Saturday, June 16, 2018

Flooding of US border by Central Americans caused in part by US government failure to address 2012 complaints of violations to CAFTA, Central America Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA has increased displacement-8/2014

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8/1/2014: For more than two years the U.S. Labor Department has failed to act on the Honduras complaint.”…Violent Central American populations were forced onto defenseless US communities by US House and Senate unanimous agreement in 2008. The new population would be funded by millions of US taxpayer dollars. “Many of the new students were years behind in their education. Some had never gone to school and couldn’t read or write in any language. The day before Christmas Eve in 2008, George W. Bush signed the William Wilberforce Reauthorization Act. 7/7/2014,Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking,” NY Times, Carl Hulse
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8/1/2014, Tackling the Root Causes of the Refugee Crisis at the U.S. Border,” talkingunion.wordpress.com, Charlie Fanning (“Charlie Fanning writes for the AFL-CIO Now blog, where this post originally appeared.”)

For months, thousands of children and families from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have been turning themselves in at the southern U.S. border, fleeing widespread violence, poverty and corruption in their communities. This influx of refugees has strained the resources of front-line responders and evoked both humanitarian responses from community groups and local unions and xenophobic backlash from right-wing politicians and activists….

Moving beyond a solely domestic response, the labor movement also stressed the need for the U.S. government to address longstanding concerns about labor rights abuses and a lack of access to decent work in Central America. 

Indeed, the situation for workers in Central America is dire. In both Honduras and Guatemala, the AFL-CIO and its labor movement counterparts in those countries have filed complaints under the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), alleging that those governments are complicit in serious violations of workers’ rights.

Trade unionists have reported that the governments of Honduras and Guatemala have done little to stop ongoing threats, retaliation and even the murder of labor activists. Guatemala is the most dangerous country in the world for trade union activity and Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world for a country not at war.

While U.S. government representatives are in the process of assessing the situation in Guatemala, for more than two years the U.S. Labor Department has failed to act on the Honduras complaint. This prompted a renewed call last week from the AFL-CIO and the Honduran labor movement for the U.S. government to respond to complaints, issue a report on findings, and begin a process to address the violations.

More than any other Central American country, Honduran workers and their families have been fleeing an acute jobs crisis and systemic violence, which their own government has perpetuated failing to protect its citizens’ rights to join together in trade unions and collectively improve their working conditions. Had it acted promptly to address the failures of the Honduran government to protect workers, the U.S. government already could have been on the way to addressing many of the “push factors” involved in the current refugee crisis.

To complement this ongoing work, the AFL-CIO and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) recently hosted a briefing for congressional staff discussing how U.S. trade, foreign and development policies have negatively affected the countries from which children are fleeing.

The panel shared first-hand accounts of how labor exploitation, violence, failed development strategies and the legacy of civil war in Central America has left the region devastated, while CAFTA, specifically, has done nothing to improve conditions and has only exacerbated displacement. The speakers urged lawmakers and their staff to turn away from short-sighted solutions and consider measures to improve U.S. trade policies, promote decent work and prevent future funding for corrupt military and police forces in the states most affected.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council committed America’s labor movement to provide support for refugees and stand with workers in Central America. Unions will continue working with civic leaders, clergy, refugee and immigrant rights groups and other community organizations to ensure children’s health, educational, safety and legal needs are met. In the months ahead, AFL-CIO unions also will organize a high-level labor delegation to investigate the root causes of the crisis and develop recommendations for addressing them. Until the U.S. government can craft an appropriate, long-term policy response that tackles problems on both sides of the border, there will be no end in sight for the current refugee crisis.

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Added: “Many of the new students were years behind in their education. Some had never gone to school and couldn’t read or write in any language. Flood of so-called unaccompanied minors from Central America was ensured by Dec. 2008 William Wilberforce Act “enacted quietly” by George Bush:

7/7/2014,Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking,” NY Times, Carl Hulse


Image caption: President George W. Bush signing the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. Credit Charles Dharapak/Associated Press”

“The bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin. 

