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  • OMB : Managing Government Records Directive

    06/17/2014 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | August 24, 2012 | OMB
    Federal agencies shall work toward two central goals. Goal 1: Require Electronic Recordkeeping to Ensure Transparency, Efficiency, and Accountability. Goal 2: Demonstrate Compliance with Federal Records Management Statutes and Regulations. By December 31 , 2013 , the SAO shall ensure permanent records that have been in existence for more than 30 years are identified for transfer and reported to NARA.
  • Obama Admin Refuses to Justify Taliban Release in Closed-Door Brief

    06/10/2014 4:45:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    Obama administration officials refused to fully explain to key senators the justification for freeing five senior Taliban leaders that the White House had once considered to be among the most dangerous prisoners being held in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, according to senior Senate insiders familiar with a closed-door briefing held Tuesday for members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Top Obama administration officials continued to defend the decision to skirt U.S. law and not inform Congress about the deal, telling lawmakers that “it was worth it; period,” according to one Senate insider familiar with Tuesday’s classified briefing. Officials maintained...
  • State Dep’t: ‘Probably Very Good Reasons’ Not to Give Details of Taliban Deal With Qatar

    06/04/2014 7:00:26 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Amid reports that Qatar will allow five senior Taliban terrorists freed from Guantanamo Bay in the controversial Bergdahl exchange to move around freely, a State Department spokeswoman on Tuesday repeatedly declined to discuss “specifics” of the agreement struck with Qatar. Marie Harf said the deal involved “very sensitive diplomatic negotiations” involving the Gulf state and there were “probably very good reasons” not to make the details public.
  • Ex-IRS official Lerner's attorney says no Hill testimony without immunity or court order

    02/26/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/26/26 | Fox News.
    The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, signaled Wednesday that his client will not comply with a request to testify on Capitol Hill next week. Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return and testify only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony. Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony...
  • Live Thread: House Oversight & Reform Subcommittee: IRS Targeting Investigation

    02/06/2014 7:16:02 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | February 6, 2014 | c-span
    Testimony related to the IRS Targeting investigation Testimony: Catherine Engelbrecht Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities –including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings –came knocking at my door. http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Engelbrecht.pdf Catherine Engelbrecht Founder and President Other testimony can be found here: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/irs-targeting-investigation-administration/
  • EU anti-corruption report stops short of ‘naming and shaming’

    02/04/2014 3:10:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 04 February 2014 | Georgi Gotev
    The European Commission said yesterday (3 February) that its first anti-corruption handbook for the 28 member states showed that there were “no corruption-free zones”, but officials declined to name and shame individual countries. The Commission published yesterday (3 February) its much awaited 40-page anti-corruption report covering the overall situation in the 28-country bloc, coupled with individual chapters on each country, of approximately a dozen pages each. The package is supplemented by a 230-page special Eurobarometer survey on corruption. The EU executive said that its rather modest ambition was to launch a debate on the corruption and identify ways in which...
  • Barack Hussein Soebarkah: In Two Places at the Same Time?

    02/04/2014 5:12:44 AM PST · by matt1 · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jason Kissner
    The 44th President of the United States is, of course, Barack Hussein Obama II. Barack Hussein Obama II has also been known by names such as Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, and Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah). To be sure, only supposed madmen note that the name "Soebarkah" originated in very tight spatiotemporal proximity to the operations of a cult called "Subud" that was founded by a Muslim named Mohammad Subuh -- a cult wherein personal name changes were the order of the day.
  • Justice bars lawyer from testifying before House panel in IRS (Tea Party) probe

    02/01/2014 5:36:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/14 | Stephen Dinan
    **SNIP** Eight months later, the probe has shown few public signs of progress, and many of the tea party victims say they still haven’t heard from the FBI or Justice Department lawyers. House Republicans said they were concerned about the direction of the probe, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican and a subcommittee chairman on the House oversight committee, asked Ms. Bosserman to testify at a hearing next week. The GOP has identified her as the lead lawyer on the investigation, and they have questioned her role, given her history as a significant political donor to President Obama’s 2008 and...
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/24/2014 8:03:41 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 22, 2014 7:18 p.m. ET | Gregory Hicks
    Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable." Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington. The report states that retired Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, twice offered to "sustain" the special forces security team in Tripoli...
  • Benghazi whistleblower faults Senate Intelligence panel for leaving his testimony out of report

