ACORN TO Be Investigated By “A Soros Hack, An SEIU Thug, Someone Who Pleaded To Lying To The FBI, And A Kennedy”

ACORN TO Be Investigated By “A Soros Hack, An SEIU Thug, Someone

 Who Pleaded To Lying To The FBI, And A Kennedy”

September 16th, 2009 Posted By Erik Wong.

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I can’t do better than Karl’s summary so I’m going to steal it: “A Soros hack, an SEIU thug, someone who pleaded to lying to the FBI, and a Kennedy.” All that’s missing are a few pimps and prostitutes for “technical expertise.” Hardest-hitting internal investigation evah:

In a press release, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says, that as “a result of the indefensible action of a handful of our employees,” the group will immediately stop accepting anyone into ACORN office for service programs, will conduct in-service training of staff, and begin an audit “to review all of the systems and processes called into question by the videos,” to be conducted by the group’s Independent Advisory Council.

The Council includes many prominent Democrats, including the man who helped President Obama Transition Team, John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Andrew Stern, International President of the Service Employees International Union; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

More background on the panel from Karl here. They’ll have the place cleaned up in no time. Meanwhile, you’ll be glad to know that the White House has now formally deemed this seemingly endless series of videos about covering up child-sex-slave trafficking — and it is seemingly endless, per the latest hint dropped by Big Government editor Mike Flynn — to be “completely unacceptable.” Whether that means The One will sign a bill to defund the organization should it pass the House is unclear. Presumably the point of this absurd whitewash-slash-“audit” is to create enough cover for Democrats to say they deserve a second chance, which is all the more reason why it’s important for Big Government to keep the clips coming. The more there are, the more systemic this is, the more pathetic the idea of some investigative panacea becomes.

Speaking of keeping the clips coming, here’s part three from San Bernardino; a new one, reportedly from San Diego, is set to go live tonight around nine. Pay special attention starting at around two minutes in as our heroine nods blithely along while O’Keefe and Giles talk about johns paying extra to physically assault the child prostitutes they’re raping. Exit question for big media: Now that Jon Stewart’s informed you that it’s okay to pursue this story, can we knock it off with the “ACORN versus conservatives” angle? Unless you’re okay with a taxpayer-funded nonprofit colluding in sex slavery, the politics of Breitbart, O’Keefe, and Giles would seem to be somewhat tangential to the real story here.

Ostrich award: Nancy Pelosi joins Charlie Gibson

Michelle Malkin 

Ostrich award: Nancy Pelosi joins Charlie Gibson

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 17, 2009 12:26 PM

Huh? What? Duh? The Senate de-funded ACORN?

Nancy Pelosi says she didn’t know:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group to be held accountable.

“I don’t even know what they passed,” Pelosi told The Post yesterday. “What did they do? They defunded it?”

She must be sharing the same hole in the sand that Charlie Gibson’s head is occupying

Triple-snort-worthy: White House “distances” itself from ACORN

Michelle Malkin 

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Triple-snort-worthy: White House “distances” itself from ACORN

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 17, 2009 09:02 AM

(Photo source: 2008 ACORN slideshow presentation)

Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read the Politico headline about Team Obama trying to run away from ACORN:

“W.H. distances from activist group”

Choking. Up. With. Laughter.

Barack Obama can no more disown ACORN than he could disown his own shadow.

He IS ACORN. And ACORN is him. The “accountability” that White House flack Robert Gibbs says they take “extremely seriously” doesn’t extend to Team Obama itself — and the accountability they have evaded for pouring more than $800,000 into an ACORN front group for campaign advance work that was mysteriously re-classified as “get-out-the-vote” work.

As for the ACORN “advisory committee” that will “audit” the group’s illicit activities, I repeat:

Choking. Up. With. Laughter.

SEIU is ACORN. ACORN is SEIU.

See Anita MonCrief for more background. And here.

The foxes guard the corrupted henhouse again.

ACORN and corruption go together

ACORN and corruption go together

By James Simpson

The shocking ACORN videos produced and distributed by James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and Andrew Brietbart reflect the founding purpose of ACORN: creating chaos to overwhelm the system.

As I reported last September, and as Glenn Beck and others have reported since then, ACORN was created specifically to execute the Cloward Piven Strategy of manufactured crisis across our country. This series of videos demonstrates in microcosm how ACORN workers promote the strategy.

