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FBI Blocked In Harry Reid Corruption Probe

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Utah state prosecutors have received accusations of wrongdoing and gathered evidence in a wide-ranging corruption scandal involving Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Senator Mike Lee. However, as The Washinton Times reports, FBI agents have been thwarted in their efforts to launch a full federal investigation by the Justic Department. "DOJ risks creating the perception of a cover-up," warned one senior FBI official.

 

Via The Washington Times,

FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation.

 

The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.

 

But the Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures — rejected FBI agents’ bid to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine whether the accusations are true and whether any federal crimes were committed by state and federal officials.

 

The information involving Mr. Reid and Mr. Lee is not fully developed but centers on two primary issues:

 

Whether both or either politician sought or received money or other benefits from donors and/or fundraisers in connection with doing political favors or taking official actions.

 

Whether Mr. Lee provided accurate information when he bought, then sold a Utah home for a big loss to a campaign contributor and federal contractor, leaving his mortgage bank to absorb large losses.

 

“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed.”

Paging Frank Underwood?

Spokesmen for both senators denied their bosses engaged in any wrongdoing and said the lawmakers were unaware of the investigations.

But the rabbit-hole goes deeper...

The investigative efforts have been further complicated by the fact that Mr. Reid worked to get Mr. Lee’s chief counsel, David Barlow, confirmed in 2011 as the U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City. That action — a Democratic Senate leader letting a Republican be named to a key prosecutor’s position in the Obama administration — raised many eyebrows and angered some Democrats.

 

Subsequently, the entire office of federal prosecutors in Utah was forced to recuse itself from the corruption case after questions surfaced about a conflict of interest involving one prosecutor and a subject of the probe. After the recusal, state prosecutors secured a court order transferring the federal evidence gathered up to that point to their possession.

However, it appears, the local FBI office got a tap on the shoulder...

People familiar with the probe said both FBI agents and local investigators have been frustrated for months by the Justice Department’s inaction on the initial accusations and evidence against the two senators, and those concerns were recently elevated to FBI headquarters.

 

The special agent in charge of the Utah office was summoned earlier this month to Washington to meet with senior FBI officials, and the bureau’s Utah office has been instructed that the FBI agents working the case may only assist in the state probe and cannot pursue federal criminal investigative leads — unless Justice finally approves a corruption probe.

 

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“But in this case, DOJ risks creating the perception of a cover-up rather than let agents use the normal tools and follow the evidence wherever it leads — Republican, Democrat, Senate or not,” the senior FBI official said.

Ya think!?

“Based upon what we know today, we were surprised that the DOJ ran away,” he said.

 

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:45 | 4548730 PacOps
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The best Senators money can buy.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:46 | 4548737 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Move along, folks, nothing to see. </barbrady>

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:47 | 4548741 zaphod
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Seriously, why do people keep questioning our beloved leaders. Thats not how a feudal system is suppose to work.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:51 | 4548761 icanhasbailout
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I'm trying to figure out exactly what additional risk Holder takes by doing an in-your-face cover up here. He won't be impeached, won't be excoriated in the media, won't be fired by Obama. So what's the downside to openly protecting a political asset?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:53 | 4548770 Joe Davola
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They should be investigated for stupidity - screw shady land deals, just use the Senate's insider trading loophole and profit!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4548806 666
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The longer they can delay the investigation, the easier it is to cover up any wrongdoing.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:14 | 4548857 nope-1004
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Harry Reid is a true SCUMBAG. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:15 | 4548875 lordylord
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Meanwhile the libtards and RINO voters want to give government MORE power and control.  What a bunch of fucking brainless dotes.  It is time to significantly reduce the size of government.  Vote for a real conservative or a libertarian.  Restore the Constitution.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548896 pods
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I like the enthusiasm of youth.

pods

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:23 | 4548917 johnQpublic
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what about the other 600 or so corrupt mother fuckers in DC?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:41 | 4549313 ArkansasAngie
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Sounds like a perfectly good reason to start an investigation of/in the DOJ on obstruction charges.  What we need is some law and order in this country

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:54 | 4549398 lordylord
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Government makes the laws and interprets them in favor of the State.  Therefore, the laws are fucked.  We need to reinstate the SUPREME LAW.  i.e. the Constitution.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:59 | 4549688 wee-weed up
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Protecting Obozo's sycophant, Stinky Reid, is par for the course...

For Eric WithHolder and his Dept of InJustice!

And wonder of wonders...

Stinky Reid isn't even one of WithHolder's "people!"

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:23 | 4549532 Coast Watcher
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Only 600?

Optimist.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:25 | 4550036 The Wisp
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Reduce the Size of Government, OK how about we cut them all off at the Neck..

