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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:20 AM
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Yesterday was a GREAT DAY for Falwell TO DIE. Or, the Buffalo Jump to Hell.
Edited on Wed May-16-07 09:23 AM by L. Coyote
You have to give America's most-hated Christian a lot of credit. Even in taking his final fall (while alive), to the floor in his office at oxymoronic "Liberty University" in solitude, he pulled off a thorough going coup like noone else could have mustered. Like the lead buffalo of a large herd, he caused a massive shift in direction as he went down. Except, in this case, the herd that followed him in his descent wasn't his own--he took the opposition herd down with him, over the buffalo jump to hell.

It is an old trick. They were doing it in Texas 10,000 years ago, and they still did the same thing at the Vore Buffalo Jump Site in Lakota territory while the Spanish sat in Santa Fe, the earliest seat of European government in the United States. If you can get the herd running in the right direction, they simply pour over the cliff into a neat pile of dead carcasses. Then the real work begins in earnest and with urgency, because there is a big stench on the horizon.

Falwell's fall to the floor was followed by many an opponent descending with him, into the distraction of vitrolic and hateful commentary, a real buffalo jump to hell. Well, there are those in the heap at the bottom, and those who managed to not go over that cliff with the herd. And, there is that stench on the horizon. And now it really is time to get to work earnestly and quickly, before the stench takes over completely.

The thorough going coup, of course, is the distraction from the real work, ridding the political realm of a stench. Some politicos take their fall voluntarily, as nature dictates. Partying on that grave will not get rid of the rest of the stench. Falwell coup's success continues for as long as that party continues. Those partying need to turn there attention quickly, back to the nation's business, before the stench overcomes us all.

Enough said. This thread is intended to focus on what we were distracted from, the massive and pervasive political corruption of the new seat of European government in the United States, the one in imperial Washington, D.C. NOW is the time to turn that herd away from another buffalo jump, the ongoing crisis of constitutional demise.

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How many scandals are there? How long a list of scandals we can amass. More than 500 posts and 10,000 views?
POST here to name a scandal, not to party in hell with dead politicos.

I'll begin with this reference in todays NY Times. Even they have changed direction significantly, and they lead a large herd.

May 16, 2007
President Intervened in Dispute Over Eavesdropping
By DAVID JOHNSTON
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/washington/16nsa.html...

WASHINGTON, May 15 President Bush intervened in March 2004 to avert a crisis over the National Security Agencys domestic eavesdropping program after Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director Robert S. Mueller III of the F.B.I. and other senior Justice Department aides all threatened to resign, a former deputy attorney general testified Tuesday.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:26 AM
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1. Gonzales misses deadline to submit Rove emails.
Gonzales misses deadline to submit Rove emails.
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/05/15/gonzles-misses-dead...

Earlier this month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) subpoenaed Alberto Gonzales to turn over all e-mails to or from Karl Rove in connection U.S. attorney scandal. The committee gave the attorney general until 2 PM today to comply. That deadline has passed. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:15 PM
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69. FISA-GATE: "most severe and blatant acts of presidential lawbreaking in the country's history"
One of the most significant events in Bush scandal history, and in the history of political
criminality in the United States, nearly went unnoticed as an obituary dominated the news.
The paranoid, tin-hat crowd should have a field day with this coincidence, after their party.

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Glenn Greenwald - Wednesday May 16, 2007 06:16 EST
Comey's testimony raises new and vital questions about the NSA scandal
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/05/16/nsa_c... /


The testimony yesterday from James Comey re-focuses attention on one of the long unresolved mysteries of the NSA scandal....yesterday's hearing underscores ..... how little accountability there has been for some of the most severe and blatant acts of presidential lawbreaking in the country's history.

President Bush ordered the NSA to engage in warrantless eavesdropping back in October 2001. The incidents which Comey described yesterday -- whereby the DOJ refused to certify the program's legality -- occurred in March, 2004, two-and-a-half years later. ... NSA was spying on Americans outside of FISA the entire time .....

Comey then made clear that he and Ashcroft met, determined that the NSA program lacked legal authority, and agreed "on a course of action," one whereby the DOJ would refuse to certify the legality of the NSA program. Yet even once Ashcroft and Comey made clear that the program had no legal basis (i.e., was against the law), the President ordered it to continue anyway. As Comey said: "The program was reauthorized without us and without a signature from the Department of Justice attesting as to its legality."
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:41 AM
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81. Bush's Secret Crimes. DoJ "acted to defend illegal spying, not stop it."
For His Eyes Only: Bush's Secret Crimes
article | posted July 2, 2006
Michael Ratner
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060717/ratner

The Justice Department has finally taken decisive action in the mounting legal challenges to the President Bush's domestic spying program. But there's only one problem: It has acted to defend illegal spying, not stop it.

On June 15, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block the New Jersey Attorney General from demanding that telephone companies answer whether they have broken the law by providing records to the National Security Agency (NSA). On behalf of the Bush Administration, government attorneys argued that New Jersey cannot investigate whether the phone companies broke the law, because this could compromise national security.

Government attorneys used the same argument in May to demand a federal court drop a case challenging warrantless domestic wiretapping--without even hearing the evidence. They declared that the court case itself would compromise national security. The Bush Administration demanded the judge throw out the case without any more review. ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 11:27 AM
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95. FISA-GATE thread: Campaign 2004: Were Bush / Cheney / NSA illegal wiretaps spying on Dems?
Here is a spin-off thread on one aspect of FISA-gate with many article links

Campaign 2004: Were Bush / Cheney / NSA illegal wiretaps spying on Dems?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Excerpt:

THE COMPARISON:

#1.) The RNC hires a bozo crew of rogue CIA bunglers (who botched a Cuba invasion) and who get caught trying to place bugs in a political office, DNC HQ.

OR

#2.) The President of the USA and corrupt, bribe-paying operatives actually do intercept ALL communications of all the people investigating them and probably also the communications of those running against them before the 2004 and 2006 elections. AND, they carry out part of this scheme in the very Halls of Congress.

I'll call this, "POTUS, the Felons, Waaaa-aay Worse than Watergate, and Who Haven't They Bugged?"

If Watergate teaches us anything, it should be that corrupt Presidents will spy on Democrats. AND, don't believe the "I'm not a crook" crap. ...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:28 AM
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2. Eleven Members of Congress Now Under Investigation, PLUS ten former members
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

At Least 11 Members of Congress Now Under Investigation
Submitted by Elliott Fullmer on Thu, 05/03/2007 - 15:47.
http://www.prwatch.org/node/6013


While Congress has been busy dealing with issues such as the Iraq War, the U.S. attorney firings controversy, and the federal minimum wage this year, some members have had their attention diverted by legal problems. ....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:46 PM
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31. Yesterday was a GREAT DAY for Falwell TO DIE. Or, the Buffalo Jump to Hell.
This links a new thread of all Bushco scandals. Please help buld this broader scandal thread into a compilation as massive as the stinking sinkhole they have led our nation into.

Yesterday was a GREAT DAY for Falwell TO DIE. Or, the Buffalo Jump to Hell.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:30 AM
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3. US Attorney Firing: Voter Fraud, Medicare Fraud, WHICH IS IT ???
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

US Attorney Firing: Voter Fraud, Medicare Fraud, WHICH IS IT ???

When did the US Attorney Firings controversy really begin?

I discovered some new possibilities......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:33 AM
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5. Missouri attorney a focus in USA firings = Bradley Schlozman
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Missouri attorney a focus in firings
Senate bypassed in appointment of Schlozman
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | May 6, 2007
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2...


WASHINGTON -- Todd Graves brought just four misdemeanor voter fraud indictments during his five years as the US attorney for western Missouri
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 12:57 PM
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158. Mark Hearne = Fitrakis: Ohio, the DOJ scandal and "Thor" - the god of voter suppression
FITRAKIS: Ohio, the DOJ scandal and "Thor" - the god of voter suppression
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Bob Fitrakis - June 18, 2007 - http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2007/1555

The current scandal involving the firing of U.S. attorneys cannot be separated from the Bush administration's scheme to suppress black, poor and working class voters. In order to divert attention from its voter suppression tactics that won Bush the White House in 2000 and 2004, the Bush administration created the myth of "voter fraud." Using fake "voting rights" organizations, obscure groups to finance civil suits and pressure on the U.S. Department of Justice to bring criminal charges against voter registration organizations, Karl Rove and his political operatives like Mark F. "Thor" Hearne have succeeded in undermining the United States' democracy. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:34 PM
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28. Albertos Harvard Class (82) Places Ad in Washington Post.
Pirate Smile Tue May-15-07 10:15 PM
SEE/READ it here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Albertos Harvard Class (82) Places Ad in Washington Post.

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

Twenty-five years ago we, like you, graduated from Harvard Law School. ....We call on you and the President to relent from this reckless path, and begin to restore respect for the rule of law we all learned to love many years ago.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:36 PM
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59. GONZO-GATE: Fuel to the Firings = menacing and threatening the USAs
Fuel to the Firings - Eight U.S. attorneys lost their jobs. Now investigators are assessing if the dismissals were politically motivated.

By Michael Isikoff
Newsweek
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17552880/site/newsweek /

March 19, 2007 issue - Bud Cummins never had any intention of making a fuss. A folksy Arkansas lawyer, Cummins had been abruptly fired last year as U.S. attorney in Little Rock to create a slot for a former top aide to Karl Rove. But Cummins is a loyal Republican; he knows how the game is played in Washington, so he kept quiet. Then last month, as the press picked up on the story of Cummins and seven other fired U.S. attorneys, he was quoted in a newspaper story defending his colleagues. Cummins got a phone call from the Justice Department that he found vaguely menacing.

..................

Another fired prosecutor, John McKay, of Seattle, tells NEWSWEEK that local Republicans pressured him to launch a criminal probe of voting fraud that would tilt a deadlocked Washington governor's race. "They wanted me to go out and start arresting people," he says, adding that he refused to do so because there was "no evidence." After McKay was fired in December, he says he also got a phone call from a "clearly nervous" Elston asking if he intended to go public: "He was offering me a deal: you stay silent and the attorney general won't say anything bad about you." ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:28 PM
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64. Democrats Move to Expand Probe of Gonzales, Justice Department
Democrats Move to Expand Probe of Gonzales, Justice Department
By Robert Schmidt
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=ayW...

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats, spurred by revelations that then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales pressured hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004 to approve a secret spying program, are stepping up a probe of the Justice Department.

Lawmakers today moved to challenge Gonzales on several fronts, including demanding the Justice Department turn over e- mails from White House political adviser Karl Rove. Also, Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska joined about half a dozen Republicans in urging Gonzales to step down as attorney general.

``Alberto Gonzales puts his blind loyalty to the president above the rule of law,'' said Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York. ``The Justice Department seems to reek of politicization'' beyond the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:32 PM
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65. AP: Senators Renew Call for Gonzales' Ouster
This is sounding more and more like, "Neo-I'm-not-a-Crook Still Retains Crooked Lawyer."

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Bush continued to stand by his longtime friend and adviser. "The president still has full confidence in Alberto Gonzales,"

Senators Renew Call for Gonzales' Ouster
By LAURIE KELLMAN 05.16.07, 8:39 PM ET
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/05/16/ap3730107.htm...

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came under renewed pressure Wednesday, as two more Republican senators came out against him and Democrats challenged his truthfulness about President Bush's no-warrant eavesdropping program.

The developments revived a debate over Gonzales' fitness to head the Justice Department a day after a former deputy attorney general recounted a dramatic hospital bedside confrontation between Gonzales and his predecessor, John Ashcroft. .............

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 06:40 PM
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107. Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line' = "Admitting to Basing Hires on Politics"
Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line'
Source: Dan Eggen and Paul Kane // Washington Post
http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28538


Ex-Justice Aide Criticizes Gonzales While Admitting to Basing Hires on Politics

24 May 2007 // A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and his deputy yesterday, describing an "uncomfortable" attempt by Gonzales to discuss the firings of U.S. attorneys as Congress and the Justice Department were intensifying their investigations of the issue.

Monica M. Goodling, who resigned last month as Gonzales's senior counselor and White House liaison, also told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that she "crossed the line" by using political criteria in hiring a wide array of career professionals at Justice, including looking up political donations by some applicants.

In a day-long hearing that afforded her immunity from prosecution, Goodling minimized her role in the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year and joined a long line of Justice officials who say they were not responsible for adding names to the lists of those to be dismissed.

But Goodling's appearance also opened broad new avenues of inquiry .........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 11:49 AM
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131. DEAL OR NO DEAL? Abramoff's and Rove's ex-aide has "useful information" about Abramoff, White House
May 23, 2007 - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Memo: Ex-aide has "useful information" about Abramoff, White House officials
Client has info on outside White House e-mail accounts, too, attorney says
Ralston quit after revelations she was conduit between Abramoff, White House
Attorney says Ralston will be "comfortable going forward" if granted immunity

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Susan Ralston, a former top assistant to President Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, is willing to tell Congress what she knows

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Can Justice Be Trusted? How can Gonzales be Trusted when Gonzales is a Target?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Were George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales, Bradford Berenson, Karl Rove, and/or Susan Ralston involved in quashing investigation of fellow Bush team member, Jack Abramoff?

Published on Saturday, February 4, 2006 by The Nation
Can Justice Be Trusted? by Ari Berman

"Now that Jack Abramoff's dealings with members of Congress have drawn criminal indictments, the disgraced lobbyist's ties to the Bush Administration are starting to get attention........"
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:44 AM
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82. Justice Weighed Firing 1 in 4 - 26 Prosecutors Were Listed As Candidates
Justice Weighed Firing 1 in 4 - 26 Prosecutors Were Listed As Candidates
Source: Washington Post
By Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, May 17, 2007; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

The Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials have previously acknowledged, with at least 26 prosecutors suggested for termination between February 2005 and December 2006, according to sources familiar with documents withheld from the public.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified last week that the effort was limited to eight U.S. attorneys fired since last June, and other administration officials have said that only a few others were suggested for removal.

.... D. Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales's chief of staff, considered more than two dozen U.S. attorneys for termination, according to lists compiled by him and his colleagues, the sources said.

They amounted to more than a quarter of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys. Thirteen of those known to have been targeted are still in their posts.

.....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 03:13 PM
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98. J. DEAN: Recent Developments in the Scandal over the Attorney General's Performance:
Recent Developments in the Scandal over the Attorney General's Performance:
Alberto Gonzales Displays Contempt for Congress, And Perhaps the Department of Justice As Well
By JOHN W. DEAN - Friday, May. 18, 2007
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20070518.html

Lately, a week seldom passes when we are not reminded of the conspicuous contempt that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales holds for Congress, and the damage he is doing to the Department of Justice.

This week, Gonzales was again shown to have lied to Congress; his ineptitude as Attorney General has resurfaced in litigation that is going to damage the government; and after ignoring a subpoena from the Senate, he made a belated but insufficient response following an angry letter from the Senate.
Click here to find out more!

It's been clear for a while - and is becoming ever clearer - that the Attorney General ought to resign, or to be fired. Now, it seems that Congress is determined to force Gonzales from office or send him to jail, whichever they can do first.

This is plainly the right move - and anyone who does not understand why Congress is insisting on getting rid of Gonzales, does not appreciate the important and sensitive role the Department of Justice has in our government.

The Latest Developments

Here, in summary, is the behavior by Gonzales that came to light this week: ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 04:34 PM
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106. Poway man, ex-CIA official indicted for fraud, 2 days before Lam is set to step down
Edited on Fri May-25-07 04:36 PM by L. Coyote
Poway man, ex-CIA official indicted for fraud, more
By: WILLIAM FINN BENNETT and TERI FIGUEROA - Staff Writers
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/02/14/news/top_sto...


SAN DIEGO ---- Tales of pricey prostitutes, lavish vacations, the bullying of government employees and the unauthorized release of classified information emerged in two federal indictments Tuesday stemming from the investigation that sent a longtime North County congressman to prison.


Download the Wilkes-Foggo Indictment - http://www.nctimes.com/pdf/wilkesindictment.pdf
Download the Wilkes-Michael Indictment - http://www.nctimes.com/pdf/wilkesindictmenta.pdf

A federal grand jury has charged Poway businessman Brent Wilkes with conspiring with the CIA's former No. 3 man as well as imprisoned former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

The charges against Wilkes and Former CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo ---- which include fraud, conspiracy and illegal money transfers ---- stem from the same investigation that sent Cunningham to prison. ... funnel lucrative government contracts to Wilkes ... tens of millions in defense contracts ....

Foggo resigned from the CIA in May under a cloud of suspicion. He is the highest-ranking CIA officer to be charged with crimes allegedly committed while working for the agency.

.... The indictments came two days before San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam is set to step down. Lam resigned last month amid criticism about her prosecution priorities. She was one of more than a dozen U.S. attorneys asked to resign by the U.S. attorney general. ...
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AuntPatsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:32 AM
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4. Are you implying that those on DU who expressed there feelings
for a moment in time concerning a certain individuals hateful legacy that has obviously spawned other such hateful individuals and who used his so called power to ensure that hatred had a voice in political circles are just as hateful?

And do you honestly believe those that posted their opinions could care less about certain issues of importance that concern us all today?

I always find it a bit amusing that some believe people cannot tackle more than one issue at a time....

And to believe that this man did not have an impact on aiding in the outright continuing theft on American liberty and personal freedoms in this country for all citizens is once again ignoring the whole picture of how those in power continue to remain unanswering to the growing scandals that have gained little ground towards true justice..

If an animinal becomes infected, it stands to reason one needs to investigate how the infection took hold and contain it wouldn't you think?
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:36 AM
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6. Cheney's net worth is between 21 mil and 100 mil...
I'm guessing closer to 100 mil, but because of the bogus reporting standards, we really don't know. The vast majority of his wealth comes from his interest in Halliburton. Each soldier's death represents more money in Dick Cheney's pocket. Each innocent Iraqi's death represents more money in Dick Cheney's pocket. The higher Halliburton's profits go, the less money Americans have in their pockets.

These people are evil greedy bastards, but yet we elect them to "represent us". FUCK THAT!!!


Good post Coyote! :thumbsup:
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:31 AM
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17. Thanks. How many more getting rich?? Hastert's wealth is grounded in land
I would have missed this one. Many thanks.

Beyond Delay is a great domain in this regard.

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Hastert's wealth is grounded in land
By Mike Dorning, James Kimberly, Ray Gibson, and Andrew Zajac, Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2006
http://www.beyonddelay.org/node/153

During his long career in public service, House Speaker Dennis Hastert has amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune through real estate holdings that belies the humble image of a former small-town high school wrestling coach. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 03:56 PM
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38. Cheney Scandal * Candidates and War Powers "$180 million in bribes"
Like Nixon, (we wonder ?? if) the people re-elected these guys given how scandal plagued election year was! ??

