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Corruption: Cannon aide found guilty
ProjectUSA ^ | 22 June 2006 | ProjectUSA

Posted on 06/26/2006 3:43:30 PM PDT by Spiff

Corruption: Cannon aide found guilty

Abramoff Cannon Norquist crewmember, David Safavian, goes down

Utahns should take note of the corruption trial just concluded in Washington with a guilty verdict for Congressman Chris Cannon's former chief of staff, David Safavian. With the Safavian trial only one component of the still spreading Abramoff corruption scandal, the talk is of more indictments coming—including of members of Congress.

Will Chris Cannon be one of those members? You have to wonder—especially since the Interior Department, where Cannon got his start in Washington, and where plenty of funny business has gone on, has been drawn into the scandal.

There is certainly enough evidence to launch an investigation. One federal law enforcement agency, after reviewing material on Cannon we provided, declined to act on the matter—not, we were told, because the material didn't indicate criminal activity, but because Cannon was a sitting congressman(!). The agency wouldn't move on it "unless the newspapers pick it up."

Well, the newspapers have begun to pick it up, and it's only a matter of time before even the newspapers in Cannon's district will be printing more than Cannon press releases in their coverage of Cannon. (No sooner had I written the foregoing than this arrived in my inbox from Mark Mendlovitz of Los Angeles: Immigrant funds flow to Cannon campaign; Pro-migrant groups have donated $58,200 in the past 12 days, Deseret News, June 21, 2006...well, shut me up!)

Evidence of corruption

In a successful corruption case it's necessary to show that a public official took something of value in exchange for a particular legislative action or promise.

Is Congressman Chris Cannon corrupt?

As reported in a newspaper called the News India-Times by a person in attendance, Congressman Cannon attended a fundraiser for him at an Indian restaurant in New York, May 21, 2002. Unless the fundraiser took in zero dollars, something of value was exchanged.

At the fundraiser, Cannon was quoted, "I would like to see section 245(i) [the "marriage amnesty"] a permanent feature. Hopefully Senate would pass the legislation extending section 245(i) and we can improve this legislation in the conference. We hope we will have something this year about extension of section 245(i)."

In other words, a promise of legislative action was returned, and, in fact, Cannon did work to accomplish the amnesty. (Section 245(i) allows foreigners to defraud the American people through the abuse of the institution of marriage see: Amnesty an American tradition, says Florida senator, Issue 86: July 29, 2001 and Shamnesty, Issue 103).

So there you have it. Cannon took money and promised legislative action—one promise he has kept, though not to his real constituents back in Utah.

I remember the local news coverage in New York of the circus at the county clerk's office in lower Manhattan when that particular amnesty was running out. Lines formed around the block of loving couples waiting to receive marriage licenses. In the general party atmosphere, a news crew interviewed one couple asking them how long they had known each other. They'd just met that day they explained, and, to laughter all around, the prospective groom explained that in China it is a tradition for brides and grooms not to know one another before marriage. Thanks, Congressman Cannon. Way to protect marriage.

Immigration and Gambling

Immigration wasn't the only area in which Cannon dirtied the nation's capital. Check out this report of Cannon's conduct related to Indian tribes published just one month before the Indian restaurant story, while Safavian was still his chief of staff, and while Safavian's long-time lobbying partner, Jack Abramoff, was in the heydey of his multi-million dollar shakedown of the tribes' casinos, Don't Play the Game If You Don't Know the Rules. (A worthy area for investigation would be the surprising nexus between the gambling industry and U.S. immigration law.)

It's my hunch that Chris Cannon, like the Interior Department, are already the subjects of at least some aspects of the Abramoff investigation, and that those will be exanding.

Cleaning up Washington—a job Americans will do

All Americans are sickened by the corruption rampant in a Washington DC where the U.S. Chamberpot of Commerce calls the shots for the enrichment of a few at the expense of the rest of us and our country.

Utahns are sickened by it, too. Next Tuesday, Republicans in Utah's 3rd district will decide what their role will be in the battle to clean this place up. Will they continue to help dirty the country, or will they throw the lying bum out and spare themselves the greater embarrassment that seems likely to come?


