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Benghazi, I.R.S. And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, Scandal # 3: The A.P.

well it seems our justice dept. run by none other THAN that rock star eric holder had decided to hijack about 20 phone lines belonging to ap. in April and may of 2012.      kind of funny now that ap has been the target the media is up in arms. For years while justice and the admin have abused the american public it seemed they could care less, Well anyway if this is what it takes to shine the light on the vermin so be it. Benghazi, i.r.s., a.p.               seems like 3 strikes YOU’RE out in the ole ball game.

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Politicians versus press: Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference on Tuesday to address the story that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of journalists phone records

Eric Holder points finger at his DEPUTY who secretly obtained journalist’s phone records as Obama is forced to say he has ‘confidence’ in the Attorney General

  • Justice Department obtained records listing incoming and outgoing calls and duration of calls for more than 20 telephone lines used by journalists
  • Lines included the main number used by reporters in the House of Reps press gallery and general AP numbers in Washington and New York
  • Stems from AP article talking reporting a thwarted terror attack
  • Attorney General Eric Holder said he had recused himself from the investigation into the leak to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest
  • Said that his deputy made the decision to obtain the records

By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 13:40 EST, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 EST, 14 May 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder went on the defensive on Tuesday explaining why the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of reporters’ telephone records in an ‘unprecedented’ search for a confidential source.
‘This was a very serious leak and a very, very serious leak,’ Holder said at a press conference explaining the department’s actions which have been criticized for going against the constitutional right to a free press.
Holder said that he recused himself from the making the controversial decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press journalists, saying that it was made by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
He said that he was ‘confident that the people involved in this … followed all applicable Department of Justice regulations’ even though he claimed not to actually know the details of the decision-making process as a result of his recusal.
President Obama was forced to follow Holder’s press conference with the release of a statement saying that the incident does not shake his faith in his close friend and the country’s top legal adviser.    (Whoopsie)
‘The president has confidence in the attorney general,’ press secretary Jay Carney said.
The controversy came when the Associated Press reported that two months worth of reporters’ telephone records without their knowledge, obtaining a wide breadth of records that had nothing to do with the leak of information that they were concerned about. 
The Justice Department has spoken in the past about how they were upset over the leak of information about a foiled al Qaeda plot where the terrorist group planned to detonate a bomb on a plane bound for the United States.
‘I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976 and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks I’ve ever seen,’ Holder said.
It put the American people at risk. That’s not hyperbole. It put the American people at risk.’
That isn’t enough to satisfy critics, as top Republicans are already calling for Holder’s resignation over the incident.
Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, the president should ask for his immediate resignation,’ Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said. 
‘If President Obama does not, the message will be unmistakable: The President of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press.’
The records listed journalists’ incoming and outgoing calls, as well as the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Connecticut, and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.
In all, the government seized records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
News of the probe into one of the largest news organizations in the world immediately sparked outrage among Republicans on Capitol Hill.
‘The First Amendment is first for a reason,’ Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, told MailOnline
‘If the Obama Administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.’
A spokesman for Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the move is representative of a broader ‘pattern of intimidation.’
‘Whether it is secretly targeting patriotic Americans participating in the electoral progress or reporters exercising their First Amendment rights, these new revelations suggest a pattern of intimidation by the Obama Administration,’ Doug Heye said.
The American Civil Liberties Union was equally critical. 
( You Know you screwed up if even the ACLU is on your butt.) 😀
‘Obtaining a broad range of telephone records in order to ferret out a government leaker is an unacceptable abuse of power,’ said Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. ‘Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy, and that freedom often depends on confidential communications between reporters and their sources.’
AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government 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.
There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,’ Pruitt wrote in a letter of protest to  Holder. 
‘These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s news gathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.’
The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked 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 Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.
In testimony in February, CIA Director John Brennan noted that the FBI had questioned him about whether he was AP’s source, which he denied. 
He called the release of the information to the media about the terror plot an ‘unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.’
Prosecutors have sought phone records from reporters before, but the seizure of records from such a wide array of AP offices, including general AP switchboards numbers and an office-wide shared fax line, is unusual and largely unprecedented.
In the letter notifying the AP received Friday, the Justice Department offered no explanation for the seizure, according to Pruitt’s letter and attorneys for the AP.
The records were presumably obtained from phone companies earlier this year although the government letter did not explain that. None of the information provided by the government to the AP suggested the actual phone conversations were monitored.
~Steve~

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324501/Attorney-General-Eric-Holder-defends-deputys-decision-secretly-obtain-journalists-phone-records-saying-searching-leak.html#ixzz2TMlgvGVJ

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What is an Infidel?

