Developing: Uniformed DOJ Representatives Documented Collaborating with RNC Protesters

Via Breitbart:

 

Watch the video HERE

 

What are uniformed field representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Service (CRS) doing assisting Occupy/anarchist activists outside the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa?

Exclusive video captured by Breitbart News during Occupy/anarchist demonstrations outside the RNC Tuesday shows CRS field representatives, wearing DOJ logo polo shirts and hats, conversing with Occupy protesters.

In one case, a CRS representative and protester are seen to high-five each other.

CRS representatives are also seen relaying specific instructions to the activists about the location of prearranged buses that were apparently taking them to their next scheduled demonstration.

CRS’s mission, as expressed on its website, is to be a “‘peacemaker’ for community conflicts and tensions.” CRS was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a conflict resolution body dealing specifically with community uprisings over racial issues. Its jurisdiction was later expanded as part of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Obama, which lists the areas in which the CRS can act as including issues of “race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.”

The purpose of CRS is to mediate in ongoing disputes–not to foment them, or to become participants. However, there is evidence that the Obama administration may be using CRS as a quiet community organizing force.

In April, Breitbart News’ Lee Stranahan reported that CRS had helped shape public opinion around the Trayvon Martin case. Building upon reports in the Orlando Sentinel, Stranahan pointed out that CRS representatives may have had “direct involvement” in forcing out Sanford, FL sheriff Bill Lee.

A spokesman for the agency told Breitbart News today that CRS field representatives are supposed to “remain neutral.” When asked if it is appropriate for one of the agents to high-five a demonstrator, he said, “If someone wanted to come up and shake your hand, wouldn’t you do it?….Their job is to keep things safe and nonviolent,” he added.

In what sense do the Occupy/Anarchist protesters fall under the Hate Crimes jurisdiction set forth by law? What were they doing at protests against the RNC? And were they requested by local law enforcement officials, or there on the DOJ’s behalf?

It appears that CRS may be expanding its presence not only in its numbers, but also perhaps beyond its jurisdiction.

As this article went to press, Breitbart News received the following statement from DOJ officials:

Personnel from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) are currently present in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention, and will also be present next week in Charlotte, N.C., during the Democratic National Convention. CRS has had a prior presence  in cities who have hosted major party conventions, including in 2000, 2004 and 2008, to help facilitate solutions to potential disputes that may arise during the conventions. Acting as an impartial third-party, CRS works closely with community-based organizations, civil and human rights organizations, local governments and law enforcement officials and provides various forms of mediation and conciliation services to help alleviate any tensions that occur.

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82 Shootings in Chicago in 1 Week

Via The Chicago Sun-Times:

At least 10 people were wounded in shootings throughout the city – mainly on the South Side – Thursday night and Friday morning. Since last Thursday, at least 82 people have been wounded or killed in shootings in Chicago.

The most violent shooting overnight occurred at 12:48 a.m. in the 100 block of East 60th Street in the Washington Park neighborhood. Police said five men — all in their 20s — were standing outside when a white vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the side, a 24-year-old man was shot in the knee and thigh, a 29-year-old man was shot in the hand, another 29-year-old was also shot in the hand, and a man described only as being in his 20s was shot in the foot, according to police. According to Fire Media Affairs, one man was in critical condition and four others were in stable condition.

Another drive-by shooting with multiple victims took place about 3:45 a.m. in the 2600 block of West LeMoyne Street, in the West Town neighborhood.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg and a 26-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both men were taken in good condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Other shootings included:

• A 17-year-old male shot in the leg and buttock in the 5000 block of South Woodlawn Avenue about 4:20 a.m. He was taken in “stable” condition to an unidentified hospital, according to police.

• A 32-year-old man was shot while sitting on the rear porch of a building in the 6200 block of South Winchester Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood at 8:10 p.m. He heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. He was taken in “stable” condition to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the side.

• A 20-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks Thursday night in the Englewood neighborhood. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 5700 block of South Emerald Avenue about 9:15 p.m. when a male approached on foot and fired shots. The victim fled on foot and a friend took him to Saint Bernard Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, police said.

• Earlier Thursday, a man was wounded in a shooting just before 11 a.m. in the South Side Grand Boulevard neighborhood. Police were notified just before 11 a.m. of the shooting in the 4800 block of South Prairie Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg and was taken to Mercy Hospital in an unknown condition.

