In the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, the US Dept. of Justice ordered the Orlando Police Dept. to scrub, or delete, references to terrorism from the records they had of phone calls with the shooter Omar Mateen. This is clearly proof of an effort by the President and Justice Dept. to cover up and conceal Islamic references spoken by the Orlando shooter. The FBI was ordered to release only partial, not full, transcripts. This proves that President Obama is directly involved in the obstruction of an investigation of terrorism and that he is using a Justice Dept. agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to perpetrate his obstruction.
This is not the first time this has happened. The President has ordered other agencies in the past to destroy evidence of potential Islamic references. The excuse Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave was that persons would be re-victimized by the release of the references to Islam. But it is difficult to understand how persons who are not Islamic are offended by this language.
The President and AG never seemed concerned about scrubbing references to the racist policies of police departments around the country, or numerous other issues.
And of course when the Justice Dept. allegedly attempted to find out who ordered the deletion of part of a December 2013 press conference briefing video that addressed the Iran nuclear deal, it ran into another “dead end.” While all offices of the Federal Govt. are required to retain all records pertaining to their actions in public office, somehow President Obama’s administration, like the Nixon Administration, mysteriously has information disappear. And when an investigation is conducted, they just run into a dead end.
It’s always the adolescent excuse and cover-up that somebody else did it, and they just can’t find out who it was. Some analysts see this as incompetence, while others see it as a cover-up. No serious news analyst saw the tapes missing (footnote 1) from Nixon’s Oval Office tape recordings as an accident, as a misstep.
Similarly Obama’s White House staff and those at the FBI and other offices in the Justice Dept. just can’t figure out who ordered the deletion of the Islamic Terror references from the transcripts in the Orlando case.
State Department spokesperson Mark Toner commented that he didn’t know the details and that no rules were broken since there are no rules regarding the editing of video. But there are rules regarding obstruction in the handling of evidence. These are very serious rules and it looks like one of Obama’s legacies may be the potential felonies he, and those under his command, committed while he was President.
A similar scrubbing of Islamic references was revealed by a retired DHS employee named Philip Haney who wrote in The Hill that in November 2009 he “was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terrorist groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS).” Looking back at this Obama-authorized deletion of evidence Haney commented:
“It is very plausible that one or more of the subsequent terror attacks on the homeland could have been prevented if more subject matter experts in the Department of Homeland Security had been allowed to do our jobs back in late 2009.”
Another type of investigation sabotaged by Obama’s Dept. of Justice was the investigation of a Black Panther member who aggressively and willfully intimidated voters at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008. The Obama Administration let the Black Panther member off the hook in 2008 but the leader of that Black Panther chapter, King Samir Shabazz, got arrested on gun charges in 2013. With the Obama Administration’s obsession with guns one would expect them to take these charges very seriously. Previously, King Shabazz had uttered numerous comments that were hate speech when he stated that he wanted his followers to raid nurseries and “kill everything white in sight.” He also recommended that “black people should create militias to exterminate whites, skin them alive, pour acid on them, sick pit bulls on them, bust their heads with rocks….” Only when he was found in New York City to be carrying an unlicensed gun was any law enforcement action done against him.
So while these actions by the Obama Administration may appear to be purely political they are also violations of Title 18 laws regarding the conduct of Federal officials in the handling of investigations.
18 U.S.C. § 1501-Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees:
“Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or
Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agencyof the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.”
Similarly 18 U.S.C. § 1506-Theft or alteration of record or process; false bail:
“Whoever feloniously steals, takes away, alters, falsifies, or otherwise avoids any record, writ, process, or other proceeding, in any court of the United States, whereby any judgment is reversed, made void, or does not take effect… Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
Note that the words “intention” and “by mistake” do not appear in these laws. Of course these laws also apply to Hillary’s use of official emails and her responses in investigations.
Philip Haney wrote that some of the terrorist acts committed in the US could have been prevented if not for Obama’s order to scrub and delete records. No wonder President Obama wants Hillary to become President. A Republican President and an honest AG may go after him.