Tag: Department of Justice

D’Souza in the Gunsights

Dinesh D’Souza, who has written a book and made a movie heavily critical of Obama was indicted last week on charges of breaking federal campaign finance laws. The allegation is that he made strawman donations — reimbursing employees and friends for donating to the failed senate campaign of Wendy Long so he could exceed the $5000 campaign contribution limit. D’Souza has responded that he broke the law accidentally due to a “misunderstanding”.

This has given rise to accusations that Obama is targeting D’Souza. In particular, there has been focus on the case of Tab Turner, who organized strawman donations to the John Edwards campaign and paid a $50,000 fine. The problem is that this case is a bit cherry-picked. As noted by Reuters, these kind of prosecutions are very common although the punishment tends to be a bit inconsistent.

But if so, the politics are inscrutably Byzantine. Take Whittemore, for example. The Nevada lobbyist was accused and ultimately convicted of illegally funneling $150,000 to the re-election campaign of Senate majority leader Harry Reid. In addition to the mystery of why the Obama Justice Department would find it politically expedient to prosecute a Harry Reid supporter, there’s the twist that a Nevada developer who allegedly broke the same campaign finance laws as Whittemore by facilitating conduit payments to Reid’s campaign was never indicted and settled with the FEC. Why was one Reid supporter let off with a civil fine and the other prosecuted? Only the Justice Department knows for sure.

That very disparity, however, suggests that simple party-line retaliation doesn’t drive campaign finance enforcement decisions. In fact, if you look at the Whittemore sentencing memo, you’ll see that supporters of both Democratic and Republican candidates have been prosecuted over the last several years. And it’s not as though the Bush administration went after only Democratic boosters and the Obama Justice Department targets only Republicans. Former FEC chairman David Mason, who served on the commission from 1998 to 2008 and is now senior vice-president of compliance services at the political consulting firm Aristotle, tracks campaign finance cases closely. He told me they’re just not generally motivated by politics.

The decision to prosecute, according to Justin Shur of MoloLamken, who handled campaign finance cases in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section from 2008 to 2012, is usually a matter of the defendant’s intent and the magnitude of the supposed wrongdoing. “I brought cases against Democrats and Republicans alike,” Shur said.

Steven Taylor points out that if Obama were going after his enemies, D’Souza would be an odd place to start.

The conspiracy theories are amazing, as they have to assume that D’Souza is some sort of huge thorn in Obama’s side. That is, even if we stipulate for the sake of argument that Obama is willing to use the DOJ as a political tool of this type, why on earth would he be targeting D’Souza? It is a bizarre notion. If Obama was willing to sic Holder on enemies, why not Rush Limbaugh? Roger Ailes? You know, people who actually influence the discourse. Or, for that matter, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, etc?

D’Souza is a big figure on the Right, but he doesn’t have a lot of mainstream cache. And his career took a big hit when had to resign from King’s college after carrying on with a married woman while he was still married to his first wife. I was a big fan of D’Souza a while back — his Reagan biography is very good. But he’s sort of drifted to the margin.

But then again, a guy making $20,000 in straw man contributions to a failed Senate campaign seems an odd place to enforce federal finance law as well.

You can also check out Ken White on the difficulty D’Souza will have proving a selective prosecution.

In short, a mere suspicious appearance — like the indictment of a vigorous critic of the administration — is not enough to show unconstitutionally selective prosecution. D’Souza’s attorneys should certainly explore the issue, but it will not be an easy motion to win. The system only nominally protects rights; for the most part the system protects the system.

To sum up: the prosecution is a bit suspicious and D’Souza’s attorneys will have a chance to look into it. But I am dubious that anything will come out of this.

Regardless of what comes out in D’Souza’s discovery, I do think we should revisit campaign contribution limits. While D’Souza appears to have broken the law and should punished for breaking the law — preferably with a civil not a criminal case — the law is kind of stupid. If D’Souza had donated that money to a single-minded PAC that supported his preferred candidate, it would have been perfectly legal. What he’s being punished for is more stupidity than corruption. I’d actually prefer that we remove the facade of campaign finance laws and just let people bankroll the campaign they want to. If George Soros wants to give a $1 billion campaign contribution to Hillary Clinton, let him … as long as it’s all out in the open where we know about it. I’d much rather see politicians bought and sold honestly than through strawman PACs called things like “Americans for America”. As far as I can tell, all our campaign finance laws have accomplished nothing when it comes to cleaning up Washington. All they do is allow the occasional prosecution of someone like Dinesh D’Souza.

