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… Congress has a Job to Do [Impeach the AG] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 1st,2013

.. It is clear that Barack Obama will not hold his administration to account . Especially with the hypocritical attitude towards its statement “as the most transparent administration in history … ” . ha!Ha! Yea , Right !

.. Ideally , Holder should hold himself to account for his own actions . He has a long career and lifetime of corruption and corrupt acts . His involvement in the Marc Rich affair was , one would think , a capstone . Well , you would be wrong . His actions during his tenure as Attorney General of the United States are far below and well beyond the pale .

If POTUS will not hold the  AG to account , then Congress has Its own Job to Do

It is Time to Impeach , Try , Convict , and Remove the Attorney General of  the United States , Eric Holder , from office , and bar

President Barack Obama listens as Vice Preside...

President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden (left) presents the report on the Roadmap to Recovery as he meets with his Cabinet in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, June 8, 2009. Looking on at right are Attorney General Eric Holder and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

him from ever holding any public office in our nation ever again .

.. It is clear that Barack Obama will not put Eric Holder to account  for his actions . He is , by far , the most corruption attorney general in our naiton ‘ s history . It seems as if his actions  during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Attorney General , especially in the marc  Rich controversy , were only a warm up act . He  said that he had learned his lesson  . Well , Guess what ?

.. He lied . Plain and Simple . Time and Time again . In a number of controversies at law , and at equity . Since POTUS will not step up , Congress must do so . This news article is only the latest in a ong line of evidence against the A.G. …

Published July 31, 2013

| FoxNews.com

House Republicans, in a lengthy report on the Justice Department’s leak investigations, formally accused Attorney General Eric Holder of misleading Congress with “deceptive” testimony that he knew nothing of the “potential prosecution” of the press.

The 70-page report was released late Wednesday by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. To coincide with the release, lawmakers also wrote a letter to President Obama calling for a “change in leadership” at the Justice Department.

“The deceptive and misleading testimony of Attorney General Holder is unfortunately just the most recent example in a long list of scandals that have plagued the department,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.

The report delved into the department’s aggressive investigations over various security leaks, but focused in large part on the FBI affidavit seeking a search warrant for Fox News correspondent James Rosen’s emails in connection with one such probe. The DOJ sought access to the documents by arguing Rosen was a likely criminal “co-conspirator” in a leak case, citing the Espionage Act.

Yet on May 15, shortly before the document was made public, Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that he hadn’t heard of any effort to prosecute reporters.

“With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy,” Holder said. He discussed the issue amid concerns about the DOJ grabbing phone records from Associated Press offices.

The newly released House report concluded that this comment was “deceptive and misleading.”

The report said: “We believe that Mr. Holder’s simple and direct statement had the intended effect — to leave the members of the Committee with the impression that not only had the potential prosecution of a reporter never been contemplated during Mr. Holder’s tenure, but that nothing comparable to the Rosen search warrant had ever been executed by this administration. … On the basis of Mr. Holder’s testimony, there was little doubt in the Members’ minds that the legal machinery for such an undertaking had never been started.”

Justice spokesman Brian Fallon on Wednesday said the latest report “was produced on a purely partisan basis” and said its findings “are contrary to the record and strongly disputed by many of the committee’s own members.”

The Justice Department has previously explained that the investigation involving Rosen never escalated into any prosecution of the reporter. The department has acknowledged Holder had approved of the application for the search warrant, but claims his testimony before Congress was nevertheless accurate.

The report dismissed that explanation. “We take little comfort in Mr. Holder’s assurances to us now that the Department never intended to prosecute Mr. Rosen when it labeled him a criminal suspect in 2010,” the report said. “Tarnishing a journalist as a suspect in a national security investigation is not something that should be taken lightly. Espionage is a serious federal crime, punishable by up to a decade in prison. In essence, the Justice Department dangled Mr. Rosen over a cliff. But the American people were then assured by Mr. Holder that this was appropriate because there was never a potential of him falling to his doom.”

The Justice Department has since completed a review of its policies for investigations involving journalists, and has called for a number of reforms. The House GOP report praised some of these efforts. But it also questioned one particular recommendation that the Privacy Protection Act of 1980 be changed so that a journalist can be targeted only when they are the focus of a criminal probe for conduct beyond normal news-gathering.

The report claimed, though, that this was already the intent of the law.

“Mr. Holder attempted to disguise his clearly erroneous reading of the statute as a defect in the law,” the report said. “Rather than admit that he gave deceptive testimony, and that Mr. Rosen was actually a target of prosecution (and further raise the ire of the media), Mr. Holder instead represented that Mr. Rosen was never a true suspect.”

This explanation, the report claimed, served “only to provide cover for Mr. Holder’s misleading testimony.”

LEC again — the link to  the congressional letter is [USH Judiciary Cmte Ltr POTUS re AG]  . The one for the house Judiciary Committee report on Holder ‘ s actions is [USH Judiciary Cmte Rpt Eric Holder (Investigative Actions)]

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… Bravo , Roger , Bravo ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 24th,2013

.. Roger Ailes is the founder and president of FoxNewsChannel , and then FoxBusinessNews . Unlike about any time in its history , FNC & FBN are under fire like never before . The ObamaCrap Department of Injustice is , I believe , abusing its power by sending out (issuing) a subpoena to phone companies for information about FNC and FBN under seal . They did so without any legal notice or due process to NewsCorp or to FoxNews at all .

