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Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:01 PM

Audio Emerges Proving Secret Conservative Organization Behind Benghazi “Scandal”

Groundswell, the conservative behind-the-scenes organization that forms a coalition between prominent Republicans, right wing media, and conservative activists to wage a “30-front war against Obama and progressives” has been revealed to have played a role in the hype and false scandalization of the Benghazi “controversy.” A secret tape released by Crooks And Liars (audio below) has detailed the cooperation between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ginni Thomas (the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), former Rep. Allen West, as well as high-ranking members of Judicial Watch and Breitbart. The meeting was presided over by Catherine Engelbrecht, one of the founders of the voter suppression group, True The Vote.

In the tape, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council are revealed to have met with Boehner and Issa to discuss Benghazi:


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. (Mother Jones)

Also in the tape, which covers the first 20 minutes of a Groundswell meeting, they also reveal that GOP congresspeople are willing, albeit reluctantly, to raise the debt ceiling, which may be excellent news for future Washington negotiations. Unfortunately, however, they also discussed their war on voting rights — insanely accusing the left of being the political force attempting to disenfranchise voters.


http://youngprogressivevoices.com/2013/08/03/audio-emerges-proving-secret-conservative-organization-behind-benghazi-scandal/


http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/groundswell-group-plotted-scandals-congress

Old news but good to know if you didn't before.

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Reply Audio Emerges Proving Secret Conservative Organization Behind Benghazi “Scandal” (Original post)
DainBramaged Dec 2013 OP
Berlum Dec 2013 #1
Dustlawyer Dec 2013 #14
billhicks76 Dec 2013 #25
brewens Dec 2013 #26
1StrongBlackMan Dec 2013 #38
brewens Dec 2013 #40
loudsue Dec 2013 #2
Berlum Dec 2013 #5
Coyotl Dec 2013 #37
SomethingFishy Dec 2013 #3
NYC_SKP Dec 2013 #4
KoKo Dec 2013 #6
KoKo Dec 2013 #7
Berlum Dec 2013 #12
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2013 #8
loudsue Dec 2013 #23
starroute Dec 2013 #9
Gothmog Dec 2013 #16
starroute Dec 2013 #30
Gothmog Dec 2013 #33
Shankapotomus Dec 2013 #10
blm Dec 2013 #11
KoKo Dec 2013 #22
loudsue Dec 2013 #24
mikeysnot Dec 2013 #13
cantbeserious Dec 2013 #15
ConservativeDemocrat Dec 2013 #17
JPZenger Dec 2013 #18
NewJeffCT Dec 2013 #20
rusty fender Dec 2013 #28
libodem Dec 2013 #19
Skittles Dec 2013 #21
Historic NY Dec 2013 #27
Bill USA Dec 2013 #29
Gothmog Dec 2013 #31
spanone Dec 2013 #32
annabanana Dec 2013 #34
KoKo Dec 2013 #35
City Lights Dec 2013 #36
Packerowner740 Dec 2013 #39
malaise Dec 2013 #41

Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:03 PM

1. Ginni Thomas part of the deliberate OCCULT Republicon lie campaign on Behghazi??? Gag.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:13 PM

14. How did her dumbass husband vote on the Voting Rights Act again?

This is wrong on so many levels.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:01 PM

25. Where Were These Frauds After 911?

 

They are all part of a cult. One of corruption and maybe one of evil too.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:01 PM

26. Can you spot anything in this picture that would get Clarence tied to a tree and whipped

if many of the people on his side had their way?

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Response to brewens (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:20 AM

38. Whipped? ...

 

That was usually reserved for a "suspicion" of such a relationship (or a claim that was not believed). The Thomas' relationship would have gotten Thomas tied to a tree ... by the neck ... in a noose, and whipped ... maybe to, or after death.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #38)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 07:57 PM

40. I suppose you have that right. Amazing the disconnect with him. If I get what he says he believes

that his peers looked at him as undeserving to be in law school because of affirmative action. You can bet that he looked at other black students that he perceived as lesser scholars exactly that way. Never getting that without affirmative action, he would have been denied admission, no matter how hard he studied.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:18 PM

2. THAT, my dears, is what you call CONSPIRACY

Last edited Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:56 PM - Edit history (1)

And it isn't just a "theory". The justice department should be all the hell over this.

This kind of thing is dangerous for national security.