It gets better!

As if what I hat told you in this post about how the commies where doubling down on the very policies that caused the housing and lending crisis wasn’t enough, now I find out that our DOJ is taking a large chunk of that $335 million fine that government is punishing Bank of America with for not following along with their social engineering plans, and giving it to connected lefty organizations:

The untold story of the Obama Administration’s widely reported, $335 million discrimination settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation is that, under a secret Justice Department program, a chunk of the money won’t go to the “victims” but rather leftist groups not connected to the lawsuit.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine which “qualified organizations” get leftover settlement cash and Democrat-tied groups like the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the open-borders National Council of La Raza (NCLR) stand to get large sums based on the hastily arranged deal which got court approval in just a few days.

The damned mafia is less criminal in its endevours than these crooks. They have no shame. They of course expect the LSM not to report this either, or spin it to make them look good. Of course, the problem is with us dumb “Fox News” types for not figuring out this is all good stuff. You think this money will help these connected organizations like ACORN, or whatever they call themselves these days, buy or steal some votes for them? The end justifies the means, and the devil is in the details. By this point it should be obvious that we would get a fairer shake from scumbags like Putin than we do from these demcorats.

Ethical & transparent my ass…

As I pointed out when these scumbags where pretending they would be better than their predecessors, buyer beware. Never trust the leftard politicians to be either ethical or transparent, and expect them to be far, far worse, than anyone they demonize, practically always based on falsehoods, either. The gist:

A longtime internal policy that allowed Justice Department officials to deny the existence of sensitive information could become the law of the land — in effect a license to lie — if a newly proposed rule becomes federal regulation in the coming weeks.

The proposed rule directs federal law enforcement agencies, after personnel have determined that documents are too delicate to be released, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests “as if the excluded records did not exist.”

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, says the move appears to be in direct conflict with the administration’s promise to be more open.

“Despite all the talk of transparency, I can’t think of what’s less transparent than saying a document does not exist, when in fact, it does,” Sekulow told Fox News.

Justice Department officials say the practice has been in effect for decades, dating back to a 1987 memo from then-Attorney General Edwin Meese.

In that memo, and subsequent similar internal documents, Justice Department staffers were advised that they could reply to certain FOIA requests as if the documents had never been created. That policy never became part of the law — or even codified as a federal regulation — and it was recently challenged in court.

Sekulow must like irony/sarcasm. It is not like this pattern where these crooks talked about doing one thing – the “better” thing – then did exactly the opposite, and took whatever they had such an issue with before, when they were accusing someone else of being a crook, to new levels, isn’t happening across the board. How many more “promises” were not just broken, but resulted in far more of the behavior they promised to do away with, by these people?

Me, I question the timing of this law. As things are heating up in the “Fast & Furious” investigation, the DOJ, which is front and center in what now clearly appears as a coordinated operation, run on foreign soil, and directed from up on high – all the way to the WH – which funneled weapons in violation of numerous US laws into the hands of drug cartel executioners, with no possible way of tracking these weapons, but a guarantee they would kill many, is looking for cover.

I hazard that they are worried that the LSM ignoring the story isn’t enough, and that they need a way to block FOIA requests from the alternative media which isn’t beholden to them, leading to the public finding out the WH directed them to run this operation, in such a way as to “create the evidence” they needed to back up their accusation that it was lax US gun laws that armed the cartels and caused all the mayhem and murder, and are looking for a way to legally hide the criminal activity. Won’t do much to block a congressional investigation, but it will give them time to hide this till after they are done destroying the country. Lets hope the stink over this rule change torpedoes the whole thing.

Gunrunner update: the gift that keeps on giving..

Man, I am loving this whole debacle. Just this morning I posted about how we now have proof Holder not only knew about these operations, but likely ran them, and now we find out that the WH is telling the LSM to shut up about this scandal:

What’s more, CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson — who’s been covering the scandal from the beginning — says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the story.

