This story if true is disturbing on many levels. It says nothing of the executive branch requiring any approval from Congress, or even that Congress has approved anything.
Excerpt “The Obama administration is currently drawing up a set of rules about how the US military can defend against or conduct cyberattacks, the New York Times reports. The Obama administration is also allowing intelligence agencies to declare potential threats. But even if these threats are nothing more than a suspicion without evidence, the military now has the authority to attack foreign nations, regardless of whether or not the US is involved in a conflict with them.
I have been staying away from politics pretty much lately, but I am sure most of you know my position. I am not a supporter of the Obama administration because of their stance on Life, as well as numerous other stance’s, too many to enumerate at this point. My friend Grumpy Elder has a post up that is well worth taking time for. It is honest, amusing, informing and relevant. Perhaps there will be some who do not like it, but since there are so many things that are unappealing in the current administration that are being actively promoted. I seriously doubt that taking a humorous look at the administration is harmful in any way. Oh and please visit grumpy and watch the other videos, as well as read the rest of his daily newspaper, you will find a treasure trove of useful information. Entertaining and Educating you at Grumpy Opinion’s!!!!!
Do you believe that the Department of State is in place to help the United States? It seems that this is no longer it’s purpose. We can read what they are supposed to be from Wikipedia, and yet go to the State Dept. own website and you find that now, they have a different mission. I do not know when this changed, but the mission statement on the website is from 2011.
We have been reading several stories lately about how the State Dept. is in the process of giving away several islands off the coast of Alaska, including one from me “The Destruction of A Nation.” Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook has an excellent post that gives much more information about all of this and her phone conversation with Joe Miller from Alaska, whose story sparked most of this.
But this brings us to a much bigger question, and that is Who does the Department of State really represent?” It seems that if we thought that they were working for us, we were mistaken. The 2011 mission statement makes it pretty clear that they are working for the world, and we are just a side interest.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is just from the Obama administration though. This goes all the way back to the Ford administration and Henry Kissenger. They are the ones that started this all with an executive order. Please read some of the stories that I have linked below if you want to refresh your memory or find out what is going on. Read the rest at Grumpy’s Opinions:
Is the Obama administration doing this? We have seen several examples of with one of the latest being their “truth squad” to counter any examples of what they consider wrong or misleading information. Never mind that they are constantly putting out wrong and misleading information…
They seem to think that they have the right to control what everyone does, thinks, says, or learns of in any type of media or even from one neighbor to the next. They are using the same tactics that were used in the Soviet Union in order to close down any type of dissent.
has a story that may just be another example of that. If it is it is another off the wall abuse of power by this administration and at some point in time, I sincerely hope that these people are held to some kind of accountability. Read it for yourself…..
IS OBAMA USING THE IRS TO SILENCE OPPOSITION VOICES?
Posted on February 14, 2012 at 4:56pm by Mike Opelka
Many of us joke about being audited by the IRS because our views are not in sync with the White House. President Obama himself has even joked about it back in 2009, when a visit to Arizona State University caused many to speak up against the President receiving an honorary degree:
That was back in 2009. And it was a joke, right?
Or was it? Read the rest at at Blaze
Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
President Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, have put people of faith and religious organizations squarely in their crosshairs! The ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandate that has erupted into front-page news is an overreaching government intrusion into the lives of all Americans – and is patently unconstitutional.
Obama’s dictate has stirred up a firestorm of protest from religious organizations and is being likened to a slap across the face to people of faith.
Liberty Counsel Action has been in this war for many, many years, and we feel this latest eruption is unique. Make no mistake – we are wholeheartedly standing with other groups that are strongly opposing this outrage, but we have known for a long time where ObamaCare’s implementation was heading!
By coordinating with tens of thousands of deeply concerned patriots like you, we believe we can win not only this particular battle, but make substantial headway in turning back the entire ObamaCare law and further dismantling the Obama/Reid power base! Read my very important message below – Mat.
In a blatant assault on religious liberty, Barack Obama has ventured far out on a limb by openly challenging Christians and their institutions.
This escalating confrontation erupted over the unveiling of yet another unconstitutional “mandate” during the implementation phase of ObamaCare.
And, President Obama has yet again reneged on a promise made to get his healthcare “reform” bill through Congress two years ago: He is retracting an ObamaCare “conscientious exemption” for people of faith and religiously oriented institutions.
++ObamaCare’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate assails the moral integrity of every American who holds religious convictions.
With this brazen (some would say “reckless”) policy announcement, the President has used ObamaCare to inflict even more damage on our Constitution.
He and Secretary Sibelius are now declaring that all employers, including nonprofit organizations, must adhere to an ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandate requiring employers to pay for birth control, contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as supplied through their insurance providers.