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:16 | 4548884 BaBaBouy
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USaa Corrupt To The CORE ???????????????????????

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:26 | 4548931 pods
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I think by calling it corrupt implies that in its natural state it was something good.

Government is force, coersion if you will. Nothing more, nothing less. Add in positive law and you have tyranny, the only question is how long it takes to get there.

We should call it what it is.

Government is a cancer.

pods

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:17 | 4548889 JPM Hater001
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This year vote Libertarian.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 22:16 | 4550778 Tapeworm
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I downvoted because the Libertarian Party is a joke. Look at the assholes that they have run, and especially the twit from the last go-around.

 You know--- the one that said many times that there were no crimes committed by the Banksters and the ancillary rackets involved in the real estate frauds. Karl Denninger has laid out several of the things that make the LP a joke. KD is right.

 Then look at the preposterous official position of the LP on unlimited immigration that is gutting the finances of state and local goomints.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:39 | 4550079 Hayabusa
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Yet another example illustrating that our "elected leaders" are no smarter than Billy Bob who

hangs out at the local watering hole.  Our leaders are ego maniac war greedy mongers...

doesn't mean they are smart.  Why would any of this surprise anyone is a mystery to me.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:41 | 4550080 Hayabusa
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.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:57 | 4548795 Dollarmedes
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He might be impeached, if the Senate goes Republican in 2014. If Lee is corrupt (I already know Reid is...and a pederast, too!), then he would vote against impeaching the person (Holder) protecting him. OTOH, it could be that Lee is innocent and this is a way of back-handedly smearing him to appear corrupt. In that case, I would expect Lee to vote to get rid of the person holding up the investigation that could exonerate him.

 

Reid may have appointed that Republican prosecutor precisely so that the Utah office (which you would assume has the most direct evidence) would have to recuse itself.

 

Interesting.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:08 | 4548849 DontGive
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<giggles>

 

He said "vote".. None of these crooks will face the music unless they do something really openly retarded like Jackson Jr. Even then it's a slap on the wrist.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:34 | 4548962 Crash Overide
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The DOJ needs to be investigated for not investigating...

Word on the street is as long as Barry and Eric are running shit, free passes for all USG criminals and friends.

What a fucking joke.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34 | 4549259 Straw Dog
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Mike lee appears regularly on Glenn Beck's The Blaze. To me he's an impressive guy who upholds and expounds strong Constitutional values.

Harry Reid on the other hand ....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:14 | 4548872 Chewybunny
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Perception m'boy! PERCEPTION!

It is all about perception. How you (anyone of us, including politicians) are perceived in the public eye. Imagine the Democrat's top bully boy suddenly caught in massive corruption scandal. Coming into the 2014 and then 2016 election cycle, those things are going to bite, and bite hard. Imagine still, if nothing is done about it. The perception of them by the public eye will be even more negative.

Perception is the cornerstone of politics. From the highest offices, to the lowest water-cooler talk. Perception is what drives votes.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:35 | 4548967 DollarMenu
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Votes for what?

The Owners control who gets on any ballot, and they count them as well.

Your 'vote' is just another way of agreeing to their dictates.

The script has been written; all is for entertainment and diversion.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4549302 Chewybunny
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I'm not nearly as pessimistic and defeatist as you.

Maybe it's the immigrant naivite of the American system in me, but I am pretty damn convinced that if there is a third party upset it would make more of a political impact than bitching about the problem on the internet. That third party upset means that, yes, you'd have to engage in what you perceive is anlready corrupted system.

In my opinion, it seems more like that kind of thinking is creating the voter apathy and voter disconnect that is giving fuel to the shitheads in DC. They legitimize themselves because of your inactivity.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549241 ChanceIs
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>>>Holder......won't be impeached<<<

Not so fast.  The Coalition of African American Pastors wants him out.  I signed the petition.  You can do so as well here:

http://caapus.org/

Owens on Fox News: AG Holder is Lawle...

Our campaign to impeach Attorney General Holder continues to gain support and attention. Recently, Rev. Owens appeared on Fox News to discuss Holder’s agenda, his bullying tactics, and why his lawless actions make him deserving of impeachment. Watch the video below, and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign our petition [...]

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:55 | 4548787 Rainman
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Levenworth isn't nearly big enough to jail all the USSA kleptocrats pulling the exact same thing....fed, state and local

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:58 | 4548799 greyghost
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paging headbanger for more moronic comments. headbanger oh headbanger here is your classic corruption at high levels of the federal goverment! oh look headbanger, a red state senator and a blue state senator....take your pick for most corrupt!!!!!! your mission is spin this as all obama's fault or blame it on obamacare or both....good luck. however i insist you use the good republican senator in your post....fair is fair after all.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:59 | 4548802 Greenskeeper_Carl
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fxGqcCeV3qk

I think it's supposed to go something like this??

