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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:01 AM
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How is it that Bush's massive spy network didn't catch GOP crooks?
Edited on Sun Dec-25-05 01:11 AM by ProSense
Jack Abramoff -- Indicted, in plea deal


A member of DeLay's close circle of associates known as the "kitchen cabinet," he marketed himself to clients on the basis of his connections to the GOP Leader. Also known as "Director of Travel for DeLay, Inc.," in recognition of his role in setting up junkets paid for by outside interests that may involve violations of House rules. In exchange, Abramoff was allowed to "freely trade on DeLay's name," despite DeLay's mock outrage to the contrary.
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/03/12/delay/inde...
http://nationaljournal.com/cgi-bin/ifetch4 ...
http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/03/24/delay.defense... /

With Mike Scanlon, is accused of scamming several Indian Tribes for more than $80 million by at once lobbying for and against the closure of an Indian casino and paying Ralph Reed to orchestrate phony grassroots efforts.
http://www.hillnews.com/business/112404_probe.aspx
http://www.mollyivins.com/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=180...

Communications between Abramoff and Scanlon reveal Abramoff referring to his clients in belittling terms such as "monkeys" and "troglodytes."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60780-20...

Pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6135307 /

Quote: "DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details." - As quoted in Newsweek
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7446492/site/newsweek /

Indicted for fraud in connection with the purchase of SunCruz casino boats.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Boasted of long-standing ties with top White House strategist Karl Rove. Was hired by former White House official Timothy Flanigan during work for Tyco, a company that is also alleging fraud by Abramoff. Flanigan left Tyco and was nominated by the White House for a top Department of Justice position. He recently withdrew his nomination.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Lobbied for protection of sweatshops on the Marianas Islands. An audit found that he had overcharged to the tune of $1.2 million.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,151875,00.html



John Colyandro -- Indicted

"The TRMPAC executive director, John Colyandro, a former assistant to George W. Bush political advisor Karl Rove, is also accused of money laundering, as well as 13 counts of unlawfully accepting corporate contributions."
-- The Austin Chronicle, October 1, 2004

Has continued to receive large corporate lobbying contracts even under indictment.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-10-...
http://www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=...



Formerly worked for Karl Rove writing direct mail.
http://www.dallasnews.com /



GOP Leader Tom DeLay -- Indicted

Admonished three times by the House Ethics Committee, Tom DeLay has stood as leader of the most scandal-ridden Congress in the past century. He has fought for the special interests as gas prices reached a record high and health care prices skyrocketed out of reach for so many families.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45573-20...
http://www.fuelgaugereport.com /
http://www.census.gov
http://www.rollcall.com/issues/50_92/news/8672-1.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26236-20...
http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Fro...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A48438-2005Feb...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61178-20...

Indicted by two Grand Juries in Texas, one with a count of criminal conspiracy and one with counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money-laundering. As a result, DeLay was required to step down from his Leadership position in accordance with Republicans rules he had unsuccessfully attempted to change earlier in the year.
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editi... /"

While Jack Abramoff was still trying to buy the SunCruz casino boat fleet, DeLay's office gives a U.S. flag that has flown over the Capitol to Konstantinos Boulis, the fleet's owner at the time.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20... /

"Helped protect Abramoff's lucrative lobbying contract with sweatshops in the Marianas Islands, and called the sweatshop haven .a perfect petri dish of capitalism. It's like my Galapagos Island."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/09/real.delay //



Jim Ellis -- Indicted

"Ellis is accused of the first-degree felony of money laundering in connection with $190,000 in corporate ('soft') TRMPAC funds that were contributed to the Republican National Committee and then apparently returned to Texas legislative campaigns as individual ('hard') money donations."
-- The Austin Chronicle, October 1, 2004

Involved in a similar scheme in 1999 with the National Republican Campaign Committee, for which the Committee was fined $250,000.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-10-...
http://blog.dccc.org/mt/archives/000154.html

Ellis has long-standing ties with Blunts PAC. Long after he was indicted, Blunt retained Ellis on his payroll, with payments made as recently as July of 2005
http://www.politicalmoneyline.com /



Warren RoBold -- Indicted


"Warren RoBold, a national GOP fundraiser who solicited money for TRMPAC from several of the indicted corporations, is facing nine third-degree felony charges of 'making and accepting' prohibited corporate contributions."
-- The Austin Chronicle, October 1, 2004
http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-10-...



Mike Scanlon - Guilty

Former DeLay aide and spokesman, he marketed himself to clients on the basis of his connections to the GOP Leader.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58186-20...

In conjunction with Jack Abramoff, allegedly scammed several Indian Tribes for more than $80 million. They did so by at once lobbying for and against the closure of an Indian casino, paying Ralph Reed to orchestrate phony grassroots efforts.
http://www.hillnews.com/business/112404_probe.aspx
http://www.mollyivins.com/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=180...

Initially hid from a subpoena to speak to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, then pled the Fifth Amendment when he finally appeared.
http://www.hillnews.com/news/093004/scanlon.aspx

Quote: "This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is BS - Not only do you kick him - you kick him until he passes out - then beat him over the head with a baseball bat - then roll him up in an old rug - and throw him off a cliff into the pounding surf below!!!!!" -- Scanlon in an office email while serving under DeLay
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn ?...
http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/b/baker-breach.html ?

