While Other Governors Cave – Texas Governor Rick Perry Tells Feds – NO THANKS

Texas governor Rick Perry has consistently warned of the dangers inherent in the ongoing expansion of federal authority over states rights.  True to his word, Governor Perry continues to tell federal authorities his state will continue to turn down increased federal dollars that would in turn allow the federal government more authority in overseeing how states enact the many requirements of Obamacare.

(Texas governor Rick Perry is telling President Obama – Keep the change…)

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EXCERPT: (via RealPolitics)

 

Perry Not Backing Off Opposition to Medicaid Expansion

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry, who authored the memorably titled book “Fed Up!” before launching a presidential run in 2011, is again demonstrating his skeptical view of a federal government that comes bearing gifts for his state — even as many of his Republican colleagues have changed their tune.

…“Let me go on the record here for a moment: We’re not going to be expanding Medicaid in Texas,” he said to cheers from the partisan Republican crowd on hand, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The reason is because it’s a broken system. It’s moving our state — and I’ll just speak to our state — towards bankruptcy if we expand the current program.”

…“The governor always compares the expansion of Medicaid to putting another thousand people on the Titanic,” said Perry spokesperson Josh Havens. “It’s just reckless and not fiscally responsible and [it’s] why the governor’s holding the line here in Texas.”   LINK

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Kudos to Governor Perry – I hope he continues to stand firm against the further creep of federal authority in Texas.  One must wonder how the 2012 election would have been different if Perry had not rushed himself onto the campaign trail so soon after major back surgery that left the governor attempting to handle the stresses of a national campaign at a time when his health was still quite compromised – including the effects of some rather significant pain medications that made it difficult for the Texas governor to be at his best 24/7 to say nothing of some now infamous flubs during the GOP debates.  It was not until weeks after the governor withdrew from the race some of his campaign operatives admitted to the immense physical strain and pain Governor Perry endured after his surgery - without complaint, and without public knowledge.

What is clear now is that as governor of Texas, Rick Perry’s willingness to continue to openly advocate for the importance of a strong 10th Amendment that protects the intent of States Rights against unconstitutional federal authority is very much needed at this time.  Too few governors are willing to do the same, fearful of federal dollars being taken away from their annual budgets.

God Bless Texas…

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13 Comments to While Other Governors Cave – Texas Governor Rick Perry Tells Feds – NO THANKS
    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/congressmen-demand-investigation-of-technology-leaks/

      WASHINGTON – A new allegation has cropped up about technology leaks, this time involving high-level personnel at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

      Officials allegedly were providing militarily sensitive technical data at conferences where foreign nationals, particularly from China, were in attendance.

      Such data is subject to munitions export controls under the State Department-administered International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

      But in the case of NASA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NASA Office of the Inspector General are investigating the alleged illegal transfer of ITAR-controlled technology by Simon P. “Pete” Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center.

      The agencies are investigating whether Worden allowed the unauthorized transfer of technology for a propulsion system originally developed for missile defense applications.

      The technology was adapted for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, which is undergoing thermal vacuum testing at Ames. LADEE is a robotic mission that is supposed to study the moon’s thin atmosphere and conditions near its surface.

      Scheduled to be launched this Summer, LADEE would undertake the evaluations from an equatorial orbit.

      Two U.S. House of Representative members have called for an investigation of the alleged transfer, said to have occurred at various public conferences overseas “with Chinese and other foreign officials present.”

      Furthermore, Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, in a letter to the FBI further stated that the presentations may have occurred when “safeguards may not have been used or may have explicitly been ignored on multiple occasions” by personnel from the Ames Research Center.

      While NASA is not commenting on the allegations, since they’re under investigation, the problem of a lack of prior clearance, especially of militarily critical technologies and technical data, reflects a breakdown in a once robust U.S. export control program.

      At the height of the Cold War, sensitive information presented by scientists, especially from U.S. government labs, the military services or even defense contractors, had to be vetted by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

      With the end of the Cold War, however, the vetting process was set aside, meaning that scientists from any U.S. government lab could make a presentation without prior vetting from a central intelligence authority.

      Nevertheless, the scientists are supposed to run the information through their agencies’ security offices. But that, apparently, is no longer happening, resulting in ready access by foreign nationals. The problem is especially acute with scientists who look at scientific fora as a means of a free exchange of information, without regard for the sensitive nature of the information.