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* Cheney Scandal * Tauzin/PHARMA * Candidates and War Powers
WASHINGTON - February 5 - 2004
Institute for Public Accuracy
http://www.commondreams.org/news2004/0205-07.htm

* PRATAP CHATTERJEE (www.corpwatch.org, www.commondreams.org )... said today: "Newsweek reported Wednesday that the Justice Department has opened up an inquiry into whether Halliburton paid $180 million in bribes to win a contract in Nigeria when Dick Cheney was chairman of the company.... Last year Cheney received two dollars from Halliburton for every dollar he earns as vice president by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax code while the company made $8 billion from military contracts in Iraq...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-04-07 08:01 PM
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137. Cheney's GATE-GATE. "Cheney Lawyer" Blamed for Visitor Logs "Elimination" after FOIA request.
I'm running out of "gate" monicker ideas. What to call this Gate-de-jour, Gate-de-jour gate? "Gate-gate" seems to be most suited?

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Lawyer: Cheney Visitor Logs Not Recorded
PETE YOST | May 29, 2007 10:40 PM EST | AP
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070529/chene... /


WASHINGTON A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney ... Sept. 13, 2006, letter from Cheney's lawyer says logs for Cheney's residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory are subject to the Presidential Records Act.

Such a designation prevents the public from learning who visited the vice president.

The Justice Department filed the letter Friday in a lawsuit by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the identities of conservative religious leaders who visited Cheney at his official residence.

.............

"The latest filings make clear that the administration has been destroying documents and entering into secret agreements in violation of the law," said Anne Weismann, CREW's chief counsel.

Regarding visitor information, the Secret Service "shall not retain any copy of these documents and information" once the material is given to the office of the vice president, says the September 2006 letter by Shannen Coffin, counsel to the vice president.

"If any documents remain in your possession, please return them to OVP as soon as possible," the letter added.

The vice president's lawyer wrote the letter as The Washington Post sought copies of Cheney's visitors at his residence.

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:37 AM
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7. Email-Gate FACTS: Felons, georgewbush.com, gwb43.com , et. al.
Email-Gate FACTS: Felons, georgewbush.com, gwb43.com , et. al.
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

========= Waxman acts to preserve evidence ====

The Washington Post March 27 article incorrectly attributed to Susan Ralston a warning that e-mail messages by lobbyist Jack Abramoff should not be put into the White House e-mail system "because it might actually limit what they can do to help us, especially since there could be lawsuits, etc." The author of the 2003 e-mail was Jennifer Farley, who was a deputy in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

GOP Groups Told to Keep Bush Officials' E-Mails
Democrat Cites Investigation of Firings
By R. Jeffrey Smith - Washington Post Staff Writer - Tuesday, March 27, 2007; Page A03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

A Democratic House committee chairman yesterday told the Republican National Committee and the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign to retain copies of all e-mails sent or received by White House officials using e-mail accounts under their control....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:46 AM
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10. Leahy Doubts Bush Aides on Lost E-Mails
Leahy Doubts Bush Aides on Lost E-Mails
By Laurie Kellman - AP - Thursday 12 April 2007

President Bush's aides are lying about White House e-mails sent on a Republican account that might have been lost, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy suggested Thursday, ............

With EXCELLENT Leahy VIDEO: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041207A.shtml
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 01:19 AM
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104. CREW SUES WHITE HOUSE seeks "preliminary injunction to compel" FOIA
CREW SUES WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION OVER REFUSAL TO RESPOND TO FOIA ON FIVE MILLION MISSING EMAILS
http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28521

23 May 2007 // Washington, DC This week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the Office of Administration (OA), a component of the Executive Office of the President (EOP). CREW has also requested a preliminary injunction to compel the OA to respond to a CREW Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

On April 12, 2007, CREW released its report, Without a Trace, based on information from two confidential sources, which disclosed the startling revelation that the White House lost over five million emails generated between March 2003 and October 2005.

CREWs suit is based on a FOIA request filed with the OA on March 29, 2007 for records regarding the over five million missing emails. Although on April 27, 2007, the OA agreed to expedite CREWs FOIA request, the OA has yet to provide CREW with so much as a single document.

According to confidential sources, the OA created documents that detail the exact dates for which the over five million emails are missing and that analyzed the scope of the problem. CREW has learned that there is also a political assessment of the harm to public perception of the White House if it became known so many emails had disappeared. In addition, the requested documents include plans CREW was told were presented almost two years ago to restore the missing emails, but were never acted on.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today, This White House has decided to play an unlawful game of high-tech hide and seek with the American public. Thus far, CREW has learned that the Administration has both lost five million White House emails and pro-actively tried to cover up the loss. CREW has sued the Office of Administration to shine a spotlight on these reckless and possibly illegal activities and to restore these records for the benefit of future generations.

Related Documents

* 05/22/07: Request for Preliminary Injuction // 43.2 kb - http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28499
* 05/22/07: Exhibits to Complaint Against Office of Administration // 1.5 mb - http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28498
* 05/22/07: Complaint Against Office of Administration // 25.9 kb - http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28497

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Watchdog Tries to Sue Bushies
http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28534

23 May 2007 // Left-wing group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is going to try to pull off a near-impossible task: suing a branch of the White House. It's something that legal beagles in Washington try to do from time to time, but usually cant accomplish under the law.

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CREW sues White House over missing e-mails
Nick Juliano
Published: Wednesday May 23, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/CREW_sues_White_House_ove...


A Washington-based legal watchdog has sued the White House Office of Administration alleging the administration refuses to comply with a public records request related to more than 5 million e-mails from administration officials that have gone missing, according to a press release.

"The White House has decided to play an unlawful game of high-tech hide and seek with the American public," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in the release.

Last month, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the White House's Office of Administration to turn over records related to the millions of e-mails the watchdog says were lost between March 2003 and October 2005.

CREW filed the request in March and said it was told last month that the Office of Administration would expedite the request. Since then, though, no documents have been turned over.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:21 AM
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141. Dem CONGRESS: Investigations - White House Use of Private E-mail Accounts
Dem CONGRESS: Investigations - White House Use of Private E-mail Accounts
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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WAXMAN's House Committe on Oversight and Government Reform Investigations
White House Use of Private E-mail Accounts
http://oversight.house.gov/investigations.asp?ID=251

After three congressional investigations the investigation into Jack Abramoffs contacts with the White House, the examination of politicization of the General Services Administration, and the investigation of the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys brought to light the White Houses extensive use of nongovernmental e-mail accounts to conduct official business, the Committee directed the RNC and the Bush Cheney 04 campaign to preserve e-mails to or from accounts held by White House officials.

In order to ensure compliance with both the Presidential Records Act and the Hatch Act, the Committee asked the RNC to produce e-mails that related to the use of federal agencies and federal resources for partisan political purposes.

Following staff briefings with the White House and the RNC, the Committee has reason to believe that many e-mails related to official government business may have been deleted from the RNCs servers. As a secondary measure to obtain these e-mails, the Committee asked federal agencies to preserve any e-mails they received from or sent to these political accounts.

Chronology .......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-07-07 09:43 AM
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145. More HATCH ACT Violations Noted. The georgewbush.org mis-directed e-mails contain evidence.
In addition to voter caging, another illegal dimension has been noted in the mis-directed e-mails--Hatch Act violations.

In a web page with the "catch-all" georgewbush.com e-mails.
http://2004.georgewbush.org/deadletteroffice/headers.as...

Several e-mails indicates use of the U. S. government e-mail system to conduct political action. ......MORE:

More HATCH ACT Violations Noted. The georgewbush.org mis-directed e-mails contain evidence.http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-07 07:00 PM
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157. June 18, 2007, WAXMAN: 88 WH officials used RNC e-mail, KARL ROVE = 140,216 e-mails
"Given the heavy reliance by White House officials on RNC e-mail accounts, the high rank of the White House officials involved, and the large quantity of missing e-mails," the report said, "the potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive."

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Thread: WAXMAN: 88 WH officials used RNC e-mail, KARL ROVE = 140,216 e-mails YAOZAAAH
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

In addition to the Presidential Record Act, how many Hatch Act violations will there be?

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Administration Oversight, White House Use of Private E-mail Accounts
The Use of RNC E-Mail Accounts by White House Officials
Monday, June 18, 2007 - http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1362

The Oversight Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney 04 campaign for official White House communications. This interim staff report provides a summary of the evidence the Committee has received to date, along with recommendations for next steps in the investigation.

The information the Committee has received in the investigation reveals:

... White House officials given RNC e-mail accounts ... at least 88 ... RNC e-mail accounts include Karl Rove ... Andrew Card ... Ken Mehlman...

...White House officials made extensive use of their RNC e-mail accounts. The RNC has preserved 140,216 e-mails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these e-mails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official .gov e-mail accounts ... Sara Taylor (66,018 e-mails) ... Scott Jennings (35,198 e-mails). These e-mail accounts were used by White House officials for official purposes ...

... There has been extensive destruction of the e-mails of White House officials ... RNC has preserved no e-mails for 51 officials ... there are major gaps in the e-mail records of the 37 White House officials for whom the RNC did preserve e-mails ...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:40 AM
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8. Cuyahoga Co. Elections Director Resigns (OH)
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

February 6, 2007
CLEVELAND -- NewsChannel5 has confirmed that embattled elections chief in Cuyahoga County has resigned.

Executive director Michael Vu's ouster marks the end of a tense term that thrust Cuyahoga County and its voters in the national spotlight. ...
Bob Bennett, chairman of the county Elections Board and head of the state Republican Party, said the board negotiated the departure with Vu.
.......
Bennett would not say why the deal was being crafted .....

http://www.newsnet5.com/politics/10943511/detail.html

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:42 AM
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9. OHIO 2004: 6.15% Kerry-Bush vote-switch found in probability study
DU thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Defining the vote outcome probabilities of wrong-precinct voting has revealed, in a sample of 166,953 votes (1/34th of the Ohio vote), the Kerry-Bush margin changes 6.15% when the population is sorted by probable outcomes of wrong-precinct voting.

The Kerry to Bush 6.15% vote-switch differential is seen when the large sample is sorted by probability a Kerry wrong-precinct vote counts for Bush. ...

How Kerry Votes Were Switched to Bush Votes
http://jqjacobs.net/politics/ohio.html
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:53 PM
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68. Michael Collins: Did Bush Commit Election Fraud?
Michael Collins: Did Bush Commit Election Fraud?
Monday, 23 April 2007, 11:15 am
Gonzales Story - Smoking Gun #1
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0704/S00350.htm

There is sufficient evidence in the public domain to strongly suspect that Bush committed election fraud in the handling of the U.S. Attorney firings.

Before examining the evidence, its important to know the difference between the contrived construct of voter fraud and election fraud, a very real phenomenon. .......

The problem is not only political but legal. Pressuring a U.S. Attorney into a bogus indictment is a federal crime. Domenici lawyered up after Iglesias described his conversation with the senator. Gonzales and Sampson both denied initiating the call on the firing. So its Bush, and only Bush, as the author of a punishment delivered to a U.S. Attorney who failed to indict a citizen for purely political purposes...........

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:49 AM
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11. The scandal sheet ... 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency
The scandal sheet ... 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency -- every one of them worse than Whitewater....

http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/01/18/scan...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:51 AM
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12. 23 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak
23 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak
http://thinkprogress.org/leak-scandal

The cast of administration characters with known connections to the outing of an undercover CIA agent: ......

ADMINISTRATION, ROVE ORIGINALLY DENIED ANY INVOLVMENT IN THE LEAK: Asked on 9/29/03 whether he had any knowledge of the leak or whether he leaked the name of the CIA agent, Rove answered no. That same day, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, after having spoken to Karl, asserted that it is a ridiculous suggestion to say Rove was involved in the leak.............
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:54 AM
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13. Very well said! I started hiding all the Falwell threads in GD

and there were THIRTY FIVE of them. Think of all the wasted time and energy!

On to the important news:


Mr. Bush quelled the revolt over the programs legality by allowing it to continue without Justice Department approval, also directing department officials to take the necessary steps to bring it into compliance with the law, according to Congressional testimony by the former deputy attorney general, James B. Comey.

I heard last night about Gonzales and Card going to see Ashcroft in ICU and trying to get him to sign off on continuing the eavesdropping. This article provides more details:

Comey was the #2 man in the Justice Department but was acting Attorney General while John Ashcroft was hospitalized for gallbladder surgery and pancreatitis. Comey "said he made his decision after the departments Office of Legal Counsel, based on an extensive review, concluded that the program did not comply with the law."


Mr. Comey said that on the evening of March 10, 2004, Mr. Gonzales and Andrew H. Card Jr., then Mr. Bushs chief of staff, tried to bypass him by secretly visiting Mr. Ashcroft. Mr. Ashcroft was extremely ill and disoriented, Mr. Comey said, and his wife had forbidden any visitors.

Mr. Comey said that when a top aide to Mr. Ashcroft alerted him about the pending visit, he ordered his driver to rush him to George Washington University Hospital with emergency lights flashing and a siren blaring, to intercept the pair. They were seeking his signature because authority for the program was to expire the next day.



So they were not only trying to get a very sick man to sign a paper, they were visiting him secretly, trying to bypass Comey, when Ashcroft had transferred his powers as Attorney General to Comey when he became ill. I can't believe the hospital staff didn't stop them from going into an ICU to harass Ashcroft like that, even if Mrs. Ashcroft hadn't forbidden visitors.

Once again, we see why they're neoCONS.


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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:57 AM
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14. Sen. Russ Feingold - The Most Outrageous Scandal? Bush's Iraq Policy
Sen. Russ Feingold - The Most Outrageous Scandal? Bush's Iraq Policy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-russ-feingold/the-mos...
10.05.2006

With so much attention focused on the Foley scandal, there's another story that hasn't received enough notice: escalating violence in Iraq has resulted in the reported deaths of 24 U.S. soldiers since Saturday, and the Pentagon just reported that IED attacks in Iraq are at an all-time high. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:00 AM
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15. Bush Admin Obstructs Prosecution Against Big Tobacco
THE OTHER JUSTICE SCANDAL: Bush Admin Obstructs Prosecution Against Big Tobacco
http://www.politicstv.com/blog/?p=2000

This entry was posted on Monday, March 26th, 2007

VIDEO: Sharon Eubanks on Faux News Sunday "heavy duty interference..."
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-18-07 02:03 PM
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155. Prosecutor: Bush Political Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case
Prosecutor Says Bush Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2007; A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case.

Sharon Y. Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's office began micromanaging the team's strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government's claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.S. smokers.

She said a supervisor demanded that she and her trial team drop recommendations that tobacco executives be removed from their corporate positions as a possible penalty. He and two others instructed her to tell key witnesses to change their testimony. And they ordered Eubanks to read verbatim a closing argument they had rewritten for her, she said.

"The political people were pushing the buttons and ordering us to say what we said," Eubanks said. "And because of that, we failed to zealously represent the interests of the American public."

Eubanks, who served for 22 years as a lawyer at Justice, said three political appointees were responsible for the last-minute shifts in the government's tobacco case in June 2005: then-Associate Attorney General Robert D. McCallum, then-Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler and Keisler's deputy at the time, Dan Meron.

News reports on the strategy changes at the time caused an uproar in Congress and sparked an inquiry by the Justice Department .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-18-07 02:13 PM
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156. VIDEO: Lower Remedy $120 BILLION, interfere with witnesses, "make sure ... pocket change"
Edited on Mon Jun-18-07 02:13 PM by L. Coyote
THE OTHER JUSTICE SCANDAL: Bush Admin Obstructs Prosecution Against Big Tobacco
http://www.politicstv.com/blog/?p=2000

Fox News Interview with Prosecutor Sharon Eubanks VIDEO

"make sure (it is) ... pocket change"

"... e-mail exchange between the White House and Justice Department ...it's a whitewash, that's what that is..."



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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:14 AM
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16. Abramoff: The House That Jack Built "biggest scandal in Congress"
TRULY EXTENSIVE........

A comprehensive look at the potential scope of the biggest scandal in Congress in over a century:
http://thinkprogress.org/abramoff

Methodology: Members of Congress were included if they received over $10,000 from Abramoff, his clients or his partners and have allegedly done favors for Abramoff, his clients or his partners. Members who were acting on behalf of a constituent in their state were excluded, even if those constituents were Abramoff clients. Certain members who received less than $10,000 in Abramoff were included because of extensive allegations of favors done for Abramoff.

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:39 AM
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18. WA POST: Investigating Abramoff -- Special Report = Pulitzer Prize Winners
washingtonpost.com > Politics > Special Reports > Abramoff Investigation
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/20...

2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Investigative Reporting | The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith
won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to cooperate in an investigation into his relationshps with members of Congress. Sources familiar with the federal probe have told The Post that half a dozen lawmakers are under scrutiny, along with Hill aides, former business associates and government officials.

The scandal prompted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio) to give up their leadership posts, and on Oct. 13, 2006, Ney pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the scandal. ..........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:41 PM
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66. Sept. 2005: Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe = David H. Safavian
Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe
By R. Jeffrey Smith and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 20, 2005; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

The Bush administration's top federal procurement official resigned Friday and was arrested yesterday, accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government.

The complaint, filed by the FBI, alleges that David H. Safavian, 38, a White House procurement official involved until last week in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, made repeated false statements to government officials and investigators about a golf trip with Abramoff to Scotland in 2002.

It also contends that he concealed his efforts to help Abramoff acquire control of two federally managed properties in the Washington area. .....

... Safavian was the top administrator at the federal procurement office in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he set purchasing policy for the entire government. ................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-09-07 03:32 PM
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147. June 2007 - GOP Fundraiser Pleads Guilty in Probe = agreed to provide information
GOP Fundraiser Pleads Guilty in Probe

By JOHN HEILPRIN
The Associated Press
Friday, June 8, 2007; 7:21 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

WASHINGTON -- Italia Federici, former head of a Republican environmental advocacy group, pleaded guilty Friday to tax evasion and obstructing a Senate investigation into the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

As part of her plea deal with the Justice Department, Federici agreed to provide information that people close to the case said could lead investigators to other officials in Congress and the Bush administration. ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 10:37 AM
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163. Abramoff, Prison and a Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Abramoff, Prison and a Crazy Little Thing Called Love
By Dana Milbank
Wednesday, June 27, 2007; Page A02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Love is a many-splendored thing -- unless you're under investigation by the feds. Then it can be quite a nuisance.

Had J. Steven Griles not been busy with so many lady friends while serving as the No. 2 official in the Interior Department, he probably wouldn't have scored a date yesterday with another woman: Judge Ellen Huvelle of U.S. District Court, who sentenced Griles to 10 months in prison for obstructing an investigation into the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Griles asked Abramoff for favors for the women in his life, prosecutors said, and in exchange helped Abramoff's clients with their government business. One of Griles's girlfriends, Italia Federici, got $500,000 for her nonprofit from Abramoff's Indian tribes.

"I concealed the nature and extent of my true relationship with Italia Federici," Griles confessed to the judge yesterday in a statement interrupted by stifled sobs. Choking out the words, a burly, red-faced Griles told Huvelle that "this has been the most difficult time in my life. My guilty plea has brought me great shame and embarrassment."

