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Virtually Entire US Media Boycotts "Off The Record" Meeting With Eric Holder

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The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Huffington Post, CNN and now, of course, Fox News: these are the media organizations, superficially from across the political spectrum, which have said they will boycott a meeting with the DOJ's embattled head, Eric Holder, on the topic of the DOJ's (not to mention the NSA's) Nixonian abuse of the first amendment and eavesdropping wherever and whenever it so chooses. The twist: the meeting is, paradoxically, supposed to be "off the record." One wonders: was this the DOJ's idea of being open and transparent - to hold a closed door meeting with the same media that it, allegedly, has been spying on, and thus put the media whose job is to report events - as in keeping the public informed - in a place where it can't do precisely that? It is as if the Marx Brothers are writing the tragicomic script for a sequence of events that inevitably ends with Holder's resignation and Obama's washing his hands of the whole affair.

From The Hill:

Fox is just the latest media organization to say it will boycott the meeting if it is off the record. Holder asked for the meetings in an attempt to ensure the press corps that its investigations of national security leaks are conducted in a way that respects the First Amendment.


The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Huffington Post and CNN have issued separate statements saying they will not attend because the DOJ is requiring the content of the meetings stay confidential.


Fox is at the center of the controversy surrounding the Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks.


The DOJ seized the personal emails of Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and used other surveillance methods to investigate whether he was complicit in a leak of classified information.


It also examined his phone records and tracked his visits to the State Department using security-badge data during the 2009 probe; the DOJ also filed legal papers saying he may have acted as “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” by getting materials from a government official also under investigation.


The House Judiciary Committee is now investigating whether Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony before the panel, in which he said he’s never been involved with or heard about a reporter being prosecuted for the disclosure of confidential material.


Fox News host Greta Van Susteren joked on her blog Thursday that if Fox was going to be the only media outlet attending the off-the-record meeting, they should send Rosen to meet with Holder.

It's good to know that as what little remaining constitional rights are stripped away by a government hell bent on converting the country to a "turnkey totalitarian state" (not our words, those of the NSA whistleblower who exposed that there is no privacy in the US anymore) and for whom the rule of law simply does not apply, is a laughing matter to someone.

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Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:28 | 3611445 americanspirit
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Nick Jihad - I would agree that many judges are predisposed in favor of the system, but not all. There are at least a few who believe in the Constitution and not the system. May God bless them - and give pancreatic and/or brain cancer to the rest.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:47 | 3611503 viahj
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apparently ass cancer is a much worse way to go

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:06 | 3611015 ParkAveFlasher
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Fuck you Holder. 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:23 | 3611082 Go Tribe
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No...fuck you HIMPTON!

(that's his middle name, you know)

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:32 | 3611109 ParkAveFlasher
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WTF is "a Himpton"?  Sounds like Beltway regional slang for a middle-aged mullato bottom installed to a rubber-stamping position of false authority.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:32 | 3611116 Colonel Klink
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Himpton, kind of like Hampton but he wasn't invited.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:26 | 3611776 tradewithdave
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Actually, Himpton is a word.  It's when you have a "party for one" in the Hamptons.  It's called a Himpton... always has been... no invitation needed.  A Pimpton is when you pay people to come to the party... like "Lloyd's having a pimpton on Saturday with his $20 million salary... are you going?" 

And remember, there's no "I" in Justus, but there's an A in A-Team.  Actually there are two "A's" and a "T".  I pity the fool that has a counterparty when you can simply wear your wealth around your neck.  

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:30 | 3611107 azzhatter
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Fuck the Press too, bunch of commie sympathizers

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:06 | 3611016 JP McManus
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Oh, NOW they pretend to be journalists?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:12 | 3611038 DaveyJones
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since they work for (and are owned) by the same people who own the people holding these meetings....what's the point?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611047 NoDebt
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Don't get all worked up.  They are just applying leverage to make into an "on the record" news conference.  There's not much "solidarity" going on here.  They're just all individually seeing the same cards on the table and knowing it's time to double-down.


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:17 | 3611056 JustObserving
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And Holder pretends to be an Attorney General. Can we not all pretend together?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:23 | 3611081 NoDebt
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I jsut read a story that BPNN DOES plan to attend this off-the-record news conference.





The Black Panthers News Network.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:49 | 3611508 Totentänzerlied
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You supply the fake investigation, we'll supply the fake journalism.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:08 | 3611021 Dareconomics
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Obama and Bush have the same exact ideas on presidential power.  Specifically, war justifies unchecked power.  Since we are always in a state of war...


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:08 | 3611022 alien-IQ
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FUCK the entirety of the US MSM. They didn't give a shit about the government spying on the people but now, suddenly, that they realize it's also happening to them they get all high and mighty and indignant about it? FUCK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM COCKSUCKERS STRAIGHT UP THEIR PROPAGANDA SPEWING TIGHT ASSES.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:22 | 3611080 freewolf7
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It works to pit criminals against each other.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:08 | 3611023 DollarMenu
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I can't help but feel that even tho these performers are stumbling, they are still distracting attention from the main event.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:11 | 3611035 NoDebt
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And you think this situation is unique in that respect?  You are NEVER allowed to see the main event.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611024 DaveyJones
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the back door is the front door when the terrorist is the liberator.

it all makes sense

correction, cents

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:09 | 3611026 ekm
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Darrell Issa seems to be after CFTC's Gary Gensler about private emails during Corzine's rain of other people's money.


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:19 | 3611063 ZerOhead
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Nope... nothing to see here... Gensler even told us so himself...

