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Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson’s Computer Was Compromised

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:58 am

Gee. I wonder who might have done that!

87 Responses to “Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson’s Computer Was Compromised”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I am shocked.

    Wonder who it was and if they had a warrant?

    Or maybe this is EXACTLY what freedom lubers who have a problem with violating the Constitution are wary of.

    But yes, it is all so sort of legal when the Government violates the Constitution under the guise of Security.

    I predict by the time this is all done, a Libertarian will win the Presidency in 2016. … and frankly I could give a shit about the foreign policy implications. We are rotting from within.

    Rodney King's Spirit (ae12ec)

  3. Hmmmm. I’m guessing it wasn’t the makers of FLOR carpet tiles, although I can’t seem to shake them off my trail.

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  4. Obviously, it was her bosses who then determined that she was engaging in partisanship.

    Ed from SFV (6382f3)

  5. #4 That would not count as un-authorized.

    Rodney King's Spirit (ae12ec)

  6. RKS – You think the bosses at CBS News follow the rules? Hahahahahaha.

    Ed from SFV (6382f3)

  7. I handle cyber-security at my job. I can tell you that without some definitive evidence that these intrusions are tied to the government, there is really nothing to this story.

    We get dozens of intrusion attempts daily. And occasionally (perhaps once a month) someone gets past our front-line security and I get an alert. Daily, I have to beat users to employ proper security procedures. And the ones that don’t invariably get hacked while outside our security wall, and we have to wipe and reinstall their machines, force them to change their passwords, etc.

    One of my admins setup a new server on his desk, and forgot to change the password to something more substantial than ‘123’ before installing the server in the data center. In the time that it took him to drive the *two blocks* back to the office, the machine had been taken over and was being used in a botnet. He had to repeat the whole process.

    It’s entirely possible that something sinister is going on here, but without the evidence, it’s just noise – happens every day.

    Hired Mind (7f3e0d)

  8. It is just a random coincidence.

    JD (b63a52)

  9. RKS – You think the bosses at CBS News follow the rules? Hahahahahaha.

    Comment by Ed from SFV (6382f3) — 6/14/2013 @ 8:27 am

    If her bosses looked, then at the end of the day they were authorized to look whether secretive or not.

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  10. What they did to Rosen – you don’t think they would do to Attkisson? She was dealing with whistleblowers, and despite other possibilities being, well, possible, by now I expect the worst.

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  11. I’m sure it was not the administration. Why, that’s illegal!

    Patricia (be0117)

  12. What she was working on around then?

    It could be any of a whole bunch of stories.

    BTW, was it only her computer at CBS that was aaccessed?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  13. Actually, there could be evidence if the attacker removed all records of attacks. Think about it.
    If CBS itself had placed (say) a keystroke logger, and it’s not there now, someone has removed it. The attacker, too quickly removing things, forgot to leave (or couldn’t reinstall) the keystroke logger that was there when they installed their own. It’s not a direct proof that the government did the hacking, but it’s a convincing demonstration that someone has been.

    htom (412a17)

  14. This is a semi-serious question: why should I care about this?

    Pious Agnostic (1171c3)

  15. 14 — Pious Agnostic, prove that you didn’t download that child porn. There it is, on your computer, downloaded at times when you were doing other things on the computer.

    htom (412a17)

  16. Pious – doesn’t it seem like an incredible coincidence, knowing what we know now about AP, Fox Rosen, and NSA?

    JD (b63a52)

  17. htom – Did I miss a news story? Was Sharyl Attkisson accused of having child pr0n on her computer?

    Pious Agnostic (1171c3)

  18. It’s all legal. They were just trying to discover the name of the person that was leaking the truth to her.

    Icy (1008d7)

  19. Oh, you loons are so shrill.

    You told us in the run up to Nov. 2012, it was the most important election of our livetimes.

    Well, you were right, more than you could possibly know.

    Newsflash, we lost.

    That flushing sound you hear is everything you cared about rolling around and sinking. Its gone.

    Pick your pitable selves up and fight for once in your what passes for lives.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  20. The DOJ sent out a Sgt. Shultz statement as soon as this broke. LOL!

