Tuesday, May 14, 2013

With Domestic Spying, IRS Enemies List and Benghazi Lies, A Miasma of Scandal Surrounds Obama White House

What a shame the news media didn't inquire more about many of these stories BEFORE last November's election!

ABC News compares Obama to Nixon
 
Here's an update on this week's major Obama scandals:

Domestic Spying on AP Reporters

When President Bush monitored the communications of foreign terrorists on lines which crossed through the United States Democrats screamed it was "domestic spying." They never found any citizen whose rights were infringed but that didn't matter.

Now, the Washington Post reports:
In a sweeping and unusual move, the Justice Department secretly obtained two months’ worth of telephone records of journalists working for the Associated Press as part of a year-long investigation into the disclosure of classified information about a failed al-Qaeda plot last year.

The AP’s president said Monday that federal authorities obtained cellular, office and home telephone records of individual reporters and an editor; AP general office numbers in Washington, New York and Hartford, Conn.; and the main number for AP reporters covering Congress. He called the Justice Department’s actions a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into newsgathering activities.
At Politico, one Democrat strategist described this latest scandal:
The AP phone records thing just sealed the deal for what the newest narrative around the Obama administration is going to be. They are the new Nixon admin when it comes to bullying, withholding info and targeting enemies. The right won't probably call him directly Nixon because you know, Nixon was a Republican, but it will be the basic idea. You will hear claims that there has never been an administration who reached so far to suppress information and dissent.
The Dem strategist went on to say he fears that for the remainder of his term Obama's team may appear "a group of shadowy thugs."

IRS Scandal: It's Even WORSE Than First Thought

Talk about "a group of shadowy thugs...."

First reports of the IRS targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny presented the claim that the potentially illegal process was limited to the Cincinnati office and no one in Washington had anything to do with it or had any knowledge of it. Wrong on both counts (1,2). But things are worse than that. Now we learn that sensitive tax information was leaked to a liberal group dominated by Obama campaign donors so they could "expose" the activities of conservative groups.

The new revelation reminds us that the Obama campaign targeted donors to Romney's campaign. In one such case a donor was then audited by the IRS and the Dept. of Labor.

Wash Post Fact Checker: Obama Flat Out LIED on Benghazi

In Tuesday's press conference Obama once again tried to dismiss questions over the Benghazi cover up as a "sideshow." Months ago he called the setbacks, including the attack which left our Ambassador and three other Americans dead a "bump in the road."

But what caught the Washington Post Fact Checker's attention was Obama's repeated insistence that he labeled Benghazi a "terrorist act."

On May 13 Obama said: “The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.” Except that's not what he said. He called it an "act of terror" which is decidedly different and repeatedly refused to call it a terrorist attack.

Here's the Fact Checker's conclusion:
During the campaign, the president could just get away with claiming he said “act of terror,” since he did use those words — though not in the way he often claimed. It seemed like a bit of after-the-fact spin, but those were his actual words — to the surprise of Mitt Romney in the debate.

But the president’s claim that he said “act of terrorism” is taking revisionist history too far, given that he repeatedly refused to commit to that phrase when asked directly by reporters in the weeks after the attack. He appears to have gone out of his way to avoid saying it was a terrorist attack, so he has little standing to make that claim now.

Fact Check awards Obama "Four Pinocchios" which puts him in the "whoppers" category or "liar, liar pants on fire!"

White House: "Wait" for the Facts

Stretch out the investigation then dismiss the issue as "old news."

When confronted with this miasma of scandal on Tuesday, Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary repeated said we must "wait" for the facts to come out or investigations to be completed. Yet as investigations on the Benghazi attack reached critical mass Carney dismissed questions saying the attack "happened a long time ago." Tuesday Carney added that questions about Benghazi were an attempt to politicize tragedy. But isn't this exactly what Obama and Hillary Clinton did when they lied to the family members over the coffins of their loved ones lost in Benghazi with the phony You Tube video story? Revelations on the phony talking points led one reporter to conclude: that the Obama Administration has been  "caught playing politics with tragedy."

Domestic Spying, IRS investigating political opponents, politicizing tragedy and lying to the American people. If Nixon was forced from office for less, how should Obama be held accountable?

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