And the shame wasn't about to end. ..........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 01:03 AM
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164. ABRAMOFF Scandal: J. Steven Griles Ordered to Prison, Highest-Ranked Bush Administration Convict
ABRAMOFF Scandal: J. Steven Griles Ordered to Prison, Highest-Ranked Bush Administration Convict
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 04:24 PM
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132. Congresspedia >> Jack Abramoff "...premier status within the (Bush) campaign"
One of several useful online references into the Abramoff crimes, with numerous source links.

Jack Abramoff
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Jack_Abramof...


Jack Abramoff, former Republican "superlobbyist" and now a convicted and sentenced felon cooperating with federal prosecutors, is the central figure in a web of corruption within the U.S. Republican Party, which will likely be the most far-reaching Washington corruption scandal of recent decades. In January 2006, Abramoff reached a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors, in which he pled guilty to a number of felonies and agreed to cooperate with the authorities. It is likely that this cooperation will lead to prosecution of numerous Republican lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, and operatives. .....

The disgraced long-time Washington insider whom Congressman Tom DeLay once referred to as one of his "closest and dearest friends," collected $100,000+ for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, "earning premier status within the campaign" as a Bush Pioneer, as well as raised funds for GOP congressional candidates. ..........

SourceWatch is an encyclopedia of people, issues and groups shaping the public agenda. It is a project of the Center for Media & Democracy;
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-09-07 04:37 PM
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148. Citing cooperation, sentencing for former Bush Team member Abramoff and Scalon posponed
Citing ongoing cooperation, district court postpones sentencing for former lobbyist Abramoff and ...
By Susan Crabtree
May 23, 2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/citing-ongoing-coop...


Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associate Michael Scanlon have bought themselves more time as they cooperate with prosecutors ... Abramoff and Scanlon were convicted of conspiring to bribe public officials more than a year ago, but the court has postponed the sentencing of each several times.

... Mr. Abramoff has been cooperating with government agents and prosecutors, Justice Department prosecutors wrote. The government anticipates that Mr. Abramoffs cooperation will continue for the foreseeable future.

... postponements may be bad news for former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), who had close ties to Abramoff. Doolittle's Northern Virginia home was recently searched by the FBI ... Doolittle and DeLay have both lashed out at the FBI, demanding that agents fish or cut bait in their investigations ... Abramoff arranged for $86,000 in consulting payments to be made to a firm operated by Rudys wife, Lisa. The FBI is now scrutinizing payments that Abramoff-related entities made to the wives of Doolittle and DeLay.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-09-07 03:28 PM
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146. Abramoff and Kark Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor and Campaign Finances
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-01-07 06:40 PM
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165. GO TO JAIL NOW: Former AL Dem Governor gets 7 years despite ROVE frame-up claim.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Dem gets hauled straight to jail, but Libby is roaming free still.
This is the case TIME magazine broke the ROVE accusation on only a month ago:
"Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor"
By ADAM ZAGORIN .....

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Ex-governor of Alabama gets 7 years in corruption case
Don Siegelman's co-defendant, Richard Scrushy, is sentenced to nearly the same term.
By Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer - June 29, 2007
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-si...

WASHINGTON Don Siegelman, a Democrat who served as governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003, was sentenced Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., to more than seven years in prison and fined $50,000.

He was convicted of bribery and obstruction of justice last year in a trial that he said was engineered by Bush administration officials who wanted to eliminate him as a threat to Republican dominance in the South.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-26-07 12:41 AM
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161. TPM: "a key player in a very big political machine and he was managing a slush fund"
Talking Points Memo
September 23, 2005 - http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/006619.php

... this Newsweek article from a few weeks ago notes that Flanigan worked at the White House before he went to Tyco. In fact, he was Deputy White House Counsel. And Abramoff didn't just report to Flanigan. Flanigan hired Abramoff.

Now, the Post piece treats it as an open question whether Abramoff was just puffing or blowing smoke, as lobbyists sometimes will, when he talked about his ties to Rove and his ability to get action from him.

But Flanigan had already been Deputy White House Counsel. That tells me he knew pretty well how the Bush White House operated and the juice Abramoff had there. The odds that Abramoff just bamboozled Flanigan seem surpassingly low. ...

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Sept. 25, 2005 - http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/006629.php

Look at the pattern.

Notice how all Abramoff's clients seemed to get 'bilked' out of large sums of money that ended up going to other conservative foundations, consulting firms, Ralph Reed, lobby shops, Grover Norquist, astroturf organizers, politicians, etc.? All of them part of Washington's Republican infrastructure?

In the case of Abramoff's work for Flanigan and Tyco, Abramoff ended up sending the greater part of their $2 million lobbying fee to an astroturf outfit called Grassroots Interactive -- an outfit allegedly controlled by Abramoff and run by a guy who now works as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland.

The money ended up diverted to other purposes beside the honorable task of whipping up populist enthusiasm on behalf of corporations that relocate to PO boxes in Bermuda to avoid paying taxes. Tyco lawyer George Terwilliger claims the firm "was a victim of a rip-off."

So is that it? Another rip-off? Another corporation which hires a lawyer out of the White House only to get taken in by Jack Abramoff's wiles? Please. ...

If Tyco wanted help, they had to pay in. That's what the $2 million was. Of course it got passed on to some other GOP outfit with Abramoff connections. That was the point!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:46 AM
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19. Halliburton's no-bid contracts for work in Iraq get FBI scrutiny
When will we hear about the outcome of this one?

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Halliburton's no-bid contracts for work in Iraq get FBI scrutiny
By John Solomon - AP - October 29, 2004
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041029/news_1...

WASHINGTON The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton, seeking an interview with a top Army contracting officer and collecting documents from several government offices.

The line of inquiry expands an earlier FBI investigation into whether Halliburton overcharged taxpayers more than $60 million for fuel in Iraq,....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:01 AM
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20. "Halliburton did not adequately account for more than $1.8 billion..."
Halliburton May Lose Iraq Contract
Report: Subsidiary's Multibillion Deal To Be Put Up For New Bids
Sept. 7, 2004
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/25/national/main...

.......A published report on the findings of Pentagon auditors said last month that Halliburton did not adequately account for more than $1.8 billion it billed the government for work in Iraq and Kuwait.

The $1.8 billion amounts to 40 percent of the $4.18 billion KBR has already billed the Pentagon ........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:18 AM
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21. Coalition Provisional Authority: July 2004 finding that a significant portion of CPA assets had gone
The inspector general of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq released a series of reports in July 2004 finding that a significant portion of CPA assets had gone missing -- 34 percent of the materiel controlled by Kellogg, Brown & Root -- and that the CPA's method of disbursing $600 million in Iraq reconstruction funds "did not establish effective controls and left accountability open to fraud, waste and abuse."

The problem: As much as $50 million of that money was disbursed without proper receipts.

The outcome: The CPA has disbanded ....... The MILTARY got the job instead:

http://www.sigir.mil /

Welcome to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), a temporary federal agency serving the American public as a watchdog for fraud, waste, and abuse of funds intended for Iraq reconstruction programs.

SIGIR, the successor to the Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General (CPA-IG), was created by Congress to provide oversight of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) and all obligations, expenditures, and revenues associated with reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Iraq. SIGIR oversight is accomplished via independent audits, field inspections, and criminal investigations into potential fraud, waste, and abuse of funds. ...
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:24 AM
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22. Best headline I've read! 'Jerry Falwell in "grave" condition'
Edited on Wed May-16-07 11:24 AM by Breeze54
:rofl: Do you think the Denver Post or the Reverend Jerry Falwell in Grave Condition - First Coast News was being facetious??
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 12:34 PM
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23. BUZZFLASH 2004: Unreported Bush Scandals with Supporting Web Links
One good index of how the Department of Justice has been compromised is the number of scandals we hear (or don't hear) about, and the number that result in some sort of resolution. One can ask, "Where have all the scandals gone?" Note the date on this report.

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August 3, 2004 - A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
UNreported Bush Scandals with Supporting Web Links
http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/04/08/con04323.ht...


The media is soooo slanted to the RIGHT and soooo LAME in their coverage, that I have given-up and STOPPED WATCHING ANY "NEWS" on ANY STATION with the exception of C-Span and PBS. I also depend ENTIRELY ON reading my own INTERNET NEWS that I find by non-television Internet websites. ..........
But when is the last time the major media channels went IN-DEPTH about ANY of these news Bush-Gates? ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 12:55 PM
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24. FAIR 2001: Scandal? What Scandal? Bush's Iran-Contra appointees are barely a story
Edited on Wed May-16-07 12:57 PM by L. Coyote
NOT ANY MORE!!!! This thread would be incompletre without mentioning how scandal-plagued the Bushco actors were when they were inserted into the Executive branch by the SCOTUS. And the dirty, filthy boys had fleas, so the plague has spread everywhere their tracks are found.

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September/October 2001
Scandal? What Scandal? - Bush's Iran-Contra appointees are barely a story
By Terry J. Allen
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1076

Throughout the summer of 2001, the media were profligate with resources for the Chandra Levy story, excavating every corner of her and Rep. Gary Condit's past to unearth a prurient bounty of personal detail. That level of investigative vigor mighthave exposed far more vital information had it been applied to Bush's appointment of numerous Iran-Contra veterans to key posts.

But with a few admirable exceptions, news stories about Elliot Abrams, John Negroponte and Otto Reich have largely relied on past reporting and he-said, she-said soundbites by the usual supporters and critics, rather than in-depth investigations into their complicity in one of the bloodiest scandals of the past 20 years. ..........

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More on that scandal-plagued era in this DU thread:
Are the Sandinista terrorists on the Texas border yet? Rhetoric to haunt Freeepers.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:07 PM
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25. Crisis Papers, April 6, 2004: Bush Scandals Are Roiling: Turn Up the Heat!
With a list of ten scandals, Bernard Weiner is practically prophetic in this paper. Rigged elections and Osama in the can (not a toilet).

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Bush Scandals Are Roiling: Turn Up the Heat!
By Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor,
The Crisis Papers - April 6, 2004
http://www.crisispapers.org/essays/scandals.htm

In the face of imminent scandal-eruptions, it's surprising to see Bush&Co. moving so forcefully in so many domestic-policy areas, rather than pulling back and trying to ease their way through the November 2 election.

This aggressive attitude suggests a firm belief on their part that they'll still be residing in the White House after January inauguration day. What do they know that we don't? Rigged computer-voting machines with no way to double-check manipulated vote tallies? Osama bin Laden already in the can? .......
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:15 PM
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26. I thought it was a present for Mike Malloy, myself
Falwell died early enough in the day for Mike and Kathy to properly prepare and go on the air with timely information. And Mike was just off a 10-day vacation, so he was rested and relaxed.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:27 PM
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27. Feb. 2004. Hacker-Gate, "Republicans stole thousands of Democratic documents.."
Worse than Watergate. In this case the criminals actually made off with
their "listening" program, instead of getting caught trying to bug the Dems.

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Dems: Stolen memo case should go to DOJ
by kos - Tue Feb 10, 2004
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/2/10/17222/9423

Not content with Bill Frist's sacrificial lamb, Senate Dems are now demanding a criminal investigation from the Department of Justice after Republicans stole thousands of Democratic documents from a shared Justice committee server.

From the registration only Roll Call: ...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 02:04 PM
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93. SPINOFF: Campaign 2004: Were Bush / Cheney / NSA illegal wiretaps spying on Dems?
Campaign 2004: Were Bush / Cheney / NSA illegal wiretaps spying on Dems?
Sat May-19-07 by L. Coyote
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Investigating more on this fresh revelation--Bush illegally spied on Americans when his own AG and Acting AG told him it is illegal--leads to some interesting questions. In particular, were they spying on political figures, candidates, and activists. Most succinctly, "Were they spying on the opposition in the 2004 Presidential election?" .....

.....If Watergate teaches us anything, it should be that corrupt Presidents will spy on Democrats. AND, don't believe the "I'm not a crook" crap. ........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:39 PM
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29. Dec. 2003: Bush signs $40 Billion Secret "Intelligence" Program Bill
At some point we need to know what kind of secret powers have been forked over to whom, not just that they get $40 BIllION to do it!!!

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Bush signs bill extending FBI power
By Associate Press | December 15, 2003
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2... /

WASHINGTON -- President Bush has signed legislation making it easier for FBI agents investigating terrorism to demand financial records from casinos, car dealerships, and other businesses.
..........
The changes were included in a bill authorizing 2004 intelligence programs. Most of the details of the bill are secret, including the total cost of the programs, which are estimated to be about $40 billion. ..........
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:41 PM
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30. sounds like a duet: thanks for playing these selections... what a hoot!
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:46 PM
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32. Beautiful picture!
;)
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 01:46 PM
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33. I shoulda read this thread before I posted mine about my new tinfoil hat...
Ooops... :blush:

Foulwell's death will prove quite the distraction.
We can't let it for long.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 02:00 PM
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34. GOOD LIST: Washington scandals just keep coming (call girl madam)
Washington scandals just keep coming
By Donald Kaul - Minuteman Media
http://www.tristate-media.com/articles/2007/05/16/warri...

These cannot be the happiest of times for our President, George (The Decider) Bush. Hardly a day goes by without a new administration scandal popping up or an old one rising from its shallow grave. Lets look at a few of them:

Alberto Gonzales---The attorney general is in hot water for the firing of eight U.S. attorneys for reasons that have not held up under ethical scrutiny. He denies wrongdoing but its pretty obvious that he was carrying water for Republican politicians (Karl Rove, anyone?) who, for political reasons, wished these attorneys dead ........

Paul Wolfowitz............

George Tenet............

Iraq ..........

But the scandal that most titillated official Washington had nothing to do with the president, Iraq or world politics.
It was the federal racketeering case involving Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who has been accused of operating a $300-an-hour call girl ring in Washington.

................

With official Washington atremble and atwitter, the alleged call girl madam stood bravely before the microphones and said: I abhor injustice.

You cant make up stuff like that.

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Don Kaul is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-losing Washington correspondent

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 02:13 PM
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35. Washington Madam: The Scandal Of 'Scandals'
Someone have a spare tin foil hat for this guy??? The biggest scandal is a madam in DC??
Suprise, surprise, big donors, where do you think those lobbyist dollars have been going?

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Washington Madam: The Scandal Of 'Scandals'
By: Thomas Sowell, For The Bulletin
05/15/2007
http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=18342230...

Now that ABC News has the list of phone numbers given to them by the "Washington Madam," the question is: Whose names will they publicize if they find out that there are public figures whose phone numbers are among those they have?
Let us suppose, just for the sake of argument, that these names include Karl Rove .....

For conservatives, the media standard is not "innocent until proven guilty" but "the appearance of impropriety."
....under the Patriot Act, the government can find out what books you have checked out
of a public library. That is considered a scandalous invasion of privacy.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 02:15 PM
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36. Crisis Papers: Diving Deeper Into the Muck of Bush Scandals
Weiner's WISDOM: "...we miss seeing the import of the larger picture."

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May 2, 2007 at 08:52:20
Diving Deeper Into the Muck of Bush Scandals
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_bernard__070502...

When looking at daily news reports, we all tend to fall into the trap of focusing on juicy details of the scandal du jour. It's natural to do so. But often by concentrating so carefully on the minutiae, we miss seeing the import of the larger picture.

So let's just take two representative scandals from the CheneyBush Administration -- those derived from the Iraq War and those surrounding the firing of the U.S. attorneys -- and see where they overlap and what they might represent when viewed from a longer-range perspective.

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 02:54 PM
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37. Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal
Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal
http://thinkprogress.org/2005/10/02/bush-directly-invol... /

.... on ABCs This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb:

Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think its a manageable
one for the White House especially if we dont know whether Fitzgerald is going to write
a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me
this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some
of these discussions.

This would explain why Bush spent more than an hour answering questions from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 05:23 PM
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39. Intelligence Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Cheney's office, two Israeli diplomats
Edited on Wed May-16-07 05:24 PM by L. Coyote
Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration
By Robin Wright and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 4, 2004; Page A04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60497-20...

FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials about whether a small group of Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to an Iraqi politician or a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel, according to sources familiar with or involved in the case.

In their interviews, the FBI agents have also named two Israeli diplomats stationed in Washington and asked whether they would be willing recipients of sensitive intelligence, the sources added. ...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 05:42 PM
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40. Dick "Go Fuck Yourself "Cheney has fully revealed his venomous personality
Edited on Wed May-16-07 05:42 PM by L. Coyote
Dick "F-word" Cheney has fully revealed his venomous personality, but Bush won't drop his mentor.
By Sidney Blumenthal
http://dir.salon.com/story/opinion/blumenthal/2004/07/0...


July 1, 2004 | In Washington, political identities cultivated over decades can crumble in a minute. ..... Cheney's ... credentials were as President Ford's wunderkind chief of staff and the elder Bush's secretary of defense... former House Republican whip during the Reagan administration ....

....Cheney was the driver behind the scenes of the hard right, protector of obstreperous young reactionaries like Newt Gingrich

.....June 22 on the floor of the Senate .. Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, had recently been critical, along with other Democrats, of no-bid contracts in Iraq granted to Halliburton, the company Cheney had run .... "Go fuck yourself," greeted the vice president.

.... Cheney ..... elaborated that his ejaculation was an administration policy: "I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue." ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 06:39 PM
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41. PLAME-GATE: Prosecutor should dig deeper violations of any federal criminal laws"
Prosecutor should dig deeper
October 31st, 2005
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
http://nevadathunder.com/?m=200510

Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgeralds investigation into the leak of a CIA operatives name has reaffirmed the basic American principle that even the highest government officials are subject to the rule of law. His charges represent the start of a revitalization of the institutions designed to maintain government under law. But that revitalization still has a long way to go.

..... the alleged crimes he is investigating are in essence the apparent cover-up operation for another possible set of crimes against national and international law...

.... letters from Acting Attorney General James B. Comey appointing Mr. Fitzgerald delegated to him all the authority of the attorney general to investigate and prosecute violations of any federal criminal laws related to the underlying alleged unauthorized disclosure.

We would argue that Mr. Comeys charge, based on the evidence Mr. Fitzgerald has uncovered, authorizes the special prosecutor to investigate the following:

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 09:44 AM
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108. Prosecutor urges prison for Libby in CIA leak case
Prosecutor urges prison for Libby in CIA leak case
By Matt Apuzzo
Associated Press
Published May 26, 2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-libb...

WASHINGTON -- Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shown no remorse for corrupting the legal system and deserves to spend 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and an assistant to President Bush, is the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-contra affair two decades ago. ..................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:17 AM
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140. Ex-Cheney Aide Libby Sentenced to 30 Months for Perjury and Obstruction of Justice
Libby Given 30 Months for Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case
By NEIL A. LEWIS
Published: June 6, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/washington/06libby.ht...


WASHINGTON, June 5 I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and one of the principal architects of President Bushs foreign policy, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying during a C.I.A. leak investigation that became part of a fierce debate over the war in Iraq.

... Libby may have to report to prison in about two months ...

Mr. Libby, who was once one of the most powerful men in government and was heavily involved in planning both Iraq wars, stood calmly in the well of the court as Judge Walton said he appreciated his long service to the country, the record of which was put forward by his lawyers as an argument for probation and no prison time.