 

By agitating for mortgage loans that the borrowers could never repay, ACORN and similar groups were primarily responsible for the conditions that led to our current financial crisis. This is not speculation or partisan blather, but a matter of historical fact, extensively documented in last September’s article and many, many others.

 

But there are other ways to gnaw at the fabric of our society. Their daily activities are also devoted to corrupting and overloading our society with social ills of every description. The gameplan seems to be: if it is illegal and/or immoral, pile it on! These videos underscore just how low they are willing to go.

We have witnessed ACORN offices in four different states advising O’Keefe and Giles how to violate a host of criminal statutes to promote a brothel using underage prostitutes. We have witnessed ACORN advising O’Keefe and Giles how to violate tax laws. It has also now been revealed that ACORN has been operating illegally in Maryland since 2006. A  California ACORN worker describes on video how she murdered her husband!

How could an organization have so much corruption spread so widely? Could they deliberately seek out people with criminal backgrounds, people on the margins of society?  Such people are easy to discard, and give the organization plausible deniability if one of their number is caught in illegal activity. This has been their excuse in each of the many instances of voter registration fraud that have been uncovered. One thing is certain: from its founding onward, everywhere and always, the organizational goal of creating societal crisis is in evidence.

 

Now recognize that Barack Obama was an ACORN trainer. In fact, in this video prior to the election, he makes the unequivocal statement that ACORN will help shape President Obama’s agenda. So perhaps he did not specifically train field representatives to help people create underage prostitution rings, but he fully understands their mission and trained them in the Crisis Strategy.

But the Breitbart videos have had an impact. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to strip funds for ACORN out of the federal budget. The amendment, added to the HUD and Transportation appropriations bill by Mike Johanns (R-NE) passed 83 – 7. In the House, Congressmen Darrell Issa and John Boehner introduced similar legislation.

On Wednesday, ACORN announced that it has halted acceptance of new business to investigate the activities revealed in the videos. This will likely be little more than a whitewash. Those employees identified in the videos will lose their jobs. Indeed some already have. But the basic mission of ACORN will remain unchanged. This organization will not be stopped until it is stopped.

 

Earlier this summer Congressman Issa (R CA), minority ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, commissioned a report on ACORN. Completely overlooked by Democrats and the mass media — no surprise there — this report chronicled ACORN’s legacy of criminal activity.
Appendix 2 of the report analyzes the viability of criminally prosecuting ACORN as a continuing criminal enterprise under the Racketeer Influenced, Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). It concluded that ACORN does indeed qualify as a candidate for prosecution under these statutes. This law authorizes authorities to seize all the assets of any organization deemed a RICO before it prosecutes anyone.
So here’s the recommendation: RICO ACORN, right now. Seize all their assets. Seize the assets of their many hundreds of subsidiaries. Seize the assets of Wade Rathke, his thief brother, and all the top executives. Let them squeal and squirm for a little bit trying to figure out how they will support their lavish, parasite lifestyles without income, and then start asking the real questions.
This was how federal prosecutors obtained a conviction against Drexel Burnham Lambert Junk Bond magnate, Michael Milken, on much flimsier evidence. An in-depth investigation of ACORN assisted by the power of the RICO statutes, conducted by seasoned prosecutors untainted by Democrat Party or Obama administration connections, would likely produce evidence of rampant corruption both within the Obama administration as well as the Democratic Party at large. There has been a symbiotic relationship between ACORN and the left wing of the Democrat Party for decades at this point and a particularly close relationship between Obama and ACORN.
It is almost a foregone conclusion that the Eric Holder Justice Department will sabotage any investigation before it gets that far. Holder has already unilaterally halted prosecutions of Black Panther Party members charged with voter intimidation, has initiated investigations of CIA personnel who conducted — under orders from superiors — rendition interrogations on al Qaeda terrorists, and has called us a “nation of cowards,” overall, presenting himself to be the Van Jones of the Justice Department.
With his lies, insulting remarks to the American People, and his blatantly self-serving, corrupt and indescribably destructive policies, Obama’s administration has already demonstrated itself to be utterly devoid of integrity, so there is little doubt they will seek to hobble any investigation of ACORN. But if the relationship between Obama, the national Democrat Party and ACORN can be cemented in the public mind, and if ACORN and its subsidiaries are at least denied the billions provided for them in legislation passed by Obama and the Democrats, they may be prevented from stealing the 2010 elections, which is the Democrat game plan as it stands right now.
We have been to the town halls, we have had our big shindig in DC, now it’s time to go to work. Call your Congressman and tell him/her to defund ACORN by supporting Issa’s amendment and call for an independent investigation of the group’s criminal activities. It is critical that ACORN, this key component of the Cloward Piven Strategy be thwarted.