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:48 | 4548745 Manthong
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What else can you expect from the low-lifes in charge?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:55 | 4548785 90's Child
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Besides the Mormons. Utah ain't so bad.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:59 | 4549713 sgorem
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Besides the Morons, Utah ain't so bad.......

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 20:59 | 4550473 Independent
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Hate to break it to you but Reid is a JEW who converted and so is his wife, he converted to being a Mormon but if you read Wiki it says that the Mormon Elders question his faith.

The guy is a Lizard like all the other dual citizens in govt.   Trust me at some later point in his life he and his wife and five kids will all rediscover their roots.

"..In 1959, Reid married his high school girlfriend, Landra Gould. They have five children: a daughter and four sons. Their eldest son, Rory, was an elected Commissioner for Clark County, Nevada, of which he became Chairman, and 2010 Democratic nominee in the election for Governor of Nevada. Another son ran for municipal office in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.[70] According to Opensecrets.org, as of 2010, Reid is worth between $3.3 million to $10.3 million.[71][72]

Reid (who was raised agnostic) and his wife (who was born to Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in Henderson) converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student....Several Republican Mormons in Utah have contested his faith because of his politics, such as his statements that the church's backing of California's Proposition 8 wasted resources"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Reid

http://blogs.forward.com/bintel-blog/120604/senators-hatch-and-reid-morm...

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch isn’t the only Mormon legislator with a soft spot for Jewish traditions.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s wife, Landra (née Gould), was raised Jewish, and the Reid family has a mezuzah on the doorpost of their Searchlight, Nev. home in honor of that heritage, a spokeswoman for Senator Reid confirmed. (Senator Hatch wears a mezuzah around his neck, as this Tablet music video shows.)

Both Senator Reid and his wife are converts to Mormonism; Hatch was born into the Mormon faith.

Until both of her Landra’s parents died, the Reids celebrated the Jewish holidays, the senior senator from Nevada told the New Yand all of them are very proud of the fact that they are eligible for Israeli citizenship.”orker, adding: “My two oldest children have great affection for things Jewish, and my three younger children are aware of their mother’s lineage, and all of them are very proud of the fact that they are eligible for Israeli citizenship.”

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/bintel-blog/120604/senators-hatch-and-reid-morm...

Wonder if the entire family of Scum has gotten their Israeli citizenship already, they must have if he wants to launder money safely.  The USA is already an organism that has been completely infested and its neural network is under the command of the Dual-citizen mob squad.

 

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:22 | 4551319 zionhead101
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Most folks when they talk about UTAH they call it "JOO-TAH", for good reason, ... Mr. Smith who created Mormonism, essentially mixed old Judaism with sci-fi Martian Canal stuff which was talk of the town in those days', everybody had seen martian canals in the telescopes. Space aliens are on everybodys mind in the 1800's.

Baby Jeebuz came from outer space,... but still a ZIO-created religion for USA hairlips.

Mormonism is just ZIon-ism home grown in the USA.

No mistake that most CIA has recruited mormon missionary boyz, and no mistake that NSA is now HQ in Joo-Tah,... cuz that's where all the people who work for CIA/NSA live and/or retire.

One look at Snowden, I mean Snowjob and he has MORMON boy missionary all over his sorry white ass.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:15 | 4548832 Canadian Dirtlump
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Along with boehner, pelosi, feinstein, mccain and the myriad of others - the self anointed, sorrupt to the core, treasonous demons who are helping pave the way to collapse for the average american ( with whom incidentally I can only say as a canadian is my best friend ).

 

p.s. I'm not mocking the US from a high horse, as we have more than our fair share of retard fuckers and asshole bleachers here.

p.p.s. For the friday cliff claven fact, I believe Mike Lee's family has a long if not prominnt history in the mormon church and one of his relatives was involved in the mountain meadows massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacree

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:20 | 4549175 gcjohns1971
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So was one of mine.

Nephi Johnson was my Great-Great Uncle.

Which massacres were your anscestors or their relatives involved in?  I find a "Mea Culpa" on that one hard as it happend 130 years before I was born.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:51 | 4549382 Canadian Dirtlump
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I came here from the planet Zontar which is fairly peaceful. Ignore that dinner party invitation.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:12 | 4548865 Robot Traders Mom
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Mike Lee has always been a closet neocon parading around as a libertarian. Rand will be exposed next.

www.TopTheNews.com 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:17 | 4548883 Canadian Dirtlump
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Imagine my surprise when I see your post after I amend mine quoting mike lee's questionable lineage.

