85 % Concerned over Government Corruption; 76% Receive No Government Benefits
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch and Breitbart.com today released the results of an election night survey of voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. The poll reflects the responses of 800 actual 2012 voters. Highlights include:
- A large majority of respondents (65%) “strongly support” voters being required to show an official ID when voting. The issue cuts across party lines, with 94% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 76% of overall voters saying that IDs should be required.
- A majority of voters (61%) favor laws requiring local law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. 43% strongly favor such laws, while only 23% strongly oppose.
- Corruption in the federal government is a serious concern among voters, with 85% saying they are “concerned” and 53% saying they are “very concerned.” When asked if they agree or disagree with the statement, “The larger the size of government, the more opportunities it creates for corruption,” 71% strongly agree. Asked which party they felt could do a better job of “cleaning up corruption in Washington,” 37% chose Democrats, 34% chose Republicans.
- Asked if they or any member of their immediate family is currently receiving government benefits, such as unemployment, school lunches, food stamps, Medicaid, or other public assistance, 76% said “no.” Of the 23% who said “yes,” 9% indicated “self,” 10% said “other,” and 4% said “self and other.” Of the 23% of voters who reported receiving benefits, 46% who said “yes” voted for Romney and 51% for Obama.
- In terms of government transparency, the majority of voters (48%) said they expected the new administration to be no different than the current administration, with 29% saying they expected it to be more transparent.
- A combined total of 57% of voters said they considered the economy and jobs to be the top issues when casting their votes (44% the economy, 13% jobs). 17% said they considered health care to be the most important issue. And none of the social issues scored above 5%.
- The news media did not fare well with voters in the JW survey. Asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “The press is more likely to favor one candidate for office over another at the expense of their journalistic objectivity,” 77% of the voters agreed and only 19% disagreed. A full 57% strongly agreed with the statement.
“The Judicial Watch/Breitbart/Public Opinion Strategies poll reflected an electorate strongly supportive of protecting both the integrity of the country’s electoral process and our national sovereignty. In both cases, they overwhelmingly disagree with the directions in which the Obama administration has gone. The very high number of Americans – 85% citing corruption in the federal government as a major concern, along with the 71% who “strongly agree” that a larger government tends to be more corrupt – should give the President pause as to where he seems intent upon leading the country,” stated JW President Tom Fitton.
Overall, Public Opinion Strategies interviewed 1,600 2012 voters nationwide. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 2.45%. Results with cross tabs are also available at here.
Film Written, Produced, and Directed by Stephen K. Bannon, the Writer/Director of “Occupy Unmasked,” and “The Undefeated”
“Obama 2016” Distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures to Manage National Distribution Campaign
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the nation’s largest government watchdog organization, and Victory Film Group announced today the release of a new documentary film, “The District of Corruption,” which puts the spotlight on Judicial Watch’s epic battle against government scandal, secrecy and corruption through the last three presidential administrations (see trailer here). Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, the writer/director of “Occupy Unmasked” and the Sarah Palin film “The Undefeated,” and produced in association with Constant Motion Entertainment, the Judicial Watch film will be released nationally by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the distributors of the documentary sensation, “Obama 2016.” The movie “The District of Corruption” will be available in select theaters on October 26:
- Old Mill Playhouse, Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, 1000 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL
- AMC Lennox Town Center 24, 777 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH
- Edwards Greenway Palace Stadium, 3839 Weslayan Street, Houston, TX
The movie trailer, ticket, and theater information is available at www.districtofcorruptionmovie.com.
“The District of Corruption” chronicles the ongoing battle to clean up government corruption in Washington, DC, focusing intensely on Judicial Watch’s efforts to counter the unprecedented corruption and secrecy of the permanent political class. The film comprehensively exposes the Obama administration’s current scandals, including: Operation Fast and Furious; crony capitalism; Solyndra and other “green energy;” federal bailouts and earmarks; ACORN and voter fraud; illegal alien amnesty; and threats to the integrity of the 2012 elections; as well as new attacks on government transparency and accountability.
“The District of Corruption” features interviews with Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell and Director of Litigation Paul Orfanedes, as well as some of the conservative movement’s most influential and cutting-edge voices, including J. Christian Adams (Election Law Center), Matthew Boyle (The Daily Caller), Mike Flynn (Breitbart.com), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Vern McKinley (author, Financing Failure: A Century of Bailouts), Anita Moncrief (former ACORN insider), Katie Pavlich (Townhall.com), Kerry Picket (The Washington Times), Peter Schweizer (Author, Throw Them All Out), Mark Tapscott (The Washington Examiner), and Matthew Vadum (Author, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayer).