    01/23/2014 10:14:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Intelligence Committee members did not include important testimony from Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks about security at the U.S. mission in their final report, which had the effect of blaming the fallen ambassador and protecting a top State Department official from responsibility for the attack. "I was interviewed by the Select Committee and its staff, who were professional and thorough. I explained this sequence of events," Hicks (who worked with the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, in the lead-up to the attack) explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday. "For some reason, my explanation did not...
  • Justice and State departments blocking access to survivors of Benghazi attack

    10/31/2013 5:44:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The Justice and State departments are now citing a year-old FBI investigation and a future criminal prosecution to block access to survivors of last year’s Benghazi terror attack. In an Oct. 28 letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, refers to "significant risks" and "serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews." Graham has been asking since last year for the FBI’s transcripts of interviews with State Department and CIA survivors who were evacuated to Germany after the Sep.11 attack on the U.S. consulate. He and other...
  • Obama the Avatar

    10/25/2013 2:04:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    NRO ^ | October 25, 2013 | y Charles C. W. Cooke
    Discussing the Obamacare disaster in the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama led with a phrase to which we have become accustomed: “Nobody,” the president emoted, “is madder than me” about this mess. Along with “let me be clear” and “make no mistake,” this is a favorite construction. Obama, you see, is more concerned for and correct about everything than everybody else at all times. “Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do,” he told WABC earlier this month; “nobody is more frustrated” than he about the IRS scandal; “no person,” the president affirmed during the...
  • NYT reporter: Obama admin “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

    10/06/2013 5:27:41 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 57 replies
    hotair.com ^ | October 5, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack Obama “Hope and Change” era? Good times, good times. Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush. Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources: “A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and...
  • N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web

    09/06/2013 2:20:42 AM PDT · by FewsOrange · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 6, 2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH, JEFF LARSON and SCOTT SHANE
    The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show. Many users assume — or have been assured...
  • President Obama’s surveillance board packed with insiders

    08/29/2013 9:21:46 AM PDT · by shego · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/13 | Tony Romm
    President Barack Obama pledged he’d appoint “outside experts” to review the country’s surveillance practices, but he’s since tapped largely insiders for the key posts. The group, formed to examine the policies and procedures at the National Security Agency as it tracks terrorism suspects’ digital communications, is composed mostly of Washington types, many with connections to the very intelligence establishment they’re now tasked with scrutinizing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks. There’s Michael Morell, a CIA veteran who once led the agency on an interim basis; Richard Clarke, a top counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations; and Cass...
  • Obama thinks Americans don't need to know

    08/06/2013 3:33:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/5/2013 | Gene Healy
    When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the existence of a massive spying program siphoning up Americans' personal phone records earlier this year, President Obama declared: "I welcome this debate and I think it's healthy for our democracy."Shortly thereafter, his administration revoked Snowden's passport and hit him with Espionage Act charges (filed under seal, naturally).That's the thing about the self-styled "most transparent administration in history": Often you can't find out what they're up to until somebody breaks the law to let you know.One suspects Obama "welcomes this debate" about as enthusiastically as Anthony Weiner greets the debate over...
  • Not News: IRS Has Only Provided 0.02% of Documents Requested by House

    07/27/2013 1:03:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | July 26, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    The establishment press's general refusal to cover clearly newsworthy developments in the Obama administration scandal involving the targeting of conservative, tea party, prolife and other groups by the Internal Revenue Service has been so negligent and blatant that several leading conservatives, including the MRC's Brent Bozell and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, called it out in an open letter earlier this week. Consistent with the rest of their colleagues, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, appears to have had no substantive story on the scandal since July 18 -- and that one was about primarily Democrats beating the false meme...
  • IRS Sent $46 Million in Tax Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens — All at the SAME Address...