From Wednesday night into early Thursday, at least 11 people were wounded by gunfire throughout the city – including a Chicago Police officer and two males shot by police.

The officer was wounded in a shootout with a 15-year-old boy about 8:05 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of West 112th Place, police said.

The plainclothes officers stopped three teenage boys for “suspicious activity,” but a 15-year-old boy fired at the officers and “engaged in a gun battle,” said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. But at least two residents said the officer shot his gun first.

The gunfire wounded a 35-year-old officer, a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, according to a police statement. The officer returned fire, striking the teen in the side and leg, McCarthy said.

Paramedics took the officer to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg, authorities said. Police detained the other two boys — 15 and 16.

Officers recovered a .380 automatic weapon on the scene, said McCarthy, who added several shots were fired.

In the other police-involved shooting Wednesday night, about 9:45 p.m., a Chicago Police officer shot a male in the 6600 block of South Langley Avenue. The officer approached and attempted to talk with him, but the suspect pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer, who returned fire.

Other shootings early Thursday included a man and woman who were shot about 1:15 a.m. as they were in a car looking for a parking spot in the 3500 block of West Lawrence Avenue, police said.

The 27-year-old woman was driving a dark blue and white Cadillac and was looking for parking in an alley when a gray Nissan approached, police said. One of two men in the backseat of the Nissan pulled a gun and opened fire, striking a 20-year-old man in the Cadillac in the back of the head.

The woman – who was struck by shrapnel – sped away to escape, police said. Both were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the man in critical condition and the woman in good condition, police said.

The man and woman both appear to have gang affiliations, but it remained unclear if gang language was exchanged prior to the shots being fired, police said.

Fifteen minutes later, somebody in a passing SUV shot a 21-year-old man standing on the sidewalk in the 7900 block of South Morgan Street, police said. He was shot in the groin and taken to Christ Medical Center.

Poll: Most Army Officers Believe Obama Admin. is Leading Military in Wrong Direction

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Is the U.S. Army headed in the right direction?

A new poll finds that only 26 percent of active-duty Army officers say yes. That’s an all-time low, and it compares with 33 percent who said the army was heading in the right direction last year.

Another 38 percent of active-duty Army officers said the Army is headed in the wrong direction

And another 36 percent remained neutral on the topic, neither agreeing nor disagreeing that the army is heading in the right direction.

The Annual Survey of Army Leadership poll asked 16,800 commissioned and non-commissioned officers to agree or disagree with the statement: “The Army is headed in the right direction to prepare for the challenges of the next 10 years.”

Seventy-four percent, either actively or passively, did not agree with the statement: And of those who did not agree, these were the top reasons:

— 58 percent cited the Army’s inability to “retain quality leaders.”

— 57 percent cited “a lack of discipline, or the “Army is too soft”

— 53 percent pointed to “Ineffective leaders at senior levels”

— 52 percent said “senior leaders focus on the wrong priorities”

— 46 percent said junior leader promotions/advancements are happening too soon

— 39 percent said “resources/funding or technology are insufficient”

On leadership, the survey found that “interpersonal tact and innovation were identified as the two leader attributes that consistently show the most need for improvement across all levels of leaders.”

Ret. Lt. Colonel Bob Maginnis, a security and foreign affairs analyst, says when it comes to leadership issues, the survey results are positive. But, he added, “What this communicates is that below the surface, there is a lot of tension. A lot of skepticism, and to a certain degree, pessimism.”

Maginnis added that “cultural trends” within the Army such as defense budget cuts, political correctness and a shift in national security strategy have deepened the pessimism of many Army officers.

“I’m very concerned about the cultural trends here. I’m very confident that we have a very effective fighting force, but even the leadership are beginning to see some erosion because of forces from the outside. They’re concerned that they’re going to lose their capability because we’re going to be so crippled in terms of cuts,” Maginnis told CNSNews.com.

The Center for Army Leadership, part of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has conducted this survey annually since 2005. It is a scientific survey used to generalize findings for all Army leaders, Lt. Colonel Jeff Allen told CNSNews.com in a statement.

Allen said there are more than 200 questions in the survey, and overall, the survey shows “positive” indicators about “the current state of commitment , satisfaction and engagement” of Army leaders.

