Facebook Remains a Threat to Free Speech

During his two days on Capitol Hill, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly denied that the company censors information and opinion with which it disagrees, despite extensive evidence to the contrary.

Facebook censorship is real. The National Legal and Policy Center has regularly had our Facebook postings suppressed when they pertain to Black Lives Matter, which we have regularly criticized.

It just so happens that Zuckerberg has a different view of Black Lives Matter. Zuckerberg purports to value free expression, famously allowing the “signature wall” at Facebook headquarters. But when in 2016 “Black Lives Matter” graffiti was met with “All Lives Matter,” Zuckerberg just could not have it. He issued a memo calling such sentiments “unacceptable” and “malicious” and assured everyone that the company was “investigating the current incidents.”

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President Trump Should Fire Mueller; Special Counsel Has Exceeded His Mandate

Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal today examines “5 Questions Emerging From the FBI Raid on Trump Lawyer.” From the story:

“There apparently is nothing to the Russia investigation, so now [special counsel] Robert Mueller has to go after this tawdry matter with Stormy Daniels that is way beyond his mandate,” Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group, told The Daily Signal.

This Mueller excursion into Stormy waters is even more egregious given how little apparent interest he has in matters that are well within his mandate. When it was revealed in October that the Clinton campaign paid for the Steele dossier, Mueller should have pivoted off Trump and focused on Hillary Clinton. It has not happened. No investigation. No raid of her home. No raid of her office. Nothing.

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AG Sessions Asked to Investigate and Seek Removal of Ana Matosantos From Puerto Rico Oversight Board

Ana Matosantos

Today we asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate Ana Matosantos, a member of the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board, and to seek her removal. We cited apparent violations of federal conflict of interest statutes by Matosantos. According to information that we unearthed, Matosantos’ family business and other private companies with which she has a financial relationship stand to directly benefit from actions of the board.

The unelected board was established in 2016 to oversee the response Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, and was granted powers by Congress akin to a bankruptcy court. As we have helped to expose in the past, political corruption is endemic in Puerto Rico. Apparently, the Commonwealth can’t even go broke without someone trying to take advantage of the situation. Here is the full text of our letter to the Attorney General:

Dear General Sessions:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Yells at Trump But Not His Communist Partners

Later this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook will co-chair something called the China Development Forum, sponsored by Communist Chinese government. It was only in December that Cook keynoted the World Internet Conference, another Chinese government event held to promote a more censored Internet.

Apple’s relationship with Beijing now looks more like a partnership. On February 28, Apple transferred operation of its iCloud data center in mainland China to a state-owned enterprise called Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD).

Apple will continue to market its iCloud services in China and will take care of the billing, but its new partner will possess and manage all the data. Everything that any Apple customer in China puts up to iCloud, which often means anything that is stored on their devices, will be under the ultimate control of their government.

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Time to Take John Muir’s Name Off His Trail?

The San Jose, California city council has voted to remove the city’s Christopher Columbus statue, becoming only the latest jurisdiction to join the assault on Columbus, George Washington and Confederate generals. I’m worried the mob will run out of targets, so I offer some more.

What about naturalist John Muir?

Born in Scotland in 1838, Muir founded the Sierra Club and was an early advocate for the preservation of American wilderness. Known as the “Father of the National Parks,” Muir’s legacy and writings continue to inspire modern-day environmentalists and anyone who loves the outdoors.

In 1867, Muir actually walked from his home in Indiana to Florida. He had no real purpose beyond studying the countryside, wildlife and plants. He chronicled this adventure in a fascinating, journal-styled book titled A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.

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Fusion GPS Hiring of Nellie Ohr Was Part of Scheme to Influence the Election

Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller today looks at the employment of Nellie Ohr, wife of Department of Justice (DoJ) official Bruce Ohr, by the political hit-squad firm Fusion GPS under a contract with the Clinton campaign. From the article:

“The financial arrangement between Mrs. Ohr and Fusion GPS gives the appearance of government-for-hire,” said Tom Anderson, an ethics expert at the conservative-leaning watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center. It “appears to be a sophisticated scheme to get access to the highest levels of our government … ensuring the use of government resources in an attempt to influence an election.”

A memo created and released by the House Intelligence Committee last week detailed how the “dossier,” produced by Fusion GPS- operative Christopher Steele, was used by the FBI as the basis for an successful application to a court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy … Read More ➡

Mueller Probe Part of ‘Rear-Guard’ FBI Action

From a Daily Signal story today by Fred Lucas:

“As more time passes, the more Mueller’s credibility is reduced,” Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, told The Daily Signal. “The legal case to fire or relieve Mueller is strong. The question is the optics. It might be best to leave him there, since ultimately he will come up with little.”

Flaherty said he believes the Russia investigation is in place to shield the FBI from exposure in using the discredited “Steele dossier,” an anti-Trump document funded by the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, to justify the probe of Trump associates.

“Mueller can rescue his credibility by expanding the investigation to Clinton and the genesis of the dossier,” Flaherty said, adding:

The problem with that is that the FBI was involved. The Mueller investigation from

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Rep. Gregory Meeks Fired Sexual Assault Victim as Favor to Donor

Based on documents provided by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller today details the firing of a staff member of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) after she reported a sexual assault at the physical therapy clinic owned by Joan Flowers, a close Meeks crony and donor.

Flowers has served as treasurer of Meeks’ campaign, as well as that of former New York Senate president Malcolm Smith, who is now in prison, and former Governor David Paterson.

From 2002 to 2008, Flowers’ law office was the address for something called the New Direction Local Development Corporation, which operated much like a slush fund for Meeks and Smith. Among other financial irregularities exposed by NLPC, New Direction raised funds for Hurricane Katrina victims who never got the money. Media coverage of New Direction prompted a series of overlapping investigations that have send a parade of New … Read More ➡

Apple CEO Tim Cook Brushes Off Senators, Taunts Activists on Chinese Censorship

If you are a corporate CEO and you receive a pointed letter about your business practices from two U.S. Senators, it will command your attention, right? And if one is a liberal Democrat and the other a conservative Republican, evidencing broad concern about whatever they are complaining about, don’t you just rivet straight up?

Apparently not if you are Tim Cook and your company is Apple. After all, Apple has a market capitalization approaching $900 billion and is the most admired brand in the world. Maybe you don’t have to pay much attention at all, even if the Senators are raising serious — and potentially explosive — questions about your relationship with the Communist government of China.

On October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Cook about the removal in July of Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps from the Apple store. VPNs allow users in China … Read More ➡

Hard to Take New York AG Schneiderman Seriously on Net Neutrality Probe

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is holding a press conference at 1 P.M. today regarding the public comment process of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on net neutrality.

If his past comments and actions are any guide, he will use the occasion to criticize FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the Commission’s plans to overturn the Obama-era net neutrality rules. According to Schneiderman, “For my part, I have long publicly advocated for strong net neutrality rules under the Title II of the Communications Act…”

We have conducted four separate forensic studies of the public comments, and we have found massive fraud. We do not have a position on net neutrality. We welcome an investigation into who is responsible for the fraud we exposed, but that investigation must be credible.

Schneiderman is hardly credible. He is a screaming partisan. It is hard to take him seriously. He would have you believe … Read More ➡

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