    Kevin P. (1df29c)

  21. The Obama person will probably read about this in tomorrow morning’s newspaper.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  22. 17 — Not that I’ve heard. Hackers who have write access can pretty much write (or delete, which is a write) anything they want. Your PC’s hacked, they leave child porn. Prove they did it.

    htom (412a17)

  23. Surely I am not the only one who realizes that this was all George Bush’s fault?

    The astute Dana (3e4784)

  24. The Dana,

    Bush can’t take all the blame. Some of it belongs to Mitt Romney.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  25. IMO, the two likeliest possibilities are 1) Holder and company trying to find something incriminating to shut her up, or 2) random leftwing anonymous/4-chan type trying to find something incriminating to shut her up.

    Keep digging, Sharyl. You’ve got them scared.

    Hadlowe (33cc56)

  26. Mr Stone wrote:

    Bush can’t take all the blame. Some of it belongs to Mitt Romney.

    [slapping forehead!] Well, of course you’re right! How foolish of me to have missed that.

    The Dana who accepts the correction (3e4784)

  27. If CBS’s forensic analysis pinpointed when Attkisson’s computer was penetrated, they can determine if the dates and times match up with the publication dates of her explosive revelations detailing government duplicity about events in Benghazi. (She should file a FOIA request for records of any submissions by the Administration to the FISA court for permission to tap her phone and her computer.)

    During the waning months of 2012, following the September 11th attack, Sharyl Attkisson was virtually alone in MSM in reporting accurately on the circumstances surrounding the murder of our Ambassador and the Obama Administration’s treachery in refusing to allow rescue forces an opportunity to save them, abandoning them to die at the hands of Islamic terrorists.

    ropelight (21134b)

  28. Ah, ropelight explains why I should care. The presumption is that, while she was reporting on the story so damaging to the White House, somebody was hacking her computer to find out what she knew and, more importantly, from whom she learned it.


    Pious Agnostic (1171c3)

  29. CBS said this happened “on multiple occasions in late 2012″

    She had covered “Fast and Furious” earlier in the year and in fact was scheduled to receive an award on October 8, 2012.

    Here is Sharyl Attkisson’s October 8, 2012 story and interview with Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood.

    Security was gradually drawn down in Libya in the months before September 11, 2012.

    While this was Tripoli, it may have affected who travelled to Benghazi etc.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  30. O/T, but while the gub’mint was apparently trying to figure out what Sharyl Attkisson knew, the feds were awfully unserious about finding out anything about the Tsarnaev brothers.

    In this video Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) gets FBI Director Mueller to admit he had no idea that the founder of the Boston mosque where the brothers were radicalized is in prison for providing materiel support to terrorism.

    Mueller makes an interesting admission. After Gohmert gets the director all worked up, Mueller tells Gohmert the FBI did visit the Boston mosque in question. But as part of the FBI’s outreach.

    Which tells you what’s important to the FBI as an organization. The director doesn’t know about the FBI’s investigations or who has terrorist ties, but he’s all up to speed on their Muslim outreach efforts.

    Steve57 (1ca8bb)

  31. Not only were security forces drawn down and specific requests for additional security in Benghazi denied, but most alarmingly the Anti-Terrorism Fast Reaction, CIF Teams (Commander’s In-extremis Force) were strangely MIA (missing in action).

    For some as yet unexplained reason the Special Ops teams specifically designed and equipped to be quickly available for rapid deployment in emergency situations were inexplicably assigned to training missions on the anniversary of 9/11, the very date anyone with the brains of a turnip would know they should be geared-up and standing-by alongside transport aircraft ready for immediate deployment. You don’t need a West Point graduate with combat experience to know that, a boy scout would tell you the same thing.

    So, let’s face facts, the same people who pulled security from Benghazi and denied repeated requests for more security are most likely the same people who made sure rapid response teams were conveniently out of the way on training missions when they were most needed.

    Isn’t it time yet to point fingers and name names?

    Additionally, we learn from General Dempsey’s testimony, that command of the CIF Rapid Response Team (C-110) assigned to AFRICOM (which was training in Bosnia on 9/11/12 and which would have responded to the Benghazi attack) was suddenly transitioned to EUCOM in the dark of that bloody 9/11 night and ordered to report to Stuttgart, Germany instead of to where they were desperately needed in Benghazi. Why?

    Who other than the Commander-in-Chief could issue such and insane order and have it obeyed?

    ropelight (21134b)

  32. So, let’s face facts, the same people who pulled security from Benghazi and denied repeated requests for more security are most likely the same people who made sure rapid response teams were conveniently out of the way on training missions when they were most needed.

    That is incredibly frustrating. I just keep thinking back to all these ridiculously lavish royal vacations and trips the Obama family has been on, many separately. Had they used the funding and security for just one of these parties and used that to protect our folks that we knew were in harms way in Benghazi, they would have made it home alive.

