Posts tagged investigation
By Adam Dick
Ron Paul on CIA Targeting Congress
RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, speaking on the Fox Business show The Independents Wednesday night, addresses the Central Intelligence Agency’s spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee — seemingly to cover up torture revelations against the agency. Paul notes the irony that Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) “doesn’t care about our privacy, but, lo and behold, she does care about her own.”
Watch the complete interview here:
Surveillance State advocate Diane Feinstein cries about CIA searching of her committee’s computers
Oh wait, they’re spying on me? Then that’s a different matter. I thought they were only going after people I didn’t like – which coincidentally is pretty much everyone but me.
This won’t do. I am part of the court, the political class. I am a US Senator, your rules do not apply to me!
(From The Washington Post)
A behind-the-scenes battle between the CIA and Congress erupted in public Tuesday as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the agency of breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial interrogation program.
Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of secretly removing documents, searching committee-used computers and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct — charges that CIA Director John Brennan disputed within hours of her appearance on the Senate floor.
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Feds probe Maryland’s (and other state’s) disastrous Obamacare marketplace
(4 of the 14 state exchanges are now under investigation)
Obamacare is the train wreck that Democratic Senator and chair of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus said that it would be. It has been a complete failure in nearly every way. But its biggest failure may be the crony capitalism which infects the program at a cellular level. From the the deals given to the health insurance companies which will cost taxpayers billions, the deals the drug companies made which will cost taxpayers billions, to the “non-profit” navigators on the take, to the contractors which failed almost universally to deliver a workable online product, the American people have been lied to and stolen from. And I’m not being over the top. The president himself (along with his underlings) repeatedly lied to the American people. The theft is ongoing.
Obamacare may be the biggest domestic program disaster in history. It certainly is for the amount of time it has existed.
Harris said the probe should seek answers to several questions, including: “how federal dollars were spent on the exchange,” “the procurement process, which may have included contractors with no expertise,” whether federal funds can be recouped from the state “in light of their obvious lack of proper oversight” and “who specifically failed in their responsibilities to safeguard federal taxpayer money.”
The exchange’s now-fired contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, had been paid nearly $65 million by Maryland, and had billed the state for $13 million more. Additional spending is projected to bring the exchange’s total cost to a total of $261 million.
The bulk of Maryland’s funds for its Obamacare exchange came from federal grants.
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By Chris Butler
Audit: School employee used nearly $500,000 on iTunes, jewelry
A former Alcoa City School District employee who oversaw federal funds took nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to use for herself, according to an audit Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released Tuesday.
The former employee spent the money on her home mortgage, food, jewelry, clothing and iTunes songs, Wilson said. She even invested some of that money in a local gym, according to the audit.
Unlike many other state audits involving theft of taxpayer money, in which authorities already have indicted the accused government employee, officials haven’t arrested the employee yet, and they haven’t publicly identified her.
“Due to the fact that federal money is involved, this matter has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Knoxville,” said Cortney Dugger, spokesman for Tennessee Ninth Judicial District, in a statement to Tennessee Watchdog.
Dugger couldn’t say whether local or federal officials, or both, would prosecute the case, assuming an arrest is made.
Director of Schools Brian Bell didn’t return Tennessee Watchdog’s messages seeking comment Tuesday, and neither did anyone at Knoxville’s U.S. State Attorney’s Office.
According to the audit, the former school district employee, who assisted the school district’s federal projects administrator, diverted the half-million dollars from the district and two professional organizations — the Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Steering Committee and the East Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Association — where she served as treasurer .
The audit also said the school district reimbursed her for 70 work-related trips that she didn’t actually take.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation, which covered almost six years, comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said in a news release.
The audit also said the school district and the two professional organizations didn’t properly oversee how the employee spent taxpayer money.
The Difference Between Ron Paul & Ron Paul Inc:
Dennis Fusaro Explains on The Robert Wenzel Show
Worked for the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential campaign. Dennis describes the difference between Ron Paul & Ron Paul Inc.
Miss a show? Here’s the archive.
Yet Another Fast And Furious Gun Appears At Shootout in Mexico
Fast And Furious comes to the news front yet again.
Published by PigMine5
TWA Flight 800, What Really Happened?
Yesterday evening I caught a few tweets regarding a relatively new documentary that I had not watched before regarding TWA Flight 800. After a quick search we found the movie playing on Netflix and sat down to watch. The documentary is also available through EPIX and probably other sources as well. In review the documentary was excellently done, covered the facts while pointing out the investigative errors and what appears to be the propaganda reported on the incident that occurred in 1996. It was 92 minutes well spent and I would recommend it.
TWA Flight 800 is an EPIX Original and described by EPIX as:
It’s been called the biggest accident investigation in aviation history… more than a decade and a half later, the crash of TWA Flight 800 is still shrouded in controversy. What caused the plane to explode 12 minutes after takeoff? Why haven’t the 230 victims’ death certificates been finalized, after all these years? In this shocking documentary, insiders from the original investigation join forces to put together the missing pieces of the puzzle – and blow the lid off an alleged multi-agency cover-up of what really happened.
On of the better
@TWAFlight800Doc related tweets that got my attention below:
— Steven Salazar (@StevenMSal) December 2, 2013
For additional information, added videos and to view or sign their petition go to http://flight800doc.com.
Reality Check: More Americans Are “Rethinking” 9/11
Video text and sources: http://benswann.com
Great job by Ben Swann to touch on the topic of 9/11 that affects us all. Are you rethinking the official storyline of 9/11?
After a couple days I finally had a chance to see this video from September 1st which I had open in a few browser tabs waiting for me. Hillary Mann Leverett was included in a panel discussion regarding the buildup to yet more warmongering, this time for Syria, held on the quickly fading mainstream media station MSNBC. A classic study of intelligence verses msm spin in which Hillary Mann Leverett shinned using tactics basically extinct in today’s lapdog media, honesty, facts and logic. Enjoy!
Written by Daniel McAdams
Lapdog Regime Journalists versus a Bona Fide Expert: Watch the Sparks Fly!
RPI Academic Board Member Hillary Mann Leverett absolutely destroys the conventional wisdom-mongering and regime lapdog “journalists” on Obama’s march to war on Syria. Watch the smug bootlickers discount the sole voice of reason — an expert on the region rather than a talking head:
Thanks to Travis Holte for link.
Written by Daniel McAdams
President’s Spy Review Commission Provides Unintended Comedy
Government commissions are always set up to cover up or hide government incompetence or maliciousness once exposed. They are put together when the government fails spectacularly — as on 9/11 — and they are staffed with government insiders who can be trusted to not dig too deeply into government responsibility for its own failures or even its lawlessness. Look on the board of any government commission and you will always see the consummate insiders like Lee Hamilton.
Rarely is anyone fired for the mistakes made, and the conclusions always involve setting up more reform commissions and review boards to employ the multitude of government/quasi-government revolving door beneficiaries who populate the rarefied air of posh suburban settlements like McLean and Great Falls.
Sometimes these government CYA commissions can be quite comical, as Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden points out in a recent article. In the case of Durden’s piece, the title says it all:
“As Head Of NSA Review Group Obama Appoints Same Person Who ‘Apologized’ For Lying To Congress”
President Obama announced to great Beltway fanfare late last week that he was setting up a commission to review the policies and procedures of the NSA. This was announced as part of a larger reform of NSA surveillance that the president promised, including inserting an adversarial “privacy rights” voice in the secret FISA Court proceedings.
We can only guess who might be appointed as the FISA Court’s “privacy rights” advocate — maybe Diane Feinstein?