The January 20th announcement, made by Sebelius but clearly speaking for the President, immediately provoked a firefight between the Obama Administration and religious organizations, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
But the over-reaching and inappropriate severity of the policy impacted EVERY believer in the nation and delivered a stark and chilling message:
“Your religious freedom and conscience protections are not as important as our statist initiatives and bureaucracies. Comply or suffer severe consequences.”
Obama and his Administration have so far refused to compromise.
After meeting resistance, President Obama circled his wagons.
Kathleen Sebelius has been on the media circuit with campaign-style rhetoric to make it sound as though the mandate is not as bad as it seems – and actually “respects religion.”
Nancy Pelosi called Obama’s decision “courageous.”
Liberal media outlets are characterizing people of faith opposed to this overarching mandate as “zealots” and are using the new leftist term for citizens who defend their constitutional rights, “sovereignty activists.”
But we are returning fire! Catholics, Baptists, and outraged Americans of all denominations are up in arms over the Obama Administration blatantly trampling on our religious liberties!
++Senator Marco Rubio jumps into the fray.
Senator Rubio (R-FL), a pro-life Catholic, scolded the Obama Administration and then offered a congressional counter attack…
“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people….
“Under this President, we have a government that has grown too big, too costly, and now even more overbearing by forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs.”
Rubio’s countermeasure: The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” about which he says…
”This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”
Liberty Counsel Action stands in strong support of Senator Rubio’s bill. We began lobbying for such a bill the moment we realized the President had the audacity to try to force this new policy down America’s throat by using an administrative vehicle to circumvent the will of the people.
Now, we are calling on 100,000 pro-life, pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-liberty citizens to demand that Congress PASS THIS BILL NOW!
Please, click here to sign the LCA petition to stop Barack Obama’s intrusion on our religious civil liberties and to support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012”:
++This is a call to action!
Liberty Counsel and Liberty Counsel Action would be among the employers forced into adhering to this most recent ObamaCare mandate.
Religious-based hospitals and healthcare providers would no longer have an “out” under Obama’s promised “conscience clause.” They would be required to comply – or pay stiff fines that would in all likelihood lead to their closing down.
The implementation of ObamaCare has turned out to be one socialist infringement of our personal liberties after another – and it must be stopped NOW!
Patricia, if our President honored his oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, our petition would be unnecessary. But ObamaCare and its mandates are blatantly unconstitutional and this “contraceptive mandate” is not only unconstitutional – it is a total violation of the conscience of the entire nation!
The two most likely methods to turn back this latest outrageous mandate: First, through the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare itself is unconstitutional (and Liberty Counsel is filing two briefs at the High Court on this issue). Second, through the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” we can stop this most recent infringement on religious liberty.
That’s why I am urging all of my Liberty Counsel Action team to take one minute and add your name to this petition. PLEASE, click here to sign:
Mandi Campbell, Director of Public Policy for Liberty Counsel Action, wrote to Senator Rubio about his legislation. He published our letter in a press release:
“Liberty Counsel Action, on behalf of more than 750,000 members nationwide, would like to express support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012. … [W]e appreciate the exemption that your bill provides to secure the consciences of those with deep and sincere religious convictions opposed to the coverage of contraceptives (especially those that act as abortifacients) and sterilization, the provision of which is currently mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thank you, Senator Rubio, for introducing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.”
I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important and timely Senator Rubio’s bill is – and how urgent it is that we immediately endorse it with the signatures of at least 100,000 grassroots citizens. Right now, Senator Rubio has 21 Senate co-sponsors for the bill.
Please click here to sign our petition of support:
Thank you for taking immediate action on this critical issue!
God bless you,
Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
P.S. The ObamaCare “contraceptive mandate” requires employers to pay for birth control, contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as supplied through their insurance providers. This is unconstitutional and immoral! As a counter-assault, LCA is strongly endorsing Senator Marco Rubio’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.” We are calling for 100,000 signers as soon as possible! Click here to add your name to the petition:
This is a major breakdown in the American Justice system and a betrayal of the American people. It also raises questions on how far the Obama administration is going to cooperate with Muslims. What else are they sharing? Are they sharing secrets that they have no right to share? We have seen that Obama is willing to give secrets to Russia that can hurt us and our allies, do we really have any confidence that they would not do the same in every other instance that comes up? How much have they already given away?