    How do these folks live with themselves?

    Dustin (303dca)

  33. Dustin, these folks are proud of what they’ve done.

    ropelight (21134b)

  34. Comment by Steve57 (1ca8bb) — 6/14/2013 @ 1:04 pm

    while the gub’mint was apparently trying to figure out what Sharyl Attkisson knew,

    Who says it wa sthe gob’mint?

    Maybe it was a foreign intelligence agency which had been running moles in the CIA and other places in the government.

    The government would subpoena the ISP – it wouldn’t make an intrusion on her computerr, certainly more than once.

    Is this what happened to James Rosen or did something different happen to James Rosen (on a technical level?)

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  35. ==Who says it wa sthe gob’mint?
    Maybe it was a foreign intelligence agency which had been running moles in the CIA and other places in the government.==

    Yeah Sammy. You’re right. It could have been absolutely anybody hacking into Sharyl’s office computer while she was the only journalist investigating the administration’s Benghazi lies and talking points with respect to our dead ambassador. It could even have been my cat for goodness sakes. He sneaks around at night and sometimes shows an interest in our computer wires and setup.

    elissa (136423)

  36. Apparently, in an effort to put feelers out to see if there is still enthusiasm for a Hillary ’16 run, Chelsea Clinton told a reporter that it is time for a woman in the Oval Office.

    Must I remind her that her father had plenty of women in the Oval Office ?

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  37. The government would subpoena the ISP – it wouldn’t make an intrusion on her computerr, certainly more than once.

    Sammy, you pulled something out of thin air that is not only unrealistic but actually contrary to reality, and then say it’s “certain”. And if called out on calling your opinion or speculation a certain fact, you’ll deny it.

    I think a lot of people are passing over most of your comments because this is a consistent problem with your reasoning, and it comes across as something less innocent than sloppiness to some of us.

    Here’s what we know: Ms Attkinson was a rare talent for exposing corruption in a very, very corrupt administration that is now known to abuse the bureaucracy to go after critics (such as with the IRS) and also abuse our personal privacy (such as with the NSA). Someone out there violated the privacy of Ms Attkinson, and the main subject with motive is also the main subject with opportunity and a history of this kind of abuse.

    That’s why a lot of us are concerned that someone affiliated with the Obama administration is responsible.

    Dustin (303dca)

  38. #33, maybe it was you, Sammy, or the tooth fairy, or GWB, or Richard Nixon’s evil twin. Maybe it was the butler who did it.

    Or maybe it was the very people Attkisson was exposing as liars, you know, the ones with blood on their hands. The ones who wanted to shut her up, the ones who’d be indited for serious crimes if she continued to expose who they were and what they were doing.

    You make the call.

    ropelight (21134b)

  39. Is this what happened to James Rosen or did something different happen to James Rosen (on a technical level?)
    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 6/14/2013 @ 1:29 pm

    — In order to answer that question, perhaps an expert should examine Rosen’s computer.

    Icy (1008d7)

  40. How far are we from a country where the Attkinsons disappear at the hands of a secret police?

    One could argue we are not too far, because the IRS is already acting as a political compliance police. That is not a difference of type, but only of degree.

    Obama once said he wanted a Civilian National Security Force. It sounded like something from a delusional kook. How politically loyal would Obama’s civilian force be, and why did he see any need for one? Why does the DHS consider veterans and Tea Partiers and Christians to be bad guys? It all rolls along the same basic theme of complying with the ever expanding power of a political party, doesn’t it?

    Maybe this will be a turning point and we’ll be OK, but the real fear is what happens if it’s not, and the bad guys learn the wrong lesson (that most Americans don’t care).

    Dustin (303dca)

  41. Gee. I wonder who might have done that!

    The Tooth Fairy! She’s a notorious computer hacker. At least that’s the type of explanation this admenstruation will give.

    peedoffamerican (ee1de0)

  42. I still am allowed to call The Tooth Fairy, a fairy aren’t I?

    peedoffamerican (ee1de0)

  43. 7. No offense, genius, but the example bears no similarity with the forensic description.

    Searches were performed at a command line, system times changed, registry edited.

    No TSR reported.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  44. No.

    Icy (1008d7)

  45. Dental Queer

    Icy (1008d7)

  46. 39. “Turning point”

    Certainly hope so too, but no, we will not all be Ok.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  47. What’s sort of funny about this — in the vein of a black comedy political farce — is that, oh, say, ~95% of the reporters and editors at CBS News voted last November for Obama and around 90% will in ’16 vote for Hillary. Perhaps more. They would not be able even to grasp the irony.

