REPORT: FBI CLINTON EMAIL PROBE BECOMING ‘EXTREMELY SERIOUS’

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Examining a possible violation of the Espionage Act

by WASHINGTON EXAMINER | SARAH WESTWOOD | AUGUST 29, 2015

An FBI probe into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private server has been described as “extremely serious” and has required the help of the agency’s best investigators.

The investigation, which Clinton has dismissed as a routine “security inquiry,” is examining a possible violation of the Espionage Act, according to a report by Fox News.

Investigators are looking to see whether Clinton should have been aware of the sensitive nature of emails circulating on her private network, regardless of whether the emails were marked classified.

Clinton has repeatedly defended her handling of the material by claiming none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent.

But intelligence experts say the absence of markings wouldn’t absolve an official of responsibility if he or she stumbled upon national defense information that should be classified.

Scrutiny of Clinton’s email activities has heated up since the FBI took custody of Clinton’s private server earlier this month.

The State Department is set to release thousands of Clinton’s emails Monday, with a handful expected to be designated classified before publication. Dozens of the former secretary’s emails have already been marked classified.

Walker: FBI Investigating Islamic State In All 50 States

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BY ADAM KREDO

Gov. Scott Walker disclosed on Friday in a wide-ranging foreign policy speech that the FBI is investigating Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) elements in all 50 states, a revelation that the Republican presidential candidate said is proof that the Obama administration is failing to adequately combat radical terrorist forces.

Walker, who laid out his foreign policy views during a speech at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., warned that IS’s global reach has extended to the United States, where open borders and failed immigration policies are permitting rogue forces to enter America freely.

The Obama administration’s foreign policy is strengthening Iran, said Walker, who vowed to terminate the recent nuclear deal on “day one” of his presidency.

“The FBI is investigating ISIS in all 50 states,” Walker said. “Far from beating ISIS, President Obama is barely disrupting it. His actual goal is to contain ISIS until he leaves office, all the while accommodating Iran. My goals will be to defeat ISIS and rollback Iran’s influence in the region.”

If Obama is able to force the nuclear deal to go forward, “it will be remembered as one of the greatest foreign policy failures in U.S. history,” Walker said. “So let me be clear, if Congress fails to stop the nuclear deal, I will terminate it on day one.”

Walker went on to outline his plan to eliminate radical terrorist forces across the globe.

“America is a force for good in the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are agents of pure evil,” he said. “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran remains the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism. Iran is not a country we should be doing business with.”

“It is a stain on our nation’s honor that our countrymen languish in Iranian prisons while we are freeing up billions of dollars for the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and legitimizing its massive nuclear program,” he said.

Walker also chided Obama for abandoning Israel during one of the most dangerous periods of time in recent memory.

“It’s not just the hostages whom President Obama has abandoned in this deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right when he says the deal puts us all in danger,” Walker said. “Iran will expand its destructive influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, and increase support to proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah, which strive to destroy Israel.”

Walker promised to fully restore the United States’ historically close relationship with Israel.

“There should be no daylight between our two countries,” he said, expressing anger at how the Obama administration has treated the Jewish state.

“White House officials insult the Prime Minister of Israel. Sadly, they never seem to criticize the Iranian Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guard commanders who have oppressed the people of Iran and helped kill thousands of our soldiers in Iraq,” he said.

“In fact, President Obama recently compared critics of his deal to these murderers,” Walker noted. “This is disgraceful. It ignores the very real opposition to the deal with Iran from people around our country and across party lines.”

‘HOMELAND SECURITY’ RAIDS GAY ESCORT SITE…

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Raid of Rentboy, an Escort Website, Angers Gay Activists

BY STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

For some gay activists, it had shades of bathhouse raids and gay-bar roundups from decades ago. On Tuesday, federal authorities burst into the Union Square office of the gay-escort website Rentboy.com and arrested the chief executive and several employees on prostitution charges.

Rentboy, which federal authorities called the biggest male-escort website, had been around for almost two decades, allowing escorts to pay to advertise themselves. It was well known in the gay community, hosting pool parties, dances and awards shows throughout the country.

