Patterico's Pontifications


Sharyl Attkisson: There Has Been an Intrusion on My Computer System

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:53 pm

I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation. I mean, it’s not like the White House is going to target reporters for investigation just because they report stories that embarrass them!

Lois Lerner to Plead the Fifth

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:48 pm

Doesn’t mean that she’s guilty of anything, of course. But it is bound to make voters wonder.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday.

So: we already know Obama’s Chief of Staff knew about the targeting, but amazingly did not tell Obama (so we are told). The linked post has a link to another piece that shows Carney revealing White House involvement in orchestrating the reveal:

There was “discussion about the possibility of a speech” by Lois Lerner, who oversaw the IRS’s work on tax-exempt groups, Carney said, and conversation about testimony by the acting commissioner of the agency and “what he would say” if asked about the issue…

The press secretary said the Treasury Department worked with Mark Childress, a deputy White House chief of staff.

But Obama didn’t know. That’s their story and they’re sticking with it.

Sticking with it . . . or taking the Fifth when asked more probing questions.

UPDATE: I like DaTechGuy’s take:

Illegal Immigrant, “Customer” — Potato, Potahto

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:02 am

A correspondent sends a link to this piece quoting a critic of the immigration bill:

Additionally, Palinkas argues that the bill does not fix current administration policy that treats immigrants applying for entry into the United States as “customers” of the American government.

“A new USCIS computer system to screen applications known as ‘Transformation’ has proven to be a disaster as the agency has spent upwards of $2 billion for a system that would eventually allow an alien–now referred to as a ‘customer’ under current USCIS policy–to upload their own information via the internet for adjudication purposes,” Palinkas said. “To date, only one form can be accepted into the program that has been in the making for close to 10 years.”

My correspondent sardonically adds:

In related news, prisoners will be referred to as “overnight guests” and criminals will be “Obama voters.”

Language drives policy.

Report: More Benghazi Whistleblowers Coming

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

PJ Media:

More whistleblowers will emerge shortly in the escalating Benghazi scandal, according to two former U.S. diplomats who spoke with PJ Media Monday afternoon.

. . . .

The former diplomats inform PJM the new revelations concentrate in two areas — what Ambassador Chris Stevens was actually doing in Benghazi and the pressure put on General Carter Ham, then in command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and therefore responsible for Libya, not to act to protect jeopardized U.S. personnel.

Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of the high risk involved in arming “insurgents” with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft.

Hillary Clinton still wanted to proceed because, in part, as one of the diplomats said, she wanted “to overthrow Gaddafi on the cheap.”

Big Media is ready with its angle: When will these damned Republicans finally stop their partisan witch hunt?

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