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The Clintons' Terror Pardons
The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 12, 2008 | Debra Burlingame

Posted on 02/12/2008 3:17:39 AM PST by Puzzleman

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On Aug. 7, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. African embassy bombings that killed 257 people and injured 5,000, President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his commitment to the victims of terrorism, vowing that he "will not rest until justice is done." Four days later, while Congress was on summer recess, the White House quietly issued a press release announcing that the president was granting clemency to 16 imprisoned members of FALN. What began as a simple paragraph on the AP wire exploded into a major controversy...

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bomb; burlingame; clintonpardons; faln; hillary; pardon; terrorism; terrorists
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Wow! This is a great article!
1 posted on 02/12/2008 3:17:40 AM PST by Puzzleman
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Hillary Rodham Clinton was in the midst of her state-wide "listening tour" in anticipation of her run for the U.S. Senate in New York, a state which included 1.3 million Hispanics. Three members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus -- Luis V. Gutierrez (D., Ill.), Jose E. Serrano, (D., N.Y.) and Nydia M. Velazquez, (D., N.Y.) -- along with local Hispanic politicians and leftist human-rights advocates, had been agitating for years on behalf of the FALN cases directly to the White House and first lady.

Initial reports stated that Mrs. Clinton supported the clemencies, but when public reaction went negative she changed course, issuing a short statement three weeks after the clemencies were announced. The prisoners' delay in refusing to renounce violence "speaks volumes," she said. The Clintons were caught in an awkward predicament of their own making. The president had ignored federal guidelines for commutation of sentences, including the most fundamental: The prisoners hadn't actually asked for clemency.

"The prisoners hadn't actually asked for clemency"? OMG

2 posted on 02/12/2008 3:26:30 AM PST by GOPJ (Take your ball - go home - sit this one out? Fifty years of liberal Supreme Court decisions? NO WAY.)
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To: Puzzleman

Debra Burlingame is incredible. I would love to see her run for political office.


3 posted on 02/12/2008 3:28:19 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Cindy

ping


4 posted on 02/12/2008 3:28:19 AM PST by freema
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To: Puzzleman

Written by Debra Burlingame....her brother was a pilot who was killed on 9/11?


5 posted on 02/12/2008 3:29:33 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: GOPJ

That duo is so blatantly corrupt it is breathtaking. To call them grifters is an understatement. They are vile pukes.


6 posted on 02/12/2008 3:33:51 AM PST by ought-six
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To: Puzzleman
Four days later, while Congress was on summer recess, the White House quietly issued a press release announcing that the president was granting clemency to 16 imprisoned members of FALN.

Well, after all, they do vote Democrat.

7 posted on 02/12/2008 3:39:57 AM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: GOPJ

The Clintons MUST be kept from ever returning to the White House as occupants. Maybe now that it has a new messiah (Obambi) the MSM will start to bring to the light of day the various and sundry examples of where the Clintons screwed America and the American people.


8 posted on 02/12/2008 3:45:16 AM PST by ought-six
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To: submarinerswife

Yes. She is a great counterbalance to the umm...”Jersey Girls”.

Unlike them, she has a message to convey, and it isn’t “we are all victims looking for money”.


9 posted on 02/12/2008 4:00:05 AM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: ought-six

That duo is so blatantly corrupt it is breathtaking. To call them grifters is an understatement. They are vile pukes

I will never understand how these two scum have gotten away with so much. It makes me fear for our country. It also makes me wonder how they can hold their heads up.


10 posted on 02/12/2008 4:03:31 AM PST by Misschuck
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To: Puzzleman
If anyone knows how to pimp for votes it is the despicable Team Clinton.

That bitch is lying her fat ass off when she says she wasn't involved!

It was all about her damn senate bid, you know that woman micromanages every second of her life!

11 posted on 02/12/2008 4:13:24 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: GOPJ
Jeffrey Farrow, a key adviser on the White House Interagency Working Group for Puerto Rico recommended meetings with the president and the three leading members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus who were pushing the effort, stating in a March 6, 1999 email, "This is Gutierrez's [sic] top priority as well as of high constituent importance to Serrano and Velazquez."

The next day, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Maria Echaveste sent an email to White House Counsel Charles Ruff, who was handling the clemency issue, supporting Mr. Farrow's view, saying, "Chuck -- Jeff's right about this -- very hot issue."Another adviser in the Working Group, Mayra Martinez-Hernandez, noted that releasing the prisoners would be "fairly easy to accomplish and will have a positive impact among strategic communities in the U.S. (read, voters)."

