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  • A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur

    04/19/2015 3:50:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4-18-15 | Melody Petersen
    The cardiac surgeon had unknowingly spread a staph infection from the rash on his hand to the hearts of at least five patients by the time Los Angeles County health investigators learned of the outbreak. The doctor had operated on more than 60 others in recent months, and county officials feared those patients could be struck with the same dangerous infection. Investigators didn't ultimately tie any deaths to the 2012 outbreak, but four patients needed additional surgery because of the infection. The only public mention of the case came a year later in a little-noticed appendix to the health department's...
  • Obama Huddles Privately With Mormon Leaders in Utah

    04/03/2015 10:34:07 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 3, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama met privately with Mormon leaders last night in Utah. One topic on the agenda for the meeting? Immigration. "President Obama is meeting with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, including President Henry Eyring, President Dieter Uchtdorf, Elder Tom Perry and Elder Todd Christofferson," White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told the press. "The President is pleased to meet with top LDS leaders as so many presidents before him have done. Among other issues, they will discuss the church's long record of service, including its work on disaster relief and...
  • [Satire] Obama Exempts White House from Freedom of Information Act

    03/20/2015 9:21:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Contending that "constant prying by the enemies of this Administration are impeding my ability to smoothly rule this country," President Obama issued a decree exempting the White House Office of Administration from further compliance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) spokesperson Anne Weismann characterized the move as "completely out of step with the President's supposed commitment to transparency." Office of Administration Director Beth Jones defended the move as "a necessary precaution against information falling into the wrong hands. This country is at war with reactionary elements who wouldn't...
  • "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

    03/17/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/15
    Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now. As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office." And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • Hillary's Private Email Scandal Goes Deeper

    03/10/2015 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | John Ransom
    Hillary Clinton is not the first official in the Obama administration to have been caught using private email accounts. And likely she will not be the last. Promising the most transparent administration in the history of the universe, I’m starting to get the idea that perhaps the administration might have a whole bunch of officials – inside and outside the White House -- who are trying to skirt Freedom of Information requirements by claiming their private email addresses are privileged. You might remember Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA. She got bounced in part because she cultivated various...
  • Obama administration may have a fourth big scandal

    06/04/2013 11:03:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The Associated Press has uncovered what may become a vast new scandal for the Obama administration: the possibly widespread use of covert email accounts by political appointees, enabling evasion of sunshine laws designed to protect the public. Jack Gillium of AP reports: Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery:...
  • Emailgate Disqualifies Hillary Clinton For POTUS

    03/04/2015 5:49:36 AM PST · by raptor22 · 89 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 4, 2015 | IBDEDITORIALS
    Scandal: The former secretary of state's use of a personal account to exclusively conduct government business and to protect her political future in violation of the law ought to disqualify her from the presidency. 'Witch hunts" sometimes find a witch, and those who dismissed the establishment of the House Benghazi Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as just another witch hunt are eating their words. The existence of a personal account that Hillary Clinton used to conduct government business as secretary of state was discovered by the committee and reported by the New York Times. Clinton's use of...
  • Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

    03/02/2015 6:36:50 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 99 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 2, 2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials correspondence be retained as part of the agencys record. Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
  • The Costly Asylum Racket

    02/17/2015 7:27:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    We've had a lot of media comment about the bad effects of Obama's executive orders admitting millions (yes, millions) of illegal immigrants and giving them welfare, Social Security, driver's licenses and a path to citizenship. Like many Americans, I realized the importance of this when thousands of unfamiliar people from a foreign country, without any advance notice, appeared in my community. Then I attended an education conference where the asylum racket to admit millions of foreigners (long ignored by the media) was described by a knowledgeable speaker, Ann Corcoran. She started by asking questions of her audience. Did you hear...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 51 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • FCC Pushes Net Neutrality Regulations In Secrecy

    02/10/2015 4:54:17 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 9 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 10, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The FCC has attempted to regulate the internet twice in the past. On both occasions Federal courts ruled that the FCC didnt have the authority to regulate the internet. That of course wont stop the Obama administration from attempting to do just that via so-called net neutrality regulations. The FCC is considering a 332 page plan to regulate the internet. Theyre expected to vote on it later this month. Only after the vote will they release to the public their plans to regulate the internet. The most open and transparent administration in history is set to regulate the internet without...
  • The White House Wont Reveal Who Attended Obamas Secret Meeting With Muslim Leaders

