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Letter to DoJ - Investigate Democrat Senators Who Threatened Disney/ABC
09/12/2006 | Doc Farmer

Posted on 09/12/2006 8:34:00 AM PDT by DocFarmer

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To: SolidSupplySide

First of all we are not talking about mere "words", as if someone just wrote a string of meaningless words on a page.

Communicating a threat is not simply "words", the communication itself is a form of action. It is not germane if the person to whom the threat is made believes or does not believe the threat will be acted on. The person receiving the threat has no way and no requirement to know if the person making the threat intends that threat as a bluff of not. The intent to act or not is irrelevant to the law with regard to the act of communicating a threat.

Did the Dim Senate Leaders threaten Disney/ABC? Yes, by direct implication. Did they imply that they would take action against Disney/ABC if Disney/ABC did not give in to their threat? Yes. Was the cause of that threat the fact that Disney/ABC, exercising its free speech rights, was going to air something that portrayed an opinion that differed with the opinions of the Dims and they did not want the public to hear that opinion? Yes. Does any American public official have the right to abridge the free speech rights of someone, simply to abridge those rights for their own political benefit and due soley to political differences of opinion? No.

Second: The analogies you presented are not analogous to the exact particulars of the situation.


51 posted on 09/12/2006 10:49:38 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: DocFarmer

It would. If attempted, they should be encouraged to use all their Internet based abilities - Email address book, other blogs they are members of, other Email "lists" that they are on, other conservative outfits and lists that they receive notices from.

Maybe some conservative venues with a good size audience will even post it on their web page. Make sure to mention that anyone can reproduce it in any manner as long as you are given attribution as the source. That would allow it to be used on venues that people have to pay to get to. It would also allow commercial venues to publish it (without paying you) but then I figure wide distribution and not money is what you seek.


52 posted on 09/12/2006 11:00:27 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: DocFarmer

Here are the updates I've made thanks to your comments...





The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Room 4400
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001


12 September 2006


Subject: Formal Request For Criminal Investigation Of Elected United States Officials


Dear Mr. Attorney General,

I write today as a private citizen of the United States of America, to request a formal criminal investigation of five (5) United States Senators:


Senator Harry Reid
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Byron Dorgan


on the following charges:


(1) Violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
(2) Violation of the Senate Oath of Office
(3) Abuse of Power of the Legislative Branch of the United States of America
(4) Attempted Blackmail/Extortion of a Private Individual or Organization
(5) Sedition


The specifics of the accusation are as such. On or about 07 September 2006, the above-mentioned Senators sent a letter to one Mr. Robert Iger, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Corporation (hereinafter referred to as Disney). In that letter, the Senators acting in an official capacity (not as private citizens) made specific threats of legal action against Disney unless they withdrew from broadcast or significantly edited a privately-funded and created television program, entitled “The Path To 9/11”. The Senators used the letter to threaten Disney and its program distributor, the American Broadcasting Corporation (hereinafter referred to as ABC) with sanctions - including but not limited to the revocation of broadcasting licenses of ABC affiliate stations - should their demands not be met.

In the matter (1) above, the action of these elected government officials is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which provides all private citizens with the right to comment on government actions (past and present) without fear of reprisal or interference by the government. While Congress may create laws to regulate broadcast frequencies (as “public” airways), they have no business controlling political content, whether it be “positive” or “negative” coverage. To threaten a private corporation with sanctions simply because a certain political party or group may disagree with the message is a most fundamental and base violation of American rights.

In the matter (2) above, the action of the Senators shows a clear disregard of their Oath of Office, to wit:


I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The letter sent by the Senators shows a clear disregard of their oath to support and defend the Constitution (and all of its amendments), as well as their inability to bear true faith and allegiance to same.

In the matter (3) above, the actions of the Senators show, they have gone beyond the scope and authority of their good offices, and have indeed abused their position of power not only in the Senate, but as part of the Senate leadership. While no elected official should be tolerated in such a base manner, the fact that these five Senators are part of the Senate hierarchy makes their action all the more offensive.

