Artist Katherine Trunk created “Treading Water” – a stylized portrait of Attorney General Eric Holder. Recent events of this past week in May have provided AG Holder many opportunities to appear before the public and render an account for actions, which seem reminiscent of Watergate. In the foreground…
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” The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.
The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.”
- US Justice Department acknowledges wide-ranging surveillance of Associated Press (rt.com)
- Govt Obtains Wide AP Phone Records in Probe (abcnews.go.com)
- How do you ask a journalist to be the last journalist to lose credibility defending Obama? (legalinsurrection.com)
- Nixonian: Obama Regime Seizes AP Reporters’ Phone Records For Over 20 Separate Lines, More Than 100 Journalists Affected… (redflagnews.com)
- Obama DOJ Secretly Monitored AP Reporters’ Phone Records (freedomoutpost.com)
- Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe (sacbee.com)
- Watergate Was For Amateurs: Justice Department Spied For Months On Associated Press Reporters (financialsurvivalnetwork.com)
” Kansas Governor Sam Brownback received a letter today from Attorney General Eric Holder threatening action against the state should it enforce SB102, the pro 2nd Amendment law Brownback signed into law last month.
The new law declares that the federal government has no power to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas.
Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.
The legislation made it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty regulating ammunition made, sold and kept in the state because the federal government does not “interstate commerce” authority over such items.
The law became effective only a week ago, but already Holder has leapt into action, firing off a letter to the governor of Kansas threatening to take “all appropriate action including litigation if necessary” to prevent the state of Kansas from protecting the 2nd Amendment. (Amazing for a guy who didn’t even know about his own department’s gun-running operation, Fast and Furious until months after a border patrol agent was killed by one of its guns.) But when a state passes a law he doesn’t like - this Attorney General is FAST!“
- Sam Brownback Brushes off Eric Holder’s Opinions on 2nd Amendment Protection Act (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- Kansas gun law is under fire now (kansascity.com)
- It begins: Holder threatens Brownback over KS 2nd Amendment protections (rare.us)
- U.S. attorney general tells Brownback new gun law is unconstitutional (kansascity.com)
- Eric Holder Threatens Kansas in Letter on Gun Control Nullification Law (ncrenegade.com)
- Kansas to Eric Holder: We’re Not Backing Down! (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- Way to Go Kansas: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Signs 2nd Amendment Protection Act into Law (phoport.wordpress.com)
- Eric Holder Tells Kansas Governor New State Gun Law Is Unconstitutional (thegatewaypundit.com)
” Attorney General Eric Holder began his tenure by calling Americans cowards regarding racial issues. Newly released documents reveal that Holder’s schedule shows a preoccupation with racial issues: he spends an inordinate amount of time meeting with race-centered organizations.
Recently, the Department of Justice began making Holder’s daily schedules available online. Although the schedules are far from complete and heavily redacted, the compiled summary below (links to documents provided) shows how much time and access the office of the attorney general allocates to ethnocentric lobbyists and race-based associations.
For 2009, Holder’s first year as AG, over just a nine-month period (the only months available for that year) nearly 50 entries mention meetings with such groups. For the entire 17-month period provided, there are almost a dozen entries showing meetings with “black” professional associations and trade groups.”
A Victory For Us All
” Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama’s spokesman announced today.
There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?
Meanwhile, understandably angry at seeing the Republican Party emerge from its four year defensive crouch–behind Tea Party conservatives no less!– Senators McCain and Graham proferred this mature advice:
McCain, a staunch foreign policy hawk, said Thursday that Paul’s warnings that the U.S. could target “Jane Fonda” or “people in cafes” bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.” “
- Eric Holder Sent Letter To Rand Paul On Obama’s Authority To Target U.S. Citizens With Drones: ‘The Answer Is No’ (mediaite.com)
- Did Rand Paul Just Get The ‘No’ He Was Looking For? (personalliberty.com)
- Another Victory For @SenRandPaul…And America (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Carney: Obama won’t use drones against Americans in U.S. (politico.com)
- Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no,’ Paul satisfied (washingtonpost.com)
- White House Responds To Rand Paul: Obama ‘Has Not And Would Not Use Drone Strikes’ On Non-Hostile Americans (businessinsider.com)
- Admin Answers Rand Paul: President Doesn’t Have Authority to Kill Americans on U.S. Soil (nationalreview.com)
- Paul’s filibuster provokes answer from Holder (cbsnews.com)
- Did Rand Paul Win? White House Says No Authority to Kill Noncombatants on U.S. Soil (reason.com)
” Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away . “
As TownHall Says :
” Certainly the allegations could be false, but it’s worth noting this isn’t the first time Reid’s name has come up in connection with some pretty shady propositions. Remember the lucrative, underpriced land deal? Or the green energy conflict? There’s so much there, pithily summed up by Investors Business Daily as follows:
. . .shadowy years he ran the Nevada Gaming Commission, through his public embarrassment over the Los Angeles Times investigation into his son and son-in-law’s Washington lobbying activities,the ethics investigation into the free tickets Reid happily accepted to boxing matches and the successful land development deal that ended up netting Reid $1 million when he sold it, in an amazing coincidence, to a friend and it became a shopping center. “
But These Are Not The First Allegations Of Wrongdoing Leveled Against “Dirty Harry”
” A new report released today by the group 1001 Reasons to Vote Against Harry Reid shows that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has either steered or is attempting to steer a total of $3,360,000 in earmarked Defense Department contracts to a campaign contributor, despite President Obama’s direct opposition to the project.
