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  • Bitcoin in the Headlines: VAT Galore

    10/24/2015 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Another Post-American · 15 replies
    Coindesk ^ | 10/24/15 | Yessi Bello Perez
    Mainstream outlets from across the world reported the sentencing of rogue Drug Enforcement Agent Carl Mark Force to 78 months in prison this week, and in so doing brought bitcoin's association with illicit activity and the darknet back to the fore. More positive coverage came in the form of the European Court of Justice's bitcoin VAT exemption, with some outlets exploring its effect on the digital currency's rising price. Elsewhere, the creation of a discussion forum by a group of digital currency companies and US law enforcement agencies caused a ripple of excitement among the mainstream press. What else has...
  • DEA agents caught in Colombian prostitution scandal punished with… bonuses

    10/24/2015 5:03:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post article on Hotair ^ | 10/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a story that took place early in the year, so with all the water that’s passed under the bridge since then it might call for a quick refresher course. Do you remember these DEA agents who were working to foil the cartels in Colombia? Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.The report did not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified...
  • The Corrupt Federal Government

    10/24/2015 1:26:33 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 21 replies
    American Faith Today ^ | October 24,2015 | American Faith Today
    Well the left looks at issues that the rest of us currently look at and are concerned with and think it's a witch hunt, or partisanship. But for many of us who simply want a government that's competent, accountable, open,and ethical we look at things like Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, the DEA, the Secret Service, and Planned Parenthood- not to mention the VA, and we know how sad of a shape everything is in today. Most people in the country regardless acknowledge that something is wrong. They just don't necessarily know what. Well, the "something" may not be all...
  • Dallas County DA’s office under Watkins misused forfeiture money, audit finds

    10/23/2015 4:50:37 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 2 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 20, 2015 | Robert Garrett
    AUSTIN — As Dallas County district attorney, Craig Watkins inappropriately spent about $80,000 from an asset forfeiture fund for legal fees covering personal behavior, excessively expensive travel for himself and aides, and a recreational football league sponsorship, a state audit has found.
  • DEA Agent Sentenced for Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction in Silk Road Investigation

    10/23/2015 4:28:21 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 5 replies
    US Department of Justice ^ | October 13, 2015 | US Department of Justice
    A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the sale and purchase of illegal drugs and other contraband.
  • DEA Agents in Prostitution Probe Got Bonuses

    10/23/2015 3:53:56 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 23, 2015 | Devin Barrett
    Half the federal agents who were investigated for allegedly attending sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia received financial bonuses during the investigation or afterward, according to a new internal review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s handling of the scandal. Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued a report on Thursday analyzing the aftermath of the internal probes of DEA agents in Colombia for allegedly patronizing prostitutes. The allegations were originally investigated in 2010, but the issue created a firestorm earlier this year when the details became public…. DEA policy prohibits employees from receiving promotions, awards or other favorable personnel actions...
  • No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private

    10/20/2015 3:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Kathryn Watson
    Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.“If you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If that’s not private, then what is?” Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care...
  • FBI and DEA under review for use of NSA mass surveillance data

    09/30/2015 5:54:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 09/30/2015 | Patrick Howell O'Neill
    The Justice Department is investigating the FBI’s use of information taken directly from mass surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA)’s collection of telephone metadata.The yield of that NSA spying program was described by a judge as a “staggering” amount of data when the agency's ability to collect it was struck down as illegal in court earlier this year. The program was resumed in June and will run until at least December. Another ongoing Justice Department investigation is examining the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s use of “parallel construction.” The investigations surfaced in a report to Congress from the Justice...
  • It’s nearly impossible to get fired at the DEA (or the rest of the government)

    09/28/2015 7:53:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    USA Today has a revealing, if disgusting, report this week which shows just how great it can be to land a government job these days, at least in some quarters of the establishment. At the Drug Enforcement Agency, for example, it’s nearly impossible to be terminated from your job for things such as being late for work, failure to correctly fill out your time sheet, parking in the wrong spot, running an illegal drug ring of your own or having sex parties with prostitutes.Wait a minute… what were those last two again? The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed...
  • Boehner: Goodbye to Old Yellowstain. "Someone threatened to 'tell what they knew about Fast and

