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IRS corruption: Lerner destroyed Blackberry containing subpoenaed emails

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is article 305 of 306 in the topic Taxation/IRS

On the same day as a public-interest watchdog announced that alleged IRS conspirator Lois Lerner’s “lost or missing” subpoenaed emails were intentionally not retrieved, it was learned on Monday that Lerner intentionally destroyed her Blackberry. The device was rendered useless well after it was known that her office desktop computer crashed and she was anticipating having to appear before a panel of lawmakers, according to information from federalJudge Emmet Sullivan’s court.

An IRS official declared under oath, that the destroyed Blackberry contained the same subpoenaed emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s computer hard-drive. Judge Sullivan had decided the best way to arrive at the truth with the suspected IRS conspirators was to have them give sworn-testimony so any false statement would lead to criminal charges of perjury or obstruction of justice.

On Monday, the Examiner reported that the Department of Justice attorneys on behalf of the IRS reported to Judicial Watch that Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails, in fact all information stored on government computers, “are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe.”

“The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system,” according to Judicial Watch.

The IRS’ deputy chief information officer, Stephen Manning, claimed that Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was later trashed by IRS. Then the IRS claimed that the emails of a number of other IRS officials were also missing in similar “crashes,” an event that many experts said was next to impossible and highly improbable.

Judge Sullivan reportedly has been relentless in forcing the IRS to provide information about the alleged IRS corruption and the Judicial Watch lawsuit that has provided more information about the emails than the congressional investigators.

This new information regarding IRS deceitfulness is connected with officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit organizations for excessive scrutiny at the behest of former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner.

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Convicted HHS cyber security chief says he fantasized raping, slaying children

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is article 335 of 335 in the topic Criminal Activity

A federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday convicted a former cyber security chief at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of child pornography charges, according to the Justice Department. The prosecutor said that the suspect had even proposed meeting a fellow pedophile in person to indulge their shared fantasy of raping and murdering children.

Timothy DeFoggi, who served in the Obama administration as the acting cyber security director for the HHS, was convicted in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska in Omaha for his involvement in an Internet-driven conspiracy to market child pornography and for his membership in a for-profit pornography website that specialized in “kiddie porn.”

The 56-year-old Defoggi was just one suspect in an ongoing investigation involving three kiddie porn websites. According to Justice Department officials, the webmaster for the child pornography websites has already been convicted by a federal jury for running the online forums.

According to observers who attended the trial, the prosecutor’s case against DeFoggi was shocking in its details regarding his plotting to go through with violent sexual acts against children.

According to the testimony and evidence heard and seen during his four-day trial, DeFoggi registered on his home computer as a porno website member in March 2012, and kept his membership until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was shutdown by FBI agents.

While visiting the website, DeFoggi was able to view the website’s gallery of child pornography and it allowed him to trade his own child pornography with other site members. He and his fellow pedophiles also exchanged private messages with one another and he communicated to one of his contacts that he was interested in violently raping and slaying young children.

DeFoggi is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 7 and he faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison..

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Bergdahl swap: Federal agency says Obama administration are lawbreakers

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

This is article 1001 of 1001 in the topic Obama

The Obama administration violated U.S. law when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo Bay imprisoned terrorists for a U.S. Army soldier — who was captured by the Taliban after allegedly deserting his post — and the violation is punishable by jail time, suspension and removal from office, according to a report from an Inside the Beltway watchdog group on Friday.

Judicial Watch obtained a copy of a government investigation summary that reveals the U.S. Department of Defense violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 when its officials traded five terrorists being detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the release of a U.S. prisoner of war being held by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

According to a Examiner news report on the prisoner swap, the five terrorists were turned over to the nation of Qatar — a nation considered by counterterrorism experts to be highly suspect — without giving notice to members of certain congressional oversight committees. What Section 8111 prohibits is the Defense Department “using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer.” Because officials at the DOD used its appropriations to break the law, in addition to violating a provision of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014, officials also violated the Anti-Deficiency Act.

The investigative arm of the House of Representatives , Government Accountability Office (GAO), accused President Obama, acting in his capacity as Commander in Chief, of breaking a “clear and unambiguous” law when he authorized the swapping of five high-level terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is accused of deserting his guard post and going AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009.

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the GAO described a violation that is a serious breach of federal law which may have severe consequences for the perpetrator or perpetrators. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, administrative discipline, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office, the rules specifically state.

“Congress must be notified before acts of this magnitude are committed and the president completely disregarded the legislative branch. In fact the Department of Defense (DOD) failed to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance of the exchange, a flagrant violation of the law, and misused nearly $1 million of a wartime account to make the transfer,” the GAO report says.

