Congressional Investigation Finds FDA’s Unprecedented Whistleblower Surveillance Program Was Unlawful

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:28 pm

A congressional investigation into a surveillance program by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was “unprecedented in scope and intensity” and directed at whistleblowers working within the agency, concluded that the spying operation was unlawful.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released a joint report on the program initiated in April 2010, which they described in a press release as a “highly-invasive surveillance program that monitored employees who contacted Congress and the media with concerns about FDA’s medical device approval process.”


Oh, another good plan!

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 1:30 am

Darrell Issa, last seen desperately trying to find scandals while avoiding discussing his past as a car thief — has another even more clever plan.

Issa: IRS Official May Have Lost 5th Amendment Rights With Opening Statement

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 9:41 am

Yesterday Lois Lerner, the head of the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS, took the Fifth Amendment at the House Oversight Committee hearing allowing her to refuse to testify on grounds that she would possibly incriminate herself. However, Lerner also gave a statement proclaiming her innocence.

That statement, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, invalidated Lerner’s use of Fifth Amendment protections.

GOP’s Benghazi Obsession Giving Cover to Actual Scandals

By: Monday May 20, 2013 1:20 pm

The Republican Party, despite making its one salient point (politicizing intelligence during an election) long ago, simply refuses to let the Benghazi attack fade. Whether the motivation to continue comes from some vague hope in snagging Hillary Clinton in a 2016 attack ad worthy story or just a lingering fetish from the Bush years of saying “9/11″ into a microphone is unclear. But what is known is the GOP is obsessed with the Benghazi attack, convinced there is a big scandal somewhere in there. Unfortunately for the country this obsession is now getting in the way of actual scandals and providing cover for bad actors.

Benghazi Probe Continues With 2016 in Mind

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 12:10 pm

The 2016 presidential election campaign apparently began today as the House Oversight Committee continued its seemingly eternal probe into the attack on the US embassy in Bengazhi. And now there is a new twist as Hillary Clinton may be gearing up for a presidential run.

When Will Rep. Issa’s Hearings on Aaron Swartz Begin?

By: Monday February 25, 2013 8:35 am

Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, gave an impassioned speech at the Aaron Swartz Memorial Service in D.C. committing to reforming the law and investigating the abuses of the Swartz case. But when will the hearings begin?

Swartz Memorial Brings Bipartisan Support For “Aaron’s Law”

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 7:57 am

Last night a memorial service was held in Washington D.C for internet activist Aaron Swartz. The event brought out activists and politicians from both the left and right who committed to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Aaron’s name – amendments that will become known as Aaron’s Law.

Issa Floats Hearings on Jobs Data, Joining BLS Truther Brigade (Or Did It Join Him?)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 12:12 pm

The conspiracy theory about the Obama Administration forcing the Bureau of Labor Statistics into deliberately fixing the September jobs report has found its purchase in the most likely of places: the House Republican caucus. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox Business Network this morning that he would open an investigation into the derivation of the numbers in the jobs report.

Kucinich: Want to Stop Attacks on US Embassies? Stop Trying to Overthrow Governments (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:18 pm

A congressional committee held a hearing on the security failures that led to the killings of four Americans at a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.

It was Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, who had the fortitude to call attention to the real reasons why US personnel were vulnerable.

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea.

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