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  • Al Qaeda Ad of SFO Tram: "Assemble Your Bomb"

    04/10/2014 2:34:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 | Stephanie Chuang
    NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang shows why some are alarmed after a picture of the San Francisco International Airport was included in a publication run by Al Qaeda. A stock photo of San Francisco International Airport featured in an international publication – reportedly run by al Qaeda - is sounding off alarms on Capitol Hill, especially as the year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings nears. At a Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, said he was first alerted by a top law enforcement official in the Bay area to the picture of what appears to be...
  • Holder: Gohmert Disagreement Example of Unprecedented Racism Against Him and Obama

    04/09/2014 6:45:39 PM PDT · by cornelis · 59 replies
    "I have been proud to stand along side of you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice that has always been at the center of this , this administrations work I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms, even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted ugly adversity. And if you don't believe that, you look at the way ...forget about me... forget about me , you look at the way the Attorney General of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House...
  • Chicago police underreported aggravated assaults, batteries in 2012

    04/08/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/07/2014 | Jeremy Gorner
    Chicago police did not report about a quarter of the aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims in its crime statistics in 2012, an audit by the city's top watchdog found. The department failed to follow state guidelines by counting each aggravated assault or battery as one incident, not each victim as it should have, leading to the underreporting because of all the incidents that involved multiple victims, according to the inspector general's office. The department said it has reported aggravated assaults and aggravated batteries in this way for many years, meaning Chicago's statistics on these crimes — including nonfatal shootings...
  • Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

    04/04/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:43 AM 03/31/2014 | Alex Pappas
    The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday. BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, “Camel Contemplating Needle.” According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.” “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” the document states. While the United...
  • HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States

    04/04/2014 8:33:17 AM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 31 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | April 4, 2014 Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-a | Javier Manjarres Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamaca
    In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf. The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.” News of the HHS letter...
  • Massachusetts DCF denies Pelletiers weekly visitation with Justina

    03/28/2014 6:01:56 AM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    Personhood USA ^ | March 28, 2014 | Personhood USA
    For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment. This new act demonstrates DCF's unwillingness to reunite the family and exposes the agency's lack of interest in the welfare of Justina or the Pelletier family. Instead, DCF is concerned with getting back at a family that spoke out against their heavy-handed custody grab. By prohibiting Justina from seeing her family, DCF is treating her differently than all other minors...
  • Examining the IRS Response to the Targeting Scandal (Live thread)

    03/26/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 58 replies
    oversight.house.gov ^ | March 26, 2014
    Video at link.
  • Issa Rips CIA Over Feinstein Spying Allegations: 'Treason'

    03/12/2014 5:13:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/12/14 | Kerry Picket
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.” “I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “Spying on the executive branch—spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason—it’s written up in the Constitution,” Issa said of Feinstein’s revelations, adding, “I...
  • The Marriage of Obama's Parents: 'In Name Only'?

    03/08/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 1,076 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2014 | Shawn Glasco
    So when did Ann's and Obama Sr.'s "whatever happened happened fast" wedding happen? For no apparent reason, confusion abounds among Obama's biographers over the wedding date: 1. Dreams claims that Ann and Obama Sr. were in married "in 1960"; similarly, Mendell's 2007 book claims that the couple were married "sometime in late 1960" when they "slipped off alone to the island of Maui"; and both Obamaland (2008) by Ron Jacobs (with contributor David Maraniss) and a 2007 Washington Post article claim that the two were married "late in 1960." 2. A 2007 Chicago Tribune article vaguely claims that Ann and...
  • Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

    02/27/2014 8:10:54 AM PST · by njslim · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2014 4:33 PM | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills.
  • Christine O’Donnell: I was a victim of the IRS

    02/22/2014 12:53:17 PM PST · by Robwin · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 22, 2014 | Christine O’Donnell
    Whether Democrat or Republican, do you really want your private tax information leaked with impunity? On March 9, 2010, around 10 a.m., I announced my plans to run for senate representing Delaware. Later that same day, my office received a call from a reporter asking about my taxes. It’s since come out, after a halting and unenthusiastic investigation, that a Delaware Department of Revenue employee named David Smith accessed my records that day at approximately 2 p.m. — out of curiosity, he says. That these records ended up in the hands of the press is just a coincidence, the IRS...
  • Hilarious Transcripts of Fed Minutes Reveal Completely Clueless Fed

