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Alberto Gonzales

At The Top of Trickle Down Torture


by: Libby Shaw

Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 09:22 PM CDT

The torture reports, continued.

No wonder Dick Cheney has been appearing so frequently on FOX News.  It's an attempt for him to defend his deplorable record and to distract the media and the public from the truth.  Cheney has been attacking President Obama right and left in order to change the subject about torture.

You see, reports reveal that Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice signed off on torture.

A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing controversial interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
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Trickle Down Torture


by: Libby Shaw

Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 08:13 PM CDT

(Really solid post w/ lots of videos. - promoted by Phillip Martin)

First, from the Texas wing of The Party of Torture and Tax Cuts.

Senator John Cornyn, prominent member of the Party of Torture and willing player in the Bush Administration's
Journey to Depravity must think Democrats are quaking in their boots because, according to The Huffington Post he attempted to bully and blackmail them on the torture issue.  

Cornyn apparently prefers to sweep the recent revelations of torture under the rug.  That or pin the blame on Democrats who served on the Foreign Intelligence Committee at the time, and/or stick it to low level military and CIA officers at the bottom of the torture chain of command.

If Democrats insist on probing the Bush administration's program of detainee torture, they'd better be careful, a senior Senate Republican said Tuesday, because they might find blood on their own hands as well.

"To sit quietly and to let this happen and then to come back later and say people ought to be prosecuted criminally, not just here in the United States but perhaps internationally, to me is inconsistent, to say the least," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

I'd be very careful if I were Big John.
 

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Sleazy Republican Fat Cat to Sabotage Health Care Reform Efforts


by: Libby Shaw

Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 08:41 PM CDT

According to the New York Times today an extremely wealthy conservative intends to smear any efforts toward U.S. health care reform.  The fat cat hired the same sordid firm, CRC, that is responsible for the reprehensible Swift Boat attacks against John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential Election.

This Republican dude, Robert L. Scott, once led Columbia/HCA health care which, under his brilliant and outstanding ethical leadership, became mired in fraud and corruption.  

The company's board booted Scott in 1997.

Once lauded for building Columbia/HCA into the largest health care company in the world, Mr. Scott was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation's biggest health care fraud scandal. The company's guilty plea and payment of $1.7 billion to settle charges including the overbilling of state and federal health programs was taken as a repudiation of Mr. Scott's relentless bottom-line approach.

"He hopes people don't Google his name," said John E. Hartwig, a former deputy inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, one of various state and federal agencies that investigated Columbia/HCA when Mr. Scott was its chief executive.

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Senator John Cornyn is Dead Wrong on Torture


by: Libby Shaw

Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 02:40 PM CST

And just about everything else.

Cross posted on Texas Kaos.

Why is it that Texans get stuck with gawd awful lawmakers who are completely out of synch with the majority of sentiments and beliefs held by the American people?  Why do they continue to serve as endless sources of shame, ignorance and embarrassment to those they supposedly represent?  Why do they continue to bring the scorn of the rest of the nation into our living rooms on an almost daily basis?  Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales and George W. Bush, Harriet Miers and Karen Hughes comprise the short list of Texas jackasses.  It will take at least four Presidential Administrations to clean up after them.  We will endure very hard times in the process, thanks to the brilliance of the Texas Brigade of Douche Nozzles.

W. & Co. may have left Washington but tragically we have other jackasses who are serving there.  One of the biggest, John Cornyn, held up the nomination of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this week.  Of course he voted for Clinton when it was all said and done.  Cornyn's intentions were merely a typical douche nozzle style political stunt.  He and his right wing nutjob buddies are gunning for Hillary just like they went after Bill during his Presidency.  While the right wing extremists railed against Clinton over inane silliness, Osama bin Laden busily plotted and schemed against us.  Washington was too tied up in knots over Monica to notice.

Obstructing Clinton's confirmation did not satisfy Cornyn.  No folks, he is doing another douche nozzle dance that brings us more scorn.  The jackass became yet a bigger jackass by throwing a road block into the path of Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder, too.  It seems that Cornyn doesn't have a problem with torture.  Holder does.  So do the majority of the American people.    

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The Final Week of the Bush II Administration


by: Libby Shaw

Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 10:47 PM CST

As we all know, this week is the last of the G.W. Bush Administration.  Given a national Democratic landslide election and George W. Bush's recent approval rating, there is little doubt that there is more than a tad of dancing taking place in a plethora of streets throughout the U.S. and the world.  

For much of their eight year term in office, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have remained tightly entrenched behind iron gates.  They avoided the press and media as much as possible.  They steered clear of the public and chose to helicopter in and out of their homes and offices whenever feasible.  And yet for the past two weeks both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been parading around on the Sunday morning talk and political news circuits.  In their final days in office both men desperately tried their darnedest to re-write history.  I imagine at this time, after Bush's farewell address, both men are securely ensconced back in their delusional bubbles in undisclosed locations.    