The company on the receiving end of the funds, Arcata Associates, is a small privately-held defense contractor headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. The first earmark, already signed into law, occurred in FY2010 and was worth $1,360,000. The second, still under consideration, is slated to come during FY2011 and would cost $2,000,000. Both allocations use the Senate Defense Appropriations Bill. “
And How Does Someone Who Has Collected A Taxpayer Funded Salary For Over 40 Years Amass A Net Worth Of Between 4 and 6 Million Dollars ?
” Right now, as Senate Majority Leader, Reid earns $193,400.00 per year – a back-bencher earns $174,000.00.
Reid has been earning that 193 grand for a few years, but when he first entered the Senate in 1987, I think the Senate salary was about $125,000.00 per year. In order to build up $4.6 million dollars over the past 43 years, Reid would have had to sock aside – out of various government salaries – nearly $107,000.00 per year.
Does anyone want to believe that Reid has done this? That he has saved his government-salary pennies (including for all those years when he made far less than even $107,000.00 per year) and built up his fortune just out of the money we know he’s been earning since he entered public office? And what if Reid’s fortune is actually closer to the higher estimate of $6.3 million?
It’s just not credible that Reid has done this just out of his government salary. The man has raised 5 kids, through college. His various government salaries were enough to live on but how, with all the expenses, did Reid build up so much money? What did he do? How did he do it?
How does a man who’s “product” is legislation make so much money that he can build up more than four and a half million dollars of net worth? “
Can You Save Over Half Of Your Annual Salary Every Year ? For 43 Consecutive Years ?
” Its small wonder that Reid believes in the power of government to make things good. They’ve certainly made things good for him. He’s risen from the son of a hard-rock miner to a fabulously wealthy Senate Majority Leader. Being in government, for Reid, has been like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He hasn’t had to work for money, but he’s managed to acquire quite a lot of it.
But is this what we want? Do we want people who enter politics poor and leave it very rich? Nothing wrong with a poor man being in government. Nothing wrong with being a rich man in government. But to start poor and end rich while never doing anything in the private sector is a clear indicator of trading on one’s position.
And this is why Reid wants so desperately to remain in power – because it’s all he’s got.
The whole of Reid’s position in life has been built on his government office. Wealth, power and prestige, for Reid, are dependent upon his remaining in office. To lose office is to lose the ability to, say, build up another four million dollars. It’s not like Reid has any marketable skills for the private sector – even his skill as a lawyer is probably rusty as he hasn’t done any real legal practice since the 1960′s. “
In Addition To Illegal Financial Gain There Have Also Been Numerous Allegations Of Election Fraud
” Votes without voters – the notion seems like something from “The Twilight Zone.” Yet this outcome, the result of a mysterious computer glitch, may have helped re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, last week by a 50.2%-44.6% margin. Actually, the “mystery” is very likely the doing of a local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which nationwide provides votes, money and muscle for the Democratic Party. Critics are charging thatvoting machines throughout Clark County (Las Vegas), where about three-fourths of Nevada’s population resides, were rigged to place check marks next to Reid’s name before a person even had voted. County officials insist that no tampering occurred. But the possibility can’t be dismissed, especially given that one of Reid’s sons is county commission chairman. “
He’s Not Called “Dirty Harry” For Nothing
- Reid Named in Fraud Case (blogs4victory.wordpress.com)
- Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor? (conservativeread.com)
- Indicted Businessman Names Harry Reid as Alleged Recipient of Massive Bribe | TheBlaze.com (libertyendanger.com)
- Indicted businessman fingers Harry Reid in bribe scheme (wnd.com)
- Harry Reid Fingered In Bribery Case (patdollard.com)
- Reid To Obama: Screw Congress, Raise Debt Ceiling Yourself (conservativebyte.com)
- Report: Harry Reid fingered in bribery case (dailypaul.com)
- Yet Another Scandal for Harry Reid? (townhall.com)
- Senator Harry Reid Accused of Accepting Bribes… (americanfreedombybarbara.com)
” NBC News and David Gregory are in the clear: District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan has declared that he will not proceed with prosecution of the “Meet the Press” host for brandishing a 30-round gun magazine on the Dec. 23 edition of the program. Magazines exceeding a capacity of 10 rounds are illegal in the District.