 

With respect to Rand, the fact is that if he gets mainstream traction he's compromised in some way. There isn't any discussion about that. You can't make it to the big show without kissing the right rings.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:26 | 4551321 zionhead101
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Rand reeks with ZIONISM, he's just controlled opposition.

Like his PA and that bullshit anti-semitic plant in the 1960's and Pa's counter to the zionist Federal Reserve,... all made for theater for GOYIM harilips.

Rand would have never made senator had he not took it in the ASS with AIPAC "Cass Sunstein" cock.

Rand is now a 'made man' in the mafia sense, but make no mistake he is OWNED by AZC. The same folks that killed JFK, and Rand knows that his family is dead, should they ever cross the fucking PTB. Welcome to the real fucking AmeriKKKa, not the Hollywood, or WASH-DC circus act.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:43 | 4548999 bcups
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just playing devil's advocate here:

 

How does a short sale become corruption? You leave a paper traila mile wide, in public voew, and the bank has to sign off.

Reid on the otherhand....well just look at a picture. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:28 | 4549225 daxtonbrown
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I literally wrote the book on Harry Reid corruption:

"Harry: Money Mob and Influence by Daxton Brown" (see amazon)

I worked with a guy who was Reid's campaign manager from 1965 to 1974. He told me he was the bagman to pick up grocery bags of cash from mobbed up pimp Joe Conforte at the Mustang Ranch brothel. The story goes downhill from there.

Reid's best friend, Jay Brown, is a mob and titty bar lawyer. I have tracked a number of cases of bribes and small businesses being strong armed by Reid. He is both corrupt, and as an abused child he developed a dual personality. As he gets older, it is harder for him to hide the weirdness. The movie Casino was a documentary, just one small sliver of the Reid corruption timeline.

http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:02 | 4549725 sgorem
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it was nice knowin' ya daxton..............

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 20:52 | 4550516 Independent
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You are my hero Daxton, just watch out for the Polonium courtesy of the JEW Mafia, bring your own drinks and food buddy.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:12 | 4551310 Doctor Who
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Utah is the western equivialant of New Jersey.   They play the game well, but they have snake oil pouring out of every decision they make.  I live here and try to find the better place to go on a daily basis. It's a beautiful state with the ugliest reality.  It's owned by a religion with good people, but mastered by ugly personality.  Welcome your data center overlords.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:28 | 4551323 zionhead101
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Except MORMONS are probably the sleaziest horniest hypocrites on earth, ... on to planet Kleptu for a beer.

( Tyler's is it allowed here to use the M- word,....after all its a CULT you know. )

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:46 | 4548731 g'kar
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The Federal Marshals should just do us all a favor and turn Washington DC into a penal colony and make them grow their own food or starve.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:50 | 4548758 Seer
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+1000

BUT... the Federal Marshals need the govt to extract money from us for their paychecks :-(  Otherwise, it would be a great plan :-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:08 | 4548847 XitSam
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Paging Snake Plissken ... Escape From DC

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:52 | 4549662 g'kar
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True

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:12 | 4548864 Canadian Dirtlump
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In a moment where I was given leave of my normally charitable nature, I had a passing thought that if a tactical nuke was deployed in most of the western capitals, along with selective one in the middle east and levant the rest of the normal folks whom have alot in common actually would probably have a fair chance at a good life.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:21 | 4548905 Chewybunny
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They would do neither. They'd first find ways of convincing the people of Washington to offer themselves up as willing feasts. Until of course it comes down to them having to devour each other first. Me thinks it would be an amazing b flick: The White House Cannibals

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:38 | 4548979 Osmium
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You are on to something there.  I bet one of the networks could make a reality show about it too.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:46 | 4548733 Schmuck Raker
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I'll reserve judgment until we here from Mr. Erdogan.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:46 | 4548736 McMolotov
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It's a big club, and you ain't in it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:57 | 4548794 Ignatius
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The FBI today functions like the Pinkertons of bygone days.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:31 | 4548952 F.A. Hayek
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At least with the Pinkertons you knew where you stood when you saw them rolling in wielding rifles and phony LEO badges.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:46 | 4548738 Billy Sol Estes
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Hoo Lee Fuuk

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:48 | 4548747 Carl Popper
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Real Estate "losses" are always a great way to funnel a little extra cash to politicians. Just ask Bath House Barry Soetoro

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:02 | 4548820 Dollarmedes
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I was just thinking that: this is awfully similar to the Tony Rezko thing.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:48 | 4548751 Duc888
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Just-Us Dept.  Too funny.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:51 | 4548752 Colonel Klink
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It takes corruption to block investigations on corruption.  Eric "corrupt as the come" Holder to the rescue once again.

