Is this any over-sight on the NSA?
Even more scandals from the NSA … not only are they spying on “We the People,” they are using billion dollar equipment to spy on their girl friends? Unreal, through LOVEINT, intelligence was gathered by NSA agents that targeted their sweethearts, would-be or actual. Glad we are using this high tech information for its intended purpose, protecting us from terrorists. So how much did this cost tax payers? Can some one just come out and admit that the NSA has been given far too much unsupervised power and it needs to be reined in now!
National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.
The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.
Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of “INT,” such as “SIGINT” for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and “HUMINT” for human intelligence, or spying.
How is it that I can lose my job if I use company resources for personal use, but NSA officers can use government, tax payer spy equipment for their personal use to spy on girl friends and they get a slap on the write, at best?
And They’re Singing Like Canaries … US Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-R) on CNN’s State of the Union, Cincinnati IRS employees say direction came from Washington
IRSGATE: GOING ROGUE … ROGUE IRS EMPLOYEES SINGING LIKE CANARIES …
As Nancy Grace would say, BOMBSHELL TONIGHT OR TODAY, in this case. As reports at The Daily Mail, interviews with IRS employees have established that the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service was engaged in targeting Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations for unfair levels of scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status, as liberal organizations were fast-tracked. We are starting to see linkage from the Cincinnati IRS office where supposedly only a few rogue agents were to blame for the IRS scandal to the Washington, DC office. The dots are beginning to be connected. Hmm, according to IRS workers interviewed, their targeting began in early 2010. This is much early than we have been previously been told. Wake Up America has a partial of the Q and A of the interviews.
Rep. Darrel lssa, chairman of powerful House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, made that startling announcement on CNN Sunday morning.
‘As late as last week,’ he said, ‘the [Obama] administration was still trying to say the [IRS targeting scandal] was from a few rogue agents in Cincinnati, when in fact the indication is that they were directly being ordered from Washington.’
A committee spokesman sent MailOnline partial transcripts of two interviews with unnamed IRS workers about the agency’s actions in early 2010, on whose testimony Issa based his bombshell statement.
One of those interviewees said it was ‘impossible’ for a few IRS agents to have orchestrated such widespread partisan targeting on their own.
The Full CNN interview with Issa and Candy Crowley can be seen below:
“As late as last week the administration’s still trying to say there’s a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington.”
In an exclusive interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said interviews with workers in the Cincinnati IRS office show targeting of conservative groups was “a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters - and we’re getting to proving it.”
“My gut tells me that too many people knew this wrongdoing was going on before the election, and at least by some sort of convenient, benign neglect, allowed it to go on through the election,” he said. “I’m not making any allegations as to motive, that they set out to do it, but certainly people knew it was happening.”
A bipartisan group of investigators from two House committees – Ways and Means, and Government Reform and Oversight – interviewed two front-line employees from the tax-exempt office last week.
One of the employees hit back against accusations that lower-level employees were responsible for the scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status in 2010, telling congressional investigators that the Ohio employees were being “thrown underneath the bus.”
A second “more senior” Cincinnati IRS employee said they began seeking other jobs when they were assigned to look out for applications from tea party groups, because they felt it was inappropriate.
Top IRS Official Lois Lerner will Invoke 5th Amendment and Not Answer House Committee Questions on IRS Scandal
Oh this will go over well with “We the People” … Let’s see Obama’s faux outrage now.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lois Lerner, the top IRS official and head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS responsible for reviewing non-profit organizations and the department at the heart of the IRS scandal, will plead the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer House committee questions on the grounds of self incrimination. Lerner was scheduled to answer questions from the House Oversight committee this Wednesday. Her attorney, William W. Taylor III, wrote that Ms. Lerner had committed no crime or made any misrepresentations, but because the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, “under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”
So what does she have to hide? This scandal just got even more real. The House committee was to ask Lerner to explain why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four times last year? Taylor, a criminal defense attorney for Learner asked that since Lerner is not going to answer questions, can she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.” WHO CARES WHAT IT DOES TO HER! With the crap that the IRS did to law-abiding Americans whose only crime was being conservative under her watch, I agree with the Jawa Report, “Boo frickin hoo, make her plead the Fifth for all to see”. Honesty, who really thinks that Holder and the DOJ is going to take this investigation seriously? About as serious as they did the New Black Panther Party and voter intimidation. Congress and Daryl Issa best make her march her happy butt into the hearing room and have all the world to see the head of the very department responsible for the IRS scandal of targeting conservative and Tea Party groups plead the 5th.
