DOJ Drops Trademark Fight With Redskins   
The Justice Department announced that it will allow restoration of the Washington Redskins' trademarks in light of a recent Supreme Court decision.
          Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’. Note from Orly: time for a special prosecutor to investigate Eric Holder, Mueller, Comey, Lynch and Rosenstein for the cover up of Obama’s use of a stolen CT SSN and fabricated IDs   
Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’
             
Acting FBI Director McCabe Referred to DOJ Watchdog Over Potential Conflict of Interest in Russia Probe
          Skandali/Pas fitores së zgjedhjeve, kryeministri në detyrë kërkon ndihmë, sepse s’ka program qeverisës   
Pasi siguroi tepsinë e pushtetit, Edi Rama kërkon të hartoj një program qeverisës për shqiptarët. E padëgjuar në asnjë vend demokratik që një kryeministër të mendoj për program pasi ka fituar zgjedhjet. Në Shqipëri po ndodh me Edi Ramën. Pak pasi ka fituar mandatin e dytë si Kryeministër, Edi Rama ka vendosur të nis këtë […]
          Fox in the Hen House: Allowing Terrorists to Re-enter Prisons   

Recent articles by the IPT and other news organizations have addressed the growing concerns regarding the upcoming release of over a hundred inmates convicted of terrorism related crimes. Experts have spoken on the lack of a bona fide strategy that will address the unique security issues presented when a terrorist is released. The need for post release specialized supervision programs is clear.

The one idea that should not be on the table is to allow them to re-enter prisons to speak with inmates as a religious volunteer. Yet this is exactly what has happened in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) for the last two years.

Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam, is an employee of the Muslim Chaplain Services of Virginia. He is licensed in the state as an Islamic clergyman authorized to perform marriages and other religious ceremonies. He has been issued a statewide pass to enter any VADOC facility and speak with inmates. He is currently teaching a class in Arabic for inmates. He is also an ex-offender. While that in itself is not unusual, many ex-offenders, in a desire to give back and help others in similar situations, have successfully done so. This particular ex-offender, Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, (FBI # 939113RA3), is quite unique.

Lemmons' criminal history began in a small rural community in upstate New York. His parents had sent him there from Chicago in hopes of protecting him from the scourge of gang violence and drugs. His first arrest occurred when he was a teenager, and for the next two years he amassed charges ranging from DUI to Burglary, Assault, and finally, Robbery. The last charge resulted in his being sentenced to a term of 2-4 years in a New York State prison. Upon his entrance to a Reception and Classification facility in April of 1996, he declared his religion as Christian. A few months later, after meeting with several inmates of Middle Eastern descent, one, a former Colonel in the Yemeni army and the other, a member of Hamas, Mr. Lemmons informed his counselor that he was changing his religious affiliation to Islam. Following that development, he began to attend Arabic classes taught by another inmate in the Cayuga Correctional Facility. The inmate teacher's name was Abdel Nasser Zaben.

Abdel Zaben, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1969. He illegally entered the United States in 1990, arrested by the NYPD in 1993 for Kidnapping and Robbery, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Zaben was also the target of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force who had received confidential information that he had sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden and was recruiting disenfranchised inmates to his group for training and to fight in the Jihad. At the time he first met with Edwin Lemmons, Zaben worked as a clerk for the prison's Islamic Chaplain . For the next two years he tutored Lemmons in both Arabic and the Koran. When the time for Lemmons' release from prison drew near, inmate Zaben provided him with names and contact information of individuals in the Middle East who would assist Lemmons in his travel and studies.

Following his release, in the fall of 1998, Lemmons had his parole supervision transferred to Florida, and enrolled in the Islamic Center of Gainesville. In March 2000, Lemmons made his first trip overseas to the Middle East. Upon his return from Jordan through New York's JFK Airport and then on to Gainesville, Florida, he approached the president of the Islamic center and asked about fighting in the jihad overseas. The then-president, Mohamed Bahmaid, in an interview with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, stated that he tried to discourage Lemmons from any future overseas travel. Lemmons did not heed his advice. Four months later Lemmons made another trip overseas, this time to Egypt. He stayed for three months and while there, according to a reliable source who knew both Lemmons and Zaben, he received "underground tactical training."

Later, while under surveillance by the JTTF, Lemmons was observed at a firing range in Melbourne, Florida with two other individuals, firing AK 47's and SKS assault rifles. They were practicing tactical maneuvers known as "cover & concealment." In addition, authorities received credible information from a reliable source that described Lemmons as someone with extremist Islamic views similar to that of the Taliban. Lemmons himself admitted to extremist views in a recorded conversation with inmate Abdel Zaben. The majority of Lemmon's conversations with Zaben were in Arabic and required the use of government translators. The translators often remarked as to the skill and scholarly approach to the language that Lemmons had acquired. That development caused concern with investigators in June 2003 when monitoring a conversation between Lemmons and Zaben. Lemmons kept saying over and over to Zaben that he needed to learn how to say "Big Truck" in Arabic. He was fluent in Arabic and knew precisely how to say those words. Why was he repeating the phrase, "Big Truck"? Investigators believed this was a coded message about a possible future attack that Lemmons was to be involved with.

That is why on September 6, 2003, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Lemmons in the Orlando airport as he returned from yet another trip to the Middle East. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But this was no ordinary gun case. This was the result of a joint investigation dubbed "Operation Hades" which included investigators from my Office, the NYPD, the NYSP, and the JTTF. The goal of the investigation was to determine the level of Islamic radicalization in the prison system both here and abroad and also to identify and neutralize any radicalizing influences.

Lemmons was only one of the many radicals we uncovered.

As a result of his plea arrangement, he received a sentence of twenty seven months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was released from prison on May 12, 2006. He continued to have contact with Abdel Zaben and other individuals in the Middle East whom he met during his travels. He has never recanted his extremist views.

The question arises as to why the Muslim Chaplains Services of Virginia would hire someone holding such extremist views. Perhaps they were unaware of Lemmons' background, or perhaps they share the same beliefs as Mr. Lemmons. The MCSVA is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 whose stated mission is "to serve incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, and their families." To accomplish that goal, MCSVA has received funding from various organizations including the Islamic Relief (IRUSA), an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Its former global affiliate and current partner organization Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) was banned from operating in Israel on allegations the charity funneled funds to Hamas. Later the same year, the United Arab Emirates declared IRW to be a terrorist group.

One of the MCSVA board members, Sa'ad El-Amin, pled guilty to Tax Fraud and sentenced to 37 months in a federal prison. Adding to this, MCSVA is now employing an individual who was radicalized in prison and has spoken of fighting and dying for jihad, namely Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam

Allowing an individual with such radical Islamic views to meet, teach, and influence a particularly vulnerable group of society, incarcerated men and women, is in direct opposition to the FBI's Correctional Intelligence Initiative which seeks to detect, deter, and disrupt the level of violent extremism and radicalization in correctional institutions. It specifically speaks of preventing un-vetted religious clergy and volunteers with extremist views from any interaction with inmates. The DOJ Inspector General's Office has also spoken of this security concern. That inmates could be radicalized while incarcerated and then carry out terrorist attacks after release is a very real concern both here and in abroad.

It seems incredulous to me that, in light of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK and other European countries, carried out in part by individuals radicalized in prison, someone with Mr. Lemmons' background would be allowed to reenter a prison, let alone teach inmates.

When notified of Lemmons' well documented criminal activity since his release from a New York State prison, Melissa Welch, the Operations Support Manager for VADOC, whose office oversees religious volunteers, stated that the approval to allow Mr. Lemmons to visit and teach inmates in Virginia was granted by her predecessor in 2015. She went on to say that the agency is in the process of reviewing how Edwin Lemmons slipped through the cracks and what action VADOC will need to take to correct the security error.

Three crucial steps will be necessary to effectively neutralize this egregious security breach. First, Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke should immediately suspend Mr. Lemmons' authorization to enter any correctional facility. Second, an audit/investigation into how religious volunteers are vetted should be conducted, and changes made, to prevent individuals with prior convictions for terror related crimes to gain access to any correctional facility. And thirdly, a list of the names of all the inmates, both in custody or released, who attended any classes or services conducted by Mr. Lemmons should be forwarded to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force that has oversight for the Correctional Intelligence Initiative Program.

Failing to implement these steps will only increase the level of radicalizing influences in the U.S. prison system.

Allowing a fox into the hen house does irreparable harm to all. Allowing a terrorist back into prison will only do the same.

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          “Membuat dakwaan palsu”: Kerajaan As akan pecat pegawai DoJ yang terlibat?   

1MDB-DoJ: Dan ini ‘maklumat’ terkini dari White House…

  | June 29, 2017
Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu ada maklumat daripada 'sumber White House', dan meramalkan apa akan berlaku tidak lama lagi.
PETALING JAYA: Pelbagai kenyataan dikeluarkan menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN)

mempersoalkan laporan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) mengenai kecurian dana 1MDB, dan mereka rata-rata menganggap dakwaan itu tidak berserta bukti kukuh malah mempunyai agenda tertentu.

Di tengah-tengah kritikan dan sokongan terhadap DoJ ini, muncul Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, seorang penyokong tegar perdana menteri yang merupakan orang di sebalik sebuah NGO bernama “Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin”.


Ramesh mempunyai “maklumat” dalaman daripada “sumber White House”.


“Sumber White House” itu memberitahu Ramesh, pegawai DoJ yang terlibat menyediakan laporan mengenai 1MDB itu kini berdepan tindakan dipecat daripada kerajaan AS kerana bersubahat “membuat dakwaan palsu” terhadap Malaysia.


Ramesh sempat mengaitkan laporan DoJ itu dengan politik kepartian AS dan pentadbiran Presiden Donald Trump.


“Pegawai dalam DOJ adalah pro-parti Demokrat manakala presiden AS sekarang ini Donald Trump adalah dari parti Republikan,” katanya dalam kenyataan emel kepada beberapa media dan portal tempatan.


Menurut Ramesh, laporan DoJ itu tidak disenangi Trump kerana “menjejaskan hubungan baik antara Kuala Lumpur dan Washington”.


“Pembangkang ini patutnya meminta penjelasan dari DoJ kerana mereka campur tangan dalam urusan hal ehwal dalaman negara dengan saman sivil itu, bukannya ambil kesempatan dan hentam kerajaan dan PM seperti ini,” kata Ramesh.


* yang negara-negara ni bertindak pula mengapa?

- sumber gambar


          Camne nak masuk akal kalau dah tanak pakai akai?   
Thursday, 29 June 2017

TAK MASUK AKAL, TAK MASUK AKAL, TAK MASUK AKAL...
SERUAN SEGERA SIASAT DAKWAAN DOJ TIDAK MASUK AKAL?
Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali menempelak Majlis Peguam yang meminta kerajaan tidak mengetepikan atau membebaskan individu yang disebut dalam saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berhubung dakwaan penyelewengan dana 1MDB.

“Apa dan bagaimana hendak mengulas apabila Majlis Peguam memberi kenyataan tidak masuk akal,” katanya kepada Free Malaysia Today, bertarikh 24 Jun 2017.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika membalas kenyataan Presiden Majlis Peguam, George Varughese yang mensarankan Apandi menghubungi DoJ untuk meminta maklumat berkaitan saman sivil yang difailkan bagi merampas aset yang dikatakan dibeli dengan dana 1MDB.

Kata George Varughese, dakwaan yang terkandung di dalam fail mahkamah DoJ membabitkan pegawai-pegawai 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), ahli keluarga mereka, dan rakan lain - termasuk seorang individu yang digambarkan sebagai ‘MALAYSIA OFFICIAL 1’, yang sejak itu diakui sebagai Perdana Menteri – telah melakukan salah laku.

Majlis Peguam memandang serius tuntutan ini, dan mendapati cara saman sivil ini diremehkan, diketepikan, malahan dikecam oleh pihak berkuasa Malaysia, tanpa menangani isi dakwaan yang dibuat, amat merisaukan dan tidak boleh diterima.

Menurut George Varughese, walaupun dakwaan belum terbukti sehingga penghakiman diberikan oleh mahkamah Amerika Syarikat, adalah penting mereka yang namakan sebagai MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 dan lain-lain, disiasat oleh Kerajaan Malaysia secara menyeluruh dan objektif, berdasarkan bukti, demi kepentingan ketelusan, akauntabiliti dan tadbir urus yang baik.

“Tanpa berbuat demikian, terlalu awal bagi Kerajaan untuk tidak mengambil kira dakwaan ini, atau melepaskan mana-mana individu atau syarikat daripada sebarang salah laku.” Katanya.

Pada 28 April 2016, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) telah mengenakan denda kompaun pentadbiran terhadap 1MDB.

Sebelum siasatan terhadap 1MDB itu, BNM awal tahun 2015, telah bertindak terhadap Ambank, mengeluarkan denda sebanyak RM53.7 juta kerana melanggar obligasi anti-pengubahan wang haram dan kewangan memerangi keganasan.

Di manakah ‘tidak masuk akalnya’ kenyataan Majlis Peguam yang mahu memulihkan Integriti dan kredibiliti institusi kewangan dan badan pengawalseliaan negara ini, di mata negara serta pemerhati global?

Jom kita siasat apa yang tidak masuk akal:

Portal BN Backbenchers Council (BNBBC) pada 21 Jun 2016 mendakwa bahawa seutas rantai berlian merah jambu 22 karat berharga RM116 juta itu tiada ditulis pada semua 251 halaman kenyataan DoJ pada 14 Jun 2017:↓
Sudah tentu penulis BNBBC itu tidak menemui catatan mengenai berlian tersebut kerana dokumen mengenainya hanya dikeluarkan oleh DoJ pada 15 Jun 2017, bukan 14 Jun 2017.↓
‘Tuntutan Jabatan kehakiman Amerika Syarikat terhadap beberapa aset yang ingin disita di negara itu sebagai campur tangan asing’ oleh segerombolan agamawaan yang menggunakan sentimen agama, serupa Utusan Malaysia: ↓
Teruklah Malaysia kalau negara-negara ini semua mencampuri urusan pentadbiran negara:↓
"Kami juga mendapati bahawa tidak ada bukti daripada mana-mana penyiasatan yang dijalankan oleh mana-mana agensi penguatkuasaan undang-undang bagi pelbagai bidang kuasa yang menunjukkan wang disalahgunakan daripada 1MDB; dan bahawa tidak ada sebarang tuduhan jenayah dibuat terhadap mana-mana individu bagi penyelewengan dana daripada 1MDB, " katanya dalam satu kenyataan. Lapor Bernama.↓
Terlebih mengada-ngada pula Bank Negara Malaysia ni. Tak salah buat apa denda?↓
“Sejak siasatan bermula, Miranda Kerr bekerjasama sepenuhnya dan berjanji akan menyerahkan hadiah barang kemas itu kepada kerajaan. Beliau akan terus membantu siasatan dengan apa jua cara yang boleh," kata jurucakap Miranda Kerr↓ 
Sepatutnya model Australia Miranda Kerr ni minta nasihat Pengarah Strategik Komunikasi JASA ni sebelum menyerahkan barangan kemas bernilai USD$8.1 juta kepada DOJ. ↓
Dah habis baca? Cer fikir. Apa yang tak masuk akal?

WAKAKA!

Posted by Yong Intan Noor at 11:51 

Penghargaan dan terima kasih Yong

          Too Close For Comfort: Insiders Worry About DOJ Lawyers Speaking At White House   
Recent appearances by the attorney general and a U.S. attorney at the White House podium have some current and former Justice Department officials worrying about law enforcement independence.
          Grassley Blasts Obama’s DOJ for Handling of Sexual Misconduct   
The Department of Justice's Civil Division was not consistently referring cases of sexual misconduct to the OIG, potentially violating federal law.
          Comment on Rama kërkon ndihmë: Nëse do ishte ti kryeministër çfarë do përmirësoje? by Anonymous   
Jam nje qytetar i thjesht i komunitetit shqiptar,,,, nese une do isha kryeministri nje nje dite jo me shume do beja te mundur mundësimin e tre gjerave shumë kryesore dhe parimore per mua,,,,, 1) kam kuptuar qe ka shume fabrika kurumi por te hapura nga kompani te huaja (turke) ,, kur fare mire mund te jen shqiptare,, keshtu do rritej me shume punsimi njerëzve dhe do behej e mundur ulja e varfërisë dhe korrektesimit ne paguarjen e taksave.... 2) vendosja e filtrave ne fabrikat e Shqipërisë sepse ka nje ndotje te larte te oksigjenit neper qytete e Shqipërisë,,,,gje qe ka ndikuar ne shendetin e shume qytetare,, veçoj ketu qytetin e Elbasanit,,, Me fabrikën e kurumit (Metalurgjiku) 3) dhe nje tjetër shqetësim shumë i lart per mua Jan shkollat e larta qe nuk kan nje pages standarte sikur mund te gjendet ne europ,,, ne Shqipëri ne zezonet e provimeve ben pune miku edhe leku,,, ai qe nuk ka njeren nga keto dyja sado i zoti te jete krahasohet me një nxenes të nivelit te ulet sepse mungon drejtësia,,,,, Te flasesh per ndryshimet apo per përmirësimin e Shqipërisë nuk ka te mbaruar sepse problemet Jan nga me te shumtat edhe me reciproke si, drita, uji i pishem, rrugët, pemët, përmirësimi shkollave, spitalet pa aparaturat kryesore te teknologjisë se fundit,shumë e shumë te tjera qe Jan te pafundme por kryesore per qytetaret,,,,,,, Mundësisht te tregohet edhe pak me shume vëmendje neper fshatrat e qyteteve,,,,, Mendoj se kaq eshte Jan te kuptueshme dëshirat e mia dhe te shumë qytetareve te tjere qe mund ti mundësonin ne nje dite
          "BREAKING: DOJ INVESTIGATING LORETTA LYNCH FOR OBSTRUCTION DURING HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION"   

https://youtu.be/9txmNV-P10E

HA Goodman with a fascinating update on one aspect of the Hillary Clinton email Scandal.


          Blog Post: Panda Express Serves Up $600K to DOJ in I-9 Violation Settlement   

DOJ, June 28, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations in the United States. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Panda Express discriminated against non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when reverifying their permission to work.

The department’s investigation concluded that Panda Express unnecessarily required lawful permanent resident workers to re-establish their work authorization when their Permanent Resident Cards expired, while not making similar requests to U.S. citizen workers when their documents expired. The investigation also revealed that Panda Express routinely required other non-U.S. citizen workers to produce immigration documents to reverify their ongoing work authorization despite evidence they had already provided sufficient documentation. The antidiscrimination provision of the INA prohibits such requests for documents when based on an employee’s citizenship status or national origin.

Under the settlement, Panda Express will pay a civil penalty of $400,000 to the United States, establish a $200,000 back pay fund to compensate workers who lost wages due to the company’s practices, train its human resources personnel on the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.

“Employers should ensure that their reverification practices comply with laws that protect workers against discrimination,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department applauds Panda Express for its cooperation during this investigation and its commitment to compensating workers who may have lost wages due to its documentary practices.”

Work-authorized, non-U.S. citizens who lost work at Panda Express between May 31, 2014, and June 28, 2017, due to Panda Express’ documentary practices may be eligible for back pay for the wages they would have earned. For more information, email IER.PEclaims@usdoj.gov.

The division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. The statute prohibits, among other things, citizenship, immigration status, and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee; unfair documentary practices; retaliation and intimidation.

For more information about protections against employment discrimination under immigration laws, call IER’s worker hotline at 1-800-255-7688 (1-800-237-2515, TTY for hearing impaired); call IER’s employer hotline at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515, TTY for hearing impaired); sign up for a free webinar; email IER@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail); or visit IER’s English and Spanish websites.

Applicants or workers who believe they were subjected to different documentary requirements based on their citizenship, immigration status, or national origin; or discrimination based on their citizenship, immigration status, or national origin in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral, should contact IER’s worker hotline for assistance."


          Blog Post: Trump Taps Jones Day Partner To Head DOJ Civil Rights Unit   
President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped another Jones Day attorney to serve in the administration, nominating labor and employment partner Eric S. Dreiband to serve as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights division.
          Acting FBI Director McCabe Referred to DOJ Watchdog Over Potential Conflict of Interest in Russia Probe   

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is getting hammered this week as he faces a Federal investigation into THREE separate inquiries. ...

The post Acting FBI Director McCabe Referred to DOJ Watchdog Over Potential Conflict of Interest in Russia Probe appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’   

Former Attorney General, Eric ‘Fast N Furious’ Holder sent out a late night, ominous tweet to the ‘career men & ...

The post Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’ appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          By: MikeK   
"Plus, it was idiotic for Bush to accept the presence of Gorelick on the 9/11 commission, considering her role in causing it." It is helpful to recall the guerrilla war on Bush by the Democrat dominated Senate after 2000 and the Bush v Gore case. He could get no appointments confirmed and he left the DoJ in the hands of Clinton appointees until Gonzales tried to clean house 2 years later and was savaged by Democrats for doing so. Clinton fired all US Attorneys right after he was inaugurated. That included the ones investigating Whitewater. Rumsfeld was one of the few appointees at DoD by summer. Gorelick was a disaster but Bush may have had little choice by then. He is justifiably blamed for not trying harder. Nixon was a cold eyed realist who did pretty well but went too far in detente. The guy who let Vietnam go was Eisenhower who was asked by the French to help evacuate Dien Bien Phu or to use US airpower to help them break the siege.
          DoJ forfeits game to the Redskins™   

Off the hook.

The post DoJ forfeits game to the Redskins™ appeared first on Hot Air.


          Obama Head of DOJ Civil Rights Division: 'Pence and Kobach Are Laying the Groundwork for Voter Suppression'   

Kobach Wants Every Registered Voter's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Party Registration, Social Security Information, Voting History, Felony Convictions, Military Status, and Overseas Citizen Information


          Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit    

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career professionals who have worked for years to successfully prosecute hate crimes. During our day-long discussions, we, along with our allies, reiterated our concern that the Trump Administration must do more to stem the rising tide of hatred we are witnessing in our nation. Beyond the horrific attacks on individuals, hate crimes target communities. The investigation and prosecution of crimes is an absolute necessity, but prevention requires that we do more, especially when Administration rhetoric and policy single out and target vulnerable communities. The data shows that impacted communities, including Muslims, Arabs and South Asians, are paying a high price due to the increase in bigotry we are witnessing. 

Additionally, it is important to note that this hate crimes summit was convened as part of the Department of Justice's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. That task force was announced to "combat illegal immigration and violent crime.” That immigrant criminalization frame is false, takes a draconian approach to immigration enforcement, and spreads fear and despair in the process. It does not build community trust, a necessary component for hate crime reporting. 

Further, while work on hate crimes is critical, it cannot be separated from: the administration’s deep cuts to civil rights budgets, efforts to defend the discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, the backing off police and mass incarceration reforms, mass deportations, rolling back protections for transgender students and much more. Combatting hate crimes cannot be a fig leaf to cover misdeeds—it requires a megaphone of justice to make it real.

We will continue to rely on DOJ career civil servants for the successful prosecution of hate crimes and protection of rights. We will continue to oppose government policies that undermine our aspirational values and wrongly target impacted communities. We will continue to demand that Trump Administration officials, including the President, use their bully pulpit to advance justice and the constitutional values of equality. Should they do so, we will gladly echo their call. When they do not, we will continue to oppose them."

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org


          Trump finds perfect hire for his voter fraud panel: a consummate advocate for voter ID laws   

Donald Trump's baseless contention that anywhere from 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016 led to the creation of his dubious "Election Integrity" commission, headed by Mike Pence and anti-immigrant and voter ID law advocate Kris Kobach. Now Trump has tapped another crusader for restricting voting rights to sit on the panel, Hans Von Spakovsky. TPM's Tierney Sneed writes: 

Von Spakovsky served in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department during an era when the agency came under fire for politicizing voting rights issues. Von Spakovsky approved Georgia’s voter ID law, over the objections of career DOJ employees. Since leaving the federal government, he has continued to be an advocate for restrictive voting laws and has fanned the unsubstantiated fears about voter fraud.

Von Spakovsky didn't just approve that Georgia law over objections, he also penned his own op-ed in support of it under a pseudonym so no one would know it was him. In other words, while working in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 2005, he cheated in support of a position that undermined civil rights and then later tried to cover it up. Here's the Washington Post, circa 2006:

After leaving Justice for the Federal Election Commission, von Spakovsky has acknowledged writing a law review article that endorsed photo identification, which was Georgia's approach, before the state's proposal was even submitted to Justice for review. He also took the unusual step of using a pseudonym, "Publius," in publishing the article, which appeared in the spring 2005 issue of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

The article and its unusual authorship prompted a letter of complaint to the Justice Department last week from the Voting Rights Project, an arm of the American Civil Liberties Union that is opposed to Georgia's voter identification plans. The group said the article shows von Spakovsky had already made up his mind on the issue and that his attempt to hide his views may have violated Justice Department guidelines.

In addition, a link to the Publius article suddenly disappeared this week from the FEC Web site, which had featured the article among a list of von Spakovsky's writings.

Because nothing says "integrity" like lying.

Trump's commission already made headlines this week when it asked states to hand over the personal details and party affiliations of all voters. Gee, that doesn't sound fishy.


          Daim Dalang Serangan Doj   

Empat hari lepas Raja Petra dedahkan Syed Saddiq sudah mengetahui awal lagi serangan DoJ pada 15 Jun 2017 akan berlaku Ini kerana Syed Saddiq sudah menceritakan awal lagi mengenai hal serangan itu pada tiga orang Exco Armada PPBM Syed Saddi...
          Annuar Musa Kata Pembangkang Guna Doj Alih Isu Siasatan Forex   

oleh Shahbudin Husin Ketua Penerangan UMNO Annuar Musa berkata tindakan pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DOJ adalah bertujuan mengalih tumpuan daripada isu penubuhan Suruhanjaya Diraja berkaitan urusniaga mata wang asing atau forex yan...
          Mahfuz Doj Bertindak Jenayah Penggubahan Wang Haram Di Amerika Salahkah   

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          Skandal 1mdb Doj Hanya Sita Aset Penjenayah Pengubahan Wang Haram 1mdb   

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          Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: June 30   

Because this Russian hacker is asking for Bitcoin, this edition of Short Takes looks at Petya, a Microsoft reorg rumor, the DOJ v. Microsoft, and much, much more. Microsoft reorg coming? Today is June 30, which is the literal end of Microsoft’s fiscal year, and that means next week could be interesting: The software giant […]

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          EHHH....SIAPA YANG PANIK?   

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Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Annuar Musa berkata, tindakan pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DOJ adalah bertujuan mengalih tumpuan daripada isu penubuhan Suruhanjaya Diraja berkaitan urusniaga mata wang asing atau forex yang ditubuhkan kerajaan.

Kata beliau, keputusan kerajaan menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Diraja itu telah mewujudkan keadaan panik di kalangan pembangkang.

Benarkah pembangkang sedang panik?

Sebelum panik, mari kita fahami dahulu beza antara DOJ dengan forex.

Isu DOJ ialah berkaitan 1MDB yang daripada syarikat pelaburan kerajaan tersebut dipercayai hampir RM20,000 juta telah diselewengkan dan dalam masa yang sama, hutangnya pula mencecah RM55,000 juta.

1MDB ditubuhkan oleh Najib, Pengerusi Lembaga Penasihatnya Najib, Perdana Menteri Najib, Pengerusi Mesyuarat Kabinet Najib, Menteri Kewangan Najib dan orang yang terikat secara langsung dengan Artikel 117 M & A syarikat iaitu berkuasa meluluskan sebarang urusan berkaitan kewangan dan pelaburan 1MDB juga adalah Najib.

Berdasarkan laporan DOJ, turut didedahkan bahawa "Malaysian Official 1" telah mendapat sejumlah RM3,000 juta daripada dana 1MDB yang dilencongkan melalui akaun peribadinya, manakala "isteri Malaysian Official 1" menerima hadiah barang kemas serta perhiasan mewah daripada Jho Low bernilai kira-kira RM128 juta.

Meskipun sehingga ini tiada sesiapa mahu mengaku sebagai "Malaysian Official 1", tetapi Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik BN, Abdul Rahman Dahlan dengan bangga mengesahkan ia adalah Najib.

Urusniaga matawang asing yang menyebabkan negara kerugian sehingga AS10 bilion kira-kira 25 tahun lalu adalah diuruskan oleh Bank Negara dengan pegawai yang dikatakan bertanggungjawab mengenainya ketika itu ialah Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

Ketika itu, Tun Mahathir Mohamad hanyalah Perdana Menteri dan Pengerusi Mesyuarat Kabinet, manakala Menteri Kewangan ialah Anwar Ibrahim.

Memang berlaku kerugian dalam urusniaga forex, tetapi ia adalah berkaitan perniagaan yang tertakluk kepada ada masa untung, ada masa rugi. 

Namun, tindakan pencegahan telah diambil untuk mengelakkan kerugian lebih menimbun, bahkan Nor Mohamed Yakcop juga telah diarah meletakkan jawatan dan dilarang terlibat dalam urusan kewangan negara sebagaimana yang disahkan oleh Anwar ketika mengadap Pasukan Petugas Khas sebelum ini.

Meskipun berlaku kerugian, nilai ringgit ketika itu tidak begitu terancam atau jadi lemah dengan mendadak. Segala-galanya dalam keadaan terkawal, malah sehingga Tun Mahathir berundur pada 2003 dan Tun Abdullah Badawi menjadi Perdana Menteri dan meletakkan jawatan pada 2009, nilai ringgit tidaklah terlalu buruk berbanding ketika era Najib yang diselubungi gerhana 1MDB.

Di sebalik kerugian forex juga, tiada sesiapa termasuk Tun Mahathir dan Anwar yang diketahui ada kemasukan beribu-ribu juta wang ke dalam akaun bank peribadi mereka.

Tetapi, di sebalik 1MDB, begitu ramai yang mendapag manfaat dan untungnya, termasuk tiba-tiba mampu menghasilkan filem di Hollywood dan memberi apartment mewah di New York dan London.

Selain itu, berbeza dengan forex di mana beberapa tindakan telah pun diambil, apa tindakan  kerajaan terhadap petualang-petualang 1MDB?

Maka, antara DOJ yang bertindak berkaitan 1MDB dan Suruhanjaya Diraja yang ditubuhkan kabinet untuk menyiasat forex, siapa yang sepatutnya lebih panik? 

BN dan Najib atau pembangkang serta Tun Mahathir?

Adakah Annuar Musa turut sama panik bersama mereka yang sedang panik?
 
 

          USA Hantar Tentera, Kenyataan CM Lim Lanjutan Dari Kebimbangan Rakyat   
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CM Lim tidak pernah menjemput campur tangan asing seperti USA ke dalam negara ini, seperti yang banyak dimainkan di media sosial.  Apa yang beliau kata ialah, United States bukan setakat boleh saman negara ini saja (melalui DoJ) tapi juga boleh menghantar tentera untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan negara ini.

Dengan bagaimana kenyataan seperti itu dikatakan menjemput campur tangan asing?

Memang ada kebenarannya apa yang CM Lim katakan itu, USA sebagai negara kuasa besar dunia, bukan sahaja boleh menyaman negara asing seperti Malaysia tapi juga boleh menawannya dengan menggunakan kekuatan tentera.

Sekalipun mungkin ada kekangan logistik tapi USA diketahui mempunyai banyak pengkalan di merata dunia dengan yang paling dekat di Jepun.  Itu yang mencetus kebimbangan rakyat sehingga mendapat perhatian CM Lim.  Najib mana tahu semua ni kerana beliau jarang dilihat bersama rakyat, berbanding dengn CM Lim.

Bagi mengelakkan itu berlaku (konflik ketenteraan dengan USA), pemimpin Malaysia yang terpalit dalam skandal 1MDB ini, perlulah pergi ke USA dan menghadapi pendakwaan.  Itu yang dimaksudkan CM Lim, bukan menjemput campur tangan asing seperti mana fitnah cytro UMNO.
Soal bukti, itu kemudian, menyerah diri kepada DoJ dulu.


          Teruk dikecam, Pas pertahan idea campur tangan asing   
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Jho Low masih gagal didakwa pihak berkuasa Malaysia berhubung skandal 1MDB.


Setelah menerima kecaman daripada pelbagai pihak ekoran surat terbuka yang ditujukan kepada pemimpin politik berhubung campur tangan asing dalam isu saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), ketua penerangan Pas, Nasrudin Hassan tampil membela presiden partinya.

Menurut beliau, umum telah mengetahui individu-individu tertentu yang telah membuat aduan kepada pihak berkuasa di Paris, Switzerland dan Amerika Syarikat berhubung isu 1MDB.
"Soalnya, apa motif mereka buat aduan di US (Amerika Syarikat) mengenai isu 1MDB? Kenapa singkat akal mereka, lapor hal negara kita kepada Amerika yang berlagak polis dunia itu? Kita tahu ada pihak yang sengaja jemput US campur tangan isu dalam negara kita.
"Ini maksud Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi mengenai isu campur tangan asing. Apapun salah laku dalam negara, kita selesaikan perhitungannya dalam negara kita. Rakyat boleh guna kuasa undi dalam pilihan raya untuk tukar kerajaan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan ringkas.

Beliau juga memberikan perumpamaan "jangan undang beruang untuk tampar nyamuk di muka kancil" bagi merujuk tindakan 'mengundang campur tangan asing' itu.

Sebelum ini pelbagai pihak mengkritik Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang kerana mendakwa skandal kewangan seperti 1MDB, harus diselesaikan tanpa bantuan pihak asing.

Menurut mereka, kesalahan yang didakwa DoJ dilakukan individu terbabit di Amerika Syarikat dan negara itu berhak bertindak terhadap pelaku.

Abdul Hadi dalam surat terbuka yang diterbitkan laman rasmi Pas 22 Jun lalu mendakwa skandal kewangan seperti BMF, Perwaja Steel, Tabung Haji dan 1MDB perlu 'diselesaikan secara dalaman' berbanding menjemput bantuan asing.

Mengulas kenyataan Abdul Hadi itu, bekas presiden Majlis Peguam Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, sehingga kini tiada sebarang tindakan undang-undang diambil pihak berkuasa Malaysia terhadap skandal 1MDB manakala agensi penguatkuasaan tempatan melengah-lengahkan siasatan terhadap 1MDB.

Sedangkan katanya, DoJ telah mengajukan tiga saman sivil untuk merampas aset yang dibeli dengan dana berjumlah US$4.5 bilion (RM19.4 bilion) yang didakwa diselewengkan daripada 1MDB.

"Sudah tentu, ramai yang gembira kerana ada sesuatu sedang dilakukan di luar negara tentang ibu semua skandal ini kerana penguatkuasa undang-undang di Malaysia tidak melihat sebarang kesalahan walaupun terdapat bukti besar yang berlawanan," kata Ambiga, yang juga presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam).

Beliau menyifatkan surat terbuka Hadi sebagai mencerminkan "salah faham" tentang ciri tanpa sempadan aktiviti jenayah yang berkaitan dengan 1MDB.

"Ia tidak terhad kepada Malaysia. Ia bersifat antarabangsa. Dan setiap kerajaan luar, bagi setiap jenayah yang dilakukan di sana, ia mempunyai hak untuk mengambil tindakan. Kita tidak boleh menghentikannya," kata Ambiga.

Menurut beliau, adalah tidak wajar bagi sesiapa pun untuk mengganggu sistem perundangan Amerika Syarikat dan memberitahu mereka apa yang tidak atau boleh dilakukan.

Di masa yang sama, katanya mencadangkan isu 1MDB ditangani secara domestik adalah sia-sia kerana peguam negara sendiri meminta polis untuk menyiasat lebih lanjut.

Hadi dalam surat terbukanya mahu pihak berkuasa mengendalikan skandal kewangan itu dengan "sebodoh-bodoh dan sezalim-zalim dalaman kita, biar kita yang tanggung sendiri".

Pakar ekonomi Ramon Navaratnam yang mengetuai pemikir Pusat Pengajian Dasar Awam, berkata Hadi "sangat defensif dengan status quo".

"Kita tidak boleh menjadi 'myopic' (tidak berpandangan jauh) dan hidup sendiri," kata bekas pengerusi Transparency International itu.

"Kita perlu berfikiran terbuka dan berpandangan jauh. Kita perlu mengalu-alukan kritikan membina," kata Ramon.

DoJ meneruskan tindakan undang-undang pada 15 Jun untuk merampas aset US$540 juta yang dipercayai dibeli dengan wang dicuri daripada 1MDB kerana jenayah itu dilakukan di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

DoJ turut memfailkan saman merampas harta di London yang didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB.

Saman terkini adalah paling penting sejak Julai lalu apabila pihak berkuasa AS pertama kali mengisytiharkan rakyat Malaysia ditipu dalam skala besar berkaitan dengan 1MDB.

DoJ sedang berusaha menyita harta milik jutawan kontroversi warga Malaysia, Low Taek Jho atau Jho Low (gambar) yang merangkumi kapal layar mewah bernama Equanimity bernilai AS$165 juta, karya seni, barang kemas dan hartanah di New York serta Los Angeles.

"Hadi perlu sedar Jho Low dan rakan-rakannya dituduh mengambil dana berkaitan IMDB dan membersihkannya di seluruh dunia," kata Cynthia Gabriel, pengarah Pusat Memerangi Rasuah dan Kronisme (C4).

"Jadi, negara di mana wang itu dibelanjakan  disiasat, seperti hak mereka sendiri," kata Cynthia, yang baru-baru ini menerima Anugerah Demokrasi 2017 oleh National Endowment for Democracy yang berpangkalan di AS.

Ironinya, Cynthia berkata gesaan Hadi dapat dilihat sebagai usaha agar Pejabat Peguam Negara dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) membuka semula kes itu, berdasarkan fakta baru daripada pemfailan saman AS baru-baru ini.

"Hadi kedengaran seperti seorang menteri Umno," kata Azmi Sharom, profesor undang-undang di Universiti Malaya.

"Ini adalah bahasa emosi yang biasa digunakan untuk melindungi hakikat dana IMDB digunakan di AS, bercanggah dengan undang-undang mereka dengan tindakan DoJ," katanya.

Surat terbuka Hadi juga boleh menjadi percubaan untuk memperjuangkan dasar luar bandar Pas.

"Adakah orang Melayu begitu terpempan apabila anda menyebut Islam dan penjajahan sehingga mereka tidak dapat melihat dengan jelas? Hadi fikir begitu!"

Pada 15 Jun, pemangku Peguam Negara AS Kenneth Blanco berkata: "Kami tidak akan membenarkan AS menjadi tempat di mana individu yang korup boleh mengharapkan untuk menyembunyikan aset dan membelanjakan wang yang banyak yang sepatutnya digunakan untuk faedah rakyat negara lain."

Sama ada 1MDB atau "Malaysian Official 1" (MO1), yang dipercayai oleh DoJ menjadi penerima dana kira-kira US$1 bilion, dinamakan sebagai defendan dalam saman jenayah AS.

MO1 sebelum ini dikenal pasti sebagai Perdana Menteri Najib Razak oleh menteri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Peguam Negara Malaysia, Mohamed Apandi Ali membersihkan Najib dari sebarang kesalahan.


          Nurul Izzah: Miranda Kerr bermaruah daripada perompak negara   

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Nurul-Izzah

KUALA LUMPUR: Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah memuji bekas model Victoria Secret, Miranda Kerr yang memulangkan barangan kemas bernilai USD8.1 juta kepada Jabatan Keadilan Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) selepas barangan tersebut didedahkan dibeli menggunakan wang yang diseleweng daripada dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Barangan kemas itu sebelum ini dilapokan dihadiahkan kepada Kerr oleh watak utama di sebalik skandal 1MDB, Jho Low sewaktu beliau cuba memikat model kelahiran Australia itu.

“Model ini lebih bermaruah berbanding pemerintah negara yang teribat skandal merosakkan imej negara

“Kita berdoa agar perompak lainnya, yakni warga Malaysia, juga diberi kesedaran untuk memulangkan ‘permata’ yang dirampas hasil kepunyaan rakyat Malaysia,” kata Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai itu menerusi akaun Facebook.

Akhbar The Wall Street Journal memetik jurucakap Kerr yang memaklumkan bahawa model tersebut memulangkan hadiah itu Jumaat lalu kepada ejen kerajaan dari peti deposit keselamatannya di Los Angeles.

“Sejak permulaan siasatan, Miranda Kerr bekerjasama sepenuhnya dan berjanji akan menyerahkan hadiah barangan kemas itu kepada kerajaan.

“Kerr akan terus membantu siasatan dengan semampunya,” katanya.

DOJ dalam saman terbarunya, pada 16 Jun lalu mendakwa Low dan rakannya Eric Tan membelanjakan USD200 juta untuk membeli kemas.

Low dilapor membelanjakan sekurang-kurangnya USD9.9 juta untuk barang kemas buat Miranda Kerr serta untuk ibunya sendiri.

Low juga didakwa membelanjakan USD28.6 juta untuk barangan kemas isteri ‘Malaysian Official 1′.

Menurut DOJ, pembelian pertama yang direkodkan oleh ahli perniagaan itu yang didakwa menggunakan wang yang diselewengkan dari 1MDB bermula sejak 2012 apabila beliau membeli cincin berlian dan padanan anting-anting berlian untuk ibunya.


          Last Day of June: el nuevo proyecto de Ovosonico estrena tráiler y (a pesar de su título) llegará el 31 de agosto   

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Se puede decir que no hay un día mejor para poner fecha de lanzamiento al nuevo título de los creadores de 'Murasaki Baby'. Coincidiendo con el último día de junio, el estudio de Massimo Guarini hace oficial que 'Last Day of June' llegará el próximo 31 de agosto.

En 'Last Day of June' seremos Carl, un hombre que lo perdió todo tras un fatal accidente. Carl no tardará en descubrir una serie de portales del pasado que le permitirán convertirse en personajes relacionados con su propio destino, ofreciéndonos la posibilidad de resolver puzles y todo tipo de situaciones con un doble objetivo: recuperar el tiempo perdido y salvar la vida de su esposa June.

El aspecto artístico de 'Last Day of June' está cuidado hasta el más mínimo detalle. Si bien en lo visual combina una estética a caballo entre el estilo de dibujo posimpresionista de finales del siglo XIX con diseños que recuerdan inevitablemente a la obra del director Tim Burton; en el apartado musical no se queda atrás.

De hecho en su tráiler podemos escuchar el tema 'Pariah', interpretado por la cantante Ninet Tayeb, y que estará incluido en el próximo álbum de Steven Wilson , 'To the Bone'.

Last Day of June combina múltiples géneros de arte para ofrecer una experiencia significativa y creativa que gustará a todo tipo de audiencias. Pensado como un viaje conmovedor que atraiga tanto a los jugadores como a los no jugadores. Last Day of June plantea la pregunta “¿Qué harías para salvar a la persona que amas?”

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Pese al propio nombre del juego, 'Last Day of June' llegará el último día de agosto a PS4 y PC, aunque ya es posible realizar la reserva, ofreciendo como incentivo a los jugadores de PS4 (además de un siempre agradecido descuento) un tema exclusivo de Carl y June con el estilo visual del juego.

En VidaExtra | Last Day of June: los creadores de Murasaki Baby muestran el primer tráiler de su nuevo juego

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La noticia Last Day of June: el nuevo proyecto de Ovosonico estrena tráiler y (a pesar de su título) llegará el 31 de agosto fue publicada originalmente en Vidaextra por Frankie MB .


          TAK PAYAH SERONOK SANGAT PASAL DOJ SENDIRI SEDANG BERMASALAH DENGAN PEMECATAN DAN PERLETAKAN JAWATAN!!!   
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          Umno info chief accuses Opposition of 'briefing' DoJ - Malay Mail Online   

Malay Mail Online

Umno info chief accuses Opposition of 'briefing' DoJ
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The Umno information chief, the move was ostensibly taken by the Opposition to divert attention from the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the multibillion ringgit foreign exchange losses of the late 1980s that he said would implicate Tun Dr ...
Opposition using DoJ suit to divert attention from Bank Negara's forex scandal: Annuar MusaNew Straits Times Online
Annuar: Panic over losing Dr M sees opposition diverting attention ...Malaysiakini (subscription)
'Panicking Opposition are using DoJ as diversion from Forex RCI bombshell' - AnnuarAstro Awani
Malaysia Chronicle
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          Umno, BN the ones panicking over DoJ suit, says PKR - Free Malaysia Today   

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Umno, BN the ones panicking over DoJ suit, says PKR
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KUALA LUMPUR: It's Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians, not the people, who are panicking over the latest civil lawsuit lodged by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) concerning 1MDB, says Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen. “So I will disagree ...
Umno leader raps opposition for making Rosmah 'sacrificial lamb'Malaysiakini (subscription)

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          Friday Morning Links -    


Facebook's massive solar-powered Aquila broadband drone nails its second test flight and landing after suffering structural failure and crash during its first flight in June 2016 ibtimes.co.uk
Report finds massive fraud within the FCC Lifeline program, which subsidizes cellular and broadband service for low-income Americans usatoday.com
Former FCC leader Tom Wheeler defends Title II rules, accuses Chairman Pai of helping monopolists arstechnica.com
White House confirms Trump nominated Brendan Carr, FCC general counsel and Pai ally, for FCC GOP slot; he named Jessica Rosenworcel for Democratic slot earlier recode.net
CenturyLink Stream Debuts as Latest OTT Virtual Pay-TV Service, Starting at $45/month telecompetitor.com
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins warns AT&T-Time Warner deal could be anticompetitive, asks DOJ to scrutinize merger closely multichannel.com
AT&T changes at GoPhone appear to include a rebranding prepaidphonenews.com
Some rural Verizon Unlimited subscribers are getting the boot from Big Red phonearena.com
Google Might Finally Open Up Project Fi to Other Phones fool.com
Networks Using Streaming to Bring Young Viewers Back to TV fortune.com
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          DOJ - KHALID & HADI BERBEZA PENDAPAT....   
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          JUST IN! Senator Leila De Lima Was Issued Another Arrest Warrant For Drug Trafficking!   

On Staurday, June 24, 2017, GMA News reported that Sen. Leila De Lima, vocal critic of President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, was once again issued an arrest warrant that alleges she was involved in “the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term as Justice secretary.”
According to Sen. De Lima’s legal counsel, Alexandra Padilla, the arrest warrant was issued on June 21, 2017 by Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of the Muntinlupa RTC. The warrant also includes Jose Adrian Dera a.k.a. Jad De Vera.
De Lima’s legal counsel is pushing for the arrest warrant to be dropped, seeing it as the weakest among the 3 drug cases that De Lima currently faces from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Senator De Lima is still currently under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in their custodial center located within Camp Crame. She was arrested and detained on February 23, 2017, also for drug charges. Judge Juanita Guerrero ordered her arrest.
The DOJ accused De Lima and Dera of conspiring to extort money from Peter Co, an inmate in Bilibid. Co claims in an affidavit that Dera blackmailed him by detaining and threatening his niece, Sally. Co claims Dera received 2 out of the 5 million pesos that he extorted from the inmate. Dera also allegedly took 4 of Co’s vehicles and used them during Sen. De Lima’s 2016 campaign. Co adds that Dera received 3 million pesos from Co’s niece, which he used to finance Sen. De Lima’s campaign.
In an interview with GMA, Padilla said:
“Dera denied knowing Senator Leila and there’s clearly no trail of the supposed vehicles and the alleged campaign donation that would have any link to Senator Leila. It’s the weakest case for the prosecution.”GMA News wrote:
“The high court had submitted the petition for decision last April after the parties submitted their respective memoranda following oral arguments held in March.”
What do you think of this recent development? Share your opinion in the comments section.

          Trump Administration, Government Hires All the Attorneys, Imports More From Russia   
President Donald J. Trump arrives at Edwards AFB with his lawyered up lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Washington --- The Trump administration and United States government has hired so many attorneys in recent months that the nation is "perilously close" to running out of lawyers, making it all but a certainty that the government will have to start importing attorneys from Russia.
     President Trump himself began the lawyer-hiring frenzy after firing former FBI Director James B. Comey on May 9th, forcing Deputy DOJ Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to hire Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor into the FBI's Russia investigation. Since then, Mr. Mueller has hired an astounding 13 attorneys to assist him in his ever-expanding investigation, with more expected to be hired.
     Just weeks after setting up a Super PAC of his own, Vice President Mike Pence has also hired an attorney. In order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, the Vice President has set up a GoFundMe account to pay his legal fees. "So far, after just a day, we've collected $410 from 41 donors," the Vice President said before the Naval Observatory, "so I'd say the campaign is going swimmingly well. Plus, I've added an incentive to anyone kicking in $10,000 that I'll go to their gay neighbor's house and personally heckle them on their front lawn for one hour."
     The lawyer hiring frenzy has reached such proportions, even Mr. Trump's own lawyer, Michael Cohen, has hired his own attorney. "Admittedly, this is going to be awkward," said Mr. Cohen. "I mean, suppose the President testifies before Mr. Mueller as he's promised and he asks me for advice? Will I have to ask my own attorney for advice before giving the President my advice?"
     Obviously, this has resulted in a backlog of legal cases from coast to coast, with litigants not having their scheduled cases tried because their attorneys are now working for either Mr. Trump, Mr. Mueller or other members of the administration. "Seriously, this is like something out of the Twilight Zone," said Travis County Judge Martin Wexler. "We've all fantasized about how happy the world would be without attorneys. Well, it's time to reap the whirlwind, folks."
     Consequently, law schools have accelerated their curricula in order to fast track law students toward graduation so they can take their state bar exams. Critics of the "lawyer drain", as it's called, have likened it to accelerated military basic training in order to get raw, untrained recruits into the battlefield that much faster. Says New Mexico attorney James "Slippin' Jimmy" McGill, "Pretty soon the legal landscape will be filled with idealistic 20-21 year-old attorneys with outdated notions about truth, justice and the American way. It makes me want to go out and kill Superman with a kryptonite dagger."
     However, even the accelerated law school curricula isn't enough to keep pace with the Trump administration's and Justice Department's hiring frenzy. This has forced the President to sign an executive order allowing Russian attorneys into the United States while waiving the usual State Department regulation of work visas. The first C5A transport plane that is expected to import 1000 Russian attorneys is slated to touch down at Edwards AFB by July 1st.
     "The fake news will scream bloody murder about these fine Russian attorneys not knowing American law. But who cares if they're not qualified? That's never stopped me before," said the President on Twitter.
     Thus far, the administration has failed to release the list of names of these Russian attorneys but Wikileaks is about to release documents that suggest at least 677 of the 1000 Russians either have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin, US Amassador Sergey Kislyak, several billionaire oligarchs and Politburo officials.
     "There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the President is hiring Russian attorneys... yet," said Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a statement released through his attorney's attorney through their own spokesman's attorney.

          DOJ Asks The Supreme Court To Give It Permission To Search Data Centers Anywhere In The World   

Having been told "no" twice by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the decision finding Microsoft did not need to hand over communications stored in foreign data centers in response to a US warrant.

The Appeals Court told the DOJ that statutory language simply didn't agree with the premise pushed by the government: that US-issued warrants should allow the law enforcement to dig through "file cabinets" not actually located at the premises (United States) searched. The court noted jurisdictional limitations have always been part of the warrant process (although recent Rule 41 changes somewhat undercut this). That the information sought is digital rather than physical doesn't change this. The court suggested the DOJ take it up with Congress if it doesn't like the status quo. The DOJ has proposed legislation but likely feels a Supreme Court decision in its favor would be a swifter resolution.

The DOJ's 207-page petition [PDF] actually only contains about 30 pages of arguments. The bulk of the petition is made up of previous court decisions and oral argument transcripts covering the DOJ's losses at the lower level. The Table of Contents gets right to the point, utilizing the section header "The panel's decision is wrong" to set the tone for its rehashed arguments.

The DOJ quotes the dissenting judges from the Appeals Court's decision, one of which makes the ever-popular "appeal to 9/11" argument:

Judge Raggi also emphasized the exceptional importance of this case and the “immediate and serious adverse consequences” of the panel’s ruling. “On the panel’s reasoning,” she explained, if the government had been able to show in early September 2001 probable cause to believe that the 9/11 perpetrators “were communicating electronically about an imminent, devastating attack on the United States, and that Microsoft possessed those emails,” a federal court would not have been able to issue a Section 2703 warrant if Microsoft had stored the emails outside the United States, “even though [Microsoft’s] employees would not have had to leave their desks in Redmond, Washington, to retrieve them.”

All well and good, if you like that sort of thing, but the facts of the case are far less dire:

In December 2013, the government applied for a warrant requiring Microsoft to disclose email information for a particular user’s email account. See App., infra, 2a, 8a-10a. The government’s application established probable cause to believe that the account was being used to conduct criminal drug activity.

This is how most arguments for expansions of law enforcement reach and grasp go: talk about how it will be used to stop terrorists; actually use it to hunt down normal criminals.

The petition admits Congress meant for domestic laws to only be applied domestically before arguing certain "applications" of US law should be seen as permissible inversions of Congressional intent. The DOJ argues Microsoft's United States offices should permit worldwide searches of its data centers. Once again, the government's arguments that stored communications are no different than paper files in a file cabinet (made when it wants broadly-written electronic storage searches to be seen as no more intrusive than a residence search) works against it. This interpretation of the Stored Communications Act means any service provider anywhere could be made to hand over documents stored overseas as long as they have a US office where a warrant can be served. This would be the case even if the service provider has no US storage locations and nothing more than a US-based "storefront" for convenience.

Microsoft has already responded with a lengthy blog post. It points out the better way forward is not to have the Supreme Court reinterpret a 30-year-old law, but rather to work with US service providers and Congress to build a better law that addresses the world as it is now.

The litigation path DOJ is now trying to extend in parallel to legislative progress seeks to require the Supreme Court to decide how a law written three decades ago applies to today’s global internet. The previous decision was soundly in our favor, and we’re confident our arguments will be persuasive with the Supreme Court. However, we’d prefer to keep working alongside the DOJ and before Congress on enacting new law, as Judge Lynch suggested, that works for everyone rather than arguing about an outdated law. We think the legislative path is better for the country too.

The post also points out cooperation with foreign law enforcement is a much faster process than has been portrayed by the DOJ, which insists it takes "weeks" to see results of these cooperative efforts. Following the Charlie Hebdo attack, Microsoft was able to turn over US-stored communications to French law enforcement in under an hour.

What the DOJ doesn't seem to understand (or genuinely just doesn't care about) is a decision granting it the power to seize communications from anywhere in the world would result in foreign governments expecting the same treatment when requesting communications stored in the US.

Should people be governed by the laws of their own country? If the decision in our case were reversed, it would subject every person in the world to every other country’s legal process. The email of a person who lives and works in Dublin would be subject to an American warrant issued by a U.S. court just as an American would be subject to an Irish warrant. Our customers tell us they want to be governed by the laws of their own government, and they deserve the certainty of knowing what laws govern their data.

If the Supreme Court decides to grant the DOJ's petition, this won't be argued until the next session, leaving the DOJ plenty of time to work on its legislative proposals. Hopefully, it's actually working with US service providers on this, rather than thinking it's the only stakeholder of importance in the legislative process.



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          Liberty Counsel Sues GuideStar Over False "Hate Group" Label    

Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against GuideStar over the false and defamatory "hate group" label it placed on GuideStar's Liberty Counsel page. The lawsuit charges GuideStar with violating the federal Lanham Act, along with state law violations of Interference with Business Expectancy and Defamation. The suit seeks a permeant injunction, damages, and attorney's fees and costs. The case of Liberty Counsel, Inc. v. GuideStar USA, Inc. was filed in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Newport News Division.

"GuideStar and its political ally, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), are intent on destroying pro-family organizations. The 'hate group' label is false and dangerous," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "GuideStar's CEO, Jacob Harold, is using GuideStar as a weapon to defame, harm and promote his liberal agenda by using the SPLC to falsely label good nonprofit organizations as 'hate groups.' The only purpose of providing the SPLC false and dangerous 'hate group' label is to inflict reputational and financial harm to Liberty Counsel. GuideStar has lost all credibility. GuideStar will now have to answer for its reckless, defamatory and harmful political labeling," said Staver.

GuideStar's website states it is the "world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations." It further claims "we gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. We provide as much information as we can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance and so much more."

GuideStar used the SPLC false and dangerous "hate group" designation by placing its logo and rhetoric, which states "This organization was flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center," on Liberty Counsel's page. GuideStar placed the same 'hate group' label on 46 nonprofit organizations, including Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and others.

After receiving a letter last week from 41 nonprofit organizations, most of which GuideStar falsely labeled, GuideStar issued a statement and temporarily removed the label from the pages of the nonprofit groups, but the statement said that GuideStar would continue to provide the SPLC "hate group" information upon request, and further declared that GuideStar is considering other ways to provide the information to the public.

Staver continued: "GuideStar has not retracted its 'hate group' label and continues to provide false, defamatory and harmful information it pushes as fact to the public. The damage by GuideStar is far reaching because this false and defamatory labeling has been spread through scores of media sources and the internet. It also appears on the GuideStar Wikepedia page."

Harold, GuideStar's president and chief executive officer, is a liberal activist like the SPLC.

According to his bio, Harold has written extensively on climate change and has further training in grassroots organizing from Green Corps. He has also worked for Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USA and Citizen Works. In addition, Harold's Twitter account shows he is a climate change advocate, and he retweeted a GuideStar-published piece that uses pro-LGBT and pro-transgender language. Harold was a host for a NARAL Pro-Choice D.C. men's event in 2014, and he blogged for Huffington Post. He also donated to the Obama campaign in 2011 before joining GuideStar in 2012. His wife is also a pro-abortion advocate. Harold tweeted a picture of himself at the so-called "Women's March" in January 2017, holding a protest sign obviously directed against President Donald Trump. This march overtly promoted abortion.

