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1) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE LA TIMES, 3-8-07:
U.S. attorney's testimony raises broader concerns
Republicans Wilson and Domenici deny that they called David Iglesias
before the 2006 election for political reasons.”
By Janet Hook, Richard A.
Serrano and Mark Z. Barabak
“WASHINGTON — It
was just three weeks before election day 2006, and Rep. Heather
A. Wilson was on the ropes. Opinion polls showed the New Mexico
Republican trailing her Democratic opponent in a tough
“Even with the support of Wilson's
influential mentor, Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), many Republicans
feared she would lose her seat and cost the party control of the
“One person in a good position to help
Wilson was U.S. Atty.
David C. Iglesias, who was investigating Democratic corruption in
her home state. A late-breaking indictment of Democratic
officials could help Wilson distance
herself from sex and lobbying scandals plaguing the GOP in
“That's why eyebrows raised when it
was recently disclosed that, in the heat of her fight for political
survival, Wilson called
Iglesias to ask about possible indictments. So did
Democratic opponent in November, Patricia Madrid, accused Wilson and
Domenici of crossing an ethical line with hardball tactics
encouraged by Karl Rove, President Bush's political advisor.
Rove attended a fundraiser for Wilson during
the campaign and kept close tabs on the race.”
"I think it was very contrived and manipulated, and they
absolutely used the justice system to benefit Heather Wilson,"
said Madrid, who was in Washington this
week as hearings were held on the firings.”
Republicans saw an opportunity in ethics scandals that were roiling
state government, including Iglesias' prosecution of two
Democrats — a state treasurer and former state treasurer —
just a few weeks before the election. Against that backdrop,
Iglesias feared that Wilson and Domenici were trying to draw him
into the election fray, with plans to use him and his office in
political attack ads against Madrid, he said in testimony this week
before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
said that he considered Domenici his mentor because he had helped
get him appointed as U.S. attorney in 2002. And he considered
Wilson, whom he had campaigned with in 1998, "a friend, an
“But after his prosecution of the
state treasurers, Iglesias said he believed it was clear
that Wilson and Domenici wanted more indictments, this time in
an ongoing public corruption investigation involving the
construction of a new courthouse in Albuquerque. Several Democrats
were viewed as potential targets, and Iglesias understood that news
of indictments against them would probably boost Wilson's
called Iglesias on Oct. 16, while he was staying at a hotel in
Washington. He said she asked him whether there were sealed
indictments in the courthouse corruption case.”
Domenici, the stakes in Wilson's race were personal and political.
He has been her most important patron, and many believe that Domenici is grooming her to replace him in the Senate after he
retires. He had played a big role in her campaign, making
appearances and endorsing her in radio and television
“Domenici denies he was seeking political
advantage for Wilson by calling Iglesias days before the election.
Iglesias said Domenici called him at home and expressed disgust
that there would be no indictments before the election, then hung
“Although Iglesias said he
"felt leaned on," Domenici said he was just inquiring
about the courthouse corruption case because of media reports that
"the FBI had completed its work months earlier" and still
there were no indictments. "In retrospect, I regret making that
call, and I apologize," Domenici said.”
see Iglesias' public statements about the phone calls as disloyal.”
““Paul Kennedy, a
Republican and criminal defense lawyer in Albuquerque, said that
many in New Mexico were "totally mystified why Iglesias would
turn on Domenici and Wilson."
QUESTION WHY ATTORNEY SNITCHES REPUBLICAN CRIME:
PROPER ANSWER IS “LOYALTY TO LAW,” BUT REVENGE IS THE
to party is corruption when it contravenes duty to office:
is becoming a big issue for Republicans in this case. It should, as
this started when they put loyalty to their corrupt party before
loyalty to our country and Constitution.
this case, Iglesias was criminally pressured by Domenici, and
Iglesias failed to do his duty to report, and prosecute this
crime because of party loyalty. Only when the party screwed him
did he do his duty, and report the crime. Not very honorable
type of behavior paved the road for the President's lies and
manipulations that drove us to an illegal and very dangerous war in
Democraps are guilty as accessories to the crimes leading up to the
war. The Democrats have been stealing our governmental powers, and
selling them to the highest bidder as long as the Republicans have.
The Repugnants have distinguished their party by putting their
loyalty to their bribers, and each other, so far above our general
welfare and our Constitution, as to make the Democraps look like
real pussies, either as servants of corporate bribery, or as
defenders of the Constitution.
