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Unleashed upon America: Obama unchained!

by Lloyd Marcus on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 986 of 986 in the topic Obama

My fellow Americans, we are all bit players in the making of a metaphoric slasher movie, “Obama Unchained” starring Barack Hussein Obama.

Here is a summary of the movie. It is a heartwarming tale about how the mainstream media and Democratic Party suckered America into electing their extreme far-left dream president; a Trojan Horse in the form of a black man.

Once in the Oval Office, Obama began incrementally implementing his socialist/progressive agenda and iron-fist pressure on Americans to conform. Everyone, including a 175 year old order of elderly Catholic nuns were forced to comply to Obama’s decreed anti-biblical new moral standards or face termination. Only donors, labor unions and favored friends of his royal Obamaness totaling over 2000 are unlawfully granted exemptions from his tyrannical overreaches hidden in Obamacare.

Unchained from pretending to be a moderate to get reelected, Obama is releasing his judgment and rage upon America; wielding his executive pen sword, causing a bloody massacre of our economy, national security, world standing, freedoms, liberty and culture.

Now totally unrestrained, with lawless abandonment, Obama dishes out what he believes is well-deserved revenge on America for her crimes against the rest of the world. Obama is delivering the retribution spoken of by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said, “America’s chickens have come home to roost.”

Pundits say Obama is merely incompetent. They site highly unfavorable approval polling to conclude that Obama’s presidency is in deep trouble. Political analysts believe dismal poll numbers will force Obama to back away from his intensely focused savage attack on America as founded; his vowed fundamental transformation of America. These sycophant, apologist or naive talking heads are missing the point. Obama does not give a rat’s you know what about polling. Nor does he fear lawsuits, Congress, impeachment or anything else.

Remember Michael Jackson’s famous line, “I’m not like other guys”? Obama believes he is not like other presidents. I am Barack Obama, the first black president. I can do whatever I please and no one is going to stop me. Period!

“Obama Unchained,” the movie, is directed by Unknown Socialists/Progressives.

Obama’s supporting cast includes Eric (cited in criminal and civil contempt of Congress) Holder as the corrupt partisan head of the DOJ. Lois (Wicked Witch of America) Lerner as the corrupt, vindictive and evil IRS enforcer. Kathleen (Yes, you will fund abortions against your faith) Sebelius as the totally incompetent head of the botched Obamacare roll-out. Jay (please don’t make me go out there and lie again with a straight face) Carney as Obama’s Press Secretary. This just in, Carney has been replaced by understudy liar, Josh Ernest.

If the metaphoric Socialists/Progressive’s movie were to snag a Best Song nomination, their song would be titled, “I Believe I Can Lie” performed by Barack Obama. A real trailblazer, Obama is the first U.S. President awarded, “Liar of the Year.”

In my metaphoric scenario, the buzz in DC would declare “Obama Unchained” a shoe in for Best Picture. However, the sentimental payback favorite for Best Picture would be “Sixty-Six Years A Liberal” starring Hilary (don’t asked me about Benghazi) Clinton.

Folks, while I have taken a humorous approach to describing Obama’s Revenge War on America, the situation is extremely serious. The solution is quite simple.

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IRS scandal: Lawmakers fiercely demand Holder appoint special prosecutor

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This is article 300 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

After many months of stonewalled investigations, “missing” subpoenaed emails, partisan bickering and uncooperative witnesses, House of Representatives chairmen from two congressional committees officially demanded on Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service‘s (IRS) targeting of conservative organizations and the subsequent cover-up perpetrated by IRS staff members.

The two chairmen, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., sent a biting letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday demanding that he appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) and its rapid descent into a lawless nest of bullies and deceivers.

So far, Holder and his boss President Barack Obama have refused to appoint a Special Counsel, although they did appoint one to probe allegations of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transexual federal workers, according to political strategist Mike Barker.