    William Scalia (4fc30a)

  48. Icy 😆

    peedoffamerican (ee1de0)

  49. 34. Yeah, the cats, that would explain everything.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  50. 29. Priorities. What we might expect from a government is now window dressing, if addressed at all.

    Today Detroit has begun default–beginning with “unsecured debt”, the first $2.5 Billion.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  51. Here is what the DOJ said back in May when Sharyl first made the accusation, but before it was officially confirmed by the cyber crime company hired by CBS. According to The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, shortly after news broke in May of the breach of CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer, the justice Department released the following sort of strange statement:

    To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use.

    elissa (136423)

  52. Elissa – given the fact that nobody in the admin seems to know anything about anything going on under their watch, that fits quite nicely.

    JD (04b3a3)

  53. Yeah, JD. Pretty narrow, weasel wordy, and non- definitive I think. But I also think it’s weird that the DOJ even felt the need to make any statement at that point. There was speculation, but nobody had actually accused the government of it that I recall.

    elissa (136423)

  54. Elissa – I took that as kind of a tell.

    JD (b63a52)

  55. A large percent of republicans in d..c. support spying on Americans and arming our enemies.
    Good Luck in future elections.

    mg (31009b)

  56. Maybe it would be a worthwhile exercise to contract with the same firm to do the same forensic search in some other computers. I am sure a few candidates would come to mind.

    jim2 (604c42)

  57. I really hate to say it but why should we trust CBS and their ‘forensic experts’ They had ‘experts’ to verify the Rathergate docs. How did that work out for them?

    Bill (78f6b4)

  58. Thank you, Bill. My primary suspect is David Rhodes whose brother is a deputy national security adviser at the White House.

    nk (875f57)

  59. Do you think that the hired cyber sleuths confirming that she was hacked by unnamed people who were good at it automatically excludes either or both of the Rhodeses being involved and possibly getting fingered for it? I don’t necessarily think so. It would be pretty stunning if the WH Rhodes, casually used info he knew from his bro to facilitate the Attkisson hack without the CBS Rhodes even knowing he was the patsy. It would be even more stunning if a WH big and a media big were caught in collusion against a news organization. I’m loving this story because it is going to keep hackles up by some in the media who are already upset over Rosen and AP.

    elissa (136423)

  60. Bill, no “expert” ever verified the Rathergate documents for CBS. That’s why they fired Dan Rather.

    SPQR (768505)

  61. I’m loving this story because it is going to keep hackles up by some in the media who are already upset over Rosen and AP.

    It’s deeply disturbing, but not inaccurate, that we need the MSM to keep these important issues alive with most Americans. That probably means that this won’t be on most American’s mind in Nov 2016, but maybe the country will surprise me.

    Dustin (303dca)

  62. “[Scandalgeddon likely] won’t be on most American’s mind in Nov 2016″

    Probably not. Interest rates near 5% as unemployment remains at 7.5% means qualified workers cannot be found to run the gauntlet of highway men to work.

    Pensions from local governments will have generally failed, and many States are bankrupt leading to urban rioting as a daily occurrence.

    Inner city markets and liquor stores burned to the ground in 2015 have not been replaced and murder rates in those neighborhoods are at Johannesberg levels.

    The life expectancy of males born in 2016 has collapsed to 57. Only part of this is due to the fact of inadequate pre and post-natal care, much of the decline is due to street violence.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  63. Maybe you’ve been reading too much Matt Bracken, gary.

    narciso (3fec35)

  64. To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers

    — Nobody ever tells the DOJ anything about what the DOJ is doing!

    Icy (1008d7)

  65. After snarking and eye-rolling through the article, and in essence suggesting Sharyl is an incompetent lying hysterical idiot, the author concludes his article with a small butt cover:

    If this internal CBS News cyber-investigation concludes that the intrusions resulted from garden-variety hacking schemes, how will Attkisson and her employers spin that one?
    If, on the other hand, it finds evidence of the suspicions that Attkisson aired on her radio appearance, the word “scandal” won’t be strong enough to describe the crisis to follow. And Sharyl Attkisson will emerge as the journalist that this administration fears the most.

