State Dept. Rejected Benghazi Compound Security Requests To Avoid Alarming The Terrorists Next Door

I can picture Benghazi Special Committee Chair,  Trey Gowdy looking at this latest information and just shaking his head. Multiple sources that were on the ground in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 have revealed to Fox News more facts about what happened in Benghazi on that fateful night.

According to these sources, the Consulate notified the State Department that the Islamic militia Ansar al Sharia had moved next door to the Benghazi compound less than a year before the attack, and the State Department’s response was something akin to, “and your point is?”

And when the Ambassador responded with, “um okay, can we at least have some uh – sandbags and um -  weapons so we can protect ourselves?” the response was, “no, that might upset the neighbors” (aka TERRORISTS.) Wish I were kidding.  So do the loved ones of the four dead Americans who were on the ground, there.

This is more of that amazing “smart diplomacy” we were promised in 2008. Oh yeah – the Obama brain trust were totally going to show up the Bushies with their “smart power.”.

A couple thoughts:

1. If you’re thinking no, no, no….NO administration – not even a Democrat one -  can be this weak and pathetic – congratulations, you are correct.

2. I know I’ve said this before, but does Hillary really think she’s running for president with this clusterfark under her belt? No, she’s done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly Released Emails Show Lois Lerner Tried To Hide Online Conversations From Congress (Video)

Newly released emails from IRS Arch Villainess Lois Lerner, were the star attraction at a House Oversight Committee hearing,  Wednesday.  The emails, which are from an exchange that took place between Lerner and  IRS IT employee Maria Hooke, and Nanette Downing, the Director of Exempt Organizations, were dumped on Congress at 4:00 pm on July 3rd according to Rep. Jordan in the video below – which is just how this Regime rolls.

The emails clearly show Lerner trying to find a way to engage in conversations online with fellow conspirators away from the the prying eyes of Congress.

Warning staff to “be cautious” about what they said in email, she explored other ways to communicate online in secret.  She asked IT if chat conversations on the internal instant messaging service would be saved in a searchable format.

When she was informed that the data could only be saved if someone copied and pasted them to a file or email, Lerner replied “perfect”.

 

Hmmm!

Via Truth Revolt:

Not a smidgen of corruption, all right. What we’ve got here is a  boatload of corruption.

SEE ALSO:

The Noisy Room: The IRS Is Playing Hide And Seek With Emails:

I stand with Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who bravely asked why it has taken six months to get any of these emails. Establishing a chain of evidence is required here and this level of stonewalling is not just egregious, it’s ridiculous in the extreme. It is obvious that Lerner is trying to hide and destroy evidence. She is hoping to run out the clock, until some new emergency takes the limelight off her sullied visage. Lerner is sticking to her bogus line, claiming that the computer that sent the emails crashed and burned and the backup tapes were destroyed after six months. But you see, emails are forever, so no one believes that. Nor do we believe that six of her colleagues magically had the same thing happen to them – it’s just coincidental they were all involved in the scandal. And where did those emails go? I’m sure whoever received them has copies somewhere as well.

The GOP has been addressing this item though. I asked the GOP specifically about this issue: “I understand they are still gathering info on the matter. However, while they are doing so, shouldn’t they be subpoenaing people who also received emails from the individuals who claim that their emails were lost? I think we all know those emails are being hid and/or destroyed. My husband and I are both in IT and this doesn’t meet the smell test even remotely.” The answer:

Both the Oversight & Government Reform and Ways and Means Committees have asked for the emails between personnel, Lois Lerner and one of the five document custodians from the White House, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, EPA, FEC, and OSHA. To date, the White House has produced a very limited number; The Treasury Department has produced nearly 4,000 emails; and DoJ is in the process of producing its emails.

Rep Brady to Koskinen: “This is the most corrupt and deceitful IRS in history.”

While Congressman Ryan’s exchange with the hapless IRS Commissioner Koskinen has garnered the most attention, today. Rep. Kevin Brady also had an interesting and edifying back and forth with him - blowing holes in IRS cover story.

Via The Houston Chronicle:

In a tense exchange between the commissioner and the Texas Republican, Brady claimed Koskinen withheld information from the congressional investigation on the IRS.

“You knew in March, and you withheld the information from this congressional investigation, and in May you assured this committee that all of Ms. Lerner’s emails would be provided to us and yet you knew that was not possible,” Brady said.

Koskinen fervently denied he had any knowledge that Lerner’s e-mails were irretrievable by March, or that he withheld any information from the investigation.

Brady said, “the IRS denied for two years targeting of Americans based on their political beliefs. That wasn’t the truth. They said it was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. That wasn’t the truth. You said you were targeting liberal organizations. That wasn’t the truth. Then you assured us you would provide us all the emails in May and that wasn’t the truth. And today, you are telling us out of thousands of IRS computers, the one that lost the emails was a person of interest in an ongoing congressional investigation. And that is not the truth either.”

Exit question: What’s the penalty for lying to Congress?

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Ace of Spades: Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive “Crashed” Ten Days After House Ways & Means Chairman David Camp Made His First Inquiry About Targeting Conservatives

 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen knew in February that Lois Lerner’s hard drive had “crashed” – but did not inform Congress until last week.

Worse yet, he has repeatedly told media outlets that he only knew of the crash in “late spring.”

Furthermore, a Treasury letter from April (repeatedly referenced by Rep. Brady) states that that department agreed with the IRS that Congress should be informed as soon as possible. And yet Koskinen did not inform Congress until last week.

