June 25, 2017
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✋ ERIC HOLDER JOINS THE ANTI-TRUMP RESISTANCE — AND MULLS A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF HIS OWN
Holder's Gunwalking Scandal, Project Gunrunner AKA Operation Fast And Furious Became Public In The Aftermath Of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Murder
Andrew Romano | SGL CMN
More than 2 years after leaving the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder is reentering the political fray. His goal is to lead the legal resistance to Donald Trump’s agenda — and perhaps even run against the president in 2020.
Seized by a sense of urgency to oppose Trump and restore what he regards as America’s best self, Holder is mulling a White House bid of his own, according to 3 sources who have spoken to him and are familiar with his thinking. “Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes,” Holder told Yahoo News in an exclusive interview about his plans. “But that’s about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. A certain familiarity as the first African-American attorney general. There’s a justified perception that I’m close to President Obama. So I want to use whatever skills I have, whatever notoriety I have, to be effective in opposing things that are, at the end of the day, just bad for the country.
Gunwalking", or "letting guns walk", was a tactic of the Arizona Field Office of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which ran a series of sting operations between 2006 and 2011 in the Tucson and Phoenix area where the ATF "purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal Mexican drug cartel leaders" hoping to track the guns and to arrest those higher up. These operations were done under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner, a project intended to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico by interdicting straw purchasers and gun traffickers within the United States. The tactic was questioned during the operations by a number of people, including ATF field agents and cooperating licensed gun dealers.
During Operation Fast and Furious, the largest "gunwalking" probe, the ATF monitored the sale of about 2,000 firearms, of which only 710 were recovered as of February 2012. A number of straw purchasers have been arrested and indicted; however, as of October 2011, none of the targeted high-level cartel figures had been arrested.
Guns tracked by the ATF have been found at crime scenes on both sides of the Mexico–United States border, and the scene where USA Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed December 2010. The "gunwalking" operations became public in the aftermath of Terry's murder. Dissenting ATF agents came forward to Congress in response. According to Humberto Benítez Treviño, former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in the Chamber of Deputies, related firearms have been found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico where at least 150 Mexican civilians were maimed or killed.
Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012.
SCOTUS OPENS UP SOCIAL MEDIA TO REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS
Sex Offenders Know That Sites Permit Minor Children To Become Members
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social media sites. The case, Packingham v. North Carolina, resulted in a win for petitioner Lester Gerard Packingham, who was charged with a felony after writing a Facebook post in 2010. The post, which involved him thanking God for avoiding a traffic ticket, was illegal under N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§14–202.5 since he was convicted for having sex with a minor in 2002.
§ 14-202.5. Ban Use Of Commercial Social Networking Web Sites By Sex Offenders. It was unlawful for a sex offender who is registered in accordance with Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes to access a commercial social networking Web site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages on the commercial social networking Web site.
However, the court ruled that the NC statute curtailed Packingham’s First Amendment rights. To foreclose access to social media altogether is to prevent the user from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights,” Justice Kennedy wrote in the opinion. This case, as noted in the opinion, is one of the first that the Supreme Court has taken to clarify the relationship between the First Amendment and modern-day means of online communication. It goes on to say that due to the ever-changing nature of the internet, courts must realize their opinions could be outdated in a matter of days.
The Court also concedes that while there have been discrepancies regarding where the most important places are for the exchange of ideas, the answer is now clear: cyberspace. Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition. “That is what NC has done here. Its law must be held invalid.”
While the decision was unanimous, Justice Neil Gorsuch did not partake in the consideration or decision of this case, as he was not on the Court at the time it was argued. Justice Alito wrote a concurring opinion.
PENTAGON CONFIRMS DEATH OF ISIS LEADER IN SYRIA
ISIS Announced Grand Mufti Al-Bin’Ali’s Death Earlier This Month
Ellen Mitchell | The Hill
The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed the death of a senior member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A May 31 airstrike in the eastern Syrian city of Mayadin killed Turki al-Bin’ali, “the self proclaimed ‘Grand Mufti,’ or chief cleric of ISIS,” according to a U.S. Central Command statement.
ISIS had announced Al-Bin’ali’s death earlier this month. “Al-Bin’ali had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” the statement said. “As chief cleric to ISIS since 2014, he provided propaganda to incite murder and other atrocities, attempted to legitimize the creation of the ‘caliphate,’ and was a close confidant of [ISIS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
HUNDREDS OF ISIS MILITANTS STORM SCHOOL IN PHILIPPINES, TAKE STUDENTS HOSTAGE
Civilians Used As Human Shields - Bloody Battle Between Government Troops And Islamists Reached 5th Week
Jenna Leigh Richardson
Wednesday, approximately 300 Islamic State supporting militants stormed a school in the town of Pigcawayan briefly taking students hostage in what the Philippine military believes may have been an effort to divert the focus away from the besieged city of Marawi. According to reports, an intense gun battle with military forces broke out following the takeover of the school, leading to the militants retreat.