According to Allen,90 percent are committed to their team or immediate work group, 83 percent are satisfied with their career in the Army, and 85 percent agree they directly impact the success of their unit.

“We, the Army, did this study on ourselves, this did not come from an outside source.  We think we are the most introspective organization in the Nation and continually strive to get better.  We listen to our young leaders and value their input,” Allen added.

The 2011 Annual Survey of Army Leadership was conducted by ICF International and  has a margin of error of  plus or minus 7 points.

Former Spy: Clinton Administration Refused to Take Out Bin Laden in 1999

Via New York Daily News:

While the forthcoming publication of “No Easy Day” is about to give American readers its own revelationsabout the raid that eliminated Osama Bin Laden last year, a new book published in Poland alleges that the Central Intelligence Agency could have assassinated the Al Qaeda chief back in 1999 — but chose not to do so out of fear it lacked the legal authority.

Details of the book, “Ferreting Out Bin Laden” by former Polish spy Alexander Makowski, were reported by the McClatchy news service. Published in June, the book has not yet been translated into English, and it is not clear if there are plans to do so.

It has long been alleged that President Clinton fumbled opportunities to get rid of Bin Laden, missing what some call an especially ripe opportunity in August 1998. Makowski’s book is perhaps the most detailed account of failed pre-9/11 attempts to kill the Saudi-born radical, who was then already in Afghanistan, from where he would direct his operations for the next several years, before coming to hide in Pakistan, where he was finally found and killed.

‘In late 1999…a group of Afghan agents loyal to an anti-Taliban guerilla leader proposed assassinating Osama Bin Laden,” says the McClatchy description of Makowski’s book. “All they wanted was the $5 million reward the Clinton administration had offered for Bin Laden’s capture.”

However, the CIA allegedly turned down the offer, fearing it would be overstepping its bounds by ordering the kill. In the wake of 9/11, American intelligence services have become much more aggressive in hunting down terrorists overseas. For example, last year, an unmanned drone killed the American-born radical Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. But back before the Twin Towers fell, hunting down bin Laden was a fraught issue.

However, it looks like he could have been easily eliminated, at least if Makowski — who has more than two decades of intelligence work behind him — is to be believed. In an interview with McClatchy, he said:

“They gave us the exact location of the houses where Bin Laden would be staying in Kandahar, the route he would be would be taking between his living quarters, his meeting place, and what kind of transportation he would be using,” Makowski said in an interview with McClatchy. However, he alleges that a CIA operative named Jim told Polish officials that “we do not have a license to kill.”

The following year, the Al-Qaeda bombing of the USS Cole would kill 17 Americans, an operation of which Makowski says he also had prior knowledge. He claims that the CIA did not believe that such an audacious strike was feasible.

“To me, the most appalling thing is that after we supplied all this information about an attack . . . the Cole wasn’t protected in any way.”

The year after that, on 9/11, Bin Laden carried out his murderous attack on American soil. Since then, Poland has been a staunch ally of the United States, sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Makowski’s book, however, could open a rift between the two nations.

Said another intelligence official to McClatchy, “We offered them Bin Laden, but they refused.”

Ayatollah Khamenei Praises “Occupy” Movement

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – the “supreme leader” of  Iran –  praised America’s “Occupy Wall Street” movement on Thursday,  calling it a reflection of people around the world who are “losing their  patience” with the dominance of the United States and Israel in the  international community.

“Everybody has become tired of this faulty international structure,”  Khamenei said in his inaugural address to the Non-Aligned Summit, a  gathering of 120 nations now taking place in Tehran.

“The 99-percent movement of the American people against the  centers of wealth and power in America and the widespread protests of  the people in Western Europe against the economic policies of their  governments show that the people are losing their patience with this  situation,” Iran’s Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

(The Occupy movement, born in lower Manhattan one year ago, claims to  speak for the “99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and  corruption of the 1 percent. During the fall of 2011, the Occupy movement was charged with antisemitism after several videos showed protesters denouncing Jews.)

“It is necessary to remedy this irrational situation,” Khamenei said,  adding that “firm” bonds between NAM  member states “can play an  important role” in minimizing U.S.-Israeli influence.