Koskinen’s defense for what appears to be perjury or at least withholding critical information from Congress is this: I knew about the hard drive crash, but I didn’t know that emails would be irretrievable (and he maintains he doesn’t know if they can’t be retrieved), so I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you jumping to unwarranted conclusions.

Ed Morrissey, The Fiscal Times: Lost IRS Emails Point to An Abuse of Power and Cover-Up 

The closest insinuation between the IRS targeting scandal has been an unusual meeting between the IRS’ chief counsel, William Wilkins, and Obama on April 23, 2012. The chief counsel for the IRS would have no discernible reason for a private meeting with the president; his job would be to brief the IRS commissioner – at the time Douglas Shulman – who met with Obama the very next day.

The day after that, Wilkins sent a revised set of guidelines to Lois Lerner for the tax-exempt unit to use when applying extra scrutiny. To this day, no explanation for this meeting has been made public, even though records show that Wilkins spent hours at the White House with “POTUS” as his host.

Nor was this the first time that Wilkins appears in the targeting narrative. Carter Hull, a retired high-ranking IRS official with 48 years’ experience at the agency, testified that after he approved a Tea Party-related tax-exempt application, it got routed to Wilkins rather than finalized.

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Watch Hagel Get Defensive When Congressman Asks Why Bergdahl Is Still In Germany (Video)

There were some fireworks at the House Armed Services hearing, yesterday, when Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel got offended when Miller asked why the administration was still keeping Bergdahl isolated in a Army base hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Members on both sides of the aisle – including Miller – wanted answers from Hagel as to why the White House neglected to inform them of the release of the five high risk Taliban commanders for the deserter, Bergdahl — as required by federal law. Hagel’s answer – essentially that time was of the essence – failed to satisfy most of the congressmen.

Things heated up when Miller asked Hagel why  Bergdahl  is still stuck at the Landstuhl Army base in Germany, unable to be questioned.

Transcript via Daily Caller:

“You keep saying we can’t get the facts from Sgt. Bergdahl until he returns home,” the lawmaker asked. “Have you ever thought about going to Landstuhl and talking to him there?”

“Well I don’t know how much medical training you had, congressman,” Hagel replied. “I haven’t had much. what we’re doing is we’re allowing –”

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute,” Miller interrupted. “Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States? We have seriously wounded soldiers that have returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized . . . You’re trying to tell me that he’s being held in Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?”

“Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that,” Hagel replied. “The fact — ”

I’m just asking the question!” Miller pushed back.

“I’m gonna give you an answer too,” the Defense Secretary said angrily. “I don’t like the implication of the question! He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready until they believe he’s ready to take the next step to rehabilitation.”

“So you’re telling me he cannot be questioned because of his condition?” Miller later asked.

“I’m telling you that the medical professions that rely on their judgment for his health — which I assume everybody respects — have made the determination and will make the determination that when he is ready to move and move to the next step, which most likely in San Antonio, then we can proceed,” Hagel concluded. “That’s what I’m saying.”

If the issue is Bergdahl’s psychological condition, why does Hagel keep saying it’s a medical doctor’s call?

Here’s the implication of the question, in case there was any doubt: There is now widespread suspicion that there is witness tampering going on at that army base in Germany – that Bergdahl is being told exactly what to say as instructed by a “hand-picked”, “very devoted team”.

Sadly,  we will probably never know what happened to Bowe Bergdahl during his captivity.

Fox News Bombshell: Regime Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack While It Was Happening

In an explosive interview on Fox News’ Special Report, Wednesday, Eric Stahl, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, told Bret Baier that  U.S. spy agencies were able to hear terrorists making phone calls to their superior commanding officers while the attack on the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi was taking place on September 11, 2012. The reason the communications were easily intercepted is because the attackers were using State Department cell phones they had seized during the attacks.

It wasn’t weeks, days, or even hours before the “fog of war” had cleared and the Regime could piece together what had happened. They knew in real time - as it was happening – that it was a terrorist attack because they heard the terrorists themselves talking on their own State Dept cellphones.

Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

Stahl also told Baier that his crew could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, given their alert status and location – but they were never asked to do so.

“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”

What more, Stahl contends that a C 1-30 had been requested a month prior to 9/11 to be on stand-by at the airport, but that request had been denied.

Watch the video – as Major Stahl explains it, you can actually picture these CIA guys looking at each other and going “WTF?” while the Regime was pushing the YouTube video narrative.

Of course, it took nearly two years for anyone to interview any of these guys.

That sham Accountability Review Board, of course, somehow missed them.

 

I can’t believe Hillary Clinton would even think of  running for president with this FUBAR cover-up on her record. What nerve.

As for Obama… #IMPEACH

Pat Caddell: Bergdahl Press Conference Obama’s “Jump the Shark” Moment

Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News’ Political Insiders, Sunday evening, to talk about the controversial Bergdahl swap.

Faulkner asked the group if the story was evolving in a way that was favorable to the Regime.

Schoen answered, “I’m seeing more and more questions being  asked. For example, was money paid to the Haqqani network? …How much restrictions are on the five detainees released in Qatar?”

He also questioned John Kerry’s strange comment Sunday, that suggested we have the ability to drone these militants once they’re back on the battlefield. “We need to find out what he was talking about – and what he meant,” Schoen noted.

Harris wondered if any other administration would have done differently.

LeBoutillier said, “maybe, but as time goes on, you can’t believe anything anybody in this administration says about it.”

He made the point that the administration – Hagel specifically – have denied that any of Bergdahl’s troop mates died while looking for him.” Faulkner played a clip of Hagel weakly trying to make that assertion.

