In a House Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL6) raked Environmental Protection Agency consultant Dr. Susan Tierney over the coals for the agency’s use of armed agents when investigating possible violators.
“EPA has been very aggressive in enforcement,” Rep. Palmer said, “and it’s gone from a regulatory agency to almost operating like a police state, I’ll just be blunt about it.”
“There have been cases where the EPA, your armed division, has shown up with body armor and weapons drawn. Can you give me an idea of what the threat assessment might be that would justify that kind of intervention?”
Rep. Palmer described a case in which EPA agents approached a community’s water treatment plant in full SWAT gear and military-style weapons:
“I know specifically of a case… they showed up in a relatively small town at their waste treatment facility, and I’ve not been to their waste treatment facility but I’m fairly certain there are no sniper’s towers or machine gun nests, or anything there that would justify that kind of intervention.”
“We’ve had at least two of those in Alabama,” he said, “and I just find it interesting that the EPA is implementing these rules and conducting themselves in a way that’s really more of a police state than of a regulatory agency.”
“It looks like we’ve been lied to, or at least misled,” said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. at a congressional hearing Thursday evening,
32,000 Lerner emails found on backup tapes:
Inspector general investigating criminal activity within IRS. Well DOH!
IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus, who testified alongside Inspector General J. Russell George, said his organization was investigating possible criminal activity. He did not elaborate, other than to suggest a key factor is whether documents were intentionally withheld.
The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011.
“We have been patient. We have asked, we have issued subpoenas, we have held hearings,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the Oversight Committee. “It’s just shocking me that you start, two weeks later you’re able to find the emails.”
“We recovered quite a number of emails, but until we compare those to what’s already been produced we don’t know if they’re new emails,” Camus told the House Oversight Committee.
Neither Camus nor George would describe the contents of any of the emails at Thursday’s hearing.
Last year, the House voted mostly along party lines to hold her in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at the hearings.
The Federal Communications Commission is driving toward a landmark vote Today on a sweeping plan that critics warn would impose a new era of regulation for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, even as eleventh-hour appeals inject added drama behind the scenes.
“This fight continues as the future of the Internet is at stake,” House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., vowed, in a statement announcing the hearing delay.
What an oymoron, Radical marxism called Free Press. Check out the ‘free press’ site people. It boasts about killing the internet.
We have ONE week left to make a stink Patriots.As of this draft it has a ‘countdown clock’ of nearly 8 days until ‘Until the most important FCC vote ever. Defend net neutrality’. .Take a bit of time to go through this site to show what we are up against!
Bob McChesney of Free Press (strong supporters of Internet regulation). And yes — these are real quotes from Bob McChesney himself.. Quotes credit to Americans For Prosperity. Check out their Board of Directors. Whereas free press won’t show theirs.
“Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.”
Glenn Beck on Tuesday said the “real goal” of the upcoming FCC vote on net neutrality is to control the flow of information over the Internet.
“It’s minorly about taxes. They’ll come after you with taxes on everything,” Beck said on his radio program. “But this is truly about control. … They’ve tried to take away your guns. They’re trying to take away your voice. They need control of the Internet.”
“You want a Department of the Internet like we have a Department of the Interior and we have a Department of Internal Revenue Service?” Beck asked. “This is it. You like your health care? You couldn’t keep your health care. You like your Internet?”
Beck said proponents of net neutrality are describing it as a way to implement “Internet fairness,” but that is “bull crap.”
This is critical! Your voice must be heard now in the loudest of voices. The FCC is doing a power grab of the internet. There are only a few days left to voice your opposition. If you want a Department of the Internet and you think that will make independent voices stronger, stay silent. Otherwise tell CONGRESS AND THE FCC HANDS OFF THE INTERNET.
From marxist point of view brought to you by Democracy Now:
Digital Disconnect: Robert McChesney on “How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy”
April 2013 : “The ways capitalism works and does not work determine the role the Internet might play in society.”
* July 2006: The collapse of journalism and the rise of commercialism is sparking a reform movement that will fight to ensure the First Amendment endures in the digital age. McChesney
* JUST get a glimmer of the Videos on this dangerous organization to Freedom.
~ So, this is ONE group. ONE powerful group that is the driving impetus to Win on the 26th. ONE group to help obama make this obamacare. Our prices will soar, as in obamacare. Our providers will be regulated. Like obamacare. Sites that tell the Truth, such as this, will lose FREE Speech. True free speech as in the protection of our First Amendment. Fight it! JP
“75 percent thought that we need to do more about money in politics, particularly in the area of disclosure. And I think that’s something that we can’t ignore.”
