Following the methodically planned San Bernadino massacre in December of 2015 we warned that more attacks were coming and that terrorists have more than likely already already infiltrated the United States in an effort to identify potential targets and execute future strikes on American citizens. This month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U. S. Attorney’s Office and other federal and local agencies have confirmed our suspicions. According to a press release from the U. S. Department of Justice, in early June the FBI arrested two individuals connected to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. While the group considers itself a political party, the United States, the Arab league and scores of others have designated it a dangerous terrorist organization. The paramilitary wing of Hezbollah is referred to as the Jihad Council and is believed to be behind numerous terrorist actions across the globe. Acting Manhattan U. S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: ‘Today, we announce serious terrorism charges against two men who allegedly trained with and supported the Islamic Jihad Organization, a component of the foreign terrorist organization Hizballah. Recruited as Hizballah operatives, Samer El Debek and Ali Kourani allegedly received military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in support of the group’s terrorist mission. At the direction of his Hizballah handlers, El Debek allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the U. S. and Israeli Embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the Canal. Kourani allegedlyconducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City. READ MORE
This post was published at shtfplan on June 19th, 2017.
In the biggest political story of the past week, one which was timed to coincide with Donald Trump’s Birthday, the WaPo reported citing anonymous sources, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice. Just a few hours later on Thursday night, the DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions recusal, released a stunning announcement which urged Americans to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” in the media, which many interpreted as being issued in response to the WaPo report. “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations. Then on Sunday, the plot thickened further when according to ABC, special counsel Robert Mueller has not yet decided whether to investigate President Trump as part of the Russia probe, suggesting the WaPo report that a probe had already started was inaccurate.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 18, 2017.
Following former FBI Director Comey’s testimony that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Senate Republicans are demanding hearings into her involvement in “obstructing justice.” As a reminder, Comey said Lynch instructed Comey not to call the criminal investigation into the Clinton server a criminal investigation. Instead, Lynch told Comey to call it a ‘matter,’ Comey said, ‘which confused me.’ Comey cited that pressure from Lynch to downplay the investigation as one of the reasons he held a press conference to recommend the Department of Justice not seek to indict Clinton. Full Transcript… LANKFORD: Then you made a comment earlier a the attorney general, the previous attorney general asking you about the investigation on the Clinton e-mails saying you were asked to not call it an investigation anymore. But call it a matter. You said that confused you. You can give us additional details on that?
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 18, 2017.
Have literally never seen a statement like this — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 16, 2017
As the corporate press continues fecklessly insisting the public ‘just trust’ the unnamed officials and anonymous sources it perpetually cites when running shock reports on the inner dealings of government, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – acting authority in the Russia probe, thanks to Jeff Sessions’ recusal – stunningly warned the public it must remain ‘skeptical about anonymous allegations.’ People should be wary of ‘accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,’ Rosenstein admonished late Thursday. ‘The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.’ Without elaborating on the abrupt need for the warning – one which savvier members of the public and independent media have long been cognizant – Rosentein’s statement followed a Washington Post piece on an investigation headed by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller into President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and possible connections to Russian meddling in the election.
In a move that stunned many members of the media, on Thursday night Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions’ recusal and who earlier this week confirmed only he has authority to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, released an unorthodox statement to be ‘skeptical about anonymous allegations’ following the relentless barrage of news reports emerging from the WaPo and the NYT about the evolving probe into Russia’s “election interference” and possible collusion with Trump, all based on “anonymous sources.” “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations. Rosenstein, who many had seen as a Trump foil at the DOJ, did not cite specific reports. The DOJ released Rosenstein’s statement after 9 p.m., shortly after The Washington Post reported that the special counsel was investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. That report was attributed to unnamed American officials. As we said, the media and punditry was “stunned” by the official statement: the NYT’ Maggie Haberman said “Have literally never seen a statement like this.” The new leader of the Trump “resistance”, Preet Bharara also chimed in, tweeting “Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of FBI Director & defamation of a war hero special counsel” Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of FBI Director & defamation of a war hero special counsel pic.twitter.com/KQUPpppcAI — Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 16, 2017
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Shares in Booz Allen Hamlton are crashing after hours (down 13%) after releasing an 8-K admitting that the Department of Justice is investigating the NSA Contractor’s direct and indirect charging practices.
In their 8K, they admit…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 15, 2017.