      There was a similar case in 1998 when Hughes Electronics and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. came under investigation by the Justice Department and two congressional committees for allegedly transferring sensitive U.S. space technology to the Chinese.

      The illegal transfer occurred during the administration of President Bill Clinton. One of Clinton’s major financial donors was the head of Loral, Bernard Schwartz. Clinton was known for seeking extensive waivers to allow technology transfers to China.

      In the case of Hughes-Loral, the company never bothered to vet the technical data prior to exporting it to the Chinese, despite the advice of its internal compliance office.

      The technology then found its way into China’s development of its intercontinental ballistic missiles following two failed Chinese rocket launches of Hughes and Loral satellites.

      In the case of Worden, he has been described as someone known to encourage a “free-wheeling culture of innovation at Ames, encouraging young engineers and scientists regardless of their nationality to develop new ideas,” according to one source.

      WND reported last month that the Obama administration quietly was allowing China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the U.S.

      Last year, Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reported that the giant Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. allegedly was involved in an attempt in 2011 to sell embargoed U.S. telecommunications technology to Iran.

      The Iranian partner of Huawei, Soda Gostar Persian Vista, allegedly tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to the Iranian firm, MTN Irancell, but the transaction never was completed.

      Huawei recently had come under congressional scrutiny, along with another Chinese company, ZTE, for alleged espionage of U.S. telecommunications systems.

      • ebysan
      • @ AmericaTheBeautiful

        Thank you for your Posts!! Very eye opening!!

        I sent them on.

        Are we heading in the same direction; if, we refuse to conform to their ideals??

    • ebysan
    • Finally Black Religious leaders are speaking out about how “Gun Control” is an effort to “Control People”!!

      The government wants to take away our “God” & our ability to protect ourselves & our Families!!

      NRA Created To Protect Free Slaves
      Published on Feb 22, 2013

      Black conservative leaders discuss the reason the NRA was founded and how gun control is an effort to control people.

      3 min Video by Black Religious leaders

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk46HZzuG48&feature=player_embedded

    • Essa
    • Hitler started out his reign of horror by confiscating guns which allowed him total control over the people, then step two was the spy program which Iraq, North Korea and China have also used efficiently to scare their populace into compliance by using neighbors to turn in neighbors and most shockingly family who turn in family who spoke ill of the dictatorship.

      Keep your old equipment if you can or disable the spy features in new equipment. Companies are rolling out TVs, cable set top boxes, game systems and smart phones that have spy capabilities which the government can exploit, complete with cameras and microphones that can be turned on remotely by authorities. Basically new electronic equipment is being turned into a telescreen just like that depicted in Orwell’s novel 1984.

      Another thought, is the government may be using New York as a government testing ground for bans to find out how much the people will take before they revolt. Perhaps the plan is to use New York first, then implement successful product bans nationwide.

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • UM’s Army, please pass this far and wide…start dialling DC …send this to those representative who have the responsibility to stop the insanity of Brennan…before the skies of the USA have drones intimidating American citizens and worse…We do not want a fascist government…Please call…Remember, they work for us. Demand it…

      2008 Passport office break-in, 2012: Innocence of Muslims explained
      Brennan: from Barack to Benghazi

      - Doug Hagmann

      Benghazi. Few Americans ever heard of the city in Libya until the murder of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, on September 11, 2012. Fewer still heard of the movie Innocence of Muslims, until it was suddenly blamed for a non-existent protest outside of a non-existent embassy in Benghazi within hours of the attack.

      For two weeks in our nation’s history, the obscure and amateurish video was persistently and very publicly cited as the cause for the protests and murders in Benghazi by the highest ranking officials in the Obama administration. Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and others blamed the little known video for the attack on what was deliberately mischaracterized as a U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

      Even today, the majority of officials in power don’t seem to want to talk about what happened in Benghazi, and Obama and Clinton repeatedly stonewalled all legitimate investigation of the incident. Why? Because any honest investigation into the activities taking place there would confirm a secret CIA operation intended to arm anti-Assad rebels, including the Iranian and Syrian backed Ansar al Sharia terror group. The purpose of this operation, the objective of which remains in place, is to topple Assad and replace him with a Saudi-backed leader. Based on research and investigation, it appears that somewhere amid the magician’s fog of this illegal “black op” overthrow is John O. Brennan.

