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Happy Tax Day: RNC Files Lawsuit Against IRS For ‘Illegal Stonewalling’ Of Scandal Documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Republican National Committee, just in time for Tax Day, is filing a lawsuit against the IRS over what it calls “illegal stonewalling” of its request for documents related to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. 

  The RNC called the agency’s refusal so far to produce the documents “unacceptable and inexcusable.” 

” We’re filing this suit because the Obama administration has a responsibility to be transparent and accountable to the American people. The IRS has a legal obligation to answer our inquiry for these records,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “If the IRS and the Obama administration don’t have anything to hide, why not answer the request?” “

Fox News has more

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“Most Transparent” White House Ever Rewrote FOIA To Exclude Its Docs

 

 

 

” That’s right, the Obama White House has quietly rewritten a portion of the Freedom Of Information Act to exclude what it calls “White House equities” from being released without a White House review.  The rewrite was inspired by a 2009 memo by then White House counsel, Greg Craig:

  The Greg memo is described in detail in a new study made public today by Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.

  How serious an attack on the public’s right to know is the Obama administration’s invention of the “White House equities” exception?

“ FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties,” Cause of Action explains in its report.

  The equities exception is breathtaking in its breadth. As the Greg memo put it, any document request is covered, including “congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas and FOIA requests.”

  And it doesn’t matter what format the documents happen to be in because, according to Greg, the equities exception “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.”

  What this effectively does is stop federal agencies from answering FOIA requests which might include “White House equities” within the 20 days required by law.  There is no apparent limit to the review time the White House can take with its “review” of such requests.  Since the White House gets to decide what are “White House equities” and how long it will take to review requests which include them, the change effectively neuters the intent of the FOIA law. “

 

Hot Air has more on this gutting of the Freedom Of Information Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Denies Freedom Of Information Requests At Record Rates

 

 

 

” President Obama was swept to office amidst his pledge that he’d run the “most transparent administration in history.” A new report out finds that he hasn’t even run the most transparent administration since the previous one.

  The Associated Press analyzed the federal government’s own Freedom of Information Act data and found that federal agencies under President Obama have been as uncooperative as ever:

  The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category — except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees — the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”

Townhall has more

Watchdog: Holder Lets Prosecutors Get Away With Misconduct

 

 

 

” A government watchdog group has attacked the Justice Department for failing to discipline hundreds of federal prosecutors who have committed serious misconduct during their cases, The Washington Times reported.

  The Project on Government Oversight revealed that there were 650 cases of mostly “reckless” or “intentional” infractions from 2002 to 2013, including one incident in which a prosecutor actually had a “close personal relationship” with a defendant.

  Calling them “bad apples,” POGO claimed that the Justice Department has declined to name the government attorneys involved, allowing them to get away with and continue their actions. 

  Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Democratic Montana Sen. John Tester introduced a bill on Thursday calling for closer scrutiny of possible prosecutorial misconduct by handing Justice’s independent inspector general the authority to examine such cases.”

Read on . This is no surprise coming from the most corrupt Justice Department ever . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments

 

 

 

” A federal judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration’s sweeping claims of executive privilege and ordered the disclosure of a foreign aid directive signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 but never publicly released.

  U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled the presidential order is not within the bounds of executive privilege and called the government’s arguments in favor of secrecy “troubling.”

“The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight … to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law,’” Huvelle said. “

 

 

     This ruling goes nicely with the previous finding by Judge Richard Leon earlier in the week regarding the unconstitutionality of the NSA spying program . Finally our resident “Constitutional Scholar” is getting a well-deserved lesson on the Constitution .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armed Agents Seize Records Of Reporter, Washington Times Prepares Legal Action

 

 

” Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service.

Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6.

The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times about problems inside the Homeland Security Department, were seized under a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a “potato gun” suspected of belonging to her husband, Paul Flanagan, a Coast Guard employee. Mr. Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing since the raid.

The warrant, obtained by the Times, offered no specific permission to seize reporting notes or files.

The Washington Times said Friday it is preparing legal action to fight what it called an unwarranted intrusion on the First Amendment.”