Instead, it required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family members.”
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Added: Obama administration placed Central American children with human traffickers. Jan. 2016 articles, Washington Post and NY Times: “The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to do proper background checks of adults who claimed the children, allowed sponsors to take custody of multiple unrelated children, and regularly placed children in homes without visiting the locations,….permitted their adult sponsors to prevent caseworkers from providing them post-release services.”

1/28/2016,Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says,Washington Post, Abbie Van Sickle 

 The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.  The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to do proper background checks of adults who claimed the children, allowed sponsors to take custody of multiple unrelated children, and regularly placed children in homes without visiting the locations, according to a 56-page investigative report released Thursday.

And once the children left federally funded shelters, the report said, the agency permitted their adult sponsors to prevent caseworkers from providing them post-release services.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) initiated the six-month investigation after several Guatemalan teens were found in a dilapidated trailer park near Marion, Ohio, where they were being held captive by traffickers and forced to work at a local egg farm.

The boys were among more than 125,000 unaccompanied minors who have surged into the United States since 2011, fleeing violence and unrest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador….
The report concluded that administration “policies and procedures were inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.” HHS spokesman Mark Weber said in a statement that the agency would “review the committee’s findings carefully and continue to work to ensure the best care for the children we serve.”

The report was released ahead of a hearing Thursday before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which Portman co-chairs with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). It detailed nearly 30 cases where unaccompanied children had been trafficked after federal officials released them to sponsors or where there were “serious trafficking indicators.”

“HHS places children with individuals about whom it knows relatively little and without verifying the limited information provided by sponsors about their alleged relationship with the child,” the report said.

For example, one Guatemalan boy planned to live with his uncle in Virginia. But when the uncle refused to take the boy, he ended up with another sponsor, who forced him to work nearly 12 hours a day to repay a $6,500 smuggling debt, which the sponsor later increased to $10,900, the report said. A boy from El Salvador was released to his father even though he told a caseworker that his father had a history of beating him, including hitting him with an electrical cord. In September, the boy alerted authorities that his father was forcing him to work for little or no pay, the report said; a post-release service worker later found the boy was being kept in a basement and given little food.

The Senate investigation began in July after federal prosecutors indicted six people in connection with the Marion labor-trafficking scheme, which involved at least eight minors and two adults from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

One defendant, Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, 33, used associates to file false applications with the government agency tasked with caring for the children, and bring them to Ohio, where he kept them in squalid conditions in a trailer park and forced them to work 12-hour days, at least six days a week, for little pay.

Castillo-Serrano has pleaded guilty to labor-trafficking charges and awaits sentencing in the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo.

The FBI raided the trailer park in December 2014, rescuing the boys, but the Senate investigation says federal officials could have discovered the scheme far sooner.

In August 2014, a child-welfare caseworker attempted to visit one of the children, who had been approved for post-release services because of reported mental-health problems, according to the report.

The caseworker went to the address listed for the child, but the person who answered the door said the child didn’t live there, the report added. When the caseworker finally found the child’s sponsor, the sponsor blocked the caseworker from talking to the child.

Instead of investigating further, the caseworker closed the child’s case file, the report said, citing “ORR policy which states that the Post Release Services are voluntary and sponsor refused services.”

That child was found months later, living 50 miles away from the sponsor’s home and working at the egg farm, according to the report. The child’s sponsor was later indicted.”

“VanSickle is a reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program, a nonprofit news organization at the University of California at Berkeley.”

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Jan. 28, 2016 NY Times article

The report also said that it was unclear how many of the approximately 90,000 children the agency had placed in the past two years fell prey to traffickers, including sex traffickers, because it does not keep track of such cases.”…

1/28/2016, U.S. Placed Immigrant Children With Traffickers, Report Says, NY Times,

The Department of Health and Human Services placed more than a dozen immigrant children in the custody of human traffickers after it failed to conduct background checks of caregivers, according to a Senate report released on Thursday.

Examining how the federal agency processes minors who arrive at the border without a guardian, lawmakers said they found that it had not followed basic practices of child welfare agencies, like making home visits.