      The Arabic-speaking John Brennan, who serves as Obama’s assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and is the choice to head the CIA, has seen his share of exposure in the alternative media lately. Most recently, former FBI agent John Guandolo alleged that Brennan, while working as the CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1996 to 1999, converted to Islam. According to agent Guandolo, Brennan visited Mecca and Medina during the Hajj, which are traditionally off limits to non-Muslims during that period. Former agent Guandolo cites Brennan’s presence and his comments about his visits as evidence of his conversion.

      Beyond his possible conversion to Islam, however, Brennan’s other actions are much more troubling, particularly as they relate to his past history with Obama, and more recent history related to Benghazi, drone warfare, and his involvement with an administrative “kill list.” It appears possible that, by nominating Brennan to be the nation’s top spy chief, Obama might be tying up loose ends that are shrouded by controversy. One loose end is the Benghazi operation and the manner in which an obscure Internet video was immediately blamed. Yet another loose end relates to Obama’s passport records while he was on the campaign trail in 2008. These two significant incidents involving questions and controversy, lies and murder, are like bookends to a four-year stint in a star chamber.

      Based on extensive investigation by this author, the former might well relate to the latter, as determined by the “digital footprints” and historical digital records of both incidents. Investigation of both incidents finds common digital forensic factors that suggest that the same person or persons involved in the 2008 passport office break-in (or at least the same entities) might be involved in the dissemination of the video Innocence of Muslims immediately following the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Or, it would appear that way.

      It is the professional opinion of this author (holding certification in Internet Profiling) that both incidents, despite this four-year span, appear to involve companies associated with corporate entities serving, or otherwise connected to, the U.S. government. This was determined through analysis of the IP addresses used to upload and change certain characteristics of the video, among other investigative indications.

      Based on this research and investigation, the one person identified as seeming to have some level of involvement in the midst of both incidents is John O. Brennan.

      2008 Passport office break-in
      It has been reported and confirmed that computer files maintained and managed by the United States Passport Office were illegally accessed on three separate occasions in 2008 as follows: 9 January 2008, 21 February 2008, and 14 March 2008. Although the initial story broke in The Washington Times on Thursday, 20 March 2008, an article containing additional information was published two days later, on Saturday, 22 March 2008.

      At that time, it was disclosed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack that three (3) employees of two (2) separate government contracting firms were suspected in the “break-in,” and that the files accessed included those of then-Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain. The motives for the accessing of records was unclear, according to investigating officials. The firms that employed the suspects were identified as Stanley, Inc. (a firm that employed two suspects), and The Analysis Corporation(that employed one suspect).

      Of note is that, according to published reports, in 2006 the firm identified as Stanley, Inc. was awarded a $164 million government contract to print new U.S. passports. Despite the security breach, Stanley, Inc. (currently a wholly owned subsidiary of CGI Federal, Inc.) announced on 17 March 2008 that they were awarded a five-year, $570 million contract to continue support of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs/Passport Services Directorate.

      The contract services include the production, operational and business process support training, procurement, administration and evaluation of critical supplies, and facilities management support at the four Passport Centers, and 14 Passport Agencies nationwide, along with the Headquarters’ support offices.

      The Analysis Corporation (TAC), based in McLean, Virginia is a wholly owned subsidiary and the intelligence division of Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (GTEC), a defense contracting company that is “focused on mission-critical, technology-based U.S. national security solutions.” It has been since renamed Sotera Defense Solutions.

      Founded in 1990, the Analysis Corporation has been working on counterterrorism and national security projects, including (but not limited to) maintaining national “watch-listing” activities. According to open source reports, the intelligence part of GTEC is staffed by former senior officials from the intelligence community. They are operationally involved with nearly every branch of the intelligence community, including the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

      It is important to note that two employees working for Stanley, Inc. were fired. A third employee of The Analysis Corporation was the primary focus of the ongoing investigation. At the time of the break-in, the Analysis Corporation was owned and operated by John O. Brennan (CEO from November 2005 to January 2009). It is also important to note that during this period, John O. Brennan served as a close advisor to Obama in 2008 on matters of intelligence and foreign policy. Following a 25-year career in the CIA, Brennan also worked with the campaign to elect Obama during his first presidential campaign.

      With regard to the breach of the passport office files, revelations regarding the results of the government investigation appear to have fallen into a deep, black hole in terms of any publication of investigative findings. Aside from the termination of two of the three suspects, the legal disposition of their cases (including the employee of Stanley, Inc.) remains unknown.

