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Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney
News Max.Com ^ | 9-25-04

Posted on 09/25/2004 1:12:58 PM PDT by hope

Reprinted from
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 2:07 p.m. EDT

Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney

The Elian Gonzalez controversy was the single most critical factor giving George Bush the presidency in 2000.

It may prove to be a critical factor this year as well – thanks to John Kerry who just tapped a key figure in the Elian controversy for his campaign.

Kerry must have forgotten that after the Elian brouhaha record numbers of Cuban Americans in Florida voted against Al Gore – ceding the closely contested Florida race – and the presidency to George Bush.

The Miami Herald reported Saturday that "a lawyer unpopular with many Cuban Americans for his role in the Elián González case will help prepare John Kerry for the upcoming presidential debate to be held at the University of Miami.”

That lawyer’s name is Gregory Craig, a well-connected Washington attorney who represented Elian Gonzalez’s father.

Craig worked closely with the Cuban government and Attorney General Janet Reno to gain custody of little Elian.

In the end, armed federal immigration officers stormed the home of Elian’s uncle and seized the boy. With the help of Reno and the Clinton White House, Craig successfully returned Elian to Castro’s custody.

Now, Craig has been tapped by John Kerry’s campaign to prepare him for his first debate with President Bush, which is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Miami.

Craig will also reportedly play the role of President Bush in a series of mock debates with Kerry.

Craig’s new role in the Kerry campaign underscores Senator Ted Kennedy’s strong control over the Kerry effort.

Craig has been a longstanding Kennedy operative, and the Herald noted that Craig had "served as a top foreign policy advisor to Sen. Edward Kennedy . . .”

Superlawyer Craig also served as Bill Clinton's lead impeachment lawyer.

The Craig appointment is in keeping with NewsMax Magazine’s recent cover story "Teddy’s Back!”

Authored by best-selling author Richard Poe, the report reveals that Ted Kennedy is the driving force behind the Kerry campaign and that Kennedy operatives – including Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill and political adviser Bob Shrum – are calling the shots.

But the selection of Craig will be seen as a major slap in the face to Cuban American voters – a voting bloc Kerry has been trying to woo.

Kerry has sought to outflank Bush by claiming Bush has been too soft on Castro and Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez.

Just this month the Kerry campaign even opened a campaign office in Miami’s Little Havana and began broadcasting radio ads in Spanish attacking Bush’s Cuba policies.

But Kerry’s efforts in Miami may be for naught with the Craig appointment.

Even the Herald noted Kerry’s error, calling the Craig appointment a "misstep, signaling a campaign that is still learning its way around Florida -- and Miami's -- complicated mix of politics, six weeks before the election.”

Editor's note:


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cubancommunity; elian; eliangonzalez; gregcraig; gregorycraig; johnkerry; kerry; miami; presidentialdebates

1 posted on 09/25/2004 1:12:59 PM PDT by hope
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To: hope

Shows what a weasel Kerry is...and what a pro-Kerry-ote Craig is.

2 posted on 09/25/2004 1:16:34 PM PDT by graycamel
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To: hope

Flash to all Florida families...!

3 posted on 09/25/2004 1:17:34 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: hope
"Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney "

That confirms my suspicions upon seeing the pictures of him with his hands all over Edwards.

4 posted on 09/25/2004 1:19:11 PM PDT by bayourod (The parrot is dead. Honor your guarantee now Dan Rather.)
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To: hope

This is great, let the Cubans in Miami know who is helping you Kerry, okay. They will remember this I am sure when they go to the polls and vote. Ha ha, Kerry makes another misstep.

5 posted on 09/25/2004 1:19:49 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: graycamel

That's a bit up the evolutionary scale for him.

6 posted on 09/25/2004 1:22:19 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: rawhide; hope
This is great, let the Cubans in Miami know who is helping you Kerry, okay.

The Cubans could found a 527 organization, "Swift Raft Survivors" against Kerry.

7 posted on 09/25/2004 1:24:31 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: hope
Mr. Chief Justice, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, distinguished managers from the House, good afternoon.

My name is Greg Craig, and I'm special counsel to the president.