The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations opened its inquiry after law enforcement officials uncovered a human trafficking ring in Marion, Ohio, last year (2015). At least six children were lured to the United States from Guatemala with the promise of a better life, then were made to work on egg farms.

The children, as young as 14, had been in federal custody before being entrusted to the traffickers….

In addition to the Marion cases, the investigation found evidence that 13 other children had been trafficked after officials handed them over to adults who were supposed to care for them during their immigration proceedings. An additional 15 cases exhibited some signs of trafficking. 

The report also said that it was unclear how many of the approximately 90,000 children the agency had placed in the past two years fell prey to traffickers, including sex traffickers, because it does not keep track of such cases….

In the fall of 2013, thousands of unaccompanied children began showing up at the southern border. Most risked abuse by traffickers and detention by law enforcement to escape dire problems like gang violence and poverty in Central America.

As detention centers struggled to keep up with the influx, the Department of Health and Human Services began placing children in the custody of sponsors who could help them while their immigration cases were reviewed. Many children who did not have relatives in the United States were placed in a system resembling foster care. 

But officials at times did not examine whether an adult who claimed to be a relative actually was, relying on the word of parents, who, in some cases, went along with the traffickers to pay off smuggling debts.

Responding to the report, the Department of Health and Human Services said it had taken measures to strengthen its system, collecting information to subject potential sponsors and additional caregivers in a household to criminal background checks.

Mark Greenberg, the agency’s acting assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, said it had bolstered other screening procedures and increased resources for minors.

“We are mindful of our responsibilities to these children and are continually looking for ways to strengthen our safeguards,” he said.”
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Comment: The US political class has successfully converted the US into another lawless, third world toilet.


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Probe expands into Qatar government hacking emails of US citizen and former RNC finance chair then distributing contents to multiple prominent media outlets to create and sell a narrative favorable to Qatar vs US government. Among numerous defendants is cyber intel consultant Global Risk Advisors-Free Beacon

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Defendants in the case include Mohammed bin Hamad, a senior Qatari regime official who leads the country’s public relations and lobbying efforts in the United States; Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, a former Qatari diplomat and head of a $100 billion Qatari sovereign wealth fund; Jamal Benomar, a former United Nations official who lives in New York and works for Qatar; and the cyberintelligence consulting firm Global Risk Advisors, which was hired by Qatar in 2017.”

6/15/18, Phone Records Suggest Qatar Shopped Hacked Emails to DC Reporters,” Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo 

Subpoenas issued in widening probe into Qatar hack of Elliot Broidy’s email.”

“Attorneys for former Republican National Committee finance chairman and Trump ally Elliott Broidy have issued 43 subpoenas in an investigation following the hack of his email account by what Broidy alleges was the state of Qatar, according to multiple sources involved in the investigation.

Broidy’s legal team is preparing more subpoenas in a case alleging that Qatar orchestrated a spear phishing hack of Broidy’s email, in retaliation for Broidy’s anti-Qatar advocacy with the Trump administration. The lawsuit says that individuals working for Qatar in Washington and New York, including both registered and unregistered foreign agents, distributed the hacked emails to reporters, fueling a series of damaging media stories.

Several prominent news outlets ran stories in recent months based on emails obtained from the Broidy hack, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, McClatchy, and the Associated Press.

The stories revealed details of Broidy’s interactions with Qatar’s Gulf-region rivals, and his efforts to persuade President Trump and other administration officials to side with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar in their ongoing dispute in the region. The leaked emails appear to show Broidy was reporting back to UAE representatives regarding meetings he held with President Trump and administration officials.

In at least two instances in which records have already been obtained—those concerning stories in the AP and McClatchy—subpoenaed phone records show that Nicolas Muzin, a former deputy chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) who was a registered foreign agent for Qatar, had been in close contact with reporters who soon thereafter published stories based on the Broidy emails.

In the weeks leading up to the May 21 publication of a lengthy AP story on Broidy, Muzin and AP reporter Tom LoBianco spoke approximately three dozen times, according to subpoenaed phone records viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

Muzin and McClatchy reporter Ben Wieder held at least four calls on January 25 and 26, the phone records show. In March, McClatchy ran a lengthy article based on the hacked Broidy emails.