Hey Eric, you're one of the worst pieces of shit in government!  Nominated by the other worse piece of shit in government.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4548779 Walt D.
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You can't call an African American politician or official corrupt - that would be racist.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:59 | 4548805 Colonel Klink
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Then I'll wear the label as a badge of courage.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:04 | 4548824 Dollarmedes
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"...piece of shit..."

Shit is brown...Eric Holder is brown...RACISSSSS!!!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:25 | 4548923 Colonel Klink
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Amazing what can be deciphered from a post.

+1

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:10 | 4549764 sgorem
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@ Dollarmedes, "Shit is brown....Eric Holder is brown".....at least SHIT can be used as fertilizer, whereas Eric Holder is worthless as tits on a boar hog.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:49 | 4548753 John McCloy
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There is no Justice in the nation any longer...only the Just-Us system...protecting the buddies..sepereate rule of law for seperate class of folks.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:15 | 4548877 SDShack
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Yep, I have been saying it forever... welcome to the New Feudal World Order. Just another example that proves it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:43 | 4549004 mtl4
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If you replace justice with the word legal (ie it's a legal system not a justice system) then all the free passes for friends and family make sense.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:29 | 4549834 zerozulu
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Yes, That's from where third world starts.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:50 | 4548757 y3maxx
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A Primo Scam uncovered!...look for similar copycat deals used for other Politicians.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:50 | 4548759 Let them eat iPads
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When it's someone high up in government or business pulling this kind of crap it's called "wrongdoing".

 

When it's one of us little people it's called a "crime".

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4548777 Seer
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No shit.  Just like "white collar" crimes are seen as not really harming people (we never look at the end of the line to see those who end up committing suicide, starving to death or dying due to being shorted some sort of care or whatnot).

Sometimes I think I need to take up Christian values so that saying "go to hell" to all these folks has more meaning...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:52 | 4548766 Walt D.
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What do you expect? The rule of law has broken down. One law for the insiders and cronies; another law for everone else.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:56 | 4548788 Seer
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The law was never pure to start with.

"La Revolucion is like a great love affair. In the beginning, she is a goddess. A holy cause. But... every love affair has a terrible enemy: time. We see her as she is. La Revolucion is not a goddess but a whore. She was never pure, never saintly, never perfect."

- Jack Palance, as 'Jesus Raza', in, 'The Professionals' (1966)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:22 | 4548911 KickIce
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One major drawback of our system is it built on compromise, compromise enough and you lose sight of your starting point.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4548767 A Lunatic
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Why the need for a DOJ coverup when corruption, theft, murder and treason are committed by leadership every day in the open and nobody does a fucking thing about it..........??

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:59 | 4548801 Seer
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My wife escaped the Philippines in part due to all the corruption.  I told her that not only is there corruption in the US but that it's MUCH greater, that the difference is that it's all polished here, whereas in the Philippines they're just a bunch of amateurs.  Where there's more money there's more corruption.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:07 | 4549122 WillyGroper
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I met a lil 93 yr old man last summer who's father owned the largest gold, silver & copper mines in the Philippines. They were seized during WWII. The stories he told me of the Marco's gold, arrival of the CB & corruption by USG were unbelievable. Although foreign born (Philippines) to US parents, they even tried to deny his citizenship for which he had to fight for.  This man was telling me a living history of the Golden Lily.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:11 | 4549143 Uncle Remus
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When TPTB don't bother keeping up even the thinnest veneer of propriety, you know the party is just about over.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4548772 apberusdisvet
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Certainly lends credence to the overwhelming evidence that an R or D designation is just a ploy to keep the sheeple amused and polarized.  It's all the same party, folks, based upon self dealing while sucking the puppet masters in the shadow government.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:55 | 4548783 Freddie
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Reid is a total scum and his criminal deals in Nevada are endless.   I wrote off Mike Lee when he was saying nice things about amnesty Rubio.  Rubio is another one who had a repo'ed house.  Rubio is a McCain RINO.  probably owned by Soros and the NWO like McCain and the amnesty RINOs.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:57 | 4548796 Reaper
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Eric Holder isn't racist; he's protecting white politicians along with his people from prosecution.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:15 | 4549783 sgorem
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yeah, like "i'm not a bigot, i just fucking hate everybody" kind of thingy..............

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:58 | 4548800 Skin666
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Gotta love the lefty klepto's!

 

Harry Reid might actually be pure evil...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4548808 Seer
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Ah, how nice, another Party Pussy.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:59 | 4548807 Gringo Viejo
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The "perception" of a cover-up? LMAO......