“We’ve seen the parents of dead soldiers who died (were killed) looking for Bergdahl on the TV shows this past week, complaining about this thing,”  LeBoutillier exclaimed.

Caddell said, “I think the poll numbers are changing to their detriment.”

“we have these five Taliban top commanders one of whom engaged in genocide, living in luxury. I want to know how many Americans died to capture those Taliban,” (that were just set free) Caddell thundered.

In 2011, and 2012, “everyone refused to make this trade,” Caddell noted. “It was a White House operation. They wanted the VA off the front page – they got something much worse.”

Schoen added, “the deal itself was very very problematic, but as John suggested, I think the credibility of this administration in terms of its overall foreign policy – what they say and what they do are completely at variance, and we saw this week an absence of coherence between the US and the Europeans. Ultimately, this is a president losing credibility, and losing stature.”

LeBoutillier repeated the conventional wisdom that the swap was made to get the VA scandal off the front pages, but they botched the rollout of the news horribly, starting with the Rose Garden announcement with Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl.

“Can you imagine!” he exclaimed, “having the father of this prisoner standing with the president tweeting with the Taliban leadership, promising to work to get all of the prisoners out of Guantanamo – he’s standing with the Commander in Chief whose soldiers are getting killed by the Taliban! How can this be?!”

Caddell piped up, “let’s talk about incompetence for a moment”, referring to the Rose garden presser with the family. “That moment may go down in history as a “jump the shark moment” for the administration. All of a sudden, everything it says and does is exposed. It goes to far!”

In an aside, Caddell also slammed the president for “standing there tie-less.”

They’ve had a whole office of people dealing with the “eccentric ” Bergdahls for years – “no one said to the president – they seem to come off as a little eccentric, maybe we shouldn’t have this going on – maybe there are going to be some problems?I know from my experience, you would try to do that,” Caddell explained.

The easy answer is – Obama’s White House is filled with youthful liberal hipsters and ideologues who don’t find anything eccentric about the Bergdahls and cluck their tongues at us for “judging” the elder Bergdahl for his questionable appearance and behavior.

Caddell calls them “a team of clowns who took over from a very qualified team in foreign policy.” The Obami call it “smart power.”

The partisan divide is as wide as it’s ever been.

Linked by Doug Ross and iOWNTHEWORLD, thanks!

Why The Regime’s Bergdahl Flim-Flam Failed

Some are calling the Bergdahl swap, “Obama’s gambit to distract America from the VA scandal” - which if true – is blowing up in his face. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way – The Regime clearly wanted to portray Bergdahl as a long-suffering hero who had served his country well, and through their outstanding efforts, was coming home to be reunited with his family.

The reason this is turning into one of the most devastating scandals of Obama’s scandal-plagued presidency has less to do with the fact that it was a horrible deal which the administration neglected to run by Congress – than the usual incompetent, deceitful  mismanagement of the roll-out. The fact is, there are people on the right who could have supported this deal, if it had been managed properly. Charles Krauthammer, for one.

There are also Republicans who would (and have) argued that the president had the power to unilaterally act in making this swap, without running it by Congress. All of this is debatable.

But Americans don’t like to be lied to. They don’t like to have their intelligence insulted. And after five years of Obama scandals, they’ve come to recognize the tell-tale signs of an Obama flim-flam: whistleblowers being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, brazen attempts to set a false narrative – (see Rice, Susan), and the Regime’s favorite stonewalling technique – the promise of a “full investigation”  (before they make any determinations about what happened) when plenty of facts are already out there.

The Regime line is, it would be irresponsible to for them to make any determination about “Sgt” Bergdahl until the investigation (whitewash) has concluded. Even though there has already been an Army investigation that has been classified. So first we had the awkward Rose Garden announcement with the parents – with the elder Bergdahl citing the Koran “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.”  Whaaaa?…..

Did the president have no idea that Bob Bergdahl was an Taliban sympathizer/possible Muslim convert? Just a routine vetting of the guy would have brought up some highly questionable online activities. So the world was treated to the elder Bergdahl thanking Allah and POTUS smiling weirdly in response to those words. Don’t tell me most Americans who saw saw that weren’t immediately put off.

The Regime could have made this swap with less fanfare and framed it as a necessary evil. Not something to be necessarily celebrated – but a way to bring back a soldier in captivity while winding down the war – without the pretense that he was some kind of returning hero.

But the arrogance of this administration knows no bounds, and they figured that with the help of their friends in the media, and fellow Democrats, they could tamp down any blow-back on the deal. They were wrong. It’s an election year, and Democrats aren’t playing. Only the most embarrassingly hackish Regime lapdogs (See Hayes, Chris) are towing the White House line. Even Tingles is questioning it. 

Meanwhile, Bergdahl’s fellow platoon mates have been tripping over themselves to get the truth out.

Via Michelle Malkin, one such soldier from the  1st Platoon of Blackfoot Company,” based out of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan told his story – which is in line with all the other stories, fellow soldiers have been telling. Here’s a snippet, but the whole thing is worth reading..