Why would the WH want to prevent reporting on what’s clearly a scandal unless they suspected that if more people found out more people would be connecting the dots? You are a member of the LSM, we control you, shut up! I really don’t buy the WH’s explanation on why this isn’t anything worth reporting either:

Finally, Attkisson notes that the White House is claiming that a thorough investigation of the scandal is unwarranted:

This is like the bloodied Axe murderer caught stuffing his latest victims in a shallow grave telling you to move on because there is nothing to see! The more this plays out, the more it becomes obvious that the WH has far more invested in this than just Holder running a rogue operation. I am going to enjoy this! Pass the popcorn. Don’t mind me telling you “I told you so” either.

Roh roh, Shaggy. Issa wants special prosecutor to investigate Fast & Furious.

It now looks like operation “Fast & Furious”, the famous “Gunrunner” scheme that I pointed out long ago, when the facts started dribbling out, despite a concerted effort by the LSM to keep the story and the reason & role the 2nd Amendment haters the members of Team Obama behind it under wraps, was a run around to affect American public opinion and help the left roll back defeats to disarm the people at large, is panning out into a scandal for Team Obama, and an international one at it:

The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.

The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexican drug war zones originate in the US. (The real figure is closer to 17 percent.) But, as Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform committee continues its investigation, that pretension has evaporated — and a major international scandal has been born.

Marisela Morales, the Mexican attorney general, estimates that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons — among them, a powerful Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle that took down a federal helicopter. Morales, who calls the program a “betrayal” of her country, told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports, and that US officials still haven’t briefed their Mexican counterparts on it.

More and more people are actually accepting the obvious conclusion, left when all other avenues that have been explored have lead to dead ends, that the sole remaining purpose for this operation was so the Obama administration could blame non-existing lax US gun policies for deaths in Mexico, as the blatantly false media campaign to convince people that 80% of the guns used in the drug wars there came from the US. This was being done so they could then demand they be allowed to add and enforce tighter controls that would violate 2nd Amendment rights that would otherwise never pass muster, in order to again take the lead in the fight to disarm the people, after their agenda recently suffered a humiliating defeat in the SCOTUS. This is obviously what Obama told us was under works to get them back in business on taking guns away from people during one of his speeches.

Attempts by the LSM to ignore the story and by the Obama Administration to avoid disclosing the facts have not succeeded in preventing us from learning the facts, and we are finally getting calls for a special investigation. As Holder and other higher ups behind this all now claim amnesia, frustrated officials in the Mexican government, whom it seems where not a willing participant as was first suspected, whom weren’t even briefed are themselves asking for answers. Maybe they should involve the criminal court in The Hague. I would love to see the left’s reaction to that one.

She shouldn’t feel lonely: The administration has been notably unforthcoming to everybody on this one. Eric Holder’s Justice has engaged in a rearguard battle against Issa’s committee — turning over subpoenaed documents only slowly and heavily redacted, making witnesses unavailable and transferring or retiring implicated officials such as former ATF head Kenneth Melson. Issa has publicly accused Holder & Co. of “gaming” congressional investigators.

Yet the drip, drip, drip of revelations continues. A third “Fast and Furious” gun has now been linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death in Arizona last December at the hands of Mexican bandits started to crack the scandal open.

In addition to the ATF and the FBI, other agencies already implicated include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the IRS. Other tidbits suggest involvement by higher-ups at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House itself.

It’s a scandal, and the stench seems to come from all the way to the top. And it’s going to be fun to watch the left now pretend there is nothing here or better yet, defend what now appears to be turning into a real international crime. How are they going to blame Bush? Can I say I told you so , already?

Another shoe drops…

The El Paso Times has this article dealing with a new accusation made, in court, by the defense for a Mr. Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago of all places, a top lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel, that’s very disturbing. The accusation? Heck, let me just post the article and let you know what this lawyer is alleging that agents in employ of our federal government have basically done:

U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.

The allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago. He is also a top lieutenant of drug kingpin Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman and the son of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia, believed to be the brains behind the Sinaloa cartel.