A telling portion of Nathan’s letter on the Gregory issue scolds NBC News for a “feeble and unsatisfactory” effort at determining whether showing the high-capacity clip on air would comply with D.C. laws. Reports have circulated that NBC News got conflicting information on the legality, another consideration referenced in Nathan’s letter: “Although there appears to have been some misinformation provided initially, NBC was clearly and timely advised by an MPD employee that its plans to exhibit on the broadcast a high capacity-magazine would violate D.C. law, and there was no contrary advice from any federal official.”
So , faced with a very clear warning that they would be breaking the law , Gregory and NBC chose to do so anyway and now the Metro DC police , despite a flagrant violation of their warning AND THE LAW are going to let them off the hook . How on earth can any of these a**holes in positions of power expect us ” little people ” to respect their capricious and arbitrary enforcement of two sets of legal standards ? Either a law was broken and someone should be penalized or the law is ridiculous on it’s face and no one should be prosecuted . What happened to the rule of law ?
And to think that these same statists are about to top their record setting power-grab that is Obamacare with an attempt to steal one of our God-given rights , the right to self-defense . The Sixties civil disobedience was nothing compared to what’s coming . Stock up folks , things are going to get mighty ugly . We are on the road to revolution and it seems as if we’ve passed the last turn-off .
To be so blatant in their disregard of the very laws they shove down our throats further demonstrates the ruling class’s complete disdain for us the ” great unwashed “. A clearer example of their arrogance , we can’t envision .
- David Gregory will not be prosecuted (legalinsurrection.com)
- Gregory on-air ammo clip decision made (wptv.com)
- All purpose, pre-written, generic MSM announcement of David Gregory (non) prosecution (legalinsurrection.com)
- David Gregory won’t be charged (washingtonpost.com)
- David Gregory’s Magazine Gate: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others; Time for the Million Gun March (thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com)
- Despite ‘Feeble And Unsatisfactory’ Defense By NBC, D.C. Prosecutor Clears David Gregory (mediaite.com)
- No charges for NBC host over ammunition magazine (cnsnews.com)
- No charges for NBC host over ammunition magazine (ktvb.com)
- No charges for NBC host for on-air ammunition clip (kansascity.com)
- David Gregory Meet James O’Keefe (nationalreview.com)
They’re At It Again … To be expected considering that Eric Holder failed to do anything about it last time . Thuggish is as thuggish does … Remember this crowd is voting for ” REVENGE ” .
“Issa said the report went “up the chain to show what went wrong all the way to the very top of Justice,” revealing operational failures, mismanagement, and misleading statements from the Phoenix office of the ATF to the Attorney General’s inner circle. Issa was not satisfied with the resignation of Deputy
Assistant Attorney General Jason
Weinstein, saying that “certainly the
cover-up goes further.” Describing his visit with slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s family yesterday, Issa said the wanted answers about how the Operation Fast and Furious debacle was conceived and executed, but “they also want answers about the cover-up, where for ten months the American
people were told that they don’t let
guns ‘walk.’ Those false statements
came from Justice, all the way to the
very top, including Lanny Breuer, and ultimately Eric Holder.” “
Thanks to John Hinderaker for pointing out the existence of this first rate , professional video that provides the viewer with a concise overview of the government-run travesty known , although not nearly widely enough , as “Fast & Furious” . Highly recommended , especially to the previously uninitiated . A perfect primer on the biggest presidential scandal in generations .
”This new video by American Future Fund, titled simply “Fast and Furious,” is an excellent, effective introduction to the scandal. Someone should spend a great deal of money to put it on television in all of the swing states:”
We couldn’t agree more thoroughly with John’s suggestion to make this into a major airtime purchase from now til November . Everyone needs to see this before they vote .
Are we seeing cracks in Holder’s stonewall ?
“The Department of Justice told Republican House leadership in a Tuesday letter that it hopes to reach an agreement with congressional overseers on how much information about Operation Fast and Furious it is required to hand over.
Congressional Republicans have threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not fully complying with a 22-part subpoena served last October.
The letter comes amid reports that House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has obtained evidence proving that senior Justice Department officials approved Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking tactics “
This whole business of “Fast & Furious ” is a national disgrace .
“California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock has joined scores of his House colleagues in pushing for Attorney General Eric Holder to be held accountable for his role in Operation Fast and Furious.
McClintock’s signature on Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar’s official House resolution of “no confidence” in Holder over Fast and Furious makes him the 129th House member to demand Holder’s resignation, sign the resolution or both. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, three U.S. senators and two sitting governors join those members in demanding Holder’s removal from the Department of Justice because of Fast and Furious. “