According to the two GOP congressmen, more than one year has passed since Americans learned from alternative media sources, and not from the Obama/Democratic Party sycophants within the major news outlets, about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

What angers many Americans today is the fact that no one has been Goodlatte and Camp point to several recent developments such as the revelation that a number of emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, are “missing” and the discovery of an e-mail suggesting the IRS probe Senator Charles Grassley R-Iowa.

“It is clear that appointing an outside Special Counsel to investigate this matter would be in the public interest. The American people are very concerned that their government has targeted individual American citizens for harassment solely on the basis of their political beliefs. They deserve to know who ordered the targeting, when the targeting was ordered, and why,” wrote the two veteran lawmakers in their Holder letter.

Federal law stipulates that the U.S. Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel, a/k/a special prosecutor, when he “determines that the criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.”

The letter by Camp and Goodlatte also reminded Holder that:

“[T]he Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel when the investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances, and when under the circumstances it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.”

On May 7, 2014, the House passed a resolution — H.Res. 565 — calling on Holder to finally appoint a Special Counsel to thoroughly investigate the serious allegations that arguably the nation’s most powerfuland far-reaching federal agency, Internal Revenue Service, intentionally targeted of conservative groups in an attempt to hamper those groups during the Obama reelection campaign.

“While Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., made outrageous and deceitful accusations about Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney not paying taxes for 10 years, the IRS was involved in a covert conspiracy to silence organizations that opposed the Obama presidency. That’s what I can Chicago and Las Vegas politics,” said former organized-crime control detective Donald Malfi.

And Malfi believes the corruption continues with a Chicago-style cover up.

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ATF Fast and Furious whistleblower files lawsuit against Justice Department

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, May 31st, 2014

This is article 443 of 448 in the topic Government Corruption

A former special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the help of a public-interest,legal watchdog group, on Wednesday filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Back in Sept. 24, 2012, ATF Special Agent John Dodson had filed FOIA applications requesting specific information that included all of the email communications between (either directed to or received from) the DOJ’s Director of Public Affairs Tracy Schmaler and Fortune Magazine writer Katherine Eban, between the dates of January 20, 2011 and September 24, 2012.

Dodson’s case is expected to reveal just how closely the Obama administration and news organizations collude with one another to denigrate perceived enemies of President Barack Obama and his minions, noted former police detective and attorney Paula Fierstein.

“Whomever came up with the idea for Operation Fast and Furious had limited, if any, law enforcement experience. I believe this whole snafu was the brainchild of political hacks with an agenda,” said Fierstein.

Dodson’s FOIA request requested all of the emails — sent and received — by the DOJ’s Schmaler that contained the name “John Dodson,” “Dodson,” or that referenced any “ATF whistleblower” directly or implied between Jan. 20, 2011 and Sept. 24, 2012.

Dodson also requested all communications emanating from Department of Justice between Jan. 20, 2010 and Sept. 24, 2012 including emails, memos, letters, drafts, recordings and other documents, which referred to Special Agent John Dodson either by name or through implication or any reference to Dodson’s role as an ATF whistleblower.

Unfortunately DOJ officials ignored Dodson’s legal requests as stated in the FOIA law, and this failure to comply brought about Judicial Watch’s lawsuit which the group’s attorney filed on behalf of Dodson. The lawsuit asks that the District Court to order the DOJ to search for all of the records listed on the FOIA request applications. Judicial Watch, in its lawsuit on Dodson’s behalf, is seeking a federal judge’s order for the DOJ to “produce, by a certain date, any and all non-exempt records, along with indices of all records that DOJ continues to declare exempt”

Dodson is seeking these documents as a result of the alleged leaking of information about him by the now former DOJ Director of Public Affairs Tracy Schmaler to Fortune Magazine’s writer Katherine Eban. Dodson accuses the DOJ’s Schmaler of providing his confidential personnel file to Eban for a Fortune Magazine article appearing in the June 2012 issue that defends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The article was condemned by the House Oversight Committee and the committee publicly demanded a retraction.