The SPLC's caustic and false rhetoric is dangerous because it creates a "Hate Map" listing so-called "hate groups." Mark Potok with the SPLC admitted in an interview: "Our criteria for a 'hate group,' first of all, have nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess we're making about 'this group could be dangerous.' It's strictly ideological." Mark Potok is on video in a public meeting stating, "Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them ..."

The SPLC has now admitted James Hodgkinson, the D.C. shooter who gunned down Rep. Steve Scalise, two staff members and two U.S. Capitol Police officers, "liked" the SPLC on Facebook. In 2015, the SPLC wrote an article pushing the idea that Rep. Scalise promoted white supremacy and supported a "hate group" founded by former KKK member David Duke. The SPLC article clearly tries to infer that Rep. Scalise is a so-called "hater" and supporter of a "hate group."

The SPLC is also linked to the attempted mass murder in the 2012 shooting at the Washington, D.C. office of the Family Research Council (FRC). Floyd Corkins II was stopped by the FRC security guard, who was shot in the process. Corkins confessed to the FBI that he intended to commit mass murder and was motivated by the so-called "Hate Map" on the SPLC website that listed FRC as a "hate group."

Laird Wilcox, founder of the Wilcox Collection on Contemporary Political Movements at the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and a leading expert on "extremist" organizations, has identified the false, misleading and destructive nature of the SPLC's "hate group" designations.

Mr. Wilcox has noted that the SPLC has gone into "ideological overdrive and has developed many of the destructive traits that characterize moral crusaders, including the demonization of critics and dissenters." Mr. Wilcox stated that the "hate group" designations reflect a "kind of selective attention and biased reporting" that "simply illustrates [the SPLC's] unscrupulousness."

He continued that it is "pretty hard to deny that the SPLC is a political operation that is trying to tar right-wingers and conservative Republicans" (emphasis added). Wilcox also noted that "[t]he dirty little secret behind the SPLC is that they actually need racial violence, growing 'hate groups,' and more racial crime to justify their existence and promote their agenda."

Wilcox concluded, "When you get right down to it, all the SPLC does is call people names. It's specialized a highly developed and ritualized form of defamation, however—a way of harming and isolating people by denying their humanity and trying to convert them into something that deserves to be hated and eliminated." He also noted that the SPLC's "victims are usually ordinary people expressing their values, opinions and beliefs—and they're up against a very talented and articulate defamation machine." Laird Wilcox has observed of the SPLC that "[m]oralizing crusades that demonize and stereotype the opposition can be very damaging, even when they claim to be working on behalf of what objectively seems to be a 'good' cause—and the more venerated the cause the more excessive and extreme tactics are seen to be justified. Movements to right wrongs are very dangerous when they let the end justify the means."

Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for the liberal publication The Nation, has labeled the SPLC and its leaders as "the archsalesmen of hatemongering."

Cockburn noted that the SPLC represents nothing more than "hate-seekers scour[ing] the landscape for hate like the arms manufacturers inventing new threats, and for the same reason: it's their staple." Other commentators researching the SPLC's "hate group" label have found that there is a "serious objection to the SPLC's hate list" because of "the loosey-goosey criteria by which the [SPLC] decides which organizations qualify as hate groups."

The SPLC has been charged with "being willing to slap the hate label on groups that may merely interpret data differently from the SPLC."

Foreign Policy Magazine has been harshly critical of SPLC's "hate group" label, noting, "The problem is that the SPLC and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) are not objective purveyors of data. They're anti-hate activists." Foreign Policy concluded that the methodology used by the SPLC is fundamentally flawed, and that "[i]f there is any lesson in all of this [hate group labeling], it's that the study of domestic American extremism shouldn't be the exclusive province of activists."

Other commentators have noted that "[w]hen an organization as prominent and powerful as the SPLC turns its guns on you, it can cost you your job, your livelihood—even your standing in the community. Not because you have done anything wrong. Not because what they say about you is true, but because a focused vilification campaign forces others to avoid you out of fear. You become what they call 'radioactive."

The Philanthropy Roundtable has noted the SPLC's "hate group" designation is "not a Consumer Reports Guide. It's a political tool." The Philanthropy Roundtable also noted that the SPLC is a "notoriously partisan attack group" and that its "hate group" designations are intended solely as a fundraising tool and that the "hate group" designations "spread stigmas just by innuendo" and that the SPLC has an "utter lack of any reasonable criteria for who goes on its lists." The Philanthropy Roundtable concluded that "[i]t is entirely fair to disagree with any of these charities or individuals—but utterly unfair to insist they are hate criminals" merely because the SPLC disagrees with them. It also concluded that the SPLC is a "bullying organization that aims to intimidate and even criminalize philosophical opponents" and that "the SPLC's tactics lead directly to hate and violence."

In 2016, the United States Department of Justice's Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (the "DOJ Disciplinary Counsel") sharply rebuked and reprimanded attorneys representing the SPLC and its allies for employing the SPLC's "hate group" label to denigrate a conservative advocacy group and its attorneys engaged in advocacy in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The DOJ Disciplinary Counsel concluded that employing the SPLC's "hate group" designation to denigrate attorneys and public interest groups engaged in advocacy on issues with which the SPLC disagrees "overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional." According to the DOJ Disciplinary Counsel, employing the SPLC's "hate group" designation to denigrate conservative public interest groups and their attorneys is "uncivil" and "constitutes frivolous behavior and does not aid the administration of justice" Id. (emphasis added).

"Despite serious concerns about the false labeling by the SPLC, GuideStar has used this harmful rhetoric for the purpose of causing financial and reputational injury to Liberty Counsel and other nonprofit organizations," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "GuideStar is playing with fire. There are unhinged people who have relied upon this reckless rhetoric to threaten and even cause physical harm and death because a person or organization was falsely labeled as a 'hater' or 'hate group.' This is not a game," said Staver. {eoa}


          Comment on In Stunning Announcement, DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On "Anonymous Sources" by David Farrar   
DOJ Warns Not To Trust Stories Based On "Anonymous Sources". Wasn't this how this whole coup d'etatgate started?
          Blog Post: Trump Taps Jones Day Partner To Head DOJ Civil Rights Unit   
President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped another Jones Day attorney to serve in the administration, nominating labor and employment partner Eric S. Dreiband to serve as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights division.
          Comment on Malaysian Reactions to DOJ Lawsuits Reflect Ignorance and Corrupted Concept of Justice by good coolie   
What does it matter who helps us to catch wrong-doers? If Americans help us to take back the Pink Panther, well and good! Hello, Kawan kalau sudah kalah, mengaku sahaja lah dan minta ma'af atas segala kesilapan. Thank you America, If you can help us get back a few billions, we would be grateful. America kita punya kawan (Yankee don't go home).
          'Kaitkan campur tangan asing cubaan sucikan pelaku jenayah'   

Mahfuz menyelar beberapa pimimpin BN, PAS dan mufti kerana mengaitkan tindakan DOJ dengan campur tangan asing.


          A Summary and Analysis of the Nixon Tapes Case That Still Governs Important Aspects of “Executive Privilege” Today   
In light of the various ongoing investigations—some by special DOJ counsel Robert Mueller and others by various congressional committees in both houses—of members or associates of President Trump’s administration, there is a great deal of talk these days about “executive privilege” that the president may or may not enjoy to shield from view communications he has with his advisors. Discussion of executive privilege, in turn, usually triggers reference to United States v. Nixon, the landmark case decided by the Supreme Court about 43 years ago that continues to be the most important judicial word on precisely when the president can—and cannot—insulate his communications from being examined in judicial proceedings. In the space below, I provide a brief summary of the United States v. Nixon case, its understandable result, some weaknesses in its reasoning, and some lessons we should learn if and when the current investigations touching the…
          Comment on California DOJ get bitch-slapped on regulations submitted to OAL. by SSGRick   
Well then, either MOVE the hell out of the "Peoples Republic of Kalifornistan" or SUFFER with the elected azzholes that other leftists put into office by ALLOWING ILLEGAL ALIENS TO VOTE! There is no other solution about Kalifornistan, that State has far too many whiny little communists living in it to change ANYTHING politically! You have two choices, LEAVE or SUBMIT TO SLAVERY!!!
          DOJ Dan Misi Pertualang Negara   

Sebenarnya kalau nak faham situasi peranan media haramjadah Amerika ini senang je. TONTON FILEM GREEN ZONE

Filem ni dah nilaikan kerana media WSJ punca rakyat Iraq hancur berderai, kerana penilaian senjata pemusnah yang kononnya tentera Iraq sedang membinanya. Palsu yang dicipta untuk harta tidak ternilai iaitu minyak.

Dalam filem ini juga menceritakan, tentera Amerika juga tertanya2 perang Iraq ini adalah kerana ingin mengaut kekayaan rakyat Iraq.

Malah dibiayai general2 Iraq yang tamakkan harta, yang anti dengan Saddam Hussain, malah membocorkan lokasi dimana Saddam Hussain berada.

Paling tidak boleh blah, majoriti battallion tentera Iraq sudah dibeli, ini kerana penganut syiah lebih ramai dari sunni di Iraq, mereka memang berdendam dengan Saddam Hussain.

Anda akan faham kejahatan sebenar dibawa oleh golongan2 yang ada perancangan tertentu, masalahnya orang dalam Iraq sendiri yang membawa fitnah senjata pemusnah ini kepada CIA.

Sekarang nak tanya, apa jadi dengan Iraq, selepas 14 tahun perang pembebasan Iraq, adakah Iraq aman?

Rakyatnya sampai sekarang masih menyesal kerana kata mereka zaman Saddam tidak seteruk dan macam neraka sekarang ini.

Ada akal wahai melayu, fikirlah.. DOJ cerdik permainannya, agak2 siapa yang deal? Kalaulah si keparat2 itu yang nak sangat kuasa dengan cara ini, aku sarankan kita jumpa ludah sahaja manusia perosak2 ini.

Mereka bukan risaU apa akan jadi dengan Negaranya, tetapi mereka sedang ingin menikmati habuan yang mereka akan dapat setelah misi itu berjaya.

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          Syed Saddiq Masuk Perangkap - Raja Petra   

KES SAMAN DOJ: SYED SADDIQ MASUK PERANGKAP RAJA PETRA

1. Syed Saddiq telah membuat laporan polis terhadap Raja Petra Kamaruddin di Balai Polis Gombak hari ini.

2. Ini merupakan berita baik kerana selepas ini tiada siapa pun yang perlu membuat laporan polis berkenaan Syed Saddiq kerana pihak polis akan menjalankan siasatan terperinci terhadap laporan yang dibuatnya.

3. Sekiranya pihak polis memanggil Raja Petra untuk memberikan kenyataan, maka Raja Petra perlu mendedahkan tiga nama Exco ARMADA PPBM yang mengetahui mengenai rancangan pengumuman yang dilakukan DOJ pada 15 Jun 2017 yang lalu.

4. Ini bermakna ketiga-tiga exco tersebut akan terheret sama dan pihak polis akan memanggil ketiga-tiga mereka untuk memberikan kenyataan.

5. Sekiranya pihak polis mendapati bahawa Syed Saddiq bersama tiga lagi Exco ARMADA benar-benar terlibat dengan isu DOJ pada 15 Jun 2017 lalu, maka ianya membuktikan bahawa wujudnya sebuah konspirasi berkenaan hal tersebut.

6. Sekiranya benar wujud konspirasi dalam isu DOJ ini, bermakna ia sengaja diadakan dengan niat untuk mewujudkan kepincangan terhadap negara dan Perdana Menteri dengan cara mengikis keyakinan orang awam serta negara asing sekaligus membawa kepada kehancuran ekonomi negara.

7. Secara ringkas, tindakan Syed Sadiq ini akan menjadi satu perbuatan khianat yang menyebabkan rakan konspirasinya boleh didakwa melakukan jenayah melancarkan perang terhadap Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan akhirnya membawa ke tali gantung sekiranya disabitkan kesalahan.

8. Syed Saddiq mungkin telah melakukan kesalahan yang sama seperti yang dilakukan Anwar ketika dia membuat laporan terhadap individu yang menuduhnya melakukan salah laku seksual. Malangnya polis menemui bukti bahawa Anwar terlibat dengan semua salah laku tersebut. Ini menyebabkan pihak polis mengambil tindakan ke atas Anwar dan bukannya orang-orang yang dilaporkan Anwar.

9. Syed Saddiq sedia maklum mengenai pengumuman DOJ yang bakal dibuat, alasan DOJ membuat pengumuman tersebut serta cubaan Mahathir untuk menghidupkan kembali isu 1MDB yang telah selesai.

10. Seperti yang disebutkan, pengumuman DOJ pada Khamis lepas bertujuan memastikannya menjadi buah mulut ketika musim perayaan, sebagaimana yang dilaporkan oleh Malaysiakini hari ini.

_*Rujuk:*_ https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/386210

11. Inilah apa yang dirancangkan. DOJ membuat pengumuman mereka pada 15 Jun 2017 dan seminggu kemudian, ramai pemimpin dari kalangan Pakatan Harapan akan mengeluarkan kenyataan akhbar berhubung isu DOJ tersebut.

12. Orang awam akan pulang ke kampung dan ketika meraikan Hari Raya Aidilfitri, mereka akan membincangkan hal tersebut.

13. Syed Saddiq baru sahaja mengakui mengenai hal tersebut. Seperti yang dikatakan, isu DOJ ini tidak akan sampai ke mahkamah. Ianya hanya akan menjadi buah mulut masyarakat Malaysia ketika Hari Raya.

14. Apa perlunya ia diperkatakan, terutamanya di kampung-kampung ketika Hari Raya? Sebabnya UMNO mempunyai antara 80 hingga 90 kerusi di Tanah Melayu ini dan sekiranya mereka tidak mampu merampas kerusi-kerusi ini dari UMNO, maka Pakatan Harapan tidak akan berjaya untuk membentuk Kerajaan Persekutuan.

15. Ini adalah hal yang diperkatakan Syed Saddiq kepada tiga Exco ARMADA sebelum DOJ membuat pengumuman tersebut. Syed Saddiq juga yang memberitahu mengenai peruntukan sejumlah RM50 juta yang dikeluarkan Mahathir untuk rancangan ini dan US$ 5 juta untuk _Clinton Foundation_.

*Sumber:* _Malaysia Today_
http://www.malaysia-today.net/syed-saddiq-you-just-got-nailed-good-and-proper/


          Kumpulan Mahathir Bayar RM5 Juta USD Untuk Pengaruhi DOJ?    

Mungkin ini senjata terakhir atau terdesak oleh Mahathir untuk mengembalikan wave fitnah yang dia lakukan sejak gerakan Undur Najib dimulai pada awal 2015 yang lepas.

Manusia bernama Mahathir ini adalah makhluk tidak akan berhenti dalam menganiaya musuhnya walaupun sedar tindakannya itu adalah fitnah semata-mata.

Dia memang hebat dalam propaganda kotor. Tetapi kali ini dia terpaksa melabur lebih banyak wang untuk menjayakan misinya. Pru 14 bakal menjelma.

Tetapi Mahathir lupa. Persepsi dia mainkan ibarat meletak bom jangka yang dipasang dipartinya sendiri.

Terpulang kepada kita, Orang tua hina ini sudah semakin gila babi.

BAYAR 5 JUTA USD KEPADA YAYASAN CLINTON UNTUK PENGARUHI DOJ?

Jika dakwaan bahawa Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sanggup membayar USD 5 juta kepada Yayasan Clinton semata-mata untuk tujuan dan agenda politiknya; iaitu supaya DoJ membuat pengumuman berkenaan 1MDB adalah benar, ia merupakan satu pengkhianatan dan jenayah berat kepada negara.

Mungkin jika dibandingkan dengan kekayaan anak-anak beliau yang diperolehi semasa zaman pentadbirannya, USD 5 juta itu adalah jumlah yang kecil, tetapi saya masih sangsi daripada sumber manakah beliau mendapatkan duit tersebut, adakah dengan duit anak-anaknya atau pun duit beliau sendiri hasil yang dikumpul sendiri semasa beliau mentadbir yang dikatakan sangat ‘bersih’ ataupun duit parti baharu beliau.

Adakah ahli dan penyokong Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) rasakan tindakannya memberikan USD 5 juta kepada Yayasan Clinton, satu yayasan luar yang tiada kepentingan adalah tindakan yang adil buat mereka?

Jika benar semua tindakan Tun M kini adalah untuk membela nasib rakyat, mengapa tidak menggunakan USD 5 juta ; jumlah yang sangat besar itu untuk membantu rakyat yang miskin dan memerlukan kerana saya percaya USD 5 juta itu dapat membantu ramai orang.

Jika perbuatan Tun M ini tidak dipersoalkan saya tidak tahu dimana lagi rasional pemikiran penyokong PPBM dan pembangkang dalam menegakkan kebenaran.

Kini saya dan rakyat Malaysia mula sedar, mengapa hari demi hari semakin banyak akar umbi parti baru itu kecundang dan keluar parti dengan alasan kepincangan pucuk pimpinan, kerana mereka mula sedar perjuangan pengerusinya bukanlah satu perjuangan untuk rakyat, sebaliknya hanya untuk melindungi diri, dendam dan hanya satu lakonan yang semakin menampakkan kebenarannya.

SHAHAR ABDULLAH
18 Jun 2017

http://www.mykmu.net/2017/06/kumpulan-tun-mahathir-bayar-5-juta-usd-kepada-yayasan-clinton-untuk-pengaruhi-doj/


          Hollywood Household Names Arrested in Child Sex Trafficking Bust   
Household Names Arrested In Hollywood Child Sex Trafficking Bust



Source: The Common Sense Show



Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Leading the Fight Against the Deep State and their Child-Sex-Trafficking. The DOJ combined with several local and state agencies have bused hundreds of pedophiles. According to the DOJ, some of the perps are household names, politicians, high ranking clergy and other people of note. This breaking story is contained in the video below.


          Justice Department gives up Washington Redskins name fight. How much did Obama's DOJ waste on this made up offense?    

Justice Department gives up Washington Redskins name fight


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is giving up the legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins.
In a letter to a federal appeals court, the department said last week's Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of an Asian-American band calling itself the Slants means the NFL team will prevail in a legal battle to cancel the team's trademarks because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
"Consistent with Tam, the Court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Pro-Football," Mark Freeman, an attorney for the Justice Department's civil division, wrote to the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Redskins case had been on hold in the federal appeals court while the Slants decision was rendered. The Supreme Court found that Simon Tam could trademark the Slants as the name of his Asian-American rock band because it would be unconstitutional for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to discriminate against it, citing the First Amendment's free speech protection. The justices were unanimous in saying the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights.
Redskins' owner Dan Snyder said last week he was "thrilled" by the Supreme Court's ruling, and lawyer Lisa Blatt said it resolves the team's dispute and vindicated its position. Snyder has refused to change the name despite intense public pressure, saying in the past that the name "represents honor, respect and pride" for Native Americans.

          The Trump DOJ “Slam Dunk” Antitrust Case Against Alphabet-Google   
What’s quintessential illegal monopoly behavior?
          WATCH: Jeff Sessions speaks at DOJ hate crimes summit   

WASHINGTON — The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates’ concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to deliver opening remarks at the Justice Department’s Hate Crimes Summit at 9:30 a.m. ET today. Watch the attorney general’s statement in the player above.

More than half of the 250,000 hate crimes that took place each year between 2004 and 2015 went unreported to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, according to a special report on hate crimes from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Hate crimes were most often not reported because they were handled some other way, the report said. But people also did not come forward because they didn’t feel it was important or that police would help, according to the report.

Based on a survey of households, the report is one of several studies that aim to quantify hate crimes. Its release comes as the Justice Department convenes a meeting on Thursday with local law enforcement officials and experts to discuss hate crimes, including a lack of solid data on the problem nationwide. Attorney General Jeff Session is scheduled to speak.

The new survey shows the limits of hate crime reporting, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University.

“Many victims don’t report hate crimes because of personal and institutional reasons,” Levin said. For example, some Latino immigrants may be reluctant to call police after an apparent hate crime for fear of deportation, he said.

Advocates fear that problem is worsening as the Trump administration ramps up immigration enforcement.

The report says Hispanics were victimized at the highest rate, followed by blacks.

“I think this report shows the kind of fear that is going on in our communities,” said Patricia Montes, executive director of the Boston-based immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente. She worries Latinos will even be more reluctant to report hate crimes in the future.

The new report said there was no significant increase in the number of hate crimes between 2004 and 2015. It cites racial bias as the top motivation, representing more than 48 percent of the cases between 2011 and 2015. Hate crimes motivated by ethnicity accounted for about 35 percent of those cases, and sexual orientation represented about 22 percent. Almost all of those surveyed said they felt they were experiencing a hate crime because of something the perpetrator said.

Law enforcement officials have long grappled with how to catalog hate crimes. While some victims’ distrust of police keeps them from coming forward, Levin said, some LGBT victims may opt not to report a hate crime for fear of losing a job or being outed to family.

Levin said many large cities are claiming they had no hate crimes — calling into question the reliability of federal hate crimes data that are based on voluntary submissions from police departments. “We have Columbus, Ohio, reporting more hate crimes than the state of Florida,” he said.

Eric Treene, the Justice Department’s special counsel for religious discrimination, lamented the lack of solid data on hate crimes during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May, saying incomplete numbers stymie officials’ ability to fully understand the problem.

But he said the department is committed to prosecuting hate crimes, even as critics have blamed the Trump administration’s tough rhetoric and policies for a spike in such offenses. Civil rights groups said investigating and prosecuting hate crimes alone would be insufficient.

“It’s past time for the Trump administration and the Sessions Justice Department to demonstrate, through action and its megaphone, its full and unflagging commitment to preventing hate-based violence and harassment that hurts our communities and destroys the fabric of our nation,” said Vanita Gupta, the top civil rights official in the Obama Justice Department and president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Associated Press writer Russell Contreras contributed to this story from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

READ MORE: Justice Department committed to prosecuting religious hate crimes, official says

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          Trump finds perfect hire for his voter fraud panel: a consummate advocate for voter ID laws   

Donald Trump's baseless contention that anywhere from 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016 led to the creation of his dubious "Election Integrity" commission, headed by Mike Pence and anti-immigrant and voter ID law advocate Kris Kobach. Now Trump has tapped another crusader for restricting voting rights to sit on the panel, Hans Von Spakovsky. TPM's Tierney Sneed writes: 

Von Spakovsky served in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department during an era when the agency came under fire for politicizing voting rights issues. Von Spakovsky approved Georgia’s voter ID law, over the objections of career DOJ employees. Since leaving the federal government, he has continued to be an advocate for restrictive voting laws and has fanned the unsubstantiated fears about voter fraud.

Von Spakovsky didn't just approve that Georgia law over objections, he also penned his own op-ed in support of it under a pseudonym so no one would know it was him. In other words, while working in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 2005, he cheated in support of a position that undermined civil rights and then later tried to cover it up. Here's the Washington Post, circa 2006:

After leaving Justice for the Federal Election Commission, von Spakovsky has acknowledged writing a law review article that endorsed photo identification, which was Georgia's approach, before the state's proposal was even submitted to Justice for review. He also took the unusual step of using a pseudonym, "Publius," in publishing the article, which appeared in the spring 2005 issue of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

The article and its unusual authorship prompted a letter of complaint to the Justice Department last week from the Voting Rights Project, an arm of the American Civil Liberties Union that is opposed to Georgia's voter identification plans. The group said the article shows von Spakovsky had already made up his mind on the issue and that his attempt to hide his views may have violated Justice Department guidelines.

In addition, a link to the Publius article suddenly disappeared this week from the FEC Web site, which had featured the article among a list of von Spakovsky's writings.

Because nothing says "integrity" like lying.

Trump's commission already made headlines this week when it asked states to hand over the personal details and party affiliations of all voters. Gee, that doesn't sound fishy.


          DOJ Report On Chicago Police Finds 'Pattern Of Excessive Force'   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: It's a little more than a year since the city of Chicago released video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times. Protesters poured into the streets after the long-delayed release of the video, and they called for reforms. Today, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch went to Chicago to discuss the Justice Department's year-long investigation into the city's police department. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports. CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: Chicago is the latest city to have its police department come under the close scrutiny of the Justice Department following a controversial fatal encounter between police and a citizen. In 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a white police officer, but it took a court order for the city to release the police video. That officer has since been charged with murder. Today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department had interviewed
          A cryptic message   
Are you like me? Whenever I do "normal stuff" -- say, listening this amazing performance of the "Ode to Joy" -- I feel guilty. We're in the thick of a great political fight, and contrary to common liberal belief, our side has small hope of success. I felt as though I had shirked an important duty simply because I took a twenty-minute vacation from Trump research in order to reacquaint myself with the sublime.

You probably feel the same guilt pangs on occasion. And so we spend every spare minute researching and reading and listening to cable news reportage. This fight is necessary, but war kills the soul. Trump grew up with a love of fighting, and if this conflict goes on too long, we too may learn to love it. That's the danger. The battle against Trump threatens to turn us into Trump.

Nevertheless, another day has dawned, and we must enter the fray again. We have no choice.

The great mystery facing us this morning concerns a cryptic statement issued under the name of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:
Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch of agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.
Bizarre. Unprecedented. I can't recall ever seeing a similar warning issued by any previous administration.

Many people have wondered if Trump wrote these words and issued them under Rosenstein's name. I cannot accept that theory: Trump is incapable of composing a text of this length without committing serious errors of grammar or spelling.

Then again: The phrase "the branch of agency of government" does have a certain Trumpian inelegance, don't you think?

It seems likely that Rosenstein wrote this statement, but that he did so at Trump's behest. If so, then we may have new reason to worry about the Russia investigation. Rosenstein has the power to fire Mueller. If asked to do so, would Rod Rosenstein demonstrate the decency and courage of Elliot Richardson?

Let us now examine several theories as to what this Dan Brownian Mystery Message is all about:

Theory 1: Pee! Some believe that a foreign government (perhaps the UK, though some say Australia) will soon announce the reality of the much-storied pee-pee tape. It's a fun idea without any evidence to back it. The Palmer Report offers the fullest version of this theory:
But what stands out is the intel community chatter that picked up roughly three hours before the press release went out.

For instance political insider Claude Taylor – whose inside sources have correctly predicted Trump Russia grand juries and other events – posted the following: “A lot of us are hearing similar chatter-that a certain US ally has a ‘compromising’ tape of Trump and is debating if/when/how to release it.” (link). Taylor posted this at 6:46pm eastern time, hours before Trump’s DOJ sent the press release.

So it’s not as if this sudden online buzz around the mythical “Pee Pee Tape” is mere speculation as a result of the DOJ press release. Instead, intel community chatter about the compromising tape surfaced online first, and only then did Trump’s camp put out the statement begging the public to ignore any foreign leaks to the U.S. media. So it sounds a lot like the Trump administration heard the same foreign intel community buzz that political insiders heard, and believes that something is indeed about to be leaked.
Claude Taylor did, in fact, release such a statement about 12 hours ago. Minutes ago, he signed onto the idea that the Rosenstein message must be in response to the, uh, forthcoming urination release.

Personally, I find this notion hard to credit. Taylor is tied in with Louise Mensch, who has pretty thoroughly trashed her reputation by this point. Just which sources would still be talking to those two -- and why? Why leak to writers whom few consider credible?

I cannot comprehend why Vladimir Putin would allow this tape "into the wild" (presuming that it exists). Moreover, the Taylor theory does not coincide with what Rosenstein actually said. The mystery message spoke of a forthcoming statement -- mere words. A video recording is not a statement. A video can be challenged on forensic grounds, but the Rosenstein memo makes no reference to that sort of challenge.

It just don't add up!

Theory 2: Pence, not pee. Louise Mensch, Taylor's sometime writing partner, has a very different theory:
Mike Pence illegally leaked to @washingtonpost the lie that @GenFlynn was not under investigation. Rosenstein shot was at Pence
No no no. That won't do either. The mystery memo, though not as clearly-worded as one might hope, seems to refer to information involving a foreign source.

Repeat: Information...from a foreign source.

The Taylor theory falls apart because it involves something other than verbal information, while the Mensch theory falls apart because the source is domestic. At least Taylor had the decency to admit that his theory is indeed a theory; I'm more than a little annoyed by the Menschian tendency to proclaim speculation as fact.

(Will she now accuse me of being a toiler on behalf of "Team Deza"? Maybe, but only if she notices me. These days, paranoid slander is pretty much her way of saying "Hi.")

Theory 3: Ego. Although columnist/NYU professor Ian Bremmer has not directly addressed our mystery message, he did offer a tweet which may explain it all:
Heard from Defense Min of a US ally: Mattis & Tillerson said they make relevant policy decisions & ignore Trump because he’s not in charge.
This covers everything, doesn't it? The source is an unnamed foreign official, and the allegation that Trump "is not in charge" seems designed to inflict a serious wound to the ego of Dorito Mussolini. One can easily visualize Trump directing Rosenstein: "I want you to issue a statement telling everyone this is bullshit. I'm the one who's in charge here. Nobody else!"

Time and again, Trump has proved that he really, really wants "underlings" to issue statements praising his awesomeness and exonerating him from any allegations of non-awesomeness. Why would Rosenstein go along with this inanity? I think that, rather than lose his job over the matter, he simply decided to apply a small bandage to Donnie's injured ego.

Which of the three theories makes the most sense to you? Do you have theory of your own?

Comeback of the week. As most of you know, yesterday Donnie gifted the world with this sage observation:
Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?
Ian Bremmer's response:
I can't wait for this election to be over.
Classic!
          David Becker Ties DOJ Actions on Voter List Purging to Pence-Kobach Commission and Move to Disband EAC   
Smart post: The fact that all these things happened on the same day raises significant questions and concerns. Is the DOJ coordinating with the PACEI, and if so, what role is the DOJ playing in the PCEI’s efforts? How does … Continue reading
          Peguam cabar polis, SPRM buka balik siasatan 1MDB   

<p>Seorang peguam hari ini mencabar polis dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) membuka kembali siasatan terhadap 1MDB dan bekas anak syarikatnya RC International Sdn Bhd.</p> <p>Gesaan itu dibuat susulan saman sivil terbaru Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ), Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang mahu merampas aset-aset berkaitan 1MDB, minggu lepas.</p> <p>Haniff Khatri Abdulla juga menggesa Peguam Negara Tan Sri Apandi Ali untuk bekerjasama dengan DOJ dan rakan sejawatnya di AS untuk mengumpulkan maklumat bagi membantu siasatan polis dan SPRM sebelum 31 Julai ini.</p> <p>Haniff juga berkata, Apandi patut melantik pasukan pendakwaan khas diketuai oleh seorang timbalan pendakwa raya (DPP) kanan atau peguam kanan untuk menilai kertas siasatan itu secara bebas.</p> <p>Haniff berkata Apandi sendiri tidak patut mengetuai pasukan itu kerana beliau didakwa mempunyai percanggahan kepentingan apabila “bertindak sebagai peguam peribadi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak”.</p>

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Date: 2017-06-28



          House Republicans back bills to crack down on illegal immigration   
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly speaks about immigration reform at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTS195CZ

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly speaks about immigration reform at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by REUTERS/Joshua Roberts.

WASHINGTON — Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally.

The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167.

Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, and his support for tougher immigration policies is crucial to his voting base. Trump met at the White House on Wednesday with more than a dozen people whose family members were killed by people in the country illegally, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the families Thursday.

WATCH: Jeff Sessions speaks at DOJ hate crimes summit

One of the bills, known as “Kate’s Law,” would impose harsher prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States. The bill is named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by a man who was in the country illegally. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who pleaded not guilty to the crime, had been released by sheriff’s officials months earlier despite a request by immigration officials to keep him behind bars.

The second bill would bar states and localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities from receiving certain Justice Department and Homeland Security grants, including some related to law enforcement and terrorism.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the two bills would help “avoid the kind of tragic circumstances that have totally involved the lives of the people who were at the White House … speaking up for their loved ones.”

The sanctuary measure follows “a simple principle that if you’re going to receive taxpayer dollars from the federal government to keep people safe, that you’ve got to follow the law and keep them safe,” Goodlatte said.

Democrats said the bills were feel-good measures intended to make lawmakers look tough on crime.

READ MORE: Trump administration keeps DACA program, shields young immigrants from deportation

“We’re not doing bumper stickers here. We are doing laws,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, said.

She and other Democrats said the sanctuary measure was “about telling people how to police their cities” and telling local officials that “we in Washington, D.C., know better than you do.”

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he appreciates Congress’ effort to “address the dangers of sanctuary cities and illegal immigrant offenders.”

At a news conference at the Capitol with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Kelly said his agency “will enforce the laws that are passed by Congress,” adding, “I am offended when members of this institution put pressure and often threaten me and my officers to ignore the laws they make.”

A spokesman said later that Kelly “will continue to push back against any attempt — pressure, threat or otherwise — to ignore the enforcement of immigration law.”

“Enforcement is not selective, occasional or arbitrary, it’s the law,” spokesman David Lapan said.

READ MORE: President Trump urges passage of House immigration bills

The Justice Department’s inspector general has identified California and major cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia as locales with barriers to information-sharing among local police and immigration officials. The Trump administration warned nine jurisdictions in late April that they could lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

Sessions said Steinle “would still be alive today if only the city of San Francisco had put the public’s safety first. How many more Americans must die before we put an end to this madness?”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said “Kate’s Law” would not have had an impact on the Steinle case, noting that Steinle was killed in July 2015 by an immigrant who had been mistakenly released by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

The proposed bill “would not have kept Kate Steinle’s killer off the streets,” Gutierrez said. “Instead, we are voting on a bill to put other people — in different circumstances — in jail for longer periods of time. It is a bait-and-switch strategy: Use a horrible tragedy to sell a policy that would not have prevented that death, so that you put more immigrants in jail for longer periods of time.”

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          What Sessions Doesn't Get: Narcotics Trafficking Is A Market   
BY MARK OSLER -- Jeff Sessions and the hard-liners at the DOJ can change the rules about charging drug crimes and enforcing mandatory minimum sentences. When they pretend that they can change the rules of economics, we will all bear the cost in tax money wasted, freedoms lost and lives ruined.
          Last Day of June: el nuevo proyecto de Ovosonico estrena tráiler y (a pesar de su título) llegará el 31 de agosto   

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Se puede decir que no hay un día mejor para poner fecha de lanzamiento al nuevo título de los creadores de 'Murasaki Baby'. Coincidiendo con el último día de junio, el estudio de Massimo Guarini hace oficial que 'Last Day of June' llegará el próximo 31 de agosto.

En 'Last Day of June' seremos Carl, un hombre que lo perdió todo tras un fatal accidente. Carl no tardará en descubrir una serie de portales del pasado que le permitirán convertirse en personajes relacionados con su propio destino, ofreciéndonos la posibilidad de resolver puzles y todo tipo de situaciones con un doble objetivo: recuperar el tiempo perdido y salvar la vida de su esposa June.

El aspecto artístico de 'Last Day of June' está cuidado hasta el más mínimo detalle. Si bien en lo visual combina una estética a caballo entre el estilo de dibujo posimpresionista de finales del siglo XIX con diseños que recuerdan inevitablemente a la obra del director Tim Burton; en el apartado musical no se queda atrás.

De hecho en su tráiler podemos escuchar el tema 'Pariah', interpretado por la cantante Ninet Tayeb, y que estará incluido en el próximo álbum de Steven Wilson , 'To the Bone'.

Last Day of June combina múltiples géneros de arte para ofrecer una experiencia significativa y creativa que gustará a todo tipo de audiencias. Pensado como un viaje conmovedor que atraiga tanto a los jugadores como a los no jugadores. Last Day of June plantea la pregunta “¿Qué harías para salvar a la persona que amas?”

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Pese al propio nombre del juego, 'Last Day of June' llegará el último día de agosto a PS4 y PC, aunque ya es posible realizar la reserva, ofreciendo como incentivo a los jugadores de PS4 (además de un siempre agradecido descuento) un tema exclusivo de Carl y June con el estilo visual del juego.

En VidaExtra | Last Day of June: los creadores de Murasaki Baby muestran el primer tráiler de su nuevo juego


          Comment on Gara për kreun e PD, Presidenti Nishani ‘driblon”: Nuk kam platformë për kryetar partie…! by muhamed tabaku   
UNE MENDOJ SE ESHTE TURP QE TE KANDIDOSH PER KRYTARE PARTIE KUR MR PARE KE QENE PRESIDENT I VENDIT.
          MEMBELA DAN MEMPERTAHAN NAJIB ADALAH KERJA PALING SIA-SIA DI DUNIA   
Untuk tujuan memikat hati, Najib Razak ketika tahun-tahun awal menjadi Perdana Menteri pada 2009, selain memperkenalkan slogan 1Malaysia - Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan yang ditujukan buat seluruh rakyat, juga turut melaungkan peringatan "Rebah Jika Tak Berubah" khusus untuk UMNO dan BN.

Tentang 1Malaysia, yang yang terus tertonjol ke seluruh dunia sehingga sekarang hanyalah 1MDB, sebuah syarikat sarat hutang dan penuh skandal sehingga beberapa negara telah pun mengambil tindakan berkaitan penyelewengan dan penggubahan wang haram yang dikaitkan dengannya.

Selebihnya, apa yang tinggal?

Klinik 1Malaysia dikhabarkan hanya ada panadol saja, manakala Kedai Runcit 1Malaysia boleh dikatakan agak lengang, malah kedai runcit biasa lebih lengkap dan menawarkan banyak pilihan. Dihebohkan hanya sardin 1Malaysia yang jelas murah tapi sesuailah pula dengan rasanya yang tiada apa-apa.

Kedai Kain 1Malaysia pula dengar-dengarnya hanya indah khabar dari rupa. Begitu juga dari dari hubungan kaum, di sebalik 1Malaysia yang sepatutnya menyatukan semua bangsa, retorik-retorik bangsa untuk tujuan menang pilihanraya terus bebas berleluasa.

Sebab itu, bukan saja sebutan 1Malaysia tidak lagi kedengaran sekarang ini, malah Najib juga barangkali sudah lupa bagaimana menyebutnya.

Dalam konteks menuntut ahli UMNO segera berubah berikutan keputusan buruk pilihanraya 2008, Najib menyeru agar mereka berubah dengan memberi peringataan, "rebah jika tak berubah."

Buat seketika ungkapan tersebut terdengar begitu mengasyikkan dan memperlihatkan Najib benar-benar seorang Perdana Menteri yang ikhlas mahu membawa perubahan dan memulihkan kekuatan UMNO dan BN, seterusnya dapat membela rakyat serta memajukan negara dengan lebih baik lagi.

Tapi apa jadi akhirnya?

Sementara beliau meminta orang lain berubah menjadi lebih baik dengan harapan UMNO dan kerajaan mendapat penerimaan positif daripada rakyat, beliau sendiri mengubah dirinya menjadi lebih buruk dan lebih banyak menjurus kepada negatif berbanding positif.

Pelbagai segmen pembaziran, suka bermewah, membeli-belah, karenah isterinya Rosmah yang tidak terkawal, berlagak jadi First Lady, mengguna jet sesuka hati dan 1001 macam lainnya yang terdedah adalah antara sebab-sebab keputusan pilihanraya 2013 lebih buruk berbanding 2008.

Hakikatnya, di sebalik menyeru kepada perubahan dan memberi ingatan dengan ungkapan "rebah jika tak berubah", Najib sendiri sebaliknya menunjukkan teladan buruk dengan tidak mahu berubah dan gagal sama-sekali mengajak keluarganya untuk sama-sama menjadi lebih baik.

Lebih dahsyat, di sebalik memberi amaran "rebah jika tak berubah" dan berlaku pelbagai perkara negatif lain, Najib juga membenarkan kemasukan wang RM2,600 juta yang menurut penyiasat antarabangsa adalah berpunca daripada dana 1MDB yang dilencongkan ke dalam akaun bank peribadinya hanya beberapa bulan sebelum pilihanraya 2013.

Mujurlah isu wang RM2,600 juta itu hanya terdedah pada 2015. Jika sebelum pilihanraya 2013 pdrkara itu sudah diketahui rakyat dan menjadi bualan, pastilah UMNO dan BN sudah benar-benar rebah sekarang ini disebabkan angkara Najib itu.

Kini, isu 1MDB dan wang RM2,600 juta terus menghimpit Najib, UMNO dan BN ke dinding yang semakin sempit berikutan ia sudah merebak dengan beberapa negara telah melakukan penyiasatan, ada yang mendenda dan menjatuhkan hukuman serta DOJ dalam proses merampas harta-harta yang dikaitkan dengannya.
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          SKANDAL 1MDB: BERANIKAH KETUA PENERANGAN PAS MENYAHUT CABARAN?   
Susulan kenyataan Ketua Penerangan Pas, Nasruddin Hassan semalam yang mengecam pihak-pihak tertentu yang pergi “meronda” membuat aduan ke beberapa negara mengenai 1MDB, beliau kini dicabar untuk berterus-terang mengenainya.
Dua individu yang sebelum ini diketahui membuat aduan mengenai 1MDB di Paris, London, Switzerland, AS, Hong Kong dan Singapura sehingga ditangkap dan dipenjarakan di bawah undang-undang Sosma, Khairuddin Abu Hassan dan Matthias Chang secara terbuka mencabar Nasruddin untuk menyebut nama mereka.
“Saya cabar Nasruddin untuk sebut nama saya secara terbuka sebagai pelapor yang dimaksudkan jika beliau anak jantan.
“Kalau takut nak sebut nama saya, tolong jangan campurtangan dalam isu 1MDB yang beliau serta pemimpin-pemimpin Pas lain tidak tahu fakta mengenai skandal kewangan terbesar di dunia pada dekad ini,” tegas Khairuddin.
Peguam Matthias Chang juga mencabar Nasruddin menyatakan sama ada beliau yang dimaksudkan sebagai individu yang mempelawa campurtangan asing oleh Ahli Parlimen Temerloh itu.
“Saya mencabar beliau menyatakan sama ada dia merujuk kepada saya dan Khairuddin dalam dakwaannya itu,” kata Matthias lagi.
Malah, beliau juga menawarkan ganjaran RM1 juta kepada Nasruddin sekiranya dapat membuktikan dirinya terbabit berpakat dengan pihak berkuasa AS dalam isu 1MDB.
Lalu, apa lagi? Ada hadiah RM1 juta pulak?
Alang-alang macam beria-ia sangat nak membela dan mempertahankan Najib Razak, UMNO dan BN dalam skandal 1MDB yang menjadi sebutan seluruh dunia sehingga mengumpamakan saman DOJ seperti meminta beruang menampar nyamuk di muka kancil, diharap Nasruddin dapatlah menyebut secara terbuka, terang dan nyata nama Khairuddin dan Matthias sebagaimana yang dicabar itu.
Takkan takut pulak?
Kalau boleh janganlah beliau sekadar keluarkan kenyataan saja, sebaliknya buatlah satu  sidang akhbar khas supaya nama Khairuddin dan Matthias yang disebut itu dapat didengar dengan terang dan videonya pula dapat ditularkan.
Dan Najib, UMNO serta BN yang melihat keberanian  beliau menyahut cabaran itu pun tentunya akan tumpang bangga sama.
Itu pun kalau benar-benar anak jantanlah!!
          Skandal 1MDB: Walaupun tanpa saman sivil DoJ, peguam negara boleh dakwa penyangak 1MDB    


Tindak tanduk peguam negara yang berbuat bising membantah saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berhubung dana yang diselewengkan daripada  1MDB menimbulkan persoalan memandangkan beliau sepatutnya sudah bertindak terhadap 'geng penyangak' yang menyelewengkan dana syarikat pelaburan negara itu bersandarkan laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC).
Dr Dzulkefly AhmadPengarah Strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad menegaskan, keengganan Tan Sri Apandi Ali untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang ke atas sesiapa pun dari 'geng penyangak' yang merompak dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) perlu dipersoalkan kerana ia adalah kecelakaan pertama yang menimpa Malaysia.
Malah beliau yakin situasi ini akan kekal selagi Apandi menjawat Peguam Negara.
"Sebenarnya Apandi tidak perlu tunggu akan 'tiga tindakan undang-undang DoJ' atas pensonglapan dana 1MDB! Berbuih mulut pembangkang dan pihak NGO serta individu-individu bekas institusi Kehakiman Negara supaya beliau boleh mula sebaik sahaja Laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) dibentang sesi Parlimen Ketiga Belas pada tarikh keramat 7 April 2016," ujarnya.
Dr Dzulkefly menjelaskan, laporan 106 muka surat PAC itu sudah cukup untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang terhadap bekas ketua pegawai eksekutif 1MDB, Datuk Sharul Azrai Ibrahim Hilmi.
Ini kerana katanya, padai muka surat 94, Jadual 15 laporan PAC, dirumuskan pelbagai kesalahan Sharul termasuk memindahkan US$700 juta kepada akaun 11116073 di RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, milik Jho Low pada 29 September 2009.
Sambil menyifatkan tindakan Sharul itu sebagai 'rompakan pertama' dana 1MDB, Dr Dzulkefly menegaskan bahawa pindahan bernilai ratusan juta dolar Amerika itu jelas satu perbuatan 'pecah amanah'.
Bagaimanapun beliau kesal kerana sehingga hari ini Sharul dibiarkan bebas bahkan boleh memegang jawatan penting dalam GLC yang lain!
"Kalau tidak celaka namanya, apakah bala yang sedang menimpa Malaysia ini?" soal beliau.
Menyentuh tentang saman sivil DoJ, beliau berkata laporan pertama DoJ setebal 136 muka surat pada 20 Julai 2016 sudah cukup untuk meruntuhkan segala maruah dan integriti kepimpinan negara oleh MO1 yang merujuk kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Malah katanya, 251 muka surat laporan ketiga DoJ telah 'melondehkan' segala perihal 'rompakan penyangak' ke atas dana malang 1MDB termasuk perihal US$620 juta (RM2.6 bilion) 'derma' yang telah dipulangkan (returned donation) kembali kepada 'penderma budiman Pak Sheik Arab Saudi' oleh Najib.
"Dalam laporan ketiga ini, Jho Low, penerima US$620 juta itu, telah antara lain didakwa menggunakan dana berkenaan untuk membeli 'kalung berlian merah jambu' bernilai US$27.2 juta untuk isteri MO1!
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          Skandal 1MDB: Switzerland siapkan kes jenayah tetapi...   
Saman pelucutan sivil Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) menyediakan dokumentasi paling meluas mengenai skandal 1MDB hingga kini dengan tuntutan penyalah gunaan dana Malaysia.
Walaupun ramai pemimpin BN memilih untuk berdiam diri, khususnya Umno, melakukan serangan balas dengan menuduh AS melakukan campur tangan asing atau cuba menggulingkan kerajaan Islam.
Bagaimanapun, walaupun sebelum DOJ memfailkan saman sivil pertamanya pada Julai 2016, pihak berkuasa Switzerland menjadi yang pertama kali bersuara mengenai siasatannya terhadap 1MDB.
Pejabat Peguam Negara Switzerland (OAG) mengumumkan pada 29 Januari tahun lepas bahawa pihak mensyaki sekitar AS$4 bilion telah disalah gunakan dalam dana Malaysia tersebut.
OAG telah meminta bantuan undang-undang dari Malaysia dan berbuat demikian pada 10 Oktober tahun lepas berhubung dengan tambahan AS$800 juta yang dikaitkan dengan anak syarikat 1MDB, SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Peguam Negara Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, bagaimanapun tidak melayani kedua-dua permintaan berkenaan.
Walaupun menjadi yang pertama mendedahkan kepada umum mengenai 1MDB, pihak berkuasa Switzerland memberikan maklumat secara berhati-hati kepada umum berbanding DOJ.
Perbezaan antara keduanya adalah pihak berkuasa Swiss sedang menyiapkan kes jenayah manakala AS adalah tindakan sivil, walaupun DOJ enggan mengatakan jika tindakan jenayah akan menyusuli.
OAG Switzerland dalam balasan e-mel kepada Malaysiakini berkata kes jenayah itu masih belum selesai dan itulah sebabnya pihaknya tidak dapat memberikan maklumat selanjutnya.
          TIDAK MALUKAH MEMBELA PERKARA2 MUNGKAR?   
Membangkitkan isu laporan Jabatan Keadilan Amerika (DOJ) berkaitan penggubahan wang haram dari aliran akaun 1MDB dan dikait dengan perbelanjaan kepada individu tertentu yang dinamakan MO1 dan isteri MO1 sebagai  campur tangan asing adalah suatu yang sangat memalukan. 

Komen-komen dari pemimpin parti UmnoBN serta segelintir pemimpin pembangkang termasuk PAS serta berapa orang mufti adalah dilihat sebagai percubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika.

Terang-terang dokumen saman yang difailkan oleh DOJ di US District Court For The Central District of California adalah bertujuan untuk menyita dan mendapatkan kembali hasil penyelewengan yang berjumlah USD540 juta (bersamaan dengan RM2.3 bilion) dalam bentuk aset-aset yang dipercayai dibeli menggunakan wang yang diselewengkan dari akaun 1MDB yang keseluruhannya telah menjangkau sebanyak USD1.7 bilion (bersamaan dengan RM7.3 bilion). 

DOJ bertindak memfailkan kes tersebut di mahkamah Amerika Syarikat setelah siasatan mendapati wang yang 'dirompak' dari 1MDB tersebut telah digunakan untuk transaksi-transaksi di Amerika Syarikat dimana ianya jelas membabitkan perbuatan pengubahan wang haram (money laundering) yang menjadi kesalahan di Amerika Syarikat serta di seluruh dunia. 

Malaysia juga tidak terkecuali kerana Malaysia mempunyai undang-undang bagi mencegah penggubahan wang haram iaitu  Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 akta 613 atau lebih di kenali sebagai AMLATFAPUAA seperti di Amerika Syarikat. 

Justeru, apa yang diseret dan dipalitkan nama-namanya seperti MO1 oleh DOJ adalah pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram tersebut.

Hasil siasatan DOJ mendapati wang tersebut adalah aliran dari akaun 1MDB. Dapatan hasil siasatan DOJ juga mendapati wang tersebut telah mengalir kembali kepada individu seperti MO1 dan isteri MO1 dalam bentuk tunai dan juga dalam bentuk permata berlian.

Persoalannya, apakah menjadi suatu kesalahan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat untuk mengambil tindakan keatas pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika walaupun ianya adalah rakyat Malaysia?

Apakah Malaysia akan  melindungi pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram dari kalangan rakyat Amerika Syarikat andainya mereka lakukan aktiviti sedemikian di Malaysia?

Adakah peguam negara dan para mufti serta ulamak parti politik akan mengguna hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walau pun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia.

Apakah perlu Peguam Negara, para Mufti dan PAS bangkit bagi mencadangkan pemansuhan Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 yang telah sedia diwartakan?

DOJ tidak mendakwa 1MDB kerana 1MDB adalah mangsa penjenayah penggubahan wang haram. Apa yang diambil kira oleh DOJ ialah untuk mengheret perompak, penyamun, penyangak dan penjenayah penggubahan wang haram ke muka pengadilan. 

Sekiranya mahkamah di Amerika membenarkan permohonan DOJ tersebut, maka sudah tentu harta yang dibeli dengan menggunakan wang 1MDB tersebut akan dirampas dan dicairkan dalam bentuk tunai untuk diserahkan kembali kepada 1MDB yang merupakan syarikat milik rakyat dan negara Malaysia.

Rakyat amat berharap agar sesuatu perlu dilakukan di negara kita Malaysia untuk mengheret mereka yang terlibat dan bersubahat dalam kes 'pencurian mega' wang 1MDB yang menyebabkan aktiviti penggubahan wang haram tersebut dilakukan oleh individu seperti disebut dalam laporan DOJ.

Amerika Syarikat mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri urusan perundangan Malaysia dan jangan pula Malaysia dilihat dunia sebagai mencampuri urusan proses perundangan di Amerika Syarikat oleh DOJ semata-mata untuk 'mensucikan penjenayah' yang telah merosakkan nama baik Malaysia dimata dunia.

