Before the invention of movable type, newspapers created a tablet for each page they wished to print and broke it at the end of the day. If the media wanted to conserve resources, they could simply fuse the words “The Obama administration lied” to the opening line of each day’s edition and fill in the blank appropriately. This week alone, the press exposed Obama administration lies — in some cases under oath — about its stealth amnesty program for illegal immigrants and about whether airport x-ray scanners were tested for safety. Yet instead of focusing on the cascading batch of left-wing lies and misdirection, the media have trained their targets on Michele Bachmann’s off-the-cuff comments about her hometown and Bristol Palin’s first sexual encounter.
Amnesty By Fiat
Susan Carroll of The Houston Chronicle opened her lead story on Monday with the words, “Homeland Security officials misled the public and Congress last year in an effort to downplay a wave of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities amid accusations that they had created a ‘back-door amnesty,’ newly released records show.” The Chronicle reported that ICE Director John Morton released a memo last June instructing local immigration officials to dismiss pending cases against “thousands” of illegal immigrants who were set to be deported. Morton insisted ICE agents deport only the worst offenders, leaving all others in the country.
The Chronicle received a series of ICE documents in response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. (You can read them here.) Carroll wrote, “It was unclear from the documents, some of which were heavily redacted, exactly how the Houston office handled cases involving illegal immigrants with criminal records.”
Nonetheless, the number of case dismissals increased 40 percent during the last fiscal year.
Gary L. Goldman, ICE’s chief lawyer in Houston, eagerly implemented the memo, releasing hundreds of illegals. He rescinded the order only August 25, after Morton’s actions came to light.
Chris Crane, the president of the border agent union the National ICE Council, told reporters bluntly, “The desires of foreign nationals illegally in the United States” — and not the well-being of his officers — “were the framework from which these policies were developed.”
When confronted, the Obama administration lied.
When reporters asked ICE officials, they insisted the amnesty only affected illegals with pending green card applications — a policy written in a different memo on August 20. Homeland Security officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee the same lie.
There is no word on whether Congress intends to do anything about the administration lying to it, presumably under oath.
Others are more outraged. Tre Rebstock, the Houston representative of ICE’s union, said by lying Obama officials chose to “throw all of their credibility out of the window.”
Canning Stories on Cancer, Big Sis-Style
Meanwhile, another batch of declassified e-mails show the administration lied about the safety of airport scanners the TSA uses to
harass ensure the safety of innocent Americans.
When outrage peaked last November, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano wrote an op-ed in USA Today entitled, “Scanners Are Safe, Pat-Downs Discreet.” Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines, she insisted, “have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety.”
Officials at the NIST wrote an e-mail expressing “concern” at the Obama administration’s “mischaracterization” of their work. The document states members of NIST were “a little concerned about the USA Today op-ed” and offered a few clarifications (which I quote):
- NIST does not do product testing
- NIST did not test AIT machines for safety
- NIST measured the dose of a single machine and compared it against the standard
NIST warned TSA workers not to stand next to the machines to minimize exposure to radiation. New clusters of TSA workers who have developed cancer at Boston’s Logan Airport say the administration failed to issue them dosimeters, which would have allowed them to measure their exposure to unsafe radiation.
Moreover, the Johns Hopkins University study found the machines could exceed “General Public Dose Limit.”
This author exposed significant scientific doubts about the machine’s safety at the time.
Dr. Marc Shuman of the University of California-San Francisco led three other scientists in critiquing the safety of the machines last April. When the government replied, Dr. Shuman found the government’s analysis “seriously flawed.”
Arizona State University physics professor Peter Rez found the government had understated the amount of radiation by a factor of five to ten. He estimated the likelihood of getting cancer from a single exposure to an x-ray machine is one in 30 million — the same odds as dying in a terrorist attack. According to his figures, at least one to two American citizens each year will get cancer courtesy of the U.S. government. Dr. Michael Love of Johns Hopkins University agreed, “statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays.”
An Administration of Fabrication
Lies are the lingua franca of politics, but Obama exceeds all previous records by several orders of magnitude. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez testified under oath that the Justice Department’s dismissal of voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party was merely “a case of career people disagreeing with career people,” when several political appointees including Democratic Party lawyer Sam Hirsch lobbied career officials. To date, no one has been held accountable for this apparent perjury.
In the week two fresh Obama lies — one of them before Congress — hit the presses, where is the media outrage? Instead, the Fourth Estate — including Fox News — has focused on Michele Bachmann’s remarks about the town of Waterloo, Iowa. In an off-the-cuff moment, she said John Wayne had been born in her hometown; he was not, but his parents had strong ties to the area, and the media went ballistic. Supposedly “conservative” outlets such as Fox News have had their employees (the ones who survive the RINO purge) imply Bachmann is a “flake” and write an “analysis” claiming it is virtually impossible for Bachmann — who is currently polling a strong second in Iowa — to win the Republican presidential nomination.
If the salt hath lost its savor, what good is it? If conservative media watchdogs refuse to hold a lawless administration accountable, who will?
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