12 posted on 02/12/2008 4:15:31 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Puzzleman

Bill Clinton registers for the draft on September 08, 1964, accepting all contractual conditions of registering for the draft.

Selective Service Number 3 26 46 228.

Bill Clinton classified 2-S on November 17, 1964.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on March 20, 1968.

Bill Clinton ordered to report for induction on July 28, 1969.

Bill Clinton refuses to report and is not inducted into the military.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-D after enlisting in the United States Army Reserves on August 07, 1969, under authority of Col. E. Holmes.

Clinton signs enlistment paper s and takes oath of enlistment.

Bill Clinton fails to report to his duty station at the University of Arkansas ROTC, September 1969.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on October 30, 1969, as enlistment with Army Reserves is revoked by Colonel E. Holmes and Clinton now AWOL and subject to arrest under Public Law 90-40 (2)(a) registrant who has failed to report...remain liable for induction.’

Bill Clinton’s birth date lottery number is 311, drawn December 1, 1969, but anyone who has already been ordered to report for induction is INELIGIBLE!

Bill Clinton runs for Congress (1974), while a fugitive from justice under Public Law 90-40.

Bill Clinton runs for Arkansas Attorney General (1976), while a fugitive from justice.

Bill Clinton receives pardon on January 21, 1977, from Carter.

Bill Clinton FIRST PARDONED FEDERAL FELON ever to serve as President of the United States.

All these facts come from Freedom of Information requests, public laws, and various books that have been published, and have not been refuted by Clinton.

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

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Maybe if Clinton had kept those promises, a n estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, DC. that are now dead would be alive today.

AN INTERESTING QUESTION: This question was raised on a Philly radio call-in show. Without casting stones, it is a legitimate question.

There are two men, both extremely wealthy.

One develops relatively cheap software and gives billions of dollars to charity.

The other sponsors terrorism.

That being the case, why was it that the Clinton Administration spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the eight years in office, than Osama bin Laden?

THINK ABOUT IT!

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It is a strange turn of events

Hillary gets $8 Million for her forth coming memoir.

Bill gets about $12 Million for his memoir yet to be w ritten.

This from two people who spent 8 years being unable to Recall anything about past events while under oath.

Sincerely,

Cmdr. Hamilton McWhorter USN (ret)

P.S. Please forward this to as many people as you can! We don’t want this woman to even THINK of running for President.


13 posted on 02/12/2008 4:32:52 AM PST by IrishMike (I am not a Republican first. I am a conservative.)
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To: ought-six
That duo is so blatantly corrupt it is breathtaking. To call them grifters is an understatement.

Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel.

14 posted on 02/12/2008 4:35:22 AM PST by GOPJ (Take your ball - go home - sit this one out? Fifty years of liberal Supreme Court decisions? NO WAY.)
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To: IrishMike
P.S. Please forward this to as many people as you can! We don’t want this woman to even THINK of running for President.

Too late.

15 posted on 02/12/2008 4:37:46 AM PST by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: submarinerswife

Yes, he was. She is a great spokeswoman for those murdered on 9/11.


16 posted on 02/12/2008 4:37:48 AM PST by mathluv
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To: ought-six

And yet people are gladly pulling the lever for her. I don’t care that she’s having trouble with Obama. That she’s even got the support she has tells you things are truly horrible.


17 posted on 02/12/2008 4:39:14 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: IrishMike

Why these two aren’t behind bars boggles the mind.


18 posted on 02/12/2008 4:46:11 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: sauropod

read


19 posted on 02/12/2008 4:54:27 AM PST by sauropod (I'd rather be waterboarded than vote for John McCain)
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To: Puzzleman
It’s almost beyond belief that people would actually vote for these despicable people.
20 posted on 02/12/2008 4:57:06 AM PST by libertylover (How does enabling Mrs. Clinton or Obama help The United States of America?)
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To: IrishMike

Snopes claims Clinton’s draft dodge false, but then goes on to prove he did indeed do some fancy step work to avoid it.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/felon.asp


21 posted on 02/12/2008 4:57:21 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: mtbopfuyn

This is probably the least of it.


22 posted on 02/12/2008 4:57:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Puzzleman

FALN Pardons are why she will win the Puerto Rican vote!!


