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Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case
MSNBC ^ | June 20 | NBC News and news services

Posted on 06/20/2006 6:46:51 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

WASHINGTON - A jury Tuesday convicted a former Bush administration official of four counts of lying and obstructing justice in the first trial to be held in connection with the influence-peddling scandal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abramoff; bush; bushhate; davidsafavian; enemedia; gabon; govwatch; liberalmedia; mainstreammedia; mediabias; mslm; msm; msnbc; safavian
Yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah. 'Abramoff' has become a rallying cry for these idiots in the media.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but....... This guy isn't and never was a bush-aide, was he?

1 posted on 06/20/2006 6:46:55 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
This guy isn't and never was a bush-aide, was he?

What guy you talking about?

2 posted on 06/20/2006 6:49:25 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: upchuck

David Safavian.


3 posted on 06/20/2006 6:52:08 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
The guy probably never met President Bush but the defeated and desperate liberal media call him Bush-Aide.
4 posted on 06/20/2006 6:52:14 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Nice spin from PMSNBC
//false, but accurate//


5 posted on 06/20/2006 6:52:23 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Wow, imagine that. Convicted of lying and obstructing justice. I thought every politician in Washington does this as a matter of routine.


6 posted on 06/20/2006 6:54:31 PM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Logical me

It makes you wonder......

If harry reid or hillary clinton were convicted of such crimes, would MSNBC call them an ex-bush aide?


7 posted on 06/20/2006 6:56:35 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Thew guy was a typical mid-level bureaucrat in the interior dept. I filed a complaint about SRN news peddle this lie
on my local station . The management agreed and sent off an email to SRN asking them why they issued that story .Like they did n't know the reason already .
8 posted on 06/20/2006 6:59:41 PM PDT by BurtSB
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

According to the Washington Post Procurement chief David H. Safavian was the Bush administration's top federal procurement official.


9 posted on 06/20/2006 7:02:12 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat
And how far is he down the chain of the so called Bush-Aides. How many times this man met with the President to discuss anything? I really despise the liberal media.
10 posted on 06/20/2006 7:04:37 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Procurement chief David H. Safavian was connected to probe of lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (Melina Mara/twp - Twp)

11 posted on 06/20/2006 7:05:12 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat

The WaPo isn't exactly shining with objectivity.

Besides...... Ok. What the heck is a procurement official? Is he procuring lunch? WMDs? What the heck is he procuring?


12 posted on 06/20/2006 7:06:57 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: jveritas
Until his resignation on the day the criminal complaint against him was signed, Safavian was the top administrator at the federal procurement office in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he set purchasing policy for the entire government.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/19/AR2005091901859.html

13 posted on 06/20/2006 7:07:39 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: jveritas

That was my point. Has this guy even met bush?


14 posted on 06/20/2006 7:07:54 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Okay how about Forbes.com

Safavian, the GSA's former chief of staff

http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feeds/ap/2006/06/20/ap2829161.html

15 posted on 06/20/2006 7:10:51 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
lying and obstructing justice

In other words "behaving like a DemocRAT."

16 posted on 06/20/2006 7:11:06 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: TexKat
...administration's top federal procurement official.

This was the guy that got the pizza, beer, and hookers during the Clinton era.

17 posted on 06/20/2006 7:14:20 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: TexKat

What is the GSA?


18 posted on 06/20/2006 7:14:30 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
A DC Jury.

Surprise, Surprise!!
19 posted on 06/20/2006 7:15:01 PM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: TexKat
How does this make him a Bush-Aide. Do you know what is the definition of a Bush-Aide? There are less than 30 people in the government who can be called Bush-Aide or in general and Aide to any President.
20 posted on 06/20/2006 7:16:36 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
On November 4th, 2003, President George W. Bush announced Safavian's nomination to be the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

An Iranian American from Detroit, Michigan, Safavian graduated fifth in his class at Detroit College of Law. In Michigan, he served as an aide to Michigan House Representatives Robert W. Davis (R) and Bill Schuette (R), and still later he worked for the lobbying firm of Janus-Merritt Strategies.

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:prnyjaaGAp0J:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Safavian+David+Safavian+george+bush&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2

21 posted on 06/20/2006 7:17:44 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Chump change in comparison to what we got hit up for by Jamie Gorelick and her charmed circle. Jamie -- second at Justice under Janet's skirts, author of The Wall, by which Bin Ladin was hidden from view. Jamie -- at Fannie Mae, while the books were cooked and the big cookies doled out. Jamie, Director of Unitied Technolgies. Jamie, whose presence compromised the whole 911 commission. But Jamie, the thermometer of institutional corruption that makes anything Abramoff did look like a dinner table toothpick next to a sequoia trunk.


