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  • Obama 'concerned' by State Dept. handling of classified info

    07/09/2016 6:07:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    President Obama said Saturday that he is "concerned" by the FBI assessment that the State Department has acted carelessly in handling classified information. "I am concerned," he told reporters at a news conference in Warsaw Saturday, according to Reuters . But he cast the problem as a government-wide struggle to keep up technology and the fast-paced flow of information. "The advent of email and texts and smart phones is just generating enormous amounts of data," Obama said, which is "putting enormous pressure on the department to sort through it, classify it properly." In concluding the FBI's investigation into former Secretary...
  • Dear FCC: Rethink The Vague "General Conduct" Rule

    02/25/2015 9:23:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 2/24/15 | corynne mcsherry
    we are deeply concerned that the FCC’s new rules will include a provision that sounds like a recipe for overreach and confusion: the so-called “general conduct rule.” According to the FCC's own "Fact Sheet," the proposed rule will allow the FCC to review (and presumably punish) non-neutral practices that may “harm” consumers or edge providers.
  • Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

    12/19/2014 6:21:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-19-2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to a previously sealed brief made public Friday. The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency. They also show that the GAB considered using the state’s John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News’ Sean...
  • Turning the Twin Cities Into Sim City

    05/20/2014 6:27:33 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-19-14 | Katherine Kersten
    The Met Council, as it's known here, was founded in the 1960s to coordinate regional infrastructure—in essence, to make sure that sewers and roads meet up. Over the years, its power to allocate funds and control planning has expanded. Now, under Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton—who appointed all 17 current members—the council intends to play Sim City with residents' lives. Thrive MSP 2040 is part of a nationwide movement called "regionalism." Regional planning of infrastructure is important, of course. But regionalism, as an ideology, is about shifting power away from local elected officials and re-engineering society on behalf of "equity" and...
  • US nun, 84, jailed for nuke protest

    02/19/2014 3:49:41 AM PST · by fruser1 · 33 replies
    The Belfest Telegraph / AP ^ | 19 February 2014 | AP
    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a US nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws. Two other activists who broke into the facility with Megan Rice were sentenced to more than five years in prison yesterday, in part because they had much longer criminal histories of mostly non-violent civil disobedience... ...On July 28, 2012, the three activists cut through three fences before reaching a 548 million dollar (£328 million) storage bunker... ...They hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small...
  • Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House

    06/06/2013 5:30:26 AM PDT · by blam · 118 replies
    TBI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2013 | Peter Foster
    Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House Peter Foster, The Telegraph June. 6, 2013, 6:46 AM The Obama administration will be bracing itself for a torrent of hostile questions this morning following the apparent revelation that the National Security Agency has been data-mining the phone records of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Not to be confused with eaves-dropping, or bugging the phones of those suspected of conspiring to commit a terrorist or criminal offence, the top secret court order published by The Guardian appears to show that the NSA has been trawling the anonymous 'metadata'...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>

    04/18/2013 11:00:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 181 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 18, 2013 12:58pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A visibly irritated Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer a Republican congressman’s questions about the possible deportation of the Saudi national questioned as a witness in the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Benghazi: Unaware, Unresponsive, Unaccountable

    04/10/2013 9:31:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/10/13 | OPSECTeam
    Nearly seven months after the Benghazi attacks there are still more questions than answers about the Obama Administration's response. Time is running out to find the truth. Absent a special investigation, the American people will never discover the truth about why Americans were simply left to die in Benghazi. More than 70 House Republicans have cosponsored H. Res. 36 to create a Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi - but more than 160 still haven't signed on. We need your immediate help to contact Members of Congress and urge them to join OPSEC's effort today at Use...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

    02/12/2012 9:21:03 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 26 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 12, 2012 | Amal Jayasinghe
    At the Maldives' National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation's pre-Islamic era. "They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past," a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. "We lost all...
  • Obama to help unveil "realistic" military plan

    01/04/2012 1:23:50 PM PST · by Justaham · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-4-12 | Laura MacInnis
    President Barack Obama will join top Pentagon commanders to unveil a new "more realistic" vision for the military, including cuts to ground force numbers as a result of budget strains, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will hold a news conference fleshing out the contents of the strategic review of U.S. security interests after Obama's brief remarks on Thursday at the Pentagon, the officials said. They said the review would emphasize military investment in Asia as well as air and maritime power, while...
  • Occupy Wall Street as law of the land [ Elizabeth Warren's creation ]