    02/22/2014 7:30:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Today the Fed released minutes of meetings at the start and during the great financial crisis. These minutes show how clueless the Fed Governors were at the start of the recession. Here is a list of FOMC Transcripts and Other Historical Materials, 2008 Notes I purposely cherry picked statements of various Fed governors. There was much more gloom in the early minutes than I show below. Yet, the consensus opinion, even though the recession had already started, was that a recession would be avoided.Amazingly, Bernanke spoke of pent-up demand for housing in January of 2008The January 29-30 transcript was a...
  • Who's the Clown in Charge? Another Million Jobs Killed by Dems and Obama

    02/20/2014 9:16:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Remember: We actually pay people to report on stuff like this. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), while not exactly non-partisan, doesn’t always see eye to eye with either party in D.C. Yes, sometimes the effects of proposed Democrat economic policies are so obvious that even the CBO is forced to agree with Republicans. The CBO just reported that the Democrats plan to raise the minimum wage would cost between 500,00 to a million jobs. Initially. No. Duh. At least that many jobs; really, probably more. “The CBO analysts said their estimate of employment losses was approximate,” says Fox News. “They...
  • Poll: Most Believe Govt Corruption is Worse Under Obama

    02/14/2014 4:01:43 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Most Americans believe that government corruption has gotten worse under the Obama administration, according to a new national survey conducted by two conservative organizations. The survey, conducted by the conservative Judicial Watch in partnership with Breitbart.com, shows 77 percent of the 1,000 adults questioned are concerned about government corruption and 52 percent of them think the problem has gotten worse over the past five years since President Barack Obama first took office. "The Judicial Watch-Breitbart poll shows that the American people are thoroughly disenchanted with a government they see as corrupt and secretive," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The...
  • IRS targeting of political speech is no accident

    02/08/2014 1:50:19 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2014 | Star Parker
    The latest round of the IRS scandal, in which Tea Party and conservative groups have been selectively targeted for harassment by our tax collection agency, is now unfolding. This comes in the form of proposed new rules from the IRS regarding the operation of organizations falling under the 501(c)(4) provision of the tax code. These are organizations whose purpose is to promote “social welfare” and therefore their income is tax-free. Because promoting a cause or agenda in our free and democratic country cannot be isolated from political activity associated with that agenda, such activity is permitted by 501(c)(4) organizations, as...
  • Live Thread: House Oversight & Reform Subcommittee: IRS Targeting Investigation

    02/06/2014 7:16:02 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | February 6, 2014 | c-span
    Testimony related to the IRS Targeting investigation Testimony: Catherine Engelbrecht Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities –including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings –came knocking at my door. http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Engelbrecht.pdf Catherine Engelbrecht Founder and President Other testimony can be found here: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/irs-targeting-investigation-administration/
  • EU has ‘no corruption-free zone’

    02/03/2014 9:09:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03.02.14 @ 19:51 (Feb. 3) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Corruption across the EU bloc is costing taxpayers billions, as member states fail to tackle the problem head on, according to the European Commission. The Brussels executive on Monday (3 February) published its first ever bi-annual anti-corruption report on each of the 28 EU countries, citing public procurement and obscure political party financing as among the most pervasive problems. […] Public procurement contracts, equivalent to one-fifth of the total EU economy, are said to be the worst affected with up to a quarter of their value lost to corrupt practices. …
  • Conservative of the Year: Rep. Darrell Issa

    01/02/2014 9:01:53 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1-2-14 | Human Events Editors
    The rule of law is a matter of much concern lately, thanks to President Obama’s extraordinary use, and often flagrant abuse, of executive power. Congress held hearings on the subject in December, with some of the most damning testimony coming from leading liberal intellectuals. For the past five years, no one has worked more diligently to hold this Administration accountable than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who represents northern San Diego County, and chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. After serving in the Army and reaching the rank of captain, Issa built an impressive private-sector business resume, founding Directed...
  • Justice and State departments blocking access to survivors of Benghazi attack

    10/31/2013 5:44:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The Justice and State departments are now citing a year-old FBI investigation and a future criminal prosecution to block access to survivors of last year’s Benghazi terror attack. In an Oct. 28 letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, refers to "significant risks" and "serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews." Graham has been asking since last year for the FBI’s transcripts of interviews with State Department and CIA survivors who were evacuated to Germany after the Sep.11 attack on the U.S. consulate. He and other...
  • Obama the Avatar

