Voter ID Laws – Obama Decries Voter Fraud as Bogus

Editor’s Note – The left has chosen to champion an issue that does not exist while decrying facts of one that does – demonstrably.

They say that Voter ID Laws curb voting and that real voter fraud does not exist to warrant such laws, all the while blaming the right.

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Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote

Obama, along with his henchman, Eric Holder, constantly tell us that voter ID laws are preventing voting instead of making it easier, all while stating that these laws are unneeded because there really isn’t any voter fraud occurring.

However, the ‘weaponization’ of the government has been their choice to drive their points home on all fronts.

They repeat this mantra hoping ill-informed people will continue to be just that, ill-informed, and will continue to believe their propaganda about Voter ID Laws.

The problem is that there are many ways to see the proof that voter IDs are necessary and do not stop or infringe upon anyone wishing to vote and that voter fraud is rampant in all states.

Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote can prove this. Yes, that Catherine Englebrecht, of the now infamous IRS hearings, the weaponization of the IRS. The very person who Elijah Cummings, D-MD (Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) attempted to investigate per newly revealed emails as we witnessed this week.

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. (Read the rest at TownHall.)

This all started for Englebrecht because of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas in 2010, when she accused Englebrecht’s organization of interfering with voters and committing crimes as Engelbrecht and her teams taught people how to monitor voting to ferret out fraud. We are confident that the truth about both Lee and Cummings will be forthcoming soon; along with due punishment.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate election integrity org True the Vote and its associated Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, immediately before the IRS and DOJ began targeting the group in June 2010.

Rep. Jackson Lee sent a letter to Holder which alleged that True the Vote was intimidating voters and their election monitors were crossing the line in unspecified “instances” of voter intimidation. The letter went on to directly assert that the “alleged events” were factual and that the True the Vote effort was behind the crimes. The letter offered no documented instances or data of any kind.

The letter, titled “Voter Intimidation in Houston, Texas and Request for DOJ Poll Monitors to Be Sent,” urged Holder to investigate with his DOJ and stated, “As a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I urge you to order an immediate investigation into these incidents, and call for the Department of Justice to send poll monitors to Harris County immediately to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the November 2 election.”

“It was strange and concerning,” said Catherine Englebrecht, founder of King Street Patriots and True the Vote. “She first said there were unspecified reports of crimes and that we were believed to be behind them. In the next paragraph, she began specifically stating that the events did occur, thus accusing us of crimes.” (Read more here.)

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Elijah Cummings and Darrell Issa

Darrel Issa, R-CA, Chairman of Oversight committee seems to be playing the cards very well in exposing the real fraud that is the Democrat Party’s desire to shut down the 1st amendment rights of those who disagree with them.

Here is just a sample of what True the Vote has documented:

How popular is Voter ID?

Of course, these facts do not deter Obama and his merry band of liars from calling them “bogus” and using the government as a weapon:

Obama decries ‘bogus’ voter fraud complaints

By Justin Cink – The Hill

President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud “bogus” and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton.

Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make “it harder, not easier to vote.” And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred.

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“So let’s be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” Obama said.

Obama sad that the efforts betrayed a weakness within the Republican Party, saying his opposition needed to restrict poll access to remain competitive.

“If your strategy depends on fewer people showing up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength, it’s a sign of weakness,” Obama said.

“What kind of political platform is that?” he added. “Why would you make that part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?”

Obama called on Congress to pass an updated formula that would restore a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Last year, the Supreme Court gutted a part of the historic civil rights legislation that required certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government.

The court said Congress could update the formula for “pre-clearance,” but lawmakers have been unable to agree on new standards.

Some Southern states have subsequently moved aggressively to impose new, tougher voter ID requirements. Supporters of the legislation, including many Republicans, argue the new standards help prevent voter fraud.

But Democrats say the changes are really intended to exclude poor, minority and young voters who might not have the required photo identification and for whom obtaining it would prove costly.

“Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t,” Obama quipped, in reference to the campaign controversy over his birthplace. “I think it’s still up on a website. You remember that? That was crazy. That was some crazy stuff. I hadn’t thought about that in a while.”

