Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for June, 2013

Mick Jagger knocks Obama on surveillance

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Distractions about my past and personal life have emerged – an inevitable side effect for those who challenge the US government
When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSAprograms, I knew that I would inevitably be the target of all sorts of personal attacks and smears. You don’t challenge the most powerful state on earth and expect to do so without being attacked. As a superb Guardian editorial noted today: “Those who leak official information will often be denounced, prosecuted or smeared. The more serious the leak, the fiercer the pursuit and the greater the punishment.”
One of the greatest honors I’ve had in my years of writing about politics is the opportunity to work with and befriend my long-time political hero, Daniel Ellsberg. I never quite understood why the Nixon administration, in response to his release of the Pentagon Papers, would want to break into the office of Ellsberg’s psychoanalyst and steal his files. That always seemed like a non sequitur to me: how would disclosing Ellsberg’s most private thoughts and psychosexual assessments discredit the revelations of the Pentagon Papers?
When I asked Ellsberg about that several years ago, he explained that the state uses those tactics against anyone who dissents from or challenges it simply to distract from the revelations and personally smear the person with whatever they can find to make people uncomfortable with the disclosures.
So I’ve been fully expecting those kinds of attacks since I began my work on these NSA leaks. The recent journalist-led “debate” about whether I should be prosecuted for my reporting on these stories was precisely the sort of thing I knew was coming.
As a result, I was not particularly surprised when I received an email last night from a reporter at the New York Daily News informing me that he had been “reviewing some old lawsuits” in which I was involved – “old” as in: more than a decade ago – and that “the paper wants to do a story on this for tomorrow”. He asked that I call him right away to discuss this, apologizing for the very small window he gave me to comment.
Upon calling him, I learned that he had somehow discovered two events from my past. The first was my 2002-04 participation in a multi-member LLC that had an interest in numerous businesses, including the distribution of adult videos. I was bought out of that company by my partners roughly nine years ago.
The lawsuit he referenced was one where the LLC had sued a video producer in (I believe) 2002 after the producer reneged on a profit-sharing contract. In response, that producer fabricated abusive and ugly emails he claimed were from me – they were not – in order to support his allegation that I had bullied him into entering into that contract and he should therefore be relieved from adhering to it. Once our company threatened to retain a forensic expert to prove that the emails were forgeries, the producer quickly settled the case by paying some substantial portion of what was owed, and granting the LLC the rights to use whatever it had obtained when consulting with him to start its own competing business.
The second item the reporter had somehow obtained was one showing an unpaid liability to the IRS stemming, it appears, from some of the last years of my law practice. I’ve always filed all of my tax returns and there’s no issue of tax evasion or fraud. It’s just back taxes for which my lawyers have been working to reach a payment agreement with the IRS.
Just today, a New York Times reporter emailed me to ask about the IRS back payments. And the reporter from the Daily News sent another email asking about a student loan judgment which was in default over a decade ago and is now covered by a payment plan agreement.
So that’s the big discovery: a corporate interest in adult videos (something the LLC shared with almost every hotel chain), fabricated emails, and some back taxes and other debt.
I’m 46 years old and, like most people, have lived a complicated and varied adult life. I didn’t manage my life from the age of 18 onward with the intention of being a Family Values US senator. My personal life, like pretty much everyone’s, is complex and sometimes messy.
If journalists really believe that, in response to the reporting I’m doing, these distractions about my past and personal life are a productive way to spend their time, then so be it.
None of that – or anything else – will detain me even for an instant in continuing to report on what the NSA is doing in the dark.