    06/22/2013 4:28:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/21/13 | Jason Howerton
    "IRS Sent $46 Million in Tax Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens — All at the SAME Address in Atlanta" The IRS sent more than $46 million in tax refunds to 23,994 “unauthorized” alien workers who all listed the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to an audit report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). However, the Atlanta address that received millions of dollars in refunds was not the only address apparently housing thousands of “unauthorized” aliens. In fact, it wasn’t even the only address in Atlanta that was claiming such a situation.
  • IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address

    06/21/2013 5:02:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 102 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 6-21-2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    June 21, 2013 IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the...
  • IRS Supervisor In DC Scrutinized Tea Party Cases

    06/16/2013 4:47:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 6/16/2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action. Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Her assertion contradicts initial claims by the agency that a small group of agents working in an office in Cincinnati were solely responsible for mishandling the applications. Paz, however, provided no evidence...
  • Judge Orders Google To Comply With FBI's Secret NSL Demands

    05/31/2013 2:21:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    CNet.com ^ | May 31,2013 | Declan McCullagh
    A federal judge has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI's warrantless requests for confidential user data, despite the search company's arguments that the secret demands are illegal.
  • Eric Holder to media: I get it

    05/30/2013 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies
    Eric Holder to media: I get it By: Dylan Byers May 30, 2013 08:29 PM EDT Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern on Thursday about how the Department of Justice has handled recent media investigations at an off-the-record meeting with leading representatives of the press, according to those who were present. At the session, Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole expressed a willingness to revise the guidelines for such investigations, journalists present at the get-together told POLITICO. But Holder stopped short of offering any concrete changes to the guidelines. Instead, the Attorney General sought to assure the journalists that...
  • Foxnews will NOT Attend DOJ Briefing

    05/30/2013 8:31:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 106 replies
    Bret Baier ‏@BretBaier 2m Decision: Fox News’ Executive Vice President Michael Clemente has said that Fox News will NOT attend the DOJ meeting if it is OFF the record
  • Associated Press Will Not Attends Off-the-Record DOJ Session (Holder PR Fiasco)

    05/29/2013 4:18:42 PM PDT · by kristinn · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Dylan Byers
    The Associated Press says it will not attend this week's off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder unless the Justice Department decides to change its mind and conduct the meeting on the record. "We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney General’s office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a...
  • Bombshell: News Corp. says it has no record of DOJ notification of Rosen subpoena

    05/26/2013 7:15:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 86 replies
    The “tonight’s news” referred to by The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza comes via the New York Times: Wow, tonight's news dramatically escalates the war between DOJ and Fox. Somebody is not telling the whole truth.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 27, 2013 News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel [James Rosen]. The company’s chief legal counsel at the time also said that he had never seen material from the government related...
  • A crack in the IRS dam

    05/22/2013 6:14:37 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    Power Line ^ | 05/21/2013 | John Hinderaker
    The dam protecting the IRS scandal began to crack today when Lois Lerner, the IRS official who announced, and apologized for, the improper singling out of conservative-leaning organizations by IRS employees under her command, announced through her criminal defense lawyer that she will not testify as scheduled tomorrow before the House Oversight Committee. Rather, she will assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. This marks a milestone in the IRS investigation. It can now be taken as more or less established that crimes were committed by Obama administration employees. LernerÂ’s lawyer tried to minimize the significance of her invoking the...
  • Miller refuses to identify 'rogue' IRS employees who targeted conservatives

    05/18/2013 10:01:15 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    This is just outrageous - like the rest of Stephen Miller's testimony yesterday. Reuters: "Republicans have vowed to find out who was involved, but Miller did not provide much of a road map." "Who is responsible for targeting these individuals?" asked Representative Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican. "I don't have names for you," Miller responded. "Republicans accused him of dodging their questions." "I'm hearing, 'I don't know, I don't remember, I don't recall, I don't believe,'" said Representative Dave Reichert of Washington. "You don't even know who investigated the case, but yet you say it was investigated." "Democrats seemed more...
  • GOP Rep.: White House ‘Hand-Selected’ Benghazi E-Mails