      Unintended consequence?
      At the time of the passport office break-in, Barack Hussein Obama was on the campaign trail as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The news of the breach was made public within a week of the last intrusion. A week later, on 21 March 2008, while Obama was campaigning, he was asked for his reaction by ABC News Jake Tapper. It is obvious that Obama became officially aware that the public had been informed about the level of the breach, and that his personal and confidential biographical information, in addition to his international travels on his diplomatic and personal passport, were apparently “accessed.”

      On April 8, 2008, Obama admitted, for the first time in any public venue as a presidential candidate, that he traveled to Pakistan in 1981. It is reasonable to ask whether Obama would have disclosed his Pakistan trip at this time had it not been for his uncertainty about whether or not the information had already been made public.

      Even ABC News appeared surprised at this sudden and unexpected revelation, considering all of the talk about Pakistan and U.S. foreign policy during the previous several months. It is critical to understand that Obama never disclosed his Pakistan trip at any time during any policy discussions or debates prior to the passport office breach.

      Mysterious death
      Deeper investigation into the break-in found evidence that, in addition to the passport files, ancillary documentation of Obama, Clinton, McCain and several others was also compromised. Information that would facilitate identity fraud was also breached, as was the credit header information of various individuals. Based on this author’s most recent investigative findings, it is the professional belief of this author that this additional information provides the link between the break-in and an individual known as Lieutenant Quarles Harris, Jr. [Author’s note: “Lieutenant” (and all known spelling variations) is the individual’s given name, and does not represent any “rank” in any military or law enforcement agency.]

      It is also important to point out that during the investigation of the breach of the passport office records, The Washington Times reported that “officials do not know whether information was improperly copied, altered or removed from the database during the intrusions” [Emphasis added]. As time progressed, so did the leaks. It was learned that at least one employee at the U.S. Department of State was a co-conspirator in the break-in.

      According to published reports, that employee might have shared credit card information obtained during the breach with a man identified as Lieutenant Quarles Harris, Jr.

      Based on the continued investigation of this author, it appears that Harris was the intended recipient of stolen credit card information from a State Department employee also involved in the breaches, but he received more than what he bargained for. When he realized the scope of the crime and the explosive nature of the information he possessed, he turned to investigators for protection. He also began to talk with investigators, and ultimately he made a deal with federal prosecutors.

      Before he could make good on his deal, Lieutenant Quarles Harris, Jr. was found shot to death in his car on April 17, 2008, just over a month after the last breach. He was found in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church in the northeast section of Washington. He had been shot once in the head.

      The murder of Harris remains unsolved, and the official account of the murder is that Harris was either a victim of random violence, or his murder was a result of a “street deal gone bad.”

      2012: Innocence of Muslims explained
      In many ways, the video Innocence of Muslims can be compared to the bloody glove found at Rockingham, a reference to a piece of evidence in the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial. The video is critical evidence in the murder of four Americans – men who died in a dusty land on the dark continent. Due to the lies perpetuated by those in office, they will be denied earthly justice as Americans continue to passively accept the contemptible hubris of those spinning such tales. In this investigation of multiple murders, felonious and even traitorous activities, however, the video provides important clues in the form of digital bread crumbs. These digital bread crumbs have left a trail directly to the doorstep of agencies involved in playing a supporting role in U.S. counter-terror operations, and those in the government they serve.

      The video is the Achilles heel that serves to expose their nefarious cover-up.

      Many perplexing questions remain unanswered about the video that Obama, Clinton, Rice, Carney and others blamed on the attack and murders in Benghazi. Although I’ve carefully documented the history of the video that ultimately came to be known as The Innocence of Muslims in a previous report (available here), a few key issues to summarize new and significant findings, however, need to be addressed.

      First, it is the professional opinion of this author, based on extensive investigation, that the video was a “made-to-order” production by orders from – and payment by – our own intelligence community. The alleged producer of the video, publicly identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was associated with an individual known as Eiad Salameh, the cousin of Walid Shoebat, a man well known in counter-terrorism circles. According to Shoebat, Salameh was the subject of an extensive FBI investigation relating to a large-scale fraud operation several years ago.

      According to Mr. Shoebat, his cousin Salameh was in the sights of the FBI for three decades. During this period, he had reportedly committed numerous federal crimes that were known to the FBI, but he was never arrested. This author was able to confirm that Salameh was connected to Nakoula, specifically for the purposes of this video, and that the activities of both men were well known to the FBI at the highest levels. This author also confirmed the facts presented by Mr. Shoebat in his 23-page report titled Anti-Muhammad Film “Innocence of Muslims” has a terrorist financier connection that includes major failures at the FBI. However, this author disputes some of Shoebat’s conclusions based on evidence that was unavailable to him.

