Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colin Powell Throws Hillary Clinton Under the Bus over Email Scandal



Colin Powell Throws Hillary Clinton Under the Bus over Email Scandal
by Patrick Howley 21 Aug 2016
Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell complained about his recent appearance in the headlines in connection with the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal.

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell told PEOPLE magazine in the Hamptons this weekend.

Powell was referring to Clinton’s interview with FBI interrogators, in which she claimed that Powell told her in a memo that he used a private email server as Secretary of State and that she could too.

But Powell made clear to PEOPLE that he is not involved in Clinton’s mess.

“The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell stated.

So Clinton’s excuse with the FBI falls completely flat, according to Powell.
“It doesn’t bother me. But it’s okay; I’m free,” Powell said.

Powell’s representatives recently put out a statement saying that Powell only used his private AOL account for “unclassified” communications.

Even the Washington Post thought Clinton’s claim to the FBI was “just plain wrong.”


The attempt to — again — equate what Powell did with what Clinton did is yet more evidence that either the candidate, her senior advisers or both simply don’t get it. No, Clinton wasn’t indicted by the Justice Department for her email setup. But she was badly reprimanded by FBI Director James Comey for her email practices; it was an unequivocal condemnation of her conduct in relation to her approach to electronic communications while serving as the country’s top diplomat.

For whatever reason — and despite the fact that Clinton has said on several occasions that she knows she made a mistake — she seems incapable of accepting that responsibility and moving on. No secretary of state — up to and including Colin Powell — handled their email setup like Clinton. That’s a fact.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
James B. Comey is the director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and was a director at the HSBC Holdings plc.

Note: HSBC Holdings plc was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Fred Poust is a contractor for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, was a marketing director at People, and a chief marketing officer for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Clinton Global Initiative is a project for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. 
Barbra Streisand was a funder for the Clinton Global Initiative, and is the founder for the Barbra Streisand Foundation.
Barbra Streisand Foundation was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank). 
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a director emeritus at Refugees International, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.  
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the International Rescue Committee, and Refugees International.
Colin L. Powell is an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a strategic adviser for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Frank J. Caufield is a co-founder for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a director at Refugees International, and was a director at AOL Inc.
John Lipsky is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and a director at the HSBC Holdings plc.
James B. Comey was a director at the HSBC Holdings plc., and is the director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Penalizing Undercover Journalists For Exposing Corruption



Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Penalizing Undercover Journalists For Exposing Corruption
by Dr. Susan Berry 19 Aug 2016
Still scrambling to defend itself against an undercover exposé that revealed its alleged fetal tissue harvesting practices, abortion giant Planned Parenthood is now pushing a bill through the California state legislature that would punish undercover journalists for publishing and distributing recordings of private communication with a “health care provider.”

AB 1671, dubbed the “Planned Parenthood bill,” is on the verge of passage. According to an analysis of the measure by the State Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens):

AB 1671 would make it an alternate felony-misdemeanor offense to intentionally distribute, or to aid and abet the distribution of, a confidential communication with a health care provider that was obtained unlawfully. This bill would additionally require the fines specified under the new crime established and the existing offense of unlawfully eavesdropping or recording a confidential communication to be imposed on a per-violation basis.

The measure would make the publishing and distribution of videos from undercover journalism operations featuring footage of “health care providers” a new crime. Journalists who engage in the activity could be punished with a fine of $2,500 for a first offense and additional offenses could lead to a prison sentence of up to a year.

As Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports, the legislation would not exempt whistleblowers from criminalization or civil lawsuits.

Spearheaded by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), the bill comes as Planned Parenthood is desperately attempting to suppress information regarding its “baby parts” scandal. Last year, undercover journalists from the Center for Medical Progress released a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged practices of exchanging the tissues of babies it aborts for monetary consideration, and altering the position of babies during abortion in order to maximize the chance of harvesting intact organs.

Opponents of the bill are concerned about its potential to violate the First Amendment rights of the press and to obstruct journalists’ job of providing information that is in the best interests of the public. In the case of Planned Parenthood – which receives over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds – it is in the interest of taxpayers to know if their money is spent on potentially criminal behavior, such as the sale of body parts of aborted babies for profit.

According to CNS, Planned Parenthood has played a major role in designing the legislation:

Nikki Moore, legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association, said the bill creates a dangerous liability for the distribution of footage and could unintentionally punish more people than intended. She said the publishers association has been working with Planned Parenthood since March to narrow the bill, but that the series of amendments have not gone far enough.

“The scenario that [Planned Parenthood] is trying to prevent is a very specific one,” Moore said. “We’ve been trying to help them find a way to accomplish their goals while not infringing on the First Amendment or creating liabilities for media.”

Despite the fact that laws exist already in California to protect private conversations, Planned Parenthood is pushing for punitive action against third parties for spreading “confidential communication.”

Beth Parker, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said the bill would prevent undercover journalists from spreading their secretly recorded information on the internet.

“Since the smear campaign began last summer, Planned Parenthood health centers have seen a 900 percent increase in threats and violence,” Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said in a statement. “That’s why it’s so important to pass AB 1671 — to protect the constitutional privacy rights and the safety of health providers.”

Though the ACLU often supports Planned Parenthood, in this case the civil liberties group is strongly opposed to the measure, citing its “potential for real harm,” and arguing the legislation is unconstitutional.

“The same rationale for punishing communications of some preferred professions or industries could as easily be applied to other communications [such as] law enforcement, animal testing labs, gun makers, lethal injection drug producers, the petroleum industry and religious sects,” ACLU legislative director Kevin Baker wrote in a letter to Gomez, reports CNS.