New Docs Reveal How DOJ Kowtows to Muslim Brotherhood
In what promises to be an enormous document dump, I have received the first in a series of DOJ bundles in response to my FOIA request filed close to a year ago. Specifically, I asked for “records relating to the meeting of the ‘Monthly Outreach Meeting’ with Muslim and Arab groups at the Civil Rights Division. Specifically, include lists of attendees at each monthly meeting, the agenda of each meeting and any minutes or summary prepared subsequent to each meeting. Please also specifically note the meetings at which the Attorney General of the United States attended.”
The principal impact of reading through the material is the sheer bulk of it. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of emails, documenting nearly daily friendly contact, consultation, cooperation and collaboration between the DOJ and Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood groups. One thing is clear, the Muslim Brotherhood has fully infiltrated command and control at the Department of Justice civil rights division.
My friends, once again we find that the Obama administration is more interested in finding ways to kill the elderly off than it is in taking care of people. We find that the death panels that Sarah Palin pointed out and the Obama administration denied, are very real and very determined to kill off the elderly. It matters little whether we are able to make a complete recovery from strokes or anything else. They are going to refuse us treatment. Listen to the video and then let your Representatives know that this is not acceptable. It is time for the American people to stand up and put an end to this kind of killing, because that is what it is my friends. Perhaps someone would ask Joe Biden if he thinks that his surgery was worth it. Who do these people think that they are that they have the power to decide which of us should live and die based simply on our age. Please make this go viral my friends!
Mark Levin – A Neurosurgeon calls in about Death Panels, HHS via Bunkerville
by Jeff Sagnip and Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com
An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya finds the administration broke the law.
The investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, shows at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries (known as the Siljander Amendment).
The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department during the 2010 constitutional referendum in Kenya.
“The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya,” said Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.
“U.S. policy on international constitutional reform is, by law, supposed to be abortion-neutral” Smith said. “This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.”
“That a high-ranking official in the Obama Administration, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, chose not to cooperate with the GAO as they uncovered procedural and funding problems begs for further investigation and review,” Smith said. “What else might they be hiding?” Read the rest at Life News http://www.lifenews.com/2011/11/16/probe-obama-admin-broke-law-to-push-abortion-in-kenya/
We have seen the disdain and disregard that the Obama administration has for both the elderly and the disabled. It doesn’t take much to extrapolate on what will happen when our ability to pay for and obtain electricity and food become ever more limited. People that depend on electricity for such simple things as Oxygen, things that we have taken for granted for decades, are going to find it hard to obtain. Simple life saving things such a CPAP machines for sleep apnea do not function very well without electricity. And I have yet to see a battery operated humidifier for children who have Upper Repiratory Infections or any other type of breathing problem. Where do you go when you are faced with rolling blackouts or the electricity goes out for days at a time? How do you heat milk for babies if you don’t breast feed? What kind of nutrition will be available if you can’t keep your food refrigerated or cook it? These are questions that are being swept under the rug by the Obama administration and it’s compliant media. It seems that these little details are not important compared to some idealist idea of what our environment is worth. To some saving a salamander is much more important that saving human life on this planet. They consider us the cancer and the rest as warriors against us. The lack of intelligence displayed by these people in their thought process will lead to the loss of more human life than any madman in the history of the world. In Africa and South American people are being forced out of their homes and killed in the name of the environment.
These are many of the people that are the top dogs in the Obama administration. And I do use the word dogs deliberately, because unlike humans, dogs have to challenge and control those below them. They will often fight the ones they consider lessor, either into submission or death. This is just the way of life for a lot of animals. But we humans are supposed to be superior! You have to ask though, if the way the people who are in this administration and their followers, the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, really are superior to dogs? They sleep in their own feces, dogs don’t generally do that unless they are sick. They live off the dregs and rarely attempt to provide for themselves, dogs will hunt when they are hungry. And these people don’t have sense enough to get out of the weather, dogs know when they have it good and appreciate it.
But back to our future under Obama, I found this article this morning from the Telegraph that should scare every American out there, even those dregs that are protesting people providing jobs, OWS. Please take the time to read the whole thing:
Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders
Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of “do not resuscitate” orders, an investigation has found.
By Laura Donnelly, and Alastair Jamieson
7:04PM BST 15 Oct 2011
he orders – which record an advance decision that a patient’s life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.
On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS‘s own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.
Under medical guidelines, the orders should only be issued after senior staff have discussed the matter with the patient’s family. A form, signed by two doctors, is then placed in the patient’s notes to record what decision was taken.
The findings emerged in spot checks of 100 hospitals undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an official watchdog, earlier this year.
A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of “euthanasia by the backdoor,” with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail.
Although at least five hospitals were found by the CQC to be in breach of medical guidance regarding consultation with families, the watchdog declared four of the five to be “compliant” with its standards on dignity for patients, which cover broader aspects of care.
In a national report published about the checks last week, the CQC made no mention of its findings about the misuse of DNR notices.