Pled guilty to conspiring to bribe public officials in federal probe of Jack Abramoff in exchange for cooperation with the investigation.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld /...


http://www.dccc.org/houseofscandal/main.html



Tom Noe -- Indicted

Noe Indicted by US Attorney's Office
October 28, 2005 - TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A former big city mayor, a former state lawmaker and a one-time aide to Ohio's governor were among a dozen people who testified before a federal grand jury that indicted a major GOP donor on charges of illegally funneling campaign donations through his friends.
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=state&id=3579...



Adam Kidan -- Guilty

Ex-Abramoff associate pleads guilty to fraud
Plea deal may require Kidan to testify against Abramoff
Updated: 1:19 p.m. ET Dec. 22, 2005
MIAMI - A former business partner of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud and conspiracy in the ill-fated 2000 purchase of a fleet of gambling boats.

Adam Kidans plea bargain is likely to require that he cooperate in the case against Abramoff involving the SunCruz Casinos deal and perhaps even testify against his old partner.

Kidan pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud; four other felony counts were dropped. He could get up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing March 1.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10484892



Lewis "Scooter" Libby -- Indicted

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL I. LEWIS LIBBY INDICTED ON OBSTRUCTION OF
JUSTICE, FALSE STATEMENT AND PERJURY CHARGES RELATING TO LEAK
OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION REVEALING CIA OFFICERS IDENTITY

WASHINGTON Senior White House official I. Lewis Libby was indicted today on
obstruction of justice, false statement and perjury charges for allegedly lying about how and when in 2003 he learned and subsequently disclosed to reporters then-classified information concerning the employment of Valerie Wilson by the Central Intelligence Agency. Libby was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements in a five-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury as its term expired, announced Justice Department Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

The defendant, also known as Scooter Libby, has served since January 20, 2001, as Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, and Assistant to the Vice President for NationalSecurity Affairs. Libby, 55, will be arraigned at a later date in U.S. District Court for the District of
Columbia.

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/documents/libby_pr_28...

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:06 AM
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1. You sure as hell convinced me! Bookmarked and done with
awe! :woohoo: :wow:
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:06 AM
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2. Unlucky?
:shrug:
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:09 AM
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3. Because republicans are not on GW's destroy list of enemies as
of yet. Though that could very well change as more repukes abandon GW in the coming months.
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TheBaldyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:20 AM
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4. because none of them are Quaker pacifists? n/t
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:55 AM
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8. LMAO
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:22 AM
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5. What a great post. Thanks for all the info and links. n/t
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:55 AM
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7. Thanks! A lot of the information
came from the houseofscandal site.

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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:35 AM
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6. Duh!,
It was being run by GOP crooks!
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 01:57 AM
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9. Seriously, I want my money back
If my government is going to be violating my civil liberties, then I'd better be getting my money's worth in terms of criminals being locked up.
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tulsakatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 02:44 AM
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10. yeah, when they got Scanlon.........
.......it was pretty much guaranteed that they would get Abramoff too!

So what kind of plea deal did Abramoff get? I haven't heard about specifics, just that he made a deal.

And the answer to your question is..........because they don't care if Republicans get caught! If they're conservative, that's ok..........now if they're liberal, that's a completely different story!
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ngGale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 04:13 AM
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11. GOP = pioneer friends...
*'s base. :evilgrin:
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 07:55 AM
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12. Why not?
Hoover had files on all persuasions. Hoover enjoyed bi-partisan support from most of them. I am sure the GOP especially is ruled by its closet demons and Bush owns them as much as the voting machines. The absolute lack of any maverick with principles shows the pureand the naive just aren't there anymore in their party. Many Dems repose in the safety of emasculated poltical sainthood in blissful ignorance.
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philly_bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 10:05 AM
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13. Nor has it caught the anthrax killer
Bush's anything-goes spy machine, faced with a pool of less than 100 possible culprits, has still not been able to find out who mailed the deadly powders to Delay et al.
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YourBrother Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 11:31 PM
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15. sarcasm?
bush et al mailed it to him

for being anti war

the links to this have been supressed in your media too :D

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/anthraxsuspect.html
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 07:54 PM
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14. Without checks and balances
It's selective enforcement, I think thats what everyone is waking up to now.
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YourBrother Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 12:08 AM
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16. i think
it's because they have no interest in stopping attacks on your country or its citizens, in fact they have been seen to assist the so called perpetrators in every conceivable way, previously stating they "needed" a new pearl harbour in order to kick-start their BIG LIE

it adds weight and credibility to the BIG LIE they are promoting for the benefit of a few corporations and the similar interests of Israel

war is a racket. every american currently pays $4000 per year towards "defence"

a defence that apparently couldn't stop 19 people with box cutters

nice work

not content with this manipulation of america into a military machine they are seeking bigger profits elsewhere for their investment dollar, oil pipelines from afghanistan and iraq approved by puppet governments they have installed once all credible candidates have been "rendered", discredited or assassinated.

so what's new? :D
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kineneb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 12:21 AM
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17. answer: 'cause they weren't looking for them?
"Can't be investigating our base now can we? They give us money, after all. Its just those anti-'merrcun leftist, pacifist, anti-war whackos we gotta watch, like them Quaker-types. They might make our religious whacko base start thinking, and we can't have them thinking, can we?"
:sarcasm: warning :sarcasm:
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