A New Era Of Transparency? Like J. Edgar Hoover?

Always get tape: (I know it is difficult to listen to the lies, but please watch.)

Except the White House.

From Judicial Watch

Obama Administration Tells Federal Court Privacy Act Does Not Apply to White House

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Obama administration argued in a recent court filing that the Privacy Act does not apply to the Executive Office of the President (EOP). This court filing came in a Judicial Watch lawsuit filed in 1996 against the Clinton White House related to a scandal known as “Filegate,” where the Clinton White House obtained and maintained the private FBI files of hundreds of former Reagan and Bush officials [Alexander v. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Civil Action No. 96-2123/97-1288 (RCL)].

In the Obama administration’s “Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment,” filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on September 17, the Obama Justice Department stated the following: “The White House is not an agency under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and it necessarily follows that it is not an agency subject to the Privacy Act.” However, the Privacy Act specifically lists the “Executive Office of the President” as an agency subject to the Act’s provisions. (emphasis mine)

“The White House is not an agency…”  It is OUR house where the salaries and bills are paid with OUR money.  It is a branch of our government.  If it is not a federal agency, what is it?

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth had repeatedly rejected this same legal argument, most recently in 2008 when the court ruled against a government motion that would have dismissed the lawsuit: “…this court holds that under the Privacy Act, the word ‘agency’ includes the Executive Office of the President, just as the Privacy Act says.”

While the Obama administration continues to advance the legal and political argument that the White House and the FBI should not be held accountable for the Filegate scandal, former President Bill Clinton apparently disagrees. Clinton told historian Taylor Branch in preparation for a recently published book, “those files did not belong at The White House,” and that they “should have been isolated and returned immediately.” According to Branch, Clinton also said “[h]is administration should and would be held accountable.”

“What the Obama administration is effectively saying here is that if the White House decides to illegally compile FBI files and violate your privacy rights, tough luck,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disturbing that the Obama administration has taken the legal position that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House and the Clinton FBI files scandal was not a scandal. It is worrying to those of us concerned about the Obama White House’s collecting “fishy” emails and compiling an enemies list of new organizations, radio hosts, businesses, and industry associations to attack and smear. Is the Obama defense of the FBI files scandal less about that Clinton scandal and more about what his White House is up to now?(emphasis mine)

An era of transparency when the White House is compiling emails lists, is asking for the names of people spreading “misinformation”, and waging a war on FoxNews and free speech?  An era of transparency when the party in power is doing all their work behind closed and LOCKED doors, not posting the bills online, not allowing the American people a chance to voice their opinions on fiscal life and death bills without ridicule, or even giving the members of both the House and Senate enough time to read and digest bills before being brought to a vote?

Just one more lie to add to the ever lengthening list coming from this administration, and another “Let Them Eat Cake” moment.

Barney Frank Guts The Financial Sector

Barney Frank is a thirty eight year career politician with NO BANKING experience, and NO PRIVATE SECTOR experience, and he is about to go down in history as the politician that gutted the financial industry.  This shows you Barney’s lack of experience:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

In 2003, while the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, Frank opposed a Bush administration proposal for transferring oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to a new agency that would be created within the Treasury Department. The proposal reflected the administration’s belief that Congress “neither has the tools, nor the stature” for adequate oversight. Frank stated, “These two entities…are not facing any kind of financial crisis…. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”[51] The two companies, which together own or back more than half the home mortgages in the US became “hobbled” by loan defaults.[52] In 2009 Frank said that Fannie and Freddie were not in crisis at the time and many financial institutions, like Lehman Brothers, also fell into crisis from 2003 to 2008.[53] Frank also said that, “In 2004, it was Bush who started to push Fannie and Freddie into subprime mortgages, because they were boasting about how they were expanding homeownership for low-income people. And I said at the time, ‘Hey—(a) this is going to jeopardize their profitability, but (b) it’s going to put people in homes they can’t afford, and they’re gonna lose them.’” [10]

It was not Bush that pushed the banks, it was the Community Reinvestment Act and the Democrats.

