Direct from Moscow, Edward Snowden argues that Congress and the NSA need watching. Maybe the Intelligence Community should worry less about Putin taking Crimea and more about Putin eating their lunch.
By Emily Langer, Published: February 24 WPOST
Will the new Inspector General explore the contacts faux whistleblower Mike Maxwell claimed to have had in the IG in 2006 and Maxwell’s ability to place hires within the Interpol liaison office in DOJ in 2006? Hires who were put in place to allow the National Benefits Center in Missouri to clean up their previous failures to background check benefit applicants thru the Interpol databases?
DHS Inspector General
John Roth served as the Director of the Office of Criminal Investigations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to that, he was Special Counsel for International Money Laundering Policy at the Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2010 to 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Roth was the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General at DOJ from 2008 to 2009 and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at DOJ from 2007 to 2008. From 2004 to 2007 and 2009 to 2010, Mr. Roth worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in several roles, including Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Operations. Previously, Mr. Roth served as Section Chief at DOJ’s Criminal Division for the Narcotic and Dangerous Drugs Section and the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section from 1999 to 2004, including serving a detail as Senior Counsel and Team Leader for the 9/11 Commission from 2003 to 2004. From 1994 to 1999, he was Chief of the Narcotics Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and from 1987 to 1994 he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Roth received a B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University.
Allegations that Senate staffers may have stolen CIA documents from Langley in their investigation of the CIA raises so many fun questions: If one can steal documents can one plant, doctor, or destroy documents? Any staffers planning any trips to Moscow? Are Hill Pukes running and ruining everything in this town? How many other Congressional investigations involve misconduct and incompetence on the part of Senate and House staffers? Similar to the questions which this site has raised concerning who is watching the watchers and gatekeepers in the immigration agencies, the OIGs and government personnel departments, who is watching the oversight committees doing oversight?
So many fun questions and possible answers and no one of repute and good character to call in and sort it all out? Perhaps it’s time for the old Washington tradition of calling in the Old Hands to sort things out, or in maybe in this case, some old feet:
How inept and tone deaf are America’s anointed elite? The following gem from America’s former what does it matter Secretary of State:
Right after comparing Putin to Hitler, you know the guy who killed millions of Russians in WWII, Hillary comes up with the following counsel:
“So everybody is hoping that there will be a negotiation but a negotiation that respects Ukraine and doesn’t ratify a reoccupation by Russia of Crimea,” she said. “So it’s a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”
Update: So what do you do when you say something dumb? If you’re Hillary you say it again:
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Coming soon in Samizdat…hey is that a drone over my house?