Repugnants actions would be sufficient to start a revolution, if
there were enough Americans left in the country to be offended. The
people here fight each other to work cheaply, and serve the rich
well. Or become rich.
has been said that “whenever any form of government become(s)
destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or
abolish it, and to institute new government,,,”
committee recommends that Americans seize their Constitutional right
to democratically elect their own representatives before this
corporate government commits even more serious crimes, and requires
more serious responses.
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Updates 37, 5th article on page, “Fired
U.S. attorneys testify before Congress” ( Fed
Attorneys Silent on Pressure/Threats Until Fired)
see these related articles:
Updates 34, 2nd article on page, “SCARY
NEO-CON POLITICAL OPERATIVE REPLACES US ATTORNEY IN ARKANSAS”
12th article on page, “DOMENICI FINALLY ADMITS
TO UNETHICAL, IF NOT CRIMINAL, CONTACT WITH FEDERAL PROSECUTOR”
Updates 37, 5th article on page, “Fired
U.S. attorneys testify before Congress”
Updates 37, 6th article on page, “Republicans
could face new ethics probes”
Updates 37, 7th article on page, “Keating
case prompted intervention rules
Updates 38, 1st article on page, “Fired
U.S. attorney's testimony raises broader concerns”
Updates 38, 5th article on page, “LA
TIMES OFFERS BUSH POLITICAL COVER FOR FIRING PROSECUTOR OF DUKE
Updates 39, 3rd article on page, “Rove's
role in firings is focus”
Updates 39, 4th article on page, “Fed
Attny Firing Report:TRIBUNE CO HAS MADE LATIMES A TOOL”
Updates 39, 5th article on page, “GOP official
urged Rove to fire prosecutor”
Updates 39, 6th article on page, “House
panel expands inquiry into prosecutor firings”
Updates 39, 7th article on page, “Gonzales
is urged to quit 'for the nation' ”
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2) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE AP, 3-7-07:
experts rap media ban at Gitmo
By PETE YOST -- Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 1:46 pm PST Wednesday, March 7, 2007
(AP) Legal experts criticized the Bush administration Wednesday for barring the news media from military hearings for 14 terror
suspects in Guantanamo Bay.
detainees include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a suspected
mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
a mistake to close the entirety of the hearing," said First
Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams. "Closing the courtroom to
scrutiny sends a troubling signal to much of the world about the
fairness of our process."
whole world is watching," said Scott Silliman, who was an Air
Force lawyer for 25 years. "If Congress enacts what it
claims to be a fair system for prosecuting these people, why is
there a need to shield it from the press?"
hearings are meant to determine whether a prisoner is an "enemy
combatant." If the prisoner is deemed to be an enemy combatant,
then President Bush can designate him as eligible for a military
trial, the first of which are expected to begin this summer.
However, what the Pentagon is really concerned about is that "these
14 will open their mouths and say what was done to them,"
said Scott Horton, chair of the international law committee of the
New York City Bar Association. "They were tortured and
mistreated, and that fact is classified secret, which just shows you
the perversity in which this whole process is traveling."
the hearings, the legal burden is on the detainee to demonstrate he
is not an unlawful combatant, the detainee does not have an attorney
present, and classified evidence the U.S. military uses against the
detainees is not revealed to them.
KANGAROO COURT IS OPEN: ENTER AND BE CONVICTED
WAS GUILTY WHEN HE KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED THESE PEOPLE. DISGRACE
FALLS ON AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM
is confused. The American Constitution was not made to give rights
to foreigners, The American Constitution was designed to set the
terms of our government's legitimacy by dividing power between the
branches, and restraining and checking the use of power by each
branch. The President has illegally consolidated powers the
Constitution wisely divided.
of the Constitution's most important checks on arbitrary power is
the division of wartime authority between the President and
Congress. Congress declares war, sets the objective, means, and
rules, then the President leads the country. Congressional
restraints are inherent in the grant of war powers, and do not end
at our borders.
has not declared war, set objectives, means, nor rules for this
“war.” Except their hidious and unconstitutional
revocation of habius corpus.
President has made rules for captures that authorize kidnapping,
indefinite detentions, and torture. These are criminal acts
prohibited by long standing law. Now the President has created a
military “justice” system that will convict the victims
of these crimes, in secret, with none of the judicial safeguards an
honest process would require. Virtually all of The President's
Actions, in Iraq, and the “war on terror” are illegal.
crimes began in Congress, when they abused their war powers by not
declaring war. They granted the President vague “war powers.”
But Congress has no power to grant the President Unconstitutional
powers. The President has no right to interpret any law as absolving
him of his Constitutional restraints and duty to obey the law.
the The President has twisted these “war powers” into a
declaration of endless war unbounded by borders, or the rule of law.
