Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:
First President to be photographed smoking a joint. 2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. 3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. 4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. 5. First President to violate the War Powers Act. 6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. 7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party. 8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs. 9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. 10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. 11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions. 12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees. 13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign. 14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space. 15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation. 16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present. 17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. 18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases. 19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. 20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN). 21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago. 22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal). 23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case. 24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. 25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists. 26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office. 27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records. 28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it. 29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours. 30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers. 31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife. 32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense. 33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense. 34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth. 35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona). 36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.” 37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.
I am not naïve enough to believe al this stuff but there is much there I know is true and it concerns me…….
Folks, these Rattlesnakes are in need of a home. They’re refugees from the Brush country pushed out by snake hunting, and feral hogs. Now, we think most of these are good snakes and won’t bite you, but we are sure some of these will bite you without provocation. We can’t tell you which snakes in the bunch are the ones that will kill you because they all came in together and we can’t tell which is which! Some of the biting ones were actually trained to seek out anyone and bite and to hide among the good ones. Our federal government has promised to figure it out, so don’t worry.
So who wants to give all these snakes a good home? Seriously you are not afraid of a few widows and orphans are you?
After illegal wiretap, suspects go free and want a refund
Federal drug agents spent months watching a tiny California jewelry store sandwiched between an auto parts shop and an apartment house with bars on its windows. They secretly recorded its owner’s phone calls and intercepted couriers carrying away boxes full of cash, sometimes stuffed with $100,000 or more. For more than a year, they gathered evidence that the store was laundering millions of dollars for drug traffickers.
Then, in the space of a few minutes in October, their whole case fell apart.
Prosecutors determined that wiretaps the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used as the core of its investigation were illegal and couldn’t be used in court. Four suspects went free, and they want the government to give back nearly $800,000 drug agents seized.
“These people were dealing in drugs, and they are guilty, and because of a procedural issue and a suppression motion, they got away with it,” said Mike Ramos, the district attorney in San Bernardino, Calif., whose office prosecuted the case.
The wiretaps prosecutors concluded were illegal had been approved by officials in Riverside County, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb responsible for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps last year. An investigation last month by USA TODAY and The Desert Sunfound that prosecutors there almost certainly violated a federal law that requires the district attorney to personally sign off on wiretap applications. Those tainted wires were used to make arrests and seizures throughout the USA.
More of those cases could be in peril, and the abrupt end of the San Bernardino money laundering case offers a vivid example of how significant the consequences could be. Court records show the DEA used wiretaps with the same legal flaw to build cases in California, Kentucky, Oregon and Virginia. State and federal prosecutors are beginning to review those cases to see whether they can go forward.
“All those cases need to be kicked, and there should be no hesitation to do it,” said Glen Jonas, a California lawyer who represented one of the suspects in the San Bernardino case. “Prosecutors can’t be sitting on their hands hoping to put people in jail when they know the evidence they’re using is illegal.”
Riverside County, Calif., District Attorney Paul Zellerbach presided over a dramatic increase in wiretapping. (Photo: Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun)
The San Bernardino money laundering case — largely unknown outside the county’s courthouse — began more than a year and a half ago, when agents started probing shipments of cash leaving Khmer Sarmey Jewelry, a small shop on a commercial strip in Long Beach, Calif., outside Los Angeles.
By late 2013, agents had seized $290,000 from people seen leaving the store and had tied its owner’s phone to what they suspected was a far wider network of illicit money transfers, according to court records. They got permission from prosecutors and a judge in Riverside to wiretap the store’s owner, Koan You Lay.
The wire yielded still more: Within a few days, agents seized $299,000 from a man seen leaving the store. In all, they reported seizing more than $1.1 million in cash, most of it from people they had tracked from the jewelry store. They charged seven people linked to the store, including Lay, in state court in San Bernardino.
The case was peculiar. For one thing, agents took the suspects to court in San Bernardino, even though little of the crime they were investigating had happened there. They sought the wiretap from prosecutors in Riverside, which had an even more tenuous connection. The justification the DEA offered in its wiretap application was that the phone of someone who had been stopped leaving the store with a shipment of cash had been in contact with another phone that had, in turn, been in touch with a phone belonging to a Riverside County nightclub owner agents suspected was a drug trafficker.