Action on Elder Abuse, an independent charity, carried out its own analysis of the official watchdog’s inspection reports. The charity’s findings, published today, uncover widespread evidence that patients are being left to die, without families knowing that such decisions have been taken.
Documented cases include:
* Inspectors who visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital, run by University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation trust, found no evidence that any of the patients whose files were marked DNR had been informed about the decision, nor their relatives told. The hospital’s own audit showed that in one ward, 30 per cent of cases did not involve any such conversations.
* At University Hospitals Bristol Foundation trust, there was no evidence that a DNR order placed on a patient had been discussed with the person or next of kin. A junior doctor told inspectors that they did “not tend to discuss” such decisions with families.
* At Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, run by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust, a patient was labelled as DNR based on old medical notes from a previous admission – despite the fact their health had improved.
* Asked how decisions to make such orders were made, staff at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation trust gave an example of an elderly person on the ward with health problems judged to make “resuscitation less appropriate”. The doctor involved did not know if the patient or an advocate had been asked for an opinion, or told that the notice had been imposed.
* At Conquest Hospital, run by East Sussex Healthcare trust, incomplete DNR forms were placed on patients’ files – without their involvement, or the two doctors’ signatures required to validate them. The hospital was the only one of the five to fail CQC’s basic standards on dignity and respect of patients.
Hospitals are not supposed to put the documents in any patients’ files until they have been filled in, in case a blank or half-completed form is mistaken for an order not to resuscitate, as a patient enters cardiac arrest.
In 2009, heart attack victim Peter Clarke was left to die at Derby Hospitals Trust after clerical staff inserted a DNR form into his notes.
Although the document was blank, nursing staff making handover notes misinterpreted it, and said the widower, who had been admitted suffering heart disease and flu-like symptoms, should not be resuscitated if his condition worsened.
When he suffered a heart attack, nurses did not call doctors to revive him. An hour too late they realised the DNR order was blank. Read the rest at: The Telegraph
Hypocrisy and hope, credit and blame in the Gunwalker Scandal — the long view & a Fanfare for the Common Man. A reckoning coming. (via Sipsey Street Irregulars)
Met at the house of the Rev. C.K. Paul, at Stourminster Marshall, Father Strickland, an English Jesuit, who said to me – “I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.” – Diary entry dated September 21, 1863 written by Sir Mountstuart E. Grant Duff, Scottish politician and administrator of the British Raj in India, published in 1897.
There is no news. There is only the truth of the signal. What I see. And, there’s the puppet theater the Parliament jesters foist on the somnambulant public. — Mr. Universe in Serenity, 2005.
The realization of the Gunwalker Plot continues to slowly broaden and deepen in the popular culture, and to the Obama administration it must seem like Chinese water torture as they wince in anticipation of each new revelation. The one constant that they can cling to, however — the one solace in an ever darkening gloom — is the partisan faithfulness of the major network evening news shows, and newspapers such as the New York Times and Pravda on the Potomac, the Washington Post.
As evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury of history, I present the undisputed fact that on the evening news shows of NBC, ABC and CBS this week not one — NOT ONE — mentioned the unprecedented subpoena by a Congressional committee of information regarding the entire top echelon of the Justice Department in the Gunwalker Scandal.
Had this scandal involved John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration, does anyone doubt that the story would led the nightly half-hour “puppet theater”? Or, that it wouldn’t have been covered like a blanket by all news departments from the moment the blood of Brian Terry dried in the desert sands of Rio Rico? Read the rest at
The Protect Life Act — expected to come up for a vote Friday — is sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Joe Pitts with 145 co-sponsors. It would also protect the rights of health care providers and insurance companies to not cover abortions if it conflicts with their beliefs.
The Office of Management and Budget announced Wednesday that the president’s senior advisors will recommend that he veto the legislation should it reach his desk.
“During the debate over Obamacare, the president promised that no taxpayer dollars would be used to pay for abortions under the bill. Unfortunately, this is not the way things have played out,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said at the Values Voter Summit last week.
BY TINA KORBE
To judge by the Justice Department’s decision to ignore it and the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off federal military bases, you’d think no federal law to define marriage as between one man and one woman — and to prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions — even existed. Yes, debate about whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional is ongoing and, yes, Democrats right now are working to repeal it. But I can think of at least one other major piece of legislation like that (Obamacare!) — and, to my knowledge, it’ll still be enforced while the debate rages.
