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  • J Street calls to probe US contributions to settlements

    07/18/2010 12:08:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost ^ | 7/18/10 | JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) – J Street has called for an investigation into American charities that fund Israeli settlement activity. J Street, the self-proclaimed political home for “pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” launched a campaign on Monday calling on the US Treasury Department to look into whether organizations named in a July 6 New York Times report have broken the law. The report identified more than 40 US organizations that have collected over $200 million in tax-deductible contributions for schools, synagogues and recreation centers in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The organizations support Jewish settlements in the West Bank and receive tax breaks...
  • Dems block Sestak probe

    House Democrats Wednesday blocked an attempt by Republicans to find out more about the job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., in an attempt to get him to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary. The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-12 to reject a motion that would have directed the Justice Department to turn over all material related to the job offer, which the White House said was made by former President Bill Clinton and did not involve a paid position. Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,...
  • Obama taps top scientific minds for oil spill probe

    06/14/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 608+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday named five of America's top scientists, environmentalists and conservation experts to his independent commission set up to probe the causes of the Gulf oil spill. The five, mostly drawn from some of the nation's leading academic centers, will join the bipartisan body set up last month in the wake of an explosion that ripped through a BP-leased rig in the Gulf of Mexico. "These individuals bring tremendous expertise and experience to the critical work of this commission," Obama said in a statement released as he toured stricken southern states on a two-day...
  • Holder Announces FBI Probe of Border Patrol After Shooting of Mexican Boy

    06/10/2010 6:08:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1,424+ views
    fox ^ | 6/10/10 | fox
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that the FBI is investigating whether excessive force was used by Border Patrol after an agent fatally shot a 15-year-old Mexican boy on the banks of the Rio Grande. The attorney general expressed "sincere regrets about the loss of life" and said the relationship between the United States and Mexico remains "strong."
  • Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid

    06/04/2010 2:05:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 533+ views
    boston herald ^ | 6/4/10 | Hillary Chabot and Marie Szaniszlo
    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank had harsh words yesterday for the Israeli Navy after a bloody raid on a pro-Palestinian flotilla outside of Gaza, describing nine activists killed in the conflict as “innocent” and calling for an independent inquiry into the showdown. Frank, in a wide-ranging interview with the Herald, went on to say that “as a Jew,” Israeli treatment of Arabs around some of the West Bank settlements “makes me ashamed that there would be Jews that would engage in that kind of victimization of a minority.”
  • Sestak to comply with political job-offer probe (Impeachment begins soon after findings)

    05/25/2010 5:25:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies · 1,950+ views
    Times-Tribune ^ | 5/25/10 | Michael R. Sisak
    Sestak to comply with political job-offer probeBy Michael R. Sisak Published: May 25, 2010 KINGSTON - U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak pledged Monday to "absolutely" comply with investigators if his claims of a politically motivated White House job offer become the focus of a federal probe. Mr. Sestak, the Democratic winner in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary, has refused to publicly discuss details of the offer since it was revealed three months ago and maintained that tack Monday in Kingston, saying additional discussion was "just getting into politics." U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to probe whether...
  • Two taken into custody as FBI conducts searches in Times Square probe

    05/13/2010 8:30:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/13/10 | Laura Crimaldi, Laurel J. Sweet and O’Ryan Johnson
    Two people have been taken into custody on possible immigration violations following a sweep today in Watertown and at other locations across the Northeast in connection with the investigation into the attempted May 1 Times Square bombing, federal officials tell the Herald. FBI agents were also seen at two gas stations in Brookline - one on Harvard Street and another on Cypress Street. The agents were seen carefully examining a silver Honda at the Harvard Street station, but it is unclear whether the activity is related to the Times Square probe. FBI agents have also been seen at a home...
  • One of Obama’s closest friends, Dr. Eric Whitaker, under investigation

    05/09/2010 3:23:54 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies · 1,920+ views
    PolitiPage ^ | 05/09/10 | jeff j
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker — one of President Obama’s best friends — have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury
  • Federal criminal probe into Goldman (mortgage) trading: report (WSJ.com says so, SEC - No comment)

    04/29/2010 6:21:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/10 | Martinne Geller
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the office of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said she could "neither confirm nor deny" any Goldman investigation. Goldman was not available to comment.
  • Palin Contract Found in Trash Sparks Probe

