Two of Dr. Salomon Melgen’s maids in the Dominican Republic say the FBI illegally detained them and tried to force them to make false statements against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and prostitutes, according to a new report. The maids are calling on the Dominican National Police to investigate the FBI’s actions, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday evening. The Herald quoted from an affidavit filed March 6. “The questions posed to her were directed at forcing her to admit” that Menendez “participated in parties with…prostitutes,” according to maid Rosa de Jesus Acosta’s written accusation, as reported by The Herald.
This may have been the Bridge too far. The maids will say anything for $10. in that country. Why would the FBI care one way or another? And they answer to a democrat in the WH and this is all about another democrat. Someone is paying the maids to make Melgen look like a saint, and Menendez too.
A tactic used for perhaps centuries. Float a bunch of easily disproved lies around a truth and the truth gets so tainted that it´s not believed either. The Menendez "supporters" have been using this tactic since the beginning of this scandal. (This is what they pulled on Bush about the yellow cake and WMDs.) I predict that in a few months the news media will refer to Menendez as wrongly accused and paint the picture that it was all a lie. They will ignore that Menendez himself sent a huge pile of money to that campaign contributor and thus he was admitted his guilt by refunding the contribution. The media will not mention that detail unless someone corners them and then they will claim it was "insignificant", or "old news". Just a book keeping error or something like that.
Re #1, the FBI is probably interested because having sex with a minor is a crime in the U.S. regardless of where the crime occurs. The initial claim was that Melgen had made underage females available to his pal Menendez.
The FBI is probably investigating the corruption charges as well. This case is far from over.
Part I: The Monster Smiles The phone rang near 8:30 one night, and an automated message played: “You have a call from a federal inmate,” and then, patched in, his voice, high and a little singsong, the name “Kermit Gosnell.” We had only briefly exchanged hellos, our first words to each other, when he made a request. “I wonder,” he said, “could you send me a picture of yourself?” “A picture?” I asked. “They won’t let you send a Polaroid,” he said, “but if you can send some image of yourself, I just feel it would help me get to know you.” I’ve spoken to many
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said ObamaCare’s Web site, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health-care consumers to deposit their personal information. “ I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” political talk show. “The way the system is designed, it is not secure.”
Early this year, as part of the $92 million “Data to Decisions” program run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research began evaluating computer programs designed to sift through masses of information stored, traded, and trafficked over the Internet that, when put together, might predict social unrest, terrorist attacks, and other events of interest to the military. Blog posts, e-mail, Twitter feeds, weather reports, agricultural trends, photos, economic data, news reports, demographics—each might be a piece of an emergent portrait if only there existed a suitable, algorithmic way to connect them. DARPA, of course, is
The company that operates HealthCare.gov experienced a connectivity glitch on Sunday, another complication for an already beleaguered population of would-be health care applicants. White House officials said the company that operates the hub, Terremark, is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters said in a statement that the website is down because the company "experienced a failure in a networking component, and planned maintenance to replace it brought down network connectivity to the data center." "Our understanding is that this failure is likely impacting several other sites, in addition to HealthCare.gov and the Data
60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. I’ll post the video when available (update – available and added), but the heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack. Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie. And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney’s statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really
On Thursday afternoon, radio host Roland Martin got in a series of heated debates with callers who agreed with Rep. Alan Grayson‘s decision to liken the tea party movement to the Klu Klux Klan. Martin asserted at the top of the segment that he thinks Grayson’s email derails any sort of meaningful conversation between both sides. “To brand the tea party as the same as the KKK is wrong,” he said. “I think it’s wrong when the left does it, I think it’s wrong when the right does it.” One caller, identified as “Walter in Washington, D.C.,” told Martin he completely concurs
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President Obama invited a number of people to stand behind him as he delivered his speech on the state of Obamacare at the White House Monday morning. One of them, Janice Baker, a small business owner from Delaware, introduced the president, and Obama spoke of Baker and the others gathered there as people who have benefited from Obamacare. But after reading the White House-provided descriptions of each of those behind the president, it´s clear the administration was stretching to present people who, beyond supporting Obamacare, have actually gained from it in any tangible way. For example, a Pennsylvania man named Malik
Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks. Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the US ambassador over newspaper claims that the US spied on millions of phone calls in France.France has labelled such activity between allies as "unacceptable".Le Monde says the data, based on leaks from ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, suggest the US NSA agency monitored businesses and officials as well as terrorism suspects.The intercepts were apparently triggered by certain key words.The paper says the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on 70.3 million phone calls in France in just 30 days between December 10 last year and January 8, 2013.
The Democrats have achieved a public relations coup that any ministry of propaganda would be proud of. Worried that the United States is $17 trillion in debt? Radical! Unconcerned about deficits that pile up as far as the eye can see? Responsible! Unhappy about an anemic economy in which a generation of young people struggles to find full-time employment? Traitor! Content with record levels of poverty and non-employment? Moderate! Want to get rid of a law that is opposed by most Americans, decimates the economy and is patently unworkable? Crazy! Delighted at the sight of millions of Americans losing their
A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate the concerns discussed in my Washington Examiner column on the Obamacare IT mess.1. The integration aspect is most difficult. In this case, the integration of various Federal Systems to determine subsidies is proving a daunting task. You are dealing with legacy systems that don’t integrate very well. Also the integration with the insurers consisting of sending an insurance application to the insurance company, a much easier task, was also screwed up. 2. The
President Barack Obama’s job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51 percent, tying an all-time high for Obama. In all, 41 percent of respondents say they have a less favorable opinion of the president since the 16 day government shutdown, compared to 21 percent who say they have a more favorable view since the shutdown. The Affordable Care Act
Exactly half the nation sees the year-old killings of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya as a serious scandal — one many believe will hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance to be the next president, according to a newly-released national poll. Rasmussen Reports revealed that 43 percent of likely voters believe the scandal will damage Clinton. That rises to 47 percent among voters not affiliated with any political party, like independents. Some 41 percent said it wouldn´t ding her chances. The impact is clear, and not just on Clinton. Most — 58 percent — rated the
White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN. Sebelius: 'I apologize, I'm accountable' for Obamacare website flaws - After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said. Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution. But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
The firestorm over President Obama´s "you can keep your plan" lie now threatens to singe vulnerable Democrats next year, so they´re springing into action to try to force the administration to keep its word. Louisiana´s Mary Landrieu -- an ardent Obamacare supporter -- is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she´s voted to pass, fund, and retain: Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
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The latest NBC/WSJ poll finds that more Americans would vote for a third party candidate for Congress than a Republican. 35% of voters prefer a Democrat, which has been steady for three years. Republicans, however, have experienced an 8-point swing against them since they took control of the House. Today, just 28% of voters say they would vote for a Republican for Congress, while 30% would opt for a third party. The GOP Establishment, engaged in open war against the Tea Party and conservatives, is simply committing political suicide. Listening to the consultant and pundit class who inhabit the "Acela line"
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For a moment Wednesday morning, the person in charge of ObamaCare — not to mention the largest and most expensive Cabinet department in the United States and, therefore, the world — turned into a frustrated teenager. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, was undergoing a grilling from a Republican congressman over whether President Obama bore responsibility for the failures of his health-care rollout. She said it was her fault. He said Obama was her boss and she reported to Obama, so wasn’t it his fault, too? To which Sebelius responded thusly: “Um . . . You clearly . .