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Victory for Ahmadinejad = Iran has won the upper hand against the Obama administration.

Victory for Ahmadinejad
By: Amir Taheri / New York Post
Thursday, September 17, 2009

 


Iran has won the upper hand against the Obama administration.
Has Iranian President Mah moud Ahmadinejad won his first diplomatic victory since his disputed re-election in June?

Last Thursday, Tehran presented what it calls “an updated package” as the basis for fresh talks with the G+1 (the UN Security Council’s five permanent members, plus Germany).

On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called the package “unacceptable” but added that America would seek “an early meeting” and give the Islamic Republic until year’s end to make up its mind.

On Monday, Iran announced that fresh talks would start on Oct. 1. The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that European Union foreign-policy czar Javier Solana accepted the date after studying the Iranian “package.”

If the proposed round — the first since last fall — occurs, Ahmadinejad could claim a diplomatic victory, for three reasons.

1) For the first time since the nuclear dispute started a decade ago, the agenda would be set by the Islamic Republic — not the big powers.

Even before his election, President Obama had promised “direct and unconditional talks” with the Islamic Republic. Yet he’s wound up with conditional talks — with Iran fixing the conditions.

Nor did Obama get the one-on-one talks he wanted. America will be “engaged” in a multilateral context, with China and Russia acting as “restraining powers” to prevent undue pressure on Iran.

2) Ahmadinejad has managed to engage the major powers on a range of issues — creating the impression that they acknowledge Iran as a partner in “a new global order.”

The Iranian leadership resents the fact that it’s shut out of the G-20 negotiations, which include such smaller powers as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and South Africa. Ahmadinejad likes to refer to Iran as “a world power” with “the right and duty to offer mankind an alternative vision.” His hope is to transform the 5+1 into a new G-7 — with Iran as a full partner.

The Tehran media describe his coming address at this month’s UN General Assembly in New York as a “blueprint for a new world order.”

3) Even if Ahmadinejad fails to secure a place at the top table through the 5+1 group, the talks could provide a mechanism for buying time. Weeks if not months could go to “clarify” aspects of the proposed “package.” Counterproposals could fly in both directions, consuming yet more time.

With those delays, Obama will have given Ahmadinejad at least a year free of pressure and more sanctions.

The consensus in Tehran is that Iran will reach the “nuclear threshold” in the next 18 months — meaning it would have the technical, scientific and industrial wherewithal to build a nuclear arsenal whenever the leadership so decides.

Once that threshold is reached, all talk of preventing Iran from getting the bomb would be academic. The issue becomes one of persuading it not to build nuclear weapons.

There are two reasons for Tehran’s self-assurance as it prepares for October talks. First, Ahmadinejad and his advisers are confident that the Obama administration has accepted a nuclear Iran, but dare not say so publicly for fear of the “Zionist lobby” in Washington.

Islamic Republic News Agency senior analyst Ata-Allah Bahrami puts it this way: “Leaving aside the literature of propaganda and judging by the real yardsticks of national interests and threats, the US has no problem with Iran’s nuclear project and does not regard it as a threat to itself . . .

“American [officials] have repeatedly spoken of accepting a nuclear Iran and tried to propose countermeasures. [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton has spoken of an American nuclear umbrella for the Middle East.”

Second, Ahmadinejad thinks that Obama is anxious to organize a US strategic retreat from the Middle East. With help from Iran, he could obtain an orderly retreat. With a hostile Iran, it could turn into a “historic catastrophe” for America.

Here is Bahrami again: “The United States’ extensive problems stem from its widespread military presence in the Middle East. Because Iran is the most powerful nation in the Middle East, the US, under any circumstances, would need Iran’s help to solve its problems.”

He adds: “The new proposed Iranian package reflects the new conditions in the region, a region in which the United States’ position is weaker than ever,” claiming that “Obama’s retreat from preconditions for talks with Iran is a positive move.”


U.S. drops Bush plan for Europe missile shield

U.S. drops Bush plan for Europe missile shield

Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:58pm EDT

By Jeff Mason and Adam Entous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday dumped a Bush-era missile defense plan for Europe that Russia had bitterly opposed and offered defense systems to protect against Iran he said would be faster and more flexible.