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:01 | 4548816 Seer
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Well, we MUST have "confidence" in the "perception" otherwise where would we be? </sarc>

ALL POWER IS CORRUPT.  (sorry Party Pussies)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4548810 Rising Sun
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Time to fucking erase Eric Holder - another Barry piece of dogshit - runs the show like a latin America dictator

 

FUCK YOU HOLDER AND FUCK YOUR FAMILY TOO!!!!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:17 | 4549789 sgorem
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just wondering if the NSA can track that up vote i just left ya.....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:01 | 4548814 nickels
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Cover up- no problem. Perception of a cover up- we'll get a guy over there right away to fix that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:01 | 4548817 Dr. Engali
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I'm sorry did I miss something? I was busy playing Farmville. .... Is that still a game?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:04 | 4548822 Skin666
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"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." Frederic Bastiat

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 | 4548852 Seer
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Whenever there are "special" powers granted then it is certain that those powers will be abused.  Plunder, then, is as sure to follow as night follows day...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:07 | 4548839 SheepDog-One
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Hey where can I get MY free 'block FBI investigation' card?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:10 | 4548859 Seer
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It'll cost you your soul.  And should you deviate from your commitment you won't be investigated, you'll just be droned (save tax money of costly trials).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548891 Ariadne
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Same place you get federal reserve stock.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:08 | 4548848 kchrisc
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They better convert or something so they can 'return' when the DC US collapses, as the Internet will remember.

 

"My guillotine has the best memory of all."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 | 4548853 q99x2
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Holder is a psychpatic murderer and Most noted for the cover up of the Oklahoma City bombing. Later he notoriety centered around running guns into Mexico and the resulting deaths. Lastly he is the renowned Attorney in protecting the Banks from prosecution for Drug money laundering and providing funding to terrorist organizations. In the first decades of the 21st century he was part of the criminal takeover of the United States of America. 

He later was prosecuted in the future and awaits sentencing as a war criminal charged with treason, muder, conspiracy to commit murder, obstruction of justice and Holdering his Bernanke.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:19 | 4548900 Ifigenia
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Holder best stunt produced till now was the discovery of a plot which an iranian man subcontracted a mexican drug traficker to put a bomb in saudi embassy. The film was so bad that it was take down two days after it was showed.

This story really stunt me at the time by his stupity

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:46 | 4548861 Notsobadwlad
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Nobody can be surprised by this. Reid is one of the core people in the so called "progressive" (fasco-communist) movement that is tearing this country apart.

I have to wonder how deep the rabbit hole goes. When I heard about what at the face of it looks like a completely corrupted election the last time he stood (it is said that if actual votes were counted the Tea Party candidate would have won, but like with Ron Paul, no one was interested in investigating), I have to believe that there are MANY people who know and are covering for him.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:15 | 4548869 Ifigenia
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This news is insignificant nowaday with Humankind preoccupiy with survival after a nuclear war....

Wait a minute, arent those suspects work in Congress? Than the scandal could be a smoke screen, what really matter is their jobs, boiling down to their intention of vote in something very BIG. Voting yes to a nuclear war? Letting IMF in USA with those reforms? Both things?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:35 | 4548965 monad
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If there is a nuclear exchange, the 1% will head underground. Afterward don't let they come up. Make sure they don't come up.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549849 Ifigenia
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then would have a trial for Victoria Nulland for crime against humanity with intention to liquidate all 99 sheeps of Humankind? People did less were prosecuted as terrorist. That woman was shot death in DC with a baby in the car. What did she done? In USA there is no more rule of law?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:14 | 4548873 kchrisc
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You can cover-up a huge pile of shit, but you can't make the stink go away.

 

"The Internet remembers."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:16 | 4548882 monad
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Until the citizens take matters into their own hands this farce will continue.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:41 | 4548993 Seer
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Sadly, it'll only start up once again, as the manipulators will be the ones who plant themselves at the top and are empowered to, once again, see that justice is upheld.

Best to just walk away from it all (the lot of them will wither and die without our support) and pledge to never create ANY power structures.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:17 | 4548890 pragmatic hobo
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... we still have justice department?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:01 | 4549092 gcjohns1971
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No.

You have a "JUST US" Department.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548892 rosiescenario
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Perception of a cover up....no problem, get the right spin docter on it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548894 glengarryglenross
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I'm in Utah and this probe brought down our current Attorny General and casts a shadow onto the former AG (deeply conservative Republicans, like most (all) Utah politicians).  Great example of how the liberal/conservative divide is manufactured to keep our eye off the ball.  Nothing to do with tea baggers or progressives or anything.  Just pay to play.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:34 | 4548960 Seer
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So, you're saying that POWER corrupts ALL? </sarc>

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:22 | 4548913 Tenshin Headache
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Corruption and fraud are endemic when historic credit bubbles approach collapse. All is revealed after the collapse. Or so history informs us.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:36 | 4548974 Seer
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Yup, few are complaining with the drinks are flowing, but when the fountains shut down then all of a sudden the righteous storm the gates.