But, the judge said, People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of the nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem.

Judge Walton, who presided over the trial that ended in March with Mr. Libbys conviction on four felony counts, said the evidence was overwhelming that Mr. Libby had obstructed justice and lied to a grand jury and F.B.I. agents investigating the disclosure of the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative, Valerie Wilson. .........

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Cheney aide 'brought US system into disrespect'
Appeal expected in case linked to Iraq invasion

Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Wednesday June 6, 2007
The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2096279,00.html

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former leading official in the Bush administration, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail yesterday for perjury and obstruction of justice in relation to the Iraq war.

Libby, 56, was chief of staff and national security adviser to the vice-president, Dick Cheney, one of the leading advocates of the invasion. He is the highest-level US official to be sentenced to jail since the Iran-Contra affair 20 years ago.

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Libby sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
By Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost, Associated Press Writers | June 5, 2007

WASHINGTON --Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation -- the probe that showed a White House obsessed with criticism of its decision to go to war. ....

Walton, a Bush nominee who served in the White House as deputy drug director under Bush's father, said public officials in particular had a duty to testify honestly. His voice raising at times, he said the leak investigation was a serious one and obstructing it deserved a serious penalty.

"It's one thing if you obstruct a petty larceny. It's another thing if you obstruct a murder investigation," he said.

He fined Libby $250,000 and placed him on two years probation after his prison sentence expires. There is no parole in the federal system, but Libby would be eligible for release after two years. .................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-03-07 01:23 AM
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166. Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case
GOOGLE News: Already "all 560 news articles" = There will be HELL to pay
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-05-07 11:51 PM
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138. Waxman contines to investigate false and misleading intelligence that precipitated the war in Iraq.
In a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Chairman Waxman explains that, as the principal oversight body of the House of Representatives, it is the Committees constitutional obligation to investigate the role played by the White House and National Security Council in the false and misleading intelligence that precipitated the war in Iraq.

Chairman Waxman Responds to WH -Fielding's May 18 Letter = Iraq Intelligence and Nuclear Evidence
* Letter to Fred Fielding - http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070529121026.pdf

Thank you for your letter of May 18,2007, letter asking about the legislative purposes
served by the Committee's investigation into whether White House officials misled the Congress
and the public about Iraq's efforts to obtain uranium from Africa and its nuclear threat.

.........
The Oversight Committee
has been given express authority under the House rules to "conduct investigations of any matter"
so that the Committee can report "findings and recommendations" to 'oany other standing
committee having jurisdiction over the matter involved."'

express authority ... to "conduct investigations of any matter"
so that the Committee can report "findings and recommendations" to 'oany other standing
committee having jurisdiction over the matter involved."'

....one example, the false and misleading intelligence that precipitated the war in
Iraq has called into question the perforlnance of the National Security Council,....

....new oversight and accountability mechanisms, may be necessary to prevent the
recunence of the mistakes, distortions, and misjudgments that led the nation to war in lraq.
Congress has a constitutional obligation to examine what went wrong inside the White House ....

....The record is clear that the actions of
White House offrcials regarding Iraq's efforts to obtain uranium from Afca and Iraq's nuclear
threathave never been investigated. It is also clear that Congress has a direct legislative purpose
in examining this matter. lndeed, I believe Congress would be derelict in its constitutional
obligations if it did not pursue this inquiry. The cost of the war in American and Iraqi lives lost
- and in American tax dollars spent - has been heavy. Our system of checks and balances
would be meaningless if Congress were unable to investigate whether the National Security
Council, the National Security Advisor, and other White House officials acted in the national
interest......

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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM, MINORITY OFFICE REP. HENRY A. WAXMAN, RANKING MEMBER
JUNE 2003
What Intelligence Officials Knew about the Forged Iraq Nuclear Evidence
http://reform.democrats.house.gov/documents/20040628074...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:02 AM
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139. House Committee Reiterates Request for Documents Related to Plame-Wilson Disclosure
House Committee Reiterates Request for Documents Related to Plame-Wilson Disclosure
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Friday, May 11, 2007
Administration Oversight, Disclosure of CIA Agent Identity
http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1311

Chairman Waxman and Rep. Davis send a letter to CIA Director General Hayden reiterating their request for documents relevant to the Committee's investigation of the unauthorized disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070511154657.pdf
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 06:49 PM
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42. John Nichols BLOG: Ten Questions for Dick Cheney = IRAQ regime change
Nichols is right on the mark, as usual.
Consider how long we have been waiting for these questions to be answered!! *#@##**^%$##@@

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10/05/2004
John Nichols BLOG: Ten Questions for Dick Cheney
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=1874

Dick Cheney, who spent most of his administration's first term in a secure undisclosed location, has been campaigning this fall in the Potemkin Villages of Republican reaction. As such, he has not faced much in the way of serious questioning ...

2.) Why were maps of Iraqi oil fields and pipelines included in the documents reviewed by the administration's energy task force, the National Energy Policy Development Group, which you headed during the first months of 2001? Did discussions about regime change in Iraq figure in the deliberations of the energy task force? ....

5.) Speaking of intelligence, were you or any members of your staff involved in any way in revealing the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative ....

7.) No corporation has been more closely associated with the invasion of Iraq than Halliburton. The company, which you served as CEO ....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:05 PM
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43. "Name That Bush Scandal" Contest Winners - January 22, 2005 = "George of the Bungle."
The wildest things turn up in serious web searches.

This one I can relate to, because it it's difficult to determine what to call
all the scandals as they crop up. The "good old days" aren't when all we worried
about was Bill's picadillies. No, the good old days were when we had just one scandal at a time.

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Home > Features > Name That Bush Scandal Contest Winners
"Name That Bush Scandal" Contest Winners - January 22, 2005
http://www.perrspectives.com/features/scandal.htm

To commemorate the Second Inauguration of President George W. Bush, Perrspectives is pleased to announce the winners of the "Name That Bush Scandal" Contest
Selected Bush Scandal Names ...

The Award Winners
The George W. Bush Award: Jeff (Minnesota)

Jeff wins an Apple Mini-iPod for providing the best overall list of names for all 10 scandals ...

"Premature Emancipation" (Bush's USS Abraham Lincoln "Mission Accomplished" speech)
"Whack-a-Mole" (Valerie Plame CIA outing)
"Rice Cake" (bogus Niger uranium claims)
"Medicon" (the assorted Medicare reform frauds) ....

"Nuclear Fleece Movement" (Niger uranium)
"Treasonable Doubts" (Plame/Wilson scandal)

"Chains of Command" for the Abu Ghraib torture scandal

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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:15 PM
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44. "wiLey Coyote...you genius...you've done it again!"
--Wiley Coyote, "Super Genius" "Looney Tunes"

Speaking even as one of the bloody twitching herd at the bottom of your cliff, I recognize that you are correct that the death of Jerry Falwell is distracting us from the larger and far more important issues.

Although, as I said, I certainly cannot say I didn't take my own shot:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Jerry, this is Satan. Satan, I believe you already know Jerry.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:26 PM
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46. Upon seeing that post, Perhaps a compilation post of the Best of the Burn in Hell...
posts would be a good humor piece to read, mind you, after the impeachment, of course. That way there would be more of them!!!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:17 PM
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45. The Dynamic of a Bush Scandal: How the Spying Story Will Unfold (and Fade)
The Dynamic of a Bush Scandal: How the Spying Story Will Unfold (and Fade)
December 20, 2005 -
http://blogreport.salon.com/synopsis.aspx?synopsisId=a6...

... the U.S. Constitution, a Constitution many Americans believe is on life support ... The cause of its demise is the corrosive interplay between the Bush administration, a bevy of blind apologists, a politically apathetic public, a well-oiled rightwing message machine, lapdog reporters, and a disorganized opposition. The domestic spying case perfectly illuminates the workings of that system. And the unfolding of this story augurs poorly for those who expect it to yield different results from other administration scandals.

Here's why: the dynamic of a typical Bush scandal follows familiar contours...

1. POTUS circumvents the law - an impeachable offense.

2. The story breaks (in this case after having been concealed by a news organization until well after Election 2004).

3. The Bush crew floats a number of pushback strategies, settling on one that becomes the mantra of virtually every Republican surrogate. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:42 PM
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47. $$$ Bush payola scandal deepens as third columnist admits being paid $$$
Bush payola scandal deepens as third columnist admits being paid
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington - January 29, 2005
The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1401211,00....

... fresh evidence of a far-reaching clandestine campaign to influence public opinion yesterday after a third conservative commentator admitted receiving payments for championing its policies.

Michael McManus, a newspaper columnist, was paid up to $10,000 (5,300) to praise the administration's marriage initiative, which diverts funds from welfare to marital counselling, the Los Angeles Times reported.

His fees were approved by a branch of the department of health and human services, and were funnelled through the Lewin Group, a consultancy firm. The commentator's rightwing Marriage Savers Foundation received an additional $49,000 in government grants. Mr McManus did not disclose the payments in his columns. ..............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:47 PM
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48. Major Bush Scandal. Bush admin funneling money to Sunni groups linked to Al Qaeda.
Major Bush Scandal. Bush admin funneling money to Sunni groups linked to Al Qaeda.
February 27th, 2007 28 Comments
http://skeletonproject.com/2007/02/27/major-bush-scanda... /

Seymour Hersh uncovers major Bush scandal. Bush is funneling money without authorization or oversight that has ended up in the hands of Sunni jihadist groups linked to Al Qaeda.

If this is true and he is not impeached someone should call Jack Bauer and get him to deal with it.

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VIDEO: Seymour talks to Wolf about Bush channeling money secretly to jihadists for the shot-up with Hezbollah. Funds not appropriated, w/o telling Congress. Covert ops .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:56 PM
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49. Is the Administrations new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
The Redirection
Is the Administrations new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
by Seymour M. Hersh March 5, 2007
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_...


A STRATEGIC SHIFT

In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The redirection, as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coperated with Saudi Arabias government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. ...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 07:58 PM
Response to Reply #49
50. Bush funneling money to Al Qaeda-related groups [VIDEO]
"Explosive" new Hersh scoop:
Bush funneling money to Al Qaeda-related groups
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:18 PM
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51. Judiciary Hearing on Oil Prices and Market Failure: A Federal Investigation Denied
Judiciary Hearing on Oil Prices and Market Failure: A Federal Investigation Denied
May 16th, 2007 by Jesse Lee
http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=386

The Judiciary Committee Task Force on Antitrust has concluded its hearing, Prices at the Pump: Market Failure and the Oil Industry. Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, describes a meeting he had with US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting a federal investigation into the oil industry: .........

We pleaded with Attorney General Gonzales and FTC Chairman Majoras, Platt, ...
to begin an investigation of the oil industry, and we offered our partnership
in that work. All 50 Attorneys General have hands full investigating monopolistic
abuses on the part of the oil industry, but we lack the authority, and expertise,
and resources of the federal government. And so we invited, we beseeched the
federal government to join us in that investigation and so far they have declined to do so.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:27 PM
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52. Bush's AWOL Scandal: Let's Break Through the Media Barrier
Bush's AWOL Scandal: Let's Break Through the Media Barrier
August 12, 2004
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/04/08/12_...

For its own political purposes last year, the Bush Administration compromised a covert CIA agent... last weekend, the Bush Administration revealed the name of a double-agent ... they compromised one of the CIA's few agents on the inside of the terrorist network.

It's even more clear now that Bush&Co., for short-term gain, will do anything to try to win an election, including selling out the long-term national interests of the United States.

.......... From the very beginning, the mainstream media neglected to adequately report on Bush's failure to complete his six-year obligation to the Texas Air National Guard. .... presumably because his father was a political heavyweight.

.... key payroll and medical records went mysteriously missing, no comrades in arms stepped forward to verify that Bush had completed his tour of duty .... "This story is old news," the Bush Campaign kept saying, hoping that incantation would work its disappearing magic.

But the scandal was still out there, simmering, threatening to boil over again, ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 10:49 AM
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113. DAVID CORN: W's AWOL Spin Update!
Posted 02/13/2004 @ 1:13pm
W's AWOL Spin Update!
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?pid=1257


.......... Bush's file includes an annual performance review dated May 2, 1973, that says he had not been seen at the Houston base for a year) and if they explain why Bush, who had trained as a fighter pilot, failed to take a flight physical exam and was removed from flight status.

Then there's the this-just-in account from John "Bill" Calhoun, a Republican businessman in Atlanta. The Washington Post reported that "a Republican close to Bush" supplied the newspaper the phone number of Calhoun, who was an officer with the Alabama Air National Guard in 1972. Calhoun told the Post that he saw Bush sign in eight to ten times for duty at the 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Group at Dannelly Field in Montgomery from May to October 1972. Calhoun said, "He'd sit on my couch and read training manuals and accident reports and stuff like that."

Four years ago, when the where-was-W story broke (thanks to a piece by The Boston Globe's Walter Robinson), the Bush campaign promised it would release names of individuals who had served with Bush in Alabama. It never did. The campaign did provide the name of a former girlfriend, but she only said that Bush had told her that he had to report for duty in Alabama; she could not attest that he actually did. Finally, Bush has one witness--out of the 600 to 700 people who served at the Alabama base in 1972.

But Calhoun's account is contradicted by other information--including the few pages of records that the White House released earlier this week. Calhoun says that Bush showed up for duty several times from May to October 1972. But the payment and retirement records the White House handed out three days earlier show that Bush received no pay or attendance credits from April until the end of October 1972. Why, then, is Calhoun's account not in sync with the documents that, according to the White House, settles the matter? ..........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:43 PM
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53. NSA SPYING-GATE: the administration's warrantless wiretapping program
Mr. Comey's Tale
A standoff at a hospital bedside speaks volumes about Attorney General Gonzales.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007; Page A14

JAMES B. COMEY, the straight-as-an-arrow former No. 2 official at the Justice Department, yesterday offered the Senate Judiciary Committee an account of Bush administration lawlessness so shocking it would have been unbelievable coming from a less reputable source. ...

Mr. Comey, who was acting as attorney general during Mr. Ashcroft's illness, had refused to recertify the legality of the administration's warrantless wiretapping program;......showed the lengths to which the administration and the man who is now attorney general were willing to go to pursue the surveillance program....

Only in the face of the prospect of mass resignations -- Mr. Comey, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and most likely Mr. Ashcroft himself -- did the president back down......they were willing to override Justice if need be. That Mr. Gonzales is now in charge of the department he tried to steamroll may be most disturbing of all.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:31 AM
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142. Senate Judiciary Presses For Answers On Administrations Domestic Spying Program
Leahy, Specter Press For Answers On Administrations Domestic Spying Program
http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200705/052207a.html

Leading Judiciary Committee Senators Continue To Seek Information
On Legal Justification For Warrantless Wiretapping Program

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 22) Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales seeking answers to longstanding questions about the Bush Administrations warrantless wiretapping program.

Leahy and Specter renewed earlier requests made by the Committee relating to the legal justifications for the warrantless wiretapping program. The request follows testimony last week by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who revealed that the Justice Department had concerns about the legal basis for the program and refused to certify it for a period of time in 2004.

This Committee has made no fewer than eight formal requests over the past 18 months to the White House, the Attorney General, or other Department of Justice officials seeking documents and information related to this surveillance program. These requests have sought the Executive Branch legal analysis of this program and documents reflecting its authorization by the President, the senators wrote. You have rebuffed all requests for documents and your answers to our questions have been wholly inadequate and, at times, misleading.

Leahy and Specter noted that the information is crucial for the Committee to have before consideration of any of the Administrations proposed changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). They set a deadline of June 5 for the Justice Department to respond to the inquiry.

A PDF is also available. - http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200705/5-25-07%20PJL%20an...

May 21, 2007

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzalez:

Last week we heard dramatic and deeply troubling testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Comey. He testified that in March 2004, when he was Acting Attorney General, he informed the White House that the Department of Justice had concluded an ongoing classified surveillance program had no legal basis and would not certify it. He then described how you, then Counsel to the President, and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card arrived at the hospital bedside of an extremely ill Attorney General Ashcroft and attempted to persuade him to certify the program. When you failed, because Mr. Ashcroft refused, Mr. Comey testified that the program was nonetheless certified over the objections of the Department of Justice. That apparently prompted a number of high-ranking Justice officials to consider resigning en masse.

This incident obviously raises very serious questions about your personal behavior and commitment to the rule of law. Mr. Comeys testimony also demonstrates vividly how essential it is that this Committee understands the legal underpinnings of the surveillance program that was the subject of that incident, and how the legal justification evolved over time. The stonewalling by you and the Administration must end. The Committee on the Judiciary is charged with overseeing and legislating on constitutional protections, civil and criminal justice, civil liberties, and the Judiciary, all subjects that this matter impacts. We intend to do our job.

This Committee has made no fewer than eight formal requests over the past 18 months to the White House, the Attorney General, or other Department of Justice officials seeking documents and information related to this surveillance program. These requests have sought the Executive Branch legal analysis of this program and documents reflecting its authorization by the President. You have rebuffed all requests for documents and your answers to our questions have been wholly inadequate and, at times, misleading.

We note also that the Administration has offered a legislative proposal that it contends seeks to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). As you know, the Judiciary Committee has historically overseen changes to FISA and it is this Committees responsibility to review the Administrations proposal with great care. The draft legislation would make dramatic and far-reaching changes to a critical national security authority. Before we can even begin to consider any such legislative proposal, we must be given appropriate access to the information necessary to carry out our oversight and legislative duties.

This Administration has asserted that it established its program of warrantless wiretapping by the NSA because it deemed FISAs requirements to be incompatible with the needs of the intelligence community in fighting terrorism. You testified in January that the warrantless wiretapping program had been terminated and that henceforth surveillance would be conducted pursuant to authorization from the FISA Court. To consider any changes to FISA, it is critical that this Committee understand how the Department and the FISA Court have interpreted FISA and the perceived flaws that led the Administration to operate a warrantless surveillance program outside of FISAs provisions for over five years.

Your consistent stonewalling and misdirection have prevented this Committee from carrying out its constitutional oversight and legislative duties for far too long. We understand that much of the information we seek may currently be classified, but that can be no excuse for failing to provide relevant information to all members of this Committee and select, cleared staff. We will, of course, handle it with the greatest care and consistent with security requirements.

Therefore, we reiterate our requests for the following documents and ask that you provide them to this Committee no later than June 5, 2007:

1) Please provide all documents that reflect the Presidents authorization and reauthorization of the warrantless electronic surveillance program that you have called the Terrorist Surveillance Program, including any predecessor programs, from 2001 to the present;

2) Please provide all memoranda or other documents containing analysis or opinions from the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, the White House, or any other entity within the Executive Branch on legality of or legal basis for the warrantless electronic surveillance program, including documents that describe why the desired surveillance would not or could not take place consistent with the requirements and procedures of FISA from 2001 to the present;

3) Please provide all documents reflecting communications with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) about the warrantless electronic surveillance program or the types of surveillance that previously were conducted as part of that program, that contain legal analysis, arguments, or decisions concerning the interpretation of FISA, the Fourth Amendment, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or the Presidents authority under Article II of the Constitution, including the January 2007 FISC orders to which you refer in your January 17, 2007 letter to us and all other opinions or orders of the FISA court with respect to this surveillance;

4) If you do not consider the surveillance program that was the subject of discussion during the hospital visit and other events that former Deputy Attorney General James Comey described in his May 15, 2007 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be covered by the requests made above, please provide all documents described in those requests relevant to that program, as well.

