Sun Oct 13, 2013, 12:33 AM
DeSwiss (27,137 posts)
Snowden: US govt allows top officials to lie to Congress, yet prosecutes truth-tellers
RT·Published on Oct 12, 2013
Edward Snowden hasn't been seen by the wider public since he received political asylum in Russia until now. Wikileaks has released new footage of the NSA whistleblower. They did not reveal exactly where it was filmed though, because of concerns about his security. RT's Lucy Kafanov reports. READ MORE http://on.rt.com/egf69s
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- It won't be swept.
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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #1)
Sun Oct 13, 2013, 01:17 AM
DeSwiss (27,137 posts)
3. What follows are names of individuals who were convicted of lying to Congress:
• September 26, 1956: Harvey Matusow was sentenced to five years in prison for perjury after admitting in his book ''False Witness'' that his testimony before Congress in which he named more than 200 people as Communist or Communist sympathizer was nothing but a pack of lies.
• January 1, 1975: Former White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, along with former Attorney General John Mitchell, both who served under Richard M. Nixon were convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury stemming from testimony before the Senate Select Committee in the cover up of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters.
• January 9, 1984: Rita M. Lavelle, former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic waste programs, was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $10,000 for lying to a Congressional investigative subcommittees surrounding the extent of her knowledge about her former employer (Aerojet General Corporation) disposing of toxic wastes at the Stringfellow Acid Pits near Riverside, Calif.
• October 26, 1993: Deborah Gore Dean, an executive assistant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was convicted of 12 felony counts, including steering HUD contracts to favored developers, lying to Congress and taking bribes
• October 18, 1994: Jerry Weissman, the Chief Financial Officer of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges he lied to a Senate subcommittee and obstructed its investigation of financial regularities at the company. On March 4, 1997, Weismann was convicted of concealing $80 million in losses his company had suffered under his reign.
- You'll notice a distinct trend in convictions for Contempt of Congress away from ideological crimes (i.e. - Matusow, Haldeman and Mitchell), and more toward crimes having a direct financial benefit to the convicted. Which might explain why they're ignoring the lying-ass Clapper. There's no money in it.
Well, that and the fact that he probably has the goods on everyone in Washington and beyond that matters......