Humans never change...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:48 | 4549913 Ifigenia
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Corruption and fraud are common in every society. The problem in the West is we, better our msm always point the finger to Asia, Africa and Latin America as utter corrupts an praise our selves.

For me is indiferent, what i dont like is to kill innocent people around the world, millions and millions, with our tax money. And now the irony is, with our tax money they are going to provoke a nuclear armageddon with us all killed. The motive always the same, to protect their unalienable interests and rights.

If we have to go to war and face death, perhaps is better to go to wall street and fight. As least it is a just war

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:25 | 4548925 adr
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It's all corrupt to the core. The favors and sweetheart deals the politicians get are still small potatoes to what the multinationals and and banks get away with.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:38 | 4548981 Seer
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And, they're really one and the same (revolving doors and all).

My belief is that we're paying them to lie to us, to tell us that growth is possible.  In order to sell one's soul it's customary to expect to recieve something in return... it's all working just as one should expect.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:26 | 4548928 KickIce
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Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures

 

Gee, Orwell had no idea what he was talking about...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:39 | 4548983 Seer
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All well encapsulated in the movie Brazil (a true masterpiece).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:36 | 4548976 monad
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How do you like me now? Judge Roy Bean 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:41 | 4548989 squid427
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Is there anyting to infer form this? It seem to me that their behavior is getting more brash. Blatantly stealing and blocking investigations. Do you think they are raiding the coffers at a faster pace because they know this can't go on forever?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:41 | 4548996 kellycriterion
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Allow me to correct you adr. The political class is willing to burn through fantastic amounts of resources to generate an amount of money for themselves that is small in absolute terms but substantial in individual terms.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:44 | 4549011 Seer
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Well put.

The key, however, is less about amassing wealth and more about maintaining power.  Really, who cares to have to manage a bunch of numbers as long as everyone is working for YOU (and you have a lifestyle that you want)?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:54 | 4549927 Ifigenia
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Aipac is a good example.

Under it "influence", Congress vote program of aids with billions of dollars to Israel, then those israelis send some money back for the Congress as kickback. Let say, more they send to Israel the tax payer money, more they earn.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:47 | 4549019 Seer
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Along the lines of corruption (not meaning to hijack, but this one's pretty hot):

BofA, Citigroup, Credit Suisse Sued by FDIC Over Libor

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-14/bofa-citigroup-credit-suisse-su...

It appears as though someone was unable to block this from becoming a law suit.  I suspect a bit of uncomfort is to be had... (System eating it's own?)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:51 | 4549041 Yen Cross
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 If accusations like this aren't proof enough that our 2 party system a farce, then the sheep deserved to be slaughtered.

 There's no "red vs blue" side...It's just a big purple swirl.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:39 | 4549890 Seer
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"purple swirl"

How about a picture of us all beating the crap out of Barney (who is being controlled behind the scenes by TPTB)?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:56 | 4549066 squid427
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"It's just a big purple swirl."

That sounds gross.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:57 | 4549067 gcjohns1971
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This is the separation of powers at work.

Washington and their cronies have all the power.  The rest of us have been separated from power, and will do as we're told while paying for the privilege.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:40 | 4549893 Seer
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"The rest of us have been separated from power"

We had power?

The ONLY solution is to STOP giving others your power.  "Representative" democracy my ass...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:02 | 4549094 JR
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One of the most extensive dirty political campaigns in history has been the Chamber of Commerce/Republican Establishment’s attack on Utah Senator Mike Lee, one of the most powerful opponents of Obamacare.

And, now, the campaign, which has already enlisted such forces as Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, enlists the U.S. Justice Department. Linking the so-called investigation of Harry Reid with Mike Lee is one of the lowest political moves anyone has yet to see.

This is a Republican Establishment attempt to get Mike Lee; there will never be an investigation. If so, Harry would have been gotten long ago.

Why else was Daxton Brown’s biography on Dirty Harry Reid media-blackballed? His best source was Reid’s campaign manager from the early days (65 to 75), Don Williams, who picked up bags of cash from pimp Joe Conforte at the Mustang Ranch..

Even worse than the Reid campaign's history of pimping, picking up bag money from the Mustang Ranch, rewarding mobsters and spreading pornography and prostitution was using fake polls to get Harry into the Senate of the United States.

