Comey: Citizens Should Have No Secrets That The Government Can’t Access

James Comey, the ultimate Universal Man, a wolf in sheep’s clothes or a chameleon? He has been a Prosecutor, Lobbyist, Hedge Fund operator, Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For some reason, Obama felt safe enough to appoint him head of the FBI. let us take a second look at his background. This is taken from a number of my posts since 2013. First his view on spying.

The latest sign of this stealth takeover of civil rights and freedom was epitomized in recent Senate testimony by FBI Director James Comey, who voiced his objections to civilian use of encryption to protect personal data – information the government has no automatic right to obtain.

As reported by The New American, Comey testified that he believes the government’s spy and law enforcement agencies should have unfettered access to everything Americans may store or send in electronic format: On computer hard drives, in so-called i-clouds, in email and in text messaging – for our own safety and protection. Like many in government today, Comey believes that national security is more important than constitutional privacy protections or, apparently, due process. After all, aren’t criminals the only ones who really have anything to hide?

In testimony before a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee entitled “Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy” Comey said that in order to stay one step ahead of terrorists, as well as international and domestic criminals, Uncle Sam’s various spy and law enforcement agencies should have access to available technology used to de-encrypt protected data. Also, he believes the government should be the final arbiter deciding when decryption is necessary.More over at  Zero Hedge

He voted for Carter in 1980, but in ’84, Comey: “I voted for Reagan—I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now. I’m not even sure how to characterize myself politically. Maybe at some point, I’ll have to figure it out.”

“I had no sense whether Jim was an R or a D,” says Eric Holder Jr., who worked closely with Comey when Holder was deputy attorney general to Janet Reno in the Clinton administration—and who remains a confirmed D.

Sounds like a man with a story. Where did he start? In law. He was a partner at firm McGuireWoods, where, among other things, he successfully defended a company against claims its machinery had caused asbestos-related injuries.

And from there? From there he moved into public prosecution and eventually came to the attention of President George W Bush, who appointed him deputy attorney general of the United States in 2003. But he left after two years in the role.

To do what? Sell tanks, bombs and jets to drop them from. He joined Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, as senior vice-president. (A Lobbyist)

In 2005, Comey left law enforcement for the defense industry, joining money-in-politics powerhouse Lockheed Martin. As senior vice president and general counsel he earned more than $6 million in compensation in his last full year with the company.

And then? Dipped his toe in the world of hedge funds at Bridgewater Associates before joining the board of HSBC Holdings.

The author of this piece makes a prescient observation regarding the Comey Ashcroft relationship:

On the surface, it’s an odd pairing: Comey—who cites liberal theologian Reinhold Niebuhr as a formative influence, and who can sing along with Good Charlotte pop-punk hits—and Ashcroft, a reactionary born-again Christian who breaks into spirited renditions of biblical hymns. There’s little risk Comey will lose his sense of humor in his new job. It’s only his soul that’s up for grabs

Now we know why it was so odd.

Oh, by the way, where’s John Ashcroft today? Why he’s on the Board of Directors of Blackwater USA,which now goes by the harmless sounding name – Academi – conjuring up images of ivy-covered buildings and lounging intellectuals.

Comey and Ashcroft – Lockheed Martin and Blackwater: Defenders of our civil liberties?

Eric Holder? He is now a white-collar defense attorney at a firm that lobbies for major banks, pharmaceutical companies and defense contractors.

Other posts that add to the pot:

FBI releases Trump’s real estate investigation records from 1970’s  

FBI Comey got millions from Clinton Foundation Defense Contractor  

Additional Sources: Guardian  NY Mag   Open Secrets

Bunkerville: Guess where in the world Former AG Eric Holder is working?

Guess where in the world Former AG Eric Holder is working?

Former Attorney General Holder we learn, is now sitting on easy street. Buried in the story regarding Holder’s endorsement of Clinton we find where he landed. On his feet for sure. Ah, now the pieces come together. Recall a post I did in back in 2013: Eric Holder’s Kickbacks from JP Morgan- Billions go to his crony groups Want to know where the money went? Yepper, Acorn like groupies. And now? He is a White Collar defense Attorney and a Lobbyer for guess whom- Big banks, drug companies and defense contractors. Here we go:

Along the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has called for the government to prosecute Wall Street executives who break the law, in place of the corporate settlements frequently employed by the Obama administration. “No one should be too big to jail,” the Democratic presidential contender wrote in October.

But on Wednesday, Clinton accepted the endorsement of former Attorney General Eric Holder, the man who oversaw a record decrease in white-collar prosecutions, and who inadvertently coined the phrase — “too big to jail” — which is often used to describe the Obama Justice Department’s approach to corporate crime.

Holder — who has described his Justice Department as “appropriately aggressive” — is now a white-collar defense attorney at a firm that lobbies for major banks, pharmaceutical companies and defense contractors. 

On Wednesday, he released a statement praising Clinton’s “bold plans” to improve the economy and reform gun regulations. The statement did not mention her plans to rein in Wall Street.During the Obama administration, corporate prosecutions hit a 20-year low, as numerous companies accused of crimes were allowed to enter so-called “deferred prosecution agreements.”

In 2013, when he faced questions about the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute financial executives in the wake of the financial crisis, Holder admitted being “concerned” that some financial institutions might be too large to prosecute without triggering “a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.”

In those settlements, companies generally admit wrongdoing and pay fines, while their executives avoid the threat of jail time. Clinton has said those agreements “should be used in limited circumstances” and not “in egregious cases of corporate crime.”

More at International Business Times

Eric Holder use private email for ‘Fast and Furious’?

Curious isn’t it? Recall Lisa Jackson and her “Richard Windsor” email handle?According to a recent survey of government employees

High-level federal executives routinely use personal email for business, in likely violation of the Federal Records Act. That’s according to a recent survey of federal employees.

In other words who cares about the Federal Records Act and so much for the most transparent government ever.

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Not sure what other reason for the redaction, replaced with ‘Attorney General’.

Via Sharyl Attkisson:

As to whether Holder himself ever used personal email for government business, the Justice Department isn’t saying. A spokesman did not respond to requests for information about Holder’s email practices.

In Justice Department emails turned over in a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Holder’s email name is redacted with no explanation. It’s unknown whether the redactions conceal use of an email address that does not belong to an official government account.

Fast and Furious-related emails between Holder and his wife Sharon Malone, and his mother, are currently being withheld under executive privilege invoked by President Obama.

Keep reading…

H/T: Weasel Zippers

Jarrett: ‘Obama hasn’t forgotten a thing’ about Constitutional Law

As much as I cannot tolerate any more visuals of Obama, I find Valerie Jarrett even more offensive to my sensibilities. Valerie managed to find her way over to CNN for an interview. I give you a couple of clips. This first one is rare when trying to find the logic. Poor Barry, he has been “waiting, waiting, and waiting” for Congress to act. So what is Barry to do? It would be so unkind not to act and help out those poor souls flooding our country. Then we have excuse for why no one made it to France for the march..

Valerie Jarrett: Obama “hasn’t forgotten a thing” about Constitutional law

 

 

Published on Jan 15, 2015

“I think we certainly got the substance right but it would have been great to participate in the parade and we’re delighted Secretary Kerry is there now,” said Jarrett.

Holder: Racist cops like those in Ferguson ‘Threaten the entire Nation’ Part 2

Here is part of an earlier post done in the beginning of December. Has anyone forgotten how we got to where we are today? Mission accomplished.

Forget Immigration, Forget the Planes that the Terrorists have in mind for us, forget the IRS scandal, forget ISIS. Let us beat the drum for race riots. There, that should do it. Holder’s remarks at a Black Church.

WASHINGTONThe problems put on display after the death of Michael Brown in the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, in August “are truly national in scope and that threaten the entire nation,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech on Monday.Holder, speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, said the nation needs to confront the broken relationship between many law enforcement agencies and the communities that they are supposed to serve.

“Broadly speaking, without mutual understanding between citizens — whose rights must be respected — and law enforcement officers — who make tremendous and often-unheralded personal sacrifices every day to preserve public safety — there can be no meaningful progress,” Holder said in prepared remarks. “Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve. Bonds that have been broken must be restored. Bonds that never existed must now be created.”

Valerie Jarrett ‘keeping in touch with Governor’ during Ferguson fiasco

Did Jarrett give Governor Nixon the cease and desist order when it came time for the National Guard to do their job? Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz confirmed that Jarrett received “updates” from Nixon, “promising to stay in close touch” as the situation continued. No big surprise as the puppet master pulls the strings as always. Apparently the word went out not to talk to the Mayor as the Governor refused to talk to him.

“As you know, we’ve been working closely with them for the past few months leading up to this point to make sure that responses to this moment would be appropriate and constructive,” Schultz said.

Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder also spoke with civil rights leaders the first night of the protests, continuing their close coordination as the grand jury decision approached. (So THAT explains why there was rioting, arson, looting rampant after the Grand Jury verdict.)

“Valerie spoke to Governor Nixon both last night and this morning, and has been briefing the President on an ongoing basis since last night,” Schultz said, speaking to reporters on Air Force One. “And in each of those conversations with Governor Nixon, Valerie has pledged to stay in close coordination with the Governor in making sure that he’s getting the support he needs from the federal government.”

Schultz refused to say whether or not President Obama spoke on the phone with anyone about the protests sweeping the nation, but revealed that White House staff spoke with mayors across the country to coordinate a proper response.

Thanks, Obama, Jarrett, Schultz, and “civil rights leaders!!” Great job!!

More over at Breitbart

Obama wants Ferguson anarchists to ‘stay on course’

The Ferguson protesters have looted over 100 businesses in the St. Louis area. But that doesn’t stop Obama from promoting anarchy. And that is what he and his henchman Eric Holder have been doing since day one. Now they are advocating “Shelter in Place”? Instead of tamping down emotions, they want riots in every city. Yes, the Community Organizer doing what he enjoys best. (Other than golf). As soon as the riots begin he will dump his illegal immigration edict.

MO city government issues urgent emergency preparedness alert to citizens ahead of anticipated Ferguson riots

The city of Berkeley, Missouri has issued an emergency preparedness alert to its citizens, urging them to stockpile food, water, gasoline, prescription medications and fully-charged cell phones in anticipation of widespread rioting.

The letter, found at the link below, also urges citizens to have a “contingency plan for picking up your children from school,” warning that roads may be blocked, preventing vehicular traffic from moving. The local airport, says the letter, will be “protected by the National Guard” and curbside drop-offs of luggage will not be allowed.

Learn more: Natural News

NY Times:

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson. (Not on his officical schedule).

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Protest leaders said wholesale change was ultimately what they were demanding, though not all agreed on what that meant. Some called for the removal of the Ferguson police chief or the entire department. Others said they want the police to wear cameras; civilian review boards for all police shootings; or a requirement that ethnic and racial makeup of police departments match the communities they serve.

H/T:Gateway Pundit

 

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