Judicial Watch is also partnering with Movie to Movement, the grassroots group that helped turn out box-office-busting numbers of movie goers for the “Obama 2016.”
“The District of Corruption” is a companion piece to the New York Times best-selling book, “The Corruption Chronicles, Obama’s Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government,” by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, which was released in July by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions.
“For too long, our nation has suffered through a massive expansion of government power and corruption, the likes of which we haven’t seen in generations,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This fall will see more than a few fictional portrayals of today’s Washington in theaters. This movie is the unvarnished truth. The American people are tired of Washington corruption from both parties—that’s why Judicial Watch is the largest grassroots watchdog group in the nation. Our new partnership with Stephen Bannon, the nation’s preeminent conservative filmmaker, will educate the American people by giving them the truth about Obama’s corrupt machine and the longstanding problem of bipartisan corruption in Washington, DC.”
“In the long-running battle to save our country from the big government corruption and crony capitalism that now threatens its very foundations, Judicial Watch is the tip of the spear,” said Stephen K. Bannon. “This film does not pull a single punch. It is brutally honest. And it name names – from both political parties. Importantly, however, the movie also provides a reason to hope. This is a movie for the ages and is an incisive history of DC corruption over the last two decades. Our examination of the current crisis within the Obama administration is the most comprehensive narrative yet.”
Judicial Watch has filed 950 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and more than 90 lawsuits against the Obama administration on issues ranging from Obamacare to the continued funding of the criminal ACORN network; from tracking Wall Street bailout money to the unconstitutional use of czars; and to the attacks on the integrity of our nation’s elections. This documentary follows historic lawsuits against the Bush administration over secrecy issues, one of which ended up before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Stephen K. Bannon is the award-winning filmmaker behind critically acclaimed documentaries and feature films such as: “In The Face of Evil, Still Point in a Turning World,” “The Undefeated,” and The Tea Party Trilogy: “Generation Zero,” “Fire From the Heartland,” and “Battle for America.” Mr. Bannon is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, a former Naval Officer and Goldman Sachs investment banker, a co-founder of the National Tea Party Federation, and is a frequent speaker at Tea Party conventions and conferences.
About Judicial Watch (www.judicialwatch.org): Judicial Watch Inc., a conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The motto of Judicial Watch is: “Because no one is above the law!”
About Victory Film Group (www.victoryfilmgroup.com): Victory Film Group, via subsidiary Victory Films, develops, produces and distributes documentaries and films that address today’s leading political, socioeconomic and cultural issues, while incorporating the conservative perspective. Victory and its founders have written, directed and released five films, which are considered among critics as one of the best conservatively themed collections in film history.
About Constant Motion Entertainment (www.constantmotioninc.com): Constant Motion Entertainment (CME) is a full-service, award-winning entertainment company specializing in film and television production, special events and publishing.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was escorted into a top security courtroom at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station Wednesday morning by an army of military officers. Clean shaven and with short-cropped hair, the al-Qaeda terrorist charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole chose to wear his white prison jump suit to the arraignment of his military tribunal. In fact, he told the judge through his Arabic interpreter that he “intended to show up” in his “prison uniform” though he knew of his right to wear civilian clothes.
Al-Nashiri appeared physically fit, cocky and quite relaxed for a man facing death. At times he smiled and often looked back at the media and observer gallery separated from the courtroom by sound-proof glass. Shortly after entering the courtroom al-Nashiri waved at the observer gallery where family of USS Cole victims also sat. At a press conference following the four-hour hearing, al-Nashiri’s defense attorney, Richard Kammen, dismissed it as a “completely meaningless gesture” and a “reaction to being in a different setting.” Al-Nashiri did not enter a plea in the death-penalty case.
Next to al-Nashiri were his four taxpayer-funded defense attorneys—two civilian and two military—led by Kammen, who has impressive credentials as a renowned death-penalty lawyer who has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal district courts throughout the nation. Kammen estimates it will cost millions to defend al-Nashiri, whose trial has been tentatively scheduled for next November.
About an hour into the hearing Kammen bombarded the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, with a series of questions not permitted by counsel in civilian courts. Among them was the judge’s personal opinion about the death penalty and if he thought al-Nashiri was guilty. Kammen also asked Judge Pohl if he believed that, by torturing al-Nashiri, the U.S. forfeited its “moral authority to seek the death penalty” against him. The judge responded that he did not think al-Nashiri was guilty and dismissed the other questions as irrelevant to the proceedings.