“They held positions of great importance within the hard-core anti-American Taliban, including the Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. They have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight. In effect, we released the ‘Taliban Dream Team.’ The United States is less safe because of these actions,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Judicial Watch officials stated:.

“In a nutshell, Obama and his appointees flipped the finger at Congress, the American public and the rule of law. We’ve seen this many times during this president’s two terms and will likely see it over and over again before he moves out of the White House.

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It’s racist to not die for Obama

by Sher Zieve on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 457 of 457 in the topic Immigration

I knew this day was coming and have even written about it in past years’ columns. It was a fait accompli when Barack Hussein Obama entered what was once our White House and only a matter of time until he implemented this Orwellian portion of his program. We are already being called racists if we object to having our country invaded by foreign entities; many of whom are diseased, many gang-banger murderers including the infamous MS-13 Latin gang and Islamist terrorists. So, soon the inevitable devolution into the following will be a reality: If you object to your own death at the hands of the illegals’ diseases, you are a racist…and probably white. This is the insanity to which we-the-people are being subjected at the hands of a group of leftist globalist elites now running the planet. Think not? Well, consider what has been happening in the United States of America. Obama and his syndicate advisors have now created a wide open border between Mexico and the USA. People from virtually all countries – including Islamist terrorists – around the world are entering America with no one stopping them.

The US Border Patrol has been told to “stand down” and let them through. Some of the already identified diseases being brought into our country by illegal immigrant aliens – at Obama’s command – include but, are not limited to Scabies, new strains of highly-contagious tuberculosis, chicken pox, Swine flu, SARS, Dengue fever and – yes – Ebola. Doctors at the US Southern Border telling people about the problems and are being warned by the US government to ‘shut-up…or else’. And the American people are being told by the ObamaMedia PC Police “If you object to the ‘undocumented people’ entering the USA you are a racist!”

Children who have entered the country illegally are being transported by the US government to points largely unknown by the States they are entering and State governors are being refused information by the ObamaGov as to where they have been taken, how many of them there are, whether or not they have communicable diseases etc. All of this is being done under the guise of “privacy for the children” by the Obama syndicate…the crime syndicate that is now operating above-and-apart from any and all laws; a syndicate that plans to spread disease and pestilence to as many Americans as are possible. And who is watching the real children’s watchers? Where are these children ending up? We already know the Obama syndicate’s partner-in-crime the Sinaloa Cartel (remember Fast & Furious?) are involved not only in the drug trade but, in human trafficking – including the provision of child sex slaves to those willing to pay the price. If that’s inaccurate, why the secrecy? Look to the most obvious and realistic answer. In the 1970s Obama’s friend and mentor Bill Ayers’ group the Weather Underground advised that its plan was to have the Russians, Chinese and others occupy various regions of the USA and to eliminate at least 25,000,000 people who would refuse to be re-educated into their new masters’ ways of thinking. Larry Grathwohl was an FBI undercover informant in the group and shared information via a video (below) and I was privileged to interview him shortly before his death.

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The Regime Uses Words And Phrases Designed To Bamboozle Us All

by Bob Livingston on Monday, August 11th, 2014

This is article 452 of 453 in the topic Government Corruption
The Regime Uses Words And Phrases Designed To Bamboozle Us All

THINKSTOCK

 

Most longtime readers know that I have often warned that our government has evolved into benevolent totalitarianism.

This is a gentle term for fascism. No, we don’t have the jack boots and the swastika. Our system is far advanced from that. Our fascism today is so advanced over Nazi Germany and fascist Italy of World War II that our system actually appears benevolent.

How could this happen? The answer is: reverse semantics. Every writer and every talking head in America refer to the U.S. as a democracy of free market capitalism and individual privacy and property rights. This is a big laugh to any sober, thinking person.

Well, the system and its paid politicians still repeat those high-sounding terms. They use the terms like “privacy” and “free market” as sedatives to the crowd. The terms “private” and “freedom” no longer mean what they once did. They are cruel deceptions that fool the mind yearning for human freedom.

The fact is that in America we have massive regulation and regimentation. But, of course, it’s “in the public interest.” It all spews forth out of “democracy” as if a biblical word and a holy sanction.

We live in a fiction of freedom perpetuated with semantic corruption that has evolved us into economic fascism and tyranny. Language and words that support a free society have been turned inside out.

With this propaganda of reverse semantics, opposition has been neutralized. True words, true meanings of patriotism and freedom have become the farce and illusion of fascism.

