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Hypocrite: James Comey discussed sensitive FBI business on private email

Shocker, not. Seemed this was SOP for members of Obama’s administration.

From NY Post: Fired FBI chief James Comey used his private Gmail account hundreds of times to conduct government business — and at least seven of those messages were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that they declined to release them.

The former top G-man repeatedly claimed he only used his private account for “incidental” purposes and never for anything that was classified — and that appears to be true.

But Justice acknowledged in response to a Freedom of Information request that Comey and his chief of staff discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages, 156 of which were obtained by The Post.

The Cause of Action Institute, a conservative watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit for Comey’s Gmail correspondence involving his work for the bureau.

The Justice Department responded that there were an eye-popping 1,200 pages of messages for Comey and his chief of staff that met the criteria.

Justice released 156 of them but refused to hand over seven emails because they would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.” And another 363 pages of emails were withheld because they discussed privileged agency communications or out of personal privacy concerns.

Cause of Action’s CEO slammed the former top G-man for minimizing the work he did using his private account. “Using private email to conduct official government business endangers transparency and accountability, and that is why we sued the Department of Justice,” said John Vecchione.

“We’re deeply concerned that the FBI withheld numerous emails citing FOIA’s law enforcement exemption. This runs counter to Comey’s statements that his use of email was incidental and never involved any sensitive matters.

In one email on Oct. 7, 2015, Comey seems to recognize the hypocrisy of the FBI investigating Hillary Clinton’s email practices while he’s exchanging FBI info on his own private account because his government account was down.

Two days after complaining that his “mobile is not sending emails,” Comey asked an aide that the testimony he was to deliver to the Senate be sent on his private account — calling it an “embarrassing” situation.

“He [aide] will need to send to personal email I suppose,” Comey wrote. “Embarrassing for us.”

Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open the Government, a nonpartisan coalition that advocates for government transparency, said Comey’s practice of using personal email while investigating Clinton reeks of a double standard.

“It’s just so transparently hypocritical to have one standard for a person you are investigating and an entirely different standard for yourself when you are the one who’s enforcing the law,” Rosenberg said.

The inspector general at Justice previously slammed Comey for using his personal account for FBI business, saying it was “inconsistent” with government policy. But Comey claimed his private email use was “incidental” and only used for word processing a “public speech or public email.” He said he wasn’t sending “anything remotely classified” on Gmail and that his use was “a totally different thing” from Clinton’s.

Experts told The Post there was a clear disconnect between what Comey said he was using his personal email for and what the Justice Department concluded he was doing after vetting his emails.

If the Justice Department accurately withheld his emails for the legal reasons cited, Comey would have been talking about substantive government business and active law enforcement matters. “He can’t have it both ways,” Rosenberg said.

“Either he used his personal email for things that were public or would be in the public domain, or he used it to discuss internal policies, investigations, etc. that might or might not be appropriately withheld under FOIA.”

A rep for Comey said he had no comment.

The 156 email pages that were released mark the first wave from Justice, with more expected soon.

The emails obtained by The Post span from 2013 to 2017, and many are heavily redacted.

In the messages, Comey discusses speeches and public statements with his aides and other routine business. There are also emails about pressing concerns like a threat of a mass shooting at a Chicago school in May 2016, changes on his protective detail and helping two American teachers with their visa processes in December 2013.

The emails show that Comey used personal email throughout his investigation into Clinton and even talked about it.

He emailed Sept. 30, 2015, to his then-Chief of Staff James Rybicki, a Fox News article link about Russian hackers trying to access Clinton’s server. “Need to be sure our colleagues across the street don’t think I actually said most of the stuff they attribute to me,” the email said.

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Gabby Giffords' gun control group sues the Trump Admin

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“Assault rifles” for me but not for thee.