We emphasize that we are seeking the legal justifications and analysis underlying these matters and not the specific operational details or information obtained by the surveillance.

Sincerely,
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:37 AM
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144. Mar 2006: Leahy, Kennedy Press For Information = Inquiry Of Warrantless Illegal Domestic Spying
Leahy, Kennedy Press For Information On Court Cases Potentially Compromised
By Bush Administration's Illegal Domestic Spying Program

Judiciary Committee Continues Inquiry Of Warrantless Spying, Panel's Leading Democrats Seek Info On Current Cases
Where Parties Claim Evidence Was Illegally Obtained Through Administration's Unlawful Program
http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200603/031706.html

WASHINGTON (Friday, March 17) -- Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) Friday sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales seeking information on court cases that may have been compromised by the Bush Administrations illegal domestic spying program.

In their oversight letter, Leahy, the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, and Kennedy, a senior member of the panel, ask Gonzales to provide the committee with information on all legal challenges where parties in the case are claiming evidence was illegally obtained through the illegal program or any others operated outside the law.

The Judiciary Committee has been conducting an inquiry of the warrantless wiretapping program since it was revealed late last year. The Committee is expected to hold more hearings in the coming months.

Below is the text of the letter.

# # # # #

March 17, 2006

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

According to press accounts, several terrorism defendants have filed legal challenges to the Presidents program of electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant. These include Ali al-Timimi, a Virginia Islamic scholar convicted of inciting his followers to train for violent jihad, and Iyman Faris, an Ohio truck driver convicted of plotting with al Qaeda to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, a federal judge postponed sentencing Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a Virginia man convicted of conspiring to assassinate President Bush, pending further assurance by the government that no information used against him was obtained through warrantless surveillance.

The Judiciary Committee is continuing its inquiry into the Presidents Terrorist Surveillance Program, and we ask that you send for our review a list of every criminal case in which a defendant is alleging that evidence was illegally obtained through this program or any other program involving foreign intelligence surveillance outside of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. For each case listed, please provide a brief description of the offense, the legal claims raised by the defendant, and the current status of the litigation. In addition, please provide copies of all rulings by any court that address this issue. Finally, we ask that you update these materials on a continuing basis as significant developments, including rulings by any court, occur.

We look forward to your prompt reply to this inquiry.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY, EDWARD M. KENNEDY
Ranking Member United States Senator
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:57 PM
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54. Gitmo/Abu Ghraib Torture-Gate: aggressive interrogation techniques that led to the abuses
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TORTURE MEMO SCANDAL
http://www.texscience.org/reform/torture /

THE MEMOS (all in PDF format):
Memo of Patrick F. Philbin and John C. Yoo, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, to William J. Haynes, II, General Counsel, Department of Defense, "Possible Habeas Jurisdiction over Aliens Held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba," 28 December 2001.
........................numerous PDFs

NEWS REPORTS:
Double Standards?

A Justice Department memo proposes that the United States hold others accountable for international laws on detainees--but that Washington did not have to follow them itself

By Michael Isikoff
Investigative Correspondent
Newsweek
May 21, 2004 (Updated: May 25, 2004)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5032094/site/newsweek /

In a crucial memo written four months after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Justice Department lawyers advised that President George W. Bush and the U.S. military did not have to comply with any international laws in the handling of detainees in the war on terrorism. It was that conclusion, say some critics, that laid the groundwork for aggressive interrogation techniques that led to the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

...................

Memo offered justification for use of torture
Justice Department gave advice in 2002

By Dana Priest and R. Jeffrey Smith
The Washington Post
June 07, 2004
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5159903 /

.........................

Memo Offered Justification for Use of Torture
Justice Dept. Gave Advice in 2002

By Dana Priest and R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, June 8, 2004; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23373-20...

.............................

Justice memo approved torture of al-Qaida
The document was later used in a Pentagon report regarding Guantanamo Bay rules.

By Dana Priest and R. Jeffrey Smith
The Washington Post
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/04/06/08/wir_torture00...

..............................

U.S.'s Ashcroft Won't Release or Discuss Torture Memo

June 8, 2004
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a...

..............................

LEGAL OPINIONS
Lawyers Decided Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush

By NEIL A. LEWIS and ERIC SCHMITT
The New York Times
June 8, 2004
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/08/politics/08ABUS.html

................................

Bush Didn't Order Any Breach of Torture Laws, Ashcroft Says

By NEIL A. LEWIS
The New York Times
June 9, 2004
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/politics/09TORT.html

................................

THE MEMORANDUMS
Documents Build a Case for Working Outside the Laws in Interrogations

NEIL A. LEWIS
The New York Times
June 9, 2004
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/politics/09TTEX.html

................................

Memo on Torture Draws Focus to Bush
Aide Says President Set Guidelines for Interrogations, Not Specific Techniques

By Mike Allen and Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 9, 2004; Page A03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26401-20...

..........................

MORE
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:02 PM
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55. Torture: leaked Justice Department memo. Torture probe focus turns to Bush
Torture memo
http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog /

The leaked Justice Department memo (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23373-20... ) adds to the worries that arose out of the Abu Ghraib scandal concerning how far up the chain of command responsibility for abuse of prisoners may have gone:

The legal reasoning in the 2002 memo, which covered treatment of al Qaeda detainees in CIA custody,
was later used in a March 2003 report by Pentagon lawyers assessing interrogation rules governing
the Defense Department's detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At that time, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld had asked the lawyers to examine the logistical, policy and legal issues
associated with interrogation techniques.

In the 2002 memo, written for the CIA and addressed to White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales,
the Justice Department defined torture in a much narrower way, for example, than does the U.S. Army,
which has historically carried out most wartime interrogations.

.....................

Torture Memo
http://archive.salon.com/politics/war_room/2004/06/09/m... /

Torture probe focus turns to Bush
"First of all," Attorney General John Ashcroft told senators on Tuesday, "this administration opposes torture." His proof? .....

......................

Justice Dept. Memo Says Torture 'May Be Justified'

By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 13, 2004
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38894-20...

Today washingtonpost.com is posting a copy of the Aug. 1, 2002, memorandum (PDF) "Re: Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. 2340-2340A," from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel for Alberto R. Gonzales, counsel to President Bush.

........................

Aides Say Memo Backed Coercion for Qaeda Cases

By DAVID JOHNSTON and JAMES RISEN
The New York Times
June 27, 2004
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/international/middlee...

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:03 PM
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56. MEMO: Defining Torture: Russian Roulette, Yes. Mind-Altering Drugs, Maybe.
WORD FOR WORD
Defining Torture: Russian Roulette, Yes. Mind-Altering Drugs, Maybe.

By KATE ZERNIKE
The New York Times
June 27, 2004
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/weekinreview/27word.h...

If all the memos released by the White House last week in response to the prison abuse scandal in Iraq, none have been more incendiary than the so-called torture memo, dated Aug. 1, 2002, and written by Jay S. Bybee, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

The department and the White House have distanced themselves from the document. But the memorandum's antiseptic discussion of the definition of torture is likely to continue to fuel the debate. Following are a few excerpts.


The memo starts by explaining that some acts may be "cruel, inhuman or degrading" but not constitute torture ..............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:06 PM
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57. LINKS: NY TIMES Complete Guide to the Memos on Torture
COMPLETE COVERAGE
A Guide to the Memos on Torture
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/international/24MEMO-GUIDE.h...

The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have disclosed memorandums that show a pattern in which Bush administration lawyers set about devising arguments to avoid constraints against mistreatment and torture of detainees. Administration officials responded by releasing hundreds of pages of previously classified documents related to the development of a policy on detainees.

Additional documents were released in December and January by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a civil lawsuit seeking to discover the extent of abuse of prisoners by the military. Those papers are posted at aclu.org.

2002

JANUARY A series of memorandums from the Justice Department, many of them written by John C. Yoo, a University of California law professor who was serving in the department, provided arguments to keep United States officials from being charged with war crimes for the way prisoners were detained and interrogated. ...........

JAN. 25 Alberto R. Gonzales, the White House counsel, in a memorandum to President Bush, said that the Justice Department's advice in the Jan. 9 memorandum was sound and that Mr. Bush should declare the Taliban and Al Qaeda outside the coverage of the Geneva Conventions. ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 11:34 AM
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96. HUMAN RIGHTS - The Stain Of Gitmo = Article with numerous links
HUMAN RIGHTS - The Stain Of Gitmo
by Faiz Shakir, Nico Pitney, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, and Matt Corley
http://www.americanprogressaction.org/progressreport/20...


Since its creation over five years ago, Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has been a source of human rights abuses that has tarnished the reputation of the United States. Leaders across the world have called for the closure of the facility, including, for example, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and even President Bush's ally outgoing-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The facility faces widespread criticism at home as well. A poll conducted last year showed that over two-thirds of Americans believe the United States "should change the way it treats detainees."

...............

HABEAS CORPUS CONTINUES TO BE DENIED: Last October, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act, which retained language stripping detainees of habeas corpus rights. Without habeas corpus rights, detainees at Guantanamo have no ability to question their detention. "It's one of the core rights that makes the United States different from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran and Kim Jong Il's North Korea," notes USA Today. ....................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:22 PM
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58. HOOKER-GATE: Bush Official Resigns in Prostitution Scandal
Politics & Society
Bush Official Resigns in Prostitution Scandal
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99...

Listen to this story...

Day to Day, April 30, 2007 Randall Tobias, the head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, resigned Friday after his name reportedly surfaced on a client list for the so-called "D.C. Madam." Anne Schroeder of Politico.com talks with Alex Chadwick.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:44 PM
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60. Bush's administration is worse than Nixon's, says Watergate aide DEAN
Over sixty posts in 12 hours, most on this thread alone, gives you my reading list today.
I'm getting a real refresher course on the Bush scandals, and yet I know this is still a very incomplet compilation.
I NEED HELP. Please sandwich in pertinent articles and start sub-threads on things still missing.

This seems a good post for number 60.

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Bush's administration is worse than Nixon's, says Watergate aide DEAN
By Julian Coman in Washington
04/04/2004 -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/20...

John Dean, Richard Nixon's legal counsel who was jailed for his part in the Watergate scandal, has accused the Bush administration of trumping even the Nixon regime in secrecy, deception and political cynicism.

In the latest book to attack the conduct of the current United States administration, Mr. Dean says that it has created potentially the most corrupt, unethical and undemocratic White House in history.

His "Worse than Watergate, the Secret Presidency of George W. Bush" is published this week by Little Brown.

"Bush and Cheney are a throwback to the Nixon time," ................
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:00 PM
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61. buffalo jump
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:15 PM
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62. We need comic relief. The Incompetence, The Corruption, The Cronyism
Edited on Wed May-16-07 10:22 PM by L. Coyote

http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/20061126_luckovich... /

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The Incompetence, The Corruption, The Cronyism: April 28, 2006 edition
http://mainstusa.blogspot.com/2006/04/incompetence-corr...

I think Paul Krugman should have titled his column today "The Incompetence, the Corruption, and the Cronyism", ....



On the other hand, the history of the Bush administration, from the botched reconstruction of Iraq to the botched start-up of the prescription drug program, shows that a president who isn't serious about governing, who prizes loyalty and personal connections over competence, can quickly reduce the government of the world's most powerful nation to third-world levels of ineffectiveness.

And bear in mind that Mr. Bush's pattern of cronyism didn't change after Katrina. For example, he appointed Julie Myers, the inexperienced niece of Gen. Richard Myers, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement an agency that, like FEMA, is supposed to protect us against terrorism as well as other threats. Even at the C.I.A., the administration seems more interested in purging Democrats than in improving the quality of intelligence.

..............
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 12:10 PM
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90. the only turkey he cares about comes in a bottle
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:26 PM
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63. Paul Wolfowitz = A scandal a day = key architect of the disaster in Iraq
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
A scandal a day
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...

You can say this much about the Bush administration: It isn't necessary to keep track of very many story lines. The narrative pretty much stays the same; only the names change.

Consider the embarrassing pickle in which Paul Wolfowitz, the former No. 2 man at the Defense Department under Donald Rumsfeld and now the embattled president of the World Bank, finds himself.

A World Bank committee that looked into his conduct found that Mr. Wolfowitz -- who had been muscled into the job by the Bush administration over foreign objections -- broke the bank's rules ..........

Vice President Dick Cheney says Mr. Wolfowitz, a key architect of the disaster in Iraq, is "one of the most able public servants" he's ever known. Now there's a confidence-building endorsement. ...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:49 PM
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67. YouTube: IRAN - Former CIA Official Exposes Bush Administration Fraud
Former CIA Official Exposes Bush Administration Fraud
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a3Bfox0k4g
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:36 PM
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70. CRONYISM: Who Are The Bush Pioneers & Rangers?
Who Are The Bush Pioneers & Rangers?
Summary & Key Findings:
http://www.tpj.org/pioneers/pioneers04/summary.html

Just three weeks after launching his presidential exploratory committee on March 7, 1999, George W. Bush had a quick $7.6 million in his war chest. This stunning jumpstart was but the opening salvo of a fundraising campaign that smashed all existing records. By the time his party selected him as its nominee in July 2000, Bush had amassed a primary war chest of more than $110 million. Bush became the first major-party nominee to spurn the public financing system for presidential primaries--along with its accompanying voluntary fundraising and spending limits.

Bush, who was not subject to contribution limits as a Texas gubernatorial candidate, was limited under federal law to no more than $1,000 from each individual donor to his 2000 presidential campaign. Each Pioneer legally circumvented this limit by amassing bundles of checks from 100 or more donors to deliver at least $100,000 to the Bush campaign. In honor of the 2002 McCain-Feingold reform--which doubled individual contribution limits to $2,000--the 2004 Bush campaign created a new elite Ranger category for donors who deliver $200,000 or more.

From the time that the Dallas Morning News first reported its existence in May 1999, Bushs Pioneer network has been secretive. .........

Pioneers and Rangers in 2000 and/or 2004 (count = 661):

* Of the 661 elite donors from Bushs 2000 and/or 2004 campaigns, 152 (23 percent) have had themselves
or their spouses appointed to Bushs 2000 transition teams or to one or more federal posts. These big-donor
appointees include two cabinet secretaries, 27 ambassadors and 48 transition team members.

* 104 companies that have employed 127 elite Bush donors received federal contracts worth more than $88 billion
in fiscal year 2002. Dominating this group is Bush Ranger George David, head of defense giant United
Technologies Corp., which had $84 billion in federal contracts.

* President Bush invited family members of 27 elite donors to sleepovers at the White House or Camp David.

* At least 156 elite Bush donors have been involved in corporate scandals or helped run companies involved in them.

* At least 83 elite donors either have been involved in campaign-finance scandals or helped run companies involved in them.

* Forty-one elite Bush donors recently ran or worked for polluting companies.

* Thirty-eight private companies have employed more than one elite Bush donor, with two Wall Street
investment banks employing four elite Bush donors apiece.

* Fifteen families produced more than one elite Bush donor, led by the First Family. Three other families bred three elite donors each.

* Thirteen members of Congress are elite Bush donors.


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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:45 PM
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71. SCIENCE-GATE: Legacy of Scientific Fraud Honed by Bush Adminstration
Legacy of Scientific Fraud Honed by Bush Adminstration
Julie MacDonald Scandal Symptomatic of Broad Pattern of Mendacity
http://www.commondreams.org/news2007/0509-05.htm
WASHINGTON - May 9, 2007

Since its inception, the Bush administration has manipulated and misrepresented the findings of its own scientists to frustrate the intent of the Endangered Species Act, according to testimony released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The testimony is part of an oversight hearing today conducted by the House Natural Resources Committee.

The hearing addresses the abrupt resignation of Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie MacDonald in the wake of an Inspector General report finding that she falsified agency scientific findings and improperly supplied internal drafts of agency documents to the Farm Bureau and property rights groups.....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:53 PM
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72. Bush and Corporate Fraud ' "he sold almost $1 million of his shares in Harken Energy"
Bush and Corporate Fraud
By SAUL LANDAU
http://www.counterpunch.org/landau02142003.html
February 14, 2003

"Who Steals My Purse Steals Trash"

I felt like blaming someone when, like millions of other Americans, I took a WorldCom bath. How, I asked my wife, could the company that owns MCI, one of the world's telecommunication giants, declare bankruptcy? ....

............the President may have suffered some memory loss. Or is this convenient amnesia?

He probably forgot that he sold almost $1 million of his shares in Harken Energy just before that company went to the toilet. But that was more than a decade ago and how would such a busy man with so much on his mind remember a trivial detail like making a million dollars instead of losing that amount? Nor do I expect W to remember financial foibles committed by members of his family. Who likes to think about unpleasant events in the past?

Why, for example, would he recall his brother Neil's role in the painful scandal that arose from the practices of Silverado Banking. ......
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:01 AM
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73. This is a neat thread-Falwell or not
I was thinking the other day that with these people scandals pile up so fast, the new one wipes out all memory of the older ones.

Here is one I was wondering about this morning, that seems to be less talked about now because of all that happened in the intervening weeks:

Walter Reed

http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48723400_veterans_ve...

snip
>>

"More than 1.5 million troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these troops and veterans are being forced to wait months and even years for medical appointments and disability pensions," Bowers said. "Veterans must receive the care they need in a timely manner. In some cases, it's a matter of life and death." As part of his testimony, Bowers will describe the struggle of Iraq veteran Sergeant First Class Drew Brown. The Pentagon was supposed to be keeping track of veterans like Brown, but he filled out the necessary forms and asked for help from a mental health professional five times. Brown later learned that his case had been closed improperly as he struggled with anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Brown recounts his experience in a recent essay. Below is an excerpt:

One night while my wife slept only feet from me, I came to the conclusion that she would not be able to stop me if I chose to end my life. With the speed and accuracy of my years handling weapons, I could easily load a magazine, chamber a round, remove the safety and squeeze the trigger before she even got out of bed.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:13 AM
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74. Dear Congressman Conyers: The War Crimes of Bush, Cheney and Co.
An Open Letter to John Conyers
The War Crimes of Bush, Cheney and Co.
By TOM STEPHENS and JOHN PHILO
http://www.counterpunch.org/stephens05202004.html

Dear Congressman Conyers:

We write to ask that you take the lead in efforts to appoint special counsel to investigate the top officials of the current US Government executive branch and their leading co-conspirators. The targets of this proposed investigation include, but are not limited to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Stephen Cambone, Douglas Feith, Lewis Libbey, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Michael Ledeen, James Woolsey, Newt Gingrich, and John Ashcroft.

