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  • Joe Biden Reportedly Involved in Controversial Early Stages of 2016 Russia Probe

    05/24/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 May 20193,857 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK — Former Vice President Joe Biden was reportedly one of the few Obama administration officials who participated in secretive meetings during the early stages of the Obama-era intelligence community’s initial operations regarding suspected Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The number of Obama administration officials who were allowed access to the Russia intelligence was also highly limited, The Post reported. At first only four senior officials were involved, and not Biden. Those officials were CIA Directir John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-FBI Director James Comey. Their aides were all...
  • DOJ reached agreement with Clinton lawyers to block FBI access to Clinton Foundation emails, Str

    03/14/2019 10:04:57 PM PDT · by bitt · 23 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/14/2019 | Gregg Re
    The Justice Department "negotiated" an agreement with Hillary Clinton's legal team that ensured the FBI did not have access to emails on her private servers relating to the Clinton Foundation, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok testified during a closed-door appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last summer, according to a newly released transcript. Republicans late last year renewed their efforts to probe the Clinton Foundation, after tax documents showed a plunge in its incoming donations after Clinton’s 2016 presidential election. The numbers fueled longstanding allegations of possible “pay-to-play” transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation...
  • IG: Prosecution Was Declined for Senior DOJ Official Who Sexually Assaulted a Subordinate

    02/26/2019 1:16:00 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 29 replies
    cns news ^ | February 25, 2019 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A senior Justice Department official working in the Office of Justice Programs pressured one subordinate "into a sexual relationship with him in exchange for a promotion," "sexually harassed two other subordinates," "sexually assaulted" yet another subordinate, and then “lacked candor” with the Office of the Inspector General when the IG investigated these matters, according to an investigative summary published by the IG. The unnamed prosecutor or prosecutors to whom the IG referred this case, however, declined to prosecute the senior Justice Department official. Instead, the man was allowed to retire. When asked by CNSNews.com, the Justice Department would not say...
  • federal court refused to unseal documents justifying fbi raid on reported clinton foundation whist..

    01/27/2019 8:13:38 PM PST · by bitt · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/27/2019 | Richard Pollock
    A federal court is keeping documents justifying an FBI raid on a reportedly recognized whistleblower secret. Attorneys and whistleblower advocates say the court should disclose whether prosecutors told the judge that Dennis Cain was a whistleblower. A federal court refused to unseal government documents that permitted the FBI to raid the home of a reportedly recognized whistleblower who, according to his lawyer, delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a presidentially appointed watchdog. The U.S. District Court of Maryland’s Chief Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner, a Clinton appointee, also sealed her justification for keeping the documents...
  • NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

    05/20/2018 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:54 PM | Jon Gambrell
    Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. While obliquely criticizing President Donald Trump, Kerry did not mention the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he secured with other world powers, an accord of which Trump now has pulled America out. […] While never naming Trump, Kerry began his remarks by saying: “Given what’s going on today, I’m glad to be invited anywhere, folks.” He quickly added that the U.S. “needs to build...
  • The case of Honduras (In which Obama puts the eye patch over the good eye)

    10/15/2009 9:31:16 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies · 595+ views
    Power Line ^ | October 15, 2009 | Scott Johnson
    n Honduras the Obama administration seeks the restoration to power of a lawfully deposed Chavista thug. Among other things, in pursuit of this objective, the administration has cut off aid and yanked visas from Honduran officials who supported the thug Manuel Zelaya's removal. These officials (reportedly include) the fifteen justices of the Honduran Supreme Court and Jose Alfredo Saavedra, president of the Honduran Congress. According to (Mary Anastasia O'Grady:) "The lesson, presumably, is that judges in small foreign nations are required to accept America's interpretation of their own laws." O'Grady rightly observed: "The upshot is that the U.S. is trying...
  • Generative adversarial network produces a "universal fingerprint" that will unlock many smartphones

    11/18/2018 3:57:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies
    boingboing ^ | 18NOV18 | editorial staff
    Generative adversarial network produces a "universal fingerprint" that will unlock many smartphones Researchers at NYU and U Michigan have published a paper explaining how they used a pair of machine-learning systems to develop a "universal fingerprint" that can fool the lowest-security fingerprint sensors 76% of the time (it is less effective against higher-security sensors). The researchers used "generative adversarial networks" (GAN) to develop their attack: this technique uses a pair of machine learning systems, a "generator" which tries to fool a "discriminator," to produce a kind of dialectical back-and-forth in that creates fakes that are harder and harder to...
  • Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama's senior officials (taking upskirt photos)

    07/27/2018 1:59:12 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 56 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 27 July 2018 | Wills Robinson
    Full headline: EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama's senior officials following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a picture up her skirt with his cell phone Surveillance footage exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com shows one of President Obama’s senior officials following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a picture up her skirt with his cell phone. William Mendoza was caught on security cameras carrying out the vile act while he was executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. As a result of his actions, the married...
  • Manafort judge deals blow to Mueller probe

    07/25/2018 11:43:44 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    nypost ^ | 07/23/2018 | Lia Eustachwich
    A federal judge in Virginia agreed Monday to grant immunity to five potential witnesses in Paul Manafort’s upcoming trial — but, in a blow to special counsel Robert Mueller, said their identities would be made public. Mueller’s team wanted the identities of their witnesses to remain confidential, saying in a filing last week that they haven’t been criminally charged and not naming them would avoid “undue harassment.” But Judge T.S. Ellis, a Ronald Reagan appointee, said they would be identified. He also ordered Mueller’s office to provide a list of about 30 witnesses to Manafort’s lawyers. President Trump’s ex-campaign chairman...
  • 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 · 63 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.