With regard to Presidential exit interviews, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan is one of many who offered commentary on Bush's farewell address.  

"It's hard to talk about moral clarity when you have tarnished our government's moral standing in the world," McClellan said. "If you look at the speech it was really a feel-good farewell speech. It was designed one final chance to burnish his legacy by highlighting his humanity, showing his humanity, his compassion, his inner decency and good intentions."

But "there are really two problems they don't seem to get," Bush's ex-press secretary remarked. "First of all, the public trust. The president long ago sadly lost the public trust. They are no longer listening to what he has to say or buying what he is selling. Unless he is willing to come out and talk candidly about his own mistakes, his own policy mistakes, and address those issues openly with the American people they are not tuning in."


 
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US House Judiciary's Web Wars


by: Matt Glazer

Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 09:34 AM CDT

The House Judiciary Committee launched a new page on their website to Lamar Smith’s disdain.

Lamar Smith saw first hand last cycle how powerful the internet can be when John Courage made a strong run at him, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars online.  If it hadn’t been for a sudden Supreme Court ruling, Smith may have been on the early side of retirement.

Seeing the power of the internet Smith made some demands.  Of course, Fox's bias reigns supreme in their "reporting".

The response came after Texas Rep. Lamar Smith demanded the new page be removed from the committee Web site, and called it a partisan attempt to persecute the Bush administration and misuse taxpayer dollars for a witch-hunt.

Conyers said the attacks by House Republicans over the page are creating a "sideshow and a distraction" from the real issue — the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last December, he said.

"Some have raised allegations about a Web page that was designed to give department whistleblowers a mechanism to securely communicate with the committee. The Web page was launched prematurely, but the content of it represented a good faith interpretation of House rules," Conyers said in a statement.

Two things strike me about Smith’s defense of Bush and clearly partisan attack of the committee.  First, Bush’s most recent poll numbers have him at
26%, the second lowest in American history.  If it would pay off in the long run, I would understand why a Texas Republican would defend the Texas President, but Cornyn proves that defending Bush is a losing proposition.  Second, Lamar Smith’s track record shows he would rather use the Judiciary committee to protect Republican’s instead of doing its job.

"This committee, I'm sure we all would agree, should not engage in the partisan persecution of the administration's public officials," Smith said.

Is that why you bought your seat on the committee to protect Tom DeLay Mr. Smith?

And let’s be clear, the site is designed to allow people to contact the committee so they can further investigate Alberto Gonzales (another Texan and Bush loyalist) and his politicization of the Department of Justice.

"The committee is looking for concrete and specific actions taken or statements made by management-level officials of the department that have led career employees to be concerned that law enforcement actions will not be handled on a completely non-partisan, impartial manner but will be unduly influenced by partisan political or other inappropriate considerations," the letter reads.

It is clear that the Republican Party continues to hide behind partisan rhetoric in order to distort the truth.  The people have spoken Mr. Smith they wanted new leadership.  Let Chairman Conyers do his job and find out why Gonzales felt a need to fire nine qualified attorneys for no reason.

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Lamar Smith and his GOP Cover-Up


by: Matt Glazer

Thu May 10, 2007 at 01:23 PM CDT

Let me start by saying, I do not like Lamar Smith.  I have a building grudge against the man, especially since working on John Courage's campaign.

Lamar Smith is a hypocrite and a liar.

Back in 2006, before I was a featured writer and editor here, I vented about the fact that Smith supported Tom DeLay (while in Congress) and was willing to bribe him for a seat on the House Ethics Committee.  The cost? $10,000 and once there, Smith became a key vote in ending further investigation into DeLay.

This is in stark contrast to the Clinton investigations.

When Clinton was president, Smith supported a $75 million multi-year inquiry into a failed Arkansas land deal, and then supported the morphing of that multi-year inquiry into one focusing on whether or not Clinton lied about sex. Back on December 10th 1998, during the opening day of the Clinton impeachment trial, he thought that perjury, obstruction of justice, and impeding the work of federal prosecutors on a case about the president's sex life was an impeachable offense.

This is all old news though-- neither DeLay or Clinton are in office anymore. Why does this matter?

Lamar Smith is up to his usual partisan tricks.

According to The Left Coaster, Lamar Smith thinks Congress should stop looking into Alberto Gonzales.

Lamar Smith thinks it's time already to end the Gonzales inquiry, because it is a fishing expedition.

“If there are no fish in this lake, we should reel in our lines of question, dock our empty boat and turn to more pressing issues,” [Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking member on Judiciary said].

Smith's partisan is tragic.  Republicans like DeLay and Gonzales are allowed to bend or flat out break the law with no Congressional oversight.

Gonzales has made the Justice Department a political machine, fired prosecutors for no reason, and lied to Congress.  If Smith doesn't want to do his job, maybe he should resign or leave.

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