      To be precise, it is the contention of this author, based on an examination of numerous court documents, and the totality of evidence, that the video was created and produced by individuals who were acting as operational assets for the FBI. If this type of activity sounds familiar, it should, as it is the same template that is commonly and frequently used by our government. It is the same template used in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and numerous “terrorist” operations since.

      It appears possible that the FBI had enough evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Salameh and his associates to send him to jail indefinitely. Because Salameh and his associates had contacts with terrorists in other countries and were communicating with them, the CIA became involved as well. Based on the evidence reviewed, it is the professional opinion of this investigator that the causal conduit between the FBI and the CIA was John Brennan, who was acting at the time as the assistant to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism operations. Brennan also had numerous contacts within the burgeoning world of private counter-intelligence companies and operatives.

      From my investigative findings, it appears that the “order” for the video was placed in 2011, at the time the Arab Spring was gaining momentum. It was also a time when anti-Muslim sentiment and “hate speech” was gaining worldwide attention in the U.S.

      A video to incite and inflame Muslims was desired for the dual purpose of causing violent outbreaks for specific times, and to create a catalyst to stifle any criticism of Islam. However, no legitimate film producer wanted the job nor could be trusted in this “black op” assignment. Accordingly, the FBI appears to have given Nakoula (who was associated with Salameh) a choice between cooperation and prison. It appears that he chose the former option.

      Using a combination of willing participants and people duped into cooperating, Nakoula used his connections to involve some more well-known members within the “anti-jihad” movement, many who would sign on to any such project without performing any diligent investigation of the people behind the endeavor. While seeming to serve his handlers within the intelligence community, Nakoula was also working for his own personal gain. Despite its actual low budget, the cost to the intelligence agency funding it was high.

      The production of the video began in July of 2011, about 14 months before the Benghazi attack. The initial name of this production was called Desert Warrior, but was changed on 30 June 2012 to The Innocence of Bn [sic] Laden. The following day, it “premiered” at The Vine Theater in Los Angeles under that name in order to provide legitimacy. Promotional flyers, written in Arabic, were provided in advance of (and at) the opening. According to public accounts, however, no one showed up to watch the movie, and it was quickly forgotten.

      The roughly 14-minute video later appeared on the YouTube channel of a man known as Sam Bacile under the title The Real Life of Mohammed, on 1 July 2012. Clearly, the video had been digitally manipulated in an obviously amateurish manner from the original filming to the final incarnation. Replacement of the original dialogue with obviously antagonistic and insulting lines was clearly evident in the final video that appeared online.

      If Nakoula had an operating budget provided by the CIA, why was the video such an obvious amateurish production? The reason, I was told by sources with knowledge of this video, is that much of the money was used by Nakoula and Salameh, who both had criminal histories involving fraud. Essentially, the FBI and the CIA were “out-conned” by a couple of convicted con artists.

      Meanwhile, the U.S. operations in Benghazi were being shut down, as the job had been mostly completed and the U.S. was getting pressure from the Turkish and Russian governments. The operatives in Benghazi needed a diversion to finish their operation. A large-scale anti-American demonstration in Tripoli, Cairo or elsewhere would serve as cover to wind things down in Benghazi, and would divert and otherwise occupy the press.

      Despite being poorly done, it is important to understand that the video already had its “legend” established. This explains the curiously odd “premier” at the Vine Theater, which was done, not for public consumption, but to establish its fictitious pedigree. In the spy world, “legends,” or well-prepared synthetic histories of a person (or in this case, a video) is vital.

      Although far from perfect, the video Innocence of Muslims, having been virtually dormant on an internet channel for months, was suddenly “discovered” by Egyptian television host Sheikh Khalid Abdulla, who first aired the video on 9 September 2012. Well known in the world of counter-terrorism, Abdullah acted as the Middle East conduit for the otherwise useless video. Due to the persistent promotion of that video, protests broke out in Cairo and, more importantly, at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

      How did Khalid Abdulla even find the obscure video? It is the professional opinion of this author that the answer might be found by identifying the YouTube channel (or channels) on which it was uploaded. Tracing the digital fingerprints of the various incarnations of the video from the first casting call (when it was named Desert Warrior) to its final birthing as Innocence of Muslims, there is an apparent connection to the IP address associated with Stanley, Inc., the company previously referenced in the passport office break-in. From there, the fingerprints get somewhat “smudged,” but a connection is possible to others in the counter-terrorism and defense industry serving the U.S. government. In short, Abdullah was “given” the video by our own intelligence community.