That’s why I found House Speaker John Boehner’s reiterated support for DOMA at the Values Voter Summit today so refreshing. He, at least, appears committed to the law as passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton:
“We’re going to take the money away from the Justice Department, who’s supposed to enforce it, and we’ll use it to enforce the law,” Boehner told the conservative Value Voters Summit. …
Boehner is engaged in an ongoing dispute with Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act. President Obama has taken the stance that the law is unconstitutional. While the Justice Department usually defends laws passed by Congress against legal challenges, the Obama administration has stopped defending DOMA while Democrats work to repeal the law.
In March, Boehner announced that if Obama wouldn’t defend DOMA, he would, hiring a private law firm to defend it on behalf of the House.
Before today, I wasn’t aware Boehner had stepped forward to address the DOJ’s disappointing dismissal of DOMA — I thought the DOJ just pretty much single-handedly and in effect repealed the law — but his commitment to DOMA as long as it stands makes me think Boehner might also be one to consider answering the call of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. That group has asked Congress to enact conscience protections to ensure military chaplains are never forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate the tenets of their faith. How ’bout it, Speaker Boehner?
Marjorie Dannenfelser, SBA List information
|Dear Friend,We’ve heard a lot lately from President Obamaabout his plans for job creation.But the truth is this:
My name is Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and I need just a minute of your time to help stop President Obama’s radical abortion agenda.
Urgent Action is Needed: Tell Congress to End Obama’s Radical Abortion Agenda and Defund Planned Parenthood.
President Obama will do anything to keep taxpayer dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood, even during this time of economic crisis in our nation.
The pro-life American majority must speak out now by telling Congress to step in.
Thank you for lending your voice to this important cause and I look forward to keeping you updated.
PS: Across the country, states are working to defund Planned Parenthood, America’s abortion giant, of our tax dollars. But President Obama is arrogantly strong-arming the states and is doing everything he can to restore Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding. It’s time for Congress to step in. Stand up for Life by sending a message to Congress today.
It seems like everyday we have a new revelation about the ethics, secrecy, lies, cronyism and possible corruption by high ranking officials in the Obama Administration. Some of these seem to go all the way to the Oval Office and possibly the President himself. At the moment I’m not ready to say that Barack Obama should be impeached and if convicted, removed from office, I am ready to say about some members of his Cabinet and various political appointees. I’m not talking about sexual shenanigans in the Oval Office.
His Attorney General appears to be up to his butt in at best covering up scheme involving smuggling guns, IEDs, and rockets to criminal gangs that are openly engaged in a civil war against the government of Mexico.. I said at best because there are indications Eric Holder may be covering his own criminal actions, and possibly those of the President of the United Sates, not just the blundering idiocy of those who work for him.
According to a piece published by Judicial Watch, before last January, when the President had a Congress willing to do his bidding, lying to Congress and the American people must not have been considered unethical..
In the latest scandal to rock Obamacare, a new federal probe reveals the administration withheld crucial information from Congress about a costly healthcare entitlement program that it knew was fiscally unsustainable
His Secretary of Education makes no secret of the fact he plans on illegally and Unconsitutionaly harvesting information about American Families without their consent or knowledge allegedly for educational studies and whatever to be determined uses he or someone else in government might dream up later might dream up later, He’s strictly forbidden by law from encouraging or creating a national curriculum, but that’ s exactly what he’s doing with Common Core Standards and Nationalized Testing. As Senator Rubio recently pointed out it, Legislation and the creation of law is up to Congress, not Cabinet Secretaries.
In fact if you think back, his entire Cabinet seems to be involved in Legislation by Regulation.. If Congress refses to enact something in Obama’s Agenda, he simply instructs the Cabinet Secretary or Czar in charge of that department to ignore Congress and the Constitution and Regulate is agenda into law. We’ve seen this with the Department of Energy and Drilling Permits. The EPA’s backdoor enactment of Obama’s Carbon Policy. The Department of the Interior has closed roads and denied local law enforcement access to them. The list is long
Most recently the Administration has refused to enforce American Immigration Law, effectively granting Illegal Infiltrators the amnesty the wanted in his Dream Act– another part of his agenda Congress, who sometimes listens to the American people is refusing to enact. Just recently he had this to sat to a group of Hispanic leaders
………………….As he continued, Obama conceded that “we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld.” But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. “You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important,” Obama said. Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes. To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress. To the Hispanic Caucus, Obama said his new policy will “prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream.”………….
Someone needs to tell him this is not Cuba or Venezuela. In the United States, Congress makes the laws. If Congress declines to pass a proposed law, it’s because they don’t believe it to necessary or sometimes because the proposal violates the Constitution or opposed by a large majority of Americans.