But a former Republican FEC chairman said in his testimony that if the agency moves to regulate the Internet, including news voices like the Drudge Report as GOP commissioners have warned, many thousands more comments will flood in in opposition of regulation.
Democratic Chairwoman Ann Ravel, who called the hearing, has said she wants to regulate politicking on the Internet, though she has pulled back amid a public outcry, especially among conservatives who see her move as a bid to silence center-right websites and Internet based conservative groups and news sites.
Then there’s this from CNS News:
The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle.
Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.
However, the commission’s three Republican members – Lee Goodman, Caroline Hunter, and Matthew Petersen – responded to Ravel’s comments in a joint statement.
“Despite the Internet’s growing importance as a tool for all citizens to engage in political debate, and notwithstanding this Commission’s promise to take a ‘restrained regulatory approach’ with respect to online political activity, [Ravel] apparently believes the time has come to impose greater regulation on political speech over the Internet,” the group wrote.
According to Commissioner Goodman, who served as chairman of the FEC last year, regulation of content placed on the Internet is a very real possibility.
“The commission has seen proposals to regulate even issue advocacy referencing federal candidates that is disseminated on the Internet,” Goodman told CNSNews.com.
Among those testifying at Wednesday’s hearing, three former Republican commissioners – Donald McGahn, David Mason, and Hans Von Spakovsky – are scheduled to speak against further controls from the FEC.
Important Note: The Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign Legal Center, League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG are among those expected to testify in favor of more government regulations.
Democrats have long supported regulating political content on the Internet, but have generally sought to do so using the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). – Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University professor
ACT NOW: The FCC set to vote on February 26 on “net neutrality” rules under the auspices of preventing private Internet operators from imposing controls, the political focus behind the push to regulate online political speech has shifted largely to the FEC.
Do you consider the FBI director warning us on what we already knew, assuring or is he on an obama designed tour to scare citizens?! He sure is targeting the South. Where is IS in our communities? Really?
First Comey went to MS., and yesterday he was here visiting Huntsville to check out the soon-to-be new headquarters of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
James Comey let ABC 33/40 in on a secret during his second visit to Birmingham. He revealed his priorities as FBI director in the last year and a half have not changed. He continues an aggressive approach to fighting terrorism.
Comey’s target, Isis, the ground swell of people plotting to do one thing.
“I have open cases in every state in the union with the exception of Alaska for reasons I don’t fully understand,” added Comey.
Also in MS. was Former FBI National Terrorism Task Force and Nutley, N.J. Commissioner.He also said terrorists are a real threat on U.S. soil.
“This was a 10-, 20-, 30-year strategic plan to do what? To go after the big prize, take down the United States of America … in America.”
“In that training manual, it was clear: Infiltrate their universities,(check) infiltrate their schools,(check) their neighborhoods,(check) their market,(check) infiltrate the news media, (MsM triple check) embed yourself in every neighborhood,” he said.
“Look, I’m sure they’re here,” he said. “And I believe the FBI director was making it kind of through a back way of saying it, they’re here. So you know what, be on the look out.”
Ironically, the very administration for which Comey works has crippled intelligence capabilities, and isn’t protecting the borders from allowing more people with terrorist ties to enter, Rogers said.
He joined critics of President Barack Obama who say he should label the enemy “Islamic terrorists.”
“Mr. President, say these are Islamic terrorists, for goodness sakes,” he said.
Steven Rogers appeared on Cavuto yesterday:
First King Abdullah of Jordan was @ the WH when the pilot was shown. Interesting FYI is that obama asked Abdullah not to overreact. This from someone who is always in a glazed daze. Now this tour began on that very day. You smell it?
* Comey also warned back Oct 5, 2014 warned the Khorosan terror group will strike the US He admitted that 12 American ISIS fighters cannot be stopped from coming back home. He suggested that they are working on an attack directed at US and its allies
* On December 23rd, 2014 he had a prelude to his now tour for another southern state. This time ISIS was plotting a terrorist attack in MEMPHIS. The FBI has received a ‘credible threat’ that terror group plans to bomb the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge. A warning was issued by the agency to the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
We have something new to worry about. We will explain why. For now we will say obama is pushing ‘obamanet’ the very same way he pushed ‘obamacare. Government control! Period! And they will decide on February 26th. The time to act is now.