A “Patriot Act” is the cover for treason. “Free healthcare” is the cover for collectivism and forced medication. “Gay rights” is a cover for stolen liberty, increased State control and the creation of thought crimes. We have bought organized crime with a pretty face and twisted language.

And I say to you, millions of “educated” and vain intelligentsia, you bought the scam of American fascism too, the same as the millions of illiterates — if you weren’t busy perpetrating it.

Here are more examples of reverse semantics at work:

  • Free press: Six mega-corporations control 90 percent of all that you read, watch or hear. This is down from more than 50 companies 30 years ago. The so-called “journalists” from those organizations operate in an echo chamber founded by a left-wing activist, Billy Wimsatt.  More than 1,000 of these front-line “journalists” and editorialists from such organizations as CNN, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, U.S. News & World Report, among others, along with members of progressive (i.e., socialist) think tanks and activist organizations like Center for Media and Democracy and the American Legislative, Issue Campaign Exchange and American Sustainable Business Council, are members of a secretive and closed Google group called Gamechanger Salon in which they meet online to exchange information, ideas and strategy to promote progressive ideas, policies and candidates.
  • Immigration reform: Along the southern border an invasion is taking place perpetrated by Barack Obama policies and pronouncements and intentional lack of border security.

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The Last Comic Standing

by Dr. Robert Owens on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

This is article 998 of 1001 in the topic Obama

At one time if you had said that an African-American would be president of the United States people would have thought you were crazy.  Praise God those days are behind us.  At one time if you had said there would be a rogue president violating the Constitution at will and daring Congress to impeach him you would have been accused of either taking drugs or needing some.   Sad to say those days are upon us.

Some will ask how is President Obama violating the Constitution?

· He made recess appointments to the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was in session.  This was found to be unconstitutional by a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision.

· Obama Administration uses IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.

· In an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, the Obama Justice Department ordered criminal investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year.

· President Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws. For example .

More than 300,000 captured illegal aliens had been processed and were awaiting deportation. But, incredibly, Obama stopped these deportations and ordered the U.S. border patrol to release many of these illegal aliens in violation of law and without explanation.

Congress rejected Obama’s so called DREAM ACT – which would have granted permanent residency to many illegal aliens. So Obama enacted his own version of the DREAM ACT by Executive Order, thus directly defying Congress. According to Obama’s Executive Order, illegal aliens can stay in America if they are under the age of thirty, have been in America for at least five years, are enrolled in school or have graduated from high school, and have committed no felonies.

· Obama has refused to build a double-barrier security fence along the U.S.-Mexican border in direct violation of the 2006 Secure Fence Act. This law requires that “at least two layers of reinforced fencing” be built along America’s 650-mile border with Mexico. So far, just 40 miles of this fence have been built – most of it during the Bush Administration.

· Obama’s Health and Human Services Department has, on its own (without Congressional approval), issued a mandate that all health insurance plans must include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. As a result, pro-life employers and taxpayers are now effectively required by law to pay for abortions.

This mandate is an unconstitutional attack on the protections for freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in the First Amendment and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This mandate also directly violates the ObamaCare law enacted by Congress, which prohibits any and all taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions.

Operation Fast & Furious.

“Operation Fast & Furious” was the Obama Administration’s gun-running scheme that put thousands of American-made semi-automatic weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the death of at least one U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress and the public, claiming he didn’t know about his Justice Department’s Fast & Furious operation.

Congress has now held Mr. Holder in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas and refusing to turn over thousands of Justice Department documents on Fast & Furious.

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Obama IRS deceit: Lois Lerners emails not lost or missing, say attorneys

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 8th, 2014

This is article 306 of 306 in the topic Taxation/IRS

A top “Inside the Beltway” watchdog on Monday revealed more alleged deceitfulness connected with officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the questions involving former IRS Director of Exempt OrganizationsLois Lerner’s email communications regarding the targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit organizations.

During his appearance on Fox News Channel, Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton said that there were new developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. He called the excuses given repeatedly by Obama administrative officials “malarkey!”

“There is no such thing as missing emails, only inconvenient ones,” Judicial Watch’s Director of Public Affairs Jill Farrell told the Examiner on Monday..

According to Fitton, the Department of Justice attorneys on behalf of the IRS reported toJudicial Watch that Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails, in fact all information stored on government computers, “are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe.”

“The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system,” according to Judicial Watch.

“What that appears to mean is the Obama administration is too lazy to search for documents that may confirm the suspicions of many legislators, news reporters, commentators, and conservative leaders including some who were actually targeted by Lerner,” said Mike Baker, a political strategist and former police investigator.

“We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan,” said Fitton in his statement.