If a gun grabber showed at least some interest in enforcing current gun laws, I might reevaluate their agenda. But they aren’t so I won’t.
From HuffPo: The gun control group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is suing the Trump administration for failing to turn over documents that could show the National Rifle Association’s influence over President Donald Trump’s gun policies.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday in the the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The gun safety group is accusing ATF of refusing to respond to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to communications between administration officials and the NRA.
Specifically, Giffords’ group filed FOIA requests seeking any records relating to Trump administration policies on concealed carry reciprocity, gun silencers, bump stocks and assault weapon exports; evidence that Donald Trump Jr. improperly lobbied on behalf of gun manufacturing companies; communications between gun lobbying groups and senior administration officials following last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas; and attempts by the NRA to review bump stock regulations in coordination with ATF.
HuffPost reached out to ATF for comment late Thursday afternoon. The person who answered the phone said nobody was available via email or phone to give a comment until Friday morning.
Trump’s firearms agenda is certainly proceeding along lines favored by the gun lobby.
In February, a leaked ATF document revealed a top official at the bureau urging a series of proposals that the NRA has long advocated. Last spring, the NRA sunk $1 million into helping Trump get Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed.
Last week, NBC obtained White House talking points being distributed to Trump allies on how to talk about the Las Vegas massacre. They sound a lot like the NRA’s talking points after mass shootings.
“The Trump administration appears willing to let the National Rifle Association dictate its federal gun safety policy, which includes remaining silent on how to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center. “Protecting the safety of Americans should be the top priority of any president. Unfortunately, gun lobby profits seem to be more important to President Trump.”
There have been 307 mass shootings in 2017, according to a New York Times tracker. Neither Congress nor Trump has taken any real action in response.
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No records that top Clinton aides Mills or Abedin received ethics training

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From Daily Mail: State Department records do not show Hillary Clinton’s top aides completing their ethics training on an annual basis as legally required.
A set of documents provided to McClatchy by the Republican National Committee that were later made available online do not show Clinton, her chief of staff Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Protocol Dennis Cheng, Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan and others having taken the required course.
The State Department says it’s possible that they did take the yearly ethics trainings and blamed sloppy record keeping for the lack of documentation.
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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign said today that it ‘would make sense,’ though, that Clinton’s employees skipped the training ‘since Hillary was planning a criminal enterprise trading government favors for cash.’
The Republican has alleged that Clinton took advantage of her position at the State Department to institute a ‘pay for play’ scheme that rewarded major donors to her family’s charity with government favors.
Trump says he’ll introduce ethics reforms in the executive branch if he wins the White House.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, should be held accountable for her employees’ negligence. ‘The State Department’s own regulations say the responsibility for carrying out the agency’s ethics program rests with the secretary, and by all accounts, it was never a priority for Hillary Clinton,’ Priebus said.
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The GOP elections chief said, ‘The complete absence of records showing Clinton and her top aides completed annual ethics trainings required by federal law is par for the course for her tenure as secretary of state, where the rules didn’t seem to apply and pay-to-play was the name of the game. ‘Too much is at stake in this country to have our next president compromised by conflicts of interest with foreign donors and besieged by one scandal after another.’
The Clinton campaign did not provide McClatchy with a response to the allegations, and it did not immediately respond to a request from DailyMail.com. 
Several of the aides that State could not produce documents still work for Clinton on her campaign staff. Sullivan, Cheng and Abedin all have senior roles in her White House effort. Cheng and deputy assistant secretary Philippe Reines both took their new employee ethics training, McClatchy reported. The documents do not show them completing the requirement in subsequent years.
A spokeswoman for the State Department told McClatchy she could not comment on individual cases because the government is barred from sharing employee records under the Privacy Act.
The State Department official, Elizabeth Trudeau, said that she would, however, ‘caution against drawing any conclusions simply from the absence of documentation provided in response to a FOIA request.’
McClatchy says that officials indicated that State may not have kept track of the records before the training was offered online at the end of Clinton’s four-year tenure.
In one email exchange from Clinton’s final months in office that was obtained by the RNC through a Freedom of Information Act Request Abedin is informed by a State Department official that she is delinquent on the training and must take it online or through an attorney in the next two weeks.  It’s unclear from the documents State provided in response to the RNC’s federal lawsuit whether she complied.
Trump’s campaign accused Clinton of being ‘focused on personal enrichment’ instead of State Department business.  ‘The Middle East went up in flames and ISIS exploded onto the globe. Now, all the people who’ve been paying off Hillary for years are funding her campaign,’ National Policy Director Stephen Miller said.
He added, ‘Mr. Trump has proposed new ethics reforms to restore honor to our government, while Hillary Clinton is calculating how much money she can make selling the office of the Presidency for profit.’
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New emails show Huma scheming for Hillary

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Via NY Post: Another 296 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails were released Tuesday — exposing key Clinton aides doing favors for billionaires and, on one occasion, leaving the then-secretary of state’s daily schedule in an unlocked hotel room.
The documents were released by Judicial Watch, which is suing to recover Clinton’s emails under Freedom of Information Act laws.