The President's acts are a declaration of war against the
again joined the President in his crimes when they passed a bill
which removed the President's prisoners from judicial review, and
stripped them of Habeas Corpus
Constitution is clear:
Privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended,
unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may
government, and our President, are restrained by the Constitution
anywhere they use the power of their office, be it inside or outside
the country. Both Congress and the President have broken the law,
and violated the specific words of our Constitution.
Bush is confused or not, he is a criminal. He is purposely using the
pretext of “foreigners,” “terrorism,” and
fears of foreign threats, to manufacture Presidential Powers the
Constitution specifically prohibits.
far as our Constitutional limits assigns “rights” to
foreigners, these “rights” reflect our political values, not theirs.
This is what made us different from the rest of the world.
Constitutional limits we would have a President capable of
searching, arresting, detaining, torturing, and killing people, at
will, anywhere in the world. A tyrant.
about this: The Constitution is the Club, Bush, Congress, the “free”
press, and the Corporations are the baby seals, and hunting season
is opening soon.
up a club: The
Updates 21, 7th article on page, “Ex-judges:
Detainee law unconstitutional”
Updates 36, 11,“DETAINEES”
ARE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE: AMERICA IS THE HOME OF RENDITIONS,
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3) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 3-7-07:
cheers at decline in 'pork'
By ANDREW TAYLOR -- Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 12:00 pm PST Wednesday, March 7, 2007
“WASHINGTON (AP) After
seven record-breaking years in a row, the number and cost of
so-called pork barrel projects is way down, thanks to voter outrage
and a one-year moratorium imposed by Democrats after taking over
“That's good news,
according to Citizens
Against Government Waste, a watchdog group that has
railed against congressional "earmarks" for years.”
“The reason, said the
group, is that Senate GOP conservatives put a halt to moves late
last year to pass a huge pork-laden spending bill wrapping up
unfinished budget work.”
“Instead, it fell to
Democrats to finish the job last month, and the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees declared a one-year
ban on most back-home projects until reforms could be put in
“That ban meant lawmakers
have no explicit say in directing water projects, local anti-crime
grants, agricultural research projects or any of the thousands of
earmarks that typically are woven into domestic spending bills.”
“Still, there were 2,658
earmarks in the defense and homeland security spending bills -
passed under GOP control - total $13.2 billion, according to the
“While the number and cost
of projects is way down from a record of $29 billion set in 2006, they're likely to inch back up when Congress
advances the next round of spending bills, for the budget
year beginning Oct. 1.”
“Earmarks had blossomed
under GOP control of Congress. Former Republican leaders Newt
Gingrich, R-Ga., and Tom DeLay, R-Texas, advocated the practice to
help cement GOP majorities.”
“The public has been
angered by scandals such as the bribery conviction of former Rep.
Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., who took more than $2.4
million in using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee to
obtain earmarks on behalf of defense contractors.”
WAR FUNDING FILLED WITH PORK
TRADES PROMISE, PORK, FOR VOTES NECESSARY TO CONTINUE WAR
earmarks just went over the top, while the ink on the Democratic
promise of a one year ban on earmarks hasn't dried.
had to pay for votes to continue the war, and she and Murtha (The
King of Earmarks) paid with EARMARKS. Lots of earmarks.
the Democrats just bought the war, and they bought it with earmarks.
and Cheats, all of them.
Updates 3, “Media Reports: Both Parties
Updates 14, 10th article down on page. “Murtha
trades his vote, and ethics, for pork,”
does earmarks well and often, LA Times, 11-13-06, “Speaker-to-be
is no stranger to earmarking,” (abstract at LA Times archive,
#52 under Richard Simon search) Reference is linked at CU30,
2nd article on page.
Updates 5, 1st article on page, “Corruption fails
as Campaign issue...,”
Updates 19, 1st article on page, “Top
Recipients of Lobbyists Bribes are Leadership of Both
Update 26, 1st article on page, “Time to Party,
just bring the Checkbook,”
Updates 21, 8th article on page, “Dems Big Chance
to Reap the Rewards of Corruption: Political
Victory Opens Doors of Lobbying Firms to Demo Insiders,”
Updates 20, 6th article on page, “ DEMS RECEIVE
SPECIAL INTEREST BRIBES ANTICIPATING VICTORY IN NOV,”
Updates 27, 2nd article on page, “Leaders Want
Lobbying Changes Enacted” (fake,
Updates 28, 4th article on page, “Bush and Dems
Fight Over Earmarks”
Updates 28, 7th article on page, “Ney at Center of
Updates 30, 2nd article on page, “REID
TRIES TO KILL REAL EARMARK REFORMS: RENEGADE SENATORS
EXPOSE DEMS FAKE EARMARK REFORM BY GIVING IT REAL TEETH, DEMS FIGHT
TO KILL REFORM, AND PRESERVE EARMARK CORRUPTION ” Fake
earmark reforms of dems rejected!