    Bet Wimple wishes now that he had framed the meat of of the article a little bit differently. professionally.

    elissa (136423)

  66. Wemple approaches the pure hack singularity of Tommy Christopher,

    narciso (3fec35)

  67. 65. Bet Wimple wishes now that he had framed the meat of of the article a little bit differently. professionally.

    Comment by elissa (136423) — 6/14/2013 @ 7:44 pm

    I doubt it, elissa. Once you’re completely in the tank, you’re bloody well in the tank. Wemple will have a fallback position or three.

    I recall Bill Press saying early on in the Lewinsky scandal that if Clinton had lied to the American people he was done. Sure enough after it had dragged out for a few months Press had changed his position and was defending Clinton.

    That’s the Democratic/media complex communications strategy. Stall for time. When one story falls apart make up another one, and repeat as many times as necessary. It isn’t like if Wemple walks in lockstep with the Obama administration it’s going to cost him his job.

    At the WaPo as in most other media outlets job security depends on helping Democratic administrations weather scandals. Not reporting on their scandals. The only way they’ll abandon Obama is if it’s absolutely necessary for the next Democrat to win in 2016.

    Steve57 (1ca8bb)

  68. 62. I’ve read one of his pieces, yes.

    Today I re-read the first few pages of Moby-Dick.

    Doug Ross, Bob Owens, Ezekiel, Daniel, I read a number of alarmists I guess.

    C.S. Lewis isn’t one, I read him too.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  69. Well the one I’m referring too, had a very ‘Abandon all Hope’ feel to it.

    narciso (3fec35)

  70. 69. Something like Drudge tonight:

    Assad Prepares Offensive as Obama Promises Rebels Arms…
    Oil Hits 9-Month High…
    Saudi King cuts holiday short due to ‘events in region…
    Thousands of Egypt Islamists rally for Syria jihad…

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  71. Steve, you’re right. I’m sure he hasn’t changed his stripes and will continue to unashamedly carry the administration’s water. I merely meant that today Wemple looks to the whole world and especially to his industry like a gigantic drooling asshole obvious hack tripping over his you know what– instead of a basic everyday run of the mill in the know elitist “squirrel!” hack. It’s hard to maintain your position as a kool kid when you make yourself look this bad and foul the nest for everybody else. The jourolist team doesn’t like it when they’re outed by one of their own.

    elissa (136423)

  72. Drudge’s headlines are, well, Drudge.

    Drudge headline: Blood Flows In Rivers
    Story: A local fisherman stuck his finger while baiting a hook, today. A medium bandaid was required ….

    nk (875f57)

  73. 69. The one I read via Larwyn was about sniping techniques.

    Another urban issue will be the loss of power for Sandy periods via Owens.

    Water supplies tainted.

    Empty supermarket shelves. Inflation, price controls, looting, bad weather, etc., will make stocking spotty at best.

    Right now government takes in revenue something like 70% of spending. The Fed promises to print money even tho it will soon own all MBS and sometime in 2015 all Treasuries 7 years and longer. Your guess what they buy next, stocks, houses, commercial real estate, is as good as mine.

    It recently contributed around $200 Billion per annum to revenue but that’s going away. It will be selling at a loss for the foreseeable future. A rise to 5% in interest rates will more than double the cost of the debt to very roughly the $1 Trillion level, yada, yada.

    Current volatility is just the first sign that central banks are losing the handle.

    It really is coming apart folks.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  74. 72. I’ve been wrong, especially on timing, with a lot of predictions. No doubt way more than half.

    But let him who has ears hear, the RESET has already with Japan, Spain, Australia, etc., and its going exponentially.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  75. I merely meant that today Wemple looks to the whole world and especially to his industry like a gigantic drooling asshole obvious hack tripping over his you know what– instead of a basic everyday run of the mill in the know elitist “squirrel!” hack. It’s hard to maintain your position as a kool kid when you make yourself look this bad…

    But, but, elissa, that’s what all the kool kidz in his industry are doing.

    You know what the unkool kidz in his industry are doing?

    Actually reporting on Obama like Sharyl Attkisson.

    Steve57 (1ca8bb)

  76. More good news on the heels of Detroit’s default:

    Meanwhile, CA’s outstanding debts, included defined benefit pension funds growing at 8.5% per year in an era of 2-3% gains is $1.1 Trillion.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  77. EBL – It is a real head scratcher.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  78. Since Atkisson was devoted to the Benghazi story, the following illustrates why the clown car (driven by clowns who, in the current era, are ruthless and devious) that is Obama’s and liberals’ America has been so resentful of and felt even threatened by her…, June 14, 2013: In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly trained Special Forces were stationed just a few hours away from Benghazi on the night of the attacks but were not told to deploy to Libya.

