Apr 7, 2006

Censure...Not In My Job Description...

but a swell picture of a servant of the people trying to do the right thing.
Censure: Time to Do the Right Thing
and Christy at Firedoglake breaks it down for you: Hey, Team Libby… (Part I)

29 Comments:

Blogger Former Fed said...

Oh my goodness, what a cesspool we have in the WH.

My recollections of the declassification process is that it is long and involved and no one person can do it unilaterally.

But, of course, under the Bushies concept of government, the President can do whatever he wants to - period - end of discussion.

By the way, didn't our founding fathers fight a revolution to get out from under this concept of governing?

Go get'em FITZ!!!!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yes, it is time for the censure of the Gerbil. Enough is enough! The Gerbil has done so much damage control to this country. We need to take back our country!

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Friday:

In the news:

1. Speaking of the CIA Leak case, Waxman is now stepping to the case and wants answers to this case.

FOCUS | Waxman Has Questions For Bush on CIA Leak Case
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040706Z.shtml
Yesterday in a letter to President Bush, Rep. Waxman asks for a full accounting of the President's and Vice President's actions in authorizing leaks of classified intelligence about Iraq, while at the same time concealing the President's knowledge of serious doubts about Iraq's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

2. Problems with the Gerbil Administration and FEMA. From Thinkprogess.org:

HOMELAND SECURITY -- TESTIMONY REVEALS ADMINISTRATION INCOMPETENCE ON DISASTER RELIEF, TERRORISM: Two more examples of the Bush administration's inability to effectively manage programs geared to protect the American people were addressed in Capitol Hill testimony yesterday. Speaking before the House Government Reform Committee, federal officials from FEMA and other agencies admitted that "confusion over how to handle the emergency supplies, offers of military assistance and $126 million in cash that poured in from foreign governments after Hurricane Katrina meant delays, and in some cases wasted opportunities, in aiding storm victims." "Thousands of ready-to-eat meals donated by governments, as well as loads of medicine, were never used," and only $10.5 million out of $126 million in donations have been spent thus far. "It looks here like we have a bureaucratic jumble," committee chairman Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) said.
3. From Thinkprogress.org

HUMAN RIGHTS -- UNITED STATES WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: In 1946, under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt, the United States led the way in creating the first U.N. human rights commission. How things have changed. The United States announced yesterday "that it would not be a candidate for the new United Nations Human Rights Council, which was approved last month by the General Assembly with Washington nearly alone in opposition.


The Gerbil sure has change the world of the U.S. history!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Morning news was great President leaked a CIA's name while she was still working undercover. All the comments of denial and support for Bush that he didn't do that has been settled. Now we will here more secrets and lies in the coming days. Fitz you were right to sit back and watch as these guys told on each other.

Teak your right I'm not Fitz's Mom but I care for him as one of my own sons. God always send someone to take care of the ones He loves. As for Fitz's real Mom no one can ever replace her she stands for all that is good, honest, loving and trustfull in the man we call Patrick J. Fitzgerald. I'm just glad God picked me to get to know him he was my gift.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

well, I for one, am sorry it is not.

As for a public servant attempting to do the 'right thing' - terrific.

As for those Dems and Repubs that support this lying, corrupt Prez and his treasonist appointees and staff in the Administration,

all be gone.

The country is not served by you.

11:35 AM  
Blogger teak said...

I'm supporting Feingold in '08 at this point...he doesn't pussyfoot around...says it and stands behind his words and actions.

May I ask a question (not sure if you all would be able to answer and I understand, sorry if I'm out of line here) but how do you feel about Alberto Gonzales? I watched the hearings and thankfully, I found this blog because I thought everyone at the DOJ was of the same mindset as this liar---arrogant, manipulating, corrupt....I mean no disrespect here. I realize we don't get to choose our bosses. I feel bad for you all. :-(

11:36 AM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Excerpt...

