker has distributed some of the documents to a wide array of congressional aides, political figures, and journalists worldwide. In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as Guccifer disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.
  • Source: Charges Unlikely for Lawyers Over Interrogation Memos (because no laws were broken)

    05/05/2009 3:43:32 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 579+ views
    fox news ^ | 5 | ap
    Justice Department officials have stopped short of recommending criminal charges against Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memos approving harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects. A person familiar with the inquiry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says investigators recommended referring two of the three lawyers to state bar associations for possible disciplinary action. The person was not authorized to discuss the inquiry. The person noted that the investigative report was still in draft form and subject to revisions. Attorney General Eric Holder also may make his own determination about what steps to take once the report has been finalized....
  • Rather Still Claiming Bush Natl Guard Story Was True

    09/07/2010 6:20:09 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 41 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 | BY DON IRVINE
    Some people just cant let go and Dan Rather is a case in point. Almost six years after he questioned George Bushs National Guard service Rather is still defending the report that led to his eventual departure from the network. Give it a rest Dan. From TVNewser Rather, of course, famously parted ways with CBS after a story about Former President George W. Bushs service in the National Guard was found to be based on faulty documents. Rather sued CBS over his ouster, and most of the charges have since been dismissed. Still, Rather continues to defend the report to...
  • Computer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier

    07/29/2010 8:54:10 PM PDT · by DaveTesla · 53 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said. The disclosure came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged Thursday to "aggressively investigate the leak" and find ways to prevent further breaches, and told reporters that he had invited the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist the probe. Defense officials said the FBI was investigating whether civilians aided Pfc. Manning in providing the information to WikiLeaks, a Web-based group that this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan. Pfc. Manning already was...
  • Yoo And Baybee Cleared On Interrogation Memos

    02/19/2010 5:40:10 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 3 replies · 175+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | February 19, 2010 | Neoavatara
    John Yoo and Jay Baybee, the two Justice Department officials most responsible for the memos that guided the Bush Administration's policy on harsh interrogations, were cleared by the Obama/Holder Justice Department of professional misconduct. It also cleared Stephen Bradbury, who headed the Office of Legal Counsel. The conclusion resulted from a decision by top career Justice Department executive David Margolis to reverse a recommendation of investigators that found the two lawyers' legal memos did constitute professional misconduct. That tentative conclusion, which was overruled by Margolis, said the lawyers should be referred to their state bar associations for potential disbarment. But...
  • Political offensive targets Bush

    03/18/2006 7:10:43 AM PST · by High Cotton · 96 replies · 2,214+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/18/2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats have mapped a political battle plan for the March congressional recess that calls on lawmakers to stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies. The game plan, devised by the office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is contained in a six-page memo distributed to Democratic senators on Thursday at a closed-door meeting at the Capitol and provided to The Washington Times by a congressional staffer. Titled "Real Security," the political document calls for staged town hall events at...
  • 10 reasons why Nancy Pelosi is in deep trouble over her CIA outburst

    05/16/2009 12:38:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 1,182+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 15, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Could Nancy Pelosi eventually lose her job as Speaker of the House over her incendiary allegation that the CIA lied to her and misled Congress? It's possible and here's why: 1. Her shifting explanations about what she knew about water-boarding and when she knew it indicate at the very least inconsistency and economy with the truth. Check out some of her differing statements here. 2. CIA briefers are professionals - being a briefer is a specialism for fast-track career analysts within the Agency's Directorate of Intelligence. A CIA briefing given to two senior members of Congress without their staffs present...
  • Nancy Pelosi goes to war with "lying" CIA

    05/15/2009 1:33:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 1,426+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 14, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    If there is an independent truth commission into the use of alleged torture, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, could find herself in the dock. After a series of incomplete, belated and apparently contradictory Pelosi accounts of CIA briefings to her and her staff, the big question in Washington today is: What did she know about waterboarding and when did she know it? Former Bush consigliere Karl Rove lays out the charges against her here. Fighting fire with fire today, Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to Congress as a diversionary tactic to cover up lies about Iraq...
  • Nancy Pelosi accuses CIA of lying