    09/26/2015 5:38:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 104 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | September 26, 2015 | Dutchman6
    John Hawkins writes at Townhall: "Boehner Resigned? Good. Go Cry, Drink And Surrender Somewhere Else." Well, Boehner's resignation is far too late for me and especially far too late for the Fast and Furious investigation that he derailed because the FBI was blackmailing him. Long-time readers will recall that when the Issa committee got around to noticing the fact, uncovered by this blog and FOX News' William La Jeunesse, that the middle men who the ATF agents were forbidden by their superiors from following (the ones who actually transported the weapons across the border) were the Miramontes brothers who were...

    09/20/2015 3:48:07 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/19/2015 | Edwin Mora
    Jack Riley, the No. 2 at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), signaled support for Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Southern border in a recent interview centered on hunting down Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, the acting deputy administrator at the Obama administration’s DEA agency, discussed why the U.S. government is invested in hunting escaped convict El Chapo, the leader of Mexico’s brutal Sinaloa cartel. Riley explained why El Chapo and his murderous criminal empire are a threat to the United States. The Sinaloa cartel has been...
  • DEA blasted for no-warrant searches of patient records, court battle heats up

    09/11/2015 6:38:26 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 31 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/11/15 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been accessing personal medical files without a warrant, generating a backlash from doctors and privacy advocates who say the practice is intrusive and unconstitutional -- and have taken the agency to court. “It’s just not right,” Texas attorney Terri Moore said. The controversial record searches are part of the government's effort to crack down on illegal “pill mills” and prescription drug abuse. But they've set up a clash over privacy rights, and a legal battle is now playing out in the 5th and 9th Circuit appeals courts. Lower courts have issued conflicting rulings to date,...
  • I hope someone like Cruz or Trump addresses the DEA

    08/27/2015 3:10:42 PM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 23 replies
    One of them needs to eliminate or totally reform the DEA and thier over stepping power. I know a close family friend that recently killed themselves(last week), because pharmacies would not fill their pain medications. This person had terminal cancer and was dying, and the damned pharmacies around here would not fill her doctors script. I don’t condone killing oneself(as it isn't christian) but her note the police found said she was in so much pain and couldn't stand it anymore. She was a sweet old lady that I used to mow her lawn when I was growing up and...
  • Maine DEA: EBT Cards Are Being Used to Buy Drugs

    08/19/2015 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/18/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents revealed yesterday that EBT cards (debit cards that are loaded with funds for welfare programs, like SNAP and TANF) are being used as currency to buy drugs. In the past 11 months, MDEA agents have found 40 EBT cards in 25 drug enforcement operations.
  • Plea deal given to man indicted in murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

    08/12/2015 12:06:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    kvoa.com ^ | Michel Marizco
    One of the men charged in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry pleaded guilty to one count of murder, Monday morning. Once a potential candidate for the death penalty after the murder of the agent, the drawn up plea deal now states that the U.S. and the defendant will ask for 360 months imprisonment, with credit for time served since his arrest in October 2012. The Justice Department indicted Rosario Rafael Burboa Alvarez last summer in connection with the killing. Alvarez was identified as the recruiter for the rip-off crew that ran into Terry's elite BORTAC unit...
  • 'Playing army': Military reservists with DEA jobs say agency bosses ridiculed their service

    07/17/2015 5:08:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    FoxNews online ^ | July 16, 2015 | Lee Ross and William LaJeunesse
    More than a dozen senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as military reservists claim their bosses within the law enforcement agency ridiculed their service, assigned them to jobs their war injuries made especially difficult -- and, in one case, allegedly planted a cellphone in an agent's car to track his movements and record conversations.
  • 'Playing army': Military reservists with DEA jobs say agency bosses ridiculed their service

