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Snowden snow job
New York Daily News, by Editorial

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/5/2014 5:37:35 AM

President Obama is pushing back against attempts to rein in the National Security Agency’s electronic intelligence collections, and well he should as commander-in-chief. After one federal judge ruled that the NSA’s collection of so-called telephone metadata was likely unconstitutional even under a special intelligence court’s authority, the administration sought permission from the special court for new action and petitioned to appeal the judge’s hyperventilations. Far more grounded was another court ruling, this one upholding metadata collection. (Snip)Snowden knowingly and brazenly stole vast troves of information that were kept secret for a reason. Much of what he has released has seemed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/5/2014 6:10:37 AM     (No. 9680062)

The sharply divided opinions continues. Those whom, like myself, view Snowden as a hero for informing the American public about governments´ intrusiveness gone awry, while others consider him a traitor.

To the latter I would suggest that most governments around the world already knew; or, at least had a good idea as to what extent the tentacles of the NSA penetrated their inner sanctums; therefore, Snowdens only ´sin´ was to inform the American people as to what extent our government is spying on innocent citizens.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 1/5/2014 6:21:39 AM     (No. 9680070)

Even the most determined foreign enemy could not have concocted a plan where they could completely obliterate much of our bill of rights. Sadly, while we were watching the foreign enemies the American ones did just that.
Betrayal by our own government. At least now we are sure.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 1/5/2014 7:13:06 AM     (No. 9680121)

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
?Benjamin Franklin

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ChipThome, 1/5/2014 7:31:09 AM     (No. 9680141)

Edward Snowden is a NATIONAL HERO even if some can not see that in him yet. The losses to intelligence, sorry, but when the government has the same situation, they simply blow it off as being COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

IF, the government wasn´t spying on each and every American, Edward Snowden would still be a unknown nobody doing some boring assed job.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/5/2014 8:10:40 AM     (No. 9680182)

The government is spying to increase its power and control. This is not good. If everything you do now can be spied upon, a corrupt government or government official can pretty much decide the fate of this country according to their particular political philosophy/agenda. Power hungry men thrive with these tools available to them. It makes it oh so easy to keep everyone in line.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 1/5/2014 8:17:40 AM     (No. 9680196)

Nuts to that. Snowden gave America’s enemies detailed security information, including publishing the government’s intelligence spending plan.

Okay, granted; we need metadata collection to have some national security. But where is the balance between abuse and what is actually needed in order to avoid another Snowden?

I think he´s a traitor but without his actions, Americans wouldn´t know the extent of intrusion into public life.

So again, how is balance assured between keeping us safe vs. losing our privacy?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/5/2014 8:22:44 AM     (No. 9680209)

Note the complete reversal of roles of most people in thie debate on Snowdon - Hero or traitor. Under Bush Obama and many others were warning about the Patriot act and wanting to repeal it . Now those same people are gung-ho for all purvasive surveillance. Obama stated the problem rather well saying we have a problem if we don´t trust the NSA, or the FISA cort or the President to properly balance the need for surveillance of terrorists with the right to privacy. Obama has been caught lying about almost everything. In addition he made a deal with CAIR to revise procedures to disassociate Islam from Terror. The whole security apparatus is blind to the elephant in the room - deliberately. It may as well be disbanded with CAIR running the show yet it is expanded to dig dirt on patriotic citizens. Obama is the biggest problem as shown by his own statements. His assurances are worth nothing in light of his former statements and lies. Yes Obama we have a problem because we cannot trust you! Remember Snowden was an Obama supporter who believed he would protect privacy and now knows that he had to do something himself.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/5/2014 8:33:10 AM     (No. 9680229)

Our nation is built on the premise that all men are created equal. One corollary that follows is equal treatment under the law.