    02/04/2015 9:58:51 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 51 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4 Feb 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press. The White House released a readout of the meeting explaining that Obama discussed a range of domestic and foreign policy issues including Obamacare, police fairness, anti-Muslim discrimination, and the upcoming Summit on Countering Violence Extremism. The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam, the readout continued. White House Press Secretary...
  • Transportation Secrecy Administration [ TSA ]

    02/01/2015 8:35:51 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Federal air marshals say agency brass abuses its authority to hide evidence of wrongdoing. Current and former federal air marshals allege that the Transportation Security Administration intentionally hid embarrassing information about supervisors misconduct and targeted employees who sought to expose the truth. The allegations revolve around TSA managements overuse of an agency-specific designation called Sensitive Security Information (SSI). Though it is not classified, information deemed SSI is supposed to be kept from the public because it would harm transportation security. The marshals claim that the TSA has repeatedly abused the SSI classification, even going so far as to use it...
  • U.S. Classifies Some Basic Statistics About Afghan Security Forces

    01/29/2015 1:47:30 PM PST · by Theoria · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | 29 Jan 2015 | Tom Bowman
    The American command in Afghanistan has for the first time in six years classified detailed statistics about the Afghan security forces everything from equipment and training to attrition.Gen. John Campbell, who is leading the NATO coalition's non-combat mission in Afghanistan, said he now considers all that sensitive operational information that could help the Taliban.Campbell said he decided to classify details about the Afghan forces because they could be used by insurgent fighters to threaten both Afghan and U.S. forces.Campbell revealed his concerns in a letter to John Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, who...
  • Anas Al-Libi Arrives in US, Seriously Ill: Officials (Al Qaeda terrorist in NY hospital with Hep C)

    10/14/2013 5:31:42 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 14, 2013 | JAMES GORDON MEEK, JOSH MARGOLIN, LUIS MARTINEZ and PIERRE THOMAS
    Anas al-Libi, the alleged al Qaeda member snatched off the streets of Tripoli by an American special operations team, has been brought to the U.S. to face terrorism charges, but has been hospitalized due to a severe case of hepatitis C, U.S. officials told ABC News today. Al-Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, had been on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list for more than a decade for his alleged involvement in the dual bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 which claimed more than 200 lives, 12 of them American. The U.S. Army's famed...
  • Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours

    06/29/2014 1:36:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course. And the Obama administration. Barack Obama led Americans to believe that he would be far more sensitive to privacy and civil liberties than George W. Bush. But more often than not, he reflexively indulges the demands of law enforcement...
  • What if Secrecy Trumps the Constitution?

    04/03/2014 3:27:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the National Security Agency (NSA) knows it is violating the Constitution by spying on all Americans without showing a judge probable cause of wrongdoing or identifying the persons it wishes to spy upon, as the Constitution requires? What if this massive spying has come about because the NSA found it too difficult to follow the Constitution? What if the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people's backs, but the NSA and the president and some members of Congress have put the NSA not only on our backs, but in our bedrooms, kitchens, telephones and computers?...
  • No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China

    03/19/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 18, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obamas trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Shadowy funders build liberal war chest to unseat governor

    01/05/2014 4:36:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 1-2-14 | Tori Richards
    A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsins governor, Watchdog.org has learned. Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog. CMD has said, Most of CMDs supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Centers general operations. Those operations included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott...
  • White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say

    11/22/2013 11:23:15 AM PST · by Jonah Vark · 39 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | November 21, 2013 | By Anita Kumar
    <p>WASHINGTON The nations largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the publics ability to monitor its own government.</p> <p>The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing its own photos and videos of the same events.</p>
  • US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

    10/30/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT · by onyx · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | October 30, 2013
    <p>Rome US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday.</p> <p>"The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.</p>
  • Honest and Open, Obama Administration Tightens Screws On Media

