Lying and outright perjury, which is lying while under oath during a judicial or official legislative proceeding, are so commonplace within the highest levels of the United States federal government executive branch today that the Average American hardly takes notice, much less demands that anything be done about it.
The Department of State, Department of Justice, and Department of Treasury, three of the most important cabinet level departments of President Obama’s administration, for example, are riddled with liars and perjurers from the top down.
Let’s start with the State Department formerly headed by Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton.
She, in concert with her subordinates, and even the President himself, brazenly lied and then later committed perjury in her sworn testimony before Congress concerning the nature of her involvement in and responsibility for the now infamous Benghazi Libya scandal resulting in the death of American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans during the September 11, 2012 Islamist terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate compound.
The evidence is now crystal clear that Hillary Clinton and her State Department underlings were culpable for the fact that they failed to heed repeated security warnings about the likelihood of potential terrorist attacks on the compound, failed to provide sufficient protection to our Ambassador and embassy personnel even though they were begging for it again and again, and then attempted to cover up their fatal culpability by lying and committing perjury.
Secretary of State Clinton and her subordinates knew from the beginning according to this evidence that the attack was a planned and orchestrated an Al Qaeda inspired radical Islamist group terrorist attack.
Yet she presided, with her staff and the President, over a deliberate cover-up of this fact by lying over and over, claiming that it was a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Islamic video produced by an obscure American cleric; claiming that she wasn't aware of any security threats, or any need to provide more protections to embassy personnel.
All of these lies were deliberately concocted and disseminated for the purpose of covering her own negligent and culpable ass and minimizing any potential damage to Obama’s chances for reelection to a second term in the White House. After all, President Obama was campaigning upon the premise that Al Qaeda had been defeated and was on the run. The truth wouldn't have made him look good.
After all of that, Clinton had the audacity to testify before a Congressional committee that none of this negligent and culpable conduct, none of her brazen lies, made the slightest bit of difference as to what happened to the four dead Americans in Benghazi.
And the majority of Americans either believe she is right or simply don’t care about it one way or another. Clinton will most likely be the Democratic Party nominee for the next President of the United States.
Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice has been caught red handed violating the First Amendment constitutional rights of the Associated Press (AP) and its reporters by secretly obtaining their telephone records illegally without their knowledge or consent while attempting to catch a government leaker of classified information to the press.
Holder testified before Congress that he knows nothing about such matters; that he recused himself from that decision, leaving it to his deputy; and that he personally would not engage in such conduct. "With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy," he swore under oath.
But just one week after the AP revelations we learned that Holder personally authorized the same kind of secret warrant to seize the telephone and email records of Fox News reporter James Rosen in an identical type of case.
Rosen reported in June of 2009 on leaked government classified secret information obtained from a confidential source that North Korea might respond to UN sanctions with more nuclear tests. FBI investigators ultimately determined that State Department security adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim was the leaker.
Note that it is not a crime under U.S. law for journalists to solicit from confidential sources and then report classified information. It’s their job and such reporting is protected by freedom of the press provisions of the First Amendment.
But the FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department wanted to prove their case against Kim in part by secretly seizing the telephone and private email records of reporter Rosen, something which is not permissible under the law unless there was probable cause to believe that Rosen was committing a crime under a wartime law known as the Espionage Act.
So in order to get around that impediment they concocted a search warrant and a deliberately false affidavit for support which specifically alleged that there was in fact probable cause to believe that reporter Rosen had committed a crime; “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator,” when they knew full well that the allegation was a bald faced lie.
Attorney General Eric Holder authorized that false affidavit knowing that it was false.
On the basis of that false affidavit; that brazen lie; that perjury under oath; a federal magistrate allowed Holder and his DOJ to secretly seize Rosen’s private telephone records and read his private emails in total violation of his federal constitutional rights under the First Amendment.
Holder lied about that to Congress while he was under oath. Once again he committed perjury.
This man, the highest law enforcement official in the land, is a liar and a perjurer. He should by all rights be occupying a prison cell. Instead he is still the Attorney General of the United States and the average American could care less about it.
Finally, we have the Treasury Department of the United States and its Gestapo pitbull unit known as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It has admitted recently that certain unnamed operatives deliberately targeted for political purposes conservative groups seeking tax exempt status under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code for harassment and delay tactics.
Recall that President Obama's 2008 campaign was demanding the Justice Department criminally prosecute conservative groups with tax-exempt status. Then, last year his re-election campaign targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups. So, there isn’t much room for doubt here that President Obama himself is behind this latest scandal. His underlings were just doing what he has been calling for all along.
Several IRS top dogs, including the former director, have already testified under oath before Congress that they know nothing about it and had nothing to do with it.
More lies; more perjury. It never ends.
Finally, Lois Lerner, the IRS director of Exempt Organizations, came before Congress under a subpoena with an opening statement declaring that she herself had done absolutely nothing wrong: “I’m innocent,” she swore, “I’ve done nothing wrong.” “I've committed no crime.”
But then she asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination and refused to answer a single question from the congressmen on the committee.
“I’m innocent but I’m not going to answer your questions,” she said. Yet this lady had just waived her Fifth Amendment rights; she waived her right to remain silent only moments before when she swore under oath that she had done nothing wrong.
The chairman of the committee was within his authority right then and there to hold her in contempt of Congress and order the marshal to take her straight to the Congressional jail if she continued to remain silent.
She can’t have her cake and eat it too. She can't commit perjury and then refuse to answer questions about her testimony under oath. But that’s exactly what she has so far been permitted to do by our gutless Congress.
They're not going to do much either about all the President’s liars.