Cheryl Mills behind her "cute" boss.

Cheryl Mills behind her “cute” boss.


In an April 2009 email to Clinton’s State Department aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, President Clinton’s former body man, Doug Band, the founder of corporate consultant Teneo, urgently asked them to set up a meeting with an ambassador for a major donor to the Clinton Foundation.
“We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re lebanon. As you know, he’s key guy there and to us and is loved in lebanon.” “Its jeff feltman,” Abedin wrote back, referring to Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, America’s former top diplomat to Lebanon. “I’m sure he knows him[.] Ill talk to jeff.”
Less than 20 minutes later, Band replied, “Better if you call him. Now preferrable. This is very important.” Chagoury is a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and a Clinton Foundation donor, giving somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.
The construction magnate has financial interests around the world and was convicted in Switzerland in 2000 for money laundering. He paid $66 million in a plea deal.
The emails also show Clinton’s closest aide, Abedin, left her boss’s daily schedule in an unlocked hotel room in Trinidad and Tobago, where the secretary of state was attending a conference.
“Hi Huma,” aide Melissa Lan wrote in an email to Abedin. “Would it be possible to get one of the Secretary’s day book binders back for tomorrow’s product?”
Abedin replied, “Yes its [sic] on the bed in my room. U can take it. My door is open. I’m in lobby. Thx.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement: “No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress. … They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”
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Adm. McRaven ordered destruction of Osama bin Laden death photos

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The non-partisan citizen watchdog group, Judicial Watch, reports, Feb. 10, 2014, that mere days after it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Obama administration’s Department of Defense, Admiral William McRaven ordered his underlings immediately to destroy whatever photos the Pentagon had on the assassination and death of Osama bin Laden.

That is not the behavior of righteous people, but of those who have something to hide.

Admiral William Harry McRaven, 58, is Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, since August 8, 2011. Georgetowner calls him “the  mastermind behind the raid to get Osama bin Laden.”

Under “Personal Life,” Wikipedia does not say that McRaven is married or has children, but gives only this rather non sequitur sentence: “McRaven attended the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner as the guest of his fifth grade classmate, Karen Tumulty.” Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post. However, an Oct. 28, 2013 article on Georgetowner has a picture of McRaven and “his wife Georgeann.”

Here’s the report from Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Uncovers Email Revealing Top Pentagon Leader Ordered Destruction of bin Laden Death Photos

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on January 31, 2014, it received documents from the Department of Defense (Pentagon) revealing that within hours of its filing a May 13, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking photos of the deceased Osama bin Laden, U.S. Special Operations Commander, Admiral William McRaven ordered his subordinates to “destroy” any photos they may have had “immediately.” Judicial Watch had filed a FOIA request for the photos 11 days earlier.

The McRaven email, addressed to “Gentlemen,” instructs:

One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs remains. At this point – all photos should have been turned over to the CIA; if you still have them destroy them immediately or get them to the [redacted].

According to the Pentagon documents, McRaven sent his email on “Friday, May 13, 2011 5:09 PM.” The documents do not detail what documents, if any, were destroyed in response to the McRaven directive. The Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit seeking the documents was filed in the United States Court for the District of Columbia only hours earlier. Judicial Watch also announced the filing at a morning press conference.

On May 2, Judicial Watch had filed a FOIA request with the Defense Department seeking “all photographs and/or video recordings of Usama (Osama) Bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011.”  Federal law contains broad prohibitions against the “concealment, removal, or mutilation generally” of government records.

The records containing the McRaven “destroy them immediately” email were produced as a result of a June 7, 2013, FOIA request and a subsequent lawsuit against the Defense Department for records relating to reports of the 2011 McRaven purge directive. McRaven’s order was first mentioned at the end of a 2011 draft reportby the Pentagon’s inspector general (IG) examining whether the Obama administration gave special access to Hollywood executives planning the film “Zero Dark Thirty.”  According the draft report, “ADM McRaven also directed that the names and photographs associated with the raid not be released. This effort included purging the combatant command’s system of all records related to the operation and providing these records to another Government Agency.”  The reference to the document purge did not appear in the final IG report.

