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Gorelick Rejected Attempt to Revise 'Wall' Memo
CNS NEWS ^ | 4/29/04 | Scott Wheeler

Posted on 04/29/2004 4:59:16 AM PDT by Libloather

Gorelick Rejected Attempt to Revise 'Wall' Memo
By Scott Wheeler
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
April 29, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - One of America's most prominent federal prosecutors sought changes to the 1995 "wall" memo authored by then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, but most of the concerns expressed by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White over the barriers erected between criminal and counter-intelligence investigations were rejected.

Gorelick's "wall" memo was the subject of an April 26 CNSNews.com report, which quoted four sources as saying the memo erected barriers to intelligence-sharing between the FBI and intelligence agencies -- and impeded the investigation of alleged Chinese espionage and illegal campaign donations to President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign.

According to documents obtained by CNSNews.com, White, who was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, spelled out her concerns shortly after Gorelick wrote the memo establishing the new guidelines for federal investigations.

The reply that followed came from Michael Vatis, deputy director of the Executive Office of National Security, with Gorelick signing off on Vatis' language.

White was concerned that Gorelick's new guidelines for investigations had made it too complicated for the FBI to contact the U.S. attorney's office and launch a probe of suspicious activity. White suggested that only the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review at the Department of Justice needed to approve such an investigation, and not the department's criminal division.

However, the Vatis/Gorelick memo offered a blunt reply.

"I recommend rejecting this change," the June 19, 1995 document stated. "[A] USAO (U.S. attorney's office) should not be notified of a national security investigation -- particularly one that has not yet developed into a criminal case -- without the approval of the AAG (assistant attorney general), Criminal Division."

The Vatis/Gorelick memo also addressed White's reservations over how the new investigative guidelines would impact a probe under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). White contended that once the Justice Department's Criminal Division had decided that criminal law enforcement concerns existed in a FISA investigation, the appropriate U.S. attorney should be contacted.

Vatis rejected this notion as well.

"Notifying the USAO as soon as law enforcement concerns exist -- but before Crim. thinks that the investigation should 'go criminal' -- is simply too early," the document stated.

The current U.S. attorney general, John Ashcroft, recently de-classified the original Gorelick memo that established the new investigative guidelines. He did so shortly before testifying in front of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, calling the Gorelick memo "the single greatest structural cause for September 11."

The June 19, 1995 memo from Vatis/Gorelick was included in a batch of documents released Wednesday by the Justice Department in response to a request by U.S. Senators John Cornyn, (R-Texas) and Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C.).

The senators, in a joint statement, asked the department to "provide key Gorelick documents" in response to the September 11 Commission's "failure to hear testimony from a key Clinton administration Justice Department official (Gorelick), preventing the Congress from receiving a full accounting of intelligence and enforcement procedures that led to the tragic attacks."

A separate statement, released by Cornyn's office late Wednesday, charged that the newly released documents "substantially discredit former Deputy Attorney General -- and current 9/11 Commission member -- Jamie Gorelick's claims of limited involvement in the promulgation of 'the wall' separating counterintelligence and law enforcement agencies.

"Specifically, the documents show that she was substantially involved in the development of the information-sharing policy and contradicts statements that the department's policies under the Clinton-Reno administration enhanced, rather than restricted, such vital information sharing," Cornyn stated.

"These documents show what I've said all along: Commissioner Gorelick has special knowledge of the facts and circumstances leading up to the erection and buttressing of 'that wall' that, before the enactment of the Patriot Act, was the primary obstacle to the sharing of communications between law enforcement and intelligence agencies," Cornyn's statement continued.

Gorelick's membership on the 9/11 Commission has become controversial considering that she also worked in the Clinton administration's Justice Department. Many Republicans in Congress have called for her to also testify before the commission, a request the commission's chairman has rejected.

"This is a person with knowledge of relevant facts. Either the Commission wants the whole truth, or it does not," Cornyn stated.

"If it does, she should appear in public testimony so that the families of the victims, the American people and the Congress can have a full and complete picture of what led to the failures of 9/11," Cornyn added.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: attempt; clintongorekerry; coverup; gorelick; maryjowhite; memo; memogate; rejected; revise; teardownthiswall; wall
"This is a person with knowledge of relevant facts. Either the Commission wants the whole truth, or it does not," Cornyn stated.

Now I'm wondering if Gorelick committed any crimes...