The report questioned whether it was proper for Gensler to recuse himself from handling MF Global (MFGLQ.PK), which collapsed in 2011, only after he played a prominent role in the events leading up to the firm's bankruptcy.

Gensler decided to distance himself from the brokerage only after it collapsed, and after Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, publicly raised concerns over his prior business relationship with MF Global Chief Executive Jon Corzine.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:25 | 3611092 Bay of Pigs
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FREE Jon Corzine!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:38 | 3611133 ZerOhead
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FREE Gensler's emails...

When questioned about it, Gensler told Lavik he used his private email because he did not know how to access his work e-mail from home. He has since ceased the practice.

He swears his dog accidentally deleted his emails...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:10 | 3611732 pine_marten
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Free Gensler's entrails..

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:27 | 3611098 ParkAveFlasher
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Issa likes to pretend he's doing "the right thing".  Just another shakedown.  Although they are starting to shake down all my favorite anti-gold people.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:02 | 3611201 NotApplicable
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I about puked when I read this line.

Gensler, an Obama appointee, is unpopular among Republican politicians for his aggressive reform of Wall Street.

Obviously, NONE of those words mean what I believe them to be.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 17:18 | 3611591 WillyGroper
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>>>>The report also questioned his use of personal email to communicate with staff, saying the practice was discouraged by government policy.

Horseshit. I'd bet my eye teeth it's expressly forbidden!

>>>Gensler told Lavik he used his private email because he did not know how to access his work e-mail from home

And I'm King Farouk.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:11 | 3611032 krispkritter
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Marx Brothers were funny, this shit isn't.  It smells of corruption, obfuscation, and the complete disregard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The people aren't politicians or employees, they're traitors.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611048 Joe Davola
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You can say that again.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:10 | 3611227 SilverIsKing
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I'll do the honors:

Marx Brothers were funny, this shit isn't.  It smells of corruption, obfuscation, and the complete disregard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The people aren't politicians or employees, they're traitors.

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 08:24 | 3613042 Kobe Beef
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I have a sinking suspicion that the folks talking about UNITED STATES OF AMERICA being a completely different thing than The United States Of America are right.

One is a registered corporation created in 1871, owned by the Federal Reserve System since 1933 and operated under British Maritime Law by the City Of London, and the other was a Constitutional Republic founded in 1789.



I am not a lawyer, and recognize when I'm in over my head. Any professional thoughts/speculations from the Hedge?


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:03 | 3611205 CrimsonAvenger
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Well, sometimes it's a matter of either laughing or being led away in shackles.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:11 | 3611034 krispkritter
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Bad mouse, bad, bad mouse...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:12 | 3611036 Joebloinvestor
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You got brass ones Eric.


Yeah, lets' secretly discuss re-writing the 1st amendment, and invite the press.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:31 | 3611110 azzhatter
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Might be brass but I'll bet they are tiny. fuck You Holder

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:41 | 3611145 Dapper Dan
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NY Democrat pleads with Republican not to share document proposing confiscation of guns A New York Assemblyman has pleaded with his Republican colleague not to release a list of Democrat proposals on gun control that seek to undermine the 2nd Amendment

by The Commentator on 20 January 2013 14:43


The full list of proposals can be read below:

1. Confiscation of "assault weapons"
2. Confiscation of ten round clips
3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder's information to be replaced to the public
5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as "assault weapons”
6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
11. State issued pistol permits
12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:33 | 3611459 americanspirit
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This is just politicians trying to give themselves an edge when TSHTF - the fewer guns there are out there, and the fewer rounds per gun, the better chance they have of escaping when the citizens finally come for them.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:06 | 3611213 NotApplicable
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Brass? NFW.

Holder is merely the latest example of why one never goes "full retard."

At this point he is so compromised it's the only action he has left. He just better hope he doesn't have to fly overseas in a plane last used by Hillary.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:12 | 3611037 Seeking Beta
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Started with Bush and Obama pumped it with steroids

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611044 caimen garou
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off the record? something to hide eric the dipshit? or to wrap the media a little tighter around obama's ass!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611045 Northeaster
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"for whom the rule of law simply does not apply, is a laughing matter to someone."

The People allowed (voted for) it, now they have to live with it.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:56 | 3611187 Things that go bump
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Please, as if we are being given an actual choice. We are given a carefully selected and approved red candidate and a carefully selected and approved blue candidate, both of whom are the same, only differing on minor and meaningless issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. Even the presidential offerings have to be interviewed and approved by Rothschild. What we've got is the illusion of choice rather than the substance of it. Our elections are about as meaningful as those farces they used to hold in the former Soviet Union or the ones Sadam Hussein used to hold or Juan Perron. 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:07 | 3611217 NotApplicable
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"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos."


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611046 imapopulistnow
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I'm even beginnig to wonder about Brietbart...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:09 | 3611222 Seasmoke
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Beginning ????

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:47 | 3611336 Tsunami Wave
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Just ask the medical examiner... Oh oops he was 'heart attacked' too.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:16 | 3611054 SmittyinLA
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How long before Holder plays the Boehner/Senate card? 

ie they knew and approved of/consented to  in live time Benghazi, IRS & non-profits, and pretty much every other nefarious thing the Obama admin does.

We have a bipartisan treason problem

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:28 | 3611102 Joe Davola
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Good god, it's time to quit allowing this administration to spread the blame around.  You're the chief executive and responsible when things go wrong just as well as when they go right.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:33 | 3611117 astoriajoe
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it would be fun to see him fake cry on camera. if only for laughs.

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