The subject matter of this proposed investigation is the conduct of the so-called "war on terrorism," and the illegal and catastrophic US war of aggression against Iraq. Specifically, we believe that these individuals and others conspired to commit war crimes, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and to cover up their wrongdoing in connection with these crimes. These crimes include systematic violations of fundamental human rights guaranteed by the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Convention on Torture, the Alien Tort Claims Act, lying to Congress and to other federal officials, and violations of other laws, treaties and obligations, including internal regulations of the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice. ................
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:47 AM
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75. Locking, at poster's request.
Thanks.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:15 AM
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76. Ten Reasons Congress Must Investigate Bush Administration Crimes
Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
Ten Reasons Congress Must Investigate Bush Administration Crimes
by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1114-30.htm


Few elections in history have provided so clear a mandate. As the New York Times put it, Democrats were largely elected on the promise to act as a strong check on administration. <1> But the first response of the new Congressional leadership has been to proclaim a new era of civility and seek accommodation with the very people who need to be held accountable for war crimes and subversion of the Constitution.

Democratic strategists who argue for this kind of bipartisanship maintain that the American people want their political leaders to address the problems of the future, not pursue recriminations about the past. They therefore oppose the kind of penetrating investigation that a White House strategist told Time would lead to a cataclysmic fight to the death<2> if Democrats start issuing subpoenas. If such peace at any price Democrats prevail, the result will be a catastrophe not only for the Democratic party but for American democracy.

Establishing accountability will require a thorough investigation of the actions of the Bush administration ..........
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:19 AM
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:23 AM
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78. CONYERS' investigative report OR The Democrats Impeachment Road Map
The Democrats Impeachment Road Map
Its finished, ready to go and waiting for November.
By Byron York - August 7, 2006
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjVjM2M2N2U3ZjJlNT...


Theres a word you wont find in the text of Democratic Rep. John Conyerss new investigative report on the Bush administration, The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance. And the word isimpeachment. Yet the 350-page Constitution in Crisis, released last week, is, more than anything else, a detailed road map for the impeachment of George W. Bush, ready for use should Democrats win control of the House of Representatives this November. And Conyers, who would become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee the panel that would initiate any impeachment proceedings is the man who could make it happen. ....

....LENGHTY ARTICLE >>>>>

======================
Conyers Report on Potential Bush Crimes
07-31-2006
FULL TEXT in image files.
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/conyers-report/?r...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 09:50 AM
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94. Impeachment Town Hall in Detroit, in Rep. John Conyers' District
marmar Tue May-22-07 07:32 AM - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Impeachment Town Hall next week in Detroit .... in Rep. John Conyers' District ...

referencing: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/mi

Reporting on passage of the resolution can be found in:
The Detroit Free Press: http://tinyurl.com/2tp8gc

The Detroit News: http://tinyurl.com/32gu72

AfterDowningStreet.org, including full text of the resolution: http://tinyurl.com/3yvmdm

Sponsors of the event include: National Lawyers Guild, Detroit & Michigan Chapter; MIImpeach.org; Veterans for Peace; Gray Panthers; Latinos Unidos of Michigan; Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Democrats.com; AfterDowningStreet.org; Progressive Democrats of America; World Cant Wait.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:33 AM
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79. COUNTERPUNCH: The Posse Gathers - Bush War Crimes
The Posse Gathers - Bush War Crimes
By JEREMY BRECHER and BRENDAN SMITH
http://www.counterpunch.org/brecher12062005.html

Diverse forces are assembling to bring Bush administration officials to account for war crimes. .....

American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond

The charge that the U.S. attack on Iraq was a war crime was raised even before the war began. More than 1,000 law professors and U.S. legal institutions organized in opposition to the U.S. war crime of launching an "aggressive war in violation of the UN Charter" against Iraq. Violation of international law was also a central theme in worldwide demonstrations against the war. The attack on the illegality of the war has been revived by the leak of the Downing Street memo; 130 members of Congress joined Rep. John Conyers in demanding that the Bush administration come clean about the invasion-supported by a half million citizen signatures gathered in barely a week. "Scootergate" is fundamentally about the cover-up of White House lies justifying the war.

Illegal detention and torture are also war crimes. Starting with the exposure of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, cascading revelations have established that these cases exemplify a pattern of abuse authorized at the highest levels of government. Human rights groups like the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Human Rights First sued in U.S. and foreign courts against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others for breaching the U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Conventions. ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:37 AM
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80. Bush's High Crimes Against the Nation = "an impeachable offense."
August 1, 2003 - Seattle Times
Bush's High Crimes Against the Nation
by Walter Williams
http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0801-07.htm


George W. Bush has knowingly deceived the American people on the two overriding policy issues of his presidency the invasion of Iraq and the deep tax cuts.

Other presidents have lied. Only Bush has repeatedly duped Congress and the public to thwart their exercise of informed consent.

He is the first president to use propaganda as the main weapon in selling his policies. Bush's unprecedented pattern of deception may constitute an impeachable offense.

To date, only the deception in Iraq has brought forth the "I" word. The case for impeachment is materially strengthened, however, when Iraq is combined with Bush's 2001 and 2003 propaganda campaigns to convince the public that tax filers with lower levels of income benefited more from his tax cuts than the nation's richest families.

Hoodwinking the public that Saddam posed a perilous immediate danger to the United States is Bush's greatest treachery. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman observed: "If that claim was fraudulent, the selling of the war is arguably the worst scandal in American history."

John Dean, counsel to the president during Watergate, wrote in mid-June: "Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be a 'high crime' under the Constitution's impeachment clause."
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:01 AM
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83. ABUSE OF POWER: State Secrets Privilege "prevent criminal investigation of administrative actions"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Secrets_Privilege

Sibel Edmonds - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds

The privilege was invoked twice against Sibel Edmonds.<1><2><6> The first invocation was to prevent her from testifying that the Federal Government had foreknowledge that Al-Qaeda intended to use airliners to attack the United States on September 11, 2001; the case was a $100 trillion action filed in 2002 by six hundred 9/11 victims' families against officials of the Saudi government and prominent Saudi citizens. The second invocation was in an attempt to derail her personal lawsuit regarding her dismissal from the FBI, where she had worked as a post-9/11 translator and had been a whistleblower.

ACLU vs. NSA/CIA

On May 26, 2006, the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the ACLU's lawsuit against the NSA by invoking the state secrets privilege. On July 26, 2006, the case was dismissed. In a different case in Michigan, brought by the ACLU against the NSA on behalf of various scholars, journalists, attorneys, and national non-profit organizations, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled on August 17, 2006, that the program was unconstitutional and should be halted. She upheld the doctrine, but ruled that the government's public statements concerning the operation were admissible and constituted sufficient proof for the case to continue without any privileged evidence or discovery.

Center for Constitutional Rights et al v. Bush et al

On May 27, 2006 the Justice Department moved to preempt the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenge to warrantless domestic surveillance by invoking the state secrets privilege. The Bush Administration is arguing that CCR's case could reveal secrets regarding U.S. national security, and thus the presiding judge must dismiss it without reviewing the evidence.

AT&T and NSA Wire-Tap case

NSA call database - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA_call_database
NSA warrantless surveillance controversy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA_warrantless_surveillan...

In April 2006, the Bush administration took initial steps to use the state secrets rule to block a lawsuit against AT&T and the National Security Agency brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF alleged that the government has secret computer rooms conducting broad, illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens. http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/2006/04/building-sec...

....Professors William G. Weaver and Robert M. Pallitto in an article in the Political Science Quarterly

"the incentive on the part of administrators is to use the privilege to avoid embarrassment, handicap political enemies, and to prevent criminal investigation of administrative action." (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007 Testimony of William G. Weaver, J.D., Ph.D. Senior Advisor, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition and Associate Professor University of Texas at El Paso, Inst. for Policy and Econ. Development and Dept. of Political Science, February 13, 2007. http://oversight.house.gov/Documents/20070213122925-448... )
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:08 AM
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84. Secret Guarding - The new secrecy doctrine so secret you don't even know about it.
Secret Guarding - The new secrecy doctrine so secret you don't even know about it.
By Henry Lanman - jurisprudence: The law, lawyers, and the court.
Posted Monday, May 22, 2006, at 3:57 PM ET
http://www.slate.com/id/2142155 /

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty. Click image to expand.Last Thursday, a federal court in Virginia threw out a lawsuit against the government that had been brought by a German citizen named Khalid el-Masri. El-Masri alleged that the government had violated U.S. law whenas part if its "extraordinary rendition" programit authorized his abduction, drugging, confinement, and torture. His captors allegedly shuttled him on clandestine flights to and from places like Kabul, Baghdad, and Skopje, Macedonia, during the five months of his detention. He was released only when the government realized it had kidnapped the wrong man.....

.....why then was el-Masri's lawsuit thrown out? Because the judge accepted the government's claim that any alleged activities relating to el-Masri were "state secrets."

Never heard of the "state secrets" privilege? You're not alone. But the Bush administration sure has. Before Sept. 11, this obscure privilege was invoked only rarely. Since then, the administration has dramatically increased its use. ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:28 AM
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85. Today was a great day to begin counting all the Bush scandals
and a ton of work remains, just in the counting. Do lend a hand in this compilation, filling in gaps and augmenting subthreads. This coyote is off to howl in dreamtime.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 09:10 AM
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86. Good Morning America, and it really is today. Or, The Gates to Hell.
The MSM is flooded with headlines about the Bush Lies.

NationalJournal.com has a section called simple "TheGate" with a short blurp

=========================
May 17, 2007
DOJ Considered Firing 26 U.S. Attorneys
http://thegate.nationaljournal.com/2007/05/doj_consider...
The list started with eight federal prosecutors dismissed by the Justice Department. Last week, that number grew amid new revelations that another attorney had been asked to leave before the round of firings already in the spotlight.

Today, the Washington Post reports that one in four U.S. attorneys were up for dismissal during Alberto Gonzales' tenure -- contradicting the statements from the attorney general and others before Congress ....

==========================

telling us what the WA POST told them too. But I love the section header, The Gates. Thats what we have now, so many Bush-Gates that we might as well just call it "The Gates." Or, "The Gates to Hell" if one considers how many politicos will be thrown on the fires before this inquisition is complete. There must be some useful correlation formula somewhere, beginning with the number of LIES to extrapolate that number.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 10:42 AM
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87. GANNON-GATE: Scandal in the White House Press Corps
Scandal in the Press Corps
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, February 10, 2005
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14148-20...

The rise and fall of "Jeff Gannon," the pseudononymous conservative partisan who bragged of working "behind enemy lines" in the White House press corps, is turning into the media scandal of the week.

But what, precisely, is the scandal? That depends on who you listen to.

The saga of James D. Guckert, AKA Jeff Gannon, is either:

- Yet another example of the White House's attempts to avoid scrutiny, undermine the free and independent media, and use fake news and propaganda to manipulate public opinion. ..................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:15 PM
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88. GONZO-GATE: Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) accuses AG Gonzales, DoJ officials, of LYING about firing
Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) accuses AG Gonzales, DoJ officials, of LYING about firing
Meanwhile, Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) was Told of Plan to Fire U.S. Attorney.
Now, if I recall, lying to Congress is a crime.
Plus, this is playing politics with the truth.
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GOP Lawmaker Told of Plan to Fire U.S. Attorney
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 28, 2007; Page A02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/comments/displ...

The White House told a Republican member of Congress last summer about its plans to fire a U.S. attorney in Arkansas and replace him with a former aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove, but it did not tell Democratic lawmakers, according to a new Justice Department e-mail released yesterday.

The White House called Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) "and pretty much told him what they are doing with this appointment and how they are going about it," according to a July 6 e-mail from Bud Cummins, then the U.S. attorney in Little Rock. ...........

The message indicates that Bush administration officials told Boozman about their plans to fire Cummins at the same time that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and other Democrats say they were being stonewalled.

Pryor has accused Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and other Justice officials of lying to him about the firing of Cummins, ........

====================
Must See YouTube: Keith O and Dr. Turley VIDEO
KO--What Else is Gonzales capable of? - Run time: 06:49
Posted on DU: May 17, 2007 - By DU Member: Monkeyman
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Defining "Gonzolies" (verb. nov.), English, May 17, 2007 - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

When Boston Globe reporter Bill Cardoso read Hunter Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" he proclaimed "That is pure Gonzo!" Cardoso used the South Boston Irish slang describing the last man standing after a drinking marathon.

"Gonzolies" is the English neologism describing the last man standing after a lying match. ....

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Loyal, Liberated Gonzales Avoids the Noose: Margaret Carlson
By Margaret Carlson - http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=c...
May 17 (Bloomberg) -- How interesting that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz was being forced to negotiate his resignation, but Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is sailing along like Mark Twain .........

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Yea, down river towards New Orleans!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 08:13 AM
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89. Gonzolies (verb. nov.) English, May 17, 2007
When Boston Globe reporter Bill Cardoso read Hunter Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" he proclaimed "That is pure Gonzo!" Cardoso used the South Boston Irish slang describing the last man standing after a drinking marathon.

"Gonzolies" is the English neologism describing the last man standing after a lying match.

"Gonzo journalism" refers to when an author cannot remove himself from the subject he investigates, often referring to the style of writing a story as perceived in the moment in the mind of the writer. Thompson believed objectivity in journalism was pure myth.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-24-07 09:18 PM
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101. Senate Sets Mid-June Vote on Gonzales No Confidence Vote
Senate Sets Mid-June Vote on Gonzales
By LAURIE KELLMAN, AP
Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:56 PDT
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/0...

President Bush said Thursday he would address any wrongdoing ... but added that new allegations have not swayed his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

"If there's wrongdoing, it will be taken care of," Bush told reporters .....

The Democrat-led Senate, meanwhile, scheduled a no-confidence vote on Gonzales in mid-June.

"It is the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people," it reads. Chiefly sponsored by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California ...

With five Republican senators having already called on Gonzales to step down and many more walking up to that rhetorical line, Schumer predicted the resolution would win at least the 60 votes required to beat a filibuster ...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-24-07 09:21 PM
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103. Senators introduce no-confidence motion; Schumer says 'no fall guys' for Gonzales
Senators introduce no-confidence motion; Schumer says 'no fall guys' for Gonzales
Michael Roston
Published: Thursday May 24, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Senators_introduce_noconf...


Three Democratic Senators met on Capitol Hill Thursday to announce the formal introduction of their 'no confidence' motion ......

"We cannot allow a few people to be the fall guys when we know by all accounts that the Attorney General was directly involved in the process himself," Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is co-sponsoring the bill, then listed a number of examples of wrongdoing and mismanagement ... revelations of politicized hiring .... She said it added up to show that Gonzales needed to quit.

"He is clearly not a strong leader in control of this large and critical department," added Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The California Democrat proceeded to read off a list of editorials from newspapers around the country which called for the Attorney General's resignation.
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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) agreed with Feinstein that Gonzales had done damage to the Justice Department....

".....it can't be put back on its feet while Attorney General Gonzales is in charge," the freshman Rhode Island Senator said. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-24-07 09:20 PM
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102. 108 House Democrats co-sponsor Gonzales 'no confidence' motion = w/LIST
108 House Democrats co-sponsor Gonzales 'no confidence' motion
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday May 23, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/108_House_Democrats_cospo...

The number of Congress members co-sponsoring a vote of no confidence for the Attorney General mushroomed to 108 within 48 hours ..... seeking the legislative rebuke and subsequent resignation of Alberto Gonzales.

"The extraordinary support for this House resolution so soon after introduction reflects an emerging consensus in Congress and across the country: Mr. Gonzales should step down," said Rep. Schiff in a statement released to RAW STORY. "The Justice Department needs a strong and independent voice, and someone of unimpeachable credibility. We must reluctantly conclude that the current Attorney General does not fit the bill."

"I am encouraged that a steadily rising number of our colleagues want the House to assert itself in this debate, and I am pleased that they recognize that the institutional crisis at the Department of Justice demands a no confidence resolution," added Rep. Davis in the statement. .............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 10:40 AM
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112. Gonzales spurns Justice in early 2001 = Intel Inside ... The White House
Intel Inside ... The White House
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/01/18/scan...

The scandal: In early 2001, chief White House political strategist Karl Rove held meetings with numerous companies while maintaining six-figure holdings of their stock -- including Intel, whose executives were seeking government approval of a merger. "Washington hadn't seen a clearer example of a conflict of interest in years," wrote Paul Glastris in the Washington Monthly.

The problem: The Code of Federal Regulations says government employees should not participate in matters in which they have a personal financial interest.

The outcome: Then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, spurning precedent, did not refer the case to the Justice Department. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-02-07 12:24 AM
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134. LEAHY: On Testimony Of Former DOJ White House Liaison Monica Goodling
Comment Of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On Testimony Of Former DOJ White House Liaison Monica Goodling
Before The House Judiciary Committee
May 23, 2007 - http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200705/052307a.html

It is curious that yet another senior Justice Department official claims to have limited involvement in compiling the list that led to the firings of several well-performing federal prosecutors. What we have heard today seems to reinforce the mounting evidence that the White House was pulling the strings on this project to target certain prosecutors in different parts of the country.

It is deeply troubling that the crisis of leadership at the Department allowed the White House to wield undue political influence over key law enforcement decisions and policies. It is unacceptable that a senior Justice Department official was allowed to screen career employees for political loyalty, and it confirms our worst fears about the unprecedented and improper reach of politics into the Departments professional ranks.

As Congress continues its oversight to pull back the curtain on the politicization of the Justice Department, it is abundantly clear that we must do all we can to get to the truth behind this matter and the role White House played in it.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-02-07 12:29 AM
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135. LEAHY: Statement Hearing On Politicization Of The Hiring, Firing, ... USAs
Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy,
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
Hearing On Politicization Of The Hiring, Firing,
And Decision-Making Of U.S. Attorneys -- Part IV
May 15, 2007 - http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200705/051507b.html

VIDEO LINKS

Today, the Committee welcomes former Deputy Attorney General James Comey to testify as part of its investigation into the mass firings and replacements of U.S. Attorneys. Mr. Comey comes to us at a time when the Department of Justice -- a Department where he served as the second, highest-ranking official-- is experiencing a crisis of leadership. The scandal swirling around the dismissal and replacement of several well-performing prosecutors continues to grow. Just yesterday, we learned from press accounts that Mr. Comeys successor as Deputy Attorney General, Paul McNulty, has tendered his resignation. Mr. McNulty is at least the fourth senior Justice Department official to resign so far.

The American people deserve a strong and independent Department of Justice with leaders who enforce the law without fear or favor. Regrettably, that is not the Justice Department we have today. Instead, we see a Department rife with scandal and another agency this Administration seeks to manipulate as a political arm of the White House. Our justice system should not be a political arm for this White House or any White House, whether occupied by a Republican or a Democrat. ......

It appears from the evidence gathered by the Committee in five hearings, eight interviews with current and former officials from the Department of Justice, and our review of the limited documents produced by the Department that White House officials played a significant role in developing and implementing the plan for the dismissals. Indeed, the plan seems to have originated in the White House and was formulated by and with coordination of the White House political operation. Yet, to date the White House has not produced a single document or allowed even one White House official involved in these matters to be interviews.