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; bordersecurity; cannon; chriscannon; congress; corruption; election2006; electioncongress; illegalaliens; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; invasion; mmp; openborders; provo; utah
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1 posted on 06/26/2006 3:43:32 PM PDT by Spiff
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2 posted on 06/26/2006 3:45:14 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Spiff

Could you and the others running all these cannon threads do us all a favor and start them with a quick summary of who he is and whats up?

For example: "In XXXX there is a GOP primary for XXXX between Cannon and XXXX. Canon is a supporter of XXXXX while his opponent is against XXXXXX. This race is important because XXXXXX and the latest polls show XXXX.

Thanks


3 posted on 06/26/2006 3:50:06 PM PDT by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: Spiff
You are batting a thousand. Now you are posting from an organixzation supported by V-Dare. Way to go.
4 posted on 06/26/2006 3:51:09 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
You are batting a thousand. Now you are posting from an organixzation supported by V-Dare. Way to go.

Making stuff up again.

And you're batting a thousand, promoting a candidate supported by LaRaza and MEChA.

5 posted on 06/26/2006 3:54:28 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Spiff

Oh really?

http://www.vdare.com/misc/archive00/nelsen.htm


6 posted on 06/26/2006 3:55:34 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: icwhatudo
XXXXXXXXXXcellent post!

I thought this was interesting:

Spelling okay.

Spell check liked my word!


7 posted on 06/26/2006 3:56:04 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Texasforever

Oooo. VDare published a press release from ProjectUSA on their website. Wow. What a strong connection you've found. Idiot.


8 posted on 06/26/2006 3:57:57 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Spiff

Shall I post more?


9 posted on 06/26/2006 3:58:24 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Spiff

Yeah, It's all coming out. Hopefully it's in time for the primary tomorrow.


10 posted on 06/26/2006 3:59:03 PM PDT by colorcountry ( Run with scissors???? I can barely jog my memory)
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To: Texasforever

Where's Cannon $50,000,00. (fifty million dollars) He took out of Geneva Steel's pension fund.

Probably in a Swiss Bank - untouchable to the Americans he's defrauded.


11 posted on 06/26/2006 4:01:25 PM PDT by colorcountry ( Run with scissors???? I can barely jog my memory)
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To: Texasforever
Now you are posting from an organixzation supported by V-Dare.

What is V-Dare? Should we be scared? Is there anything untrue in what was posted?

12 posted on 06/26/2006 4:02:14 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Spiff
ProjectUSA, directed by Craig Nelsen, is a policy advocacy organization that sponsors anti-immigration faxes to congressional members, produces political ads and billboards in congressional races, and produces an ezine. Its annual budget is, according to a newspaper report, approximately $70-80,000. (5) Origins and Impact Founded in 1999 by Craig Nelsen with support from John Tanton's U.S.Inc, ProjectUSA is closely associated with such other anti-immigration groups as the Center for Immigration Studies, VDARE, and Friends for Immigration Law Enforcement. (6)
13 posted on 06/26/2006 4:02:47 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Spiff
Is Congressman Chris Cannon corrupt?

Is Mexico corrupt?

14 posted on 06/26/2006 4:04:18 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Syncro
Spell check liked my word!

So do I, but you can get away with anything in caps.

15 posted on 06/26/2006 4:05:56 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Striving to obtain liberal victim status.)
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To: colorcountry
The question is why is Jacobs getting all of this support from white supremest groups. This is the second endorsement posted by spiff today.
16 posted on 06/26/2006 4:07:25 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
You are batting a thousand. Now you are posting from an organixzation supported by V-Dare.

La Raza hates VDare. You hate VDare. Bugs hate Raid. Snails hate salt. So what else is new?

17 posted on 06/26/2006 4:09:40 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Pelham
FR hates Vdare. It is forbidden on this site.
18 posted on 06/26/2006 4:10:11 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
why is Jacobs getting all of this support from white supremest groups

Maybe because they don't like illegal immigrants?

Why is the sky blue?

Why is Chris Cannon corrupt?

Why do you support him?