The AP reporter, LoBianco, left the AP a day after the Broidy story was published.

Both the AP and McClatchy told the Free Beacon that they do not comment on their sourcing. LoBianco did not respond to a request for comment.

Individuals once tied to Qatar, including Muzin and Joseph Allaham, have publicly cut ties with the country or have criticized Qatar in recent days as the legal landscape shifts against the Middle Eastern nation.

On June 6, Muzin announced on Twitter that his firm, Stonington Strategies, “is no longer representing the State of Qatar.”

A day later, Joseph Allaham, a New York restaurateur who is accused of working for Qatar and with Muzin, also abruptly severed ties with Qatar, telling Politico that “Qatar enjoys portraying themselves as the purveyor of peace in the region, but this could not be further from the truth.”

Allaham, who was being paid by Qatar but had not filed with the Justice Department as a registered foreign agent, announced he would register.

Allaham’s legal troubles recently deepened when a federal district court judge in New York ordered him for the third time to comply with a Broidy subpoena seeking records and documents related to the hack. Allaham had gained extensions first by citing his wife’s pregnancy and then the birth of a child, finally earning a harsh rebuke from the judge. The failure to produce documents, “combined with the fact that no response, not even an objection, was filed by the compliance date … further suggests that Allaham never intended to comply with the subpoena or produce any documents whatsoever” the judge ruled.

Other defendants in the case include Mohammed bin Hamad, a senior Qatari regime official who leads the country’s public relations and lobbying efforts in the United States; Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, a former Qatari diplomat and head of a $100 billion Qatari sovereign wealth fund; Jamal Benomar, a former United Nations official who lives in New York and works for Qatar; and the cyberintelligence consulting firm Global Risk Advisors, which was hired by Qatar in 2017.”
 
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Yesterday, 14-yr-old Justin Lee was killed on his bicycle in hit and run by illegal alien from Mexico. Lansing Michigan, not L.A.-Ann Coulter

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Above, 6/15/18, Ann Coulter twitter


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No, Chuck Schumer, I do not want to see illegals separated from their children. I want to see them separated from our country-Ann Coulter

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Above, 6/15/18, Ann Coulter twitter



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FDR excited to meet Stalin in Tehran, formed partnership with Stalin and Churchill to defeat Nazis in Europe, outlined for Stalin his view of future United Nations dominated by “four policemen,” US, UK, China, and Soviet Union-Politico

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Stalin, FDR, Churchill, 11/28/1943
Image:President Franklin D. Roosevelt joined British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin at a conference in Tehran. AP Photo,” via Politico

11/27/2016, FDR attends Tehran conference: Nov. 28, 1943,Politico, Andrew Glass

“On this day in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt joined British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin at a conference in Tehran that cemented the pledge of an Allied second front against Nazi Germany in Western Europe.

The leaders, known as the Big Three, chose the Iranian capital as the site for their parley, largely at Stalin’s behest. When first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt’s daughter Anna voiced a desire to accompany the president, he said no women would be present. Subsequently, they were incensed to learn that Churchill’s wife, Clementine, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek of China had made the trip. 

FDR biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote that rather than feeling any trepidation about the dangers of a secret trip through war zones, Roosevelt was not only eager to meet again with his friend Churchill but also excited at the prospect of meeting Stalin for the first time.

Roosevelt promised Stalin that the Americans and the British would invade Nazi-occupied France, crossing the English Channel, in the spring of 1944. Until that point, Churchill favored a joint strike through the Mediterranean, pushing eastward through the Balkans. That strategy would have presumably secured British interests in the Middle East and India while curbing the Soviet advance into Eastern Europe. For his part, FDR, with the advent of an Allied victory, sought to break up the British Empire; his concessions to Stalin served that goal….

The leaders agreed that the Soviet Union would fight against Japan once the Nazis were beaten. They also promised to offer postwar economic assistance to Iran and guaranteed the host nation’s independence and territorial integrity.”