I'm here today on behalf of President Clinton. I'm here to argue that he is not guilty of the allegations of grand jury perjury set forth in Article I. <-- More Gregory Craig

8 posted on 09/25/2004 1:26:50 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: hope



9 posted on 09/25/2004 1:27:14 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965
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To: hope

BIGGGGG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 posted on 09/25/2004 1:28:57 PM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: bayourod

Good think I caught myself before an image of those two together popped into my head. Could have ruined the whole weekend.

11 posted on 09/25/2004 1:29:59 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: Paleo Conservative

Cute. I would also like to see "Bay of Pigs Veterans" against Kennedy, er, Kerry.

12 posted on 09/25/2004 1:37:03 PM PDT by Clemenza (I LOVE Halliburton, SUVs and Assault Weapons. Any Questions?)
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To: hope
Bringing Craig, the anti-Elian attorney, into the Kerry campaign raises a question that has cropped up before. Does John Kerry get up every morning and say to himself, "What stupid mistake can I make today to sabotage my chances of success?"

This one decision should guarantee that Kerry won't have a chance to win in Florida. Even without Kerry's problems in many of the battleground states, this should assure that Kerry cannot win in the Electoral College. As Don Meredith used to sing on Monday Night Football, "The party's over ...."

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, "Kerry Hasn't Read a History Book"

If you haven't already joined the anti-CFR effort, please click here.

13 posted on 09/25/2004 1:37:53 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: please.)
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To: hope
Superlawyer Craig also served as Bill Clinton's lead impeachment lawyer.

That's what he's famous for and should have been the headline IMHO.

14 posted on 09/25/2004 1:43:51 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: hope
"Tapped" as in Pro Bono?

Some of these repeat appearances from LIBERAL clowns come from spotlight loving camera hogs who will perform for peanuts.
15 posted on 09/25/2004 2:06:05 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: rawhide

This has all the earmarks of yet another dumb move by the sKerry campaign. There is only one constituency who will notice this appointment, and they are decidedly against the guy. It could serve to really energize FL Cubans, and others.

16 posted on 09/25/2004 2:06:12 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Congressman Billybob

You beat me again with the thought... but I'm used to it by now, CBB ...

17 posted on 09/25/2004 2:07:38 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Calpernia; lacylu; Alabama MOM; Velveeta


18 posted on 09/25/2004 2:08:09 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (On this day your Prayers are needed!!!!!!!)
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To: Cboldt; Luis Gonzalez; rrrod; RMDupree; Cincinatus' Wife; Republic; MindBender26

blast from the past PING.

I was just wondering about Elian, too . . . thinking what Cubans have sacrificed in order to come to the US, remembering that his mother and others died for their chance to win freedom.

19 posted on 09/25/2004 2:12:47 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Craigs association with Cuba eh?. Boy, the Soros sponsered far left groups that control Kerry aren't even trying to remain anonymous. Im saying this over and over, these folks are using this campaign to build a global movement. Its about far more than this election.

20 posted on 09/25/2004 2:13:53 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: Dat Mon

There might be more to your comment than most would be willing to consider. I had not thought of that, and got a pretty good chill when your words sunk in.

21 posted on 09/25/2004 2:15:45 PM PDT by Republic (Will michael shiavo and his concubine and children now preside over the murder of Terri?)
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To: Cboldt; Alamo-Girl
forgot to say, thanks for your link. It's more than Elian. what classic clintonisms, do we want to return to that?:
"Quote: "I never even focused on that," meaning that issue of the verb tense, "until I read it in this transcript in preparation for this testimony. I wasn't trying to give you a cute answer that I was obviously not involved in anything improper during the deposition.

"I was trying to tell that, generally speaking in the present tense, if someone said that, that would be true, but I don't know what Mr. Bennett had in mind. I don't know."

Now, the president was open and honest and obvious in what he was arguing, and that is precisely what he was doing on this occasion. He was arguing a point that, as a technical matter, Bennett's statement could be read as being accurate."

It's always good to be reminded.

22 posted on 09/25/2004 2:20:04 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

I wonder who suggested this brilliant addition to him.

23 posted on 09/25/2004 2:21:58 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: Republic

You bet. I havent figured out how the Clintons figure into all this. I will go on record as saying that Hillary will form an alliance with Soros and his minions for the 2008 election. Im not sure if Bill and Hillarys goals at this point are exactly complementary.