    07/16/2015 9:03:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Lee Ross & William LaJeunesse
    More than a dozen senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as military reservists claim their bosses within the law enforcement agency ridiculed their service, assigned them to jobs their war injuries made especially difficult -- and, in one case, allegedly planted a cellphone in an agent's car to track his movements and record conversations. The agents, who have filed a formal complaint with a federal watchdog agency over allegations that date back more than a decade, believe they were singled out from other veterans within the agency because their duties caused staffing problems, according to...
  • Former DEA agent: 'El Chapo' wants to push Juarez Cartel out, funnel drugs through NM

    07/15/2015 5:58:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    KOB-TV ^ | 07/14/2015
    He was part of the team that helped put one of Mexico's most violent drug lords behind bars – the same one who escaped from a Mexican maximum-security prison over the weekend. Tuesday, KOB talked to Michael Vigil, a former DEA agent from New Mexico who investigated Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for years. Vigil says Guzman's escape is not good for the U.S., especially our state. He says Guzman wants to push out the Juarez Cartel and push more heroin through New Mexico. "Chapo Guzman has taken over that area and he controls most of the routes into the United...
  • DEA: Liquid Meth No. 1 Drug Smuggled Across the Border

    07/08/2015 8:52:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/8 | Jessie Degollado
    Report: 350 percent increase in seizuresEasier to smuggle and harder to detect, methamphetamine in liquid form is now the No. 1 drug entering the Southwest border, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. “The Mexican cartels have figured out a very effective way to massively produce very low cost, inexpensive methamphetamine year-round,” said Wendell Campbell, spokesperson for the DEA’s Houston division. He said the price has dropped by 50 percent, from $21,000 per kilo in 2010 to $10,000 last year. He said the agency has seen a 350 percent increase in seizures over the past few years. Campbell said the...
  • Nail Salon Owner Sues For Return Of Life Savings Seized By DEA Agents At Airport

    06/29/2015 4:12:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 6/29/15 | Tim Cushing
    Here's something you see all too rarely -- not because the government's civil asset forfeiture programs aren't routinely abused -- but because it's a good way to spend lots of money fighting a losing battle. Vu Do, owner of two nail salons in New York City, is trying to retrieve nearly $44,000 -- his life savings which he had put together over twenty years -- taken from him by the DEA at the JFK airport. The complaint points out that Do has run two legitimate businesses in NYC for several years, and not once has he been arrested or even...
  • Feds: West Side drug dealer had customers lined up around the corner (Chicago)

    06/26/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | 6/24/2015 | JON SEIDEL
    James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area. Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line...
  • A Look At Kratom–Fear mongering and regulatory zeal to beat the band

    05/29/2015 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/29/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    According to Google Trends, interest in the search term “Kratom” has increased sharply from 2011—by a factor of three. Insider blogs note that it trends higher than many other supplements. What’s more, vastly conflicting descriptions of its benefits and side effects are all over the Web, along with troubling reports of adulterated versions of the substance being sold online. Not surprisingly, eager beaver regulators have jumped into the fray. But what, exactly, is Kratom? Formally known as Mitragyna speciosa, it is a tree that grows from 3-20 meters (10-66 ft) tall, native to Southeast Asia. The plant is a member...
  • Former DEA agent, employee charged with secretly running strip club

    05/20/2015 2:21:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/15 | Nate Raymond
    U.S. authorities announced charges on Wednesday against a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor and a technology specialist at the agency for failing to disclose their ownership stake in a New Jersey strip club. David Polos and Glen Glover, the DEA employees, made false statements to the government by not disclosing they were part owners of Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan. The club features scantily clad and sometimes topless women, many of whom were undocumented immigrants illegally in the United States, the complaint said. Prosecutors said the men did...
  • How the DEA Harasses Amtrak Passengers

    05/20/2015 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Earlier this year, Aaron Heuser of Eugene, Oregon, had to travel to Washington, D.C. The trip had two purposes: The 37-year-old mathematician was officially leaving his job at National Institutes of Health and starting a new position at a private firm. Since he is terrified of flying he booked himself a sleeper car on Amtrak. Upon reaching Reno, Nevada, there was an unexpected knock at his door. “There was a DEA badge on the window,” he said. “Having a good reason to be making this trip and being a law abiding citizen, I opened the door and politely asked if...
  • How to keep the DEA from taking all your cash

