Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Court Rips Holder’s DOJ For Handling Of Black Panther Case

 
 
 
Shortly after the election of Barack Hussein Obama, Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King announced the Department of Justice would not prosecute 3 New Black Panthers for Election Day voter intimidation.      The outrage of DOJ attorneys who had filed the original complaint later increased when the Department ordered them to not cooperate with an investigation launched by the Civil Rights Commission.

At the same time, the Obama Administration insisted that politics played no part in the Justice Department’s decision to drop the charges. In fact, the Department claimed it was career officials, rather than political appointees, who made the final call.

But in 2010, Larry Klayman’s Judicial Watch produced emails acquired pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit that clearly revealed “…the two top political appointees at the DOJ were involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.”

On May 10th of 2009, Associate Attorney General and Obama appointee Thomas Perrelli emailed DOJ colleague and former Democrat election lawyer Sam Hirsch, asking “Where are we on the Black Panther case?”  The email included the “current thoughts on the case” of another Obama appointee, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, 2nd in command at the DOJ.

Just 2 days later, King—also one of Obama’s DOJ appointees—issued an email to Perrelli and Ogden that included “an update on a planned course of action in the NBPP (New Black Panther Party) litigation.”

Judicial Watch shows that this email “was distributed to Attorney General Eric Holder” himself.

In 2010, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testified before the Civil Rights Commission. In response to questions about possible political motivation in dropping the New Black Panther prosecution, Perez stated “the decisions were made by Loretta King in consultation with Steve Rosenbaum,” later suggesting that dropping the case was simply a matter of “…career people disagreeing with career people.”

Prior to filing the lawsuit that forced the release of these emails, the DOJ had told Judicial Watch that the Department could find no records concerning David Perrelli’s “meetings with the White House on the Justice Department’s voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers.” Yet even the national media had reported “at least 9 meetings between Perrilli and White House officials…regarding the Black Panther case.”

And just yesterday, a federal judge finally agreed that political appointees of Barack Obama did indeed interfere with the Black Panther prosecution. His decision came as a result of the Justice Department’s claim that it owed no attorney’s fees and court costs to Judicial watch for its FOIA related suits because “…none of the records produced in [the] litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever” by the Department. But Judge Reggie Walton disagreed, writing in his decision that “…the documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case…”

Three years and countless legal fees have finally proven what the American people have known from the beginning—that the Regime is filled with liars who refuse to prosecute “Holder’s people.” Isn’t the DC legal system grand?!

Will This New Fast and Furious Revelation Force Holder to Resign?

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New Congressional Report Singles Out 5 ATF Officials in Fast and Furious    Will Holder Be Forced to Resign?
Without any help from the Obama administration or the U.S. Department of Justice, GOP congressional investigators have determined that five senior officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are together responsible for the failed federal gun-walking operation “Fast and Furious,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

The final report, which is expected to be released later this week, also reveals new evidence that shows agents from ATF in Phoenix initially tried to hide crucial information from the Mexican government about two firearms that were recovered after the brother of a Mexican state attorney general was killed in the country.

The report claims the operation was “marred by missteps, poor judgements and inherently reckless strategy.”

Those implicated go from the ATF special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top official in the bureau’s Washington headquarters. Attorney General Eric Holder has always denied any involvement of officials in Washington, D.C.

The congressional investigators said the report, obtained Monday by the Los Angeles Times, holds “the best information available as of now” about Fast and Furious, which led to Holder being found in contempt of Congress for failing to provide duly subpoenaed documents.

Two additional final reports will address “the devastating failure of supervision and leadership” at the DOJ and an “unprecedented obstruction of the [congressional] investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including the attorney general himself.”