In perhaps the most stunning section of former FBI Director Comey’s testimony today, he detailed his interaction with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch about his specific language about the Clinton Email “investigation.” For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton’s email scandal… As DailyCaller notes, Comey said Lynch instructed Comey not to call the criminal investigation into the Clinton server a criminal investigation. Instead, Lynch told Comey to call it a ‘matter,’ Comey said, ‘which confused me.’ Comey cited that pressure from Lynch to downplay the investigation as one of the reasons he held a press conference to recommend the Department of Justice not seek to indict Clinton. Full Transcript… LANKFORD: Then you made a comment earlier a the attorney general, the previous attorney general asking you about the investigation on the Clinton e-mails saying you were asked to not call it an investigation anymore. But call it a matter. You said that confused you. You can give us additional details on that?
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 8, 2017.
In perhaps the most stunning section of former FBI Director Comey’s testimony today, he detailed his interaction with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch about his specific language about the Clinton Email “investigation.” For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton’s email scandal… As DailyCaller notes, Comey said Lynch instructed Comey not to call the criminal investigation into the Clinton server a criminal investigation. Instead, Lynch told Comey to call it a ‘matter,’ Comey said, ‘which confused me.’ Comey cited that pressure from Lynch to downplay the investigation as one of the reasons he held a press conference to recommend the Department of Justice not seek to indict Clinton. Full Transcript…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 8, 2017.
Alleged NSA whistleblower Reality Leigh Winner must be supported. She is a young women accused of courage in trying to help us know. pic.twitter.com/B4aIdt7qz6 — Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) June 6, 2017
In a move that’s going to tick off the government and it’s ardent supporters, Julian Assange has come out in support of the NSA leaker, and he’s asking others to support her as well. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is calling for the woman who allegedly leaked top secret NSA documents to The Intercept to be ‘supported’ and the reporter who gave her information to US officials to be ‘named and shamed.’ The FBI arrested Reality Leigh Winner, 25, at her home in Georgia on Saturday, and charged her with ‘removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet,’ according to a statement from the US Department of Justice. Because of her arrest, Assange took to Twitter to offer his support. On Tuesday, Assange encouraged the public to support Winner who, he says, is a ‘young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know.’
Schumer on special counsel: "I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead." pic.twitter.com/RMEpHuHi25 — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 17, 2017
Update 1: According to the latest DOJ comments, the White House was only informed of Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the Russian probe after the order was signed. Per Bloomberg: *WHITE HOUSE TOLD OF MUELLER APPOINTMENT AFTER ORDER SIGNED: DOJ * * * The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials. Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the decision to appoint Mueller, the Justice Department told reporters Wednesday. It isn’t clear if Trump had a role in the decision, Bloomberg reported. The appointment of Mueller, who oversaw the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, comes at a time when the White House is reeling from Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and allegations that Trump asked Comey in February to end his probe of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 17, 2017.
Edward Snowden is among more than 100 signatories on an open letter to president Donald Trump calling for clemency for Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members. They are asking the US government to drop the investigation agains. The US government is obviously perturbed that some individuals find it necessary to release pertinent information proving that we are being lied to by the government every second of every day. But some whistleblowers, such as Snowden, and journalists and government workers alike, have signed an open letter to the president that calls prosecuting WikiLeaks ‘a threat to all free journalism’. The letter asks the Department of Justice to drop the plans to charge Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members. ‘If the DoJ is able to convict a publisher for its journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised,’ says the open letter, released on Monday by the Courage Foundation, a trust that raises funds for the legal defenses of whistleblowers, including Snowden. The group launched a campaign in support of WikiLeaks last month.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra apparently doesn’t think that $858 million is nearly enough taxpayer money to fight the Trump administration. That is precisely the amount that California’s state budget proposal, laid out by Governor Jerry Brown in January, allocated to Becerra’s Justice Department but in testimony before the Senate Budget committee yesterday Becerra said he needs even more to attract and keep qualified lawyers to defend the state. Per The Hill: ‘No one anticipated the extent to which federal executive actions would impact the people of California and the Department of Justice. Who knew that the federal government would play so fast and loose with the law and taxpayers’ pocketbooks?’ ‘I am operating with a budget that was assembled without addressing the needs of current mandates and before our new reality of dealing with federal executive orders,’ Becerra said. ‘If it feels like the attacks are constantly coming, it’s because they are.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 5, 2017.
Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org, The war on drugs is such an abysmal failure that even the lawmakers who have funded it for decades are drawing a line in the sand. Multiple bills in Congress have cropped up in recent months aiming to protect medical marijuana and reschedule cannabis, if not legalize it altogether. The most recent development comes in the form of Congress’ recently unveiled budget, which allots exactly zero dollars to the Department of Justice to wage medical marijuana crackdowns across the country. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment ‘allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention,’ the Huffington Post reported.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 3, 2017.