In a move that could spur regional fears of resurgent Kremlin influence, Obama said he had approved recommendations from U.S. military leaders to shift focus to defending against Iran’s short- and medium-term missiles.

“This new approach will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems and offer greater defenses against the threat of missile attack,” Obama said, scrapping plans put in place by the Bush administration for ground-based interceptors in Poland and a related radar site in the Czech Republic.

Moscow said it would welcome the decision to drop former President George W. Bush’s project, which had complicated U.S. efforts to enlist Russian support on Afghanistan, Iran and nuclear arms control.

But critics accused the White House of dangerous weakness. Bush’s plans had raised hopes of huge contracts among U.S. defense giants.

Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Obama in 2008, blasted the move as “seriously misguided” and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a leading Bush-era hawk, was scathing.

“It’s just unambiguously bad decision,” he said. “Russia and Iran are the big winners. I just think it’s a bad day for American national security.”

The Bush administration had proposed the system amid concerns Iran was trying to develop nuclear warheads it could mount on long-range missiles.

The shield was intended as a fixed installation to defend against long-range missile launches from “rogue” states. But Russia saw it as a threat to its missile defenses and overall security.

THE NEW APPROACH

Outlining the new approach, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday the United States would deploy Aegis ships with interceptors capable of blowing up ballistic missiles above the atmosphere to defend both European allies and U.S. forces against any threats.

Gates said land-based defense systems would be fielded in a second phase starting in about 2015.

“We have now the opportunity to deploy new sensors and interceptors in northern and southern Europe that near term can provide missile defense coverage against more immediate threats from Iran or others,” he said.

“Those who say we are scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting the reality of what we are doing,” Gates said.

Marine Corps General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon also envisioned eventually deploying a land-based radar as part of the system which would ideally be based in the Caucasus.

Shares of U.S. companies involved in missile defense, including Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Raytheon Co, were little changed in early trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

The decision had been widely anticipated, with the contractors also likely to benefit from the administration’s revised missile-defense plans.

“NOT ABOUT RUSSIA”

The White House rejected Republican charges it had made a major concession to Moscow without winning anything in return. “This is not about Russia,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, adding there was no quid pro quo expected.

But other Democrats said they hoped for a pay-off on Iran policy where Russia is seen as a reluctant partner in international efforts to end Tehran’s nuclear program.

“It is time for Russia to join our push to impose stricter sanctions on Iran,” Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said in a statement

Republicans — who hope to build momentum against Obama after a summer dominated by angry debate over his healthcare reform plan — wasted no time assigning blame.

“The reported decision to scrap missile defense for Europe sounds dangerously like a policy of appeasement,” Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

Riki Ellison, a prominent U.S. missile-defense advocate, said the move was driven by political considerations rather than new intelligence about Iran’s capabilities, which he called inaccurate.

“I think this administration believes that security in Europe involves a positive relationship with Russia and this is something they were willing to give to Russia to create that re-enhanced relationship,” he said.

Such fears were likely to grow in eastern Europe states, many of which had seen the large missile plan as a symbol of U.S. commitment to the defense against any encroachment by its former Soviet rulers 20 years after the end of communist rule.

Obama informed the Czech and Polish governments of his decision just hours before the announcement, officials said.

Some European analysts said the U.S. move could help the traditionally pro-American region to build a more pragmatic relationship with both Washington and Moscow.

But there was also concern it could embolden Russian hardliners. Ignoring U.S. assurances that the system was not targeted at Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev had threatened last year to station missiles in a Russian enclave near Poland if the United States implemented the plan.

A senior Iranian government source said the move could signal a move away from what he called ‘threats and confrontation’ over Iran’s nuclear program.

(Additional reporting by Jan Lopatka in Prague, Conor Sweeney in Moscow, Jim Wolf and Adam Entous in Washington and Ross Colvin in Baghdad, Tim Hepher; Writing by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Patricia Wilson and Jackie Frank)

AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb

AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb
Sep 17 01:23 PM US/Eastern
VIENNA (AP) – Experts at the world’s top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.The document drafted by senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency is the clearest indication yet that the agency’s leaders share Washington’s views on Iran’s weapon-making capabilities.

It appears to be the so-called “secret annex” on Iran’s nuclear program that Washington says is being withheld by the IAEA’s chief.

The document says Iran has “sufficient information” to build a bomb. It says Iran is likely to “overcome problems” on developing a delivery system.

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