The officials, some of whom are attorneys close to the case, added that more than two dozen emails that the vice president's office said it recently discovered and handed over to leak investigators in February show that President Bush was kept up to date about the circumstances surrounding the effort to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

The sources indicated that the leak probe is now winding down, and that soon, new information will emerge from the special counsel's office that will prove President Bush had prior knowledge of the White House campaign to discredit Plame Wilson's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who accused the administration of "twisting" intelligence on the Iraqi threat in order to win public support for the war.

The new information that surfaced late Wednesday places President Bush at the center of the probe for the first time since the investigation into the leak began more than two years ago and raises new questions as to whether Bush knew in advance the lengths to which senior White House officials went to discredit Wilson.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/4/6/194043/7323

11:36 AM  
Anonymous cjt said...

So as Kerry said yesterday Bush has to (from his previous statements on the leakers) fire himself.

:D

11:40 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Here is an email response to me from Senator Feingold. Yes, I have emailed him with questions on the President's authorization or wiretapping and domestic spying. Here is his response to me in full entirety. Enjoy!

Senator Russ Feingold - senator@feingold.senate.gov

To: ******@******.***
Date: Friday, April 7, 2006 4:10:55 AM
Subject: Responding to your message


April 7, 2006




Dear **********,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the President's
authorization of warrantless wiretaps inside the United States by the National Security Agency (NSA). I appreciate hearing from
you.

On December 17, 2005, in response to a New York Times story
published the day before, President George W. Bush
acknowledged that for the past several years he has authorized the National Security Agency to wiretap the international
communications of American citizens inside the United States
without first obtaining the court orders required by law. As you
know, on March 13, 2006, I introduced a resolution to censure the President because of his actions. I believe that this is an
appropriate response to the President's illegal wiretapping
program. Congress must hold the President accountable for
authorizing a program that clearly violates the law and for
misleading the country about its existence and legality.

There is no question that the government should wiretap suspected terrorists both inside and outside the United States to protect our national security. But the President has not explained why the government cannot comply with current law that already
authorizes this type of surveillance. In 1978, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This law sets out the procedures by which the government can obtain a warrant from a secret court known as the FISA Court to authorize electronic surveillance of individuals in the United States who are suspected of terrorism or espionage. FISA recognizes the importance of wiretapping suspected terrorists, while also putting in place judicial oversight of this type of surveillance to ensure the
government has some evidence indicating that the people being
wiretapped might be terrorists. FISA further allows the
government to implement a wiretap immediately in an emergency,
so long as the government seeks a court order within 72 hours.
FISA explicitly makes it a crime to wiretap individuals in the
United States without complying with the statute.

The President has claimed that Congress granted him the power to
conduct surveillance without a warrant in the Authorization for
Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was signed into law on
September 18, 2001. The AUMF authorized the President to use
military force against those responsible for the attacks of
September 11, 2001. But the AUMF contains no provisions
regarding warrantless surveillance. In fact, around that same time, Congress was considering the USA PATRIOT Act ("Patriot Act"), which amended FISA and other surveillance laws to make it easier to conduct surveillance of suspected terrorists and spies. In the
course of the Patriot Act negotiations, the Administration did not ask for, nor did the Patriot Act include, any change to FISA's requirement that there be judicial approval for wiretaps of
Americans in the United States.

The President has also argued that he has the inherent constitutional authority to conduct this warrantless surveillance.
He has argued that courts have addressed this issue and held that
the President has the constitutional authority to authorize warrantless wiretaps. However, the Supreme Court has never addressed this issue, and the cases cited by the President involved wiretapping conducted prior to the enactment of the FISA statute, which for the first time made it a crime to wiretap individuals without a warrant. The U.S. Supreme Court explained more than 50 years ago that once Congress has specifically prohibited certain actions by the executive branch, the President's inherent constitutional authority is at its "lowest ebb."

