If you’re still unsure whether or not federal government abuses its power, this list from Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee will convince you.The following are eight ways the current administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:
1. As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it.
2. The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer.
3. Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of nonclassified material.
4. Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret.
5. Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired.
6. One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege. Requests for information under FOIA have become slow and expensive.
7. The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing.
8. The administration is trying to control the infor
The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.
Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.
“It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them,” he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.
Amid the stench of virtually non-stop scandals and even being in criminal contempt of Congress due to the ongoing Fast and Furious cover-up, Obama’s disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder plans to resign as soon as a replacement is found. The White House announced the deeply controversial figure’s resignation on Thursday after resisting years of public and congressional pressure on the issue. For some critics, though, resigning is not enough; they say Holder ought to be prosecuted and jailed for a wide range of serious crimes. Former Justice Department officials and analysts, meanwhile, said repairing the damage Holder has done would be a Herculean but crucial task for his successor.
It was not immediately clear whether Obama would attempt to pre-emptively pardon his top law enforcer. However, without a pardon, Holder could spend years behind bars for, among other crimes, unlawfully blocking congressional investigations and ignoring subpoenas about the administration’s deadly plot to arm Mexican drug cartels. Hundreds of Mexicans and numerous Americans, including U.S. law enforcement officers, have been slaughtered with guns deliberately sent to cartels by the administration. Official documents later showed Holder and others
The news release was emailed to dozens of local and national media representatives earlier this week.
The city of Ferguson was promoting a five-week series of “town hall” meetings beginning Monday to update residents “on changes the council wants the community to consider” and to address concerns about the city.
But by Friday, a little-known unit of the U.S. Department of Justice had gotten involved, and those meetings, originally billed by Mayor James Knowles as a dialogue with the community “so they know exactly where we stand on things with full transparency,” would be closed to the media and nearly anyone else who wasn’t a resident
Double Standard: NBC Gives News Christie Innocent In Bridgegate Scandal Only 38 Secs; Devoted Nearly 5 Mins When Scandal Broke | Media Research Center
An enormous development in the Bridgegate scandal broke late Thursday afternoon when federal officials reported that they have cleared New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this huge development, ABC and CBS punted on the story and refused to cover it in their Thursday night newscasts. NBC Nightly News did cover the story, however, but only in the form of a news brief that lasted for 38 seconds.
The Senate has refused to consider Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill that would strip Americans of their citizenship for joining the Islamic State (ISIS) or any other terrorist group after one Democratic member objected.
“If we do not pass this legislation, the consequence will be that Americans fighting alongside ISIS today may come home tomorrow with a U.S. passport, may come home to New York or Los Angeles or Houston or Chicago and innocent Americans may be murdered if the Senate does not act today,” the Texas Republican said on the Senate floor, The Washington Times reports.
The move came before the Senate considered legislation that would allow the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against the Islamic State.
STATE DEPT USED FAKE NAME FOR PART OF BENGHAZI EMBASSY TO IGNORE SECURITY STANDARDS – Patriot Action Network
The quest for the truth on Benghazi made a little progress yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the developments from being any more outrageous. As the Benghazi Select Committee discovered yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s State Department fabricated the name “special mission compound” for a portion of the embassy’s facilities at Benghazi in order to dodge security standards for it. Representative Pete Roskam (R-IL) found this out while grilling Todd Keil a member of the Independent Panel on Best Practices that was conducted in the aftermath of the attack. D
what we’ve found out here is that the State Department was intentionally lax in its security for the a portion of the embassy because it wanted to dodge. As Howe notes in his post theOverseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) is:
The Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) is an interagency body created to assist the Secretary in carrying out the statutory security responsibilities prescribed by the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986. The OSPB provides a mechanism for collective consultation with other Federal agencies, and has been assigned responsibility to develop security polices and standards. OSPB security standards are threat-indexed countermeasures (i.e., actions, devices, procedures, or techniques
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.
A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington’s nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league’s others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-”Redskins” movement took its cause to Capitol Hill.
In a news conference that featured Native American, civil rights and religious leaders, Sen. Maria Cantwell took aim at the NFL’s pocketbook by announcing she will introduce a bill to strip the league’s tax-exempt status because it has not taken action over the Redskins name. While prospects for such a bill becoming law would be tenuous, the inevitable hearings before lawmakers would enhance the spotlight on a movement that has gained substantial momentum over the last two years.
“The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st Century,” said Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “We can no longer tolerate this attitude toward Native Americans. This is not about team tradition. This is about right and wrong.”