Brown’s book, HARRY: Money Mob & Influence in Harry Reid's Nevada - is explosive material and shows how a hated figure like Reid reaches the halls of power. I quote: 

When I started to write my book on Reid in the middle of 2009, I of course immediately called Don and asked if he had any stories about Reid. Don* had a haymaker:

I was in Reno during the (1970) Lt Governor's race and Harry called and said to go down to the River House (casino), and see Joe Conforte. I was interested in Conforte, because at that time he was bringing in San Francisco pollsters during the elections. He hired polling outfits, which was pretty unusual considering he was a well known pimp. We were able to get one big poll. I had run races where pollsters made lots money off us, but Conforte's polls were better. Conforte looks like a Damon Runyon pimp. We hit it off pretty well. George Knapp (Channel 8 Reporter) did a report on him recently down in Brazil, Conforte doesn't look like he's aged at all.

Well Conforte says to me, "I want you give this to Harry Reid." And he hands me a big fat envelope. One time Conforte took me to this double-wide trailer. It was pretty opulent and attached by a secret door to the Mustang Ranch. Conforte had a whole wall of huge paper shopping bags with money sitting there and had me help count it out. Conforte also took me out to his car one time and showed me a whole trunk full of absentee ballots filled out for Harry. He actually offered me the opportunity to open the ballots to check them if I wanted, but I didn't want my fingerprints on there. So, you could say Harry Reid's campaign was partially oiled by the sweat of Mustang Ranch whores. Interview, Don Williams, 10-27-2009

*“Don Williams [is] a well known and respected (sometimes feared) Democratic political consultant in Nevada who had run Harry Reid's early campaigns from 1965 (Hospital board) through 1968 (State Assembly), 1970 (Lieutenant Governor) and finally a defeat in 1974 for Senate against Senator Paul Laxalt." -- Daxton Brown
http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:02 | 4549096 Uncle Remus
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Purple Team!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:04 | 4549104 yogibear
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Eric Holder: Don't go there. Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Corzine are immune to any crime.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:19 | 4549176 Protokletos
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Harry Reid give me the fucking heeby jeebies

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:25 | 4549197 yogibear
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Hary Reid, leave those young kids alone!

I sure wouldn't leave him alone with my son.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:24 | 4549195 GoldenDonuts
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"Paging Frank Underwood?"  I love it.

If only Frank Underwood was around.  At least there would be a competent psychopath around.  The real psychos running things can't seem to find their ass with both hands.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549329 Debt Slave
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That's the benefit they get for voting to screw us with Obongocare. They get a get out of jail free card.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549389 Pumpkin
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I am actually shocked there was any investigation to begin with.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:35 | 4549586 SmittyinLA
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I see Harry Reid's corruption, but Mike Lee, they're accusing him of taking a personal loss on a home sale to a donor? 

Donors are supposed to bribe politicians, not vice versa, sometimes a banana is just a banana. 

The FBI appears to be on a witch hunt to remove Lee by any means and protect Reid. 

BTW the FBI has tapes of CA Seantor Ron Calderon bribing members of the CA legislature as well as members of Congress, the FBI is federal corruption "damage control". 

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:21 | 4549804 22winmag
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Again... there is no rule of law.

 

We are beyond the banana republic stage.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:55 | 4549930 Nick Jihad
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Citizens, do not be alarmed. Attorney General Eric "Stonewall" Holder is on the case, and Just-us will be served.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:03 | 4549950 franciscopendergrass
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"Whether both or either politician sought or received money or other benefits from donors and/or fundraisers in connection with doing political favors or taking official actions."

How can receiving large sums of money from anyone with power or influence not be construed as corruption?  How is money equivalent to speech?  Money is influence.  Influence is corruption.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:05 | 4549964 notadouche
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I see a very harsh censure in their future.  Very stern, scathing censure and then off to the free lunch and back to the work of graft, you know busniess as usual.   I would hate to be in their shoes.  All that trouble from being guilty of commiting a crime against the people.

In reality, a congressional member proven to have commited a felony while in office should be charged with treason.  Any crime by an elected congressional official should be considered HIGH TREASON, as any criminal act committed against the american taxpayer should be treated as the worst offense an official could engage in.  They have a higher duty to act with the utmost integrity being they are servants of the people.  Treating the people as servants of the government is the utmost arrogance and should be treated with scorn by every citizen.  Time to hit twitter en massse with angry tweets.  That, for some reason seems to get the attention of government officials and media much more effectively than marches and riots.   (See Blythe Masters)  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:27 | 4550043 honestann
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Reid is untouchable.

He carries too much water for the predators-that-be.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:16 | 4550589 BeetleBailey
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Reid's a CUNT!

Here's hoping the fucker DIES! SOON! Like...NOW!

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