For the first time in the history of America, the Department of Justice has brought charges against a doctor under 18 U. S. C. 116 – the statute that criminalizes female genital mutilation. .@TheJusticeDept: "This is believed to be the first case brought under 18 U. S. C. 116, which criminalizes FGM." pic.twitter.com/iKKGVIOweQ — Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) April 13, 2017
An alleged Russian hacker, Pyotr Levashov, has been detained in Barcelona at the request of the FBI, an arrest that set cybersecurity circles abuzz after a Russian broadcaster raised the possibility it was linked to the U. S. presidential election, AP reports. A spokeswoman for Spain’s National Court said that the Pyotr Levashov was arrested in response to a U. S. computer crimes warrant while a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid confirmed the arrest on Sunday. While it was not immediately clear why Levashov was arrested, Russian television station RT reported that Levashov was arrested under a U. S. international arrest warrant and was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s U. S. election. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U. S. Justice Department’s criminal division, said: “The U. S. case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time.” Defusing speculation that the arrest was in connection with the election hacking as some have suggested, Reuters reports that according to a U. S. Department of Justice official the arrest was a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection. Spanish authorities notified the Russian embassy of Levashov’s arrest on Friday, the embassy spokesman said. The NYT adds that computer researchers who have linked the long-running computer spam business of the man known as Peter Severa to malware used in 2012 to influence a domestic election in Russia say his arrest could give other investigations important information. Levashov was arrested in Barcelona, where he had been vacationing with his family, according to a report on RT, a state-owned Russian television network. The report cited his wife, who said the Spanish police had detained Mr. Levashov at the request of the American authorities. Levashov’s wife Maria was quoted by RT as saying that her husband was arrested by armed police at their apartment in Barcelona. She said her husband told her he had been accused of creating a computer virus “linked to (President Donald) Trump’s election win.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 10, 2017.
Civil forfeiture in the United States has been a controversial legal process in which law enforcement officers take assets from persons suspected of involvement with crime or illegal activity without necessarily charging the owners with wrongdoing. The new March 29th, 2017 Department of Justice’s Inspector General just issued a report and has stated that since 2007, the DEA has seized $3.2 billion in cash from people who weren’t charged with any crime. These pretend ‘representatives’ in congress will not protect the people they claim to ‘represent’ when it comes to money. This is out right theft. Armstrong Economics
Moments ago Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at Sean Spicer’s daily White House press briefing to announce that his DOJ will be taking steps to not only require that so-called “sanctuary cities” enforce federal immigration laws but would also be seeking to claw back past DOJ awards granted to those cities if they refuse to certify compliance. “Today, I’m urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws. Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with 1373 as a condition for receiving those awards.” “This policy is entirely consistent with the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs guidance that was issued just last summer under the previous administration.” “This guidance requires jurisdictions to comply and certify compliance with Section 1373 in order to be eligible for OJP grants. It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding grants, termination of grants and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.” “The DOJ will also take all lawful steps to claw back any fines awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 27, 2017.
President Trump’s Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta will likely face some tough questioning at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing over an unusual plea deal he oversaw for a billionaire sex offender while U. S. attorney in Miami. That billionaire sex offender is none other than the infamous Jeffrey Epstein. Last Thursday, Washington state Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), sent a formal request to the Department of Justice to review ‘all documents and communications’ in the case involving Epstein.
Just days after reports emerged that student loan defaults are soaring, which is undoubtedly due to some combination of, among other things, poor job prospects for the millions of snowflakes who graduate each year with their $200,000 educations in anthropology and the moral hazard created by liberal politicians constantly calling for student debts to be ‘forgiven’ (a.k.a. forcefully jammed down the throats of taxpayers), the Trump administration has revoked rules put in place by Obama that barred student debt collectors from charging penalty fees on past-due loans. Originating from the Department of Justice, the “Dear Colleague” letter (full letter included at end of post) says that Obama’s unilateral rules implemented in 2015 could have “benefited from public input”…but what good is being King if you can’t unilaterally force new laws on the masses? Per the Washington Post: The Education Department is ordering guarantee agencies that collect on defaulted debt to disregard a memo former President Barack Obama’s administration issued on the old bank-based federal lending program, known as the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. That memo forbid the agencies from charging fees for up to 16 percent of the principal and accrued interest owed on the loans, if the borrower entered the government’s loan rehabilitation program within 60 days of default. The Obama administration issued the memo after a circuit court of appeals asked for guidance in a case against United Student Aid Funds (USA Funds) challenging the assessment of collection costs. Bryana Bible took the company to court after being charged $4,547 in collection costs on a loan she defaulted on in 2012. Though she had signed a ‘rehabilitation agreement’ with USA Funds to set a reduced payment schedule to resolve her debt, the company assessed the fees.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 18, 2017.