A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
UPDATE I: From Weasel Zippers, Daryl Issa does not disappoint … Issa Issues Subpoena Anyway to force her to plead the 5th in public for all of America to see. More great PR for Barack Obama, Democrats and the IRS.
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday.
But Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House oversight committee where Lerner was to appear, has issued a subpoena to Lerner anyway.
The subpoena was delivered after the committee received the letter from Lerner’s attorney, a committee aide said.
Rep Mike Kelly Gets Standing Ovation After Historic Rant Ripping the #IRS for the Vindictive Bullies That they Are … “This confirms that the IRS can do anything they want, anytime they want, to anyone they want.”
FINALLY A STATEMAN STANDS UP FOR ”WE THE PEOPLE” … Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is my new hero and should be a hero to all Americans!!!
US Representative Mike Kelly was given a standing ovation Friday at the House Committee on the IRS scandal after he ripped into IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Every American, no matter what your political belief, should watch the below video and stand up and cheer for what Kelly did. He stood up for all Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, etc, as blasted the IRS commissioner and the over-reaching abuses of the IRS. It is about time some one stood up to this “Gestapo” like government organization and called them out for what they true are … government bullies who have the ability to destroy people lives. There is no greater abuse of power than what the IRS is allowed to do to “We the People” as a matter of their standard SOP.
Representative Kelly shredded the IRS for their scandalous actions of targeting Conservative groups and their over-reaching, bullying tactics. As Kelly stated, “This confirms that the IRS can do anything they want, anytime they want, to anyone they want.” Kelly basically said what every American has thought or wanted to say for years, but were too afraid of retaliation from this all-too powerful government organization. The standing ovation at the end of Kelly’s rant just shows the outrage of the American people. This is what tyranny looks like, and its hardly soft tyranny. Kelly would also say, “And I don’t believe the White House just found out about this in a news report. Where you’re sitting you should be outraged but you’re not.” I think it is rather unbelievable that President Barack Obama also did not learn of this when the American people did. Obama dodged the question when asked. That is either a lie or this president is not most clueless, unengaged president ever.
Our Founding Fathers never envisioned such and entity would ever be given so much power which shredded the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. This is what America fought to get away from. How in the hell has it come to this? Government has gotten far too big, out of control and without fear of “We the People”. What happened to a government of, by and for the People?
From Real Clear Politics:
REP. MIKE KELLY (R-PA): This has nothing to do with political parties. This has to do with highly targeted groups. This reconfirms everything the American public believes. This is a huge blow to the faith and trust that the American people have in their government. Is there any limit to the scope where you folks can go? Is there anything at all? Is there any way that we could ask you is there any question that you should have asked?
My goodness. How much money do you have in your wallet? Who do you get emails from? Whose sign do you put up in your front yard? This is a tax question? And you don’t think that’s intimidating? It’s sure as hell intimidating. And I don’t know that I got any answers from you today. And I don’t know that — what Mr. George said is great work — but you know what? There’s a heck of a lot more that has to come out in this. Any anybody that sat here today and listened to what you had to say, I am more concerned today than I was before, and the fact that you all can do just about anything you want to anybody?
You know, you can put anybody out of business that you want. Any time you want. I gotta tell you. You could talk about how you’re a horribly run organization, if you’re on the other side of the fence, you’re not giving that excuse. And the IRS comes in, you’re not allowed to be shoddy, you’re not allowed to be run horribly, you’re not allowed to make mistakes, you’re not allowed to do one damn thing that doesn’t come in compliance, and if you do, you’re held responsible right then. I just think the American people have seen what’s going on right now in their government. This is absolutely an overreach and this is an outrage for all Americans.
More at Twitchy … Best rant ever!!!
- Rep Kelly to Miller: You think this is uncomfortable? Try being a citizen being targeted by the IRS.
- Rep. Kelly just now ‘This is a Pandora’s Box.’ That sounds right.
- Rep Kelly: My grandson freaks out bc something might come out from under the bed at night and grab him. That’s how Americans feel about IRS.
IRS Admits Trageting Conservatives for Extra Tax Scrutiny in 2012 Election … Claimed there was No Political Bias Behind the Alinsky Targeting Tactics
ADD ANOTHER SCANDAL TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION … MORE CHICAGO STYLE, SAUL ALINSKY POLITICS … WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO ADMIT THAT OBAMA IS NIXONESQUE?
The IRS apologizes for targeting Conservatives and Tea Party groups … apology not accepted! Should this be considered a “hate crime”? The IRS was obviously only targeting a certain element of society. Of course the IRS did not target Conservative groups to retaliate against Obama enemies list. That could never happen.