The bigger problem had to do with who signed the wiretap application.
Federal law bars the government from seeking a wiretap unless a top prosecutor has personally authorized the request, a restriction Congress imposed in the 1960s after the FBI secretly eavesdropped on civil rights leaders. In California, a federal appeals court said that means wiretap applications have to be approved by the district attorney himself unless he is “absent” and turns over all of his authority to one of his subordinates.
Former Riverside County district attorney Paul Zellerbach said he delegated the job of approving wiretap applications to one of his assistants. (Photo: Court files)
In Riverside, District Attorney Paul Zellerbach routinely delegated that job to lower-level lawyers, a practice the appeals court’s decision forbids. Zellerbach said in interviews he could not recall ever having personally authorized a wiretap application.
In the San Bernardino case, the legitimacy of the jewelry store wiretap — like that of many Riverside wiretaps — depended on Zellerbach’s whereabouts. Unless Zellerbach was truly absent Dec. 6, 2013, the day the prosecutors applied to wiretap Lay’s phone, the surveillance was almost certainly tainted. Riverside prosecutors said they have no idea where Zellerbach was on that day — or most others.
“He kept his own calendar and didn’t share it with anyone, not even his secretary,” said Riverside’s new district attorney, Mike Hestrin.
Lay and others have taken the unusual step of asking a federal court in Los Angeles to return nearly $800,000 of the money DEA agents seized during the investigation. They started that fight before the criminal case was dismissed, but their case got considerably stronger after prosecutors in San Bernardino conceded that wiretap evidence was tainted. Justice Department lawyers have not indicated how they will respond to that request.
It is almost impossible to know how widely the DEA has used tainted wiretaps from Riverside County; many records related to the surveillance are sealed. State and federal court records show prosecutors have relied on Riverside County wires signed by Zellerbach’s assistants to make arrests in California, Kentucky, Oregon and Virginia.
Justice officials said they have been gathering information about the DEA’s use of Riverside County wiretaps, including building a more complete list of criminal prosecutions in which they were used. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations, said the department had not decided how to proceed.
A Justice Department spokesman, Patrick Rodenbush, declined to comment on those cases.
Defense lawyers are also beginning to examine the wiretaps.
Christopher Mattingly faces federal drug charges in Louisville. The DEA’s investigation included wiretaps from Riverside County, Calif. (Photo: Oldham County Jail)
In Louisville, the lawyer for a special sheriff’s deputy charged with plotting to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana said they had “grave concerns” about the Riverside wiretaps that led to his arrest. Federal prosecutors alleged that agents used the wiretaps to intercept more than $630,000 from couriers the deputy, Christopher Mattingly, dispatched to California to pick up drugs. They accused him of threatening to kill a police officer who had been investigating him.
“We are in the process of researching the potentiality of a suppression of the wiretaps and any evidence that was derived from these wiretaps,” Mattingly’s lawyer, Brian Butler, said.
“I can say that we have grave concerns about the fact that the wiretap was signed by someone other than the elected district attorney.”
From left, Horacio Villegas-Alvarado, German Alonso Monzon-Cazares and Francisco Javier Cardenas-Coronel faced federal drug trafficking charges in Oregon. (Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
In Oregon, federal prosecutors used a similar wiretap to bring charges in 2012 against three men the DEA said were tied to the Sinaloa drug cartel. One was overheard on a wiretap discussing cocaine shipments with his boss, according to court records. All three pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison.
In Riverside, prosecutors revealed in June that DEA agents and police officers used a wiretap to seize 20 kilograms of cocaine and $15,000 from a shipping office in 2013. Prosecutors charged two men with possessing cocaine.
In all three cases, the wiretap applications were signed by one of Zellerbach’s assistants. Zellerbach did not respond to requests for comment.
Hestrin, Riverside’s new district attorney, said his office will evaluate any challenges to the wiretaps and would probably defend them in court.
Hestrin said he personally reviews wiretap requests in Riverside and approves them only if the crime appears to have happened in the county. As a result, he said, his office “is saying ‘no’ quite a lot more” than it had.
AMERICA’S WIRETAP CAPITAL
A county court in Riverside, Calif. authorized far more police eavesdropping than any other court in the USA. Much of it was sought by federal drug agents.
Law Enforcement these days seems to think that the ends justify the means. And are continually taking shortcuts.