Tuesday, April 17, 2012

U.S. GSA (General Services Administration) Partying Cannot Not be Swept Under Rug

As noose tightens on Obama and his criminal regime, banks, mortgage companies and small fry begin to burn to distract Americans with help of criminal-packed, fraud, government owned "mainstream media"

ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Larry Margasak
04/17/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) —

The General Services Administration investigator who revealed a wild agency spending spree said Monday he's investigating possible bribery and kickbacks, and has already recommended criminal charges to the Justice Department. The key figure in the scandal invoked his right to remain silent at the House hearing.


Inspector General Brian Miller made clear that he's not done investigating GSA current and former officials, following his lengthy report April 2 on an October 2010 Las Vegas conference that cost taxpayers $823,000. The regional executive who hosted the Western Regions Conference, Jeffrey Neely, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and his chair remained empty the rest of the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. 


He could face a criminal investigation.

"We do have other ongoing investigations including all sorts of improprieties, including bribes, possibly kickbacks but I'd have to check on precisely kickbacks," Miller told the committee.

He added later, "We have recommended criminal charges."

Toward the end of the three-and-a-half hour hearing, GSA chief of staff Michael Robertson said he had informed the White House of the inspector general's preliminary findings last year. Robertson testified that he told a White House lawyer, Kim Harris, about the report shortly after May 2011 "when I became aware that the IG had briefed (then-GSA administrator Martha) Johnson."


Investigator Brian Miller
After the hearing, Robertson said in a statement, "To clarify the point I made in my testimony today, I only mentioned in passing the existence of an IG investigation as I bumped into a White House staffer that I regularly worked with on GSA issues."




Committee members from both parties could barely restrain themselves as they sometimes shouted their outrage over the spending. They not only raged on about the overall figure, but at specific taxpayer expenditures for a mind-reader, over-priced commemorative coins, bicycles for a team-building exercise and trips by GSA employees and their family members to the Las Vegas strip.

Lawmakers said they couldn't understand why Johnson, the agency head who resigned after Miller's findings became public, waited for months to take action after receiving a preliminary report almost a year earlier. And demanded to know why Johnson granted Neely a $9,000 bonus after learning of the conference.

"I gave that $9,000 bonus because I was focused on performance and because I, the recommendation came from the buildings commissioner," Johnson said.


Scumbag fruitcake, thief Jeffrey Neely cops the 5th Amendment
Johnson, who said she resigned to allow the GSA to fix its problems under new leadership, said she was "extremely aggrieved by the gall of a handful of people to misuse federal tax dollars, twist contracting rules and defile the great name of the General Services Administration."


She said she learned after taking office that the Western Regions Conference "had evolved into a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory event."

Before she resigned, Johnson fired two top deputies. Since then, Neely and seven others were placed on administrative leave.

She was not the only GSA executive to apologize. David Foley, deputy commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, said he was sorry that he participated in an awards ceremony at the conference, which became a viral video on social media.


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He made a joking reference at the ceremony to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia congressional delegate, and presented an award to a GSA staff member who made a rap video making fun of the conference spending.

Meanwhile, the GSA has ramped up its disciplinary review. Ten officials are now on administrative leave, two more than previously reported.

On Monday, the agency released letters to one fired GSA executive, Robert Peck, and two on administrative leave — Neely and Robert Shepard, a regional executive — demanding they pay back some of the taxpayers' money for parties held in their rooms at the Las Vegas conference.




The amounts were $922 for Shepard, $1,960 for Peck and $2,717 for Neely.

Previously, Neely had told investigators that the $2,717 party he threw in his Las Vegas hotel suite was an employee-awards event, according to a transcript of the interview.

"This is an award recognition ceremony ...." Neely told an internal investigator. "That's what this was. That's...not a Neely party right. I actually ... it was in a suite that wasn't even mine."

The investigator then confronted Neely with his email saying that he and his wife "are hosting a party in our loft room. There will be wine and beer and some munchies...." There was no mention of awards.

When Neely insisted again it was an awards event, the skeptical investigator told him, "You realize how this looks?"

"I get it that it looks funny," Neely said.



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Al-Jazeera Turned Into Weapon in Hands of Qatari Officials, CIA Owners

Hilarious:  The Emir of Qatar and his CIA managed upper echelon at Al Jazeera in desperation now allowing female news readers to show more breast to attract viewers who are turning off AJ in droves:  Top flight journalists now in exodus from discredited U.S. propaganda "news" bureau while AJ continues to report "news" they "can't verify" from network where "Everyone is now a journalist" and indeed, they surely are:  AJ now interfering with Second Amendment, shill, spout propaganda for U.S. government anti-gun lobby

PRESS TV
04/16/2012

A top ex-manager with the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel says the network has become a weapon in the hands of Qatari officials for furthering their policies, Press TV reports.


“Al-Jazeera has lost its feel for what the Arab public wants to hear,” former Al-Jazeera Media Relations Manager Jihad Ballout said in an exclusive interview with Press TV.

“With the advent of what is considered to be the Arab Spring, Al-Jazeera has gone through a great change from the flag bearer of objective journalism to what many people and many observers consider to be a policy or foreign politics-led news organization,” he added.

Ballout said changes occurring at Al-Jazeera were “subtle” and did not happen overnight, adding that the departure from professional journalism was especially noticeable in the network’s coverage of events in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria.


AJ Weather girl Stef Gaulter has satellite images of North Korean missiles, but somehow does not have images of Fukushima radioactive fallout spreading over the Northern Hemisphere, never mentions Fukushima while her "colleague" news readers paint only glowing picture, offer personal pleasing platitudes about deadliest nuclear threat in history as children die from radiation poisoning

“I think the breaking point or the watershed was after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. I think after that, subtle changes were taking place and since that date you see a lot of well-known names have either left or were pushed over. But actually it came very, very obviously only recently,” the former Al-Jazeera manager said.

It is widely believed that the Emir of Qatar has a direct influence on the nature of programs broadcast on Al-Jazeera.

The Qatari-based network's biased policy towards Bahrain and Syria has caused dispute among the news network workers.

Many employees at bureaus across the world including Lebanon have left their jobs over Al-Jazeera's biased stance against the Syrian government and in favor of the Bahraini regime. The latest person to quit was a key managing director.

HMV/AZ/HGH







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Strong Quakes Hit West Indonesia, Java

As with last quakes off Aceh damage reports still coming in

Associated Press
04/15/2012

Officials say a strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 has struck off the coast of western Indonesia but there is no danger of a tsunami.




The U.S. Geological Survey says Sunday's quake was centered about 400 miles (650 kilometers) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, at a depth of 9 miles (15 kilometers).

Indonesian meteorological official Suharjono says there is no threat of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Two powerful quakes measuring magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 triggered a tsunami watch on Wednesday in more than two dozen nations and island territories, from Australia and India to as far off as Africa.


Reuters filed this late report:
 
(Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck offshore western Java in Indonesia's Sunda Strait at a depth of 30.5 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday.

The USGS initially reported the quake as measuring 5.8 and a depth of 27.3 miles. It revised the location to 97 miles south of T.Telukbetung in Sumatra, after first reporting it at 111 miles west of Sukabumi in Java.


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