Do the people that want to hang Snowden also want to jail Clapper for lying to Congress and Mike Rogers (republican) and Obama and Feinstein for supporting this violation of our 4th amendment rights? If the Snowden haters don´t feel the same way about Clapper/Rogers/Obama/Feinstein - then ignore their tyrannical opinions - they are part of this problem.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 1/5/2014 9:02:22 AM     (No. 9680261)

If the NSA´s technical ability to "connect the dots" is so much better now than it was prior to 9/11/2001, then why weren´t the Tsarnaev brothers under a more watchful eye and stopped before they detonated a bomb at last year´s Boston Marathon? Sad to say it, but the "enemy" that Big Brother is watching is also known as "bitter clingers".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/5/2014 9:20:57 AM     (No. 9680287)

I could take Snowden more seriously if he hadn´t fled to enemy countries with his "secrets". He can come home and face the music or he is welcome to rot in that little Russian room. It was his choice. Actions have consequences.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/5/2014 9:25:13 AM     (No. 9680289)

Read what #9 said.
It´s all about a paranoid bunch of communist traitors in Washington spying on it´s citizens for what? We are not the enemy and they certainly didn´t identify terrorists that the simplest beat cop in Boston could have unraveled in the Boston Bombing.
There´s something array here.
Snowden opened our eyes to something that will come back to haunt us and this cabal of communist trek on in spite of the law and the Constitution.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/5/2014 10:07:32 AM     (No. 9680374)

LDotters should remember that while he was assigned in Switzerland with the CIA, Edward Snowden considered exposing CIA sources (his own admission), which would have endangered those sources cooperating with the U.S. When Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen did that, our agents were executed in Russia, agents that had become like "friends" to the CIA officers handling them back at Langley, even though they had never met those agents. Those officers had been dedicated to ensuring our sources´ identities were protected, since their lives depended on it. Those officers were devastated over the betrayals by Ames and Hanssen.

Snowden strikes me as a smart-aleck, know-it-all who considers himself to be superior to others. NSA misdeeds or not, I do NOT consider Edward Snowden to be a hero.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/5/2014 10:11:36 AM     (No. 9680384)

Snowden is a traitor, pure and simple. Surveillance by any entity, throughout history, has been necessary for the protection of that entity and any others protected by that entity.

Lives saved, injustices prevented, offenses proven, resources wisely deployed, the list goes on and on. Intelligence activities have saved more lives than most people will ever know.

I know NSA employees. I know their families. They are true patriots, and they will not allow information in their hands to be used to harm the interests of America.

Many are devoted Christians. More so, I would say, than in most non-Defense federal agencies.

And I am personally dedicated to the God-given freedoms that they are defending. I will take up arms against a tyranny in my country, whether it is Progressivism or any other cult.

If you need your information to be kept secret, encrypt it. You ought to do that anyway, to prevent harm from the people who truly ARE the bad guys.

No, Snowden is not the good guy in this. Like 0bama, he is a Narcissistic, self-promoting traitor!


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Reply 14 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/5/2014 10:12:06 AM     (No. 9680387)

One other thing: Edward Snowden displays the same arrogant attitude of traitors like Ames, Hanssen, John Walker, and others who have betrayed the trust of the United States. ALL of them considered themselves to be smarter and superior to others. They caused the death of people who were trusting us to keep them safe. Smert Shpionam!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/5/2014 10:48:20 AM     (No. 9680443)

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE is a classic stance: opposing an undiscovered tyranny. One citizen sees a great wrong and risks his life to break through the evil in government and the censoring blindness of our indoctrinating, subservient to government press and television media. Right or wrong is not the issue.
Snowden´s crashing through a wall of our own government´s massive arrogant practice of ruinous deception, came about solely because he believes in righteous principles.
Like heroic anti communists, Lech Walesa and Ronald Reagan, like corruption reformer Scott Walker, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, like Elia Kazan telling the truth about deceptive Communists, Snowden has literally put his life
and all his comforts at risk to state unpopular truths.

Imagine how many other principled men and women are out there in our society, who are considering risking their professional careers as well as their actual lives, if only they would step up and reveal the evil practices in Congress, in the DC bureaucracy, and throughout the tightly controlled government dominated television media and press. The good news; Eric Snowden is just the beginning of new truth !

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/5/2014 10:51:30 AM     (No. 9680446)

Like you, #13, I know NSA employees. I know their families. You and I may even be neighbors. And that´s immaterial. Americans refuse to get their heads around the possibility of their government abusing the trust and technology. It´s the incremental trade-off of liberty for "security" that is evident to anyone with eyes. America is quickly becoming a country obsessed with surveillance, all for good reason, of course. From red light and speeding cameras, to "security cameras" hung seemingly on every lightpole, right up to the NSA bag of tricks operated by "patriots." Of course, all these systems are operated by "patriots." Sad fact is none of us knows what´s being done, or how that gathered information is potentially used for national security. And, yet, at some point there must be a boundary, or the "Land of the Free" is a fraud, it´s founding documents written by Rod Serling and Gene Roddenberry.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/5/2014 10:55:25 AM     (No. 9680457)

Suppose for a moment that YOU, a normal, honest, patriotic citizen had been in Snowden´s job. No intention to steal state secrets. No thought of ever giving them to America´s enemies.