IRS officials recently gave sworn testimony before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is also investigating the claims by Lerner and others at the IRS officials regarding the “missing emails,” which have been the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a subsequent lawsuit.

Despite the judge’s demands regarding the emails, the Obama administration persists in obstructing the truth about “missing” emails from Lois Lerner and her alleged co-conspirators. Judge Sullivan urged officials with Judicial Watch to “submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10, 2014.”

Fitton states that:

“This is a jaw-dropping revelation. The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.”

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Honest mistakes to be sure: Gov’t ‘transparency’ website missing at least $619 billion

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This is article 522 of 522 in the topic Government Spending

Transparency we can believe in?

A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is “fully consistent with agencies’ records,” according to the report.
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For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn’t know where the money went. The “place of performance” of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

The Department of Health & Human Services “failed to report nearly $544 billion” to the “transparency” website in 2012, which of course justified giving Kathleen Sebelius a hero’s sendoff in April of this year.

Here’s how many people have been fired for all the incompetence:

According to Newsbusters, only CBS thought this story was important enough to mention:

Instead of covering the missing $619 billion in taxpayer money, Good Morning America showed video of a farmer in Kansas serenading his cows by playing the song “Royals” on his trombone. NBC’s Today spent nearly three minutes discussing the supposed controversy surrounding a new Kim Kardashian mobile app.

Priorities!

On top of it all, earlier this year the State Department said they “lost” $6 billion. How much more “smart power” can the country handle?

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Obama administration can’t account for how $619 billion was spent

by John Lott on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This is article 521 of 522 in the topic Government Spending
Even by the Federal government standards, not being able to account for $619 billion is a lot of money.  From Fox News:

The Obama administration failed to properly account for how it spent nearly $619 billion, according to a watchdog audit of the main federal website meant to track where taxpayer money is going.

The report from the Government Accountability Office picked apart the website USASpending.gov, and the agencies feeding information to it.

The database of government spending and contracts was created out of a 2006 transparency law, but the GAO found it continues to have serious problems. The Department of Health and Human Services was the worst offender, during the 2012 period GAO examined.

“Although agencies generally reported information for contracts to USASpending.gov, they did not properly report information on assistance awards, totaling nearly $619 billion,” the GAO reported. . . .

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CIA condemned by Sen. ‘Leaky’ Leahy over spying on lawmakers

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This is article 32 of 32 in the topic CIA

Lawmakers in both houses of the U.S. Congress, including the outspoken Sen. Patrick Leahy, on Thursday and Friday condemned the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after its officers admitted “the Company” had spied on Senators and their investigators who were investigating claims that the CIA utilized “torture” when interrogating terrorist suspects.

While the current, Obama-appointed CIA Director John Brennan practically groveled in front of lawmakers and apologized to them and especially to the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

In the past, Brennan denied the accusation, but now he admitted to Senators’ — and their staffers’ — computers had been accessed by the CIA.

While Feinstein displayed an enormous amount of anger about the allegations, it was Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is known to many in the intelligence community and within law enforcement as “Leaky Leahy”, who displayed what critics called “the epitome of Chutzpah.”

“I am appalled that the CIA searched the computers of Senate staffers who were working to shed light on a very dark chapter in our nation’s history,” Leahy said.

“The CIA’s misconduct threatens the institution of the Senate and its role in ensuring the proper oversight of our government,” he scolded.

“Listen, I’m not going to defend lawlessness, but these Senators have failed to define what is and what’s not torture.The fact that there is evidence that such harsh interrogations led to the capture of dangerous Islamists and the killing of terrorism icon Osama bin Laden by the U.S. makes punishing the alleged torturers seem unfair,” said former anti-terrorism police unit member Jorge Cervesal.

“What gets my goat is hearing [Sen. Leahy] moaning and groaning about Senators being spied on, when, if I were in charge of the CIA counterintelligence division, I’d have my agents keep an eye on Leahy and his staff,” Cervesal noted.

Just how did Leahy garner the nickname “Leaky?” According to news reports, in 1987 news stories revealed that while he was a member of the Senate intelligence committee Leahy leaked secrets about a covert action being planned by the Reagan administration to oust Libya’s dictator Moamar Khadhafi.

Reports indicated that Leahy threatened the CIA’s director at the time, William Casey, with exposure of the operation and then the secret plan was reported verbatim by the Democratic Party cheerleaders at the Washington Post and that caused the plan to be quashed.

After other alleged leaks, Sen. Leahy was forced to resign his Intelligence Committee post after he again was caught leaking secret information to a reporter. However, it is he in his capacity as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who will probably conduct the probe into possible criminal actions by intelligence agents who could face disciplinary action or even criminal charges.

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