19 posted on 06/26/2006 4:10:54 PM PDT by colorcountry ( Run with scissors???? I can barely jog my memory)
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To: colorcountry
Why do you support him?

Because he has a proven record as a conservative.

20 posted on 06/26/2006 4:12:06 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
Oooo..."Closely associated"

Why are you attempting this lame distraction? You can't argue the content of the article so you're trying to play six degrees of separation between some Internet site that you don't like and the place where I got this article.

So, to counter the inane stuff you're trying here, I'm going to post Cannon's voting record once again. Thanks for the inspiration:

Cannon's atrocious voting record:

Cannon's voting record also demonstrates an anti-sovereignty, pro-globalist agenda:


Grades Updated: June 23, 2006

SUBJECT

Reduce Enticement AMNESTIES for Illegal Immigration

GRADES

Career
Recent

Comparisons of Cannon Career record with others:
Utah
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3
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All House
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Everybody
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w w w . b e t t e r i m m i g r a t i o n . c o m

21 posted on 06/26/2006 4:13:33 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Spiff
Spiff answer the question why is Jacobs getting endorsements from white supremest sites? Why are you posting those endorsements?
22 posted on 06/26/2006 4:15:07 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
Spiff answer the question why is Jacobs getting endorsements from white supremest sites? Why are you posting those endorsements?

Number one, moron, the question was never asked.

Number two, idiot, ProjectUSA is not a "white supremacist" site.

Three, the article was not an endorsement of anyone but instead reported that a former Cannon aide was found guilty of corruption. Cannon's opponent, John Jacob, was not even mentioned in the article.

So, your attempts at distraction are not only pathetic and wrong, but mark you as a fool.

23 posted on 06/26/2006 4:20:43 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Texasforever
FR hates Vdare. It is forbidden on this site.

Then the mods ought to hold you accountable for bringing up Vdare, since you were the guilty party. The article doesn't mention it and no one else was discussing it until you brought VDare up in your posts.

24 posted on 06/26/2006 4:20:58 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Spiff
Number two, idiot, ProjectUSA is not a "white supremacist" site.

Then why do they boast about their close association with Vdare?

25 posted on 06/26/2006 4:21:33 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Pelham

Nope, just pointing out the linkages.


26 posted on 06/26/2006 4:22:18 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever

You can always tell when someone has no argument as they resort to name calling.


27 posted on 06/26/2006 4:26:17 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.
You can always tell when someone has no argument as they resort to name calling.

Me or the one calling me a moron?

28 posted on 06/26/2006 4:27:07 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Spiff

TF is engaging in that tired guilt-by-accusation strategy that hard left outfits like the SPLC have long used against all immigration reform organizations.

We used to have a poster here who constantly posted the SPLC's smears, which is how I eventually tracked down the source. The same material was used in Cannon's press releases last election cycle when he was trying to hide his open border extremism by accusing his critics of being racists, white supremicists, the whole litany TF is repeating. Golden Oldies from the hard left's cesspool.


29 posted on 06/26/2006 4:28:58 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: colorcountry

I must have missed the indictment of Chris Cannon...


30 posted on 06/26/2006 4:29:43 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting in November because you're pouting is a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House)
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To: Pelham
TF is engaging in that tired guilt-by-accusation strategy that hard left outfits like the SPLC have long used against all immigration reform organizations.

BS. ProjectUSA boasts of their association with VDARE they are proud of it.

31 posted on 06/26/2006 4:30:45 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever

Whereas you hide your association with La Raza and the SPLC?


32 posted on 06/26/2006 4:31:46 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Pelham
TF is engaging in that tired guilt-by-accusation strategy that hard left outfits like the SPLC have long used against all immigration reform organizations. We used to have a poster here who constantly posted the SPLC's smears, which is how I eventually tracked down the source. The same material was used in Cannon's press releases last election cycle when he was trying to hide his open border extremism by accusing his critics of being racists, white supremicists, the whole litany TF is repeating. Golden Oldies from the hard left's cesspool.