Using Regulatory Power and Executive orders to circumvent the Constitution and to enact law that Congress refuses to pass is a clear violation of the Presidents Oath of Office. The US House of Representatives needs to make a determination of how much responsibility for these violations is solely the fault of the Cabinet Official involved and how much of it the President is complicit in. Once the determination is made, Articles of Impeachment need to be drawn up, where appropriate, against Those Department Heads the House has valid grounds to believe acted illegally. Members of the US Senate need to decide whether Political Party or the Constitution they are sworn to uphold is more important. Read the rest at Grumpy’s Opinions
Sipsey Street Exclusive: “Meetings, Part 1.” Why the ATF scheduled a National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit on 30 June 2009 in NM.(Via Sipsey Street Irregulars
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
Sipsey Street Exclusive: “Meetings, Part 1.” Why the ATF scheduled a National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit on 30 June 2009 in NM.
“It is essential that our efforts support the strategies and policies of the President and the Attorney General and where possible, complement the strategies of other agencies.” — “Project Gunrunner: A Cartel Focused Strategy,” internal ATF report, September 2010, Page 2.
“Things like this happen because of meetings. People sit in meetings and they decide what they want to happen. And then they take decisions, make policy and implement that policy to achieve those ends.” He added, “That’s why State is so nervous. They signed off on this. In a meeting.”
Gunrunner, I pointed out to him, predated the Obama administration. “Yes, but ‘walking guns’ didn’t.” I told him it seemed to me that given the dates on the documents that the meetings crafting this policy must have taken place sometime in mid-2009. “And who took power in January, 2009?” he replied.
He continued, summing up this way. The gun issue was known to be radioactive. Every time the Democrats embraced it they got killed at the polls the next election cycle. What was needed, in Rahm Emanuel‘s parlance, was a good crisis to exploit, something to change the paradigm. The gun confiscationists had always danced in the blood (my term, not his) of every mass shooting and gotten nowhere, to their chagrin and frustration. What was needed was a game changer. Something that fit the meme of “we’ve got to tighten up on American gunowners, gun stores and gun shows because they are feeding the slaughter.” Mexico was perfect. The ATF controlled the reporting of the statistics, the headlines were lurid and if the rest of us gunnies knew that you don’t get automatic weapons, hand grenades and RPGs from gun shows and gun stores, most of the American people were too ignorant of the issue to care about the distinction. But the fact was, as the IG report and other sources concluded, the amount of weapons from those legitimate American sources did not meet the allegation. More importantly the statistics didn’t meet the policy need. So, how to “fix” that? Project Gunwalker. If there weren’t enough semi-auto “assault rifles” in Mexico, the ATF could fix that. And the murders would follow, justifying the policy change of cracking down on “assault rifles,” gun shows and the like.
“So,” I said, “you’re saying that this was a deliberate attempt by policymakers at the highest levels of the Obama administration to subvert the Second Amendment and further diminish the free exercise of firearm rights of honest citizens?”
“You got it. Sucks, huh?” He laughed bitterly.
I thought of Zed in “Men in Black.”
He added, “Of course the meeting transcripts won’t reflect the truth so plainly, but then neither did the Wannsee Conference. These bastards always talk in riddles about what they’re really after. Watch what they do, not what they say.” – ”The blame shifting & leaping to illogical exculpatory conclusions begins, but Obama’s Gunwalker was a deliberate conspiracy vs. the 2nd Amendment,” Sipsey Street, 8 March 2011.
One thing is certain, now after three hearings and hundreds of leaked documents and press revelations. The Gunwalker Scandal did not begin in Phoenix, Arizona. William “Gunwalker Bill” Newell did not arise from his bed one fine morning in late 2009 and decide, after brushing his teeth, “Today I’m going to start my own foreign policy, facilitate the smuggling of weapons to Mexico and commit numerous acts of war on a sovereign nation.”
In a bureaucracy — especially the current federal law enforcement bureaucracy — policies, and demand for actions to carry out those policies, come from above. Where, then, did Gunwalker come from? Or, specifically, from what meetings?
Regular readers will recall my story from 14 May drawing attention toThe Official ATF Field Manual of the Gunwalker Scandal, which included the comment from a long-time DC insider “This report might as well be the outline for Gunwalker hearing questions.”
The “field manual” referred to, which had been hiding in plain sightthanks to an ATF leak to Michael Isikoff, was intended to exculpate the ATF from the criticisms in the OIG’s 2009 Interim Report on Project Gunrunner failings, and especially to try to influence the language in the final report.