    10/11/2013 3:39:56 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 19 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/11/13 | LD Jackson
    One would think reports like this would be more than a worrisome to any reporter who prides themselves on even making a moderate attempt to report the truth. When President Obama first took office, he made the following claim. We were told that his administration would be the most honest and open presidency in modern American history. He made that statement in response to what he felt was far too much secrecy from the Bush administration. During his first four plus years in office, I wonder how Obama is doing with making good on that claim. My impression is not...
  • Senate Commits High Treason: Classifies votes to hide funding for Syrian Rebels

    08/06/2013 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Renfield · 15 replies
    Extreme Prejudice ^ | 7-31-2013 | John Glaser
    Heres a riddle: How do you make it easier to push through legislation in Congress that is overwhelmingly opposed in the public without any political consequences? SecrecyAnswer: Keep the votes secret. Thats exactly whats happened to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons directly to the Syrian rebels. The Senate committee that approved the plan was, unusually, allowed to classify their votes, presumably in order to insulate themselves from any repercussions from their constituents. Because reallywhy should elected representatives have to tell the people they supposedly represent how they are doing the job they were elected to do!?...
  • How Much Secrecy Is Too Much?

    06/07/2013 4:49:19 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 3 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/07/13 | LD Jackson
    I do not consider myself a naive person, in that I understand our government can not tell us everything it is doing. There are sometimes, realities that can not be ignored, and national security dictates that secrets be kept from the knowledge of the general public. There is no doubt we are living in a changed country. The realities that surfaced after the attacks on 9/11 made us all realize just how deeply that change runs. As a result, we now have the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The phone and internet record gathering programs...
  • AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

    05/10/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    UT Sand Diego ^ | 5/9/13 | y MICHAEL R. BLOOD,AP
    LOS ANGELES A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states attempting to establish their own health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's signature health law. An Associated Press review of the 16 other states that have opted for state-run marketplaces shows the California agency was given powers that are the most restrictive...
  • Sen. Burr: CIA Has Flatly Refused to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents

    02/13/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | By Terence P. Jeffrey | 2/13/13
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has flatly refused to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president's counterterrorism adviser. Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee's conducting a thorough inquiry into the...
  • Claim: EPA Head Used Secret Email to Hide Documents

    11/17/2012 9:18:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    The House Science Committee is investigating whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson used the secret email alias "Richard Windsor" to hide internal communications from government watchdogsan action that may violate open-records laws.
  • Source: 7 Navy SEALs punished for secrecy breach

    11/08/2012 7:12:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/8/12 | ROBERT BURNS | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) A senior defense official says seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information. The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case, says the seven received what the military calls "nonjudicial" punishment on Wednesday. They are alleged to have provided the information to the maker of a video game.
  • Feds arrest Mohammed filmmaker on probation violation

    09/27/2012 7:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    No word yet on what the violation was, but I assume it must be far more serious than using an alias or a computer. Given the insanity of the past two weeks, replete with the White House nudging Google to pull the video off of YouTube and the State Department running ads on Pakistani TV to apologize for a movie they had nothing to do with, I can’t quite believe the DOJ would risk the perception that they’re punishing this guy for a thoughtcrime unless something serious was involved. There has to be a real crime underlying this. Right? The...
  • Scientist who saw drowned polar bears reprimanded [Environuts think he should get an apology]

    09/28/2012 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents. An Interior Department official said emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of an oil and gas company's Arctic exploration plan. The official, Walter Cruickshank, deputy director of BOEM, said in a memo that an inspector general's investigation contained findings that Monnett had improperly disclosed internal government documents, which he said were later used against...
  • Obama Gave Entertainment Mag Interview on Peak Day of Embassy Protests

    09/19/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Warner Todd Huston
    New information reveals President Barack Obama conducted interviews with entertainment magazines and posed for a photo spread last Friday as American embassies burned and 21 countries erupted into ant-American protests. Instead of spending precious time dealing with the developing crisis in the Mid East and with his foreign policy scheme in a total freefall, on Friday morning, September 14, Obama was giving an interview to the entertainment magazine People en Espaol and participating in a photo session with photographer Omar Cruz. This interview was not on his public schedule and was hidden from the public.
  • D.C. Islamophobia Conference Was a Bad Idea

    12/13/2011 3:41:24 PM PST · by bayouranger · 31 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12-13-11 | Nina Shea
    Yesterday marked the opening of the international conference announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a high-level meeting on Islamophobia that she co-chaired, held last July in Istanbul and hosted by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At the time, Secretary Clinton described this weeks conference as a move to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization. This State Department conference, entitled The Istanbul Process, is proving to be a very bad idea. It remains to be seen whether speech limitations to protect religion generally and Islam specifically will be...
  • Tea With Terrorists?