Thanks. I was wondering where the guy was getting that garbage. All I did was post a news story about a former Cannon aide being found guilty of corruption and he's telling me that I'm posting endorsements from white supremacists and such. What a weed.

33 posted on 06/26/2006 4:33:12 PM PDT by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Pelham
Whereas you hide your association with La Raza and the SPLC?

LOL. Now back to the question at hand. Why is Jacobs relying on endorsements from white supremest organizations?

34 posted on 06/26/2006 4:33:16 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Spiff
Thanks. I was wondering where the guy was getting that garbage. All I did was post a news story about a former Cannon aide being found guilty of corruption and he's telling me that I'm posting endorsements from white supremacists and such. What a weed.

Well your ALIPAC endorsement lasted 2 seconds. Now again, why does PROJECTUSA boast about their close association with VDARE if they do not share VDARE's positions?

35 posted on 06/26/2006 4:38:54 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Pelham
Whereas you hide your association with La Raza and the SPLC?

Typical double standard.

NCLR TO HONOR SENATOR CHRISTOPHER DODD, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS CANNON, AND THE LLANO GRANDE CENTER AT 2005 CAPITAL AWARDS GALA

http://www.nclr.org/content/news/detail/29622/

36 posted on 06/26/2006 4:40:12 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Texasforever
Now back to the question at hand. Why is Jacobs relying on endorsements from white supremest organizations?

Flunked logic, did you? Or are you counting on no one catching you employing the fallacy of the Complex Question, where you smuggle your accusation into your question as if its fact? Try again, pindejo.

37 posted on 06/26/2006 4:49:48 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Pelham
To: Texasforever

Then the mods ought to hold you accountable for bringing up Vdare, since you were the guilty party. The article doesn't mention it and no one else was discussing it until you brought VDare up in your posts.

HALLELUJAH!!!

38 posted on 06/26/2006 4:51:36 PM PDT by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: WatchingInAmazement

You notice he's still posting, despite bringing up The Forbidden Site. Apparently his attempt to sabotage the thread didn't work. But he'll keep trying.


39 posted on 06/26/2006 4:54:07 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Pelham

What's the matter can't stand a bit of sunlight?


40 posted on 06/26/2006 5:03:13 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: MikeA

Corrupt adj 1: lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be
corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt
and incompetent city government" [ant: incorrupt]
2: not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive [syn: crooked]
[ant: straight]
3: containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a
corrupted version of the language" [syn: corrupted]
4: touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is
archaic" [syn: tainted]

I don't see one definition there that say "indicted."

I stand by my original assesment - - CORRUPT!


41 posted on 06/26/2006 5:04:57 PM PDT by colorcountry ( Run with scissors???? I can barely jog my memory)
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To: Texasforever

Well, you love Texas, and there are Texan separatists, and Basque Separatists have been inflitrated by Al Qaeda so you must love blowing up the WTC! Do you see how assinine your logic is?

Did a Chris Cannon aid get busted for corruption, or not? Unless he did not, you have no point.


42 posted on 06/26/2006 5:05:20 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Spiff

Actually it was not a news story that you posted, at least not in the sense of a newspaper article. It was a press release by some organization dedicated to smearing Cannon. We had the same type of thing in our district in California and it backfired, big time, for the smearer. You may be hurting your candidate more than helping. Just a word of advice.


43 posted on 06/26/2006 5:11:57 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: dangus
Did a Chris Cannon aid get busted for corruption, or not? Unless he did not, you have no point.

The question should be, did Cannon get busted?. I hear all of this self righteous indignation about "guilt by association between VDARE and ProjectUSA but none about ProjectUSA's guilt by association with a former aid.

44 posted on 06/26/2006 5:12:21 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever; Plutarch; Spiff

The worst I've heard about VDARE is that they want an immigration moratorium (gosh, what an awful idea) and they're racist (because they want a moratorium against immigration and most immigrants are non-white, they must be, according to the FROBL).

I'll look forward to seeing both groups 'tarred' by Texasforever--please, elaborate on the evil VDARE does, Texasforever, we all need to know now so we can see what a clean cut fellow Cannon is!


