Sebelius Gets Subpoenaed





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Despite her best efforts to deflect questions earlier this week during a congressional hearing, Kathleen Sebelius is still in the hot seat regarding her role in the disastrous ObamaCare website roll out.

U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a subpoena demanding that the Health and Human Services secretary release a number of documents relating to the healthcare.org debacle.

“The American people deserve to know why the administration spent significant taxpayer money on a product that is entirely dysfunctional and puts their personal information at risk,” he explained, describing Sebelius’ prior stonewalling as “completely unacceptable.”

Issa’s move comes just days after he subpoenaed a major contractor involved in the site’s development.

Issa, along with fellow Republicans on the committee, join millions of Americans in demanding answers and accountability for the glitch-ridden enrollment system. In addition to details about the site’s initial development and preliminary testing, they are also seeking specifics regarding the actual number of people who have enrolled using the the online resource.

HHS spokesperson Joanne Peters said the agency is “working diligently to satisfy [the committee's] interest,” noting that a prior “timeline was not feasible given the vast scope of their requests.”

Considering the administration has been forced to push back the ObamaCare enrollment period, the department certainly knows about unfeasible timelines. When working on a multi-million dollar website to implement the most overarching healthcare law in the nation’s history, however, one rightly expects that those responsible would have their ducks in a row.

Unfortunately, when referring to the bloated, inefficient federal government, such expectations are notoriously fruitless.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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Commission Seeks Answers On Benghazi

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The Obama administration has been supporting jihadists and the Muslim Brotherhood abroad, thereby furthering the goals of Islamists in the Middle East, argued several speakers at Accuracy in Media’s Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) conference last week. Why is this important to the exploration of what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012? First of all, it provides context for the terrible conditions that Ambassador Stevens faced when he traveled there that September, and the make-up of those who attacked our facilities there. It could also partially explain the administration’s eagerness to falsely blame the attack on a YouTube video that Muslims found offensive, rather than acknowledge poor security conditions and a growing al-Qaeda movement in the region. After all, the President believes that al Qaeda is on the run.

“Here’s the sentence, here’s the headline, that the Obama administration does not want broadcast anywhere or printed anywhere: ‘Obama Administration Arms Al Qaeda,’” Chris Farrell, Director of Research and Investigation at Judicial Watch, said at the conference. “That’s it, right there.”

Judicial Watch is the only organization litigating in Federal Court on Benghazi to date. It recently issued a new report, the second of two, on the Benghazi attacks and the Administration’s subsequent stonewalling.

“Look, this attack in Benghazi did not happen in a vacuum. It wasn’t a fluke. It didn’t just occur,” argued author and investigative journalist Ken Timmerman. “It was a policy shift that took place as soon as Obama took power to overturn our longstanding national security alliances in the Middle East and to support the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“I think the path, I think the green light, if you will, even, was given by President Obama in his 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, when he green-lighted the Islamic uprising that would follow over the next two years,” said Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. Lopez is a former CIA operations officer and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. “What happened in Libya was a follow-on to that green light, as well as what happened in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood rose up and seized power for a time.”

During the aforementioned Cairo speech, noted Timmerman, “sitting behind the President of the United States as he’s giving the speech, so they’re pictured in all of the news footage of it, are top members of the Muslim Brotherhood—at that point still an outlawed group although tolerated by the Mubarak regime.” Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt at that time, was not invited. This sends a clear message from our President.

As for Muammar Qaddafi, he was a brutal dictator, but “He had al-Qaeda jihadis in his jails,” said Lopez. “And yet, in March of 2011, the United States, together with NATO allies Italy, France, and others, decided to intervene in Libya. Why? To assist al Qaeda militias to overthrow a sovereign government that was no threat to the United States.” Those skeptical of the al Qaeda connections to Libya Shield, Ansar al Sharia, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), and other Libyan “liberation” freedom fighters should read John Rosenthal’s The Jihadist Plot, which details al Qaeda’s intricate plan to overthrow the apostate Qaddafi.

“As we know, we’ve had step-by-step accounts of the killing of Osama bin Laden, and some information that was probably classified,” noted Kevin Shipp, a former CIA officer and author of From the Company of Shadows, at the conference. “We’ve had step-by-step accounts of what’s going on in Syria, with the exceptions of some things about the gas. We’ve been given nothing about Benghazi. No, not even the smallest detail regarding what happened that evening.”