The Times has more details:
The joint staff report, authored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on theSenate Judiciary Committee, was highly critical of the ATF supervisors.
They found that William Newell, the special agent-in-charge in Phoenix, exhibited “repeatedly risky” management and “consistently pushed the envelope of permissible investigative techniques.” The report said “he had been reprimanded … before for crossing the line, but under a new administration and a new attorney general he reverted back to the use of risky gunwalking tactics.”
His boss, Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations William McMahon, “rubber stamped critical documents that came across his desk without reading them,” the report alleged. “In McMahon’s view it was not his job to ask any questions about what was going on in the field.”
They added that McMahon gave “false testimony” to Congress about signing applications for wiretap intercepts in Fast and Furious.
His supervisor, Mark Chait, assistant director for field operations, “played a surprisingly passive role during the operation,” the report said. “He failed to provide oversight that his experience should have dictated and his position required.”
Above Chait was Deputy Director William Hoover, who the report said ordered an exit strategy to scuttle Fast and Furious but never followed through: “Hoover was derelict in his duty to ensure that public safety was not jeopardized.”
And they said Melson, a longtime career Justice official, “often stayed above the fray” instead of bringing Fast and Furious to an “end sooner.”
But, the investigators said, ATF agents said that they were hamstrung by federal prosecutors in Arizona from  obtaining criminal charges for illegal gun sales, and that Melson “even offered to travel to Phoenix to write the indictments himself. Still, he never ordered it be shut down.”
In the November 2010 slaying in Mexico of Mario Gonzalez, the brother of Patricia Gonzalez, then attorney general for the state of Chihuahua, two of 16 weapons were traced back to Fast and Furious after they were recovered from a shootout with Mexican police.
But 10 days later, ATF Agent Tonya English urged Agent Hope MacAllister and their supervisor, David J. Voth, to keep it under wraps. “My thought is not to release any information,” she told them in an email.
When Patricia Gonzalez later learned that two of the guns had been illegally obtained under Fast and Furious, she was outraged. “The basic ineptitude of these officials [who ordered the Fast and Furious operation] caused the death of my brother and surely thousands more victims,” she said.
The following month, Agent Terry was killed south of Tucson. Voth emailed back, “Ugh … things will most likely get ugly.”
New Congressional Report Singles Out 5 ATF Officials in Fast and Furious    Will Holder Be Forced to Resign?
Roughly 2,500 guns were walked in operation Fast and Furious, supposedly in an attempt to track the guns back to high-ranking drug cartel members. However, the program was shut down after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. At that point, most of the weapons had been lost, but two of the guns were recovered at the scene of Terry’s murder.

The five ATF managers that are indicated in the upcoming congressional report have since moved to other positions. They have either defended Fast and Furious in congressional testimony or refused to talk about it. The LA Times attempted to contact the officials but were unsuccessful Monday.

Additionally, Holder and the DOJ have always maintained that Fast and Furious was only conducted out of the Arizona offices and never involved officials in Washington, D.C., who he says were unaware of the flawed “tactics” being implemented. Holder has refused to turn over all the documents requested by a Congressional committee headed by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) and Obama has granted executive privilege in the case, which has raised additional question about how involved the White House was in the operation.

Just in time for the election...how convenient and contrived

Claim: U.S. forces on Syrian border

Assad considering putting military on highest alert



Russian intelligence has information that U.S. troops are in Turkey near the country’s border with Syria, a senior Syrian official told WND today.

The official said the Russians observed American forces taking part in Turkish military measures to secure the Syria-Turkey borders.

The official said the information about a U.S. military presence in Turkey has led to a debate within the Syrian leadership about whether to move the Syrian military to its highest alert level.

Currently, the Syrian army is on its second highest alert.

While the presence of U.S. forces in Turkey could not be immediately verified, it is not the first time the American military has been accused of aiding the insurgency targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

In February, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, according to several knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials speaking to WND.

The security officials also claimed Saudi Arabia was sending weapons to the rebels via surrogates, including through Druze and Christian leaders in Lebanon such as Druze leader Walid Jumblatt; Saudi-Lebanese billionaire Saad Hariri, who recently served as Lebanon’s prime minister; and senior Lebanese opposition leader Samir Farid Geagea.

