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  • FBI agents signed NDA for matters involving Hillary’s emails

    04/24/2018 3:31:51 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2016 | John Crudele, Daniel Halper and Jamie Schram
    In an unusual move, FBI agents working the Hillary Clinton email case had to sign a special form reminding them not to blab about the probe to anyone unless called to testify. Sources said they had never heard of the “Case Briefing Acknowledgment” form being used before, although all agents must initially sign nondisclosure agreements to obtain security clearance. “This is very, very unusual. I’ve never signed one, never circulated one to others,” said one retired FBI chief. An FBI agent currently on the job admitted, “I have never heard of such a form. Sounds strange.” Meanwhile, FBI agents expressed...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • The FBI Has Released New Info About Loretta Lynch's Tarmac Meeting With Bill Clinton

    12/15/2017 1:10:32 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 87 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    The FBI released a series of email documents Friday afternoon detailing the Department of Justice response to the fallout of the secret Phoenix tarmac meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016. The dates on the emails range from July 1-3, 2016. On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges for mishandling classified information. A series of emails show one FBI official, whose name and email are redacted, fuming over leaks to the media about the meeting and what happened on the...
  • Watchdogs: DOJ memo undermines agency probes

    08/05/2015 2:17:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2015 | Megan R. Wilson
    Agency watchdogs are up in arms over a Justice Department memo questioning the legality of turning documents they say are crucial to their investigations. The new policy protecting certain portions of sensitive documents — announced last month by the DOJ’s office of legal counsel — came under fresh fire from lawmakers during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers in both parties, including the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, disagree with the policy shift, saying it goes against the specific intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978. The law specifies that inspectors general have access to...
  • Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs - Judicial Watch

    09/09/2016 8:24:36 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 09/08/2016 | Judicial Watch
    Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs - Judicial Watch http://www.judicialwatch.org/the-blog/records-show-obama-hired-behavioral-experts-expand-use-govt-programs/ Records Show Obama Hired Behavioral Experts to Expand Use of Govt. Programs SEPTEMBER 08, 2016 The Obama administration quietly hired 20 social and behavioral research experts to help expand the use of government programs at dozens of agencies by, among other things, simplifying federal forms, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. The controversial group of experts is collectively known as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) and it functions under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In 2015...
  • Clinton campaign chief testifies before House intel committee behind closed doors

    06/28/2017 8:00:37 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 28, 2017 | Rick Moran
    John Podesta, who headed up Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, testified before the House Intelligence Committee on the Obama administration's lack of action in dealing with Russian cyberattacks on the election. Podesta gave his testimony behind closed doors.
  • Judicial Watch: Obama NSC Advisor Susan Rice’s Unmasking Material is at Obama Library

    06/19/2017 4:50:08 PM PDT · by GregNH · 85 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 06/19/2017 | UNKNOWN
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library. The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.” The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community...
  • Plans For Hidden IT Network To Help Clinton Skirt Rules Uncovered by Judicial Watch

    02/02/2016 9:00:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 1, 2016
    'We should ... set up a stand-alone PC in the Secretary's office, connected to the internet (but not through our system) to enable her to check her emails from her desk' (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system. Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of...
  • Felony charges for 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood

    03/28/2017 8:58:08 PM PDT · by blueyon · 81 replies
    AP ^ | 3/28/17 | ANDREW DALTON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent. The charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress come eight months after similar charges were dropped in Texas. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a longtime Congressional Democrat who took over the investigation in January, said in a statement that the state "will not tolerate the criminal recording of conversations."
  • Judicial Watch: Federal Contractor Tells Local Official to Keep Syria Refugee Plans Secret

    10/07/2016 3:48:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | Oct. 7, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 128 pages of documents it obtained from the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, showing a concerted effort by the mayor and a number of private organizations to conceal from the public their plans to resettle 100 Syrian refugees into the small southern Vermont town. The documents include an April 14, 2016, email from Amila Merdzanovic, executive director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, to Mayor Christopher Louras, in which she wrote: I want to share with you the concern my HQ has about holding a public forum. If we open it up to anybody...
  • Clinton doubles down on secrecy as race tightens