      The motive was not only to cause a diversion, but also to facilitate the undermining of First Amendment rights of all Americans, especially as they relate to the criticism of Islam. If this sounds too far out or convenient, take a look at the background of John Brennan, who spent time throughout the Middle East, including Egypt. Furthermore, the U.S. intelligence agencies were heavily influencing the media within Egypt following the toppling of Mubarak and the installation of the Muslim Brotherhood backed regime.

      Too much free speech is a bad thing
      Even deeper investigation of John Brennan has taken this author to his 1980 graduate thesis titled Human Rights, A Case Study of Egypt, which he wrote while at the University of Texas at Austin. Based on an extensive review of his published thesis, it appears that Obama wants to have, as his top spymaster, someone in favor of government censorship, or media manipulation for government purposes. Brennan’s thesis offers valuable insight into his thinking and logic, especially as it relates to his personal experiences in Egypt. Using such personal experience, he seems readily able to justify government censorship actions, as in the case of Egypt under Anwar Sadat. It is important to consider that in his thesis, Brennan argues that too much uncensored or unchecked freedom could be detrimental to Egypt’s political environment.

      Brennan’s overtly pro-Islamic position is evident in the counter-terrorism policies within the U.S. intelligence community. One would be remiss not to note the revisions performed to our internal counter-terrorism training manuals that removed all criticism of Islam under Brennan’s direction.

      Given Brennan’s obvious pro-Islamic bias, the views he argued in his graduate thesis (that include favoring government censorship under certain conditions), his history with the CIA, and his close ties to Obama, is it not reasonable to question Brennan’s activities while National Security Advisor to Obama during the Benghazi attack? Even without the evidence described above? Specifically, is it not possible that the blueprint for use of the video not only to cause a necessary diversion, but to create a case against our First Amendment rights, originated with Brennan at the behest of Obama?

      Putting it all together
      John Brennan, Obama’s pick for top U.S. spy, has recently come under fire for his stance on drone killings, secret kill lists, and in some circles, his alleged conversion to Islam. Some will consider Brennan the obvious choice to head the CIA, given his history with the agency. Few see a different side, a side possibly connected to unseemly activities involving crimes and cover-ups.

      Those who object to John Brennan’s nomination are doing so on the basis of the obvious. Such examples include his support for enhanced interrogation techniques, drone use, and the maintenance of a secret “kill list” from the star chamber of the White House.

      There are many more important questions about Brennan that need to be asked and answered. Reader, do you care enough about the future of your children and grandchildren to meet the challenge of asking these questions?

      I believe I’ve identified questions about his role in the 2008 passport office security breach in which the file of Barack Obama, among others, was accessed. In that case alone, it is reasonable to ask, “What information having significant political capital about Obama and others might be known to this spy legend? Has the spirit of J. Edgar Hoover been resurrected in John Brennan?”

      How about his role in the murderous attacks in Benghazi, and the subsequent cover-up? Or perhaps greater still, his role in the Saudi intelligence operation known as Arab Spring?

      America has a history of creating great spies. America also has a history of turning out some spies who are adept at working all sides of an agenda, including the opposing sides. At this point in our nation’s history, can we afford to be anything except absolutely certain about the loyalty of our appointees to our country, our Constitution, and our future? No one should be appointed until every question is asked, answered, and verified.

      Copyright © Douglas Hagmann
      Douglas J. Hagmann and his son, Joe Hagmann host The Hagmann & Hagmann Report, a live Internet radio program broadcast each weeknight from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.

      Douglas Hagmann, founder & director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, and a multi-state licensed private investigative agency. Doug began using his investigative skills and training to fight terrorism and increase public awareness through his website.

      • ebysan
      • @ AmericaTheBeautiful

        Thank You!! excellent idea to send faxes

        I sent A Fax to each & everyone of these Senators & Congressman about Benghazi.