You´re doing your job, storing, connecting, analyzing big data. Suddenly you notice something. Whoa...these files contain ALL phone calls, emails, Web activities of EVERY American citizen...what the...This is clearly and fundamentally unconstitutional.

So now, where do you go? Whom do you inform? The people who are collecting it? Holder´s Justice Department? The FBI, who are also participants? The wussy Congress? Who?

Answer: NONE of them. Nobody would believe you. You would have no proof. And you realize that this is so explosive that you might end up having an unfortunate accident.

So was he a hero? I really don´t care. But I do know that his action was in fact heroic in its result. Now the American people know they are under constant surveillance by their own government. And please don´t patronize me with assurances that it´s only metadata. I´m in the computer (big data databases) business. They have more than enough capability to have unbelievably detailed dossiers on anyone they want to destroy.

As I´ve pointed out before, simple access to such data (if it remains in the possession of the originating entities) on a temporary basis for a specified suspect authorized by a court subpoena isn´t the danger...permanent possession and general browsing by the government is. There is no way to stop abuses if this is continued.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/5/2014 10:57:09 AM     (No. 9680462)

To the old guard Republican ninnies here on this forum, consider that Obama is desperately trying to preserve spying on the American people.

Doesn´t that tell you everything you need to know?

The NSA does not work for you or me. Nor does CIA and the rest of the Federal Establishment. It works for the elite in both parties.

Haven´t you figured this out, yet?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/5/2014 12:01:14 PM     (No. 9680557)

Funny how the progressive mindset is willing to trash the capitalist way - those big bad corporations always oppressing the useful idiots they are. But, at the same time, the progressive mindset embraces this fake imagery of the socialist utopia as pushed by the gummint that also seeks to oppress the commoners.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/5/2014 12:18:49 PM     (No. 9680585)

#17, your premise is mistaken. Snowden angled for the job in order to have access to the information. He liked on his application and betrayed the oath he swore. His intention was to get the data and his intention was not to alert anyone in the US that he was doing so.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/5/2014 12:57:52 PM     (No. 9680619)

I see a lot of cynicism here about what the policy makers would do to us. 0bama and the entire Progressive movement are traitors.

But bad *consequences* are the measure of any offense, and policies that *inherently* lead to bad consequences are offensive.

If a regime locks us up, fines us into homelessness, sues us for exercising our right not to make cakes to celebrate perversions, protects New Black Panthers and SEIU thugs who, as de facto agents of the regime, suppress our constitutional rights, etc., then that regime is racking up a long list of offenses like those cited by our Founding Fathers.

You are constitutionally protected from "unreasonable search and seizure," i.e., that deprives you of your ability to make effective use of the things searched and seized. Information collection does not interfere.

Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (LLATPOH) are God-given rights. Not privacy, curtains, clothing, health care, etc. Every desirable status beyond LLATPOH is the business of the individual to establish and protect, as much as he is willing and able to do so.

It is not the duty of our neighbors or of government to establish such things for us, nor to refrain from profiting from our lack of them.

Once any actual material interference with our peaceful use of our own property has been undertaken by the regime, or by our neighbor, we are justified in responding with force.

These are very important distinctions to make, because we cannot afford to restrain the legitimate, patriotic use of our maximal information gathering technologies.

If Snowden had turned over everything he had to the Select Committee on Intelligence for the House (or the Senate), we would not be having this issue.

Every patriot in the intelligence community knows and understands that Snowden is simply a traitor!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/5/2014 1:29:14 PM     (No. 9680636)

We are not living in the time of the nation´s founders, but in a modern era where foreign enemies could attack this country at a moments notice and kill millions of Americans. The NSA is not spying on Americans but is collecting data linking people who are Americans in name only as they communicate with foreign enemy entities. The government has zero capability to spy on all Americans based upon the billions of telephonic communications that they initiate each day.