In the matter (4) above, the actions of the Senators show, their actions are such that they tried to blackmail or extort actions (not funds) from Disney and ABC, if the demands in their letter were not met. The fact that Disney and ABC did not bow to that pressure does not excuse or ameliorate their attempt. Furthermore, the Senator’s actions can be interpreted as criminal under the example of “prior restraint”.

In the matter (5) above, the actions of the Senators show, their actions were intended to re-structure the content of a television program such that it would cause greater public anger and discontentment toward the current duly elected President of the United States and his Administration, so as to influence upcoming elections in the favor of their own political party.

The letter from the Senators mentioned in specifications (1) through (5) (inclusive) is a matter of public record, and can be obtained by your office directly from the Senate offices, or from the recipient of the threat (Mr. Robert Iger, Disney/ABC).

I would appreciate that swift and sure action be taken to investigate and prosecute this obscene attempt to pervert the United States Constitution, and the freedoms it guarantees, by duly elected officials of the United States Senate.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Doc Farmer


cc: Senator Harry Reid
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Byron Dorgan
United States Senate – Majority Leader
United States Senate – Majority Whip
United States Senate – Judiciary Committee
United States Senate – Select Committee on Ethics
United States Senate – Secretary
United States Senate – Sergeant At Arms
Senator Ted Stevens – President Pro Tempore
Vice President Richard Cheney
President George W. Bush

NB: Mr. Robert Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Disney Corporation


53 posted on 09/12/2006 11:00:50 AM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: Wuli

When I get the last of the comments in from here, I'll post the final version for you folks.


54 posted on 09/12/2006 11:05:09 AM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: Tiggs6

Sandy Berger and Bill Clinton are lawyers, so your expectations of what the "legal" advice the Dim Senators got far exceeds the quality you should expect they actually got.


56 posted on 09/12/2006 11:11:59 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Tiggs6

Did you even read the letter?


57 posted on 09/12/2006 11:12:38 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

I read the letter. That's why I'm writing to the DoJ.


58 posted on 09/12/2006 11:14:53 AM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: Wuli; Tiggs6

Oops, I think I replied to the wrong person there. Sorry 'bout that...


59 posted on 09/12/2006 11:15:56 AM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer

I agree with you Doc. All you mainly have to do is sketch out the facts and sign a valid name. What usually happens is a great complaint is made but it is anonymous, and thus easily ignored. This is extortion/criminal intimidation and may even work into a RICO action (like the pro-life people protesting abortion clinics, expressing their "free" (HA!) speech rights)


60 posted on 09/12/2006 11:28:43 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: DocFarmer
If I threaten to extort you for a million dollars if you don't do what I say

The Dem Senators didn't make any more of a threat than I did when I wrote about the bank with no security guard. Sure, some thin-skinned person might think I made a threat, but all I did is make a factual observation.

62 posted on 09/12/2006 12:01:16 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: DocFarmer

You catch on quick.


63 posted on 09/12/2006 12:05:21 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: DocFarmer; All

Here is the final version I sent just a few minutes ago. If you'd like a formatted copy, contact me at DocFarmer9999@yahoo.co.uk




The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Room 4400
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
AskDOJ@usdoj.gov


12 September 2006


Subject: Formal Request For Criminal Investigation Of Elected United States Officials


Dear Mr. Attorney General,

I write today as a private citizen of the United States of America, to request a formal criminal investigation of five (5) United States Senators:


Senator Harry Reid
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Byron Dorgan
on the following charges:


(1) Violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
(2) Violation of the Senate Oath of Office
(3) Abuse of Power of the Legislative Branch of the United States of America
(4) Attempted Blackmail/Extortion of a Private Individual or Organization
(5) Sedition
The specifics of the accusation are as such. On or about 07 September 2006, the above-mentioned Senators sent a letter to one Mr. Robert Iger, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Corporation (hereinafter referred to as Disney). In that letter, the Senators acting in an official capacity (not as private citizens) made specific threats of legal action against Disney unless they withdrew from broadcast or significantly edited a privately-funded and created television program, entitled "The Path To 9/11". The Senators used the letter to threaten Disney and its program distributor, the American Broadcasting Corporation (hereinafter referred to as ABC) with sanctions - including but not limited to the revocation of broadcasting licenses of ABC affiliate stations - should their demands not be met.