Judge Pohl went out of his way to assure that al-Nashiri understood all his rights and repeatedly asked if he comprehended what was going on in the hearing. Al-Nashiri responded affirmatively, often slouching in his chair and appearing uninterested. Besides al-Nashiri, eight people sat on the defense side and six on the prosecution. Designed to try high-value detainees, the courtroom seats only the legal teams and jury. Around 15 chairs that accommodate military guards, line the side wall. The viewing gallery seats about 50 and audio is delayed 40 seconds to protect classified information that may arise in proceedings.
Judicial Watch was approved by the Department of Defense (DOD) to observe al-Nashiri’s arraignment along with several legal and civil rights groups, most of which are advocating on his behalf and pushing for the trial to be held in a civil court rather than a military tribunal. Judicial Watch witnessed a deep commitment to justice by military lawyers as well as al-Nashiri’s topnotch capital defense attorney. Even some of the pro al-Nashiri civil rights advocates who witnessed the arraignment admitted it was “well managed” and that they were “impressed” with some of the questions asked by defense attorneys.
The USS Cole was the target of a suicide attack while the warship was moored and being refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden. Seventeen American sailors were killed and dozens were injured. The blast occurred when a skiff laden with explosives detonated against the port-side hull of the USS Cole and tore a 40-by-40-foot hole in the side of the stricken ship. It was the deadliest attack against a U.S. Naval vessel since the Iraqi attack on the USS Stark in May 1987.
Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. In 2002, al-Qaeda operative al-Nashiri was captured in the United Arab Emirates and charged with being the mastermind of the bombing. He has been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay facility since September 2006. Previous to that, he was held in a secret CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) location. A DOD intelligence report describes him as one of al-Qaeda’s most skilled, capable and prolific operational coordinators.
After the arraignment the father of a sailor who died in the blast answered what appeared to be a challenge by a reporter about the death penalty in this case. “It’s worth it for 17 of our soldiers,” said John Clodfelter whose 21-year-old son Kenneth died in the USS Cole attack.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received documents from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concerning the NLRB’s decision to file a lawsuit against Seattle-based Boeing for opening a $750 million non-union assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, to manufacture its Dreamliner plane (Judicial Watch v. National Labor Relations Board (No. 11-1470)).
The documents, obtained pursuant to Judicial Watch’s original July 14, 2011, Freedom of Information Act request and subsequent lawsuit, include internal correspondence amongst NLRB attorneys discussing the Boeing lawsuit. Among the highlights:
- On April 22, 2011, Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon sent an email to Wilma Liebman, outgoing Chairwoman of the NLRB, “The article gave me a new idea. You go to geneva [Switzerland] and I get a job with airbus [French company]. We screwed up the us economy and now we can tackle europe.” Solomon’s comment was in response to an article published in French on the European Planet Labor website noting the devastating potential economic impact on South Carolina if the plant were to be scuttled: “Two billion dollars were invested in Charleston, 1,000 employees were recruited, and the site was supposed to open in July… until the NLRB meddled in.”
- On April 22, 2011, NLRB attorney Debra Willen received an email, in which Republican Sen. James DeMint of South Carolina is ridiculed as “Sen. Dement.”
- On May 12, 2011, NLRB Deputy Assistant General Counsel Joseph Baniszewski emailed a political cartoon to Deputy Assistant General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo mocking the state of South Carolina with regard to Boeing Corporation’s decision to locate its manufacturing facility in that state.
- On April 28, 2011, Miriam Szapiro sent an email to NLRB attorney Debra Willen commenting on an article in The Economist expressing some support for the Boeing lawsuit: “Exactly; it just shows you how incredibly reactionary the US is, that the conservative Economist thinks we’re Neanderthal.”
- On April 20, 2011, Mara-Louise Anzalone, counsel for Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon, took exception to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) statement, “As Senator, I will do everything in my power, including introducing legislation cutting off funding for this wide goose chase, to stop the NLRB’s frivolous complaint [against Boeing].” In an email to NLRB regional attorney Anne Pomerantz, Anzalone writes, “Awesome. Sounds like they’re just going to furlough you and me.”
The documents also include Lafe Solomon’s personal notes detailing conversations with Senator Graham, who said, according to the notes, that “the ‘retaliatory charge’ of the Machinists against Boeing would have huge economic and political consequences” and that if the NLRB filed the complaint, the senator would come out “full guns a-blazing.” The notes also describe Senator Graham as saying “that he was more reasonable than his Senate counterpart (Sen. De Mint).”