Sesuatu yang sangat pelik bilamana dapatan siasatan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat menemui kes penggubahan wang haram dari dana 1MDB yang dikitar di Amerika Syarikat kemudiannya dikembalikan semula ke Malaysia untuk MO1 dan isteri MO1, tiba-tiba Jabatan Peguam Negara Malaysia tampil untuk menjadi 'hero' dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan berbunyi "tiada berlaku apa-apa kes kecurian dalam 1MDB" dan begitu juga dengan golongan agamawan dengan kenyataan yang berbunyi  "jangan biar campur tangan asing dalam kes 1MDB".
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          Skandal 1MDB: DOJ hanya sita aset penjenayah pengubahan wang haram 1MDB    


Jabatan Kehakiman (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) bukannya mencampuri urusan Malaysia sebaliknya mengheret penjenayah pengubahan wang haram yang terkait dengan syarikat pelaburan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) ke muka pengadilan.
Jutawan kontroversi Jho Low dalam satu majlis di New York.Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, harta yang dibeli menggunakan wang 1MDB akan dirampas dan dicairkan dalam bentuk tunai untuk diserahkan kembali kepada 1MDB jika mahkamah di AS membenarkan permohonan tindakan undang-undang sebelum ini.
"Rakyat amat berharap agar sesuatu perlu dilakukan di negara kita Malaysia untuk mengheret mereka yang terlibat dan bersubahat dalam kes 'pencurian mega' wang 1MDB yang menyebabkan aktiviti pengubahan wang haram tersebut dilakukan oleh individu seperti disebut dalam laporan DOJ.
"Amerika Syarikat mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri urusan perundangan Malaysia dan jangan pula Malaysia dilihat dunia sebagai mencampuri urusan proses perundangan di Amerika Syarikat oleh DOJ semata-mata untuk 'mensucikan penjenayah' yang telah merosakkan nama baik Malaysia di mata dunia," tegasnya dalam kenyataan hari ini.
Mengulas dakwaan kononnya laporan DOJ berhubung penglibatan individu yang dinamakan Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) dan isteri MO1 dalam jenayah pengubahan wang haram dari aliran akaun 1MDB, beliau menyifatkan hal tersebut sebagai sangat memalukan.
"Komen-komen dari pemimpin parti Umno-BN serta segelintir pemimpin pembangkang termasuk Pas serta beberapa orang mufti adalah dilihat sebagai percubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika," ujarnya.
Menurutnya, dokumen saman yang difailkan DOJ secara jelas untuk menyita dan mendapatkan kembali hasil penyelewengan berjumlah US$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) dalam bentuk aset-aset yang dipercayai dibeli menggunakan wang yang diseleweng dari akaun 1MDB yang keseluruhannya menjangkau US$1.7 bilion (RM7.3 bilion).
"DOJ bertindak memfailkan kes tersebut di mahkamah Amerika Syarikat setelah siasatan mendapati wang yang 'dirompak' dari 1MDB tersebut telah digunakan untuk transaksi-transaksi di Amerika Syarikat di mana ianya jelas membabitkan perbuatan pengubahan wang haram (money laundering) yang menjadi kesalahan di Amerika Syarikat serta di seluruh dunia.
"Malaysia juga tidak terkecuali kerana Malaysia juga mempunyai undang-undang bagi mencegah penggubahan wang haram iaitu  *Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 akta 613 atau lebih di kenali sebagai AMLATFAPUAA* seperti di Amerika Syarikat.
"Justeru, apa yang diseret dan dipalitkan nama-namanya seperti MO1 oleh DOJ adalah pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram tersebut," jelas pemimpin Pas itu.
Sehubungan itu, Mahfuz berpendapat kenyataan Jabatan Peguam Negara Malaysia yang dianggap tampil menjadi 'hero' bahawa tiada berlaku apa-apa kes kecurian dalam 1MDB serta peringatan jangan biar campur tangan asing dalam kes 1MDB adalah sangat pelik.
Hal ini kerana, katanya, siasatan pihak berkuasa AS menemui kes penggubahan wang haram dari dana 1MDB yang dikitar di negara berkenaan dikembalikan semula ke Malaysia untuk MO1 dan isteri MO1.
"Dengan kenyataan-kenyataan yang sedemikian rupa pastinya, PM Najib Razak, MO1 dan isteri MO1 tersenyum lebar hingga ke telinga melihat agamawan yang sungguh menawan sedangkan rakyat Malaysia sedikit pun tidak tertawan dengan kenyataan yang seolah-olah untuk memperbodohkan rakyat Malaysia yang bijak bestari," tambahnya lagi.
          Skandal 1MDB: 'Kaitkan campur tangan asing cubaan sucikan pelaku jenayah'   
Mengaitkan tindakan Jabatan Keadilan Amerika (DOJ) ke atas kes pengubahan wang haram dengan campur tangan asing adalah perkara yang sangat memalukan, kata Anggota Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.
"Komen-komen dari pemimpin parti Umno BN serta segelintir pemimpin pembangkang termasuk PAS serta beberapa orang mufti dilihat sebagai cubaan mensucikan pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika," kata Mahfuz dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.
Menurut Mahfuz, adalah jelas DOJ mahu menyita dan mendapatkan kembali aset AS$540 juta yang dipercayai dibeli menggunakan wang yang didakwa diselewengkan daripada dana 1MDB.
"Dapatan hasil siasatan DOJ juga mendapati wang tersebut telah mengalir kembali kepada individu seperti MO1 (Malaysian Official 1) dan isteri MO1 dalam bentuk tunai dan juga dalam bentuk permata berlian.
"Persoalannya, apakah menjadi suatu kesalahan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat untuk mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika walaupun mereka adalah rakyat Malaysia?" soal Mahfuz.
Beberapa pemimpin BN seperti Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak sebelum ini mendakwa tindakan DOJ sebagai campur tangan asing ke atas kedaulatan negara.
Manakala Peguam Negara Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, pula membidas DOJ dan menganggap tindakan itu berbaur politik.
Pada 24 Jun lalu, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dalam surat terbuka kepada parti-parti politik berkata, campur tangan asing dalam hal ehwal dalaman negara hanya akan membawa kerugian.
Pendapat itu senada dengan kenyataan Mufti Pahang, Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman yang berkata mereka yang mahu orang asing campur tangan dalam hal ehwal Malaysia adalah "tali barut' dan mempunyai niat jahat.
Jangan campur urusan Amerika
Mengulas lanjut, Mahfuz mempersoalkan apakah Malaysia akan melindungi pelaku penggubahan wang haram daripada kalangan rakyat Amerika seandainya mereka melakukan aktiviti yang sama di negara ini.
"Adakah peguam negara dan para mufti serta ulamak parti politik akan mengguna hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walaupun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia.
"Apakah perlu peguam negara, para mufti dan PAS bangkit bagi mencadangkan pemansuhan Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 yang telah sedia diwartakan?," soalnya.
Tambahnya, sekiranya mahkamah di Amerika membenarkan permohonan DOJ tersebut, aset yang dirampas akan dikembalikan semula kepada 1MDB.
"Amerika Syarikat mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri perundangan Malaysia.
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          Rakyat mahu RCI siasat 1MDB dahulu sebelum skandal forex   
SEMAKIN ramai rakyat Malaysia yang mahukan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Di Raja (RCI) dibentuk untuk menyiasat syarikat sarat hutang 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) berbanding siasatan  kepada kerugian perdagangan forex Bank Negara (BNM) yang berlaku pada awal 90an semasa pentadbiran Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Seminggu yang lalu, Kabinet memutuskan yang RCI akan dibentuk untuk menyiasat kerugian perdagangan forex BNM dan sejak itu, pemimpin pembangkang dan pergerakan masyarakat sivil mengecam keputusan itu, menyifatkannya sebagai serangan ke atas Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang kini menyertai barisan pembangkang.
Mereka mengatakan yang RCI kepada 1MDB lebih penting berbanding siasatan  skandal yang berlaku lebih tiga dekad lepas itu.
Tumpuan kepada 1MDB kembali memuncak baru-baru ini selepas Jabatan Kehakiman Negara Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) memfailkan saman sivil untuk memulakan  rampasan aset bernilai AS$540 juta (RM2.3 juta), dipercayai dibeli menggunakan wang yang dirompak daripada 1MDB.
DoJ kini mempunyai tiga saman untuk merampas hartanah, karya seni dan aset kewangan yang didakwa dibeli menggunakan wang rompakan 1MDB.
Mizan Kamaruddin, 22, yang tinggal di Kuala Lumpur berkata 1MDB perlu disiasat terlebih dahulu.
“1MDB lebih baru kan? Bukankah lebih berkesan kalau siasatan itu ditumpukan kepada 1MDB dahulu?” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insight di Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.
Mizan berkata tidak ramai orang mengetahui mengenai skandal forex BNM kerana ia sudah  lama berlaku dan lebih baik sekiranya pihak berkuasa menumpukan kepada apa yang mereka tahu terlebih dahulu, berbanding menggali masalah silam.
“Lihat sahaja kesan 1MDB sekarang. Matawang kita (ringgit Malaysia) jatuh mendadak. Semakin banyak ia jatuh, semakin rakyat menderita,” kata Mizan.
Pelajar pengurusan  hotel Azwan Ismail, 21, juga bersetuju dengan Mizan.
“Sejak lima tahun lepas, banyak masalah dan laporan tentang 1MDB, jadi saya rasa RCI kena siasatnya dahulu, barulah betul. Siapa yang tahu apa yang akan berlaku 20 tahun akan datang,” katanya ketika ditemui di rumah terbuka Perdana Menteri Najib Razak di Putrajaya.
Azwan percaya yang tidak perlu sebenarnya untuk menubuhkan 1MDB, kerana negara sudah mempunyai institusi pengurusan harta yang mencukupi bagi membantu membangunkan negara.
“Kami juga mahu mahu apa sebenarnya peranan 1MDB? Perlu ada penjelasan. Adakah ada sesuatu yang ingin disembunyikan dalam masalah ini?” katanya.
Figo Chin Wen Hui, 24, pula berkata generasinya tidak mengetahui secara mendalam tentang skandal forex BNM sehinggalah ia diperkatakan kembali baru-baru ini.
“Kita tidak boleh memilih skandal mana yang perlukan RCI tetapi memandangkan saya lebih banyak membaca tentang isu 1MDB, saya rasa ia perlu disiasat terlebih dahulu berbanding yang lain,” kata Chin ketika ditemui di Midvalley Megamall di Kuala Lumpur.
Dia menambah yang skandal forex tidak mempunyai kesan langsung pada masa kini kerana ia sudah lama berlaku, tetapi skandal 1MDB yang baru berlaku ini memberi kesan kepada kualiti hidup kerana ia menjadikan harga barangan menjadi lebih mahal.
Anne Indahwati, 51, dari Puchong berkata kedua-dua skandal 1MDB dan forex BNM perlu disiasat.
“Kedua-dua kes sangat penting, walaupun saya tak tahu banyak tentang RCI. Bila menyentuh soal salah guna dana awam, kedua-duanya perlu disiasat. Kami mahu dengar fakta,” katanya.
Penulis blog yang berpangkalan di Pulau Pinang, Zainulfaqar Yaacob,34, berkata lebih mustahak untuk menyiasat 1MDB kini berbanding skandal forex yang berlaku lebih 30 tahun lalu.
“Skandal forex ialah kesilapan pelaburan. 1MDB pula mengenai dana awam yang dirompak dari Malaysia. Kedua-duanya skandal yang berbeza.
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          Husam tegur Hadi elak jadi macam Ahok    
Husam: Hadi langgar ayat Quran?
Kenyataan Husam Musa yang dibuat semasa berucap di majlis hari raya anjuran Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) di Kota Bharu malam tadi mengaitkan Abdul Hadi Awang sedikit agak keras, tetapi tepat.

Ia tentu akan menjungkitkan ekor mereka yang taksub kepada pemimpin utama parti agama (Pas) dan akan meledakkan api kemarahan kepada Husam. Ekoran kenyataan Husam semalam mungkin selepas ini ia akan menjadi polemik berpanjangan dan Husam akan diserang habis-habisan.

Sebalik kalau ia dilihat dari sudut positif kenyataan itu membawa kebaikan kepada Hadi dan juga partinya.
Kerana selalu berlaku pedukung Hadil khasnya dan Pas amnya mereka bersikap mudah nampak kuman di seberang laut tetapi terlindung gajah di depan mata -- tanpa mahu menghening cipta melihat ke dalam diri sendiri, mereka akan menuduh pernyataan Husam malam tadi sebagai melampau dan perlu diserang.

Sikap inilah mencerminkan kejumudan dan minda terlindung orang-orang tergolong dalam golongan itu, fanatik. Inilah fenomena atau pun budaya mundur yang ada dalam parti agama itu kini yang bertentangan dengan semangat Islam yang progresif.

Padahal kalau dibuka minda, dan kenyataan Husam itu diperhati dari termalogi agama dan asbabu nuzul, ia adalah kebenaran dan ketepatannya. Malahan kenyataan Husam itu wajar diterima sebagai pengisalahan mencari kejernihan dan kebenaran. Hadi orang kena tegur itu sendiri sepatutnya berterima kasih kerana mengingatkannya.

Kenyataan Husam semalam berhubung langsung dengan presiden Pas Abdul Hadi Awang di mana beliau menyifakan Abdul Hadi sebagai melanggar ayat 188 dalam surah al Baqarah. Keras bunyi kenyataan Husam itu, tetapi benar dan Abdul Hadi ada peluang untuk menjawabnya.

Kenyataan Husam itu ada asasnya dan sebagai seorang yang juga memahami ilmu agama yang sebahagiannya hasil didikan para murabbi Pas sendiri tentu beliau tidak berani berbuat begitu tanpa nas dan dalilnya. Beliau tidak menyebut (sengaja) terjemahan ayat 188 dalam suruh berkenaan. Apa lagi dalam majlis sama ada ulama atau mereka yang arif mengenai Al Quran, yakni Ustaz Ahmad Awang dan Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin selaku penasihat agama Amanah.

Sekiranya kenyataan Husam malam tadi melampau sudah pasti kedua pemimpin ini akan membuat teguran langsung kepada Husam.

Apakah bunyi terjemahan ayat 188 surah al Baqah itu. Dikutip terjemahan dalam Tafsir Al Azhar karangan Prof Dr. Hamka, cetakan 1984 di muka surat 114 terbitan Nurul Islam ayat itu berbunyi:

"Dan janganlah kamu makan harta benda antara kamu dengan jalan yang batil dan kamu bawa ke muka hakim, kerana kamu hendak memakan sebahagian daripada hartabenda manusia dengan dosa, padahal kamu mengetahuinya."

Ayat atau penghuraian ayat berkenaan dikategorikan atau diberikan judul sebagai "Harta Tak Halal". Ayat demikian dengan jelas dan nyata Allah melarang (orang beriman) daripada memakan harta yang tidak halal. Dilarang mencuri, atau bersubahat atau mengecong (tipu) menerima harta yang tidak halal.

Kenyataan Husam terhadap Hadi itu dilihat dari sudut tanggungjawab dan peranan Abdul Hadi sebagai pemimpin parti agama yang sepatutnya peka dan prihatin kepada penyelewengan atau penyonglapan wang negara. Hadi perlu berani menegur bukan menikus.

Apa yang dikaitkan Husam, beliau melihat Hadi melanggar ayat berkenaan apabila beliau tidak berani menegur dan beliau tidak sedia mematuhi atau mengikut anjuran ayat berkenaan supaya menasihat (pemimpin Umno) daripada memakan harta yang tidak halal.

Perkara yang berputar dari ayat itu yang hendak dijelaskan Husam ialah mengenai sikap dan pendirian Hadi berkenaan dengan skandal 1MDB, penyelewengan dan penggunaan dana SRC untuk kepentingan individu. Husam menzahirkan rasa kesal kepada Hadi kerana seolah-olah bersubahat dengan skandal berkenaan apabila Hadi bersikap mendiamkan diri dari menegur bahkan pada ketika lain Hadi membela Najib Razak dalam kes itu.

Hadi juga tidak menegur atau kaku atau bersunyi macam tikus jatuh ke dalam genak dengan beberapa kenyataan dikeluarkan pemimpin Pas yang membela Najib dalam kes itu dimana tujuannya dilihat membela perdana menteri.

Misalnya ada pemimpin parti berkenaan mengambil sikap mendiamkan diri daripada bercakap mengenai skandal berkenaan dan menganggap Najib tidak bersalah kerana tidak ada keterangan empat orang saksi mengenai perkara itu. Malahan mereka langsung tidak menerima pendedahan dibuat oleh Audit Negara serta pengakuan Najib sendiri yang beliau menerima wang sebanyak RM2.6 billion yang dipercayai diceduk dari dana 1MDB. Dua keadaan itu tidak diterima sebagai saksi atau barang bukti.

Saya yakin kenapa Husam hilang sabar dan sanggup menyifatkan Hadi melanggar firman Tuhan itu apabila Hadi bukan sahaja tidak mengkritik Najib mengenai skandal berkenaan sebaliknya membela Najib apabila beliau menyifatkan tindakan Department of Justice (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat yang menyaman beberapa indvidu (Jho Low dan Rizal Aziz) untuk merampas barangan dan hartanah yang dibeli oleh mereka dengan menggunakan wang dicuri dari dana 1MDB.

Bagi Husam dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia lain melihat tindakan individu yang disaman DoJ itu adalah penyamunan ke atas harta rakyat negara ini, tetapi Abdul Hadi tidak melihatnya begitu. Sikap diam dan bisunya memberi gambaran beliau menghalalkan tindakan itu. Apabila orang seperti Hadi mendiamkan diri, tidak menggunakan ilmu agama untuk menegur Najib kesan sangat buruk sekali kerana ia dianggap Najib berada dalam situasi "halalun tayaibah".

Paling dikesalkan apabila Hadi beranggapan tindakan DoJ itu sebagai usaha campur tangan asing ke atas negara ini yang akan merugikan negara ini dan tindakan saman itu untuk mendapat keuntungan politik, perbuatan yang tidak "beriman dan budiman".
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          DoJ: Kerajaan perlu sangkal secara terbuka   
Kerajaan perlu bertindak dengan menyangkal semua dakwaan berhubung saman sivil yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Keadilan (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) secara terbuka.
Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad berkata, berikutan pelbagai kenyataan DoJ untuk merampas aset yang berkait dengan dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), kerajaan perlu bertindak.
"Walauapapun, jika ada sesiapa yang merasakan mereka tidak sepatutnya didakwa di dalam dokumen DoJ, mereka sepatutnya boleh sahaja campur tangan di dalam proses mahkamah untuk memadamkan nama mereka daripada dokumen mahkamah tersebut.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad "DoJ telah mengendalikan kes ini mengikut proses yang ditetapkan, dan telah melakukannya secara konsisten terhadap pesalahlaku 1MDB walaupun telah berlaku pelbagai perubahan pentadbiran dengan Presiden AS yang baharu iaitu daripada Barack Obama kepada Donald Trump, dengan parti politik baru yang menguasai pentadbiran serta peguam negara yang baru," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.
Katanya, tindakan DoJ, menurut mereka sendiri, adalah untuk “melindungi keselamatan dan integriti sistem kewangan AS daripada segala penyalahgunaan, termasuklah oleh kleptokrat yang hendak menyimpan kekayaan yang diperoleh secara haram atau pencurian”.
"Jelas daripada kenyataan ini, tindakan itu untuk melindungi kepentingan AS dan bukan untuk mencampur tangan di dalam perihal negara kita, oleh itu kerajaan perlu buktikan sebaliknya.
"Kita sudah lihat beberapa selebriti terkemuka dunia seperti Leonardo DiCaprio dan Miranda Kerr memulangkan 'hadiah' yang diberikan Low Taek Jho, yang ada disebut namanya di dalam saman DoJ, Riza Aziz," katanya.
Nik Nazmi berkata, jika selebriti ini telah lakukan apa yang patut untuk membersihkan nama daripada skandal 1MDB, mungkin juga wajar untuk pihak berkuasa Malaysia menuruti langkah ini dan bekerjasama dengan pihak AS tanpa menetapkan syarat.
"Tetapi pihak berkuasa Malaysia juga harus ingat bukan AS sahaja yang sedang menyiasat dan bertindak ke atas kes 1MDB ini.
"Negara lain seperti Singapura, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hong Kong dan Australia juga ada mengambil tindakan tegas," katanya.
Nik Nazmi turut mempersoalkan mengapa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak masih lagi tidak menyaman Wall Street Journal tentang isu 1MDB sehingga ke hari ini
"Rakyat mahukan jawapan dan kebenaran, pada masa ini kami langsung tidak dapat apa-apa daripada pihak kerajaan," katanya.
Terdahulu, Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali menyifatkan tindakan saman sivil terbaharu dikemukakan DoJ bertujuan merampas tambahan aset AS$540 juta yang didakwa dana seleweng dari dana 1MDB sebagai mainan politik.
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          EHHH….SIAPA YANG PANIK?   

Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Annuar Musa berkata, tindakan pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DOJ adalah bertujuan mengalih tumpuan daripada isu penubuhan Suruhanjaya Diraja berkaitan urusniaga mata wang asing atau forex yang ditubuhkan kerajaan.
Kata beliau, keputusan kerajaan menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Diraja itu telah mewujudkan keadaan panik di kalangan pembangkang.
Benarkah pembangkang sedang panik?
Sebelum panik, mari kita fahami dahulu beza antara DOJ dengan forex.
Isu DOJ ialah berkaitan 1MDB yang daripada syarikat pelaburan kerajaan tersebut dipercayai hampir RM20,000 juta telah diselewengkan dan dalam masa yang sama, hutangnya pula mencecah RM55,000 juta.
1MDB ditubuhkan oleh Najib, Pengerusi Lembaga Penasihatnya Najib, Perdana Menteri Najib, Pengerusi Mesyuarat Kabinet Najib, Menteri Kewangan Najib dan orang yang terikat secara langsung dengan Artikel 117 M & A syarikat iaitu berkuasa meluluskan sebarang urusan berkaitan kewangan dan pelaburan 1MDB juga adalah Najib.
Berdasarkan laporan DOJ, turut didedahkan bahawa “Malaysian Official 1” telah mendapat sejumlah RM3,000 juta daripada dana 1MDB yang dilencongkan melalui akaun peribadinya, manakala “isteri Malaysian Official 1” menerima hadiah barang kemas serta perhiasan mewah daripada Jho Low bernilai kira-kira RM128 juta.
Meskipun sehingga ini tiada sesiapa mahu mengaku sebagai “Malaysian Official 1”, tetapi Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik BN, Abdul Rahman Dahlan dengan bangga mengesahkan ia adalah Najib.
Urusniaga matawang asing yang menyebabkan negara kerugian sehingga AS10 bilion kira-kira 25 tahun lalu adalah diuruskan oleh Bank Negara dengan pegawai yang dikatakan bertanggungjawab mengenainya ketika itu ialah Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
Ketika itu, Tun Mahathir Mohamad hanyalah Perdana Menteri dan Pengerusi Mesyuarat Kabinet, manakala Menteri Kewangan ialah Anwar Ibrahim.
Memang berlaku kerugian dalam urusniaga forex, tetapi ia adalah berkaitan perniagaan yang tertakluk kepada ada masa untung, ada masa rugi.
Namun, tindakan pencegahan telah diambil untuk mengelakkan kerugian lebih menimbun, bahkan Nor Mohamed Yakcop juga telah diarah meletakkan jawatan dan dilarang terlibat dalam urusan kewangan negara sebagaimana yang disahkan oleh Anwar ketika mengadap Pasukan Petugas Khas sebelum ini.
Meskipun berlaku kerugian, nilai ringgit ketika itu tidak begitu terancam atau jadi lemah dengan mendadak. Segala-galanya dalam keadaan terkawal, malah sehingga Tun Mahathir berundur pada 2003 dan Tun Abdullah Badawi menjadi Perdana Menteri dan meletakkan jawatan pada 2009, nilai ringgit tidaklah terlalu buruk berbanding ketika era Najib yang diselubungi gerhana 1MDB.
Di sebalik kerugian forex juga, tiada sesiapa termasuk Tun Mahathir dan Anwar yang diketahui ada kemasukan beribu-ribu juta wang ke dalam akaun bank peribadi mereka.
Tetapi, di sebalik 1MDB, begitu ramai yang mendapag manfaat dan untungnya, termasuk tiba-tiba mampu menghasilkan filem di Hollywood dan memberi apartment mewah di New York dan London.
Selain itu, berbeza dengan forex di mana beberapa tindakan telah pun diambil, apa tindakan  kerajaan terhadap petualang-petualang 1MDB?
Maka, antara DOJ yang bertindak berkaitan 1MDB dan Suruhanjaya Diraja yang ditubuhkan kabinet untuk menyiasat forex, siapa yang sepatutnya lebih panik?
BN dan Najib atau pembangkang serta Tun Mahathir?
 
Adakah Annuar Musa turut sama panik bersama mereka yang sedang panik?
          DOJ Defends Seizing Of Foreign Megaupload Assets To Supreme Court   
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 7 brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opposes a petition for certiorari by former executives of the now-defunct file-sharing service Megaupload, arguing that a trial court properly deemed them fugitives and ordered seizure of their foreign-held assets in accordance with the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA) (Finn Batato, et al. v. United States of America, No. 16-1206, U.S. Sup.).
          Problems at DOJ - and Beyond   
Now that House Judiciary has called for a special prosecutor to determine if Attorney General Eric Holder committed perjury regarding his "Fast and Furious" testimony (the program that was putting guns into Mexico), things may pick up.

As Owens notes in the article, this could be huge. Just file this under advisement for now, as this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back for this Administration if this rabbit hole goes as far as many think it does.
          Will Trump’s DOJ Stand Down While Arpaio Is Tried For Enforcing Law ?   
Obama DOJ charged sheriff under wrong statute.
          The Dark Prince of Voter Fraud Alarmism is Joining the Trump Administration   

The Trump administration made several aggressive moves on Thursday toward turning the president’s preoccupation with voter fraud into official government policy. First, Trump’s commission on “election integrity”—a group led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—sent letters to election officials in every state demanding extremely detailed information about registered voters, including “addresses, dates of birth, political party [and the] last four digits of social security number if available.” Second, in what’s being seen as a prelude to litigation aimed at purging voter rolls, the Department of Justice requested that states answer questions about what steps they’ve taken to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to maintain accurate voter lists by removing people who are ineligible or dead.

For civil rights leaders who spent the George W. Bush years fighting against Republican-led efforts to make it harder for people to vote, these developments were deeply worrying on their own. But the Trump administration wasn’t done: On Thursday night, the White House announced it was adding Hans von Spakovsky to the Pence-Kobach commission.

Von Spakovsky has done more than anyone else to bring unfounded fears about voter fraud into the mainstream of Republican discourse. A former member of the Federal Election Commission, Von Spakovsky served under Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft as the de facto head of the voting section in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. In that capacity, he distinguished himself as an exceptionally zealous believer in the idea that widespread voter fraud exists and must be dealt with urgently through aggressive purging of voter rolls and strict voter ID laws.

Von Spakovsky’s priorities at DOJ reflected his commitment to that idea. Among other things, he moved to overrule career attorneys who had determined that a Texas redistricting plan discriminated against minority voters, pushed for Georgia to be granted pre-clearance for a new voter ID law that was later declared unconstitutional, and shut down an investigation into a policy in Minnesota that prohibited Native Americans living on reservations from using tribal ID cards as voter identification. He also tried to pressure the Republican vice chairman of the Election Assistance Commission—a bipartisan agency created in the wake of the 2000 election to set certain voter registration standards—into approving an Arizona law requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The vice chairman, Paul DeGregorio, later told investigators that “too many” of von Spakovsky’s decisions were “clouded by his partisan thinking.”

Speaking to the New Yorker in 2012, Congressman John Lewis summed up von Spakovsky this way:

I don’t know if it’s something in the water he’s been drinking … but over the years he’s been hellbent to make it more difficult—always, always—for people to vote. It’s like he goes to bed dreaming about this, and gets up in the morning wondering, What can I do today to make it more difficult for people to vote? When you pull back the covers, peel back the onion, he’s the one who’s gotten the Republican legislatures, and the Republican Party, to go along with this—even though there is no voter fraud to speak of. He’s trying to create a cure where there is no sickness.

In March, von Spakovsky—who has been a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation since 2008—signed an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions laying out a vision for how the Department of Justice should change now that reasonable people are in charge. The letter suggested that the DOJ must keep its eyes open to the possibility that people of all races—not just minorities—are having their voting rights violated. “Our nation is changing,” the signatories of the letter declared. “The mosaic image of America is growing richer in color and detail as each decade passes. For these reasons, the American people deserve a Division that seeks to represent and protect all citizens.”

They continued, obliquely but pointedly: “Together, we have witnessed longstanding conventions held from the mid-20th century prove outmoded in recent years and discovered new fronts in need of protection where civil rights are concerned—with particular respect to voting.”

Back in March, Samuel Bagenstos, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who served in the civil rights division during the Obama administration, told me that the letter was an unambiguous call for voter suppression. “This would take us back to some pretty dark days,” Bagenstos said. Less than two months later, the White House established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and placed Kobach—one of the letter’s most prominent signatories—in charge.

“I was waiting to see if they would puts Hans on this thing,” said Joseph Rich, who was nominally the head of the voting section of the civil rights division while von Spakovsky ran it. “He’s the logical guy.”

Rich, who now works at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, went on: “This commission is based on a lie. There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and  you have a president lying about 3 to 5 million people voting illegally. It’s a lie. It’s a goddamn lie.”


          Trump’s Lawyers Planned to Retaliate Against Comey for Leaking. Their Rationale for Deciding Against It Is Revealing.   

Earlier this month, multiple news outlets reported that the president’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz was planning to file a misconduct complaint against former FBI Director James Comey. This news came after Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he’d leaked information to the press about a private conversation he’d had with Donald Trump while serving as FBI director. According to the reports, Kasowitz would be asking the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate Comey’s conduct, and he’d be doing so in a matter of days.

The possibility that Comey would face retaliation from the Trump team prompted some chin-scratching among DOJ watchers: Was there any way he could actually get in trouble, given that there was nothing illegal about what he’d done and that he’d already been fired from his job? The notion seemed absurd on its face: Though Comey had been FBI director when he had his conversation with Trump, he was a private citizen by the time he leaked the memo in which he documented that conversation. To justify filing his complaint with the DOJ’s inspector general, Kasowitz would have to argue that DOJ had jurisdiction over its former employees even after they no longer worked there. On the other hand, the IG’s office does have a history of calling out misconduct by former employees—as recently as May 16, it had completed a report about a former U.S. attorney who had engaged in an extramarital affair with a subordinate while in office. If Comey had broken some internal Justice Department rule against sharing information with reporters, could he be the subject of an embarrassing (though probably toothless) report months or years down the line?

Predictably enough, this question has turned out to be purely academic. On Wednesday, Yahoo and Bloomberg News confirmed that Kasowitz would not be filing a complaint against Comey after all, at least for the time being. Bloomberg cited an anonymous source who explained that Kasowitz had decided to hold his fire as a “professional courtesy” to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation. According to a source who spoke to Yahoo, the filing of the complaint had been delayed “out of deference to Mueller to let him do his job,” and out of concern that it “might antagonize Mueller and potentially backfire on the president.”

There’s an argument to be made that we shouldn’t spend any time pondering the administration’s lack of follow-through. The threat of an IG complaint was nothing more than headline-grabbing saber-rattling, and the retreat was just the latest example of Trump and his people failing to back up their tough talk—the equivalent of a bully giving up in the middle of a fight and blaming it on his heart problems. But the Trump team’s stated rationale for not following through with the IG complaint is revealing. In framing it as a show of respect for Mueller, they have both insulted him and exposed their own blinkered, petty sense of right and wrong.

Mueller is known inside and outside the FBI as an apolitical operator—a man who doesn’t let personal or partisan considerations influence his thinking. The implication that he’d respond to an IG complaint against Comey by going after Trump more zealously is that Mueller would set aside his integrity to protect his friend—Mueller and Comey worked together in the George W. Bush administration—and punish the president.

Trump is a transactional person, someone who believes it’s proper to favor those who do him good turns and punish those who get in his way. (Just Thursday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reminded Fox News, “This is a president who fights fire with fire … [he] isn’t going to sit back and not push back.”) It’s a worldview that doesn’t allow for the possibility that people can make choices that aren’t informed by the same corrupt calculus—that someone like Mueller could be uninterested in hitting back just because he feels personally affronted. It also doesn’t allow for the possibility that Mueller would have more serious things to think about than some frivolous IG complaint.

We don’t know who it was that talked to Yahoo and Bloomberg about Kasowitz’s decision not to file the complaint. But if what they said is an accurate reflection of how Trump’s lawyers are thinking about their client’s predicament, it suggests they still have no sense of who and what they’re up against.


          California To Make It's Citizens Even Less Safe   

 

 

The State of California is of course the most backwards in our nation.  They have 15 million or so Illegal Aliens gumming up their system to the extent, that one state skews the medical costs of every other American due to non-payment of medical bills created with visits to ER's whereby the patients never pay their debt.  The state has the most business-unfriendly employment laws in the nation, also skewing costs for business owners, due to ridiculous workman's compensation laws, whereby one can't run a business in California without carrying ridiculous and profit draining insurance.  There's more,  but that's not what I'm here to talk about.

 

The state, which already allows local sheriffs to disallow concealed carry permits on whims, and which has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, is about to make it almost impossible for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.  Before the legislature is a law that will be voted into law, forcing gun owners into registration cards, background checks, and more, just to buy ammo for guns they own.  The law when passed will force Californians to apply for unconstitutional ammo purchase registration cards, akin to the unconstitutional FOIDs we must purchase in Illinois, only for ammunition.  Additionally, there's a requirement for them to notify the California DoJ when making ammo purchases.  The law will of course disallow any California resident from purchasing ammo online, restricting their ability to buy affordable ammo.  The whole law will add a new layer of cost for gun owners.  Their goal is obviously to sweat them out, and eventually no one owns guns......except the gangbangers who have made California one of the highest crime states in the union.

 

As a proponent for gun ownership by law abiding citizens, this pisses me off.  Illinois residents in poor neighborhoods cannot afford to go through the process of FOID, Training, licensure, and purchase of guns/ammo.  Now Californians in the same financial position will be disallowed the ability to protect themselves, their families, and their property too.  If you've never been to LA, or Oakland, you may not realize just what a war zone California is.  So, I'll tell you.  It is a war zone.  The gangs in LA shoot the place up daily.  The gangs in Oakland, Fullerton, and elsewhere do so up north too.  The law abiding citizen in California is relegated to a total inability to protect himself, due to their onerous licensing laws already.  Now it will be even more difficult.  More good citizens will die.  This is all in the name of the cause of total confiscation of guns from American Citizens.  And this my friends should scare you. 


There is not now, nor has there ever been a time when it was wise for the government to know our every move.  The great equalizer (Second Amendment) exists to keep the government on their toes, and to keep them honest in the execution of their duty to lay off our god given rights.  Laws like this are in place for them to remove our god given rights.  The Bill of Rights does not denote the rights government grants us.  It enumerates the rights that we were born with.  It is the law of the land.  So, why does government believe they can stomp the bill of rights into the ground?  Mob rules, that's why.  The gun grabbers believe they live in a Democracy.  They even say it all the time.  Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama all state regularly that we live in a Democracy.  We do not now, nor have we ever lived in a Democracy.  Our nation was founded on the principles of Democratic Republican government.  A Democratic Republic guarantees you and I representation in the decisions made on our behalf.  California is an example of where mob rule (Democracy) has taken hold.  The people are not equally represented-and they are going to pay dearly for that.


The whole story on this Constitutional pissing can be read at NRA-ILA.  I suggest if you care about your rights, you get involved.  This will spread beyond California.  In fact, right here in Illinois, they are surreptitiously working on bills far worse than this one, to strip your right to self defense.  Get on it.  Write your rep, your senator, and donate to NRA.  They are all that stands between us and full on registration similar to that which Hitler pulled off.  Who do you think these gun grabbers will scapegoat given the chance-Liberals who give them money, or gun owners who fight them at every turn?  Time is of the essence and your freedom is calling. 

 


          Ada 'keberanian'kah dia?   
Walaupun tanpa saman sivil DoJ, peguam negara boleh dakwa penyangak 1MDB
01 Julai 2017 | HUSIN MAHAT
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

Tindak tanduk peguam negara yang berbuat bising membantah saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berhubung dana yang diselewengkan daripada  1MDB menimbulkan persoalan memandangkan beliau sepatutnya sudah bertindak terhadap 'geng penyangak' yang menyelewengkan dana syarikat pelaburan negara itu bersandarkan laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC).

Pengarah Strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad menegaskan, keengganan Tan Sri Apandi Ali untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang ke atas sesiapa pun dari 'geng penyangak' yang merompak dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) perlu dipersoalkan kerana ia adalah kecelakaan pertama yang menimpa Malaysia.
Malah beliau yakin situasi ini akan kekal selagi Apandi menjawat Peguam Negara.
"Sebenarnya Apandi tidak perlu tunggu akan 'tiga tindakan undang-undang DoJ' atas pensonglapan dana 1MDB! Berbuih mulut pembangkang dan pihak NGO serta individu-individu bekas institusi Kehakiman Negara supaya beliau boleh mula sebaik sahaja Laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) dibentang sesi Parlimen Ketiga Belas pada tarikh keramat 7 April 2016," ujarnya.
Dr Dzulkefly menjelaskan, laporan 106 muka surat PAC itu sudah cukup untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang terhadap bekas ketua pegawai eksekutif 1MDB, Datuk Sharul Azrai Ibrahim Hilmi.

Ini kerana katanya, padai muka surat 94, Jadual 15 laporan PAC, dirumuskan pelbagai kesalahan Sharul termasuk memindahkan US$700 juta kepada akaun 11116073 di RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, milik Jho Low pada 29 September 2009.

Sambil menyifatkan tindakan Sharul itu sebagai 'rompakan pertama' dana 1MDB, Dr Dzulkefly menegaskan bahawa pindahan bernilai ratusan juta dolar Amerika itu jelas satu perbuatan 'pecah amanah'.

Bagaimanapun beliau kesal kerana sehingga hari ini Sharul dibiarkan bebas bahkan boleh memegang jawatan penting dalam GLC yang lain!

"Kalau tidak celaka namanya, apakah bala yang sedang menimpa Malaysia ini?" soal beliau.

Menyentuh tentang saman sivil DoJ, beliau berkata laporan pertama DoJ setebal 136 muka surat pada 20 Julai 2016 sudah cukup untuk meruntuhkan segala maruah dan integriti kepimpinan negara oleh MO1 yang merujuk kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Malah katanya, 251 muka surat laporan ketiga DoJ telah 'melondehkan' segala perihal 'rompakan penyangak' ke atas dana malang 1MDB termasuk perihal US$620 juta (RM2.6 bilion) 'derma' yang telah dipulangkan (returned donation) kembali kepada 'penderma budiman Pak Sheik Arab Saudi' oleh Najib.

"Dalam laporan ketiga ini, Jho Low, penerima US$620 juta itu, telah antara lain didakwa menggunakan dana berkenaan untuk membeli 'kalung berlian merah jambu' bernilai US$27.2 juta untuk isteri MO1!
"Soal besar yang ditanya masyarakat dunia dan rakyat teramai yang peduli akan perihal 'rompakan' atas 1MDB ini adalah 'mengapa jadi begini'? Atau lebih tepat 'kenapa kerajaan Malaysia terus membisu dan tidak bertindak'?" soal beliau.
Menurutnya, tiada siapa yang dapat menolak hakikat bahawa semakin banyak penyelewengan dana 1MDB didedahkan pelbagai pihak, semakin kuat, teguh dan gagah Najib selaku MO1 dan isteri.
Beliau yakin skandal terbesar negara ini hanya boleh diatasi dengan komitmen rakyat untuk melakukan perubahan politik dalam negara dengan memilih pemimpin baru yang mampu membanteras salah guna kuasa dan rasuah.

"Maka barulah budaya kerajaan kleptokrasi-perompak akan dapat dijatuhkan dan disingkirkan secara muktamad di mahkamah rakyat yakni pilihan raya umum akan datang," tegas beliau.


Analisis penuh beliau tentang skandal 1MDB boleh dibaca di akhbar mingguan Amanah keluaran terbaru.

* Kerana tak beranilah yang jadi kepoh tak tentu hala tuu........!

          More Winning for Free Speech: DoJ Throws Out Challenge, Washington Redskins Can Keep Name   
The legal challenge launched against the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change its name to something less “offensive” to leftists has been tossed in the waste bin by Jeff Session’s Department of Justice. This marks twice this month there’s been a victory for free speech.
          Obama Head of DOJ Civil Rights Division: 'Pence and Kobach Are Laying the Groundwork for Voter Suppression'   

Kobach Wants Every Registered Voter's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Party Registration, Social Security Information, Voting History, Felony Convictions, Military Status, and Overseas Citizen Information


          Comment on FBI Investigations Have Become Like Tabloid Stories by Nowandthen   
The FBI was formed in 1908 (BOI). The DOJ did this after asking congress if it was ok to start such an organization. After congress reviewed the request they told the DOJ that the U.S. did not need a secret police prowling around like the Soviet Union had. So what does the DOJ do. They form the group anyway IN SECRET. ANYBODY SENSE A PATTERN HERE?
          Husam tegur Hadi elak jadi macam Ahok   
SESUDAH SUBUH 
Husam: Hadi langgar ayat Quran?

Kenyataan Husam Musa yang dibuat semasa berucap di majlis hari raya anjuran Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) di Kota Bharu malam tadi mengaitkan Abdul Hadi Awang sedikit agak keras, tetapi tepat.

Ia tentu akan menjungkitkan ekor mereka yang taksub kepada pemimpin utama parti agama (Pas) dan akan meledakkan api kemarahan kepada Husam. Ekoran kenyataan Husam semalam mungkin selepas ini ia akan menjadi polemik berpanjangan dan Husam akan diserang habis-habisan.

Sebalik kalau ia dilihat dari sudut positif kenyataan itu membawa kebaikan kepada Hadi dan juga partinya.
Kerana selalu berlaku pedukung Hadil khasnya dan Pas amnya mereka bersikap mudah nampak kuman di seberang laut tetapi terlindung gajah di depan mata -- tanpa mahu menghening cipta melihat ke dalam diri sendiri, mereka akan menuduh pernyataan Husam malam tadi sebagai melampau dan perlu diserang.

Sikap inilah mencerminkan kejumudan dan minda terlindung orang-orang tergolong dalam golongan itu, fanatik. Inilah fenomena atau pun budaya mundur yang ada dalam parti agama itu kini yang bertentangan dengan semangat Islam yang progresif.

Padahal kalau dibuka minda, dan kenyataan Husam itu diperhati dari termalogi agama dan asbabu nuzul, ia adalah kebenaran dan ketepatannya. Malahan kenyataan Husam itu wajar diterima sebagai pengisalahan mencari kejernihan dan kebenaran. Hadi orang kena tegur itu sendiri sepatutnya berterima kasih kerana mengingatkannya.

Kenyataan Husam semalam berhubung langsung dengan presiden Pas Abdul Hadi Awang di mana beliau menyifakan Abdul Hadi sebagai melanggar ayat 188 dalam surah al Baqarah. Keras bunyi kenyataan Husam itu, tetapi benar dan Abdul Hadi ada peluang untuk menjawabnya.

Kenyataan Husam itu ada asasnya dan sebagai seorang yang juga memahami ilmu agama yang sebahagiannya hasil didikan para murabbi Pas sendiri tentu beliau tidak berani berbuat begitu tanpa nas dan dalilnya. Beliau tidak menyebut (sengaja) terjemahan ayat 188 dalam suruh berkenaan. Apa lagi dalam majlis sama ada ulama atau mereka yang arif mengenai Al Quran, yakni Ustaz Ahmad Awang dan Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin selaku penasihat agama Amanah.

Sekiranya kenyataan Husam malam tadi melampau sudah pasti kedua pemimpin ini akan membuat teguran langsung kepada Husam.

Apakah bunyi terjemahan ayat 188 surah al Baqah itu. Dikutip terjemahan dalam Tafsir Al Azhar karangan Prof Dr. Hamka, cetakan 1984 di muka surat 114 terbitan Nurul Islam ayat itu berbunyi:

"Dan janganlah kamu makan harta benda antara kamu dengan jalan yang batil dan kamu bawa ke muka hakim, kerana kamu hendak memakan sebahagian daripada hartabenda manusia dengan dosa, padahal kamu mengetahuinya."

Ayat atau penghuraian ayat berkenaan dikategorikan atau diberikan judul sebagai "Harta Tak Halal". Ayat demikian dengan jelas dan nyata Allah melarang (orang beriman) daripada memakan harta yang tidak halal. Dilarang mencuri, atau bersubahat atau mengecong (tipu) menerima harta yang tidak halal.

Kenyataan Husam terhadap Hadi itu dilihat dari sudut tanggungjawab dan peranan Abdul Hadi sebagai pemimpin parti agama yang sepatutnya peka dan prihatin kepada penyelewengan atau penyonglapan wang negara. Hadi perlu berani menegur bukan menikus.

Apa yang dikaitkan Husam, beliau melihat Hadi melanggar ayat berkenaan apabila beliau tidak berani menegur dan beliau tidak sedia mematuhi atau mengikut anjuran ayat berkenaan supaya menasihat (pemimpin Umno) daripada memakan harta yang tidak halal.

Perkara yang berputar dari ayat itu yang hendak dijelaskan Husam ialah mengenai sikap dan pendirian Hadi berkenaan dengan skandal 1MDB, penyelewengan dan penggunaan dana SRC untuk kepentingan individu. Husam menzahirkan rasa kesal kepada Hadi kerana seolah-olah bersubahat dengan skandal berkenaan apabila Hadi bersikap mendiamkan diri dari menegur bahkan pada ketika lain Hadi membela Najib Razak dalam kes itu.

Hadi juga tidak menegur atau kaku atau bersunyi macam tikus jatuh ke dalam genak dengan beberapa kenyataan dikeluarkan pemimpin Pas yang membela Najib dalam kes itu dimana tujuannya dilihat membela perdana menteri.

Misalnya ada pemimpin parti berkenaan mengambil sikap mendiamkan diri daripada bercakap mengenai skandal berkenaan dan menganggap Najib tidak bersalah kerana tidak ada keterangan empat orang saksi mengenai perkara itu. Malahan mereka langsung tidak menerima pendedahan dibuat oleh Audit Negara serta pengakuan Najib sendiri yang beliau menerima wang sebanyak RM2.6 billion yang dipercayai diceduk dari dana 1MDB. Dua keadaan itu tidak diterima sebagai saksi atau barang bukti.

Saya yakin kenapa Husam hilang sabar dan sanggup menyifatkan Hadi melanggar firman Tuhan itu apabila Hadi bukan sahaja tidak mengkritik Najib mengenai skandal berkenaan sebaliknya membela Najib apabila beliau menyifatkan tindakan Department of Justice (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat yang menyaman beberapa indvidu (Jho Low dan Rizal Aziz) untuk merampas barangan dan hartanah yang dibeli oleh mereka dengan menggunakan wang dicuri dari dana 1MDB.

Bagi Husam dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia lain melihat tindakan individu yang disaman DoJ itu adalah penyamunan ke atas harta rakyat negara ini, tetapi Abdul Hadi tidak melihatnya begitu. Sikap diam dan bisunya memberi gambaran beliau menghalalkan tindakan itu. Apabila orang seperti Hadi mendiamkan diri, tidak menggunakan ilmu agama untuk menegur Najib kesan sangat buruk sekali kerana ia dianggap Najib berada dalam situasi "halalun tayaibah".

Paling dikesalkan apabila Hadi beranggapan tindakan DoJ itu sebagai usaha campur tangan asing ke atas negara ini yang akan merugikan negara ini dan tindakan saman itu untuk mendapat keuntungan politik, perbuatan yang tidak "beriman dan budiman".

Apakah tindakan untuk menyelamatkan harta benda rakyat dan negara sebagai tindakan tidak beriman kerana ia dilakukan oleh orang Amerika? Nyata sekali kenyataan Hadi itu senada dan seirama dengan kenyataan dan pandangan para pemimpin Umno yang membela Najib dan berlindung di bawah naungan kuasanya. Apakah Hadi juga sudah mula mendapat bayang perteduhan di bawah ketiak Najib? Justeru tuduhan mengatakan ada wang curian dari 1MDB mengalir masuk ke dalam Pas kerana sikap Hadi ini.

Sepatutnya sebagai pemimpin parti agama, Hadi tidak membuat kenyataan serapuh itu kerana sebagai pemimpin agama beliau tahu hukum haram dan membetulkan keadaan. Beliau perlu memberi pandangan berupa nasihat kepada Najib atau sesiapa terlibat memakan harta tidak halal itu memulangkan semula kepada yang berhak, negara Malaysia. Itu sewajarnya bukan ikut bersubahat.

Apabila Hadi bersikap sebaliknya, kontradik dengan ilmu dan kefaqehan agamanya. Di sinilah menyebabkan Husam tidak boleh menahan diri lalu menyifatkan Hadi melanggar ayat berkenaan. Kerana dalam ayat berkenaan jelas, Allah melarang dan memberi peringatan orang beriman daripada memakan harta yang tidak halal, termasuknya bersubahat menyokong dan mendiamkan perbuatan yang keji itu.

Menurut Hamka dalam tafsir Al Azhar, perkataan "harta benda kamu di antara kamu" bermaksud harta itu adalah harta sebahagian daripada kamu -- kita semua. Maksudnya harta yang diceduk dan dimakan itu harta rakyat dan harta kita semua yang mana kita wajib bertanggungjawab membelanya. Ertinya kita menipu diri sendiri dan membawa kerugian kepada diri sendiri kalau tidak berbuat sesuatu.

Hamka mentafsir frasa "kamu memakan harta kamu sendiri", samalah dengan kita menganiayaan diri sendiri. Benar, tidak syak lagi kalau kita memakan atau membenarkan orang mengambil dana 1MDB, itu bererti kita membenarkan mereka memakan harta kita, harta rakyat di mana yang menanggung kerugian adalah kita juga.

Disebut dan diperincikan lagi oleh Hamka Rahimullah, memakan harta yang batil itu dilakukan dengan berbagai cara, termasuk penipuan, pemalsuan, atau pun penyonglapan atau pun make-up harga (adpertensi) yang berlebih-lebihan.

Seperti mana dijangka tadi, selepas ini Husam akan diserang berapi-api oleh pentaksud Hadi dan pendukung parti agama. Apa yang akan terjadi itu tidak sepatutnya begitu. Kenyataan Husam itu tidak seharusnya dilawan atau dibalas secara samborono melainkan dibawa ke meja perbincangan. Mereka yang sayangkan Hadi perlu menilai dan mengkaji kenyataan Husam berlandaskan kepada ayat 188 surah al Baqarah itu serta dikaitan dengan ayat-ayat sebelumnya ayat 186 dan ayat 187. Lihat kenyataan Husam itu secara positif dan rasional untuk menjaga maruah Hadi dan juga Pas.

Kalau dirasakan perlu untuk mendapat penjelasan dan penjernihan terhadap tuduhan Husam itu elok para ulama Pas memanggil Husam duduk semeja mendebatkannya. Saya percaya Husam sedia untuk hadir menjelaskan atau menghurai serta memberi dalil-dalil dan fakta menunjukkan Hadi telah melanggar ayat berkenaan dari sudut pengetahuannya.

Mungkin senario pelanggaran ayat Tuhan itu oleh Hadi berbeza dengan apa yang berlaku di Indonesia oleh bekas calon Gebenur Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama atau Ahok yang dituduh sebagai menghina ayat 51 surah al Maidah. Namun jika diperhalusi ada signifikannya, tindakan Hadi yang katakan melanggar ayat 188 itu juga boleh disifatkan sebagai menghina al Quran.

Apabila kita tahu membacanya, mentafsir memperingatkan kepada orang lain akan erti dan maknanya serta kesan baik dan buruknya tetapi kita sendiri tidak sedia akur dan patuh, bagi saya itu juga menghina. Sikap sebegitu adalah sifat-sifat munafik.

Apakah pelanggaran ayat 188 surah al Baqarah oleh Abdul Hadi itu menyebabkan beliau akan menerima nasib sama dengan Ahok yang dikecam oleh umat Islam kemudian tewas dalam pemilihan Gebenur Jakarta? Yang jelas dan nyata bagi saya Husam dalam konteks ini telah menjalankan amanah dipikulnya sebagai muslim mengkritik sesiapa sahaja yang dianggap telah melanggar ayat-ayat Allah. Husam telah berkata benar walaupun pahit sesuai dengan maksud sebuah hadih Nabi s.a.w. Walahu'alam. [wm.kl. 7:01 am 30/06/17]
          Umno info chief accuses Opposition of 'briefing' DoJ - Malay Mail Online   

Malay Mail Online

Umno info chief accuses Opposition of 'briefing' DoJ
Malay Mail Online
The Umno information chief, the move was ostensibly taken by the Opposition to divert attention from the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the multibillion ringgit foreign exchange losses of the late 1980s that he said would implicate Tun Dr ...
Annuar: Panic over losing Dr M sees opposition diverting attention ...Malaysiakini (subscription)
'Panicking Opposition are using DoJ as diversion from Forex RCI bombshell' - AnnuarAstro Awani

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          Umno, BN the ones panicking over DoJ suit, says PKR - Free Malaysia Today   

Free Malaysia Today

Umno, BN the ones panicking over DoJ suit, says PKR
Free Malaysia Today
KUALA LUMPUR: It's Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians, not the people, who are panicking over the latest civil lawsuit lodged by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) concerning 1MDB, says Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen. “So I will disagree ...
Umno leader raps opposition for making Rosmah 'sacrificial lamb'Malaysiakini (subscription)

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          Sessions Turns Previously Independent DOJ Into White House Surrogate   
Several events, ranging from the House passage of several anti-immigration laws and Jeff Sessions’ partnership with Kris Kobach to suppressing the vote nationwide, mean the Sessions DOJ is just a White House Surrogate. Earlier on Thursday, the House passed several bills to coincide with Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. One of the laws seeks to punish […]
          Kalau PAS mahu jadi khadam UMNO, apa kita boleh buat?   
Alasan PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan untuk bekerjasama dalam menangani skandal mega 1MDB menjadi isyarat bahawa PAS sudah tenggelam dalam skrip UMNO.
Ahli Parlimen Kuala Nerus, Khairuddin Aman Razali dilaporkan berkata PAS tidak sama sekali akan “terikut-ikut” dan “terpengaruh” dengan pihak luar, merujuk Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DOJ).
“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya,” ujarnya dilaporkan media.
Sebagai reaksi kepada kenyataan terbabit, Setiausaha Eksekutif Sosialis Muda DAP (DAPSY) Muhammad Shakir Ameer mempersoalkan sama ada PAS tidak langsung peduli tentang penyelewengan yang berlaku.
“Sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen, Khairuddin harus sedar betapa serius isu ini atau saja buat tidak tahu?
“Saya pelik dan geli dengan gelagat PAS baru baru ini. Dan tertanya-tanya saya adakah PAS ingin kembali dengan Barisan Nasional seperti dibawah Ust Asri Muda sesuatu masa dahulu,” ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan.
Menurut Shakir lagi, sikap PAS yang seolah-olah dilihat sebagai kuda tunggangan UMNO menimbulkan tanda tanya bahawa adakah parti tersebut lebih rela menjadi ‘macai’ kepada ‘Malaysian Official 1’ daripada melawan salah guna dana awam.
DOJ baru-baru ini mendedahkan butiran lanjut mengenai skandal pengubahan wang haram melibatkan dana terkait 1MDB yang digunakan untuk membeli hak cipta filem, serta barang kemas untuk seorang model, dan juga isteri kepada karakter ‘Malaysian Official 1’ yang disahkan oleh Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik Barisan Nasional, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan sebagai Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
PAS mengambil pendirian aneh dengan menyifatkan tindakan undang-undang DOJ terbabit sebagai campur tangan asing, meski kesalahan melibatkan dana 1MDB itu dilakukan di luar negara.
“Sebagai parti politik yang sudah lama dalam kancah politik, PAS hendaklah membuat keputusan untuk bersama mereka yang korup atau mereka yang melawan korupsi,” tegas Shakir.
          Skandal 1MDB: PH akan undang bekas pegawai kanan kerajaan sertai jawatankuasa tindakan 1MDB   
SELEPAS mengundang parti pembangkang, Pakatan Harapan (PH) menjemput bekas pemimpin kanan kerajaan termasuk bekas hakim untuk menyertai Jawatankuasa Tindakan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Jawatankuasa tersebut akan menggunakan pendekatan “Operation Big Bird” seperti dilakukan di Filipina untuk mendapatkan kembali wang yang hilang semasa zaman pemerintahan Ferdinand Marcos.
“Kita akan melibatkan pegawai kanan kerajaan seperti bekas hakim kanan, bekas pemimpin kanan Bank Negara, bekas diplomat kanan, pesuruhjaya Suhakam, ahli akademik, pakar ekonomi dan pemimpin NGO,” kata setiausaha politik ketua pembangkang Yusmadi Yusoff kepada The Malaysian Insight.
“Kita akan guna pendekatan seperti ‘Operation Big Bird’ untuk mendapatkan kembali wang 1MDB yang disembunyikan atau tersembunyi dari seluruh dunia.”
Yusmadi berkata, bekas pemimpin kanan kerajaan itu dijemput menyertai jawatankuasa kerana kredibiliti dan kepakaran dalam bidang masing-masing yang akan membantu merungkai misteri skandal 1MDB.
Katanya, nama pegawai kanan kerajaan tersebut akan diumumkan secara rasmi oleh Ketua Pembangkang Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail tidak lama lagi.
"Operation Big Bird" dilancarkan di Filipina pada 1986 semasa zaman Presiden Corazon Aquino untuk mendapatkan kembali wang dan aset tersembunyi bekas diktator Ferdinand Marcos sebanyak AS$7.5 bilion dari seluruh dunia yang dikatakan “dicuri” daripada negara itu.
Wan Azizah pada Isnin mengumumkan di Parlimen yang PH akan menubukan jawatankuasa dan mengadakan perhimpunan rakyat pada September sebagai protes terhadap skandal 1MDB susulan langkah terbaru Jabatan Kehakiman (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) membuat permohonan untuk merampas aset bernilai AS$540 juta (RM2.3bilion) yang didakwa dicuri daripada syarikat itu.
Wan Azizah turut menggesa semua parti pembangkang termasuk PAS mengetepikan segala perbezaan dan bekerjasama membawa mereka yang terlibat dalam skandal 1MDB ke muka pengadilan.
Timbalan Presiden PAS Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man dalam reaksinya memberitahu The Malaysian Insight partinya akan berbincang mengenai undangan itu dan akan mengumumkannya dalam jangka masa terdekat.
Menurut Yusmadi, Jawatankuasa Tindakan 1MDB itu akan turut menyediakan satu laporan terperinci berhubung skandal 1MDB untuk membantu siasatan.
“Dengan mandat 52% undi popular pada PRU13, ketua pembangkang mengambil tanggungjawab untuk menubuhkan jawatankuasa ini memandangkan pasukan petugas khas Putrajaya bagi menyiasat 1MDB seperti tidak berfungsi lagi,” kata bekas ahli Parlimen Balik Pulau itu.
Kerjasama bongkar skandal 1MDB
Beliau berkata, jawatankuasa itu juga akan melibatkan orang ramai untuk membongkar skandal 1MDB melalui pendekatan “crowd investigation”.
“Konsep sama seperti ‘crowd funding’. Kita gesa orang ramai yang mempunyai bukti mengenai skandal 1MDB supaya berkongsi maklumat dengan jawatankuasa ini,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Pengarah Strategi PKR Sim Tze Tzin yang turut bersama dalam mesyuarat penubuhan jawatankuasa itu di Parlimen pada Isnin berkata, mereka mempunyai pelbagai pendekatan bagi menjayakan matlamat pembongkaran skandal 1MDB.
“Selain jelajah di seluruh negara dan perhimpunan rakyat, kita juga mendesak Perdana Menteri Najib Razak membentangkan kertas putih mengenai skandal 1MDB di Parlimen.
“Jika benar bukti didedahkan DoJ itu tidak benar dan cuba mengganggu kedaulatan negara, Najib perlu adakan sidang tergempar Parlimen dan bentang kertas putih,” kata ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru itu.
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          MPAA Sends Five Key Propaganda Points To Politicians   
Deadline Hollywood has the story of the MPAA sending out a list of key "talking points" to the two major presidential candidates, though we've heard that the same letter is being distributed to folks in Congress as well. It's the expected fluff and bogus info, but since these talking points will undoubtedly get parroted by clueless politicians, we might as well take a moment to cut through some of the clutter and point out where the MPAA is being deceitful, dishonest or just marginally misleading.
The television and film industry is an important economic pillar of the US economy – and a major private sector employer. Film and TV production takes place in all 50 states across the country.

The American film and television industry is a massive contributor to the US economy, generating $42.1 billion in wages from direct industry jobs and distributing $37.4 billion in payments to nearly 278,000 businesses around the country in 2010. Making movies takes more than just stars – it takes a vast number of hardworking creators and makers whose work takes place behind the camera and beyond. In fact, the entertainment industry is a major private-sector employer, supporting 2.1 million jobs across the country in 2010. These jobs exist in every state, and boast average salaries 32% higher than the national average.
Whether or not the TV and film industry is an "important" economic pillar depends on how you define "important." But let's grant the premise, and then ask: what does that have to do with the government or copyright? Answer? It doesn't.

As for the specific numbers, it's worth noting that the TV and film business has been growing massively over the past decade -- even though (as the MPAA constantly reminds us) copyright has been getting less and less respect, and infringement has been spreading. An organization based in reality recognizes that perhaps the weakening of copyright laws is not a "problem" in such a situation. As for the specific numbers, those are complete bunk. 2.1 million jobs? No. The Congressional Research Service looked into the movie industry and found a grand total of 374,000 employees in 2010 -- which is a number that the MPAA tries to hide by pretending that all sorts of ancillary jobs, such as flowershops and laundromats that service film crews while shooting, count in this calculation.
Free expression and free speech are cornerstones of the entertainment industry.

Copyright law, which is enshrined in our constitution, protects those who create everything from books to movies, from songs to software. Copyright is not censorship. Rather, it incentivizes innovation and creativity; the Supreme Court has called copyright the “engine of free expression.” Free speech is vital to creators and innovators, and the movie business wouldn’t exist without freedom of speech and expression. In fact, the motion picture industry has fought aggressively for freedom of speech on behalf of its storytellers for over a hundred years.
An intellectually honest person admits that copyright has two conflicting impacts: it may encourage some increase in production by providing a limited monopoly, but it can also prevent expression. The real question is which side you think outweighs the other. But the MPAA document simply refuses to admit that copyright can be used for censorship, despite the fact that its own members are quite familiar with using copyright to take down legititimate content. The MPAA's extremist position here is clearly bogus on its face. Copyright can absolutely be used to censor. To claim that the two things are mutually exclusive means you're either lying or clueless.

As for the MPAA fighting for free speech, how about its close involvement with ICE and the DOJ in censoring websites? So far, ICE and the DOJ have had to admit that they totally screwed up two of those seizures, censoring blogs and forums for over a year -- and we fully expect to see ICE and the DOJ have to admit a few more, similar mistakes. However, one thing that ICE has also stated? That these seizures came about thanks to its close working relationship with the MPAA. In fact, the very first time ICE seized domains, it made the announcement from Disney's headquarters. Imagine if the federal government seized a news blog... and did so from the offices of the NY Times. People would point out that this doesn't seem right, but the feds have been able to get away with this blatant crony protectionism.

