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White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help

whitehouse Presidentby Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor

The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.

In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.

The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons. [Read more...]

The Benghazi Cover-up

benghazi media scandalHow the CIA’s No. 2 misled Congress

by Stephen F. Hayes

Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, then acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave an account of his role on Benghazi that was often misleading and sometimes deliberately false.

“I went back and reviewed some of his testimony the other day and he’s gotten himself in a real box,” says Senator Saxby Chambliss, the highest-ranking Republican on the committee. “It’s really strange. I’ve always thought Mike was a straight-up guy, gave us good briefings—factual, straightforward. I mean, this has really been strange the last few weeks—all this now being uncovered.” [Read more...]

Freed Guantánamo Detainee Involved in Benghazi Attack

Benghazi Attackby Frances Martel

U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Abu Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee and leader of a paramilitary group with al-Qaeda ties, had a role in the Benghazi embassy attacks on September 11, 2012.

Qumu, currently a leader of a wing of the Libyan paramilitary group Ansar al-Sharia, is being linked, along with his militiamen, to the attack on the Benghazi consulate. The Post notes that many eyewitnesses noted the group’s presence in Benghazi days before the attack–despite being natives to the city of Darnah–and Qumu’s presence specifically. Reuters reports that the group’s presence in Benghazi after being kicked out in the post-September 11, 2012 days was noted as recently as last February, with many anti-Gaddafi Libyans arguing that Ansar al-Sharia’s role in toppling the dictator grants them a certain license to roam freely despite their overt violence and Islamic fundamentalism. The State Department is set to designate Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist group in the coming days and link its activities to the broader, less structured, post-bin Laden al-Qaeda. [Read more...]

Benghazi attack ‘Al Qaeda-led event’

benghazi media scandalThe 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was an “Al Qaeda-led event” according to multiple on-the-record interviews with the head of the House Intelligence Committee who receives regular classified briefings and has access to the raw intelligence to make independent assessments.

“I will tell you this, by witness testimony and a year and a half of interviewing everyone that was in the ground by the way, either by an FBI investigator or the committee: It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event. And they had pretty fairly descriptive events early on that lead those folks on the ground, doing the fighting, to the conclusion that this was a pre-planned, organized terrorist event,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told Fox News in a November interview. [Read more...]

Lie of the Year: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period. End of Discussion.”

Lie Fire Meterawarded Obama with the “Lie of the Year.” The law was designed from the ground up prevent Americans from choosing to keep health care plans they liked. The president’s statements were simply made because he had to to sell the law to an unsuspecting public. It was obviously and predictably false when uttered. 

A statement by President Barack Obama has been given the dubious honor of “Lie of the Year” with a rating of “Pants on Fire” by the Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the president said, over and over again, while trying to sell Americans on the Affordable Care Act before it was enacted. It was a comforting promise to those concerned that the government would force unwanted changes on their health insurance plans.

“But the promise was impossible to keep,” Politifact said in its announcement. [Read more...]

Obamacare Architect: If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Pay More

Zeke Emanuelby Daniel Halper

If you want to keep your doctor, you might have to pay more for it, Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel (and brother of former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel) said today on Fox News Sunday.

The host, Chris Wallace, said: “President Obama famously promised, if you like your doctor, you can keep our doctor. Doesn’t that turn out to be just as false, just as misleading, as his promise about if you like your plan, you can keep your plan? Isn’t it a fact, sir, that a number, most, in fact, of the Obamacare health plans that are being offered on the exchanges exclude a number of doctors and hospitals to lower costs?” [Read more...]

5 Things The Obama Administration Had No Idea The Obama Administration Was Doing

Obama IRS Scandal Didn't Know“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.” — Jon Stewart

by John Hawkins

What’s the point of having a President who learns about everything his administration is doing from the newspapers, just like everyone else? When do you start to ask, “Is this guy stupid or just dishonest?” Given that Barack Obama seems to know so little about what’s going on in his administration that it’s starting to resemble a “Hogan’s Heroes” rerun with Obama playing the role of Colonel Klink, maybe the answer is “both.”

1) Obama didn’t know we were spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel for five years.

The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said.

The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them. [Read more...]

Five Falsehoods Obama Told To Sell Obamacare

obama_frownby John Hawkins

When the Democrats were trying to sell Obamacare to the public, they told us that because of Barack Obama’s magical health care elixir, Americans are going to live forever, in perfect health for free while unicorns will tote them back and forth to magical fairy doctors who will cure all their ills with pixie dust. Obamacare is going to be superior to the current health care system in every way and anything people heard to the contrary was obviously a lie cooked up by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party to hurt poor people.

It sounded great.