Obama accused Republicans lawmakers of “changing the rules to try to restrict people’s access to the ballot.”

And the president said he would have Attorney General Eric Holder review all of the laws being passed for possible legal challenges.

“I will not let voter suppression go unchallenged,” Obama said.

But he also encouraged the assembled crowd to turn out and volunteer to register voters, even as restrictions tightened.

The president did not discuss alternative proposals to combat changes to voting laws.

Earlier this week, civil rights leader Andrew Young suggested Obama provide free Social Security cards with photos to all citizens, in a proposal endorsed by Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration hadn’t had a chance to renew the proposal.

“We haven’t had an opportunity to review all of the implications of that idea that Bill Clinton and others have put forward, but generally speaking on the question of voting rights, President Obama believes we should be making it easier and not harder for every eligible citizen to vote,” Carney said.

IRS Hearing – The 'Circus' of the Left & the 5th by Lerner

By Scott W. Winchell, Editor

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS Scandal lasted less than 25 minutes, most of which was a ‘Circus’ with Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member as the ‘Ring Master’, all to provide political cover to the IRS and the administration as new ‘smoking gun emails’ emerged.

The purpose of the hearing, as Chairman Issa took pains to make clear, was solely to continue seeking testimony, or the lack thereof, from Lois Lerner, the former Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division.

As Issa attempts to leave after adjournment, Elijah Cummings goes on a tirade.
As Issa attempts to leave after adjournment, Elijah Cummings goes on a tirade.

Before this hearing, there was much discussion about whether or not she would give actual testimony, and her lawyer and Issa had differing takes on what was actually said in communications prior.

Today he proved it in his opening remarks. There was an email from the committee’s counsel to her lawyer asking if she wanted a week delay, to which, in an email response comprised of a single word, her lawyer replied: “Yes!” (Emphasis added)

We encourage you to watch the entire hearing because despite Lerner declaring her fifth amendment rights repeatedly, a major scene occurred, and the ‘Circus’ began.

Ranking Member Elijah Cummings went off on Issa in what can only be described as an attempt to provide political cover for the administration.

Issa was not going to allow that circus to perform, because that is exactly what the Democrats were trying to do. It then deteriorated into a farce thanks to Cummings, the ‘Ring Leader’.

By watching the whole video, you will see how that rolled out.

Initially, it is very hard to tell if any Democrat other than Elijah Cummings and Ms. Maloney was at their seat when Issa opened the proceedings. As Issa asked Lerner several questions after reaffirming her oath, she declined to answer any of them.

It became abundantly clear to any critical thinking American that his questions were all prosecutorial as they should be. Seeing that she would not answer him, that meant she would not answer anyone’s questions, Republican or Democrat.

As the hearing begins, we see very few Democrats in their assigned stations. They only came in later to support what was obviously a pre-planned staging to support Elijah Cummings.
As the hearing begins, we see very few Democrats in their assigned stations. They only came in later to support what was obviously a pre-planned staging to support Elijah Cummings.

Knowing full well that if he went further and allowed each member to take their five minutes each, Issa knew it was just going to be a set of political statements from the left. Many would argue that the right would do the same thing, but Issa knew that too would be undue, though very unlikely, so he adjourned the hearing. However, by this time, a few Democrats had emerged to take their seats, filtering in only to support Cummings.

Cummings then erupted when he requested an answer to a procedural question and was cut off because he had no procedural question. Then it got really political. The man claiming that Issa was doing a political witch hunt, made it clear that the Democrats had another game plan, they were there only to make political statements.

Cummings called it a one-sided investigation, but images and the video show that the one-sided group was the left, hell-bent on political cover, never actually investigating. Since Issa adjourned the meeting and excused the witness, the Republicans had left but Cummings drolled on, initially in a very heated manner.

Elijah Cummings rants and raves after the mics were cut off and you can see, only a few Democrats were at the hearing, all to Cummings left. By now due to adjournment, the right side is now empty.
Elijah Cummings rants and raves after the mics were cut off and you can see, only a few Democrats were at the hearing, all to Cummings left. By now due to adjournment, the right side is now empty.