Updates 31, 4th article on page, “FAKE
EARMARK REFORM IN SENATE CONTINUES: EARMARKS
NOT RECOGNIZED AS CORRUPTION ITSELF”
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4) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE BBC, 3-8-07:
property law shakes up China
By Songyan Sui
BBC Chinese Service
Thursday, 8 March 2007, 13:10 GMT
legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), is currently
debating a property rights bill which will take account of
individual assets for the first time. The draft law is
long-awaited but has taken many twists and turns along the way.”
protection of private property and assets has been so common in many
countries that people can take it for granted.”
an open letter by Professor Gong Xiantian from Peking University Law
School derailed the process.”
to Prof Gong, the proposed law was unconstitutional on several
conflicts with the Chinese constitution, which stipulates:
"Socialist public property is sacred and inviolable"
only protects the assets of a small minority of rich people, while
the poor essentially have nothing worth protecting
betrays the basic principle of socialism
Gong even predicted that the legal code would lead to the loss of
state-owned assets at a greater rate.”
attacked the bill as veering towards the "fallacies" of
capitalist civil codes, the globalization of capitalism and
neo-liberalism in economics.”
the draft law was deferred.”
say there is no doubt the bill is almost certain to be passed in the
NPC this year despite the heated debate brought about by the open
is no doubt that the debate about the controversial property rights
law has gone beyond the economic dimension. It has evolved into a
political and ideological row.”
the government should take action to make sure the public, especially the poor, believe that although they only have their
begging bowls to protect today, some day their property may include
big cars and houses.”
PROMISES OF “FUTURE WEALTH” KEEP PEASANTS FROM
has become a Bushiean Corporate Fascist dreamland. China's Commie
Government possesses unlimited power over individuals, business, and
governmental authority. And they are greedy for wealth, power, and
prestige, just like our leaders.
has transformed itself into a nearly perfect capitalist state
dedicated to profit. This new law shows that the terms of the
relationship between political and economic power has not quite been
imbalance manifested itself through the recent political power
struggles that have been described as “anti-corruption”
drives by the central government. These are actually power struggles
for regional economic and political ascendancy and highlight the
significant problems in reconciling economic capitalism with Chinese
Commie politics. The internal strains between these forces are
has not worked out how how their economic and political elites will
balance their mutual interests, and keep the peasants from killing
them all. This property law may help develop a logical balance point
between the political and economic elites, but it also has the
potential to really piss-off the peasants.
the US we call ourselves a “democracy,” while we are, in
fact, a corporate fascist state. We call our people “citizens,”
while we are, for now, only “consumers.”
the US, our Corporate Elite has interbred itself with our Political
Elite, extinguishing our Constitutional and democratic rights, and
making a mockery of our values while preserving their image.
is struggling to find just such a balance of elites capable of
rendering their Constitution irrelevant in the pursuit and
maintenance of their wealth and power. China needs to come up with
new definitions of “Justice,” A Chinese Commie style
“Justice,” that will fool the peasants, while preserving
the pretense of Justice. Private Property may not be the medicine
they need to cure this ill.
Chinese Government has the power to kidnap, torture, and kill their
“comrades” at will. Our Government really, really, wants
to formalize that power, but our revolutionary Constitution is an
embarrassing impediment to the full expression of our Corporate
Fascism. China needs to learn our skills in running a sophisticated
political farce that will merge their elites into a practical,
Chinese, reflection of our corporate fascist state.
economic expansion is straining the traditional links between their
political and economic elites. The uneven nature of the expansion is
fueling rising discontent among China's roughly 700 million
a race. While China's elites are flailing about, unsure of its own
character, the peasants are getting riled. This law may convince
them that their revolution, and their country, are at an end,
pushing them over the edge.
last time the Chinese People spoke, it was called “The
Cultural Revolution.” When the 700 million commie
peasants get pissed off, the Chinese government, and its rising
business elite, will fall.
wonder what they will call it when the Chinese People make
themselves heard this next time.
Updates 40, 3rd article on page, “China
passes new law on property”
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5) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE LA TIMES, 3-9-07:
politics may have cost U.S. attorney her job
“Critics say Carol Lam
was fired in San Diego because she ignored immigration issues.”