I am still working on  the Financial Stability Improvement discussion draft (shown below), and rest assured, it sacrifices freedom for security.  After reading about halfway through, if anyone wants to invest in an American financial institution, they must have rocks in their heads because the shareholder is lower than dirt in this bill.  Let’s take those Indiana pension funds that got hammered over the Chrysler deal and multiply by a gazillion.  If and when I get to the section that talks about financial institutions paying for bailouts instead of us, I’ll let you know.   Rest assured, I will be posting my findings and appropriate sections of this bill.  In the meantime:

Barney, in his own words…

…the last piece, which we will be voting on this week, has to do with putting the federal government in charge of watching closely what institutions are likely to get into trouble, and before they get to the point where they are going to fail and cause alot of problems and ask for bailout, the federal regulators will step in and say, “you must increase your capital substantially, you have to reduce your level of exposure, you must get out of this line of work or that, and if we do have to step in it will be very painful for those companies.  They will be put out of business, their CEOs will be fired, shareholders will be wiped out. You’re not going to have a situation where people can expect to be bailed out and live happily ever after.

What Barney means is mandatory/involuntary bankruptcy (Page 35, Line 18), firing of senior executives (Page 32, Line 16), and Page 34 -Line 4, and then there is the bailout:

SEC. 1109. EMERGENCY FINANCIAL STABILIZATION
16 (a) IN GENERAL.— Upon the written approval of the Board of Governors of the Federal
17 Reserve System (which approval shall be made upon a vote of not less than two-thirds of the
18 members of such Board then serving) and the Board of Directors of the Corporation (which
19 approval shall be made upon a vote of not less than two-thirds of the members of such Board
20 then serving), and with the written consent of the Secretary of the Treasury (after consulting with
21 the President), the Corporation may extend credit to or guarantee obligations of solvent insured
22 depository institutions or other solvent companies that are predominantly engaged in activities
23 that are financial in nature, if necessary to prevent financial instability during times of severe

44 DISCUSSION DRAFT – 10/27/2009
1 economic distress, provided that a credit extension or guarantee of obligations under this section
2 shall not include provision of equity in any form.

Rep Barney Frank Discusses New “Too Big To Fail” Regulations

Financial Stability Improvement Discussion Draft 10.27.09

The Monster’s Computer Has Passed Over

The Monster’s Computer Has Passed Over

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Dear Monster Readers,

My wiz of a computer tech Robert called me a few minutes ago to tell me that my computer of 5 years has finally crossed over into the ether as her motherboard is completely blown.  The stress of the election cycle and the continued march toward total government control of our lives was too much for her to bear.

After the generosity of my readers that made the 9.12.09 March trip possible, I am loathe to come hat in hand again to ask for funds but I need your help to keep Logistics Monster going.  I need to purchase a new computer, and there just aren’t enough funds in my scaled back budget.  I know that dollars are in short supply right now, but I am hoping that my readers will reward the research, commentary, and work that is put into this blog by making a small donation to a site that has over 4 Million hits since it’s inception in September, 2008.  Monster readers are very intelligent; they can add, and they can surmise where the Monster is going very soon – and that is going to require the proper equipment.

Many mahalos for any kibbies you can throw at the Monster!

Diamond Tiger


Your Daily Glenn Beck; 10.29.09: The Curtain Revealed (The Faces Of Radical Revolution)

Glenn will be revealing the network behind the blue curtain in another segment, but I am posting the opening of the show regarding the loss of free speech in our country and the government takeover of the media.  I will post the “curtain revealed” video as soon as it becomes available.

Please be patient and wait for the flipside of this chalkboard:

Nancy Pelosi Receives The Trifecta Of Awards Today For Her 1,990 Page Healthcare Abomination

Nancy Pelosi is receiving the trifecta of Monster awards including Today’s Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Award and the Let Them Eat Cake Award for her 1,990 page monstrosity healthcare bill at a time when “We The People” are $105 TRILLION in debt.   Nancy is also receiving her second Idiots In Charge Award in as many days for once again parading her unending stupidity in the face of reality by shoving a $894 Billion $??????? dollar bill down the throats of Americans at a time when unemployment is close to 10%, people are still losing their jobs and homes, and GM needs another $5.6 Billion Bailout.  Which once again begs the question, “Is Nancy too stupid to serve or just too dangerous?”

STOP SPENDING MONEY!!!!!!

Below is the actual text of the bill on Scribd. (H/T Clyde at the Patriot Room)

I am putting up the text if you actually want to peruse it.  I personally do not know if there is any point in doing so, since we all know Nazi Nancy is going to get this passed in the House.  I think our time may be better used melting the switchboard at the House and Senate, (202-224-3121), and paying attention to what is in the Senate bill that Harry is going to be throwing at us because that will be the bill we can STOP!

House HCR Bill

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