22 posted on 06/20/2006 7:19:29 PM PDT by bvw
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To: jveritas
How does this make him a Bush-Aide. Do you know what is the definition of a Bush-Aide? There are less than 30 people in the government who can be called Bush-Aide or in general and Aide to any President.

Its according to what ones definition of aide is.

23 posted on 06/20/2006 7:23:00 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: BurtSB

SRN? As in Salem Radio News? They are usually extremely fair to the conservative movement.


24 posted on 06/20/2006 7:27:41 PM PDT by Prodn2000
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To: TexKat

I'm finding it increasingly suspicious that Safavian being identified as a "bush aide" is only found on the pages of the liberal media/press.

Wiki identifies him as an aide to robert w davis, not george w bush.

But at the bottom of the wiki page, a link from commondreams.org that regurgitates the NYT, also pegs him as a "bush aide".

At this point, I'm calling bullshit. If the NYT says it, my gut instinct is that the opposite is true.


25 posted on 06/20/2006 7:28:49 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

November 4, 2003

GSA official nominated to be federal procurement chief

By Amelia Gruber and Jason Peckenpaugh


The White House announced Tuesday that David Safavian, chief of staff at the General Services Administration, is President Bush's nominee to be the next federal procurement administrator.

If confirmed by the Senate, Safavian would run the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. He would oversee the Bush administration's competitive sourcing initiative, a controversial effort to let contractors bid on tens of thousands of federal jobs.


Safavian, a lawyer and former lobbyist, has strong ties to Capitol Hill. Before joining GSA, he served as chief of staff to Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, and also has worked for former Michigan House members William Schuette and Robert Davis, both Republicans. Legislators have mounted several challenges to the job competition drive during the appropriations process.


Safavian's experience at GSA and on Capitol Hill will serve him well, said Carl DeMaio, president of the Performance Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based think tank.


Though competitive sourcing gets the most attention, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy job also requires a strong background in procurement policy, DeMaio said. Safavian "certainly has the perspective of a very key agency," on procurement-related issues, DeMaio said.


Other sources said Safavian's views on acquisition issues are not well known. "He doesn't have a lot of visibility in the procurement community," said a former high-level federal procurement official.


Hill experience is also crucial, since the new OFPP head will need to reach out to lawmakers and correct some misperceptions about competitive sourcing, DeMaio said. As part of the fiscal 2004 budget process, lawmakers have attempted to attach a series of amendments to appropriations bills modifying OMB's May revisions to Circular A-76, which governs the job competition process.


The controversy surrounding A-76 will likely turn into "a headache" for the new procurement chief, DeMaio said. "The confirmation [process] is going to be brutal for this appointment."

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1103/110303p1.htm


26 posted on 06/20/2006 7:37:29 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat
No it is not according to one definition of Aide. And aide to the President is someone who knows the President very well and the President knows him very well, he meets with the President regularly and the President tasks him to do certain jobs.

What is you issue here? Are you taking the side of the liberal media?

27 posted on 06/20/2006 7:39:59 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: TexKat

Please stop doing these silly research. The man is President Bush aide, period.


28 posted on 06/20/2006 7:41:36 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: TexKat

Please stop doing these silly research. The man IS NOT President Bush AIDE, period.


29 posted on 06/20/2006 7:42:24 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Personnel Announcement White House

November 3, 2003

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate six individuals to serve in his administration:

The President intends to nominate Francis Joseph Harvey, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Duratek, Inc. in Columbia, Maryland. Previously, Dr. Harvey served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Industries and Technology Group for Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he earlier served as President of the Electronic Systems Group and as President of the Government and Environmental Service Company. Dr. Harvey earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

The President intends to nominate William Douglas Buttrey, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2007. Mr. Buttrey currently serves as an independent consultant in Memphis, Tennessee. Previously, he served as a Senior Government Affairs Representative for the Federal Express Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Buttrey served as Committee Counsel for the United States Senate Aviation Subcommittee. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Tennessee Technological University and his J.D. from the Memphis State University School of Law.

The President intends to nominate Francis Patrick Mulvey, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board, for a five-year term expiring December 31, 2008. Dr. Mulvey currently serves as Democratic Staff Director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Railroad Subcommittee. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Transit, and Special Programs for the Department of Transportation. Prior to this position, Dr. Mulvey served as Assistant Director for the United States General Accounting Office. He earned his bachelor's degree from New York University, his master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from the Washington State University.

The President intends to nominate Gordon Hall Mansfeld, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs. He currently serves as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mansfeld served as Executive Director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, a Veterans Service Organization. From 1989 until 1993, he served as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Mansfeld earned his bachelor's degree from Villanova University and his J.D. from the University of Miami.

The President intends to nominate David Hossein Safavian, of Michigan, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. Mr. Safavian currently serves as Chief of Staff for the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position he served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Chris Cannon. Earlier in his career, Mr. Safavian served as a Shareholder and Managing Partner for Janus-Merritt Strategies, L.L.C. and as an Associate Attorney for Preston, Gates and Ellis in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University, his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law, and his LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center.