    05/15/2015 9:13:01 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Joseph Rivers was never convicted of a crime. He was never charged with one, or even officially detained. But that didn't stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from taking his life savings away under civil asset forfeiture, the highly controversial practice that allows law enforcement officers to take property from people whom they never even charge with a crime. I spoke with Rivers's attorney, Michael Pancer of San Diego, about the case yesterday. He said the situation Rivers got caught up in -- where federal agents boarded a train and started asking people questions like "who are you?" and "where are...
  • DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

    05/09/2015 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 106 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/07/2015 | Nick Wing
    Rivers said the agents questioned passengers at random, asking for their destination and reason for travel. When one of the agents got to Rivers, who was the only black person in his car, according to witnesses, the agent took the interrogation further, asking to search his bags. Rivers complied. The agent found the cash -- still in a bank envelope -- and decided to seize it on suspicion that it may be tied to narcotics. River pleaded with the agents, explaining his situation and even putting his mother on the phone to verify the story. No luck. “These officers took...
  • DEA agents left college student in cell for five days, receive light punishments

    05/06/2015 5:13:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 06, 2015 | CJ Ciaramella/Washington Free Beacon
    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who left a 23-year-old UC San Diego student locked in a holding cell for five days without food or water received only light punishments, according to the Justice Department. In a Friday letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), the Justice Department revealed that, of the six DEA agents involved in the near-fatal incident, four received letters of reprimand and two were given week-long suspensions without pay. In 2012, DEA agents detained University of California San Diego student Daniel Chong following a raid on his friend’s house, where Chong had gone to smoke marijuana....
  • DEA to traveler: Thanks, I’ll take that cash

    05/06/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 47 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 6, 2015 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    Maybe he should have taken traveler’s checks. But it’s too late for that now. All the money – $16,000 in cash – that Joseph Rivers said he had saved and relatives had given him to launch his dream in Hollywood is gone, seized during his trip out West not by thieves but by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during a stop at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque. An incident some might argue is still theft, just with the government’s blessing. Rivers, 22, wasn’t detained and has not been charged with any crime since his money was taken last month. That...
  • Judge: DEA not liable for botched sting that killed truck driver

    04/29/2015 12:24:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Radley Balko
    The drug war means never having to say you’re sorry. A Houston-based federal judge ruled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration does not owe the owner of a small Texas trucking company anything, not even the cost of repairing the bullet holes to a tractor-trailer truck that the agency used without his permission for a wild 2011 drug cartel sting that resulted in the execution-style murder of the truck’s driver, who was secretly working as a government informant. The Houston Chronicle story also points out that the ruling will spare the DEA a “potentially embarrassing trial.” Another way to phrase...
  • NJ Assemblyman Looks To Ban Organic Herb That Produces Heroin-Like High

    04/24/2015 12:46:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 24, 2015
    A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban an organic herb fueling the latest drug craze among teens. As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Kratom gives a high similar to heroin. The substance is legal and kids can buy it, Adams reported. The plant is related to coffee; it is native to southeast Asia and has long been used as an herbal pain reliever. But it is also psychoactive and can cause hallucinations and addictions, says New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who wants to make the substance illegal. “According to the FDA, there is a known toxicity in multiple organs that...
  • Embattled DEA chief Leonhart to retire: Justice Department

    04/21/2015 4:55:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 4/21/15 | Mark Hosenball
    **SNIP** EARLIER: WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional panel will examine whether federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged to elicit sensitive information. Following revelations of misconduct by DEA agents, a senior Obama administration official told Reuters on Tuesday that DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who was grilled in a congressional hearing last week about the sex parties, was expected to step down from her post in the near future. A DEA spokesman had no immediate comment. A spokeswoman for the Republican majority at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform...
  • Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

    04/20/2015 9:19:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-20-15 | Kelley Riddell
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions
  • DEA chief tells House committee she can't fire agents involved in sex parties