1 posted on 04/29/2004 4:59:16 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
toasted by Mary Jo White (snicker, snicker)
2 posted on 04/29/2004 5:05:21 AM PDT by tioga
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Gorelick's "wall" memo was the subject of an April 26 CNSNews.com report, which quoted four sources as saying the memo erected barriers to intelligence-sharing between the FBI and intelligence agencies -- and impeded the investigation of alleged Chinese espionage and illegal campaign donations to President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign.

From March 6, 1998 -

The charges focus on two fund-raisers: for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in Century City, Calif., on Sept. 21, 1995; and a Sept. 9, 1996, fund-raiser for Mr. John Kerry in Beverly Hills, Calif.

3 posted on 04/29/2004 5:05:41 AM PDT by Libloather (There isn't enough Levitra on the planet to keep Kerry in this game...)
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To: Libloather
Gorelick was instrumental in the corruption of TWA Flight 800 terrorism investigation


Obstruction of the Oklahoma Bombing Grand Jury Investigation
The Mysterious Jamie Gorelick Phone Call


Gorelick and Richard Clarke


Gorelick Memo Impeded Probe of Clinton Fundraising Scandal


GORELICK GATE - various FR links

4 posted on 04/29/2004 5:05:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis (We do what we are meant to do)
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To: Libloather

What are Gorelick's roles in the murders of Wise and Mahoney?


5 posted on 04/29/2004 5:06:46 AM PDT by Diogenesis (We do what we are meant to do)
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To: Libloather
Commission-
Examine thyself

6 posted on 04/29/2004 5:07:48 AM PDT by syriacus (If getting 3 Purple Hearts got Kerry OUT of Vietnam, returning them should have sent him back.)
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To: Libloather
I would love to hear what questions she poses today and the response, especially from Vice President Cheney.... in his still quiet voice.
7 posted on 04/29/2004 5:08:57 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Libloather
We all had a sick feeling in our stomach after 9/11. Was Jamie Gorelick's sick feeling from the knowledge that her past actions may haunt her and trouble her sleep?
8 posted on 04/29/2004 5:10:59 AM PDT by listenhillary (terrorism n. systematic use of violence to intimidate or coerce societies or governments)
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To: Diogenesis
It has become increasingly apparent over the past few years that America has been in a fog for the last thirty years.

Extremists like the Sink Emperor and the French Prince have gone too far, the stakes are too high, and alternative media is helping to out their lies.

The Left is finally getting their just deserts.

America was lied to and manipulated repeatedly. History's course was altered by a conspiracy of journalistic fraud and bias, governmental abuse, publishing propaganda, media complicity and political deception.

From Vietnam to Watergate, from Iran-Contra to 9/11, the Liberals have been thrwarting the truth, rewarding Evil and punishing the best that is America.

9 posted on 04/29/2004 5:26:56 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Liberalism is a form of insanity)
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To: Enduring Freedom
Time for a new tag!
10 posted on 04/29/2004 5:27:41 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Jean Qaerry is the French Prince)
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To: Libloather
And to think this *itch had the gall to deny authorship and/or approval of that memo on Lou Dobbs' show shortly after Ashcroft's testimony! Anyone with at least one eye or who can read braille can see plainly that this Kurintong crony is a LIAR!!     but that's redundant, isn't it?

By the commission's (internally-generated?) rules, only such report as is unanimously approved among them will be the official word of the commission. The powers that be saw to it that Gorelick would have the only say--her lies.

HF

11 posted on 04/29/2004 5:38:56 AM PDT by holden
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To: Enduring Freedom
It has become increasingly apparent over the past few years
that America has been in a fog for the last thirty years.
Extremists like the Sink Emperor and the French Prince have gone too far,
the stakes are too high, and alternative media is helping to out their lies.
The Left is finally getting their just deserts.
America was lied to and manipulated repeatedly. History's course was
altered by a conspiracy of journalistic fraud and bias, governmental abuse,
publishing propaganda, media complicity and political deception.
From Vietnam to Watergate, from Iran-Contra to 9/11,
the Liberals have been thrwarting the truth, rewarding Evil
and punishing the best that is America.

“If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old.
and would have posted here to disagree with Enduring Freedom,
reminding him that through his tireless work as a legislator,
(Democrat) Edward Kennedy who, like other Democrats, can do no wrong
would have brought comfort to her in her old age.”