By Richard A. Serrano
“WASHINGTON — From the moment she took
over as U.S. attorney in San Diego in 2002, Carol Chien-Hua Lam made
no secret that white-collar crime would be her top priority —
including transgressions by prominent business and political
“And she was as good as her word,
prosecuting corporate targets, local officials and a U.S.
congressman, Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham of Rancho
Santa Fe, who is in prison as a result of her efforts.”
case has political overtones, but it also reflects a more
complicated reality: a conflict over what the priorities of federal
prosecutors should be and who should set them. In her case, pursuing
white-collar crime at the expense of border crime, illegal
immigration and gun violence.”
“Heading into last
year's midterm election, President Bush and his political
strategists were struggling with a rebellion by conservative
Republicans over immigration policy. The White House goal was to
demonstrate toughness on border crime and security.”
TIMES OFFERS BUSH POLITICAL COVER FOR FIRING PROSECUTOR OF DUKE
facts of this incident speak for themselves: Prosecute a prominent
Republican, and pursue his corrupt colleagues and associates, and
you will be fired.
opposite happened to Igleias in N.M, where he was fired for not
using criminal indictments as a political prop.
common element is the political manipulation of the Federal
Prosecutor to advance or retard political prosecutions.
real issue in this article is the character of the LA Times. It has
declined noticeably since the Tribune corp. cracked the whip of
profit, and dare I say it, PROPAGANDA, across the face of the Times
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6) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST, 3-10-07:
Pledges Swift Action on FBI Reform
Justice Dept. Audit
Showed Agency Abused Intelligence-Gathering Powers
By Dan Eggen, John Solomon and Peter
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 10, 2007;
Bush said today his administration is working to put a halt to law
enforcement abuses of new anti-terrorist intelligence-gathering
powers, and he expressed continued confidence in the attorney
general and FBI director.”
his first comments on the matter since the Justice Department
released an inspector general report uncovering misuse of laws
passed after Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said he was briefed before
leaving Washington and demanded that his aides figure out how to
stop improper intrusions into privacy”
Bush defended the need for tools such as national security letters,
which are used by the FBI to demand information from businesses
and individuals without the court order normally required for a
subpoena. Such methods, he said, are "important to the
security of the United States" as it tries to track down and
also found that the FBI had hatched an agreement with
telephone companies allowing the agency to ask for
information on more than 3,000 phone numbers -- often without a subpoena, without an emergency or even without an investigative case. In 2006, the FBI then issued blanket
letters authorizing many of the requests retroactively, according to
agency officials and congressional aides briefed on the effort.”
disclosures prompted a public apology from FBI Director Robert S.
Mueller and promises of reform from Attorney General Alberto R.
Gonzales, who was the focus of a new tide of criticism from
Democrats and Republicans already angry about his handling of the
firing of eight U.S. Attorneys.”
and Republicans alike said Gonzales, Mueller and the Bush
administration did not properly monitor the FBI and guard the
privacy rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents. The report came
at the end of a difficult political week for the Bush
administration, after the conviction of Vice President Cheney's
former chief of staff in the CIA leak case and damaging allegations
by fired federal prosecutors.”
goes above and beyond almost everything they've done already,"
Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.),
who was among a host of Democrats promising investigative hearings.
"It shows just how this administration has no respect for
checks and balances." ”
Arlen Specter (Pa.),
the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, told reporters that
Congress may "impose statutory requirements and perhaps take
away some of the authority which we've already given to the FBI,
since they appear not to be able to know how to use it."”
Majority Whip Richard
J. Durbin (D-Ill.),
who has been pressing for a review of national security letters
since 2005, said the report "confirms the American people's
worst fears about the Patriot Act." ”
findings by inspector general Fine were so at odds with previous
assertions by the Bush administration that Capitol Hill was peppered
yesterday with retraction letters from the Justice Department
attempting to correct statements in earlier testimony and briefings.
Gonzales and other officials had repeatedly portrayed national
security letters as a well-regulated tool necessary for the
prevention of terrorist attacks.”
199-page unclassified report found that the FBI's records showed it
issued more than 143,000 requests for information on more than
52,000 people through national security letters from 2003 to 2005.
But not only did the agency understate that number in required
reports to Congress, the number of requests it issued was much
“Nearly half the
people targeted were U.S. citizens or legal residents, and
the proportion of such "U.S. persons" increased
over the three-year period, the report said.”
described the problems as unacceptable and left open the possibility
of criminal charges. He ordered further investigation.”