The reason we’ve been given step-by-step accounts of Osama bin Laden’s death is partially because it helped the President politically. Similarly, knowledge of Syria’s conflict assisted the President in making the case to send military and non-military aid. But Benghazi, where four people died? President Obama would rather that issue be swept under the rug.

Members of the Commission expressed their dismay that the administration did not mount a more vigorous attempt to rescue the Benghazi four and that, they argue, stand down orders were given.

“If the President’s child were in Benghazi, would the rescue attempt have been more aggressive?” asked Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, at the conference. Tyrone Woods was one of two former Navy SEALs who, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith, was killed that day in Benghazi. Charles Woods asked the same question at a hearing before Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) committee three days later. At the hearing, Rep. Issa announced that he had subpoenaed two Diplomatic Security agents who were on the ground in Benghazi that night. He said that the State Department had suggested to him that these two might not want to come forward because there was an FBI investigation ongoing.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who also spoke at the conference, noted that those involved were consistently politicizing the FBI investigation by using it as an excuse to not provide information.

“I appreciate the fact that this Citizens’ Committee is here, but I wish that it wasn’t necessary,” said Woods. “I wish that it was not necessary, because the truth voluntarily should have been presented by our administration.”

The Commission is dedicated to finding out the truth behind the Benghazi attacks, and this work is ongoing. Captain Larry Bailey (Ret.) invited confidential sources to contact him and to be assured of total privacy and anonymity. Videos and transcripts from the September 16th conference are being posted at the CCB website.

 

This commentary originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

Lerner Seeks Immunity Ahead Of IRS Testimony

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Days after her retirement — with full pension — amid widespread calls for her removal, former IRS official Lois Lerner is now preparing for an inevitable testimony before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Head of the agency’s tax-exempt department during the two-year period during which conservative groups were unfairly targeted for additional investigation, Lerner has heretofore been conspicuously quiet.

Previously going so far as to attempt invoking her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, her lawyers are now reportedly exploring options to grant her immunity for any future comments.

According to committee adviser Ali Ahmad, the subpoena Lerner was bound to during her last appearance is still in effect.

“The Chairman [Rep. Darrell Issa] did not adjourn the hearing,” Ahmad explained, “he recessed it.”

While Lerner has not yet been granted any immunity deal, he said the committee has “indicated a willingness to listen to any offers from her attorney about what she would testify to if it was offered.”

Recent evidence, including a number of email correspondences, seem to indicate that Lerner had an active role in the scandal; however, she was previously precluded from exercising her Fifth Amendment right due to a prior statement that she had “not broken any laws.” At this point, it seems, an immunity deal is her best chance to avoid potential prosecution for her involvement or jail time for failing to testify.

There has been no official report indicating when she will next be called to testify or what the scope of her potential deal with investigators might include.

In the interest of justice, Lerner should be held accountable for her part in a scheme to effectively silence conservative voices during the heated midterm and presidential election cycles of 2010 and 2012. Should Issa decide that immunity is warranted, however, one hopes she will provide enough evidence to actually clean up the corruption so prevalent within the IRS.

Maybe These Odds And Ends Tie Together To Give Us A Ray Of Hope

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It’s hard to argue with Rush Limbaugh’s observation that “The Left will always tell us what they fear.” Remember the way they attacked Sarah Palin and let John McCain talk himself out of winning in 2008? The Left’s never ending investigations of Darrell Issa come to mind as well.  Now we’re seeing the Left going full bore against Voter ID laws. What other reason for the immediate lawsuits against these laws could there be?

The Left understands that honest elections kill them. There are some elections Democrats just can’t win without cheating. They buy votes with “free” stuff; they bribe individuals to vote Democrat several times; they disallow absentee ballots from America’s warfighters–even those voting from combat zones; and they bring honest or dishonest results they don’t like to court and ask Democrat judges to overturn them. The sunlight of honest elections is like a cross to Dracula.

This is why they make up ridiculous objections like “the lines are too long when proof of identity must be presented”, or “getting a photo ID is too expensive and time consuming.”