The NLRB filed a lawsuit in April 2011, against Boeing, claiming that the company’s decision to open a Dreamliner production line in South Carolina was in retaliation against The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for a series of union strikes that reportedly slowed production of the plane in 2008 in Washington State. According to Boeing, the NLRB’s “claim is legally frivolous and represents a radical departure from both NLRB and Supreme Court precedent. Boeing has every right under both federal law and its collective bargaining agreement to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region.”
Judicial Watch last month released NRLB documents that detailed additional controversial comments by NRLB staff.
“These documents provide further evidence that the Obama administration’s attack on Boeing is irresponsible and politically motivated,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “NLRB attorneys come off as juvenile politicos rather than professionals interested in arbitrating a labor dispute. The utter contempt for congressional oversight shows that the NRLB thinks it is above the law. We hope these documents help educate the public about the ongoing abuse of power by this agency.”
Last year, President Obama bypassed the U.S. Senate and recess-appointed Craig Becker to head the NLRB’s five-member board. The Becker appointment was made after the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate refused to move forward on his confirmation. An ally of ACORN, Becker had previously worked for the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, major financial backers of Obama and the Democratic Party. Controversially, Becker has refused to recuse himself from certain NLRB decisions affecting his former union clients.
Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it launched a national television advertising campaign on October 24, 2011 to combat illegal immigration. A key purpose of the campaign is to collect petitions from the American people urging governors of all 50 states, to obey and enforce all laws against illegal immigration.
The petition campaign is being driven through a series of television advertisements broadcast on local television networks in regional markets located in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as nationwide on Fox Business News (FBN).
In this new national campaign, Judicial Watch asks Americans take a stand on this illegal immigration crisis: “The cost of illegal immigration is a burden on every taxpaying citizen. That’s why Judicial Watch fights hard to hold politicians accountable when they violate and undermine immigration law. Take a stand. Sign this petition and tell your state governor to enforce our federal immigration laws.”
“Politicians in Washington and in the states want to ignore the illegal immigration crisis, while asking taxpayers to foot the bill. Judicial Watch wants the rule of law enforced and we know millions of Americans share our views. Our new television spots are designed to educate and motivate Americans to take a stand against politicians who simply refuse to enforce or even obey the laws against illegal immigration,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch is a national leader in the illegal immigration debate and currently represents the Arizona State Legislature in its defense against the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging SB 1070, Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement law. On September 12, 2011, Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Arizona State Legislature, supporting Arizona’s petition to the Supreme Court to review the Obama administration’s SB 1070 lawsuit. Judicial Watch has also litigated against local and state “sanctuary policies” that violate laws against illegal immigration.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today Judicial Watch staff members Angel Azar and Irene Garcia will each receive a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for “outstanding and invaluable service” to the community as a “successful Hispanic leader in South Florida.”
This awards ceremony is part of an effort by Congress to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 4-6 p.m. at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Room, 2170 Rayburn HOB in Washington, DC.
Angel S. Azar is the Southeastern regional fundraising director for Judicial Watch. He is a Dominican-born, retired U.S. Army Veteran who has worked for a number of corporations worldwide. Azar also speaks Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian.
Irene Garcia edits Judicial Watch’s daily blog, Corruption Chronicles and is the group’s Spanish media liaison. Before joining the organization in 2001, Garcia spent 13 years as a reporter at The Los Angeles Times where she covered sports, entertainment, breaking news and politics. Garcia, who is Cuban-American, has a journalism degree with a minor in Spanish literature from California State University Northridge.
“Angel and Irene are valued members of the Judicial Watch team who continue to work diligently to help our organization confront government corruption and secrecy. We could not be more proud of their accomplishments at Judicial Watch and in their communities. Angel and Irene are both very deserving of this honor,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
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New Czars Exercise Unprecedented Control over Government Policies and Programs While Operating Under a “Veil of Secrecy”
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- Czars appointees have seized unprecedented control over major aspects of government policy and programs. In some instances, unconfirmed czars have authority, in seeming violation of the U.S. Constitution, over certain Senate-confirmed officers.
- A number of the czars have been linked to scandals, thefts and kickbacks, flagrant and offensive statements, conflicts of interest, and radical leftist political ideologies and policies.
“Barack Obama’s unconstitutional use of czars to help run his administration is at odds with republican, limited, and accountable government. Obama has simply installed his radical leftist allies in various positions of power while thumbing his nose at Congress and the American people. As we document in this report, too many of these czars have proven to be corrupt or radicals (or sometimes both). No wonder the Obama administration fights tooth and nail to allow these czars to operate in secret. Nevertheless, Judicial Watch managed to develop this comprehensive list of czars as part of efforts to ensure government accountability.”