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Veritas Suit Makes First Amendment HISTORY: Changes MA. Recording Law

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:11
Massachusetts Law Prohibiting Secret Recording of Public Officials Deemed Unconstitutional
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts Rules in Veritas’ Favor
“[T]he Court holds that [Massachusetts law] may not constitutionally prohibit the secret audio recording of government officials…”
Secretly Recording Government Officials in Public Places Now Protected by First Amendment

 

(Boston) Project Veritas attorneys Benjamin Barr and Steve Klein have received word from the United States Court for the District of Massachusetts of its victory in Project Veritas Action Fund v. Conley. The lawsuit filed against the state argued that the Massachusetts law prohibiting the secret recording of public officials was unconstitutional.

Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action:

“Project Veritas has made First Amendment history. With the summary judgement in this case being entered in our favor, PVA v Conley becomes the first case in United States history to hold that secretly recording government officials is protected by the First Amendment” 

View the Court Order here.

Filed on December 10, 2018, the United States District Court District of Massachusetts found, “the First Amendment protects the right to record audio and video of government officials,” deeming the law prohibiting secret recordings of government officials unconstitutional.

The unconstitutional law, enforceable in Massachusetts since 1968, allowed for a felony conviction for up to five years in prison, and a $10,000 for the secret recording of a public official.

Audio Recording is More Powerful Than Ordinary Reporting

The Court explained in the judgement that “audio and audiovisual recording are uniquely reliable and powerful methods of preserving and disseminating news and information about events that occur in public. Their self-authenticating character makes it highly unlikely that other methods could be considered reasonably adequate substitutes.”

The Court agreed in the judgment that secretly recording government officials is a “basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment.”

Said Project Veritas Action Fund’s attorney Ben Barr, of the victory:

“Veritas’ win demonstrates that undercover reporting is protected just as adamantly as ordinary reporting under the First Amendment, allowing it to continue to deliver important news to the American public.”

Project Veritas is aware of other states with similarly prohibitive recording laws.

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Elections Fraud 2018 Recap and Impact

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 17:33

State Probe into Possible Illegal Voting in Texas

Project Veritas video captured on Election Day 2018 has prompted the Texas attorney general’s office to investigate alleged illegal voting in Travis County.

I can’t verify if this is accurate. I CAN verify that it will be investigated and if it IS accurate, illegal votes will be tossed out and wrongdoers will be prosecuted. #txlege #tcot #PJNEThttps://t.co/CdrhV8YonH via @gatewaypundit

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 6, 2018

See the elections videos we released below.

“Tons” of Non Citizens Voting in Texas?

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“We don’t check” for Citizenship

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Local Media Covers Voter Probe

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Electioneering Exposed in Georgia

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BREAKING: Deep State Unmasked, IRS Officials – “You Should Give Increased Scrutiny” to Conservative Groups, “… I don’t give a s**t if that is a crime”

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:50

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IRS Tax Examiner: Target Conservative Groups Because They Are “… just f***ing fronts for the Koch brothers.”
Deleting IRS Emails is “… so cool… [conservatives] could not hold any evidence against… ” Former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen “…I don’t give a s**t if that is a crime.”
IRS Attorney on Lerner Scandal: “All that stuff we saw in the news, yeah mistakes were made.”
IRS is Comfy Gig, Democratic Socialist of America Gets “… a lot of paid time off and sick days” to Use for Activism
Contempt for America: “Unfortunately, I am not allowed by the bylaws of my union to go against the Constitution.”

 

This is a breaking news story. Refresh the page for updates. 

UPDATE: Sep 25, 2018, 2:36 PM | Project Veritas attorney Ben Barr submitted this complaint to the Department of Justice regarding the findings of this investigation.

 

(Washington DC) Project Veritas has released the fourth story in a series of undercover reports which unmask the Deep State. This report features two Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials who candidly discuss the IRS’s unfair treatment of conservative non-profit groups. The two officials in the report are Thomas Sheehy, an IRS tax examiner and member of the Austin Democratic Socialists of America in Texas, and Jerry Semasek, an IRS attorney in Washington, DC.

