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Activist Group Wants Ethics Probe of Rockefeller (FRN + MemoGate Alert)
GOPUSA/Talon News ^ | 12-15-03 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 12/15/2003 5:59:01 AM PST by jmstein7

The Free Republic Network (FRN), a conservative activist group, is asking for a Senate investigation into the conduct of staffers who drafted a memo outlining a plan for Democrats to use intelligence information against President Bush in the 2004 election.

In a letter to Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, FRN called for "a full and thorough investigation" into the memo prepared for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

The group's complaint alleges that a memo written by committee staff and provided to Democrat members of the committee documents efforts by Democrat committee members to abuse their positions on the historically non-partisan Intelligence Committee. The complaint accuses them of planning to obtain privileged intelligence information and misuse it to help elect the 2004 Democrat presidential nominee.

FRN has created a website at www.intelmemo.com to document the progress of the scandal referred to as "Memogate." The full text of the memo originally leaked to Fox News is posted there along with news articles, analysis and commentary.

Citing the role of the SSCI to oversee the comprehensive National Security program of the United States, the group charges that any action that compromises the ability of the committee to effectively execute its duties puts America unduly at risk. It suggested the memo's authors may have "conspired to misuse SSCI membership and resources to obtain and disseminate confidential and privileged intelligence information to gain partisan political advantage."

FRN denounced the course of action proposed in the memo as "both frightening and disturbing." It pointed out the legal and ethical issues and calls into question whether those involved can be trusted to act in America's best interests.

SSCI Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) has threatened to shut the committee down or to significantly limit its activities. FRN believes the ability of intelligence organizations to confidently share information with the committee having been compromised puts the war on terrorism is at risk.

The group wants an ethics probe to determine whether Sen. Rockefeller, Democrat staffers, or Democrat Senate members of the SSCI used or conspired to use the resources of the SSCI to engage in political activities in violation of the Senate Rules of Ethics. Additionally it seeks to discover whether those same individuals impermissibly used official resources to engage in what is effectively campaign work or violated Rule 9.6 of the SSCI by disclosing the contents of any papers or materials or other information received by the committee.

Senate Democrats on the committee or their leadership have thus far refused to disavow the memo or discipline its authors, despite criticism of their Republican colleagues.

Roberts said, "I was stunned by this memo, shocked by this memo. We have a 30-year history in the Intelligence Committee of nonpartisan activity, dating clear back from the Frank Church days. And what this memo has done is really poisoned the well."

Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) expressed his outrage, saying, "If what has happened here is not treason, it is its first cousin. The ones responsible -- be they staff or elected or both -- should be dealt with quickly and severely sending a lesson to all that this kind of action will not be tolerated, ignored or excused. Heads should roll!"

Copyright © 2003 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 2004memo; ethics; frn; memogate; rockefeller

1 posted on 12/15/2003 5:59:03 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: Mich0127; abner; Nick Danger; Interesting Times; The Shrew; MinuteGal; Libertina; ...
BUMP!
2 posted on 12/15/2003 6:01:13 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
This story has little traction because the mainstream media is swallowing the DNC effort to define the situation as a violation of computer security and the resultant leaks. Check out Sen Durbin's letter today in the Wall Street Journal.
3 posted on 12/15/2003 6:01:50 AM PST by spald
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To: spald
Yeah, well Dick Durbin is going to get a special letter of his own.
4 posted on 12/15/2003 6:05:33 AM PST by diotima
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To: spald
As I understand it there were no passwords set up for the system, so how are they able to define this as computer security?

Perhaps we need to freep Orin Hatch?

5 posted on 12/15/2003 6:23:35 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross
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To: jmstein7
Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) expressed his outrage, saying, "If what has happened here is not treason, it is its first cousin. The ones responsible -- be they staff or elected or both -- should be dealt with quickly and severely sending a lesson to all that this kind of action will not be tolerated, ignored or excused. Heads should roll!"

Worth repeating.

6 posted on 12/15/2003 6:34:15 AM PST by 4CJ ('Scots vie 4 tavern juices' - anagram by paulklenk, 22 Nov 2003)
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To: No More Gore Anymore; diotima
I attach Dick Durbin's letter to the WSJ to indicate the DNC position. Clearly, Durbin is blaming the Repubicans in the matter regarding security (my bold highlight). diotima, I applaud your efforts. Somehow, some way, the core issue of this scandal has to be pressed. We know it's a cold political manuver to trash qualified judicial candidates. Problem is the reporting of this side of the story is minimal with the DNC defining the process and the mainstream media assisting.