23 posted on 02/12/2008 6:42:29 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
"FALN Pardons are why she will win the Puerto Rican vote!!"

You're absolutely right. And the Puerto Rican vote is bigger than you might think.

Wikipedia says, " Puerto Rico's 63 delegates will all be awarded to a single candidate and not necessarily follow the majority of the popular vote. This would give Puerto Rico Democratic Party leaders the greatest single influence in the 2008 primary, with a 50% bigger disparity than the California primary produced.[48] In contrast, the party's Delegate Selection Plan states that delegates are to be allocated in a manner similar to other state caucuses.[49]"

Here is the link.

24 posted on 02/12/2008 7:28:55 AM PST by Puzzleman ("All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Puzzleman

A “Remembering the Internet is a Great Invention” BUMP!


25 posted on 02/12/2008 8:27:40 AM PST by Pagey (Horrible Hillary Clinton is Bad For America, Bad For Business and Bad For MY Stomach!)
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To: Puzzleman

bookmark


26 posted on 02/12/2008 8:28:22 AM PST by paradoxical
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To: rlmorel
"Yes. She is a great counterbalance to the umm...”Jersey Girls”."

I saw it reported once that one of the "Jersey Girls" had a website created after she became famous. And that it was odd that her website had more information about her dog than it did about her husband. Who was the one who made her famous by dying on 9/11

27 posted on 02/12/2008 10:03:49 AM PST by libs_kma (Romney/Thompson 2008)
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To: libs_kma

Sad. Simply a sad thing. I lost all semblance of sympathy for them when they decided to become a political statement.


28 posted on 02/12/2008 10:06:02 AM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Puzzleman

people need to be reminded!


29 posted on 02/12/2008 10:16:49 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

It is very well detailed in Barbara Olson’s last book:

“THE FINAL DAYS - The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House”

Must reading!


30 posted on 02/12/2008 11:52:05 AM PST by acoulterfan
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To: RDTF; doug from upland; Puzzleman; K-oneTexas; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; ...

Reminding people bump.....


31 posted on 02/12/2008 5:59:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Puzzleman
From the Blogosphere (CQ ):

February 12, 2008
A Walk Down Terrorist Memory Lane

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Debra Burlingame invites Wall Street Journal readers to take a stroll down Memory Lane, to a time when murderous terrorists gained presidential pardons instead of relentless pursuit. This didn't happen a long, long time ago in an administration far, far away, but actually less than ten years ago. In 1999, with Hillary Clinton pursuing a seat in the Senate, Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 Puerto Rican separatists whose organization had committed a whopping 146 bombings and more armed robberies:

On Aug. 7, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. African embassy bombings that killed 257 people and injured 5,000, President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his commitment to the victims of terrorism, vowing that he "will not rest until justice is done." Four days later, while Congress was on summer recess, the White House quietly issued a press release announcing that the president was granting clemency to 16 imprisoned members of FALN. What began as a simple paragraph on the AP wire exploded into a major controversy.

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Who did want these prisoners released? Three members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, all from New York, had demanded action to release the FALN terrorists. Hillary needed their support in her upcoming Senate bid, and that of other Hispanic leaders. At the time, Hillary expected to run against Rudy Giuliani, who would have been a formidable candidate even before 9/11, and she needed every endorsement she could find.

Bill Clinton gave it to her, but then discovered a problem: the prisoners had never actually asked for clemency. They had refused to renounce violence or express remorse for their actions In fact, they insisted that the US had no jurisdiction over them at all, and that clemency was unwanted. Hillary then flip-flopped, opposing her husband's release of the prisoners -- which records later showed his administration pursued, and not the criminals.

Congress tried to get to the bottom of the issue, but the Clinton administration stonewalled it through claims of executive privilege.


32 posted on 02/12/2008 6:03:26 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thread Bump.
Thank you Ernest.


33 posted on 02/12/2008 6:06:00 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Misschuck; All

“I will never understand how these two scum have gotten away with so much”
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the same way that Islamists are being allowed to infiltrate and take over and corrupt our culture, laws and beliefs.


34 posted on 02/12/2008 7:04:01 PM PST by FARS
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To: Puzzleman

I have never forgetten that instead of going after terrorists that attacked Americans throughout the 90’s leading up to the 911 attacks, the Klintons pardoned terrorists. Expect more of this by democrats should they get in the WH.