24 posted on 09/25/2004 2:22:22 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: hope
That would make him extremely popular in Miami.
25 posted on 09/25/2004 2:27:51 PM PDT by Fast1 (Kerry for an Islamic America..)
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To: hope

The "Clintonizing" of the Kerry campaign continues.

More and more of the useless Clinton team are showing up to ensure that Kerry loses.

And, on Novemebr 3rd, Mary Beth Cahill will find herself the scapegoat; being blamed for Kerry's loss Rather than Kerry himself and the Clintonistas who have already damaged the campaign with the phony Memogate story.

The good news is that Dems don't learn from failure.

26 posted on 09/25/2004 2:28:00 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: Republic
That's important for all to consider -- more than meets the eye.

Lawyer in Elián González case to prep Kerry for presidential debate (Cubans upset at Kerry's choice)
- - AND - -
Lawyer in Elián González case to prep Kerry for presidential debate -- two other threads on this.

Elian in the news recently -- more than I realized.

27 posted on 09/25/2004 2:30:21 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: cyn
Since Greg Craig was one of the Clinton (him) impeachment defense attorneys, it seems like there are Clinton fingerprints on this latest boneheaded decision by the Kerry Campaign.

If I had not known Kerry for 41 years, I could not understand how such a supposedly bright guy could be so dumb in the real world. But I have; and I do.

Congressman Billybob

28 posted on 09/25/2004 2:32:21 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: please.)
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To: hope

I initially thought that this was a big negative for kerry.

However, upon reflection this may have little impact.

Aren’t most Cubans in support of the President anyway? I think at best this will motivate turnout but most Cubans vote in large numbers normaly.

I hope I am wrong.

29 posted on 09/25/2004 3:10:49 PM PDT by Aquakat
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To: hope

This Washington attorney's left-wing resume go even beyond being Fidel's mouthpiece in that disgraceful Reno misuse of a federal swat team and his impeachment defense of "The Great Stainer".

Here's a great May 22, 2000, National Review article, by John J. Miller on the "Lawyer of the Left" (click)

A few highlight:
- Orchestrated a phony Senate hearing on Nicaraguan Contra human-rights abuses for Ted "The Great Swimmer" Kennedy.
- Attorney for President Reagan's would be assassin John Hinckley.
- Advised "The Swimmer" in the Palm Beach rape case involving the senator and his nephew.

30 posted on 09/25/2004 3:16:58 PM PDT by drpix
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To: hope

Craig was Toon's lawyer, too. Makes you wonder....

31 posted on 09/25/2004 3:19:08 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: drpix
y'know, I sure was relieved when I found out that it wasn't really pointed at Elian. < / sarcasm >

I will never forget. And they remain in my prayers.

32 posted on 09/25/2004 3:25:35 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: Congressman Billybob; OXENinFLA
thanks for your input. It just boggles the mind, as if he is willing himself to fail.

But the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, because FL is definately being set up for fraud and contesting ballots. Case in point: our county, with dem lawyers who are registered as poll watchers , presented themselves to the poll workers as "I'm the lawyer for this precinct, if you have any questions about anything, just ask me", then dogged their footsteps as they were setting up.

33 posted on 09/25/2004 3:30:17 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: rrrod

pinging you & friends (!!) to this thread and this debate.

FReegards to Cuban freedom lovers, and best wishes to you all. May God bless your efforts to achieve a secure and free Cuba -- and THANK YOU for the example you are to us / US. May we not take our freedom for granted.

34 posted on 09/25/2004 3:33:35 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: cyn
Here's the best biting satire on the Elian kidnapping -- from the viewpoint of that brave patriot that stuck his weapon in Elian's face. It was written in May 2000, published here on FR by China Clipper...kept it on my hard drive, it's long but incredibly good! Kinda encapsulates the whole spectrum of the evil Clinton era in one essay...

Operation Just Reunion!


So there it was. I’d be walking point. In this business, point is where it’s at, but it’s not for the meek. First to Fight, First to Die…it’s what I live for. I-OPS (Department of Justice Intelligence Operations) had confirmed that at any time, we might (and probably would) encounter weapons of mass destruction. Not to mention the fiercest jungle fighters anywhere on the planet.

