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SECRET AUDIOTAPE REVEALS: Groundswell Group Stoked Scandals with Help From GOP Leaders


A secret audio tape of one of Groundswell's weekly meetings shows that prominent members of the group pressed House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chair of the House oversight committee, to expand the Benghazi investigation and make this supposed scandal a top-priority for congressional Republicans. This recording indicates Groundswell's mission extends beyond message coordination to scandal-stoking.
MORE:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/07/groundswell-secret-tape-boehner-issa-benghazi

July 30, 2013 07:00 AM
Groundswell Group Stoked Scandals with Help From GOP Leaders
By karoli

When David Corn broke the Groundswell story last week, the general reaction among the politerati was a shrug and a giggle. Even influential NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen called it "no big deal."

But audio of a May Groundswell meeting obtained by C&L from a source who wishes to remain anonymous reveals Groundswellers met with top Congressional leaders to lobby for a select committee endowed with subpoena power to investigate the White House. Lobbying may be too mild a term, since they really are plotting with those same leaders to invent very real scandals with very real investigations in order to sink the country into a mire of inaction and sabotage the remaining years of President Obama's term.

Messaging is a part of their activity, but there is also an entire set of marching orders and demands made by this group and granted by Congressional leadership. It isn't limited to the Benghazi 'scandal', and it may not be limited to Congress.


AUDIO TAPE & WAY MORE:
http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/groundswell-group-plotted-scandals-congress

and HERE:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/07/groundswell-secret-tape-boehner-issa-benghazi

TPM: Senate Dems Signal That Summers To Fed Is A No-Go

Senate Dems Signal That Summers To Fed Is A No-Go


07.30.2013 — 02:07 PM
Larry Summers? Fuggedaboutit

A Democratic leadership aide in the Senate tells TPM: “Given the level of opposition to Larry Summers within our caucus, confirming him would be a huge challenge and probably a pretty ugly process.”

http://editors.talkingpointsmemo.com/?ref=fpblg

Wyden Statement on Voting Present on the Nomination of James Comey to be FBI Director


Wyden Statement on Voting Present on the Nomination of James Comey to be FBI Director
Monday, July 29, 2013


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding his decision to vote “present” on the confirmation of James Comey to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

“Today, I voted present on the nomination of James Comey to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The head of the FBI is responsible for approving and overseeing a large number of surveillance activities, and it is an unfortunate fact that the FBI’s surveillance authorities have been famously abused in previous decades. For this reason I have an obligation to assess Mr. Comey’s views on surveillance before voting to approve his nomination, as I would for any nominee for this position.

After reviewing the record of Mr. Comey’s confirmation hearing and meeting with him in person, his views on surveillance policy and law remain unclear to me. I sent Mr. Comey a letter asking for written responses to several important questions on surveillance, including whether he believes warrantless wire tapping is legal, and whether he would commit to explain how much evidence the FBI needs to track Americans using their cell phone location data. Mr. Comey could have answered most or all of these questions without disclosing any properly classified information, but the Justice Department informed me today that he will not be responding to any of them. I hope that Mr. Comey will turn out to be a wise and appropriate choice to head the FBI but without more information about his views on these important questions, I cannot vote to approve his nomination at this time.”


http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-statement-on-voting-present-on-the-nomination-of-james-comey-to-be-fbi-director

Manning family issue statement

Manning family issue statement


The family of Bradley Manning has issued a statement to the Guardian giving their reaction to today’s verdict. The statement is written by Manning’s US-based aunt, who has asked to remain anonymous, speaking on behalf of the soldier’s family:

While we are obviously disappointed in today’s verdicts, we are happy that Judge Lind agreed with us that Brad never intended to help America’s enemies in any way. Brad loves his country and was proud to wear its uniform.

We want to express our deep thanks to David Coombs, who has dedicated three years of his life to serving as lead counsel in Brad’s case. We also want to thank Brad’s Army defense team, Major Thomas Hurley and Captain Joshua Tooman, for their tireless efforts on Brad’s behalf, and Brad’s first defense counsel, Captain Paul Bouchard, who was so helpful to all of us in those early confusing days and first suggested David Coombs as Brad’s counsel. Most of all, we would like to thank the thousands of people who rallied to Brad’s cause, providing financial and emotional support throughout this long and difficult time, especially Jeff Paterson and Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. Their support has allowed a young Army private to defend himself against the full might of not only the US Army but also the US Government.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/bradley-manning-trial-verdict-live

Justice Department to declassify key Yahoo surveillance orders

Source: Guardian

Justice Department to declassify key Yahoo surveillance orders
Obama administration to complete declassification review of Yahoo orders by 12 September, setting stage for public release


The Obama administration has agreed to a review that could lead to the declassification of key surveillance orders in response to a lawsuit brought by Yahoo, potentially providing one of clearest views yet into the legal mechanics of the National Security Agency.