Isikoff’s September 2010 article was entitled “ATF targets gun dealers to stem sales to Mexican cartels. New strategy comes in wake of stinging criticism of current interdiction effort.” He wrote:
The new strategy was prepared in recent weeks by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)’s Office of Field Operations, in the wake of stinging criticism of current ATF efforts to stem the flow of weapons to the cartels by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
The strategy appears to accept many of the criticisms in the Justice Department inspector general’s report, especially the ATF’s past emphasis on targeting low-level “straw buyers” hired by cartel operatives to buy weapons at U.S. gun stores. It notes that straw purchasers are easily replaced and often are selected by higher level traffickers because they have no serious criminal records, making them undesirable candidates for prosecution.
“Straw purchasers must be held accountable for their conduct and made ineligible to purchase or possess firearms in the future,” the report states. “However, straw purchasers should more frequently be viewed as persons whose conduct should be investigated as part of a larger conspiracy and as persons whose information, cooperation and assistance should be exposed to the extent possible in further of the ultimate goal of identifying key members of the trafficking enterprise.”
It also calls for ATF agents to work more closely with other federal agencies, particularly the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) run by local U.S. Attorney’s offices and involving all federal law enforcement agencies. The draft inspector general report had sharply criticized ATF agents for not sharing intelligence and working more cooperatively with other federal agencies, especially the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
The OIG’s report of its investigation of Gunrunner was issued in September of 2009. The final report wasn’t issued until November, 2010, the following year. But the investigation had begun in May 2009:
In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and in fiscal year (FY) 2009 appropriations, ATF received $21.9 million in funding to support and expand Project Gunrunner. In May 2009, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an evaluation of Project Gunrunner, which is ongoing. We are issuing this interim report on Project Gunrunner plans as ATF is expanding the project. — OIG Interim Report.
Obviously, ATF management was aware the OIG investigation from the beginning. ATF management jumped on this threat to their bureaucratic careers at once. Says the “field manual”:
On April 27, 2009, the Department of Justice released guidelines for the consideration of OCDETF designation in firearms related cases involving Mexican cartels. The memorandum identified firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico as contributing to the escalating levels of cartel-related violence and as a particular concern for law enforcement on both sides of the border. The memorandum emphasized the important role that the OCDETF program plays in connection with the United States’ government-wide efforts to stem the southbound smuggling of arms to Mexican drug trafficking organizations and stated that investigations principally targeting firearms trafficking are eligible for OCDETF designation if there is a sufficient nexus between the firearms and a major Mexican drug trafficking organization. It is not necessary that every OCDETF prosecution include specific drug charges, but every OCDETF prosecution must be drug-related. The specific charges may be firearms, explosives, or other non-drug violations as long as the targets have been identified as major drug violators and otherwise meet OCDETF standards.
In June 2009, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. The strategy represents another key contribution to the U.S. response to the threat along the Southwest border. The strategy acknowledges the close link between drug trafficking and firearms trafficking and the increasing powerful nature and sophistication of the firearms acquired and used by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. In fact, Chapter 7 of the strategy is devoted to weapons and contains significant language pertaining to ATF investigative responsibilities and enforcement programs. The strategy includes the goals of improving intelligence and information sharing relating to weapons trafficking among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners; increasing interdiction of illegal weapons shipments destined for Mexico; enhancing cooperation with international partners in weapons investigations; strengthening domestic coordination on weapons investigations and increasing the likelihood of successful Federal prosecution of weapons cases.
On June 25, 2009, ATF released a memorandum detailing a revised national firearms trafficking enforcement strategy focusing on among other things the identification and investigation of specific domestic trafficking corridors. While not a Southwest border focused document, the national firearms trafficking enforcement plan makes reference to Project Gunrunner and firearms trafficking cases with an international nexus. The document is referenced here since it provides guidance for conducting firearms trafficking investigations generally and may include information pertaining to investigative, technical, and preventive tactics that may be applicable when investigating matters related to the Southwest border.
The memorandum “detailing a revised national firearms trafficking enforcement strategy” was only part of a concerted ATF effort to do what their executive branch masters wanted them to do, consistent with the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy.
The “field manual” continues:
On January 7, 2010, the Department of Justice reemphasized its commitment to combating firearms trafficking to Mexican cartels and the use of the OCDETF program as a means of disrupting the cartels by releasing its own strategy. The strategy is premised on the notion that a significant share of the violence, drug trafficking and corruption along the Southwest border is perpetrated by a relatively small number of hierarchical criminal organizations. The DOJ strategy concludes that “the most effective mechanism to attack those organizations is the use of intelligence-based, prosecutor-led multi-agency task forces that attack all levels of, and all criminal activities of, the operations of the organizations.” A significant component of the DOJ strategy pertains to attacking the southbound flow of firearms. The strategy states that “given the national scope of this issue, merely seizing firearms through interdiction will not stop firearms trafficking to Mexico. We must identify, investigate, and eliminate the sources of illegally trafficked firearms and the networks that transport them.” The DOJ strategy calls for closer collaboration between ATF and the efforts of multi-agency drug task forces along the border, including OCDETF strike forces. All ATF field divisions with an OCDETF strike force must consider assigning a complement of special agents to the multi-agency strike force and/or establishing a collocated ATF-led OCDETF group within the strike force.