I guess I can honestly say I was scared. Scared for myself, yeah. But mostly for the 130 brave souls on this suicide mission that we had volunteered for. We waited. We waited some more. Some guys smoked cigarettes, some caught up on letters, some had sex with other soldiers, without first asking or telling what sex they actually were. What would it be like when the action started, I wondered…And suddenly, we got the word we dreaded, yet longed for: it was time!

"Operation Just Reunion" was on!

Some say your life flashes before you when you are about to die. All I know is, my breakfast was flashing past in huge chunks as we jumped into our assault minivans and headed for the battle site. Rumor was out that BJ Company had caught some serious sh** the day before, performing weapons reconnaissance inside the battlefield.

Jeez, were we heading into the jaws of death? I was doing some serious praying on the way out, I really was. We approached the scene…It was the scariest thing I’d ever seen, but in a way I was strangely calm. I reminded myself of other brave men I’d seen on TV.

Then, in an incredible show of testosterone, me and the other grunts blasted our way onto the battlefield. Sweet Jesus, total pandemonium, in an oddly professional way. Shrapnel everywhere. Warrants dropping out of our asses, for chrissakes. I saw a door splinter like it was made of balsa! A deadly weapon in the shape of the Virgin Mary—Holy Sh**, what is THAT all about? We neutralized the threat, because it could have given one of us a nasty conk on the head, if our helmets fell off, or something.

But the worst was yet to come. The enemy had cleverly disguised themselves as peaceful, loving cousins, negotiators, and family members—the worst kind of enemy, we learned in our Commando camp. They were wily bastards, crying like scared puppies, trying to get us to drop our guard, screaming like girlie-men! Sorry, folks, no can do! We knew better…This is the big time, and you are up against the BEST!

Suddenly, I felt the adrenaline pumping through me as I screamed—in a calm and orderly, non-threatening fashion—"Where’s the boy?! Tell me where the boy is, or I’ll shoot!!"

It was really exciting, cause then the family really put on a show! This rather attractive young girl, known from I-OPS as "Marisleysis" (which we had learned earlier is Spanish for "Lying Evil Cousin"), shouted really mean things at us, exposing her teeth as she yelled things in English, which threw us off for a while, because I-OPS had told us to listen for Spanish! Oh, she was good! A Pro! But she didn’t fool me or the 8 other guys in the sector for long. We just screamed at her louder (but nicer) when she begged us to "put the guns down, please, don’t let the boy see them!" and other wimpy sh** like that.

We unscrambled her English code quickly and professionally, toyed with the wicked family for a bit, and then suddenly I heard it! The sound we had been told to expect! It was a slight, hushed whimper, coming from "B" Closet in "Alpha" sector…it was HIM! La Hurricane ("The Hurricane"), and he was putting on his show!

I called out to my men in a loud, masculine, commando-type voice "Over here!", and like the pros they are, they lock-stepped right over with me. I was of course expecting to be shot, incinerated or at least bumped on the head really painfully at any moment, as I-OPS had warned us. But they can’t fool me—mostly, they can’t deter me! For I am the meanest sonovab**ch in full body armor, and don’t you forget it!

I bravely approached the closet where the evil "Monster of Miami" was—we knew it, and my blood ran cold. We felt his eerie presence—hell we SMELLED it. But we are the feds, and let me tell you, you don’t THINK about messing with us! Suddenly out of the closet burst the most frightening, fearsome human being I had ever seen…WAS HE HUMAN?!

Great god almighty, I thought, as my mind raced, this 50-pound dynamo had the iciest stare and no doubt the most evil dimple I had ever laid my eyes on! I knew at that moment that I was in for it, but in spite of the fear, I fell back on my excellent training. I raised the weapon and…can I stop a second here, do you, would you mind?

OK, the thing is, my gun was under control at all times. And as Mr. Holder had indicated, I didn’t recall whether I really had a weapon, but then I saw the reflection of myself in this photographer’s lens, and OK, I guess I did. But I didn’t have my finger on the trigger. And if I did, I had the safety on, and if it wasn’t on, the gun wasn’t loaded, and if it was loaded, my excellent commando training precluded my accidentally capping some woman or child with the gun, but if that happened, it would be fully justified BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T SEE WHAT I SAW!!!