Of course, it also sounds great when a Nigerian prince offers to give you millions of dollars to help him get money into the United States. Unfortunately, those Nigerian princes with the funny names won’t make you any richer, just as Presidents with funny names won’t improve your health care. They’ll just tell you lies like these.

1) Obamacare will cut the cost of your health care. If only. When Obamacare goes into effect next year, many Americans can expect steep increases in the cost of health care.

President Obama (promised)…that the cost of insurance would go down “by $2,500 per family per year.” …In fact, the average 25 and 40-year-old will pay double under Obamacare what they would need to pay today, based on rates posted at eHealthInsurance.com (NASDAQ:EHTH). More specifically, for the typical 25-year-old male non-smoker, the average Obamacare “bronze” exchange plan in California will cost between 64 and 117 percent more than the cheapest five plans on eHealth. For 40-year-old male non-smokers, it’s between 73 and 146 percent more. [Read more...]

The Obamacare-ization of the Iran Deal

Obama Iran Nuke Dealby Peter Roff

It will be interesting to see how President Barack Obama responds to charges coming out of Tehran that the White House is distorting the terms of the just signed multiparty agreement easing sanctions against Iran in exchange for that country’s backing off its efforts to develop a nuclear weapons program.

“Iranian officials say the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva,” the Washington Free Beacon reports.

Citing the Iranian press, the Free Beacon quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marziyeh Afkham as saying Tuesday, “What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true.” [Read more...]

The Bad-Faith Presidency

obama_frownby Rich Lowry

At the end of the day, the root of President Obama’s mendacity on ObamaCare was simple: He didn’t dare tell people how the law would work. He couldn’t tell people how the law would work.

Forthrightness was the enemy. It served no useful purpose and could only bring peril, and potentially defeat. It had to be banished. Instead, President Obama made the sale on the basis of dubious blandishments and outright deceptions.

If this is the only way to pass your signature initiative — and a decades-long goal of your party — it ought to give you pause. But Obama was a natural at delivering sweeping and sincere-seeming assurances that just weren’t true. This kind of thing is his métier. [Read more...]

Time magazine writer, Mark Halperin, says ObamaCare death panels are real

ObamaCare Costs Pork

ObamaCare Costs Pork

When conservatives pointed out that you couldn’t keep your insurance policy, you couldn’t keep your doctor, and that the government or its panels and boards would decide what treatment will be given and what treatment will be denied (i.e. death panels), the President, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and virtually all of the Democrats in Congress, as well as the mainstream media, howled with outrage and claimed that such talk was absurdly false, patently dishonest, and even racist. Evidence now proves that the conservatives were right on all counts and that the President and his allies were lying or were just plain stupid.

With the cancellation of millions of policies and even the President’s half-hearted “apology,” it is now beyond debate that “if you like your health insurance, you can keep your insurance,” or doctor or hospital is fantastically false. That is no longer debatable. The only question is who knew they were lying and who stupidly repeated the lies of others without actually knowing. [Read more...]

Did the White House know about the false job numbers?

unemployment-numbersby John Crudele

Let me be the first to ask: Did the White House know that employment reports were being falsified?

Last week I reported exclusively that someone at the Census Bureau’s Philadelphia region had been screwing around with employment data. And that person, after he was caught in 2010, claimed he was told to do so by a supervisor two levels up the chain of command.

On top of that, a reliable source whom I haven’t identified said the falsification of employment data by Census was widespread and ongoing, especially around the time of the 2012 election. [Read more...]

Why Obama can’t wave away this scandal

Obama-Hand to HeadPeople are puzzled: Why would Barack Obama have lied about how wonderfully everything was going to go with ObamaCare when officials in his administration knew perfectly well that disaster was going to strike?

In one sense, the answer is simple: At the time, just before Oct. 1, Republicans were insisting ObamaCare be delayed or defunded. The president and his team weren’t going to give the enemy the satisfaction of agreeing — or the potent ammunition that would have come from a rueful admission the system wasn’t ready.

Today, a bipartisan agreement to delay ObamaCare seems like it would have been a pretty good deal. It didn’t look that way at all in the last two weeks of September. [Read more...]

Obama delays ObamaCare deadlines again

double-face-obama-63825058778A little more than a month ago, President Obama and his allies in Congress said that Republicans who wanted to delay implementation of ObamaCare were terrorists holding the nation hostage who simply wanted to shutdown the government for bad faith reasons. He repeatedly said ObamaCare could not be delayed because it was “the law of the land.” Now Obama has unilaterally delayed ObamaCare, yet again, and conveniently pushed its implementation until after the midterm elections – precisely what the Republicans suggested and what Obama labeled at the time as “hostage taking.” 

by Alexis Simendinger

The Obama administration announced Friday it has adjusted the Affordable Care Act calendar once again, making it possible for consumers to enroll for health insurance through Dec. 23 in order to be covered on Jan. 1. The administration decided to stretch purchasers’ decision-making allowance by eight days to accommodate continued challenges prompted by work underway to build and repair the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

Also announced Friday was a delay of the 2014 enrollment period, which will push the start date beyond the Nov. 4 midterm elections. [Read more...]