The Austin Democratic Socialists of America is a socialist group that works to advance ‘progressive issues’ in Austin, Texas.

Flagrantly Targeting Conservative Groups

Sheehy boasts about and appears to justify former disgraced IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who was mired in scandal for losing tens of thousands of emails regarding the Lois Lerner controversy. The Lois Lerner controversy occurred in 2013 and involved revelations showing that the IRS unfairly scrutinized conservative groups.

SHEEHY: “John Koskinen. He got a lot of flak for giving increased scrutiny to these Tea Party groups. Conservatives got really mad at him, he was so cool though because he deleted all the emails, so they could not hold any evidence against him.”

Sheehy continues:

SHEEHY: “Yeah, I don’t give a s**t if that is a crime for doing that because… you should give increased scrutiny to those groups because a lot of them are just f***ing fronts for the Koch brothers or whatever.”

Mistakes Were Made

In a separate meeting, attorney Semasek discloses to Project Veritas multiple times that “mistakes were made,” during the 2013 scandal when conservative non-profits were targeted when applying for tax-exempt status.

SEMASEK: “… you know what, for what it’s worth, on the record, I know people in Tax Exempt Government Entities. All that stuff we saw in the news, yeah mistakes were made”

Attorney Semasek, who worked for the IRS during the 2013 scandal, continued:

SEMASEK: “… The law requires that an organization can’t be political, it can’t be partisan to be tax exempt… Those employees in Cincinnati Ohio started to separate them and put them in a pile. And it turns out that they were like the Tea Party group of people. And I think they did, like Lois Lerner and maybe some of her employees were more liberal leaning or Democrats so I don’t know if they disallowed them, but they required them to produce more documentation to try to prove that they weren’t partisan.”

He repeated that mistakes were made:

SEMASEK: “… and that was bad. I think, from what people tell me, that really know about, there were mistakes made, but the problem with what happened… And again, there were mistakes made, and I think probably some people that were advised against conservative groups did make some mistakes.”

Socialist Abuses Work Benefits

Sheehy, like individuals featured in the previous reports in this series, is also a member of a political activist group. Sheehy implies that he abuses his work benefits, including paid time off and sick days in order to engage in socialist activism for Austin Democratic Socialists of America.

SHEEHY: “I will say, I just really like the benefits. I get a lot of paid time off and sick days. So, like, for DSA stuff, I can just honestly… I will just stay late for a period. So, I will just call in for the next day.”

SHEEHY: “I mean, as long as like the manager doesn’t find out and you don’t explicitly say “hey I’m calling in sick to do Democratic Socialist of America work” then I mean like yeah. You know, you just gotta, you just gotta like sort of manage, you know, when and where you’re like doing, like, the work you do.”

More Democratic Socialists of America at IRS

Sheehy reveals there are more socialist activists at the IRS, referring to a friend of his who works on national communications for the Democratic Socialists of America, as well as writing bylaws for the political organization.

SHEEHY: “My friend Chris, like he does a lot of like tech stuff. He even runs the f**kin’, I was looking over his shoulder once at the electoral forum and I noticed that he actually is on the national social media working group. So, he helps run the national twitter account. He also runs our local twitter account. He also is one that does all the bylaws and stuff…. he also works for the IRS.”

Sheehy remarks about his disdain for the Constitution of the United States.

SHEEHY: “Unfortunately, I am not allowed by the bylaws of my union to go against the constitution.”

JOURNALIST: “Would you?”

SHEEHY: “Yeah.”

Deep State Unmasked

This is the fourth release in a series Project Veritas began publishing in September 2018 unmasking corrupt actors in the federal government. Project Veritas will publish more undercover video of federal employees shedding light on the Deep State resistance.

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe added:

“As our deep state investigation continues to unfold, four government agencies have responded resulting in the removal of two federal employees from their job duties. Stay tuned to see which Government Agency we unmask next.

 

See the other videos in this series:

See the responses and statements made by government agencies following these stories’ publication.