    04/14/2010 10:57:29 AM PDT · by camerongood210 · 87 replies · 2,756+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-14-10 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, California -- A document fished out of a California state university trash bin last week has prompted a state investigation into the university's foundation arm and its refusal to disclose details related to Sarah Palin's upcoming speech at the school. On Tuesday, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office would look into the finances of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation, as well as allegations that the nonprofit organization violated public disclosure laws by keeping details of Palin's contract secret.
  • Pelosi faces ethics probe over potential Massa coverup

    03/11/2010 7:41:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 4,494+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2010 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Republicans are pushing hard for an investigation into Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of accusations that ex-Rep. Eric Massa sexually harassed a male staffer, putting Democrats in a politically dangerous position. The House voted 402-1 to refer to the ethics committee a demand put forward by GOP leaders that the panel ask Democratic leaders about how they responded to sexual harassment allegations against Massa. The move came a day after the ethics panel quietly dropped its probe into Massa, a freshmen New York Democrat. Massa resigned Monday amid allegations he groped male staffers in his office. In interviews Massa said...
  • GOP loses bid for ethics probe of Dem leaders

    03/11/2010 1:45:30 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies · 832+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/11/2010 | Larry Margasak/Andrew Miga
    House Democrats on Thursday stopped a Republican bid to force an investigation of Democratic leaders aimed at determining whether they covered up sexual harassment allegations against ex-Rep. Eric Massa. Even in failure, Republicans planted questions about when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned about allegations from Massa's employees that he sexually harassed male staff members. The freshman New York Democrat resigned Monday amid a slew of conflicting statements in which he confirmed and denied that he groped staff members and argued that none of the contact was sexual. By trying to make Democratic leaders rather than Massa the investigative subjects, Republicans...
  • Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe (investigated for voting against Obamacare)

    03/08/2010 6:21:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies · 332+ views
    Politico ^ | March 8, 2010
    Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) says the House ethics committee is investigating him for inappropriate comments he made to a male staffer on New Year's Eve — and that he's the victim of a power play by Democratic leaders who want him out of Congress because he's a "no" vote on health care reform. "Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill," Massa, who on Friday announced his intention to resign, said during a long monologue on radio station WKPQ. "And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass...
  • Paterson faces ethics charge over Yankees playoff tickets

    03/03/2010 3:34:41 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 14 replies · 364+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    The bad news continues for Gov. David Paterson -- he was just charged by the state's Commission on Public Integrity with violating the gift ban under the state's ethics laws for getting free tickets to game one of the 2009 World Series. He may face criminal charges in that case too. (...)
  • President Barack Obama abandons Rep. Charles Rangel against ethics charges

    02/27/2010 9:51:20 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,083+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Michael Mcauliff and Richard Sisk
    WASHINGTON - President Obama abandoned his defense of Rep. Charles Rangel against a raft of ethics charges Friday as a handful of rank-and-file Dems echoed GOP demands to demand that Rangel give up his chairman's gavel. White House officials have privately called Rangel "untouchable" in the past, but Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama stressed that "rules are put in place for a reason and that those rules can and must apply to each and every person." Obama also said that members of Congress "ought to be accountable," Gibbs reported, "and that applies to everyone," including the powerful 79-year-old Harlem...
  • The Taint In The Toyota Probe

    02/25/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies · 699+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Regardless whether one loves or hates Toyota, a herd of huge elephants in the living room of this controversy have thus far been completely ignored in news reports and analysis. These include, first, a pair of related conflicts of interest underlying the government's role, and, second, the disreputable records of several key "expert" witnesses in the mounting crusade against the besieged automaker. The conflicts of interest begin with the fact the federal government is itself the controlling owner of General Motors, having invested billions of U.S. tax dollars in one of Toyota's two main American competitors. There is no creditable...
  • Issa Report finds ACORN Fraud, SEIU Connections (“Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and .. Allies”)

    02/20/2010 10:57:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 884+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/10 | Connie Hair
    Republicans on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee have released a new report leveling fresh allegations and evidence of corruption against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Entitled “Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies,” the report presents information gleaned from committee investigations into hundreds of bank accounts, shell organizations incorporated under myriad sections of the internal revenue code, even an ACORN-directed accounting firm, Citizens Consulting Inc., charged with obscuring the trail and use of funding streams pouring into ACORN from taxpayers and charitable contributions alike. The report includes a blistering executive summary...
  • US probe launched into Corolla problems