We will see this afternoon whether the Attorney General will comply with the Committees subpoena requiring him to produce to the Committee all of Mr. Roves e-mails in the Departments possession related to the Committees investigation or whether our efforts to learn the truth will be met with more stonewalling. When the Attorney General was before us last month, I asked him whether he would provide Mr. Roves e-mails in the Departments possession to the Committee without a subpoena. I did not hear back from him after the hearing or in response to a follow up letter I sent April 25th asking for a response. I hope that the Attorney General of the United States will comply with a duly issued subpoena of this standing Committee of the Senate acting in its oversight capacity.

I thank Mr. Comey for appearing before the Committee today. His appearance on the heels of his successors resignation is a reminder that we need to restore the Department of Justice to a place deserving of its name. The way we do that is get to the truth.

The Committee has requested cooperation from the Administration and I hope the information and cooperation requested will finally be forthcoming. If the White House has done nothing improper, then they have nothing to hide. ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 04:48 PM
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91. Black VOTER PURGING and Civil Right Violations Stole the White House
This scandalous crime should be higher on this list. Illegal and questionable purges of minority voters, targeting black neighborhoods in particular, has played a major role is placing Bush in the Presidency. Certainly it has played a larger role than voting itself.

From: We Come For Peace
By Rep. Cynthia McKinney

http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/04.24A.McKinney.Peace.h...

"In November 2000, the Republicans stole from America our most precious right of all: the right to free and fair elections.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his Secretary of State Katherine Harris, created a phony list of convicted felons--57,700 to be exact--to "scrub" thousands of innocent people from the state's voter rolls. Of the thousands who ultimately lost their vote through this scrub of voters, 80% were African-American, mostly Democratic Party voters. Had they voted, the course of history would have changed. Instead, however, Harris declared Bush the victor by only 537 votes.

Now President Bush occupies the White House, but with questionable legitimacy. ...."
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 04:59 PM
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92. BATTLEGROUD DISINFORMATION. Telling Lies, Hiding Truth, and Creating Myths. TILLMAN / LYNCH
It is called the "chain of command" for a reason. Where is the Commander-in-Chief in all this?

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War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing
Submitted by Diane Farsetta on Fri, 05/11/2007 - 09:50.
http://www.prwatch.org/node/6034

What does it mean to be a nation at war? Is it possible to exercise democratic control over a wartime government that dismisses honest criticism as unpatriotic? What should citizens do when members of their military not only commit crimes -- as happens during every war -- but also rely on propaganda to hide mistakes and to embellish or even create victories, as happened in the cases of Army Ranger Pat Tillman and Private Jessica Lynch?

Those are big questions, but a few things are clear. One is that the secrecy, deception and constraints sought by wartime administrations are anathema to the transparency, accountability and freedom necessary to democracy. As James Madison warned, "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

Another truism is that citizens retain the right to receive information and provide guidance to their government during wartime. The last is that, while security concerns may legitimately restrict what information can be shared when, maintaining civilian oversight of war operations helps ensure that human rights standards are upheld.

Perhaps the most important effort to provide oversight of ongoing U.S. wars was the April 24 Congressional hearing on battlefield misinformation. ..........

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Myth Making - Congressional investigators have discovered that at least one U.S. military official provided the media with details about Jessica Lynchs heroic actsa tale that was later proven to be untrue.
Lynch tried to help Congress unravel the myth around her capture this week
By Mark Hosenball - April 28, 2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368821/site/newsweek /

April 28, 2007 - The Pentagon has always denied responsibility for creating the myth that Pfc. Jessica Lynch went down fighting. Even last week, while Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman conducted hearings about misinformation in the Lynch and Pat Tillman cases, military officials (requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case) insisted they did not know how the tale of Lynch's heroics first got into circulation. But congressional investigators have dug up evidence that a military official did in fact provide at least one newspaper with details of Lynchs alleged exploits.........

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Pat Tillman family, Jessica Lynch blow open Bush administration war deceit
by Larry Chin
Global Research, April 25, 2007
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArti...


The searing congressional testimonies from the family of Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch may sound the long overdue death knell for mainstream American public support for the Bush administration and its criminal war.

Today, one unwilling and outraged war poster child, and the agonized family members of the other, stood before Congress, looked the Bush administration in the eye, and said, enough.

Kevin Tillman, who served with his brother, accused the Bush administration of intentional deceit. ............

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 02:42 PM
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97. CHENEY's Energy Task Force: Struggle Over Iraqi Oil: Eyes Eternally on the Prize
The Struggle Over Iraqi Oil: Eyes Eternally on the Prize
by Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch.com correspondent
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/05...


The date when the struggle for Iraqi oil began is less critical than our ability to trace the ever growing willingness to use "any means necessary" to control such a "vital prize" into the present. We know, for example, that, before and after he ascended to the Vice-Presidency, Dick Cheney has had his eye squarely on the prize. In 1999, for example, he told the Institute of Petroleum Engineers that, when it came to satisfying the exploding demand for oil, "the Middle East, with two thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies." The mysterious Energy Task Force he headed on taking office in 2001 eschewed conservation or developing alternative sources as the main response to any impending energy crisis, preferring instead to make the Middle East "a primary focus of U.S. international energy policy." As part of this focus, the Task Force recommended that the administration put its energy, so to speak, into convincing Middle Eastern countries "to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment" - in other words, into a policy of reversing 25 years of state control over the petroleum industry in the region.

The Energy Task Force set about planning how to accomplish this historic reversal. We know, for instance, that it scrutinized a detailed map of Iraq's oil fields, together with the (non-American) oil companies scheduled to develop them (once the UN sanctions still in place on Saddam Hussein's regime were lifted). It then worked jointly with the administration's national security team to find a compatible combination of military and economic policies that might inject American power into this equation. According to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker, the National Security Council directed its staff "to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the 'melding' of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy: 'the review of operational policies towards rogue states,' such as Iraq, and 'actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.'"

While we cannot be sure that this planning itself was instrumental in setting the U.S. on a course toward invading Iraq, we can be sure that plenty of energy was being expended in Washington, planning for the disposition of Iraq's massive oil reserves ............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 03:44 PM
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99. A slippery business = "a war and an occupation ... is a grotesquely undemocratic process."
A slippery business
AG Noorani
April 23, 2007 - 23:26 IST(23/4/2007)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?...

More than three-quarters of the worlds oil is owned and controlled by the State. Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have nationalised oil systems and bar foreign control over oil development. .....

Iraqs five trade union federations, representing hundreds of thousands of workers, oppose the law. It would entail the handing of control over oil to foreign companies, which would undermine the sovereignty of the State and the dignity of the people. ....

The law was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on February 26 and is up for enactment by the Council of Representatives. Everything is fixed. The outgoing US ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, said, Companion legislation will be required in several areas, and Iraqi leaders hope to complete the entire hydrocarbon legislation by the end of May.

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The draft was prepared deviously. The trade unions were kept out. Jasiewicz noted, It has not been put together in any kind of democratic process... Its been put through a war and an occupation which in itself is a grotesquely undemocratic process. It was prepared by a three-member Iraqi cabinet committee, dominated by the Kurds and the Shiites. The first draft was seen only by the committee of the Iraqi technocrat who penned it, nine international oil companies, the British and the US governments and the IMF............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-07 08:01 PM
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100. Katrina-Gate: President, Chertoff were clearly told of storms dangers numerous times
Video shows Bush got explicit Katrina warning
President, Chertoff were clearly told of storms dangers numerous times
March 2, 2006
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11627394 /

WASHINGTON - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

Bush didnt ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: We are fully prepared.

The footage along with seven days of transcripts of briefings .......

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Before Katrina Struck, Michael Brown Warned Bush The Levees Could Actually Breach
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/03/03/brown-warned-bush /

On September 1, two days after the storm hit, President Bush said I dont think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. Last night on CNN, former FEMA Director Michael Brown said he personally warned President Bush the levees could breach before the storm hit:

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Hurricane Katrina: The Scandal Karl Rove and the GOP Don't Want Us To Discuss
September 08, 2005
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/09/08/164320.php

George Bush's approval rating has sunk ... a solid majority disapprove of his handling of the situation. While many pundits have bashed Bush for not leaving his vacation until several days after the disaster struck and for giving a campaign-style speech in San Diego......

While Karl Rove and the Republican spinners continue to point fingers down the chain of command, predictably to local Democratic officials, and make a mockery of the "personal-accountability" that Republicans used to gain power a decade ago, the real tragedy and a major cause of the massive deaths that are sure to be uncovered, is the wrongheaded priorities of George Bush and the Republican-led Congress.....

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Bush's Katrina Cop Out
http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/000250.htm

The President's prime-time "Katrina Comeback" address was vintage Bush. Primarily designed to help him, and not the Gulf States, recover from his administrations disastrous bungling of the Katrina response, Bush's speech offered to shower money on the devastated South........

In a nutshell, Bush's recovery from Katrina is just what we've come to expect: almost unlimited and unfunded - federal largesse, with no accountability for past mistakes or independent oversight for the future.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 12:36 PM
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105. Republicans Play Softball With Scandal "unqualified hack is put in charge" of FEMA
Republicans Play Softball With Scandal
Posted on May 25, 2007
By Eugene Robinson
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070525_republican...

WASHINGTONStill think the U.S. attorneys scandal is just partisan froth whipped up by disingenuous Democrats? Still think Alberto Gonzales is in any way, shape or form qualified to serve as attorney general? .....

what Alberto Gonzales and George W. Bush wanted her to doplace loyalty to the president above all else in decisions on hiring and firing.

Youre right that this is not exactly news. What other motivation could there possibly be for putting someone like Michael Brown in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which then proceeded to compound the tragedy of the worst natural disaster the nation has ever faced?

Doesnt every White House try to impose its priorities on the career federal bureaucracy? Yes, but not every White House has the Bush crowds contempt for the very idea of professional government. To them, its just one vast bowl of alphabet soup. What difference does it make if an unqualified hack is put in charge of something called FEMA?

The Justice Department is special, though, because it can be such a powerful tool for rewarding friends and punishing enemies. Decisions about which alleged crimes and alleged criminals should be prosecuted are among the most sensitive any government can make. .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 10:11 AM
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109. The Medicare Money Scandal = Thomas Scully, Medicare's former administrator
The Medicare Money Scandal
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/01/18/scan...

The scandal: Thomas Scully, Medicare's former administrator, supposedly threatened to fire chief Medicare actuary Richard Foster to prevent him from disclosing the true cost of the 2003 Medicare bill.

The problem: Congress voted on the bill believing it would cost $400 billion over 10 years. The program is more likely to cost $550 billion.

The outcome: Scully denies threatening to fire Foster, as Foster has charged, but admits telling Foster to withhold the higher estimate from Congress. In September 2004, the Government Accountability Office recommended Scully return half his salary from 2003. Inevitably, Scully is now a lobbyist for drug companies helped by the bill.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 10:16 AM
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110. Illegal Propaganda = Bogus Medicare "Video News Release"
The Bogus Medicare "Video News Release"
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/01/18/scan...

... the Bush administration produced imitation news-report videos ... similar videos promoting the administration's education policy have come to light.

... broke two laws: One forbidding the use of federal money for propaganda, and another forbidding the unauthorized use of federal funds.

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http://www.gao.gov/decisions/appro/302710.htm

B-302710, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services --Video News Releases, May 19, 2004
Decision Matter of: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services --Video News Releases
May 19, 2004
1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicess (CMS) use of appropriated funds to pay for the production and distribution of story packages that were not attributed to CMS violated the restriction on using appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes ....
2. CMS, in using appropriations in violation of the publicity or propaganda prohibition, incurred obligations in excess of appropriations available for that purpose. ....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-07 10:21 AM
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111. PROPAGANDA-GATE: Paying for the "News" with Tax $$$ to Change Laws, Enrich Cronies
Edited on Sat May-26-07 10:23 AM by L. Coyote
Education Dept. paid commentator to promote law
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-01-06-will...

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.

Williams said Thursday he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee, Rep. George Miller of California, called the contract "a very questionable use of taxpayers' money" that is "probably illegal." ..............

Williams, 45, a former aide to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is one of the top black conservative voices in the nation. He hosts The Right Side on TV and radio, and writes op-ed pieces for newspapers, including USA TODAY, while running a public relations firm, Graham Williams Group.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 08:40 AM
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114. IRAQ-GATE or BUSH LIES to Lead the World into War, Control Oil Supply
This article today (thanks Babylon Sister for spotting this):

Senior CIA Analyst Believed Iraq Had No WMD
Submitted by JonathanSchwarz on Sun, 2007-05-27 03:27. Evidence
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/22977

I've been reading The Italian Letter by Peter Eiser and Knut Royce. There's some amazing stuff in it about Alan Foley, the head of the CIA's Weapons Intelligence Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Center (WINPAC). WINPAC led the CIA's analysis of Iraq's purported WMD, and so Foley is at the very center of what happened. .........

Here's what Foley believed before the war (p. 125):

There were strong indications that Foley all along was toeing a line he did not believe. Several days after Bush's State of the Union speech, Foley briefed student officers at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. After the briefing, Melvin Goodman, who had retired from the CIA and was then on the university's faculty, brought Foley into the secure communications area of the Fort McNair compound. Goodman thanked Foley for addressing the students and asked him what weapons of mass destruction he believed would be found after the invasion. "Not much, if anything," Goodman recalled that Foley responded.

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A BUSH LIES thread here:
"It it Still a Crime to Lie to Congress." Gonzales Delivers Indictment, Charges BUSH with LYING.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 09:32 AM
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115. BEFORE invasion: Intel Agencies Warned of Postwar Risks = BUSH "didn't care"
Intel Agencies Warned of Postwar Risks
by Jim Lobe
http://www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=11031

Two major studies prepared by the US intelligence community and distributed to senior officials in every relevant agency two months before Washington's invasion of Iraq warned of many of the problems that have turned the US occupation there into the worst foreign policy crisis since at least the Vietnam War.

The studies by the National Intelligence Council (NIC), redacted versions of which were released here Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that the US invasion and subsequent occupation would likely benefit al-Qaeda and boost political Islam throughout the region. It also predicted that "domestic groups (in Iraq) would engage in violent conflict with each other unless an occupying force prevented them from doing so."

In addition, the NIC anticipated the emergence of an insurgency consisting of ex-Baathists "(who) could forge an alliance with existing terrorist organizations or act independently to wage guerrilla warfare against the new government or Coalition forces."

"Sadly, the administration's refusal to heed these dire warnings and worse, to plan for them has led to tragic consequences for which our nation is paying a terrible price," said the Committee's chairman, Jay Rockefeller, as he released the two studies which were incorporated into a 226-page report...........

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Warnings of Chaos Ignored
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Friday, May 25, 2007; 12:52 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2007/...

An impending report from the Senate intelligence committee is likely to revive questions about whether President Bush was so consumed with invading Iraq and overthrowing Saddam Hussein that he didn't care about the disastrous consequences that could -- and did -- ensue............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:10 PM
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130. WMD-GATE: Fixing Intelligence Around Policy = very extensive investigation site
Nov 15, 2005
WMDgate: Fixing Intelligence Around Policy - Introduction
by eriposte
http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/006022.php

.... I'm beginning a series today focused on building a case for intelligence manipulation, fixing and misrepresentation largely using published Congressional reports like the Phase I Senate (SSCI) Report. (NOTE: Even without the use of Congressional reports the case against the Bush White House is massive - see here (http://www.compassiongate.com/moralclarity/#IRAQ ) and here (http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/p... ) for example - but I want to extend that to include observations in "bipartisan" Congressional reports like the SSCI report). Think of this as a Preface to a Phase II SSCI report.

This will be an occasional series of posts, in between my continuing analysis of the Niger forgeries topic.

I'm essentially going to look for episodes that fall into one or more of the following categories:

* CATEGORY A: Claiming to have not read intel reports or papers, contrary to the evidence
* CATEGORY B: Trying to add uncorroborated junk or debunked fake claims to intel or speeches
* CATEGORY C: Hiding information on fraudulent or untrustworthy sources
* CATEGORY D: Withholding or classifying potentially self-incriminatory documents
* CATEGORY E: Misrepresenting classified intel in unclassified papers
* CATEGORY F: Eliminating caveats or critical information from classified intel in unclassified reports
* CATEGORY G: Excluding top subject matter experts from intel evaluation or discovery
* CATEGORY H: Excluding top subject matter experts from meetings relating to generation of IC white papers or reports
* CATEGORY I: Putting pressure on analysts to try to change their conclusions
* CATEGORY J: Misleading the SSCI or other committees about what was known about the credibility of intel
* CATEGORY K: Outright lying on claims relating to Saddam Hussein or Iraq prior to the Iraq invasion
* CATEGORY L: Misrepresenting intel or making deliberately misleading or deceptive statements about intel in public claims or speeches
* CATEGORY M: Other

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-15-07 12:33 PM
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152. MEMOS-GATE: The MEMO Scandal and The Other MEMO Scandal
The Other Memo Scandal
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Saturday 15 November 2003
http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/111503A.shtml

The wires were buzzing last week over a memo leaked ... from the offices of Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, who is serving as the ranking minority member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. This is the committee, chaired by Senator Pat Roberts ... tasked to investigate the dazzling lack of mass destruction weapons in Iraq.

The Rockefeller memo outlined a variety of strategies he believed were needed to counteract the partisan defensiveness of Roberts and the majority on the Committee. Roberts has declared that all investigations surrounding the claims made about Iraq's weapons capabilities will be focused only on the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Rockefeller is adamant that the investigation should also include questions aimed at the White House, as well as Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's special Defense Department organization called the Office of Special Plans.

Roberts is not allowing this aspect of the investigation to take place ... No questions about the dozens of public statements made by the Bush administration ... No questions about the Office of Special Plans ... No questions about repeated visits to CIA headquarters by Dick Cheney ...

... the memo said, Democrats should try to launch a separate, independent investigation into these matters because the Intelligence Committee chaired by Roberts was being used to defend the White House from taint ...

... Another memo surfaced recently ... "GOP Will Trumpet Preemption Doctrine." The story centered around a memo recently prepared by Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie ... GOP strategy was outlined, and talking points were provided. The Globe article states:

The strategy will involve the dismissal of Democrats as the party of "protests, pessimism and political hate speech," Ed Gillespie, Republican National Committee chairman, wrote in a recent memo to party officials -- a move designed to shift attention toward Bush's broader foreign policy objectives rather than the accounts of bloodshed. Republicans hope to convince voters that Democrats are too indecisive and faint-hearted -- and perhaps unpatriotic -- to protect US interests, arguing that inaction during the Clinton years led to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-07 01:08 AM
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153. Ed Gillespie, ENRON lobbyist, Ex-RNC chief named President's Counselor
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 12:05 PM
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116. MZM-Gate: $140,000 contract awarded by the Executive Office of the President
Edited on Sun May-27-07 12:13 PM by L. Coyote
OR, The Anthrax Scare and Follow the Money to the Culture of Corruption!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Administration Oversight
Chairman Waxman Requests Information on White House Contract with MZM
http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1227

As part of the Committees ongoing investigation into waste, fraud, and abuse in federal contracting, the Committee has requested information on a $140,000 contract awarded by the Executive Office of the President to MZM, Inc. in July 2002.