    We posted about this blatant , illegal fishing expedition yesterday . This piece offers considerably more detail than was available yesterday , including the fact the Mr Flanagan has been arrested on “gun charges” more than once  , but more importantly , that Ms Hudson has been the cause of numerous governmental investigations and much embarrassment over the course of her career in DC . She is certainly an enemy of the State .

 

 

” Mrs. Hudson has been a reporter in Washington, D.C. for nearly 15 years, and covered Homeland Security for the Times after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through December 2009.

Her investigations have sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She has won numerous journalism awards for her investigations, including the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi bronze medal for public service, the Society of Professional Journalists Dateline Award in Investigative Reporting, and was nominated twice by The Times for the Pulitzer Prize.”

 

 

Another battle in the war on whistleblowers/journalists is enjoined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeks Docs About DOJ’s Legal Fight Over Holder Contempt Of Congress Citation

 

 

 

” Judicial Watch announced today that on September 5, 2013, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, against the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking access to all records of communications between DOJ and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder. The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal (Judicial Watch v. DOJ (No. 1:13-cv-1344)).

  Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit as part of its continuing investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal, where the Obama administration allowed weapons to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels directly resulting in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens. On August 13, 2012, the House Oversight Committee sued Holder to enforce subpoenas in its probe of the Fast and Furious operation. On March 18, 2013, after a breakdown of settlement talks between the Committee and DOJ, a federal judge ordered the two sides to enter into mediation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOIAed Again: ‘Gun Map’ Newspaper Seeks More Info On Firearms Owners

 

Janet Hasson

 

” The suburban New York newspaper that created a firestorm earlier this year when it published the names and addresses of gun permit holders has requested more data regarding legal owners of firearms, apparently to determine if handgun ownership patterns have changed in the last six months.

The Journal News, a Gannett-owned paper that covers suburban counties just north of New York City, requested more personal information in May. This time, it included statistical data, as well as names and addresses of gun permit holders from Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties. Out of the paper’s reach are the names of those that opted out of the public records under the NY SAFE law, passed after the Journal News published an interactive map showing the address of every registered handgun owner in two counties it covers.”

 

 

Below are links to our posts on the controversy as it unfolded earlier this year…

 

Anyone know where to find CynDee Royle, Editor of the Journal-News?

In The Interest Of “Fairness” … A List Of Journal-News Users

Sauce for the goose or, home address and phone number of Journal-News publisher

Journal-News Idiots

So how does Journal – News reporter Dwight R. Worley rate a NYC pistol permit?

 

 

Contact info for the Gannett staff involved …

 

” White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:

(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)

Janet Hasson, publisher, Journal News

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.

Phone number:

(914) 694-5204

Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Rd, MamaroneckUPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-

Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-5954

The reporter on the story is

Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413        (718) 527-0832

UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:

EDITOR: 

Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.
http://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle

Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388

Work: 914-694-5001
croyle@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/croyle1
https://www.facebook.com/cyndee.royle.7
https://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle
Drives a red convertible:http://s13.postimage.org/k8ffnxuo7/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_red_convertible.jpg
Family photo: http://s7.postimage.org/dkqtytvyj/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_fb_alt_private.jpg

 

 

Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave

Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

(718) 527-0832

The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:

Robert F. Rodriguez

(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748

Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534

GANNET CEO:

Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954

Janet Hasson herself is married with one child, and her personal interests, as culled from her credit card records, are noted below:”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Yesterday we brought to your attention part one of an article from the von Mises Institute ” The Ethics Of Whistleblowing “ . Today we are pleased to bring you part two …

 

The Ethics of State Secrecy

 

 

 

 

” The foregoing principles discussed in Part I of our analysis vitiate any allegation of criminal conduct by Snowden resting on his alleged contractual duties to the NSA. His disclosures of NSA documents were certainly “unauthorized disclosures” as has been charged, but there is no reason that any government authorization should be required. Indeed, it is quite absurd to suggest that government permission should be required to disclose evidence of government criminality. But what of the remaining property-based claim that Snowden’s actions involve the “theft” of government property?