        They need to hear from us….. The Ulsterman Army!!
        Here are some Fax #’s

        Congressman Marco Rubio Fax: (202)-228-2183)
        Congressman Darrell Issa Fax ..(202)-225-3303
        Congressman Trey Gowdy Fax ..(202)-226-1177
        Congressman Mike Rogers Fax…(202)-225-5820
        Congressman Michael McCaul Fax ..(202)-225-5955
        Congressman Jason Chaffetz Fax ..(202)-225-5629
        Congressman Peter King Fax ..(202)-226-2279
        Congresswoman Ileana
        Ros-Lehlienen Fax.. (202)-225-5620 (Chair of
        Foreign Affairs Committee)
        Congressman Joe Wilson Fax.. (202)-225-2455

        Senator Kelly Ayotte Fax..(202)-224-4952
        Senator Rand Paul Fax..(202-228-6917
        Senator Chuck Grassley Fax.. (202)-224-6020
        Senator Diane Feinstein Fax..(202)-228-3954
        Senator John Brasso Fax..(202)-224-1724
        Senator Lindsey Graham Fax..(202)-228-5143

        • AmericaTheBeautiful
        • UM’s Army….

          This will enrage…

          This is why we have a shortage of Docs…Obama and his thugs are intimidating Docs out of their practices…and extortion is part of the game…Dr. Natale in prison is meant to be a warning shot to other Docs..Comply or else!.

          Dr. Natale was found NOT GUILTY of Medicare Fraud by a jury…but still..he sits in a Federal prison….the Feds are trying to prove Obama was correct, that Docs do indeed take out tonsils when only some allergy meds were needed… Doctors are greedy one percenters after all! And Dr. Natale is being used to prove that fallacious grotesque point…

          We must stop the Obama thugs…If there is no national outrage about this…there will be no one left to object when they come for you… Object, tell people …this must stop …Free Dr. Natale!

          http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/feds-run-extortion-scam-on-doctors/

          FEDS RUN EXTORTION SCAM ON DOCTORS
          Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb says Medicare mobsters have physicians running scared

          byLEE HIEB, M.D.Email |

          Dr. Lee Hieb is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. She is past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a free market medical organization.

          Dr. John Natale of Illinois graduated with honors from Loyola University, graduated medical school from Northwestern University School of Medicine and went on to complete eight years of arduous postgraduate study to become a highly trained thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. For over 20 years he practiced his specialty at a hospital in Illinois, doing extremely complicated cases, including treating ruptured aortic aneurysms. Although these cases have greater than 10 percent intraoperative mortality in the recognized medical literature, Dr. Natale never lost a patient on the operating table.

          Yet today, Dr. Natale is in a federal penitentiary – not for monetary fraud, not for damage to the patient, not for inappropriate conduct, but for writing an operative report that may not have reflected exactly what he did in the case. Or perhaps more accurately, for daring to defy Uncle Sam’s Medicare mobsters.

          At first, the federal government, in the guise of the Medicare enforcement goons, charged Dr. Natale of falsifying an operative report with the intent to defraud Medicare by “upcoding” – charging for a bigger procedure than he actually performed.

          He denied and fought the charges, and a jury acquitted him of any Medicare fraud. In fact, it came to light that Dr. Natale had probably cheated himself, not Medicare, by charging less than the allowed amount.

          But picking one report and one case out of the thousands that the surgeon had performed, the prosecution convicted Dr. Natale of falsifying an operative record.

          Now, I am not a vascular surgeon, so I do not pretend to be able to independently judge the truth or falsehood of the accusation. The problem involves the definition of “renal artery implantation.” Suffice it to say that vascular surgery experts were found to support both sides of the argument, so this could not have been completely clear cut. But at the of the day, Dr. Natale lingers in jail – convicted … of what, exactly? Since when does it become a federal crime to write a bad operative report – even a fallacious one?

          In all likelihood, Dr. Natale did not intend to write a fallacious op note, because that is really not in a surgeon’s best interest. But no one is infallible, and bad dictations are made. I am a surgeon and have done thousands of cases, many involving complicated spinal implants and decompressions. I try to dictate my operative note immediately after the case, but sometimes that is not possible. I have been on call and been rushed into other emergencies before I could get a break to dictate. Sometimes I was up for nearly two days and just couldn’t stay awake anymore (after the adrenaline rush of surgery was over) to dictate a coherent report, so put it off till the next morning.

          In the worst case scenario, but one which happens to every surgeon at some point, I dictated the note, and transcription lost it. This may be from my failing to push the right dictating button, or a clerical error, or a dictating system glitch. But whatever the reason, sometimes you will find yourself “redictating” a note months later, when the details are blurry.