 “A few days later we (FTF) conducted a daylight raid on some tents looking for PFC Bergdahl. We took heavy small arms and RPG fire  on approach and ran off the CH-47s in contact. Our entire element engaged the enemy, who turned out to be a Taliban shadow governor and his bodyguards…Multiple people died that day…All of this happened because PFC Bergdahl got tired of playing soldier. The remainder of that deployment was focused on recovery efforts. Countless members of the brigade were wounded and we lost good friends, among them PFC Matthew Martinek and 2LT Darryn Andrews. I have no doubt these great men would be alive if PFC Bergdahl did not leave.” In addition to 2LT Andrews and PFCs Casillas, Fairbairn, and Martinek, PFC Morris Walker and Staff Sergeants Clayton BowenKurt Curtiss, and Michael Murphrey died as a result of Bergdahl’s abandonment. That’s eight dead American soldiers (not six as the rest of the media has reported) betrayed by selfish Bergdahl and reckless President Obama. My source did not mince words: “The fact that our government negotiated with terrorists and our enemy is incomprehensible. The fact that they exchanged five war criminals for a traitor is sickening. The worst part for those of us that suffered through that time is that PFC Bergdahl is being hailed as some kind of hero. He was automatically promoted to Specialist and Sergeant, ranks he does not deserve and did not earn. I have no doubt he will receive back pay for these past five years, a substantial sum. There will be book deals, and his family are celebrities. I am glad he is safe, and happy for his family, but he should return home to face a court martial.”

Of course, the Regime, in their ongoing efforts to bamboozle the low infos among us sent out Susan Rice to the Sunday talk shows to talk the swap up, and portray Bergdahl as a soldier who served “with honor and distinction,”  repeating the lie that he was “captured on the battlefield.” The young spokesthings at the State Dept. have been given the same talking points, and are now openly questioning the veracity of the soldiers who served with Bergdahl.

Today, we hear the White House attempting to label the honorable vets who served with the deserter as “Swiftboaters.” Not that there’s anything wrong with swiftboating. Telling the truth about the left is a noble cause  and should be held in high esteem.  But as I noted at the Conversation, today, the flailing White House is using the term as a dog-whistle to rally the prog troops to come to its defense.  Dems still have nightmares about the Swiftboat vets capsizing John Kerry’s campaign.

But it’s not going to work – again – it’s an election year, and Democrats are not interested in slamming vets when their jobs are on the line.

UPDATE:

The Regime’s rationale for hastily making this deal without notifying congress was Bergdahl’s declining health – which Rice claimed demanded immediate medical attention.

“In fact what we had to do and what did do, consistent with the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief, is prioritize the health of Sergeant Bergdahl,” she said. “We had reason to be concerned that this was an urgent and an acute situation, that his life could have been at risk. We did not have 30 days to wait. And had we waited and lost him, I don’t think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.”

Now that the Taliban have released the video of Bergdahl being released –  even that seems to be a trumped up lie. Bergdahl appears to be as healthy as a horse.

It doesn’t matter. They lie because their target  audience lets them.

Jay Carney Misrepresents The American Legion Position On VA Scandal (Video)

At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly pointed to an American Legion statement that he claimed praised the Department of Veterans Affairs for addressing the leadership problem at the VA.

He said, in answer to ABC’s Jonathan Karl’s questioning,  “the American Legion said that the group looks at Petzel’s resignation as a, quote, step towards addressing the leadership problem at the VA. So I think that undercuts the assertion that that is not a meaningful development.”
Karl reports that Carney “went on to cite the American Legion nine times during the briefing.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd referred to the WH’s actions regarding the scandal, thus far, as “window dressing.” Carney, again pointed to the American Legion statement.

Veteran White House reporter, Jonathan Karl, having dealt with Carney’s obfuscations many times in the past, felt a fact check was in order. It turns out, the American legion had issued a statement, Friday about Dr. Petzel’s resignation, saying close to the opposite of what Carney alleged, today.

“This move by VA is not a corrective action, but a continuation of business as usual,” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said in a statement. “Dr. Petzel was already scheduled to retire this year, so his resignation now really won’t make that much of a difference.”
The statement — which can be found on the at the top of the American Legion’s website — goes on to say the real problem is at the top of VA. “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki and Under Secretary [Allison] Hickey remain on the job. They are both part of VA’s leadership problem, and we want them to resign as soon as possible.”

When asked about the discrepancy, the White House pointed ABC News to articles in the Washington Times and USA Today that posted on Friday and quoted American Legion officials calling the resignation a “step towards addressing the leadership problem at the VA.”

The official quoted, spokesman John Raughter, acknowledged saying it was a step forward but not much of a step.

“It was a small a step,” Raughter told ABC News. “It was going to happen anyway. So, I suppose it was better than if he had stayed on the job.”
Was Raughter suggesting the problems at the VA had been addressed in a significant way?
“Not at all,” he said. “We feel there is a cultural change that needs to be made.”

Karl asked American Legion spokesman Peter Gayton what he thought of the way the White House (Carney) had  cited the group. “We hope they read the commander’s full release on Dr. Petzel’s resignation,” Gayton answered.

The Regime is following the usual crisis management tactics they employ for all their scandals – which seems odd to me, because this doesn’t seem like something you can pin directly on the White House. Why the weaselly, mealy mouthed obfuscations? It immediately starts looking like a cover-up.

Why not make some head rolls RIGHT NOW because of the gross failures, incompetence and corruption under their watch?

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Jay Carney on Monday: Obama First Learned About VA Scandal in the Media:

President Barack Obama first learned of the scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrators concealing the true wait times vets faced in the press, according to a claim made by White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on Monday. While the president may have not been aware of the falsified wait lists, however, reports indicate that his administration was informed of excessive wait times at the VA as early as 2008. Obama even campaigned on the issue of VA waiting lists in 2007.

Of course.