The move by McRaven to purge the photos appears to have come, at least in part, in response to aggressive efforts by Judicial Watch to obtain images of the deceased bin Laden that President Obama, in a rewrite of federal open records law, had refused to disclose. In addition to its May 2, 2011, FOIA request with the Pentagon Judicial Watch filed an identical request on May 3, 2011, with the CIA. When neither the Defense Department nor the CIA complied with the FOIA requests, Judicial Watch, in June 2011, filed FOIA lawsuits against both agencies.  In the course of the litigation, the Pentagon claimed that it had “no records responsive to plaintiff’s request.”

On April 26, 2012, District Court Judge James Boasberg accepted the Obama DOD and CIA arguments, ruling that the images could remain secret while conceding: “Indeed, it makes sense that the more significant an event is to our nation – and the end of bin Laden’s reign of terror certainly ranks high – the more need the public has for full disclosure.” On May 21, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the District Court decision while conceding that the documents may not have been properly classified. The Supreme Court of the United States subsequently denied Judicial Watch’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking a review of the issue.

“The McRaven ‘destroy them immediately’ email is a smoking gun, revealing both contempt for the rule of law and the American’s people right to know,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama administration has tried to cover this scandal up – and our lawsuit exposed it.  We demand further investigation of the effort to destroy documents about the bin Laden raid.”

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Obama's America: You're being watched EVERYWHERE

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Welcome to Obama’s America! – a super-surveillance state worse than that of George Orwell’s dystopic 1984.

1. In Obama’s America, the regime collects data on everyone — even innocent citizens suspected of no crime:

In February 2012, The Wall Street Journal discovered that the Obama regime’s “counterterrorism” officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. Hot Air reports that despite Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), arguing against the proposal, pointing out that “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Attorney General Eric Holder signed the changes into effect.
By December 2012, Rebecca Greenfield reports for The Atlantic Wire that the dragnet is already a done deal:
A little known agency called the National Counterterrorism Center has a big ole database of civilian information that it can use to monitor innocent people for suspicious behavior, without probable cause. Oh, and it can also give that data to foreign nations if it wants to. That database includes flight records, lists of casino employee, the names of Americans hosting foreign exchange students, and anything the government can prove is “reasonably believed” to contain “terrorism information,” per The Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin, who got a look at the database after a Freedom of Information Act request. The NCTC super-database could potentially balloon to include information from any government database, from flight information to health records.”
Ostensibly, the regime collects all this information on everyone in order to prevent and stop terrorists. Alexander Joel, civil liberties protection officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the parent agency of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), insists that there are “guidelines” that “provide rigorous oversight to protect the information that we have, for authorized and narrow purposes.” But a privacy expert warns that the NCTC easily can get around the rules by exempting themselves from certain Federal Privacy Act restraints: “All you have to do is publish a notice in the Federal Register and you can do whatever you want.”

2. In Obama’s America, TSA goons will expand their reach beyond airports to highways and every other means of public transportation:

Wendy McElroy reports for The Dollar Vigilante that the groundwork is being laid for Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to expand its “security checks” from airports and the current random checks of bus, subway and train stations, to highways and almost every other means of public travel. The expansion would erase one of the last remaining differences between the US and a total police state — namely, the ability to travel internally without being under police surveillance.
TSA’s application to expand its reach is tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30), which is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

3. In Obama’s America, city buses will record everything you say:

Cities across America are equipping their public transport systems with audio recording devices, potentially storing every word spoken by passengers on board. The interception of audio communication will apparently be conducted without search warrants or court supervision. Rights activists say the surveillance plan by far exceeds what is necessary for security.
The multimillion dollar project already is underway in several US cities, including San Francisco, Eugene, Traverse City, Columbus, Baltimore, Hartford and Athens, reports The Daily, which obtained documents detailing the purchases. The money partially comes from the federal government. San Francisco, for example, has approved a $5.9 million contract to install the eavesdropping systems on 357 modern buses and historic trolley cars over the next four years, with the Department Homeland Security footing the entire bill.
If you think, “Well, I don’t take buses. I drive my own car!”
Think again.

