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Dumped into the Memorial Day newshole

Posted by Charles II on May 29, 2010

The guy who created a fake film that led to a media frenzy and ultimately the demise of ACORN, James O’Keefe, was caught in what looked a whole lot like an attempt to wiretap Senator Mary Landrieu’s ofice. He plea bargained down to the misdemeanor of entering Federal property under false pretenses (Times-Picayune via Bradblog).

But now it turns out the FBI had evidence that it was a conspiracy to illicitly record, which can be considered actual wiretapping (John Tomasic via Bradblog):

at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Basel, Flanagan and O’Keefe met in an office near the Hale Boggs Federal Building to finalize their plan, check the recording devices and mount a camera in one of the disguises. During this meeting, O’Keefe explained how the recording devices worked and instructed Basel and Flanagan how to position themselves once inside the Senator’s office.

Millions of poor people face much higher hurdles of registration to vote and do not have any effective advocates for affordable housing as a result of O’Keefe’s lies. And he gets probation, a piddling fine, and community service. Not to mention a permanent, lucrative career inside the GOP “Think Tank” empire.

Bad cess to Mr. O’Keefe.

Posted in anti-truth, Flying Monkey Right, obstruction of justice, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | 1 Comment »

Republicans Trying To Hide Bush Torture Crimes By Blocking Key Obama Appointments

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 6, 2009

Wonder why the Republicans are indulging in yet another bout of nonsensical-seeming hissy kabuki over Obama’s nominations of Dawn Johnsen and Harold Koh? Wonder no more — it’s all about the GOP’s desire to keep Bush and his buddies from being sent to the Hague:

Senate Republicans are now privately threatening to derail the confirmation of key Obama administration nominees for top legal positions by linking the votes to suppressing critical torture memos from the Bush era. A reliable Justice Department source advises me that Senate Republicans are planning to “go nuclear” over the nominations of Dawn Johnsen as chief of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as State Department legal counsel if the torture documents are made public. The source says these threats are the principal reason for the Obama administration’s abrupt pullback last week from a commitment to release some of the documents. A Republican Senate source confirms the strategy. It now appears that Republicans are seeking an Obama commitment to safeguard the Bush administration’s darkest secrets in exchange for letting these nominations go forward.

Time to melt down some Capitol Hill phones, folks. And some media phones as well. The whole reason this story got leaked to the outside world is twofold: Some Republicans have consciences, and the Democrats want there to be a big public outcry against the GOP’s stonewalling so that it can’t be easily framed as mere “politics” and thus blown off by the press.

Oh, and here’s a sample (h/t DougJ) of the right-wing pushback against Eric Holder for daring to want to release the torture memos. Edward Whelan wants to keep his own butt away from The Hague as well.

Posted in 111th Congress, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, President Obama, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, torture, transparency | 6 Comments »

Get Steny

Posted by Charles II on June 20, 2008

Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the Republicans, and the Blue Dogs betrayed their oaths of office today by voting to immunize telecommunications companies for their past unlawful wiretapping of Americans. This represents an overreaching of congressional powers into the judicial realm, an obstruction of justice, and a slap in the face to the citizens who brought the lawsuit in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation says:

Privacy rights and the rule of law took a serious blow today when the House of Representatives passed blanket retroactive immunity for phone companies that participated in the president’s warrantless surveillance program. The FISA Amendments Act, H.R. 6304, which House Leadership rushed to the floor today after its introduction yesterday, passed by a vote of 293 to 129. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

The one Republican who voted Nay is Johnson of Illinois. 105 Democrats joined the treachery:
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in abuse of power, Democrats, FISA, NSA eavesdropping, obstruction of justice | 3 Comments »

Ohio Election Officials: The Dog ate my Ballots

Posted by Charles II on October 22, 2007

Michael Collins, Scoop (via SC):

The Judge then ordered that the ballots be turned over to the new Secretary of State, Democrat Jennifer Brunner on April 7, 2007. Brunner sent a request out for the ballot evidence two days later


When the Ohio Secretary of State sent requests for delivery of the ballots, 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties replied that they no longer had some or all of the ballots requested. Only 41 bothered to provide an explanatory letter as to the missing ballots. Fifteen counties offered no reason at all for noncompliance


Holmes Co. “The shelf on which the 2004 General Election Ballots were sitting on collapsed and the box containing some of those ballots fell and crushed the coffee pot and stand. There was a full pot of coffee and broken glass strewn throughout the ballots. Those ballots were destroyed later in the morning, as they were saturated and covered in glass.”