The leaking of Dodson’s personal information is believed to have been “payback” for his being the first ATF agent to publicly accuse his superiors of authorizing the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation. In fact, the Justice Department’s own inspector general reported that senior staff members at the DOJ — including Tracy Schmaler — discussed how they mightdiscredit Dodson and soil his reputation as a professional lawman.

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The Worst of Times, the Best of Times

by Alan Caruba on Friday, May 9th, 2014

This is article 133 of 135 in the topic History

I suppose that throughout history men and women have asked themselves if they were living through either the worst or best of times. The times between wars are most surely the best of times and the times leading up to and during a war qualify as the worst. They are, however, rather quickly forgotten. It only takes about two generations—sometimes less—to move on from such events.

May 8, is “VE Day” celebrating the U.S. victory in Europe in World War Two. I suspect that most of our younger generations, including some of the Boomers, have no idea what the “VE” stands for.

World War Two ended seven decades ago, but not only have most Americans moved on from the horror of September 11, 2001, but it would appear that even the killing of an American ambassador and three security personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 doesn’t arouse much anger even as we learn of a White House cover-up that utterly debases their sacrifice and loss. “Dude, that was two years ago,” said one White House staff member; as crass and crude a dismissal as one can imagine.

From a perspective of more than seventy and a half years, my mind flashes back to the Watergate scandal that began in June 1972 and concluded with President Nixon’s resignation in August 1974. That was a long two years as the attending events unfolded.

Forty-three people in the Nixon administration went to jail for their participation in the cover-up. The current Attorney General received a Contempt of Congress citation for his failure to provide information about one of the administration’s many scandals and during a recent speech to the National Action Network, a group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton, asked “What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Does the name John Mitchell ring a bell? He was Nixon’s Attorney General.

Holder apparently believes that the charges hurled at him and President Obama are mostly based on the color of their skin. We live in a nation that has a black President, a black Attorney General, and a black member of the Supreme Court, to name just a few Afro-Americans who have made it to the topmost circles of power. There are 43 black members of the House and one in the Senate. I grew up in a nation where blacks could not eat in certain restaurants, get a room at a hotel, and even had separate drinking fountains. I witnessed the Civil Rights era and these, for black Americans, are the best of times in the long history of our nation.

For nearly all Americans, however, these are far from the best of times. In 1981 President Reagan pulled the nation out of a recession and set it on a path of prosperity that lasted well in the Clinton years. A financial crisis occurred in the last year of President Bush’s second term. If President Obama didn’t want to “inherit” that, he should not have run for office, but he spent his entire first term blaming the economy and everything else on Bush to the point where he made himself look foolish. And then he was reelected!

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Obama orders probe of bungled execution, but silent on Benghazi

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, May 4th, 2014

This is article 7 of 8 in the topic Death Penalty

President Barack Obama on Friday displayed outrage and disgust over reports about an Oklahoma murderer’s bungled execution, but had no comments regarding the released email that suggests his administration attempted to mislead the public about the vicious murder of four Americans in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, according to news reports.

President Obama stated that the gummed up execution of the convicted murderer,Clayton Lockett, is evidence of serious problems with states that have capital punishment. As a result, he ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a full investigation.

Lockett was being executed for his heinous murder of a young woman whom he wounded and then buried alive. While he was being put to death, the murderer’s body began to shake violently. He died later from what is described as a heart attack.

“I’m sure Holder won’t have any hesitation with going on a witch hunt in his ongoing efforts to rid America of the death penalty. When it comes to protecting killers, terrorists and other psychopaths, there’s never been a better attorney general,” said former police officer Iris Aquino, who served as an undercover narcotics officer.

“One can only wish that President Obama had such passion in his administration’s task of identifying, locating and killing the Libyan terrorists who killed four brave — and innocent — Americans in 2012. I believe this president’s priorities are screwed up to say the least,” Steve Rodgers, a former director of security and police detective, stated.