The President intends to nominate Laurie Susan Fulton, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace, for the remainder of a four-year term expiring January 19, 2007.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031103-16.html

30 posted on 06/20/2006 7:46:19 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: jveritas
You do not tell me what and what not to do.

Someone asked a question which was not you and I responded. If you don't like it then just ignore my response.

I don't believe I have ever told you what to do. Give people the same respect that you would want yourself.

31 posted on 06/20/2006 7:49:37 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat

Your intent is clear here. You are buying the liberal media crap that this guy is a Bush Aide where in reality he is nowhere near to be called a Bush aide.


32 posted on 06/20/2006 7:51:30 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas

If I recall correctly you do research yourself. Do I call it silly or try to interfer. My some of us really think that we are high and mighty and know everything. Not!


33 posted on 06/20/2006 7:51:50 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: jveritas
Your intent is clear here. You are buying the liberal media crap that this guy is a Bush Aide where in reality he is nowhere near to be called a Bush aide.

Wrongo jveritas. I don't buy anything. I am not the koolaid drinker.

34 posted on 06/20/2006 7:53:31 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat; jveritas

Ok you two, break it up. :-P


35 posted on 06/20/2006 7:59:43 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: jveritas
No it is not according to one definition of Aide. And aide to the President is someone who knows the President very well and the President knows him very well, he meets with the President regularly and the President tasks him to do certain jobs.

Oh Wow!

And aide to the President is someone who knows the President very well and the President knows him very well.

So that could make any one of the President's relatives his aide, or any of his long time buddies would be his aide going by your definition.

Well I'm glad you straightened me out on that. I am so much more the wiser. :^)

36 posted on 06/20/2006 8:03:48 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Ok Halfmanhalfamazing. I'm off to bed. Goodnight!


37 posted on 06/20/2006 8:06:34 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat

lol

goodnight


38 posted on 06/20/2006 8:07:50 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

39 posted on 06/20/2006 8:07:57 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Liberty Valance

Christopher Walken is a bush aide? :-)


40 posted on 06/20/2006 8:09:23 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: TexKat; jveritas
Safavian also told the committee that he had "overlooked" two other clients while preparing his initial submissions for the OMB position. He did not initially mention work as a registered foreign agent for Gabon, a country persistently rated by the United States as having a "poor" human rights record, or his work as a registered foreign agent for Pascal Lissouba, the former president of the Republic of Congo who has been tried in absentia for treason and embezzlement.
------ "Aide Was Reticent on Lobbying for Foreign Clients," By Susan Schmidt and R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post, Wednesday, September 21, 2005; Page A02

In addition to the folks involved in Safavian's and Abramoff's doings such ast the ACLU, Harry Reid, Dick Gephardt, Tom Daschle and just about anyone else interested in promoting the gambling scene, another curious name pops up:

Who else do we know was - and is - a foreign agent of that obscure one-time uranium producing country in Africa known as Gabon?

Hint : She relates to another set of scandals.

Hint hint: She's one of the spouses of a certain Kerry staffer, the former ambassador to Gabon Joseph Wilson of Nigerflap / CIA leak fame.

Gabon has also maintained a three-year-old relationship with Jacqueline Wilson, the ex-spouse of a senior US diplomat. According to her filings, Wilson receives tens of thousands of dollars for special projects and reports to President Omar Bongo's daughter, Pascaline Mferri Bongo. In her latest filing, Wilson reported that she was paid 60,000 dollars between August and November 2000 to ''support action of president of Gabon to fight AIDS pandemic (and) develop a strategy.'' As to work performed, she reported sending ''letters to the office of National AIDS policy at the White House.''-------- http://tinyurl.com/creso

There is significance to the Abramoff and Janus-Merritt references there: a firm called Janus Partners/Partner is listed in Federal Election Commission forms (for contributors to Congressman Christopher Cannon) as associated with Mark J. Robertson, president of Williams Mullen Strategies, a lobbying firm that has worked for both COTECNA (of Oil-for-Food fame) and Gabon.
Robertson previously had arranged a US visit for Gabonese President Omar Bongo at the same time Bongo hired as lobbyists Pierre Salinger and Jacqueline Wilson (then in the process of divorcing Joseph--recently back from organizing Clinton's trip to Africa--but curiously listed in records as having a phone number at the $735,000 house Joseph and Valerie Plame purchased at that time, while Joseph was living separately in Valerie's apartment; over the next four years, Jacqueline would receive at least $712,000 from Gabon for her lobbying services).
Robertson has more recently worked with USAID and Iraq's Minister of Infrastructure and Water to establish their respective roles in the Iraq Reconstruction efforts.
(As an aside of possible interest, Abramoff, Robertson, and Janus-Merritt Strategies have all contributed to Congressman Cannon, on whose staff David Safavian has worked. Another contributor to Cannon was Coastal Corp., the company of Oil-for-Food figure Oscar Wyatt.) 163 posted on 10/17/2005 11:47:56 AM PDT by Fedora | To 162