In the matter (1) above, the action of these elected government officials is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which provides all private citizens with the right to comment on government actions (past and present) without fear of reprisal or interference by the government. While Congress may create laws to regulate broadcast frequencies (as "public" airways), they have no business controlling political content, whether it be "positive" or "negative" coverage. To threaten a private corporation with sanctions simply because a certain political party or group may disagree with the message is a most fundamental and base violation of American rights.

In the matter (2) above, the action of the Senators shows a clear disregard of their Oath of Office, to wit:


I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The letter sent by the Senators shows a clear disregard of their oath to support and defend the Constitution (and all of its amendments), as well as their inability to bear true faith and allegiance to same.

In the matter (3) above, the actions of the Senators show, they have gone beyond the scope and authority of their good office, and have indeed abused their position of power not only in the Senate, but also as part of the Senate leadership. While no elected official should be tolerated behaving in such a base manner, the fact that these five Senators are part of the Senate hierarchy makes their action all the more offensive.

In the matter (4) above, the actions of the Senators show, their actions are such that they tried to blackmail or extort actions (not funds) from Disney and ABC, if the demands in their letter were not met. The fact that Disney and ABC did not bow to that pressure does not excuse or ameliorate their attempt. Furthermore, the Senator's actions can be interpreted as criminal under the example of "prior restraint".

In the matter (5) above, the actions of the Senators show, their actions were intended to re-structure the content of a television program such that it would cause greater public anger and discontentment toward the current duly elected President of the United States and his Administration, so as to influence upcoming elections in the favor of their own political party.

The letter from the Senators mentioned in specifications (1) through (5) (inclusive) is a matter of public record, and can be obtained by your office directly from the Senate offices, or from the recipient of the threat (Mr. Robert Iger, Disney/ABC).

I would appreciate it if your office would take swift and sure action to investigate and prosecute this obscene attempt to pervert the United States Constitution, and the freedoms it guarantees, by duly elected officials of the United States Senate.

Many thanks.


Yours sincerely,

Doc Farmer



cc:

Senator Harry Reid

(http://reid.senate.gov/contact/email_form.cfm)

Senator Dick Durbin

(http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm)

Senator Debbie Stabenow

(http://stabenow.senate.gov/email.htm)

Senator Charles Schumer

(http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm)

Senator Byron Dorgan

( senator@dorgan.senate.gov )

United States Senate – Majority Leader

(http://frist.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutSenatorFrist.ContactForm)

United States Senate – Majority Whip

(http://mcconnell.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm)

United States Senate – Judiciary Committee

(http://specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.Home)
(http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Contact)
(http://grassley.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home)
(http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm)
(http://dewine.senate.gov/request_form.cfm)
(http://sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm)
(http://lgraham.senate.gov/index.cfm?mode=contactform)
(http://cornyn.senate.gov/index.asp?f=contact&lid=1#contact)
(http://brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm)
(http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.Home)
( senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov )
(http://kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm)
(http://biden.senate.gov/contact/emailjoe.cfm)
(http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html)
(http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html)
(http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html)
(http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm)
(http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm#contact)

United States Senate – Select Committee on Ethics

(http://voinovich.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm)
(http://roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.EmailPat)
(http://thomas.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home)
(http://johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm)
(http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/)
(http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm)

United States Senate – Secretary

(Emily Reynolds, c/o Sam_Young@sec.senate.gov)

United States Senate – Sergeant At Arms

(William Pickle, c/o Lena_Kristoffersen@saa.senate.gov)

United States Senate – President Pro Tempore

(http://stevens.senate.gov/contact.cfm)

United States Senate – President of the Senate

( vice_president@whitehouse.gov )

President George W. Bush

( president@whitehouse.gov )


NB:

Mr. Robert Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Disney Corporation

( robert.a.iger@disney.com )


64 posted on 09/12/2006 1:41:52 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer

BUMP


65 posted on 09/12/2006 3:05:51 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer

DocFarmer,

This is very good. I think the only other thing I would do is make sure you send copies to several newspapers and tell them you are doing that. Your local paper and the NYT (even though we ALL know what will happen once they get it), but also the Washington Times and perhaps American Spectator and National Review.