If the MPAA can't admit that it's been involved in blatant censorship, then it has little recognition of its own abuse of the law.
The motion picture and television industry is an industry of innovators.

Our companies embrace and harness the rapid development of technology. From IMAX to 3-D to shooting films at 48 frames per second, movie studios are on the cutting edge of entertainment technology. They are relentlessly innovating to bring audiences not only the latest in moviemaking, but also a seamless content experience that allows them to watch the shows and movies they love where and how they want. Hulu, HBO Go, Vudu, Crackle, UltraViolet, Epix, MUBI, Netflix, Amazon – and that just scratches the surface.
We've already addressed this one at length. Offering something is not the same thing as offering what people want. Furthermore, the MPAA had to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept some of these offerings, and not because of the foresight of the movie industry, but because the tech innovators it now wants to shackle kept pushing and prodding until Hollywood came around. Netflix and Amazon came much more from the tech industry than Hollywood. Hulu may have come out of Hollywood, but it gave the team (with a tech background) pretty free rein in building out the service... and the second it started taking off, Hollywood sought to kill it. To present these as signs of innovation is like saying that I "innovated" in the food business because I ate a Korean taco. Having a tangential relationship with those who actually innovate is not innovation itself. And when Hollywood then seeks to kill off said innovation, it shows how they really view the world.
The entertainment community supports an internet that works for everyone.

It is critical to the entertainment community that we protect the free flow of information on the internet while also protecting the rights of artists and creators. The internet must be a place for investment, innovation and creativity – that’s critical not just for our industry, but for intellectual property-intensive industries around the world. In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a report that found that intellectual property-intensive industries – including film and television -- support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). That’s 34.8 percent of US GDP. Simply put, protecting American creativity from theft is critical the U.S. economy – and so is protecting the freedom to express creativity online.

Creators must have the freedom to innovate online, and they must also be secure in their ability to benefit from their creations. Copyright protection is critical to ensuring that. We can protect creative works while ensuring that the Internet works for everyone.
First of all, the infamous Commerce Department "study" was quickly proven to be complete bunk. The whole "IP intensive industries" metric is a joke -- highlighted by the fact that the report showed the number one employer in the "IP intensive industries" was... grocery stores. The report just lumped together copyright, patents and trademarks, and most of the "jobs" and GDP being talked about are in "trademark" intensive industries -- a definition is so stupidly broad as to include every single person who works at a grocery store. Yet under MPAA propaganda, the teen who checked you out when you bought your groceries is a symbol of why they need a new SOPA bill.

Second, any time someone says they want an internet that "works for everyone," what they really mean is that they're relying on a business model that has been disrupted by the internet, and the only way to make things fair is to break the internet where it challenges their old and obsolete way of doing business. The market decides what "works for everyone." Not the government. If the MPAA can't keep up, get out of the way and let real innovators step in.
The film and television industry has become one of this country’s most important and most consistent exports.

The movies and TV shows made here in the U.S. tell stories that resonate with people around the globe, and as a result, the film and television industry has become one of this country’s most important and most consistent exports. The entertainment industry boasted a positive services trade surplus of $11.9 billion in 2010, or 7% of the total U.S. private sector trade surplus in services. Maintaining that positive balance of trade is crucial to the continued growth of the U.S. entertainment industry and an important pillar of our national economy. Trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement aim to protect the hard work of American creators and makers around the world, while including important safeguards to protect the free flow of information on the internet.
I agree that the US makes films and TV shows that resonate around the world -- and then seeks to make it impossible to view them elsewhere thanks to ridiculous regional restrictions, release windows and DRM. Furthermore, the problem that the MPAA faces around the world won't be solved by ACTA or TPP. As has been studied in great detail, the international issues the industry faces are almost entirely business model issues, not enforcement issues. Yet, the industry refuses to even contemplate that this might be the case, preferring to support scorched earth campaigns for things like ACTA and TPP.

I recognize that this is how the MPAA has worked for half a century or so. It produces propaganda for politicians, and then tells them to write treaties and laws that support the propaganda. But, really, rolling out the same bogus and debunked stats that have long since been disproved, seems bizarre. It's as if the MPAA is so stuck in this rut of "we lie, you do what we say" that it can't get out of it. I'd love to see an MPAA that is willing to engage on issues, but instead we get one whose only mode of doing business is to lie consistently.

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          30 with Lee Ep. 8: Batman vs Superman DOJ Review   
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          Last Day of June: el nuevo proyecto de Ovosonico estrena tráiler y (a pesar de su título) llegará el 31 de agosto   

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Se puede decir que no hay un día mejor para poner fecha de lanzamiento al nuevo título de los creadores de 'Murasaki Baby'. Coincidiendo con el último día de junio, el estudio de Massimo Guarini hace oficial que 'Last Day of June' llegará el próximo 31 de agosto.

En 'Last Day of June' seremos Carl, un hombre que lo perdió todo tras un fatal accidente. Carl no tardará en descubrir una serie de portales del pasado que le permitirán convertirse en personajes relacionados con su propio destino, ofreciéndonos la posibilidad de resolver puzles y todo tipo de situaciones con un doble objetivo: recuperar el tiempo perdido y salvar la vida de su esposa June.

El aspecto artístico de 'Last Day of June' está cuidado hasta el más mínimo detalle. Si bien en lo visual combina una estética a caballo entre el estilo de dibujo posimpresionista de finales del siglo XIX con diseños que recuerdan inevitablemente a la obra del director Tim Burton; en el apartado musical no se queda atrás.

De hecho en su tráiler podemos escuchar el tema 'Pariah', interpretado por la cantante Ninet Tayeb, y que estará incluido en el próximo álbum de Steven Wilson , 'To the Bone'.

Last Day of June combina múltiples géneros de arte para ofrecer una experiencia significativa y creativa que gustará a todo tipo de audiencias. Pensado como un viaje conmovedor que atraiga tanto a los jugadores como a los no jugadores. Last Day of June plantea la pregunta “¿Qué harías para salvar a la persona que amas?”

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Pese al propio nombre del juego, 'Last Day of June' llegará el último día de agosto a PS4 y PC, aunque ya es posible realizar la reserva, ofreciendo como incentivo a los jugadores de PS4 (además de un siempre agradecido descuento) un tema exclusivo de Carl y June con el estilo visual del juego.

En VidaExtra | Last Day of June: los creadores de Murasaki Baby muestran el primer tráiler de su nuevo juego


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          Comment on Communists in Washington, D.C., the FBI, and the Russia-gate Scandal by Arlen Williams   
It makes all the sense it could for Yulia Tymoshenko to seek refuge and counsel with Angela Markel after she was released from prison, Mr. Nyquist. That shows, along with tons of obvious evidence that they are prime elements of the EU/Soros/Obama side of the Ukranian conflict. To say it somehow shows they are tied to Russia and not offer evidence of what would be some very extraordinary political legerdemain is an absurdity. Clearly, the Ukraine is evidence of the rivalry between Russia and Western Europe. That is very important to see, since the major subterfuge and subversion going on in America including our halls of power, very much including even our "Intelligence Community" and DOJ is by the Soros-aligned globalists of the "New World Order," not their Russian rivals.
          Pembangkang Panik Rci Forex Guna Doj Untuk Alih Perhatian Annuar Musa   

Keputusan Kabinet untuk membentuk Suruhajaya Siasatan Diraja bagi menyiasat kerugian forex yang dialami oleh Bank Negara ada yang mengatakan pembabitan wang rakyat bernilai sehingga RM100 bilion telah mewujudkan keadaan panik di kalangan pe...
          siff hozzászólása (A Törhetetlen Ötvenek vs. bóvli cégek)   
Illetve bocsánat, ha lesz is olyan mint a 70-es években (stagfláció, philips görbe kuka), mert szerintem is lesz, azt biztos nem fogják tudni ugy megoldani, mint anno a 70es éveket követően (ls fent), de legalábbis minimum többszörösen nehezebb lesz bármit lenyeletni a tőkepiacokkal. 1970-től 1980-ig a DoJ felezett, és a vh utáni legalacsonyabb árazásról mentek bele a reagen-i stimulusba, mostanaban ennek az ellenkezője van, és nincs tér lefelé menni mint volt anno, amikor is pl a us treasury bond-ra is 15%-ot adtak, s ugye azota indult be a 35 éve tarto csökkenő kamatkörnyezet és monetaris manipulacio a köbön - ami azelőtt mondjuk csak a négyzeten volt. Semmi szukség nem is lenne rá, hogy egy pár akademikusból álló intézet mondja meg politikusi befolyásra, hogy hogyan nézzen ki a gazdaság legfontosabb eleme, a pénz ára. Pedig ez volt az elmult 100 évben, van, és lesz még egy ideig.
          Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’   
Gateway Pundit, by Christina Laila Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 01 47 2017 02:47:32 GMT Former Attorney General, Eric ‘Fast N Furious’ Holder sent out a late night, ominous tweet to the ‘career men & women at the DOJ/FBI’. (Tweet) After an 8 year crime spree, also known as the Obama administration, it’s a little difficult to tell who Eric Holder is warning. Holder could be warning former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently announced that they have opened a probe into Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to influence or shape the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential election. Fired FBI Director, James Comey is under scrutiny for
          June 30 Community Events   
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          DOJ Withdraws Funding Request for Kentucky Prison on Mountaintop-Removal Site   

Last month the US Department of Justice withdrew its request for funding for construction of a maximum-security prison atop a former mountaintop-removal coal-mining site in eastern Kentucky. The proposed $444 million facility, planned for Letcher County, has faced ongoing opposition from environmental and human rights organizations.

A mountaintop removal site in eastern Kentucky. (Photo: iLoveMountains.org)A mountaintop removal site in eastern Kentucky. (Photo: iLoveMountains.org)

Last month the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew its request for funding for construction of a maximum-security prison atop a former mountaintop-removal coal-mining site in eastern Kentucky.

The proposed $444 million facility, planned for Letcher County, has faced ongoing opposition from environmental and human rights organizations who have expressed a wide range of concerns about potential ecological and health impacts of the project. "Building this prison would have been terrible for the health of prisoners, the surrounding community and all the wildlife in the area," said Lori Ann Bird, who is environmental health program director with the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.

Read Earth Island Journal and Truthout's special investigation into America's toxic prisons.

Truthout and Earth Island Journal Investigate America's Toxic PrisonsThe Human Rights Defense Center, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of people held in US detention facilities, pointed to the history of mining-related pollution in the area -- including contamination of drinking water that could be used for the prison. The Human Rights Defense Center also noted the ongoing risk posed by more than a dozen active gas wells near the proposed site, as well as possible radon intrusion linked to coal mining in the area.

In a comment filed in response to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) 2015 environmental impact statement for the facility, opponents also cited impacts on the local community -- including potential water pollution from the prison itself -- as well as on nearby habitat and wildlife. Two federally endangered species, the Indiana bat and the gray bat, are found in the region, as are some 60 other species with varying levels of state and federal protections. 

"It's a pretty huge step toward victory," Panagioti Tsolkas, cofounder of the Prison Ecology Project, a program of the Human Rights Defense Center, said of the DOJ's decision to abandon the plan.

The Prison Ecology Project and the Center for Biological Diversity point to growing local opposition, in conjunction with a coordinated campaign by advocates, as triggering the withdrawal. "This has been a tremendous effort by a lot of diverse groups coming together to oppose this prison, and shows the powerful impact we can achieve when the community comes together with activists from around the country to oppose a destructive project," Bird said.

In its announcement of the withdrawal of its request for funding, the DOJ cited a declining prison population over the past several years, and noted that the BOP could expand capacity at existing facilities and through private prisons if necessary. (The Federal Bureau of Prisons is a subdivision of the US Department of Justice.)

Not everyone has expressed support for the DOJ's decision. Local representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) argues that overcrowding in federal prisons necessitates new construction. In a June hearing on the Department of Justice's fiscal year 2018 budget, Representative Rogers argued that the project should proceed, emphasizing that Congress had already appropriated funding for the prison: "Congress has decided this and it's the Congress that controls the purse strings of the country… The money is there -- appropriated, authorized, everything in order." Rogers has also noted that the prison would be an important source of new jobs for an economically moribund region (though research shows that prisons generally don't improve the local economy and are, in fact, more likely to harm rather than help host communities).  

Opponents of the project remain cautiously optimistic while acknowledging that the victory may be temporary -- Congress hasn't yet passed the 2018 budget, and there's always the possibility that the DOJ could reverse course again at a later time. For now, the Prison Ecology Project is setting its sights on the next battle or battles, which might include: FMC Carswell, a women's prison in Texas built on a military base and surrounded by Superfund sites; a proposal to build a new prison on a landfill in Utah; a Hawaiian prison where the BOP has tried to skirt the environmental review process; and a proposal to build a women's jail on a toxic Superfund site in Los Angeles County.   

Tsolkas thinks the Letcher County win will lend momentum to these other fights. "The DOJ said basically they don't want the prison, they don't need it…. That's a powerful position to be fighting from."

This report is part of a collaborative series on the environment and mass incarceration by Earth Island Journal and Truthout. It was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

 


          Matthias cabar Nasrudin : Siapa undang campur tangan asing?   

 Peguam Matthias Chang mencabar Nasrudin Hassan untuk menyatakan sama ada beliau antara yang dimaksudkan sebagai “individu” yang mempelawa campur tangan asing.

Chang mengulas kenyataan Ketua Penerangan PAS, Nasrudin Hassan yang mempersoalkan motif mereka yang membuat aduan kepada pihak berkuasa luar negara sehingga mencetuskan siasatan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) yang baru-baru ini mengeluarkan dokumen 251 muka surat mengenai kecurian dana 1MDB untuk membeli aset mewah.

 Chang menawarkan Nasrudin AS$1 juta sekiranya dapat membuktikan beliau terbabit berpakat dengan pihak berkuasa AS dalam isu 1MDB, seperti dituduh beberapa blog pro-kerajaan.

  Nasrudin @ at-Tontowi jangan buat derk jer. Kalau berani dan yakin apa yang kamu katakan itu benar, sambutlah cabaran Chang ini.

  Islam itu tinggi, tiada yang lebih tinggi darinya…Takanlah kamu dengan imej seorang lebai suka jika digelar pondan tua kerana takut dengan cabaran Cina bukan Islam itu? Ingat ya, Islam itu tinggi, tiada yang lebih tinggi darinya....Jangan malukan Islam; kamu sambutlah cabaran Cina bukan Islam tu ya??

  Semalam, bukan main lagi kamu sokong pendirian Hj Hadi yang tidak mahu DoJ dan pihak berkuasa asing “campur tangan” urusan 1MDB.

  Kamu sebutlah terang-terang nama Mathias Chang dan Kamarudin Abu Hassan yang pergi buat aduan diParis, Switzerland dan AS, jemput pihat luar ambil tindakan terhadap 1MBD. Ada berani??

 “Saya difahamkan bahawa telah ada dalam pengetahuan awam dan belum dinafikan oleh individu-individu terbabit bahawa merekalah yang pergi ronda buat aduan di Paris, Switzerland dan AS supaya pihak luar ambil tindakan terhadap isu 1MDB.

 “Soalnya, apa motif mereka buat aduan di US mengenai isu 1MDB? Kenapa singkat akal mereka, lapor hal negara kita kepada Amerika yang berlagak polis dunia itu?

 Kita tahu ada pihak yang sengaja jemput AS campur tangan isu dalam negara kita,” kata ahli Parlimen Temerloh itu.

 Sebenarnya mereka berdua itu adalah "penyelamat negara" dan bukannya "musuh" tidak sebagaimana kamu yang hanya macam burung tiong yang hanya mengulang sebut segala apa yang Lebai Rusila ucapkan untuk mengampu dan membela regim kleptokrat Najib.

          Beach Beat: Why ask why? Because you have a right to know   
This started out to be a news story about how the FDA and DOJ did that thing they do this week — protect the public interest — when they closed down a smoked fish company in New York that had been endangering people’s lives for at least six years. But we brought you that story... Continue Reading
          Comment on Red Rover, Red Rover, send Republican Women with Brains over by pm317   
May be Amy is right. The Mika tweet was to distract from the full impact of WSJ article yesterday? But that story was weird -- 81 year old GOP operative?! Eric Holder is tweeting DOJ about putting country first. WAPO is sitting on something bigger than WSJ. Friday night, tonight... https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/880551015199764480
          Grassley Blasts Obama’s DOJ for Handling of Sexual Misconduct   
The Department of Justice's Civil Division was not consistently referring cases of sexual misconduct to the OIG, potentially violating federal law.
          Washington Blade reporter ejected from DOJ Pride event   

A Washington Blade reporter was ejected from an event Wednesday at the U.S. Justice Department observing June as Pride month — among the last of the events hosted by LGBT affinity groups for federal workers. Similar celebrations under the Obama administration were open to the media. Dozens of employees — among them LGBT attorneys within […]

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          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by collette.robert@yahoo.com   
Slippery little kikes. We'll just have to remove their money.
          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by collette.robert@yahoo.com   
Wasn't that a false flag distraction like the Bush papers that Dan Rather used to get W. off the hook?
          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by collette.robert@yahoo.com   
Some books you don't have to read to know what they are about. I've already seen too much that I wish I hadn't.
          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by collette.robert@yahoo.com   
But who is missing on the social register? Where are the rich? In their bunkers waiting for us to die? Stay there bitches, the air is already cleaner without you.
          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by collette.robert@yahoo.com   
Good work DOJ. The Keepers on Netflix has opened a can of worms in Baltimore that threatens to go nationwide. Priests, and police and businessmen used a Catholic school to abuse young girls, destroying their lives until they came forward bravely and named the perpetrators.
          Comment on DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting… by gmatch   
...and the Trump and Kushner family escaped again? Oh my!
          DOJ and FTC release new Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing of Intellectual Property   
Updating policies that had been on the books for more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission recently issued new Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The new Guidelines include several updates that reflect changes in … Continue reading
          Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts of State Voter Data   

On Wednesday, all 50 states were sent letters from Kris Kobach — vice chair for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — requesting information on voter fraud, election security and copies of every state’s voter roll data.

The letter asked state officials to deliver the data within two weeks, and says that all information turned over to the commission will be made public. The letter does not explain what the commission plans to do with voter roll data, which often includes the names, ages and addresses of registered voters. The commission also asked for information beyond what is typically contained in voter registration records, including Social Security numbers and military status, if the state election databases contain it.

President Donald Trump established the commission through an executive order on March 11. Its stated goal is to “promote fair and honest Federal elections” and it is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The commission plans to present a report to Trump that identifies vulnerabilities in the voting system that could lead to fraud and makes recommendations for enhancing voters’ confidence in election integrity. No deadline has been set for completion of the work.

A number of experts, as well as at least one state official, reacted with a mix of alarm and bafflement. Some saw political motivations behind the requests, while others said making such information public would create a national voter registration list, a move that could create new election problems.

“You’d think there would want to be a lot of thought behind security and access protocols for a national voter file, before you up and created one,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola University School of Law and former Department of Justice civil rights official. “This is asking to create a national voter file in two weeks.”

David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, also expressed serious concerns about the request. “It’s probably a good idea not to make publicly available the name, address and military status of the people who are serving our armed forces to anyone who requests it,” he said.

Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas, has been concerned about voter fraud for years. His signature piece of legislation was a law requiring Kansans to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote, which is currently ensnarled in a fraught court battle with the American Civil Liberties Union. He has written that he believes people vote twice with “alarming regularity,” and also that non-citizens frequently vote. Multiple studies have shown neither happens with any consistency.

Kobach also runs the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a proprietary piece of software started by Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh in 2005. Under the program, 30 states pool their voter information and attempt to identify people who are registered in more than one state.

Some expect the information Kobach has requested will be used to create a national system that would include data from all 50 states.

It is not uncommon for voters to be registered in more than one state. Many members of Trump’s inner circle — including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Tiffany Trump — were registered to vote in two states. Given the frequency with which voters move across state lines and re-register, the act of holding two registrations is not in itself fraud. There is no evidence to suggest that voting twice is a widespread problem, though experts say removing duplicate registrations are a good practice if done carefully.

“In theory, I don’t think we have a problem with that as an idea, but the devil is always in the details,” said Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. While he believes voter registration list maintenance is important, he says Kobach’s Crosscheck program has been repeatedly shown to be ineffective and to produce false matches. A study by a group of political scientists at Stanford published earlier this year found that Crosscheck highlighted 200 false matches for every one true double vote.

“I have every reason to think that given the shoddy work that Mr. Kobach has done in this area in the past that this is going to be yet another boondoggle and a propaganda tool that tries to inflate the problem of double registration beyond what it actually is,” Ho said.

Some experts already see sloppy work in this request. On at least one occasion, the commission directed the letter to the incorrect entity. In North Carolina, it addressed and sent the letter to Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who has no authority over elections or the voter rolls. In that state, the North Carolina Board of Elections manages both.

Charles Stewart, a professor at MIT and expert in election administration, said it was proof of “sloppy staff work,” and questioned the speed at which the letter was sent. “It seems to me that the data aren’t going anywhere. Doing database matching is hard work, and you need to plan it out carefully,” he said. “It’s a naïve first undertaking by the commission, and reflects that the commission may be getting ahead of itself.”

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, who oversees voting in the state, said she was dismayed about the commission’s failure to be clearer about what its intentions are. In a statement, Merrill said her office would share publicly available information with the commission. But she said that “in the same spirit of transparency” her office would request the commission “share any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”

“This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas,” she wrote.

Alabama’s Republican Secretary of State John Merrill (no relation) also indicated he had questions for Kobach regarding how much of the data would be made public and how Alabamans’ privacy would be protected, even while he expressed support for the commission. “Kobach is a close friend, and I have full confidence in him and his ability, but before we turn over data of this magnitude to anybody we’re going to make sure our questions are answered,” he said.

Colorado Secretary of State Republican Wayne Williams, for his part, said he was not concerned with what the commission planned to do with the data. “Just like when we get a [public-records] request, we don’t demand to know what they are going to do with the data,” he said. “There are important reasons why the voter roll is publicly available information.”

There’s No Evidence Our Election Was Rigged

We had more than 1,000 people watching the vote on Election Day. If millions of people voted illegally, we would have seen some sign of it. Read the story.

The extent to which voter roll data is public varies across the country. While some states, like North Carolina, make their voter rolls available for free download, other states charge high fees. Alabama, for example, charges one cent per voter in the roll for a total cost of more than $30,000. The state law provides a waiver for government entities, so Merrill said the commission would receive the data for free. Other states, like Virginia, do not make this information public beyond sharing it with formal campaigns and political candidates. When ProPublica tried to purchase Illinois’ voter roll, our request was denied because they only release it to government entities for privacy reasons. Illinois did not respond to a request regarding whether they would release this information to the PCEI, which — while a government entity — intends to make the information public.

The letter from the commission also asks quite broad questions of state elections officials.

“What changes, if any, to federal election laws would you recommend to enhance the integrity of federal elections?” asks the first question. The letter also asked for all information and convictions related to any instance of voter fraud or registration fraud, and it solicited recommendations “for preventing voter intimidation or disenfranchisement.”

“The equivalent is, ‘Hey, doctors, what changes would you suggest regarding healthcare? Let us know in two weeks,’” said Levitt, the Loyola professor. “If I were a state election official, I wouldn’t know what to do with this.”

While the commission is being chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, Kobach signed the letter alone. Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said this is an indication that Kobach — not Pence — “will be running the show,” which he said should be a point of concern.

“As we know with Kobach, he’s obsessed with trying to identify voter fraud and finds it in a lot of places where it doesn’t exist,” he said.

Vanita Gupta, the former acting head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, said the commission’s letter was an indication the commission was “laying the groundwork” to carry out changes to the National Voter Registration Act that might seek to restrict access to the polls.

The National Voter Registration Act — sometimes called the Motor Voter Act — was enacted in 1993. It allows the DOJ the authority to ensure states to keep voter registration lists, or voter rolls, accurate and up-to-date. It also requires states to offer opportunities for voter registration at all offices that provide public assistance (like the DMV). 

In November, Kobach was photographed holding a paper addressing national security issues and proposing changes to the voter registration law. It is not clear what these changes were. The ACLU is involved in a lawsuit against Kansas’ state law requiring people to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. As part of the suit, ACLU lawyers requested access to the document reflecting the changes Kobach proposed.

Originally Kobach told the court the document was beyond the scope of the lawsuit, but last week the court found the documents were relevant and that Kobach had intentionally misled the court. He was fined $1,000 for the offense and required him to turn the document over. It has not yet been made public.

Gupta said her concern about the future of the voter registration act was deepened by the fact that, on Thursday, the DOJ sent a letter to the 44 states covered by the act requesting information on the maintenance of their voter rolls. States were given 30 days to answer a set of detailed questions about their policies for list maintenance.

“The timing of the letters being issued on the same day is curious at the very least,” she said.

The White House and the DOJ all did not respond to requests for comment about the letters.

The letter did not ask about compliance with the portions of the act that require states to attempt to expand the voter base, such as by offering voter registration forms and information in public offices.

Danielle Lang, deputy director of voting rights for The Campaign Legal Center, said the focus on list maintenance troubled her. While she said this might point to a new direction in enforcement for the DOJ’s voting rights section, it was too early to tell how this information might be used.

Levitt said he did not recall a time when the DOJ has previously requested such broad information. While the information is public and not, on its face, troubling, Levitt said the only time he recalled requesting similar information was during targeted investigations when federal officials suspected a state was not complying with the law.


          Noem Introduces Bill to Expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country   

Rep. Kristi Noem today introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, which would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations.

“The FBI lists more than 7,000 Native American children as missing today and yet law enforcement on many reservations lack critical access to the AMBER Alert system,” said Noem.  “Time is of the essence in these situations. The more people we can engage in searching for a missing child, the better our chances are of a safe recovery. The AMBER Alert system has been instrumental in many cases, but its reach needs to be extended to Indian Country.”

The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act would clarify that Indian tribes are eligible for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help assemble AMBER Alert systems for law enforcement agencies.  Additionally, the DOJ currently operates a pilot program that offers AMBER Alert training services to tribes, but this legislation would make the initiative permanent while enhancing oversight.

Earlier this year, more than 100 gathered in Pine Ridge to raise awareness about the number of missing and murdered Native women and girls, which is said to occur at “epidemic” levels. Noem also cosponsored legislation to name May 5 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


          DOJ Arrests 1,000+ Child S-e-x Predators During Two Month Sting…   

Story that shows why children aren't really being protected. Love the investigating side of journalism and trying to connect the dots. Here is a story and connections that is showing organizations that should protect children, but may be protecting predators instead.


          Charter-Time Warner Cable Tie-up Gets DOJ Approval   

Charter-Time Warner Cable Tie-up Gets DOJ Approval $CHTR, $TWC The FCC still must approve the acquisition, Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled his support Monday. Monday, the US Justice Department (DOJ) approved the planned acquisition of both Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) and Bright House Networks by Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), the tie-up still needs FCC approval. Shortly after […]

The post Charter-Time Warner Cable Tie-up Gets DOJ Approval appeared first on Live Trading News.


          Carlos Lesmes: “Hoy podemos hablar, sin exagerar, de una auténtica historia de éxito”   
Durante el acto conmemorativo del 20 aniversario del CENDOJ celebrado en el Palacio de Justicia de Donostia-San Sebastián, Carlos Lesmes calificaba el Centro de Documentación Judicial como "un centro de referencia, tanto nacional como internacional, en materia de nuevas tecnologías y Justicia”.
          House Dems ask DOJ watchdog to probe Sessions’ role in Comey firing   
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          KES JENAYAH DARI SWISS   






A contrast between the two is that the Swiss authorities are building a criminal case while the US one is a civil action, even though the DOJ has refused to say if criminal actions will follow.

Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/387092#ixzz4lbgAnVVX

PEGUAM

NEGARA

SWISS DAH

MULAKAN

SIASATAN 

JENAYAH

INI BERITA

MENAKUTKAN

NAJIB ROSMAH

TAPI RAKYAT

GUMBIRA


Skandal 1MDB: Switzerland siapkan kes jenayah


Saman pelucutan sivil Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) menyediakan dokumentasi paling meluas mengenai skandal 1MDB hingga kini dengan tuntutan penyalah gunaan dana Malaysia.
Walaupun ramai pemimpin BN memilih untuk berdiam diri, khususnya Umno, melakukan serangan balas dengan menuduh AS melakukan campur tangan asing atau cuba menggulingkan kerajaan Islam.
Bagaimanapun, walaupun sebelum DOJ memfailkan saman sivil pertamanya pada Julai 2016, pihak berkuasa Switzerland menjadi yang pertama kali bersuara mengenai siasatannya terhadap 1MDB.

NEGARA KAPIR

MAKAN BABI

MINUM ARAK

BERTINDAK

NEGARA ISLAM

TUNGGANG

TUNGGIT 

SENYAP 

MENIKUS

KAH KAH KAH







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          AMERIKA NAK TERJANG NAJIB   







INI SUARA

PEMBELOT

AJEN USA

AJEN YAHUDI



DOJ hanya mahu heret perompak, apa masalahnya?

SHAH ALAM – Tindakan segelintir pemimpin Umno-BN, pembangkang termasuk Pas serta beberapa mufti di negara ini yang memberi kenyataan berhubung skandal dana 1Malaysia Develompent Berhad (1MDB) dilihat sebagai cubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Mahfuz Omar yang mempersoalkan apakah menjadi kesalahan apabila pihak berkuasa AS mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah ini walaupun ianya adalah rakyat Malaysia.
“Jika perkara sama berlaku di Malaysia, apakah kerajaan akan melindungi pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram dari kalangan rakyat AS jika mereka lakukan aktiviti sedemikian di sini?
“Adakah Peguam Negara, para mufti serta ulama parti politik akan menggunakan hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walau pun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

AMERIKA NAK

JATUHKAN 

NAJIB

KERNA NAJIB

BAIK DENGAN

CHINA TAPI

MAHFUZ INI

SOKONG USA

SEPATUTNYA 

KITA WAJIB

SOKONG

PEMIMPIN

MELAYU ISLAM

BUKAN 

SOKONG

AMERIKA





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          BUKAN BULI - NAK TERAJANG NAJIB   







AMERIKA

BUKAN BULI

AMERIKA NAK

TERAJANG

NAJIB

Pembangkang ghairah bantu AS ‘buli’ Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Keghairahan pembangkang memainkan isu saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat terhadap 1MDB boleh disifatkan sebagai mereka cuba membantu negara Polis Dunia itu terus membuli Malaysia.

Ketua Umno Bahagian Pandan, Tuan Haji Mohd Haniff Koslan berkata, sepanjang masa pembangkang menyerang kepimpinan kerajaan dan membuat pelbagai desakan sehingga kadang-kadang melebihi pihak DOJ sendiri.

Menurut beliau, pelbagai tuduhan dan tohmahan yang dilemparkan  pemimpin pembangkang terhadap kerajaan sehingga mencetuskan persepsi negatif rakyat.


AMERIKA

MAHU

REGIME

CHANGE

CILAKA KAU

AMERIKA

BABI GULING

KAU AMERIKA

AMERIKA NAK

JADIKAN 

ANWAR PM

MALAYSIA

CILAKA USA


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          USTAD KENTUTI AL TIPUWI   





KEBABIAN

Aku dah cakap tt. Mentaliti ramai melayu ni adalah mentaliti ketinggalan bas atau mentaliti siput babi. Aku tak mengata macam babi sebab siput tu nama je ada babi tapi sifat dia tak kebabian. Babi sifat dia laju, dia nak cepat sondol segala depan dia. 

SIPUT BABI

Siput babi sifat dia seloooooo, berzaman beredar sebelum dia maju ke depan. Bila seloooo, puak melayu subspesis ni akan ketinggalan bas. Bas berikut pun mungkin masih ketinggalan jugak lagi akibat kesiput-babian yang teramat selooo, mungkin bas dah penuh sebab orang lain dah bingkas naik dulu berduyun-duyun. 

MELAYU SLOO

Tinggal lagi. Mh370 dah lesap ke lautan hindi mana dah, ketuanan melayu di tudm dok seloooo lagi belum tau apa. Kalau mh370 tu dirampas oleh suicide bomber, tentu dah meletup langgar menara kat negara mana entah. Masa tu barulah ketuanan melayu tu nak buat analisa, nak bukak peta dunia, nak panggil press conference... Jolo tembam dah lesap ke lautan china mana dah, ketuanan melayu dok seloooo lagi belum tau apa. Doj dah bukukan on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/23/17
 
KENTUT 

BANGANG

Bangang betul babun ni. Cerita hal kentut pun nak jerit jerit. Kentut jer pun.. nak kentut, kentut jer laa. Babun ni buang masa borak borak merapu hal kentut jaa boleh dapat upah.. senang betul dia cari duit. Yg paling bangang ialah org yg dok upah babun pak lawak ni. Sebab tu melayu susah nak maju, hal kentut pun nak besar besarkan. on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/23/17

BAB KENTUT

Sekolah tendah patut sudah tanat bab kentut. Ni dah tua bangka dah nak mampoos masih ngajar/belajar bab kentut. Patut lah bani melayu susah nak maju dan asyik kena tipu oleh sang penipu. on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
FOUR WIRE
on 6/23/17


PAHALA 

KENTUT

Indah nya islam ..kentot pon boleh dapat pahala. Bayangkan kita bantai terkentut di sepanjang sepuloh hari akhir romodhoon. Pahalanya dah tentu dapat kaver dosa makan rasuah sepanjang tahun. Sekarang baru aku tahu ngapa orang islam kuat melahap rasuah .. rupanya dosa rasuah boleh setel dgn kentut. Tu sebab Najib tak perlu buat public hearing mcm PM Kapir Laknat Tumasik, Hsien Loong???. Bayangkan betapa powernye kentut Puan Hajjah suaminye??? on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
panglimo potaseh
on 6/22/17
Cuba teka jam tangan apa uztaz yg bagi kuliah kentut pakai? on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/22/17

KENTUT

Tu la TT..hang xmo ngaji pasal kentut. Sumer ngaji pasal kemut ja. Kentut ngan kemut ni, boleh bikin wang berjuta2 malah berbillion. Hang tgk Isa ngan bini Babi Sharliza pasang kaki dlm Felda. Habih berbillion tu. Ini kuasa kentut ngan kemut Ziana ja. Bini gedempol dia dgn sekali kentut ja, SPRM menggelupoq daa.. 

BIK MAMA

Bik Mama kemetot ngan bininya pun kentut juga. Diam2 kentut, berbillion masuk akaun daa. Sbb tu melayu sibuk ngaji hal kentut ngan kemut ja. Bokpa study pasal planet lain.. xdak sesen masuk akaun pun. Ni mlm lailatul qodar pulak.. nak dpt 1000 bulan ganda amal. Ini konsep menyimpan Rosmah, curi USD1juta x 1000 bulan = USD1 billion. 


BUSUK GILA


Dpt 4x lailatul qodat, dah jadi USD4 billion.. tu la hang xmo ngaji hal agama. Boh serban berbakul atas kapla. Haa.. Inilah indahnya Islam TT. Hang jgn buat lecee.. Tuan Haji Kiyai Al-Sotongi tgh mencari lailatol qodat nuu.. tahun lps dgq2 dah dpt 90 juta dah.. lps tu kentut ja bila Sarawak Report pecah berita.. seni kentut hang jgn buat lekeh on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/22/17




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          PADAN MUKA - KAH KAH KAH   




NAJIB KE BALI

mat mongol menginding
nak main selubang dua 
dengan obama
kah kah kah

bayangkan jika najib
dapat main selubang dengan obama
maka imej mat mongol ini  naik
mak cik dan pak cik felda
akan mula tabik hormat
kah kah kah

tapi mat mongol talipon obama
obama kata no time  
SHUT THE FUCK UP
YOU WANKER
DOJ IS AFTER YOU
FBI IS AFTER YOU
kah kah kah

mat mongol sampai ke bali
obama cabut
ke jogja 
kah kah kah

meraung bik mama
kah kah kah

dulu obama main golf
untuk lobi TTPA
sekrang kawan kita trump
dah hapuiskan TTPA
kah kah kah

mat mongol kaki pekakas
opsss... bukan pekakas
tapi jadi selipar jepun
dah masuk tandas 
terus ditinggalkan
kah kah  kah

PADAN MUKA





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          KITA BERNASAIB BAIK ADA KEELING   






DUNIA

BERNASIB 

BAIK - KITA

BERNASIB

BAIK KERNA

KITA ADA

KEELING

1MDB-DoJ: Dan ini ‘maklumat’ terkini dari White House…

 | June 29, 2017
Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu ada maklumat daripada 'sumber White House', dan meramalkan apa akan berlaku tidak lama lagi.





EPelbagai kenyataan dikeluarkan menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) mempersoalkan laporan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) mengenai kecurian dana 1MDB, dan mereka rata-rata menganggap dakwaan itu tidak berserta bukti kukuh malah mempunyai agenda tertentu. 

Di tengah-tengah kritikan dan sokongan terhadap DoJ ini, muncul Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, seorang penyokong tegar perdana menteri yang merupakan orang di sebalik sebuah NGO bernama “Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin”. Ramesh mempunyai “maklumat” dalaman daripada “sumber White House”.

 “Sumber White House” itu memberitahu Ramesh, pegawai DoJ yang terlibat menyediakan laporan mengenai 1MDB itu kini berdepan tindakan dipecat daripada kerajaan AS kerana bersubahat “membuat dakwaan palsu” terhadap Malaysia.

BAYANGKAN

DUNIA TANPA

KEELING

TAK ADA KAKI

JILAT 

TAK ADA 

ZAKAR NAIK

TAK ADA KAKI

BODEK TELOO

KAH KAH KAH



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          AMANAH gesa Jamil Khir kaji sumber 1MDB biaya haji   

Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) menggesa Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom mengkaji sumber 1MDB yang digunakan untuk menaja ibadah haji kepada seramai 5,711 rakyat di negara ini sejak 2011.

Timbalan Ketua Pemudanya, Faiz Fadzil berkata Jamil juga seharusnya membangkitkan isu ketelusan tajaan haji oleh 1MDB bagi memastikan ia bebas daripada sebarang bentuk penyelewengan.

“Sebagai Menteri yang bertanggungjawab ke atas urusan haji dan hal ehwal agama, seharusnya Jamil Khir mendesak untuk sumber tajaan ini diaudit bagi memastikan ia halal dan bersih serta bebas daripada sebarang bentuk penyelewengan dan korupsi.

“(Ia) agar ibadat haji rakyat Malaysia yang ditaja 1MDB ini tidak terjejas,” kata Faiz dalam kenyataannya hari ini.

Kata Faiz 1MDB tidak mempunyai kedudukan kewangan yang kukuh di mana modal perniagaannya diperoleh daripada pinjaman berkonsepkan riba.

Selain itu katanya, skandal 1MDB di diibaratkan sebagai rompakan terbesar dunia dan kini menjadi subjek penyiasatan di pelbagai negara termasuk yang terbaru dari Jabatan Keadilan Amerika Syarikat (DOJ).

“Pendedahan ini telah membuktikan wujudnya kes prima facie salah laku jenayah oleh Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak. Pendedahan ini juga telah memprejudiskan kedudukan politik Najib Razak dan populariti beliau juga semakin merosot.

“Maka, dalam keadaan politik Najib Razak yang terumbang-ambing sekarang, timbul persoalan sama ada tajaan haji ini sebagai langkah terdesak Najib Razak untuk menutup segala kepincangan yang berlaku dalam skandal berskala mega ini dengan menggunakan helah agama dan kebajikan sebagai kelubung,” katanya.

DOJ baru-baru ini memfailkan tuntutan undang-undang sivil kali ketiga dengan tujuan merampas semula aset yang didakwa dibeli dengan wang yang diselewengkan daripada 1MDB.

Selain barangan kemas bernilai AS$1.7 bilion, DOJ juga berharap mampu mendapatkan semula sebuah kapal layar bernilai AS$ 250 juta dan kepentingan beberapa syarikat dan hartanah mewah di sekitar London, New York dan Los Angeles.

Bagaimanapun, perdana menteri berulang kali menafikan sebarang salah laku 1MDB yang dikaitkan dengannya, manakala beberapa pemimpin BN menyifatkan tindakan DOJ sebagai campur tangan asing.



          'Kaitkan campur tangan asing cubaan sucikan pelaku jenayah'   
MALAYSIAKINI


Mengaitkan tindakan Jabatan Keadilan Amerika (DOJ) ke atas kes pengubahan wang haram dengan campur tangan asing adalah perkara yang sangat memalukan, kata Anggota Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

"Komen-komen dari pemimpin parti Umno BN serta segelintir pemimpin pembangkang termasuk PAS serta beberapa orang mufti dilihat sebagai cubaan mensucikan pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika," kata Mahfuz dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Menurut Mahfuz, adalah jelas DOJ mahu menyita dan mendapatkan kembali aset AS$540 juta yang dipercayai dibeli menggunakan wang yang didakwa diselewengkan daripada dana 1MDB.

"Dapatan hasil siasatan DOJ juga mendapati wang tersebut telah mengalir kembali kepada individu seperti MO1 (Malaysian Official 1) dan isteri MO1 dalam bentuk tunai dan juga dalam bentuk permata berlian.

"Persoalannya, apakah menjadi suatu kesalahan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat untuk mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram di Amerika walaupun mereka adalah rakyat Malaysia?" soal Mahfuz.

Beberapa pemimpin BN seperti Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak sebelum ini mendakwa tindakan DOJ sebagai campur tangan asing ke atas kedaulatan negara.

Manakala Peguam Negara Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, pula membidas DOJ dan menganggap tindakan itu berbaur politik.

Pada 24 Jun lalu, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dalam surat terbuka kepada parti-parti politik berkata, campur tangan asing dalam hal ehwal dalaman negara hanya akan membawa kerugian.

Pendapat itu senada dengan kenyataan Mufti Pahang, Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman yang berkata mereka yang mahu orang asing campur tangan dalam hal ehwal Malaysia adalah "tali barut' dan mempunyai niat jahat.

Jangan campur urusan Amerika

Mengulas lanjut, Mahfuz mempersoalkan apakah Malaysia akan melindungi pelaku penggubahan wang haram daripada kalangan rakyat Amerika seandainya mereka melakukan aktiviti yang sama di negara ini.

"Adakah peguam negara dan para mufti serta ulamak parti politik akan mengguna hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walaupun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia.

"Apakah perlu peguam negara, para mufti dan PAS bangkit bagi mencadangkan pemansuhan Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 yang telah sedia diwartakan?," soalnya.

Tambahnya, sekiranya mahkamah di Amerika membenarkan permohonan DOJ tersebut, aset yang dirampas akan dikembalikan semula kepada 1MDB.

"Amerika Syarikat mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri perundangan Malaysia.

"Jangan pula Malaysia dilihat dunia sebagai mencampuri proses perundangan di Amerika Syarikat oleh DOJ semata-mata untuk 'mensucikan penjenayah' yang telah merosakkan nama baik Malaysia di mata dunia," kata Mahfuz.

DOJ pada 15 Jun lalu memfailkan saman sivil kali ketiga untuk merampas aset bernilai AS$ 540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) yang didakwa dibeli menggunakan dana 1MDB.

Antara lain, ia mendakwa AS$620 juta yang sepatutnya dikembalikan oleh MO1 kepada 'penderma' sebaliknya dipindahkan kepada ahli pernigaan, Jho Low untuk membeli kalung berlian berharga AS$27.3 juta bagi isteri MO1.



          Skandal 1MDB: Switzerland siapkan kes jenayah tetapi...   

MALAYSIAKINI


Saman pelucutan sivil Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) menyediakan dokumentasi paling meluas mengenai skandal 1MDB hingga kini dengan tuntutan penyalah gunaan dana Malaysia.

Walaupun ramai pemimpin BN memilih untuk berdiam diri, khususnya Umno, melakukan serangan balas dengan menuduh AS melakukan campur tangan asing atau cuba menggulingkan kerajaan Islam.

Bagaimanapun, walaupun sebelum DOJ memfailkan saman sivil pertamanya pada Julai 2016, pihak berkuasa Switzerland menjadi yang pertama kali bersuara mengenai siasatannya terhadap 1MDB.

Pejabat Peguam Negara Switzerland (OAG) mengumumkan pada 29 Januari tahun lepas bahawa pihak mensyaki sekitar AS$4 bilion telah disalah gunakan dalam dana Malaysia tersebut.

OAG telah meminta bantuan undang-undang dari Malaysia dan berbuat demikian pada 10 Oktober tahun lepas berhubung dengan tambahan AS$800 juta yang dikaitkan dengan anak syarikat 1MDB, SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Peguam Negara Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, bagaimanapun tidak melayani kedua-dua permintaan berkenaan.

Walaupun menjadi yang pertama mendedahkan kepada umum mengenai 1MDB, pihak berkuasa Switzerland memberikan maklumat secara berhati-hati kepada umum berbanding DOJ.

Perbezaan antara keduanya adalah pihak berkuasa Swiss sedang menyiapkan kes jenayah manakala AS adalah tindakan sivil, walaupun DOJ enggan mengatakan jika tindakan jenayah akan menyusuli.

OAG Switzerland dalam balasan e-mel kepada Malaysiakini berkata kes jenayah itu masih belum selesai dan itulah sebabnya pihaknya tidak dapat memberikan maklumat selanjutnya.


          DOJ hanya mahu heret perompak, apa masalahnya?   
HASLINA KAMALUDIN 30 JUN 2017
Mahfuz Omar

SHAH ALAM – Tindakan segelintir pemimpin Umno-BN, pembangkang termasuk Pas serta beberapa mufti di negara ini yang memberi kenyataan berhubung skandal dana 1Malaysia Develompent Berhad (1MDB) dilihat sebagai cubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar yang mempersoalkan apakah menjadi kesalahan apabila pihak berkuasa AS mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah ini walaupun ianya adalah rakyat Malaysia.
“Jika perkara sama berlaku di Malaysia, apakah kerajaan akan melindungi pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram dari kalangan rakyat AS jika mereka lakukan aktiviti sedemikian di sini?
“Adakah Peguam Negara, para mufti serta ulama parti politik akan menggunakan hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walau pun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, apakah perlu Peguam Negara, para mufti dan Pas bangkit mencadangkan pemansuhan Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 yang telah sedia diwartakan?


“Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) tidak mendakwa 1MDB kerana 1MDB adalah mangsa penjenayah pengubahan wang haram. Apa yang diambil kira oleh DOJ ialah untuk mengheret perompak, penyamun, penyangak dan penjenayah pengubahan wang haram ke muka pengadilan.

“Jika mahkamah di AS membenarkan permohonan DOJ tersebut, maka sudah tentu harta yang dibeli dengan menggunakan wang 1MDB tersebut akan dirampas dan dicairkan dalam bentuk tunai untuk diserahkan kembali kepada 1MDB yang merupakan syarikat milik rakyat dan negara Malaysia,” jelasnya.

Beliau berkata, pada masa ini, rakyat amat berharap agar sesuatu dapat dilakukan untuk  mengheret mereka yang terlibat dan bersubahat dalam kes 'pencurian mega' dana 1MDB yang menyebabkan aktiviti pengubahan wang haram tersebut dilakukan oleh individu seperti disebut dalam laporan DOJ.

“AS mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri urusan perundangan Malaysia dan jangan pula Malaysia dilihat dunia sebagai mencampuri urusan proses perundangan di AS oleh DOJ semata-mata untuk 'mensucikan penjenayah' yang telah merosakkan nama baik Malaysia di mata dunia.

“Sesuatu yang sangat pelik apabila dapatan siasatan pihak berkuasa AS menemui kes pengubahan wang haram dari dana 1MDB yang dikitar di AS kemudiannya dikembalikan semula ke Malaysia untuk Malaysia Official 1 (MO1) dan isteri MO1.

“Tiba-tiba Jabatan Peguam Negara tampil menjadi 'hero' dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan ‘tiada berlaku apa-apa kes kecurian dalam 1MDB’ dan begitu juga dengan golongan agamawan dengan kenyataan ‘jangan biar campur tangan asing dalam kes 1MDB’,” katanya.

Tambahnya, tindakan DOJ memfailkan kes tersebut di mahkamah AS setelah siasatan mendapati wang yang 'dirompak' dari 1MDB tersebut telah digunakan untuk transaksi-transaksi di AS di mana ianya jelas membabitkan perbuatan pengubahan wang haram yang menjadi kesalahan di AS serta di seluruh dunia.

“Malaysia juga tidak terkecuali kerana kita mempunyai undang-undang bagi mencegah penggubahan wang haram iaitu Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 akta 613 atau lebih di kenali sebagai AMLATFAPUAA seperti di AS.

“Justeru, apa yang diseret dan dipalitkan nama-namanya seperti MO1 oleh DOJ adalah pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram tersebut.

“Hasil siasatan DOJ mendapati wang tersebut adalah aliran dari akaun 1MDB. Dapatan hasil siasatan DoJ juga mendapati wang tersebut telah mengalir kembali kepada individu seperti MO1 dan isteri MO1 dalam bentuk tunai dan juga dalam bentuk permata berlian.

Semalam, Ketua Penerangan Umno, Tan Sri Annuar Musa berkata, pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DoJ hanya untuk mengalih tumpuan daripada Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) mengenai urus niaga mata wang asing (forex).

Katanya, pembangkang dilihat panik dengan RCI Forex dan juga krisis dalaman yang berkaitan dengan keyakinan terhadap pucuk pimpinan Parti Pribumi Bersatu (Bersatu).

Terdahulu Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali berkata, tindakan saman sivil terbaharu dikemukakan DoJ AS bertujuan merampas tambahan aset AS$540 juta yang didakwa dana seleweng dari 1MDB disifatkan sebagai mainan politik.


Beliau berkata sedemikian berikutan sehingga kini DOJ tidak pernah membuat sebarang permohonan rasmi kepada Pejabat Peguam Negara untuk mendapatkan apa-apa maklumat lanjut berhubung tuntutan yang dikemukakan.

“Mereka (DOJ) tidak pernah minta apa-apa. Maklumat (berkait 1MDB) itu ada, kalau mereka minta, saya boleh bagi.

“Menjadi tanggungjawab kita untuk memberikan kerjasama, namun setakat ini, tak ada permintaan. Sebab itu saya kata ini mainan politik. Semua ini karut!” katanya.

          AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit   

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career professionals who have worked for years to successfully prosecute hate crimes. During our day-long discussions, we, along with our allies, reiterated our concern that the Trump Administration must do more to stem the rising tide of hatred we are witnessing in our nation. Beyond the horrific attacks on individuals, hate crimes target communities. The investigation and prosecution of crimes is an absolute necessity, but prevention requires that we do more, especially when Administration rhetoric and policy single out and target vulnerable communities. The data shows that impacted communities, including Muslims, Arabs and South Asians, are paying a high price due to the increase in bigotry we are witnessing. 

Additionally, it is important to note that this hate crimes summit was convened as part of the Department of Justice's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. That task force was announced to "combat illegal immigration and violent crime.” That immigrant criminalization frame is false, takes a draconian approach to immigration enforcement, and spreads fear and despair in the process. It does not build community trust, a necessary component for hate crime reporting. 

Further, while work on hate crimes is critical, it cannot be separated from: the administration’s deep cuts to civil rights budgets, efforts to defend the discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, the backing off police and mass incarceration reforms, mass deportations, rolling back protections for transgender students and much more. Combatting hate crimes cannot be a fig leaf to cover misdeeds—it requires a megaphone of justice to make it real.

We will continue to rely on DOJ career civil servants for the successful prosecution of hate crimes and protection of rights. We will continue to oppose government policies that undermine our aspirational values and wrongly target impacted communities. We will continue to demand that Trump Administration officials, including the President, use their bully pulpit to advance justice and the constitutional values of equality. Should they do so, we will gladly echo their call. When they do not, we will continue to oppose them."

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org


          Lingvaj rimedoj por rusa lingvo   
Mi ofte vane provis trovi en la reto lingvistikaj rimedoj (provizoj) por rusa lingvo. Mi povas bone kompreni la parolan rusan lingvon, sed mi ne bone legas kaj skribas ĝin. La pola lingvo kaj rusa lingvo estas tre similaj pro kuna slava heredo. Mi pensas, ke oni povas facile krei la maŝinan tradukado al rusa […]
          DOJ hanya mahu heret perompak, apa masalahnya?   
Tindakan segelintir pemimpin Umno-BN, pembangkang termasuk Pas serta beberapa mufti di negara ini yang memberi kenyataan berhubung skandal dana 1Malaysia Develompent Berhad (1MDB) dilihat sebagai cubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar yang mempersoalkan apakah menjadi kesalahan apabila pihak berkuasa AS mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah ini walaupun ianya adalah rakyat Malaysia.

“Jika perkara sama berlaku di Malaysia, apakah kerajaan akan melindungi pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram dari kalangan rakyat AS jika mereka lakukan aktiviti sedemikian di sini?
“Adakah Peguam Negara, para mufti serta ulama parti politik akan menggunakan hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walau pun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, apakah perlu Peguam Negara, para mufti dan Pas bangkit mencadangkan pemansuhan Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 yang telah sedia diwartakan?

“Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) tidak mendakwa 1MDB kerana 1MDB adalah mangsa penjenayah pengubahan wang haram. Apa yang diambil kira oleh DOJ ialah untuk mengheret perompak, penyamun, penyangak dan penjenayah pengubahan wang haram ke muka pengadilan.

“Jika mahkamah di AS membenarkan permohonan DOJ tersebut, maka sudah tentu harta yang dibeli dengan menggunakan wang 1MDB tersebut akan dirampas dan dicairkan dalam bentuk tunai untuk diserahkan kembali kepada 1MDB yang merupakan syarikat milik rakyat dan negara Malaysia,” jelasnya.

Beliau berkata, pada masa ini, rakyat amat berharap agar sesuatu dapat dilakukan untuk  mengheret mereka yang terlibat dan bersubahat dalam kes 'pencurian mega' dana 1MDB yang menyebabkan aktiviti pengubahan wang haram tersebut dilakukan oleh individu seperti disebut dalam laporan DOJ.

“AS mahupun pihak asing lain tidak mencampuri urusan perundangan Malaysia dan jangan pula Malaysia dilihat dunia sebagai mencampuri urusan proses perundangan di AS oleh DOJ semata-mata untuk 'mensucikan penjenayah' yang telah merosakkan nama baik Malaysia di mata dunia.

“Sesuatu yang sangat pelik apabila dapatan siasatan pihak berkuasa AS menemui kes pengubahan wang haram dari dana 1MDB yang dikitar di AS kemudiannya dikembalikan semula ke Malaysia untuk Malaysia Official 1 (MO1) dan isteri MO1.

“Tiba-tiba Jabatan Peguam Negara tampil menjadi 'hero' dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan ‘tiada berlaku apa-apa kes kecurian dalam 1MDB’ dan begitu juga dengan golongan agamawan dengan kenyataan ‘jangan biar campur tangan asing dalam kes 1MDB’,” katanya.

Tambahnya, tindakan DOJ memfailkan kes tersebut di mahkamah AS setelah siasatan mendapati wang yang 'dirompak' dari 1MDB tersebut telah digunakan untuk transaksi-transaksi di AS di mana ianya jelas membabitkan perbuatan pengubahan wang haram yang menjadi kesalahan di AS serta di seluruh dunia.

“Malaysia juga tidak terkecuali kerana kita mempunyai undang-undang bagi mencegah penggubahan wang haram iaitu Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Keganasan 2001 akta 613 atau lebih di kenali sebagai AMLATFAPUAA seperti di AS.

“Justeru, apa yang diseret dan dipalitkan nama-namanya seperti MO1 oleh DOJ adalah pelaku jenayah penggubahan wang haram tersebut.

“Hasil siasatan DOJ mendapati wang tersebut adalah aliran dari akaun 1MDB. Dapatan hasil siasatan DoJ juga mendapati wang tersebut telah mengalir kembali kepada individu seperti MO1 dan isteri MO1 dalam bentuk tunai dan juga dalam bentuk permata berlian.

Semalam, Ketua Penerangan Umno, Tan Sri Annuar Musa berkata, pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DoJ hanya untuk mengalih tumpuan daripada Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) mengenai urus niaga mata wang asing (forex).

Katanya, pembangkang dilihat panik dengan RCI Forex dan juga krisis dalaman yang berkaitan dengan keyakinan terhadap pucuk pimpinan Parti Pribumi Bersatu (Bersatu).

Terdahulu Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali berkata, tindakan saman sivil terbaharu dikemukakan DoJ AS bertujuan merampas tambahan aset AS$540 juta yang didakwa dana seleweng dari 1MDB disifatkan sebagai mainan politik.

Beliau berkata sedemikian berikutan sehingga kini DOJ tidak pernah membuat sebarang permohonan rasmi kepada Pejabat Peguam Negara untuk mendapatkan apa-apa maklumat lanjut berhubung tuntutan yang dikemukakan.

“Mereka (DOJ) tidak pernah minta apa-apa. Maklumat (berkait 1MDB) itu ada, kalau mereka minta, saya boleh bagi.

“Menjadi tanggungjawab kita untuk memberikan kerjasama, namun setakat ini, tak ada permintaan. Sebab itu saya kata ini mainan politik. Semua ini karut!” katanya.
          KES JENAYAH DARI SWISS   






A contrast between the two is that the Swiss authorities are building a criminal case while the US one is a civil action, even though the DOJ has refused to say if criminal actions will follow.

Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/387092#ixzz4lbgAnVVX

PEGUAM

NEGARA

SWISS DAH

MULAKAN

SIASATAN 

JENAYAH

INI BERITA

MENAKUTKAN

NAJIB ROSMAH

TAPI RAKYAT

GUMBIRA


Skandal 1MDB: Switzerland siapkan kes jenayah


Saman pelucutan sivil Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) menyediakan dokumentasi paling meluas mengenai skandal 1MDB hingga kini dengan tuntutan penyalah gunaan dana Malaysia.
Walaupun ramai pemimpin BN memilih untuk berdiam diri, khususnya Umno, melakukan serangan balas dengan menuduh AS melakukan campur tangan asing atau cuba menggulingkan kerajaan Islam.
Bagaimanapun, walaupun sebelum DOJ memfailkan saman sivil pertamanya pada Julai 2016, pihak berkuasa Switzerland menjadi yang pertama kali bersuara mengenai siasatannya terhadap 1MDB.

NEGARA KAPIR

MAKAN BABI

MINUM ARAK

BERTINDAK

NEGARA ISLAM

TUNGGANG

TUNGGIT 

SENYAP 

MENIKUS

KAH KAH KAH







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          AMERIKA NAK TERJANG NAJIB   







INI SUARA

PEMBELOT

AJEN USA

AJEN YAHUDI



DOJ hanya mahu heret perompak, apa masalahnya?

SHAH ALAM – Tindakan segelintir pemimpin Umno-BN, pembangkang termasuk Pas serta beberapa mufti di negara ini yang memberi kenyataan berhubung skandal dana 1Malaysia Develompent Berhad (1MDB) dilihat sebagai cubaan untuk mensucikan pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Mahfuz Omar yang mempersoalkan apakah menjadi kesalahan apabila pihak berkuasa AS mengambil tindakan ke atas pelaku jenayah ini walaupun ianya adalah rakyat Malaysia.
“Jika perkara sama berlaku di Malaysia, apakah kerajaan akan melindungi pelaku jenayah pengubahan wang haram dari kalangan rakyat AS jika mereka lakukan aktiviti sedemikian di sini?
“Adakah Peguam Negara, para mufti serta ulama parti politik akan menggunakan hujah yang sama iaitu tidak mahu dituduh sebagai mencampuri urusan negara asing walau pun kesalahan itu dilakukan di Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

AMERIKA NAK

JATUHKAN 

NAJIB

KERNA NAJIB

BAIK DENGAN

CHINA TAPI

MAHFUZ INI

SOKONG USA

SEPATUTNYA 

KITA WAJIB

SOKONG

PEMIMPIN

MELAYU ISLAM

BUKAN 

SOKONG

AMERIKA





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          BUKAN BULI - NAK TERAJANG NAJIB   







AMERIKA

BUKAN BULI

AMERIKA NAK

TERAJANG

NAJIB

Pembangkang ghairah bantu AS ‘buli’ Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Keghairahan pembangkang memainkan isu saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat terhadap 1MDB boleh disifatkan sebagai mereka cuba membantu negara Polis Dunia itu terus membuli Malaysia.

Ketua Umno Bahagian Pandan, Tuan Haji Mohd Haniff Koslan berkata, sepanjang masa pembangkang menyerang kepimpinan kerajaan dan membuat pelbagai desakan sehingga kadang-kadang melebihi pihak DOJ sendiri.

Menurut beliau, pelbagai tuduhan dan tohmahan yang dilemparkan  pemimpin pembangkang terhadap kerajaan sehingga mencetuskan persepsi negatif rakyat.


AMERIKA

MAHU

REGIME

CHANGE

CILAKA KAU

AMERIKA

BABI GULING

KAU AMERIKA

AMERIKA NAK

JADIKAN 

ANWAR PM

MALAYSIA

CILAKA USA


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          USTAD KENTUTI AL TIPUWI   





KEBABIAN

Aku dah cakap tt. Mentaliti ramai melayu ni adalah mentaliti ketinggalan bas atau mentaliti siput babi. Aku tak mengata macam babi sebab siput tu nama je ada babi tapi sifat dia tak kebabian. Babi sifat dia laju, dia nak cepat sondol segala depan dia. 

SIPUT BABI

Siput babi sifat dia seloooooo, berzaman beredar sebelum dia maju ke depan. Bila seloooo, puak melayu subspesis ni akan ketinggalan bas. Bas berikut pun mungkin masih ketinggalan jugak lagi akibat kesiput-babian yang teramat selooo, mungkin bas dah penuh sebab orang lain dah bingkas naik dulu berduyun-duyun. 

MELAYU SLOO

Tinggal lagi. Mh370 dah lesap ke lautan hindi mana dah, ketuanan melayu di tudm dok seloooo lagi belum tau apa. Kalau mh370 tu dirampas oleh suicide bomber, tentu dah meletup langgar menara kat negara mana entah. Masa tu barulah ketuanan melayu tu nak buat analisa, nak bukak peta dunia, nak panggil press conference... Jolo tembam dah lesap ke lautan china mana dah, ketuanan melayu dok seloooo lagi belum tau apa. Doj dah bukukan on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/23/17
 
KENTUT 

BANGANG

Bangang betul babun ni. Cerita hal kentut pun nak jerit jerit. Kentut jer pun.. nak kentut, kentut jer laa. Babun ni buang masa borak borak merapu hal kentut jaa boleh dapat upah.. senang betul dia cari duit. Yg paling bangang ialah org yg dok upah babun pak lawak ni. Sebab tu melayu susah nak maju, hal kentut pun nak besar besarkan. on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/23/17

BAB KENTUT

Sekolah tendah patut sudah tanat bab kentut. Ni dah tua bangka dah nak mampoos masih ngajar/belajar bab kentut. Patut lah bani melayu susah nak maju dan asyik kena tipu oleh sang penipu. on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
FOUR WIRE
on 6/23/17


PAHALA 

KENTUT

Indah nya islam ..kentot pon boleh dapat pahala. Bayangkan kita bantai terkentut di sepanjang sepuloh hari akhir romodhoon. Pahalanya dah tentu dapat kaver dosa makan rasuah sepanjang tahun. Sekarang baru aku tahu ngapa orang islam kuat melahap rasuah .. rupanya dosa rasuah boleh setel dgn kentut. Tu sebab Najib tak perlu buat public hearing mcm PM Kapir Laknat Tumasik, Hsien Loong???. Bayangkan betapa powernye kentut Puan Hajjah suaminye??? on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
panglimo potaseh
on 6/22/17
Cuba teka jam tangan apa uztaz yg bagi kuliah kentut pakai? on 
SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/22/17

KENTUT

Tu la TT..hang xmo ngaji pasal kentut. Sumer ngaji pasal kemut ja. Kentut ngan kemut ni, boleh bikin wang berjuta2 malah berbillion. Hang tgk Isa ngan bini Babi Sharliza pasang kaki dlm Felda. Habih berbillion tu. Ini kuasa kentut ngan kemut Ziana ja. Bini gedempol dia dgn sekali kentut ja, SPRM menggelupoq daa.. 

BIK MAMA

Bik Mama kemetot ngan bininya pun kentut juga. Diam2 kentut, berbillion masuk akaun daa. Sbb tu melayu sibuk ngaji hal kentut ngan kemut ja. Bokpa study pasal planet lain.. xdak sesen masuk akaun pun. Ni mlm lailatul qodar pulak.. nak dpt 1000 bulan ganda amal. Ini konsep menyimpan Rosmah, curi USD1juta x 1000 bulan = USD1 billion. 


BUSUK GILA


Dpt 4x lailatul qodat, dah jadi USD4 billion.. tu la hang xmo ngaji hal agama. Boh serban berbakul atas kapla. Haa.. Inilah indahnya Islam TT. Hang jgn buat lecee.. Tuan Haji Kiyai Al-Sotongi tgh mencari lailatol qodat nuu.. tahun lps dgq2 dah dpt 90 juta dah.. lps tu kentut ja bila Sarawak Report pecah berita.. seni kentut hang jgn buat lekeh on SUSAH JADI MELAYU
Anonymous
on 6/22/17




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          PADAN MUKA - KAH KAH KAH   




NAJIB KE BALI

mat mongol menginding
nak main selubang dua 
dengan obama
kah kah kah

bayangkan jika najib
dapat main selubang dengan obama
maka imej mat mongol ini  naik
mak cik dan pak cik felda
akan mula tabik hormat
kah kah kah

tapi mat mongol talipon obama
obama kata no time  
SHUT THE FUCK UP
YOU WANKER
DOJ IS AFTER YOU
FBI IS AFTER YOU
kah kah kah

mat mongol sampai ke bali
obama cabut
ke jogja 
kah kah kah

meraung bik mama
kah kah kah

dulu obama main golf
untuk lobi TTPA
sekrang kawan kita trump
dah hapuiskan TTPA
kah kah kah

mat mongol kaki pekakas
opsss... bukan pekakas
tapi jadi selipar jepun
dah masuk tandas 
terus ditinggalkan
kah kah  kah

PADAN MUKA





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          KITA BERNASAIB BAIK ADA KEELING   






DUNIA

BERNASIB 

BAIK - KITA

BERNASIB

BAIK KERNA

KITA ADA

KEELING

1MDB-DoJ: Dan ini ‘maklumat’ terkini dari White House…

 | June 29, 2017
Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu ada maklumat daripada 'sumber White House', dan meramalkan apa akan berlaku tidak lama lagi.





EPelbagai kenyataan dikeluarkan menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) mempersoalkan laporan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) mengenai kecurian dana 1MDB, dan mereka rata-rata menganggap dakwaan itu tidak berserta bukti kukuh malah mempunyai agenda tertentu. 

Di tengah-tengah kritikan dan sokongan terhadap DoJ ini, muncul Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, seorang penyokong tegar perdana menteri yang merupakan orang di sebalik sebuah NGO bernama “Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin”. Ramesh mempunyai “maklumat” dalaman daripada “sumber White House”.

 “Sumber White House” itu memberitahu Ramesh, pegawai DoJ yang terlibat menyediakan laporan mengenai 1MDB itu kini berdepan tindakan dipecat daripada kerajaan AS kerana bersubahat “membuat dakwaan palsu” terhadap Malaysia.

BAYANGKAN

DUNIA TANPA

KEELING

TAK ADA KAKI

JILAT 

TAK ADA 

ZAKAR NAIK

TAK ADA KAKI

BODEK TELOO

KAH KAH KAH



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          Comment on FBI Mum on “Domestic Terrorists” When it Comes to the Radical Left by ZebBlanchard   
Lies and more lies under oath: " . . . an out-and-out lie saying that Darren was at the courthouse with a gun, standing there with other men with guns, who were going to join Darren to go into the courthouse to take it over." The actual venue ("terrorist staging area") was a trailer on the north side of town. Darren spent the day in a diner across from the courthouse in the center of town, apparently to avoid the rain. He had "disarmed" at the illegal stop out side town. The domestic terrorists were actually made up of a bunch of old veterans, a family from Alabama, and one small women named Spitfire whose rhetoric is more dangerous than guns, none of which were at the venue. Ironically a photograph of the gaggle outside the trailer, supporting the CMDR, was part of the FBI/TBI training DVD. There was no talk of taking over anything although several folks asked to go in the trailer (courthouse) to listen to the proceedings. No one was allowed in. A sniper was observed in the second story of an abandoned building over looking the staging area outside the trailer. Presumably for Darren's "benefit". In retrospect (20-20 hindsight) it looks like the Madisonville Hoax was put together by the DOJ as a precursor for "greater issues". It was obvious to anyone involved on the "terrorist" side and the DOJ side, as well, that it was a non issue but apparently the DOJ saw an opportunity. They were dealing with novice demonstrators and a back water venue which provided an easy means to establish a precedent for use in the future. See the details of the murder of Levoy Finicum and the incarceration and upcoming trials of the Bundy family.
          Comment on FBI Mum on “Domestic Terrorists” When it Comes to the Radical Left by ZebBlanchard   
"Were any of these issues raised in Huff’s appeal in the Sixth Circuit?" The appeal was put together by a PD who was acting under the directions of the DOJ, no doubt. Darren had little input in the appeal. It was submitted very late and sat in queue for several months in the face of several attempts to have it moved. After a year or so it became evident that the appeals court was just going to let it ride out until Darren finished his sentence at which time it would die as an academic issue. The charges now stand as they were not successfully appealed. The DOJ is now free to charge anyone with "intent" and will use Darren's trial as precedent to assure a conviction.
           DOJ Abandons Defense of Increased Salary Level in 2016 Overtime Rule    
SHRM Article ImageThe Department of Justice has abandoned its defense of the increased salary level in the 2016 overtime rule.
          Committees Request Details on EPA and DOJ’s Rollback of ‘Sue and Settle’ Policy   
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-PA), and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), today sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. Following reports of a recent EPA reform directive, the members request a staff briefing and written guidelines from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and EPA regarding Administrator Pruitt’s reported repudiation of the Obama administration’s favored practice of ‘sue and settle’ agreements, which committed the agency to undertake new rulemakings. The members write, “During the previous administration, EPA entered numerous settlements or consent decrees, a practice known as ‘sue and settle,’ committing the agency to undertake significant new rulemakings subject to timelines or schedules. This process too often circumvents legitimate oversight by Congress and the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.” Citing recent media reports that Administrator Pruitt plans on rolling back the sue and settle policy, the members continued, “We appreciate this change in policy, hope that Attorney General Sessions shares Administrator Pruitt’s views, and urge EPA and the Justice Department to develop conforming written guidelines as soon as possible. To assist us in understanding the scope of the recent directive, we request that EPA and DOJ staff provide Committee staff with a briefing on the matter.” To view the letter, click HERE. ### 
          Letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Regarding Sue and Settle   
Excerpt: “We appreciate this change in policy, hope that Attorney General Sessions shares Administrator Pruitt’s views, and urge EPA and the Justice Department to develop conforming written guidelines as soon as possible. To assist us in understanding the scope of the recent directive, we request that EPA and DOJ staff provide Committee staff with a briefing on the matter.”  To read the letter, click HERE.
          IN VIDEO: Recording ng tangkang panunuhol ng P100-M sa mga inmates hawak na ng DOJ at NBI   

Hawak na ngayon ng awtoridad ang telephone records ng umano'y tangkang panunuhol sa mga high-profile inmates kapalit ng pagbawi nito ng mga testimonya laban kay Senator Leila De lima.
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          ISU SAMAN DOJ TERHADAP 1MDB : SKRIP SAMA, PENGARAH BERBEZA   
Oleh : Jebat

Aku terpanggil untuk memberikan sedikit ulasan berkenaan isu dakwaan DOJ ke atas 1MDB ini setelah membaca penerangan daripada pihak Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan dan juga melihat respon si butler pengangkat beg menteri dan pemakan dedak Qatar Foundation serta pandangan netizen yang lain.

1. Jika korang perasan, korang dapat perhatikan bahawa DOJ sekadar mendakwa namun tidak menyatakan nama pihak yang tertuduh. DOJ pun sekadar memberikan 'code name : MO1' kepada mereka yang disyaki terlibat dengan isu 1MDB. Melihat sikap DOJ yang tidak berani menamakan pelaku berkenaan, telah menimbulkan syakwasangka kepada aku, adakah ini satu lagi permainan pentadbiran Amerika ke atas negara Islam? Jika korang teringat akan dakwaan pentadbiran U.S ke atas Arab Saudi ketika berlakunya serangan pengganas 9/11. Pentadbiran U.S turut menggunakan kaedah yang sama dalam menimbulkan fitnah kepada Arab Saudi. 


2. Dalam laporan kongres berhubung insiden 9/11, 28 muka surat dalam laporan berkenaan 'dipadam & dirahsiakan' oleh pentadbiran U.S. Hanya pada 2016, setelah 13 tahun laporan berkenaan itu 'dipadam & dirahsiakan', akhirnya kongres U.S bersetuju memaparkan bagi 28 muka surat yang hilang tu kepada orang awam. Dan ternyata 28 muka surat berkenaan tidak mempunyai sebarang bukti kukuh yang menyatakan penglibatan Arab Saudi secara langsung dalam 9/11. Namun akibat daripada baki 28 muka surat yang 'dipadam & dirahsiakan' itu, selama 13 tahun Arab Saudi diftitnah oleh beberapa ahli kongres Amerika bahawa negara pengeluar minyak itu terlibat dalam aktiviti keganasan.

3. Dalam isu 1MDB, pentadbiran U.S nampaknya mereka menggunakan skrip yang sama namun 'pengarah' yang berbeza. Jika dahulu, 'pengarah' skrip pendakwaan ini datangnya dari Kongres Amerika, pada kali ini, 'skrip' mereka diarahkan oleh 'pengarah' yang datang dari DOJ. Namun jalan cerita mereka tetap sama : mereka membuat tuduhan, namun tidak menyatakan siapakah orang yang dituduh itu. Hal ini berlainan sekali dengan prinsip Islam. Dimana mereka yang menuduh perlu menyatakan secara terang siapakah yang mereka tuduh itu dan perlu membawa bukti yang boleh menyokong pertuduhan berkenaan. Jika tidak, ianya adalah satu fitnah.

4. Mengambil contoh krisis diplomatik di negara teluk yang terjadi baru-baru ini, diantara Qatar dengan negara-negara jirannya yang terdekat seperti Bahrain, UAE, Arab Saudi, termasuk Mesir dan Libya. Kesemua negara yang membuat pendakwaan ke atas Qatar menamakan secara jelas bahawa pemimpin tertinggi Qatar terlibat secara langsung dalam campur tangan dan krisis politik yang terjadi di negara-negara Arab terutama sekali ketika fenomena Arab Spring melanda rantau berkenaan. Kita dapat saksikan berapa banyak rakaman video dan audio risikan yang telah dikeluarkan oleh pihak yang mendakwa bagi menyokong hujjah mereka : Qatar dalang disebalik ketidakstabilan rantau Arab. 

5. Bagaimana pula dengan isu 1MDB. Apa bukti yang DOJ dah keluarkan untuk menyokong hujjah mereka? Ada korang pernah tengok mereka bawak keluar bukti berupa dokumen rasmi dari 1MDB atau dokumen yang berkaitan dengan 1MDB? Jawapannya tidak!

6. Malah saman yang dikemukakan oleh Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang kepada 1MDB di DOJ sendiri pun dah di gugurkan oleh mereka sendiri. Lebih menarik dan memelikkan ialah, Tony Phua pun turut memohon saman yang dikemukakan oleh PM Najib terhadap isu 1MDB ini, sedangkan selama ini dialah antara orang paling kuat menyabitkan isu 1MDB dengan Perdana Menteri. Bukan itu sahaja, dakwaan pihak-pihak tertentu bahawa pihak berkuasa Swiss sedang menyiapkan kertas pertuduhan terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak juga dinafikan oleh pihak pendakwaraya Swiss sendiri. Malah tindakan DOJ membekukan aset syarikat filem Red Granite yang didakwa menggunakan dana 1MDB pun sudah ditarik balik.

7. Jadi ternyata kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh DOJ ini sekadar dakwaan bersandarkan maklumat kasar yang dikemukakan oleh Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang. Malah DOJ boleh dikatakan lebih teruk daripada Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang kerana tidak berani menyebut nama individu yang disyaki terlibat dalam isu 1MDB ini.

8. Malah dalam kes ini, aku nampak ada pihak buat-buat buta dengan isu penipuan yang dilakukan oleh Xavier Justo yang menjual dokumen palsu diantara Petro Saudi dengan 1MDB kepada editor The Edge. Malah ramai pulak buat-buat lupa bahawa Xavier Justo sendiri mengakui dokumen perjanjian diantara 1MDB dengan PetroSaudi adalah maklumat palsu dan telah diubah suai oleh editor The Edge dan juga Sarawak Reports.

9. Jadi soalnya sekarang ini, kenapa DOJ takut sangat nak namakan individu yang terlibat itu secara terang-terangan? Bukankah prinsip DOJ adalah transparens. Jadi mengapa tidak berani transparens dalam mengeluarkan tuduhan? Kenapa perlu mengeluarkan tuduhan secara samar-samar? Apa yang DOJ takutkan sangat?

10. Apa-apa pun kes ni memang aku berani katakan sebagai kes paling lawak. Sebab hebatnya PM Malaysia ni, sampai sekarang DOJ pun tak berani letakkan nama dia sebagai pihak yang dituduh.

Rujuk :

The 9/11 Commission Report : https://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf

Congress releases secret '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties : http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/15/politics/congress-releases-28-pages-saudis-9-11/index.html

13 Tahun Arab Saudi Menjadi Mangsa Fitnah Kongres Amerika : http://www.penaminang.com/2016/07/video-13-tahun-arab-saudi-menjadi.html#

Kertas Saman DOJ terhadap Red Granite : https://www.justice.gov/archives/opa/page/file/877166/download

Rujukan lain :

1. MalaysiaKINI : Tony Pua Mohon Batal Saman PM isu 1MDB 
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/297958

2. CNBC : Saudi royal family gave Najib $681M 'personal donation' :
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/25/malaysia-attorney-general-saudi-royal-family-gave-najib-681m-personal-donation.html

3. US News : Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said $681 million banked into the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a "genuine donation." :
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-04-15/saudi-confirms-genuine-681m-donation-to-malaysian-pm

4. The Guardian : Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift' :
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/26/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-cleared-corruption-gift-saudi-royals

5. Global Research : Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Malaysian PM Who Banned Shia Islam : 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/saudi-royal-family-gave-681m-to-malaysian-pm-who-banned-shia-islam/5504643

6. BBC : Saudi gift to Malaysia PM Najib Razak 'for election campaign’: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35409424

7. Bloomberg : Singapore Says None of Its Banks Got $3 Billion of 1MDB Funds :
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-08/singapore-says-none-of-its-banks-got-3-billion-of-1mdb-funds

8. Business Standard : Saudi confirms 'genuine' $681 million donation to Malaysian PM Najib Razak :
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/saudi-confirms-genuine-usd-681m-donation-to-malaysian-pm-116041500449_1.html

9. MalaysiaKini : Husam, Chang gugurkan saman berkaitan 1MDB di AS
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/356848

10. Reuters : Swiss say Malaysian Prime Minister Najib not accused in 1MDB probe :
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-switzerland-malaysia-investigation-idUSKCN0VB2LJ

11. Straits Times : Swiss A-G: Malaysian PM Najib not a suspect in 1MDB probe : 
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-a-g-malaysian-pm-najib-not-a-suspect-in-1mdb-probe

12. MalaysiaKini : Xavier Justo sues The Edge Media Group owner for damages
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/337461

13. Straits Times : 1MDB leak deal: Ex-PetroSaudi exec sues The Edge owner in Singapore court :
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/1mdb-leak-deal-ex-petrosaudi-exec-sues-the-edge-owner-in-singapore-court

14. Channel News Asia : Justo to sue parties he handed PetroSaudi data to in Singapore
: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/justo-to-sue-parties-he-handed-petrosaudi-data-to-in-singapore-8243394

15. The New Straits Times : The Edge owner fails in bid to strike out legal suit by Xavier Justo :
https://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/140834/edge-owner-fails-bid-strike-out-legal-suit-xavier-justo

16. Utusan : DoJ tarik sekatan terhadap Red Granite Pictures : http://www.utusan.com.my/mobile/berita/nasional/doj-tarik-sekatan-terhadap-red-granite-pictures-1.365849

17. The Star : Red Granite lawsuit dropped : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/09/25/red-granite-lawsuit-dropped-duo-move-to-voluntarily-dismiss-action-without-prejudice/

18. Hollywood Reporter : Red Granite Free of 'Wolf of Wall Street' Racketeering Lawsuit : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/red-granite-free-wolf-wall-932160

19. Malaysia Kini : Xavier Justo sues The Edge Media Group owner for damages : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/337461

          DOJ claim Rocha voluntarily gave up evidence (TelexFree)   
A fortnight ago news broke that Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, better known as the TelexFree money mattress mule, wanted evidence obtained against him suppressed. Cleber claims statements he made after his arrest were obtained “in violation of (his) Fifth Amendment right to counsel”. Evidence obtained from his phone meanwhile was obtained “without a warrant and without [Continue reading...] Source: DOJ claim Rocha voluntarily gave up evidence (TelexFree)

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          David Becker Ties DOJ Actions on Voter List Purging to Pence-Kobach Commission and Move to Disband EAC   
Smart post: The fact that all these things happened on the same day raises significant questions and concerns. Is the DOJ coordinating with the PACEI, and if so, what role is the DOJ playing in the PCEI’s efforts? How does … Continue reading
          Episode 236: Spirit of Rehoboam   
  Beck And Barton Warn That SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision Will Legalize Pedophilia And Outlaw The Bible Tom DeLay Knows Of Secret DOJ Memo To Legalize '12 New Perversions,' Including Bestiality And Pedophilia Todd Starnes Calls On God To Send Hornets And Cicadas To Attack Obama Sandy Rios: Gay Rainbows Increase Terrorism Threat For America Anti-Gay Pastor: Gays Demanding Christians 'Come Out And Have Sex With Us' Rick Wiles Renounces His American Citizenship In Response To Marriage Equality Ruling  
          Episode 39: The Emperor's New Scent   
16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist Abortion foes to say exorcism prayers at clinic 'We Have No Choice': One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group Iowa high school assembly stirs protest In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized Santorum: Obama DOJ favors 'pornographers over children' Wyoming Native American tribe gets rare permit to kill bald eagles Heaven scent: Pope orders eau de cologne that he alone may wear http://pomee.tumblr.com/post/18899601760/kony-2012-causing-more-harm-than-good http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/18909727859/on-kony-2012-i-honestly-wanted-to-stay-as-far http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpuB11d0Gog Clips: allahu akbar, Jesus Camp, The Simpson's,Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church, Jesus Camp Ft. Blue Suede, Notorious B.I.G. Big Poppa. We were on the Conspiracy Skeptic show. Visit our Website at http://dissonancepod.com for all the links.
          Medical marijuana and the new DOJ policy -- a budding controversy?   
[+1] Discussion by Always Eleven to him on 10/20/09 11:51 PM Replies: 1 Views: 959
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          Ada Keberanian Kah Dia   

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          Doj Hanya Mahu Heret Perompak Apa Masalahnya   

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          Skandal 1mdb Walaupun Tanpa Saman Sivil Doj Peguam Negara Boleh Dakwa Penyangak 1mdb   

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          Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: June 30   
Paul Thurrott's Short Takes: June 30

Because this Russian hacker is asking for Bitcoin, this edition of Short Takes looks at Petya, a Microsoft reorg rumor, the DOJ v. Microsoft, and much, much more.

The post Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: June 30 appeared first on Petri.


          AG’s response to Bar Council makes no sense    
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YOURSAY | ‘This statement coming from Apandi is not surprising and is to be expected.’

AG brushes off Bar call to reopen 1MDB probe as senseless
 
Gerard Lourdesamy: What is nonsensical is attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali’s response to the Bar Council statement.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filings in the US may be a civil suit. But the DOJ has obtained a wealth of information and evidence from its investigations, not just within the US but also from foreign countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and others.

The civil suits raise grave allegations of possible criminal acts, including conspiracy, cheating and breach of trust by many Malaysian players, purportedly including Jho Low, Reza Aziz, the 1MDB senior management, Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) and MO1's wife.

Isn't it incumbent on the AG, as the public prosecutor, to assuage public concerns by at least giving an assurance that he would investigate the allegations and if necessary, seek information from the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in his probe?

Shouldn't the auditor-general's report on 1MDB be declassified and debated in Parliament as a first step towards restoring confidence in our government and regulatory bodies?

Kimquek: DOJ’s 251 pages of description of the alleged US$4.5 billion grand theft of Malaysian public funds through 1MDB caused a global sensation, but the Malaysian AG has only one word to describe the Malaysian Bar’s urging to probe the matter: “Senseless”.

With that, Apandi closed his conversation. So, to the AG, DOJ’s 251 pages of revelation is nonsense, something not worth his attention. In any democracy, the AG would be sacked instantly, or subject to impeachment proceedings, or hounded out of office by furious public opinion.

But how would Malaysia react? How it reacts may reflect on the state of the Malaysian democracy and the soundness of its rule of law.

CQ Muar: Why is Apandi so protective of MO1? If he were a responsible person, he should at least suggest calling for further investigation, instead of rubbishing Malaysian Bar president George Varughese.

This clearly indicates the AG has something to hide, or an agenda behind his unwarranted reaction, or even his aggressiveness. Can Apandi kindly explain if he is responsible for the nation's interest or that of PM?

Sans Prejudice: Somewhere in a distant place called Bukit Aman, the Twitter Cop has just announced that he has been ordered by AG to “dig deeper” in the sordid 1MBD affair since the latest DOJ expose.

We do sure have a credibility issue at hand. Both individuals, who are supposedly guardians of the law, have been uttering contradictory and irreconcilable statements on the same issue.

FlabberPro: The irony of all ironies, the ones who are under oath to uphold righteousness and justice, are the very ones who violated them.

While they are in deep denial, their actions have spoken louder than their words. Malaysians, and the world at large, are not listening anymore to what is spoken, but rather to what is seen.

Throughout history, no one could escape the wrath of the people, no matter how powerful they could be when they are in power. It is just a matter of time before they have to face their just punishment.

There shall be no pity, no compassion and no leniency when the day comes. Aren't they afraid?

Pemerhati: This statement coming from Apandi is not surprising and is to be expected. Previously, even in light of overwhelming evidence that showed PM Najib Razak had allegedly stolen billions of ringgit, the AG completely cleared Najib of any wrongdoing.

That clearly showed that the AG had absolutely no principles and is Najib’s protector and lap dog.

Clever Voter: Yes, I’m hardly surprised at the response of AG. The position has been redesigned to support the stability and continuity of the establishment. Clearly, a domino effect will happen if otherwise.

The DOJ investigation will continue and the subsequent outcome will not impact on the well-entrenched patronage system. This has been expected. Noises, yes, but actions unlikely.

Anonymous 2474441496569636: AG already made a decision on this case early last year and had confirmed that there is no foul play in regard of the financial dealings in 1MDB.

So, the Bar Council's continuous pressure to reopen the probe on 1MDB is in utter contempt against the AG’s Chambers and our legal system.

AG is firm on his decision and simply refusing to make a U-turn. That’s all. We should respect his findings.

Anonymous 539281478077880: Definitely the AG would brush off the suggestions put forward by the Malaysian Bar president.

The president must understand that the AG had cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB "fiasco". It won't make any sense if the AG were to direct investigators to conduct another probe into the 1MDB affair.

The Bar president should advise the DOJ to contact the AG's office directly and make the AG commit to answer all allegations levelled against MO1 and 1MDB.

This would put things in the proper perspective as whoever is implicated would have to answer, and the wrongdoings cannot be "swept under the carpet".

Hang Babeuf: The AG: senseless? Surely not. Some attitudes are driven not by an absence of sense but by bad sense. That seems all too characteristic of "official thinking" these days.
 
Wira: I guess the Arab donor story still makes more sense to the AG than the money trail supplied by DOJ.
Perhaps Apandi can just name the donor, provide his money trail with solid evidence and tell Uncle Sam once and for all not to mess with Malaysia.

Read also: 1MDB probe - dig deeper or bury deeper?

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          Sessions Turns Previously Independent DOJ Into White House Surrogate   
Gee did anyone really thing that this wouldn't happen with a farce like Sessions?
          Making Waves at Shelby County Commission   

Changes in national government always cause adjustments on the part of local governments, in the same way that dropping a pebble on the surface of a settled body of water prompts ripples outward.

But the most recent change from the Democratic presidency of Obama to the Republican administration of Trump has generated more than the usual uncertainties in Memphis and Shelby County. The impact is more like that of a boulder being thrown into a bathtub.

One obvious case in point has been the continuing brouhaha over the effort by three local officials — Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Sheriff Bill Oldham, and Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael — to get the court out from under the direct supervision of the U.S. Department of Justice, as imposed by a 2012 Memorandum of Understanding between the DOJ and Shelby County government.

Most or all of these officials had a chance three weeks ago to buttonhole the current boss of the DOJ, Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, about ending his department's hands-on monitoring of Juvenile Court, and a now-famous letter by the three to Sessions followed up on the matter. Predictably, there was great opposition to the request, which has dominated various local proceedings, including last week's kickoff in Memphis of a statewide listening tour by the legislative Black Caucus.

The essential argument of those opposed to the Justice Department's potential withdrawal of direct oversight is that sufficient remedies have not been provided to correct the irregularities pinpointed by a prior DOJ investigation of the court, including what the investigators saw as outright racial bias in processing of juvenile offenders.

As indicated in Politics (p. 8), the matter spilled over into this week's meeting of the Shelby County Commission, which saw all six African-American Democrats and one supportive white Republican formally adopt a resolution opposing the withdrawal request — all this in the county mayor's presence. Four of the commission's Republicans demurred, but not by voting no; even they, reading the aroused reaction against the initiative on the part of several audience members, saw abstention from voting to be the better part of valor.

One of them, however, Millington Commissioner Terry Roland, cautioned, in essence, that the political views of Sessions, a conservative Republican, were liable to be significantly different from those of former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder, the Democrat under whose tenure the MOU was authorized.

It is hard to imagine Luttrell et al. venturing to petition whatever attorney general might have been appointed by Clinton for a lifting of the MOU.

The root fact is that, in the absence of verifiable concrete data, Sessions is indeed likely to base his decision on subjective — which is to say political — interpretation of the evidence.

Whatever the attorney general does will make waves in the chambers of local government — just as Sessions' promise of federal help to the understaffed Memphis Police Department has complicated the thinking of both city and county officials about how to remedy the MPD's problems.

We imagine Sessions sees it all as a welcome break from the turmoil of the ongoing Russia investigations in Washington.


          Luttrell’s Triple Whammy   
County mayor’s composure wears thin after commission action (and inaction) on a triad of issues.

Give Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell points for coming front and center to account for an effort by himself and two other county officials to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to discontinue its oversight of Juvenile Court operations.

Give Luttrell an Excedrin or a flak jacket (pick one) as a remedy for the consequences of that candor. Double his dose or his armament for the triple whammy he incurred during Monday's regular meeting of the Shelby County Commission, a legislative body that has been carrying on guerrilla warfare against the mayor's authority for at least two years. 

The commission ramped up its assault on Monday with action on three different fronts.

First, after a run-through of a commission agenda that ultimately bypassed the matter of the county's 2017-18 budget, the commission voted in favor of an add-on resolution, sponsored by Democrat Walter Bailey, that directly opposed the request by Luttrell, Sheriff Bill Oldham, and Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael (all Republicans) that was expressed in their recently publicized letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking to end DOJ oversight of the court.

That vote was unanimous after a fashion, with seven members — six Democrats and Republican David Reaves — voting aye and four, all Republicans, abstaining. 

Clearly, the abstention by the four non-concurring (but also non-objecting) GOP members — Terry RolandSteve Basar, George Chism, and Heidi Shafer — was based less on aversion to the action of Luttrell, Oldham, and Michael than on a wish to be discreet on a racially charged matter that numerous audience members, all opposing the officials' action, had spoken to on the meeting's front end.

The DOJ's Memorandum of Understanding with the county, dating from 2012, was based on a department investigation of what it ultimately proclaimed to be administrative problems and racial bias on the court's part. 

Saying, "You may not get what you're asking for," Roland, in fact, made the point that a Department of Justice under Sessions undoubtedly had a different attitude toward the Juvenile Court matter than the department, led by Eric Holder, that imposed oversight in the 2012 MOU — a point countered by resolution supporter Van Turner, who insisted that "local monitors" were and would continue to be the actual overseers and that the court's irregularities had not been sufficiently addressed, as Luttrell suggested they had.    

An obviously angry mayor then said the commission majority's action was "much ado about nothing," said that it would be ignored in Washington, and that, in any case, he would veto it, so that "it won't have the county seal."

The second whammy was presented to the mayor in a resolution, sponsored by Turner, asking the administration to submit any change in county security operations to the commission for its approval. 

Luttrell's CAO, Harvey Kennedy, lambasted that one as yet another incursion on executive prerogatives, and the resolution failed by a 3-4 vote — a result that was probably inevitable, inasmuch as a commission majority had approved the changeover in question — from the security management of Allied Universal, a corporation based outside Shelby County, to that of Clarion Security, a local operation headed by a woman, Kim Heathcott, in conjunction with four local majority-black companies.

The changeover satisfied the commission's recently adopted guidelines requiring an increase in county contracts with locally owned small businesses (LOSBs) and business enterprises owned by racial minorities or women (MWBEs).

And the final provocation to the mayor's usual calm demeanor — the third whammy, as it were  — came from the commission's decision, by a 6-4 vote, to postpone approval of Luttrell's proposed 2017-18 operating budget because of unresolved amendment requests, all made relatively recently and including some which, as Luttrell noted, had only been presented to him on Monday. An uncharacteristically fuming Luttrell called the delay "frustrating," and, on that matter, he was echoed by commission budget chairman Steve Basar, who pronounced himself "disgusted" and by Commissioner David Reaves, who vented his displeasure by voting no on an otherwise unanimous continuing-budget resolution, leaving current expenditure requirements in place pending some forthcoming late agreement on a new budget, technically due to be in place by July 1st.


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I thought the trend was irreversible, but now I'm not so sure. Too many nominal Democratic voters still like to split their tickets and they seem to think putting the daddy party in the SoS office is a good thing. So the GOP keeps winning the SoS office, and with actions from the Trump admin's DoJ I would not at all be surprised if they suppress enough of the Latino vote here in CO to regain control of the legislature and governorship. All the GOP needs is one term to change voting rules (CO has one of the best, most flexible voting systems in the country to encourage the highest participation possible) and gerrymander to gain a permanent state majority. After that, the state will be as fucked as Kansas. But with nice mountains, true. Ironically Utah is that funny mix of ultra-conservatism but with a strong community orientation and support of gov't programs. Of course, that survives only because of the intense whiteness of the state population, but for now except for the strange drinking laws it's still tolerable.
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          SERAMBI (Sebar Jilbab Bersama KAMMI) Usung Tema “Love Yourself Love Your Hijab”   

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          AMANAH Gesa Jamil Khir Kaji Sumber 1MDB Biaya Haji   

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Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) menggesa Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom mengkaji sumber 1MDB yang digunakan untuk menaja ibadah haji kepada seramai 5,711 rakyat di negara ini sejak 2011.

Timbalan Ketua Pemudanya, Faiz Fadzil berkata Jamil juga seharusnya membangkitkan isu ketelusan tajaan haji oleh 1MDB bagi memastikan ia bebas daripada sebarang bentuk penyelewengan.

“Sebagai Menteri yang bertanggungjawab ke atas urusan haji dan hal ehwal agama, seharusnya Jamil Khir mendesak untuk sumber tajaan ini diaudit bagi memastikan ia halal dan bersih serta bebas daripada sebarang bentuk penyelewengan dan korupsi.

“(Ia) agar ibadat haji rakyat Malaysia yang ditaja 1MDB ini tidak terjejas,” kata Faiz dalam kenyataannya hari ini.

Kata Faiz 1MDB tidak mempunyai kedudukan kewangan yang kukuh di mana modal perniagaannya diperoleh daripada pinjaman berkonsepkan riba.

Selain itu katanya, skandal 1MDB di diibaratkan sebagai rompakan terbesar dunia dan kini menjadi subjek penyiasatan di pelbagai negara termasuk yang terbaru dari Jabatan Keadilan Amerika Syarikat (DOJ).

“Pendedahan ini telah membuktikan wujudnya kes prima facie salah laku jenayah oleh Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak. Pendedahan ini juga telah memprejudiskan kedudukan politik Najib Razak dan populariti beliau juga semakin merosot.

“Maka, dalam keadaan politik Najib Razak yang terumbang-ambing sekarang, timbul persoalan sama ada tajaan haji ini sebagai langkah terdesak Najib Razak untuk menutup segala kepincangan yang berlaku dalam skandal berskala mega ini dengan menggunakan helah agama dan kebajikan sebagai kelubung,” katanya.

DOJ baru-baru ini memfailkan tuntutan undang-undang sivil kali ketiga dengan tujuan merampas semula aset yang didakwa dibeli dengan wang yang diselewengkan daripada 1MDB.

Selain barangan kemas bernilai AS$1.7 bilion, DOJ juga berharap mampu mendapatkan semula sebuah kapal layar bernilai AS$ 250 juta dan kepentingan beberapa syarikat dan hartanah mewah di sekitar London, New York dan Los Angeles.

Bagaimanapun, perdana menteri berulang kali menafikan sebarang salah laku 1MDB yang dikaitkan dengannya, manakala beberapa pemimpin BN menyifatkan tindakan DOJ sebagai campur tangan asing.


          Daim dalang serangan DoJ   
Empat hari lepas, Raja Petra dedahkan Syed Saddiq sudah mengetahui awal lagi serangan DoJ pada 15 Jun 2017 akan berlaku. Ini kerana Syed Saddiq sudah menceritakan awal lagi mengenai hal serangan itu pada tiga orang Exco Armada PPBM.

Syed Saddiq beritahu Tun Daim sudah belanjakan RM50 juta untuk kempen jatuhkan Najib menerusi media antarabangsa dan DoJ termasuklah membayar USD$5 juta kepada Clinton Foundation.

Dua hari lepas, bila cerita mengenai Daim itu bocor, Syed Saddiq terpaksa buat satu sidang media untuk tebus dosa dan malu. Syed Saddiq gunakan cerita berlian RM116 juta sebagai bahan menyerang Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Mengajak semua rakyat bercerita tentang cerita berlian RM116 juta. Biarpun tidak ada gambar sebenar berlian itu, tiada transaksi sebenar dan bukan pun dalam senarai barang yang dirampas DoJ, tetapi Syed Saddiq tetap juga ingin meneruskan cerita fitnah itu.

Sebenarnya Syed Saddiq terpaksa buat "damage control". Syed Saddiq terpaksa mengalihkan semula perhatian kepada subjek "Rosmah" dan juga "berlian" kerana telah tersilap mendedahkan Tun Daim sebagai pembayar kepada DOJ.

Hendak jadi Rafizi pula Syed Saddiq ini. Rafizi pun sudah takut main isu berlian ini. Lepas ini jangan pula cakap "saya hanya buat lawak sahaja" bila disoal di muka pengadilan.

Tun Daim yang selama ini membiayai gerakan Syed Saddiq hingga mahu menghantarnya ke Oxford untuk belajar, sudah marah dan naik angin.

Menurut sumber dalam PPBM, Tun Daim marah benar pada Syed Saddiq bila dapat tahu penulisan Raja Petra mengenai RM50 juta dan USD$5 billion yang dibayar kepada media asing, Yayasan Clinton dan DoJ untuk menyerang Najib dan Rosmah.

Dalam satu mesyuarat tertutup, Syed Saddiq dihentam teruk. Syed Saddiq kena maki dan dipersalahkan kerana membuat tindakan bodoh menelanjangkan Tun Daim sebagai dalang di belakang isu DoJ. Perkataan "stupid" dan "bloody fool" itu antara kata kata yang dimaki pada Ketua Armada PPBM itu.

Raja Petra menggangap tindakan Syed Saddiq membuat laporan polis berhubung pendedahannya itu umpama menggali lubang kubur sendiri. Akhirnya polis akan mencari identiti sebenar siapa tiga exco yang memdedahkan cerita itu.

Syed Saddiq akan lebih malu jika tiga exco itu mengesahkan bahawa cerita itu adalah betul dan benar. Silap silap tiga orang exco itu sudah merakam perbualan dan percakapan Syed Saddiq itu dalam bentuk audio atau video. Lagilah kantoi Syed Saddiq.

Walaupun Raja Petra tidak dedahkan, ramai orang tahu dalang sebenar di sebalik serangan jahat DoJ itu. Mahathir juga pernah hantar wakil jumpa DoJ sebelum ini. Matthias dan Khairuddin Abu Hassan adalah wakil itu.

Baca pendedahan di pautan ini; Siapa yang berpakat dengan FBI dan kemudian buat cerita karut FBI hendak tangkap Najib.

Cuti hari raya ini hendak dijadikan medan cerita fitnah berlian RM116 juta oleh Syed Saddiq. Hari raya ini umat Islam mahu bermaafan dan berkongsi khabar tentang keluarga dan sahabat handai.

Namun bagi orang yang terdesak seperti Syed Saddiq, cuti raya pun mahu dijadikan kempen politik. Cincin RM24 juta yang dijaja Rafizi terbukti sudah satu cerita fitnah semata mata. Begitu juga cerita berlian RM116 juta ini.

Mana rupa bentuk sebenar berlian itu? Apa transaksinya? Bila Datin Rosmah pakai dan guna berlian RM116 juta itu? Ada gambarkah? Semuanya tiada. Cerita ini hanyalah fitnah semata mata.

Jangan jaja cerita fitnah. Syed Saddiq, Mahathir dan Muhyiddin sudah "desperate". Terpaksa lakukan fitnah dalam bulan puasa sebegini semata mata untuk jatuhkan Najib. Tidak boleh serang suami, isteri pula jadi sasaran.

Hodoh sungguh perangai pembangkang di Malaysia. Eloklah dengar nasihat Nik Abduh, kembalilah ke tikar sejadah di akhir Ramadhan ini. Kebenaran akan mengatasi rancangan fitnah jahat pembangkang ini. Allah SWT akan bersama orang orang benar dan berbakti pada rakyat.

          DAP Pengkhianat Negara Bila Undang Campurtangan Tentera Asing Di Malaysia   



Tindakan Guan Eng bercakap bahawa Amerika Syarikat boleh guna tentera, bukannya saman untuk jatuhkan kerajaan membuktikan Ketua Menteri DAP itu seorang pengkhianat dan penderhaka kepada negara. 

"Saman sivil itu difailkan di AS, bukan di Malaysia. Jangan cuba kelirukan rakyat. Jika AS mahu mengawal Malaysia, ia mempunyai kuasa ketenteraan untuk berbuat begitu," kata Lim Guan Eng dalam satu sidang media pada 29 Jun 2017. 

Kenyataan Guan Eng yang disiarkan dalam Malaysian Insight ini menyerlahkan sikap tidak patriotik dan sayang tanah air yang ada pada anak Kit Siang itu. DAP adalah parti yang penuh dengan sikap pentingkan kroni dan peribadi, bukannya demi negara dan rakyat. 

Guan Eng kena sedar, yang merompak dan menyeleweng duit rakyat di Pulau Pinang adalah diri dia sendiri. Pulau Pinang sudah menjadi negeri yang gagal di bawah pentadbiran Guan Eng. 

Sampai ke hari ini, sudah hampir sebulan. Guan Eng masih belum menjawab persoalan persoalan yang ditanya oleh Pasukan Komunikasi Strategik Barisan Nasional pada 3 Jun 2017. 

Lain yang ditanya. Lain yang dijawab. Situasi putar belit Guan Eng ini juga berlaku ketika awal skandal banglo dulu. 

Guan Eng tidak jawab kenapa dan bagaimana boleh beli banglo mewah itu di bawah harga pasaran. Guan Eng jawab rumah tiada kolam renang, ajak minum kopi dan ajak wartawan datang rumahnya. 

Jawapan sebegitu tidak menyelamatkan Guan Eng. Malah mendedahkan sikap putar belit Guan Eng. 

Semasa mula mula menjadi Ketua Menteri DAP di Penang dulu, Guan Eng bila ditanya kenapa tidak mahu duduk di rumah yang sudah disediakan kerajaan. 

Guan Eng jawab ada musang, tikus dan macam macam lagi. Akhirnya, Guan Eng kantoi juga. Bukan itu jawapannya. Sebenarnya Guan Eng sudah mahu beli banglo di Jalan Pinhorn.

Bila ditanya mengapa banjir di Penang tidak boleh diselesaikan dalam masa 9 bulan seperti yang dijanjikan? Guan Eng bagi jawapan kerajaan pusat tidak beri duit. Namun bila sudah dapat RM150 juta. Banjir tidak selesai juga. 

Sebulan yang lepas, Guan Eng ditanya tentang status 51 projek yang gagal dilaksanakan di Penang. Guan Eng gunakan pihak lain untuk jawab, BN juga yang dipersalahkan.

Kali ini, Guan Eng kena jawab 5 soalan sahaja dari Pasukan Komunikasi Strategik BN. Jawapan yang diminta pun mudah. Ya atau tidak sahaja. Mengapa susah sangat hendak jawab. 

Guan Eng jawab Pulau Pinang hanya mencatatkan pendapatan sebanyak RM657.6 juta dari jualan tanah bagi tempoh 2008 hingga 2015. Ini jawapan yang kontradik, ini kerana 
penjualan tanah kerajaan negeri di Bayan Mutiara dengan harga RM1.07 bilion pada 2011. 

RM484 juta di Batu Kawan dijual kepada Aspen Vision pada 2014. 16 Disember 2016, YAB Lim turut dilaporkan mengesahkan Perbadanan Kemajuan Pulau Pinang (PDC) berjaya menjual tanah berharga RM1.94 bilion bagi tempoh 2008 hingga 2015. 

Jumlah semua ini adalah RM3.49 billion, Guan Eng bagi jawapan RM657.6 juta sahaja. Nampak sangat kontradiknya. Samalah juga bila ditanya mengapa tanah dijual tanpa tender di Jalan Peel, Guan Eng menyalahkan MOF pula dalam kes itu. 

Jawapan banglo Pinhorn, jawapan kenapa tidak duduk di rumah kerajaan, jawapan masalah banjir, jawapan 51 projek, jawapan tanah Jalan Peel, jawapan jumlah hasil tanah dan syarikat perunding terowong ini mencerminkan gaya putar belit Guan Eng.

DAP juga masih belum menjawab bagaimana pendapatan syarikat terowong cuma RM51.8 juta tetapi untung RM61.5 juta. Pelik, mana datang lagi RM9.7 juta itu? Duit apa? 

Malulah sama, maklumat sekarang di hujung jari rakyat. Semua orang boleh nilai jawapan jawapan dari Guan Eng itu. Semuanya hanya putar belit sahaja. Jawapan tidak dijawab tetapi sibuk undang campurtangan asing untuk jatuhkan kerajaan Malaysia. 

DAP dan Guan Eng memang pengkhinat kepada negara. Pulau Pinang habis digadai dan digondol. Rakyat Pulau Pinang harus bersuara desak Guan Eng letak jawatan dulu. 

Kes dan skandal rasuahnya masih belum selesai. Guan Eng tidak layak bercakap soal DoJ dan hal hal lain. Jawab dulu hal di Pulau Pinang, sebelum hendak undang campurtangan asing di negara ini. 

Guan Eng jangan menyibuk menjadi pengkhianat mengalih isu DoJ untuk menutup skandalnya sendiri di Pulau Pinang. Perbuatan menggadai dan mengondol tanah adalah perbuatan khianat terhadap kepercayaan yang diberikan oleh rakyat menerusi sistem demokrasi. 

Oh ya, ramai terlupa. Setahun yang lepas, 29 Jun 2016, Guan Eng ditahan kerana skandal banglo. Pasti Guan Eng tengah risau kini. Menunggu saat dibicarakan. Oleh kerana tidak mahu rakyat ingat kes itu, maka Guan Eng menyibuk hal DoJ.

Rakyat kena hukum Ketua Menteri DAP yang bersikap pengkhianat ini dalam PRU14. Jangan bagi peluang lagi pada DAP. 


Tulisan :
Beruang Biru
BB483, Jumaat
30 Jun 2017

          DAP BERI ISYARAT AMERIKA SERANG MALAYSIA   



Amerika Syarikat boleh menggunakan tindakan ketenteraan untuk menggulingkan kerajaan Malaysia, demikian ditegaskan oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP  (yang belum disahkan jawatannya oleh Pendaftar Pertubuhan) JOSEPH Lim Guan Eng.

Joseph Lim yang tertekan sempena  ulangtahun pertama beliau didakwa mahkamah atas jenayah rasuah dan skandal tanah di Pulau Pinang hari ini mengulas isu saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DOJ USA) terhadap beberapa individu yang dikaitkan dengan penggubahan wang haram. 

Tanggal 29 Jun 2016 merupakan hari di mana Joseph Lim didakwa di mahkamah di bawah Seksyen 23 Akta SPRM 2009 dan Seksyen 165 Kanun Keseksaan. 

Beliau dilihat oleh pemerhati, penganalisis dan rakyat Malaysia sebagai terdesak dan sangat takut bagi menghadapi perbicaraan mahkamah sehinggakan beberapa kali  membuat permohonan menangguhkan kes dan mencabar kesahihan Akta SPRM yang digubal di Parlimen.

Kenyataan Joseph Lim  bahawa Amerika Syarikat mampu dan boleh menyerang Malaysia (tanpa menggunakan saman sivil DOJ)  boleh dianggap sebagai petunjuk dan isyarat kepada polis dunia tersebut untuk fasa kedua  campurtangan asing. 

Semalam, Presiden PKR Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa pakatan pembangkang bakal mengadakan himpunan kleptokrasi pada September 2017, susualan saman sivil DOJ. 

Kedua-dua kenyataan Azizah dan Joseph Lim adalah kesinambungan dari sambutan hari raya Mahathir - Claire Brown dan penulis tidak menolak kebarangkalian mereka  sebagai menerima arahan dari London. 

Sekiranya ada di kalangan rakyat Malaysia yang terpedaya bahawa Mahathir berhari raya bersama keluarganya di London tanpa sebarang gerakerja susulan untuk mengkianati negara dan rakyat Malaysia berhubung isu dalaman negara, anda sebenarnya tersilap. 

Saman sivil DOJ, pemergian Mahathir ke London dan kenyataan-kenyataan Joseph Lim dan Azizah merupakan plot mudah usaha *MENDORONG*  campurtangan asing di Malaysia sedang bergerak dengan sistematik.

Di mana berakhirnya plot ini tidaklah diketahui, tetapi umum sudah sedia maklum bahawa pakatan pembangkang sememangnya mempunyai rangkaian antarabangsa dengan pro zionis Barat dan sosialis Israel.

*5 Syawal 1438H*
*29 Jun 2017*
*Khamis 10.00p.m.*


          MEMBELA DAN MEMPERTAHAN NAJIB ADALAH KERJA PALING SIA-SIA DI DUNIA   

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Untuk tujuan memikat hati, Najib Razak ketika tahun-tahun awal menjadi Perdana Menteri pada 2009, selain memperkenalkan slogan 1Malaysia - Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan yang ditujukan buat seluruh rakyat, juga turut melaungkan peringatan "Rebah Jika Tak Berubah" khusus untuk UMNO dan BN.

Tentang 1Malaysia, yang yang terus tertonjol ke seluruh dunia sehingga sekarang hanyalah 1MDB, sebuah syarikat sarat hutang dan penuh skandal sehingga beberapa negara telah pun mengambil tindakan berkaitan penyelewengan dan penggubahan wang haram yang dikaitkan dengannya.

Selebihnya, apa yang tinggal?

Klinik 1Malaysia dikhabarkan hanya ada panadol saja, manakala Kedai Runcit 1Malaysia boleh dikatakan agak lengang, malah kedai runcit biasa lebih lengkap dan menawarkan banyak pilihan. Dihebohkan hanya sardin 1Malaysia yang jelas murah tapi sesuailah pula dengan rasanya yang tiada apa-apa.

Kedai Kain 1Malaysia pula dengar-dengarnya hanya indah khabar dari rupa. Begitu juga dari dari hubungan kaum, di sebalik 1Malaysia yang sepatutnya menyatukan semua bangsa, retorik-retorik bangsa untuk tujuan menang pilihanraya terus bebas berleluasa.

Sebab itu, bukan saja sebutan 1Malaysia tidak lagi kedengaran sekarang ini, malah Najib juga barangkali sudah lupa bagaimana menyebutnya.

Dalam konteks menuntut ahli UMNO segera berubah berikutan keputusan buruk pilihanraya 2008, Najib menyeru agar mereka berubah dengan memberi peringataan, "rebah jika tak berubah."

Buat seketika ungkapan tersebut terdengar begitu mengasyikkan dan memperlihatkan Najib benar-benar seorang Perdana Menteri yang ikhlas mahu membawa perubahan dan memulihkan kekuatan UMNO dan BN, seterusnya dapat membela rakyat serta memajukan negara dengan lebih baik lagi.

Tapi apa jadi akhirnya?

Sementara beliau meminta orang lain berubah menjadi lebih baik dengan harapan UMNO dan kerajaan mendapat penerimaan positif daripada rakyat, beliau sendiri mengubah dirinya menjadi lebih buruk dan lebih banyak menjurus kepada negatif berbanding positif.

Pelbagai segmen pembaziran, suka bermewah, membeli-belah, karenah isterinya Rosmah yang tidak terkawal, berlagak jadi First Lady, mengguna jet sesuka hati dan 1001 macam lainnya yang terdedah adalah antara sebab-sebab keputusan pilihanraya 2013 lebih buruk berbanding 2008.

Hakikatnya, di sebalik menyeru kepada perubahan dan memberi ingatan dengan ungkapan "rebah jika tak berubah", Najib sendiri sebaliknya menunjukkan teladan buruk dengan tidak mahu berubah dan gagal sama-sekali mengajak keluarganya untuk sama-sama menjadi lebih baik.

Lebih dahsyat, di sebalik memberi amaran "rebah jika tak berubah" dan berlaku pelbagai perkara negatif lain, Najib juga membenarkan kemasukan wang RM2,600 juta yang menurut penyiasat antarabangsa adalah berpunca daripada dana 1MDB yang dilencongkan ke dalam akaun bank peribadinya hanya beberapa bulan sebelum pilihanraya 2013.

Mujurlah isu wang RM2,600 juta itu hanya terdedah pada 2015. Jika sebelum pilihanraya 2013 pdrkara itu sudah diketahui rakyat dan menjadi bualan, pastilah UMNO dan BN sudah benar-benar rebah sekarang ini disebabkan angkara Najib itu.