4. In Obama’s America, you’ll be watched by your own car:

Beginning in 2014, if Obama gets his way, every car and light truck will be installed with a “black box” — event data recorders (EDRs) that supposedly “capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a motor vehicle crash,” but which also telegraph your physical location and your comings and goings. In fact, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said approximately 96% of model year 2013 passenger cars and light-duty vehicles are already equipped with black-box capability.
Horace Cooper of the National Center for Public Policy Analysis calls Obama’s proposal “an unprecedented breach of privacy for Americans.” He warns: “Not only will this new requirement give new resources and data to the DOT to support more economically-damaging regulations in the future, this mandate itself represents an unprecedented breach of privacy for Americans. [Contrary to what is being claimed, EDRs] can and will track the comings and goings of car owners and even their passengers. Black boxes are already being used to track myriad activities — and what they can record is virtually unlimited.”
So you say “I’m just not gonna buy a new car! I’ll keep my old car going – forever.”
You still can’t escape. In fact, the CIA will keep an eye on you through your home appliances!

5. In Obama’s America, you’ll be watched by your “smart” home appliances:

Spencer Ackerman reports for Wired back in March 2012 that more and more personal and household devices are connecting to the Internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. At a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, (then) CIA Director David Petraeus (he’s since “retired” because of the Paula Broadwell sex scandal) enthused about how all these wired household devices are “transformational” technologies for “clandestine tradecraft,” i.e., spying by government.
Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.
Petraeus said: “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.”
Although the CIA has a lot of legal restrictions against spying on American citizens, collecting ambient geolocation data from devices is a grayer area, especially after the 2008 carve-outs to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hardware manufacturers, it turns out, store a trove of geolocation data; and some legislators have grown alarmed at how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or PlayStation.
H/t California Political News & Reviews and FOTM’s Anon and Miss May.
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America's broke but Federal Reserve loaned $95B to Eurobank

This is one of those WTF posts.
The United States is broke. Our national debt is $16 trillion and counting, now 102% of our GDP.
So why did the U.S. Federal Reserve extend a taxpayer-funded “loan” of a whopping $95 BILLION to the troubled European Central Bank? — despite the fact that on December 14, 2011, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Republican Senators that he had neither the intention nor authority to use taxpayer dollars to bail out troubled European banks.
We know this thanks to Judicial Watch, the nonpartisan public interest group that investigates and fights government control.
On July 11, 2012, Judicial Watch announced that it has sued the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a committee within the Federal Reserve, for records detailing the Fed’s $95 billion taxpayer-funded bailouts of European Banks in December 2011, by way of a “currency swap” program extended by the Fed on November 30, 2011. (Judicial Watch v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Open Market Committee (No. 1:12-cv-01114))
So what’s a “currency swap” program?
Under what is known as a “temporary U.S. dollar liquidity swap arrangement,” the Fed lends U.S. dollars to foreign central banks which then auction these dollars off to their local banks. The Fed’s stated intent for initiating the program was to ease lending for European Banks during the financial crisis. The Fed initiated the program in December 2007 and allowed it to expire in February 2010. In May 2010, the Fed rebooted the program and on November 30, 2011, extended it through February 1, 2013. This extension prompted a sharp increase from $400 million to $95 billion in loans in December 2011.
On January 3, 2012, Judicial Watch submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking communications between the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the FOMC, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the European Central Bank related to the November 30, 2011, currency swap extension. Judicial Watch also seeks access to records describing the justification for extending the currency swap program, as well as individual details regarding each swap transaction.
Moreover, given that little information is available to the public regarding the identities of the recipients of currency swap funds, Judicial Watch also seeks, “any and all records identifying, describing, or setting forth the identity of any bank or financial institution and the collateral offered by the bank or financial institution,” between December 5, 2011, through December 31, 2011.
As reported by Bloomberg:

For all the transparency forced on the Federal Reserve by Congress and the courts, one of the central bank’s emergency-lending programs remains so secretive that names of borrowers may be hidden from the Fed itself. As part of a currency-swap plan active from 2007 to 2010 and revived to fight the European debt crisis, the Fed lends dollars to other central banks, which auction them to local commercial banks…While the transactions with other central banks are all disclosed, the Fed doesn’t track where the dollars ultimately end up, and European officials don’t share borrowers’ identities outside the continent.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that, as of March 31, the European Central Bank had $33 billion in outstanding swaps. The secrecy of these arrangements has been criticized by Gerald O’Driscoll, a former vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as “bailing out European banks and, indirectly, spendthrift European governments. It is difficult to count the number of things wrong with this arrangement.”
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the FOMC both acknowledged receipt of Judicial Watch’s records request on January 3, 2012, and was required to respond by February 1, 2012. However, as of the date of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, neither defendant has submitted a lawful response to Judicial Watch’s original FOIA request.
“Chairman Bernanke can dress it up in whatever language he chooses, but these ‘currency swaps’ are nothing more than massive bailouts of European banks,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “That we have to sue to get basic information about this massive bailout speaks volumes about the dubious nature of this under the radar program.”
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Pentagon has no records of Osama bin Laden's death

Obama touts the Navy SEALS’ raid and killing of Osama bin Laden in his hideaway compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, as one of, if not the greatest, achievements of his administration. Reportedly, the administration even disclosed details of the raid to Hollywood for an upcoming movie, Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
The movie is scheduled to be released — SURPRISE! — on October 12, 2012, within a month of the presidential election.
Joseph Straw reports for the N.Y. Daily News, Aug. 11, 2011, that the CIA defended its collaboration with the maker of Zero Dark Thirty. CIA spokesman Preston Golson said that such collaboration with filmmakers has precedent and is part of the CIA’s “public outreach.” Despite the CIA’s insistence, Congressman Peter King (R-Long Island), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has demanded that the Pentagon and CIA inspectors general investigate whether the agencies breached policy in this case, in particular whether the filmmakers saw classified material or got access to personnel working under cover.
Given that, it is  curious, to say the least, that, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Associated Press, the Pentagon says it has no records — not one photo, not one video, not even an e-mail — of bin Laden’s death.

Richard Lardner reports for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 15, 2012:

Government officials have openly discussed details of the mission [to kill Osama bin Laden] in speeches, interviews and television appearances, but the administration won’t disclose records that would confirm their narrative of that fateful night. The Associated Press asked for files about the raid in more than 20 separate [FOIA] requests, mostly submitted the day after bin Laden’s death.

The Pentagon told the AP this month it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden’s body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden’s body on the Navy aircraft carrier where the al-Qaida leader’s body was taken.

The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden’s body if he were killed.

It said it searched files at the Pentagon, U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., and the Navy command in San Diego that controls the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier used in the mission.

The Defense Department told the AP in late February it could not find any emails about the bin Laden mission or his “Geronimo” code name that were sent or received in the year before the raid by William McRaven, the three-star admiral at the Joint Special Operations Command who organized and oversaw the mission. It also could not find any emails from other senior officers who would have been involved in the mission’s planning.
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Note: WantToKnow team member Prof. David Ray Griffin, in his book Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?, lays out the extensive evidence that bin laden died in December 2001, and that since that time Pentagon psyops had been keeping him “alive” with fake videos and audiotapes to maintain a crucial pretext for the ever-expanding “war on terror.” Could it be that the Pentagon will produce no records of its purported “death raid” because in fact it will reveal major manipulations involving bin Laden’s death?

On August 6, 2011, three months after the supposed killing of bin Laden, 22 members of the exact same Navy SEALS Team 6 who had conducted the Abbotabad raid all died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Dead men don’t tell tales.
H/t beloved Joseph.

UPDATE (April 27, 2012):

The coverup continues. On April 26, 2012, claiming national-security risks, a federal judge, James E. Boasberg, denied a request by Judicial Watch to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader supposedly was killed by U.S. commandos last year.
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TSA Agents Getting Cancer from Full-Body Scanners

A TSA agent pats down a terrorist, aka little old lady


Mike Adams of Natural News reports, June 28, 2011 that documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal “cancer clusters” are reported among TSA employees who work near the controversial full-body scanners.
At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security refuses to issue dosimeters to TSA agents because, obviously, those dosimeters would indicate alarming levels of radiation exposure.
Why are the body scanners causing cancer clusters among TSA employees?
As Natural News reported, DHS Director Janet Napolitano had lied about the safety of the devices, claiming that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) had “affirmed the safety” of them. But NIST fired back an email stating that NIST doesn’t test the safety of products at all! Ever! Therefore, all the claims that these devices were tested and confirmed as safe was complete B.S. from Napolitano. Just an outright lie.
Even though the NIST did not test the safety of these machines, it did warn airport screeners to avoid standing next to them because the machines clearly emitted doses of radiation that could mutate DNA and cause cancer.
Read the FOIA documents, the cover-ups, the lies and more at the EPIC website, here.