Obama said during a news conference that he supports use of the death penalty in certain cases and that Lockett’s criminal actions were heinous in nature.

However, Obama went on to say application of the death penalty is problematic due to racial bias and the incidents in which years later death row inmates are found to be not guilty. Lockett was an African American. Obama claims he’s directing Attorney General Eric Holder for an analysis of states’ use of the death penalty.

Meanwhile, news about the select House of Representatives committee to investigate the Benghazi terrorist attack and the alleged cover up and deception met with silence from Obama and Holder, but garnered harsh criticism from Democrat leaders such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Pelosi said to reporters, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else?”

But a former military intelligence officer and police detective, Sidney Franes, reacted to Pelosi by answering her statement: “We had four Americans murdered by savages in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, that’s why we aren’t talking about something else. Four patriotic Americans — unlike political hack Nancy Pelosi — died in Benghazi.”

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Are Lying and Politics the Same Thing?

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This is article 431 of 448 in the topic Government Corruption

In a letter of advice to Peter Carr, dated August 19, 1785, Thomas Jefferson said “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions”

Considering that all but the most dense know that President Obama is now famous for lying repeatedly to secure public support for the Affordable Care Act –“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”—we are all at a point of history in which this contemptible behavior by the President is being replicated by Democratic Party politicians seeking to be elected or reelected.

It is so bad that Karl Rove devoted a column to it in a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal. “The lesson many Democrats seem to have taken away is that the benefits of misleading voters outweigh the downsides. At least that view seems to be guiding Democrats in the battle for the Senate, especially the work of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC.” Rove cited a number of campaign ads, saying “Campaigns often make shaky claims, but these Democrat ads are flat-out falsehoods.”

Naturally, Republican candidates are fighting back, but they are not the only Americans fighting the lies that seem to flow ceaselessly from the government these days. In the recent confrontation with Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) put forth the absurd lie that it was about protecting some species of tortoise. The real issue was Bundy’s longtime refusal to pay grazing fees for lands his family had used for well over a hundred years.

As for the tortoise, the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted that “The federal government has killed more tortoises than Mr. Bundy’s cattle ever could. For from threatened, the tortoise is so abundant that, as of a few years ago, more than 10,000 had been collected from the Las Vegas Valley, and tens of thousands of tortoises live as pets in Southern Nevada.”

If the BLM could make any claim to being good stewards of the land that belongs to the federal government one might be more sympathetic, but the BLM is small potatoes compared to the avalanche of lies that pours forth from an Environmental Protection Agency that feels free to reinterpret the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts any way they want. The EPA has recently requested jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the U.S. that are “intermittent, season and rain-dependent”; in short, every drop of water on every inch of land. Goodbye private property—the very essence of capitalism.

With Obama demonstrating how easy it is to alter elements of the Affordable Care Act to suit political purposes, particularly when it would affect the outcome of his own and the forthcoming midterm elections, is it any wonder that others throughout his administration feel the same way?

The Obama first and current terms are monuments of lies. The most blatant, prior to the 2012 elections, was to claim that the Sept.

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ALERT: IRS, Lerner and DOJ collaborated to bring false charges/evidence against conservatives

by Sher Zieve on Monday, April 21st, 2014

This is article 294 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the unprecedented corruption, perversions and all around criminal mob behavior inherent within virtually each and every member of the ObamaGov. However, the wholly-owned-by-Obama media will have no difficulty in doping so. Having no ethics, it’s easy. Today, Judicial Watch released information contained within emails from Lerner to the DOPJ and its members responses back to her. To say they are startling and shocking is a huge understatement. They are chilling and – in some circles (probably many Republicans in Congress) – potentially terrifying.

It confirms – with no doubt for anyone who can read and has the IQ to determine that which he or she is reading. First, there’s this gem:

May 8, 2013: Lerner to Flax:

‘I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s – saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…’ In other words, she’s asking “How can we fake evidence to arrest, prosecute and send conservatives to prison?”

The response is equally telling, with Flax is equally chilling:

May 9, 2013: Flax to Lerner

“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?”

Folks, we ARE now living in a Marxist totalitarian State. This only serves to underline that truth!

2Th 2:9 (NKJ) “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”

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The NSA, Glenn Greenwald, and Angela Merkel

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, April 21st, 2014

This is article 1172 of 1198 in the topic International

Having apparently been assured by the Eric Holder Justice Department that he won’t face espionage charges, unlike his source Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald has returned to the U.S. and is cashing in on his notoriety. His book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, will be released soon, and he will be appearing on May 15 with one of his heroes, Noam Chomsky, a leading member of the Communist Party spin-off, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

However, there is a 10-year statute of limitations, meaning that the administration that follows Obama’s could charge Snowden’s media accomplices with violating the Espionage Act (Section 798).

Greenwald’s friend and mentor, Noam Chomsky, is a major supporter of the Hezbollah terrorist group, and opposed the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Greenwald and Chomsky will be appearing at an event sponsored by Harvard Book Store, which will be held in a Unitarian church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Greenwald’s publisher, Metropolitan Books, a division of Macmillan, has produced such titles as Kill Anything That Moves, a “startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians,” and socialist Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) A Fighting Chance.

The publisher runs a blog for one of its authors called “The American Empire Project,” designed to expose the “imperial ambitions” of U.S. leaders.

Greenwald, of course, has spoken publicly in favor of “weakening” America, saying that al-Qaeda’s 9/11 terrorist attacks on America were “very minimal in scope compared to the level of deaths that the United States has been bringing to the world for decades—from Vietnam to illegal wars in Central America…”

He described Anwar al-Awlaki, the American al-Qaeda leader killed in a drone strike, merely as “someone who the U.S. government hates because he speaks effectively to the Muslim world about the violence that the United States commits regionally, and the responsibility of Muslims to stand up to that violence.” Al-Awlaki inspired the Fort Hood massacre, in which 13 were killed.

Greenwald’s record also includes collaborating with Leninist groups such as the International Socialist Organization, and Islamist organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front.

Meanwhile, Greenwald’s new venture, The Intercept, financed by billionaire Iranian-American Pierre Omidyar, is out with another report, once again alleging that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been unfairly targeted by the NSA. What is left unsaid in the piece is why Merkel is an obvious target.

Analyst J.R. Nyquist says Merkel was known to be suspiciously pro-Russian when she ran for high office in Germany but that her political party, the Christian Democrats, nominated her anyway, “and now Germany is more dependent on Russian natural gas than ever before.” Germany’s so-called “unique relationship with Russia” means that the country gets 36 percent of its natural gas imports and 39 percent of its oil imports from Russia.

The increasing dependence on Russia is related to Merkel’s decision, after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, to phase out Germany’s nuclear energy program. Pressure to cancel Germany’s nuclear program had come from the German Green Party.

A prominent member of the German Green Party, Hans-Christian Ströebele, met with Edward Snowden in Moscow and gave him a “whistleblower” award.

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New IRS documents: Lerner colluded with DOJ to prosecute conservative groups

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

This is article 292 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

On Wednesday, the day after what’s commonly called “Tax Day” each April 15, members of the House of Representatives announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released documents that appear to describe a conspiracy by the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “railroad” conservative organizations that posed a threat to the re-election of President Barack Obama and to his political agenda.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the current chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs released their response to documents they read that were obtained by an Inside-the-Beltway nonpartisan, public-interest group, Judicial Watch, which investigates and exposes government corruption and abuse.

Reps. Issa and Jordan allege that the newly released IRS documents reveal that Lois Lerner, the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office at the time, was in contact with Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department officials regarding possible prosecutions of tax-exempt groups Lerner deemed to be “dangerous” to the Democrats especially the Obama administration.