    10/25/2013 2:04:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    NRO ^ | October 25, 2013 | y Charles C. W. Cooke
    Discussing the Obamacare disaster in the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama led with a phrase to which we have become accustomed: “Nobody,” the president emoted, “is madder than me” about this mess. Along with “let me be clear” and “make no mistake,” this is a favorite construction. Obama, you see, is more concerned for and correct about everything than everybody else at all times. “Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do,” he told WABC earlier this month; “nobody is more frustrated” than he about the IRS scandal; “no person,” the president affirmed during the...
  • IRS/White House Collusion in the War on Religion

    10/10/2013 4:31:52 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/9/2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    It is outrageous enough that the IRS and The White House were working in tandem so that the IRS shared confidential taxpayer information with the president and/or his aides. What makes the law-breaking doubly contemptible is that the information was shared in the context of a lawsuit against the despicable, unconstitutional ObamaCare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate: [Top ObamaCare official Sarah Hall] Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for...
  • Issa: IRS Officials Sent Confidential Tax Info to Private Email Accounts

    10/08/2013 4:37:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/08/13 | Mike Flynn
    Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, recently informed the IRS that the committee's investigation has revealed that senior IRS officials were using their private emails to transmit confidential tax information. The investigation was sparked by the agency's alleged targeting of conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. "[W]e have uncovered a troubling pattern of IRS officials sending official documents to non-official email accounts as well as the use of non-official email accounts to conduct official business," the September 30th letter to acting IRS Commissioner Dan Werfil reads. "In some instances, IRS officials have sent taxpayer protected information to non-official...
  • Darrell Issa: IRS Officials Sent Private Data Over Personal Email Accounts

    10/08/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10-8-2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    Senior Internal Revenue Service officials—including one at the heart of the IRS “targeting” scandal—violated agency policies and possibly federal records laws by using private email to send confidential taxpayer information, the GOP-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said in a letter. In a Sept. 30 letter to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel obtained by the Free Beacon, Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa (R., Calif.) said an investigation revealed a “troubling pattern” of at least four top IRS officials using their private email addresses to relay confidential tax information. “This not only raises the prospect of violations of the Federal...
  • Emanuel blasts 'wrong-headed' GOP leaders over shutdown

    10/04/2013 8:21:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    wbez.org ^ | October 02, 2013 | Alex Keefe
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blasted Congressional Republicans for their “wrong-headed” budget brinksmanship he said led to a partial government shutdown, while maintaining that city services are still immune to the impasse in Washington. “It’s time for the Republican leaders in Congress to step up, provide leadership and tell a small minority in their party to stop trying to hold the country hostage to their ideology,” Emanuel told reporters at an unrelated press conference on Wednesday. As the first federal shutdown in nearly 18 years entered its second day, Emanuel said city services are still unaffected by the shutdown,...
  • Black Woman, Miriam Carey, Mistakenly Rammed "Barrycades" In D.C. - Chased And Killed

    10/04/2013 5:12:48 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 101 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 10/04/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    Ms Miriam Carey, a well mannered dental hygienist from Stamford Connecticut, may have been just touring Washington D.C near the Capitol Building when she surprisingly got caught in the midst of hundreds of Obama "Barrycades" which have been installed at a multitude  of places around D.C. and other federal properties - "because of the government shutdown," allegedly. Washington D.C. had been increasingly blocking off streets close to the residence of the Director of Barrycades, President Barack Obama, even before the shutdown. A city that was once a joy  to tour and view now looks more like Islamabad with all...
  • Adm. Mullen Admits Special Ops Told to 'Hold in Place' During Benghazi

    09/20/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/13 | Tony Lee
    Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen said that the direction given to Special Operations Command Africa commander Lt. Col Gibson was to "hold in place" on the night of the attacks. SNIP Mullen also said that U.S. aircraft were not at the ready while the attack was ongoing. He claimed there was a "physics problem" in addition to a "time and distance problem" that prevented the United States from providing immediate air cover.
  • Administration's Benghazi Review Board Discredits Itself in Congressional Hearing

    09/20/2013 5:20:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 19, 2013 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    The leaders of the Administrative Review Board that investigated the attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, appeared before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Thursday, and offered testimony that further undermined the already-tattered credibility of their own probe. In descriptions that emphasized their friendly, even collaborative dealings with the top State Department officials who were ostensibly among the subjects of their investigation, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen defended their work and shrugged off criticism from Republicans on the panel. But the substance of the responses from Pickering and Mullen, respectively chairman and vice chairman of the...
  • Report: Superiors told Capitol Police SWAT team to stand down during Navy Yard massacre?