Cummings spoke without the sound system on and acted as if the hearing was still proceeding, for almost as long as the actual hearing lasted. It is clear when you watch and listen as the CSPAN system picked them up, that Cummings never had a question, he just wanted to have his political say. Unfortunately, that was a formal hearing, not a place for political soap box stumping. At the start the only seats filled were on the right of Issa, after it was adjourned the only seats filled were on his left.

The 'smoking gun email' where Lois Lerner writes "The Tea Party Matter is very Dangerous"
The ‘smoking gun email’ where Lois Lerner writes “The Tea Party matter, very Dangerous”

We ask again, who is being political and who is actually doing oversight? The left smears the right and accuses them of doing what they themselves are most guilty, making a political mockery of a formal hearing that affects every American.

In our opinion, Cummings should be brought up on ethics charges for his and the actions of his party at this hearing, and the others previously held.

They spout that they are there to find the truth, but they never actually ask questions to get to the truth.

But when the Republicans ask pointed prosecutorial questions and present factual instruments, the left calls them political hacks obsessed on taking down this most scandalous administration. On the left you can see an image that Issa showed at the hearing that points out that Lois Lerner calls this “Tea Party matter, very dangerous.”

Once you have viewed the video of the hearing, please note the second video of the exit interviews on Fox News.

Every American, left or right, should be hopping mad at what the “Cummings Crew” is doing to make sure no one is held responsible and to allow the IRS to continue to intrude on our first amendment rights.

It is also of note that due to Issa’s investigations, with the help of Congressman Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy, new individual names, agencies, and evidence are involved and tangible proof will likely lead to the FEC and perhaps contempt of congress for at least Lois Lerner.

Near the very end, one Democrat on the Committee can be overheard saying that by Issa leaving after adjournment, “He took the fifth Elijah,” now wasn’t that cute to answer Cummings question, “what are you hiding Mr. Chairman?”

Here is the actual hearing in full:

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Here is the interview video:

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DOJ 'Black Ops' on the Associated Press – Issa Interviewed

Editor’s Note – The Obama Administration just jumped the rails – hopefully for good. The DoJ grabbed AP reporters phone numbers, and the story is developing at an amazing rate. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile this from the ACLU: Letter to Eric Holder from AP President Pruitt

FBI Documents Suggest Feds Read Emails Without a Warrant

New documents from the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ offices paint a troubling picture of the government’s email surveillance practices. Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant—even after a federal appeals court ruled that doing so violates the Fourth Amendment—but the documents strongly suggest that different U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country are applying conflicting standards to access communications content (you can see the documentshere).

Last month, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the ACLU received IRS documents indicating that the agency’s criminal investigative arm doesn’t always get a warrant to read Americans’ emails. Today we are releasing these additional documents from other federal law enforcement agencies, reinforcing the urgent need for Congress to protect our privacy by updating the laws that cover electronic communications.

Also from the RightScoop.com Darrell Issa is calling this a Constitutional question and challenge by the very agency that is sworn to uphold and enforce these very laws and the Constitution:

Click here for the video which will likely be available for embed later MUST SEE VIDEO

FILE – In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department has secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists for The Associated Press in what AP’s top executive says is an unprecedented intrusion into newsgathering. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

GOVT OBTAINS WIDE AP PHONE RECORDS IN PROBE

By MARK SHERMAN – From AP Big Story

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

Here is the PDF of the letter: Letter to Eric Holder from AP President Pruitt

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls.

In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

In testimony in February, CIA Director John Brennan noted that the FBI had questioned him about whether he was AP’s source, which he denied. He called the release of the information to the media about the terror plot an “unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.”

Prosecutors have sought phone records from reporters before, but the seizure of records from such a wide array of AP offices, including general AP switchboards numbers and an office-wide shared fax line, is unusual.