    05/16/2013 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    GOP Rep.: White House ‘Hand-Selected’ Benghazi E-Mails By Andrew Johnson May 16, 2013 10:03 AM Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) said the White House e-mails about Benghazi that were released last night were “hand-selected” to leave out other important documents. “I know absolutely, for total certainty, this is just but a small smidgeon of what they have,” Chaffetz said. There are 25,000-pages worth of documents, he said, but the White House released only100 total pages. “The White House has hand-selected these,” he added.
  • Did The IRS Try To Swing Election To Obama?

    05/16/2013 4:51:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 56 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/15/2013 | IBD Staff
    Corruption: The inspector general's report on the IRS targeting of conservatives makes it seem like a case of bureaucratic bumbling. But the more we learn, the more it looks like a concerted effort to hobble Obama's political foes. 'Inappropriate criteria," "insufficient oversight" and "lack of managerial review." That's what led the IRS to target hundreds of conservative groups for intrusive, costly and lengthy scrutiny during their application for tax-exempt status, according to the IG report released on Tuesday. In other words, it wasn't a politically motivated attack on conservative groups during a presidential campaign. It was just a case of...
  • LIVE THREAD: WH Press Briefing – May 15, 2013 (Whenevah...EDT)

    05/15/2013 6:38:58 AM PDT · by don-o · 244 replies
    The White House ^ | May 15, 2013 | Jay Carney
    WH Live Stream Scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm EDT
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda

    03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 72 replies
    sugarshockblog.com ^ | Connie Bennett
    Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report. Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as mercola.com pointed out? Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet...
  • Benghazi FBI FOIA Request Denied: Stonewall Continues

    03/20/2013 9:41:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/20/13 | Marinka Peschmann
    Another day, another one of my Benghazi Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests has been denied—this time from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). As previously reported, the CIA also denied my Benghazi FOIA request. Recall it was on September 11, 2012 when Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were murdered by terrorists. President Barack Obama with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, former CIA chief, the ‘celebrated,’ philandering General David Petraeus, the brains behind the failed counter-insurgency policy called COIN in Afghanistan that is...
  • Parents gain access to secret school curriculum

    02/09/2013 5:53:56 PM PST · by wesagain · 104 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | John Griffing
    AUSTIN, Texas – Parents of school children across Texas now are gaining access to a previously secret public school curriculum, according to an announcement from a state lawmaker. The CSCOPE program, an online offering that until now has prohibited, under penalty of law, teachers from sharing the lessons with parents, stirred up controversy because of its various lessons – some that were taken offline after the questions arose. Among those issues were that the curriculum at one point taught the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism and Christians were cannibals, and forced students to draw a socialist flag...
  • Want a Pro-Growth Pro-Environment Plan? Economists Agree: Tax Carbon.

    02/08/2013 6:07:57 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 23 replies
    Brookings Institute ^ | 2-7-2013 | Adele Morris
    In his recent inaugural address, President Obama promised that “we will respond to the threat of climate change, ..... But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet…” When pressed on the specifics of what the president means to do on climate, his spokesperson replied: “We...
  • Is Chuck roast? Hagel refuses to disclose foreign funding sources

    02/06/2013 9:57:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/6/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Will this finally be enough to break the Obama administration's hold over Senate Democrats when it comes to the Hagel nomination? Chuck Hagel has refused to disclose to the Senate Armed Services Committee the sources of his foreign funding over the last five years. Is Chuck roast? (Hat Tip: Noah P). Republican members of the committee asked Hagel last week for information on whether any of the organizations received funding from any foreign government, individual, or corporation — a request he declined late Tuesday in a letter citing confidentiality agreements. "[T]he information you seek is legally controlled by the individual...
  • Obama Will MOOve FOREWARD! Without Congress!!!