35 posted on 02/12/2008 10:45:26 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Ernest.

“Initial reports stated that Mrs. Clinton supported the clemencies, but when public reaction went negative she changed course, issuing a short statement three weeks after the clemencies were announced. The prisoners’ delay in refusing to renounce violence ‘speaks volumes,’ she said. The Clintons were caught in an awkward predicament of their own making. The president had ignored federal guidelines for commutation of sentences, including the most fundamental: The prisoners hadn’t actually asked for clemency.”

also, IrishMike’s post:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1968967/posts?page=13#13


36 posted on 02/12/2008 11:44:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________Profile updated Sunday, February 10, 2008)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


37 posted on 02/13/2008 11:24:46 AM PST by nutmeg (What Has Obama Accomplished? (WHOA)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; potlatch

Outstanding article. Well worth going to the site and reading in full.


38 posted on 02/13/2008 9:46:38 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP

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Bump -


39 posted on 02/13/2008 9:50:26 PM PST by devolve (------- --------Bob Dole without the honesty? ---------------That*s a tired old idea!)
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To: ntnychik; devolve

Thanks nit.


40 posted on 02/13/2008 9:54:37 PM PST by potlatch
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To: TexasCajun

Speaking about her senate bid - watch this.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1969904/posts


41 posted on 02/13/2008 9:59:48 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
This is an absolute MUST READ article, and a stark reminder why we must - at all costs - keep another Clintoon from inhabiting the White House...

This Wall Street Journal article is written by Debra Burlingame, a former attorney and a director of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. She is the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Excerpt:

While the pardon scandals that marked Bill and Hillary Clinton's final days in office are remembered as transactions involving cronies, criminals and campaign contributors, the FALN clemencies of 1999 should be remembered in the context of the increasing threat of domestic and transnational terrorism that was ramping up during the Clinton years of alleged peace and prosperity. To wit, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Tokyo subway Sarin attack, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1995 "Bojinka" conspiracy to hijack airplanes and crash them into buildings, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing, Osama bin Laden's 1996 and 1998 "Declarations of War" on America, the 1998 East African embassy bombings, the 2000 USS Sullivans bombing attempt, the 2000 USS Cole bombing, and the 2000 Millennium bombing plot.

It was within that context that the FBI gave its position on the FALN clemencies -- which the White House succeeded in keeping out of news coverage but ultimately failed to suppress -- stating that "the release of these individuals will psychologically and operationally enhance the ongoing violent and criminal activities of terrorist groups, not only in Puerto Rico, but throughout the world." The White House spun the clemencies as a sign of the president's universal commitment to "peace and reconciliation" just one year after Osama bin Laden told his followers that the United States is a "paper tiger" that can be attacked with impunity.

42 posted on 02/13/2008 9:59:53 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: ntnychik; devolve; potlatch; MeekOneGOP; Puzzleman; Ernest_at_the_Beach

CLICK THE PIC


43 posted on 02/13/2008 10:00:06 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Puzzleman

Great read!

I was going to post this op-ed article, but thought that WS Journal direct postings were out of line.

Am I mistaken???


44 posted on 02/13/2008 10:02:35 PM PST by aShepard
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To: Puzzleman

Great read!

I was going to post this op-ed article, but thought that WS Journal direct postings were out of line.

Am I mistaken???


45 posted on 02/13/2008 10:02:56 PM PST by aShepard
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To: FARS
“I will never understand how these two scum have gotten away with so much”

I agree. And how so many idiots in this country still worship the ground these two criminals walk on... It's truly frightening.

46 posted on 02/13/2008 10:04:46 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve

Interesting and ‘sad’ link. The Clintons have a lot to be held accountable for.


47 posted on 02/13/2008 10:05:15 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch; devolve

They spent more time going after Bill Gates and Elian Gonzales than they did Osama bin Laden.


48 posted on 02/13/2008 10:08:24 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo; doug from upland
They spent more time going after Bill Gates and Elian Gonzales than they did Osama bin Laden.

Excellent point, Phil.

Ah, the 90s... it's all coming back to me now...

49 posted on 02/13/2008 10:09:51 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: devolve; PhilDragoo

Yes they did. Who can forget the pictures of Elian in the closet with that gun pointed at him? Should make the Clintons and Janet proud.


50 posted on 02/13/2008 10:18:42 PM PST by potlatch
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