Kini, isu 1MDB dan wang RM2,600 juta terus menghimpit Najib, UMNO dan BN ke dinding yang semakin sempit berikutan ia sudah merebak dengan beberapa negara telah melakukan penyiasatan, ada yang mendenda dan menjatuhkan hukuman serta DOJ dalam proses merampas harta-harta yang dikaitkan dengannya.

Dalam keadaan sebegini buruk dan lebih ingin mempertahankan dirinya, Najib terus juga melakukan tindakan-tindakan menuju rebah dengan menukar Peguam Negara, memecat beberapa menteri, melemah dengan menukar dan melakukan kacau-ganggu terhadap beberapa agensi yang terlibat menyiasat 1MDB dan akhirnya semua yang terkait dengan skandal syarikat pelaburan itu tetap suci bersih jadinya.

Lebih dari itu, meskipun dikepit dengan skandal yang kian menghimpit dirinya, Najib tanpa segan-silu terus juga melakukan banyak perkara lain yang melukakan hati rakyat seperti terus bermewah, membazir, bercuti sesuka hati, mengenakan cukai baru, memotong subsidi, menChinakan Malaysia dan sebagainya.

Ia dengan sendirinya menunjukkan Najib memang tidak mahu berubah, bahkan hanya bertindak untuk menyelamatkan diri melalui kuasa yang ada padanya, sambil memuaskan kehendaknya sendiri.

Dalam sekian banyak isu yang timbul pula, Najib lebih suka memilih untuk berdiam diri daripada tampil memberi penjelasan. Daripada pendedahan DOJ bahawa Malaysian Official 1 menerima AS$731 juta dana 1MDB yang diselewengkan, membayar pelbagai pihak menggunakan wang SRC International, membayar peguam Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 juta sehinggalah kepada dakwaan isteri Malaysian Official 1 menerima perhiasan mewah dan barang kemas daripada Jho Low berjumlah RM128 juta, semuanya dilayan dengan berdiam diri dan membisu seribu bahasa.

Najib hanya bergantung kepada orang lain untuk bersuara sambil berharap sesuatu isu itu akan terpadam dengan sendirinya melalui peredaran masa atau jika muncul isu-isu lain yang lebih besar daripadanya.

Sementara rakyat terkesan susah dengan cara pemerintahan Najib, yang turut ternampak susah ialah mereka yang kerjanya siang malam mempertahan serta membela beliau. Ia termasuk para pemimpin UMNO, menteri dan para pejuang lain sama ada di lapangan setiap hari bertemu rakyat, di media arus perdana atau media internet di mana setiap salah laku, pembaziran, kemewahan, rantai cincin, barang kemas, percutian dan segala-galanya termasuk Jho Low dan Riza Aziz pun kena dipertahankan sama.

Oleh kerana Najib tidak mahu berubah, maka isu mengenai diri, keluarga dan kroninya juga akan muncul silih berganti. Lepas satu, satu yang lain pula akan muncul. Setiap isu yang muncul tidak pernah dihadapi atau cuba dijelaskannya dengan penuh keyakinan.

Berbeza dengan Tun Mahathir, sama ada ketika menjadi Perdana Menteri atau selepas bersara, beliau sama-sekali tidak pernah lari daripada masalah dan sedia memberi penjelasan yang meyakinkan kepada setiap isu yang timbul. Kuncinya ialah beliau tiada skandal peribadi dan tidak mencuri untuk diri sendiri.

Bagi yang diberikan ganjaran lumayan, jawatan besar atau projek-projek mega, mungkin tindakan membela dan mempertahankan Najib itu agak berbaloi, walaupun perbuatan itu lebih merosakkan negara dan bernilai kosong dari segi perjuangan. Mereka yang berkenaan bukan lagi berjuang untuk kepentingan rakyat dan negara, sebaliknya hanya untuk melindungi kesalahan Najib semata-mata.

Tetapi, bagi yang sekadar diberikan elaun seciput wang saku, duit raya setahun sekali dan telefon bimbit A9 untuk kerja-kerja membela dan mempertahankan Najib, ia tidak syak lagi adalah kerja paling sia-sia di dunia.

Bukan saja kerja membela dan mempertahankan pemimpin yang bersalah dan ada skandal itu tiada pahala, tetapi melakukannya secara berterusan dan berulang-ulang sepanjang masa jelas hanya membuang masa memandangkan Najib yang dibela dan dipertahankan, bukan saja tidak menunjukkan kecenderungan untuk berubah, malah terus dengan perangai berdiam diri dan suka lari daripada masalah.

Najib mahu orang lain  membela dan mempertahankannya, sedangkan beliau sendiri gembira terus melakukan onar dan perkara-perkara yang menyebabkan keyakinan rakyat terhadap kerajaan kian menipis.

Selepas satu isu dibela, kemudian muncul lagi isu lain, ia  juga dibela, seterusnya ada lagi isu muncul, di bela lagi dan begitulah seterusnya seolah-olah tiada penghujung dan tidak ada pengajaran atau keinsafan yang melekat di jiwanya, sedangkan kalau Najib dan keluarganya sedia berubah sebagaimana yang dislogankannya "rebah jika tak berubah" itu, tidaklah sampai begini susah, sia-sia dan membuang masa untuk mereka membela dan mempertahankannya. 

 
          Peguam Negara tidak perlu dirujuk dalam saman DoJ    
 HUSIN MAHAT

Apandi Ali


Apakah peguam negara benar-benar tidak mengetahui bahawa beliau tidak perlu dirujuk oleh Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) dalam saman sivil berkait dana 1MDB yang diselewengkan ataupun beliau hanya berpura-pura tidak tahu bertujuan mempertahankan perdana menteri.

Malah tuduhan Tan Sri Apandi Ali bahawa DoJ 'berniat politik' kerana tidak menghubungi beliau sebelum tindakan saman sivil itu diambil sangat mengecewakan pelbagai pihak dan dilihat sebagai 'membodek' untuk 'menyelamatkan' perdana menteri atau MO1 (dalam laporan DoJ), kata pengarah strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

"Ada tiga tafsiran boleh saya berikan terhadap komentar Apandi ini. Pertama, sememang Apandi tidak membaca laporan 251 muka surat 'complaint' DoJ itu.

"Kedua, kalau beliau sudah terbaca maka Apandi perlu kembali 'disekolahkan'.
"Ketiga, beliau sememang buat-buat bodoh dan buat-buat tak tahu. Dengan kata lain punya niat jahat menuduh DoJ mengambil tindakan ini semata-mata atas alasan 'politik' untuk menggugat atau apa pun 'niat politik DoJ'!" tegas beliau.
Dr Dzulkefly juga mempersoalkan sama ada Apandi atau para pegawainya tidak membaca laporan DoJ sehingga tidak mengetahui kewujudan istilah 'in rem' yang digunakan berulang kali dalam laporan DoJ.

Menurut beliau, di muka surat 7 di bawah tajuk 'Nature of Action' (Sifat Tindakan Saman) laporan terbaru DoJ tentang 1MDB menyatakan:

This is a civil action 'in rem' to forfeit assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misapproptiated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1-MDB)...

"Kalau Apandi telah membaca istilah 'in rem' dan bukan 'in personan' yang digunakan DoJ, lalu kekal bertegas dengan kenyataan bahawa DoJ berniat 'political' dalam membawa saman sivil ini, maka jelasnya Apandi tidak layak memegang jawatan Peguam Negara kerana beliau tak faham apa makna istilah 'in rem' tersebut," katanya.

Beliau bagaimanapun penuh yakin peguam negara memahami maksud 'civil action in rem' yang digunakan DoJ iaitu segala tindakan undang-undang yang akan dijalankan dan dikelolakan pihak Mahkamah (Pendakwa/DoJ), tidak akan melibatkan pemilik dana iaitu 1MDB.

Sehubungan itu, beliau yakin Apandi sengaja memain emosi rakyat bahawa DoJ berniat jahat dan bermotif politik kerana tidak merujuk Kamar Peguam Negara (AGC).

"Beliau tahu bahawa beliau tidak perlu dirujuk dan tidak ada keperluan beliau dirujuk, dalam kaedah dan 'judgement in rem'!" katanya.

Menurut Dr Dzulkefly, DoJ tidak perlu merujuk 1MDB atau pejabat peguam negara Malaysia kerana sistem kewangan Amerika telah dicerobohi dengan wang haram berbilion dolar bagi membeli aset-aset di Amerika.

Apandi juga, kata beliau tidak wajar memberi alasan tidak dirujuk DoJ memandangkan permohonan Peguam Negara Switzerland Michael Lauber untuk bekerjasama memberkas penyangak 1MDB dan SRC menerusi 'Mutual Legal Assistance' (MLA) ditolak dua kali tanpa hujah yang kukuh.

Analisis Dr Dzulkefly tentang isu saman sivil DoJ boleh dibaca di mingguan Amanah edisi terbaru.


          PKR: Tiada pemimpin pembangkang tolak RCI forex   
MALAYSIAKINI


Kerajaan yang kini berdepan skandal 1MDB mahu meletakkan pembangkang dalam situasi yang sama dengan menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) berhubung skandal tukaran wang asing (forex) yang berlaku sekitar 30 tahun lalu.

Bagaimanapun, Pakatan Harapan (HARAPAN) bersedia dengan tawaran Putrajaya untuk menyiasat skandal forex, kata Pengarah Komunikasi PKR, Fahmi Fadzil hari ini.

Justeru Fahmi berkata, tuduhan Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak cuba memutarbelitkan fakta bahawa HARAPAN sedang mempolitikkan RCI skandal forex.

"Beliau gagal mengakui Ketua Pembangkang (Datuk Seri) Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengalu-alukan cadangan RCI, malah Lim Kit Siang dari DAP dan pemimin Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyambutnya.

"Jadi, pada hakikatnya, tiada pemimpin pembangkang kini menolak RCI skandal forex," kata Fahmi dalam satu kenyataan.

Salleh hari ini mendakwa pembangkang mengamalkan double standard, terutamanya melibatkan skandal forex yang berlaku ketika Mahathir menjadi perdana menteri.

Bagaimanapun, Fahmi berkata pembangkang mahu standard yang sama digunakan untuk kedua-dua skandal forex dan 1MDB.

Fahmi mempersoalkan mengapa Salleh memberi "gambaran palsu" mengenai pendirian HARAPAN terhadap RCI berkenaan.

"Mungkin dia bermaksud membelakangkan dan mengalih perhatian daripada serangan media antarabangsa yang besar yang disebabkan oleh saman Jabatan Keadilan Amerika Syarikat (AS) terkini mengenai skandal kewangan 1MDB, serta pemulangan hadiah dan permata oleh selebriti antarabangsa," katanya.

DOJ mendakwa sekurang-kurangnya AS$ 4.5 bilion telah disalahgunakan dari 1MDB, sebahagian daripadanya telah dicuci melalui sistem kewangan AS.

Ia juga cuba merampas kira-kira AS$ 1.7 bilion aset yang didakwa diperoleh menggunakan wang yang diseleweng daripada 1MDB.



          Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago in violation of state law on ELL. Charters worst violators.   
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago in violation of state law on ELL. Charters worst violators.:

Chicago in violation of state law on ELL. Charters worst violators
Most of the worst violators of state law were charter schools. Fifteen were run by the UNO Network of Charter Schools; nine were run by the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Source: Chicago Public Schools
Congrats to Chicago Reporter's Kalyn Belsha whose story on CPS's failure to meet the needs of English learners was named among this week's top education stories by Atlantic Magazine.

Belsha reports on a recent review of CPS records which found that, of the 342 schools audited, nearly 71%, or 242, had bilingual programs that were in serious violation of state law. As a result, English learners go without legally required services, such as books in their native language and teachers who speak that language or have English as a Second Language training.

Most of the worst violators of state law were charter schools. Fifteen were run by the UNO Network of Charter Schools; nine were run by the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras lifted the consent decree ending three decades of efforts to integrate Chicago schools. The decree’s bilingual education provisions, according to Kocoras, duplicated protections in state law. The ruling came despite evidence presented by DOJ lawyers in court that the district repeatedly failed to enroll English learners in bilingual education fast enough or provide them with required services.

I would be remiss if I failed to point out once again, that it was former schools CEO Arne Duncan who successfully pushed Judge Kocoras to abandon the consent decree. Thousands of the district's English language learners and their families are still paying the price.Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago in violation of state law on ELL. Charters worst violators.:

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          Eric Holder’s Middle-Of-The-Night Tweet To FBI/DOJ Is a Sign Trump Is F*CKED (TWEETS)   
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          Kenyataan Media TS Annuar Musa , Berkenaan Panik Nya Pembangkang Berkenaan RCI FOREX   

Ketika pembangkang amat memerlukan Tun Mahathir untuk diguna kan bagi memancing undi orang Melayu pada PRU14 nanti, tiba tiba muncul perbicaraan FOREX berkenaan kerugian wang rakyat ratusan billion dan laporan palsu berkenaan nya kepada Parlimen dan Kabinet.

Maka usaha mereka tiba tiba jadi sia sia dan buang masa.

Pada satu ketika dulu Lim Kit Siang lah jaguh mahu dalang kehilangan wang rakyat ia itu Tun Mahathir dan Tun Daim di dakwa dan di penjara kan , namun mereka bertukar lagu dan prinsip hanya sebab kepentingan politik dan undi.

Kini jelas empat watak dalam dilema kerana akan ada  nya perbicaraan.

Mereka yang nyata tersepit ada lah Tun Mahathir , Tun Daim , Lim Kit Siang dan Anwar Ibrahim.

Kabinet telah bersetuju denegan laporan yang di bentang kang oleh Tan Sri Sidek bahawa ujud kes prima facie terhadap dakwaan itu. kerja berbayar dan di percayai di biy

Isu yang di bangkit DOJ ada lah kerja upahan yang di percayai di biyai oleh Tun Daim atas sebab mahu tutup kes FOREX.

Berikut ada lah kenyataan media dari Ketua Penerangan UMNO , Tan Sri Annuar Musa. :

KENYATAAN MEDIA
KETUA PENERANGAN UMNO MALAYSIA


PEMBANGKANG YANG PANIK MENGGUNAKAN DoJ UNTUK MENGALIH PERHATIAN DARIPADA LEDAKAN ISU RCI FOREX


1. Keputusan Kabinet untuk membentuk RCI bagi menyiasat kerugian forex yang dialami oleh Bank Negara - ada yang mengatakan pembabitan wang rakyat bernilai sehingga RM100 bilion - telah mewujudkan keadaan panik di kalangan pembangkang.

2. Kita semua maklum mengenai dalang yang bertanggungjawab terhadap kerugian besar ini dan pembangkang berada dalam keadaan huru-hara kerana tidak mahu kehilangan Mahathir Mohamad dalam menghadapi pilihanraya umum yang akan datang. Mereka tahu jika kebenarannya diketahui umum, pembangkang dan kepimpinannya akan ditelanjangkan di khalayak ramai. Ini boleh membawa padah besar dalam pilihanraya nanti.

3. Oleh itu, pembangkang tidak mempunyai pilihan lain tetapi untuk mengitar semula laporan DoJ yang bermotivasi politik untuk membangkitkan isu 1MDB yang telah selesai. Ini hanyalah taktik lencongan.

4. Pembangkang dan proksi merekalah yang bertanggungjawab melibatkan campur tangan negara asing dalam negara kita yang demokratik dan berdaulat ini dengan memberi maklumat kepada DoJ, satu perbuatan khianat yang amat mengaibkan bagi memuaskan agenda politik demi kepentingan diri sendiri.

5. Pembangkang cuba memanipulasi laporan DoJ untuk mengalih tumpuan daripada isu RCI forex dan juga krisis dalaman yang berkaitan dengan keyakinan terhadap pucuk pimpinan Pribumi.

TAN SRI ANNUAR MUSA,
KETUA PENERANGAN UMNO MALAYSIA
29 /06/ 17
          SCOTUS Takes On The "Cake or Controversy" Requirement, or, The Queer Motorist's Lavender App    
By Diane Klein

In 1936, a Black New York City postal worker named Victor Green began compiling and publishing a travel guide - a pamphlet, really - that came to be known as "The Green Book."  Published annually for thirty years, growing from a local New York guide into an international travel directory, this booklet included lists of establishments - "Hotels, Taverns, Garages, Night-Clubs, Restaurants, Service-Stations, Automotive, Tourist-Homes, Road-Houses, Barber-Shops, Beauty-Parlors," "Trailer Parks and Camps, Summer Resorts" - that would serve Black patrons. Without such a guide, travel throughout much of the United States during the Jim Crow era was, at best, uncomfortable - and at worst, a mortal danger.  With nowhere to safely sleep, eat, or even refill the gas tank, a car trip was more daunting than inviting.  The Green Book aimed to fill that gap.

The 1938 edition of what that year was called "The Negro Motorist Green Book," reprinted a letter to Green, that read, in part,
It is a great pleasure for me to give credit where credit is due. Many of my friends have joined me in admitting that "The Negro Motorist Green Book" is a credit to the Negro Race. It is a book badly needed among our Race since the advance of the motor age. Realizing the only way we knew how and where to reach our pleasure resorts was in a way of speaking, by word of mouth, until the publication of "The Negro Motorist Green [B]ook".  With our wishes of your success, and your e[a]rnest efforts.  We earnestly believe "The Negro Motorist Green Book" will mean as much if not more to us as the A.A.A. means to the white race.
A decade later, the Introduction to the 1949 edition of "The Green Book" contained these plaintive words:
There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published.  That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States.  It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment.  But until that time comes we shall continue to publish this information for your convenience each year.
What a world of feeling is contained in that word,"embarrassment" - and in the understated reference to the traveler's "convenience."  More revealing is the admonition printed on the cover of the editions through the 1950s and 1960s: "Carry Your Green Book With You/You may need it!" World War II had come and gone, and to our continuing shame, Black Americans still could not safely travel through their own country, or be confident ordinary shopkeepers would accept their business.  Even as late as 1963-64, the cover of the Green Book suggested itself "for vacation without aggravation."






These widely-recognized difficulties in travel were part of the impetus for Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000a, which outlawed discrimination in "any place of public accommodation." The places of public accommodation enumerated in the federal statute read like the index of The Green Book:
Any inn, hotel, motel...any restaurant, cafeteria, lunchroom, lunch counter, soda fountain...including, but not limited to, any such facility located on the premises of any retail establishment; or any gasoline station; any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition or entertainment.
Of course, the forms of legal discrimination and refusals of service targeted by Title II did not just affect travelers.  People of color experienced these forms of exclusion from commercial establishments in their very own hometowns every day.  They formed the texture of American life for Black people, for decades.

And yet, the most notable thing about Title II is - it worked.  Despite notoriously hysterical, racist, and even violent opposition at the time, Title II has mostly succeeded.  As Prof. Brian Landsberg, who worked for the DOJ in the 1960s, has observed, "The most integrated institutions in the U.S. today are our public accommodations."  In April, 2017, the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission released a mobile app, "The Green Book of South Carolina," that pays homage to Victor Green's creation.  It is part of the history of a shameful but largely bygone world.

With this history in mind, many of us who instinctively support what we might call "consumer democracy" - boycotting establishments whose owners support policies we oppose, and patronizing those whose politics we share or support - feel quite differently when the shoe is on the other foot, and it is the retailer refusing to serve the customer for biased or sectarian reasons. Others bristle at the asymmetry that permits individuals to be discriminating shoppers, but not discriminating shopkeepers. It might seem that the owner of a private business should be able to pick and choose who to serve. We might even imagine the market would somehow "solve" discrimination, since refusing the trade of paying customers appears economically irrational.

American history and law teach otherwise.  Legally and constitutionally, the general right of government to regulate private business in the public interest rests on a seventeenth-century common law principle, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Munn v. Illinois in 1877.  The Syllabus explains it this way:
When the owner of property devotes it to a use in which the public has an interest, he in effect grants to the public an interest in such use, and must, to the extent of that interest, submit to be controlled by the public, for the common good, as long as he maintains the use. He may withdraw his grant by discontinuing the use.
The law treats shopper and shopkeeper differently not only to reflect our understanding of how private and government-sponsored action created and sustained racial subordination. It is also because the retailer who offers goods or services to the public is the beneficiary of numerous public (and taxpayer-supported) goods. The street cleaner, the fire department, the U.S. Postal Service, the utility companies serve every business on the street, because in so doing, they serve the public - all of us. And so, in turn, must those businesses.

Why would anyone wish to take us back to a time in which part of our population is relegated to a furtive and uncertain existence, fraught with legalized discrimination and in need of insiders' advice about how to find a safe hotel, restaurant, or gas station, when out of town - one where you will be treated like just another customer, a fellow citizen, and not turned away, humiliated (or worse)?

If certain anti-LGBT legislators and litigants have their way, our LGBT travelers to red states and counties - and residents as well - will need a "Lavender App" to negotiate their own country, hoping (with no guarantee) that any given community will include LGBT-friendly doctors, dentists, landlords, innkeepers, restaurateurs, and grocers (to say nothing of florists, bakers, and photographers).  And so too will all of us who have out LGBT friends, family members, or business associates with whom we travel or socialize.  Any of them (or those "suspected" of membership in those groups?) could be turned away from a restaurant or hotel.  "Embarrassment" and "aggravation" won't be the half of it.  The pretext for such discrimination will likely be the religious beliefs (more specifically, the self-described fundamentalist or evangelical Christian beliefs) of the business owner.

While religious arguments against LGBT rights may be gaining more traction than similar arguments did against the Civil Rights Act, Prof. Michael Kent Curtis of Wake Forest has shown that "[t]he claim that opposition to homosexuality or gay marriage is religious, while opposition to integration and interracial marriage was not, is mistaken." Title II has succeeded so well that many people today may not be aware that those resistant to desegregation in American life also cited their "Christian" values, and claimed the Bible supported - or even demanded - segregation and the subordination of Black people.  But they did.


As Curtis documented, "Not only could religious arguments for segregation be marshaled, they were marshaled" (emphasis added).  Moreover, these purportedly Scriptural arguments related directly to a sexual practice: intermarriage and interracial sex. "Concern about one type of sexual activity was at the heart of the religious case for segregation. According to segregationists, race mixing would lead to interracial marriage and interracial sex, contravening God's plan," writes Curtis. Still, Title II survived this threat.

But federal law in this area has important limitations.  Because Title II was passed under the Commerce Clause, only those business activities that affect interstate commerce are covered. And like its much-amended sister section Title VII (employment antidiscrimination), Title II has also not been amended to include sexual orientation (or gender identity). In fact, Title II doesn't even include sex or gender (but only "race, color, religion, or national origin"). (For this reason, exemptions to sexual orientation discrimination based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as "RFRA," are not necessary.)


However, broader protection for LGBT people, including protection from retail discrimination, can be found in state and local law.  Colorado has such a law, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act ("CADA"), C.R.S. 24-34-601, which provides protection from discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and marital status, by "any business engaged in any sales to the public" and more specifically, any business "offering retail sales to the public" and "any place to eat."

Which brings us at last to Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd.; and Jack Phillips v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; Charlie Craig; and David Mullins.

Back in 2012, Craig and Mullins sought to buy a cake from Jack Phillips' shop, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to serve at their wedding reception (they planned to marry in Massachusetts, where such marriages were already legal).  Phillips refused; Craig and Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Phillips lost, appealed, and lost again before the Colorado Court of Appeals; the Colorado Supreme Court denied cert.  After coming up in conference every week since January 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court finally granted cert. June 26, 2017, and the case will be heard in the upcoming 2017-2018 term.

Other than the self-serving and tendentious characterization of baker Phillips as "a cake artist," necessary to set up the "compelled speech" argument, Phillips' cert. petition puts the question clearly enough: "Whether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel Phillips to create expression that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the Free Speech or Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment."  For what it's worth, Phillips not only refuses to make same-sex wedding cakes; he also forswears Halloween baking, alcohol-infused baking, and cakes "promoting" or "celebrating" other "messages his faith prohibits."


Phillips v. CCRC thus presents the increasingly familiar clash between a same-sex couple and a commercial enterprise catering to marrying couples, who refuses the couple service because the vendor's version of Christianity purportedly prohibits it.  Whether the vendor is a photographer, florist, or baker, the First Amendment argument for an exception to antidiscrimination law remains the same.  (As does the vendor's counsel, the "800 pound gorilla of the Christian right," the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose founders include evangelical broadcaster James Dobson and whose funders include various Betsy DeVos family enterprises.) (Are there no cases from tuxedo-rental shops and bridal gown sellers only because they don't mind renting an extra tux or selling an extra dress?)

Now, one might imagine that the potent combination of 2015's same-sex marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, and the strong language of CADA, Colorado's state law, would leave a cake baker with Phillips' biases few legal tools. But the First Amendment is potentially an even bigger stick, and it is the one being wielded by anti-LGBT legal activists hoping to roll back decades of civil rights gains, leaving Obergefell's guarantee of marriage "equality" an empty shell.

In deciding the case, the high Court will almost certainly not be able to avoid wading into the issue of whether making and decorating a cake is (highly protected) "speech" or (merely) "conduct," and if the former, whether making a wedding cake for a paying customer is properly regarded as the baker's speech, or the customer's.  From Phillips' point of view, of course, the argument is that making a wedding cake expresses the message, "I am Jack Phillips, and I approve of this union." Being legally prohibited from withholding that tacit approval, Phillips argues, also transgresses his First Amendment free exercise rights.

It is easy to see how forced compliance with a general rule (like a work uniform or schedule) might cause a conflict with religious obligations or proscriptions (for example, regarding dress or Sabbath observance).  But the idea that requiring compliance with a law of general application causes someone to violate his or religious beliefs, not directly,b y requiring the person to engage in religiously prohibited conduct themselves, but at second hand, because of what compliance communicates or enables a third party to do, takes some fancier legal and argumentative footwork.

Enter the dancing shoes of Neal Gorsuch.  While sitting on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, now- Justice Gorsuch was part of the panel that heard Hobby Lobby, Inc. v. Sibelius, on its last stop before the Supreme Court.  Hobby Lobby is, notoriously, the case that ultimately granted a family-held corporation a religiously-based exemption from contraception coverage mandated by the ACA.  Even if we take Hobby Lobby's owners' (the Greens) religious objection to certain abortifacient contraceptives at face value, neither Hobby Lobby itself (a business) nor the Greens were in any way compelled to use such contraceptives, nor even to pay for them in any direct way.  So where is the free exercise violation?

To answer that, Gorsuch wrote a separate concurrence, one likely to provide a roadmap for Phillips' counsel now that Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court.  The cornerstone of his analysis is the notion of "complicity."  Speaking for the Greens, "As [Gorsuch says] they understand it, ordering their companies to provide insurance coverage for drugs or devices whose use is inconsistent with their faith itself violates their faith, representing a degree of complicity their religion disallows."

(Of course, even the word "for" here is much too strong: which or even how many employees will actually use their employer-provided health care in this way is unknown. A more accurate way to put it would be "insurance coverage one of whose numerous benefits might be used in partial payment for drugs or devices..." etc. But apparently even this is too much for the punctilious Greens.)

The problem with complicity models as applied to public policy is that they always prove too much. In private life, it may be relatively easy to identify objectionable behavior with which one is complicit, and from which one might wish therefore to withdraw oneself and one's support.  But if the Greens were made impermissibly "complicit" in their employees' use of abortifacient methods of contraception simply because such methods were included in federally-mandated employer-provided health care, how are they any less complicit if their employees use their Hobby Lobby salary simply to purchase such contraceptives?  It is no answer to say that in the latter case, the employee has exchanged her labor for her salary, because insurance is also part of her compensation - it, too, is exchanged for her labor.  Does simply employing someone who might use such a device make the Greens complicit?  How about someone whose health care covers a daughter or partner who might?  How about someone who might use the money they earn at Hobby Lobby to pay for a friend's IUD? Where does it end?  Should employees be required to forswear engaging in conduct prohibited by a religion not their own, simply in order to work at a store that sells sequins, styrofoam, and felt?


Truly, it's a sad day for academia when the writers at SNL seem to have a better grasp on this concept than a federal judge with a D.Phil.  In their March 2017 perfume parody ad aimed at Ivanka Trump, the tagline for the fragrance called "Complicit" is, "for the woman who could stop all this...but won't." This short joke captures what Gorsuch (for the Greens) seems to miss: one is not "complicit" in every activity to which one in any imaginable sense contributes. One's withdrawal of support has to matter, even if, acting alone, one could not single-handedly prevent the outcome.  The etymological (and hence conceptual) connection between "complicity" and "accomplice" is actually relevant here.

Rather than relying for jurisprudential purposes on whatever potted theology the Greens theoretically subscribe to, Gorsuch would have done better to turn to Aquinas, whose "doctrine of double effect" was developed precisely for situations like this one, in which what is intended (the benign or at least neutral goal of compliance with a federal law of general application) has the foreseen but unintended consequence that at least some covered employees will use that insurance in ways the Greens neither intend nor approve. That foreseeable consequence is nevertheless not one for which the actor is morally responsible.

Nevertheless, it seems likely the ADF will encourage Gorsuch to take the same approach to Phillips that he applied to the Greens in Hobby Lobby, and argue that making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is a form of "complicity" in their (religiously-disapproved) union and sexual relationship.


Phillips seeks an exemption from Colorado's law as it applies to cakes "celebrating any marriage that is contrary to his understanding of biblical teaching." But the laser-like focus of these "sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage," which exclude gay men and lesbians while disregarding all manner of sexual or marital misconduct in which opposite-sex couples might have engaged, reveals this flimsy fig leaf for the homophobia it is.  Does Mr. Phillips inquire of his opposite-sex wedding cake customers whether they have engaged in adulterous or premarital sexual relations, with one another or anyone else (both unequivocally Biblically prohibited)?  Not so far as we know.


Still, compared to a life-or-death matter like health insurance, permitting bakers like Phillips (and florists like Stutzman and photographers like Huguenin) to refuse to provide goods and services to same-sex weddings and receptions might seem like a small accommodation, even a trifling one, to protect their alleged free exercise of religion. After all, none of these Christian retailers is the only game in town, and one might argue that LGBT customers would probably prefer to take their business to someone who actually wants it.

If we simply weigh the harm of being denied service against the harm of being forced to facilitate (or be complicit in, or endorse) conduct to which one has a religious objection, the more profound nature of the religious interest will frequently, though not always, render it more significant than the customer's inconvenience.  Even so, this test would almost certainly not permit a physician to refuse to administer lifesaving treatment to a gay patient, even if it allowed a florist or baker to tell their gay customers to take their discretionary retail dollars elsewhere. Perhaps we can split the difference there? Short of life-or-death situations, perhaps we should accommodate these "sincere religious beliefs" (however odious).

Before we do, though, we should bring some skepticism to analyses of public accommodations law that magnify a highly attenuated religiously-derived notion of "complicity," while trivializing as mere "inconvenience" the harms suffered by those who are openly, legally refused service freely available to others.  They have concrete detrimental effects on human health, safety, and well-being. And equally significant, recall the language of The Green Book, the yearning it expressed, and the connection made there between genuine equality and the ability to travel freely, without the inconvenience and "embarrassment" of being turned away. That reference to "embarrassment" should scald the conscience, by reminding us that the systematic denial of service to groups of persons accomplishes their subordination. It leaves them both wounded and angry, with a sense of damaged identity that makes them feel ashamed when they seek service and are denied it. It is no accident that June's LGBT celebrations are called "Pride" events: they are intended to be an antidote to precisely that sense of stigma and shame created and sustained by a sense of unwelcomeness in the public mercantile sphere.

Refusal of service on the basis of membership in a historically degraded class underscores that degradation, and reinforces a view of such persons as lesser citizens. It insults and undermines the dignity of such persons; and it legitimizes all other forms of discrimination, legal or not, which they have suffered historically and continue to endure.  In this specific context, it communicates that this couple's love and marriage are not worthy of celebration as others' are - and that is the only "message" Phillips wishes to send, by operating a business allegedly open to the public in a discriminatory way.  

"Don't go there - they won't serve you," is advice no one in a free country should ever have to give - or receive.  As the Supreme Court put it in Munn (which actually mentions bakers specifically), a business owner unwilling to submit to public regulation of his business activity for the common good is free to discontinue it.  Today, those regulations include antidiscrimination laws like CADA.  No one is obliged to be in the wedding cake (or wedding flower, or wedding photography) business, at all. But if Jack Phillips chooses to engage in that business, then he must to submit to public control. An opinion that reaffirms those principles would be the real Masterpiece.

          Comment on Hollywood Declared Hillary Clinton Worst Presidential Candidate in History by Shayne Heffernan   
So here are the Top 10 double-dealing, dishonest discoveries uncovered so far. 1. Mrs. Clinton had cozy and improper relationship with the mainstream media. CNN contributor and then adviser of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile gave the Clinton campaign advanced notice of a CNN town hall question that she thought may give Mrs. Clinton pause. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign lauded a New York Times reporter for “teeing up” stories for them, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos for hammering home their talking points. The Boston Globe helped Mrs. Clinton’s team maximize her presence in New England during the primaries and CNBC’s John Harwood bragged to them about dogging Donald Trump during a Republican primary debate he moderated. 2. The State Department paid special attention to “Friends of Bill.” After the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, a senior aide to then-Secretary of StateClinton repeatedly gave special attention to those identified by the abbreviations “FOB” (Friends of Bill) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs), referring to the former president. The emails show Mrs. Clinton’s State Department prioritized and benefited Mr. Clinton’s friends in the $10 billion recovery effort. The State Department also polled the popularity of Mr. Clinton in Haiti and shared the results with him. 3. Mrs. Clinton argued for “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” Mrs. Clinton’s dream for America looks a lot like the European Union. She reportedly told investors in a paid speech to Brazilian Banco Itau in 2013: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, sometime in the future with energy that’s as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.” Without borders, there are no countries, including the United States. 4. The Clinton campaign was in touch with Department of Justice officials regarding the release of her emails.Brian Fallon, Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman and former Justice Department staffer, appeared to have discussions with sources inside the DOJ about ongoing open records lawsuits requesting access to her emails while serving as secretary of state. In an email from May 2015, Mr. Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had “informed” him about the upcoming status conference in one of the lawsuits. 5. The Clinton Camp was tipped off to the release of the Benghazi emails. In April 2015, Clinton campaign Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake referred to a “tip” from a source regarding when the State Department planned to release Mrs. Clinton’s Benghazi emails. Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer Heather Samuelson followed up on the tip, writing: “Latest: Still aiming for Friday, but potential it gets delayed until early next week because still moving through interagency review process. Will check back tomorrow and keep you posted. Quick update on this — DOS says the release of the 300 will likely happen on Thurs or Friday. Will keep you posted as I hear anything further on my end. Thx.” 6. Mrs. Clinton admitted sometimes her public and private positions differ. In a 2013 speech before the National Multi-Housing Council, Mrs. Clinton indicated her public positions may differ with her private positions, because politics is an ugly business. “Politics is like sausage being made,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the backroom discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” 7. Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman mocked Catholics and evangelicals as “severely backwards.” Hacked emails show Mrs. Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri and other Clinton allies openly talking about Catholics being “severely backwards” and charging that they don’t know “what the hell they’re talking about.” The April 2011 discussion between Ms. Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, mocks media mogul Rupert Murdoch for raising his children in the Catholic Church and said that most “powerful elements” in the conservative movement are all Catholic. 8. Mrs. Clinton admitted she has a hard time relating to the struggles of the middle class. In a 2014 speech for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, Mrs. Clinton admitted her riches and public persona lifestyle isolated her from the financial struggles of most of the country, saying her memories of her childhood is how she connects now to everyday Americans. “Obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy,” Mrs. Clinton said of relating to the middle class. 9. Mrs. Clinton campaign used Benghazi as a distraction from the email scandal. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign tried to make her email scandal disappear during the Benghazi probe by trying to conflate and confuse the two separate incidents. Mr. Podesta told aides in March 2015 to steer the media’s attention from the email scandal to the House Benghazi investigation, which they felt had already been painted in the media as a Republican witch hunt. 10. The Clinton Team strategized on how to delay releasing emails, knowing it was against the law. After receiving a subpoena for her emails, Clinton insider Phillipe Reines in March 2015 discussed strategies to use as an excuse not to release all of her emails. It appeared to constitute a conscious effort of the Clinton Camp to frustrate and delay a congressional subpoena. Mr. Reines said of the emails: “Not flippantly, and maybe just from Nick’s [Merrill, Clinton spokesman] mouth — but rather than going around on how to release the 55k let’s just be for what’s happening and use this as an excuse. Because we can say even if State has equities, not providing them would put her in legal jeopardy OR we can say happy for them to have it, happy for them to have them as soon as State is comfortable.”
          Justice Dept. drops fight against Redskins' trademark   

A recent Supreme Court ruling means the DOJ would lose its battle to have the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office drop the team's trademark.


          DOJ Defends Seizing Of Foreign Megaupload Assets To Supreme Court   
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 7 brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opposes a petition for certiorari by former executives of the now-defunct file-sharing service Megaupload, arguing that a trial court properly deemed them fugitives and ordered seizure of their foreign-held assets in accordance with the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA) (Finn Batato, et al. v. United States of America, No. 16-1206, U.S. Sup.).
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COLEEN ROWLEY: "Well, let me preface anything I say. I have been instructed not to talk to the media, and that’s actually surprising since the letter that I wrote initially supposedly got whistleblower protection." Interview with Democracy Now April 4th 2004

FBI Agent Coleen Rowley

Revealed FBI HQ efforts to "throw up roadblocks and undermine" FBI field investigations of Al Qaeda operatives in the four weeks prior to 9/11.

The 9/11 Commission never interviewed her.

"Jokes were actually made (in the FBI office) that the key FBI HQ personnel had to be spies or moles, who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden, to have so undercut Minneapolis' effort."
Coleen Rowley


Former FBI Special Agent and Minneapolis Division Counsel Coleen Rowley, 24 years service, was one of Time Magazine's three 2002 Persons of the Year. The BBC did not mention her courageous, against the odds, commitment to truth and to her professional responsibilities. Rowley wrote a 13 page letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller detailing obstruction of terrorism investigations in June 02:

Published @ Time CNN
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,249997,00.html

FBI Headquarters Washington, D.C.
May 21, 2002

Dear Director Mueller:

I feel at this point that I have to put my concerns in writing concerning the important topic of the FBI's response to evidence of terrorist activity in the United States prior to September 11th. The issues are fundamentally ones of INTEGRITY and go to the heart of the FBI's law enforcement mission and mandate. Moreover, at this critical juncture in fashioning future policy to promote the most effective handling of ongoing and future threats to United States citizens' security, it is of absolute importance that an unbiased, completely accurate picture emerge of the FBI's current investigative and management strengths and failures.

To get to the point, I have deep concerns that a delicate and subtle shading/skewing of facts by you and others at the highest levels of FBI management has occurred and is occurring. The term "cover up" would be too strong a characterization which is why I am attempting to carefully (and perhaps over laboriously) choose my words here. I base my concerns on my relatively small, peripheral but unique role in the Moussaoui investigation in the Minneapolis Division prior to, during and after September 11th and my analysis of the comments I have heard both inside the FBI (originating, I believe, from you and other high levels of management) as well as your Congressional testimony and public comments.

I feel that certain facts, including the following, have, up to now, been omitted, downplayed, glossed over and/or mis-characterized in an effort to avoid or minimize personal and/or institutional embarrassment on the part of the FBI and/or perhaps even for improper political reasons:

1) The Minneapolis agents who responded to the call about Moussaoui's flight training identified him as a terrorist threat from a very early point. The decision to take him into custody on August 15, 2001, on the INS "overstay" charge was a deliberate one to counter that threat and was based on the agents' reasonable suspicions. While it can be said that Moussaoui's overstay status was fortuitous, because it allowed for him to be taken into immediate custody and prevented him receiving any more flight training, it was certainly not something the INS coincidentally undertook of their own volition. I base this on the conversation I had when the agents called me at home late on the evening Moussaoui was taken into custody to confer and ask for legal advice about their next course of action. The INS agent was assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and was therefore working in tandem with FBI agents.

2) As the Minneapolis agents' reasonable suspicions quickly ripened into probable cause, which, at the latest, occurred within days of Moussaoui's arrest when the French Intelligence Service confirmed his affiliations with radical fundamentalist Islamic groups and activities connected to Osama Bin Laden, they became desperate to search the computer lap top that had been taken from Moussaoui as well as conduct a more thorough search of his personal effects. The agents in particular believed that Moussaoui signaled he had something to hide in the way he refused to allow them to search his computer.

3) The Minneapolis agents' initial thought was to obtain a criminal search warrant, but in order to do so, they needed to get FBI Headquarters' (FBIHQ's) approval in order to ask for DOJ OIPR's approval to contact the United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota. Prior to and even after receipt of information provided by the French, FBIHQ personnel disputed with the Minneapolis agents the existence of probable cause to believe that a criminal violation had occurred/was occurring. As such, FBIHQ personnel refused to contact OIPR to attempt to get the authority. While reasonable minds may differ as to whether probable cause existed prior to receipt of the French intelligence information, it was certainly established after that point and became even greater with successive, more detailed information from the French and other intelligence sources. The two possible criminal violations initially identified by Minneapolis Agents were violations of Title 18 United States Code Section 2332b (Acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, which, notably, includes "creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to any other person by destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States or by attempting or conspiring to destroy or damage any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States") and Section 32 (Destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities). It is important to note that the actual search warrant obtained on September 11th was based on probable cause of a violation of Section 32.1 Notably also, the actual search warrant obtained on September 11th did not include the French intelligence information. Therefore, the only main difference between the information being submitted to FBIHQ from an early date which HQ personnel continued to deem insufficient and the actual criminal search warrant which a federal district judge signed and approved on September 11th, was the fact that, by the time the actual warrant was obtained, suspected terrorists were known to have highjacked planes which they then deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. To say then, as has been iterated numerous times, that probable cause did not exist until after the disasterous event occurred, is really to acknowledge that the missing piece of probable cause was only the FBI's (FBIHQ's) failure to appreciate that such an event could occur. The probable cause did not otherwise improve or change. When we went to the United States Attorney's Office that morning of September 11th, in the first hour after the attack, we used a disk containing the same information that had already been provided to FBIHQ; then we quickly added Paragraph 19 which was the little we knew from news reports of the actual attacks that morning. The problem with chalking this all up to the "20-20 hindsight is perfect" problem, (which I, as all attorneys who have been involved in deadly force training or the defense of various lawsuits are fully appreciative of), is that this is not a case of everyone in the FBI failing to appreciate the potential consequences. It is obvious, from my firsthand knowledge of the events and the detailed documentation that exists, that the agents in Minneapolis who were closest to the action and in the best position to gauge the situation locally, did fully appreciate the terrorist risk/danger posed by Moussaoui and his possible co-conspirators even prior to September 11th. Even without knowledge of the Phoenix communication (and any number of other additional intelligence communications that FBIHQ personnel were privy to in their central coordination roles), the Minneapolis agents appreciated the risk. So I think it's very hard for the FBI to offer the "20-20 hindsight" justification for its failure to act! Also intertwined with my reluctance in this case to accept the "20-20 hindsight" rationale is first-hand knowledge that I have of statements made on September 11th, after the first attacks on the World Trade Center had already occurred, made telephonically by the FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) who was the one most involved in the Moussaoui matter and who, up to that point, seemed to have been consistently, almost deliberately thwarting the Minneapolis FBI agents' efforts (see number 5). Even after the attacks had begun, the SSA in question was still attempting to block the search of Moussaoui's computer, characterizing the World Trade Center attacks as a mere coincidence with Misseapolis' prior suspicions about Moussaoui.2

4) In one of my peripheral roles on the Moussaoui matter, I answered an e-mail message on August 22, 2001, from an attorney at the National Security Law Unit (NSLU). Of course, with (ever important!) 20-20 hindsight, I now wish I had taken more time and care to compose my response. When asked by NSLU for my "assessment of (our) chances of getting a criminal warrant to search Moussaoui's computer", I answered, "Although I think there's a decent chance of being able to get a judge to sign a criminal search warrant, our USAO seems to have an even higher standard much of the time, so rather than risk it, I advised that they should try the other route." Leaked news accounts which said the Minneapolis Legal Counsel (referring to me) concurred with the FBIHQ that probable cause was lacking to search Moussaoui's computer are in error. (or possibly the leak was deliberately skewed in this fashion?) What I meant by this pithy e-mail response, was that although I thought probable cause existed ("probable cause" meaning that the proposition has to be more likely than not, or if quantified, a 51% likelihood), I thought our United States Attorney's Office, (for a lot of reasons including just to play it safe) in regularly requiring much more than probable cause before approving affidavits, (maybe, if quantified, 75%-80% probability and sometimes even higher), and depending on the actual AUSA who would be assigned, might turn us down. As a tactical choice, I therefore thought it would be better to pursue the "other route" (the FISA search warrant) first, the reason being that there is a common perception, which for lack of a better term, I'll call the "smell test" which has arisen that if the FBI can't do something through straight-up criminal methods, it will then resort to using less-demanding intelligence methods. Of course this isn't true, but I think the perception still exists. So, by this line of reasoning, I was afraid that if we first attempted to go criminal and failed to convince an AUSA, we wouldn't pass the "smell test" in subsequently seeking a FISA. I thought our best chances therefore lay in first seeking the FISA. Both of the factors that influenced my thinking are areas arguably in need of improvement: requiring an excessively high standard of probable cause in terrorism cases and getting rid of the "smell test" perception. It could even be argued that FBI agents, especially in terrorism cases where time is of the essence, should be allowed to go directly to federal judges to have their probable cause reviewed for arrests or searches without having to gain the USAO's approval.4

5) The fact is that key FBIHQ personnel whose job it was to assist and coordinate with field division agents on terrorism investigations and the obtaining and use of FISA searches (and who theoretically were privy to many more sources of intelligence information than field division agents), continued to, almost inexplicably,5 throw up roadblocks and undermine Minneapolis' by-now desperate efforts to obtain a FISA search warrant, long after the French intelligence service provided its information and probable cause became clear. HQ personnel brought up almost ridiculous questions in their apparent efforts to undermine the probable cause.6 In all of their conversations and correspondence, HQ personnel never disclosed to the Minneapolis agents that the Phoenix Division had, only approximately three weeks earlier, warned of Al Qaeda operatives in flight schools seeking flight training for terrorist purposes!
Nor did FBIHQ personnel do much to disseminate the information about Moussaoui to other appropriate intelligence/law enforcement authorities. When, in a desperate 11th hour measure to bypass the FBIHQ roadblock, the Minneapolis Division undertook to directly notify the CIA's Counter Terrorist Center (CTC), FBIHQ personnel actually chastised the Minneapolis agents for making the direct notification without their approval!

6 ) Eventually on August 28, 2001, after a series of e-mails between Minneapolis and FBIHQ, which suggest that the FBIHQ SSA deliberately further undercut the FISA effort by not adding the further intelligence information which he had promised to add that supported Moussaoui's foreign power connection and making several changes in the wording of the information that had been provided by the Minneapolis Agent, the Minneapolis agents were notified that the NSLU Unit Chief did not think there was sufficient evidence of Moussaoui's connection to a foreign power. Minneapolis personnel are, to this date, unaware of the specifics of the verbal presentations by the FBIHQ SSA to NSLU or whether anyone in NSLU ever was afforded the opportunity to actually read for him/herself all of the information on Moussaoui that had been gathered by the Minneapolis Division and the French intelligence service. Obviously verbal presentations are far more susceptible to mis-characterization and error. The e-mail communications between Minneapolis and FBIHQ, however, speak for themselves and there are far better witnesses than me who can provide their first hand knowledge of these events characterized in one Minneapolis agent's e-mail as FBIHQ is "setting this up for failure." My only comment is that the process of allowing the FBI supervisors to make changes in affidavits is itself fundamentally wrong, just as, in the follow-up to FBI Laboratory Whistleblower Frederic Whitehurst's allegations, this process was revealed to be wrong in the context of writing up laboratory results. With the Whitehurst allegations, this process of allowing supervisors to re-write portions of laboratory reports, was found to provide opportunities for over-zealous supervisors to skew the results in favor of the prosecution. In the Moussaoui case, it was the opposite -- the process allowed the Headquarters Supervisor to downplay the significance of the information thus far collected in order to get out of the work of having to see the FISA application through or possibly to avoid taking what he may have perceived as an unnecessary career risk.7 I understand that the failures of the FBIHQ personnel involved in the Moussaoui matter are also being officially excused because they were too busy with other investigations, the Cole bombing and other important terrorism matters, but the Supervisor's taking of the time to read each word of the information submitted by Minneapolis and then substitute his own choice of wording belies to some extent the notion that he was too busy. As an FBI division legal advisor for 12 years (and an FBI agent for over 21 years), I can state that an affidavit is better and will tend to be more accurate when the affiant has first hand information of all the information he/she must attest to. Of necessity, agents must continually rely upon information from confidential sources, third parties and other law enforcement officers in drafting affidavits, but the repeating of information from others greatly adds to the opportunities for factual discrepancies and errors to arise. To the extent that we can minimize the opportunity for this type of error to arise by simply not allowing unnecessary re-writes by supervisory staff, it ought to be done. (I'm not talking, of course, about mere grammatical corrections, but changes of some substance as apparently occurred with the Moussaoui information which had to be, for lack of a better term, "filtered" through FBIHQ before any action, whether to seek a criminal or a FISA warrant, could be taken.) Even after September 11th, the fear was great on the part of Minneapolis Division personnel that the same FBIHQ personnel would continue their "filtering" with respect to the Moussaoui investigation, and now with the added incentive of preventing their prior mistakes from coming to light. For this reason, for weeks, Minneapolis prefaced all outgoing communications (ECs) in the PENTTBOM investigation with a summary of the information about Moussaoui. We just wanted to make sure the information got to the proper prosecutive authorities and was not further suppressed! This fear was probably irrational but was nonetheless understandable in light of the Minneapolis agents' prior experiences and frustrations involving FBIHQ. (The redundant preface information regarding Moussaoui on otherwise unrelative PENTTBOM communications has ended up adding to criminal discovery issues, but this is the reason it was done.)

7) Although the last thing the FBI or the country needs now is a witch hunt, I do find it odd that (to my knowledge) no inquiry whatsoever was launched of the relevant FBIHQ personnel's actions a long time ago. Despite FBI leaders' full knowledge of all the items mentioned herein (and probably more that I'm unaware of), the SSA, his unit chief, and other involved HQ personnel were allowed to stay in their positions and, what's worse, occupy critical positions in the FBI's SIOC Command Center post September 11th. (The SSA in question actually received a promotion some months afterward!) It's true we all make mistakes and I'm not suggesting that HQ personnel in question ought to be burned at the stake, but, we all need to be held accountable for serious mistakes. I'm relatively certain that if it appeared that a lowly field office agent had committed such errors of judgment, the FBI's OPR would have been notified to investigate and the agent would have, at the least, been quickly reassigned. I'm afraid the FBI's failure to submit this matter to OPR (and to the IOB) gives further impetus to the notion (raised previously by many in the FBI) of a double standard which results in those of lower rank being investigated more aggressively and dealt with more harshly for misconduct while the misconduct of those at the top is often overlooked or results in minor disciplinary action. From all appearances, this double standard may also apply between those at FBIHQ and those in the field.

8) The last official "fact" that I take issue with is not really a fact, but an opinion, and a completely unsupported opinion at that. In the day or two following September 11th, you, Director Mueller, made the statement to the effect that if the FBI had only had any advance warning of the attacks, we (meaning the FBI), may have been able to take some action to prevent the tragedy. Fearing that this statement could easily come back to haunt the FBI upon revelation of the information that had been developed pre-September 11th about Moussaoui, I and others in the Minneapolis Office, immediately sought to reach your office through an assortment of higher level FBIHQ contacts, in order to quickly make you aware of the background of the Moussaoui investigation and forewarn you so that your public statements could be accordingly modified. When such statements from you and other FBI officials continued, we thought that somehow you had not received the message and we made further efforts. Finally when similar comments were made weeks later, in Assistant Director Caruso's congressional testimony in response to the first public leaks about Moussaoui we faced the sad realization that the remarks indicated someone, possibly with your approval, had decided to circle the wagons at FBIHQ in an apparent effort to protect the FBI from embarrassment and the relevant FBI officials from scrutiny. Everything I have seen and heard about the FBI's official stance and the FBI's internal preparations in anticipation of further congressional inquiry, had, unfortunately, confirmed my worst suspicions in this regard. After the details began to emerge concerning the pre-September 11th investigation of Moussaoui, and subsequently with the recent release of the information about the Phoenix EC, your statement has changed. The official statement is now to the effect that even if the FBI had followed up on the Phoenix lead to conduct checks of flight schools and the Minneapolis request to search Moussaoui's personal effects and laptop, nothing would have changed and such actions certainly could not have prevented the terrorist attacks and resulting loss of life. With all due respect, this statement is as bad as the first! It is also quite at odds with the earlier statement (which I'm surprised has not already been pointed out by those in the media!) I don't know how you or anyone at FBI Headquarters, no matter how much genius or prescience you may possess, could so blithely make this affirmation without anything to back the opinion up than your stature as FBI Director. The truth is, as with most predictions into the future, no one will ever know what impact, if any, the FBI's following up on those requests, would have had. Although I agree that it's very doubtful that the full scope of the tragedy could have been prevented, it's at least possible we could have gotten lucky and uncovered one or two more of the terrorists in flight training prior to September 11th, just as Moussaoui was discovered, after making contact with his flight instructors. It is certainly not beyond the realm of imagination to hypothesize that Moussaoui's fortuitous arrest alone, even if he merely was the 20th hijacker, allowed the hero passengers of Flight 93 to overcome their terrorist hijackers and thus spare more lives on the ground. And even greater casualties, possibly of our Nation's highest government officials, may have been prevented if Al Qaeda intended for Moussaoui to pilot an entirely different aircraft. There is, therefore at least some chance that discovery of other terrorist pilots prior to September 11th may have limited the September 11th attacks and resulting loss of life. Although your conclusion otherwise has to be very reassuring for some in the FBI to hear being repeated so often (as if saying it's so may make it so), I think your statements demonstrate a rush to judgment to protect the FBI at all costs. I think the only fair response to this type of question would be that no one can pretend to know one way or another.

Mr. Director, I hope my observations can be taken in a constructive vein. They are from the heart and intended to be completely apolitical. Hopefully, with our nation's security on the line, you and our nation's other elected and appointed officials can rise above the petty politics that often plague other discussions and do the right thing. You do have some good ideas for change in the FBI but I think you have also not been completely honest about some of the true reasons for the FBI's pre-September 11th failures. Until we come clean and deal with the root causes, the Department of Justice will continue to experience problems fighting terrorism and fighting crime in general.

I have used the "we" term repeatedly herin to indicate facts about others in the Minneapolis Office at critical times, but none of the opinions expressed herin can be attributed to anyone but myself. I know that those who know me would probably describe me as, by nature, overly opinionated and sometimes not as discreet as I should be. Certainly some of the above remarks may be interpreted as falling into that category, but I really do not intend anything as a personal criticism of you or anyone else in the FBI, to include the FBIHQ personnel who I believe were remiss and mishandled their duties with regard to the Moussaoui investigation. Truly my only purpose is to try to provide the facts within my purview so that an accurate assessment can be obtained and we can learn from our mistakes. I have pointed out a few of the things that I think should be looked at but there are many, many more.8

An honest acknowledgment of the FBI's mistakes in this and other cases should not lead to increasing the Headquarters bureaucracy and approval levels of investigative actions as the answer. Most often, field office agents and field office management on the scene will be better suited to the timely and effective solution of crimes and, in some lucky instances, to the effective prevention of crimes, including terrorism incidents. The relatively quick solving of the recent mailbox pipe-bombing incidents which resulted in no serious injuries to anyone are a good example of effective field office work (actually several field offices working together) and there are hundreds of other examples. Although FBIHQ personnel have, no doubt, been of immeasurable assistance to the field over the years, I'm hard pressed to think of any case which has been solved by FBIHQ personnel and I can name several that have been screwed up! Decision-making is inherently more effective and timely when decentralized instead of concentrated.

Your plans for an FBI Headquarters' "Super Squad" simply fly in the face of an honest appraisal of the FBI's pre-September 11th failures. The Phoenix, Minneapolis and Paris Legal Attache Offices reacted remarkably exhibiting keen perception and prioritization skills regarding the terrorist threats they uncovered or were made aware of pre-September 11th. The same cannot be said for the FBI Headquarters' bureaucracy and you want to expand that?! Should we put the counterterrorism unit chief and SSA who previously handled the Moussaoui matter in charge of the new "Super Squad"?! You are also apparently disregarding the fact the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), operating out of field divisions for years, (the first and chief one being New York City's JTTF), have successfully handled numerous terrorism investigations and, in some instances, successfully prevented acts of terrorism. There's no denying the need for more and better intelligence and intelligence management, but you should think carefully about how much gate keeping power should be entrusted with any HQ entity. If we are indeed in a "war", shouldn't the Generals be on the battlefield instead of sitting in a spot removed from the action while still attempting to call the shots?

I have been an FBI agent for over 21 years and, for what it's worth, have never received any form of disciplinary action throughout my career. From the 5th grade, when I first wrote the FBI and received the "100 Facts about the FBI" pamphlet, this job has been my dream. I feel that my career in the FBI has been somewhat exemplary, having entered on duty at a time when there was only a small percentage of female Special Agents. I have also been lucky to have had four children during my time in the FBI and am the sole breadwinner of a family of six. Due to the frankness with which I have expressed myself and my deep feelings on these issues, (which is only because I feel I have a somewhat unique, inside perspective of the Moussaoui matter, the gravity of the events of September 11th and the current seriousness of the FBI's and United States' ongoing efforts in the "war against terrorism"), I hope my continued employment with the FBI is not somehow placed in jeopardy. I have never written to an FBI Director in my life before on any topic. Although I would hope it is not necessary, I would therefore wish to take advantage of the federal "Whistleblower Protection" provisions by so characterizing my remarks.