 

Dismantling the Left’s Dishonest Obama-Defense Strategies

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Kudos to Kyle Becker of IJ Review for doing the fact-checking on the left’s ’13 Benghazis That Happened Under Bush’ Viral Meme.

Many of us have seen the narratives refuting “Benghazigate.”

“Where was the outrage about all those embassy attacks under Bush? What about all the people killed in those attacks? Where was Fox News then?”

Let’s put aside for now that this line of questioning has nothing at all to do with why people are concerned about what happened during and after the Benghazi terror attack.

All 13 false equivalencies are picked apart, here.

Of course there were attacks on US Embassies in terrorist hot spots throughout the world during the Bush era. We were fighting two hot wars as part of what used to be called – “the global war on terror.” But there were major differences between these attacks and Benghazi, including the fact that in most of the examples no Americans died, there were no requests for more security that were  ignored, and there was no active cover-up after the attack. They were not “just like Benghazi” at all.

Bush readily admitted that we were fighting a global war on terror. But Obama wanted the nation to think that he had decisively won the war after  Osama Bin Laden was assassinated. The war on terror was over. Now, we just had overseas contingencies and workplace violence and demonstrations over Youtube videos.

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The left  uses dishonest defense strategies to protect Obama and they have used them time and time again to explain away his scandals. They mischaracterize past events to draw some sort of moral equivalency – which often involves blaming Bush.  It looks good on the surface, but falls apart upon close scrutiny. But it doesn’t matter how weak their false equivalency is, because the strategy is geared toward BDS-ridden O-bots who are inclined to agree with them and not do any independent fact-checking. They just want to be spoon-fed what to think, and the Alinskyites running the show right now, are happy to provide them with the nonsensical pablum they need to fulfill their preconceived notions about a world in which every enemy has an R after his name.

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Perhaps the first time the left used this strategy to protect Obama came after Holder’s DOJ dropped the charges against the New Black Panthers in what one Justice Dept lawyer described as a slam dunk case the clearest case of voter intimidation he had ever seen..

The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”

The Obama administration won the case last month, but moved to dismiss the charges on May 15.

Believe it or not – the left tried to blame Bush for the decision – forcing conservative bloggers like Delroy Murdock to waste time slapping down their idiotic false narrative:

Olbermann, recently fired Washington Post analyst Dave Weigel, and The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer have all crowed that Bush’s Justice Department dropped a criminal case against the NBPP. In fact, there never was a criminal case to drop. The NBPP faced a civil lawsuit prepared by Justice’s Voting Rights unit. This is exactly what career prosecutors recommended in the first place.

With respect to all but one defendant, Justice abandoned its civil case under Obama, not Bush — no matter what Olbermann and his comrades would like to believe.  

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During the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, in which thousands of high powered guns were allowed to fall into the hands of criminal gun cartels, Democrats constantly tried to argue that the Obama administration’s Operation F & F,  was a continuation of  “Wide Receiver”, a failed gun-tracing operation that the ATF briefly tried under George W. Bush. Democrats often used the Wide Receiver narrative during Congressional hearings, and Jay Carney used it when questioned by reporters during press briefings.

They were lying.

Besides the fact that they were two separate operations,  Wide Receiver actually made an attempt to track the guns that were headed into Mexico - guns  were implanted with RFID chips and were tracked electronically. The ATF in Phoenix also implemented aerial surveillance tactics in an attempt to follow the weapons.

Obama’s ATF  took no such steps to track the walked guns other than recording the serial numbers before allowing them to cross the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  ATF agents involved with Fast and Furious would later testify that they were ordered to stand down and not track the weapons even when interdiction was possible.  The objective was to get them into the hands of drug cartel bandits only to be interdicted after they had killed people – at which point, they were  traced back to the gun shops that sold the guns to straw purchasers (at the ATF’s behest.) It was not a “botched operation. It was totally effed up from the start.

The Bush administration also worked in cooperation with the Mexican government. When about 200 guns were lost track of – the operation was terminated in 2007.

Mexican authorities were kept in the dark over Fast and Furious and were outraged when the details about the criminally insane operation were revealed. The operation started in the Fall of 2009 and not terminated until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of the Fast and Furious Guns in December of 2010.

A good question for Eric Holder would be why would the DOJ resurrect a program like Wide Receiver after it failed  -  but he would tell you he had no idea about it or Operation Fast and Furious.  He testified that he didn’t even know about Fast and Furious until well after Brian Terry’s death in Dec. 2010.  Any emails that might say otherwise have been protected by Executive Privilege.

There are still liberal drones out there who will knowingly tell you that Fast and Furious is a GW Bush scandal because it was a continuation of a Bush era gun-walking operation.

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Remember Solyndra? The solar company that went belly-up after the Obama administration awarded them with an ill-advised half a billion dollars  loan? That was Bush’s fault, too, you know.

After spending months touting the Obama administration’s decision to loan $535 million to the California solar energy upstart Solyndra, top officials took a new tack Wednesday while testifying before Congress about the company’s abrupt shut-down and bankruptcy: the loan, they said, was actually the Bush administration’s idea. The Energy Department’s top lending officer told Congress that the Solyndra loan application was not only filed during President Bush’s term, but it surged towards completion before Obama took office in January 2009.

“By the time the Obama administration took office in late January 2009, the loan programs’ staff had already established a goal of, and timeline for, issuing the company a conditional loan guarantee commitment in March 2009,” said Jonathan Silver, who heads the Energy loan program.

It was a key part of the Democrats’ pushback over the Solyndra scandal. Dems argued that the loan guarantees made to the solar panel company were just as much the doing of the George W. Bush administration as they were of the Obama administration.