What a shock that the Obama IRS would act as his henchman to go after Conservatives and Tea Party groups. All the IRS has to offer is an apology? This is simply unacceptable and all involved need to be fired, without pensions immediately! As reported at the WAPO, IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. MY BUTT!!! What a joke this is, of course it was politically motivated. It was just a coincidence that it was only Conservative Tea Party orgs that were targeted. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Talk about abuse of power. This admissions from the IRS is exactly what Conservatives have been accusing them of years and now “We the People” know its true. How can anyone have faith in this “Gestapo” organization ever again?
1. IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. Initially, they suggested that other non-conservative-sounding names might have been targeted. By the end of the call, though, Lerner acknowledged: “I only said that because I never like to say ‘absolutely not.’ I don’t have any information on that.”
2. Lerner wouldn’t say whether anyone is being disciplined, then appeared to say there was no disciplinary action, then went back to saying she wouldn’t comment. (more)
This is the tip of the iceberg and follows the “cockroach” principle … this is what they have admitted to, what else are they guilty of like who they audit, hmm? Obviously, the Obama administration used Alinsky tactics & IRS to ensure Tea Party would not be a factor in 2012.
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.
Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.
Rather, Lerner said, they were a misguided effort to come up with an efficient means of dealing with a flood of applications from organizations seeking tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.
During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, she said in a conference call with reporters.
The Gateway Pundit reminds us of the when in 2012, conservative groups complained that the IRS was targeting them for audits. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.
UPDATE I: From the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform: Issa and Jordan: IRS Political Retaliation Tactics “Unconscionable”.
As Weasel Zippers stated, “heads should roll”. As we stated above, there is not one person who should be spared … ALL SHOULD GO, WITHOUT PENSIONS AND CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE MADE.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement: “The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”
UPDATE II: A Public Service Announcement to the American People via Legal Insurrection … As IRS admits it targeted Tea Party groups, remember IRS is Obamacare enforcer.
UPDATE II: From The Weekly Standard - The Times & the IRS Story … It’s not front page news, apparently. Think the same would hold true under a GOP presidency?
Not front page material in the Grey Lady’s news judgment. But good enough for page A-11. With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted
… that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”
But of course. One does wonder, though, how the Times would have played the news if, a few years back, it had come to light that the IRS had been auditing Valerie Plame.
But … then, perhaps in the Times’s lofty judgment, the IRS was merely doing what it should do. This, anyway, was how the Times editorial page saw it last year:
Benghazi-gate: Names of Benghazi Whistle-Blower Witnesses Revealed … Mark Thompson, Gregory Hicks and Eric Nordstrum
BENGHAZI-GATE … The Whistle-Blowers Edition:
As reported by FOX News, the names of the three “whistle-blowers” who will testify next Wednesday at a Congressional Committee on the Benghazi massacre are Mark Thompson, Gregory Hicks and Eric Nordstrum. White House spokesperson Jay Carney may think that Benghazi happened a long time ago; however, these “whistle-blowers” are about to make the Benghazi White House cover up a very current problem. From the Blaze comes the following people who will be testifying; Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the September assault; Mark Thompson, former Marine and deputy coordinator for operations at the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, the former top security officer in Libya. Nordstrum also testified in front of the House Oversight committee back in October (VIDEO), saying staff at the US consulate in Benghazi lacked sufficient protection; however, Thompson and Hicks have yet to speak publically.
Think about this in its totality. The PJ Tatler brings up a very interesting point. How damning do you think these individuals testimony is if the White House was willing to threaten them with the end of their careers if they testified, you can be sure they will have something interesting to add to what we know about the attack. A terror attack blamed on a video tape by the Obama Administration where four Americans were murdered as no one came to their aid.
Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff. But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi “whistleblowers” who are set to testify before a widely anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday.
Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks.
Rep. Issa: GOP Oversight May 8th Benghazi hearing will be streamed live at http://Oversight.House.Gov at 11:30 here
Last week, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) promised “explosive” Benghazi hearings were coming and said, “direct testimony by eyewitnesses is always the most compelling.” There has been much talk between the House Republicans and the Obama White House that these three men and other have been prevented by the White House to tell their stories of their knowledge of what occurred that night. Many that were there fear of retaliation of losing their job if they testify. This could have devastating effects on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s future run for President.
These individuals are true patriots for coming forward and setting America straight on what happened, even though the Obama White House and their propaganda machine, the MSM, will do everything in their power to slander them, call them liars and undermine their credibility. As the Jawa Report opines, Most likely leftist and Bronco Bama’s MFM are working hard to destroy the credibility of these patriots before the hearing even starts.
“What difference does it make”? ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Benghazi happened a long time ago” ~ Jay Carney
So illegals don’t cost the United States anything, eh?