This question can be dealt with in a similar manner, by consideration of the ordinary rules pertaining to the use of property in criminal dealings. When a private firm commits a crime using its own property as an instrument of wrongdoing it loses the right to claim ownership as a safeguard against investigation. If an investigator confiscates digging equipment and barrels of toxic waste from a private firm accused of dumping these on the property of others it is no bar to this action if the firm presents a receipt showing that the equipment belongs to them. (Indeed, this would be taken as further evidence linking them to the alleged crime.) The same applies to documentary evidence of a crime — it may legitimately be taken by an investigator as a means of proving criminal wrongdoing, notwithstanding the normal ownership claim that would apply to the item.[1] “

 

Read It All … part one , part two .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bin Laden Raid Files Reportedly Purged From Pentagon Computers,

Sent To CIA

 

 

” The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Usama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public

The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Certificates For Sandy Hook Victims Revealed

 

 

” All but two of the 26 students and staffers killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” according to death certificates obtained by The Post today.

One student was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, while another succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the neck, the records state.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret

 

 

 

” In a rare public filing in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Justice Department today urged continued secrecy for a 2011 FISC opinion finding government surveillance to be unconstitutional.  Significantly, the activities at issue were carried out under the controversial legal authority that underlies the National Security Agency’s recently-revealed PRISM program.

EFF filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act in August 2012, seeking disclosure of the FISC ruling.  Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall revealed the existence of the opinion, which found that collection activities under FISA Section 702  “circumvented the spirit of the law” and violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. But, at the time, the Senators were not permitted to discuss the details publicly. Section 702 has taken on new importance this week, as it appears to form the basis for the extensive PRISM surveillance program reported recently in the Guardian and the Washington Post.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emails Of Top Obama Appointees Remain A Mystery

 

 

 

” Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.

The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editor’s Note : This story first appeared a year ago but we missed it . However , in light of recent revelations regarding what seems to be normal procedure for various agencies of the federal government we thought it would be of interest to our readers .

 

 

Dept. of Homeland Security Forced To Release List Of Keywords Used To Monitor Social Networking Sites

 

 

 

 

” In a story appearing earlier today on the U.K’s Daily Mail website, it was reported that the DHS has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor various social networking sites. The list provides a glimpse into what DHS describes as “signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.”

The list was posted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act, before suing to obtain the release of the documents. The documents were part of the department’s 2011 ’Analyst’s Desktop Binder‘ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.”

 

 

” (Update 1: Reading through the Desktop Binder, I discovered the DHS Twitter account is @dhsnocmmc1 and DHS appears to be using tweetdeck to monitor the various keywords. See Page 38 – Also interesting to note they seem to be using a Mac Mini as a server, and no password vaults. All Passwords appear to be shared in a plain text word document.)

(Update 2: On page 37, DHS instructs analysts to accept invalid SSL certificates forever without verification. Although invalid SSL warnings often appear in benign situations, they can also signal a man-in-the-middle attack.Not a good practice for the security conscience. Thanks to @obra on twitter for the tip.)”

 

 

    Here are some of the keywords DHS is monitoring . Go here to see the whole list and read the DHS Desktop Binder.

 

 

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Read up on how your government is reading your stuff 

                You can read the original article at the DailyMail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLDER BEGS COURT TO STOP DOCUMENT RELEASE ON FAST AND FURIOUS

 

 

” Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.

Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.” 

The only justification Holder uses to ask the court to indefinitely delay Judicial Watch’s suit is that there’s another lawsuit ongoing for the same documents – one filed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Judicial Watch has filed a brief opposing the DOJ’s motion to stay.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Obama Administration Scandal Is Brewing

 

 

” Just when we thought it was safe to turn the news on again, a new scandal is brewing in the Obama administration, this one involving the Environmental Protection Agency. It has every possibility of being as big as the IRS scandal, because just like that one, it centers on administration officials playing favorites.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute reviewed FOIA requests received by the EPA from January 2012 to the spring of 2013, according to The Washington Examiner and the results were startling.

The Examiner’s Michal Conger reported:

For 92 percent of requests from green groups, the EPA cooperated by waiving fees for the information. Those requests came from the Natural Resources Defense Council, EarthJustice, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, The Waterkeeper Alliance, Greenpeace, Southern Environmental Law Center and the Center for Biological Diversity.

CEI received almost the exact opposite results — 93 percent of their requests for fee waivers to the EPA were denied.

The White House’s Chicago-style politics served as a blueprint for all the agencies under its control — the IRS, HHS, EPA, Justice and Labor to name a few. As Sen. Marco Rubio noted in a floor speech Wednesday, “These are the tactics of the third world.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRS: We Can Read Emails Without Warrant

 

 

 

” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.