    07/08/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Homeland Security: President Obama promised lobbyists wouldn't run his White House. They're just doing it from across the street at a Shariah-compliant coffee chain tied to a radical jihadist group. That's right: According to the New York Times, prominent K Street lobbyists are buttonholing Obama officials at a Caribou Coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, raising far more than just ethics questions. What the Times story neglects to mention is that Caribou Coffee is a Shariah-compliant firm owned by an Islamic bank based in Bahrain. One of its founders and a current adviser are leaders in the radical Muslim Brotherhood....
  • GOP slams White House for suspected coffee shop meetings

    05/05/2011 6:15:02 AM PDT · by Dacula · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5-3-11 | Sara Jerome
    House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns at a Tuesday hearing that White House staffers hold meetings at a nearby Caribou Coffee to avoid disclosure requirements. "White House staff apparently purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee around the corner from the White House so that those meetings wont show up on the White House logs," said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee. Republicans portrayed the White House as failing to live up to campaign promises on transparency. Stearns pointed to President Obama, who as a candidate said healthcare negotiations would air on C-SPAN,...
  • President Vows to Hammer Away at Key Issue of Campaign

    09/01/2012 8:35:28 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 34 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama renewed his assault on what he contends is the key issue of this campaign: transparency. People need to know who theyre voting for, a candidates life shouldnt be a mystery, the president said. For months, Governor Romney has been ducking the question of how much hes paid in taxes the last decade. How can he expect voters to elect him when hes withholding information vital to their decision? If you want to be president of the United States your life needs to be an open book, Obama continued. Crucial chapters shouldnt be hidden from view. Attempts to divert...
  • Obama's College Classmate: The Obama Scandal is at Columbia

    08/06/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 198 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | August 6, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer. If anyone should have questions about Obamas record at Columbia University, its me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of 83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought Id heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never...
  • Report Accuses Obama DHS of Witness Tampering and Attempted Document Theft

    03/31/2011 8:11:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 31, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    More Hope and Change… A key congressional committee accused the Obama Department of Homeland Security of non-cooperation, witness tampering and even attempted theft of committee documents. The report claims that DHS Attorney Reid Alan Cox attempted to leave a committee hearing room with the Committee’s exhibits in his bag. FOX News reported A key congressional committee on oversight is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of non-cooperation, witness tampering and even attempted theft of committee documents. The 152-page report comes on the eve of hearings on transparency about DHS by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The accusations were...
  • Protestors, supporters wait for Obama at Four Seasons (Ditches Press AGAIN!)

    07/17/2012 5:19:38 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    American Statesman ^ | July 17 | American-Statesman staff
    ...Update 2:55 p.m. from Amie Parnes of the Hill: Travel pool was separated for about 20 minutes from the motorcade en route to the next stop at a private residence. This separation resulted in a high speed, wild goose chase weaving through the streets of San Antonio. Led by a police escort, your pool was led up wrong way streets, driving on the shoulder of highways, and so on. Finally, after cars were literally pushed off the highway by the police escort and the three White House pool vans, we had interstate 10 ourselves at a speed of about 85...
  • The Soros Summit -FB exclusive:Inside the secret Miami meeting-George Soross liberal conspiracy

    05/15/2012 8:58:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5-15-12 | Andrew Stiles
    Complete Title: The Soros Summit - Free Beacon exclusive: Inside the secret Miami meeting of George Soross liberal conspiracy ### A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections. The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret by the members and guests of Democracy Alliance (DA), a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005, and is reported here in a Washington Free Beacon exclusive. Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way...
  • Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

    03/17/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 16,2012 | Charlie Savage
    For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public or even others in Congress knew about it.
  • Ron Bracken: Climate of secrecy led to crumbling of Camelot