    09/18/2013 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 18 SEPTEMBER 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I thought the biggest scandal to come from the shooting today would be the fact that the Pentagon didn’t run a full background check on this guy when he was re-hired as a contractor in July. All they did, which is apparently standard practice, was check to make sure his security clearance from 2007 was still intact. No interviews with family members, co-workers, or employers; if there had been, maybe someone would have tipped them to the fact of his mental problems. But no, that’s not the biggest scandal if this BBC report is right. This … can’t possibly be...
  • Libya: Obama’s other foreign-policy disaster

    09/11/2013 3:02:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | September 10th, 2013 | John Hayward
    The Weekly Standard offers a glum assessment of Obama’s fiasco in Syria: “With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.” Reset with Russia was originally a strategic priority for the Obama administration because it saw Moscow as the key to getting Iran to come to the negotiating table. Putin, from the White House’s perspective, was destined for the role of junior partner. Now Putin has turned “Reset” upside down. By helping Obama out of a jam with Syria, Putin has made himself the senior partner to whom the White House is...
  • Benghazi hit by blast on anniversary of attack on U.S. consulate

    09/11/2013 2:21:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/11/2013
    A powerful blast on the main street in the Libyan city of Benghazi early Wednesday damaged a foreign ministry building and a branch of the Central Bank of Libya, an eyewitness said. The explosion comes on the anniversary of the September 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Eyewitness and Benghazi resident Sami Berriwen told CNN he saw no casualties as a result of the blast in the eastern city, which occurred at about 7 a.m. (1 a.m. ET.) Berriwen, a university student, said that if the blast had happened...
  • September 11, 2013: No justice for the Benghazi victims

    09/11/2013 12:25:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Eric Golub
    Obama promised justice. He promised that the killers would be “held accountable.” One year later, those promises have not been kept.
  • Susan Rice Will Brief Congress on Syria on Anniversary of Benghazi

    09/08/2013 12:32:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Susan Rice Will Brief Congress on Syria on Anniversary of Benghazi September 8, 2013 - 2:36 PM By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - Susan Rice, who falsely told the nation that the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 had developed out of a spontaneous demonstration against a YouTube video, will mark the one year anniversary of those attacks by briefing Congress to make the administration's case for authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force in Syria. The administration has decided to make Rice a key point person for pushing military intervention in Syria. On Monday, Rice will...
  • Gregory Hicks: Hearing of Death of Christopher Stevens ‘Saddest Moment’ in My Career

    09/08/2013 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | Sep 8, 2013 | Benjamin Bell
    Hicks – who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya’s prime minister. snip Hicks said he doesn’t understand why more military resources were not sent to Benghazi after he notified State Department officials in Washington that the consulate was under attack. “I don’t know exactly what was available…And I still don’t quite understand why…they couldn’t fly aircraft over to Benghazi,” he said. “When I was a kid, I grew up watching western movies… the cavalry always came,” Hicks said in an interview taped Friday...
  • The Most Embarrassing President of My Lifetime:Obama accepts no responsibility for anything

    09/06/2013 7:16:16 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    cfp ^ | 9/6/13 | d patton
    Barack Obama is, without question, the most embarrassing president of my lifetime — and that is saying something, since my life so far has encompassed 12 presidencies, some of which have brought a lot of embarrassment to the nation. Even Richard Nixon, with his Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter, with his malaise, and Bill Clinton, with his lewd behavior in the Oval Office, could not top this president for pure, unadulterated disgrace. Of course, in Obama’s case, it is not a matter of personal scandal like it was for Clinton. By telling the world a year ago that he was drawing...
  • Police: 2 Women Gang Raped By Juveniles In Wilmington Park

    08/31/2013 8:12:03 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 49 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | August 30, 2013 | Ileana Diaz, Matt Rivers
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Neighbors near Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington expressed anger and outrage Friday, after learning the details of a brutal gang-rape that happened in the park Thursday. Police say two women, ages 32 and 24, were reportedly attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of 10 to 12 black male juveniles in Kosciuszko Park at about 6:54 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the suspects, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, remain on the loose. The victims were transported to Christiana Hospital for treatment. Wilmington police increased patrols Friday in the park which is located in the...
  • President Obama’s surveillance board packed with insiders