In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy. 

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, government officials only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.”

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Climategate Leaker: Civilization Is Being Destroyed By Lying ‘Science’ Elitists

 

 

 

” “What if climate change appears to be just mainly a multi-decadal natural fluctuation? They’ll kill us probably.”

This private musing between two climate scientist colleagues first surfaced along with a whole raft of embarrassing material in 2011, when the anonymous Climategate leaker who calls himself “Mr. FOIA” leaked his second set of emails from Britain’s disgraced Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. Now, Mr. FOIA has emerged for a third time, sharing with the world not only his entire batch of 220,000 encrypted emails and documents but also, for the first time, his thoughts.

Mr. FOIA had previously released two batches of 5,000 files each in 2009 and 2011. This enormous third batch went to a network of friends for decoding, sorting and publication.”

 

 

Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them

 

 

 

 

” Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge in California ruled in a decision released Friday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing so-called NSLs across the board, in a stunning defeat for the Obama administration’s surveillance practices. She also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in any other cases. However, she stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are very pleased that the Court recognized the fatal constitutional shortcomings of the NSL statute,” said Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a challenge to NSLs on behalf of an unknown telecom that received an NSL in 2011. “The government’s gags have truncated the public debate on these controversial surveillance tools. Our client looks forward to the day when it can publicly discuss its experience.” “

 

 

 

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Arkansas Editor Posts List Of Concealed Carry Permit Holders Online

Gwen Moritz

” On Feb. 19, the Arkansas state legislature passed legislation protecting the names of concealed carry permit holders from being released under state Freedom of Information Act requests. On Feb. 22, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signed the bill into law.

In the time between the passage of the legislation and its being signed into law, Arkansas Business editor Gwen Moritz took advantage of her one last chance to post the names of concealed permit holders for all to see.”

Here she is in her own words

” I can’t adequately express without wildly waving hand gestures how disappointed I am that the Arkansas General Assembly, in some kind of brain-paralyzing panic, has decided to amend the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act so that the public cannot know who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

As this publication pointed out in an editorial a couple of weeks back, knowing who is licensed is the only way to determine who is not licensed. Your crazy uncle shows up at a family reunion packing heat — is he really licensed? A neighbor has taken to walking the sidewalks with a sidearm — is he licensed? Your church decides to allow firearms on the premises — as should be the right of a private, voluntary organization — but is that guy in the next pew really licensed to carry?

According to our legislature, you don’t even have the right to wonder.”

And here is some of what the readers have to say :

  • ” You have the list and are not afraid to “use it.” Usually, the reason someone publishes a name and personal information is for malicious intent. You have “used it” and hit your targets just as effectively as Adam Lanza did in Newtown.

    Any professional journalist would know that concealed carry permit holders have undergone background checks, training, and fingerprinting. They were all examined thoroughly before they were granted a license. There is probably not a more law-abiding list of people anywhere. Let me instruct you. Your crazy uncle is not on this list.

    You do not know the people on this list and they have never done you or anyone else any harm. They are as innocent as a third grader in Newtown. You have invaded their privacy by committing a crime that is illegal.

    A name and zip code, with an internet connection, is just a few clicks away from the exact street address which you said you won’t even publish for people who sell a home.”

    Arkansas Business is usually professional and not a source of paranoid media. I hope it will
    get back to the business of delivering constructive content.”

  • ” I hope she is fired and prosecuted.”
  • “Very well said. Too bad the editor’s thought process is not so clear. She should be removed from her position for such irresponsibility. The good news is, Mike Darr just signed into law Act 145 which protects concealed carry permit holders from such violations of privacy.”
  • ” Gwen, I will never read your publication again. I am a small business owner in Arkansas and I will not patronize any of the advertisers in your magazine until you resign and the magazine issues a formal apology.”

  • ” Gwen I believe your view is tainted by your occupation. You are in the business of selling information so of course you want everything possible to be made public for ease of access. The only group that needs access to this information, the police, will still have access. It is no ones business whether or not I have a permit to carry a weapon in Arkansas. It is a 2nd amendment issue. Nowhere in the constitution do I see a requirement to disclose my name and zip code in order to exercise my rights.”