They’ll say anything but the truth, which is that they can’t win without cheating.

Tie these facts to the recent illegal alien swamping of a gate at the border between San Diego and Mexico that saw hundreds of people demanding political asylum using the same phrase: “I have credible proof that my life is in danger from a drug cartel,” and we begin to see that Democrats might be afraid of not getting enough new voters.

Add both of these points to House Republicans’ insisting they will not vote for amnesty; and we might actually be looking at signals that, in spite of Democrat boasts of having “40 to 50 House Republicans ready to vote for amnesty,” maybe for once it’s the Republicans who are telling the truth.

This might be just a fanciful thought on a mid-summer’s day, but one has to wonder why the Democrats would risk roiling us up with the asylum stunt if they knew they could just wait until October, throw the gates open, and blame the Republicans for destroying our border security.

Obama’s “Phony” Scandals

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“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing, and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Barack Obama said in a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on July 24, 2013.

“If four Americans get killed, it’s not OPTIMAL.”–Obama’s calloused, abnormally detached, and incredibly narcissistic response to Comedy Central’s John Stewart’s question about the changing story of the Benghazi attack.

Does Obama think that the Muslim terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya on 9/11/2012 didn’t really happen and that four Americans (Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glenn Doherty, Sean Smith, and Ty Woods) weren’t actually murdered?

 

The Obama Laundry List of Phony Scandals

 

1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement, and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three treasonous scandals into one:

a) The failure of the administration to protect the Benghazi mission.

b) The Obama administration changed the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video.

c) The intense stonewalling, complete shutdown, and absolute refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.

d) Breaking 200 plus years of honorable American military tradition to never leave any solider behind.

3. Spying on the the AP: The Justice Department stole a plethora of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. James Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. The Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when, in fact, he personally signed the affidavit that alleged Fox News reporter James Rosen was a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” debacle: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes (including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.)

7. Holder Perjury II: During congressional hearings held on May 3, 2011, Congressman Darrell Issa asked AG Eric Holder when he first knew about the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scheme. Eric Holder replied under oath: “I am not sure about the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Holder flat out lied to Congress under oath;”Project Gun Runner” (Fast and Furious) was launched by Obama with Holder’s full knowledge on March 24, 2009. Holder is guilty of perjury and should be arrested.

8. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius runs an extortion racket: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: A U.S. Agriculture Department effort that began as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency, but developed into a gravy train delivering $1.33 billion in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers – some of whom never once faced any discrimination or had ever even claimed to have suffered from any bias.

10. GSA frantically out of control The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and mind-readers. This resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Extortion 17: On August 6, 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17”, was shot down during a mission  transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American special operations personnel, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, seven Afghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog. It is the worst loss of U.S Military life in the Afghanistan campaign. On May 3, 2011 Vice President Joseph R. “Joe” Biden Jr., leaked confidential information to the media that jeopardized the lives of all Navy SEALs and their families, said Karen L. Vaughn, mother of deceased U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron C. Vaughn. SEALs are the Navy’s principal special operations force and a part of the Naval Special Warfare Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Family members of the 38 military personnel killed in the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan called for a congressional investigation into the failed Navy flight operation conducted in war-ridden Afghanistan.

At the ramp ceremony at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan given for our dead soldiers, whose bodies were being transported back to the United States, a Muslim cleric was invited by the Obama White House to give a eulogy for our fallen soldiers. Here are the words (translated from Arabic) that the Muslim cleric spoke over the flag-draped coffins, damning the souls of our dead heroes:

“Amen, I shelter in Allah the merciful forgiver. The companions of the fire, the sinners and the infidels who are fodder for hell fire are not equal with the companions of heaven. The companions of heaven, Muslims are the winners. Had we sent this Koran to a mountain, you would have seen the mountain prostrated in fear of Allah. (Mocking the God of Moses) Such examples are what we present to the people, to the people so that they would think. (Repent and convert to Islam). Blessing are to your God (Allah) the God of glory of what they describe. And peace be upon the messengers (prophets) and thanks be to Allah the Lord of both universes of mankind and Jinn.”

 

“Elected officials who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.”
Abraham Lincoln