Pigcawayan is a town in North Cotabato province of Mindanao island, the same island as the besieged city of Marawi. As explained by Police Chief Inspector Realan Mamon, residents of Malagakit additionally fled for their lives as militants from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided their village during early dawn Wednesday. Speaking in regards to the rise of pro-ISIS rebel activity on Mindanao island, Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla stated that militants“targeted a patrol base of pro-government militiamen and the attack may be an effort by the militants to divert troop focus on the Marawi offensive.”
Pro-Islamic state militants who held school students hostage in the Philippines have been driven into retreat after a fierce gun battle with troops. Civilians were used as human shields in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao island, where a bloody battle between government troops and Islamists has reached its 5th week. It comes after earlier reports from police that several students had been trapped by up to 300 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) militants. ‘It’s already resolved,’ Padilla told a regular briefing. ‘They’ve withdrawn, they are no longer there. The school area is again safe. The troops are in pursuit mode.’
☛REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE NEW GUN-CARRY LEGISLATION IN WAKE OF ALEXANDRIA ATTACK
Would Force D.C. To Recognize Other States’ Gun-Carry Permits
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie (R., Ky.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would require Washington, D.C., to honor valid gun-carry permits from other states.Rep. Massie said the D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act was a direct reaction to last week’s attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., which left four injured. After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, "there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” Rep. Massie said in a statement. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”
Massie said if it were not for Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were only on duty at the baseball practice due to the presence of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.), the attack would likely have had a far worse outcome.
☼CNN BLAMES EXISTING HOT DESERTS ON “CLIMATE CHANGE”
Historic Geography Of American Southwest Now Blamed On "Global Warming"
CNN is blaming America’s Mojave and Sonoran Deserts – which have existed for thousands of years – on “global warming.” Despite the Mojave’s Death Valley experiencing a record temperature of 134 °F in 1913, the network claimed the American Southwest’s current “record-breaking heatwave,” “raging wildfires” and “power outages” were due to “man-made climate change.”
At least two of those can be largely blamed on California’s byzantine state government, however. “If you’re stranded in Phoenix right now, or worried about an elderly acquaintance in California, or are without power in the Bay Area, or nervous about a wildfire taking your home, you can thank the long list of politicians who do the bidding of polluting corporations instead of their constituents and protect profit over the environment,” CNN’s Jill Filipovic. But most of those are local or state-level issues that have existed before the establishment started fueling the whole “man-made climate change” narrative, and all of those areas – including Phoenix – are Democratically run.
Remember the 2000 California electricity crisis that was largely blamed on collusion between energy companies and state politicians “gaming the system?” The scandal would likely have never been exposed if the “climate change” rhetoric was as loud then as it is today. And that’s a good point: politicians use “global warming” as the boogeyman to hide their power grabs. Furthermore, did Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord magically heat up the globe immediately with the stroke of his pen? Of course not, and in fact, if it was intended to actually stop “global warming,” the Paris accord wouldn’t have exempted India and China, two rapidly growing economic superpowers, from major regulations. The Paris climate accord was designed to weaken the US economy and make Americans dependent on global government, like vassals of a distant empire. If multinational banks are to control America, they can’t let her remain economically independent.
Additionally, a wrath of wildfires in California blamed on “global warming” was found to be arson. “Many of the problems facing California are self-inflicted from decades of fire suppression, a naturally occurring drought, and mismanagement of water resources,” Climate Depot’s Marc Moreno pointed out. “While some have tried to blame global warming, studies keep disproving their alarmist rhetoric.”
⛔ HILLARY CLINTON AND STAFFERS STILL HAVE THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCE
Clearance Once Held Usually Expires Because The Job Expired
The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information.
How and why?
Clearances are not given to people without cause and they do not survive when the need for them expires. If you leave your post at a government contractor, for example, your clearance expires automatically in a very short period of time unless someone else picks you up for a job that requires the clearance.
If you’re a politician and lose your seat, any clearance you once held expires because your job expired. Hillary and her “aides”, who no longer work for the State Department nor any other government agency in which she would require a clearance, still has one. The rules on clearances are clear and they exist for VERY good reason...... ... because your last name is “Clinton” is a NOT a reason for her to be exempt from rules of law.