    08/29/2013 9:21:46 AM PDT · by shego · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/13 | Tony Romm
    President Barack Obama pledged he’d appoint “outside experts” to review the country’s surveillance practices, but he’s since tapped largely insiders for the key posts. The group, formed to examine the policies and procedures at the National Security Agency as it tracks terrorism suspects’ digital communications, is composed mostly of Washington types, many with connections to the very intelligence establishment they’re now tasked with scrutinizing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks. There’s Michael Morell, a CIA veteran who once led the agency on an interim basis; Richard Clarke, a top counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations; and Cass...
  • Some NSA Employees Spied on Their Love Interests

    08/24/2013 6:18:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 173 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 24, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    The National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted some of their officers misused the agency’s massive spying powers to keep tabs on their love interests, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Friday night. NSA employees reportedly dubbed the practice with its very own spy label: LOVEINT. U.S. officials said some of the violations included overseas communications, but claimed the practice was “very rare,” according to the WSJ. Officials reportedly said all employees involved were appropriately disciplined. The incidents were often self-reported, revealed while the officers took polygraph tests during routine security clearance renewals, according to the WSJ. “NSA has zero tolerance...
  • Report: Michael Hastings Feared His Mercedes Was Tampered With, Asked to Borrow Neighbor’s Car....

    08/23/2013 7:37:00 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 22 | Jason Howerton
    Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings told his neighbor that he was afraid to drive his Mercedes because he believed it had been tampered with, according to a LA Weekly report.
  • State drug lab scandal widens, 40,323 defendants may be affected (MA)

    08/20/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 26 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 8/20/2013 | Matt Stout
    More than 40,000 defendants may be affected by the alleged drug tampering of “rogue” chemist Annie Dookhan, a sign the state’s massive drug lab scandal grew beyond initial estimates, according to the near year-long work of the lawyer tasked with determining the scope of the state-shaking saga... Meier found that the actual list of defendants affected grew to 40,323. Of those, 10,000 were in prison, or parole or probation and had been previously convicted of a drug offense in Superior Court. More than 300 state prison inmates have been released, and prosecutors have opted to dismiss or drop more than...
  • Seeking martyrdom, Nidal Hasan raises little fuss in Fort Hood courtroom

    08/14/2013 2:40:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/14/13 | Patrik Jonsson
    Maj. Nidal Hasan appears to be stoically slouching toward martyrdom at his court-martial – instead of using the trial as a soapbox to spout jihadist ideology, as have others in a similar position. Inside a heavily fortified compound at Fort Hood, Texas, a court-martial expected to take months is moving quickly ahead of schedule. The Army psychiatrist, accused of murdering 13 fellow soldiers and injuring more than 30 in an attack on Nov. 5, 2009, has remained cool, collected, and businesslike, even amid riveting and horrific testimony. To be sure, he could still let loose invective on the courtroom, particularly...
  • Man torches $400 million nuke sub (twice!)Navy's budget struggles for air

    08/08/2013 7:49:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 8, 2013 | Emily Smith, CNN
    Casey James Fury simply didn't want to be at work, and in the process cost the Navy nearly a half-billion dollars and one attack submarine. Fury admitted to setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear sub, in May 2012 while it was in dry dock. Fury also admitted to starting a second fire at the dry dock three weeks later, according to federal court documents. In both cases, he told investigators that he started the fires because he was having extreme anxiety and was trying to get out of work, according to federal documents. On Tuesday, the Navy announced...
  • Obama thinks Americans don't need to know

    08/06/2013 3:33:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/5/2013 | Gene Healy
    When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the existence of a massive spying program siphoning up Americans' personal phone records earlier this year, President Obama declared: "I welcome this debate and I think it's healthy for our democracy."Shortly thereafter, his administration revoked Snowden's passport and hit him with Espionage Act charges (filed under seal, naturally).That's the thing about the self-styled "most transparent administration in history": Often you can't find out what they're up to until somebody breaks the law to let you know.One suspects Obama "welcomes this debate" about as enthusiastically as Anthony Weiner greets the debate over...
  • IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Continues Despite Claims to Contrary