This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.
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The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States, especially in the minority races!!
Last month I attended my annual training session that’s required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic,Protestant and Muslim faiths, who each explained their beliefs.
I was particularly interested in what the Islamic had to say. The Muslim gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim and asked: ‘Please, correct me if I’m wrong,but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all Muslims) they are assured of a place in heaven. If that’s the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?’
There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, ‘Non-believers!’
I responded, ‘So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?’
The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, ‘Yes.’
I then stated, ‘Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr. Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven!’
The Muslim was speechless.
I continued, ‘I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask you a question: Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and He wants you to be there with me?’
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame. Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the ‘Diversification’ training seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and exposing the truth about the Muslims’ beliefs.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President!
I think everyone in the U.S.should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference….
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
—George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
~Steve~                       H/T  Richard

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CAIR and ACLU are seething over passage of anti-Sharia House Bill 1209 in Florida

Ignoring objections from the Florida Bar and the ACLU, the Florida House Judiciary Committee approved an ‘anti-Sharia law’ bill on Wednesday
Sunhine State News  “We’re trying to anticipate problems we see in other states and address them proactively,” said Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis, sponsor of House Bill 1209. “This will preclude unjust results in cases where the outcome could be different if we didn’t have the bill.”

Representatives from the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section and the American Civil Liberties Union opposed the measure, saying Florida courts already have the ability to refuse to enforce foreign laws, including the Islamic legal code based on the Quran. Critics also claimed that Metz’s bill could complicate and raise the costs of adjudicating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements contracted in other jurisdictions.
Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent an alert to supporters warning that the bill would “demonize Islam and marginalize Muslims.” (That’s the idea!)
CAIR alleged that HB 1209 is “ultimately aimed at making sure Sharia or other foreign laws are not applied to family law cases in Florida.” (as it already has been in Florida below)

Useful idiots came in handy for Lenin, and they are coming in handy today for those who seek to bringSharia (Islamic) Law into America’s courtrooms. Florida Judge Richard Nielsen has ruled that he will settle a dispute according to “Ecclesiastical Islamic Law” and Adam Serwer at The American Prospect is bending over backwards to defend the ruling. Secular judges making rulings based on Sharia? That’s not justice. It’s justice denied.
    Hassan Shibly, CAIR’s Florida director, told Sunshine State News that the bill “follows a court case in Hillsborough County in which Sharia was considered. The case spurred quite a bit of right-wing activism, but was eventually dismissed last December.” Still, with virtually every member of the Judiciary Committee signing on as co-sponsors, HB 1209 breezed through the panel. Schwartz cast the only dissenting vote.
“It’s good law because it’s preventive in nature,” said Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota. Rev. Mark Boykin, senior pastor at Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, also praised HB 1209.
“Nations all over the world are looking to our democratic model of government and law, and our courts do not need any other document [on which] to base their decisions,” Boykin said.

Terror-linked CAIR and Left-wing ACLU are seething over passage of anti-Sharia House Bill 1209 in Florida


~~~~~Steve~~~~        H/T   Grouchy

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Tis the Season. This I Like.

AMERICANS EVERYWHERE:

Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS?

Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.

Because the ACLU works so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world. Make sure it says “Merry Christmas” on it.

Here’s the address, just don’t be rude or crude:

ACLU

125 Broad Street , 18th Floor
New York , NY 10004

I checked address. Let em fly. 😀

Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn’t know if any were regular mail containing contributions.
So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a ” Holiday Tree“. It’s always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE! And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!
For those of you who aren’t aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing theU.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything religious away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war. Help put Christ back in Christmas!
** Suggestion: Pass this on to your friends, your family, your church, your co-workers. What do you have to lose but 44 cents, what do you have to gain — more than you may ever know possible.
~Steve~                                        Big  H/T  Jean



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