Nov 022011

The Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending held a hearing entitled, “The Green Energy Debacle: Where Has All The Taxpayer Money Gone?” which continued the Oversight Committee’s work in examining the results of the Obama Administration’s various “green” energy programs.

Nov 022011

Tuesday, the Chicago Police issued a community alert for three incidents over the weekend involving a group of men who walked into northwest side homes and pretending to be officers. They flashed fake badges and had walkie talkies in hand.

Dorothy Martorano, of the 5500 block of West Gunnison, said that she was home with her elderly father when the latest incident happened.

“I was in the kitchen and walked into the living room and saw this man standing there,” Martorano said.

He told her that there was a robbery in progress in her garage and told her to go to the back of the home where she saw more men at her back door, who also claimed to be police officers.

They told her that they needed to search the home to make sure no one else was inside. She was suspicious, but allowed it for a few minutes. That is until she found one of the men searching through an upstairs bedroom and asked for the man’s badge number.

When she picked up the phone to call 911, the men took off.

Chicago Police gave a very broad description of the men involved, White or Hispanic between the ages of 18 and 36. 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall and between 140 to 230 pounds. They were wearing baseball caps, zippered gray sweatshirts or black hooded sweatshirts.

The men were also seen driving away in either a dark red large SUV or navy blue Town and Country mini-van.

Call Area 5 Police detectives if you have information at (312) 746-8282

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Nov 022011

The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case.

Frank Figliuzzi, assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, did not identify the Cabinet official, but other U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.”

“These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a specific mission to get close to U.S. policymakers and leaders in our government,” he said, noting that one had developed a friendship with someone close to a Cabinet official.

Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman at the time the case broke, P.J. Crowley, sought to distance her from the case, but did not deny that she was the person mentioned in court papers. “There is no reason to believe that the Secretary of State was a special target of this spy ring,” Mr. Crowley said in an email.

Full article @ WT

Nov 022011

GOP senator tells Obama to cancel $12.8M in bonuses that were approved for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

A Republican senator is calling on President Obama to cancel the $12.8 million in bonuses that were approved for 10 executives at the government-seized mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that received a $170 billion taxpayer-funded bailout.

“I am calling on the president of the United States to cancel those bonuses and explain to the American people, the taxpayers who bailed out Freddie and Fannie, why he continues to reward failure,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said at a news conference Tuesday.

The two housing giants have received about $141 billion in taxpayer funds since the government took them over in 2008 during the financial crisis.

Politico first reported the $6.46 million in bonuses for the top five officers at Freddie Mac — including $2.3 million for CEO Charles E. Haldeman Jr., who is stepping down next year — and $6.33 million for Fannie Mae officials, including $2.37 million for CEO Michael Williams, for meeting modest goals.

A second bonus installment for Freddie executives in 2010 has yet to be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Politico reported.

Read more @ FOX

Nov 022011

Four senior citizens who are suspected members of a fringe militia group in Georgia are charged after FBI investigation found that the men planned to attack federal buildings and officials using deadly toxins…

ATLANTA – Four suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group were arrested Tuesday by federal authorities and charged with plotting to buy explosives and trying to make a deadly toxin in a bizarre plot to attack unnamed government officials.

The four men in their 60s and 70s were part of a group that also tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device and sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses, according to a federal complaint.

4 Suspected Militia Members Charged in Plot to Buy Explosives:

The four listed in the indictment are Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68. The men live in the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa.

They have been talking about “covert” operations since at least March 2011, according to court records, discussing murder, theft and using toxic agents and assassinations to undermine the state and federal government.

Thomas’ wife, Charlotte, called the charges “baloney.”

Nov 022011

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