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Mueller accused of "fake law, which is much more dangerous than fake news" by attorney for accused Russian Troll Farm in response to Mueller seeking blanket authority to withhold discovery-Law and Crime, Kalmbacher

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6/14/18, "Mueller’s Attempt to Hide Evidence Just Got Torn Apart by Attorneys for Alleged Russian Troll Farm," lawandcrime.com, Colin Kalmbacher, opinion

"One of the Russian companies indicted by Robert Mueller in the troll farm case has responded to the special counsel’s recently-filed motion [to] prevent discovery of evidence with a blistering (and somewhat trolling) court filing.

On Thursday, attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting LLC timely submitted their 13-page memorandum in opposition to Mueller’s requested order. And things started off interestingly atypical of most legal writing. The document begins:

"Having produced not one iota of discovery in this criminal case, the unlawfully appointed Special Counsel requests a special and unprecedented blanket protective order covering tens of millions of pages of unclassified discovery. Having made this special request based on a secret submission to the Court and a hysterical dithyramb about the future of American elections, one would think that the Special Counsel would cite to case holdings that support this remarkable request."

Whew. As an initial analytical point, referring to Mueller as unlawfully-appointed is an out-of-character own-goal here by Concord Management’s attorneys. Mueller’s appointment is certainly lawful in and of itself and that’s not really a serious point of contention.

The memo continues

But no, instead, the Special Counsel seeks to equate this make-believe electioneering case to others involving international terrorism and major drug trafficking, and relies only on irrelevant dicta from inapposite, primarily out-of-circuit cases. In short, fake law, which is much more dangerous than fake news."

While making their case for why Mueller’s blanket protective order should not be granted, Concord Management cites the wide-ranging nature of the request itself. Noting, 

“The Special Counsel seeks the unprecedented process of prohibiting defense counsel from sharing or discussing any discovery with any co-defendant—including the only person affiliated with Concord named in the Indictment—unless those individuals come to the United States to become hostages in this political game of tit-for-tat.”

Concord’s description here is essentially correct. Mueller’s protective order would be unprecedented in the district. As noted later in the filing, no published court opinion in the D.C. Circuit has ever allowed such a blanket protective order for unclassified discovery materials–the case law just isn’t there.

And aside from the district in question, Dubelier also claims that “[n]o reported court case has ever endorsed a blanket protective order of this magnitude for unclassified discovery.” This is another way of saying that Mueller has apparently requested something so prohibitive that there’s arguably no analogue to it in U.S. law. This is a broad accusation and necessarily an open question. 

Unfortunately for our purposes, it can’t really be analyzed here because Mueller, naturally, only purports to cite a handful of cases in his initial request–and not the entirety of U.S. law and jurisprudence.

As for those citations of Mueller’s? Dubelier is merciless there, too.

In the memo, Mueller and his team are accused of playing fast and loose with the facts by citing to cases that only “stand for the unremarkable proposition that protective orders can be used when there is a large volume of sensitive information.”

Concord Management’s memo notes that the exceedingly limited protective orders granted in said cases bore absolutely no relationship to the blanket order suggested by Mueller. In fact, in one of Mueller’s citations, a blanket order was requested and denied.

The memo slogs and punches along: 

"Next, the Special Counsel seeks to create a special category of unclassified discovery (which, according to the Special Counsel impacts more than half of the ten million pages of documents) that cannot be shared by defense counsel with anyone without approval of the Court and a make-believe “firewall counsel” employed by the Special Counsel, thus exposing the entire defense strategy to the Special Counsel’s Office in advance of trial."
 
This idea was explored–and castigated–in a previous analysis for Law and Crime here. Basically, Mueller’s team has proposed the theoretical possibility of Concord Management viewing discovery materials under inarguably burdensome conditions. Such conditions, Dubelier maintains, would jeopardize the defense’s entire case because, under Mueller’s proposal, defense counsel could only inspect such documents by huddling together with government attorneys.

