Archive for September 3rd, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 PM MST

(h/t Meaningful Distraction)

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DOJ OIG Report: Gonzales Perjury?

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:45 PM MST

Report May Indicate Gonzales Perjury

TPM Muckraker- By Kate Klonick – September 3, 2008, 1:31PM

We noted yesterday that the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General issued a report on the found that former Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales had mishandled classified documents during his time in office — and that the DOJ had decided not to press charges.

But that doesn’t seem to be half as bad as what CQ Politics‘ Jeff Stein dug up — fact checking Gonzales’ testimony to investigators with . . . well, the report’s own stipulated facts.

From CQ Politics’ SpyTalk:

But the IG report shows that Gonzales did more than “mishandle” his notes, which included operational details on what he himself, somewhat ironically, called — after it had leaked — “one of the most highly protected [programs] in the United States … a very, very secretive, protected program,” and correspondence between congressional Intelligence Committee leaders and CIA chief Gen. Michael Hayden.In a statement that doesn’t pass the laugh test, Gonzales told IG investigators he didn’t know the documents were secret.

Gonzales said that he was unaware of the classification level and compartmented nature of the NSA program he referenced in the notes. Gonzales also stated he did not recall thinking that the notes themselves were classified.

But the IG found the smoking gun — in Gonzales’s hand, no less.

The envelope containing documents related to the NSA surveillance program bore the handwritten markings, “TOP SECRET – EYES ONLY – ARG” [the attorney general’s initials] followed by an abbreviation for the SCI codeword for the program.

Inside the envelope, moreover, were “documents relating to a detainee interrogation program,” which were all classified with cover sheets and markings in the top and bottom margins, as Top Secret/Sensitive Classified Information.

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A New Generation Calling Out and Exposing Injustice!

GEF @ 9:48 PM ET

Eight RNC Protesters Face State Terrorism Charges

By: Lindsay Beyerstein via: Firedoglake

Eight protesters arrested during the RNC have been charged under Minnesota’s 2002 version of the PATRIOT Act. They eight defendents were charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism,” according to a dispatch published this afternoon by Twin Cities IndyMedia:

Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. They allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul.

Evidence released to date does not corroborate these allegations with physical evidence or provide any other evidence for these allegations than the claims of the informants. Based on past abuses of such informants by law enforcement, the National Lawyers Guild is concerned that such police informants have incentives to lie and exaggerate threats of violence and to also act as provacateurs in raising and urging support for acts of violence.

“These charges are an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism. This both trivializes real violence and attempts to place the stated political views of the Defendants on trial,” said Bruce Nestor, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. “The charges represent an abuse of the criminal justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience, he said.”

The criminal complaint doesn’t allege than any of the defendants committed, or attempted to commit, any of the notional crimes mentioned by the paid informants. This is the first time that criminal charges have been brought under the 2002 law.

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National Enquirer Reporting Sarah Palin Adultery

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST




Yet ANOTHER Palin scandal: Via NRO, Enquirer reporting Palin Adultery

Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 02:40:21 PM PDT

I really have zero problem passing this on since Byron York’s coif brought it up:

Another incredible allegation emerging from the family war is that Palin, a mother of five, had an affair with a former business associate of her fisherman husband, Todd.

“Todd discovered the affair and quickly dissolved his friendship and his business associations with the guy,” charges an enemy. “Many people in Alaska are talking about the rumor and say Todd swept it under the rug.”

The ugly family feud stems from a three-year battle between the 44-year-old governor and her former brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten.

“Sarah has many enemies in her hometown – but a lot of them are in her own extended family,” a source close to the Palin family told The Enquirer.

Family members loyal to Wooten are now waging a campaign to drag Palin’s reputation through the mud.

Oh boy

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Afternoon Jukebox… What Goes Around

By- Suzie-Q @ 2:55 PM MST

Justin Timberlake- What Goes Around (Grammys 2007)

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By- Suzie-Q @ 2:15 PM MST

Peggy Noonan, Mike Murphy Caught On Tape Disparaging Palin Choice: “It’s Over,” “Political Bullshit,” “Gimmicky”

Huffington Post |   September 3, 2008 04:35 PM

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and former John McCain adviser, Time columnist, and MSNBC contributor Mike Murphy were caught on tape disparaging John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.

“It’s over,” Noonan said.

When Chuck Todd asked her if this was the most qualified woman the Republicans could nominate, Noonan responded, “The most qualified? No. I think they went for this political bullshit about narratives. Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and that’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

Murphy characterized the choices as “cynical” and “gimmicky.”

Watch (the dialogue in question starts 38 seconds in):

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Mainstream Media Ignores Reports Of Large RNC Protests!

GEF @ 4:08 PM ET

Via: Thinkprogress

Mayor, media silent on FBI raids of journalists and protesters at RNC.

This weekend, Salon’s Glen Greenwald reported that protesters in Minneapolis in town for the Republican National Convention have been targeted by a series of police raids “involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.”

protesters1.jpgSo far, nearly 300 protesters and journalists have been arrested, but St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has stayed silent. Click HERE to add your name to the 35,000 already on a letter to Coleman condemning the arrests and demanding the charges against journalists be dropped.

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