As required by judge Reggie Walton of the secret Fisa court, which oversees surveillance orders, the Justice Department will complete a declassification review of binding surveillance orders on Yahoo by 12 September, potentially setting the stage for their public release.

The key document at issue, an opinion from the court from 25 April 2008, mandating Yahoo's compliance with a bulk surveillance order, will have a declassification review completed in 45 days, the Justice Department told the court in a brief letter released Tuesday morning.

An additional declassification review of "briefs and materials" related to the April 2008 ruling will be complete "by Friday, September 27, 2013, 60 days from today," acting assistant attorney general for national security John Carlin told Walton in the letter, with "the other briefs and materials that the Government has identified as potentially relevant to the court's memorandum of opinion (see appendix A) on a rolling basis thereafter."

It is possible the Justice Department review will not result in the declassification of the documents. If not, however, it risks the ire of a key surveillance partner, the presiding judge of the surveillance court, and powerful legislators who urge transparency.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/justice-department-declassify-yahoo-surveillance-orders

BREAKING: Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy charge (guilty of 15 lesser charges)

Source: UPI

US Army PFC Bradley Manning was acquitted Tuesday of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge he faced in disclosing classified documents to Wikileaks.

He was found guilty of at least 15 lesser charges for illegal release of documents.

He could still face up to a maximum of more than 150 years in prison if the judge decides to compound the maximum sentences of the more minor charges.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/07/30/BREAKING-Bradley-Manning-acquitted-of-aiding-the-enemy-charge/6531375204190/#ixzz2aYAPErQ3



FORT MEADE, Md., July 25 (UPI) -- Prosecutors said Thursday Army Pfc. Bradley Manning "deliberately disclosed" classified documents to make information available to enemies of the United States.

During his closing argument at Manning's Fort Meade, Md., court-martial, Maj. Ashden Fein said Manning aided U.S. enemies by leaking information to WikiLeaks -- a charge the government had not previously pressed in a leak case -- The New York Times reported.

Fein said Manning's "wholesale and indiscriminate compromise of hundreds of thousands of classified documents" to WikiLeaks was no ordinary journalistic leak, the Times said.

Fein said it is criminal to leak classified information to "established journalistic enterprises" but said Manning's alleged crime is worse because Manning "deliberately disclosed classified information to WikiLeaks knowing WikiLeaks would disclose it to the world in exactly the form they would receive it."



Read more:

Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/07/30/BREAKING-Bradley-Manning-acquitted-of-aiding-the-enemy-charge/6531375204190/



3m ago Manning family issue statement

The family of Bradley Manning has issued a statement to the Guardian giving their reaction to today’s verdict. The statement is written by Manning’s US-based aunt, who has asked to remain anonymous, speaking on behalf of the soldier’s family:

While we are obviously disappointed in today’s verdicts, we are happy that Judge Lind agreed with us that Brad never intended to help America’s enemies in any way. Brad loves his country and was proud to wear its uniform.

We want to express our deep thanks to David Coombs, who has dedicated three years of his life to serving as lead counsel in Brad’s case. We also want to thank Brad’s Army defense team, Major Thomas Hurley and Captain Joshua Tooman, for their tireless efforts on Brad’s behalf, and Brad’s first defense counsel, Captain Paul Bouchard, who was so helpful to all of us in those early confusing days and first suggested David Coombs as Brad’s counsel. Most of all, we would like to thank the thousands of people who rallied to Brad’s cause, providing financial and emotional support throughout this long and difficult time, especially Jeff Paterson and Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. Their support has allowed a young Army private to defend himself against the full might of not only the US Army but also the US Government.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/bradley-manning-trial-verdict-live



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3m ago Summary

Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy but still faces up to 130 years in prison after being found guilty on several counts of theft and espionage.