Snowden stole valuable US Government classified information, disseminated a lot of it through the international media for the world to see and took his knowledge of NSA and UK intelligence agency activities to China and Russia. Now he should be made to pay the piper.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/5/2014 2:02:12 PM     (No. 9680673)

Dittos to all here who recognize Snowden as the despicable traitor he is.

#22, you are correct. Just because the government has the capability to monitor particular individuals that pose actual threats, it does NOT/NOT have the manpower to listen to and monitor every single phone call and email.

Well said, #13, 20, and 21.

That being said, abuses have occurred under this Administration and others, undoubtedly more under 0bama. 0bama has taken abuse to new heights. We acknowledge that 0bama has abused his office to punish his enemies through the IRS, BATF, EPA, and other agencies.

But no true hero would flee to our enemies (!) to protect himself/herself from the consequences of his/her actions.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mulhaven, 1/5/2014 2:34:17 PM     (No. 9680716)

The Obamanation is abusing its "subjects" by spying on them. Consequently, they have given Snowden legitimacy. They are now reaping what they sowed.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/5/2014 4:38:15 PM     (No. 9680819)

The problem with Snowdon taking his information to the select committee #21 is where do you find a branch of government that is not corrupt under this administration? There should be an official agency or officer who can correct the situation. This was the checks and balances the founders envisioned. Now we have centralized authority in the executive, judicial, legislative, and the new administrative state which all operating in lockstep to enforce their will - in this case all pervasive surveillance. When the constitution breaks down under rampant corruption there is no recourse. Do any of you think any of us would have heard any of these snowdon revelations if he stayed in the USA and tried to get the word out about the abuses. It is nonsense to condemn Snowdon because he sought protection in a foreign country. He had no choice. He gave up a well paid career to do what he did. He knew he would have to make that sacrifice. The declaration of independence begins by talking about when it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, they are talking about revolution which becomes necessary when other means have failed to protect fundamental human rights. Snowdon went outside the letter of the law because there were no other options in a post constitutional government. This is the price of having an imperial president! To condemn Snowdon would be like telling the founders they should have negotiated a better deal with the king!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/5/2014 5:01:42 PM     (No. 9680841)

#25, OHmY wrote: "He gave up a well paid career to do what he did. He knew he would have to make that sacrifice."

Nonsense. He was tired of being a nobody. He got the 15 minutes of fame he wanted, using the only thing available to him, America´s security. I believe he expected to be hailed widely as a hero of the first order. That´s the way Narcissists think of themselves. Like 0bama.

#25: "...talking about revolution which becomes necessary when other means have failed to protect fundamental human rights."

Wrong again. There is no "fundamental human right" for an individual to have his actions, words, or even thoughts be unknown by others, even by government. That is simply a useful condition that we can invest our own time, energy and property towards.

I actually *want* my government to pay attention, to listen unobtrusively, to record any potentially useful things they happen to observe. (At the first sign of actual violation of "fundamental human rights" I will take up arms against them.)

I´m willing even to buy a few gadgets and tools for our Defense Department, so that defense actually occurs, since defense is the most legitimate of all federal functions!


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Reply 27 - Posted by: belwhatter, 1/5/2014 5:47:02 PM     (No. 9680882)

The only lousy secrets we have left unxplained are 1] who is Obama and where are his records? 2] Who killed JFK ?
Remember too, Bubba gave a whole pile of interesting technology information to the ChiComs - there can´t be much left in our secrets box any more - most other nations that mean business already have this administration figured out. Leave Snowden alone - he did us a good turn.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/5/2014 6:11:46 PM     (No. 9680906)

So the question is how much of our God Given Rights are each of us willing to give up for a little safety?

The answer to that question is none. The State and Federal Governments have gotten to big and their boot print on our necks is to heavy.

We must have a public hearing on this issue, not behind closed doors. We got that closed door fecal matter from ObamaCare.

It is way past time to reign in the the Governments.

History will determine weather Snowden is a traitor or a whistle blower, but not the NSA or anyone else today. None in Government or the MSM can be trusted. For todays Political Elite, all they want is control,power, and money.

If this is erroneous thinking, please, someone give me a list of trusted men or women in Government today who can be trusted by the citizenry to protect us and keep state secrets?