Ashtabula Co. “Unfortunately, the actual ballot cards were inadvertently discarded and destroyed by the Ashtabula County Board of Elections just prior to the receipt by the Board of Judge Marbley’s Order and subsequent directive to your office.”

Clermont Co. “no one remembers specifically discarding the ballots.”

Brown Co. Some ballots “were not intentionally destroyed.”

Guernsey Co. Unvoted ballots “were destroyed in error due to the county maintenance worker.”

Allen Co. had a “migrating water” problem that flooded their vault holding the ballots. This caused them to be “compromised by water damage and subsequently destroyed.” The dry ballots were also lost when a contractor threw them out

Hamilton Co. “(unvoted precinct ballots) were inadvertently shredded between January 19th and 26th of ‘06 in an effort to make room for the new Hart voting system.

Cuyahoga Co. was unable to determine how many unvoted ballots it had in its possession.

Posted in election theft, obstruction of justice | 3 Comments »

Kryptonite to Bushco?: Maine develops information on NSA eavesdropping

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2007

Via Avedon, via blah3 condensing posts at TPMuckraker, a brief excerpt (go to blah3 for the full 27 yards):

1. Enter at URL[ http://mpuc.informe.org/easyfile/easyweb.php?func=easyweb_query ]

2. At the second block, “Case ID” — Enter this number [ 2006274 ]

The author of this was asked for a 2-3 paragraph summary of these files. His response, or so I assume it to be, was as follows:

Money moves around. The AG waves his hands. It continues.

Then Congress awakens. The Grand Jury is happy. The President is sad.

Curious George does not get a bannana. He goes to the cage. Man in Yellow hat waves at him. They are still friends.

Political analysis as performing art.

I like it.

Posted in abuse of power, NSA eavesdropping, obstruction of justice | Comments Off on Kryptonite to Bushco?: Maine develops information on NSA eavesdropping

Not An April Fool’s Joke

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 1, 2007

Last Monday, Henry Waxman, in his capacity as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to the RNC and the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign and directed them to preserve all e-mails by and for White House officials because they “may be relevant to multiple congressional investigations.”  Waxman  also requested that they meet with the committee for an airing of the huge legal (not to mention ethical) quagmire that is implicit in conducting official government business using partisan e-mail accounts.

How did the Bush Junta members respond?   In the stupidest way possible.

According to U.S. News and World Report, some Bush aides “have subsequently bought their own private E-mail system through a cellular phone or Blackberry server. When asked how he communicated, one aide pulled out a new personal cellphone and said, ‘texting.'”

Hoo boy.  As anyone who stayed awake through their company’s information-security training lecture knows, cellphones are the least secure information-transmittal system out there.  There are problems galore with using the things for sensitive information — in fact, most security experts will tell you never to send anything over a cellphone that wouldn’t mind seeing on network TV.

So even as the Bushies send their cutesy little texts to each other — “Wow that Waxman is teh suxxorz!  But he cant tuch uz now cuz we be textin LOL!” — the Soviets are probably upgrading their own Wi-Fi receivers to pick up these unscrambled, wide-open transmissions.  (Hell, they probably won’t even need to use AirSnort.)

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, government malfeasance, hearings, Henry Waxman, obstruction of justice, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 5 Comments »

Bada Dump Dump Dump — And Another Lie Bites The Dust

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 24, 2007

How those document dumps workin’ out for you, BushCo?

They were the bee’s knees back in the old days, weren’t they?  But in the Age of Distributed Reporting, and with a revived mainstream media shedding some of its lapdoggery towards the GOP, they do have this wee little tendency to backfire right back on your lying little butt-cheeks, don’t they now? 

Let’s look at the two big fat lies already exposed by the eager beavers whipping through the latest doc dump.  Just click on the nice little “more” link: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, blogs and blogging, corruption, distributed reporting and research, government malfeasance, madness of King George, obstruction of justice, PATRIOT Act, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | 2 Comments »

Eubanks: Bush Junta Sabotaged My Case Against Big Tobacco

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2007

The crap has hit the fan, kiddies:

Prosecutor Says Bush Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2007; A01

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.”

Can you say “obstruction of justice”, kiddies? I knew you could.

Go read the whole thing. It’s unbelieveable.

I understand that Chuck Schumer was on Countdown tonight saying that there are a lot of disgruntled Justice Department employees and that Bush’s people have two choices: They can see it all come out at once, or see it dribble out like this, a little at a time, just enough to keep BushCo off balance at the very least.

Posted in GOP bullying, madness of King George, obstruction of justice, tobacco, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal, WTF? | 1 Comment »

 
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