The military judge hearing the case, Army Col Denise Lind, gave her verdict at 1pm on Tuesday. The aiding the enemy charge was the most serious, as it carried a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

However Manning could still face an effective life sentence after being convicted on numerous other counts. He was found guilty of five charges of theft and five charges of espionage as well as other offenses. His convictions carry a maximum sentence of up to 130 years in prison.

Manning's sentencing hearing will begin tomorrow.

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14m ago What we know
Information is still filtering out of Fort Meade – we will have a full report from Ed Pilkington shortly – but for the moment, this is what we know:

• Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy

• Manning has been found guilty of five espionage charges

• He has been found guilty of five theft charges

Live UPDATES:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/bradley-manning-trial-verdict-live



More here, from someone who is there:
https://twitter.com/carwinb



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Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now


A sample from Crayola's Ramadan coloring exercises. Courtesy of Crayola



Anti-Shariah activists have a new target in their sights: Crayola. Late last week the Pickens County (Ga.) Republican party posted a call to action on its website about a new promotion from the world's leading crayon manufacturer, which had begun offering free Islamic-themed coloring pages in honor of Ramadan. Zut alors! The images are pretty innocuous—one features a prayer rug; another features a young boy kneeling while reading from the Koran. But the Pickens GOP sees something more nefarious:

Recall that Muslims consider Ramadan the "month of jihad" and "month of victory" over infidels. Crayola should remind kids not to try and draw Muhammad lest their parents need to fend off Muslims and enter witness relocation – like the creator of Everyone Draw Muhammad Day – since the FBI nor anyone else will protect them.

Christmas trees and bunnies abound but a search for the Bible returned zero results.

contact Crayola:@CrayolaListening to Consumers and CustomersConsumer AffairsCrayola LLC1100 Church LaneEaston, PA 18044-0431-or-Click here to contact us electronically.About Our Products – in the U.S. or Canada:For Crayola®, Silly Putty®, Portfolio Series and Pop Art Pixies products, call 1-800-272-9652 1-800-CRAYOLA.


Both the Pickens County GOP and another anti-Shariah website, the appropriately named "Creeping Sharia," both published the exact same text on the exact same day, so it's not clear who plagiarized whom. Crayola is in good company. Other American institutions that have fallen under the spell of Shariah (according to anti-Shariah activists) include David Petraeus, the grocery store Wegman's, and Nashville's Hutton Hotel.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/07/anti-islam-activists-are-freaking-out-about-crayons-now

A proposal for profiling -by Matt Bors


Mr. Fish's Take On Stand Your Ground

The Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out FOREIGN Banks … More than the American People or Economy

Federal Reserve Policy Mainly Benefits Big Foreign Banks
by Washingtons Blog - July 30th, 2013, 5:00am

The Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out FOREIGN Banks … More than the American People or Economy

We’ve extensively documented that the Federal Reserve is intentionally locking up bank money so that it is not loaned out to Main Street. Specifically – due to Fed policy – 81.5% of all money created by quantitative easing is sitting there gathering dust in the form of “excess reserves” … instead of being loaned out to help Main Street or the American economy.

And we’ve extensively documented that a large percentage of the bailouts went to foreign banks ... (A 2010 Fed audit also revealed that of the $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities the central bank purchased after the housing bubble popped, some $442.7 billion - more than 35% – were bought from foreign banks.)

It turns out that these themes are all connected.

Specifically, most of the Fed-created money which is gathering dust is actually being held by foreign banks.

The Levy Economics Institute noted in May:
http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_763.pdf

Excess reserves are the surplus of reserves against deposits and certain other liabilities that depository institutions (loosely called “banks”) hold above the amounts that the Board requires within ranges set by federal law. The general requirement is that covered institutions maintain reserves at least equal to ten percent of liabilities payable on demand. For the first time in history, there is statistical evidence that as much as one-half or more of excess reserves are held for United States banking offices of foreign banks.


Zero Hedge reports today:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-27/liquidity-update-record-high-deposits-fed-reserves-and-foreign-bank-cash-fed-owns-31

As per last night’s (Federal Reserve) H.8 update, commercial bank deposits rose by $94 billion in the week ended July 17: the fourth largest weekly increase in history …. This took total commercial bank deposits to an all-time high of $9.54 trillion.

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The entire difference can be attributed to the $2+ trillion in excess reserves created by the Fed since the start of the global financial crisis .


MORE (plus a gazillion charts):
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/07/federal-reserve-policy-mainly-benefits-big-foreign-banks/
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