    04/14/2015 5:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2015 | Doug McKelway
    With the Secret Service still smarting from its 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, another federal law agency is in hot water over an even more salacious sex scandal—in the same country. The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michelle Leonhart, Tuesday faced a grueling three-hour inquisition from the House Oversight Committee over an Inspector General’s report that found DEA agents in Bogota, Colombia engaged in “sex parties” with prostitutes and that the parties were paid for by the very drug cartels the DEA was sent to fight. “This behavior is not acceptable,” Leonhart said in her opening statement. “It...
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says

    03/26/2015 10:33:28 AM PDT · by BAW · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-26-2014 | John Bresnahan and Laura French
    Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days. The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA; FBI; the Bureau of...
  • Border Agent Brian Terry statue unveiling ignored by Obama and Holder

    03/02/2015 4:34:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/2/15 | David Codrea
    The unveiling of a new statue built to memorialize the murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Saturday at the Homeland Security Department's Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, received minimal news coverage by the nation's media except for the Fox News Channel, a news agency maligned and denigrated by President Barack Obama and his administration. In fact, no official from the Obama government attended the event and the sycophants in the legacy media made certain not to cover the story. In the battle at the Mexican-U.S. border, Obama and his minions seem to have chosen the...
  • Attkisson’s Free Press Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee

    02/01/2015 3:11:55 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 29, 2015 | By Sharyl Attkisson
    I’ve been a reporter for 30 years at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news. My producers and I have probed countless political, corporate, charitable and financial stories ranging from Iraq contract waste and fraud under Bush to green energy waste under Obama to consumer stories relating to the drug industry. Some of these reports have been recognized for excellence in journalism—most recently, investigative Emmy nominations and awards for reporting on TARP, Benghazi, green energy spending, Fast and Furious and a group of stories including an undercover investigation into Republican fundraising. But the job of getting at the truth...
  • This could blow the Obama regime apart

    01/31/2015 4:25:08 PM PST · by Starman417 · 29 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-31-15 | DrJohn
    As a candidate on 2008 Obama claimed to support whistleblowers. His website claimed that whistleblowing events were "acts of courage and patriotism" that "should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration." If back then we had used our Obama Bullshit Decoder Ring and applied DrJohn's Law, we would have known how that was going to go. The Obama regime has conducted a war on whistleblowers like none in history. It's so aggressive that even Common Dreams says the Obama administration has reached "a new low." "The Sterling case...sends a clear message to people in...
  • DEA Planned to Track Cars Parked Near Gun Shows

    01/29/2015 7:53:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Are you starting to forget just how creepy government agencies can be when they decide to spy on average (law abiding) citizens? Well, this should help refocus your distrust of big government. According to AP News:The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.Um, good… Also: “What the heck?”So the DEA was planning on tracking everyone that went to a gun show? Wow… Nothing like being innocent until proven guilty, right? It might be time to start borrowing...
  • Pediatricians appeal to DEA to allow research on medical marijuana treatment for children

    01/27/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Maria Santos
    Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree. The group has now appealed to the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana and allow them to research its medical benefits for children, the Wall Street Journal reports. They have also asked the federal government to permit marijuana use by children with serious conditions. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, classifying it with drugs like heroin. This scheduling prohibits research by ranking marijuana as having no acceptable medical use. “A...
  • Justice Department Reportedly Spies on Millions of Cars to Build National Database

    01/26/2015 9:29:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/26/15 | Andrew Desiderio
    The U.S. Department of Justice secretly spies on millions of cars by gathering and storing information about motorists in order to build a national database to track movements, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The database was originally used by the Drug Enforcement Administration to hunt vehicles involved in drug crimes by tracking license plates, but according to the WSJ, the program expanded to hunt for criminals sought for crimes that were non-drug related. DEA officials have been on record saying they track vehicles near the U.S.-Mexico border to help fight drug cartels, but the new...
  • DEA maintained secret database of Americans' phone calls

    01/17/2015 12:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/16/15 | Julian Hattem
    The Drug Enforcement Administration formerly maintained a secret database of Americans’ telephone calls to some foreign countries, the Justice Department revealed this week. A document filed by the department in a criminal case on Thursday revealed that the agency collected details about Americans’ calls to certain countries believed to be closely linked to drug trafficking networks. The program is different from a more well-known database maintained by the National Security Agency (NSA), though it appears similar in some respects. According to the government’s brief, the DEA tracked information about phone calls from the United States to other “designated” countries that...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style...