45 posted on 06/26/2006 5:16:23 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ('Is' and 'amnesty' both have clear, plain meanings. Are Billy Jeff, Pence, McQueeg & Bush related?)
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To: LibertarianInExile
I'll look forward to seeing both groups 'tarred' by Texasforever--please, elaborate on the evil VDARE does, Texasforever, we all need to know now so we can see what a clean cut fellow Cannon is!

LOL. I see a lot of slips showing on this thread.

46 posted on 06/26/2006 5:18:37 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever; Pelham; Spiff
Nope, just pointing out the linkages.

Linkages, you want linkages? Here are some concerning some of the players mentioned in the article. You provided propaganda, no "Linkages" to any "supremest organizations"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489869/posts

Even so, Safavian had extra support in his corner that morning. Two congressmen -- one a liberal Democrat, surprisingly enough -- stopped by to cheer him on before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

"I think he will do a great job for the American people in this job," testified Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, who had previously employed Safavian as a top aide.

"I would like to second what Chris Cannon has said," added Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, who brought along his chief of staff and two lawyers to add to his cheering section. "We are joined with his wife and his mom, as well as his family and friends, to underscore how fine a decision has been made for this appointment," Conyers gushed. "We hope that the Senate will agree and get him to work as quickly as possible."

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS: Is there anything you are aware of in your background which might present a conflict of interest with the duties of the office to which you have been nominated?

SAFAVIAN: No, ma'am.

Actually, there was one rather glaring matter -- in addition to the shady ties to fellow lobbyist and Norquist crony Abramoff that now have him in hot water. It came in the form of an item typewritten on official lobbying registration papers filed on Sept. 18, 2000, with the secretary of the U.S. Senate. There, plain as day at the top of page two , it states: Client Name: Abdurahman Alamoudi Lobbyist Name: David Safavian

Safavian at the time served as managing partner for Janus-Merritt Strategies LLC, the Washington lobbying firm he started with Norquist and the one that filed the disclosure form that year, as required by law.

Did Safavian once lobby Congress and federal agencies for Alamoudi, a man with far-reaching ties to terrorism and al-Qaida? He insists it was all a mistake and that Alamoudi, a confessed terrorist now behind bars, was "erroneously listed" on the form .

One client Safavian does admit lobbying for is the Islamic Institute in Washington, which was co-founded by Norquist, who recently wed a Palestinian Muslim activist, and Khaled Saffuri, former deputy to Alamoudi, who provided seed money for the institute.

Records show Safavian registered as the group's chief lobbyist beginning June 1, 1999. They also show that on behalf of his Muslim clients, he lobbied Congress to end the Justice Department's use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Middle Eastern terrorists in deportation proceedings. He pushed that issue in both the House and Senate up until the start of 2001.

He also helped his Islamist clients fight terrorist profiling at airports by penning op-eds in Washington newspapers.

But political connections certainly did not hurt. Safavian not only lobbied for the Islamic Institute, he also sat on its board of directors with founders Norquist and Saffuri, who have arranged meetings between Islamic leaders and top Bush officials, and placed Arabs and Muslims in government jobs -- even though Saffuri worked closely with convicted terrorist Alamoudi and now personally sponsors an orphan of a Palestinian suicide bomber.

The top White House procurement job Safavian landed was actually a promotion. He was already working at the White House as a counselor in the Office of Management and Budget when President Bush tapped him for the senior post. And before that, he worked as chief of staff for the head of the General Services Administration, where he says he mastered the procurement process. (Snip)

47 posted on 06/26/2006 5:18:37 PM PDT by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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Vdare is not welcome at FR.


48 posted on 06/26/2006 5:19:22 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Texasforever

What slips? Go ahead and tell us about that awful VDARE--or did you need time to make up something?


49 posted on 06/26/2006 5:20:56 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ('Is' and 'amnesty' both have clear, plain meanings. Are Billy Jeff, Pence, McQueeg & Bush related?)
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To: WatchingInAmazement
What's worse, Safavian has demonstrated a pattern of concealing all these ties in order to gain access to sensitive positions in the government; OOPS!
50 posted on 06/26/2006 5:23:24 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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