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A Violation of Trust by Judiciary Panel Staffers

On Dec. 2, Associate Editorial Page Editor Melanie Kirkpatrick, in writing about the leaked Democratic memos and notes on President Bush's nominees to the federal courts, lamented that "a young man in Washington is in danger of losing his job because of something this page published. . . ." Sorry, not true. The fact that these staff members confessed to improperly and intentionally accessing restricted material on the Judiciary Committee's computers is why they stand to lose their jobs. Your newspaper simply served as an enabler -- a conduit for the fruits of their unethical activity.

The individuals in question (note the plural -- so far, two Republican staffers were found to have had improper and unauthorized access to the Judiciary Committee's computers and the investigation isn't over) are temporarily on administrative leave, with full pay, because it appears they electronically stole documents belonging to someone else. The notion that the Democrats invited this illegal electronic theft is as weak as arguing that a homeowner invites burglary because he has windows that allow prospective crooks to see the valuables inside. The shared computer system was designed under Republican control of the Senate so that senators and their staffs have access only to their own files. And security walls were erected for that purpose.

And in contradiction to Ms. Kirkpatrick's assertions, it was Sen. Patrick Leahy who for more than five years made repeated requests for separate servers and computer systems for Republican and Democratic committee staff -- precautions that were rejected as unnecessary and wasteful by the Republican leadership. Regardless of whether a determined staffer was technically capable of defeating computer firewalls or authorization restrictions, the fact is that someone knowingly stole confidential material and made it public. That violation of trust is at the heart of this investigation.

Why is that important? Well, for one thing, confidential information on every Bush nominee for the federal bench is stored in the Judiciary Committee's files, some on the very computer from which these documents were stolen. There are summaries and actual detailed investigative files provided by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, evaluations by state bar associations, by friends, enemies, acquaintances, business partners and employees, even current and former spouses. All that information is just as vulnerable to theft and abuse as the stolen documents the Journal published. Imagine the damage that could be done to someone's career or life if a Senate employee were to leak allegations of criminal activity from a nominee's FBI file? Or the intimate details of a bitter divorce proceeding or custody battle?

The stolen documents, many never seen by a Democratic senator, date from the fall of 2001 to the spring of 2003. And they show that senators on the Democratic side of the aisle met with groups concerned about conservative activists nominated for appointment to the federal bench. Some of these groups went so far as to suggest that Democrats should work to defeat these nominees, not on the floor of the Senate, but by slowing down their nominations in committee. Where would these groups come up with such a strategy? Perhaps from observing the same tactic as it was perfected by Republican senators for nearly six years during the Clinton administration when only 46 out of 84 circuit court nominations made it to the Senate floor for a vote.

The idea that Democratic senators are under the thrall of People for the American Way, NARAL or the NAACP is as fallacious as the notion that the American Conservative Union, the National Right to Life Committee or the Cato Institute dictate the agenda for Republicans. Don't take my word for it -- just look at the record.

The oft-cited Nov. 7, 2001, memo relays the groups' recommendation that 19 contentious judicial nominees be closely scrutinized, and in some cases, delayed. How has this battle plan been followed by Democrats?

Of those 19 nominees, 18 have had hearings and have been voted out of the Judiciary Committee, and 14 have been confirmed by the Senate and are now federal judges. In one case -- Deborah Cook, a nominee to the Sixth Circuit -- I cast one of only three Democratic votes in committee to move her nomination to the full Senate. Fourteen out of 19 nominees cited as controversial by civil rights groups are now judges. Apparently, Democratic senators listened to the concerns expressed by these groups and then voted their conscience -- exactly what most Americans expect of their senators.

Ms. Kirkpatrick ignores the truth of this matter. The problem with the judicial nominations process isn't stolen documents that discuss scrutinizing right-wing candidates, it is the fact that too often this White House is intent on forcing conservative activists through the nomination process. The solution is equally clear: Mainstream judicial nominees of good character and legal competence will be confirmed in a bipartisan manner.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.)
Washington

Updated December 15, 2003

7 posted on 12/15/2003 6:39:54 AM PST by spald
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To: jmstein7
Voinovich is a nothing. A cipher. A zero. A nonentity. A blank space. An empty suit. And you think he will do something? HA!
8 posted on 12/15/2003 6:45:13 AM PST by gaspar
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Perhaps we need to freep Orin Hatch?