This week the Federal Communications Commission is expected to release its new net neutrality rules.
On January 21st the NYT declared, Republicans Push Plan in Net Neutrality Debate. Congressional Republicans have responded by offering their own version of net neutrality, arguing that new legislation, not F.C.C. mandates they say are outdated, should determine how web access is treated.
They are backed by cable providers and some wireless companies.
Why the delay, then another delay? We assume its because obama is on his internet tour for ‘obamanet’.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) signaled Tuesday that he would likely be unwilling to come around to a legislative approach to net neutrality. But he doesn’t see legislative path forward on net neutrality:
The draft bill would enforce many of the proposals called for by President Obama and other advocates, while also barring the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a utility — something the commission appears poised to do. – The Hill
* If it is made into a utility obamanet will kill ‘Truth’. Truth we share here and so many places and social media will become obsolete my friends.
* It will be as affordable as ‘healthcare costs will be cheaper. WE will not be able to afford obamanet. So he is selling a crock, AGAIN, that this is for those in rural areas. Those poor, that deserve fast broadband too.
Think about it. Google has been placing fiber optics all over, it will be their monopoly. We know how they are up obama’s behind.
Is THIS why the Utah data center was created? In the news lately they werent’t paying their water bill. According to the Salt Lake Tribune. More water poured into the National Security Agency’s Utah Data Center in 2014 than in previous years. NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines on Friday declined to discuss water usage at the Utah Data Center:
“We are unable to discuss the secure operations of the Utah Data Center,” Vines said. “Construction has been completed.”
Despite this mega monster, that is kinda like Area 51, they are worried about hacks. Utah faces up to 300 million cyberattacks against its state databases every day, up from 25,000 to 30,000 attempted attacks just five years ago.
For years, members of the party have decried net-neutrality regulation as a “government takeover of the Internet” that would “restrict our Internet freedom.”
But now, top GOP lawmakers are frantically working on net-neutrality legislation that’s even stronger than what many Democrats supported in previous years.
It’s as though Republicans were to suddenly decide to champion Obamacare.
All in the name of keeping from classifying Internet providers as public utilities like phone companies. They fear that move would strangle the Internet with even more onerous regulations.
We name names to contact:
* John Thune Senate Commerce Committee Chairman:
“Clear and reasonable rules are what every business and consumer needs and expects—this also applies to the Internet,” Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said in a statement late Wednesday.
Thune outlined 11 principles for net-neutrality legislation that would bar Internet service providers from blocking websites, selectively slowing down traffic, or creating special “fast lanes” for sites that pay more. Importantly, the rules would apply to Internet connections both at home and on mobile devices.
* Chairman Fred Upton and Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, have been working with Thune and are on board with the new principles.
A spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Chairman Fred Upton and Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, have been working with Thune and are on board with the new principles. The House and Senate Commerce committees have planned hearings for next Wednesday as well.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a member of the Commerce Committee, once memorably referred to net neutrality as “Obamacare for the Internet.”
Phil Novack, a spokesman for Cruz, downplayed any rift with Republican leaders. Translation Cruz will side with Thune etal.
Dems on board? Not like what they call the ‘water downed’ GOP version:
WHY THE CHANGE OF HEART?
The FCC first enacted net-neutrality rules in 2010, but a federal court struck them down early last year. Internet activists argued that the only way the FCC could enact new rules that could hold up in court would be to invoke its broad powers under Title II of the Communications Act. Common carriers
At first, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules that wouldn’t have relied on Title II, but he reversed himself in the face of a massive public backlash. In November, President Obama stepped in and urged Wheeler to reclassify broadband as a “telecommunications service” under Title II.
The FCC could use Title II to not only oversee how the providers manage traffic, but also set retail prices, impose new government fees, and determine which customers they have to serve. Wheeler has said he would waive unnecessary provisions of Title II, but that has been little comfort to the broadband providers.
The Republican net-neutrality bill would bar the FCC from classifying Internet service under Title II. Instead, it would grant the FCC new authority only to deal with net neutrality.
“Clear statutory authority from Congress is necessary to update FCC authority for the Internet Age, escape court challenges, and avoid regulatory overreach from outdated laws,” Thune said.
Broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon are willing to accept net neutrality rules as long as it means they can avoid Title II.
The GOP legislation would also neuter another source of FCC authority over the Internet. The FCC’s 2010 net-neutrality rules relied on Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, a nebulous provision that says the agency can “promote the deployment” of broadband.