Khamenei said the Non-Aligned Movement should take advantage of the  “Islamic awakening” – also known as the Arab Spring—to boost its  standing in global affairs.

“And finally, we should consider the Islamic Awakening in the region  and the fall of the dictatorships in North Africa, which were dependent  on America and were accomplices to the Zionist regime, as a great  opportunity,” he said.

The ayatollah also emphasized Iran’s intention to proceed with its  nuclear program: “I stress that the Islamic Republic has never been  after nuclear weapons and that it will never give up the right of its  people to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” he said.

Iran’s nuclear activities have been of international concern since  the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for  18 years, in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear  Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Many countries contend that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

The summit now taking place in Iran includes 120 developing nations  that sought to remain outside the U.S. and Soviet spheres of influence  during the Cold War.

U.N. chief meets with Khamenei

As CNSNews.com previously reported,  the leaders attending the NAM summit include U.N. Secretary General Ban  Ki-moon, whose visit to Iran drew mild criticism from the U.S. State  Department.

A State Department spokeswoman said earlier this month that Ban’s  visit “would not send a good signal.” The U.N. depends on American  taxpayers for more than one-fifth of its budget.

Ban arrived in Tehran on Wednesday, where he attended a series of  meetings with Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah  Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“In all these meetings, the Secretary-General conveyed the clear  concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues  for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional  stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” a U.N. spokesperson  told a news briefing in New York.

“These include Iran’s nuclear programme, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria,” he added.

“This is very important opportunity for Iran to play a very important  role as moderate and constructive leader of the international community  in addressing all the challenges,” Ban told reporters on his arrival in  Tehran.

The 16th annual NAM summit began on Sunday, Aug. 26 and will conclude on Friday.

The Iranian government said that by hosting the summit — which  includes not only Ban but many heads of state — it is showing the world  that U.S.-led efforts to isolate Iran have failed miserably.

Inspector General Report: Fast & Furious Required Approval from Top Levels of DOJ – Phoenix ATF to be Held Accountable

A dark shadow hangs over Eric Holder and the Justice Department in light of the OIG's report on Fast and Furious.

Via The Examiner:

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a draft of his report on the Fast and Furious scandal, which is now being poured over by DOJ officials who have 30 days to provide feedback.

One source who has seen the report told National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea today that the report is “10 times worse” than expected.

Although few details have been forthcoming concerning the report, leaks from DOJ have indicated that the OIG identifies the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF as the source for much of the scandal. The leaks have led field agents to express the fear that they will be forced to take the brunt of the blame in the scandal.

But it will be difficult if not impossible for ATF supervisors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and top ATF supervisors at DOJ in Washington to escape culpability given the mountain of evidence that has been presented to Congress during the past 20 months.

Further, Arizona attorney David Hardy has already provided proof that the process of “gunwalking” was approved as a strategy out of the Phoenix Field Division, a strategy that would require approval from the top layers of DOJ leadership.

Gunwalking was the illegal strategy developed by the ATF and the DOJ to place U.S. guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Using illegal “straw purchasers,” the ATF bought thousands of guns at U.S. firearms dealers along the southern border. The straw purchasers would then “walk” the guns across the border into Mexico where they would be given directly to criminals involved in drug, firearms, and human trafficking.

A report issued on June 30, 2012 indicates that such an operation would have to originate at the very highest levels of the DOJ, receiving the approval of the attorney general himself, or his surrogates, under the general oversight of the president of the United States. The key issue is wiretap applications from 2010 that the ATF requested from DOJ in order to conduct Fast and Furious. Wiretap applications must be approved at the highest levels of the DOJ as part of the agency’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Thus, if the OIG’s report on Fast and Furious is to be taken seriously, then it must not stop with laying the blame at the feet of the Phoenix Field Division.

Obama Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Cap Political Donations – Would Contradict Supreme Court Ruling

Via The Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama used the online springboard provided by Reddit to dive into the media crush at the GOP convention, with a skillfully executed call for a constitutional amendment to curb the free-speech of wealthier people and corporations.

“I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United. … Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change,” Obama said during 4:30 p.m. EST online event.

The publicity-grabbing gambit complements his campaign-theme portrayal of himself as the defender of middle-class Americans, and Gov. Mitt Romney as the champion of wealthy, job-exporting plutocrats.