Obama Administration faked 2012 election jobs report

Shrinking Obamaby John Crudele

In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.

The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.

And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.

Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. [Read more...]

In 2010, Administration Predicted ‘Majority’ of Employer-Based Health Plans Would Disappear

obama_frownEditor’s Note:  Pres. Obama has been saying the past two weeks that he sincerely believed that if Americans liked their healthcare plan and their doctors, they could keep them. Those claims were implausible when uttered. But we now know that the Administration knew otherwise as early as 2010 and that it was planning on people losing their healthcare plan while the President was promising that we could keep our plans. We also now know that some in the White House was concerned about the President’s sweeping promise because they knew it wasn’t true. But others in the White House prevailed on continuing the falsehood because it was politically advantageous at that time to do so. Those are the indisputable facts. 

by Eliana Johnson

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that the health-insurance-plan cancellations receiving so much attention in the news in recent days will affect only the 5 percent of Americans who purchase insurance on the individual market. The Department of Justice, however, in a brief filed in federal court last month, conceded that the number may be much higher. According to the administration’s numbers, nearly 80 million additional Americans, “a majority” of those on employer-sponsored health plans, may also be out of luck. [Read more...]

D.C. Insurance Commissioner fired for questioning Obama’s proposed “fix”

ObamaCare-ObamaThe District of Columbia’s insurance commissioner says he was fired after questioning President Obama’s plan to fix ObamaCare and saying the city might not follow his suggestions.

Commissioner William White told The Washington Post on Saturday that he was called into Mayor Vincent Gray’s office the prior day and told the Democratic mayor “wants to go in a different direction.”

The president said Thursday that the millions of insurance plans scheduled to be canceled next year to comply with ObamaCare regulations could be extended for a year, after he told Americans prior to the law’s passage that they could keep their existing plans.

However, White and other insurance commissioners across the country have questioned the president’s proposed solution because it could create a mess in the marketplace. [Read more...]

Obama’s Big Lie is destroying his credibility

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Without credibility and trust nothing of substance will get done in Washington.  How can important issues like immigration reform, tax reform or balancing the budget be addressed and solved when the President is widely viewed as someone who says anything to win the day and then later blame those who were foolish enough to believe him?

by Michael Goodwin

When I first saw the headline saying Bill Clinton was advising President Obama to “honor his commitment,” I had to laugh. The idea of Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend as moral referee always cracks me up.

Then I got to wondering. Which commitment was Clinton talking about?

Is it the one Obama made to the Israeli people, that he had their backs and would never let Iran get a nuclear weapon? Or was it his promise to enforce a “red line” in Syria?

Or maybe it was Obama’s promise to “never rest” until we caught the terrorists who killed our ambassador and three other Americans in Libya?

Or was Clinton talking about the many times the president said he would “never rest” until every American who wanted a job had one?

Or maybe he was talking about the pledge to change the tone in Washington? Or to go through the budget “line by line” and cross out the waste driving up the deficit? [Read more...]

Reining in the abuses of the NSA

NSA Spy Scandal 10Speaking in Baltimore last week, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander defended the methods his agency uses to spy on the private phone calls and emails of millions of American citizens, but he did appear to give a little ground to critics of the agency when he said he’s “not wedded” to every surveillance program it carries out. “If we can come up with a better way of doing them, we should,” he insisted.

That formulation left unclear the meaning of the word “better,” however. Does it mean the agency would no longer have to violate the privacy of Americans in order to guard the country against terrorist threats? Or does it mean the agency could simply collect the massive amounts of information it now snatches out of the ether more efficiently? [Read more...]

ObamaCare was passed on false pretenses and fraud

Obamacare Lie ObamaObama knew what he was saying was false, but he said it anyway, repeatedly, because it helped him win passage of the bill in the first place and it helped him win reelection. Now we find out that what he said was false and that he knew it was false. What shall we call that?

by Kathleen Parker  •  Washington Post

Among the many rules I grew up with, two stand out. The first was to never call someone a liar, which was considered the worst character indictment one could issue. The accuser had best be prepared to fight or be fleet of foot.

The other was a dictum so oft- repeated that it is permanently tattooed on my brain: “If you’ll lie by omission, you’ll lie by commission.” [Read more...]