That needed to be said!

9 posted on 12/15/2003 6:47:21 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: jmstein7
Still so incredible to me that the media has just buried this! I know how biased they are, but it still is shocking! This is an outrage!
10 posted on 12/15/2003 6:48:52 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: spald
This letter is concerning the leaked judicial memo, not to be confused with the leaked INTEL memo. Obviously with so much Democrat treachery it is difficult to keep them all straight.

Honestly, I don't buy into this "It doesn't matter what it says, all that matters is that someone leaked it" line. It's crap and everyone needs to know it. THE FACT REMAINS THAT the Democrat members on the Judiciary committee are completely bought and paid for by special interests, and as a result are tampering with the judicial process that is the heart of Constitution. THE FACT REMAINS THAT Democrat members of the Intell committee are using their access to sensitive intelligence information to play dirty partisan politics and compromise NATIONAL SECURITY to do so. I repeat COMPROMISE NATIONAL SECURITY TO DO SO.
11 posted on 12/15/2003 6:49:05 AM PST by diotima
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To: diotima
Thanks for that clarification. It seems that some here are confusing the two.
12 posted on 12/15/2003 6:50:20 AM PST by Judith Anne (Send a message to the Democrat traitors--ROCKEFELLER MUST RESIGN!)
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To: spald
One of the memos was addressed to Durbin. I believe it was the one that was dated Nov. 2001 and urged the Dims to wait until the New Year to start their obstructionism because "presumably people will be more tolerant of it then" i.e. after 9/11

So, while Americans were mourning, Dims were plotting.

13 posted on 12/15/2003 6:50:28 AM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: ladyinred
Exactly. So now the Republicians are evil because the Dummyrats aren't smart enough to post their treasons memos on a secure server with a protected password.

Okay , thanks again Orin, for defending the Cosntitution, great work there bud.

14 posted on 12/15/2003 6:51:49 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross
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To: Judith Anne
Yes... the Durbin letter is outside the scope of this particular issue.

But, let Durbin write what he wants... I need material for another article :) It would be my pleasure to handcuff the bast@rd with the Constitution.
15 posted on 12/15/2003 6:53:14 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: diotima
Intel Memo seems to be slow. Massive traffic overload???
17 posted on 12/15/2003 6:54:46 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
And to think there are those here who try to claim there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.
18 posted on 12/15/2003 6:55:50 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: diotima
"This letter is concerning the leaked judicial memo, not to be confused with the leaked INTEL memo. Obviously with so much Democrat treachery it is difficult to keep them all straight."

Thanks for the clarification and I apoligize for confusing the two memos.

19 posted on 12/15/2003 7:10:25 AM PST by spald
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To: spald
No, its OK. Durbin is on the Intel Committee too, LOL. COINCIDENCE?
20 posted on 12/15/2003 7:14:56 AM PST by diotima
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To: jmstein7; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; dixiechick2000; SusanUSA; ...
Heads should roll ! ...

Activist Group Wants Ethics Probe of Rockefeller
(FRN + MemoGate Alert)

Excerpt:

The Free Republic Network (FRN), a conservative activist group, is asking for a Senate investigation into the conduct of staffers who drafted a memo outlining a plan for Democrats to use intelligence information against President Bush in the 2004 election.

In a letter to Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, FRN called for "a full and thorough investigation" into the memo prepared for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

The group's complaint alleges that a memo written by committee staff and provided to Democrat members of the committee documents efforts by Democrat committee members to abuse their positions on the historically non-partisan Intelligence Committee. The complaint accuses them of planning to obtain privileged intelligence information and misuse it to help elect the 2004 Democrat presidential nominee.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


21 posted on 12/15/2003 8:13:30 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: jmstein7
First, we have this:
[SSCI Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)] said, "I was stunned by this memo, shocked by this memo. We have a 30-year history in the Intelligence Committee of nonpartisan activity, dating clear back from the Frank Church days. And what this memo has done is really poisoned the well."

