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Archive for March 19th, 2007

WHITE HOUSE SEEKS GONZALES REPLACEMENT

by Basheert @4:30 pm MDT

From US News and World Reports
(Would SOMEONE please tell me how Chertoff is qualified to be Attorney General?????):

The White House is seeking Gonzales replacements, and Gonzales’ deputy Paul McNulty is almost certain to resign, The Politico reports:

Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose support among GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has collapsed…

Among the names floated Monday by administration officials are Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and White House anti-terrorism coordinator Frances Townsend. Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson is a White House prospect. So is former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, but sources were unsure whether he would want the job.

Republican sources also disclosed that it is now a virtual certainty that Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, whose incomplete and inaccurate congressional testimony about the prosecutors helped precipitate the crisis, will also resign shortly. Officials were debating whether Gonzales and McNulty should depart at the same time or whether McNulty should go a day or two after Gonzales.

UPDATE: Fox News’ Major Garrett reports: “Several GOP [congressional] sources told Fox tonight: Gonzales is the President’s friend and his problem, and that they will waste no political capital defending him.”

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by S-Q @ 9:14 PM MDT

Raw Story

According to a Post examination of Justice documents, Fitzgerald was ranked “below strong U.S. Attorneys . . . who exhibited loyalty” to the Bush Administration but rated higher than “weak U.S. Attorneys who . . . chafed against Administration initiatives, etc.”

“The chart was the first step in an effort to identify U.S. attorneys who should be removed,” the article continues. “Two prosecutors who received the same ranking as Fitzgerald were later fired, documents show.”

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SNL – Chris Rock Open

By S-Q @ 1:38 PM MDT

A little comedy to lighten the day!
From NBC:
Chris Rock opens the show with some election talk.

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Evidence Mounts – Attorneys Fired for Political Gain

By S-Q @ 10:03 AM MDT

Crooks & Liars

During his January 18, 2006 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Alberto Gonzales said this:

GONZALES: I would never, ever make a change in a United States attorney position for political reasons or if it would, in any way, jeopardize an ongoing serious investigation. I just would not do it.

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PRO-WAR, ANTI-WAR PROTESTS: Scenes from Weekend March

By S-Q @ 8:36 AM MDT

March 17th Protest at the Pentagon. Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters. Thousands of pro-war counter protesters. Hundreds of police in full riot gear. It was 22 degrees outside.

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Gonzo’s Gestapo-Like Rule is Verboten in America!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 11:35 AM

Gonzo the Water Boy

New e-mails to fuel scandal over US attorney firings

More e-mails due for release Monday may shed light on whether the firing of eight US attorneys was politically motivated, in a deepening controversy that threatens US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The content of the documents to be released by the Justice Department may play a key role in determining the fate of Gonzales, who is under pressure to resign amid reports that his firing is close.

AFP & Raw Story

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Gen. Petraeus and High-Profile Suicides in Iraq!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 10:36 AM EDT

Gen. Petraeus and High-Profile Suicide in Iraq
Col. Ted Westhusing, a West Point scholar, put a bullet in his head in Iraq after reporting widespread corruption. His suicide note — complaining about human rights abuses and other crimes — was addressed to his two commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, now leader of the U.S. “surge” effort in Iraq. It urged them to “Reevaluate yourselves….You are not what you think you are and I know it.”

By Greg Mitchell (March 14, 2007) — The scourge of suicides among American troops in Iraq is a serious, and seriously underreported, problem, as this column has observed numerous times in the past three years. One of the few high-profile cases involved a much-admired Army colonel named Ted Westhusing.

Editor & Publisher

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By S-Q @ 7:30 AM MDT

WASHINGTON – Fired San Diego U.S. attorney Carol Lam notified the Justice Department that she intended to execute search warrants on a high-ranking CIA official as part of a corruption probe the day before a Justice Department official sent an e-mail that said Lam needed to be fired, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.

Feinstein, D-Calif., said the timing of the e-mail suggested that Lam’s dismissal may have been connected to the corruption probe.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse denied in an e-mail that there was any link.

“We have stated numerous times that no U.S. attorney was removed to retaliate against or inappropriately interfere with any public corruption investigation or prosecution,” he wrote. “This remains the case and there is no evidence that indicates otherwise.”

But the revelation is sure to heighten demands in Congress for a full investigation into whether something other than job performance was behind the Justice Department’s dismissals late last year of eight U.S. attorneys, including Lam.

More

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Killing Democracy

By S-Q @ 8:40 PM MDT

BushWar enters it’s 5th YEAR!
People all over the world have had enough! The warmongers will have their way, if we continue to let them.

Give Peace a Chance!

March 17-18, 2007

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