    02/18/2010 3:13:54 AM PST · by myknowledge · 21 replies · 588+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 18, 2010 | Veronique Dupont
    Toyota faces a US investigation into complaints of steering problems in the Corolla, the world's best-selling car, in a fresh setback to the auto giant's efforts to restore trust in its brand. The Japanese maker, already pulling more than eight million cars worldwide over defects linked to more than 30 deaths, said Wednesday it was looking into the issue and would recall the Corolla if it found a dangerous flaw. Another recall would deal a heavy blow to efforts by the world's biggest automaker to bounce back from a string of safety issues and criticism that it was slow to...
  • Probe: Olympic track didn't cause luger's death

    02/13/2010 7:53:39 AM PST · by ZGuy · 103 replies · 2,302+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | TIM REYNOLDS AND TOM WITHERS
    Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no. Olympic officials decided late Friday night against any major changes in the track or any delays in competition and even doubled up on the schedule in the wake of the horrifying accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia. They said they would raise the wall where the slider flew off the track and make an unspecified "change in the ice profile" — but only as a preventative measure "to avoid that such an extremely exceptional accident could occur again." Within sight...
  • Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota'

    02/02/2010 1:35:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 126 replies · 4,896+ views
    Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota' By JOSH MITCHELL And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU The Obama administration toughened its stance toward Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday, saying it is still reviewing possible safety defects in the company's vehicles and weighing other actions. "We're not finished with Toyota and are continuing to review possible defects and monitor the implementation of the recalls," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. Another DOT official said the agency is considering a civil penalty against the Japanese auto maker. Mr. LaHood, in his statement, said "while Toyota is taking responsible action now, it...
  • US Congress to investigate Toyota after 19 deaths

    01/29/2010 5:41:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 01/29/10
    January 29, 2010 US Congress to investigate Toyota after 19 deaths The US House of Representatives has announced an investigation into Toyota’s faulty accelerator pedals and other problems that may have caused 19 deaths over the past decade and triggered a global recall of nearly eight million vehicles. A month from now Toyota will face a cross-examination from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce over whether it responded soon enough to reports that accelerator pedals could become stuck. The committee has sent letters to Toyota’s American subsidiary requesting documents and e-mails related to the matter. Information has also been...
  • GOP Rep. Steve Buyer to Resign Amid Ethics Probe

    01/29/2010 8:47:07 AM PST · by pctech · 12 replies · 1,015+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/2010 | Fox News
    Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., will not seek re-election this fall amid an ethics probe focusing on a non-profit foundation he founded in order to fund academic scholarships. First elected in 1992, Buyer is a veteran of the Gulf War and rose to become the top Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
  • Mollohan Will Not Be Charged With Crime; Culture of Corruption Wins

    01/26/2010 1:07:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 685+ views
    NLPC ^ | January 26, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    The Justice Department has confirmed that it has ended its investigation of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV). The probe began after NLPC filed a Complaint with the U.S. Attorney for D.C. in February of 2006 alleging that Mollohan failed to report millions in assets on his Financial Disclosure Form (FDR) in order to conceal cozy financial relationships with recipients of earmarks he had arranged. The closing of the four-year probe by the Justice Department comes after Mollohan voted for Barack Obama’s unpopular health care plan. Has Attorney General Eric Holder now made it legal for members of Congress to earmark money...
  • Symptom Of The Disease – DOJ Closes Investigation On W. Va. Democrat

    01/26/2010 2:58:09 PM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies · 388+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | January 26, 2010 | Steve McGough
    This shows what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says is simply A PURE LIE. The most ethical Congress EVAH. After a four year investigation looking into Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) using his position to secure more than $250 million in federal funding for close friends running non-profits, the Department of Justice just closed the investigation with no action.
  • Judiciary Committee Turns Down Black Panther Resolution

    01/16/2010 5:56:16 PM PST · by William Tell 2 · 19 replies · 934+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | January 16, 2010 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The House Judiciary Committee voted against a measure on Jan. 13, that was previously introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., that would have required the Department of Justice (DOJ) to explain to Congress why it dismissed a voter intimidation case involving members of the New Black Panther Party at a polling place in Philadelphia in November 2008. Mr. Wolf, the top Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds DOJ, introduced a “resolution of inquiry” in December. The measure, H. Res. 994, was defeated 15-14 on a party-line vote. “I am deeply disappointed that Judiciary Committee defeated my resolution of...
  • Former CIA Head to Investigate US Security Breaches