Media Wrap-up | Deep State Unmasked

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:12
The successful release of the first three videos in the Deep State Unmasked series led to statements from four federal government agencies indicating they will take corrective actions. The videos have also accrued massive media exposure, including back-to-back prime-time television spots as well as being aired on nearly 200 local news stations in over 100 markets across the country. Even the Washington Post covered the stories POSITIVELY! Below are some of the media that we noticed. Let us know on Twitter which ones we missed!

Sean Hannity Plays GAO Auditor Footage at Vegas Trump Rally

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Responds to Deep State Video on Laura Ingraham’s Show

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Rush Limbaugh Covers Deep State Unmasked Videos

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Tucker Carlson Covers Deep State Unmasked DOJ Video

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Shannon Bream Discusses Deep State Unmasked Department of State Video

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Deep State Unmasked Discussed on The Story With Martha MacCallum

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James O’Keefe Discusses Deep State Unmasked with Sean Hannity

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Local News Package Covers Deep State Unmasked Series

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Websites and Newspapers

RESULTS MATTER: Government Officials Issue Responses to Veritas Investigations

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:29
VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2 | VIDEO 3

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a response to Thursday’s video on Twitter stating they are “aware of the video” and “investigating the serious issues it raises.” They also states they have communicated with the GAO Inspector General.

GAO released the following statement on the Project Veritas video: We are aware of the video and investigating the serious issues it raises, and we have also communicated with the GAO Inspector General.

— U.S. GAO (@USGAO) September 20, 2018

When prompted by Project Veritas regarding the employment status of Natarajan Subramanian, GAO’s Public Affairs Managing Director Chuck Young issued this statement:

“Regarding your question, we cannot comment on his personnel status due to privacy laws. But he has been removed from any ongoing GAO work and cut off from access to GAO equipment. We have a rigorous quality control process with many reviewers that prevents one person from biasing our final reports. But we will also examine his work product as part of our investigation.”

These statements come following three undercover videos exposing federal employees abusing their positions in the government and neglecting their duties to engage in socialist activism. The first video prompted response from the Department of State, and the second video received a statement from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.

DOS Statement
“I can confirm Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.
We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter.
This is a personnel matter that we cannot comment on further at this time.”
DOJ Statement
“These allegations are deeply concerning. Department policy prohibits misuse of government resources to advance personal interests. We are looking into this immediately and have referred this matter to the Inspector General as well.”
HHS Statement
These allegations are deeply concerning. Individuals who share sensitive information for their own personal gain or motives, hinder our mission at the department to enhance and protect the health and well-being of Americans. These alleged actions are not only unacceptable, but possibly illegal, and warrant a swift and thorough investigation.”
GAO Statement
“We are aware of the video and investigating the serious issues it raises, and we have also communicated with the GAO Inspector General.”

Project Veritas attorney Ben Barr filed complaints with the Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to questions about the findings of the first report in this series which showed an official at the Department of State who said “Resist everything. Every level. F*** sh*t up.”

POMPEO: “Rest assured we’re aware of it and we’re taking a looking at it…”

INGRAHAM: “If they’re going to be working against the administration they should go probably find another job?”

POMPEO: “Absolutely. If this is a mission on which you can’t sign up for it’s time to go do something else with your time.”

BREAKING: Deep State Unmasked, U.S. GAO Employee Admits “I Break Rules Every Day”

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:10

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United States GAO (Government Accountability Office) Auditor Pushes Socialist Agenda During Work Hours: “No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.” (Democratic Socialists of America)
Resistance Against Administration’s Agenda: “If you’re in an Executive Branch agency, you can slow ball things to a degree… maybe you get fired or resign or whatever, but you slowed [Trump’s agenda] down.”
On His DSA Membership: “…it’s a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists.”
“We have a bunch of just like communists, like no prefix, and that’s basically me.”
GAO Auditor: “Do I care more about having this job, or do I care more about the [DSA] movement, and I was like… obviously the movement.”
GAO Auditor Admission: “I break rules every day… at any point I can get fired.”

 

(Washington DC) Project Veritas has released the next in a series of undercover reports which unmask the Deep State. This report features a Government Accountability Office (GAO) employee and self-proclaimed Communist actively engaged in potentially illegal political activity. Natarajan Subramanian is a government auditor for the GAO and a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA).

Metro DC DSA is a socialist group that works to advance progressive issues in the Metropolitan DC area. Subramanian’s political activism may directly violate federal statutes as well as the “Yellow Book” rules which apply specifically to government auditors.

Subramanian says that Federal employees in executive branch agencies can deliberately work less efficiently in order to slow down the implementation of the President’s agenda:

“If you’re in [an] executive branch agency you can slow ball things to a degree, that it’s like ineffective, and maybe you get in trouble, or maybe you get fired or resign or whatever, but you slowed [Trump’s agenda] down for a certain period of time.”

Secretive Socialist Activism in the Federal Government

In conversations with Subramanian this year, Project Veritas discovered that in addition to being a Federal employee he manages social media and communications for Metro DC DSA. Subramanian admits that he works on DSA projects while at his Federal job. He says, “Everything that I’m doing with DSA is stuff that I’m not supposed to be doing for work… it’s explicitly prohibited. If they find out I could get in trouble, basically.”

In June 2018, during Metro DC DSA’s highly publicized confrontation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Subramanian admitted he secretly spent the majority of his government workday “…doing social media” for Metro DC DSA:

“No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.”

While some of his coworkers at GAO know that he’s a member of Metro DC DSA, Subramanian claims his superiors are unaware, “Management does not know. You have to be strategic about things like this.”

In one exchange, Subramanian describes his political philosophies and those of his comrades in Metro DC DSA:

“We have a bunch of just communists, like no prefix, and that’s basically me. We [also] have some folks who are Trotskyists or Leninists.”

One of these Metro DC DSA members, according to Subramanian, works for the Department of Defense and has a Top Secret clearance in order to work on “…war planning stuff,” regarding Syria.

Covering Tracks

According to various federal statutes, some forms of political activism are prohibited for government employees. Subramanian appears to be aware of this when he explains that he tries to keep his political activity secret:

“Sometimes as a government employee, you have to keep it under wraps a little bit so you don’t get into trouble and that’s kind of what I try to do.”

Subramanian believes that he might be reprimanded if his superiors at GAO discover what he does for DSA while at work. “That’s when I might get fired. If there’s like a camera above my cubicle looking down so they can see and zoom in and see what’s on my phone.”

Subramanian admits multiple times that he can get fired for engaging in DSA activity while at work for GAO.

“I would get fired if they knew that I was [engaging in DSA activity at work,] and I do. I do it on my phone.”

Some government employees are required to submit financial disclosure forms prior to beginning their government jobs. Subramanian provided Project Veritas with excerpts of his financial disclosures. Project Veritas was unable to verify which specific disclosure form Subramanian provided.

Subramanian revealed that he was deliberately vague on his disclosure forms regarding his involvement with Metro DC DSA so that his employers might be less likely to understand what was disclosed. . Project Veritas has published excerpts of Subramanian’s disclosure forms.

“I have informed them, I filed all the paperwork I needed to file, I was purposely a little bit vague about what kind of organization [Metro DC DSA] is…  I wasn’t like [I said], it’s a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists.”

Insufficient Oversight

Subramanian misleadingly disclosed on the form that he only spends “0-10 [hours] / week” working or volunteering for Metro DC DSA, but describes his activism as “…kind of like a second job.” He goes on to say that realistically he spends, “…probably like 20 hours, 10-20 hours… depending on the week,” doing Metro DC DSA work.

In one exchange, Subramanian details the extent to which he can slack off from his GAO job due to insufficient oversight:

“There’s no one looking over my shoulder. So like, a lot of times what I’ll do, and this is kind of what I’m doing right now, is like I’ll drink the night before, I tele-work and then I’m like, if I’m 15 minutes late to log on, no one checks.”

According to Subramanian, the GAO did not fully investigate what he does for Metro DC DSA. He also believes that what he does for Metro DC DSA “…would be fireable,” because “…all political activity is automatically outlawed.”

Subramanian repeats that his political activity could get him fired from his government job:

“… I break rules every day, at any point I can get fired for what I do with DSA.”

Many more socialists…

Subramanian is not the only government employee who also engages in political activism for Metro DC DSA, revealing that, “…a fair number of DSA employees are federal DSA people are federal employees… you see people from various agencies, usually executive branch.” Project Veritas has contacted and recorded conversations with several of these individuals.

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe believes that this video series puts a face on the deep state:

“For years the public has been at most only nebulously aware of the permanent administrative state. Only recently have we begun calling it the ‘deep state.’ And with this series, we’ve begun exposing who these individuals undermining our government really are.”

This is the third video in a series which has garnered responses from the Department of Justice and the Department of State.

In an interview with Laura Ingraham last night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to questions about the findings of the first report in this series which showed an official at the Department of State who said “Resist everything. Every level. F*** sh*t up.”

POMPEO: “Rest assured we’re aware of it and we’re taking a looking at it…”

INGRAHAM: “If they’re going to be working against the administration they should go probably find another job?”

POMPEO: “Absolutely. If this is a mission on which you can’t sign up for it’s time to go do something else with your time.”

Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.”

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:46

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DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.”
Leaks at Department of Health and Human Services: “It’s kind of like the Nixon, ‘deep throat’ type of thing.”
Department of Justice Paralegal Allison Hrabar: “what’s kind of lucky is at the DOJ, we can’t really get fired.”
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Actively Resisting Inside Government: “We have a member who works for the people who distribute food stamps…they’re slowing down what they do.”
Apparent Abuse of DOJ Resources for DSA: “she uses it probably on her work computer… that’s the kind of thing that you would get fired for if people knew about it.”
Targets Political Enemies: “And so we ran the license plate… we cannot do it officially”

 

UPDATE: 2:20 PMProject Veritas attorney Ben Barr filed complaints with the DOJ and HHS regarding the findings of the investigation.

UPDATE: 12:43 PMA Department of Justice spokesperson issued the following response to our inquiry:

These allegations are deeply concerning. Department policy prohibits misuse of government resources to advance personal interests. We are looking into this immediately and have referred this matter to the Inspector General as well.”

 

(Washington DC) Project Veritas has released the second installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The first report in this series featured Stuart Karaffa, who admitted to engaging in political activism on behalf of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) while working at the Department of State. The Department of State issued a response to the video stating that they are investigating the matter.

Today’s video features Department of Justice paralegal Allison Hrabar reportedly using government-owned software and computers to push a socialist agenda. Also featured is Jessica Schubel, the former Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last Obama administration.

Both Schubel and Hrabar make admissions revealing that federal employees appear to be using their positions inside our government to resist or slow the Trump administration’s policies. It appears some laws have been broken in the process.

As a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA), Hrabar was seen chasing  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson from a DC-area restaurant. Metro DC DSA is a political group that tries to advance socialist causes in the Metropolitan DC area.

Leaks at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

In the recording, Schubel admits that “…there’s like a little resistance movement” inside of the federal government. She also tells our undercover journalist that her friends at the Department of Health and Human Services “…give [her] information” before it is officially released:

PV Journalist: “…she mailed it to you in like physical snail mail like post office and then you like got it. That’s like awesome.”

Schubel: “Yeah. It’s kind of like the Nixon, “deep throat” type of thing.”

Schubel explains the exact process of the “illegal” transaction:

PV Journalist: ” So, your friend mailed you confidential government information that is illegal to mail…”

Schubel: “Right.”

PV Journalist: “And then you were able to write about that…”

Schubel: “Right.”

PV Journalist: “Is it illegal to receive it?”

Schubel: “Probably.”

Schubel revealed that some of the material her associates secretly sent her were confidential, and allowed Schubel to prepare responses to government initiatives not yet announced:

PV Journalist: “So, [your friend at HHS] sent you like what the administration was about to do… what’s so illegal about it? Just because you could write an article earlier than you otherwise could?”

Schubel: “Well yeah, it was confidential.”

Socialist Activism at the Department of Justice

Also in the recording, Allison Hrabar admits that federal government employees are using their power to resist President Trump. She admits that, “…there’s a lot of talk about how we can like, resist from inside,” at the Department of Justice.

Hrabar tells Project Veritas about another federal worker, a fellow member of DSA, who works for the US Department of Agriculture, who is “…slowing what they do” in order help people stay on food stamps longer:

“We have a member who works for the people who distribute food stamps, and they can like take that away, and they’re slowing what they do… what they’re doing means that people are going to be able to stay on food stamps for another month or two, which is like really important.”

Hrabar herself appears to be using government-owned property to perform DSA activism. The video shows a meeting with Cliff Green, another DSA member, stating that Hrabar uses Lexis Nexis to find home addresses for DSA protests:

“So Allison is a paralegal, so she, her living is researching people, so she’s very good at researching people.  So, they just find the companies, and then the people that run those companies, and then they find their home address.  She uses Lexis Nexis and a couple other software things.”

Also in the report, Natarajan Subramanian – an auditor for the Government Accountability Office and fellow DSA member – explains to the Project Veritas undercover journalist that Hrabar uses her work computer to access Lexis Nexis: “I mean, she has used it, she uses it probably on her work computer.”

Subramanian explains that this sort of information needs to be kept secret:

“…that’s the kind of thing that you would get fired for…people do not have the silver bullet, the smoking gun or whatever. Um, if they were able to get proof of that, you know? So, we’re all walking that line.”

Resistance

In April, Hrabar led a protest on the home of a DC lobbyist, Jeremy Wiley. Hrabar recounts how she was able to access his address, and the process was potentially criminal:

Hrabar: “And so we ran the license plate, and it was a car registered to Jeremy Wiley, so you have his car parked outside a house that he does own. As of very recently, and someone saw him through the window, which is also…

PV Journalist: “Also, we’re able to run license plates through?”

Hrabar: “You can- We cannot do it officially.”

Hrabar doesn’t seem concerned with her use of government resources for the DSA initiatives.When discussing her work as a paralegal for the Department of Justice, she claims that “Like, what’s kind of lucky is at the DOJ, we can’t like get fired.”

“This may be the largest case of unaccountability in our government that has ever been exposed,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. “Through our undercover reports, we now have proof of government employees  leaking confidential information and using government resources to advance their resistance of official government policies they disagree with. These videos are the Deep State incarnate, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Deep State Unmasked: State Department on Hidden Cam, “Resist Everything,” “I Have Nothing to Lose”

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:28

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Federal Employee for State Department: “Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Embedded in Federal Government Positions, Actively Resisting
Stuart Karaffa Does Work for DSA While on Taxpayer’s Dime: “I’m careful about it. I don’t leave a paper trail.”
“I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.”
Ethics Officer Fails to Recognize Breach on Ethics Form: “somebody just rubber stamps it and it goes forward…”

 

UPDATE: 3:48 PM | Project Veritas attorney Benjamin Barr filed a complaint with the Department of State regarding the findings of our video. See the complaint here.

UPDATE: 2:22 PMA Department of State spokesperson issued the following response to an inquiry from The Epoch Times:

“I can confirm Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.
We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter.
This is a personnel matter that we cannot comment on further at this time.”

 

(Washington DC)  Today, Project Veritas released the first installment in an undercover videoinvestigation series unmasking the deep state. This video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer’s dime, while advocating for resistance to official government policies. In addition to being a State Department employee Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.)

Metro DC DSA is a socialist group that works to advance progressive causes in the metropolitan DC area.

Socialist Activism at the State Department 

Mr. Karaffa’s loyalties seem to be with DSA, not with his employer.

Karaffa told an undercover Project Veritas journalist that he performs DSA activism while at work for the State Department. He explained that he drafts DSA communications while on the job at State Department:

“… I’m careful about it. I don’t leave a paper trail, like I leave emails, and like any press s**t that comes up I leave that until after 5:30. But as soon as 5:31 hits, got my like draft messages ready to send out.”

