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Federal Judge threatens to hold IRS Commissioner in contempt of court over IRS targeting scandal

July 29, 2015

  Maybe, just maybe, things are starting to get real regarding the IRS targeting scandal and Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drives because today a Federal Judge, Emmet Sullivan, threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and some Department of Injustice lawyers in contempt of court for failing to comply with a court order.

  Here is more:

Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.

During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.”  He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.”  Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt.  Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”

  The court order in question required the IRS to begin handing over emails related to the Tea Party targeting scandal to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act but we know how the IRS feels about the law because the agency would not have been in this position in the first place if it did not have a complete lack of respect for the law so it should come as no surprise that the agency did not comply.

  The question is; will John Koskinen really be willing to take the bullet for Lois Lerner? I find it hard to believe he will be willing so it will be interesting to see what the next move is–if anything come from this at all, after all there is not even a smidgen of corruption here…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Inspectors General contradict Hillary Clinton’s claim that emails on her personal server were not classified when they were written

July 27, 2015

  Last week two Inspectors General called for an investigation of Hillary Clinton and her use of a personal email server while conducting official State business in order to avoid FOIA requests and Congressional oversight. These two Inspectors General stated that Hillary Clinton had classified emails on her personal server and this is a claim that the former Secretary of State has denied…sort of.

  Hillary Clinton’s defense goes something like this: sure there were classified emails on my personal server but at the time I wrote them they were not classified–the reclassification came later.

“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received. What I think you’re seeing here is a very typical kind of discussion, to some extent disagreement among various parts of the government, over what should or should not be publicly released,” Clinton said, according to the Associated Press.

“I think there’s so much confusion around this that I understand why reporters and the public are asking questions, but the facts are pretty clear. I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,”

That is what Hillary Clinton would like us to believe, however these two Inspectors General have quite a different take on the matter.

  They are now contradicting Hillary Clinton and are claiming these emails have always been classified and never should have been sent from a personal email server. Here is more:

“These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department; rather, these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today,” the inspectors general said.

“This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system,”

  And keep in mind that this is just the beginning because these Inspectors General have only been allowed to see 40 out of the 30,000 emails Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department. There is no telling what might be in the emails they have not been allowed to see…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Open thread for Saturday, July 25th: ‘Rebel Yell’

July 25, 2015

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Saturday, July 25th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

   As you all know, I have been in Virginia all this week and for the next week as well so we only covered 5 stories but did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

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  While I knew I was going to be in Virginia for two weeks I did not realize that I was going to be in the Shenandoah Valley and I have to say it is unbelievably beautiful. I am a big Civil War buff and Stonewall Jackson’s infamous Valley campaign came right through here. The Stars and Bars are still flying here and so I thought this week I would give you Billy Idol singing ‘Rebel Yell.’

  I am posting the open thread on Saturday because I am planning on visiting the Chancellorsville Battlefield tomorrow (my one day off) and it is about an hour and a half away. In case you do not know, it was at Chancellorsville that Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by friendly fire prompting General Lee to state “General Jackson has lost his left arm and I have lost my right.”

  I visited Gettysburg with my family a few years ago and it was quite powerful and moving to stand on the place where so much history happened and I am looking forward to seeing this battlefield, I just wish my family was here with me.

Inspector General claims Hillary Clinton copied 30,000 emails to a thumb drive and gave them to her lawyer

July 24, 2015

 Two Inspectors General have now asked the Department of Injustice to open up a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to conduct all State Department business out of the reach of Congressional oversight and FOIA requests. But now we are learning a little bit more and according to this story there may be hundreds of classified emails which were on Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. This is of course something she has been denying all along but the latest revelation is even more stunning:

 Additionally, McCullough said, “we were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within the approximately 30,000 provided by former Secretary Clinton” and that these 30,00 emails “are purported to have been copied to a thumb drive in the possession of former Secretary Clinton’s personal counsel, Williams and Connelly attorney David Kendall.”

   Read more…

Barack Obama is hiding Iran nuclear side deals from the Senate

July 22, 2015

  The Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2:

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur

  This sentence is pretty clear; the President has the power to make treaties provided that 2/3 of the Senate gives its consent to the agreement. Barack Obama and John Kerry have concluded a treaty with Iran on nuclear power (weapons) yet before the Senate had a chance to give its consent the President submitted it to the United Nations for approval. This would seem to be a clear violation of the Constitution and needless to say there are many in the Senate who are not happy about it.

Read more…

Martin O’Malley claims global warming is to blame for the rise of ISIS

July 21, 2015

 I have to admit that I do not know much about Martin O’Malley but I thought compared to his Democratic Presidential opponents he seemed fairly reasonable. However he has now gone full moonbat; during an interview on With All Due Respect he made the claim that global warming was responsible for the rise of ISIS in the Middle East.

  Here is part of what he had to say:

“For example, one of the things that preceded the failure of the nation state of Syria and the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the megadrought that affected that nation, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms — or rather, the conditions — of extreme poverty that has now led to the rise of ISIS and this extreme violence.”

  This of course is the politically correct answer because it touches on climate change and poverty while ignoring the true issue when it comes to Islamic terrorism and that is the ideology of the people who are carrying out these attacks and beheadings and the policies of the man in the White House.

  Never go full moonbat…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Wesley Clark calls for internment camps for ‘radicalized’ Americans

July 20, 2015

  Retired General Wesley Clark has an interesting idea when it comes to combating domestic terrorism in the United States and it is an idea which we have not seen in this country since WWII–internment camps. Here is the video:

  This idea is bad enough on its face, we cannot be locking people up for their beliefs alone, there has to have been a crime committed, but it is even worse than that. If you listened to Wesley Clark’s whole statement you might have caught it when he said we have to “identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized” and then he describes young people who might feel alienated for various reasons ranging from being unemployed to having girl problems. You know, typical teenager worries…

  The question is; who decides who is a radical? Judging by Wesley Clark’s comments, every single teenage boy could be a threat to the national security, and of course we know the Tea Party has already been targeted by the IRS so could it be possible internment camps for those who are not politically correct is something that Wesley Clark could support?

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium


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