– 2003 Boston Globe [/sarcasm, maybe, maybe not]

12 posted on 04/29/2004 5:57:50 AM PDT by Diogenesis (We do what we are meant to do)
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To: Libloather
There is a term in the legal field called "Unclean Hands." I can't think of a more befitting term for Gorelick than that.
13 posted on 04/29/2004 5:59:56 AM PDT by smiley
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To: Libloather
bump
14 posted on 04/29/2004 6:05:08 AM PDT by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: Libloather
IMO, the Clintonazis tried to hide Gorelick in plain sight, as commissioner in this sham club spawned by the same corrupt Congressional gang guilty of critical dereliction so many times, in politics as usual.

Commissioners don't testify; deputies don't testify. They can look good in basic black tar and feathers.

The hallmark of the Clintons' DNC-Politburo is above-the-law politics placing our Constitutional Republic and national security at risk for personal and fascist agenda reasons. All else is secondary.
15 posted on 04/29/2004 6:10:07 AM PDT by SevenDaysInMay (Federal judges and justices serve for periods of good behavior, not life. Article III sec. 1)
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To: smiley
Out, damned spot.
16 posted on 04/29/2004 6:40:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SevenDaysInMay
IMO, the Clintonazis tried to hide Gorelick in plain sight,...

BINGO!

17 posted on 04/29/2004 8:23:41 AM PDT by happygrl (this war is for all the marbles...we can't go Spanish!)
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To: Libloather
<< "This is a person with knowledge of relevant facts. Either the Commission wants the whole truth, or it does not," Cornyn stated.

Now I'm wondering if Gorelick committed any crimes... >>

Stop wondering.

Goreleonelick-er is a made man and a Cli'ton/Goreleone Family consigliere.

All responsibility rests on her head for making impossible detection, investigation and successful prosecution of every Cli'ton-crime-family treason, including [For example] that gang's transfer of Half a Trillion Dollars of US Nuclear-Research Treasure to Peking's predatory pack, the Marc Rich/KKKofee Annan Iraqi oil-for-fraud scam, the Loral and other companies and individuals update of China's intercontinental ballistic missiles -- and for creating the climate in which the atrocities of September 11 2001 were inevitable.

On a one to ten scale of criminal evil, Gorelicker's a fifteen.
18 posted on 04/29/2004 9:31:25 AM PDT by Brian Allen (Intact - Male - American - Republican - Pro-Bush - PRO-ISRAEL - Pro-War - Pro-Gun - Pro-Life! Next?)
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To: Libloather
Conspiracy theorists want to make a big deal out of President Bush and John Kerry both being alumni of Yale and members of its Skull and Crossbones Society. But, here's something for them to ponder: Mary Jo White is a 1970 graduate of the College of William & Mary (B.A./Psychology). Her successor, James Comey, graduated from William & Mary in 1982 with a B.S. in Chemistry. His successor, David Kelley, graduated from William & Mary in 1981 with a B.A. in Government. What are the odds that a college in Williamsburg, Virginia, with fewer than 6,000 undergraduates, would produce three consecutive United States Attorneys for the Southern District of New York? Coincidence? Hmmm...something must be afoot...
19 posted on 04/29/2004 9:51:14 AM PDT by HenryLeeII ("The war on terror is not a figure of speech, it is an inescapable calling of our generation." -GWB)
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To: Brian Allen
Egad! Methinks you've got it nailed!
20 posted on 04/29/2004 10:45:19 AM PDT by doberville (Angels can fly when they take themselves lightly)
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To: doberville
<< Egad! Methinks you've got it nailed! >>

I'll lay my next 80 months' income on it being so.
21 posted on 04/29/2004 11:23:00 AM PDT by Brian Allen (Intact - Male - American - Republican - Pro-Bush - PRO-ISRAEL - Pro-War - Pro-Gun - Pro-Life! Next?)
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To: Diogenesis
Loved that Globe line about Kennedy.

It was notable for being the low watermark of Leftists media bias. It was shameless and grotesque.

But it was also a warning that the Left is so firmly entrenched and unimpeachable, that it could publish these lies boldly while laughing at the Right for being so impotent in its retort.

Time to take them out with bigger artillery.

We need better and more effective Right ideas on how to regain media power and/or undermine that of the Left.
22 posted on 05/01/2004 12:12:33 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Jean Qaerry is the French Prince)
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