Attorney General Eric Holder’s Role in Fox News Spying Case Revealed?

Family Security Matters

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search  warrant  that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible  co-conspirator” in  violations of the Espionage Act and authorized  seizure of his private emails, a  law enforcement official told NBC News  on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President  Barack  Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said  Holder had agreed  to review Justice Department guidelines governing  investigations that involve  journalists.

“I am troubled by the  possibility that leak investigations may chill the  investigative  journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said.  “Journalists  should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the  target of a  search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators  to secretly seize  his private emails after an FBI agent said he had  “asked, solicited and  encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive  United States internal  documents and intelligence information.”

Obama’s  comments follow a firestorm of criticism that has erupted over   disclosures that in separate investigations of leaks of classified  information,  the Justice Department had obtained private emails that  Rosen exchanged with a  source and the phone records of Associated Press  reporters.

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What If Obama Signs the UN Arms Trade Treaty?

Freedom Outpost

The UN Arms Treaty is again, rising to the surface. The latest version was  finalized this past March 2013.

It needs to be clearly understood that the United States does not need the  UN. So one might reasonably ask, what is the purpose of America signing any of  the UN-sponsored treaties?

When any country signs onto a UN treaty, that country effectively gives up a  some sovereignty by placing itself under the auspices of the United Nations. In  effect then, certain laws of a particular country could eventually become  infringed or entirely canceled out because of that position.

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Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense

Free Republic

IRS Scandal: The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood that its competitors also used was another targeting by this administration of its political enemies.

On Aug. 24, 2011, federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. One of the top makers of acoustic and electric guitars, including the iconic Les Paul introduced in 1952, Gibson was accused of using wood illegally obtained in violation of the century-old Lacey Act, which outlaws trafficking in flora and fauna the harvesting of which had broken foreign laws.

In one raid, the feds hauled away ebony fingerboards, alleging they violated Madagascar law. Gibson responded by obtaining the sworn word of the African island’s government that no law had been broken.

In another raid, the feds found materials imported from India, claiming they too moved across the globe in violation of Indian law. Gibson’s response was that the feds had simply misinterpreted Indian law.

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

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