Posts Tagged ‘Attorney General’
In response to Rand Paul’s letter asking whether “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial,” we now have an answer. Attorney General Holder responds, in a word “Yes.” Of course, it is caveated with ‘extraordinary circumstances’ and ‘necessity’ but as Mike Krieger so subtly summarizes: “the military can assassinate U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.” As NBC reports, the letter from Holder surfaced just as the Senate Intelligence Committee was voting 12-3 to approve White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director. The vote came after the White House agreed to share additional classified memos on targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens overseas. As Rand Paul commented, “this is more than frightening… it is an affront to the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
Read more at ZeroHedge.com
In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.
Read more Kim Zetter at Wired.com
Vice President nominee Paul Ryan said today he agrees with GOP President nominee Mitt Romney: Attorney General Eric Holder should resign.
“The congressman agrees with the governor,” said Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck.
“Either Mr. Holder himself should resign, or the president should ask for his resignation or remove him,” said Romney in December 2011. “It’s unacceptable for him to continue in that position now given the fact that he has misled Congress and entirely botched the investigation of the Fast and Furious program.”
Representative Ryan is the 131st GOP member to call for Mr. Holder’s resignation.
Read more by Mary Chastain at Breitbart.com
ACLU Admits Liberals Apply Double-Standard To Obama’s Targeted Killing Program Than Other Presidents
NEW YORK (ACLU.org) – In a speech today at Northwestern University School of Law, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke on national security issues and addressed the government’s targeted killing program.
–SNIP– “Anyone willing to trust President Obama with the power to secretly declare an American citizen an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power.”
Found this on WeaselZippers
It has been reported that Judge David Flanagan, who just threw down a temporary injunction against the new Voter ID Law, signed a recall petition against Gov. Walker. If so, this is a conflict of interest and this judge should have recused himself!!! Please, immediately call Attorney J.B. Van Hollen’s office at 608-266-1221 to express your disgust and ask his office to appeal this injunction!
Judge grants temporary injunction stopping voter ID law
By The Associated Press, Bruce Vielmetti and Georgia Pabst of the Journal Sentinel
JUST FOUND THIS:
Below is actual recall petition Judge Flanagan signed on 11/15/11, the first possible day to legally sign, this indicates he isn’t just a “casual” signer, but highly partisan, also the circulator is his wife……..
(Reuters) - State attorneys general are negotiating to give major banks wide immunity over irregularities in handling foreclosures, even as evidence has emerged that banks are continuing to file questionable documents.
by Scot J. Paltrow, reuters.com, 7/20/2011
A coalition of all 50 states’ attorneys general has been negotiating settlements with five of the biggest U.S. banks that would include payment of up to $25 billion in penalties and commitments to follow new rules. In exchange, the banks would get immunity from civil lawsuits by the states, as well as similar guarantees by the Justice Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development, which have participated in the talks.
State and federal officials declined to say if any form of immunity from criminal prosecution also is under discussion. The banks involved in the talks are Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CitiGroup, JPMorgan Chase and Ally Financial.
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com, 7/19/11
In April, 14 of the nation’s biggest banks promised federal regulators they would stop robo-signing documents to foreclose on homes. This was part of a settlement to clean up the foreclosure mess caused by wild lending of the banks. Nearly 8 months ago, the banks were caught red handed fraudulently creating fake documents because they lost track of the originals in the haze of creating mortgaged-backed securities. Why is this still going on? More importantly, why are not bank executives going to jail instead of letting them off the hook? Many have called this outright organized crime!!! The implications of this, to me, say the mortgage industry and bankers are panicked and desperate. It also signals the real estate market will not recover for many years.
Congressman Anthony Weiner just announced he will run for President and has selected Attorney General Eric Holder as his Vice-Presidential running mate.
Weiner-Holder in 2012.
Anthony Weiner to resign
(to start his presidential campaign?)