Both a publishers’ lobbying group and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are also opposed to the extreme language contained in the bill, CNS reports.

Since the release of the Planned Parenthood baby parts video series that stunned the nation, the organization has been attempting to suppress further exposure and seeking cover from its media and political allies, especially Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a longtime “friend” of the group. Planned Parenthood is spending $20 million to help elect Clinton, and has recently announced that it is registering people to vote at all of its clinics, on college campuses, and online as well.

Soon after the release of the video series, Harris County, Texas District Attorney Devon Anderson convened a grand jury – under suspicion of bias – that cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing in the exposé and, instead, indicted CMP project lead David Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt.

Reacting to the indictment of Daleiden and Merritt, two pro-choice law professors wrote that the action amounted to “a stunning act of legal jujitsu” and was a “deeply disturbing” outcome both for the First Amendment and undercover citizen journalists attempting to expose corruption.

Subsequently, a judge dismissed all charges against Daleiden, though many media outlets hardly reported that news at all.

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats – whose party now fully embraces abortion-on-demand – have attempted to suppress any further release of damning information about Planned Parenthood’s practices by demanding a complete shutdown of an ongoing congressional investigation.

While Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing, its president, Cecile Richards also released a statement last October announcing it will no longer accept payments for aborted fetal tissue. The narrative put forward at that point was that the videos produced by CMP were “deceptively edited.”

Nevertheless, a Democrat opposition research firm named Fusion, hired by Planned Parenthood itself to review the videos, said that while its staff observed the videos had been edited – as most videos are – “the analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.”

Additionally, Fusion noted, “[A]nalysts found no evidence that CMP inserted dialogue not spoken by Planned Parenthood staff.”

An analysis by Coalfire, a third-party forensics company hired by Alliance Defending Freedom, found that the videos were “not manipulated” and that they are “authentic.”

Still another attempt to keep further information about the video exposé under wraps occurred just two weeks ago when Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the University of Washington in federal court to block the school from revealing information about the organization’s involvement in its fetal parts research program.

The California Senate Appropriations Committee analysis of the “Planned Parenthood bill” shows considerable concern about the measure.

“Consequently, to the extent this measure contains language that could be challenged as unconstitutional, this bill could result in potentially significant costs associated with litigation, both to the court and to the Attorney General,” the analysis states.

As CNS reports, the state’s Department of Finance also testified in opposition to the legislation, emphasizing the impact on the justice system derived from the “significant costs associated with litigation” if the bill were to become law. Additionally, the department observed the highly specific nature of a measure – geared closely to the needs of Planned Parenthood – that would also produce such negative impact. “Health care providers,” the department noted, after all, are very infrequently the target of such undercover exposés.

Assemblyman Gomez, however, insists his bill “closes a loophole.”

On May 31, the Assembly passed the bill at a floor vote, 52-26. The state Senate will vote on the bill at the end of August.

Planned Parenthood
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Human Rights Watch.

Note: George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a board member for the International Crisis Group, Jonathan Soros’s father, was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Sheila Coronel is a board member for the International Crisis Group, a director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an overseer for the Columbia Journalism Review, a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a director at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, the International Rescue Committee, the New America Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Roosevelt Institute, the Climate Reality Project, and the Sundance Institute.
Kati Marton was a director at the Human Rights Watch, is a director at the New America Foundation, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Tom Brokaw is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, an advisory board member for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and was a director at the Robin Hood Foundation.
Diane Sawyer was a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, and is a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Brian Williams is a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, and an advisory board member for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Jonathan Soros is George Soros’s son, a director at the New America Foundation, and a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
Steven L. Isenberg was a governor at the Roosevelt Institute, and is an advisory board member for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Mhamed Krichen is a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and an anchor at Al Jazeera.
David Marash is an advisory board member for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and was a Washington anchor for Al Jazeera.
Syrian Electronic Army reportedly hacked Al Jazeera, and the Human Rights Watch.
Bashar al-Assad is hacker supporting the Syrian Electronic Army, the president of Syria, and permitted the rise in Syria of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
Kati Marton was a director at the Human Rights Watch, is a director at the New America Foundation, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Sheila Coronel is a director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, a board member for the International Crisis Group, an overseer for the Columbia Journalism Review, a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a director at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
Albert A. Gore Jr. sued Al Jazeera, was the co-founder & chairman for Current Media, LLC, and is the chairman for the Climate Reality Project.
Current TV is a division of the Current Media, LLC.
Al Jazeera acquired Current TV.
Patricia E. Mitchell was a director at the Human Rights Watch, the president of CNN Productions, an executive in charge of original productions for the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and is the vice chair for the Sundance Institute.
Ted Turner is the founder of CNN, the founder of the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and chairman for the Turner Foundation.
Cecile Richards was a grant overseer for the Turner Foundation, and is the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Barbra Streisand Foundation was a funder for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Human Rights Watch.
Kati Marton was a director at the Human Rights Watch, is a director at the New America Foundation, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Sheila Coronel is a director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, a board member for the International Crisis Group, an overseer for the Columbia Journalism Review, a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a director at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism is a center at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Steve Coll is the dean at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and global board member for the Open Society Foundations, and was the president & CEO for the New America Foundation.
Jonathan Soros is a global board member for the Open Society Foundations, a director at the New America Foundation, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and George Soros’s son.
Kati Marton is a director at the New America Foundation, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, a director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and was a director at the Human Rights Watch.
Steven L. Isenberg was a governor at the Roosevelt Institute, and is an advisory board member for the Committee to Protect Journalists.