  • ” Gwen, your stupidity astounds me. You just single handily destroyed Arkansas Business. No more readers – no more advertisers – no more paper. You tried to rub our nose in your liberal leaning views without concern for any of the citizens you offended. You got your agenda in print but we win in the end. As one of your now FORMER advertisers and a now FORMER subscriber I want to assure you that I will do everything I can to make my views of what you have done to the lawful gun owners of this state known to as many people as possible. All the lawsuits you will see will not matter because this paper will not have the money to even answer the complaints.”

  • “It doesn’t matter how or when you got the list. If it is illegal to post it, then it is illegal to post it. Saying you got the list prior to it being illegal is like saying you bought your car prior to speed limits and can therefore drive as fast as you want.

    You are an idiot.
    Enjoy your class action lawsuit.”

  • ” Call the Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel now (Phone:(501) 682-2007) as this law (SB131) went into effect the minute Acting Gov Darr signed it on Friday to prevent it from being published. Arkansas Business and Gwen Moritz just broke the law and a big law and I hope that everyone on this list sues the pants off of them.”

    ” Hey Gwen, ever consider those women who have abusive Ex’s may not want those animals to know that they refuse to be victims anymore? I have read numerous comments from women who were abused and don’t want these cretins to know that they now carry a concealed weapon (or their zip code).

    And its not just women who don’t want others to know that are proficient with
    firearms and could be carrying.

    Simply take a phone book and your list and one can easily determine which houses criminals should target if they want to steal guns. Grade school kids can easily figure this out so criminals should be able as well.

    I communicated with several of our state representative regarding these very issues when Max Brantley pulled his little “right to know” act several years ago.

    If the citizens who chose to understand and embrace their 2nd Amendment
    rights can pass an FBI background check and proficiently handle a weapon, why
    is it the business of the busy bodies of America? These are the better citizens of our Republic who have committed no criminal offenses and should not be treated as such. 1 of the almost 130,000 on that list may even save your bacon one day.

    Concealed carry means the weapon is concealed. If your “crazy Uncle” is publicly displaying his firearm, he is in violation of the law.

    I suggest you do your due diligence and brush up on your research before letting
    your paradigms get in the way.

    And since you seem to oppose firearms, how about we put a sign in your yard stating that fact?

    As you can see from the responses, you should have done your homework before posting your opinion. Your article is yet another example of the yellow journalism that Arkansans have come to
    expect from the birdcage rag commonly known as Arkansas Business.”

    “Go read the law. It only prevents the release of the list. People can still publish lists that they obtained lawfully.”

  • ” Congrats, Gwen! You’re a woman of influence! I’m sure the good people of Arkansas already feel safer now that you’ve so graciously provided them with a list of people who have spent money and time to educate themselves about safely (and legally) owning and operating a firearm. As you’ve pointed out, each of them are almost surely crazy,deserve no respect and have no rights so holy as “your right to know.” You’ve clearly researched and studied this issue, and the behavior of CCL holders, and have surmised that all CCL holders are reckless criminals and crazy people who must be on a public list, presumably so that people can scream and run when they see us in public. That is some rock-solid journalism you’ve got going here. Bravo.

    When you’re done patting yourself on the back, you may want to read up on what happened when the state of New York decided to publish a list like the one you’ve posted here (one of the many consequences of their ridiculous gun laws which have hurt law-abiding citizens far more than criminals). But what can you expect from a state whose gun bill was so hastily signed into law, they forgot to include a proviso for their own law enforcement officers? I guess, Like you, they figure a misguided and miscalculated over-reaction makes them seem effective- even with all evidence to the contrary.

    I’m guessing you are blithely ignorant, or just diabolically spiteful. You’d have to be one or the other not to understand what you’ve done.”

  • ” Gwen, What people own is nobody’s business. Taking it upon yourself to share information about people that want to have and use their God given Constitutional rights is reprehensible. I hope that your actions are found to be in criminal contempt of the law, I don’t care if you got the list before the law was enacted; you violated the intent of the law. I hope you spend some time in the Tucker unit to learn why people want to keep and use their rights; not as a so-called journalist. The justice system should protect us from people that are a danger to society and you are most certainly at the top of the list. People with protective orders are on that list and have to be afraid because of you. Your implied self-righteousness is disgusting in that you are so full of yourself that you don’t care about hurting other’s and making them targets for thieves and stalkers … Righteous people do not hurt others or make them live in fear. Narcissists do.”