After federal authorities charged its top executives with promoting prostitution, seized the website and went after the business’s assets on Tuesday, many gay activists were infuriated. The Transgender Law Center, a civil-rights group, criticized the arrests, as did some male sex workers. Several activists said they would use the episode to renew calls to decriminalize prostitution.
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Jeffrey Hurant of Rentboy.com, after his arraignment in Brooklyn on Tuesday, said the site brought “good people together.”
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“To many in our community this feels like a throwback to when the police raided gay bars in the ’50s and ’60s,” Justin Vivian Bond, a performer and an activist who is transgender, wrote in an email. “This invasion of a consensual hookup site which is run for and by members of the L.G.B.T. community feels like a real slap in the face after gentrification and the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations drove so many gay bars out of business and forced people to meet online instead of in person,” the activist added, referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Danny Cruz said he had posted ads on Rentboy “to supplement income” for about seven years, starting when he moved to New York. He said he had talked regularly to the executives who were arrested, both about his business and about staying safe.

“I don’t see why the government would be interested in what two people do behind closed doors,” Mr. Cruz, who is now involved in the Sex Workers Outreach Project in Los Angeles, said.

Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which participated in the investigation, said in an email that “any insinuation that a specific population was targeted is categorically false.”

The federal complaint says that although Rentboy.com, whose headquarters are on 14th Street at Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, had a disclaimer telling visitors that they could not exchange money for sex, that was “clearly” happening. Escorts, the complaint says, posted ads including penis size, pay rate and preferred fetishes, and the site’s visitors then contacted them directly. On a separate website, DaddysReviews.com, clients would review the individual escorts, the complaint says.

The seven current and former Rentboy executives were charged with conspiring to violate the Travel Act by promoting prostitution, and each faces up to five years in prison.

Mr. Walls said: “As the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE is responsible for the enforcement of laws that promote the legitimate movement of people, goods and currency in domestic and foreign transactions. Our allegation with this case is that the business and its principals purported itself to be an escort service while promoting criminal acts, namely illegal prostitution.”

Rentboy’s chief executive, Jeffrey Hurant, 50, said in an interview excerpted in the criminal complaint that “there is no place on this website where somebody says I’ll have sex for money because that is against the law.”

The director of the site, Michael Sean Belman, 47, said in another interview excerpted in the complaint: “We say that escorts are selling their time only.”

“What happens between you and the escort is up to you,” he said. “That way it’s legal.” (The complaint says he “incorrectly” summarized the legality.)

Derrick De Lise, publisher of the online magazine Queer Voices, said the fact that the government went after a gay-escort website, without making mention of protecting sex workers, made it seem as though the site’s gay affiliation attracted the government attention.

I thought the Obama administration was gay friendly. Apparently not. He just takes gay money and continues to spin an illusion.
Anti 41 minutes ago

What happened, did they get behind on their extortion payments to Obama?
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Have to agree. This is typical government overreach along ideological lines. Ignore criminal aliens, but harass actual US citizens rights to…

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“With no rhetoric coming out of their press releases or statements about trafficking or concern with the sex workers, it doesn’t match what is happening in other cases,” he said. To him, he said, it seemed as if “yet another homophobic raid had occurred.”

In 2014, federal authorities seized myRedBook, a California-based site with ads for sex. But unlike in the Rentboy case, the charges included money laundering. The authorities also said myRedBook allowed child prostitution, which has not been cited in the Rentboy case.

MyRedBook’s owner, Eric Omuro, was charged with using the mail and the Internet to promote prostitution and with laundering money derived from the site. Mr. Omuro pleaded guilty in 2014 to using a facility of interstate commerce with the intent to facilitate prostitution, and admitted that the site allowed prostitutes to post ads. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison. In an affidavit submitted for sentencing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had found more than 50 juveniles advertised for prostitution on his site.

Mr. Omuro was the first website operator to be convicted on prostitution charges, the Department of Justice said.

For some gay activists, the focus on sex workers, gay or straight, is problematic.

“It’s troubling to think that we’re investing resources and time to target Rentboy and sex workers,” said Alex Garner, a writer and activist in Washington, “when what we really should be having is a reasonable and thoughtful conversation about the decriminalization of sex work. We have an entire police force we should be overhauling, we have murders of trans women happening in large numbers, and we’re devoting our time and energy to cracking down on sex work. Who’s choosing to prioritize it?”

Nellin McIntosh, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment.

Obama’s FBI is Once Again Warning That White ‘Militias’ are as Big a Threat as Radical Islamists

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Since the day his regime took over in Washington, Barack Obama’s blinkered “intelligence” services have been warning that it is conservative groups and “militias” that are the real, lurking danger in America and recently Obama’s FBI did it again claiming that “militias” are looking to attack Muslims inside the USA.