Oh sh**, here I go…oh, god, please, turn off…turn off the g*dd*m camera a minute! I, I’m sorry, I…I’ll be OK, I’m OK now…OK, see, you were not there! You cannot judge me! This Elian, this Monster, was staring at me, and I tell you it was PETRIFYING!

God, I peed into my jackboots, ruined the crease on my pant legs, and I honest-to-god started quaking more than this Reno guy that we always laugh about—he almost looks like a woman (not that I would ask or tell.)

Anyway, I carefully and with complete control of my gun, aimed near but not at the Monster and the fishy-smelling guy, and…hey wow! Cool! It dawned on me that this was the actual fisherman that rescued that alien from that inner-tube! Whoa, I was like "unbelievable", cause we had learned from I-OPS that he knew Darva Conger, and suddenly I felt better, though my goggles were steaming from the vaporization in my pants.

And then it happened…A couple flashes went off! Oh sh**, hit the deck, hit it, and I hear one of my buddies screaming "Medic! Medic! Help, oh Jesus, I’m hit! Oh sh**", but it was just one of the guys goofing off, so we all laughed, then I realized the flashes came from this photographer, and he had just snapped my picture. I was bummed, because I had left my favorite fatigues at home, and these ones were a bit soiled front and back.....

Anyway, I-OPS had said we didn’t need to kill photographers this time, so I just kicked him in the stomach, because I knew he wanted it. And I left him my card, so his people could call my people to negotiate some upfront cash for me (no monkey points, OK, I didn’t just fall off the halftrack yesterday pal! I want gross!)

OK, so on the way out, we saw the evil Uncle Lazaro, who again was playing scared, whimpering it up for us, frankly scaring the sh** out of some of us, I don’t mind saying! But by the empty beer cans around his armed encampment (which was disguised as a slightly worn, 1976 La-Z-Boy recliner--jesus, those bastards are BRILLIANT!), you could tell that he was drunk as a skunk, just like I-OPS had said. So I gassed the family, as a gesture that we meant them no harm, and because I could.

I had by then handed Hellboy to a swell brave gal, who took off running full cocked like OJ over suitcases. And I have to admit, even in moments as absolutely terrifying as this, you have got to find something to laugh about. Here I was, following this f***ing butch fullback out of the hellhole, and I watched her exit the battlefield and run smack dab into a f***ing bush!

Honest to sh**! I laughed so hard, I peed my pants again. And some of the more intellectual guys said how ironic it was that she ran into a "Bush", kind of as a metaphor for what might happen to the democrats at election time on account of Operation Just Reunion? But see I knew that Clinton had already beaten Bush in ‘92, so I didn’t think it was funny. But I totally have to admit, her full frontal assault into the bush was a highlight of the morning for me.

But not as cool as the fearful yet addictive terror that only freedom warriors, who storm private homes in the dark and whisk away dangerous, explosive menaces can ever know. It’s what I do…I was born to it. I’d die for it. No sh**, I literally laugh at danger.

As cool as it had been, my day wasn’t over yet. I was relaxing and debriefing with the other patriots at the home of this suave, gray-haired lawyer, when we found out that the eight of us had been nicknamed the "Three-Minute Men". Apparently, it was in honor not only of the breathtaking speed and precision of our mission, but also as a "play on words" from the nickname of some idiots from the Revolutionary War, or something. Like we gave a f*** about some assh**es from back in the 70’s!

Anyway, it was about that time that I got a personal call from the President! Of America!!! I tell you, I love this man! He starts out by asking what the party was like, and we reminisced about the day in general, how was the family, and he went like good job for the American people, yadda, yadda, yadda. And we laughed our asses off about the "warrant" thing.

He asked me offhandedly about the gun I didn’t remember having, then he saw Mr. Holder on TV, and he remembered, and then he said hey great work, and he wasn’t at all mad that I got my picture taken and stuff, and he thanked me for using a trigger lock, and it was just really awesome. But he did seem a bit troubled or distant at the time.

Then all of a sudden, he springs to life like he’s had this great idea, or like he just wanked into the Oval Office sink, one, and he says "As a reward for your excellent bravery and for defending the Constitution against the forces of evil, I want to send you and the other brave commandos on an all-expense paid trip to any exotic place you choose. My personal Osprey Helicopter is fueled and waiting!!!"