D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union,
which has sued the government over its use of national security
letters, said the report shows the need for an independent
investigation of the Justice Department's antiterrorism tactics.”
confirms our greatest suspicions about the abuse of Patriot Act
powers and, specifically, national security letter powers,"
USING UNLIMITED SEARCH POWERS
believe a word said by our politicians and press on these illegal
searches. Refer to, and Believe the Constitution.
The “Patriot Act” is a gross betrayal of
Congress' duty to protect the rights of the people. That Congressmen
are pretending to be surprised at these abuses is disgusting, and
dishonest. History warns us that unchecked searches are an abuse of
power. The “Patriot Act” is an insult to our
Constitution, and another shameful act by Congress.
The Constitution clearly states that,
The right of the people to be secure in
their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures shall not be violated,
and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or
things to be seized.
Now let's be clear. The Constitution sets the
standard of unreasonable searches, and names the minimum standards for a reasonable search.
Many politicians and legal “experts”
read the Fourth Amendment up to the term “unreasonable
searches and seizures.” They then ignore the rest of the
Amendment, which clearly defines the minimum standard of a
“reasonable” search. These “experts,” and
our politicians, have replaced the firm, clear standards of our
forefathers with their own distorted interpretation of the 4th Amendment which neutralizes the clear intention of the Constitution
to prohibit arbitrary searches.
No legitimate American Government has the right to
search without warrant supported by probable cause issued by a
judge. Congress cannot pass a law that eliminates the Fourth
The Committee defers to the wisdom of the Founders,
and rejects the Unconstitutional actions of our presently corrupted
Do not pay any heed to those traitors who attack our
basic Constitutional rights. Rather, we must realize these people
are enemies of the Constitution they were sworn to protect, and they
are enemies of the people's right to have security in their
persons, possessions, and homes.
Our forefathers would
be spinning in their graves if they knew our representatives stood
by silently, or actively aided, our government's illegal repeal of
the Fourth Amendment.
Our politician's illegal revisions of our
Constitution make them illegitimate, and demonstrates the necessity
of a through reform of our political system.
Updates 25, 8th article on page, “FBI CHIEF DEFYS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT:
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7) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE BBC, 3-10-07:
party expels minister
Saturday, 10 March 2007, 08:28 GMT BBC
opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), has expelled Defense
Minister Lee Jye because of a row over statues of late leader Chiang
“Mr Lee had complied
with a government order for statues of Mr Chiang to be removed from
ruling DPP party says that the statues represent authoritarian rule
and are not in keeping with democracy.”
Kai-shek led the Nationalist forces against the Chinese Communists
in a civil war in which he was defeated and forced to flee to Taiwan
ruled Taiwan for 26 years and
his KMT party continued to govern until the election victory in 2000
of the Democratic Progressive Party.”
KMT Bucking Corporate Fascists
has made the transition from an authoritarian dictatorship to
Corporate Fascism. From individual rule, to small group rule. As
have South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines. The
differences between the former, the authoritarian fascists, and the
latter, the greed fascists, is causing stress in Taiwan.
distinction between the two groups is small, but vital. A fascist
dictator bases power on national or cultural ideals. Corporate
fascists base their authority on greed, independent of national or
dictators' authority is squarely centered in one cultural
perspective, expressed in nationalistic, generally racist terms of
identity. This cultural basis of authority limits the skills the
system can utilize, and negatively affects international
Corporate Fascists' authority is based on greed, defies all cultural
limitations, and is expressed as a universal, trans-cultural greed.
Corporate fascism respects no borders, and will not be restrained by
tradition or constitution. Corporate fascism is the octopus of
sits under the growing shadow of Chinese Power. China has been
courting the KMT, to counter DDP's flirting with using the word
is going to swallow Taiwan, sooner or later. The shared
authoritarian nature of the Commies and the KMT speak to one path of
reunification. It is conceivable that the Authoritarian KMT would
restore Taiwan to China in exchange for a permanent share of
authority in Taiwan.
the Corporate Fascist character is rising in China, displacing the
long term “socialist” goal of “One China”
with a more pragmatic perspective. Business traffic between Taiwan's
corporations and China is tremendous. A marriage between the Chinese
and Taiwanese corporate classes offers another path of
Chinese may develop towards corporate fascism, while the Taiwanese
Corporate fascists are simultaneously evolving their centralized
future relations between the two nations are dependent on China
resolving its rising internal contradictions between unchecked
capitalism and unchecked commie authority.