“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” Chairman Issa said in a press statement on Wednesday.

“These emails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs,” added Issa.

“Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Chairman Jordan.

Jordan said in the joint press statement with Issa that:

“Not only do these emails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the Inspector General’s investigation when we did, Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights.”

The internal IRS documents show that Lois Lerner — who repeatedly refused to testify before Congress on two separate occasions by “pleading the Fifth” {Amendment] was communicating with the DOJ regarding the possibility of initiating to criminal prosecutions against certain tax-exempt entities.

The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the IRS. The reason for the lawsuit was the agency’s refusal to respond to four previous FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

“This is an administration that lied to the American people from the very beginning, when during his presidential campaign in 2008 President [Barack Obama] told voters his would be the most transparent White House in U.S. history,” former police and security investigator, Charles Danzinger, said.

“Unfortunately, I’m not holding my breathe waiting for the Obama sycophants in the mainstream news media to investigate this story. They’ve all but buried the other stories about alleged criminal activity and misconduct in this administration,” Danzinger added.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T.

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Elijah Cummings, Eric Holder accused of involvement in IRS conspiracy

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

This is article 236 of 244 in the topic Congressional Investigations

Following this week’s hearings regarding the alleged targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, GOP lawmakers are accusing a fellow member of Congress and the nation’s top law enforcement officer of conspiring to help cover up the illegal and politically-motivated activities of the IRS’ Office of Exempt Organizations, according to a number of news reports on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., criticized Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., for having his office communicate with the controversial IRS director Lois Lerner in 2012 in order to pressure her and her minions to target a conservative watchdog group that investigates cases of illegal voting.

Issa, who chairs the committee, told reporters that documents he received from the IRS revealed that Cummings and the IRS allegedly conspired to harass the nonpartisan True the Vote, a group that advocates fair and honest elections and reports on alleged illegal election practices by both Democrats and Republicans.

“The IRS and the Oversight Minority made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, raising concerns that the IRS improperly shared protected taxpayer information with Rep. Cummings’ staff,” Issa stated on the Oversight Committee’s website.

Issa accuses Cummings and his House staffers of seeking materials used by the group, a list of the group’s affiliates and information on contributors and supporters of True the Vote.

According to Issa, after Cummings and his staff pressured the IRS to go after True the Vote, the conservative group received an email message to submit information to IRS agents such as registration forms used to enlist volunteers, the group’s protocols for handing out assignments to those volunteers, training documents, and other information that is never asked from left-wing groups.

“Now we see why [Rep. Elijah] Cummings was so shrill and angry during Lois Lerner’s appearance in front of his committee. Cummings should be the one being investigated based on his politicizing the IRS in a conspiracy to silence a vocal organization,” said political strategist Mike Baker.

Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, surprised many of his colleagues and President Barack Obama’s allies in the news media by bluntly lambasting Attorney General Eric Holder during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Congressman Farenthold said that during his appropriated time he would not question Holder during the hearing because he felt that, since the Holder was held in contempt of Congress, it is inappropriate for the alleged perjurer to appear before a Congressional committee as if there were no problem with his past behavior.

According to his statement, Rep. Farenthold told his fellow committee members: “I don’t think Mr. Holder should be here. He’s in contempt of this body. I’ve called for his resignation, I’ve sponsored articles of impeachment and, this week, I’m going to be introducing legislation that would prevent federal employees who are held in contempt of Congress or who fail to fully comply with a Congressional subpoena from being paid their taxpayer-funded salary.”

The Texas Republican added: “If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department subpoenas, they would be in jail – not sitting here testifying.”

“When you look at the documents and listen to the testimony of Holder, Cummings and Lerner, one cannot help but suspect there is a large-scale, criminal conspiracy afoot, and it needs to be thoroughly investigated perhaps by a special prosecutor,” said former police detective and private security director Michael Snipes.

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