In the letter notifying the AP received Friday, the Justice Department offered no explanation for the seizure, according to Pruitt’s letter and attorneys for the AP. The records were presumably obtained from phone companies earlier this year although the government letter did not explain that. None of the information provided by the government to the AP suggested the actual phone conversations were monitored.

Among those whose phone numbers were obtained were five reporters and an editor who were involved in the May 7, 2012 story.

The Obama administration has aggressively investigated disclosures of classified information to the media and has brought six cases against people suspected of providing classified information, more than under all previous presidents combined.

Justice Department published rules require that subpoenas of records from news organizations must be personally approved by the attorney general but it was not known if that happened in this case. The letter notifying AP that its phone records had been obtained though subpoenas was sent Friday by Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney in Washington.

William Miller, a spokesman for Machen, said Monday that in general the U.S. attorney follows “all applicable laws, federal regulations, and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations” but he would not address questions about the specifics of the AP records. “We do not comment on ongoing criminal investigations,” Miller said in an e-mail.

The Justice Department lays out strict rules for efforts to get phone records from news organizations. A subpoena can only be considered after “all reasonable attempts” have been made to get the same information from other sources, the rules say. It was unclear what other steps, in total, the Justice Department has taken to get information in the case.

A subpoena to the media must be “as narrowly drawn as possible” and “should be directed at relevant information regarding a limited subject matter and should cover a reasonably limited time period,” according to the rules.

The reason for these constraints, the department says, is to avoid actions that “might impair the news gathering function” because the government recognizes that “freedom of the press can be no broader than the freedom of reporters to investigate and report the news.”

News organizations normally are notified in advance that the government wants phone records and enter into negotiations over the desired information. In this case, however, the government, in its letter to the AP, cited an exemption to those rules that holds that prior notification can be waived if such notice, in the exemption’s wording, might “pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.”

It is unknown whether a judge or a grand jury signed off on the subpoenas.

The May 7, 2012, AP story that disclosed details of the CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bomb plot occurred around the one-year anniversary of the May 2, 2011, killing of Osama bin Laden.

The plot was significant both because of its seriousness and also because the White House previously had told the public it had “no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the (May 2) anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”

The AP delayed reporting the story at the request of government officials who said it would jeopardize national security. Once government officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP disclosed the plot because officials said it no longer endangered national security. The Obama administration, however, continued to request that the story be held until the administration could make an official announcement.

The May 7 story was written by reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman with contributions from reporters Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan and Alan Fram. They and their editor, Ted Bridis, were among the journalists whose April-May 2012 phone records were seized by the government.

Brennan talked about the AP story and investigation in written testimony to the Senate. “The irresponsible and damaging leak of classified information was made … when someone informed the Associated Press that the U.S. Government had intercepted an IED (improvised explosive device) that was supposed to be used in an attack and that the U.S. Government currently had that IED in its possession and was analyzing it,” he said.

He also defended the White House’s plan to discuss the plot immediately afterward. “Once someone leaked information about interdiction of the IED and that the IED was actually in our possession, it was imperative to inform the American people consistent with Government policy that there was never any danger to the American people associated with this al-Qa’ida plot,” Brennan told senators.

Issa letter to Holder – "lack of trustworthiness"

Editorial Note– Released on Sunday, a letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder, drafted by Representative Darrel Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reveals something many of us have been reporting, that Holder is and was lying to Congress. The Congressman used very strong language, but we at SUA believe he was going easy on the Attorney General. If you lied to Congress, under oath, you’d already be wearing metal bracelets.

Chairman Darrel Issa - Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Read the letter by clicking on the link below:

Letter to Eric Holder from Darrel Issa

The final paragraph of the letter sums it all up very well:

Mr. Attorney General, you have made numerous statements about Fast and Furious that have eventually been proven to be untrue. Your lack of trustworthiness while speaking about Fast and Furious has called into question your overall credibility as Attorney General. The time for deflecting blame and obstructing our investigation is over. The time has come for you to come clean with the American public about what you knew about Fast and Furious, when you knew it, and who is going to be held accountable for failing to shut down a program that has already had deadly consequences, and will likely cause more casualties for years to come.