Let alone the costs and burdens to schools and hospitals, add another $4.2 billion in tax credits that were amazingly collected by illegals through a tax loophole. President Barack Obama loves to rail about the corporate jet tax loophole, how come Obama isn’t doing anything to close money going to illegal workers? Think this is a new phenomenon? Five years ago, illegals collected $1 billion from the “additional child tax credit.
Undocumented workers collected $4.2 billion in a certain tax credit last year, up from less than $1 billion five years ago, according to a new audit.
The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration looked only at a tax benefit known as the Additional Child Tax Credit, a refundable credit meant for working families. The audit found that as a result of vague U.S. law — as well as an expansion of the tax credit in stimulus legislation and other measures — the number of illegal workers collecting the money has skyrocketed.
TSA Records Show Full Body Scanner Radiation ’10X Higher Than Expected’ … All Scanner to be Retested
How can one agency continue to have so many problems?
After informing the public that air port scanners were safe, USA Today reports that maintenance records on some of the “invasive” scanner devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. In response the TSA stated that the ”records reflect math mistakes”; however, they would retest all 247 full body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation in 38 airports.
The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe. Indeed, even the highest readings listed on some of the records — the numbers that the TSA says were mistakes — appear to be many times less than what the agency says a person absorbs through one day of natural background radiation.
Even so, the TSA has ordered the new tests out of “an abundance of caution to reassure the public,” spokesman Nicholas Kimball says. The tests will be finished by the end of the month, and the results will be released “as they are completed,” the agency said on its website.
Math mistakes? So there is not a higher level of radiation, there is in stead gross ignorance and a lack of proper oversight? As stated by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) … the actions by the TSA are “unacceptable”.
She said the records released Friday “included gross errors about radiation emissions. That is completely unacceptable when it comes to monitoring radiation.”
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz also was troubled by the information posted by the TSA. Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairs a House oversight subcommittee on national security and has sponsored legislation to limit the use of full-body scans. He has been pushing the TSA to release the maintenance records.
At best, Chaffetz said, the radiation reports generated by TSA contractors reveal haphazard oversight and record-keeping in the critical inspection system the agency relies upon to ensure millions of travelers aren’t subjected to excessive doses of radiation.
Beyond Criminal: Pennsylvania Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Charged With Murder of 1 Woman and 7 Babies with Scissors
There is sick and then there is abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell … Abortioning with Scissors!
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was charged with 8 counts of murder that included a death of a woman who died due to an overdose of pain killers while waiting for an abortion and the murder of 8 babies. Nine of Gosnell’s employees, including his wife, were also charged. Pennsylvania prosecutors called the horror a “complete regulatory collapse.” YA THINK!!! Hair salons probably have greater oversight than abortion clinics.
This butcher earned millions while doing revolving door late term abortions, but it is the doctors that supposedly take children’s tonsils out when they have sore throats that are called out by the LEFT. Where is their outrage on this?
Report from the Grand Jury can be read HERE.
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
WARNING – This story is as disturbing as it gets
A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors” that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged withmurder in the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion.
Oh dear God, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, his wife and staff should be sent directly to the 7th level of Hell. Late term abortions are bad enough, this SOB did not even bother with that heinous procedure, he is charged with inducing labor and killing the babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord!!! Much more at American Power.
He “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Gosnell referred to it as “snipping,” prosecutors said.
A thanks to The Other McCain that reminds us … “Abortion Is Murder, and Sometimes We Are Brutally Reminded of That Fact”.
US Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says that the Obama Administration is one of the most corrupt, ever! The Democrat response was to criticize Issa for his partisan tone. That’s priceless, after what the 111th Nancy Pelosi led Democrat Congress just did in raising the partisan bar to new unprecedented levels.
Darrell Issa on Fox New Sunday
Video Hat Tip: American Power
Rep. Darrell Issa(R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was bullish in laying out his agenda for the new Congress with Republicans in control of the House.
Issa, who as chairman will have subpoena power, said he will seek to ferret out waste across the federal bureaucracy. While he used fiery rhetoric in describing the Obama administration in a series of television interviews Sunday, he said he will focus on wasteful spending, not the prosecution of White House officials.
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” about reports that the White House is staffing up on lawyers to prepare for his oversight hearings, Issa said: “They’re going to need more accountants.
What, an administration based on Chicago-style politics corrupt, well if the shoe fits. What is the White House’s response … hire more lawyers of course. The reason for the investigations is oversight, don’t we really need accounts to see where the tax payer dollars have gone, not attorneys who will simply obstruct what happened?