Then, we have this:
Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) expressed his outrage, saying, "If what has happened here is not treason, it is its first cousin. The ones responsible -- be they staff or elected or both -- should be dealt with quickly and severely sending a lesson to all that this kind of action will not be tolerated, ignored or excused. Heads should roll!"

Now, how ironic is it that a RAT is actually more militant about this than the Pubbie?

Zell's right, HEADS SHOULD ROLL, and quickly!

Roberts is obviously a wuss.

22 posted on 12/15/2003 8:16:39 AM PST by upchuck (Encourage the Islamowackos to pretest their explosive devices. A dud will really spoil your day.)
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To: spald
(paraphrased from IntelMemo.com)

The memos obtained by Senator Hatch's staffer describe plans by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to subvert our legal system in order to mandate racial quotas. This effort is about the memo that describes plans by Democrats on the Intelligence Committee to undermine our national security in order to attack the Bush Administration.

23 posted on 12/15/2003 8:43:44 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: jmstein7
Bump!
24 posted on 12/15/2003 8:46:07 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (What am I rebelling against? Well, what do ya got?)
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To: countrydummy
PING!
25 posted on 12/15/2003 9:27:18 AM PST by uglybiker (Bill Clinton STILL sucks!)
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To: uglybiker
Thanks for the Ping! Head should Roll!
26 posted on 12/15/2003 9:51:45 AM PST by countrydummy (http://chat.agitator.dynip.com/ You will love the chat room!)
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To: countrydummy
The Rocketfellator's goin' down!

:-P

27 posted on 12/15/2003 10:22:05 AM PST by uglybiker (Bill Clinton STILL sucks!)
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To: countrydummy
The door shouldn't hit him in the butt on the way out.
28 posted on 12/15/2003 10:25:07 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: jmstein7
Wait a minute. I agree that Rockefeller MUST face an Ethics Comitte investigation. I would believe that whether Free Republic existed or not. What he may have ordered his aides to do, as Zell Miller said, is if not treason then treason's first cousin. If he made the order, he's guilty of the crime and needs to be punished.

We're not an "activist group". Some of us happen to BE activists, others are not. The FR chapters aren't affiliated with Free Republic: they just sometimes set up activites, from rallies to Christmas parties here. There's a difference.

29 posted on 12/15/2003 10:29:56 AM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: diotima
Honestly, I don't buy into this "It doesn't matter what it says, all that matters is that someone leaked it" line.

Agreed. The focus of this is no more about who did the leaking than the impeachment was about Clinton's sex life. The content of the memo and the intent behind it are what's important.

30 posted on 12/15/2003 10:33:26 AM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: jmstein7
Memogate bump!
31 posted on 12/15/2003 10:58:33 AM PST by talleyman (God bless FR & Merry Christmas!)
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To: cake_crumb
This is being done by the Free Republic Network, not the Free Republic Forum.
32 posted on 12/15/2003 11:22:14 AM PST by Bob J (www.freerepublic.net www.radiofreerepublic.com...check them out!)
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To: jmstein7
bump
33 posted on 12/15/2003 11:32:18 AM PST by joyce11111
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To: diotima; spald
Thanks for explaining the two differnent memo issues.

I was also confused.

34 posted on 12/15/2003 11:35:58 AM PST by Seeking the truth (McDonald Clan - Hired Mercenary - Have Bullhorn - Will Shout for Brew!)
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To: Bob J
"This is being done by the Free Republic Network, not the Free Republic Forum."

Ah. Thank you for the clarification. In fact, it was your worry about lawsuits I was worried about. If you're confortable with it, I am too.

35 posted on 12/15/2003 2:53:54 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: jmstein7
These traitors should be stopped at all cost!
36 posted on 12/15/2003 10:31:34 PM PST by Bullish
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To: diotima
Great Job.. Wow, it took FRN to get the fire started, I am so proud. "We have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit and the best men (and women..sigh) in the world. You know, by God I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against. By God, I do. We’re not just going to shoot the bastards, we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks.".. Get'em Dio.. :)
37 posted on 12/15/2003 10:34:09 PM PST by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com)
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To: spald
Dick Durbin:

confidential information on every Bush nominee for the federal bench is stored in the Judiciary Committee's files..[snip] All that information is just as vulnerable to theft and abuse


Let's get real, Dick.
There's no need to worry about theft and abuse.
The information on the judicial candidates would be leaked by the Democrats, if any of them felt there was something that was worth leaking.