In a report issued in May only to police departments and other law enforcement agencies, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division insisted that “militia extremists” are looking to kill Muslims. The report goes on to cite two–yes only two–instances of “militia” leaders saying they are mad at Muslims and may want to target them.

No actual instances of this desire to attack Muslims has been seen, though. Only talk. Still, the FBI is all worried over Americans with guns.

An intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division in late May warns that so-called “militia extremists” are likely to begin targeting Muslim institutions, including mosques and other religious facilities. The bulletin titled “Militia Extremists Expand Target Sets To Include Muslims” was obtained by Public Intelligence after being released to law enforcement in late May, just days before a planned “freedom of speech” rally outside a Phoenix mosque which attracted numerous individuals dressed in camouflage, tactical gear and carrying loaded assault weapons.

Based primarily on a “large body of source reporting generated mainly since 2013,” the bulletin states that militia extremists are “expanding their target sets to include Muslims and Islamic religious institutions in the United States.” The recent targeting of Muslims augments prior FBI analysis, contained in a January 2015 report, which found that “established militia extremists target government personnel and law enforcement officers, perceived threats from abroad, and individuals or institutions that seek to constrain Second Amendment rights.”

Multiple FBI “sources with varying levels of access” report that militia extremists have been conducting surveillance of “diverse locations including Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Montana, New York, North and South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.” This reporting indicates that extremists have often focused on targeting Islamic facilities, such as mosques or community centers, though some have discussed targeting individual Muslims within their community. In September 2014, a source with “good access” reported to the FBI that “militia extremists in Mississippi discussed kidnapping and beheading a Muslim and posting video of the attack to the Internet.” Likewise, another source reported in early 2015 that the leader of a militia extremist group expressed “interest in training members for direct action against ISIS and associated ISIS locations.”

The FBI concludes that increased targeting of Muslims is being fueled by two fundamental misconceptions that are described as “salient perceptions within militia extremism that contribute toward an anti-Muslim bias”

With attacks by Muslims being thwarted right and left, with multiple Muslims being caught trying to leave the USA to join the ISIS jihad, and with bombing threats being constantly stopped by the FBI, with mass shooting breaking out at the hands of Muslims, it seems that the FBI is more worried about “militias” (i.e. white, male conservatives) attacking Muslims inside the USA than they are in Muslims attacking everyone else.

Could a “militia” perpetrate a crime against Muslims inside the USA? Sure. But since none ever have and it is thousands of times less likely that a “militia” will attack a Muslim than that a Muslim will commit an act of terror in the USA, one has to wonder where the FBI’s resources are being spent and if they are being directed in the proper manner?

One also has to wonder how much Obama’s often pro-Muslim agenda influences the FBI?

But Obama has pushed his FBI to go soft on Domestic Muslim terror before. In August of last year, for instance, his FBI threat matrix excluded Muslim extremism as a worry and made white people the object of worry.

This is all of a piece with how Obama has run the security services. Story after story proves to us that Obama has systematically instructed our policing agencies to steer clear of calling Islam a danger to this nation and repeatedly we see groups like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security claiming that it is patriotic, tea party-going, whites who are the real danger.

What we have here is the Democrat Party agenda and PCism forcing our security agencies to ignore the real threats we face. Worse, it is obvious that Obama has wiped 9/11 from the memory of those who are supposed to be keeping us all safe.

Herridge: 3 Gov’t Agencies Say Info in Clinton Email Was Classified When Sent

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Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported this morning that three government agencies are now confirming that information contained in Hillary Clinton’s private email was classified at the time it was sent.

Herridge said the classified information was in an email three years ago from Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the then-secretary of state, and the messages kickstarted the ongoing FBI probe of Clinton’s email server.

The DIA, the NSA, and the NGA, which oversees U.S. government spy satellites, confirmed to Herridge that the information was classified at the time and remains classified now.

The State Department, along with the Clinton team, have maintained that the information was not classified at the time, with Clinton characterizing the situation as a “disagreement” among agencies about what should be classified.

“That has nothing to do with me,” Clinton said last week in Las Vegas.

Herridge noted that under an Obama executive order from 2009, the State Department cannot decide whether information from other agencies should be classified.

She said only the agency that obtains the information can decide whether to mark it as classified.

Watch her full report above to hear more on the new developments.