    02/05/2013 9:32:50 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-5-2013 | MOTUS
    We can all rest a little easier this week: the country is in good hands. John Kerry has slipped into the Secretary of State slot without the U.S. missing a beat. Joey’s in Europe, further cementing relationships, and Big Guy’s got all the pressing domestic issues covered.  On the Deficit/Debt Ceiling/Budget: (“I’ve done my part, I've made proposals, it's their turn, we agree on a lot - and the American public agrees with me - more to be done, won't be easy.”) To help things along even more, yesterday BO signed legislation suspending the nation's borrowing limit until May 18,...
  • CIA and State Dept. Accounts of Benghazi Contradict Gen. Dempsey’s Explanation

    02/04/2013 8:46:57 PM PST · by Rabin · 17 replies
    cnsnews ^ | February 3, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    If the story Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is telling is correct, then the story the State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) and the Central Intelligence Agency have told is not. If the story the State Department and the CIA have told is correct, than Gen. Dempsey is telling an inaccurate story to explain why the Defense Department sent no help to the State Department and CIA personnel who were attacked by terrorists in Libya on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11
  • White House says did not heavily edit talking points on Benghazi

    11/17/2012 9:03:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 71 replies
    White House says did not heavily edit talking points on Benghazi ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE | Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:25am EST (Reuters) - The White House did not heavily alter talking points about the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, an official said on Saturday. "If there were adjustments made to them within the intelligence community, that's common, and that's something they would have done themselves," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, told reporters. "The only edit ... made by the White House was the factual edit as to how to refer to the facility." After a...
  • Obama administration’s FOIA record worse than Bush’s [Obama lied about "transparency"]

    11/04/2012 3:51:34 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    poynter.org ^ | September 28, 2012 | Julie Moos
    Bloomberg News found that 19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act. Jim Snyder and Danielle Ivory report: “When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’ ” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007. Analysis done by the Scripps Howard Foundation reveals that President Obama’s administration granted a smaller...
  • DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order - Issues "Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition"

    08/26/2012 12:59:41 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 12 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-26-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    In a date-redacted document, DHS claimed "Unusual and Compelling Urgency" NOT to inform the public of quantities of ammo purchased with tax money ($4.6 MILLION) for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Protective Service (FPS). The original bid date was May 2012. On July 30, 2012 the award was announced for a contract, and for an undisclosed quantity of 223 62 grain duty and 223 64 grain duty. Federal Cartridge Company in Minnesota won the bid assuming any other company was allowed to bid against them. The purchased ammo is to be used...
  • Bank of Panther Stadium: Democrats and Transparency

    08/26/2012 4:12:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Our self-described most transparent administration in history is at it again. The folks who claim executive privilege over documents in the Fast and Furious case yet maintain the president wasn’t involved have decided transparency is overrated. The people who meet with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to keep unseemly names off the official visitor logs, have decided we don’t need to know who pays for their convention. The Washington Post reports, “In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,”…will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom...
  • Romney Doesn't Have a "Bain Problem," But the Media Invented One

    07/17/2012 4:45:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 17, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let me see if I understand this. On the one hand, we have over here "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" who has (with the help of his party, the Democrat Party) unleashed untold damage on America, particularly the private sector economy. We have somebody who's created a new entitlement, which is going to fundamentally forever change the relationship between citizen and government in a way never contemplated by the Founding Fathers of our country. We have rampant unemployment, underemployment -- more part-time and temporary workers getting jobs than are getting full-time jobs. We have no end...
  • Obama attorney to boycott ‘birther’ hearing

    01/25/2012 5:31:56 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | January 25, 2012 | Martin Wisckol
    Scoffing at a judge’s call for Barack Obama to appear in court Thursday, Obama attorney Michael Jablonski says that not only will the president not be on hand but neither will Jablonski.
  • People who destroy hard drives shouldn’t demand records from others (gotcha Mitt)

    01/23/2012 4:13:08 PM PST · by ak267 · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/23/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Why is he doing this? Is his campaign really that incompetent? Having successfully shut down scrutiny in the primaries (but not the general election) of his Bain record with unfounded cries of “Newt’s attacking capitalism and free markets,” Romney is back to what started it all, the demand that Newt give back the money he lawfully earned through consulting with Freddie Mac. As Morrissey notes, Newt’s campaign already has diffused another line of Romney’s Freddie Mac attack, quickly asking for the release of his consulting contract before the Florida primary. Romney will go on the offensive at tonight’s debate demanding...
  • President Obama To Ignore Georgia Subpoena And Head To Las Vegas Jan 26th.