The Republican principles state that new legislation should clarify that Section 706 doesn’t actually give the FCC any power. But the FCC has been using Section 706 for more than just net neutrality. Without Title II, it’s the only other real tool the FCC has to regulate Internet providers.
Killing Section 706 would undercut the FCC’s plan to preempt state laws that limit cities from building their own broadband networks. Just this week, Obama urged the FCC to overturn the state restrictions to ensure that local governments can deliver high-speed Internet to their residents if they choose. The FCC plans to vote in February on petitions from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., to invoke Section 706 to preempt their states’ laws against city-owned broadband.
HOW WILL THE RIGHT AND LEFT REACT?
Republican leaders in both chambers are bending over backwards to find a compromise on net neutrality. But will other conservatives be willing to give in so far?
Even if Republicans can unite their caucus behind a strategy to avoid Title II, Democrats might not see any reason to help them. * Sen. Bill Nelson of Fl. is the top Democrat on the Commerce Committee, And (shudder) Al Franken on said committee.
Congressional hearings tend to be staid affairs, but on Wednesday some lawmakers got to watch a drone take flight—and then crash into the floor.
The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s hearing on the integration of commercial drones took an unusual turn when Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales for 3D Robotics, decided to show off his Parrot Bebop drone during his testimony.
As the device flies around the room, lawmakers find it difficult to contain the awe on their faces. Thankfully, the magic was caught on C-SPAN:
“I was hoping you would fly over the whole room, not just one location,” Chairman Lamar Smith said after the device landed.
“You said no haircuts!” Guinn quipped.
Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration with readying airspace for the integration of commercial drones. Drones are currently prohibited for use, but the FAA has granted a growing number of exemptions for certain industries. Earlier this month, regulators gave CNN the go-ahead to test drone systems for news-gathering purposes.
Sessions is also planning to discuss the memo’s themes, they say, with his colleagues at the GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this coming weekend.
Sessions also is aiming to get the document printed as a handout or pamphlet that can be given to grassroots activists nationwide in an effort to empower their efforts to hold politicians in both political parties accountable on immigration.
Sessions writes in the introduction:
Consider the recent Obama-backed “immigration reform” bill rejected by Congress. That bill—the culmination of a $1.5 billion lobbying effort—doubled the influx of foreign workers to benefit corporate lobbyists, offered sweeping amnesty to benefit illegal immigrants, and collapsed enforcement to benefit groups in the Democrat political machine that advocate open borders. But for American citizens, the legislation offered nothing except lower wages, higher unemployment, and a heavier tax burden.
Sessions lays out why it’s bad, (obamas exe orders) and what the GOP can do to stop him.
The 114th Congress opens under the shadow of President Obama’s recent immigration orders. President Obama has declared null and void the sovereign immigration laws of the United States in order to implement immigration measures the Congress has repeatedly and explicitly rejected. His order grants five million illegal immigrants work permits, Social Security, Medicare, and free tax credits—taking jobs and benefits directly from struggling American workers. U.S. citizens have been stripped of their protections they are entitled to under law. President Obama himself once admitted that only an Emperor could issue such edicts. Yet here we stand today in 2015, living under imperial decrees that defy the will of the people, the laws their government has passed, and the Constitution we took an oath to uphold. How Congress responds to this emergency will define its legacy.
Sessions notes that Congress “has the power” to stop Obama “by denying funds for its implementation.”
Surely, Congress must not allow the President a single dime to carry out an illegal order that Congress has rejected and which supplants the laws Congress has passed. A constitutional breach of this magnitude demands nothing less than a vigorous, public, disciplined campaign to rally the nation behind a Republican effort to deny the President the funds he would need to carry it out. Yet presently no such public campaign exists: we receive more talking points about the trade bills and a pipeline than about saving the American worker from the dissolution of our borders. Is our goal to win this fight, or just to “move past” it?
Sessions’ document concludes by asking three “essential questions.”
* “Is America a sovereign nation that has the right to control its borders and decide who comes to live and work here?”
* “Should American immigration laws serve the just interests of the country and its citizens? And do those citizens have the right to expect and demand that the laws passed by their elected representatives be enforced?”
* “If we believe the answers to these questions are ‘yes,’ then we have no choice but to fight—and to win,” Sessions concluded. “Why were we elected, if not to serve the people who sent us here?”
~ We have to say how proud we are of our Senator, even before he was our Senator. He has stayed consistent on this for many years.