    11/11/2011 8:45:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 67 replies
    CentreDaily.com (State College, PA) ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Ron Bracken
    So this is how it ends, a career that was once glistening and unassailable, collapses under the weight of an unimaginable scandal? We all, those of us who observed Joe Paterno and his program over many years, felt that it would end badly for him but none of us could have concocted such a horrific denouement. Maybe he would let his anger get the best of him and hed physically assault an official or a member of the media. Or maybe he would say something so egregious or ill-considered that he couldnt undo it. But no one would have, could...
  • Most Transparent Administration Ever Wants Cover Up Law

    10/27/2011 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    The Justice Department of the Obama Administration, the self-proclaimed "most transparent administration ever Proposes Letting Government to Respond to Freedom of Information Requests Denying Existence of the Documents. A longtime internal policy that allowed Justice Department officials to deny the existence of sensitive information could become the law of the land -- in effect a license to lie -- if a newly proposed rule becomes federal regulation in the coming weeks. The proposed rule directs federal law enforcement agencies, after personnel have determined that documents are too delicate to be released, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests "as...
  • Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Up Obamas Presidential Records

    10/06/2011 12:57:32 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05 October, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obamas presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up. In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office. Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order...
  • Court Slaps Down Secrecy, Rules White House Visitor Logs Subject to FOIA

    08/22/2011 10:16:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/22/11 | Tom Fitton
    In an embarrassing defeat for the Obama administration, a federal court ruled on Wednesday that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act! U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service, (No. 09-2312). Heres the bottom line: The Obama administration will now have to release all records of all visitors to the White House or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under law.
  • 'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town

    07/11/2011 7:17:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 10, 2011 | July 10, 2011
    The Arizona town that's become a YouTube sensation for its police department hauling away a woman speaking at a town-hall meeting declared a state of emergency this afternoon, leaving many local residents in fear of what officers dressed in full riot gear might do. Jennifer "Jade" Jones, 45, the woman forcibly removed by police from a recent public meeting in Quartzsite, Ariz., despite the vocal objections of the mayor, says an illegal secret meeting was held today with the public locked out of the building. "About noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an...
  • California legislators insist their calendars should be secret

    05/04/2011 8:56:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 4 May 2011 | Karen de S kdesa
    Maintaining the entrenched secrecy of the California Legislature, leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have rejected a joint request by the Bay Area News Group, The Associated Press and the First Amendment Coalition to open the appointment calendars of lawmakers and their key staffers to public view. The denial, received late last week, reveals that activities remain thickly shrouded inside the state Capitol, where a 2010 series in this newspaper documented just how beholden legislators are to lobbyists and the agendas pushed by campaign contributors. Responding to multiple requests from the news organizations, the rules committees in both houses...
  • <b>NEED TO KNOW

    05/04/2011 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 15 replies
    United States Government ^ | May 4, 2011 | Young Werther
    PROTECTING STATE secrets and safeguarding national security are paramount.
  • Zions First National Bank of Utah Penalized under Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act

    02/11/2011 3:22:52 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ^ | February 11, 2011 | Jennifer Kelly, Kevin M. Mukri
    #2011-009 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY In the Matter of: Zions First National Bank Salt Lake City, Utah AA-EC-11-04 CONSENT ORDER The Comptroller of the Currency of the United States of America ("Comptroller"), through his national bank examiners and other staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC"), conducted an examination of Zions First National Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah ("Bank"), specifically of the Bank's former foreign correspondent business, including its transactions with Casa de Cambio ("CDC") money service business customers located in Mexico. The OCC identified deficiencies in the...
  • Napolitano and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates met secretly

    02/03/2011 10:40:18 AM PST · by opentalk · 50 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | February 3, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    Last year, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet and her senior staff secretly met with a select group of Muslim, Arab, and Sikh organizations. Among the mix were three organizations directly associated with an outlawed terrorist entity the Muslim Brotherhood, who are involved in the current uprising in Egypt. Walid Phares, director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, criticized the partnership concept: Through the so-called partnership between the Jihadi-sympathizer networks and U.S. bureaucracies, the U.S. government is invaded by militant groups. Just recently, a Washington, DC-based legal group uncovered documents from the Department of...