This argument has been pushed repeatedly by the Democrats on the Energy and Commerce committee, by liberal groups like Media Matters and even by the Energy Department itself, which has been emailing reporters regular press releases spinning the scandal.

For example, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce investigation subcommittee, asked Friday, “Whether the Bush and Obama administration conducted due diligence on the loan guarantee.”

But the facts don’t justify this claim. The bottom line remains that the Bush Administration did not approve the Solyndra loan guarantee. And just before they headed out of town, Bush officials ordered the project back to the drawing board.

Democrats argue the Energy Department first received the loan request in December 2006. By January 2009, it was still under consideration. That month, the department’s Loan Guarantee Credit Committee put the project on hold.

IBD concluded, “there were two administrations involved in this project. One, after more than two years of consideration, was still sending it back for further review. That was the Bush administration. The second was placing “intense pressure” on department staff to approve loans from the moment it walked in the door and even had the energy secretary himself personally reviewing each loan. That was the Obama administration.”

It would be like a Republican administration coming into office after Obama, immediately approving the Keystone Pipeline, and when something horrible goes wrong – trying to share the blame with Obama because he’s the one who  “established the goal” of approving the pipeline.

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The IRS Scandal: One  defense strategy the left has employed to defend the Obama Regime  is the laughable “Progressive groups were targeted too!” false narrative. I’ve actually seen them try to argue that progressive groups were targeted even more than conservative groups. I mean if you’re going to lie – go big, right?

 NO progressive groups were unfairly targeted by IRS

This would already seem obvious given the fact that absolutely no progressive groups have come forward with horror stories about the abuse they supposedly endured as a result of being targeted and unfairly scrutinized. Congressional Democrats had every opportunity to let this alleged multitude of “progressive IRS victims” testify before various committees during several hearings that have been held on Capitol Hill on the scandal. Not-so-shockingly, no progressive victims have been identified and none ever testified..  Because they don’t exist.

There are still liberal drones who spread that particular brazen lie in the comment sections of our nation’s newspapers.

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Be on the look-out for this particular defense strategy. Now that we see the pattern, it should be obvious when we see them employing it.

The VA scandal is in its infancy, but I fully expect the left to blame the scandal on Bush era policies that Obama is heroically fixing. If they haven’t done that already.

IRS Scandal Heats Up As Newly Released Emails Prove Targeting Was Directed Out of DC (Video)

Judicial Watch, the same group that recently forced the White House to release those damning email exchanges related to the Benghazi attack, just published some  newly uncovered communications regarding the IRS targeting of conservative groups. The emails, which were obtained  in response to an October 2013 Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit filed after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013. Reading the emails, you can see why they stonewalled. They prove without a doubt that the handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  and that “extensive pressure” was put on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. 

One key email string from July 2012 confirms that IRS Tea Party scrutiny was directed from Washington, DC. On July 6, 2010, Holly Paz (the former Director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements Division and current Manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance) asks IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in the last few months.”  Cindy Thomas is the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati and Sharon Camarillo was a Senior Manager in their Los Angeles office. Grodnitzky, a top lawyer in the Exempt Organization Technical unit (EOT) in Washington, DC, responds:

EOT is working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy. We are developing a few applications here in DC and providing copies of our development letters with the agent to use as examples in the development of their cases. Chip Hull [another lawyer in IRS headquarters] is working these cases in EOT and working with the agent in Cincy, so any communication should include him as well. Because the Tea party applications are the subject of an SCR [Sensitive Case Report], we cannot resolve any of the cases without coordinating with Rob.

The reference to Rob is believed to be Rob Choi, then-Director of Rulings and Agreements in IRS’s Washington, DC, headquarters.

The Daily Caller reported:

Levin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ permanent subcommittee on investigations, wrote a March 30, 2012 letter to then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman discussing the “urgency” of the issue of possible political activity by nonprofit applicants. Levin asked if the IRS was sending out additional information requests to applicant groups and citing an IRS rejection letter to a conservative group as an example of how the IRS should be conducting its business.

Bill Hemmer reported on the scandal Thursday morning on Fox News:



Senator Ted Cruz’s press release in full:

New Emails Escalate Need for Special Prosecutor

Sen Cruz: A special prosecutor with real independence should be appointed immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today made the following statement regarding new emails between IRS employees and other government officials released by a watchdog group.

“After emails showed that Lois Lerner was communicating directly with the Department of Justice, I sent Attorney General Holder a letter asking him to reconsider his decision to not appoint a special prosecutor in the IRS targeting scandal. And now today more emails have surfaced, this time showing that IRS targeting of Tea Party groups was coordinated from Washington D.C.—contrary to the Administration’s initial story that this was all done by lower ranking IRS officials in Cincinnati.

“So we now know the Department of Justice was involved with the IRS targeting, and the Administration’s initial explanation about the targeting was false. This Administration has lost all credibility to investigate this partisan scandal, especially given that they have entrusted the investigation to be led by a major Democratic donor. A special prosecutor with real independence should be appointed immediately.”

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John Hayward, The Conversation: A new chapter in the IRS scandal begins:

Once again, I’m struck by how well Obama’s delaying tactics work to protect him from scandals that could have brought down his Administration.  He and his team of paid liars long ago hit on the tactic of living from one news cycle to the next – a deliberate reversal of the old Washington wisdom that it’s better to dump everything at once (preferably in a literal dumpster out back of the White House, on a Friday afternoon, ideally before a holiday weekend) to avoid the corrosive drip-drip-drip of scandal.  Old Washington hands thought it was dangerous to drag these things out and keep them in the news; better to muscle through a round of tough Sunday shows and get it over with, instead of seeing stories about “new revelations in Whatever-gate” on the front pages, week after week.