    01/09/2010 9:11:06 AM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 428+ views
    Voice of America ^ | January 9, 2010
    A former director of the CIA has been chosen to uncover how the U.S. failed to prevent the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a passenger plane, and the Fort Hood Army base shooting. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said in a statement Friday John McLaughlin is "especially well-qualified" for the task... McLaughlin was the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency for four years, including during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was also briefly the acting director of the CIA in 2004. He will head a team of national security experts to investigate the series of events that...
  • NFL To Investigate Colts For Tanking Game Against Jets

    01/03/2010 8:30:20 PM PST · by FromLori · 81 replies · 2,970+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1/3/10 | Henry Blodget
    The NFL flaps its gums to appease Colts fans forced to watch their team tank last week's game against the Jets, blowing their perfect season. MIAMI (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL competition committee will review league policy regarding late-season games where teams might be tempted to rest their starters for the playoffs. Goodell said the league was sensitive to criticism in the wake of the Indianapolis Colts' decision to use backups a week ago in a game they lost, ending their bid for a perfect season. ''It is something we'll look at,'' Goodell said Sunday. ''We heard...
  • AP Interview: Shah's son wants UN probe in Iran

    01/01/2010 5:53:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 860+ views
    PARIS – The son of the deposed shah of Iran urged nations worldwide on Thursday to withdraw their ambassadors from Tehran to protest a relentless government crackdown on opposition demonstrators that resulted in at least eight deaths this week alone.
  • King: White House blocking NW 253 investigation by Congress

    12/29/2009 5:43:49 PM PST · by Prospero · 92 replies · 4,369+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/29/2009 | Robert Costa
    The Obama administration’s handling of the Christmas Day terror plot has been “schizophrenic” says King. “It’s reflective of their handling of other incidents. They still haven’t given us any information on Fort Hood. Even with the gate crashers, they’ve refused to give us on information on communications between the White House social secretary and the Secret Service. They’re giving us nothing and Democrats in Congress are very reluctant to have any meaningful investigations.” Politics, not national security, is driving these decisions, says King. “They’re holding back because they don’t want to share embarrassing material.”
  • Nigeria orders probe into failed US plane bombing

    12/26/2009 7:39:23 AM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 811+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/26/2009 | AFP
    Nigeria on Saturday ordered a top-level probe after a botched attempt by a young Nigerian to blow up a US plane as it was preparing to land in Detroit, a government statement said. "The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has directed Nigerian security agencies to commence full investigation of the incident," the statement said. Information Minister Dora Akunyili said Abuja had learnt with "dismay the news of an attempted terrorist attack on a US airline. "We state very clearly that as a nation, we abhor all forms of terrorism," she said in the statement....
  • FBI reportedly probing hacking theft at Citi

    12/22/2009 12:45:50 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies · 369+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 12/21/09 | Michael Kitchen
    <p>The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer-security breach targeting Citigroup Inc. (C 3.35, -0.07, -2.05%) that resulted in a theft of tens of millions of dollars by computer hackers, according to a Wall Street Journal report dated Tuesday.</p>
  • Can it be? Lindsey Graham does something right . . .

    12/21/2009 4:22:49 AM PST · by marsh-mellow · 55 replies · 2,403+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | 12/21/09 | Clark Brooks
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he wants South Carolina's top prosecutor to investigate a deal that helped secure the 60th vote needed to pass a Democratic health care bill through the Senate. Blasting Senate Democrats for what he called "backroom deals that amount to bribes," Graham found much to complain about in their health care bill. He was particularly irked that the senator who provided that final vote to head off a Republican filibuster, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, cut a deal in which the federal government pays his state's share of the cost for new Medicaid recipients.
  • Dems cleared in PMA lobbying scandal

    12/20/2009 5:12:02 AM PST · by Country Patriot · 9 replies · 524+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/09 04:49 PM ET | Susan Crabtree
    Dems cleared in PMA lobbying scandal By Susan Crabtree - 12/18/09 04:49 PM ET At least three Democratic lawmakers have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an initial investigation into their ties to PMA Group, a now-defunct lobbying firm. Reps. John Murtha (Pa.), Jim Moran (Va.) and Norm Dicks (Wash.) recently received a letter from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) informing them that it found no need for further inquiry into the PMA-related allegations. The board of the OCE on Nov. 30 voted unanimously to recommend that the full ethics committee dismiss the charges, according to a letter to...
  • (R-VA) Wolf presses for new Black Panther probe

