Sharyl Attkisson To Sue Federal Government For $35 Million

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Former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who has done groundbreaking work on the Fast and Furious scandal, is suing the United States Department of Justice for $35 million in damages, alleging the government hacked into her computer between 2011 and 2013.

Attkisson detailed the hacking in a new book entitled Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against The Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. She writes in the book that a source who is “connected to government three-letter agencies told her that her computer was hacked into by a ‘sophisticated entity that used commercial, non-attributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency.’”

Howard Kurtz of Fox News noted that three separate forensic exams showed that this happened between 2011 and 2013.

Attkisson told The Washington Examiner Friday she hopes “to get information that sheds light on a number of problems I’ve been dealing with.”

“One of the items the FBI is withholding is information surrounding a case they opened on my computer intrusions, which lists me as the victim.

“Yet they never told me they opened the case, never interviewed me, and won’t produce material relevant to the case or the case file. The case has to progress through court and, historically, the government drags it out (at taxpayer expense). So it’s unclear when, if ever, we might receive the documents to which we are entitled.”

The 2012 recipient of the Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting is partnering with conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch for the lawsuit. The suit asks for, in part:

“Any and all records concerned, regarding or relating to Sharyl Attkisson. Such records include, but are not limited to, records of background checks of Sharyl Attkisson, records of communications, contacts, or correspondence between Sharyl Attkisson and employees, officials or agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and records of investigations concerning or regarding Sharyl Attkisson as a victim…”

The lawsuit was filed in November. Attkisson said at the time, “That I’ve had to sue to get my own FBI file is concerning. This administration has a terrible record in respecting the First Amendment rights of journalists.”

h/t: Hot Air

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Conspiracy Theorists Will Be Buzzing After This Strange Thing The Obama Admin Just Ordered

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Preppers sometimes get a bad rap, especially the hardcore survivalists who stockpile tons of packaged food and ammunition in underground bunkers. But what about the apparent prepper mentality of U.S. government officials now awaiting bids on a solicitation they recently made for “emergency preparedness” survival kits for banks?

According to the update on a recent article published at freebeacon.com, the survival kits are not for the military, not for Homeland Security, the FBI, or FEMA–but for bank workers.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department told the Washington Free Beacon that survival kits being ordered for government workers at every major bank in the United States are for “emergency preparedness.”

Once the government finds a bidder, reports freebeacon.com, every one of the more than 3,800 employees of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will receive a well-stocked survival kit.

…the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country, is ordering survival kits for each of its employees.

The survival kits will reportedly be delivered to every major bank in the United States, including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.

The Treasury Department doesn’t specifically say why it feels the kits are needed. But the contents of each survival kit are specifically named in the government’s solicitation for a contractor to provide them:

• 2400-calorie food bar (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• 3-pack 8.5 oz. water (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• 50 water purification tablets (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• Reusable solar blanket 52” x 84”
• Dust mask
• One-size fits all poncho with hood
• 12 hr. light stick
• 1 pair of latex gloves
• Whistle with lanyard
• 33 piece personal first aid kit
• 5 Wet Naps
• Dynamo rechargeable lantern with AM/FM radio
• Air-Aid emergency mask

And everything must be neatly packaged in a fanny pack or backpack for distribution to the bureaucrats who oversee the federal banking system.

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Shocking: 3 Of The Last Americans You Would Ever Expect Just Got Caught Trying To Join ISIS

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Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join up with ISIS in Syria after stealing their parents’ money and flying to Germany.

The girls were reported missing after they skipped school Friday; but their families had no idea where they had gone, according to Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Araphoe County Sheriff’s Department.

However, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said that the girls were stopped in the Frankfurt, Germany airport over the weekend and then returned to Colorado.

One official said the girls were heading to Turkey en route to Syria.

Another US official called the case “concerning” both to the community and the country. That official said that they would be trying to determine if there were “like-minded” people in the girls’ social circles.

The girls took their passports and $2,000 of their parents’ money.

What do you think? Why would three teenage girls from Colorado want to join up with the group of thugs known as ISIS?

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The 2nd Amendment Could Be Safe Forever After What The FBI Just Revealed

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A CDC study combined with a FBI study reveals that far more people were killed on bicycles and from falling than by mass shootings.

An FBI study revealed that from 2000 to 2013 there were 64 incidents of “mass shootings”–and that the gunmen involved in these caused 418 deaths.

The New York Times and AP covered the study, but only focused on the rise in mass shootings, not a comparison of the number of mass shooting deaths to other deaths.

If you look at the numbers, more deaths were caused by people on bicycles in one year, according to the CDC, than the entire fourteen year period of mass shootings.

That’s right. There were 800 people killed by bicycles in 2010, more than the number of people killed from 2000 to 2013 (418) from mass shootings.

There were also 26,009 deaths from “falling” in 2010 alone, once again outweighing tremendously the number of people killed from mass shootings.

Further FBI statistics confirm that the number of deaths due to killing by fire is significantly more than the number of people dead from mass shootings.

Murders with “feet,” “fists,” and cutting instruments such as knives vastly outweigh the number of mass shooting deaths.

What do you think? Do you think the level of attention given to mass shootings is disproportionate to the number of deaths caused by them? Or do you think the level of attention is about right?

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You Won’t Believe What Obvious US Terror Threat The FBI Leaves Out Of Its Annual Assessment

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You might think that the terror threat from Islamic extremism in the United States would be high on the FBI watch list — the national threat assessment, as the bureau calls it. But, remarkably, it’s NOT high on the list. In fact, the threat of attacks inside the U.S. from Muslim extremists is NOT ON THE LIST AT ALL.

According to an article in the Washington Free Beacon, the newly released internal FBI report:

…makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

The groups we need to watch out for, says the FBI, include:

…anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

The Free Beacon report points out that Islamic terror groups are not included on the FBI’s watch list, despite the fact that there were specific, violent, fatal attacks by domestic terrorists inspired or motivated by Islamic extremism:

The report left out all references to the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured some 264 others. Two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who were motivated by Islamist extremist beliefs, carried out the bombing. They learned the techniques for the homemade pressure cooker bombers from an al Qaeda linked magazine.

The fact that the FBI leaves terror threats by Islamic radicals off its list draws sharp criticism from law enforcement experts:

Former FBI Agent John Guandolo said…“It should not surprise anyone who follows the jihadi threats in the United States that the FBI would not even include ‘Islamic terrorism’ in its assessment of serious threats to the republic in an official report.

“Since 9/11, FBI leadership—as well as leaders from Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, and the National Security Council—relies on easily identifiable jihadis from the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas, al Qaeda and elsewhere to advise it on how to deal with ‘domestic extremism.’”

Patrick Poole, a domestic terrorism expert, also was critical of the report’s omission of U.S. Islamist extremism, blaming “politically correct” policies at the FBI for the problem.

“At the same time we have senior members of the Obama administration openly saying that it’s not a question of if but when we have a terror attack targeting the United States by ISIL, we have the FBI putting on blinders to make sure they don’t see that threat,” Poole said. “These politically correct policies have already allowed Americans to be killed at Fort Hood and in Boston,” he added.

In considering why the FBI would omit Islamic terrorism from its domestic threat list, one must consider who runs the Department of Justice…Eric Holder.

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