COOL—OOWWOOOO!!! DUDE, we get to go anywhere we want, on the DOJ’s tab. And he promised me personally that we didn’t even have to tell ANYONE where we were going, and he’d call our bosses and stuff! The guy is so cool, we talked about chicks, and he even asked me about my girlfriend, like where she lived so he could send her a card of gratitude and stuff, and…

Oh here I go again, oh sh**! I’m sorry, I just am so emotional! I…Oh, geez, sorry, I’m OK. God I love that man! God bless that brave honorable man—just about the best danged president in the whole danged country EVER!

So that’s my story. I do not tell it to enlarge my credentials, or to brag about my performance in combat. WAR IS HELL! I tell it so that others might follow in my jackboots and defend the Constitution. True, I answered the patriot call. Yes, I am proud that I put my ASS on the line for democracy, the Constitution, and the Clinton Rule of Law! Yes, I’m proud that we were the "Best and the Brightest" in that fearful predawn battle.

But most of all, I am proud that from here on out, the photo of me staring down the very face of evil will replace trite, worn-out scenes like the flag being planted on Iwo Jima. Now we truly have an icon more glorious than all others, which will represent just exactly what America stands for in the Year of our President 2000!

G*dd*m, I am so proud to be an American today!!! Is Clinton AWESOME, or what!! Don’t wait up!!! I am 10-4 outtahere!!!

Posted by China Clipper, 27 April 2000, Free Republic.

35 posted on 09/25/2004 3:36:37 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Husker8877
It was shameful! But you really can't place the blame on the federal agents. These guys have gotta spent hundreds of hours training in precisely scripted procedures in conducting these raids. Everything must be largely by reflex. They join these swat teams thinking they'll be operating against terrorist, drug-smugglers etc.. You gotta blame the ones who gave the orders, Clinton and Reno - the same team that brought us Waco.
36 posted on 09/25/2004 3:53:17 PM PDT by drpix
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To: drpix

Agreed, and the satire was definitely pointed directly at WJC and the disgusting Reno.

Guy was doing his job, but I thought the story was well-told from his point of view.

37 posted on 09/25/2004 4:57:21 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: cyn

Thanks for the ping!

38 posted on 09/25/2004 7:32:12 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: hope; All; Everybody

Is Greg Craig the lawyer that represented William Kennedy Smith in the early 90s?

Did Craig represent John Hinckley?

39 posted on 09/25/2004 8:06:12 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile

Gregory B. Craig

202-434-5506 (phone)
202-434-5760 (fax)

Williams & Connolly LLP
725 Twelfth St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

A trial lawyer with extensive experience in a wide variety of cases, Greg Craig has successfully defended individuals and entities in a number of high-profile criminal and civil proceedings.

Civil Litigation: Examples of Mr. Craig’s civil litigation experience include the following:

In 2000, Mr. Craig successfully represented Elian Gonzalez’s father, Mr. Juan Miguel Gonzalez, in administrative and court proceedings involving Mr. Gonzalez’s effort to regain custody of his son, Elian. Also in 2000, Mr. Craig helped lead the trial team representing Warnaco in contract/license litigation with Calvin Klein and his company. In 1999, Mr. Craig represented a major corporation in a trial in which a senior executive brought suit against the company alleging age discrimination.

During the last fifteen years, Mr. Craig has represented a variety of foreign individuals and entities who have required advice and assistance with various U.S. government agencies, to list just a few: the Consular Bureau in the State Department, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Office of Foreign Asset Control in the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission. For example, Mr. Craig represented two Chicago policemen in extradition proceedings in federal court in Chicago and brought a declaratory judgment action on their behalf in federal court in Washington, D.C. which resulted in a trial court ruling declaring the U.S. extradition statute of 1856 unconstitutional.

In 1978 to 1979, Mr. Craig represented Alexander Solzhenitsyn in a libel case in federal court in San Francisco. In 1977, he brought suit on behalf of one of the first (and lead) plaintiffs in the swine flu litigation that was subsequently consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. From 1973 to 1975, working with Edward Bennett Williams, Mr. Craig represented the clubs of the National Hockey League in antitrust litigation involving the World Hockey Association. From 1972 to 1974, working with Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Mr. Craig represented the Washington Post Company and various reporters in connection with the Watergate scandal and the grand jury investigation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Criminal Litigation: Examples of Mr. Craig’s criminal litigation experience include the following:

Mr. Craig has represented numerous American corporations and corporate executives who have been the subjects of grand jury investigations and/or who have also been charged with criminal offenses.

