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New York Times, 1/20/2017: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides”

Posted by FactReal on March 22, 2017

Never forget that the media started the wiretapping claim – not Trump. A great example is the [in]famous front-page headline of the New York Times on Trump’s Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) describing the wiretapping by the Obama administration. It is absurd the denials by the Left and mainstream media that “there was no wiretapping of the Trump campaign by the Obama administration,” as pointed out by NewsBusters.

[Maybe we should make t-shirts with this image.]
NewYorkTimesTrumpWiretappedJanuary20-2017
Part of the NYT article said: [Emphasis added]

This article is by Michael S. Schmidt, Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo – NEW YORK, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.

The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.

It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself. It is also unclear whether the inquiry has anything to do with an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections in November. The American government has concluded that the Russian government was responsible for a broad computer hacking campaign, including the operation against the D.N.C.

The counterintelligence investigation centers at least in part on the business dealings that some of the president-elect’s past and present advisers have had with Russia. Mr. Manafort has done business in Ukraine and Russia. Some of his contacts there were under surveillance by the National Security Agency for suspected links to Russia’s Federal Security Service, one of the officials said.

Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.

The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the [Obama] White House.

Counterintelligence investigations examine the connections between American citizens and foreign governments. Those connections can involve efforts to steal state or corporate secrets, curry favor with American government leaders or influence policy. It is unclear which Russian officials are under investigation, or what particular conversations caught the attention of American eavesdroppers. The legal standard for opening these investigations is low, and prosecutions are rare.

Special Note:
The same article was given different titles by the New York Times:
Their printed version: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides”
Online version: “Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates.”
Source:#*https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/us/politics/trump-russia-associates-investigation.html

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Nearly 1,000 Ballots Found in Democrat-Led Broward County, Florida

Posted by FactReal on November 13, 2012

963 ballots “found” in warehouse
One week after the election, nearly 963 unaccounted-for ballots were discovered in various parts of the elections office warehouse in Broward County, Florida. According to the elections office data, 798 ballots were from Election Day, and 165 were absentee ballots.

Still proud
Amazingly, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said the discovery of additional ballots is a customary part of the process and that it is not unusual for ballots to be misplaced.

“Everybody who’s been around for any period of time knows that managing paper is a chore, and you don’t count it overnight,” Snipes said. (!!)

If Republican Gov. Rick Scott were in charge of the Broward elections department, the media would at least be calling for his resignation.

Sunshine State News reminds us this is one more fiasco in yet another Democrat-dominated Florida county.
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nearly-1000-ballots-turn-democrat-governed-broward-county
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/palm-beach-democratic-elections-supervisor-susan-bucher-disenfranchising-gop-absentee-voters

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Cubans for Obama? Beware: Pollster Sergio Bendixen Works for Obama, George Soros (Updated)

Posted by FactReal on November 9, 2012

Bendixen

BENDIXEN LINKED TO OBAMA AND GEORGE SOROS
For decades, leftist and pollster Sergio Bendixen has tried through his “polls” to push narratives to benefit Democrats. His “polling” on the Cuban Exile vote and many others has been proven wrong numerous times. “The media continues to quote his tainted results because it is exactly what they are looking for,” reports the Cuban blog, Babalu. [see below].

The Washington Free Beacon via AmericaTimes reported back in February 2012 the connection between Bendixen, Obama, and George Soros:

President Obama’s re-election campaign manager Jim Messina inadvertently revealed Obama for America has hired Sergio Bendixen, a pollster who also represents an organization founded by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

[…]

Messina tweeted [see tweet below], “Tweeting someone else’s words caused a stir, but the GOP is on the wrong side of every Hispanic voter priority.” That follow-up tweet featured a link to an Obama campaign strategy memo entitled “Republicans Seal Their Fate with Hispanic Voters in 2012.” Bendixen, listed in the document as an Obama for America pollster, prepared that memo.

Bendixen is the president and principal of Bendixen & Amandi International, a research and communication strategy firm whose clients include the Open Society Institute. The Open Society Institute, a private grant-making foundation that aims to “shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems,” recently changed its name to “Open Society Foundations.” George Soros founded it in 1984.