    01/22/2012 8:28:39 PM PST · by Obama Exposer · 155 replies · 2+ views
    President Obama plans to head out on a 3 day trip arriving in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon and staying overnight well into Thursday. That afternoon he will leave for Denver and then Detroit. The president plans to promote his State of the Union address. With this action, President Obama intends to ignore a legal judicial subpoena from the state of Georgia requesting him, by name, to appear in court January 26th 2012 at 9am in Judge Michael Malihi's courtroom. Barack Obama's attempt as a candidate to be on the state ballot in Georgia has been officially legally challenged by state...
  • Gingrich: Romney owes it to voters to release tax returns

    01/17/2012 12:48:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies · 1+ views
    latimes ^ | January 17, 2012, 12:15 p.m. | Seema Mehta
    Reporting from Florence, S.C.— Newt Gingrich on Tuesday questioned why Mitt Romney has not released his tax returns, arguing that if the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination has nothing to hide, he ought to make the documents public before South Carolina holds its first-in-the-South primary on Saturday. "Either there's nothing there, so why isn't he releasing them, or there's something there, so why is he hiding them?" Gingrich told reporters here after holding a town hall at an art gallery. "I believe we have the right to know. Therefore, he owes us the knowledge. If there's nothing there, why...
  • Romney Says He Pays About 15 Percent in Income Tax

    01/17/2012 12:37:34 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 17, 2012 | KASIE HUNT
    After weeks of stalling, Mitt Romney did an about-face on Tuesday and said he will release his tax returns in April and that they will show he pays close to 15 percent of his income in taxes. Romney, a multimillionaire, has been under pressure from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination and others to release the information. He'd previously said he wouldn't release it. He suggested Tuesday that he would make public only one year's worth of information, for 2011. Speaking to reporters after a campaign stop in South Carolina, Romney said most of his income comes from investments,...
  • Mitt Romney not a natural-born citizen?

    01/16/2012 11:28:00 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    In 1968, when he decided to run for president, the only serious debate at the time was whether George W. Romney was a natural-born citizen under Article 2, Section 1, not whether or not he was a U.S. citizen. Mitt Romney, then, was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to two U.S. citizen parents – George W. Romney and Lenore Emily LaFount; LaFount was a U.S. citizen, born on Nov. 9, 1908, in Logan, Utah. Interestingly, LaFount, even though she was a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment because she was born in the United States and considered...
  • SC Debate: Romney Says He Will 'Probably' Release Taxes in April

    01/17/2012 2:40:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies · 1+ views
    KGO - ABC News Radio - San Francisco | January 17, 2012
    (MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Amid continued pressure from his rivals to make public his tax returns, Mitt Romney said at a Republican presidential candidates debate Monday night that he will "probably" release that information in April. That timetable is in line with tradition of past nominees, who have released their information around tax day in early April. "I have nothing in them that suggests there is any problem," he said. "I'm happy to do so." Romney had said as recently as last Wednesday that he doesn't feel the need to do anything more than the law requires him to do,...
  • Rivals Call on Romney to Release Tax Returns; Perry Says "We Need to Know it Now"

    01/16/2012 1:56:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Texas Governor Rick Perry is demanding Mitt Romney release his tax records, warning there can't be any surprises should the GOP front-runner become the party's nominee. "Anita and I put out our taxes every year since back the 80s, and every candidate up there, they should put their taxes out, including Mitt," Perry insisted during a town hall meeting. "You know, November, or excuse me, September and October, is not the time for us to be finding out that whoops, there's something out there that is a problem. We need to know it now." Perry has...