    05/15/2009 1:27:49 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 957+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 15, 2009
    The US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has accused the Bush-era CIA of misleading her about alleged torture of suspected terrorists and denied her failure to object to such tactics made her complicit. "At every step of the way, the administration was misleading the Congress. And that is the issue. And that is why we need a 'truth commission,'" to look into controversial "war on terror" tactics, said the top Democrat. Ms Pelosi, a key ally of President Barack Obama, has drawn fierce Republican charges that she knew years ago about harsh techniques such as the controlled drowning known as waterboarding...
  • Democrats were routinely briefed on Bush torture techniques, document shows

    05/09/2009 1:20:55 AM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies · 567+ views
    The CIA has released a devastating document detailing the dates and explicit details of secret Congressional briefings in which members of Congress were told of the Bush administrations torture techniques and when they had been used. The document is explicit (PDF here). Most damning, perhaps, is its description of a meeting held between CIA staff and then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which shows that Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administrations torture techniques in 2002 even though shes publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding. Equally striking, however, is...

    05/01/2009 3:30:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 762+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 1, 2009 | Adam Brodsky
    IF President Obama were as crafty as, say, Osama bin Laden, you might wonder if his decision last week to release new "torture" photos this month was part of some clever psych-ops scheme. After all, the decision came only a week after Obama & Co. let loose key memos on "brutal" US interrogation techniques. CIA operatives, the memos showed, had "tortured" prisoners and used sinister tactics designed to exploit fears. Now the Obama folks will hand out scores of new photos from investigations at US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. So is this some new publicity campaign meant to deter...
  • Spanish judge uses memos released by Barack Obama to pursue Bush officials

    04/29/2009 4:21:10 PM PDT · by fiodora · 8 replies · 551+ views ^ | Apr 29, 2009 at 19:11:43 | Gerald Warner
    Why draw the line at Spain - why not have Republican officials tried in Cuba for maintaining a blockade? Even if the worst that happens is that former President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and all those who served in their administrations find it advisable not to visit Spain or take international flights that stop off there, it is intolerable that persecution more appropriate to Robert Mugabe should be visited upon former public servants of the most powerful democracy on earth. If such infamy has already been achieved by President Pantywaist in his first 100 days, what further disasters can the...
  • Bybee says no regrets

    04/29/2009 7:07:43 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 4 replies · 517+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 29, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    When Barack Obama released Jay Bybees 2002 memos on enhanced interrogations, the Washington Post reported that Bybee recently expressed regret for his work. The New York Times today says that the Post got it wrong. Bybee stands by his work, even though it has cost him friends and prompted credential investigations:
  • Misconceptions About the Interrogation Memos

    04/27/2009 5:17:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies · 506+ views
    Wall Steet ^ | APRIL 26, 2009 | LLIAM M. MCSWAIN
    WALL STREET JOURNAL * OPINION * APRIL 26, 2009, 10:35 P.M. ET Misconceptions About the Interrogation Memos Their goal was to allow the CIA and military to stay within the parameters of a murky area of the law. By WILLIAM M. MCSWAIN President Barack Obama has reinvigorated the critics of George W. Bush's antiterror policies by opening the door to prosecuting or sanctioning those who crafted interrogation policy in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. These critics -- including the president -- are laboring under numerous misconceptions. Many of them have no experience with or understanding of...
  • McCain differs with Cheney on interrogation memos [next up, McCain attacking Bush directly?]

    04/26/2009 1:31:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 3,083+ views
    White House says Holder will decide on prosecutions; Obama opposes special commission on Bush-era policies. BY WILL DUNHAM WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - Releasing classified memos showing whether harsh Bush-era interrogation methods yielded useful information from terrorism suspects is not necessary, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday in a public disagreement with former Vice President Dick Cheney. After President Barack Obama released four memos this month revealing the Bush administration's legal justification for methods such as waterboarding -- a form of simulated drowning -- Cheney called for declassifying any memos showing that these techniques succeeded in producing valuable information....