(edited because my computer can't spell )

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:22 PM

5. The Republicons should be prosecuted for this evil conspiracy to keep the truth fromhttp://w America

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:45 PM

37. THAT, my dears, is what I call CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY,

 

because it involves abuse of power by elected officials.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:21 PM

3. You know what the best part of this is?

We get to pay for it. Yes our tax dollars go to investigating "scandals" that they know don't exist, while food stamps, pensions, welfare and unemployment get cut.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:21 PM

4. DB!!!

 

Happy New Year!



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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:33 PM

6. Recommend! AND.......

Good to See Ya!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:36 PM

7. Can we finally get Clarence Thomas off the SC...with this revelation?

I see it's an older article, but maybe now it can get some real coverage since the investigation showed it was the Video that led to the Benghazi massacre.

From the article:

A secret tape released by Crooks And Liars (audio below) has detailed the cooperation between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ginni Thomas (the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), former Rep. Allen West, as well as high-ranking members of Judicial Watch and Breitbart. The meeting was presided over by Catherine Engelbrecht, one of the founders of the voter suppression group, True The Vote.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:49 PM

12. That would be true justice, to can that partisan pervert (R - Monsanto)

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:39 PM

8. Somehow I do not expect Eric Holder

 

To order an investigation for conspiracy.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:58 PM

23. You're right, Nadin. There's no way this justice department would go after them

Which is really sad.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:57 PM

9. I've had an eye on Catherine Engelbrecht lately

Her True the Vote group is known for busing white suburbanites into inner city voting precincts to intimidate black voters. It was one of those most prominently making a stink about how hard it was for them to get IRS non-profit status.

Englebrecht is also tight with Groundswell and the Breitbart crew -- particularly with FBI snitch Brandon Darby. Here's a really creepy video from a couple of years ago of her interviewing Darby about Occupy Wall Street, where he pulls out all the old McCarthyite-style smears. These are not honorable people.



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Response to starroute (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:17 PM

16. Juanita Jean has been sending messages to this idiot for some time

Englebrecht lives in Fort Bend County and Juanita Jean has been sending this idiot messages for some time. See http://www.juanitajean.com/2012/10/07/true-the-vote-more-like-true-the-mail/ and http://www.juanitajean.com/2012/10/10/true-the-vote-can-kiss-my-big-blue-butt/ and http://www.juanitajean.com/2013/03/28/an-open-letter-to-cathy-engelbrecht-queen-of-true-the-vote/ The last message was about some real voter fraud committed in Fort Bend County
Dear Ms. Engelbrecht,

As head honcho of the King Street Patriots and True the Vote along with being a neighbor of mine, I tragically and mistakenly assumed that you thought voter fraud was serious bidness.

I was very mistaken. True the Vote is just a money raising scheme for you. I apologize for any damage that my false assumption may have caused you on your quest to rock stardom in GOP circles and your own slot on Fox News.

Early last October we gave you rock solid Supreme Court proof that your own personal candidate for County Commissioner in Fort Bend County, Bruce Flemming, voted in two different states – Texas and Pennsylvania – in the same damn elections.

In 2006, 2008, and 2010, Bruce voted in person in Fort Bend County and by mail in Pennsylvania in the same general elections. According to his financial disclosure forms, Bruce Fleming also owns a house in Pennsylvania. (He homesteaded a house in Texas and a house in Pennsylvania, but that illegality is a whole ‘nother story.) Bruce felt that owning houses in both states gave him the right to vote in the same elections in both states. That’s a third degree felony in Texas.


We gave you copies of the papers and everything. We also gave you proof that his wife did it, too, in 2010.


Voter fraud only matters if it is committed by a Democrat. True the Vote has ignored the voter fraud committed by a republican because this group is only about raising money from idiots in the GOP base


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Response to Gothmog (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:15 PM

30. Also this, on TTV and Engelbrecht's King Street Patriots

http://www.politicususa.com/2013/05/20/judge-rules-tea-party-group-illegally-aided-gop-expect-irs-scrutinize.html

Tea Party Group Screams IRS Persecution, But Judge Ruled They Illegally Aided the GOP in 2012
Monday, May 20th, 2013

On March 28, 2012, Chron reported that a Texas Tea Party group with the word “Patriot” in its title was found by a judge to be a PAC and not a nonprofit. The judge ruled that as such, it illegally aided the Republican Party in poll watching efforts during the 2010 elections. ...

The ruling grew out of a 2010 lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party against the King Street Patriots. The Democrats charged that the organization made unlawful political contributions to the Texas Republican Party and various Republican candidates by training poll watchers in cooperation with the party and its candidates and by holding candidate forums only for GOP candidates. ...

