Saturday, February 28, 2015


MSM continues to beat dead horse Holder as if resurrection were still possible  

By Andrew Kreig

The big media fail to report rampant abuses at the U.S. Justice Department. Too often timid and craven, journalists protect a Puppet President, his team, and the masters they serve. Next month, President Obama and celebrities from the hit film "Selma" will attend the 50th anniversary of the 'Bloody Sunday' civil rights march in Selma, Alabama -- a state notorious also for current state and federal abuses. 

How should the public react?

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder polished his legacy Feb. 17 with a National Press Club speech that illustrated the sharp limits of political accountability and media curiosity in the nation’s capital.

Holder will most likely regret not going quietly
into the night
Holder received for the most part the standard deferential treatment accorded to high officials. Moderators screened audience questions, as commonly the case, thereby keeping discussion focused within comfortable parameters. 

Holder projected a benign presence after presiding over some of America’s most controversial decision-making of the Obama administration.

He announced that his “sentencing reform” initiative has deterred federal prosecutors from advocating mandatory minimum sentences “while reserving stricter sentences for more serious offenders.”

The Justice Department billed it as one of his final public appearances before he steps down as the nation’s 82nd attorney general when his successor wins Senate confirmation, as seems likely.

Holder's replacement Loretta Lynch has been confirmed
by the Senate
Sunday’s award of an Oscar to the film “Selma” helps underscore the positive, as does President Obama’s planned speech in Selma March 7 celebrating the iconic civil rights march in 1965. In contrast to the professional camaraderie at the press club, New York Times investigative reporter and author James Risen, who was not present for Holder's speech, reacted from afar in revulsion by tweeting that Holder's legacy is a "wrecked First Amendment."

Risen described the Obama administration as the "worst" enemy of press freedom in American history. “Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists,” Risen tweeted. A sample of other controversial issues and ironies is listed below in an appendix. 

Today’s column examines how the club's speaker process, like similar programs featuring government officials in Washington, side-steps blunt exchanges about sensitive issues that might better inform the public at the risk of antagonizing a speaker and reducing future appearances by similar guests.

The stakes are high. Holder, one of President Obama’s closest friends and advisors, presides over a Justice Department with vast clout over the nation’s criminal and civil law enforcement system. Its oft-discretionary and subjective application of law impacts also the economy and even foreign affairs. Thus, Holder influences jobs, savings, and national security and many individuals caught up in those vital matters.

Overview: Cozy Relationships and Cover-Up

Holder is one of just three cabinet members remaining in office from the beginning of the Obama administration in 2009. That reflects his position as a key advisor to the president. 

Holder in Situation Room meeting with intelligence officials
As often in recent Justice Integrity Project columns, our theme is that the public needs to demand reliable information or else suffer exploitation from all sides in a confusing situation whereby financial oligarchs control both major parties and the media as well. Years of stenography and propaganda in the guise of news increasingly hide this process and undermine the nation's constitutional rights and economic way of life. 

Cozy relationships between officials and the media play a largely hidden role regarding what the public learns. Obama's strategist and deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes, for example. The cross-pollination links could not be clearer based on that alone.

Sharyl Attkisson
Further, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department alleging illegal surveillance. Last year, she published Stonewalled, which accused CBS of protecting the Obama administration by not adequately covering such stories as the 2012 Benghazi attack and slow initial enrollments under Obamacare.

More about news manipulation at networks is contained in The one misstatement a scribe can’t make! This was a blog post last week at Bob Somerby's Daily Howler media criticism site. Somerby alleges in regard to the Brian Williams scandal at NBC that when defense contractor General Electric owned the network it long encouraged its anchors to slant the news to achieve the political goals of the ownership, including long-running smears of Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore in 1999-2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2007-2008. 

Minimal research can show that the intelligence community wields great power over the administration on substantive matters, frequently on behalf of its allies in the financial, defense, energy and related private sectors.

Obama has consistently covered up Bush war crimes since 
taking office
For such reasons, Obama and his attorney general merely went through the motions in 2009 when they authorized Connecticut-based federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate potential CIA law-breaking for destroying evidence of Bush-era torture. Durham's probe resulted in the same kind of whitewash that his colleague Nora Dannehy achieved in her superficial, Holder-authorized internal review of the well-documented Justice Department abuses reflected in the 2007 U.S. attorney firing scandal. Dannehy did not interview witnesses even when some wanted to talk under oath to right the injustice regarding such human rights scandals as the political prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. In a second trial, Siegelman was convicted of corruption charges only via flagrant abuses by prosecutors and federal judge Mark Fuller, as we have often reported here. 

As president-elect, Obama famously intoned that he would "look forward and not backward" on such matters. But as a law school instructor earlier in his career, Obama fully realized that virtually all criminal and civil litigation inevitably looks "backward" at previous events to determine accountability. Whitewashing crimes by officials while ruthlessly prosecuting whistleblowers and other small fry is the worst possible result for the public.

Petraeus with Broadwell
The New York Times last month reported based on leaks that career staff has recommended felony charges against former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking classified documents to his lover and All In biographer, Paula Broadwell. 

But Holder downplayed the Times story about the still-influential Dr. Petraeus, who left office in disgrace just after the 2012 election because of his affair with Broadwell while his wife Holly continued to work for the Obama administration fulfilling her passion of helping veterans. Good relations with the Petraeus family also help Democrats keep well-positioned politically with the nation's powerful neo-con and neo-lib forces dominating modern foreign affairs, and perhaps to some extent with the veterans groups that the former general has helped lead in recent years.

Andrew Kreig's report continues here.

Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC.

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer. 



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