Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.
The GAO also says the Pentagon's use of funds to conduct the transfer, when no money was available, was a violation of the Antideficiency Act which bars spending by agencies above the amount of money that Congress has obligated.
In May, five senior Taliban were released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl, who had disappeared in 2009. Under exchange terms, the five Taliban are to remain in Qatar for a year.
The only stand he will be on, will be for robbery and lying to the police. He sure not going to be called to the grand jury as a witness.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP knew about the charges against Johnson, but the fact that he was guilty of lying to the police didn’t matter:
Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis NAACP chapter, which has been encouraging witnesses to come forward, said Johnson’s false report case “doesn’t concern me.”
“He’s been very clear about what occurred, and now we have … four others stating facts that support the statements he’s been making,” Pruitt said. “Why would that diminish other accounts that are relatively the same?”
Of course not! Fine upstanding citizen he is. We can see what an open minded person Mr Pruitt is, and the NAACP must be proud to call him one of their own.
orian Johnson, the primary witness to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has an outstanding warrant for a 2011 theft in Jefferson City and pleaded guilty for filing a false police report related to that theft.
St. Louis ABC affiliate ABC 17 cross referenced Johnson’s name against several records and discovered the warrant.
Johnson will be the star witness for any potential prosecution proceedings against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Brown. Johnson was walking with Brown when the shooting occurred.
He has already done multiple media appearances where he falsely claimed Brown was shot by Wilson in the back. He also has claimed that Brown never reached for Wilson’s gun, was “shot like an animal” and that Brown had his hands up and told Wilson he was unarmed.
Johnson’s claims helped inspire the protests and riots in Ferguson over the past 10 days, as well as the “Hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of the protesters and their supporters.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has details about the 2011 charges against Johnson:
During the summer after his first semester at Lincoln, Johnson was charged with a misdemeanor after giving police a false first name after he was arrested on suspicion of theft. He later pleaded guilty.
He was accused of stealing a package containing a backpack belonging to someone else from an apartment complex. When he was arrested in that case, he identified himself as Derrick Johnson and said he was 16.
He is wanted for failing to appear in Jefferson City municipal court to answer to the theft charge, court officials said. 'Old saying, your known by the company you keep'
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday said that he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, a day earlier to provide reassurance to the town's residents about the ongoing investigation into the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Instead, Holder said, "they gave me hope."
"To a person yesterday, the people I met would take great pride in their town," he said. "And despite the mistrust that exists, they reject the violence that we've seen over the past couple of weeks."
The attorney general also spoke about how he was personally impacted by his trip.
"On a personal level, I've seen a lot in my time as attorney general, but few things have affected me as greatly as my visit to Ferguson," Holder said.
Minnie Mouse was hold his hand at the interview.
Nice post. When someone has punched your face in, tried to take your gun away, then comes charging back for another try, you shoot him. Empty hands or whatever. A 300 pound 6'4 "Kid" that's an easy 100 plus over the cop is a weapon. No one knows the frame of mind of Brown just after strong arming a clerk, but how smart is it to call attention to yourself walking down center of the street. He wanted to be noticed. Still no news if he was high on something either besides being a thug.
Obama underestimating "serious" threat from ISIS?
Former deputy CIA chief Mike Morell says administration must target ISIS leaders now to protect Americans, and he's not sure the White House gets it.
"Under estimating"? Duh, well of course! That's what he does on everything. Every event is a surprise or just seen it on TV myself. Good grief, the man's a bookend.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by Islamic State militants of American journalist James Foley, in the latest move by the administration to use the criminal justice system to pursue terrorists.
The announcement comes as the administration steps up its airstrike campaign against the same militant organization -- and mulls additional American boots on the ground in Iraq.
Holder, during remarks in Washington, confirmed the "open criminal investigation" into Foley's beheading, which was recorded and posted online this week.
"Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something -- this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide," Holder said. "We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or the other."
The remarks seemed to leave open the possibility of military action to seek justice in Foley's killing. The pursuit of a criminal probe, though, immediately raises questions about how investigators will be able to operate.
The administration faced Republican criticism from some corners for pursuing a criminal investigation into the Benghazi terror attack in 2012. One suspect in that probe, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, was captured by U.S. forces in June and brought to the U.S. for a civilian court prosecution.
Got one out of hundreds!! Great job DOJ.
"If I punch you in the face I don't deserve to be shot 6 times". Oh sure you do Craigie! Matter fact, just stepping on my big toe would be good for 6 shots.
You see, it's not an attention getter! No one gets on TV, no free goodies from stores, no lawyers running around trying to convince people to sue. Now you have one lying robber and everyone thinks he's honest Abe, or should say 'Donan'. Yep, got to run with that..
The 300 pound, 6.4 'Kid' is the victim (strong arm robber 'see video'), perhaps gang member, (expert gang sign flasher 'look up pics). The cop with his face smashed in, fighting over his gun (Kid just wanted to look at it), goes off 'in 'BROAD DAYLIGHT' and pumps 6 rounds in his back! First story line was ten, but some people just can't count over ten or higher.
How many times have you head 'IN BROAD DAYLIGHT'? Guess been better if he waited until dark?