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Holder Lauds His Department’s IG for Protecting Americans’ ‘Sacred Rights’

Congratulates his watchdog for “conducting comprehensive audits, oversight investigations and reviews of policies and procedures."

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May 29, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder praised the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General for strengthening his department’s “ability to protect the safety and the sacred rights” of Americans.

Holder addressed an award ceremony for DOJ’s watchdog office as he prepares to face Washington bureau chiefs from national media outlets amid a scandal over the seizing of reporters’ records.

“Together, you’ve strengthened our ability to protect the safety and the sacred rights of our fellow citizens. And you’ve made tremendous progress in promoting efficiency, accountability and fairness at every level of the department, by improving transparency, by helping us to save precious taxpayer resources and by guarding against all forms of waste, fraud and abuse,” said Holder on Wednesday.

“Despite significant challenges, the scope of what you’ve accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary. By implementing key measures to streamline department practices, by identifying new strategies for guarding against misconduct and by providing support and assistance in sensitive personnel matters and in criminal cases, you’ve really had an enduring impact on the department’s operations.”

Holder congratulated the IG office for “carrying out” some of the “most difficult and sensitive work” in the federal government while dealing with across-the-board automatic budget cuts or “sequestration.”

“In a time of budgetary uncertainty, when sequestration has imposed untenable cuts across every federal agency, I realize that many of you have been called upon to do much more with much less. You have been asked to make sacrifices, to put in long hours and to spend time away from your friends and from your loved ones,” Holder said of the IG office.

“Now, it’s a credit to this office and to its employees that you’ve responded to these adverse circumstances not with frustration but with resolve. And despite the fact that you’re charged with carrying out some of the most difficult and sensitive work in all of government, today’s awardees have displayed an inspiring commitment to doing not merely what is easy but what is right.”

He added that through “conducting comprehensive audits, oversight investigations and reviews of policies and procedures” DOJ’s IG office has helped the department “function more effectively and more efficiently.”

Holder remains in hot water with Congress as the House Judiciary Committee investigates his role in seizing the e-mails and phone records of AP reporters and Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin wrote a letter to Holder on Wednesday.

In a press release, the lawmakers alleged that there is a “discrepancy between his sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month and the Department of Justice’s decision to obtain a search warrant.”

In his May 15 sworn testimony, Holder said, “With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy.”

“In the days following your sworn testimony, media reports circulated revealing that in May, 2010, the Justice Department had sought and obtained a search warrant for emails belonging to Mr. James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for FOX News. The search warrant was issued in the investigation of the publication of an article by Mr. Rosen in June, 2009, that allegedly contained classified material,” the letter says.

“The New Yorker magazine obtained a copy of the forty-four page search warrant affidavit, which alleged that the source of the material was Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a Lawrence Liverpool National Laboratory employee detailed to the State Department. In the affidavit in support of the search warrant, FBI Agent Reginald B. Reyes, stated, ‘…there is probable cause to believe that the Reporter [Rosen] has committed a violation” of 18 USC §793(d) [the Espionage Act] ‘at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator of Mr. Kim.’”

The letter requests that DOJ “provide all regulations and internal Justice Department policies that govern the issuance of search warrants for the email communications of members of the media” no later than June 5.

The lawmakers ask Holder in the letter, “If you believe, as you testified, that prosecutions of members of the media ‘have not fared well in American history,’ why did you permit the Department to investigate Mr. Rosen as a co-conspirator or aider/abettor?”

Holder will reportedly meet Washington bureau chiefs from several major news outlets this week to review DOJ’s guidelines for investigating journalists.

Members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum have expressed concern with DOJ over the AP and Fox News controversies.

In addition, former Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said he is “disturbed” by the scandal.

“I do think there are real issues regarding the relationship with the media on this leak matter,” Axelrod said Tuesday on MSNBC. “The notion of naming a journalist as a co-conspirator for receiving information is something that I find very disturbing.”

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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Goodby Barack Hussein
we never knew you at all
You made it your place to withhold yourself
While all those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And you whispered into their brain
You set them on the treadmill
And you made them change the game

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a scandal in the wind
Never knowing what we'd cling to
When your reign set in
And we would have liked to have known you
But who are we trying to kid
Your scandals burned out long before
Your abuses ever did

Traitorism was tough
The toughest role you ever played
The media created a superstar
And freedom was the price we paid
Even when they died
Oh the press still sheltered you
All the papers had to say
Was that our lost countrymen were done in by YouTube

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a scandal in the wind
Never knowing what we'd cling to
When your reign set in
And we would have liked to have known you
But who are we trying to kid
Your scandals burned out long before
Your abuses ever did
1 year ago
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Holder and the entire Dem Party think the main source of all evil in the world is white populations without sufficient diversity. Figure out the rest yourself when it comes to "rights."
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I don't think Americans, particularly other than minority Americans ,have any rights, sacred or otherwise, as far as Holder is concerned.
1 year ago
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When everything has turned to Cr#p and there is no more lies that you can tell or any more spins that you can put on the sour lemon, you can always make some lemonade.
This is the last gasp of this lying basta#d. Please, Please put him in a federal pen for the next 20 years....
1 year ago
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the entire hierarchy of the Justice Department, both individually and collectively, are as crooked as a sidewinder.
1 year ago
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I don't recall EVER agreeing with the likes of Axelrod before reading this.

I wonder how those poor souls in hell like the freeze-over?
1 year ago
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We should all be disturbed by these events and resolve to ensure that steps are taken to make appropriate tweaks here and there.

As for those individuals who may have exercised mistaken judgment long ago, we need to determine accountability and make firm decisions as to who should get early retirement with full pension benefits and who should be forced to consult for several more years as contractors for the government agencies from which they served.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Goodby Barack Hussein
we never knew you at all
You made it your place to withhold yourself
While all those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And you whispered into their brain
You set them on the treadmill
And you made them change the game

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a scandal in the wind
Never knowing what we'd cling to
When your reign set in
And we would have liked to have known you
But who are we trying to kid
Your scandals burned out long before
Your abuses ever did

Traitorism was tough
The toughest role you ever played
The media created a superstar
And freedom was the price we paid
Even when they died
Oh the press still sheltered you
All the papers had to say
Was that our lost countrymen were done in by YouTube

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a scandal in the wind
Never knowing what we'd cling to
When your reign set in
And we would have liked to have known you
But who are we trying to kid
Your scandals burned out long before
Your abuses ever did
1 year ago
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Every single solitary person who works for the federal government, and that includes all military personnel, is now working for a criminal organization.
1 year ago
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A prediction:

Sometime shortly before the end of his term Obama will see to it that Eric Holder is nominated for the highest civilian award for meritorious service in the United States....the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Congress will affirm the nomination largely because of race. John McCain will vote for it.
1 year ago
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congress shouldn't bother trying to indict this #2 pos unless you can get him to turn state's evidence against his boss. he knows the king of sleaze will pardon him, if he lasts. however, years down the road may bring a far different outcome than planned. who can say? peeling these onion-like layers of corruption one skin at the time is what needs to happen. the one scandal that hasn't happened yet, massive voter fraud (past & future), stirred into this mix could become explosive. keeping Americans focused on anything long enough to achieve a positive outcome will be key. what a mess. all those executive orders giving the usurper kenyan g0dlike powers during times of civil unrest starting to ring any bells yet w/ the brain-dead masses, or maybe congress, finally? hope so, but then again ----

watched a woman death camp survivor (ww11) this weekend talking about how the nazis were reassuring and gave everybody a good, safe feeling, at first. kypd
1 year ago
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Hypocrites are offended by the truth. The laws ought to have authority over men, and not men over the laws.
1 year ago
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