    08/02/2013 3:00:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Today, the Thomas More Society has submitted an updated second memorandum to Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) of the House Committee on Ways and Means, detailing additional evidence of continued IRS targeting of pro-life organizations. Despite claims by the Obama Administration that the harassment has ceased, the Society produced over 230 pages of documentation showing that the federal government is still interrogating pro-life groups beyond the scope of its legal authority, infringing upon these organizations’ First Amendment rights of assembly, free speech, and religious liberty.“Despite claims to the contrary, the IRS continues to target and harass pro-life and conservative charities, illegally questioning...
  • President Obama Chooses His Own Facts About Keystone Pipeline

    07/31/2013 4:35:18 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 14 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 07/30/13 | LD Jackson
    When it comes to the facts and how they are portrayed in Washington, it is a subjective thing. On any given issue, the facts are manipulated so they will appear to support a particular argument. We may want to deny it, but both sides of the political spectrum do this. So, when President Obama doubled down against the Keystone Pipeline in Chattanooga, TN yesterday, it was no surprise that he chose his own facts to support his argument that the pipeline was not a jobs plan. Hat tip to Texas Fred. Fox News - President Obama doubled down Tuesday on...
  • Jack Lew: Yes, IRS Scandal is ‘Phony’

    07/29/2013 7:07:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/29/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Treasury secretary Jack Lew on Sunday got specific about President Obama’s contention that “phony scandals” are distracting lawmakers from tackling the important issues facing the country. With regard to the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups, Lew said, there is “no evidence” that any political appointee was involved in the matter, and “The attempt to try to keep finding that evidence is creating the kind of sense of a phony scandal that was being referred to there.” “We have to distinguish reality from the part that is phony,” Lew told NBC’s David Gregory. He went...
  • Jack Lew's Dazzling Lack of Curiosity

    07/29/2013 5:21:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    Amazingly, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew doesn't think it's "appropriate" for him simply to ask the IRS's chief counsel (and President Obama's political appointee) William Wilkins what he knows about the targeting scandal. Obviously, it's much easier to continue to insist that there's "no evidence" of wrongdoing if one goes far out of one's way to avoid learning any potentially unwelcome facts. Jack Lew Refuses To Answer If William Wilkins Has Been Asked About IRS Targeting
  • Not News: IRS Has Only Provided 0.02% of Documents Requested by House

    07/27/2013 1:03:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | July 26, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    The establishment press's general refusal to cover clearly newsworthy developments in the Obama administration scandal involving the targeting of conservative, tea party, prolife and other groups by the Internal Revenue Service has been so negligent and blatant that several leading conservatives, including the MRC's Brent Bozell and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, called it out in an open letter earlier this week. Consistent with the rest of their colleagues, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, appears to have had no substantive story on the scandal since July 18 -- and that one was about primarily Democrats beating the false meme...
  • Students Show NO MERCY, Pin NSA Recruiters Against Wall

    07/06/2013 3:47:05 PM PDT · by Kolath · 34 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 6, 2013 | OneTruth4Life
    When NSA recruiters went to the University of Wisconsin earlier this week to pitch language students on working for the agency, they got more than they bargained for. The informed students turned the question-and-answer session into a hearing. On trial were the NSA's lies, their legality, and how they define -adversary-. The students recorded audio of the exchange on an iPhone proving that the language-analyst NSA recruiters were left tongue-tied. -I'm surprised that for language analysts you're incredibly imprecise with your language,- grad student Madiha Tahir charged when they failed to define what constitutes an adversary. -What you're selling us...
  • Grieving parents sue Air Force for answers in daughter's death

    07/06/2013 6:06:01 AM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    AP via foxnews.com ^ | 07/06/13 | AP
    The grieving parents of a 19-year-old Idaho woman who died serving her country thousands of miles from home say the U.S. Air Force won't give them information about the circumstances of her death. Airman 1st Class Kelsey Sue Anderson of Orofino died June 9, 2011, at Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean 3,300 miles west of Hawaii. The military has reported she committed suicide. But Chris and Adelia Sue Anderson, her parents, filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court to force the Air Force to respond to their...
  • Mexican chief killed with rifle lost in ATF's 'Fast and Furious' program

    07/06/2013 3:57:49 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    UnionLeader ^ | July 5, 2013 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON — A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded....