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reprehensor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:32 AM
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Dennis Hastert is next.
The bribe taking thug.

Excerpts from 'An Inconvenient Patriot' an article about Sibel Edmonds, in last month's Vanity Fair.

http://tinyurl.com/affdp

...In her secure testimony, Edmonds disclosed some of what she recalled hearing. In all, says a source who was present, she managed to listen to more than 40 of the Chicago recordings supplied by Robertz. Many involved an F.B.I. target at the citys large Turkish Consulate, as well as members of the American-Turkish Consulate, as well as members of the American-Turkish Council and the Assembly of Turkish American Associates.

Some of the calls reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes. To a person who knew nothing about their context, the details were confusing and it wasnt always clear what might be significant. One name, however, apparently stood out a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname Denny boy. It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the F.B.I.s targets had arranged for tens of thousands of dollars to be paid to Hasterts campaign funds in small checks. Under Federal Election Commission rules, donations of less than $200 are not required to be itemized in public filings.

Hastert himself was never heard in the recordings, Edmonds told investigators, and it is possible that the claims of covert payments were hollow boasts. Nevertheless, an examination of Hasterts federal filings shows that the level of un-itemized payments his campaigns received over many years was relatively high. Between April 1996 and December 2002, un-itemized personal donations to the Hastert for Congress Committee amounted to $483,000. In contrast, un-itemized contributions in the same period to the committee run on behalf of the House majority leader, Tom Delay, Republican of Texas, were only $99,000. An analysis of the filings of four other senior Republicans shows that only one, Clay Shaw of Florida, declared a higher total in un-itemized donations than Hastert over the same period: $552,000. The other three declared far less. Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Joe Barton, of Texas, claimed $265,000; Armed Services Committee chairman Duncan Hunter, of California, got $212,000; and Ways and Means Committee chairman Bill Thomas, of California, recorded $110,000.

Edmonds reportedly added that the recordings also contained repeated references to Hasterts flip-flop, in the fall of 2000, over an issue which remains of intense concern to the Turkish government the continuing campaign to have Congress designate the killings of Armenians in Turkey between 1915 and 1923 a genocide. For many years, attempts had been made to get the house to pass a genocide resolution, but they never got anywhere until August 2000, when Hastert, as Speaker, announced that he would give it his backing and see that it received a full house vote. He had a clear political reason, as analysts noted at the time: a California Republican incumbent, locked in a tight congressional race, was looking to win over his districts large Armenian community. Thanks to Hastert, the resolution, vehemently opposed by the Turks, passed the International Relations Committee by a large majority. Then, on October 19, minutes before the full House vote, Hastert withdrew it.


Blame it on Clinton. Don't you losers have anything else?

WAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Clinton made me do it!!! WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:45 AM
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1. Any hints that a Grand Jury is looking at Hastert, yet? n/t
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:49 AM
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2. Why isn't the head of the RNC next?
They knowingly laundered corporate money and sent it back.
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Talismom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:28 AM
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3. Good question! Any answers out there? n/t
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:49 AM
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4. Was this that Clinton persecutor Rogan from Glendale?
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 11:50 AM by PurityOfEssence
Hmmmm...

Used to be when you bought a politician he stayed bought...

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