The U.S. repeatedly has denied directly arming the rebels, stating it is only providing non-lethal aid.

Any aid to the rebels is highly controversial.

WND reported in May there is growing collaboration between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaida as well as evidence the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq, according to an Egyptian security official previously speaking to WND.

There are now widespread reports of al-Qaida fighters among the ranks of the opposition, with some jihadist branches reportedly officially joining the U.S.-supported Free Syrian Army.

The opposition is currently intensifying the fight against Assad’s forces in the key city of Aleppo amid claims, denied by the rebels, that the Syrian military has retaken the city.

WND reported that Assad held a meeting last week in which he set the goal of entirely quelling the opposition targeting his regime by October, according to a senior Syrian official.

The official, speaking to WND on condition of anonymity, said Assad ordered his military to rid the Damascus region, including Aleppo, of rebels by the end of Ramadan on Aug. 18. He said Assad believes he can clear the opposition from the region of Homs by Sept. 10 and end the insurgency by October.

The official admitted the coming weeks will be “bloody.” He affirmed Russia stands squarely in the Syrian camp.

Pamela Geller in Haaretz: "My ads will be up, whether they’re up in September 2012 or September 2013. I will pursue that case to the Supreme Court."

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Pamela Geller notes Haaretz's naked bias: "The aggressively uber-left Israeli newspaper has written a piece on our recent win in the landmark decision of AFDI vs MTA. Of course they cite all the usual uber-left suspects as legitimate sources (like the AFDI Threat to Freedom SPLC and the dhimmi Jewicidal ADL) to smear my organization, but that doesn't surprise you, does it? The media always hunts for quotes from subversives to smear our work. Have they ever sought quotes extolling our organization for our dedication to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, individual rights, and the rights of women and non-Muslims under the Sharia? Ever? Get real. Did they ask me for comment on these smears from the left that they published without any critical examination? Again, get real."

Also: "What I did learn from Cohen's article is that the Jew-hater, Henry Clifford, who is running the anti-Jewish ads, plans to expand his campaign to posters in transit stations in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Help us counter his lies and propaganda with the facts. Donate to our pro-Israel ads here."

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Coming to an ad near you," by Debra Nussbaum Cohen in Haaretz, July 29:
The pro-Israel group StandWithUs announced it is paying to put posters in Metro-North train stations in suburban New York to rebut anti-Israel advertisements, creating a new battleground in the broader Israeli-Palestinian fight over American public opinion. 
The man behind the anti-Israel advertisements is Henry Clifford, a retired investment banker who formed The Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. Through the group, Clifford spent $25,000 to place posters –purporting to show Israel's seizure of Palestinian territory through a series of maps – in 50 Metro-North stations for a month, ending August 5. He is running the same advertisement in two local newspapers near his Connecticut home and says he plans to expand the campaign to posters in transit stations in Boston and possibly Providence, Rhode Island.
An enforced ceasefire?
But the advertising duel over Israel may come to an end in New York City if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates buses, subways and the Metro-North trains, decides to revamp its policy and stop accepting political, or “viewpoint,” advertisements – a shift currently under consideration, according to agency sources.
The MTA is considering changing its policy after losing a case in federal court for rejecting an anti-Muslim, pro-Israel advertisement. The judge ruled on July 20 that the MTA violated the First Amendment rights of Pamela Geller and her group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, when it rejected its advertisement reading, “In Any War between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” Lower down it says, "Support Israel; Defeat Jihad," with Stars of David on either side.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed Geller's group and her blog, Atlas Shrugs, hate groups. The MTA formally rejects an advertisement about once a year for not meeting its advertising guidelines, said spokesman Aaron Donovan, but this was the first time in 15 years it rejected one for being demeaning.
In a statement, the MTA said it “is evaluating its existing advertising standards in light of the court’s ruling.”
Charles Moerdler, a member of the MTA board, said the organization has “been carefully studying this for the past week or more to come up with some explanation for where we are and where we ought to be going” on accepting advertisements.
Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor and partner in the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has prepared a 14-page memorandum related to political advertising and said he is waiting for the right time to present it to the MTA board.
The Anti-Defamation League called Geller’s advertisement “highly offensive and inflammatory” but agreed with the judge that the MTA was wrong to reject it. “We support the court’s conclusion that this is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, yet we still strongly object to both the message and the messenger,” said Ron Meier, the ADL's New York regional director.
Geller, who gained widespread attention for zealously opposing the mosque near Ground Zero, vowed to move forward with her advertisements.
“My ads will be up, whether they’re up in September 2012 or September 2013," she said. "I will pursue that case to the Supreme Court."...
Op-ed:
Israel has a friend in Romney...an enemy in Obama
By: Diane Sori