In 1990, Mr. Craig represented Senator Edward M. Kennedy as a witness in the trial of his nephew, William Kennedy Smith, in Palm Beach, Florida. In 1983 to 1984, working with Edward Bennett Williams, Mr. Craig represented a prominent businessman who was charged with tax evasion in federal court in Miami. In 1981 to 1982, working with Vince Fuller, Mr. Craig represented John Hinckley who was charged with attempted assassination of President Reagan. In 1978 to 1980, also with Edward Bennett Williams, Mr. Craig represented a prominent businessman charged with bribing a D.C. government official. In 1977, he represented the first FBI agent ever to be indicted, who was accused of illegal wiretapping, breaking and entering and mail opening in connection with the FBI investigation of the Weather Underground. That same year, working with Edward Bennett Williams, Mr. Craig represented former a Director of Central Intelligence, who was under grand jury investigation for perjury in his 1973 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 1975, he represented an individual charged with arson in a six week trial in federal court in Connecticut.

Other Experience: In three stints away from Williams & Connolly LLP,

Mr. Craig has served in government in a variety of capacities:

In September 1998, President Clinton appointed Mr. Craig to be Assistant to the President and Special Counsel in the White House where Mr. Craig served as quarterback of the President’s team that was assembled to defend against impeachment. Mr. Craig was also a member of the President’s trial team in the United States Senate and presented the President’s defense with respect to Count One during that trial.

In 1997, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appointed Mr. Craig to be one of her senior advisors, and he served the Secretary as her Director of Policy Planning during the years 1997 to1998.

For five years (1984-88), he served as Senator Edward Kennedy’s Senior Advisor on Defense, Foreign Policy and National Security issues.

Mr. Craig also has taught trial practice at both Yale Law School (1975-76) and Harvard Law School (1981-84).

Education and Honors
• Yale Law School, J.D., 1972

• Cambridge University, Diploma in Historical Studies, 1968

• The Lionel DeJersey Harvard Fellowship (“The John Harvard Fellow”), 1968

• Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1967, Phi Beta Kappa

Government Service
• Assistant to the President and Special Counsel, The White House, 1998-1999

• Director of Policy Planning, United States State Department, 1997-1998

• Senior Advisor on Defense, Foreign Policy and National Security, Senator Edward Kennedy

Bar Admissions
• District of Columbia

• United States Supreme Court

• United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits

• United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Central and Northern Districts of California, District of Connecticut, Southern District of New York, District of Maryland, Northern District of Virginia, Central and Eastern Districts of Michigan, Southern District of Florida, and Central District of Alabama

40 posted on 09/25/2004 8:43:55 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile

The firm's website for above info.

41 posted on 09/25/2004 8:46:19 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: hope

If there's a bad and/or stupid option,it appears that Kerry will take it.

42 posted on 09/25/2004 8:56:44 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Rockpile


43 posted on 09/26/2004 9:46:15 AM PDT by hope (great men talk about ideas~average men talk about things~small men talk about others)
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LMAO! This is too funny. More "advise" from the Clinton gods. This will be on Rush Limbaughs list of topics tomorrow. It fits right in with his "The Clinton sabotaging the Kerry campaign theory.

How stupid can Kerry be?

44 posted on 09/26/2004 12:01:40 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: nopardons
"If there's a bad and/or stupid option,it appears that Kerry will take it."


Heh Heh Heh Hanoi John is so heroic in his decision making.

45 posted on 09/26/2004 1:19:19 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Cincinatus' Wife


46 posted on 10/18/2004 1:06:18 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Congressman Billybob
I was down in Miami recently on vacation with my wife who was Cuban. We were visiting some of their relatives and they are coming out huge for Bush.

Goes to show that truth is stranger than fiction. If it wasn't for Elian, Gore would have won. Scary when you think about it.

47 posted on 10/18/2004 1:10:43 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Only Arnold would have the stones to say Nixon was the reason he was a Republican.)
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