    12/18/2009 2:24:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies · 10,820+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2009 | Jerry Seper
    A senior House Republican on Thursday introduced a "resolution of inquiry" that would require the House Judiciary Committee to seek answers on why the Justice Department dismissed a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place in last year's elections. Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia also said he had language inserted in the Justice Department's annual spending bill requiring that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) provide to the House Appropriations Committee the results of OPR's investigation surrounding the dismissal of the case. Mr. Wolf, a senior member of the Appropriations...
  • GAO opens ACORN investigation

    12/17/2009 11:21:11 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 2,876+ views
    GAO opens ACORN investigation By: Jake Sherman December 17, 2009 01:52 PM EST A top House Republican says the Government Accountability Office has opened an investigation into ACORN’s use of taxpayer dollars. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) made the announcement Thursday in the course of demanding a separate FBI investigation into the group. “Only an independent criminal investigation conducted by the FBI can get to the bottom of the nationwide allegations against ACORN,” Smith said in a news release. The GAO investigation will be completed jointly with the executive branch’s inspector general. More than 20 senators and several House members asked...
  • Rep. Thompson faces ethics probe over credit card measure, industry donations

    12/04/2009 6:16:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 441+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/09 | Tony Romm
    Concerns that the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee may have used a credit card bill to woo donations from credit card companies has prompted the chamber's ethics panel to open an investigation. The Washington Post first reported on Friday that staffers to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) suspected foul play as early as this summer, after the committee unexpectedly took up a tough bill that would have implemented new fees to protect against credit card identity theft. According to the Post, Thompson collected about $15,000 in donations from the industry shortly after those hearings began, but no bill was...
  • U.N. to open "climategate" probe, Issa criticizes Obama's refusal to investigate

    12/04/2009 4:31:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,201+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | December 4, 2009 | Darren Pope
    The UN has announced it will open an investigation into climate research as a result of the CRU e-mails and documents that became public last week. The UN said it is luanching the probe because some of the research in question touches on related work either completed or promoted by its own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). --snip-- “The very integrity of the report that the Obama administration has predicated much of its climate change policy has been called into question and it is unconscionable that this administration and Congress is willing to abdicate responsibility of uncovering the truth...
  • UN 'to probe alleged climate change cover-up'

    12/04/2009 7:59:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 927+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/09 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – A top UN panel is to probe claims that British scientists sought to suppress data backing climate change sceptics' views, its head said on Friday ahead of the landmark Copenhagen summit. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the claims -- which led a top expert to leave his post temporarily this week -- were serious and needed to be investigated. Professor Phil Jones has stood aside as head of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, after emails allegedly calling into question the scientific basis for climate change...
  • Secret Service probe package near White House

    12/01/2009 9:44:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 865+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/09 | Jeremy Pelofsky and Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday they were investigating a suspicious package near the White House complex and a few nearby streets were closed.
  • Inhofe Begins Hadley Center "Climategate" Investigation and Comments on Obama to Copenhagen

    11/25/2009 3:02:15 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 38 replies · 1,899+ views
    United States Senate Press Release ^ | Nov 24, 2009 | Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
    Press Release Email from Senator Inhofe (R-OK) Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Contact: Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov 202-224-9797 Inhofe Begins Hadley Center "Climategate" InvestigationWarns Participants to Retain Documents Link to Press Release Washington, D.C.-Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today sent letters to several scientists, some of whom allegedly manipulated data to prove the scientific "consensus" of global warming, as well as to the inspectors general of several federal agencies, notifying them to retain documents related to the release of emails from the Hadley Center's Climate Research Unit. "The stakes in this...
  • Inhofe Says He Will Call for Investigation on "Climategate" (UN IPCC included!!)

    11/23/2009 10:22:42 AM PST · by milwguy · 122 replies · 6,180+ views
    senate.gov ^ | 11/23/2009 | senate.gov
    Senator Inhofe: Well, on this thing, it is pretty serious. And since, you know, Barabara Boxer is the Chairman and I’m the Ranking Member on Environment and Public Works, if nothing happens in the next seven days when we go back into session a week from today that would change this situation, I will call for an investigation. ‘Cause this thing is serious, you think about the literally millions of dollars that have been thrown away on some of this stuff that they came out with. Melanie Morgan: So what will you be calling for an investigation of? Senator Inhofe:...
  • Levin: May be more troubling emails from Hasan

    11/20/2009 7:25:34 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 1,029+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 20, 2009 | Pamela Hess and Anne Gearan
    There may be additional e-mails that could have tipped off law enforcement or military officials to the Fort Hood shooter before he went on his deadly rampage, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee said Friday. The U.S. government intercepted at least 18 e-mails between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric. They were passed along to two Joint Terrorism Task Force cells led by the FBI, but a senior defense official said no one at the Defense Department knew about the messages until after the shootings. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss...
  • Levin: Fort Hood Probe May Reveal More E-mails [Oh Noes!]

