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Feds Refuse To Name Official Who Misused Government Computers, Tampered With Evidence And Threatened A Witness

Watchdog: Senior Official Let Household Watch Porn On 7 Government-Owned Computers – Daily Caller

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An unnamed high-ranking Department of Commerce official kept at least seven government-issued computers at her home where somebody used the equipment for months to view pornography and web sites featuring racial slurs.

Then, when the department’s Office of Inspector General began investigating, she tampered with evidence and proposed disciplining an employee who cooperated with the investigation, according to a new OIG report.

Federal taxpayers also funded her “wasteful foreign travel,” and a full eight-hour workday when she only worked about 20 minutes.

“The investigation revealed a troubling pattern of conduct that was abusive of government resources and evidenced a disregard for conservation of such resources, as well as misconduct by senior official in response to the OIG’s investigation,” the report said.

The IG refused to identify the individual’s name or position, or clarify who viewed and downloaded pornography and racial slurs.

“Our report speaks for itself,” said spokesman Clark Reid, citing privacy concerns for not disclosing the senior executive’s name or title. A department spokesman declined to comment.

The senior-level official kept two desktop computers, three laptops and two iPads at her home for at least six months and allowed members of her household access, “which resulted in inappropriate use of such equipment to view and/or store pornographic, sexually suggestive, and racially offensive materials,” the report said.

She also inappropriately booked a flight abroad, “permitting her to seek reimbursement from the government for the expenses associated with her own personal, non-official travel plans.” Investigators calculated that cost taxpayers about $1,365.

Investigators also found “numerous” discrepancies in her attendance record, including a day when she claimed she worked an eight-hour day via telework, but evidence suggests she worked about 20 minutes.

What happened next created more work for federal investigators.

“This included evidence that the senior official failed to comply with a preservation order issued by the OIG, which resulted in impeding the OIG’s access to information and materials relevant to its investigation, as well as credible evidence that the senior official’s belief that one of her subordinates cooperated with the OIG’s investigation was a significant factor in senior official’s proposal to take disciplinary action against the subordinate,” the report said.

“This evidence is deeply troubling to the OIG as it calls into question Senior Official’s compliance with her obligations as a government employee.”

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Facebook Yanks Steven Crowder’s Video About Zimmerman Trial Witness’ Racist Testimony, Citing “Hate Speech”

Facebook Yanks Conservative Comedian’s Video About Zimmerman Trial Witness’ ‘Creepy A** Cracker’ And ‘Retarded’ Testimony, Citing ‘Hate Speech’ – The Blaze

Comedian Steven Crowder is known for his comical – and, often times, edgy – viral videos. Keeping up with current events as he typically does, the performer posted a video on Facebook last week surrounding the George Zimmerman trial. Little did he know that the social media platform would inevitably ban the clip, citing a “hate speech” violation.

Before we get into the specifics of the removal, let’s first take a brief look at the video, which meshes media footage from Rachel Jeantel’s testimony in the much-covered court trial with Crowder’s perspective on her comments.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that during questioning, Jeantel made some curious and noteworthy comments. When asked about whether Trayvon Martin might have lied to her, she said, “That’s real retarded, sir. That’s real retarded to do that, sir” – a response many found quite odd. Then there was Jeantel’s refusal to admit that the term “creepy ass cracker” was a racial statement.

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Crowder took these moments and ran with them, poking fun in the viral video in question, which he titled, “‘Retarded’ Racist Zimmerman Trial Witness.” In assessing footage of Jeantel making these statements, the comedian made numerous quips that were laden with sarcasm about how “creepy ass cracker” obviously isn’t racist because white people use it all the time as a term of endearment.

He then turned to the term “retarded.”

“Now initially that [Jeantel using the word ‘retarded’] could seem offensive… but I understand in this instance its different, because, according to the records, the star witness, Rachel, as you’ve seen, would appear to be a special needs person – and so she can use the word,” Crowder joked. “She can say that something is retarded. See, you and I can’t use the word. But only people with special needs can call people retarded.”

This may be what landed Crowder in hot water with Facebook. But considering that he regularly stretches boundaries for the sake of comedy – and taking into account that he has never seen one of his videos removed from the platform – the conservative performer was perplexed.

Watch the edgy (and heavily sarcastic) video, below:

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After realizing on July 1 that the clip had disappeared from his Facebook page, Crowder contacted the company’s sales department, noting that he had paid to advertise the clip and that it subsequently disappeared without reason.

“The video is… centered around Rachel Jeantel repeatedly using the word ‘retarded’ as well as ‘creepy ass cracker’ in her testimony on national television,” Crowder said in an e-mail to a Facebook contact named Bryce Dahnert.

After sending numerous messages demanding to know why it was removed, the company responded and looked into the matter, determining that the video was “removed for violating [the] policy around hate speech.” Dahnert explained that, even if Crowder didn’t intend to discriminate, Facebook deemed the clip’s contents unpalatable.

“While your post may not have been intended as hateful, or discriminatory, the content itself contained speech that is hateful,” the response read, in part. “The guidance I have been given by the policy team states that you could re-post this content as long as you also post a message condemning or clarifying the actual hate speech.”

The letter concluded by noting that Facebook would not be able to publish the video in its original form, but that a denunciation of the commentary “or clarification on the quote containing hateful speech” would bring the clip back into compliance.

What’s unclear, though, is whether Crowder’s commentary was the problem, or whether Jeantel’s statements were flagged by Facebook as being inappropriate.

The letter from the company doesn’t definitively determine what exactly violated its policies. If it is the latter, there would be clear issues with any other clip uploaded by media outlets or others that highlight the same testimony. While it seems more likely that Crowder’s assessment was deemed inappropriate, TheBlaze reached out to Facebook to clarify; we are awaiting a response.

We also reached Crowder by phone. He remains perplexed over a few elements associated with this story and wonders whether the ban was political in nature (he regularly produces conservative content).

To begin, he explained that he had paid to advertise the clip and that Facebook took the money and then later removed the video. This causes one to question why it wasn’t rejected from the beginning, as the company seemingly made a profit from what it later deemed “hate speech.”

“They advertised it Thursday through Friday and then removed it Sunday… or Monday,” Crowder said. “They took the money, advertised it and then took it off.”

The comedian also said that he found the subject matter violation surprising. After all, his video about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad was extremely controversial and much more likely, in his view, to be flagged and removed (but it wasn’t).

Crowder also noted that pages are currently live and active on Facebook that encourage killing Zimmerman. Here’s one. And here’s another. Why these are operational, yet his video, which used the word retarded in reference to Jeantel, isn’t allowed surprises the comedian.

“They allow pages like ‘Kill George Zimmerman’… they allow those kinds of things,” Crowder noted. And for him, removals based on political reasoning create a “hostile environment.”

You can get more of Crowder’s comments on his official Twitter account. This story follows another over the weekend about Fox News’ Todd Starnes, another conservative whose “politically incorrect” content led to him temporarily being blocked on Facebook.

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