Lastly, ATF’s 2010-2016 Strategic Plan provides broad direction intended to guide ATF operations over the next few years and includes information regarding ATF’s efforts to combat firearms trafficking, to include trafficking along and across the Southwest border. The document reiterates that one of ATF’s fundamental responsibilities is addressing the threat posed by firearms violence associated with drug trafficking and specifically the threat posed by Mexican based drug trafficking organizations that acquire firearms from the United States. The document summarizes a wide variety of ATF capabilities useful in suppressing firearms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Additionally, in June 2009, ATF and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to address areas of mutual concern and responsibility. To the extent possible, this revised cartel focused strategy will conform to agreements between ATF and ICE and other law enforcement partners that may exist.
Ah, yes, the MOU with ICE. When I wrote the May story on the “field manual,” I did not pay enough attention to when and where that was signed. It was the occasion of much hoopla and was just a part of something the ATF dubbed: the “National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit.”
DOJ Officials to Speak at National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:00pm EDT
WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Officials from the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ) will join Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, U.S. Attorneys, states attorneys, local prosecutors and law enforcement executives to discuss national policy development and strategies at the Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit in Albuquerque, N.M. Also at the Summit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing a partnership to combat firearms trafficking.
Media are invited to attend the opening session Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. MDT and the separate signing event at 9:30 a.m. MDT. For media not able to attend the signing event, a national news teleconference will be hosted at 10:15 a.m. MDT.
David W. Ogden, Deputy Attorney General, DOJ
Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General, DOJ Criminal Division
H. Marshall Jarrett, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys
Kenneth E. Melson, Acting Director, ATF
John Morton, Asst. Secretary, ICE, DHS
Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit (Opening Session)
ATF, ICE MOU Signing Ceremony, Question and Answer Session
Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. MDT – Opening Session
9:30 a.m. MDT – Signing Ceremony
10:15 a.m. MDT – National News Teleconference Begins
Conference Call-in #: 1-888-469-3045 (call will be moderated; media encouraged to dial-in up to 15 minutes in advance)
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel 2600 Louisiana Blvd, NE Albuquerque, N.M. 87110
Note: Media attending the opening session of the summit and/or the MOU signing ceremony will need to present valid media credentials. Media should be set by 7:45 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom for the opening session and pre-set by 9:15 a.m. in Baldwin Room for the signing event. Any inquiries concerning DOJ officials should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at (202)514-2007. Any inquiries concerning the Summit should be directed to John Hageman at (609) 743-2987.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, +1-202-514-2007, TDD+1-202-514-1888
This was a big deal. In addition to speeches by Deputy Attorney General Ogden, and Assitant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, ATF Acting Director spoke, as did NM U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and H. Marshall Jarrett, Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.Even Andrew Traver was there, as was, according to my sources, Phoenix ATF Field Division SAC William Newell, aka now as “Gunwalker Bill.”
John Morton’s speech does not seem to have been posted on the net, the careful man.
Lanny Breuer makes it clear where the new effort and energy on firearms trafficking came from:
You just heard from my partner at ICE John Morton; we are all in great hands over there. John and I worked briefly together in the Criminal Division, where John was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General before becoming Assistant Secretary at ICE. He’s a spectacular public servant. It’s my privilege to share a podium with John and all my distinguished colleagues from DHS and DOJ, including the Deputy Attorney General from whom you will soon hear.
As many of you know, a little over two months ago, the Attorney General stood on Mexican soil with his law enforcement counterparts from the Mexican government. At that time, the Attorney General announced a firm commitment by the U.S. government to work with Mexico to attack the plague of gun trafficking and related violence that has infected the U.S./Mexico border and regions deep in Mexico itself. Read the rest at Sipsey Street Irregulars
- Melson refusing to be ‘Gunwalker’ fall guy…refuses to resign and willing to cooperate (the plot deepens) (via Randy’s Right) (loopyloo305.wordpress.com)
- The Obama Administration: Dealers of Death?(updated) (loopyloo305.wordpress.com)
- Gunwalker Updates: Phoenix Guns, Operation Castaway, Honduras, Eric Holder, The Stimulus, And More (thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com)
- Senators Kerry and Luger were told that ‘Gunwalking’ was part of Operation Fast and Furious in March 2009 (yourdaddy.net)