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No More Mandatory Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders?
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WASHINGTON – An announcement is expected today from Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States concerning punishment for low-level drug offenders. The nation’s top lawyer is expected to declare that low-level drug offenders without a violent record will no longer be subject to long mandatory sentences. The announcement is expected to be a part of a speech delivered by Holder to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
BOVINA, New York — The small town of Bovina, New York was put under lockdown by police on Sunday as they searched for an unnamed suspect. The residents of the tiny town of just 633 people were ordered by law enforcement officials not to leave their homes and to keep their doors locked. As of late Sunday night, the person of interest to the police was in a private home, and law enforcement officials consider the situation to be contained, although the town is still under lockdown conditions.
ZINJIBAR, Yemen — Armed drones from the United States struck several targets in Yemen over the weekend. At least 31 people have been killed by recent drone strikes in that country. The attacks have increased in frequency over the last two weeks, after U.S. officials announced a foiled terror plot in the the African nation. Facilities destroyed in the most recent round of attacks include a health clinic and a school. The Obama administration claims the recent attacks killed at least 14 members of al-Queda.
NEW YORK CITY — Two workers at New York’s JFK airport were sickened by exposure to a chemical they were handling while opening mail. Initially thought to be a chemical agent, the substance in question turned out to be nail polish remover. When the airport workers started feeling ill, the postal facility at the airport was closed off and the workers sent home. The FBI called in medical personnel to test the postal workers for exposure to dangerous chemical agents, and found the exposure was limited to just the cosmetic product.
Posted by Kristin Tate
ERIC HOLDER DEMANDS GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION OF APPLE’S ITUNES & APP STORES
Attorney General Eric Holder has asked a federal judge to give his Department of Justice (DOJ) supervision of the Apple App Store and iTunes.
The DOJ’s demand is a disgusting attempted government power-grab into private business.
Holder’s request follows a decision by Denise Cote, a New York Federal District Judge. Cote ruled that Apple violates the US Anti-Trust Laws, which are designed to prevent monopolies and fixed prices.
Apple plans to fight the federal ruling tooth and nail, and will almost certainly appeal.
The mega company currently gets 30 percent commission for any e-books sold on an Apple Store App. According to the Wall Street Journal, the DOJ is pushing for Amazon.com to be able to sell e-books on Apple Apps without the 30 percent commission.
Apple objects to government attempting to control the marketplace. Commission on App stores currently makes up for 10 percent of the company’s revenue. It would be a huge blow to Apple if Holder’s request is granted.
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Every Scottish Newborn to Have “State Guardian”
EDINBURGH — Scottish author Stuart Walton, a sociology and criminology professor at the University of Abertay Dundee, warns that his country is now being used to test what he calls a “dystopian” plan in which every child, from birth, would be assigned a “state guardian” who would have the supposed authority to represent the child’s interests against his parents.
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EDINBURGH — Officials in Scotland are using hospital snoops and nursery school children to monitor the attitudes of parents regarding “diversity.” Under an initiative called Getting It Right for Every Child, parents of newborns are secretly monitored by hospital staff to assess their “suitability” for raising their children.
WASHINGTON — Less than a week after a major address in which President Obama outlined what he called restrictions on the use of drone strikes, another “signature strike” was carried out in Pakistan that resulted in the death of several people who were living in adobe huts.
WASHINGTON — Seeking to contain growing media outrage over the Justice Department’s invasive scrutiny of reporters, Attorney General Eric Holder offered to meet with representatives of major media outlets in an off-the-record briefing. Representatives from the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal indicated that they would attend the meeting on terms offered by Holder.
MOSCOW — The father of Chechen native Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by an FBI agent following an interrogation in Orlando, Florida, has accused the Bureau of executing his son in order to “shut him up.” Speaking at a press conference in Russia, Abdulbaki Todashev said of the FBI: “They come to your house like bandits, and they shoot you.”
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By Judy Morris
Drudge Report Headline 5/30: PRESS REVOLTS OVER OTR MEET (OTR is Off the Record)
AP: NO THANKS… Breitbart article titled AP WON’T ATTEND HOLDER’S OFF-RECORD BRIEFING
CNN: NUH UH… CNN article titled Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
HUFFPO: NO GO… CNN article titled Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
DNC: SUCK IT UP… Twitchy article titled Bam! DNC’s Woodhouse tells journos to suck up off-the-record Holder meeting or shaddup; Tapper, Ace shred
POLITICO: WE’LL BE THERE… CNN article titled Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
REPORTERS NOW PRIESTS… National Journal article titled 7 Reasons Why the Media Shouldn’t Keep Eric Holder’s Secrets
Across the pond, The Telegraph (British) chirped in with a piece hilariously titled Barack Obama: even the mainstream media has given up on the hopey-changey stuff
The hopey-changey stuff? I can’t stop laughing!!
The rats in the palace are scurrying like the cockroaches. While CNN has seen a boost in ratings because it’s embraced a bit of adventurism by having folks like Alex Jones on to liven up the generally boring rhetoric, MSNBC ratings are in crash mode. MSNBC is the palace guard for Emperor Obama and its powerful empress, Rachel Maddow, can’t even hold the lies and propaganda together as evidenced by the monumental crash of MSNBC’s government approved version of Pravda (sorry for the insult to Pravda).
The Obama administration-friendly MSNBC is taking a stunning ratings crash dive – averaging a dismal 175,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic.