I believe, as do many constitutional scholars and other experts, that the President's authorization of the NSA to wiretap individuals without getting a court order under FISA violates the law. Not only does the President not have the authority to violate the laws
that Congress passes, but also there are serious Fourth Amendment
issues raised by the President's authorization of warrantless
wiretaps inside the United States. As I'm sure you know, the
Fourth Amendment provides the right to be free from unreasonable
searches and seizures. In a 1967 decision, Katz v. United States,
the U.S. Supreme Court held that the protections of the Fourth
Amendment extend to communications.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence, I will continue to push for a full
congressional investigation and for full accountability. If you
would like to read the text of the censure resolution please go to
http://feingold.senate.gov/censureresolution.pdf. To view the
statement I delivered on the Senate floor just prior to introducing the resolution, please go to
http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/06/03/2006313.ht
ml. You can also find a fact sheet about the domestic surveillance program and the Administration's shifting justifications for it at
http://www.feingold.senate.gov/issues_patriotdwt.html.

On March 31, 2006, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing
entitled "An Examination of the Call to Censure the President." I
am pleased that Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chairman of the
Judiciary Committee, called the hearing and is encouraging debate
on this issue. I look forward to continued debate in the Committee
and the full Senate. For additional information on the March 31 hearing, I encourage you to visit my website. Video clips of my opening statement and questioning of the witnesses can be found at
http://feingold.senate.gov/033106_feingold1.rm and
http://feingold.senate.gov/033106_feingold2.rm. The text of my
opening statement is available at
http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/06/03/2006331.ht
ml.

Thank you again for contacting me regarding the President's
authorization of warrantless surveillance within the United States.
I look forward to hearing from you in the future.


Sincerely,

Russell D. Feingold
United States Senator

If you wish to contact me again, please visit
http://feingold.senate.gov/contact.html.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous jodi said...

Does there have to be a full investigation of Bush in order for a censure?
Just waiting for more democrats to grow a spine and get behind Feingold.
What a bunch of...

11:45 AM  
Blogger teak said...

I emailed Feingold in support and all my reps from Kansas. You should see the responses from lapdog Pat Roberts and 'sweetheart deal' Jim Ryun.....laughable.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord we don't live in a Country where it is against the law to support your President. Even the convicted perjurer Bill Clinton enjoys some support. I thought I lived in a country where I could post on a US Attorney's website and show support for the President of the United States and not receive threats of criminal intrusion of my computer system.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz,

Today you will be receiving a special email to both your accounts.

It is relating directly to bringing the case to its conclusion....


You will know what the email is no matter what, and be well informed..

The "big shtig" scam of AIPAC and some certain grifters is getting exposed. CENSURE is as good as 1-2-3 Go......


---The Shadow Hand---

11:51 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

I think an important issue would be exactly when was it declassified? Before or after the leak?

11:52 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

They admitted it was declassified, however, strangely enough did not say when.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

All,

More on Doyle. From Thinkprogress.org:

"Brian Doyle, the DHS spokesman who was arrested earlier this week for seducing a minor over the internet, had misused company equipment to download pornography in his previous employment at Time magazine. Rep. Peter King (R-NY: “[I]f there was an incident at Time magazine, Homeland Security above all should have found it.”
Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Doyle! And

And then there were four. Yup another busted pervert in DHS:

“A high-ranking Defense Department IT official has been arrested and indicted on child pornography charges. … [C]ourt documents allege that Lynch had been operating a peer-to-peer file-sharing program on a computer in his office at DISA. Agents confiscated several computers and more than 1,000 CDs from Lynch’s office.”
And where do these people have time to work???? And where is all of the taxpayer's money going to DHS???

11:55 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

SPB

The DHS budget has been given short shrift [Customs, Border Control, I could go on] ... the $ have been going to Cheney's pet projects, namely Haliburton and to Rummy to assure we invaded Iraq.

Also, let's not forget the 'Gerbil' and Cheney have been bringing people in who have ZERO experience. Lovely.

Now they'll be asking for more $ to invade Iran.. well, if Iran doesn't press the red-button first.
Bush is getting the Americans in a very dangerous position [aren't we already?!] ...

again, may the few corrupters not besmirch the many who serve this country valiantly.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Forgot to add this article, Gonzo says that the Gerbil has a right to spy on Americans on U.S. soil:

Gonzales suggests that Bush has the authority to order warrantless wiretapping of calls, emails

"Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales suggested for the first time on Thursday that the president might have the legal authority to order wiretapping without a warrant on communications between Americans that occur exclusively within the United States, the NEW YORK TIMES reports Friday."