The contract with the White House appears to have been MZMs first prime contract with the federal government. Subsequent investigations of other MZM contracts had uncovered serious irregularities. To date, there has been no examination of the circumstances surrounding the companys initial contract and the role that White House officials played in the award and execution.

* Initial Letter to Josh Bolton (March 26, 2007) - http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070326161334-560...
* White House Response to Initial Inquiry (April 5, 2007) - http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070410112156.pdf
* Follow up Letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding (April 10, 2007) - http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070410112245.pdf

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Talking Points Memo
(March 27, 2007 -- 06:48 PM EDT)
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/013285.php

Mitchell Wade paid the bribes to former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) that eventually led to both men pleading guilty to multiple felonies.....

Now, a lot of people have wondered for a long time just what that contract was really for. Remember, this was the maiden contract for a company specializing in defense and intelligence services.....

Well, we've found out what the contract was for.

Earlier this month, I told you about the upcoming book on the Cunningham scandal written by the guy who broke the story, Marcus Stern, and his colleagues at Copley News service, Jerry Kammer, Dean Calbreath, George E. Condon Jr, who as a team led coverage on the story for the next year.

The book's called The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught. Today I got a glance at a key section of the book and it reveals that what that contract was really for was for screening the president's mail. .......

The Wilkes-Wade business model was corrupting members of Congress and the executive branch in order to obtain pricey government contracts, often but not always for worthless products and services, and almost always stashed away in classified programs where the light of day could never expose their corrupt practices. And Wade's first contract was with the White House itself. So whose palm got greased?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
White House involvement in Duke Cunningham scandal
http://lippard.blogspot.com/2007/03/white-house-involve...

Talking Points Memo has been discussing the fact that the very first contract that Mitchell Wade's MZM, Inc. got with the federal government, back in July 2002, was with the Executive Office of the President, allegedly for office furniture.

It now turns out that it was actually to screen mail for anthrax.

How did MZM, Inc., which had no record or experience, get such an important contract? Who did Mitchell Wade bribe to get that one?

Rep. Henry Waxman is asking for answers.

And remember, the Cunningham/MZM scandal is what San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam was investigating when she was asked to resign, the day after she announced that she was going after "Dusty" Foggo, then #3 at the CIA. .........

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Were Carol Lam's investigations leading right to the White House, along mulltiple fronts in the Culture of Corruption, both Medicare Fraud and Defense Contracting Fraud?

How do all these scandals connect to each other?
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 05:48 PM
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117. Waxman Demands Info Linking White House To Cunningham Probe And Possible Attorney Firing
Waxman Demands Info Linking White House To Cunningham Probe And Possible Attorney Firing
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/03/26/waxman-mzm-white-ho... /


.... the following information that stemmed from Lams investigation into former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA): the White House awarded a one-month, $140,000 contract to MZM contractor Mitchell Wade, who had never previously held a federal contract. Two weeks after Wade got paid, he used a cashiers check for exactly $140,000 to buy a boat for a now-imprisoned congressman (Cunningham) at a price that the congressman had pre-negotiated.

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote a letter to White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten demanding all contracts, subcontracts, and task orders between MZM, Inc. and the Executive Office of the President:

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More Evidence For Impeachment: The Case Of MZM Inc.
Submitted by iwasjusthinkn on Tue, 2007-04-24 07:27. Media Team
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/21686

April 23 (EIRNS)--Last Friday, Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) notified the White House that his Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be considering the case of MZM Corporation, and its contracts with the White House, something else that they have been stonewalling him on, in addition to missing e-mails. While the specific case involves a mere $140,000 contract to provide "computers and office furniture for the vice president's office," the oddity is that this contract was signed only days after MZM was certified as a contractor by the General Services Administration. Even more interesting, is that MZM was the company doing the bribing in the Duke Cunningham bribery case. MZM is clearly in the Cheney circle, and there is much more to this story, which the White House has good reason to keep secret.


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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:00 PM
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119. Cunningham and MZM: The White House Connection
Cunningham and MZM: The White House Connection
http://thinkprogress.org/2005/11/28/cunningham-white-ho... /

Today, Duke Cunningham pled guilty to receiving over $2 million in bribes from Mitchell Wade and his company, MZM Inc., in exchange for legislative favors. Its worth noting that MZM also did some unusual business with the White House:

ver the past three years it was also awarded several contracts, worth more than $600,000, by the Executive Office of the President. ......
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:16 PM
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121. MZM "senior executive vice president" was Bush's Director of Office of Personnel Management.
June 28, 2005 -- 11:37 AM EDT
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/005902.php

... in today's San Diego Union-Tribune ... Kay Cole James had signed on as the company's "senior executive vice president for national security transformation". She just resigned on Friday.

Before signing on with MZM, Kay Cole James was President Bush's highly-controversial Director of Office of Personnel Management.



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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:34 PM
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123. (MZM) gave Rep. Katherine Harris, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, about $42,000
Florida politics
Contractor under inquiry helped Harris' campaign
By Times staff writers
Published June 26, 2005
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/06/26/State/Contractor_unde...

(MZM) gave Rep. Katherine Harris, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, about $42,000 ... $10,000 from the MZM political action committee, and another $32,000 from MZM employees...$32,000 came in 16 checks for $2,000 each - 14 of them written on one day, March 23, 2004.

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 05:54 PM
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118. MZM - CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM NSA Director contracted services
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM
By Justin Rood - May 8, 2006, 11:33 AM
http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000581.php

While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of the company.

Hayden, President Bush's pick to replace Porter Goss as head of the CIA, contracted with MZM Inc. for the services of Lt. Gen. James C. King, then a senior vice president of the company, the sources say. MZM was owned and operated by Mitchell Wade, who has admitted to bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with $1.4 million in money and gifts. Wade has also reportedly told investigators he helped arrange for prostitutes to entertain the disgraced lawmaker, and he continues to cooperate with a federal inquiry into the matter.

King has not been implicated in the growing scandal around Wade's illegal activities. However, federal records show he contributed to some of Wade's favored lawmakers, including $6000 to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and $4000 to Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL). ................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:09 PM
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120. MZM official who worked closely with Wade shredded a large stack of documents
Talking Points Memo
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/005934.php

It turns out the use of the word 'raid' for the search on Duke Cunningham's Rancho Santa Fe home was well-chosen. According to a piece just out in the North County Times, the feds who showed up at the house broke the locks on the front door to gain entry.

Now, as you might expect, Duke's lawyers are crying foul, charging the investigators with grand-standing and "an appalling abuse of government power." And I must confess that I was a bit surprised at the rapidity and the no-nonsense style of these raids today at what something like a half dozen locations across the country. ...........

there's also this passage in the report out in tomorrow's WaPo ...

The search warrants were executed at the company's headquarters two weeks to the day after an MZM official who worked closely with Wade shredded a large stack of documents on the third floor of MZM's Washington headquarters, two sources with knowledge of the incident said independently yesterday. They said the official destroyed the documents on June 17 in a waist-high machine during Wade's final hours in the office, an act that one source described as "weird" because of the timing.

Wade and his attorneys agreed the previous evening that he would surrender control of the company to other senior MZM officials, and they also agreed that he could pack up his office papers at a set time on June 17, one of the sources said. But Wade angered the firm's new managers by arriving earlier than agreed, according to this source. Both sources said he was in the building when the shredding occurred....................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:30 PM
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122. CIFA-Gate: CIFA collected info on peace activists and anti-Bush protesters.
Pentagon: Taking a Hard Look at CIFA
Newsweek - Mark Hosenball - April 2, 2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17771371/site/newsweek /


The Pentagon is reviewing the charter of a controversial counterspy agency set up by former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld after 9/11. The Counter-Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA) was supposed to "coordinate" counterintel and antiterrorist reporting by myriad Pentagon spy outfitsincluding intel divisions maintained by all four military services. But CIFA seemed to overreach. .... CIFA also collected info on peace activists and anti-Bush protesters. .... more than 90 percent of the people employed at CIFA HQ worked for defense contractors ....

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http://www.taylormarsh.com/archives_view.php?id=1767
01.24.2006
DOMESTIC SPYING: Pentagon Creates CIFA

Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. They were there to protest the corporation's supposed "war profiteering." The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees .... To U.S. Army analysts at the top-secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the peanut-butter protest was regarded as a potential threat to national security. ....

... the Pentagon's newly discovered top-secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) unit offers new insight on what the Bush administration thinks they can do .... spied on a Halliburton protest of a bunch of people handing out peanut butter sandwiches ... CIFA evidently kept records of the peanut butter sandwich protesters in a large database.

... TALON ...seems to have spawned CIFA ...Paul Wolfowitz was the mastermind, setting up a picture of a vast domestic spying apparatus, which also has a stored database component that keeps records on, at least in some cases, very ordinary, not to mention innocent, American citizens....

If we can't distinguish terrorists from peanut butter sandwich protesters, we're in a lot bigger trouble than we think ... does Congress know about CIFA? I'd like to hear the answer to that one.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 06:47 PM
Response to Reply #122
125. CIFA: Secret Database Obtained by NBC News Tracks Suspicious Domestic Groups
Edited on Sun May-27-07 06:50 PM by L. Coyote
Is the Pentagon Spying on Americans?
Secret Database Obtained by NBC News Tracks Suspicious Domestic Groups
by Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1213-10.htm


WASHINGTON - A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting ... their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a threat and one of more than 1,500 suspicious incidents across the country over a recent 10-month period.

.... group member Rich Hersh. It's an example of paranoia by our government, he says. We're not doing anything illegal.

The Defense Department document is the first inside look at how the U.S. military has stepped up intelligence collection ... monitoring of peaceful anti-war and counter-military recruitment groups.

The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly four dozen anti-war meetings or protests (.PDF http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/DODAnti... )

........documents obtained by NBC News show that the Defense Department is clearly increasing its domestic monitoring activities. One DOD briefing document stamped secret concludes: e have noted increased communication and encouragement between protest groups using the nternet, but no significant connection between incidents, such as reoccurring instigators at protests or vehicle descriptions. .....

During the Vietnam War ... the military had conducted investigations on at least 100,000 American citizens.... 100 military agents ...had been ordered to spy on U.S. citizens ...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:22 PM
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126. TALON-Gate: reports involved "anti-military protests or demonstrations in the U.S."
ACLU : Safe and Free : Spy Files
No Real Threat: The Pentagon's Secret Database on Peaceful Protest (1/17/2007)
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spyfiles/27988pub20070117....

INTRODUCTION
In December 2005, major media outlets began reporting that a highly secretive component of the Department of Defense was accumulating and maintaining information on peaceful groups within the United States. The reports were a disturbing echo of an earlier era of unchecked and illegal government surveillance an era when the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover infiltrated civil rights and peace groups, and the United States military maintained secret files on tens of thousands of American citizens. .......

.....a highly secretive component of the Department of Defense, the Counterintelligence Field Activity Agency ("CIFA"), had been accumulating and maintaining information about domestic organizations and their peaceful political activities. CIFA, whose size and budget are classified, had been directed to track "potential terrorist threats" against the Department of Defense through reports known as Threat and Local Observation Notices ("TALON").

The TALON program was initiated in 2003 by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.... to permit civilians and military personnel to report on suspicious activity or terrorist threats near defense installations. ... the Department of Defense had strayed from its intended mission, sweeping in anti-war protests that occurred far from any military installation, and failing to remove reports of demonstrations that were deemed even by the Department of Defense to be "not credible" as threats. .........

........regulations promulgated decades earlier prohibited the retention of non-threatening information about United States persons for more than ninety days. The regulations were established in the wake of Vietnam War-era spying on opponents of government policy when military intelligence agents were found to have opened more than 100,000 files on American citizens .........

Documents obtained by the ACLU have revealed that the inclusion within the Pentagon's TALON database of traditional and constitutionally protected protest activities was more widespread than previously known. ... 186 TALON reports involved "anti-military protests or demonstrations in the U.S." .... approximately 2,821 TALON reports involve what the Department describes as "U.S. person information."

Protests against the war in Iraq were a common trigger for TALON reporting...........

ACLU Report on the Pentagon's Secret Database (PDF) - http://www.aclu.org/pdfs/safefree/spyfiles_norealthreat...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:48 PM
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127. Talon reports: 'Raw Information' From Military, Civilians Is Given to Pentagon
Defense Facilities Pass Along Reports of Suspicious Activity
'Raw Information' From Military, Civilians Is Given to Pentagon
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 11, 2005; Page A12
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

... Talon reports ...are based on information from civilians and military personnel who stumble across people or information they think might be part of a terrorist plot or threat against defense facilities at home or abroad.

The documents can consist of "raw information reported by concerned citizens and military members regarding suspicious incidents," said a 2003 memo signed by then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz. The reports "may or may not be related to an actual threat, and its very nature may be fragmented and incomplete," the memo said.

The Talon system is part of the Defense Department's growing effort to gather intelligence within the United States, which officials argue is imperative as they work to detect and prevent potentially catastrophic terrorist assaults ... how many are generated is classified, a Pentagon spokesman said .....

"I am particularly apprehensive about the expansion of our military's role in domestic intelligence gathering," said Washington lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the Sept. 11 commission ... The Pentagon's collection of data, he said, was a "cause for concern," partly because little is known about it publicly.

..... Talon, which stands for "threat and local observation notice," captures raw information about "anomalies, observations that are suspicious . . . and immediate indicators of potential threats to DoD personnel and or resources," according to an attachment to Wolfowitz's memo.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:56 PM
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128. Domestic spying turns homeland into battlefield, warns CISAC scholar
"...National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is collecting data from 133 U.S. cities; intelligence sources told the Los Angeles Times that, when collection is completed, the agency would be able to identify occupants in each house, their nationality and even their political affiliation..."

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May 30, 2006 - Originally in Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2006
Battlefield: U.S.
Pentagon spies are treating the homeland like a war zone
By Laura K. Donohue
http://cisac.stanford.edu/news/domestic_spying_turns_ho... /


Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee will begin questioning Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, about the National Security Agency's collection of U.S. citizens' telephone records.

... the Senate and the American public may be missing a broader and more disturbing development. For the first time since the Civil War, the United States has been designated a military theater of operations. The Department of Defense... is taking an unprecedented role in domestic spying.

... it circumvents three decades of efforts by Congress to restrict government surveillance of Americans ... it represents a profound shift in the role of the military operating inside the United States... erosion of the principle, embedded in the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, that the U.S. military not be used for domestic law enforcement.

When the administration declared the United States to be a theater of military operations in 2002, it created a U.S. Northern Command, which set up intelligence centers in Colorado and Texas to analyze the domestic threat. ....

The Defense Intelligence Agency, created in 1961 to provide foreign military intelligence, now uses "Verity K2" software to scan U.S. intelligence files and the Internet "to identify foreign terrorists or Americans connected to foreign terrorism activity," and "Inxight Smart Discovery" software to help identify patterns in databases. CIFA has reportedly contracted with Computer Sciences Corp. to buy identity-masking software, which could allow it to create fake websites and monitor legitimate U.S. sites without leaving clues that it had been there. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is collecting data from 133 U.S. cities; intelligence sources told the Los Angeles Times that, when collection is completed, the agency would be able to identify occupants in each house, their nationality and even their political affiliation..........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 08:17 PM
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129. Spin-off Discussion: DIA SPYING: NGIA collecting data, 133 U.S. cities, ID everyone, nationality...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-01-07 03:04 PM
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133. HATCH-GATE: Rep. WAXMAN - Oversight Committee Requests Documents From Doan Investigation
Rep. WAXMAN: Oversight Committee Requests Documents From Doan Investigation = HATCH ACT
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Administration Oversight
Committee Requests Documents From Doan Investigation
http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1337

Chairman Waxman requests from the Office of Special Counsel documents related to its investigation of Hatch Act violations by GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. The OSC concluded that Administrator Doan violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in partisan politics while on duty, in official government work spaces, or with government equipment.

Documents and Links

* Letter to Special Counsel Scott Bloch - http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070530160300.pdf
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-04-07 07:43 PM
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136. Spinoff: House Impeachment Inquiry Resolution Proposed: BUSH, CHENEY, ET. AL.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

"Following is a proposed resolution authorizing the House Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry
of President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, and any others. The resolution is modeled after the resolution that
launched the impeachment inquiry of President Clinton, said having been modeled after the 1974 resolution to
impeach President Nixon."

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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-06-07 12:32 AM
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143. wow, this thread is ancient!
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-09-07 04:38 PM
Response to Reply #143
149. But It's One Hell Of A Great Resource, Ain't It?
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-09-07 11:53 PM
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150. It still has a long way to go. Help requested. Too many scandals for mere mortals
to comprehend. Know anyone with a 200+ IQ? Or 4-5 Juris doctorates? :rofl:
Seriously, all these keyword in one page is a real plus for Google rank.
Also, seriously, do help add the missing scandals.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-26-07 01:05 AM
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162. The executive order that locked away all the presidential papers -
of reagan AND bush-41. And georgie-poo did that among the first things just after he sat down at his nice new (Resolute) Desk.

GREAT thread, GREAT list! Bookmarked!

:thumbsup:
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-07 12:42 AM
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151. Bush vs. Gore, the 'Arkansas Project,' the USA firings, and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
During the 1990s, the GOP ran a stealth disinformation campaign against the Clintons, .... out of the offices of the American Spectator, a rightwing magazine. Internally, the operation was called the Arkansas Project, but Hillary famously referred to it as a vast rightwing conspiracy. ....

Investigatory complitation of Dirty Tricks, Illegalities, and Dirty Tricksters in the Bush Administration:
Bush vs. Gore, the 'Arkansas Project,' the USA firings, and the Swiftboat Admiral
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-17-07 12:13 AM
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154. The FBI's NSL-GATE: more National Security Letter abuses than the IG's report had originally found
It seems that truth is a big problem with the DoJ, if not total amnesia.

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THREAD: Conyers: New FBI Report Confirms "Worst Fears" on FBI abuse of NSLs
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June 14, 2007 - http://judiciary.house.gov/newscenter.aspx?A=818
FBI officials briefed House Judiciary Committee staff on a new draft audit report detailing the bureau's use of National Security Letters (NSLs). The briefing served to update and correct prior statements to Congress, since the release of an earlier Inspector General report. The FBI confirmed that they found more abuses in the use of NSLs than the IG's report had originally found. ...

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) had the following statement:

The Patriot Act and its renewal was rammed through Congress with the repeated claim that there was not one instance in which the Act had been abused. We now know that information on law abiding Americans was illegally obtained and kept in secret files. This confirms some of our worst fears about what happens when you give the government too much power with too little oversight.
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-23-07 04:28 AM
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159. yes, I found a great jump shot!!!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-23-07 07:39 AM
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160. Alas, good one! The "OH SH*T" moment! Do Bush and Cheney feel like that yet?
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