CIA source says Fox News scandal the "4th Shoe"; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on "something" that has top aides terrified.3:40 PM - 20 May 2013More from Jason Howerton
May 21st, 2013
Independent Journal Review / Bert Atkinson Jr.
To "plead the Fifth" is to refuse to answer a question because the response could provide self-incriminating evidence of an illegal act.
This has to be giant joke. There is no way that the ‘you clearly don’t know what you’re doing’ Obama administration really expects this to be okay with the American people. Prepare yourself…
No, really, prepare yourself, because you are about to read one of the stupidest things I have ever written, because I feel as though I am legitimately lying to you: The IRS official that oversaw the agency’s tax-exempt office, Lois Lerner, will exercise her use of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and decline to answer any questions when she appears before Congress tomorrow.
Hmm. Isn’t it great how those in control can just use the Constitution as they please so long as it fits their agenda? The Second Amendment is so outdated, so we should probably switch that up a little bit, and the First Amendment obviously doesn’t protect the AP or Fox News reporters that were spied on, but hey, the Fifth Amendment works just fine! Awfully convenient, right?
This, via USA Today…
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances, she has no choice but to take this course [of pleading the fifth],” attorney William Taylor wrote Monday. He asked that his client be excused from appearing at the hearing chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
“Ms. Lerner remains under subpoena from Chairman Issa to appear at tomorrow’s hearing,” committee spokesman Ali Ahmad said. “Chairman Issa remains hopeful that she will ultimately decide to testify tomorrow about her knowledge of outrageous IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”
Lois Lerner was the IRS official that created a cute little “be on the lookout” list for tax-exempt applications from groups using horribly racist and tyrannical terms like “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” or “9/12 Project.” As USA Today found in their review, “those applications were held up for more than a year while applications from liberal groups requesting similar status were routinely approved.”
Oh, but don’t worry, Lerner tried to correct her mistake by changing the criteria to include groups “critical of how the country is being run.”
The Obama administration has continually danced between the raindrops of blame, but this is getting ridiculous, and someone needs to either be fired or removed from office …and not some acting commissioner that was already on his way out within the next few weeks.
This is exactly my problem with President Obama and his laughable administration. Do I think Obama personally told someone in the IRS to target Tea Party groups? I have no idea, but he’s the boss, and leaders either take responsibility or they display leadership qualities and find out who is responsible. Whether it’s been the lack of progress in improving unemployment after not meeting with and finally dissolving the jobs council he never met with, the inability to lower the deficit and national debt, a plethora of broken promises made during Obama’s never-ending campaign, failed investments like Solyndra and Fisker, dead service members in Benghazi, spying on AP and Fox News reporters, or the IRS targeting groups “critical of how the country is being run,” it has never once been the fault of Obama or anyone tied to him even though he is the one in charge.
Forget my difference in opinion on policies, the man Barack Obama just seems like such a weak man, especially after all of this.
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May 21st, 2013
Conservative Refocus/ The Examiner
What do you get from the Obama Regime when journalists repeatedly ask a severely damaging question ten different ways?
Ten different answers, all meaning the same thing, and none of them actually answering the question, insisting that the answer is "irrelevant."
Indeed, if the answer is irrelevant, then why not simply voice it?
The question is very simple, so why is it that no one will admit to where the President was when US soil came under fire in Benghazi? Only the President has the authority to act or not act, in such foreign hostility situations, as the case may be.
The urgent call came in and the President failed to perform his assigned duties, it's as simple as that.
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May 20th, 2013
Washington Times columnist Joseph Curl on Monday said the Obama administration’s developing scandal involving the monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s email accounts goes “much deeper.”
Citing a “CIA source,” Curl claimed via his official Twitter account that the Fox News scandal was the “4th Shoe” and the White House is sitting on “something” that has top White House aides “terrified.”
May 20th, 2013
So far, the storm has claimed at least 51 lives with at least 20 more expected at a minimum.
A powerful low F-4 tornado, the Moore Monster was at least one mile wide and residents had at least 15 minutes notice. However, while many hunkered down and waited, many more lives could have been spared had residents chosen to flee out of the storm's path rather than hunkering down in their bath tubs and waiting.
Damn the conventional wisdom, folks, if you know a tornado is bearing down on your home and have some bit of time, get in your car and be like a storm-chaser by moving around the storm and evading it easily.
Don't wait for it to get you for heaven's sake.
The storm only averaged approximately 30 miles per hour in ground speed.
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May 20th, 2013
By Carol Cratty, CNN
Washington (CNN) -- A former top Justice Department official in Arizona leaked an internal memo from a federal agent who had criticized the politically charged "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation, a government report found.
Dennis Burke, who was U.S. Attorney for the state, admitted to senior Justice Department officials in 2011 that he had leaked to the media the memo written by John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the Justice Department inspector general's finding on Monday.
The IG report said the leak was an apparent attempt to undermine Dodson's credibility.
Burke resigned after making the disclosure.
The report said the memo was among documents gathered for review by congressional committees investigating the botched ATF operation dubbed "Fast and Furious."
The controversial program allowed 2,000 guns to cross Arizona's border with Mexico beginning in 2009 with the intention of tracking them to criminal gangs.
Authorities lost track of hundreds of weapons that wound up in the hands of drug cartels and two guns wound up at the scene of a border agent's slaying the next year although it was not clear whether they factored in the death.
A report last September by the Justice Department's inspector general found that the operation was marked by "a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment and management failures."`
According to the report, the "Fast and Furious" memo should not have been released to the media without approval by the Justice Department's public affairs office.
The report said Burke told a senior Justice Department official that he didn't know the memo was only to be given to congressional investigators and thought the member of the media who received it had already seen it.
Burke reportedly also said he didn't think he'd done anything inappropriate.
Burke later told congressional investigators that he provided the memo to a friend who gave it to a FOX News producer, according to the report.
Dodson's attorney complained to the DOJ Office of Inspector General in July 2011 that someone had leaked the memo after the agent received an e-mail from a FOX news producer asking for comment on excerpts.
According to the inspector general's report, the memo suggested an operation using tactics similar to the ones Dodson had later criticized in congressional testimony.
The IG report said "although Burke denied to congressional investigators that he had any retaliatory motive for his actions, we found substantial evidence to the contrary."
Chuck Rosenberg, a lawyer representing Burke, had no comment on the report.
The inspector general's office said it would refer the matter to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility to determine whether he had violated rule of professional conduct for any state bars of which he is a member.