Sincerely


Coleen M. Rowley
Special Agent and Minneapolis Chief Division Counsel

NOTES
1) And both of the violations originally cited in vain by the Minneapolis agents disputing the issue with FBIHQ personnel are among those on which Moussaoui is currently indicted.

2) Just minutes after I saw the first news of the World Trade Center attack(s), I was standing outside the office of Minneapolis ASAC M. Chris Briesse waiting for him to finish with a phone call, when he received a call on another line from this SSA. Since I figured I knew what the call may be about and wanted to ask, in light of the unfolding events and the apparent urgency of the situation, if we should now immediately attempt to obtain a criminal search warrant for Moussaoui's laptop and personal property, I took the call. I said something to the effect that, in light of what had just happened in New York, it would have to be the "hugest coincidence" at this point if Moussaoui was not involved with the terrorists. The SSA stated something to the effect that I had used the right term, "coincidence" and that this was probably all just a coincidence and we were to do nothing in Minneapolis until we got their (HQ's) permission because we might "screw up" something else going on elsewhere in the country.

4) Certainly Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure which begins, "Upon the request of a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government" does not contain this requirement. Although the practice that has evolved is that FBI agents must secure prior approval for any search or arrest from the United States Attorneys Office, the Federal Rule governing Search and Seizure clearly envisions law enforcement officers applying, on their own, for search warrants.

5) During the early aftermath of September 11th, when I happened to be recounting the pre-September 11th events concerning the Moussaoui investigation to other FBI personnel in other divisions or in FBIHQ, almost everyone's first question was "Why?--Why would an FBI agent(s) deliberately sabotage a case? (I know I shouldn't be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBIHQ personnel had to be spies or moles, like Robert Hansen, who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis' effort.) Our best real guess, however, is that, in most cases avoidance of all "unnecessary" actions/decisions by FBIHQ managers (and maybe to some extent field managers as well) has, in recent years, been seen as the safest FBI career course. Numerous high-ranking FBI officials who have made decisions or have taken actions which, in hindsight, turned out to be mistaken or just turned out badly (i.e. Ruby Ridge, Waco, etc.) have seen their careers plummet and end. This has in turn resulted in a climate of fear which has chilled aggressive FBI law enforcement action/decisions. In a large hierarchal bureaucracy such as the FBI, with the requirement for numerous superiors approvals/oversight, the premium on career-enhancement, and interjecting a chilling factor brought on by recent extreme public and congressional criticism/oversight, and I think you will see at least the makings of the most likely explanation.

Another factor not to be underestimated probably explains the SSA and other FBIHQ personnel's reluctance to act. And so far, I have heard no FBI official even allude to this problem-- which is that FBI Headquarters is staffed with a number of short term careerists* who, like the SSA in question, must only serve an 18 month- just- in- time- 'get your ticket punched' minimum. It's no wonder why very little expertise can be acquired by a Headquarters unit! (And no wonder why FBIHQ is mired in mediocrity! -- that maybe a little strong, but it would definitely be fair to say that there is unevenness in competency among Headquarters personnel.) (It's also a well known fact that the FBI Agents Association has complained for years about the disincentives facing those entering the FBI management career path which results in very few of the FBI's best and brightest choosing to go into management. Instead the ranks of FBI management are filled with many who were failures as street agents. Along these lines, let me ask the question, why has it suddenly become necessary for the Director to "handpick" the FBI management?) It's quite conceivable that many of the HQ personnel who so vigorously disputed Moussaoui's ability/predisposition to fly a plane into a building were simply unaware of all the various incidents and reports worldwide of Al Qaeda terrorists attempting or plotting to do so.

*By the way, just in the event you did not know, let me furnish you the Webster's definition of "careerism - - the policy or practice of advancing one's career often at the cost of one's integrity". Maybe that sums up the whole problem!

6) For example, at one point, the Supervisory Special Agent at FBIHQ posited that the French information could be worthless because it only identified Zacarias Moussaoui by name and he, the SSA, didn't know how many people by that name existed in France. A Minneapolis agent attempted to surmount that problem by quickly phoning the FBI's legal Attache (Legat) in Paris, France, so that a check could be made of the French telephone directories. Although the Legat in France did not have access to all of the French telephone directories, he was able to quickly ascertain that there was only one listed in the Paris directory. It is not known if this sufficiently answered the question, for the SSA continued to find new reasons to stall.

7) Another factor that cannot be underestimated as to the HQ Supervisor's apparent reluctance to do anything was/is the ever present risk of being "written up" for an Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) "error." In the year(s) preceding the September 11th acts of terrorism, numerous alleged IOB violations on the part of FBI personnel had to be submitted to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) as well as the IOB. I believe the chilling effect upon all levels of FBI agents assigned to intelligence matters and their manager hampered us from aggressive investigation of terrorists. Since one generally only runs the risk of IOB violations when one does something, the safer course is to do nothing. Ironically, in this case, a potentially huge IOB violation arguably occurred due to FBIHQ's failure to act, that is, FBIHQ's failure to inform the Department of Justice Criminal Division of Moussaoui's potential criminal violations (which, as I've already said, were quickly identified in Minneapolis as violations of Title 18 United States Code Section 2332b [Acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries] and Section 32 [Destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities]). This failure would seem to run clearly afoul of the Attorney General directive contained in the "1995 Procedures for Contacts Between the FBI and the Criminal Division Concerning Foreign Intelligence and Foreign Counterintelligence Investigations" which mandatorily require the FBI to notify the Criminal Division when "facts or circumstances are developed" in an FI or FCI investigation "that reasonably indicate that a significant federal crime has been, is being, or may be committed." I believe that Minneapolis agents actually brought this point to FBIHQ's attention on August 22, 2001, but HQ personnel apparently ignored the directive, ostensibly due to their opinion of the lack of probable cause. But the issue of whether HQ personnel deliberately undercut the probable cause can be sidestepped at this point because the Directive does not require probable cause. It requires only a "reasonable indication" which is defined as "substantially lower than probable cause." Given that the Minneapolis Division had accumulated far more than "a mere hunch" (which the directive would deem as insufficient), the information ought to have, at least, been passed on to the "Core Group" created to assess whether the information needed to be further disseminated to the Criminal Division. However, (and I don't know for sure), but to date, I have never heard that any potential violation of this directive has been submitted to the IOB or to the FBI's OPR. It should also be noted that when making determinations of whether items need to be submitted to the IOB, it is my understanding that NSLU normally used/uses a broad approach, erring, when in doubt, on the side of submitting potential violations.

8) For starters, if prevention rather than prosecution is to be our new main goal, (an objective I totally agree with), we need more guidance on when we can apply the Quarles "public safety" exception to Miranda's 5th Amendment requirements. We were prevented from even attempting to question Moussaoui on the day of the attacks when, in theory, he could have possessed further information about other co-conspirators. (Apparently no government attorney believes there is a "public safety" exception in a situation like this?!)
          Hadi S Anti Western Rhetoric Against U S Doj Is Pas Willing To Move Malays Towards Islamic Militancy Just To Save Najib   

AFTER writing on Scandalous that AG not acting on DoJ s 1MDB revelation I really didn t think I would have to pen this piece so soon However the recent most AG s statement was simply outlandish The open letter by PAS president Abdul Hadi Aw...
          Too Close For Comfort: Insiders Worry About DOJ Lawyers Speaking At White House   
John Huber is a career prosecutor in Utah who's served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. This month, the Trump White House nominated him to serve as a U.S. attorney in that state. But it came as something of a surprise to current and former Justice Department veterans Wednesday when Huber appeared for a news conference in Washington: not in the halls of Justice, but at the White House podium. Huber and the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement used the platform to advocate for the passage of House bills that increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who break the law and jurisdictions that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities. "Kate's Law enhances our ability to stem the tide of criminals who seem to almost always return to victimize us," Huber told the reporters assembled in the briefing room. He added: "Forty percent of my felony caseload in Utah are criminal alien prosecutions. If it's a problem in Utah, it's a problem for
           July 1 Through the Years    1863- The Battle of Gettysburg begins    1   
July 1 Through the Years 1863- The Battle of Gettysburg begins 1870- The US DOJ is created 1898- Battle of San Juan Hill 1931- United Airlines starts operation 1963- Zip Codes are introduced
          Nik Abduh mahu rakyat tolak campurtangan DoJ dan Amerika.   
Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja Pas Pusat, Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz membidas campur tangan Jabatan Kehakiman (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat dalam isu melibatkan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dan mereka tidak wajar dijadikan sebagai rujukan. Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas itu berkata rakyat Malaysia tidak boleh menjadikan dakwaan DoJ sebagai rujukan kerana isu-isu berkaitan 1MDB sepatutnya ditangani oleh […]
           Pas kesal campur tangan asing dalam Skandal 1MDB..??   

KOTA BHARU - Pas kesal apabila isu 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) melibatkan campur tangan negara luar sedangkan tindakan itu boleh merugikan Malaysia.
Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas, Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, Pas secara jelas menolak 1MDB kerana ia didakwa merupakan satu perniagaan yang salah, sama ada dari sudut syarak atau hukum perniagaan.
“Jabatan Kehakiman (DOJ) berhak untuk melakukan siasatan ke atas siapa yang dia mahu yang melibatkan negara masing-masing termasuk isu 1MDB, tetapi kita rakyat Malaysia tidak boleh terpengaruh dengan apa-apa campur tangan dengan negara asing.
“1MDB ini bukan payah untuk difahami kerana rakyat sudah tahu ia adalah satu perniagaan yang dianggap melibatkan riba dan harta rakyat sebagai jaminan dalam perniagaan itu, malah banyak tadbir urus yang salah, juga ada campur tangan terutama politik,” dakwanya kepada Sinar Harian, di sini, hari ini.
Nik Mohamad Abduh berkata, mencukupi atau memuaskan hati rakyat sekiranya suruhanjaya bebas ditubuhkan, namun apa yang menjadi masalahnya kata beliau, kerajaan dianggap gagal untuk berbuat demikian.
“Mereka bahkan cuba menyembunyikan sesuatu dalam siasatan 1MDB, jadi rakyat sudah boleh buat keputusan bahawa kerajaan BN memang gagal menangani isu 1MDB dan kita tidak perlu campur tangan negara asing.
“Kita tak akan jadikan DOJ sebagai rujukan kerana kita sendiri sudah ada kepakaran untuk menyiasat dan kita yakin isu 1MDB ini boleh disesuaikan dengan cara pembentukan suruhanjaya bebas, malah penubuhan itu sudah dipersetujui semua pihak termasuk pembangkang dan suara rakyat sendiri,” katanya.
Nik Mohamad Abduh yang juga bekas Ketua Pemuda Pas Pusat berkata, hanya BN sahaja yang menolak penubuhan suruhanjaya bebas tersebut, oleh itu segala tangungjawab terhadap isu 1MDB terletak kepada mereka.
“Pas berharap rakyat dapat menilai dengan baik dan menyeru rakyat supaya bangkit memastikan pemerintahan politik kembali ke landasan yang benar dan diurus tadbir dengan baik,” katanya.
          Skandal 1MDB: Peguam Negara tidak perlu dirujuk dalam saman DoJ    


Apakah peguam negara benar-benar tidak mengetahui bahawa beliau tidak perlu dirujuk oleh Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) dalam saman sivil berkait dana 1MDB yang diselewengkan ataupun beliau hanya berpura-pura tidak tahu bertujuan mempertahankan perdana menteri.
Malah tuduhan Tan Sri Apandi Ali bahawa DoJ 'berniat politik' kerana tidak menghubungi beliau sebelum tindakan saman sivil itu diambil sangat mengecewakan pelbagai pihak dan dilihat sebagai 'membodek' untuk 'menyelamatkan' perdana menteri atau MO1 (dalam laporan DoJ), kata pengarah strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Apandi Ali"Ada tiga tafsiran boleh saya berikan terhadap komentar Apandi ini. Pertama, sememang Apandi tidak membaca laporan 251 muka surat 'complaint' DoJ itu.
"Kedua, kalau beliau sudah terbaca maka Apandi perlu kembali 'disekolahkan'.
"Ketiga, beliau sememang buat-buat bodoh dan buat-buat tak tahu. Dengan kata lain punya niat jahat menuduh DoJ mengambil tindakan ini semata-mata atas alasan 'politik' untuk menggugat atau apa pun 'niat politik DoJ'!" tegas beliau.
Dr Dzulkefly juga mempersoalkan sama ada Apandi atau para pegawainya tidak membaca laporan DoJ sehingga tidak mengetahui kewujudan istilah 'in rem' yang digunakan berulang kali dalam laporan DoJ.
Menurut beliau, di muka surat 7 di bawah tajuk 'Nature of Action' (Sifat Tindakan Saman) laporan terbaru DoJ tentang 1MDB menyatakan:
This is a civil action 'in rem' to forfeit assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misapproptiated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1-MDB)...
"Kalau Apandi telah membaca istilah 'in rem' dan bukan 'in personan' yang digunakan DoJ, lalu kekal bertegas dengan kenyataan bahawa DoJ berniat 'political' dalam membawa saman sivil ini, maka jelasnya Apandi tidak layak memegang jawatan Peguam Negara kerana beliau tak faham apa makna istilah 'in rem' tersebut," katanya.
Beliau bagaimanapun penuh yakin peguam negara memahami maksud 'civil action in rem' yang digunakan DoJ iaitu segala tindakan undang-undang yang akan dijalankan dan dikelolakan pihak Mahkamah (Pendakwa/DoJ), tidak akan melibatkan pemilik dana iaitu 1MDB.
Sehubungan itu, beliau yakin Apandi sengaja memain emosi rakyat bahawa DoJ berniat jahat dan bermotif politik kerana tidak merujuk Kamar Peguam Negara (AGC).
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          Kalau PAS Mahu Menjadi Khadam UMNO, Apa Yang Kita Boleh Buat?   

SHAH ALAM: Alasan PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan untuk bekerjasama dalam menangani skandal mega 1MDB menjadi isyarat bahawa PAS sudah tenggelam dalam skrip UMNO.

Ahli Parlimen Kuala Nerus, Khairuddin Aman Razali dilaporkan berkata PAS tidak sama sekali akan “terikut-ikut” dan “terpengaruh” dengan pihak luar, merujuk Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DOJ).

“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya,” ujarnya dilaporkan media.

Sebagai reaksi kepada kenyataan terbabit, Setiausaha Eksekutif Sosialis Muda DAP (DAPSY) Muhammad Shakir Ameer mempersoalkan sama ada PAS tidak langsung peduli tentang penyelewengan yang berlaku.

“Sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen, Khairuddin harus sedar betapa serius isu ini atau saja buat tidak tahu?

“Saya pelik dan geli dengan gelagat PAS baru baru ini. Dan tertanya-tanya saya adakah PAS ingin kembali dengan Barisan Nasional seperti dibawah Ust Asri Muda sesuatu masa dahulu,” ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan.

Menurut Shakir lagi, sikap PAS yang seolah-olah dilihat sebagai kuda tunggangan UMNO menimbulkan tanda tanya bahawa adakah parti tersebut lebih rela menjadi ‘macai’ kepada ‘Malaysian Official 1’ daripada melawan salah guna dana awam.

DOJ baru-baru ini mendedahkan butiran lanjut mengenai skandal pengubahan wang haram melibatkan dana terkait 1MDB yang digunakan untuk membeli hak cipta filem, serta barang kemas untuk seorang model, dan juga isteri kepada karakter ‘Malaysian Official 1’ yang disahkan oleh Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik Barisan Nasional, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan sebagai Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

PAS mengambil pendirian aneh dengan menyifatkan tindakan undang-undang DOJ terbabit sebagai campur tangan asing, meski kesalahan melibatkan dana 1MDB itu dilakukan di luar negara.

“Sebagai parti politik yang sudah lama dalam kancah politik, PAS hendaklah membuat keputusan untuk bersama mereka yang korup atau mereka yang melawan korupsi,” tegas Shakir. #sumber

          Marina: Janganlah Terlalu Ghairah Jelajah 1MDB Hingga Lupa PRU-14   

PETALING JAYA: Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 menasihatkan Pakatan Harapan tidak terlalu ghairah menganjurkan jelajah dan himpunan mengenai 1MDB sehingga mengabaikan persiapan mereka untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14). 

Maria Chin Abdullah ketika dihubungi  hari ini turut mencadangkan pembangkang menggunakan jelajah itu untuk menjelaskan dasar mereka – antaranya soal perumahan, kesihatan dan pendidikan – kepada rakyat. 

“Bukan isu rasuah sahaja yang penting, pembangkang juga perlu ketengah dasar yang akan mereka bawa. Ketika ini semua pihak tahu kita perlu atasi masalah rasuah. “Mereka kata mereka ada (dasar), tetapi saya tidak nampak. 

Tunjukkan kami dasar yang dibawa, dari situ ia boleh menunjukkan pembangkang mampu mentadbir negara atau tidak,” katanya sambil menambah Bersih 2.0 belum membuat keputusan sama ada akan menyertai jelajah itu, tetapi akan berbincang dengan sekretariat jelajah.

Semalam, Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengumumkan Pakatan Harapan bersama Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah akan menganjurkan jelajah mengenai 1MDB bermula 6 Julai ini untuk menjelaskan dakwaan terkini membabitkan sayap pelaburan strategik kerajaan itu menerusi saman sivil terbaru Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) pada 16 Jun lalu, kepada orang ramai. 

Jelajah itu akan diakhiri himpunan aman pada September depan, di mana tarikh dan lokasi akan ditetapkan kemudian. 

Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat PSM, S Arutchelvan berkata, beliau menyokong jelajah itu tetapi bimbang dengan peluang kejayaan dan jumlah kehadiran orang ramai dalam program 2 bulan itu yang mungkin menghantar isyarat bercampur kepada rakyat. 

Katanya, DoJ memfailkan saman sivil sejak tahun lalu tetapi jelajah itu hanya diadakan sekarang, seolah-olah menunjukkan pembangkang tidak percaya dengan minat rakyat terhadap isu itu sehingga pilihan raya umum bakal diadakan. 

“Kita perlu tunggu dan lihat kejayaan jelajah itu. Secara peribadi, saya rasa ia sedikit terlambat jika tujuannya untuk mendidik rakyat mengenai isu itu.

Sementara itu, pengkritik lantang 1MDB, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan menyambut baik jelajah itu dan akan membuat permohonan untuk menyertainya. Walaupun tidak menafikan keperluan Pakatan Harapan untuk menjelaskan dasarnya, beliau berkata, isu 1MDB tidak boleh dilupakan sama sekali kerana ia adalah “punca kemelut politik dan ekonomi” yang dihadapi negara kini. 

“Suka atau tidak, ini adalah masalah terbesar negara dan kita perlu atasinya,” katanya yang pernah membuat laporan di beberapa negara lain terhadap 1MDB. Beliau bagaimanapun menafikan isu 1MDB “terlalu sukar” difahami masyarakat akar umbi dan tidak dapat membantu Pakatan Harapan dalam meraih sokongan pengundi. 

“Turun ke kedai-kedai kopi di kampung, anda akan dengar mereka bercakap tentang isu ini, malah boleh menyebut angka (yang terlibat). Dengan penerangan yang ringkas dan mudah, jelajah ini dapat membuatkan mereka lebih faham,” katanya. 

DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak 2 filem yang dibeli dengan dana didakwa diseleweng daripada 1MDB. 

DoJ menerusi saman sivil pertama yang difailkan pada Julai 2016 mahu merampas semua aset didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB, termasuk Hotel Park Lane di New York, sebuah hotel mewah di Beverly Hills, kondominium di New York, karya seni serta hasil kutipan daripada filem “The Wolf of Wall Street” yang dibintangi Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Keseluruhan nilai aset yang cuba didapatkan DoJ meningkat kepada AS$1.8 bilion (RM7.7 bilion) dengan tuntutan terbaru itu. #sumber

          Mantan "Presiden MCA" Bertegas, Tindakan Mengambil Wang Rakyat Salah   
KAJANG: Bekas Presiden MCA, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik mengulangi pendirian tindakan menyeleweng dan menyalurkan dana awam ke akaun bank peribadi adalah salah.

“Pendirian saya tidak berubah dan saya masih fikir ia salah untuk orang menyalurkan wang (rakyat) ke akaun peribadi mereka,” katanya pada sidang media di kampus Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman di Sungai Long hari ini.
Bekas menteri pengangkutan itu mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Razak berbuat demikian pada 2015, menyebabkan beliau disaman Perdana Menteri pada tahun sama.
Najib memfailkan saman terhadap dakwaan Dr ling itu yang beliau “mengambil wang rakyat” berhubung isu sumbangan RM2.6 bilion.
Dr Ling kemudiannya memfailkan saman fitnah terhadap Najib pada 14 Disember 2015.
Mahkamah Tinggi belum membuat keputusan terhadap cubaan Dr Ling untuk membatalkan saman itu.
Dalam perkembangan lain, Dr Ling tidak menolak kemungkinan menyertai himpunan diketuai 4 parti pembangkang yang merupakan kemuncak kepada jelajah 2 bulan di seluruh negara, bagi memastikan saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berkaitan 1MDB diketahui rakyat.
“Saya akan fikirkannya.”
Kelmarin, Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengumumkan Pakatan Harapan bersama Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah akan menganjurkan jelajah mengenai 1MDB bermula 6 Julai ini untuk menjelaskan dakwaan terkini membabitkan sayap pelaburan strategik kerajaan itu menerusi saman sivil terbaru DoJ, kepada orang ramai.
Jelajah itu akan diakhiri himpunan aman pada September depan, di mana tarikh dan lokasi akan ditetapkan kemudian.
DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California pada 16 Jun lalu mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak 2 filem yang dibeli dengan dana didakwa diseleweng daripada 1MDB.
DoJ menerusi saman sivil pertama yang difailkan pada Julai 2016 mahu merampas semua aset didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB, termasuk Hotel Park Lane di New York, sebuah hotel mewah di Beverly Hills, kondominium di New York, karya seni serta hasil kutipan daripada filem “The Wolf of Wall Street” yang dibintangi Leonardo DiCaprio.
Keseluruhan nilai aset yang cuba didapatkan DoJ meningkat kepada AS$1.8 bilion (RM7.7 bilion) dengan tuntutan terbaru itu. #sumber

          Kit Siang: Daripada Sasar 5 Negeri, Baik Tumpu "Pertahan" Kelantan !   

PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang berkata, pengalaman PAS kehilangan Terengganu pada 2004 di bawah kepimpinan Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang mungkin berulang di Kelantan pada pilihan raya umum akan datang. 

Bercakap pada “Jelajah Desa bersama Lim Kit Siang di Pantai Timur”, penasihat DAP itu berkata, Hadi yang dilantik sebagai menteri besar Terengganu dari 1999 sehingga 2004, perlu bersedia menghadapi kemungkinan itu, bukannya menyasarkan untuk menawan negeri lain. 

“Hadi menyekat mana-mana usaha (untuk bekerjasama dengan Pakatan Harapan) bagi mendedahkan skandal pengubahan wang 1MDB antarabangsa kerana beliau tidak nampak sebarang kesalahan atau perbuatan memalukan mengenai skandal 1MDB. 

“Adakah kepimpinan Hadi akan menyebabkan PAS kehilangan Kelantan, dalam cara sama yang tidak memalukan Hadi kehilangan Terengganu pada pilihan raya umum 2004,” kata ahli Parlimen Gelang Patah itu dalam sebuah sesi dialog di Kemaman, malam tadi. 

Lim menyifatkan sasaran Hadi untuk PAS menawan 5 negeri pada pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14) “sukar dicapai”. “Di bawah kepimpinan Hadi, PAS tidak akan dapat memenangi 5 negeri iaitu Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah dan Selangor pada PRU14. Sebaliknya, ia akan menjadi perjuangan dalam kehidupan politiknya sama ada ia dapat mengekalkan kuasa di Kelantan yang ditawannya sejak 1990.”

Katanya, PAS memenangi Kelantan disebabkan kepimpinan Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat yang meninggal dunia pada Februari 2015. Semalam, PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan untuk bersama gabungan itu memastikan mereka yang dituduh melesapkan dana 1MDB dibawa ke muka pengadilan dan berkata, PAS bukan sebuah parti yang terpengaruh dengan pihak asing. 

“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya. “PAS ada cara kita sendiri, kita tidak bersama Barisan Nasional (BN) dan kita tidak bersama Pakatan Harapan, kita bawa cara kita dan kita bertindak tidak mengikut cara orang melibatkan isu 1MDB,” kata Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali. 

Semalam, Pakatan Harapan mendesak kerajaan memanggil sidang tergempar Dewan Rakyat bagi menjawab tuduhan yang terkandung dalam saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) bagi menyita aset lebih RM2.3 bilion di negara itu, yang didakwa dibiayai wang diseleweng daripada 1MDB. 

Gabungan 4 parti itu turut mengumumkan siri jelajah seluruh negara bermula 6 Julai ini di Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, bagi menjelaskan kepada orang ramai tuduhan DoJ itu, yang sebelum ini disifatkan pemimpin kerajaan sebagai agenda politik.  #sumber

          Ramesh: 1MDB-DoJ, Ini ‘Maklumat’ Terkini Dari Sumber White House !   

PETALING JAYA: Pelbagai kenyataan dikeluarkan menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) mempersoalkan laporan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) mengenai kecurian dana 1MDB, dan mereka rata-rata menganggap dakwaan itu tidak berserta bukti kukuh malah mempunyai agenda tertentu. 

Di tengah-tengah kritikan dan sokongan terhadap DoJ ini, muncul Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, seorang penyokong tegar perdana menteri yang merupakan orang di sebalik sebuah NGO bernama “Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin”. 

Ramesh mempunyai “maklumat” dalaman daripada “sumber White House”. “Sumber White House” itu memberitahu Ramesh, pegawai DoJ yang terlibat menyediakan laporan mengenai 1MDB itu kini berdepan tindakan dipecat daripada kerajaan AS kerana bersubahat “membuat dakwaan palsu” terhadap Malaysia.

Ramesh sempat mengaitkan laporan DoJ itu dengan politik kepartian AS dan pentadbiran Presiden Donald Trump. “Pegawai dalam DOJ adalah pro-parti Demokrat manakala presiden AS sekarang ini Donald Trump adalah dari parti Republikan,” katanya dalam kenyataan emel kepada beberapa media dan portal tempatan. 

Menurut Ramesh, laporan DoJ itu tidak disenangi Trump kerana “menjejaskan hubungan baik antara Kuala Lumpur dan Washington”. “Pembangkang ini patutnya meminta penjelasan dari DoJ kerana mereka campur tangan dalam urusan hal ehwal dalaman negara dengan saman sivil itu, bukannya ambil kesempatan dan hentam kerajaan dan PM seperti ini,” kata Ramesh. #sumber

          Khairuddin: PAS "Tolak" Pelawaan Untuk "Bersatu", Dalam Isu 1MDB   

PETALING JAYA: PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) hari ini untuk bersama-sama gabungan itu memastikan mereka yang dituduh melesapkan dana 1MDB dibawa ke muka pengadilan, sebaliknya berkata PAS bukan sebuah parti yang terpengaruh dengan pihak asing. 

“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya,” kata ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali. “PAS ada cara kita sendiri, kita tidak bersama Barisan Nasional (BN) dan kita tidak bersama Pakatan Harapan, kita bawa cara kita dan kita bertindak tidak mengikut cara orang melibatkan isu 1MDB.” 

Khairuddin berkata parti itu tidak sama sekali “terikut-ikut” dan “terpengaruh” dengan pihak luar seperti Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), yang baru-baru ini mengeluarkan dokumen setebal 251 muka surat memperincikan pelesapan wang 1MDB menerusi pembelian beberapa aset mewah. 

Sebaliknya, Khairuddin berkata PAS menolak “campur tangan pihak luar” dan mendesak penyiasatan peringkat tempatan seperti suruhanjaya siasatan diraja (RCI) bagi menyiasat 1MDB. “Apa-apa perkara berkaitan negara hanya diselesaikan oleh negara kita sendiri, bukan orang luar. 

Soal telus atau tidak, itu perkara kedua tetapi isu negara kita, biar kita selesaikan.” PH hari ini mendesak kerajaan memanggil sidang tergempar Dewan Rakyat bagi menjawab tuduhan yang terkandung dalam saman sivil DoJ bagi menyita aset bernilai lebih RM2.3 bilion di negara itu, yang didakwa dibiayai wang curi 1MDB. 

Gabungan 4 parti itu turut mengumumkan siri jelajah seluruh negara bermula 6 Julai ini di Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, bagi menjelaskan kepada orang ramai tuduhan DoJ itu, yang sebelum ini disifatkan pemimpin kerajaan sebagai mempunyai agenda politik.

“Kami juga menyeru kesemua parti-parti pembangkang untuk mengenepikan segala perbezaan dan berkerjasama serta bersatu tenaga untuk membawa mereka yang terlibat di dalam skandal penyelewengan dana 1MDB ke muka pengadilan,” kata kenyataan PH hari ini, yang turut disokong 2 parti bukan ahli PH iaitu Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah. 

‘DoJ tidak bela umat Islam’ Khairuddin berkata tindakan DoJ merupakan hak mereka, tetapi mempersoalkan pandangan yang menganggap ia lebih adil daripada agensi lain. Pemimpin Dewan Ulama PAS itu turut mengaitkan pendirian DoJ dengan nasib rakyat Palestin. 

“Kita tidak perlu terikut-ikut dengan apa yang dibuat. Adakah DoJ di bawah penguasaan Amerika Syarikat, kita rasakan lebih adil terhadap orang Islam dan masyarakat Malaysia, sedangkan merekalah juga orang yang zalim terhadap kebajikan umat Islam di Palestin?” soal Khairuddin yang juga wakil rakyat Kuala Nerus itu

Khairuddin berkata beliau sangsi tindakan DoJ menyimpan agenda negara barat. “Adakah Amerika Syarikat melalui DoJ bertindak untuk kemaslahatan negara kita atau ada agenda tersembunyi atau ada orang lain sebenarnya merancang sesuatu dan berpakat dengan barat?” soalnya. 

Khairuddin berkata pihaknya turut menyerahkan kepada rakyat untuk menilai sama ada pendirian PAS mengenai DoJ ditafsirkan sebagai “mesra Umno”. 

“Terpulang kepada mereka (Pakatan Harapan) mentafsir (PAS mesra Umno), kalau mereka tak kata macam itu mereka nak kata macam mana lagi, sebab mereka juga musuh kepada PAS. DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak filem yang didakwa dibiayai dengan dana yang didakwa digelapkan dari 1MDB. #sumber

          Beach Beat: Why ask why? Because you have a right to know   
This started out to be a news story about how the FDA and DOJ did that thing they do this week — protect the public interest — when they closed down a smoked fish company in New York that had been endangering people’s lives for at least six years. But we brought you that story... Continue Reading
          Newspaper: DOJ lawyer tried to stifle reporter   
Two Louisiana congressmen are calling on the Justice Department to respond to a complaint that one of its attorneys tried to bar a newspaper reporter from quoting or recording her comments at a public hearing in New Iberia. The Daily Iberian contends Justice Department attorney Rachel Hranitzky became belligerent and threatening after the reporter, Matthew Beaton, questioned why he couldnt quote her comments during a June 12 public hearing about the New Iberia Fire Departments hiring and promotion practices. Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Jeff Landry, both Republicans, have asked the Justice Department to respond to a letter from Managing Editor Jeff Zeringue complaining about the reporters treatment. Zeringue is still waiting for a response, but a department spokeswoman says Hranitzky never attempted to alter or stop a news story.
          Comment on Will US Honor Results of Puerto Rico’s June 11 Plebiscite Vote? DOJ Official Declines to Comment by Latino Rebels | Victoria estadista = Invisibilidad puertorriqueña (OPINIÓN)   
[…] elección, EL Nuevo Día confirmó que el DOJ condicionó la revisión del lenguaje en la papeleta, dependiendo si la fecha del plebiscito se atrasara. Rosselló decidió mantener la fecha de la elección según planificada […]
          Comment on Puerto Rico Statehood Leaders Say Congress and White House Must Honor Future Plebiscite Results by Latino Rebels | Victoria estadista = Invisibilidad puertorriqueña (OPINIÓN)   
[…] afirmando que el DOJ autorizaría los fondos para la elección. Luego en mayo, no obstante, el DOJ emitió otras declaraciones, indicando que no habían revisado ni aprobado el lenguaje en la papeleta. A un día de la […]
          Comment on Will US Honor Results of Puerto Rico’s June 11 Plebiscite Vote? DOJ Official Declines to Comment by Pro-Statehood Governor of Puerto Rico Calls for 'Action' From Congress After Plebiscite Vote - Latino USA   
[…] The 38-year-old governor, a registered Democrat, was accompanied at the conference by Puerto Rico’s secretary of state Luis Rivera Marín, Jason Emert (who led a delegation of observers at the June 11 plebiscite), Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-Florida). Both Young and Soto are members of the House Committee on Natural Resources, which is expected to once again take on the issue of Puerto Rico, now that statehood won 97% of Sunday’s vote—despite a historic low turnout due to a boycott from non-statehood supporters and claims that the vote never won the blessing of the federal government. […]
          Ripping off taxpayers to finance America’s destruction   
BombThrowers Trump ends payouts to radical leftist groups from Obama’s big bucks shakedown-supported DoJ slush fund While being investigated for things that never happened and facing Antifa thugs and other lunatic leftists crawling out from under rocks nationwide while the true criminals in the Democratic Party get a free pass, the Trump administration has managed […]
          Civil rights activists raise alarm over Trump's DOJ pick   
Civil rights and LGBT activists say they are concerned about President Donald Trump's nomination Thursday of Eric Dreiband to head the Justice Department's civil rights division because of his work defending major corporations and others against discrimination lawsuits.

          What @realDonaldTrump Think About US DoJ?   

Even the United State of America President, Donald Trump don't trust the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Fake News Media. And yet our Pakatan Hope's Donkeys treat their reports on Malaysia like a New Testament.

DOJ is so corrupted that Pakatan Hope Opposition politicians  pays them to destroy their opponents politically through twisted press releases. And still believe in those scums when the US President himself don't.

Please also read what DS Tengku Sharifuddin has to say reagarding Pakatan Hope especially DAP:

DAP SHOULD FOCUS ON FIXING THEIR DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT RATHER THAN PEDDLING FAKE NEWS

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Press Secretary statement

1st July 2017

1.      Liew Chin Tong should stop pushing what is obviously fake news, smears and outright lies about the Government. He should be more concerned about the serious predicament of his party, DAP.

2.      DAP do not know whether they will be allowed to use their infamous rocket logo in the coming general election. And the Registry of Societies does not currently recognise the validity of DAP’s Central Executive Committee. This is because DAP's party elections are alleged to be gerrymandered and an undemocratic fix up by Penang Official 1 and his father to perpetuate that family's half-century long dictatorship over DAP.

3.      This means that DAP’s Secretary General, Penang Official 1, is in no position to authorise anything in the party as he is not legally recognised. In fact, DAP’s entire leadership is under threat and could be declared illegal for their alleged election manipulation.

4.      The best Liew Chin Tong and his colleagues could do for DAP members would be to:

a)      Ask Penang Official 1 to resign, instead of displaying contempt for elected office by staying as chief minister despite facing multiple corruption charges;

b)      Ask Lim Kit Siang to retire after half a century of failed dictatorship;

c)      Ask Tan Seng Giaw, a long-serving MP with more concern for the people's welfare than for his own personal power, to take over the party leadership.

5.      If Liew Chin Tong refuses, he should just keep quiet and refrain from parroting the tired old smears of a tired old dictator. We are now in the 21st Century. Dictators are relics of the past – although the opposition, even though it claims to speak for democracy, now has not one but two dictators leading it.

DATUK SERI TENGKU SARIFFUDDIN,
PRESS SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTER

          Civil rights activists raise alarm over Trump's DOJ pick   
Civil rights and LGBT activists say they are concerned about President Donald Trump's nomination Thursday of Eric Dreiband to head the Justice Department's civil rights division because of his work defending major corporations and others against discrimination lawsuits.

          Saman sivil DoJ jadi modal pembangkang untuk burukkan kerajaan.   
Jabatan Kehakiman (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) dicabar mendedahkan dalang sebenar yang ‘mengarahkan’ badan perundangan itu untuk mengambil tindakan saman sivil terbaru berkaitan dana 1MDB yang diseleweng. Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO, Datuk Sohaimi Shahadan berkata, tindakan terbaru DoJ itu dilihat bemotifkan politik susulan kekurangan isu semasa untuk meraih simpati rakyat. “Mereka (pembangkang) sudah kehabisan isu, kerana […]
          Civil rights advocates concerned with Trump’s pick to lead DOJ civil rights division   
Civil rights advocates are raising alarm over President Trump's nominee to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division.Trump nominated attorney Eric Dreiband, who has represented corporations on matters suc...
          AMERICAN PATRIOT DAILY 07/01/2017 DOJ MUST INVESTIGATE JOHN KOSKINEN!   
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          Rights activists alarmed over DOJ pick   
Civil rights and LGBT activists say they are concerned about President Donald Trump's nomination Thursday of Eric Dreiband to head the Justice Department's civil rights division because of his work defending major corporations and others against discrimination lawsuits.

          Civil rights activists raise alarm over Trump’s DOJ pick   
Civil rights and LGBT activists say they are concerned about President Donald Trump’s nomination Thursday of Eric Dreiband to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division because of his work defending major corporations and others against discrimination lawsuits. Dreiband, a labor attorney in Washington, D.C., who served as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity […]
          S&P Lawyer on DOJ Lawsuit   
Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel partner, discusses the merits of the Department of Justice's civil lawsuit against Standard & Poor's rating agency for alleged ratings fraud.
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Diving Deeper: DOJ Cover-up of Black Market Activity Using Secret Swiss Bank Accounts   
EpisodeWhistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld returns to dive deeper into the secret Swiss banking scandal. Last episode we learned about the significant black market activity that the secret accounts were used to launder money and that the DOJ and the Obama administration was determined to turn a blind eye on the entire affair. This episode we dig deeper into the DOJs activities and what nefarious characters they refused to prosecute and investigate.   View the rest of the article here: http://sa ...
          On Conflicts, Certiorari and Marinello (7/1/17)   
I posted a blog entry Tuesday on the Supreme Court’s grant of the petition for writ of certiorari in  United States v. Marinello, 839 F.3d 209, 218 (2d Cir. 2016).  See Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Marinello Involving Whether § 7212(a)'s Omnibus Clause Requires Knowledge of Pending Investigation (6/27/17), here.

I thought some readers might want some more discussion of intercircuit conflicts as a basis for certiorari.  From my personal observation standpoint (originally with DOJ Tax Appellate Section and then in the Trial Section and thereafter in private practice and as an academic on tax crimes keenly interested in Supreme Court practice), an intercircuit conflict is, as noted in the article below, the "best predictor of Supreme Court review."  The immediate context is, of course, the conflict between the Second Circuit in Marinello and the Sixth Circuit in  United States v. Kassouf, 144 F.3d 952 (1998).  The other Circuits deciding the issue have sided with the reasoning of the Second Circuit in Marinello and rejected the reasoning in Kassouf.  Kassouf is a lone-wolf holding. Since Kassouf was decided in 1998, the Sixth Circuit has narrowed its apparent scope but has not reversed it or cast serious doubt other than what might be inferred from its narrowing of Kassouf, to join with the other Circuits deciding the issue.  So, at this time, on this issue, the law in the Sixth Circuit is different than in the other Circuits that have addressed the issue.

Often, when the consensus of other Circuits moves against a holding in one Circuit, the outlier Circuit will reverse course, thereby assuring uniformity among the Circuits and avoiding the need for the Supreme Court to resolve the conflict.  The process of allowing other Circuits to speak to the issue (referred to in the excerpts below as “percolating”) allows the issue to be fully vetted by the time the Supreme Court does have to resolve by certiorari if the conflict persists.  But the Sixth Circuit has had several opportunities to reverse course or at least indicate disapproval or concern with the Kassouf holding and, while narrowing the potential scope of Kassouf, has declined to reverse course.

Here is what the Government said on that issue in opposing certiorari by holding out the possibility that the Sixth Circuit itself will fix the problem:
The court of appeals’ decision is consistent with the interpretation of Section 7212(a) adopted by most other courts of appeals and does not conflict with any decision of this Court. Although the Sixth Circuit reached a different conclusion in United States v. Kassouf, 144 F.3d 952 (1998), that court has vacillated in its approach to Section 7212(a) over the years and has not yet had an appropriate opportunity to reconsider Kassouf ’s holding in an en banc proceeding. This  Court has repeatedly denied other petitions raising the same issue. Nothing supports a different result in this case. 
Well, nothing except the persistence of the Sixth Circuit decision as an outlier so that the law is different in the Sixth Circuit than in the other Circuits.  (And perhaps a side note, the Government could have forced the issue by bringing an indictment on the same basis it indicts in other Circuits, which the district court would dismiss on the authority of Kassouf, the Government could appeal, the panel on appeal would affirm dismissal on the authority of Kassouf, and the Government could then ask for en banc review, whereupon the Sixth Circuit could resolve the conflict by overturning Kassouf or, if the Sixth Circuit persisted by denying en banc review or, on en banc review, affirming its holding in Kassouf, asking the Supreme Court to resolve the then clearly persistent conflict; there might be some prudential reasons to avoid bringing a single count indictment like that, so perhaps it a really bad-actor case could be chosen with several counts, which would slow down the issue getting to the Sixth Circuit.)

I thought readers who are interested might benefit from this recent scholarly article analyzing a significant original dataset of Circuit Court conflicts and the issue of whether and when Supreme Court review to resolve the conflicts is appropriate.

Deborah Beim and Kelly Rader, Evolution of Conflict in the Federal Circuit Courts (Yale University 3/19/15), here.  Here are some excerpts (footnotes omitted):
Abstract 
Conflicts between the Courts of Appeals are of central importance to the American judiciary. When circuits split, federal law is applied differently in different parts of the country. It has long been known that the existence of a circuit split is the best predictor of Supreme Court review, but data availability has constrained understanding of circuit splits to this fact. In this paper, we explore the “life cycle” of an intercircuit split. We analyze an original dataset that comprises a sample of conflicts between Courts of Appeals that existed between 2005 and 2013, including both conflicts the Supreme Court resolved and conflicts it has not yet resolved. We show how long a conflict exists before it is resolved and how many go unresolved altogether, which conflicts are resolved soonest, and how a conflict grows across circuits.
End of Abstract 
Conflict between Courts of Appeals is of central importance to the federal judiciary. When circuits split, federal law is applied differently in different parts of the country. As an empirical matter, the existence of a circuit split is one of the best predictors of Supreme Court review. However, despite its importance, scant empirical evidence exists outside of this fact. How many circuit splits go unresolved altogether? Of those that are resolved, for how long do they persist before they are resolved? 
* * * * 
Uniformity in the application of federal law by federal courts is a value as old as Federalist 80. In addition to harming this principle, circuit splits have other potentially undesirable consequences: they make it difficult for lawyers to advise their clients, invite additional litigation, circumscribe potentially legal conduct, and possibly cast doubt on the legitimacy of the legal system itself (e.g., Hellman 1985, Tiberi 1993). 
* * * * 
Unless a circuit repudiates its past decision to come in line with other circuits, only the  Supreme Court can bring uniformity to a body of law when circuits split. In the Supreme Court’s Rule 10, the presence of a circuit split is one of the only factors explicitly mentioned as a consideration in granting writs of certiorari. 
We can see the heavy consideration to which the Supreme Court accords intercircuit conflict in the cases it does decide to hear. Consistent with Rule 10, the Supreme Court is far more likely to review cases that implicate a conflict in the lower courts than those that do not (Tanenhaus et al. 1963, Ulmer 1984, Caldeira and Wright 1988, Caldeira, Wright and Zorn 1999, Perry 1991). In a review of Burger Court cases, Hellman (1985) found that intercircuit conflict was the modal reason for granting cert and that, in some areas of statutory law, resolving conflict was nearly the only reason the Court heard a case. 
The presence of an intercircuit conflict does not guarantee that the Supreme Court will grant review, however. Some conflicts implicate more important areas of the law, potentially affect more litigants, are more likely to persist, involve more contemporaneous disagreement (are more “live”), or involve cases that are harder to distinguish (are more “square”) than others. That is, “there are conflicts, and there are conflicts” (Perry 1991, p. 249). Because it is so widely know that the Court is more likely to grant review to cases that implicate conflicts—and Gressman et al. (2007, p. 242) advise petitioners of this reality—allegation of conflict is common. Much of a clerk’s task is distinguishing genuine from alleged conflict (Estreicher and Sexton 1984). 
Empirical investigations into the Court’s cert decisions show that the Court is far more likely to review cases of true conflict (Estreicher and Sexton 1984) or “strong” or deep conflicts as opposed to shallow ones (Black and Owens 2009). Of course, what constitutes a conflict worthy of review is subject to interpretation. Even the justices themselves disagree over which conflicts, if any, are tolerable (Perry 1991). Occasionally the notion that the Supreme Court either lacks the capacity to resolve important conflicts or is abrogating its duty to do so has given rise to Congressional inquiries. At the behest of the 1990 Federal Courts Study Committee, Hellman (1995) investigated the number, “tolerability,” and “persistence” of intercircuit conflicts implicated by cases in which litigants petitioned for cert but that the Supreme Court nonetheless declined to hear. In the 1989 term, Hellman estimated that the Supreme Court denied cert to petitions implicating between 168 and 274 different intercircuit conflicts. Among those petitions, about one-third involved conflicts that had the potential to cause harm to multicircuit actors, either through the existence of inconsistent obligations or by necessitating compliance with the most restrictive rule. Between one-quarter and one-third involved disagreement over rules that were clear cut enough that the choice of rule would most certainly change the outcome of the case, and an additional thirty to fifty percent involved differences over rules that would favor one side or the other in a class of disputes. That is, a large majority of cert petitions alleging conflict that were denied review involved conflicts that were serious enough to alter the behavior of relevant actors and/or lead to different case outcomes across similar cases. In a similar set of denied petitions from the 1984 and 1985 terms, Hellman found that only about one-third were resolved by the Supreme Court by the 1992 term, though an additional 25 percent were mooted in other ways. 
Beyond workload considerations or potential shirking, one reason the Supreme Court may allow a live conflict to persist is so that the question at issue may percolate. That is, the justices may learn something by allowing multiple circuits to weigh in before they grant cert to resolve a conflict. Clark and Kastellec (2013) develop a theoretical model of  a court that faces a tradeoff between promoting uniformity in the law and learning about legal issues from percolation in the lower courts. The court grants cert to resolve an issue when the costs to allowing the conflict to percolate outweigh the benefits of learning from additional lower courts weighing-in. Using data on conflicts resolved between 1985 and 1996, they test and show support for one prediction from this model—that the Supreme Court is more likely to grant certiorari when a conflict arises late in the percolation process than when a conflict arises early in the percolation process. To the extent that the Court does seek to balance learning and uniformity, there is little evidence that “percolated” decisions are more well-received than non-percolated ones.
I hope that whets readers' appetites to read the whole report.  I think the point, of course, is that, despite the SG's opposition to certiorari, this particular conflict has percolated long enough since there is no real indication that the Sixth Circuit is going to reverse course and the Government apparently has not pressed the issue in the Sixth Circuit as hard as it might have.

One small anecdote about intercircuit conflicts from my tenure with DOJ Tax Appellate Section.  To paraphrase the common expression, I won some cases and I lost some.  On the cases I won where the taxpayer petitioned for certiorari, I routinely wrote the initial draft of the Brief in Opp.  None of the cases I won were accepted for certiorari.  And, among the cases I lost, I had to write a memorandum recommending to the Solicitor General whether or not the Government should petition for certiorari.  I lost a mitigation case.  The mitigation provisions are in Sections 1311-1314.  Many tax practitioners know about those provisions but have not taken a deep dive into them.  I had not until I had the case and came to love the beauty of the mitigation provision.  The opinion holding against the Government created a conflict, at least as I read the cases.  And, although some mitigation cases are messy in the facts and law, I thought my case was about as simple as a mitigation case could be.  So, with the conflict, I recommended to SG that the Government petition for a writ of certiorari.  The SG -- Erwin Griswold, former Dean of the Harvard Law School and outstanding tax scholar -- rejected the recommendation, with the only comment along the lines of  "We cannot take a mitigation case to the Supreme Court; they will never understand it."  So, there are factors other than conflicts that mitigate against seeking certiorari. (Of course, to extend that notion, from my vantage point, it is not certain that the Supreme Court understands some of the more complex tax issues it chooses to dabble in, with the poster child being Frank Lyon for which Dean Griswold wrote the petition and briefs and argued the case after he left the Government, with the result that that area of the law was open to abuse and exploitation by aggressive tax practitioners for years.  Frank Lyon, however, is another story from my days at DOJ Tax that I won't get into now.
          Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines   

A three-judge panel has ruled that Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to weaken minorities’ electoral power. Photo by Blend Images – Hill Street Studios and Getty Images

AUSTIN, Texas — Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office.

The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republicans hold two of three congressional districts ruled newly invalid and were found to have been partly drawn with discriminatory intent. The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved the maps in 2011, the same year then-Gov. Rick Perry signed a voter ID law that ranks among the toughest in the U.S. Courts have since weakened that law, too.

Judges noted the “strong racial tension and heated debate about Latinos, Spanish-speaking people, undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities” that served as the backdrop in the Legislature to Texas adopting the maps and the voter ID law. Those tensions are flaring again over President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is also demanding tough crackdowns on so-called sanctuary cities.

“The record indicates not just a hostility toward Democrat districts, but a hostility to minority districts, and a willingness to use race for partisan advantage,” U.S. District Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia wrote in their opinion.

READ NEXT: White House won’t challenge Texas voter ID law

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did not immediately remark on the ruling.

Hispanics were found to have fueled Texas’ dramatic growth in the 2010 census, the year before the maps were drawn, accounting for two out of every three new residents in the state. The findings of racially motivated mapmaking satisfied Democrats and minority rights groups, who are now pushing a separate federal court in Texas to determine that the voter ID law was also crafted with discriminatory intent.

Texas was forced ahead of the November election to weaken its voter ID law, which allows concealed handgun licenses but not college student IDs, after a federal appeals court found that the requirements particularly hampered minorities and the poor.

The Obama administration had brought the muscle of the U.S. Justice Department into Texas to help challenge both the maps and voter ID law. But barely a month after Trump took office, the federal government reversed course and announced it would no longer argue that Texas purposefully discriminated against minorities with its voter ID law.

It was not yet clear whether the Trump administration will also drop opposition to Texas’ maps. But U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, in a blistering dissent, had strong words for Obama administration attorneys after they joined the case.

“It was obvious, from the start, that the DoJ attorneys viewed state officials and the legislative majority and their staffs as a bunch of backwoods hayseed bigots who bemoan the abolition of the poll tax and pine for the days of literacy tests and lynchings,” Smith wrote. “And the DoJ lawyers saw themselves as an expeditionary landing party arriving here, just in time, to rescue the state from oppression, obviously presuming that plaintiffs’ counsel were not up to the task.”

The stakes in finding discriminatory intent are higher because it provides a window for opponents to argue that Texas should be forced to resume having changes to voting laws “pre-cleared” by the Justice Department or a federal court. A 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling did away with preclearance by striking down a key provision in the federal Voting Rights Act.

The congressional districts voided by the panel belong to Democrat Lloyd Doggett and Republicans Will Hurd and Blake Farenthold. Hurd’s district, which runs from San Antonio to El Paso, has been a rare competitive swing district in Texas in recent years.

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          Write to Inspector General of DOJ and Sessions, demand a special prosecutor to investigate Robert Mueller and his complicity to cover up Obama’s bogus IDs   
Mueller Adds Prosecutor Who Worked for Preet Bharara to Trump-Russia Witch Hunt
          Write to the new director of the Selective Service, demand investigation of Obama’s fabricated selective service registration. We need a special prosecutor.   
Birdy Birdy I wonder if Don Benton, the new Director of Selective Service System would be willing to launch an investigation of Obama’s forged Selective Service registration. Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’. Note from Orly: time for a special prosecutor to investigate Eric Holder, Mueller, Comey, Lynch and Rosenstein […]
          Saman Sivil: Lesen untuk DoJ mencuri dari pihak tak bersalah?    
1. Di Amerika Syarikat (AS), pengambil alihan aset secara sivil atau pelucutanhak sivil (civil forfeiture) dikecam begitu hebat. Ia dilihat sebagai undang-undang yang zalim kerana memberi kuasa kepada agensi penguatkuasa AS untuk merampas wang dan harta orang awam tanpa perlu membuat pendakwaan ke atas pemilik harta dan tanpa perlu membuktikan seseorang itu bersalah "melangkaui keraguan munasabah."

2. Untuk melaksanakan pelucutan sivil, pihak berkuasa AS hanya memerlukan "syak wasangka" berdasarkan "kemungkinan terdapat bukti yang lebih banyak" bahawa sesetengah harta mempunyai kaitan dengan kegiatan jenayah. Beban pembuktian untuk membuktikan harta-harta ini "tidak bersalah" terletak kepada individu, dan sebelum dibicarakan, harta-harta ini telah pun dianggap "bersalah".

3. Menurut Jared Meyer, felo di Manhattan Institute for Policy Research di dalam artikel bertajuk "Civil Forfeiture Creates a License to Steal", walaupun di peringkat awal, Kerajaan AS memperkenalkan undang-undang pelucuthakan sivil ini untuk memerangi pengedar dadah dan penggubah wang haram, tetapi sejak kebelakangan ini, ia telah disalah gunakan ke atas individu yang tidak bersalah.

4. Sebagai contoh, Jared memetik kisah Carole Hinders dan pihak berkuasa cukai AS (IRS). IRS telah merampas AS$33,000 daripada Carole. Tiada sebarang pendakwaan dibuat ke atas Carole, tetapi IRS mengandaikan bahawa melalui pindahan wang yang berlaku terlalu kerap, Carole sedang melakukan penggubahan wang dan dengan itu IRS telah merampas kesemua wangnya.

5. Selain pertikaian dari segi undang-undang dan moral kerana IRS mengabaikan prinsip "tidak bersalah sehingga terbukti bersalah," tanpa penyiasatan yang mendalam, IRS juga telah menganiayai Carole, pemilik restoran yang hanya menerima bayaran secara tunai di Mexico. IRS wajar melakukan penyiasatan lanjut sebelum merampas semua wang yang sepatutnya digunakan oleh Carole untuk meneruskan operasi perniagaan kecilnya.

6. Menurut Jared, penganiayaan seperti yang dilakukan ke atas Carole ini terlalu biasa. IRS membuat 639 rampasan pada tahun 2012, peningkatan 460% daripada tahun 2005. Hanya 20% daripada rampasan ini membawa kepada kes jenayah, bermaksud kehidupan dan perniagaan 80% individu yang tidak bersalah hancur akibat pelucutanhak sivil di bawah IRS.

6. Menurut Jared lagi, kebanyakan individu tidak mahu berusah payah mendapatkan semula harta mereka. Oleh kerana ini adalah kes sivil, bukan prosiding jenayah, tidak ada sebarang bantuan dari kerajaan untuk mempertahankan diri (atau harta seseorang). "Lebih mudah dan lebih murah, untuk membiarkan kerajaan 'mencuri" harta-harta ini daripada berjuang untuk mendapatkannya kembali," tambah Jared lagi.

7. Nilai harta yang dirampas di bawah pelucutanhak sivil ini  meningkat hampir sepuluh kali ganda daripada AS$407 juta pada tahun 2001 kepada $ 4.3 bilion pada 2012. Sepanjang tempoh itu, polis sahaja telah merampas AS$2.5 bilion tunai daripada hampir 62,000 orang tanpa waran atau dakwaan.

8. Apakah yang mendorong peningkatan mendadak kes pelucutanhak sivil ini? Jared menjelaskan, untuk setiap rampasan, hasil rampasan itu akan dipindahkan ke dalam akaun Dana Perlindungan Aset, Jabatan Kehakiman AS (DoJ), dan dana ini boleh disalurkan kembali kepada agensi penguatkuasaan undang-undang yang membuat rampasan. Pada waktu yang sama, dana yang disita oleh penguatkuasa undang-undang tempatan juga boleh dipindahkan ke peringkat persekutuan dan 20% daripadanya akan masuk ke dalam akaun Dana DoJ.

9. Dakwaan Jared ini ada asasnya. Dalam kes saman sivil ke atas bekas Presiden Taiwan yang mengambil masa selama 6 tahun, selepas anak-anak bekas Presiden Taiwan ini tidak mahu meneruskan penentangan terhadap DoJ kerana kos guaman telah menjadi terlalu tinggi, kerajaan AS hanya mengembalikan AS$1.5 juta kepada Taiwan pada tahun 2016, iaitu selepas dua hartanah yang terlibat dijual.

10. Jumlah ini dilihat terlalu sedikit berbanding nilai sebenar dua hartanah tersebut. Dua hartanah ini berharga AS$2.1 juta pada tahun 2008. Selepas 8 tahun, iaitu pada tahun 2016, tentulah harga dua hartanah ini telah meningkat berkali ganda. Logikkah selepas 8 tahun, nilai hartanah ini tidak meningkat sama sekali, sebaliknya menurun? Hanya AS$1.5 juta dipulangkan kepada Taiwan. Bagaimanakah nilai AS$1.5 juta ini ditentukan dan berapa % dari nilai sebenar yang sepatutnya dipulangkan kepada rakyat Taiwan ini dimasukkan ke dalam tabung Dana DoJ?