For broadcast media, losing a big chunk of the coveted 25-54 age group is like a direct hit from a nuclear bomb. It also signals that the young are considerably less inclined to succumb to propaganda.
While all of this is eminently entertaining, optimism is not warranted when it comes to MSM who is not about to change its evil ways. It’s all just about the incessant whining of the pampered, haughty and arrogant lords and ladies of the media who sold out their journalist professions for fame, fortune and celebrity.
But not to worry! The real media and real journalists have moved to a new address. They live on the Internet in cyberspace and they have websites, blogs, radio shows and Internet TV to directly challenge MSM and the government.
All is well. The rats and cockroaches can bitch, moan and whine all they want but at the end of the day they are still irrelevant and just a dying breed of traitors.and propagandists.
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Yet again, the Congress, courts, executive branch and the establishment media work together to protect the nation’s most powerful actors
So pervasive and reliable is the rule of elite immunity – even in the face of the most egregious crimes – that one finds extreme examples on a weekly basis. Six weeks ago, the Obama justice department forever precluded the possibility of criminal accountability for Bush torturers by refusing to bring charges in the only two remaining torture cases, ones involving the deaths of the detainee-victims by torture.
The Obama campaign is now running a new campaign ad against Mitt Romney that rails against a litany of Wall Street “criminals” and “gluttons of greed”, but as David Dayen astutely notes, those examples were all imprisoned during the Bush era because the Obama administration has prosecuted no significant Wall Street executives for the 2008 financial collapseand thus have none of their own examples to highlight:
“So the Obama campaign could not fill a list of three Wall Street criminals that the Obama Justice Department actually sent to jail. Heck, they couldn’t fill a list of one!
“This is despite Eric Holder telling students at Columbia University in February of this year that his Justice Department’s record of success on fighting financial fraud crimes ‘has been nothing less than historic.’ But not historic enough that his boss could point to, well, one Wall Street criminal behind bars as a result of DoJ’s actions.
That’s painfully telling. Nobody from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Citigroup or JPMorgan Chase or Goldman Sachs or Bear Stearns or Morgan Stanley or Merrill Lynch or even Countrywide or Ameriquest was available to stand in as a ‘glutton of greed’ in this advertisement. Literally no major figure responsible for the financial crisis has gone to jail. So the campaign has to use two CEOs from a decade-old accounting scandal, and a garden-variety Ponzi schemer.”
And now, the US supreme court just consecrated one of the most corrupt acts of the US government over the past decade: its vesting of retroactive legal immunity in the nation’s telecom giants after they had been caught red-handed violating multiple US eavesdropping laws. Just as the Obama DOJ forever precluded any legal accountability for Bush-era torturers, the supreme court on Tuesday forever precluded any legal accountability for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other telecoms for their crucial participation in the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program (the Obama DOJ, needless to say, supported the position of the telecoms).
When the New York Times revealed on 16 December 2005 that the Bush administration was spying on the telephone calls and emails of American citizens without the warrants required by the criminal law, it exposed lawbreaking not only by government officials but also by the nation’s largest telecoms. Multiple laws were in place at the time imposing both criminal and civil liability on telecoms for enabling government spying on the communications of their customers without warrants or other legal authority, and that is exactly what these telecoms did. One former AT&T employee, Mark Klein, publicly described how AT&T had even built a separate room with no purpose but to permit the National Security Agency unfettered access to all of its customers’ communications.
By Kurt Nimmo
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has confirmed that wiretap applications reveal in-depth detail on the Fast and Furious operation, including evidence showing that “agents were well aware that large sums of money were being used to purchase a large number of firearms, many of which were flowing across the border.”
Roll Call reports today that Issa released details concerning the wiretaps in the House. His disclosure is protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech on the floor.
According to Darrell Issa’s letter sent to Maryland Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings on May 24, not only did ATF officials know about the purchases, they oversaw activity by straw purchasers and ended their surveillance without interdicting the guns.
“Although ATF was aware of these facts, no one was arrested, and ATF failed to even approach the straw purchasers,” Issa’s letter states. “Upon learning these details through its review of this wiretap affidavit, senior Justice Department officials had a duty to stop this operation. Further, failure to do so was a violation of Justice Department policy.”
As we noted on June 22, Obama lied to the American people on March 23, 2011, when he said that neither he nor Attorney General Holder authorized the effort to arm the drug cartels in Mexico. Several weeks later, on May 3, Holder lied to Congress. He said he did not know who approved Fast and Furious. He also lied when he said he “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”
Issa talks about contempt and criminal case against Holder.
On Thursday, House Republicans held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The House made the historic move after Holder refused to divulge additional documents on the gun-running operation and Obama invoked executive privilege in an attempt to block the request for more information.
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Certain reporters in the mainstream media and progressive politicians in Washington have engaged in rhetoric that exhibits a marked insensitivity to the whistleblowers and victims in the Fast and Furious scandal.
In the aftermath of the vote Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, certain mainstream reporters and progressive politicians went on a spree of hurling inflammatory statements at Republicans in the House and some of the reporters who broke the Fast and Furious story.
The hate spree has had the net effect of slamming and insulting the whistleblowers and victims who through no fault of their own found themselves caught up in a sordid scheme of illegal activity including gun and drug smuggling and murder, perpetrated by the Obama Justice Department and its agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
So what was Obama’s level of involvement in the incident and the cover-up?