66 posted on 09/12/2006 3:12:28 PM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: 13Sisters76

I'll see about getting an e-Mail list...


67 posted on 09/12/2006 3:30:00 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer
Here is the final version I sent just a few minutes ago.

Hopefully you are not just indicating that you are just emailing this letter. Most everyone knows where the "delete" key is on their computer. That's what will happen to it in most instances, or claims that the "spam filter" removed it. Etc., etc.

Also, using a public email address such as yahoo, hotmail, AOHell or similar will just show the recipient that you are pretty much clueless and not much of a threat... especially if you use a .uk email address to write to the US Government. Even if you are a US citizen, sending something from another country is just another reason to "delete" or disregard. Just like a political officeholder really doesn't care about someone's opinion who lives outside their political subdivision. 8^(

One thing I learned long ago, if you want to get a response from a government official of any kind or rank, you need to write a coherent, physically written (typewritten, not handwritten) letter, clearly explaining what you want and the circumstances of whatever happened, along with accompanying documentation.

In this case, your letter is well written and that is very good. But you need to find a copy of the Senators' letter to Iger and add a copy of it to your physical letter. [You can't make the recipient go looking for something to back up your request, even if it was published and available to most who would look for it.]

After you have a legible, written letter, with all accompanying supporting documentation [I'd even include a copy of the Amendment you think they violated, and copies of any laws that you feel were violated- or at least their citations], then you make all kinds of copies, and mail to your primary addressee (Atty. Gen Gonzales) the original using US Postal Certified mail, return receipt requested. This gives you a documented acknowledgment and proof of the document being received. If a document must be signed for, a tracking will more than likely be required and someone will probably be assigned to read it and look into it, if only to write you a nice, generically worded "Thank you for your letter" letter-- which of course you can publish and publicize to show the action/lack of action by the recipient.

Anyone you really want to know about your letter, you send it certified-return receipt. Most others just send it by regular mail. But by doing this, many of the people on your list will have to acknowledge receipt of the letter and actually do something to respond to it... throwing it in the round file isn't a safe practise for government employees/officials when there is a trail of proof of their having received and signed for it. If there are 10 or 20 public officials who have to do something to respond to your letter, each of them don't know that all the others on the cc: list aren't going to respond, so they have to in case anyone else responds to you. Maybe you get my drift at this point. I call it shotgunning of the cc: list.

I know it's a pain to do all that stuff, get the certified mail and return receipts, etc., but so do each of the recipients! That's exactly why they will have to respond to it, because there was more of an effort taken than just whipping off a quick email... anyone and everyone on the left side of the Bell curve can and does do that. Very few people actually take the time and make the effort to physically put the letter and materials together and mail by certified mail to make sure they received it.

Firing off an email such as you have is like wetting your pants in a brown suit... it may make you feel all warm for a short while, but nobody will notice. 8^)

Making the effort to do all of the physical things above will make them notice and pay attention, if not respond.

Hope this helps.

68 posted on 09/12/2006 5:23:28 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: hadit2here

I appreciate your comments. At present, all I can do is e-Mail ths letter. My printer's bolloxed up. However, the e-Mails I sent to the officials listed include my contact information (for obvious reasons, I didn't put that data here). Also, the links to the Senate were mostly through their online forms - ALL of them require contact details before they'll accept a message. Furthermore, the recipients can locate my IP address without much difficulty.

Hopefully I'll have a working printer next week, which is when I hope to get these e-Mails followed up. However, in the article I wrote last week where I told the Senators what I thought of their actions, I also stated that if they did not retract their letter and apologise for their action, I would indeed take action. I keep my word.

Oh, and I did check with the DoJ. Surprisingly, as long as you provide detailed information, they will (apparently) accept an e-Mail as a request.

I'm hoping to hear back from Mr. Iger's office tomorrow as regards the letter he received. With that, I believe that this will complete the requirements you mentioned. Who knows, I might even get them to print the letter I wrote too.

As to the return-receipt requested issue, you're absolutely correct, and I'll attend to that as soon as I'm able.

Thanks again for your input. I'll take it to heart.


69 posted on 09/12/2006 6:32:16 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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