    …Dempsey stated at a Senate hearing Wednesday that on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, command of the Special Forces – known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF – was transferred from the military’s European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command. Dempsey did not state any reason for the strange transfer of command nor could he provide a timeline for the transfer the night of the attack.

    Also, Dempsey’s comments on the travel time between Croatia and Benghazi were incorrect.

    His remarks for the first time confirm an exclusive Fox News interview aired April 30 in which a special government operator, speaking on condition of anonymity, contradicted claims by the Obama administration and a State Department review that there wasn’t enough time for military forces to deploy the night of the attack.

    The operator told Fox News the C-110 forces were training in Croatia. The distance between Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and Benghazi is about 925 miles. Fox News reported the forces were stationed just three and a half hours away.

    Dempsey confirmed the C-110 was indeed at a training exercise. At first he claimed the Special Forces were training in Bosnia and then later stated they were training in Croatia. But he did not explain the discrepancies in his statements about their location nor did he note the discrepancies.

    Dempsey was asked whether he agreed with the Fox News timeline that the C-100 could deploy in four to six hours. “No, I would not agree to that timeline,” he stated. “The travel time alone would have been more than that, and that is if they were sitting on the tarmac.”

    Dempsey’s remarks are inaccurate. Even a large passenger jet can travel from the furthest point of Croatia to Benghazi in about two and a half hours or less., August 2012: Now one understands why the White House would be upset that a group of real door-kickers is upsetting the script by criticizing Obama for the hagiographic leaks emanating from the White House portraying the man-in-mom-jeans as a tough, engaged leader of men…. What took this to a new level was the personal involvement of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Veterans have long been involved in politics. From 1865 until the actuarial tables declared victory in 1956 the Grand Army of the Republic was a critical force in US politics. Veterans organizations run political action committees. It is not unusual for a candidate to appear on stage with military veterans who are clearly identified as such.

    It is obvious that the real sin of the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, as well as Special Operations for America, and Special Operations Speak has nothing to do with keeping the military aloof from political battles. Had that been the case one would have expected one of General Dempsey’s predecessors to criticize the corporal’s guard of retired generals that were trotted out to lambaste President Bush during two elections. Indeed, General Dempsey could even have mentioned VoteVets, which was very active in Obama’s election campaign. He could have mentioned Tammy Duckworth who, like Max Cleland, has created a political career out of their military service…or even General Dwight Eisenhower and Senator John Kerry for that matter.

    No president has done more to use veterans and active duty military personnel as attack dogs and props than the incumbent. But [Dempsey] didn’t [cite them]. He [instead] singled out one group who were hitting hard at a centerpiece of Obama’s re-election campaign: his “gutsy call” in doing his duty.

    Mark (d1328f)

  79. Mark – General Ham needs to testify.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  80. With all the social-media “research” done by OFA in “The Cave” in Chicago, is it outside the bounds of possibility, and probability, that the hacking of Atkisson’s computer doesn’t go back to there?
    She was making a nuisance of herself in the eyes of Axelrod/Plouffe, first over Fast & Furious and then on Benghazi, and I just bet they wanted to silence her so that she couldn’t interrupt the story they were telling to all of those “uninformed” voters – at least the live ones.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  81. Am I the only one who noticed that CBS did not go to the FBI to investigate Attkisson’s hacked computer? They went to a private cyber security firm. When Sarah Palin had her email hacked, she went to the FBI. She felt justice would be done, and it was. The Palin case investigation and indictment came during the Bush years.

    There appears to be a lack of trust in the current Justice department. And with good reason.

    Corky Boyd (37df6c)

  82. 80. Preferrably by closed circuit satellite connection from an undisclosed bunker hermetically sealed and a personal water taster.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  83. don’t we all hv FBI hacking into our computers? at this point I just ignore them for the most part, they’re just annoying, what great amount of resources they’re wasting

    ER (d7739b)

  84. CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson: I Know Who Hacked Into My Computers (Video) Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, June 17, 2013, 7:49 PM

    But she’s not saying, yet.

    On the O’Reilly Factor she said:

    “I think I know. But I’m just not prepared to go into that. We’re continuing our investigations. There are multifaceted looks at what to do next… Let me just say, whoever did it, to come into a private citizen’s home, whether I’m a journalist or not, and look in my family’s computer and look into my work computer… Well, it’s outrageous.”

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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