TUN FAISAL ISMAIL AZIZ
          Chicago in violation of state law on ELL. Charters worst violators.   
Most of the worst violators of state law were charter schools. Fifteen were run by the UNO Network of Charter Schools; nine were run by the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Source: Chicago Public Schools
Congrats to Chicago Reporter's Kalyn Belsha whose story on CPS's failure to meet the needs of English learners was named among this week's top education stories by Atlantic Magazine.

Belsha reports on a recent review of CPS records which found that, of the 342 schools audited, nearly 71%, or 242, had bilingual programs that were in serious violation of state law. As a result, English learners go without legally required services, such as books in their native language and teachers who speak that language or have English as a Second Language training.

Most of the worst violators of state law were charter schools. Fifteen were run by the UNO Network of Charter Schools; nine were run by the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras lifted the consent decree ending three decades of efforts to integrate Chicago schools. The decree’s bilingual education provisions, according to Kocoras, duplicated protections in state law. The ruling came despite evidence presented by DOJ lawyers in court that the district repeatedly failed to enroll English learners in bilingual education fast enough or provide them with required services.

I would be remiss if I failed to point out once again, that it was former schools CEO Arne Duncan who successfully pushed Judge Kocoras to abandon the consent decree. Thousands of the district's English language learners and their families are still paying the price.


          "They'll never change us!"   
Mark Steyn says that the view of bureaucrats is that they are the permanent government. Yes, politicians come and go, but the bureaucrats hang on for life. Steyn has also noticed that the bigger the government, the more likely it is to lean Left. He also talks about how Obama weaponized two of our most important bureaucracies: DoJ and IRS.

We have been in Afghanistan now for 16 years. Mark believes that 24 hours after the last Western soldier leaves Afghanistan, it will be as if we had never even been there!

After each terror attack, our leaders say, "They'll never change us," as we dramatically change more and more.

There are over 100 Sharia courts in the UK, all of them run by men.


          APA MAKNA BERITA INI?   










APA MAKNA

BERITA INI?

berita ini ditujukan
pada khairy jamaluddin
ketua pemuda gerombolan

semenjak DOJ mengeluarkan
kenyataan terbaru 
ketua pemuda ini senyap
tidak bersuara'
tidak beri komen

kenapa senyap?

khairy senyap kerana
dia sedar bahawa jenayah
telah dilakukan oleh najib rosmah

khairy tahu bahawa amerika
mahu regime change
khairy tahu amerika
mahu menerajang najib
khairy tahu amerika menolak najib
kerana najib pro china merah

khairy tahu  jika dia gila gila
sokong najib rosmah
amerika akan menolak dirinya

khairy menyimpan angan-angan
untuk menjadi PM malaysia

justeru
khairy secara bijak
senyap tidak bersuara
ini maknanya khairy 
sedang menawarkan
dirinya kepada amerika

maka bersuasa
six milion dolar man
ini petanda bahawa
gaduh dalaman sedang berjalan

‘Pemuda Umno perlu jadi anak jantan pertahan pemimpin, parti’

 | July 1, 2017

Tajuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, Pemuda Umno ketika ini dilihat lebih banyak berdiam diri dan berpeluk tubuh apabila pemimpin atau parti dicemuh dan difitnah pembangkang.

BAGAN DATUK: Ahli Pemuda Umno di setiap peringkat perlu menjadi “anak jantan” dalam mempertahankan kepimpinan parti dan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang terus berdepan fitnah serta tohmahan pembangkang. 

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Umno, Tuan Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, menjadi “anak jantan” bukan bererti mereka perlu bersikap kasar dan biadap, sebaliknya harus lantang bersuara dalam mempertahankan maruah serta nama baik pemimpin dan parti. 

“Pemuda Umno tidak boleh berdiam diri apabila presiden atau timbalan presiden parti dicemuh, dihina atau difitnah pembangkang. Mereka seharusnya perlu bertanggungjawab mempertahankan kepimpinan parti.


B.DATUK

faham tak kenapa
ucapan ini dibuat
di bagan datuk?

bagan datuk ialah
kawasan zahid hamidi

zahid juga senyap
zahid tidak ada komen
zahid tak cakap apa apa
tentang kenyataan DOJ terbaru

maka 
six milion dolar man
buat kenyataan ini
di kawasan zahid
ini tanda rasa tak puas
hati dari pembodek najib
terhadap zahid

ini maknanya

perang dalaman sedang berlaku





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          Isu DoJ: Akhbar milik Umno tabik Presiden Pas    

Presiden Pas dan mufti dilihat menjadi perisai Umno BN mengecam DoJ melalui akhbar milik parti itu
Akhbar Mingguan Malaysia hari ini terus memuji Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang kerana dianggap menolak apa yang didakwa 'campur tangan asing' berhubung skandal rasuah mega 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Melalui ruangan Analisis Mingguan di halaman enam, editorial akhbar milik Umno itu, Awang Selamat berpendapat sikap Abdul Hadi kekal dan tidak berubah mengenai isu tersebut.
"Dalam soal menolak campur tangan asing berhubung isu 1MDB, pendirian Pas terutama Presidennya, Hadi Awang cukup konsisten.
"Awang tabik dengan ketegasan Hadi termasuk dalam serangan kedua isu saman sivil 1MDB yang dikitar semula oleh Jabatan Kehakiman AS (DoJ) dengan bantuan pihak tertentu di Malaysia yang bermotif politik," tulisnya.
Menurut Awang, pendirian Abdul Hadi itu juga senada dengan enam mufti lain bahkan rakyat dan pelbagai pihak di negara ini sekali lagi bersatu menentang DoJ seperti ketika 'serangan pertama' isu DoJ pada tahun lalu.
"Begitu juga dengan seruan lantang pelbagai pihak termasuk Mufti Perak, Harussani Zakaria; Mufti Pahang, Abdul Rahman Osman; Mufti Negeri Sembilan, Mohd. Yusof Ahmad;
"Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan, Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri; Mufti Kedah, Syeikh Muhamad Baderudin Ahmad dan Mufti Melaka, Abdul Halim Tawil membantah campur tangan asing walau apa pun alasannya," kata Awang.
Selanjutnya, halaman 14 akhbar itu turut memuatkan gambar dan petikan kenyataan mufti terbabit termasuk dua lagi iaitu Mufti Selangor, Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid dan Mufti Kelantan, Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad.
Walau bagaimanapun, foto paling besar dan diletakkan di bahagian teratas melampaui senarai mufti tersebut adalah gambar Abdul Hadi bagi ruangan diberi tajuk, 'Tolak konspirasi DoJ' itu.
Turut disertakan, 10 hujah menjawab kewajaran menolak apa yang dituduh sebagai 'konspirasi DoJ' serta ilustrasi ular besar bertaring sedang membelit imej berupa bangunan Parlimen yang betul-betul berada di depan mulut binatang berbisa ditulis sebagai DoJ itu.
Mengulas lanjut di Analisis Mingguan, Awang "yakin sebarang komplot mengheret campur tangan asing bagi menggulingkan kerajaan di luar proses demokrasi tidak akan berjaya."
Dilihat bagi menguatkan hujah membuktikan kegagalan campur tangan asing, Awang juga menyertakan contoh yang berlaku di Turki dan Filipina.
"Lihatlah apa yang berlaku di Turki pada Julai 2016 apabila cubaan rampasan kuasa tentera yang didorong kuasa asing gagal malah rakyat bangkit mempertahankan pemerintahan Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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          Saya bimbang dengan sikap orang Melayu, kata Pak Samad   

Saya bimbang dengan sikap orang Melayu, kata Pak Samad
Sasterawan Negara A. Samad Said melahirkan keprihatinannya dengan sikap orang Melayu sukar melihat kebenaran sebagai kebenaran dan mudah melupakan apa yang diambil daripada mereka.
SASTERAWAN Negara A. Samad Said semalam menyuarakan kekecewaannya terhadap orang Melayu yang "tidak melihat kebenaran sebagai kebenaran", sambil menambah sikap bangsanya ini membimbangkannya.
Penulis novel, penyair dan ahli DAP yang berusia 83 tahun itu berkata, beliau tidak bimbang dengan orang Cina dan India yang dengan pantas dapat melihat apa yang palsu dan benar, tetapi ia tidak sama dengan orang Melayu.
"Saya tidak bimbang tentang orang Cina dan India, mereka boleh tahu apa yang baik dan buruk, dan benar dan salah, dengan cepat.
"Tetapi dengan orang Melayu, saya sangat prihatin. Orang Melayu tidak melihat kebenaran sebagai kebenaran, mereka melihat kebenaran sebagai apa yang mereka peroleh.
"Jangan biarkan beberapa ringgit menyebabkan kita melupakan apa yang diambil daripada poket kita sendiri. Kita tidak perlu hanya mengingati apa yang diberikan dan melupakan apa yang diambil daripada kita.
"Ini adalah kesilapan kita, sikap ini sukar untuk diperbetulkan, jika kita tidak sedar dari situ, kita tak akan ke mana dan menjadi hamba kepada orang Melayu (lain)," katanya dalam ucapan di Rumah Terbuka DAP Pulau Pinang, di Nibong Tebal semalam.
Kenyataan Samad itu tepat pada masanya ketika skandal melibatkan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dan saman sivil yang difailkan Jabatan Kehakiman (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) untuk merampas aset yang dibeli menggunakan wang yang didakwa dicuri daripada firma pelaburan negara itu, kembali menjadi tajuk utama.
Pemimpin Umno dan PAS cepat menolak skandal itu dengan alasan pihak berkuasa Malaysia tidak menemui sebarang kesalahan. Mereka juga menolak saman DoJ, mendakwa ia adalah percubaan untuk "masuk campur" ke dalam hal ehwal Malaysia.
Saman sivil terbaru DoJ adalah untuk merampas aset bernilai AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) yang dipercayai disedut daripada 1MDB.
Bagaimanapun, pembangkang berpendapat rakyat Malaysia akan terpaksa menanggung kos daripada skandal ini.
Samad yang juga dikenali sebagai Pak Samad, kemudian merujuk kepada kerajaan Selangor dan Pulau Pinang yang diperintah pembangkang.
"Jika orang meneliti kedua-dua pentadbiran, mereka akan melihat kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) menjaga kebajikan rakyat," katanya.
"Tidak ada defisit yang dicatatkan di negeri ini, mereka berbelanja mengikut cara mereka dan mengembalikannya semula kepada rakyat.
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          Usah terus berpura-pura dengan rakyat   

Oleh Mahfuz Omar
PERDANA Menteri Najib Razak gembira dan "ghenyeh" (sengeh) sampai ke telinga memuji Laporan Pemerdagangan Manusia (TIP) 2017 Jabatan Negara Amerika Syarikat yang mengeluarkan Malaysia daripada senarai pengawasan tahap 2 bagi usaha menangani pemerdagangan manusia.
Laporan tahunan itu menyenaraikan lebih 100 negara termasuk Amerika Syarikat (AS) dalam usaha menangani pemerdagangan manusia dengan penilaian empat peringkat meliputi tahap 1, 2, Senarai Pengawasan tahap 2 dan tahap 3.  Persoalannya, mengapa Najib boleh pula menerima laporan itu tanpa adanya pula pihak yang menjadi "pembodek tegar" menuding jari mengatakan ia sebagai campur tangan asing ke atas Malaysia berbanding isu saman Jabatan Kehakiman AS (DoJ) dalam skandal mega 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) apabila ramai muncul dengan kenyataan mengelirukan rakyat.
Saya bersetuju yang Laporan Jabatan Negara AS bukannya campur tangan asing ke atas Malaysia tetapi jika mengikut logik mereka yang membangkitkan isu campur tangan dalam saman DoJ terhadap "rompakan mega" wang 1MDB sudah tentu menganggap laporan kali ini juga sama.
Pujian dan keseronokan Najib itu seolah-olah seperti Malaysia amat bergantung harap kepada laporan dari AS untuk menentukan kedudukan Malaysia dalam isu pemerdagangan manusia ini.
Oleh itu, dendangan "isu campur tangan asing" mengenai laporan DoJ berkaitan kehilangan dan "rompakan mega" wang 1MDB mesti dihentikan oleh semua pihak dengan segera.
Laporan dokumen DOJ memperakui daripada penilaian dan dapatan penyiasatan mereka ada "penyangak" dari Malaysia melakukan kesalahan penggubahan wang haram yang puncanya berasal daripada wang 1MDB di AS dan wang tersebut dikitar dan dipulangkan sebahagiannya kepada manusia yang dinamakan "Malaysia Official 1" (MO1) dan isterinya.
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          Duta besar UAE dalam skandal 1MDB   
Syarikat-syarikat yang dikaitkan dengan duta Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) ke Amerika Syarikat, Yousef Al Otaiba dilapor menerima dana bernilai AS$ 66 juta yang didakwa dialihkan dari 1MDB, lapor Wall Street Journal.
Laporan itu berkata, dua syarikat yang dikaitkan dengan Yousef yang didakwa menerima sebahagian daripada wang berjumlah AS$ 50 juta, adalah Densmore Investments Ltd yang berpangkalan di Kepulauan British Virgin dan Silver Coast Construction & Boring LLC yang berpangkalan di UAE.
Kedua-dua syarikat itu mula mendapat perhatian umum semasa perbicaraan di Singapura, apabila bank-bank yang gagal membendung pengubahan wang haram berkaitan 1MDB didakwa.
Kedua-dua syarikat itu dinamakan semasa perbicaraan bekas pengurus bank Falcon Private Bank di Singapura, Jens Fred Sturzenegger.
Sturzenegger kemudian dijatuhkan hukuman penjara selama 28 minggu manakala lesen Falcon Private Bank di Singapura dibatalkan.
Beliau didakwa gagal menyekat transaksi mencurigakan, termasuk transaksi AS$ 20 juta kepada Silver Coast Construction & Boring LLC dan urus niaga bernilai AS$ 30 juta kepada Densmore Investment Limited.
Kedua-dua transaksi ini berasal dari akaun Falcon Private Bank di bawah Granton Property Holding Ltd, yang dikawal oleh Eric Tan Kim Loong, seorang ahli perniagaan kelahiran Pulau Pinang yang menggunakan nama Low Taek Jho, atau lebih dikenali sebagai Jho Low.
Menurut saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DOJ), Granton Property Holding merupakan penerima sebahagian bon bernilai AS $ 3 bilion yang dikeluarkan oleh 1MDB untuk usahasama dengan Aabar Investments PJS, yang juga dikenali sebagai Abu Dhabi Malaysia Investment Company (ADMIC) pada bulan Mac 2013.
Wang tersebut telah digunakan antara lain bagi projek Tun Razak Exchange.
Menurut saman sivil pertama DOJ terhadap 1MDB, sebanyak AS$ 1.26 bilion daripada bon berjumlah AS$ 3 bilion didakwa dialihkan ke Tanore Finance Corporation dan Granton Property Holding.
Daripada jumlah ini, AS$ 835 juta dimasukkan ke Tanore Finance Corporation sementara AS$ 430 juta diterima Granton Property Holding.
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          Jika bantah campur tangan asing, mengapa terlibat dalam perang Yaman?    


Ahli parlimen Kuala Terengganu mempersoal sikap pentadbiran perdana menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang membantah 'campur tangan' Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) dalam pengsonglapan dana 1MDB tetapi tidak membantah malah terlibat dalam kempen serangan diketuai Arab Saudi terhadap Yaman.
Menurut Datuk Raja Bahrin Shah, kerajaan Malaysia tidak langsung bersuara dalam isu serangan udara Arab Saudi bersama sekutu Amerika Syarikat ke atas Yaman malah wakil Malaysia dilaporkan berada dalam bilik operasi tentera Arab Saudi di Riyadh.
"Malaysia bukan sahaja tidak membantah tetapi membantu dengan bersubahat dengan kerajaan Arab Saudi serta sekutu Baratnya menyerang Yaman.
Raja Bahrin Shah 2"Laporan rasmi Pertubuhan Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) setebal 240 muka bertarikh 12 Januari 2017 menyatakan penglibatan Malaysia bersama Amerika Syarikat, Britain dan Perancis beribu-pejabat di bilik operasi serangan ke atas Yaman di Riyadh.
"Nama Malaysia telah disebut beberapa kali dalam laporan rasmi PBB tersebut," tegas beliau.
Menurut Raja Bahrin, beliau telah menimbulkan persoalan ini beberapa kali di Parlimen namun tiada jawapan konkrit diberikan kerajaan.
Serangan Saudi ke atas Yaman, ujarnya telah mengorbankan ribuan orang awam termasuk anak kecil, wanita dan warga tua malah kini negara itu dilanda kebuluran dan wabak kolera.
Beliau turut mempersoal penglibatan Malaysia dalam operasi latihan ketenteraan "North Thunder" Arab Saudi bersama sekutu Arab-Afrika sedangkan tiada negara Islam bukan Arab seperti Indonesia atau Turki terlibat.
"Kenapa Malaysia mahu masuk campur urusan benua Arab-Afrika selain dari hanya mahu mengambil hati kerajaan Arab Saudi?" soal beliau.
Merujuk isu saman sivil DoJ terhadap beberapa penyangak yang didakwa menyelewengkan dana syarikat pelaburan negara 1MDB, Raja Bahrin menyifatkan ia bukan satu campur tangan asing memandangkan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat hanya bertindak terhadap kemasukan wang dari Malaysia secara haram ke dalam sistem kewangan Amerika.
"Tindakan yang sama ini juga telah diambil oleh kerajaan Abu Dhabi, Singapura, Switzerland dan Hong Kong tetapi mengapa mereka juga tidak pula dituduh 'campur tangan' dalam urusan Malaysia?
"Ini adalah peraturan biasa di bawah undang-undang pengubahan wang haram di mana-mana negara termasuk Malaysia," ujarnya.
Sehubungan itu, Pengerusi Biro Antarabangsa Amanah itu meminta pemimpin BN dan Pas yang memainkan isu campur tangan asing dalam kes saman sivil DoJ supaya mendapatkan penjelasan sebenar dan berlaku adil.
          MEMANG NAK TENGOK JHO LOW DITANGKAP DAN DIDAKWA KERANA JENAYAH, TAPI BILA DIA SENDIRI CABAR DOJ UNTUK BERBUAT BEGITU, DOJ PULA BUAT TAK TAHU, APA MAKSUDNYA?!!!   
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          Utusan praises Hadi, muftis for opposing DoJ suit - Malay Mail Online   

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Utusan praises Hadi, muftis for opposing DoJ suit
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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is lauded for opposing the DoJ suit to seize assets allegedly linked to 1MDB. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 ― Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia has praised PAS president Datuk Seri ...
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          APA MAKNA BERITA INI?   










APA MAKNA

BERITA INI?

berita ini ditujukan
pada khairy jamaluddin
ketua pemuda gerombolan

semenjak DOJ mengeluarkan
kenyataan terbaru 
ketua pemuda ini senyap
tidak bersuara'
tidak beri komen

kenapa senyap?

khairy senyap kerana
dia sedar bahawa jenayah
telah dilakukan oleh najib rosmah

khairy tahu bahawa amerika
mahu regime change
khairy tahu amerika
mahu menerajang najib
khairy tahu amerika menolak najib
kerana najib pro china merah

khairy tahu  jika dia gila gila
sokong najib rosmah
amerika akan menolak dirinya

khairy menyimpan angan-angan
untuk menjadi PM malaysia

justeru
khairy secara bijak
senyap tidak bersuara
ini maknanya khairy 
sedang menawarkan
dirinya kepada amerika

maka bersuasa
six milion dolar man
ini petanda bahawa
gaduh dalaman sedang berjalan

‘Pemuda Umno perlu jadi anak jantan pertahan pemimpin, parti’

 | July 1, 2017

Tajuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, Pemuda Umno ketika ini dilihat lebih banyak berdiam diri dan berpeluk tubuh apabila pemimpin atau parti dicemuh dan difitnah pembangkang.

BAGAN DATUK: Ahli Pemuda Umno di setiap peringkat perlu menjadi “anak jantan” dalam mempertahankan kepimpinan parti dan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang terus berdepan fitnah serta tohmahan pembangkang. 

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Umno, Tuan Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, menjadi “anak jantan” bukan bererti mereka perlu bersikap kasar dan biadap, sebaliknya harus lantang bersuara dalam mempertahankan maruah serta nama baik pemimpin dan parti. 

“Pemuda Umno tidak boleh berdiam diri apabila presiden atau timbalan presiden parti dicemuh, dihina atau difitnah pembangkang. Mereka seharusnya perlu bertanggungjawab mempertahankan kepimpinan parti.


B.DATUK

faham tak kenapa
ucapan ini dibuat
di bagan datuk?

bagan datuk ialah
kawasan zahid hamidi

zahid juga senyap
zahid tidak ada komen
zahid tak cakap apa apa
tentang kenyataan DOJ terbaru

maka 
six milion dolar man
buat kenyataan ini
di kawasan zahid
ini tanda rasa tak puas
hati dari pembodek najib
terhadap zahid

ini maknanya

perang dalaman sedang berlaku





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          Walaupun tanpa saman sivil DoJ, peguam negara boleh dakwa penyangak 1MDB..   

Tindak tanduk peguam negara yang berbuat bising membantah saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berhubung dana yang diselewengkan daripada 1MDB menimbulkan persoalan memandangkan beliau sepatutnya sudah bertindak terhadap 'geng penyangak' yang menyelewengkan dana syarikat pelaburan negara itu bersandarkan laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC).

 Pengarah Strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad menegaskan, keengganan Tan Sri Apandi Ali untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang ke atas sesiapa pun dari 'geng penyangak' yang merompak dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) perlu dipersoalkan kerana ia adalah kecelakaan pertama yang menimpa Malaysia.

 Malah beliau yakin situasi ini akan kekal selagi Apandi menjawat Peguam Negara.

 "Sebenarnya Apandi tidak perlu tunggu akan 'tiga tindakan undang-undang DoJ' atas pensonglapan dana 1MDB! 

Berbuih mulut pembangkang dan pihak NGO serta individu-individu bekas institusi Kehakiman Negara supaya beliau boleh mula sebaik sahaja Laporan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) dibentang sesi Parlimen Ketiga Belas pada tarikh keramat 7 April 2016," ujarnya.

 Dr Dzulkefly menjelaskan, laporan 106 muka surat PAC itu sudah cukup untuk memulakan tindakan undang-undang terhadap bekas ketua pegawai eksekutif 1MDB, Datuk Sharul Azrai Ibrahim Hilmi.

 Ini kerana katanya, padai muka surat 94, Jadual 15 laporan PAC, dirumuskan pelbagai kesalahan Sharul termasuk memindahkan US$700 juta kepada akaun 11116073 di RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, milik Jho Low pada 29 September 2009.

Sambil menyifatkan tindakan Sharul itu sebagai 'rompakan pertama' dana 1MDB, Dr Dzulkefly menegaskan bahawa pindahan bernilai ratusan juta dolar Amerika itu jelas satu perbuatan 'pecah amanah'.

 Bagaimanapun beliau kesal kerana sehingga hari ini Sharul dibiarkan bebas bahkan boleh memegang jawatan penting dalam GLC yang lain!

"Kalau tidak celaka namanya, apakah bala yang sedang menimpa Malaysia ini?" soal beliau.

 Menyentuh tentang saman sivil DoJ, beliau berkata laporan pertama DoJ setebal 136 muka surat pada 20 Julai 2016 sudah cukup untuk meruntuhkan segala maruah dan integriti kepimpinan negara oleh MO1 yang merujuk kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

 Malah katanya, 251 muka surat laporan ketiga DoJ telah 'melondehkan' segala perihal 'rompakan penyangak' ke atas dana malang 1MDB termasuk perihal US$620 juta (RM2.6 bilion) 'derma' yang telah dipulangkan (returned donation) kembali kepada 'penderma budiman Pak Sheik Arab Saudi' oleh Najib.

 "Dalam laporan ketiga ini, Jho Low, penerima US$620 juta itu, telah antara lain didakwa menggunakan dana berkenaan untuk membeli 'kalung berlian merah jambu' bernilai US$27.2 juta untuk isteri MO1!

 "Soal besar yang ditanya masyarakat dunia dan rakyat teramai yang peduli akan perihal 'rompakan' atas 1MDB ini adalah 'mengapa jadi begini'? Atau lebih tepat 'kenapa kerajaan Malaysia terus membisu dan tidak bertindak'?" soal beliau.

 Menurutnya, tiada siapa yang dapat menolak hakikat bahawa semakin banyak penyelewengan dana 1MDB didedahkan pelbagai pihak, semakin kuat, teguh dan gagah Najib selaku MO1 dan isteri.

 Beliau yakin skandal terbesar negara ini hanya boleh diatasi dengan komitmen rakyat untuk melakukan perubahan politik dalam negara dengan memilih pemimpin baru yang mampu membanteras salah guna kuasa dan rasuah.

 "Maka barulah budaya kerajaan kleptokrasi-perompak akan dapat dijatuhkan dan disingkirkan secara muktamad di mahkamah rakyat yakni pilihan raya umum akan datang," tegas beliau. ~ sumber

          Penulis Harakah Izwan Abdul Halim 'Akal Pendek' merapu   
Amboi-amboi bukan main sedap penulis Harakah yang bernama Izwan Abdul Halim tu tuduh Lim Kit Siang dan Faiz Fadzil  kononnya baca surat Presiden PAS dengan 'akal pendek'.

 Dalam tulisannya yang disiarkan Harakah Online, Izwan cuba menafikan surat terbuka Hj Hadi itu kononnya tidak ada kaitan dengan tindakan DoJ atau membela Najib.

  Beliau menuduh Lim Kit Siang dan Faiz kononnya melenting serta merewang jauh ke Amerika dan melalut kerana mendakwa negara asing yang menyiasat skandal 1MDB sebagai cubaan campur tangan asing.
"Walhal, tidak ada sebaris ayat pun di dalam surat terbuka Tuan Guru mempertikaikan peranan dan tugas DoJ atau membela Najib."~ Izwan
Penulis ini ingat mereka yang mengecam surat terbuka Hj Hadi itu akal pendek macam dia!

 Walhalnya dalam surat tersebut Hj Hadi ada menyatakan dengan jelas tentang isu 1MBD :

Begitulah juga, jangan kita mengulangi sejarah dengan menjemput pihak asing untuk menyelesaikan masalah dalaman kita seperti BMF, Perwaja, Tabung Haji, KWSP, dan terkini isu 1MDB yang bersorak gembira supaya diberi ruang penyelesaiannya oleh mahkamah di negara asing. 
Walaupun dalam surat itu Hj Hadi tidak menyebut kuasa asing itu Amerika sebagaimana dia tuduh orang jual pill kuda tanpa sebut nama, semua orang yang waras yang tidak akal pendek macam Izwan, sudah nampak jantan betinanya hanya dengan sekilas air.

Hj Hadi sendiri pernah mengeluarkan kenyataan yang sama mengenai campurtangan Amerika dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan mengampu dan menjilat Najib:

Kita benci Umno tapi tak akan panggil US untuk jatuhkan Umno. Kita tidak akan benarkan kuasa asing masuk campur. Kalau US masuk Malaysia, kita akan bersama-sama dengan kerajaan sekarang untuk menghalau US.
  Cuma pada kali ini ayat-ayat al-Quran digunakan untuk menampakan ianya islami semata-mata.Begitu terdesaknya hingga sanggup menjual ayal-ayat Allah dengan harga yang murah, semata-mata nak membela makar Najib dan 1MBD!

 Surat terbuka Hj Hadi mempertikaikan peranan dan tugas DoJ adalah jelas bila Ketua Penerangan Pas at-Tontowi membuat kenyataan sebagai menyokong surat Hj Hadi tentang campur tangan kuasa asing Amerika dengan katanya :
Tindakan individu tertentu membuat laporan berhubung skandal berkenaan adalah bukti campur tangan asing di negara ini.

PAS berpendapat ada pihak tertentu yang pergi "meronda" membuat aduan di Paris, Switzerland dan AS supaya pihak berkuasa negara asing mengambil tindakan dalam isu 1MDB.

Menganggap mereka sebagai "singkat akal", Ketua Penerangan PAS Nasrudin Hassan berkata, parti itu juga tahu ada pihak yang sengaja menjemput AS untuk campur tangan dalam urusan dalaman Malaysia. ~ di sini
  Siapa sebenarnya yang 'singkat akal ' @ 'akal pendek'?

 Saya malas nak ulas tentang tuduhan-tuduhan liar penulis 'akal perndek ini yang merewang-rewang tuduh DAP Abang Besar dalam PH, kebiadaban dan campur tangan DAP dalam hal ehwal agama Islam, Melayu dan terhadap Raja-raja.. bagai...

 Cuma saya ternampak 'Kedunguan dan bebal' siakal pendek ini yang tidak semena-mena dalam tulisannya itu memuat kenyataan berikut : 
Akhirnya Kit Siang terpaksa menghulurkan salam perdamaian kepada Tuan Guru Presiden PAS. Tetapi setelah itu kembali menunjukkan permusuhannya apabila mahu menyaman Tuan Guru berhubung kenyataan anti-Islam. Bahkan ‘berkempen’ supaya akar umbi PAS melupakan Abdul Hadi.
Masa bila pula Lim Kit Siang pergi ziarah Hj Hadi di Rusila yang masih belum sembuh sepenuhnya untuk menghulurkan salam perdamaian kepada Hj Hadi? Kelakar juga si akal  pendek ni bila tulis benda yang merapu gitu! Cer baca tulisannya  di sini.

          Oregonians Entitled to Refunds In DOJ Settlement With Internet Retailer   
The state Department of Justice has reached a settlement with an online retailer accused of defrauding Oregon consumers of more than a quarter million dollars.
          Blog Post: The Laterals Audit: Tax Attorney Moves In June   
In this latest edition of the Laterals Audit, Allen Matkins lured back an in-house lawyer from Chevron, Jones Day acquired a former DOJ attorney who led negotiations with the Swiss government to resolve their banks’ potential criminal liabilities, and Dechert brought an alternative investment partner on board.
          Comment on DOJ vows stronger measures vs trafficking by Fyi   
When is the DOJ going to do something about the senators and house members who stole the pork barrel funds ? There are 120 names on the Napoles list and only 3 were arrested by De Lima. Why are they not investigating and charging anyone for stealing billions of the taxpayers money ?
          What’s With Holder’s Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees?’ (Video)   
As much as we would like to believe, our nation’s law enforcement agencies are not the paragons of justice and virtue that we would wish them to be. Unfortunately, most of them have been subverted by the interests of the Deep State, and now many people within them jump to the tune of their Deep […]
          Skomentuj Banki w Polsce z pełną premedytacją przygotowały oszustwo na wielką skalę – Janusz Szewczak, którego autorem jest devingo   
GEneralnie ten genetyczny uboj slowianskiego DNA jest istotny dla dojarzy naszej energi slowianskiej. Im wieksza kontrola i udoj tym dluzej sie beda utrzymywac na fali .Wiadomo w przyrodzie nic nie ginie,ktos musi stracic aby drugi zyskal.Nigdy by sie to nie udalo gdyby nie hipnozy religijne ,ktore swietnie uzupelniaja sie z korpotechnokratami..zreszta jak dla mnie to jeden ciul i jedno zlo. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDtKD8LO1Xk
          Kegagalan institusi penguatkuasaan negara di bawah BN membawa negara ke arah bahaya    


Kegagalan institusi penguatkuasaan negara di bawah BN membawa negara ke arah bahaya

Tonggak negara bergantung kepada keyakinan rakyat terhadap sistem negara, termasuklah sistem demokrasi berparlimen, sistem pemisahan kuasa dan seluruh institusi penguat-kuasaan negara - samada SPR, SPRM, polis, Institusi Kehakiman, Pejabat Peguam Negara dan lain-lain.

Rakyat perlu yakin kepada seluruh institusi negara, terutamanya institusi penguatkuasaan dan Jabatan Kehakiman yang bertanggungjawab mempastikan peraturan negara dipatuhi oleh semua termasuk pemimpin terbesar negara tanpa pengecualian sedang berjalan dengan adil dan berfungsi dengan baik.

Kegagalan mana-mana sistem ini untuk bertindak secara berdikari akan mendedahkan negara kepada situasi yang bahaya bagi negara kerana ia akan mencabut keyakinan rakyat kepada sistem negara.

Kegagalan kerajaan membina keyakinan rakyat ini akan mendedahkan negara kepada situasi yang bahaya bagi negara. Apabila semua tempat rakyat mengharapkan keadilan bagi membela nasib mereka telah hilang, tidak pelik sekiranya siapa sahaja yang dianggap dapat membantu mereka akan disanjung dan didokong.

Pendek kata, kegagalan kerajaan atau kerakusan kerajaan yang merosakkan keyakinan rakyat terhadap sistem negara adalah pembuka pintu kepada pihak asing mengambil peluang untuk terlibat di dalam urusan sesebuah negara.

Inilah yang terjadi dalam sejarah sebahagian besar negara umat Islam samada di era penjajahan atau era moden kini.

Sejarah campurtangan asing di negara Mesir, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Sudan dan lainnya membuktikan bahawa kerajaan yang bermasalah akan membuka peluang kepada pihak asing untuk menyalurkan bantuan atau dokongan atas alasan bagi menyelesaikan masalah dan kemelut dalam negara.

Kerana menemui jalan buntu dan hilang keyakinan terhadap sistem negara yang tidak lagi berfungsi seperti sepatutnya, maka akan ada rakyat yang akan menerima bantuan tersebut tanpa mengetahui bahawa mereka mungkin sebenarnya mendedahkan negara kepada bahana yang jauh lebih buruk.

Di dalam isu 1MDB, kegagalan institusi penguatkuasaan negara kita untuk menyiasat dan bersikap telus dalam skandal 1MDB telah membuka ruang kepada pihak lain yang sudi menyiasat skandal 1MDB.

Contohnya, laporan audit terhadap 1MDB kini masih diletakkan di bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi. SPRM dengan mudahnya menolak kes 1MDB dan berkata ia di bawah siasatan polis. Polis pula berkata kes ini sedang disiasat tanpa ada tempoh waktu yang tetap untuk menyiapkan siasatan.

Sehingga hari ini, Peguam Negara pula tetap berkata tiada bukti sedangkan bekas Gabenor Bank Negara Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz telah mengesahkan bahawa denda yang dikenakan kepada badan dan institusi kewangan yang melanggar peraturan Bank Negara dalam kes 1MDB mungkin adalah yang tertinggi dalam sejarah.

Kesannya, apabila Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat mengeluarkan laporan siasatan dan pendakwaan sivilnya yang melibatkan 1MDB, ia amat menarik perhatian rakyat kita sendiri.

Persoalannya apakah sistem penguatkuasaan kita sebegitu lemah dibandingkan dengan DOJ? Sudah tentunya tidak.

Tapi apakah sistem penguatkuasaan kita telah dirosakkan kerana ingin mempertahankan sebuah pasangan berkuasa? Tidak pasti, tapi PAS percaya sebilangan besar rakyat sudah ada jawapannya yang tidak perlu dibicara lagi.

PAS tidak membela penyelewengan terutamanya isu yang melibatkan salah urus tadbir negara, rasuah dalam pelbagai isu besar negara termasuklah isu 1MDB, kerugian forex Bank Negara Malaysia, kerugian MAS, kronisme syarikat anak-beranak dan segala bentuk program dan polisi yang membazir wang negara.

Bagi PAS, pelbagai kemelut yang berlaku mesti ditangani dengan cermat dan penuh berhemah. PAS kita berpegang kepada prinsip seseorang itu tidak bersalah sehingga dibuktikan ia bersalah.

Prinsip inilah yang dipegang dalam pelbagai isu besar yang melanda mana-mana individu dalam negara samada tuduhan terhadap pimpinan pembangkang mahu kerajaan.

PAS tidak bersikap dwi-standard kerana ia sudah tidak berlaku adil.

Di dalam isu 1MDB, PAS mengecam kegagalan sistem penguatkuasaan negara untuk bertindak secara berdikari.

Bila siasatan dalaman negara terhadap isu 1MDB akan selesai? Bila laporan audit 1MDB akan didedahkan? Bila Jho Low akan disoalsiasat?

DOJ telah memulakan pendakwaan sivil terhadap individu yang dikaitkan dengan 1MDB tapi pihak penguatkuasaan negara berkata isu ini masih di peringkat siasatan, sedangkan skandal ini sudah lama berlaku. Macam mana boleh siasatan dalam negara terhadap kes yang berlaku di dalam negara lebih lambat daripada siasatan di luar negara? Tidak malukah kita? Bukan ini menghakis keyakinan rakyat?

Semua pihak, yang diharapkan rakyat untuk bertindak dalam isu 1MDB telah mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa tiada kes untuk didakwa. Cuma Bank Negara Malaysia sahaja yang menyatakan bahawa mereka tiada kuasa untuk melakukan pendakwaan terhadap 1MDB, bukannya ianya tiada kes.

1MDB bertegas bahawa wang mereka tidak hilang, masih ada samada dalam bentuk aset, atau pelaburan. Namun DOJ menyatakan berlaku ‘money laundering’ yang bersumber dari dana 1MDB. Siapa yang betul?

Oleh kerana pihak penguatkuasaan kita gagal bertindak, maka rakyat kini menunggu perbicaraan di mahkamah Amerika Syarikat apabila beberapa nama yang dikaitkan akan dihadapkan ke mahkamah.

Jangan pula nanti ada yang tidak percaya kepada keputusan di mahkamah Amerika Syarikat. Jangan kita rasa adil bila hanya ia sesuai dengan kehendak kita, manakala kalau berlaku sebaliknya kita menentang dan menyatakan ianya tidak adil. Mahkamah bukan diwujudkan bagi membenarkan apa yang kita dakwa.

Memandangkan rakyat sudah hilang keyakinan terhadap sistem penguatkuasaan negara dalam isu 1MDB, maka PAS mendesak agar sebuah Suruhanjaya Diraja yang bebas dan adil yang turut disertai pihak pembangkang diwujudkan bagi menyiasat dan membentang ' kertas putih', berhubung isu 1MDB.

Isu ini perlu diselesai di dalam negara secepat mungkin supaya tiada pihak yang boleh mengambil kesempatan ke atas isu ini. Diharap semua pihak dapat melobi agar RCI diadakan secepat mungkin untuk 1MDB.

Walaupun PAS mempunyai pengalaman pahit berhubung kertas putih dalam isu Memali, di mana kertas putih itu pun telah menjadi kelabu asap, tapi itu sahaja pilihan yang ada sementara semua parti politik menanti keputusan rakyat di PRU14.

Yakni, rakyat memerlukan sebuah kerajaan baru yang berpaksi kepada keadilan berpandukan wahyu Allah, iaitu Al Quran dan Hadis bagi membina masa depan negara yang cemerlang.

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
Timbalan Presiden PAS
2 Julai 2017

          Mengapa Saman Sivil DOJ ke Atas Harta Yang Dibeli Jho Low dan Riza Aziz Dianggap Bermotifkan Politik!   
oleh Ab Jalil Backer Banyak yang tanya saya pasal Jho Low. Suatu hari nanti saya akan tulis apa yang saya PERCAYA telah berlaku. Namun buat masa ini saya hendak tulis, kalau PM kenal Jho Low, PM pernah berurusan dengan Jho Low; Jho Low ada perniagaan dengan keluarga PM, bukan bermakna jika Jho Low buat salah; maka PM juga bersalah atau PM terbabit dengan kejahatan beliau. Jika beliau jahatlah. (Dulu masa Tun Mahathir ada satu nama Abdullah Ang. Pergilah cari cerita lama ini). Kalau benar Jho Low berkomplot dengan Khadem AlBaca Lagi
          Deja vu all over again   
Deja vu all over again

by digby



A man by the name of Hans Von Spakovsky has been named to the president's Federal Vote Suppression Commission. Of course.

Here's something I wrote about this miscreant ten long years ago. (Some of the links don't work anymore unfortunately.)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

 
Hans Across America

by digby

Sometimes I feel as if I've been writing about the same things over and over again for years and it never adds up to anything. But in the case of this "voter fraud" issues, I have been concerned about what the Bush administration was up to for some time and it appears to be adding up to something quite huge. (Of course, I'm not the only one who was following this --- many people knew it was happening.)

Today, McClatchy has a barn burner of an article about the Bush administration's efforts to suppress the vote. It's no longer possible to argue with a straight face that they didn't use the power of the Justice Department for partisan reasons. The Bush administration has been pursuing phony voter fraud like it was a massive scourge, helping states enact all kinds of specious laws that only result in disenfranchising legitimate voters --- the kind who tend to vote Democratic. (I wonder why?)

Read the whole article and then come on back and we'll unpack just a tiny little piece of it, blog style.

Longtime readers will recall that way back when I wrote a bit about "Buckhead" the man who miraculously discovered in a few short moments that the kerning and fonts of the Dan Rather memos were "off" and put his "findings" up on Free Republic. You all know the results of his magnificent bit of internet sleuthing. In researching Buckhead, whose real name is Harry McDougal, I found out that in addition to being a member of the Federalist Society and someone who helped write anti-Clinton briefs for Kenneth Starr, he was a member of the Fulton County elections board which ruled that the extremely dubious Sonny Perdue and Saxby Chambliss wins in 2002 were perfectly a-ok. The guy got around.

It turned out that another interesting Republican fellow had previously been on that elections board by the name of Hans von Spakovsky, whom you just read about in that McClatchy piece. He was hired by the Bush Justice Department's civil right's division shortly after his stint down in Florida during the recount. Anyway, Von Spakovsky is not just another Atlanta lawyer. He had for years been involved with a GOP front group called the "Voter Integrity Project" (VIP) which was run by none other than Helen Blackwell, wife of notorious conservative operative Morton Blackwell. (Many of you will remember him as the guy who handed out the "purple heart" bandages at the 2004 GOP convention but he's actually much better known for years of running the dirty tricks school "The Leadership Institute" and is even credited with coining the name "Moral Majority." Let's just say he's been a playah in GOP circles for a long time --- and the VIP is one of his projects.

Salon published a piece on the Voter Integrity Project back in 2000:

VIP chairwoman of the board is Helen Blackwell, also the Virginia chairwoman of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, whose husband, Morton, serves as executive director of the conservative Council for National Policy. It took lumps for being partisan earlier this year from Slate writer Jeremy Derfner. "In fact, almost everything about the Voting Integrity Project makes you wonder. Though VIP's members assert that they are both independent and nonpartisan, the organization is essentially a conservative front," Derfner wrote.

VIP has vigorously opposed efforts to liberalize voting procedures -- railing against everything from Internet voting to Oregon's mail-in balloting to the Motor Voter bill. But it is VIP's involvement in partisan political fights that makes Democrats charge the group is a Republican front group.

VIP sent investigators into largely black areas in Louisiana after Mary Landrieu's 1996 U.S. Senate victory over Republican Woody Jenkins.

"The VIP conducted its investigation over a 10-day period from December 26 through January 4, during which time they concentrated on the Orleans Parish voting activities," a VIP release says. "The VIP examined and independently verified substantial amounts of evidence gathered by the Jenkins campaign, as well as gathering its own evidence concerning vote buying, vote hauling and improprieties by elections officials tasked with protecting voting machines."

VIP chairwoman Helen Blackwell told the Senate Rules Committee, "Many claims of the Jenkins campaign have merit and should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law."


In a few short years, former VIP lawyer Von Spakovsky, who had made his name calling for voter roll purges in Georgia, was working in the Justice Department, with the full resources of the federal government behind him.

From the McClatchy article:

In late 2001, Ashcroft also hired three Republican political operatives to work in a secretive new unit in the division's Voting Rights Section. Rich said the unit, headed by unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate Mark Metcalf of Kentucky, bird-dogged the progress of the administration's Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and reviewed voting legislation in the states.

One member of the three-person political unit, former Georgia elections official and Republican activist Hans von Spakovsky, eventually took de facto control of the Voting Rights Section and used his position to advocate tougher voter ID laws, said former department lawyers who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals.

Those former employees said that Spakovsky helped state officials interpret the Help America Vote Act's confusing new minimum voter identification requirements. He also weighed in when the Voting Rights Act required department approval for any new ID law in 13 states with histories of racial discrimination.

In November 2004, Arizona residents passed Proposition 200, the toughest state voter ID law to date, which requires applicants to provide proof of citizenship and voters to produce a photo ID on Election Day. The Voting Rights Act state requires states to show that such laws wouldn't impede minorities from voting and gives the Justice Department 60 days to approve or oppose them.

Career voting rights specialists in the Justice Department soon discovered that more than 2,000 elderly Indians in Arizona lacked birth certificates, and they sought their superiors' approval to request more information from the state about other potential impacts on voters' rights. Spakovsky and Sheldon Bradshaw, the division's top deputy and a close friend of top Gonzales aide Kyle Sampson, a former Bush White House lawyer, denied the request, said one of the former department attorneys.


Jeffrey Toobin wrote an article back in 2004 about this subject which everyone who is following this case should read (or re-read) to see just how pervasive this "voter fraud" initiative was in the Bush Justice department. Karl Rove was almost certainly running it from the white house. But it was being pushed from throughout the Republican establishment that had recognized for years that they couldn't win fair and square. I think 2000 scared the hell out of them. If it hadn't been for Ralph Nader and Jebby and Poppy's political machines they would have lost that one and they had put everything they had into winning it.

So where is our friend Von Spakovsky now?

Saturday, December 17, 2005

President Bush nominated two controversial lawyers to the Federal Election Commission yesterday: Hans von Spakovsky who helped Georgia win approval of a disputed voter-identification law, and Robert D. Lenhard, who was part of a legal team that challenged the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

Von Spakovsky and Mason are Republican appointees, while Lenhard and Walther are Democratic picks for the bipartisan six-member commission.

In a letter to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) wrote that he is "extremely troubled" by the von Spakovsky nomination. Kennedy contends that von Spakovsky "may be at the heart of the political interference that is undermining the [Justice] Department's enforcement of federal civil laws."

Career Justice Department lawyers involved in a Georgia case said von Spakovsky pushed strongly for approval of a state program requiring voters to have photo identification. A team of staff lawyers that examined the case recommended 4 to 1 that the Georgia plan should be rejected because it would harm black voters; the recommendation was overruled by von Spakovsky and other senior officials in the Civil Rights Division.

Before working in the Justice Department, von Spakovsky was the Republican Party chairman in Fulton County, Ga., and served on the board of the Voter Integrity Project, which advocated regular purging of voter roles to prevent felons from casting ballots.

In a brief telephone interview, von Spakovsky played down his role in policy decisions in the Civil Rights Division. "I'm just a career lawyer who works in the front office of civil rights," he said. He noted that the department has rules against career lawyers talking to reporters.


That takes some gall, don't you think? He actually tried to pass himself off as a career lawyer for the justice department when he was nothing but a political hack from the moment he hit DC. Chutzpah doesn't even begin to describe it.

Bush gave him a recess appointment a month later. A couple of months after that, this came out

I'm sure everyone is aware by now that the recent study by the NY Times pretty much takes voter fraud off the table as anything but a partisan Republican tool for suppressing the Democratic vote:

Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.


Frankly you had to be something of an historical illiterate not to recognize from the beginning that these folks are up to the same tricks they've been using for decades. They tried mightily, with everything they had, the federal government, the Republican Lawyers Association, the country awash in patriotic paranoia, and they still couldn't prove this case --- even crookedly they couldn't do it. In fact, their insistence on finding it where there was none is what has caused their whole edifice to crumble.

Oh, and by the way, von Spakovsky has now been formally nominated by Bush to the FEC and will have to undergo Senate confirmation. Here's a blistering critique of his performace at the DOJ as well as his predictably awful tenure on the FEC from a former attoreny in the civil rights division. He concludes:

But even putting aside his controversial tenure at DOJ, von Spakovsky’s performance at the FEC over the last year independently raises questions of whether he is worthy of Senate confirmation. His comments at FEC meetings have often been caustic and extraneous to the issue at hand. He has consistently scoffed at the spirit of campaign finance laws, thumbing his nose at the law as he seeks to help create routes of circumvention. He even accuses those reformers who seek regulation of the role of money in our political process as attempting to take us back to the days of the Alien and Sedition Acts. This is an easy accusation to make, and von Spakovsky has employed it a number of times, and it certainly is easier to attack those he disagrees with rather than to explain principled reasons for his own actions.

The Senate Rules Committee hearings will begin soon. When they do, the American people have the right to know all the details of von Spakovsky’s roles in both the Texas and Georgia matters, and his handling of FEC matters as a recess appointee. That record, if compiled, will make the vote on his confirmation quite easy.


Let's hope so.
He ultimately withdrew his nomination. Bush got a man by the name of Don McGahn confirmed though. He defended Tom Delay in the lawsuit alleging that he unconstitutionally jacked the vote in Texas. (DeLay's conviction was overturned on appeal.)

He's Trump's White House counsel now.

Let's be honest. These guys specialize in stealing elections. It's what they do. Now they are enthusiastically accepting the help of foreign agents to carry out their task.

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          "Go jump in the Gulf of Mexico" by @BloggersRUs   

"Go jump in the Gulf of Mexico"

by Tom Sullivan


Photo by Woodlot via Creative Commons.

Every now and then federalism gives states the opportunity to do something more productive than denying citizens Medicaid expansion. This week, state officials across the country told President Donald Trump's voter fraud czar to take a flying leap.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has established a reputation as the Erich von Däniken of voter fraud. Kobach believes evidence of voter fraud is as widespread as von Däniken's alien visitations. Chad Lawhorn of the Lawrence Journal-World writes, "[W]hen the subject is illegal voting, Kobach normally becomes like a 'Game of Thrones' fan at a cocktail party. You need an actual wizard to get out of that conversation." The Kansas City Star describes Kobach as a fraud himself.

Kobach's mission as vice chairman of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is to locate the three million voters Trump alleges cast illegal ballots last fall to deny him the popular vote. Kobach could start (and finish) looking for them by putting Trump's head in a magnetic resonance scanner. Instead he sent letters this week to all 50 states requesting detailed voter records:

The letter, signed by commission vice chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), asked for names, addresses, birth dates and party affiliations of registered voters in each state. It also sought felony convictions, military statuses, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting records dating back to 2006, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill.
The Department of Justice letter informed states “we are reviewing voter registration list maintenance procedures in each state covered by the NVRA [National Voter Registration Act].” Voting rights watchdog, Ari Berman, writes at The Nation:
While this might sound banal, it’s a clear instruction to states from the federal government to start purging the voting rolls. “Let’s be clear what this letter signals: DOJ Civil Rights is preparing to sue states to force them to trim their voting rolls,” tweeted Sam Bagenstos, the former deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Obama administration. There’s a very long and recent history of Republican-controlled states’ purging their voting rolls in inaccurate and discriminatory ways—for example, Florida’s disastrous purge of alleged ex-felons in 2000 could have cost Al Gore the election—and it’s especially serious when the Department of Justice forces them to do it.
"If the Obama administration had asked for this, Kris Kobach would be holding a press conference outside the Capitol to denounce it,” Jason Kander who runs the nonprofit Let America Vote told the Washington Post. Kander is a former Missouri secretary of state. The response from current secretaries of state has been unenthusiastic as well.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued a statement essentially telling Kobach where he could put his request:
“The President's commission has requested the personal data and the voting history of every American voter–including Californians. As Secretary of State, it is my duty to ensure the integrity of our elections and to protect the voting rights and privacy of our state's voters. I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections."
At least 24 states are pushing back, according to The Hill report, including Vice President Mike Pence's home state of Indiana. Secretary of State Connie Lawson (R) is president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and on the Kobach commission herself. Lawson said in a statement, “Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach.” He'll get name, address, and congressional district, information publicly available.

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from,” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, another Republican, told the commission in his statement. “Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”

From CNN:

"I have no intention of honoring this request," Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia. This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November. At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression."
McAuliffe's suspicions likely come from Kobach's championing his multistate Crosscheck database for sniffing out double registrants and double voting. Kobach wants to use a similar process along with a federal database of legal immigrants to find Trump's illegal voters. “Crosscheck on steroids,” says Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project:
Researchers have found that Crosscheck's matching algorithms are highly inaccurate. A recent working paper by researchers at Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Microsoft found that Crosscheck's algorithm returns about 200 false positives for every one legitimate instance of double registration it finds.

“We're concerned about unlawful voter purging, which has been something that Kris Kobach has been leading the charge,” said Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the Justice Department's civil rights division.

“It's a real concern that he's building a nationwide database of voters,” Gupta added. “The question is: How does this data get used?”

An expansion of the Crosscheck system would be “a recipe for massive amounts of error,” according to elections expert Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School. “When you've got hundreds of millions of records, and thousands of John Smiths, trying to figure out which of them are your John Smith without making a mistake is well nigh impossible.”
The Washington Post report continues:
“This is an attempt on a grand scale to purport to match voter rolls with other information in an apparent effort to try and show that the voter rolls are inaccurate and use that as a pretext to pass legislation that will make it harder for people to register to vote,” said Rick Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California at Irvine.
If critics needed another reason to doubt, Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation is also on the commission. If Kobach is the Erich von Däniken of voter fraud, Spakovsky is Harold Hill, traveling voter ID salesman. He can deal with this trouble, friends, with a wave of his very hand. Berman writes, "When von Spakovsky was nominated to the FEC, six former lawyers in the voting section called him “the point person for undermining the Civil Rights Division’s mandate to protect voting rights.”

Let's hope the two confidence men inspire all they are due.


          Civil rights advocates concerned with Trump’s pick to lead DOJ civil rights division   
Civil rights advocates are raising alarm over President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division.Trump nominated attorney Eric Dreiband, who has represented corporations on matters such as civil rights and employment...
          Benarkah Malaysia turut terpalit darah rakyat Yaman?   
Jika bantah campur tangan asing, mengapa terlibat dalam perang Yaman?
02 Julai 2017 | MALAYSIA DATELINE
Raja Bahrin Shah

Ahli parlimen Kuala Terengganu mempersoal sikap pentadbiran perdana menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang membantah 'campur tangan' Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) dalam pengsonglapan dana 1MDB tetapi tidak membantah malah terlibat dalam kempen serangan diketuai Arab Saudi terhadap Yaman.

Menurut Datuk Raja Bahrin Shah, kerajaan Malaysia tidak langsung bersuara dalam isu serangan udara Arab Saudi bersama sekutu Amerika Syarikat ke atas Yaman malah wakil Malaysia dilaporkan berada dalam bilik operasi tentera Arab Saudi di Riyadh.

"Malaysia bukan sahaja tidak membantah tetapi membantu dengan bersubahat dengan kerajaan Arab Saudi serta sekutu Baratnya menyerang Yaman.

"Laporan rasmi Pertubuhan Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) setebal 240 muka bertarikh 12 Januari 2017 menyatakan penglibatan Malaysia bersama Amerika Syarikat, Britain dan Perancis beribu-pejabat di bilik operasi serangan ke atas Yaman di Riyadh.

"Nama Malaysia telah disebut beberapa kali dalam laporan rasmi PBB tersebut," tegas beliau.

Menurut Raja Bahrin, beliau telah menimbulkan persoalan ini beberapa kali di Parlimen namun tiada jawapan konkrit diberikan kerajaan.

Serangan Saudi ke atas Yaman, ujarnya telah mengorbankan ribuan orang awam termasuk anak kecil, wanita dan warga tua malah kini negara itu dilanda kebuluran dan wabak kolera.

Beliau turut mempersoal penglibatan Malaysia dalam operasi latihan ketenteraan "North Thunder" Arab Saudi bersama sekutu Arab-Afrika sedangkan tiada negara Islam bukan Arab seperti Indonesia atau Turki terlibat.

"Kenapa Malaysia mahu masuk campur urusan benua Arab-Afrika selain dari hanya mahu mengambil hati kerajaan Arab Saudi?" soal beliau.

Merujuk isu saman sivil DoJ terhadap beberapa penyangak yang didakwa menyelewengkan dana syarikat pelaburan negara 1MDB, Raja Bahrin menyifatkan ia bukan satu campur tangan asing memandangkan pihak berkuasa Amerika Syarikat hanya bertindak terhadap kemasukan wang dari Malaysia secara haram ke dalam sistem kewangan Amerika.

"Tindakan yang sama ini juga telah diambil oleh kerajaan Abu Dhabi, Singapura, Switzerland dan Hong Kong tetapi mengapa mereka juga tidak pula dituduh 'campur tangan' dalam urusan Malaysia?

"Ini adalah peraturan biasa di bawah undang-undang pengubahan wang haram di mana-mana negara termasuk Malaysia," ujarnya.

Sehubungan itu, Pengerusi Biro Antarabangsa Amanah itu meminta pemimpin BN dan Pas yang memainkan isu campur tangan asing dalam kes saman sivil DoJ supaya mendapatkan penjelasan sebenar dan berlaku adil.

          Utusan praises Hadi, muftis for opposing DoJ suit - Malay Mail Online   

Malay Mail Online

Utusan praises Hadi, muftis for opposing DoJ suit
Malay Mail Online
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is lauded for opposing the DoJ suit to seize assets allegedly linked to 1MDB. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 ― Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia has praised PAS president Datuk Seri ...
PAS: Probe 1MDB-linked 'wrongdoing' but keep US out of itMalaysiakini (subscription)
PAS chasing 1MDB culprits or joining in the crime, Netizens askThe Independent

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          Sessions Gets More Opposition to Ending DOJ Memorandum   
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been getting a lot of mail from Memphis lately about Juvenile Court. A group of 19 organizations including the...
          But money can't buy Jho love   

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) in its third civil forfeiture suit on the 1MDB affair alleged around US$4.5 billion from the firm was misappropriated and also highlighted the purported masterminds, chief among them, it claimed, was Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low.

The DOJ covered in detail the alleged money trail from 1MDB to the bank accounts of Low and his associates, but on the side, also provided a glimpse of how he apparently courted the women of his dreams, supposedly using 1MDB-linked funds.

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gepostet: 27 Juni 2017