    12/18/2014 12:20:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 18, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style Assault with Rifle Supplied by Obama Justice Department Photos include close-up shots of Fast and Furious AK-47 rifle, blood-stained apartment, victim with massive head wound (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained graphic crime scene photos taken at the site of a 2013 gang-style assault on a Phoenix, AZ, apartment building, including a close-up photo revealing the serial number of the AK-47 rifle used by the assailants. As a result of Judicial Watch’s October 2, 2014, public records lawsuit, the weapon...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Furious to justify new gun regs

    12/27/2014 11:23:57 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 92 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Just as Second Amendment civil rights activists feared, federal government bureaucrats were supplying illegal firearms to Mexican drug cartels in the expectation that it would led to pressure for more regulation. Analyzing a 60 page document release in response to a FOIA action by Judicial Watch Attkisson writes:
  • Obama eliminated the NDIC, Agency that monitored terrorism, drugs on border.

    07/12/2014 4:08:23 PM PDT · by mgist · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2014 | Judicial Watch
    Obama quietly eliminated the NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER, that was monitoring terrorist activity on the border. Mexican cartel violence is at an all-time high along the increasingly porous southern border yet the Obama Administration has shut down a critical intelligence agency dedicated to identifying, tracking and severing the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism. It’s a senseless move, which is why it was done very quietly. The only real way to discover that the Justice Department’s 19-year-old National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) has been closed is by trying to visit its website. It simply says that on June 15, 2012,...
  • Judicial Watch Joins Sharyl Attkisson in Lawsuit against Justice Department to Obtain FBI Records...

    12/17/2014 11:32:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 17, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Joins Sharyl Attkisson in Lawsuit against Justice Department to Obtain FBI Records about Attkisson Earlier FOIA records obtained by Judicial Watch show award-winning journalist was targeted by Obama White House and Justice Department over critical reporting (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 19, 2014, it joined investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking “any and all records” relating to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks and other records on the award-winning correspondent. The request includes correspondence between Attkisson and...
  • Stonewalled in Obama's Garden of Beasts

    11/24/2014 4:19:16 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 160 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | November 24, 2014 | Matthew Bracken
    Stonewalled in Obama’s Garden of Beasts Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, by Sharyl Atkisson, 2014In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Eric Larson, 2011 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~~George Santayana “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~~Attributed to Mark Twain, unverified “Goddammit, Sharyl! The Washington Post is reasonable, the L.A. Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, you’re the only one who’s not reasonable! So, Sharyl Atkisson is the only...
  • Judge Voids own Decision in Fast and Furious Whistleblower Case

    11/28/2014 9:53:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a bizarre decision in Agent Dobyns' case.  Judge Frances M. Allegra, voided his own decision in favor of Jay Dobyns. That decision excoriated the ATF, and was appealed by them to the Federal Court of Appeals.   The appeal and a cross-appeal are still in process.  In addion, Judge Allegra sealed all records concerning the case.  From azcentral.com: U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis M. Allegra, who issued a 54-page decision in favor of that ex-agent, Jay Dobyns, in August, voided his decision on Oct. 29, according to a court notice filed Nov. 5. The notice does not...
  • Oops! Obama Realizes Exec. Privilege not Legal to Hide Fast, Furious Docs

    11/24/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 24, 2014
    After using executive privilege to withhold Fast and Furious records for two years, the Obama administration has quietly stopped exerting the power to hide information about the disastrous gun-running operation. Judicial Watch attorneys discovered the extraordinary about-face in recent exchanges with Department of Justice (DOJ). JW has been a leader in exposing the Fast and Furious scandal and has filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the federal agencies involved in the once-secret operation. Just last month JW obtained records showing that the president’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the Fast and Furious...