Read Full Post »

Don’t Tolerate Islam, Condemn It

Read Full Post »

The Attempted Extortion of Paula Deen

Read Full Post »

Greed Is Tolerant

Greed Is Tolerant

Read Full Post »

W. James Antle III

Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation Bio

Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a new initiative aimed at winning Republican support for gay marriage at the state level.
The ACLU’s campaign will be led by Steve Schmidt, a Republican consultant who held senior positions in the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain. Schmidt also managed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California gubernatorial re-election campaign.
Additionally, the ACLU announced the hiring of GOProud co-founder and former Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia. LaSalvia’s task will be outreach to gay conservatives, according to a statement released by the group.
The two Republicans were hired as part of a broader initiative challenging state legal and constitutional provisions that restrict marriage to a man and a woman. The ACLU is planning to spend $10 million on this effort through 2016.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he was interested in reaching Republicans “where they are” and trying to change minds on marriage. He praised Schmidt as someone who would help connect them to GOP leaders in the nearly 40 states that do not permit same-sex marriage.
LaSalvia will play a similar role with the tea party. “Jimmy isn’t with the ACLU on issues like abortion or voting rights,” Romero said. “But he has connections that can help us reach the tea party.”
Romero told TheDC News Foundation that the ACLU decided to begin a “respectful dialogue” with Republicans after the oral arguments in the gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court. They concluded the court was unlikely to strike down state laws on marriage, and therefore engaging the states in a bipartisan manner was “the next step for marriage equality.”
“Momentum is everything in advocacy,” Romero said, hailing Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling — written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Republican appointee — as “a tipping point.”
While the ACLU’s alliance with Republican supporters of gay marriage is new, the push by GOP strategists and donors to change the party’s position has been going on for several years. Over 70 prominent Republicans signed an amicus brief urging the court to overturn Proposition 8, California’s state-level gay marriage ban.
Schmidt came out in support of same-sex nuptials after McCain was defeated in the 2008 presidential election. Ken Mehlman, the former Republican National Committee chairman who ran Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, announced his support for gay marriage in 2010.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/26/aclu-launches-campaign-to-win-gop-support-for-gay-marriage/#ixzz2XiujVSli

Read Full Post »

For Immediate Release
Date: June 28, 2013
Contact: Ross Hemminger
Phone: (202) 670-3358
rhemminger@goproud.org

 

 
 Statement of Lisa De Pasquale, GOProud Chairwoman
 
(Washington D.C.)‒ The GOProud Board of Directors is pleased to announce its new staff.  Matt Bechstein will serve as Director of Development and Administration.  Shane Farmer will serve as Director of Operations and Outreach.  Ross Hemminger will serve as Director of Membership and Media Services.
GOProud chairwoman Lisa De Pasquale said, “We are very excited to have Matt, Ross and Shane as the new GOProud leadership team.  Their experience on numerous campaigns and in grassroots activism will be invaluable as GOProud turns its focus to state chapters and outreach on college campuses.”
 
De Pasquale continued, “This team is already full-steam ahead with a plan to expand GOProud’s membership, continue to build coalitions with like-minded groups and to engage in college outreach programs.  The GOProud board is confident that their efforts will further the organization’s mission to represent gay and straight Americans who support freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights.”
 
Matt Bechstein is a long-time political activist dating back to his high school days where he helped organize a campaign to support U.S. troops. He served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, helping to grow its membership to over 3,000. He has worked on numerous campaigns, managing races from the statehouse to Congress. Bechstein served as a political director at Iowans for Tax Relief. He is the former Manager of Operations and Outreach for GOProud. He left his post at GOProud to help in the 2012 election cycle. 
 
Shane Farmer is originally from South Carolina.  He has worked with conservative state officials and campaigns from his home state.  Farmer has an extensive background in working with political and non-political student organizations in South Carolina and remains active in helping these groups. He served several terms as the Chief Operating Officer of Furman University’s Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow where he helped the organization bring in a number of conservative speakers, including Ann Coulter, John Bolton, David Horowitz and Jonah Goldberg. Farmer is a veteran of GOProud having served as an intern for two separate semesters. 
 
Ross Hemminger is a native of Fostoria, Ohio. He attended Ave Maria University in Florida. He has a long history in Republican politics having worked for College Republican National Committee and having served as an aide to former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) as well as Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez. Prior to working for Brown and Gomez, Hemminger interned for GOProud in 2011.
 
###

GOProud is a national organization of gay and straight Americans who seek to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights. We work to build strong coalitions of conservative and libertarian activists, organizations and policy makers to advance our shared values and beliefs. 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »