Feb 28, 2007


"So yes, the trial of Scooter Libby has raised as many questions as it has answered, but we need not wait for the President and Vice President to answer them; nor should we wait for the outcome of any further criminal investigation. What is needed is a full-scale congressional hearing by the House Oversight Committee on Government Reform. Representative Henry Waxman (D. Ca.), the chair of the committee, has subpoena power and can subpoena telephone records, meeting notes, daily calendars, memos, and a host of key players whose testimony was not legally relevant in the Libby trial, but who obviously have intimate knowledge of the entire CIA leak case and cover-up. These figures would include Karl Rove, Richard Armitage, lobbyist Ken Duberstein, Colin Powell and Stephen Hadley among others. Finally, unlike the prosecutor in a grand jury investigation, Waxman can hold hearings that are public — in Room 2154 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C. So the misconduct of these public men and women, our highest elected and appointed officials in the Executive Branch, can finally be judged by a much larger jury of their peers, the people of the United States" <more>

This piece is the top recommended selection in my new Articles of the Week Club.

Elizabeth de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience. During her tenure, she was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California



Blogger Quzi said...

You must be serving us a non-fat dessert...
Your link isn't working, Fitzie ;)

Or I'm wacko tonight...

9:32 PM  
Blogger jan said...

No, quizi

You are not wacko- this is what I get:

"Please click on the main menu or the article you seek on the right hand side under More Author Articles - we have recently upgraded our system.
Sorry for the inconvenience. "

9:34 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Oh yea,

And, there is no 'right hand side'.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Oh yes I am wacko, Jan! -- LOL -- I have to give the little peanut a kiss before bed... be back in a bit.

PS I'm still laughing at your SPB remark this afternoon...somedays your timing on remarks is hilarious.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

LOL, no it is at least a 3,000 calorie Cheney dessert with whipped cream, hot fudge and a cherry on top.

Try it now.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous slingblade said...

ah gotta tayke uh leek

9:48 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Wow, Fitz ;O It works now and that's some heavy cream! Wow! Good Stuff ;}

9:51 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

"whipped cream, hot fudge"

You just made me hot, Prosecutor...
and I don't think it's hot flashes ;)

9:51 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

This says it all:

"the same folks are now evidently running an updated version of Iran-Contra (without the CIA) out of the Vice President's office. At the same time, according to Hersh, Cheney, in his urge to roll back Iranian regional power as well as undermine Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia in Iraq, and the Syrians, has set the Saudis loose to fund Sunni jihadis — just as they did in Afghanistan at American behest in the 1980s. The result then was, among other things, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. So imagine: Cheney's office is now working hard to combine the worst of the Reagan-era Iran-Contra scandal with the worst of the Afghan disaster. I wonder what the results could possibly be?'

I still haven't read all of Hersh's article yet...but he will probably scare the #*7^ of me...as he so often does.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Fitz throw SPB a bone?

10:06 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

"The Libby trial has recently offered us a glimpse into the most secretive and powerful office in the land and its interplay with the White House, State Department, and CIA."

That is a great dessert but terribly fattening! :)

10:08 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hi, Justice Bloggers. Hope all are well.
The prosecution team should enjoy a good dinner and relax. They so deserve it.
Fitzie, that's some decadent dessert.

Peace and love to all. ;D

10:11 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

This really makes me angry - it seems the soldiers who blew the whistle on outpatient services at Walter Reed are getting punished. From the Army Times:

"Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


10:14 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Quzi said...
PS I'm still laughing at your SPB remark this afternoon...somedays your timing on remarks is hilarious.


What was it? I think I must have missed it.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

S-Q -- it's the thread before this...The comment was:

"Who's picking on SPB? Hey, stop being mean to my girlfrind!

Every once in a while "Sweet innocent Jan" catches me offguard -- and it cracks me up...I even miss her soy-boy avatar some days. LOL

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Paris Hilton Fitzgerald said...

Fitz sweetie, I'm counting on our upcoming marriage to get me some press. We will be a "Major media item" whaddaya say Patrick?

NEW YORK The Associated Press decided to give up a major vice last week: its addiction to stories about Paris Hilton. In the past year, Hilton has appeared on the wire an average of twice a week.

The wire service's entertainment editor Jesse Washington sent a memo to staffers on Feb. 13 that said, barring any major events, the AP would not run any mention of Paris Hilton on the wire, according to the memo, which was obtained by the New York Observer.

In the Observer article Washington was quoted as saying, "There was a surprising amount of hand-wringing. A lot of people in the newsroom were saying this was tampering with the news." Washington added that one editor's response was: "This is a great idea -- can we add North Korea?"

10:28 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...


Oh yeah, I did see that! LOLMAO

10:29 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

"it is at least a 3,000 calorie Cheney dessert with whipped cream, hot fudge and a cherry on top."

That got my attention ....... You are talking my language!

10:29 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Yes, thank you, Fitz ;) This is delicious!

But it also makes me think of this clip:


Replace the subject of this clip, Michael Vick, with Dick Cheney.

"So, you thought you could could replace the government with your own office and didn't think Fitz would catch you? Really? No! Really?! ;D

10:31 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

from the article:

"...the so-called unitary executive theory of government"

How would that differ from a dictatorship?

Anybody know?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Don't worry Jan. I have a bone to pick with the Special Frugal Prosecutor. Not only I didn't get a T-Bone but he still have me under a gag order.

10:35 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...


I see that they want to take your cape and tights also. What are you gonna do now? LOL

10:38 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Gonzo was in San Diego today to do a press conference about a major drug bust here and in Imperial County.

"The totals of drugs seized in the bust include 27,000 pounds of marijuana, 95,000 pounds of cocaine, more than 700 pounds of meth, 227 pounds of ice or pure meth, 11 pounds of heroin...."

Feds Arrest Hundreds, Seize Cash, Drugs In Raid - Local News

10:43 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Oh, I will get bakc my tights and cape, S-Q. I will have to dismantle the globe.

10:48 PM  
Blogger jan said...

US concedes estimate on N. Korea nukes bogus!


10:48 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Who took Biloxi's tights? LOL

Okay - hasta luego amigos...en la manana

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That fruit picker Gonzo must be behind taking Biloxi's tights and cape! He will look funny wearing them though. lol

10:52 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Buenos noches Senorita Quzi, manana. :)

10:53 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

oohlala... great dessert...

hope everyone had a good time dining and dancing!


10:59 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"That fruit picker Gonzo must be behind taking Biloxi's tights and cape! He will look funny wearing them though."


Give it back to me! Notice that I didn't cry like Teddy B. Ruxbin Wells. LOL!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Oh and good night Quzi!

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teddy B. Ruxbin Wells lol

11:09 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Huh-oh! Fitzie, do you hear that? SPB is gonna take your globe apart! hehe

11:19 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...


That was quite a drug sweep! :)

$45 million worth of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Kansas is rocking and rolling with tornado sirens going off, wind, hail, flooding, rain and more rain. 3 storms down, 1 more to go. The upper half has winter storm watches. It is all heading east. I forgot how those sirens scare the heck of you.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Kudos on the big bust. Gonzo, photo op?

11:44 PM  
Anonymous John Evans said...

Gonzo is just knocking off Bush's drug running competition.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Evans,

Thank you for saying it.


BUSH EXTENDED FAMILY PHOTO taken January 20, 2005

Not one member has served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Cheney's family has not served in Iraq. Yet they are quick to order America's sons and daughters to do so.

10:42 AM  

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