Summing up the memo’s overall argument, Dublier notes, 

Defendant Concord has voluntarily appeared in Court and is entitled to discovery. The Special Counsel concedes as much, yet has produced no case authority from this circuit to support a blanket protective order covering ten million pages of discovery, nor has he produced any out of circuit authority that is persuasive. Instead, the Special Counsel ignored law from this district rejecting this concept.” 

Dubelier also accuses of Mueller lying to the court about what both sides have agreed to so far. After this filing, though, it’s safe to say that no accusations of agreement are likely to be flung anytime soon."



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In 2014, 47 of the nation's 73 inspectors general signed a letter alleging that Obama had stonewalled their "ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner." Auditors cited systematic refusals to turn over incriminating documents central to their investigations-Hanson

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6/14/18, "The Silencing of the Inspectors General," Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall

"In 2014, 47 of the nation's 73 inspectors general signed a letter alleging that Obama had stonewalled their "ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner."

The frustrated nonpartisan auditors cited systematic Obama administration refusals to turn over incriminating documents that were central to their investigations.

The administration had purportedly tried to sidetrack an IG investigation into possible misconduct by then-Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. In addition, the Obama administration reportedly thwarted IG investigations of Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Office of Management and Budget.

Despite the campaign against these independent federal auditors, a number of inspectors general still managed to issue damning indictments of unethical behavior.

In 2012, Horowitz recommended that 14 Justice Department and ATF officials be disciplined for their conduct in the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal.

A 2013 IG audit found that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny prior to the 2012 Obama re-election effort.

In 2014, an internal audit revealed that CIA officials had hacked the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers while compiling a report on enhanced interrogation techniques. CIA Director John Brennan had claimed that his agents were not improperly monitoring Senate staff computer files. He was forced to retract his denials and apologize for his prevarication.

In 2016, the State Department's inspector general found that Hillary Clinton had never sought approval for her reckless and illegal use of an unsecured private email server. The IG also found that staffers who were worried about national security being compromised by the unsecured server were silenced by other Clinton aides.

Still, Obama was right in a way: A scandal does not become a scandal if no one acts on findings of improper behavior.

Under former attorneys general Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the findings of dozens of IGs were snubbed. That raises the question: What good are inspectors general if a president ignores any illegality and impropriety that they have uncovered?...

Soon, various inspector general reports may appear concerning FISA court abuse and improper behavior at the Department of Justice, FBI, CIA and National Security Council during the 2016 campaign cycle. The investigators are, for the most part, Obama appointees, not Trump appointees.

At some point, the idea of toothless inspectors general needs to be revisited. Something is terribly wrong when dozens of IGs found wrongdoing, only to object that their efforts were being thwarted by an Obama administration that had appointed most of them -- and claimed to be scandal-free.

Finding government abuse and doing nothing about it is worse than not finding any at all."


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dear Norway: Since you don't regard Russia as a direct threat, stop asking US taxpayers to send you 700 Marines to place "closer to the Russian border." If you want war with Russia for no reason, "welcome" your own personnel to do it. Since you seem to have influence with the US Endless Unwinnable War Industry, please ask them to send Marines to the US southern border because Mexico is a direct threat to us

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 6/14/18, "Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more U.S. Marines," Reuters, Oslo

"Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed there.

Oslo announced on Tuesday that it would ask the United States, [one of] its [many] NATO ally, to send 700 Marines to train in Norway from 2019, against 330 at present, and said the additional troops would be based closer to the Russian border.

"This makes Norway less predictable and could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilizing the situation in northern Europe," the Russian Embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page.

"We see it as clearly unfriendly, and it will not remain free of consequence."

Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia since Moscow annexed of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, while adding that it does not regard its much larger neighbor as a direct threat

The U.S. Marines were scheduled to leave at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for winter conditions. They are the first foreign troops to be stationed in Norway since World War Two. 

The initial decision to welcome the Marines had prompted Moscow to say it would worsen bilateral relations and escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank.

On Wednesday, Russia's Northern Fleet launched a large naval exercise in the Arctic Barents Sea. Later this year, Norway will host its biggest NATO maneuver in decades."


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