    11/20/2009 5:25:41 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 6 replies · 495+ views
    AP/Google ^ | 11/21/09 | PAMELA HESS and ANNE GEARAN
    There may be additional e-mails that could have tipped off law enforcement or military officials to the Fort Hood shooter before he went on his deadly rampage, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee said Friday. SNIP The Pentagon wrote regulations on "dissident and protest activities" in response to soldier participation in skinhead and other racially motivated hate groups. The current rules were written in 1996 and last updated in 2003. The rules prohibit membership or participation in "organizations that espouse supremacist causes," seek to discriminate based on race, religion or other factors or advocate force or violence. Commanders...
  • Obama gets delay of Fort Hood probe

    11/18/2009 2:49:48 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 15 replies · 857+ views
    washington times ^ | S.A. Miller
    The Obama administration on Tuesday had the president's National Security Council take control of congressional briefings on the Fort Hood killings and asked Democratic leaders to delay a probe, as top Republicans said intelligence shortcomings blamed for failing to prevent the 9/11 attacks are re-emerging. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the NSC had taken over the briefings "due to the high visibility of the issues surrounding the tragic event at Fort Hood," and that Democratic leaders agreed to postpone any congressional action on the shootings. But Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the...
  • Sen. Sessions blasts Justice Department for mixing politics into Ft. Hood inquest

    11/17/2009 9:41:19 PM PST · by pissant · 12 replies · 727+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/09 | Sue Crabtree
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is questioning the motive behind what he sees as the Justice Department’s reluctance to provide information about the Fort Hood massacre to congressional investigators. Sessions said he talked last week to Attorney General Eric Holder, who told him that the Justice Department and the FBI could not provide information to Senate investigators because it could hinder the prosecution of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the alleged gunman accused of killing 13 people at the sprawling Army base in Texas. Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and also a member of the Armed Services panel, believes...
  • Senate Committee Postpones Fort Hood Hearing At Request of White House

    11/16/2009 4:07:01 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 50 replies · 1,876+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 11-16-09 | Staff
    The Senate Armed Services Committee postponed its Monday briefing on the deadly Fort Hood massacre at the request of the White House -- despite calls from some lawmakers to press forward with a congressional investigation into the shooting rampage that killed 13 and wounded 29. The Senate Armed Services Committee postponed its Monday briefing on the deadly Fort Hood massacre at the behest of the White House, despite calls from some lawmakers to press forward with a congressional investigation into the shooting rampage that killed 13 and wounded 29. An aide to committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., told Fox...
  • Obama to Congress: Back off the Hasan probe

    11/15/2009 1:14:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 1,686+ views
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    In the aftermath of the massacre at Fort Hood and the deaths of fourteen people, some members of Congress demanded investigations into why the Army and the FBI failed to identify and stop Major Nidal Malik Hasan before he had an opportunity to commit mass murder. Some of the revelations from Hasan’s past, including communications with an al-Qaeda recruiter in Yemen, have Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Sen. Joe Lieberman promising to conduct separate investigations into the failure of counterterrorism efforts. President Obama warned Congress to stay out of it, at least until the FBI finishes investigating the shootings: President Barack...
  • Obama urges Congress to put off Ft. Hood probe

    11/15/2009 3:19:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 2,241+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 14, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead. On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft. “The stakes are far too high,” Obama said in a video and Internet...
  • Hoekstra: White House Blocking Investigation of Fort Hood Massacre

    11/10/2009 6:52:43 PM PST · by TribalPrincess2U · 54 replies · 2,445+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:01 PM | By: Jim Meyers
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tells Newsmax that the White House intervened to keep him from obtaining critical information regarding the Fort Hood murders.
  • Sources: Pentagon worker investigated Hasan last year, found nothing amiss

    11/10/2009 3:48:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 900+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Nov. 10, 2009 | Allahpundit
    I think this is new information, but honestly, the sheer volume of missed red flags has led me to lose track. We already knew that the FBI shrugged off Hasan’s e-mails to jihadbot preacher Aulaqi, but did we know that a Pentagon investigator operating as part of the joint terrorism task force did the same thing? If we didn’t, we do now. Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record said the Washington-based joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and a...