    11/19/2011 5:04:38 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    washington ^ | Nov 19 2011 | By: Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Think Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is just non-peaceable assembly of malcontents and miscreants literally infesting American cities? Think again. The OWS agenda is now law of the land in the form of a government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was created under the Dodd-Frank financial -- ahem -- "reform" legislation when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress in 2009. The law was signed by President Obama, who simultaneously manages to be Goldman-Sachs’ best friend and an OWS sympathizer. Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is now running for the senate seat held by Sen. Scott...
  • The Accountable Care Fiasco (Even the models for health reform hate the new HHS rule)

    06/20/2011 5:31:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/19/11
    The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel of cost-saving reform. One problem: The draft rule is so awful that even the models for it say they won't participate. *** The theory for ACOs, as they're known, is that hospitals, primary-care doctors and specialists will work more efficiently in teams, like at the Mayo Clinic and other top U.S. hospitals. ACOs are meant to...
  • You've Got to Get this Book! ("We've Been Had" by James Keena)

    08/07/2010 9:08:18 AM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 58 replies · 2+ views ^ | James Keena
    Editorial Reviews Review James Keena has done a superb job of reconstructing Barack Obama's carefully obscured past and documenting his network of radical connections. The result is an unsettling, detailed portrait of the first anti-American President. --Scott Sweet, Author of To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry This book will awaken those outside of the 20 percent far-left demographic who still somehow believe the narrative that Barack Obama is a post-partisan, post-racial, all-American politician. James leaves hardly a stone unturned exposing the true identity of the man behind the lofty...
  • Where the Press Conference, Mr. President?

    05/16/2010 8:36:22 PM PDT · by IncPen · 31 replies · 869+ views
    Free | 5.16.2010 | IncPen
    Barack Hussein Obama has not held a press conference in 9 months. Beat the drum, America. Speak up Barry, we can't hear you.
  • Kagan, Obama, and the Harvard Legacy of Literary Fraud

    05/12/2010 10:40:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,729+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    When Barack Obama’s two faculty mentors at Harvard Law got in trouble for plagiarism, they were rescued by Dean Elena Kagan. In 1989, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe hired first-year Harvard law student Barack Obama as his research assistant.  After Obama was elected president, Tribe would gush, "His stunning combination of analytical brilliance and personal charisma, openness and maturity, vision and pragmatism, was unmistakable from my very first encounter." Obama had one other prominent mentor among the Harvard faculty, Professor Charles Ogletree, an African American.  In the run-up to the election, Ogletree would enthuse, "I'm so excited about this candidacy...
  • Top Secret: Bush Told the Truth About WMD

    09/07/2007 7:01:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 69 replies · 3,800+ views ^ | 9/7/2007 | Deborah Weiss
    The secret’s out: on August 24th, 2007, UN weapons inspectors found 6 to 8 vials of chemical weapons sitting in an office at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) headquarters in NYC. They found the vials when archiving files due to the fact that UNMOVIC is closing down its mission. They placed the vials in a sealed package and put them in a safe located in a secured room. Subsequently, on August 29, 2007, UNMOVIC employees discovered the inventory list which listed the content of the vials. The vials contained the chemical phosgene, which according to the...
  • Medical overseer takes no prisoners

    04/23/2007 7:42:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 591+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 4/23/7 | Edwin Garcia
    SACRAMENTO -- One of the most powerful figures in state government is a cranky authoritarian who can spend unlimited amounts of taxpayer money, overrule high-ranking bureaucrats and sidestep long-standing laws. From a nondescript office building in San Jose, Bob Sillen uses his unprecedented authority to tackle one of the toughest jobs in California: rebuilding the medical care system for the state's 172,000 prison inmates. Sillen, who earns $500,000 a year, was appointed by a federal court judge to bring prison medical services up to "constitutional standards." He has, in effect, replaced the governor, Legislature and top corrections officials as chief...
  • PETER PAUL v CLINTON - 5 year anniversary of demand letter; need D.C. FReeper help for the movie

    07/06/2006 4:14:15 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies · 406+ views ^ | 7-6-06 | Doug from Upland
    FREEPERS: do you have a good movie camera? Are you in the D.C. area? Would like to have some fun delivering a letter to Hillary and getting it on film for the documentary, INDICTING HILLARY? If you are available to deliver Peter Paul's demand letter to Hillary's office or anywhere else you might catch her, we want to hear from you. It is the fifth anniversary of the demand letter, which you see below. Hillary has still refused to acknowledge any mention of Peter Paul giving her money. She has filed four false FEC reports. Come one, someone wants to...