Karaffa also admits that on behalf of DSA he monitors Virginia political news online while at work:

“You could put two and two together probably. With like web traffic…. So with web traffic, I mean I could make the case before a court of law that- I’m going to the Virginia sort of, campaign finance website- that I’m just interested in what people are doing politically. But if they also go and look at like DSA minutes and like Officer positions they’ll be like, ‘that’s weird, you were the co-chair of the electoral caucus, and you spent three hours on a Virginia campaign finance website.'”

Insufficient Oversight

Karaffa does not believe that he will be caught and punished by the appropriate authorities, saying, “Maybe someday I’ll go to board of elections jail, probably not.”

Karaffa does not seem to be concerned about disciplinary action from the State Department: “I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.” When asked if his supervisor at the State Department knows about his activism, Karaffa reveals that “nobody knows” about it.

Some government employees are required to regularly submit disclosure forms to help management identify any potential conflicts of interest that may interfere with job responsibilities. Despite disclosing his political activities and officer positions on his financial disclosure form, Karaffa alleges that:

“… somebody just rubber stamps [the form] and it goes forward… I don’t know if [the ethics officer is] all there. He’s so checked out…”

Resistance

In one exchange, Karaffa’s attitude towards the current administration’s official policies appears to conflict with his duty to be impartial as a State Department employee. Karaffa says:

“Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”

Stuart Karaffa is just the first federal government employee that Project Veritas has recorded in an undercover series unmasking the deep state.

“We’ve heard a lot about the Deep State; holdovers from the previous administration resisting change or nameless and faceless bureaucrats slowing things down or leaking secrets in an effort to undermine this administration,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. “What is truly striking is their boldness, they are not afraid.  They are even boastful about a warped reality, where they won’t get caught and can’t get fired even if they did.”

More deep state investigation reports will be released soon.

We are unmasking the Deep State. Here’s why.

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:40

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UNMASKING THE DEEP STATE. Transparency is required of those that govern. Privacy belongs to the people that put them there.

 

What is the Deep State?

Why is Project Veritas about to unmask it?

To some, the Deep State is an anonymous, faceless resistance; or as Glenn Greenwald first penned, the entity which “… goes to war with the president-elect, using unverified claims.”

To others, it is a vast administrative bureaucracy, unaccountable to anyone; in fact, an “extralegal state within a state.”

Some call it part of a conspiracy theory. And, at least one conspirator recently received priceless support for their agenda through the op-ed pages of The New York Times.

But who wrote that piece? What was his name? Are there others? How many of them were there? We’ll get to that.

But first, some political science, or as my mentor Saul Alinsky would say, “We should start with what the world is, not as we would like it to be.”

This unelected cabal of federal government employees—the Deep Staters—are getting away with subverting the will of the people. In fact, the Constitution is being stomped upon by the actions of the members of the Deep State. They are in all branches of government and they are hiding among two million other federal employees.

At the most fundamental level, Americans make their voices heard through elections. This is the process to bestow consent for our representatives to govern on our behalf.

The actions of the Deep State fly in the face of the consent part of the governance equation. They seek to subvert the “democratic” process, and through those actions are creating inequality in the application of the Rule of Law. When this is permitted to happen, the will of the people can be thwarted in favor of any agenda that can gain support among the other comrades in the Deep State. That should worry progressives, civil libertarians, and journalists a lot more than it should worry fascists.

Members of the Deep State view themselves as having nothing to lose.

In many ways, they are correct. Government employees use their federal union representation to further an insurgence against the wishes of the people.

Congress used to be a lawmaking body, but it has significantly abdicated its authority to executive branch agencies. Many agencies now exist with little oversight. Much of Washington operates without accountability or transparency, because — and this foreshadows what’s about to come from Project Veritas — some of them are quite brazen in expressing, “It’s impossible to fire a federal employee.”

As a nation of laws, we expect the people we elect to make and uphold the laws, not disregard them. The agencies of Washington D.C. also must be held accountable.

Then there is the Fourth Estate, which has been fanning the flames of the Deep State prior to, and aggressively so since, November 7, 2016. The media has created a cycle of politically motivated leaking followed by retrenchment when those “leaks” were proven to have been deeply misleading. We also have seen a confluence of error-ridden ‘scoops’ of shadowy intelligence agencies colluding with political operatives to dispel or prove political narratives.

We don’t get to see the faces of these shadowy figures, are unable to assess their motives; and the media seems to ignore their real and often obvious objectives.

Therefore, it becomes necessary to unmask and show the faces of these individuals who seek to disturb the fabric of our Republic. In order to do that, it becomes necessary to expose them with their own words.

Our next hidden camera investigation is going to unmask the Deep State.

No doubt the media will object to this, first in terms of methods. They’ll claim that it’s unethical to record people without their consent and produce that into a video story.

It isn’t. Certainly not when another person is present and doing the recording. Surreptitious recordings are not an invasion of their privacy. We, through establishing a rapport with these Deep State people outside their offices, have no duty to keep the information the subject tells us confidential. We did not entrap them. For all of us, their images and voices capture their character much more accurately than any portrait of them painted through a complex arrangement of words on newsprint.

What makes people uncomfortable about surreptitious recordings, is their power: the brutal reality, the rawness and irrefutable nature; make them all the more necessary.

Undercover recordings are not unethical. What is, is the use and abuse of anonymous sources in journalism over the last two years. One commentator described the recent bold license taken by Bob Woodward. Woodward offers second-hand quotes from anonymous sources, months after the events in question. One source described Woodward as “… a Washington ventriloquist who keeps straight the strings of the talking puppets.”

Unlike the author of Fear, we won’t quote anonymous sources in the administration relaying what happened. We’re going to put anonymous Deep State players on the record, unbeknownst to them.

And unlike the New York Times op-ed page, we won’t omit the author or speaker’s name to “… protect them from losing their job.” They don’t need much protection. Federal job security is so great, federal workers are more likely to die at work than lose their jobs. That’s right, death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to federal workers’ job security.

When we release our series of stories, we’ll give you the names and show the faces of those who choose to “resist” while being sustained by patriotic taxpayers. When the subject of our next video, an employee in the Executive Branch, says, “Resist everything. Every level. F*** s*** up;” you’ll be able to see his name and his face. You’ll also see his title, direct employer, the movement of his lips, the cadence in his voice, his demeanor, his arrogance, his lack of introspection, and ultimately, him bragging about how nobody will ever hold his comrades nor him accountable.

When an employee of the executive branch gloats about targeting private citizens in an effort to “… go against the Constitution of America,” how could we NOT publish his name.

There is a deeper philosophical reason we do this.

Transparency is required of those that govern. Privacy belongs to the people that put them there.

The consensus in Washington is the inverse of this statement, because it serves their own political interests, not the people’s interests. But when we protect the identities of those seeking to thwart the consent of the governed; and support attacks against citizens because of their creed, thoughts or political donations — a severe injustice is done.

Herein lies the conflict of visions between Project Veritas and the Media Establishment.

Project Veritas must unmask and show you the faces of representative members of the Deep State. Government exists with the consent of the governed and that consent cannot be manufactured by the masked and subversive. This truth must be pursued at all costs, including going undercover.  Project Veritas’ main goal is to deliver ‘Veritas to the Vulgate’ or ‘Truth to the Masses,’ which we believe is the core of journalism. Opinion and anonymity are available in abundance, but the truth is sometimes scarce but always paramount.

We’re going to expose these people to hinder their efforts and because it likely will deter others. We are confident Americans are going to do the right thing if they have the facts. They simply don’t have transparency to what’s going on. They have no idea.  The executive and legislative branches of government may have to buck up and do their jobs and institute sweeping reforms. Perhaps there will be a restoration of the separation of powers and equality before the law.

So, we’re going to expose them…

One-by-one.

We are finishing the search for every rotten, crooked, law-breaking individual in this Deep State. We and others are going to find you.

We’re going to unmask you.

We’re going to make you famous.

In Veritas,

James O’Keefe

 

In memory of our friend, Stephen Gordon

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:33

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Please keep Stephen’s family in your prayers in this difficult time. We miss him dearly.