AlterNet was not impressed, writing in October of 2012 that True the Vote urged poll workers in key Ohio counties “to supplement their official state training with TrueTheVote materials.” Of course, as they point out, “it is a crime in Ohio to interfere with conducting an election. Moreover, after the 2004 presidential election the state signed a federal consent decree that, among other things, established uniform poll worker training.” True the Vote, operating as the misnamed Voter Integrity Project in Ohio, was barred from Franklin County after allegations of falsified signatures. ...

Southern Studies reported: True the Vote’s tax status has been a source of ongoing controversy. In their 2010 tax returns, True the Vote and the Houston-based tea party group that founded it, King Street Patriots, claimed to be a 501(c)(3) organization. However, the IRS doesn’t consider either group to be a 501(c)(3), a fact which the True the Vote website implicitly admits by saying its 501(c)(3) status is “pending.”

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Response to starroute (Reply #30)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:38 PM

33. True the Vote and the King Street Patriots are suing the IRS and the lady in charge of 501(c)(4)s

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/21/conservative-group-true-the-vote-sues-irs-over-being-subject-to-heightened-scrutiny/

True the Vote, a Houston-based voter watchdog group that arose from a tea party organization, filed suit in federal court Tuesday against the Internal Revenue Service over the agency's processing of its request for tax-exempt status.

The lawsuit, filed by the conservative ActRight Legal Foundation, asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to grant its request for tax-exempt status and award damages for what it described as unlawful conduct by the IRS. True the Vote, which was founded in June 2010, is affiliated with the King Street Patriots, a tea party group which started in December 2009.

Originally called KSP/True the Vote, the group filed in July 2010 for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) charity organization. In August 2011, the group changed its name to True the Vote Inc.; King Street Patriots has separately been seeking the 501(c)(4) status from the IRS. True the Vote has come under fire for intimidating African-American and other minority voters at the polls.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:43 PM

11. Media poll question that SHOULD be asked: If it is found that Congressional Republicans conspired

to construct a narrative about the deaths of a US ambassador and consulate workers in order to obstruct the governance of this nation during an ongoing economic crisis, should those involved be called to testify under oath about their plot before they are removed from office?

Now why can't progressive organizations pay media to conduct poll questions like that the way Republicans do?

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Response to blm (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:47 PM

22. +1....wish they had that kind of money...but, they don't.

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Response to blm (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:00 PM

24. Hell, I'll start a polling company today, and DUers who are interested can be the phone bank

We'll do a poll ourselves!! How 'bout it?

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:59 PM

13. This falls in the NO FRICKEN DUH category...

but it is nice to see it in print. thanks for sharing, sending to my family so they can eat crow... not that they will read it or acknowledge it...

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:17 PM

15. Kick And Recommend

eom

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:24 PM

17. I love this, but where are all the NSA screamers?

...screaming about privacy?!?

At least the NSA doesn't release this kind of stuff except under court order.

It's interesting to watch how quickly people's ethics become situational when its their side that benefits.

- C.D. Proud Member of the Reality Based Community

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:25 PM

18. Was Satan also in the room?

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Response to JPZenger (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:34 PM

20. A fly on the wall

in the room.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:05 PM

28. That's right!

Satan takes cues from these people!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:29 PM

19. I knew it

Although I was barking up the Mitt Rmoney/CIA tree. I knew there was a tree somewhere.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 02:40 PM

21. SECRET

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:01 PM

27. The plotters, planners and schemers......

planning to take down the administration, imagine they're are calling for a special committee with subpoena powers sure sounld like their prologue to impreachment....

This meeting needs to be played out in public to show to what extents they will go.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:05 PM

29. exposing this "grass roots" subterfuge one of the most important developments in last decade.


Recommended.


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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:34 PM

31. There were some threads about this back in August

I posted some of Juanita Jean's comments about the Groundswell group back on these threads. Here is my post http://sync.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3349193

The Groundswell people and True the Vote are all subsets of a larger GOP movement trying to frame the issues and take rights away from voters.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:36 PM

32. and they call snowden the traitor.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:26 PM

34. exposure, exposure, exposure!!!

Tweet, face, email, whatever else ya got!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:40 PM

35. ...1

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:43 PM

36. Traitors. nt

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 01:53 PM

39. K&r

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:21 PM

41. K & R

Nice to see you
Happy New Year DainBramaged

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