Ouch. And what else does this relate to?:

Everyone knows that Gaullist Presidential campaigns over the last thirty years have benefited greatly from donations from Gabon, Cote d'Ivoire and the two Congo states (Kinshasa and Brazzaville). It will doubtless be the same in 2002 - which is why Chirac receives Robert Mugabe in such splendour at the Elysee, conscious that Zimbabwe's 14,000 troops in the Congo make him a key player in such marchandise. Not that France has a monopoly on playing Machiavelli in Africa:
Herman Cohen, Clinton's assistant secretary of state for Africa, who was so busy in Rwanda in 1994, today has a multi-million contract to tart up the image of Mugabe. Cohen has also had contracts to promote Zaire's Mobutu, Gabon's Omar Bongo (whose government the state department reports is guilty of a routine use of torture), and Liberia's Charles Taylor - an adept in the use of child soldiers and the lopping off of hands, legs, ears and lips. -------------------- "Disturbing article about Rwanda, France, UN, Belgium, Annan, and Clinton ," by RW Johnson, UCSB , Thursday June 24, 2001

41 posted on 06/20/2006 8:23:28 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: jveritas
What is the GSA?

General Services Administration. They basically do for the federal government (minus most of the military) what the purchasing and facilities departments do at most companies.

42 posted on 06/20/2006 8:26:25 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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Speaking of Cohen:

A British Telegraph journalist in Niger recently reported that the former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Herman Cohen, had told Niger’s president to stay quiet on the uranium issue. Diatta is quick to address the potentially damaging media report, pointing out that Cohen is also a lobbyist for the Nigerien government and frequently travels to Niger to brief the government on his work in Washington.
“I know [former] Ambassador Cohen very well,” Diatta said. “Ambassador Cohen went as a private person, not as an official of the U.S. government. It is normal for him to go to Niger and speak about his job with my government.”
The former U.S. ambassador to Gabon, Joseph Wilson, is another key player who helped [* should be 'failed to'] debunk the claim that Niger sold uranium to Iraq....
“I know [Wilson] very well also,” said Diatta. “And you know, something very strange—when he went to Niger in February 2002, I was myself in Niger and we had a meeting in my house and we spoke about this matter. So, it was not a secret mission. Everyone spoke about this secret CIA mission. I don’t understand why there is so much noise about this visit to Niger.
“Ambassador Wilson was requested by the CIA [* My note: his wife] to go to Niger, yes, but he accomplished this for his government without any problem. He told everyone that he was sent by the U.S. government on the uranium issue, without any secrecy,” Diatta said.
117 posted on 10/31/2005 6:47:14 AM PST by kcvl | To 115

43 posted on 06/20/2006 8:34:00 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Great posts..... a French connection???? No wonder the French promised old Saddam they could save him.


44 posted on 06/20/2006 8:41:04 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Not much of an aide. A better term would be "Bush appointee". This is one of the many Presidential nominations that the Senate has to approve, since they are political patronage jobs not covered by the Civil Service rules.

According to the OMB organization chart, he reports to the Deputy Director for Management, who reports to the Director, who theoretically reports to the President-- but in fact deals more with his chief of staff and other "real" Presidential aides, as well as Congressional committees.

The Senate approves 4,000 such jobs each term, the vast majority of which are second and third tier bureaucrats like this man, and most of whom are unknown to the President. Quite possibly he has never met Mr. Bush; in fact, it seems plausible to me that his boss has never met the President.

-ccm

45 posted on 06/20/2006 8:50:09 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: TexKat

As such, he was in charge of buying paper, pencile, staples, and paper clips....


46 posted on 06/20/2006 9:00:09 PM PDT by donmeaker (Burn the UN flag publicly.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Besides...... Ok. What the heck is a procurement official? Is he procuring lunch? WMDs? What the heck is he procuring?

Well, if this were still WJC's administration, we wouldn't have to be asking that question.

47 posted on 06/20/2006 11:23:01 PM PDT by Erasmus (Run amuck. There's a lotta mucks out there a-waitin' to be run!)
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To: ccmay

Thanks!

I knew that MSNBC headline was bogus. My gut never lies to me. :-P

Typical of the media, their bush hate compells them to bring bush into the picture whenever they can.


48 posted on 06/21/2006 4:59:40 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Logical me
"Convicted of lying and obstructing justice."

Let's see if he gets the same disposition as Bill Clinton did.

49 posted on 06/21/2006 6:27:29 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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