Wikipedia says that full-body scanners utilize two types of technology:

  • The millimeter wave scanner that reflects extremely high frequency radio waves off the body to make an image on which one can see some types of objects hidden under the clothes. Passive millimeter wave screening is known to be safe because its technology does not require radiating the subject.
  • The backscatter X-ray, which utilizes radiation, “the true long-term health effects of the active, radiating technologies are unknown.”

~Eowyn

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Evidence that Obama’s Selective Service Registration Was Forged

Barack Hussein Obama is the most secretive President of the United States of America. Nearly 2½  years into his presidency, he still refuses to release the following records:

Passport records; medical records; Honolulu kindergarten records; Punahou School records; Occidental College records; Columbia University records and senior thesis; Harvard Law School records; Harvard Law Review articles; scholarly articles on law as an Instructor at the University Chicago Law School; Illinois State Bar Association records; Illinois State Senate records/schedules(said to be lost); marriage license of mum and dad (Dunham/Obama Sr.); Dunham/Obama Sr. divorce documents; marriage license of mum and step-dad (Dunham/ Soetoro; adoption records by step-dad Soetoro; and, of course, the authentic and actual (not an image) of his long-form birth certificate.

Oddly, although Obama refuses to release the plethora of records and documents listed above, he did allow the release of his Selective Service System (SSS) Registration Form. But like everything else about this man, that too is fake.

To begin with, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on September 7, 2008, Obama said: “I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. …. But keep in mind: I graduated in 1979.”

But as Tom Blumer of NewsBusters pointed out, there are two problems with that:
  1. Selective Service Registration was not possible in 1979 because the requirement to register had been suspended in 1975 by Pres. Gerald Ford and was not reinstated until July 2, 1980.
  2. Bob Owens at Pajamas Media pointed out that Obama actually had registered with the Selective Service not in 1979, but in 1980, his registration becoming effective on September 4, 1980.

But it gets even more curious.

Linda Bentley of Sonoran News reports on March 3, 2010, that two people (Kenneth Allen and retired federal agent J. Stephen Coffman) had requested Obama’s Selective Service registration through the Freedom of Information Act, but each received a computer printout with different information.

Both Allen and Coffman received a computer printout indicating the registration number on Obama’s Selective Service form as 61-1125539-1. However the Document Locator Number (DLN), that is assigned to each Selective Service record, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of Obama’s registration form that Allen received is different from the DLN of the Obama form that Coffman received. Coffman’s computer printout showed a DLN of 8089 708 0632. Allen’s computer printout showed a DLN of 0897 080 6320.

Once issued, DLNs do not change. In other words, a man who has two DLNs with the Selective Service System has two sets of records.

There are two other oddities to Obama’s SSS registration form. Let us first look at the Selective Service System Registration Form of a man named Bruce Henderson. Note that:

  • The date stamp is the same date as the date of registrant Bruce Henderson’s signature — August 2, 1980.
  • The date stamp clearly shows the year as 1980.

Here’s Barack Obama’s Selective Service Registration Form. Note that:

  • The date of the official stamp is July 29; but the date of registrant Obama’s signature is a day later, July 30, 1980. How can a government agency give a registration form its stamp of approval without and before the applicant/registrant had signed the form?
  • The numbers 1 and 9 are missing from the date stamp: It says “Jul 29, 80” instead of Jul 29, 1980.

Here are some more examples of Selective Service Registration Forms of other individuals which, unlike that of Obama’s, show that:

  • The date of the official stamp is the same as the date of the registrant’s signature.
  • Numbers 1 and 9 are not missing from the date of the official stamp.

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H/t ObamaReleaseYourRecords.

~Eowyn

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