Durbin's face has a permanent "Who me? I'm innocent" expression. He reminds me of an altar boy who likes to sneak a sip of the unconsecrated wine.
I hope, someday, Durbin begins to "sing."

38 posted on 12/16/2003 6:38:37 AM PST by syriacus (Schumer's unhappy federal judges have lifetime positions, so he should work to amend that.)
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To: jmstein7
Keep it up, FRN. Never, never let treason go unnoticed like the dems would prefer.
39 posted on 12/16/2003 6:41:31 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: jmstein7
It's great to hear that FRN is keeping up the fight to make Rockefeller account for his disgusting and dangerous partisan plotting.
40 posted on 12/16/2003 6:43:07 AM PST by syriacus (Schumer's unhappy federal judges have lifetime positions, so he should work to amend that.)
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To: syriacus
Dick Durbin -- Self-appointed guardian of U. S. Senate computers.
41 posted on 12/16/2003 6:55:36 AM PST by syriacus (Schumer's unhappy federal judges have lifetime positions, so he should work to amend that.)
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To: diotima

42 posted on 12/16/2003 7:09:56 AM PST by sweetliberty (Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.)
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To: diotima
"THE FACT REMAINS THAT Democrat members of the Intell committee are using their access to sensitive intelligence information to play dirty partisan politics and compromise NATIONAL SECURITY to do so"

It should be abundantly clear by now, to anyone that is paying attention, that they don't give a d**m about national security. What they count on is nobody paying attention and their media enablers making certain of it.

43 posted on 12/16/2003 7:14:32 AM PST by sweetliberty (Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.)
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To: diotima
Congressmen who will not close the borders should have their campaign and personal finances checked for investments in and by Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

These three banks do not want the border closed and in fact want the matricular consular phony IDs to be used by the illegals so that they can handle the illegals money. You know that nearly $30 billion a year is sent out of country by the illegals and these banks profit by allowing the illegals to use phony IDs to bank with them.

The dept of homeland security and the national security office want the borders closed.

The state department and the department of the treasury (along with the aforementioned banks) want it open. Guess who is winning?

I would start directing letters to the state department the dept of the treasury requesting they change their policy. I would send letters to congress and the president demanding that America reform the state department and the department of the treasury now! They are not acting in the best interests of our country.

I would also write letters to the editor and give a few black eyes to these banks so that people know who is behind the lack of border defense.

This information came from a congressman on a talk show yesterday.

44 posted on 12/16/2003 6:45:18 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: hedgetrimmer
Wow, I never thought of it in your same context until now. Thanks, it bears repeating in SCREAM font!

Congressmen who will not close the borders should have their campaign and personal finances checked for investments in and by Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

These three banks do not want the border closed and in fact want the matricular consular phony IDs to be used by the illegals so that they can handle the illegals money. You know that nearly $30 billion a year is sent out of country by the illegals and these banks profit by allowing the illegals to use phony IDs to bank with them.

The dept of homeland security and the national security office want the borders closed.

The state department and the department of the treasury (along with the aforementioned banks) want it open. Guess who is winning?

I would start directing letters to the state department the dept of the treasury requesting they change their policy. I would send letters to congress and the president demanding that America reform the state department and the department of the treasury now! They are not acting in the best interests of our country.

I would also write letters to the editor and give a few black eyes to these banks so that people know who is behind the lack of border defense.

This information came from a congressman on a talk show yesterday.

45 posted on 12/16/2003 6:55:05 PM PST by demkicker
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To: jmstein7
I'm glad FRN is stepping up to the plate, but I'm sorry to see that AN OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION HAS TO DO THE JOB THAT THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING.

Read my tag line!

46 posted on 12/17/2003 2:30:29 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: hedgetrimmer
Can you identify the quoted congressman?
47 posted on 12/17/2003 2:35:43 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: Humidston
Congressman Tancredo.
48 posted on 12/17/2003 4:21:24 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: jmstein7; Jeff Gannon
Freeper Bump
49 posted on 12/17/2003 7:34:47 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: hedgetrimmer
Wow! Great news. Thanks.
50 posted on 12/17/2003 8:09:39 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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