Does Barack Obama have any idea what is going on in the government that he is supposedly running? Scandals are erupting all around him, and he supposedly was not aware that any wrongdoing had taken place in any of those instances. It is almost as if every major government agency has gone rogue and Obama has no idea what the heck they are doing. According to Obama, he often [...]
More than 900 people have been arrested in China for selling fake or tainted meat in the last three months, state media say.
Officials say they uncovered almost 400 such cases and seized more than 20,000 tonnes of fake meat.
In one case, the suspects made fake mutton from foxes, mink and rats after adding chemicals, state media said.
The report is the latest in a series of cases highlighting food safety issues [...]
FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.
The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor [...]
The Mississippi man suspected of sending deadly ricin in letters to President Obama and a senator from his home state is no stranger to local police, who have long viewed him as a paranoid conspiracy theorist prone to violence.
Paul Kevin Curtis, a sometime-Elvis impersonator who appeared in a Mississippi federal court Thursday and denied wrongdoing, has penned numerous rants accusing the government of hounding him. Many of his screeds have [...]
Five employees who worked at The Trinity Mirror newspaper group — part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. — have now been arrested in connection with the celebrity phone-hacking scandal, Bloomberg reports.
CNN host Piers Morgan is a former editor of The Mirror, and of the News of the World, the Murdoch paper that was shuttered when the scandal first broke. To be clear, Morgan has not been accused [...]
Hina Shamsi and Vincent Warren
The Obama administration, having killed a 16-year-old American boy, refuses to explain why in court.
The boy, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, was born in Denver and lived there until he was 7, when his family moved to Yemen. Like many American kids, he had a Facebook page and a love of the “Simpsons.” No one ever accused him of any wrongdoing. Yet on Oct. 14, 2011, a [...]
South Africa’s ANC-dominated parliament has passed a Protection of Information Bill which could see whistle blowers and journalists who publish “classified” information jailed for up to 25 years.
The “Secrecy Bill” has been described as the biggest affront to democracy since apartheid ended in 1994.
Among its opponents are Desmond Tutu, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, business leaders, South African editors, civil society groups and artists including writer Nadine Gordimer.
The bill’s drafters claim [...]
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Early voting only got under way on Monday and already a complaint has been filed.
Colorado Republicans say Democrats wrongly offered Colorado State University students free pizza and t-shirts in exchange for voting.
Colorado state law says campaigners have to be 100 feet from a polling place, but there is some grey area, espeically when a polling place is inside a large public building like CSU’s Lory Student [...]
The government’s chief spending watchdogs have already secured nearly 600 convictions and judgments against people and companies accused of misusing stimulus funds and have a whopping 1,900 investigations currently open into possible wrongdoing, officials say.
The wave of scrutiny more than three years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed by Congress early in the Obama administration means the question of how money was managed early in the program [...]
Inspector general releases report finding Eric Holder’s Justice Department provided insufficient oversight on the botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking operation, as one top official quits and another retires.
A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a “disregard” for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned [...]
Representative Kerry Gauthier was found engaging in oral sex on July 22
After police revealed that a Minnesota lawmaker had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy, both Republicans and Democrats have banded together to ask Representative Kerry Gauthier not to seek re-election.
Representative Gauthier had been hospitalized [...]
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said he did not know whether three major US banks were involved in the manipulation of a key benchmark borrowing rate.
Answering Senate Banking Committee questions about Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase’s possible roles in the global Libor fixing scandal, Geithner referred lawmakers to investigators.
Asked whether he was aware of possible wrongdoing, Geithner said: “We don’t know that. But I [...]
Geithner made recommendations on Libor in 2008, documents show
Jia Lynn Yang
While president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner pressed British regulators to reform the way a critical global benchmark called the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, is calculated, according to a June 1, 2008, e-mail obtained by The Washington Post.
Writing to the head of the Bank of England, among others, Geithner [...]
Two hundred and ninety million pounds – that’s how much Barclays has been fined for attempting to manipulate the Libor interest rate. That’s not much less than the estimated £300m cost of last year’s riots in London, and it may only be a small fraction of the total damage Barclays has caused. As Philip Aldrick noted yesterday, loans with a value of $10 trillion are indexed using Libor, while [...]
The Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County had five unplanned shutdowns last year, one was considered to be of substantial safety significance. The plant remains off-line, after being shutdown on June 12th.
The Office of Investigations began the probe into the water tank leaks specifically, according to Prema Chandrathil, public affairs officer for the NRC. Instead of being restricted to only looking for obvious performance deficiencies, these inspectors can look into [...]
Fourth Amendment rights in action
In a remarkable exchange that shows exactly why it pays to know your rights, a law student in Portland, Maine backed down a police officer who had stopped him for no reason other than he was carrying a gun.
After clearly stating that he did not consent to any searches or seizures, the student asked the officer what crime he had been suspected of [...]
According to just released disclosure forms, President Barack Obama has between $500,000-1,000,000 in assets in a JP Morgan Chase account. The full title of the account, as it’s written on the disclosures, is “JPMorgan Chase Private Client Asset Mgmt Checking Account.” It is a jointly held account, presumably with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Additionally, according to the disclosure forms, President Obama has between $1,001-$15,000 in a JP Morgan Chase checking account.
“The appearance of conflict is as dangerous to public confidence in the administration of justice as true conflict itself. Justice must not only be done; justice must also be seen to be done.” –Lloyd Cutler, 1981
Over the past three years, the Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against hundreds of ordinary Americans for financial fraud. But no one from the largest banks and firms on Wall [...]
Gabriel Silva wanted a ‘clear expression of remorse’ from White House
Colombia’s diplomat in the U.S. has demanded that President Obama say sorry for the secret service sex scandal – which he claimed has damaged the reputation of his country.
Gabriel Silva gave an impassioned interview to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo where he criticised the American government’s handling of the scandal which saw federal agents buying hookers.
The incident became public on April [...]
Police have failed to bring forward a single conviction
Victims often suffer in silence and sometimes battle to stand or walk
As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as [...]
Joe Banister is the first and thus far only IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent ever to conduct, while serving as a special agent, an investigation into allegations that the IRS illegally administers and enforces the federal income tax. He respectfully reported the results of his investigation to his IRS superiors, up to and including the IRS Commissioner. Rather than address the legitimate concerns raised by one of [...]
The Department of Justice has given up its bid to prosecute a pro-life counselor and agreed to pay her $120,000 in a case a judge said never should have been brought.
Mary Susan Pine, who stands outside abortion clinics and advises women not to have the procedure, was accused of blocking a car from entering a Florida abortion clinic in 2009. In December, a judge threw out the case, in which [...]
From Vedran Vuk, Senior Analyst, Casey Research:
In the infamous case of the Goldman Sachs Abacus 2007 AC-1 fund, it doesn’t take a whole lot to figure out the wrongdoing. Paulson & Co., a multibillion-dollar hedge fund, helped select the mortgage-backed securities held by Abacus, while at the same time, Paulson was planning on shorting it. This was all unbeknownst to Abacus buyers, since Goldman Sachs conveniently left out the details [...]
This passed by last week with little public notice.
Nothing – nothing! – is allowed to stand, against the bit WallSt banks. The govt can’t bend over and grab it’s ankles fast enough for these guys.
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court dealt a stinging rebuke on Thursday to Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Federal District Court in New York, who last year rejected a Securities and Exchange Commission fraud [...]