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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Holder, Up "holding" the Chicago Way?

The news last week, and in previous weeks about the Obama Administration doing rotten things such as using government agencies to attack their political enemies goes back to the moment that Barack Obama took office. 
Should we be surprised at any of this or is it simply The Chicago Way?

Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the Obama inner circle from the Chicago days too. That's how he got the job as the top law enforcement officer in America. But what's law enforcement in the Chicago mode if it is not underpinned by corrupt behavior and outright lies -- and in this case lies not just to the American people but to Congress.

Can the Department of Justice be trusted? That means, by extension, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Before he lied to Congress while under oath about what he knew about targeting reporters, he lied about Fast and Furious. As early as the New Black Panthers case, Eric Holder had a problem with the truth. Let's look at the situation historically.

The New Black Panthers

The infamous New Black Panther case was perhaps the most clear-cut case of voter suppression and intimidation ever. On Election Day 2008, New Black Panther Party members in military garb were videotaped intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia polling place.
The slam-dunk prosecution of these thugs was dropped by Holder's Justice Department. When asked why, Holder, on March 1, 2011, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on March 1, 2011 that the "decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department." 
Holder lied, for the decisions were made by political appointees. J. Christian Adams, a former career DOJ attorney in the Voting Rights Section, testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that it was Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, an Obama political appointee, who overruled a unanimous recommendation for prosecution by Adams and his associates. 
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch and a ruling by Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in response to a suit brought by the group show that "political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ's dismissal of claims in that case."
Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious was the Obama administration's (political) program to "walk" guns across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in furtherance of its gun control agenda.
"When did you first know about the program officially I believe called Fast and Furious? To the best of your knowledge, what date?" House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa asked Holder in sworn testimony on May 3, 2011. Holder lies to Congress in response, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
A July 2010 memo shows Michael Walther, head of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in Fast and Furious "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."
Deaths of US Law Enforcement people resulted -- and even more deaths resulted from people in Mexico who were killed by Obama's guns. The response would seem to be, "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. The Attorney General is held in contempt of Congress. What is the impact on this shocking result? Nothing. He's still an effective tool of the Obama Administration.
Fox News/AP Scandal

Eric Holder testified before Congress that the prosecution effort to show that Fox News reporter James Rosen was a co-conspirator had nothing to do with him personally.
Holder lied to Congress. Now we know that he personally signed off on James Rosen's warrant. The first two judges that Holder went to personally to obtain approval for the warrant refused to sign it. Finally he found a willing tool. What did he promise the judge? Nobody knows at this point, but the Chicago Way calls for a quid pro quo (bribe/favor, whatever) to the judge. Holder's defenders say that his statement before Congress is technically correct because he never meant to prosecute Rosen, only to find the leaker. If so, then he lied to a federal judge.
Similarly, Holder's testimony to the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from the Associated Press leak investigation that led to the blanket seizure of call records is not backed up by a formal recusal letter, which is required under such circumstances.
Next week, Congress will convene to decide whether or not to charge Eric Holder with perjury (lying under oath in the Fox News/AP Scandal. If past history is any judge, they will and nothing will happen because Eric Holder is unlikely to prosecute himself...

IRS Scandal/Benghazi Scandals

There's very little that the nation can do to get to the bottom of criminal misconduct when the top law enforcement official in the nation lies about nearly everything he does, all of the time.

Nuclear Fusion

ITER construction is beginning now. Conventional nuclear power produces energy by atomic fission – the splitting of the heavy atoms of uranium fuel. This experimental reactor attempts to fuse together the light atoms of hydrogen isotopes and, in the process, to liberate virtually unlimited supplies of clean, safe and sustainable energy.

Nuclear fusion has been a dream since the start of the atomic age. Unlike conventional nuclear-fission power plants, fusion reactors do not produce high-level radioactive waste, cannot be used for military purposes and essentially burn non-toxic fuel derived from water.

Many energy experts believe that nuclear fusion is the only serious, environmentally-friendly way of reliably producing “base-load” electricity 24/7. It is, they argue, the only way of generating industrial-scale quantities of electricity night and day without relying on carbon-intensive fossil fuels or dangerous and dirty conventional nuclear power.
(Independent - UK) An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars. 
It is the place where 34 nations representing more than half the world’s population have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet – only the International Space Station is bigger. 
The international nuclear fusion project – known as Iter, meaning “the way” in Latin – is designed to demonstrate a new kind of nuclear reactor capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity from atomic fusion.
It's interesting that the ITER plant in France may prompt a return to the Moon because the surface of the Moon is covered in Helium 3, the fuel that the fusion reactor needs to operate. As fusion reactors transition from the testing phase that ITER is in to a commercially viable operational phase worldwide, they're going to need to fuel them.

If Iter demonstrates that it is possible to build commercially-viable fusion reactors then it could become the experiment that saved the world in a century threatened by climate change and an expected three-fold increase in global energy demand.

The ITER tokamak reactor will produce temperatures many times hotter than the center of the Sun...which has some people concerned about the construction. However since it's being constructed in France...most of those people live in or near France. 
(Independent opcit) A critical phase of the project will be the injection of plasma – the superhot, electrically-charged gases of the atomic fuel – into the reactor’s vacuum chamber. This plasma, a mix of the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, will drive the nuclear-fusion reaction. 
The plasma will be heated to temperatures as high as 300 million C to force the atomic nuclei close enough together to cause them to fuse into helium, a harmless and inert waste product that could be recycled as an important industrial raw material. Giant electromagnets powerful enough to trap an aircraft carrier will contain the plasma within a spinning vortex held by the magnetic bottle of the tokamak reactor. 
The original date for “first plasma” was scheduled for November 2020 but delays with the construction and commissioning phases have pushed this back to October 2022.
Nobody expects to see commercial nuclear fusion plants before 2050 and I think that even 2050 is an optimistic number. In the US, groups from Greenpeace to PETA are lining up to oppose any development of any energy at all -- as one would expect.