Newsbusters: Networks Censor Bombshell Documents Showing Top Democrat Pressed IRS to Target Conservatives

Coverage by the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows? 0 seconds.

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While the networks refused to cover the new revelations in the IRS scandal they did devote a total of 11 minutes (ABC: 4 minutes,19 seconds; CBS: 4 minutes, 19 seconds; NBC: 4 minutes, 8 seconds) to defending Hillary Clinton from Republican attacks on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows.

 

Judge Jeanine Smacks Down Jay Carney, “Has This Guy Ever NOT Told A Lie At A Press Conference?”

In Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Opening Statement, Saturday night, she called out Democrats who are refusing to participate in the Benghazi investigation committee, headed up by Trey Gowdy. “They have to be afraid of something,” she said. “They have something to hide.”

Making the point, that if the investigation were nothing but a crass political stunt, like Democrats say, wouldn’t that benefit Democrats? Pirro asked.

Pirro than ran through a list of unanswered questions the commission will be likely be seeking answers to – not the least of which is -  why did everyone lie?

Referring to Jay Carney, Pirro scoffed, “has this guy ever NOT told a lie at a press conference? I mean this guy should be indicted just for showing up because everyone knows that his intent is to lie.”

So true. I’m sick of seeing his smug, lying face. I don’t know how the press corps – even the ones who willingly help him disseminate the lies – don’t get sick to their stomach listening to his BS day after day.

Pirro had on Chris Farrell from Judicial Watch to talk about the work they’ve been doing to break through the Regimes protective firewall.

Farrell said that they’ve got “four lawsuits in federal court, right now.”

He added that they’ve also “filed dozens of FOIA requests at the various agencies – State, DoD, Justice and others.”

“There’s more to come,” he promised.

Pirro asked about the emails that are being withheld by the State Dept concerning a Fox News report on Benghazi.

“Clearly you guys set off alarm bells in the White House.” Farrell answered. “They were in panic mode, trying to shape a response – come up with some bullet points to knock down your reporting.”

“They will only abide with transparency when it’s compelled by law”, Farrell said.

Pirro had on Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey to talk about the make-up of the Select Committee.

She asked what would happen if the Dems decide to boycott.

“That’s a big so-what,” Mukasey answered. “Remember the Soviets walked out of the Security Counsel and a lot of good work got done in their absence. That’s the analogy I would draw.”

Charles Krauthammer also said he hopes Dems wILL boycott Benghazi investigation so America can avoid ‘softballs’ and ‘speeches.’

But I said it first: “I kinda like the idea of no Democrats being around to gum up the proceedings with partisan obfuscations myself.” May 5th.

Make our day, cry babies – have your little temper tantrum. Boycott the panel, whine and grouse on the sidelines while the grown-ups do the work.

It will be 41.6% better without them.

Video: Smoking Gun Email Shows VA Employees in WY Falsified Records

A damning new email obtained by Fox News reveals that an official at a Wyoming VA instructed his workers to cook the books to make it look like patients were being seen within the agency’s required 14-day window.

Via Fox News

Fox News has learned that the VA was informed of dubious scheduling practices at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and at a community-based outpatient clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is part of the Wyoming center, through an internal investigation in December 2013. The problems at and the investigation into the Fort Collins clinic were reported earlier this week.

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The June email signed by an employee named David Newman, a Telehealth coordinator at the Cheyenne center, describes to the workers methods they can use to manipulate records in the patient appointment system to comply with a VA policy that requires patients be seen within 14 days of their desired date of appointment.

“Yes, it is gaming the system a bit,” the email reads. “But you have to know the rules of the game you are playing, and when we exceed the 14-day measure, the front office gets very upset.”

Shinseki said in a statement that after he learned of the email on Friday, he ordered the employee who wrote it placed on administrative leave. He said he also ordered the VA’s independent inspector general to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

“VA takes any allegations about patient care or employee misconduct very seriously.  If true, the behavior outlined in the email is unacceptable,” Shinseki said.

In the age of Obama, even blatantly obvious malfeasance requires an “investigation” before a wrong-doer can be fired. Which is why none are ever fired – because the Obama Regime’s  investigations always end up being a whitewash where no one is found to be at fault.

This latest bombshell email was discussed on Fox News, Saturday morning.

 

Cleta Mitchell Discusses New Front In IRS Scandal: Nearly 1 in 10 Conservative Donors Audited By IRS (Video)

The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, excessive tax-exempt scrutiny, or tax privacy breaches include Tea party groups and their donors, the conservative Hollywood group, Friends of AbeFranklin Graham, Christine O’Donnell, a pro-marriage group,  Dr. Ben CarsonDr. Milton Wolf ,  (Obama’s Republican cousin who is running for Senate in KS), and ObamaCare critics Bill Elliot and C. Steven Tucker.

Were we supposed to believe it was all a big coincidence?

Washington attorney, Cleta Mitchell was on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly Thursday night to discuss new allegations that conservative donors were 10 times more likely to be audited by the IRS than the average citizen.

Cleta said, “this is an area I’ve been increasingly concerned about in the last year since this scandal broke because people have contacted me from all over the country, talking about how they had never been audited before”   they donated to a conservative organization.