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Reply 29 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/5/2014 6:45:01 PM     (No. 9680930)

It has been asserted here "There is no "fundamental human right for an individual to have his actions, words, or even thoughts be unknown by others, even by government." Would that be a long way of saying a right to "privacy" . I guess you don´t accept Roe v Wade where the right to privacy was spun by the court into a justification for Abortion!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Franz, 1/6/2014 12:11:44 AM     (No. 9681112)

Whether you agree or disagree with Snowden´s actions, he did reveal that the NSA was violating the 4th amendment to the US Constitution.

The amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause. I would like to know the probable cause for monitoring Bill-Bob calling Betty-Sue in Podunk USA.

The claim is that this stops terrorist attacks. When asked for an example, international calls are always given -- never domestic calls. Monitoring of international calls was authorized by the patriot Act, monitoring of domestic calls was not unless linked to a suspect international call. This is probable cause. Saying there is probable cause to monitor every domestic call is absurd!

With the NSA spending a lot of time looking for needles in many haystacks that have none may help to explain how they missed the Boston bombers. The fact that one of them traveled to a hot bed of terrorist activity may have given them a clue.

And, the judges that are tasked with overseeing this monitoring should insist on more "probable cause" than somebody just asking them to rubber-stamp their request.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 1/6/2014 2:21:18 AM     (No. 9681146)

What #17 said.

He had to be a traitor in order to be a hero.

Why?

#1 -- Just look at the dead body count in the Clinton & Obama Administrations to figure out if he could of it any other way.

#2 -- Look at what OUR Government´s IRS Department did with the Tea Party information. The NSA can be ordered to "connect the dots" on any group or politician our Administration wants to persecute!

#3 -- Sadly, now our enemies are looking for new ways to work around being spied on. But one could hope they will be reduced to smoke signals.

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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:29:14 AM     Post Reply
A three-year study of how network news refers to “Easter” reveals that by a margin of 500-56, reports that mention the word or “Easter season” choose a secular path linking it to candy Peeps, frilly clothes and cocktails over Christ’s resurrection. “Instead of celebrating Christ´s rising from the dead, the networks have made it about ´egg-cellent Easter fashions,´ frilly Easter bonnets and pink martinis,” said a report from the conservative Media Research Center provided to Secrets on Good Friday. The study reviewed three years of news in the two weeks before Easter and found that about 89 percent of the references to

Saudi Arabia Prepares to Build
the World´s Tallest Building
Atlantic Wire, by Adam Chandler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:18:08 AM     Post Reply
Construction on Saudi Arabia´s Kingdom Tower, which will be one whopping, expense kilometer tall, is set to commence next week, according to local reports. The Kingdom tower will measure 3,280 feet when completed, which stretches 568 feet taller than the current Guinness World Record holder for tallest man-made construction, the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. The building will dominate the skyline of the coastal town of Jeddah on the Red Sea. If you´re afraid of heights, you´ll definitely want to know the 200-story building will feature a massive 98-foot terrace jutting from the side of the 157th floor. The Kingdom Tower won´t come

Holder’s undermining of the
law deserving of contempt
Washington Times, by Robert Charles    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:10:28 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric H. Holder was reminded during a recent congressional hearing that he has been held in “contempt of Congress” — for nonproduction of subpoenaed documents. He interrupted with a personal rebuke of his questioner. Later, he suggested that questioning of his leadership, nonresponsiveness to congressional oversight, and referring to the contempt vote was evidence of racism. The accusation was made a second time, perhaps as a political stratagem, by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Let’s stop there — and stop the deflection, too. No attorney general of the United States is entitled, for any reason, to escape scrutiny of Congress,

3 Times I Was Framed for Murder –
And How You Can Be, Too
PJ Media, by Robert Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:53:18 AM     Post Reply
Have you ever been blamed for a murder? Speak out against jihad terror, and you probably will be. It has happened to me three times (so far): 3. Reza Aslan blames me for murder of Muslim woman in California. Last Thursday in El Cajon, California, an Iraqi Muslim named Kassim Alhimidi was found guilty of murdering his wife, Shaima Alawadi, after she had told him that she wanted a divorce. Before Alhimidi was arrested, this murder was widely reported as an “Islamophobic hate crime”: a note was found by Alawadi’s body that read, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” Leftists and Islamic



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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
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Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one


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