          But what can you do? Many hospitals will not note in the first line of the report, “This is a redictation of a previously dictated but lost operative note.”

          It is possible that Dr. Natale is inept or generally bad at the paperwork of medicine – but if so, how did he manage to stay on one hospital staff for 20 years? He couldn’t have been too bad.

          Even in the worst case scenario – that the doctor really did, for some unknown malicious purpose (and what could that be, since it was not financially beneficial?) purposefully falsify the operative report – how does that land you in federal prison? What exactly is the crime?

          I suspect the crime actually is defying the Medicare enforcers.

          As graphically documented in “The Criminalization of Medicine” by Ronald Libby, federal Medicare agents don’t like it when doctors fight the charges against them. To understand what is facing your physician, you need to understand the Mafia-like world of the Recovery Audit Contractor, or RAC, auditors for Medicare.

          You may have heard that Medicare is out of money. One day, the big wigs at CMS – the Center for Medicare Services – decided to find where all the money had gone. Lo and behold, the money went to doctors and hospitals! So they set about a program for getting their money back: the waste fraud and abuse scheme.

          For every office encounter and every procedure, doctors must choose a numerical code. Failure to choose the right code – and the right code can be very subjective – is by definition Medicare “fraud.” Nothing is ever deemed an honest mistake.

          But the system is Orwellian. If I take out a tumor, code it benign and it proves on pathology to be malignant … voila! Medicare fraud.

          If I take out a tumor and label it malignant but it proves benign … voila! Medicare fraud.

          I have to consider “level of severity” of the problem in choosing my office code. As a spine surgeon, what I consider complex is not what a Family Practitioner looking at the spine might think complex – yet we use the same subjective grading system. And someone a thousand miles away determines, somehow, that my office visit was not coded correctly. How?

          And if your procedure is new and has no code, you are instructed to choose the closest. Yet in some cases this “closest” choice was prosecuted – even landing the surgeon in jail.

          The auditors come to a doctor’s office, look at a small sample of charts, decide he is “upcoding,” multiply the upcoded percentage by total number of charts and extrapolate back to his enrollment date in Medicare, which may have preceded enactment of the regulation. They then add triple damages and charge the doctor with some outrageous sum of money – sometimes over a million dollars. Of course he doesn’t have it, and malpractice insurance doesn’t cover it, so they cut him a deal.

          “Doctor, we’ll drop your fine from a million to a cool 100K, but you have to sign this affidavit that you agree to keep silent as to everything that happened to you,” the federal Medicare extortionists explain. “Of course we will print in the news that you paid us for defrauding Medicare, because that is public record. But if you speak out, the full fee goes back into force.”

          Ninety-five percent of doctors sign. The ones that don’t often are slammed with criminal charges and some go to jail. The RAC income is strictly a percentage of recouped money. And, adding to the whole wise guy flavor of the thing, if your office manager has a beef with you and turns you in, he or she can be paid 10 percent of the reclaimed money.

          Every doctor in America runs scared. Just like Stalin using random terror to cower the average Russian, this is a very effective technique for controlling costs. Many doctors, to be safe, tend to undercode to avoid facing the RAC.

          So what happened to poor Dr. Natale? He is serving his sentence – a sentence longer than most criminals serve after being convicted for grand larceny. At least thieves are usually given the option for restitution. Maybe the court couldn’t decide what restitution for Dr. Natale would be and didn’t want to be in the absurd position of requiring him – after all the time and federal money spent on prosecution to … what? – just redictate the op note?

          To the detriment of our society, and to the practice of medicine, when the admittedly imperfect but everyday behavior of well meaning citizens is criminalized, we all become criminals. Will we start imprisoning electricians who make mistakes in their wiring diagrams or mislabel a fuse box? How about the dog breeder who misidentifies a breed of dog? Everyone, not just physicians should take note. And then, free Dr. Natale

    • E.A.B.
    • I don’t care what anyone else says. Rick Perry was an excellent candidate with, unfortunately, a very ineffective campaign.

      And I wouldn’t write him off just yet…

    • CHHR, VA
    • oh how I wish we had as many smart people publically working with us on the PR as they have smart people manipulating our very thought! My heart is breaking by the minute that people continue to CHOOSE to remain ignorant. By doing so, they shirk their civic and democratic duty which further opens ourselves to these slick politicians who have no other agenda than to usurp our rights for money and power.

      I feel totally abandoned… worse, I see a complete breakdown of our society and total transformation to something very evil on the horizon.

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