  • ” I am one of the names on this list. I also provide home health care services to people in Central Arkansas. I dare say, that if you conducted business in some of the areas I do, you’d have a CCL too. Thank you for providing my information to the world.”

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  Update: Here is personal information on one Gwen L Moritz of North Little Rock . We have reason to believe that it is the same Gwen Moritz that is the editor of Arkansas Business but cannot confirm it beyond a shadow of a doubt . Perhaps one of our readers can .

Gwen Moritz Home Address

  Please do not descend to the depths that our oh so tolerant friends on the left do . Please make certain that you do not intrude on the rights of an innocent person who just might have the same name . Make certain of the identity of your adversary before engaging in any kind of correspondence . 

JUDICIAL WATCH WANTS TRUTH ON BENGHAZI

 

 

” The leading legal and investigatory government watchdog announced Feb. 20 that it filed suit in federal court demanding the President Barack Obama and the director of national intelligence release documents relating to the Sept. 11-12 attacks on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

“With all of the Benghazi lies coming out of the Obama administration, the only way to get at the truth is to release these records immediately,” said Thomas J. Fitton, the president of the Washington-based Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan education foundation.”

 

 

FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town On The Map?

 

 

Click On The Map For Larger Scale Interactive Site

 

” The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency. In all, the list includes more than 20 new entities over the FAA’s original list, bringing to 81 the total number of public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012.

 

The State Department

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Barona Band of Mission Indians Risk Management Office (near San Diego, California)

Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (Idaho)

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Northwest Oregon)

Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department (North Dakota)

King County Sheriff’s Office (covering Seattle, Washington)

 

And several new entities in Ohio, including:

Medina County Sheriff’s Office

Ohio Department of Transportation

Sinclair Community College

Lorain County Community College

 

The list comes amid extensive controversy over a newly-released memo documenting the CIA’s policy on the targeted killing of American citizens and on the heels of news that Charlottesville, Virginia has just become one of the first cities in the country to ban drones. This new list should contribute to the debate over whether using domestic drones for surveillance is consistent with the Constitution and with American values.”

 

 

Related Stories From EFF …

 

Group Claims Hacked Subscriber Database Of NY Newspaper Which Published Gun Permit Map

 

 

 

” The Lower Hudson Journal News, a Gannett newspaper, caused controversy when it published a map of names and addresses of gun permit holders, and announced that it planned to do so again.   The plan for further publication may be in doubt as a neighboring county just announced it was denying the Journal News access to its gun permit database.

In protest, bloggers posted the home addresses and telephone numbers of Journal News editors and staff.  Also cirulating was the personal and family contact information for the Chairwoman of Gannett.

The Journal News has hired armed guards for its offices, according to Politico, because of threats. “

 

 

” One of the tweets (not imaged here) provided a link to a page with this message:

lohud.com was hacked by 2nd amendment supporters in response to the posting of sensitive gun owner information. This database contains user email, name, username, password, name, phone number and address of ~10,000 lohud.com users
Feel free to make maps of Lohud users with this data “

What You Don’t Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

 

Gannett Gracia Martore

 

” It’s not the first time the Journal News had published names of gun permit holders. They also did so in 2006. A handful of other papers around the country have done this in recent years, as well. News network CNN interviewed The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, about the story.

“Publishing gun owners’ names makes them targets for theft or public ridicule. It is journalistic arrogance to abuse public record privilege, just as it is to air 911 calls for no reason or to publish the home addresses of police or judges without cause,” Al Tompkins, a Poynter senior faculty member, said in a statement. “Unwarranted publishing of the names of permitted owners just encourages gun owners to skip the permitting.”

 

 

Gannett Caryn McBride

 

 

 

A statement was made on the Journal News’ Facebook page from Publisher Janet Hasson defending the action.

Hasson said, “Frequently, the work of journalists is not popular. One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.” ”

 

 

 

Gannett Janet Hassan

 

 

 

 

Gannett CynDee Royle

 


Reporter who penned the story
:
Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

718-527-0832

Visual editor who made the interactive map:
Robert F. Rodriguez
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748
212-222-4566

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