Now let me state that so far this is just a lawyer making the accusation in court, and not much more, but there is a lot of other information in this article that is quite pertinent to recent discussions about another such case involving federal agents engaging in what would amount to an grievous violation of their powers, in order to turn public opinion against the second amendment of our constitution – the right to bear arms against to protect oneself from a tyrannical government – which I found quite interesting.

The first of course is this revelation:

The case could prove to be a bombshell on par with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” except that instead of U.S. guns being allowed to walk across the border, the Sinaloa cartel was allowed to bring drugs into the United States. Zambada-Niebla claims he was permitted to smuggle drugs from 2004 until his arrest in 2009.

If this turns out to be true it now shows a second operation where federal agents simply ignored precedent and law to further a goal. While not as harmful and frightening as your government running an operation so they could then create evidence to back their lies that the private US gun dealers seem to be the main suppliers of arms to the warring Mexican cartels just so they could sway public opinion in favor of their gun grabbing political agenda, it nevertheless shows a pattern of serious disregard for the security and safety of the American people. Again, if the story bears out, our government, in order to score a victory, allowed a Mexican cartel to sneak drugs into the US for information. Usually the left goes bullshit nuts when stuff like this is revealed, but then of course, it doesn’t get wide press coverage unless the news hurts non-democrats.

The government’s response to this allegation?

Randall Samborn, assistant U.S. attorney and spokesman for the Justice Department in Chicago, declined comment.

The court in Chicago had a status hearing on Wednesday and ordered the government to respond to allegations in Zambada-Niebla’s motion by Sept. 11.

I understand that. This guy simply might not know anything. I am certain that the people behind this – if it turns out to be true – wouldn’t advertise they did this, or, ever want to admit they did it. Let’s see how they respond.

However, what really intrigued me is the fact that this attorney doesn’t plan to just take the government’s likely answer that this didn’t happen at face value, but is expanding his probe to another real serious series of criminal acts by our feds, with full knowledge and consent for what was done going through the DOJ all the way up to the WH, for what now seems obviously done to sway public opinion and serve a dastardly political agenda.

Zambada-Niebla’s motion seeks U.S. government records about the 2003 Juárez case involving an informant who participated in several homicides for the Carrillo-Fuentes drug cartel, while under ICE’s supervision.

He also requested records about the ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious,” which permitted weapons purchased illegally in the United States to be smuggled into Mexico, sometimes by paid U.S. informants and cartel leaders.

This is gonna be interesting. I wonder if Eric Holder will suddenly find a reason to declare this guy a terrorist and demand he be shipped to Gitmo and face a military tribunal so they can avoid the headache this would cause them. Of course, since Holder also guaranteed us that they would get a guilty verdict if they brought terrorists to non-military courts – something he could only do if the outcome was already predetermined, making the whole thing nothing but a sham and show trial – I am sure he wouldn’t have trouble “bending” the law to somehow make this all go away or be delayed forever.

Finally I wanted to point this little tidbit out, because it is relevant to a conversation discussing casualty counts because of operation “Fast & Furious”:

“It is estimated that approximately 3,000 people were killed in Mexico as a result of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ including law enforcement officers in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, the headquarters of the Sinaloa cartel,” the court documents allege. “The Department of Justice’s leadership apparently saw this as an ingenious way of combating drug cartel activities.”

That’s a lot of dead people. Far more than a few hundred. I wonder where they got their numbers, but I am not surprised considering that this war has casualties in the double digits daily…

Guess who is trying to resurect “Don’t ask, don’t tell”?

And it ain’t those “Neanderthal conservative theocrats” as the leftists like to label anyone that has any kind of reservations about the whole deal. No more suspense – It’s Barrak Hussein Obama:

(Washington, DC) – The Obama Department of Justice is filing an emergency motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pleading with the court to reconsider its order vacating the stay. The Ninth Circuit last week removed a stay against the worldwide injunction awarded in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, effectively halting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Read the article linked. Obama’s DOJ isn’t doing this to give the military time to deal with the needed changes to accommodate the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and to block some court’s rulling the military shouldn’t be given time to prepare, especially while 3 or more wars are going on, but is is filling the request to get the military to re-institute prosecution and discharge of gays.

Of course, republicans and conservatives still are the homophobes.. :)

I wonder when the LSM is going to make abig stink of this latest revelation, huh?