Bendixen & Amandi International also represents the Ford Foundation, which contributed more than $2.5 million to the liberal Center for American Progress between 2009 and 2010.

OBAMA CAMPAIGN & BENDIXEN WORKING TOGETHER

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina’s tweet linked to this memo prepared by Bendixen.

Bendixen, pollster of Obama for America
Bendixen as the pollster for Obama For America wrote this Obama’s campaign strategy memo entitled “Republicans Seal Their Fate with Hispanic Voters in 2012”
h ttp://www.barackobama.com/press/release/republicans-seal-their-fate-with-hispanic-voters-in-2012/

Bendixen wrote Obama’s campaign strategy memo entitled “Republicans Seal Their Fate with Hispanic Voters in 2012”
“POLLSTER” BENDIXEN WRONG NUMEROUS TIMES
Via Babalu Blog:

Whenever the mainstream media trots out the fictitious “generational shift” among Cuban Exiles to a softer stance against the Castro dictatorship, more often than not they cite polls conducted by the Miami polling firm of Sergio Bendixen. Although his polling on this issue (and practically all other issues) has been proven wrong numerous times, and his methodology has been shown to be dubious at best and downright fraudulent at worst, the media continues to quote his tainted results because it is exactly what they are looking for. The liberal media has a narrative they want to push, and Sergio Bendixen is one of those pollsters who appears to begin with the polling results he is looking for and then devises a methodology to achieve those results.

Over the years, Bendixen’s polling has amassed a history of being consistently and repeatedly wrong. Going all the way back to when he confidently declared that Violeta Chamorro stood no chance of beating Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua (she won in a landslide), to more recent times when he announced his polling showed [Democrat] Joe Garcia the victor over Mario Diaz-Balart on election day only to watch FroJoe go down in bitter defeat at the voting booth. Sergio Bendixen has proven himself to not only be wrong on a consistent basis, but also arrogantly boastful about his unreliable polls until the very last moment. That is perhaps the reason we are not seeing as many Bendixen polls in the past few years. Bad polling is bad polling, and when your data is proven consistently wrong as that of Bendixen’s, it is hard to find clients willing to pay you for fraudulent and unreliable results.

UPDATE: BENDIXEN’S PARTNER WITH AXELROD
(H/t: AmericaTimes)
Amandi. Bendixen. Cubans for Obama? Beware: Pollster Sergio Bendixen Works for Obama, George Soros. Hispanic vote change? False Narrative

Bendixen’s managing partner, Fernand Amandi, with Obama’s campaign manager David Axelrod

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Transcript: Obama did NOT call Benghazi an “Act of Terror” in Speech from Rose Garden on 9/12/2012 (Video Added)

Posted by FactReal on October 16, 2012

During today’s presidential debate, the liberal moderator Candy Crowley took Obama’s side and erroneously stated that Obama had called the Benghazi attack an ‘act of terror’ during his remarks from the Rose Garden the next day. But if you carefully read the transcript of Obama’s remarks on that day, Obama mentioned the words ‘acts of terror’ as a generic comment not as a specific reference to the Islamic terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.

Actually, before mentioning the word ‘terror’, Obama took a swipe at those who criticize Islam (just like his Cairo embassy had done the day before) and tacitly blamed the YouTube video:

Obama: “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

Obama made reference to the 9/11 attacks in 2001:

Obama: “Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.”

After talking about the 9/11/2001 attacks, Obama made a generic reference to attacks (not specifically about Benghazi):

Obama: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”

Obama never referred to the Benghazi massacre as a “terrorist attack” or “act of terror in Benghazi, Libya”. He preferred to use these words:
* this outrageous and shocking attack
* killers who attacked our people
* this type of senseless violence
* brutal acts
* this attack in Benghazi
* this terrible act
* their attackers

TRANSCRIPT: Obama’s Remarks Day after Libya Attack (Emphasis added)
From the White House Rose Garden – 9/12/2012, 10:43am ET
Via America Times:

Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.

Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi. With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya. When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.

We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.

Thank you. May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.

UPDATE: Here is the video
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