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Gonzales_suggests_that_Bush_has_authority_0406.html

Finally,

A very odd story. Homeland Insecurity?:

"A local school employee said a rough run-in with a couple of
Homeland Security officers has left him with a strong sense of insecurity."

"Leander Pickett, a teacher's assistant at Englewood Elementary, said he was manhandled and handcuffed by two plain clothed Homeland Security officers in front of the school Tuesday for no reason at all."

Homeland Security can rough up a private citzen for no reason but allow perverts to work at DHS! Go Figure! Remove the Gerbil!!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/wjxt/20060406/lo_wjxt/3379371

12:01 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

if true, very odd indeed.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Executive Order 12356

National Security Information

April 2, 1982

12:10 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

6 miles,

You are right. Money and taxpayers' money has been funnel to Cheney's pet projects, The Gerbil and gang, and hush money to pay off certain politicans and people to silence them. But, remember, the Gerbil has borrowed money from the Saudias, China, and other international countries. This is separating the amount of money in which the Gerbil has been panhandling Congress for. We are in a lot of debt in this country and debt to the other countries. If our federal deficit is now at 9 trillion, and spending 2 million a day as predicted, and the debt of each American people with this deficit is about 30,000 a piece, what does that tell you about the road in the future in this country? We cannot afford to borrow more money for Iraq, Afghanistan, possibly Iran, etc. Bush is turning this country into a 3rd world country or possibly a subsidary of China or Saudi Arabia! Saudi Arabia owns approximately more that 7% of the U.S. What do you think the percentage of ownership Saudis and China will be once the Gerbil is gone?? A lot!!! Bush's plan all along has been to invade Iran. And this is all about money and oil!!! If Congress gives in to the Gerbil's demand, we are in serious trouble in this country. Bush's antics is a pure text book version of the movie, "Syriana!" I wish I can talk to ex-CIA agent Robert Baer!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Sec. 3.4. Mandatory Review for Declassification.


.... (b) Information originated by a President, the White House
Staff, by committees, commissions, or boards appointed by the President,
or others specifically providing advice and counsel to a President or
acting on behalf of a President is exempted from the provisions of
Section 3.4(a).

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

If what Bush did is legal then why did he wait so long to tell the truth and why did he let his Administration lie under oath? All he had to do is tell Fitz that he has the power to leak classify/declassified information. Libby is charged with lying under oath for what Bush refuse to admit. Some say Clinton lied so its ok that Bush lies but who's life was at risk with each of these President. Was national security at risk because of an affair with Monica or with leaking an undercover CIA agent working in Iran. Well Bush say that his Administration can lie to the court and investigators while others go to jail. Do we have a President George or a King George? Its time to IMPEACH George Bush and get our country back.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

Thanks for the Friday giggle. Nice summary. -Plan- is a four letter word, to which the suffix, -(n)ers- fitz nicely!

Now, Mr. Tenet: Who do you work for?

http://www.light-to-dark.com/tenet.html

What? Didn't he appreciate the Medal of Honor? He's going to pop, me thinks.

12:29 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Excellent as usual, Mr. Pitt! I hope more people will get the chance to view your talent....a gift such as yours demands to be shared.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Jackie
such beautifl thoughts on Fitzgerald
such a precious gift..

I think scooter is trying to get Fritz to help him get his own library out of this deal for all his paperwork at taxpayers expense..:)

12:44 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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12:52 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Excellent picture as usual, Stephen!

12:53 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Too bad it isn't in your job description....it would have a better chance of being accepted.

Looks like a few more Dems are coming to the table, though. Let's hope. There needs to be a united front. I know there's lots of worry that the election will turn into an impeachment election and the Republicans can threaten their base to get out and prevent this. I wouldn't be betting much on that line of thinking, though. We are ALL Americans not sheep.

2:49 PM  
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