“In one case,” she said, “a gentleman was a song writer, and he donated a song. He wrote a song about the tea party, and it was played a number of different tea parties around the country, and the IRS not only audited him, but because he didn’t charge for the use of that song, they said that he doesn’t really have a music writing business and are now trying to disqualify all of his business deductions.”

She added, “I have heard story after story, after story like this.”

 

Obama’s Rogue law Enforcement Unit Inside The EPA Comes Under Scrutiny (Video)

In the past few weeks, two new scandals have been added to the Regime’s already impressive list. Some of the more serious scandals include  Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA spying, DOJ spying on reporters, State Dept. retaliation against whistleblowers, and now we can add the VA scandal and the EPA’s illegal  “rogue law enforcement agency” that has been blocking independent investigations.

Ahead of yesterday’s House Oversight hearing probing it’s activities,  the AP ran a startling story about the little known unit being run by Obama’s political staff inside the EPA.

Via US News World Report:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unit run by President Barack Obama’s political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a “rogue law enforcement agency” that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA’s inspector general for years, a top investigator says.

The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee about the activities of the EPA’s little-known Office of Homeland Security. The office is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s chief of staff, and the inspector general’s office is accusing it of impeding independent investigations into employee misconduct, computer security and external threats, including compelling employees involved in cases to sign non-disclosure agreements.

“Under the heavy cloak of `national security,’ the Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate with the OIG’s ongoing requests for information or cooperation,” Sullivan wrote in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press. “This block unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General’s ability to carry out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees.”

Radio talk show host, Mark Levin fumed that Obama has organized the Executive branch the way a Marxist Dictator would. He suspects – as I do – that if Obama has political fixers inside the EPA – he most likely does inside all of the agencies.

The AP reported that “EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe was expected to tell Congress that the agency’s employees work cooperatively with the inspector general and support its mission” at the hearing, yesterday.

“Unfortunately, some have recently questioned the agency’s commitment to ensuring that the program offices within EPA provide timely, complete assistance to the Office of the Inspector General,” Perciasepe wrote in testimony. “I can assure this committee that the EPA remains committed to ensuring that our Office of Inspector General is successful in its efforts to root out waste, fraud and abuse in every program office across the agency.”

You will see in the following videos from the hearing that Perciasepe is exactly the type of corrupt, incompetent weasel one has come to expect from this abhorrent Regime. The IG is not much better. It’s not surprising that mind-blowing corruption is being allowed to thrive in this atmosphere.

Two weeks ago, the Homeland Security Department secretary put the agency’s former inspector general on administrative leave after senators said he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate Obama’s political appointees.

Last year, the Defense Department’s inspector general removed material from a draft report that concluded then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had improperly disclosed classified information about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to a producer for the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Stories abound like the employee who gets paid $125,000 a year to watch porn all day – even earning himself a bonus for his hard “work.”  And he’s still there.  Perciasepe doesn’t feel like he can fire the guy until he has a full report from the investigation, or something.

Inspector general investigator, Elisabeth Heller Drake, testified that McCarthy asked the inspector general’s office to halt a probe into a homeland security office employee after he assaulted her.  In response to questioning from Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Drake said that the Federal Protective Service investigated the assault and found probably cause for an arrest warrant, yet nothing was done.

Wednesday’s hearing was called: Is EPA Leadership Obstructing It’s Own Inspector General Oversight Full Committee?

Listen to the frustration in Chaffetz’s voice as he tries to get answers from the incompetent and corrupt bureaucrats who refuse to take any kind of action to deal with the criminal malfeasance going on all around them….

Congressman John Mica (FL07) sounded nearly suicidal during his questioning. “The EPA is a three-ring-circus,”  he said. “We’ve got people who have broken the law, people that aren’t working and an individual who is watching porno and they are still on the payroll.”

The hearing disclosed that a GS-14, making $125,000 per year, has been abusing his position, watching pornography for 2-6 hours a day since 2010, and is still paid by the taxpayers. The hearing also uncovered that EPA leadership was involved in the obstruction of the Inspector General’s efforts. In one case, the Secretary of the EPA asked the Inspector General to halt its review of the EPA Office of Homeland Security.

Mica said, “They have made a merry-go-round for ripping off the taxpayers, and we can’t get rid of them. Something needs to change. This is so offensive it’s unbelievable. We need a way to fire these individuals. I vow to work in a bipartisan manner to change the civil service laws to provide the federal government with the ability to address these abuses.”

Trey Gowdy on Death Threats: “It’s Not Gonna Keep Me From Doing My Job” (Video)

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), was on “The Kelly File” tonight  to talk about the Benghazi investigation.  Gowdy was asked about  media reports that he has been getting death threats since being appointed chairman of a House select committee on Benghazi.

“I was a prosecutor for 16 years. This is not my first death threat. I’m always happy when it doesn’t come from my wife, and this one did not, so I’m gonna be fine, ” Gowdy snarked, making light of the situation. He added, “it’s not gonna keep me from doing my job.”

Kelly asked him what he thought of a recent  interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s in which she suggested that some people are choosing not to be satisfied with the probes into Benghazi.

Gowdy said the family members of the four murdered Americans are still waiting for answers.

“I would just ask Secretary Clinton, with all due respect, can you explain why we were still in Benghazi after everyone else had pulled out and after the British ambassador was almost assassinated and our compound was attacked twice? There are three separate categories of questions, each with sub-units within them that have not been answered.”

Senator Lindsey Graham was on next to talk about – among other things –  the email chain between top White House officials regarding Fox News coverage of Benghazi.

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