.. Normally , this legal notice and process is standard . They decided to do this under the Espionage Act , of all things . The Espionage Act . They knew who the leaker was . They did not need much more info . And , yet they decided to go after all of this stuff , in secret , under seal , and without due process .

.. Roger Ailes responded this afternoon , in an e – mail to his employees at NewsCorp and Fox …

Dear colleagues,

The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox   News employees, including James Rosen, calls into    question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States. We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter   to a   Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are  because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to   use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member ? Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to  intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not   allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten   any of us away from the truth.

I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years. I   stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our unique American right   of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be an American journalist   is not only a great responsibility, but also a great honor. To be a Fox journalist   is a high honor, not a high crime. Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find irrelevant things to cause us to waver. We will   not waver.

As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then   when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud   and fearless.

Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.

Sincerely ,

Roger Ailes

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… Eric Holder Must Go !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 24th,2013

.. Eric Holder is beyond redemption as Attorney General . He is a post – partisan and pre – partisan party hack . How he got the job , I

English: Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

Eric Holder, Attorney General (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

cannot understand  . However , he did , and it is abundantly clear .

.. He must go .

.. He should offer his resignation  .

.. If he does not , POTUS should fire him .

.. if POTUS does not fire him , Congress should impeach him . Then , the Senate should and must try him and convict him of the charges theirein . As a result , he would then be removed from office . Hopefully , he would be then be banned from public office for good . One can hope .

… In case you wonder why , this snippet from NBCSnooze proves my point …

 

.. Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday .

.. The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

.. Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

.. Obama’s comments follow a firestorm of criticism that has erupted over disclosures that in separate investigations of leaks of classified information, the Justice Department had obtained private emails that Rosen exchanged with a source and the phone records of Associated Press reporters.

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… What are these ObamaCraps Thinking ??? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 20th,2013

What Are These ObamaCraps Thinking ???

.. A reporter is doing her or his job . Even though , normally , possession of certain material is a very big no – no (ie , illegal) . A reporter , especially one doing their job , is given a certain amount of latitude . It appears that the ObamaCrap Department of InJustice has really done it again .

.. James Rosen is a solid reporter . He is a long – time correspondent for FoxNewsChannel , covering State , Defence , and Intelligence issues . He is not someone who is known for stepping over a line . He has , to my knowledge , a very understated manner , but a very strong professional reputation . How anyone can think of him as the target of any kind of criminal investigation , I do not understand .

.. Well , guess what . Jimmy Rosen , it appears , is on the hot seat . Until now , in secret . The InJustice Department was conducting a criminal investigation , one that you would think would target someone in their own department . Well , no  . They are  going after the media . Again .

.. You think , after the AP imbroglio , they would have learned their lesson . Unfortunately , that appears not to be the case . InJustice is targeting Rosen , but not just him . They are going after another FoxSnooze producer , along with west – coast based correspondent William LaJeunesse . Why ?

.. It appears that they are really mad over getting badly burned on the botched ATF operation that was ” Fast and Furious . ” Well , they are pissed over part and parcel getting out . They are going after a high – profile target . Guess who ! James Rosen .

** here ** read the search warrant affadavit (James Rosen case FNC) for yourself . It is a pdf file , no scribd to fiddle with …

… to quote … [h/t — Newsbusters]

When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.

They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter’s personal e – mails.

The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press.

… and , to quote … [h/t — the Washington Post]

Obama last week defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation involving the AP, which is focused on who leaked information to the news organization about a foiled plot involving the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. AP executives and First Amendment watchdogs have criticized the Justice Department in part for the broad scope of the phone records it secretly subpoenaed from AP offices in Washington, Hartford , Conn., and New York.

“The latest events show an expansion of this law enforcement technique,” said attorney Abbe Lowell, who is defending Kim on federal charges filed in 2010 that he disclosed national defense information. A trial is possible as soon as 2014. “Individual reporters or small time periods have turned into 20 [telephone] lines and months of records with no obvious attempt to be targeted or narrow.”

The president said press freedoms must be balanced against the protection of U.S. personnel overseas. According to the office of Ronald Machen Jr., the U.S. attorney for the District, its prosecutors followed federal regulations by first seeking the information through other means before subpoenaing media phone records. Machen’s office is investigating both the Kim and AP cases. The Justice Department said in a statement that in both cases it had abided by “all applicable laws, regulations, and longstanding Department of Justice policies intended to safeguard the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”

… FoxNewsChannel Statement … [h/t — Twitchy]

” We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co – conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter . In  fact , it is downright  chilling . We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of   [what up   unitl now has always been a free press . ]”

.. One should remember , that it remains an open question whether it is ever illegal , for a reporter to solicit information. No reporter, including Rosen, has been prosecuted for doing so .

… In effect , this is criminalizing news reporting . Where the hell is the Department of InJustice going ? What are they doing ? What are  they thinking ? …

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