The proposal also helps shift the media’s focus away from the stalled economy, record unemployment, debts and deficits.

Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs,” Obama told his Reddit audience.

Those super PACs “fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” he declared.

Obama’s new focus on spending curbs comes as he is being out-raised by Romney.

He’s been out-raised partly because many of Obama’s 2008 Wall Street donors are instead supporting Romney.

Obama’s comment did not discuss his own fundraising history.

He’s raised more than a $1 billion over his career, and he spurned federal fund-raising limits in 2008 to eventually outspend his Republican opponent by roughly two to one.

The Supreme Court’s 2010 “Citizens United” decision knocked down curbs on companies’ political donations that fuel political free speech. During the Supreme Court’s hearing, an Obama-appointed lawyer said the law could be used to ban political movies or books.

The court’s five to four decision prompted howls of protest from Democrats, who get a higher proportion of their political donations from unions and professionals.

Developing: Police Seize 2 Tons of Uranium From Warehouse Near U.S. Embassy in Bolivia

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Via Fox News:

Bolivian police on Tuesday confiscated two tons of uranium that was being stored at a building in central La Paz located near the U.S. and Spanish embassies.

Four people, all of them Bolivian nationals, were arrested while they were transferring the uranium from one vehicle to another, Deputy Interior Minister Jorge Perez said.

The radioactive material was in sacks of jute and nylon, he said.

Since Bolivia does not produce uranium, Perez said, authorities assume the consignment originated in either of two neighboring countries that do: Brazil or Chile.

The commander of the elite police unit that carried out the operation, Col. Eddy Torrez, said the seizure was the fruit of a six-week investigation.

Police pounced when they learned the people in possession of the uranium planned to meet Tuesday with a potential buyer, the colonel said.

Perez said one of the people arrested is an engineer who told police he was holding the uranium for other people, but provided no information on the owners of the cache.

NBC Networks Censor Footage of Minorities at RNC Convention

The Daily Caller:

One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.

If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities.

In lieu of airing speeches from former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah; and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, MSNBC opted to show commentary anchored by Rachel Maddow from Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Steve Schmidt.

Throughout this convention, Matthews has accused the Republicans of playing dog-whistle racist politics while on scene in Tampa. It isn’t clear, however, if Matthews will hurl accusations of racism at Davis, Love or Cruz for speeches his network failed to broadcast.

SEAL Book Contradicts White House Account of Bin Laden Assault

The Atlantic Wire:

Several news outlets have finally got their hands on a copy of the new book about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, and the details emerging contradict many of the earlier reports about what happened inside the house on the night the al Qaeda leader was killed.  No Easy Day is set to be released September 11, but The Huffington Post’s Marcus Baram picked up a preview copy in a used bookstore, which is a common way to find pre-released books. The Associated Press bought a copy as well.

The book, written by ex-Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette (under the pseudonym Mark Owen), is a first-person account of the raid on the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden had been in hiding for years. According Bissonnette’s version of events, there was no extended firefight between SEAL Team 6 members and bodyguards and bin Laden himself never got the chance to confront or even see the soldiers before they killed him. Instead, he was shot in the hallway outside of his bedroom, then “disappeared into the dark room.” By the time the soldiers entered, he was already dying of wounds to the head. Bissonnette says he and another team member then shot him several more times in the chest to ensure he was dead.

The book also says that while there were two guns found in bin Laden’s room, neither was loaded and he never had a chance to defend himself. Bissonnette even calls him a “pussy” for not being prepared to defend or kill himself. Even though bin Laden was killed without resisting, the SEAL were instructed beforehand that it was not an assassination mission and that bin Laden should have been brought back alive, if possible.

Bissonnette is also critical of President Obama in his story, saying that no one on the team was a fan of the president and that they believed he and other leaders would inflate their own roles in the story. Even before the raid began, the SEALs joked about how they would help Obama get re-elected and also speculated about who would play them in the Hollywood movie. Despite their personal feelings about Obama, however, the SEALs did agree that he made the right call, saying “Although we applauded the decision-making in this case, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that he would take all the political credit for this too.”

They also complained that after a White House meeting with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden  (“he reminded me of someone’s drunken uncle at Christmas dinner”) the President invited them to return some other time for a beer, but that call never came.