    09/17/2016 6:22:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 17, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Hillary Clinton and her allies dodged a growing set of questions this week over her private email use, her recent health scare and her family's foundation, even as polls showed Donald Trump closing the gap with voters both nationally and in key battleground states. [Snip] Clinton's evasion squandered what was just the latest opportunity for her campaign to come clean about issues that have contributed to her decline in the polls. [Snip] The weeks of secrecy have begun to take a toll on Clinton's numbers.
  • As Clinton asks for money, what she says a remains a mystery

    08/22/2016 2:46:45 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 51 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 8/22/16 | Lisa Lerer, AP
    PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — It was a very busy, very lucrative weekend for Hillary Clinton in the summer playground of the East Coast's moneyed elite. She brunched with wealthy backers at a seaside estate in Nantucket, snacking on shrimp dumplings and crabcakes. A few hours later, she and her husband dined with an intimate party of thirty at a secluded Martha's Vineyard estate. And on Sunday afternoon, she joined the singer Cher at a "LGBT summer celebration" on the far reaches of Cape Cod. By Sunday evening, Clinton had spoken to more than 2,200 campaign donors. But what she told the...
  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 65 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Criminalize Undercover Filming at Abortion Facilities

    06/02/2016 5:16:12 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 6/1/16 | Heather Clark
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following controversy over undercover videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) into the practices of Planned Parenthood, a lawmaker in California has introduced a bill that would make secretly recording inside abortion facilities punishable by up to a year behind bars. “It is the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to prohibit any person from intentionally video recording a confidential communication, or disclosing or distributing that video-recording communication, without obtaining the consent of all parties to the communication,” A.B. 1671, introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez ,reads. It criminalizes any person who “intentionally discloses or...
  • US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

    12/17/2015 6:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 6:21 PM EST | Ben Fox
    New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the military's Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, lasting no more than a day, and they will no longer be able to visit inside the two detention center camps where a majority of the 107 current prisoners are held, Marine Corps Gen....
  • The secret millionaires next door (Lottery)

    01/09/2016 6:22:40 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-6-2011 | Ashley Rueff
    Chicago couple won $30 million in the state lottery and didn't tell anyone. Not even their kids. Somewhere in Chicago live a modest, middle-class couple with two teenage children and a $30 million secret. They recently won the Illinois Lottery, but have yet to tell friends, family or even their children. The couple plan to keep their jobs — he runs a small business — and raise their children with a strong work ethic by keeping secret their loaded bank account. "It's real unusual. Most people, they're ready to jump on it. They want to go on TV, they want...
  • State dumps thousands of Clinton emails at 1 a.m.

    01/08/2016 10:04:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-8-16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials released roughly 2,900 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails early Friday morning, several hours past their target of late Thursday evening. State first set a broad target of somewhere between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. But as the night wore on, that shifted to a 2 a.m. estimate. They were finally released right around 1 a.m. The late release was on top of State's failure to release all the emails by New Year's Eve. Instead of releasing everything on Dec. 31, State said it needed another few days to finish the group of Clinton messages. The...
  • High Qaeda Aide Retracted Claim of Link With Iraq

    07/30/2004 7:31:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies · 3,261+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    PREWAR INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, July 30 - A senior leader of Al Qaeda who was captured in Pakistan several months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was the main source for intelligence, since discredited, that Iraq had provided training in chemical and biological weapons to members of the organization, according to American intelligence officials. Intelligence officials say the detainee, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle, recanted the claims sometime last year, but not before they had become the basis of statements by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and others...
  • Hillary Clinton misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap

    12/13/2015 4:30:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap -- Taliban terrorists for captured ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears. Mrs. Clinton wrote back that they had nothing to worry about. The White House would follow the law requiring a 30-day heads-up. "I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act," she said of the law...
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...