China survives the resolution these internal contradictions, watch
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8) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE BBC, 3-9-07:
open at Guantanamo
“Hearings have opened at the Guantanamo Bay camp to decide whether key suspects can be deemed enemy
combatants and therefore face military trials.”
Story from BBC
2007/03/09 22:52:39 GMT
Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 11 September attacks on
the US and 13 other terror suspects are due at the hearings in the
transferred to Guantanamo after years in secret CIA jails.”
is the first time they have faced any court. But human rights groups
say the hearings are sham tribunals.”
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
hearings are being held with no defence lawyers present, and human
rights groups say the panels of three military officials could
consider evidence obtained by force.”
were moved from CIA detention last September. “
say it is a legal black hole in which suspects have been
abused and face either military tribunals or open-ended
Soft Pedals Illegal Trials, Detentions
the BBC is taking it easy reporting on our illegal trials, their
global news service has announced to their worldwide audience that
there is no justice in the hands of the United States.
farcical trials are a pathetic attempt to rehabilitate Bush's
crimes, his kidnappings, illegal secret detentions, and torture, by
validating these crimes in kangaroo courts of his own construction.
farce has little opposition here, but the world is watching. Bush's
crimes have serious consequences. They have seriously damaged our
credibility and influence around the world. Our standing is
declining among our friends, and animosity is growing within our
ability to dampen outbreaks of economic or political instability
around the world has been compromised by Bush's attempt to impose
American military control over the middle east.
US has not been in such a vulnerable position since the war of 1812.
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sets rules for detainee trials”
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9) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST, 3-10-07:
Sought on Agency Memo About Polar Bears, Climate Change
By Juliet Eilperin
Saturday, March 10, 2007; A06
“Two senior House
Democrats demanded yesterday that Interior Secretary Dirk
Kempthorne turn over documents to Congress in order to determine
whether the administration was preventing federal scientists
traveling abroad from discussing how global warming affects polar
Gordon (Tenn.), chairman of the House Committee on Science and
Technology, and Brad
Miller (N.C.), chairman of the investigations and oversight
subcommittee, questioned why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a directive that has stirred protests from
"appears to be the latest effort by the Bush Administration
to block a full and free discussion of issues relating to climate
change by the scientific community," they wrote.”
“The internal memo was
sent to the wildlife agency's Alaska division under the heading
"Foreign Travel -- New Requirement -- Please Review and Comply,
Importance: High." ”
which was reported in other media on Thursday, cautioned employees against speaking about the relationship between climate change
and the possible extinction of polar bears without getting
official approval in advance. Those discussions became official
business in late December when Kempthorne, faced with lawsuits by
environmentalists, proposed listing polar bears as a species
threatened with extinction.”
memo stated: "Please be advised that all foreign travel
requests (SF 1175 requests) and any future travel requests
involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice, and/or
polar bears will also require a memorandum from the Regional
Director to the Director indicating who'll be the official
spokesman on the trip and the one responding to questions on these
issues, particularly polar bears, including a statement of
assurance that these individuals understand the Administration's
position on these issues." ”
Deborah Williams, an Interior official in the Clinton administration
who heads the advocacy group Alaska
Conservation Solutions, said the directive amounts to
stifling government scientists' freedom of expression.”
“ "These memos
are an outrage, and do a great disservice to federal employees and
to advancing discussion and knowledge on these critical issues,"
said Williams, who provided the memos to news organizations this
SCIENCE SILENCED YET AGAIN AT INTERIOR:
has two jobs. Giving away the House to Big Oil & Friends, or
Covering the Damages the Giveaways Cost
The Commerce Department, NASA, and apparently the whole Federal
Government in having science censored, and rewritten, to mitigate
research showing that our uncontrolled growth and expansion is
having devastating effects on our environment.
The cause of
this censorship is political corruption. Bush, Pelosi, Clinton, and
the rest of “our” politicians depend on the corporations
for election funding. All have compromised themselves, and their
ability to make honest decisions about the path our country is
Republicans both are advocates of endless growth and expansion. The
republicans tell us how they are going to pay for it: they are going
to deregulate everything, stop taxing the wealthy, drill everywhere,
and impose military control on the world's oil reserves.
are half-way there: they will deregulate almost everything, tax the
wealthy a little bit, drill almost everywhere, and voted, with the
Republicans, to attempt to impose military control on the world's
oil reserves. Whoops!
fix our democracy, we are going to continue to have leaders that are
almost indistinguishable from each other, except by degree.
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Corruption Updates 11, 5th article on page; Norquest and Reed, and a Rogues Gallery of Thieves, Consulting at White House while All Parties Worked for Abramoff”
Corruption Updates 12, 1st article on page, “Political Corruption Inflitrates Interior Department”
Corruption Update 15, 6th article on page; Interior Department Web Porn and Shopping Spree
Updates 24, 4th article on page, "BIG OIL OWNS
Corruption Update 29, 3rd article on page, "ENERGY LOBBYIST WHO WAS INTERIOR DEPT #2 TARGET IN ETHICS PROBE:ANOTHER LOBBYIST APPOINTED TO GOVERNMENT SUSPECTED OF BETRAYING PUBLIC TRUST WITH ABRAMOFF"
Corruption Updates 31, 5th article on page, “Oil Lease Chief Knew of Error, Report Asserts”
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Corruption Updates 32, 2nd article on the page, "BUSH TRIES TO KILL CHEMICAL RULES, SCIENCE, AND INTEGRITY IN ONE FELL SWOOP:INTEGERTY FALLS, RULES AND SCIENCE DAMAGED, BUT STILL STANDING"
Corruption Updates 33, 10th article on the page, "Bush Suppressing Science and Truth:climate scientists censored, science suppressed"
Corruption Updates 38, 9th article on the page, "CLIMATE SCIENCE SILENCED YET AGAIN AT INTERIOR"
Corruption Updates 41, 2nd article on the page, "SCIENCE CLAIMS BUSH A NAZI"
Corruption Updates 41, 3rd article on the page, "REPUBLICANS DEMAND SCIENCE SAYS WHAT THEY WANT IT TO SAY"
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10) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED IN THE BBC, 3-12-07:
protest against Musharraf
“Lawyers have boycotted courts
across Pakistan in protest at President Musharraf's
suspension of the country's top judge for alleged misuse of office.”
“In Lahore, more than
20 lawyers were injured in clashes with police. Hundreds of lawyers
wearing black suits rallied in other cities.”
“They say the removal
of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is unlawful.”
judge is a controversial figure noted for his firm line on
government misdeeds and human rights abuses.”
a complete boycott of the superior and lower courts by all lawyers”
“Supreme Court Bar Association president Munir
They were marching down a
main road when police used batons to try and break up the
“More than 20 lawyers
were injured although none of the injuries appeared
by hundreds of black-suited lawyers were also held in the
capital, Islamabad, and in other cities including Karachi and Quetta.”
“The Bar Association
says the court shutdown is total.”
BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says the clash in Lahore reflects growing tension in the country since President General Pervez
Musharraf removed the chief justice from his post on Friday.”
opposition parties, human rights activists and some judges have
condemned the move as unconstitutional and a blow to the
independence of the judiciary.”
she says many in the legal community believe Iftikhar Chaudhary was
dismissed because he took up cases unpopular with the government.
Chief among these was a
petition to recover missing persons, allegedly abducted by
intelligence agencies. He also overturned the recent sale of
Pakistan's state-run steel mills.”
president is also accused of trying to intimidate the judiciary
in an election year.”
Dictator Removes Chief Justice in Pakistan
haste in dealing with Afghanistan drew him into a convenient
alliance with Pakistan's military dictator, Musharraf. This was an
ignorant alliance, morally and practically speaking.
a moral perspective, Pakistan is a nation of contradictions.
Pakistan's emergence out of colonialism has devolved, again, into a
military dictatorship supported by the United States. It is morally
unacceptable for our country to support dictators.
a Practical perspective, the alliance with Musharraf is a sign of
Bush's ignorance in conducting the Afghan war. Rather than putting
the forces on the ground required to take and hold Afghanistan, a
just war, Bush's attention was focused on the upcoming unjust,
illegal invasion of Iraq. Bush gauranteed chaos and failure in
Afghanistan by relying on corrupt war lords and a dictator as the
tools for the Afghan conquest.
Musharraf is risky. Musharraf bridges the unstable divide between
Pakistan's colonial past, and its religious present. Musharraf
bridges the divide between traditional tribal authority, and
centralized, modern state power. Musharraf sits, carefully balanced,
atop a cauldron of conflict and contradiction that is Pakistan. Our
alliance could create sufficient resistance to topple him into the
yet another American military alliance with yet another military
dictator is not the path to long-term regional stability.
will do our bidding as far as it suits his interests, and no
further. Using tools like Musharraf to fight America's wars is not
the way to victory.
alliance with Musharraf will only bring further regional
instability, more American deaths, and cost us any chance of leaving
Afghanistan as victors.
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old new year"
Updates 44 , 3rd article on page, “American backed Dictator Attempting to Crush Pakistan's Judiciary"
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