You have to love it when Palestinian leaders get hot under the collar because Mitt Romney publicly stated Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.

Hey, he’s only speaking the truth, something no one in the Obama administration will do.

During a speech in Jerusalem on Sunday, Mitt Romney stated for the entire world to hear that Jerusalem is ‘the capital of Israel.’  Immediately on hearing this, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the remark was "absolutely unacceptable.”  And then another Palestinian official chimed in and said Romney’s statement was unhelpful to peace negotiations, pointing out it "contradicted” the previous positions held by the American administration.”

As in the Obama administration...famously known for stabbing Israel in the back which makes the Palestinians quite happy.

But you know what...who cares what these men think or say, for Jerusalem is indeed the ancestral capital of the Jewish people as promised to them by God, the true living God of the Bible, and NO muslim’s words or actions will negate that.

As we all know, the fate of Jerusalem is the hot button issues delaying a peace agreement between Israel and the so-called Palestinians (who don’t really exist as they are nothing more than run-of-the-mill Arabs NO different than any other Arab).  But that point is really mute for Israel as there is NO compromise on Jerusalem no matter how much the so-called Palestinians, Barack Hussein Obama, or the Useless Nations wants there to be.

Israel desperately needs a friend in the White House and what Mitt Romney didn’t say in his speech is just as important as what he did say, and shows just what a true friend to Israel his administration will be.  Not once did Romney say the words ‘peace process;’ not once did he say ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinians;’ not once did he speak about a two-state solution; and not once did he say East Jerusalem will become the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mitt Romney knows that these so-called Palestinians have a home...it’s called Jordan, as it was always meant to be since Israel became the official Jewish homeland in 1948.  

Remember Trans-Jordan.

And while the Obama administration’s policy has always been that Jerusalem’s fate is an issue that should respect the rights of the Palestinians (who have NO rights to Jerusalem by the way), Mitt Romney knows there will never be negotiations on Jerusalem, and the sooner Israel’s enemies, including Barack Hussein Obama, understand this, the better off everyone will be.

Now add in Romney’s remarks that the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability and “Israel has a right to defend itself,” and that should leave NO doubt as to where Mitt Romney’s loyalties lie.

Mitt Romney stands decidedly behind Israel and will never waiver in that support.  

Barack Hussein Obama, the man who would have NO problem seeing Israel pushed into the sea, unabashedly hates Israel.  Don’t let his photo-op smiles with Israeli officials fool you as hating Israel is part of his islamic religion.  He might try to pull the wool over some folk’s eyes but he won’t over mine as I know Barack Hussein Obama is a muslim, and like all muslims he would like nothing better than to see Israel destroyed.

So the reality for Israel is this...Israel needs a friend in the White House, a friend who will stand by her as she is surrounded by those out to destroy her.  Mitt Romney recognizes the sanctity of the state of Israel, Barack Hussein Obama does not.  And being that Jews might help determine the election they really need to understand how important it is that they vote for the man who supports their homeland and NOT for the man who talks the talk but does NOT walk the walk when it comes to Israel.