One more nail in the coffin formerly known as the left’s credibility. Such violent rhetoric, I know…
An old policy memo from the Clinton administration paved the way for accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner to buy his first firearm.
Put in place by then-Attorney General Janet Reno, the policy prohibited the military from reporting certain drug abusers to the FBI, which manages the national list of prohibited gun-buyers, federal officials said.
Loughner attempted to enlist in the Army in December 2008 but was rejected because he failed a drug-screening process, Army officials said. Within a year, Loughner bought a Harrington & Richardson shotgun from Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson.
In November, he went back to the same store and purchased a Glock 19 – the one he is accused of using in the Jan. 8 rampage that killed six and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D).
Federal law since 1968 has prohibited gun sales to anyone who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. Licensed dealers have been required to check the backgrounds of gun-buyers since 1994. But the Reno policy told federal agencies not to report people who had voluntarily given drug tests for fear it would deter them from seeking treatment, federal officials said.
Add the NRA and the eeevil gun lobby to the long list of those whom the left has tried – and failed – to blame for the Tuscon massacre.
Former SEIU boss, Andy Stern, is reportedly part of an FBI corruption probe. Stern, the most frequent guest of the Obama White House in 2009, is also a member of Obama’s Fiscal Commission.
WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.
The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”
Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.
The White House had no response.
Natch. Let the stonewalling begin.
Another stellar vetting job by Barry & Co.
Southers’s admission that he was involved in a questionable use of law enforcement background data has been a source of concern among civil libertarians, who believe the TSA performs a delicate balancing act in tapping into passenger information to find terrorists while also protecting citizens’ privacy.
Southers first described the episode in his October affidavit, telling the Senate panel that two decades ago he asked a San Diego Police Department employee to access confidential criminal records about the boyfriend. Southers said he had been censured by superiors at the FBI. He described the incident as isolated and expressed regrets about it.
The committee approved his nomination Nov. 19. One day later, Southers wrote to Lieberman and Collins saying his first account was incorrect. After reviewing documents, he wrote, he recalled that he had twice conducted the database searches himself, downloaded confidential law enforcement records about his wife’s boyfriend and passed information on to the police department employee, the letter said.
Souther’s story is laughable. He suddenly remembers that he personally accessed the database and was subseqently censured by his bosses one day after he was approved by the committee? Pu-leeze.