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Greg Craig: Obama's Next Thorn
Human Events ^ | June 4, 2008 | Erika Andersen

Posted on 06/05/2008 2:22:44 AM PDT by 1Peter2:16

Greg Craig: Obama's Next Thorn

He defended John Hinkley, Jr. after the latter’s attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. He defended former Bolivian Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez-Berzain, a human rights violator accused of 67 deaths. He was a “personal attorney” for Kofi Annan in the UN Oil for Food scandal and he provided “special counsel” to Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. Currently, high powered attorney Greg Craig of the DC-based Williams and Connolly law firm, is defending Pedro Miguel Gonzales, President of the Panamanian legislature, accused of murdering U.S. Army Sgt. Zak Hernandez.

And he’s a senior foreign policy advisor to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama. A poster child for limousine liberal lawyers, Craig’s participation in the Obama campaign may give rise to the kind of conflict of interest that has prevented more than one candidate to fail.

Craig has said he “removed himself” from any discussions with Obama regarding US relations with Panama but his position in the Gonzales trial been a real problem. In a January editorial, the Dallas Morning News wrote that “The murder indictment, combined with Mr. González's leadership position, is hindering bilateral relations and causing a new U.S.-Panama free trade accord to stall in the Senate, where Mr. Obama holds office.”

ABC news reported that Obama told a Wisconsin labor coalition that he would vote against the Panama Free Trade Agreement specifically because of González's indictment.

"Until that situation is resolved, we cannot support any trade agreement with Panama," Obama reportedly stated.

Obama has yet to comment on calls for Craig’s firing from conservative interest groups like The American Future Fund, who produced a YouTube video in opposition to Craig’s employment with the campaign due to this infectious conflict of interest.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; associate; gregcraig; lawyers; limousineliberals; obama; obamatruthfile
The source has embedded links to the YouTube video. I believe the following will work: .

If it doesn't, maybe someone who knows how to link can provide it.

1 posted on 06/05/2008 2:22:44 AM PDT by 1Peter2:16
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To: 1Peter2:16

Never forget, Greg Craig orchestrated the kidnap of Elian Gonzalez.

2 posted on 06/05/2008 2:40:05 AM PDT by gridlock (Now that Polar Bears are protected under ESA, where do I go to apply for a permit to breathe?)
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To: 1Peter2:16

“Craig’s participation in the Obama campaign may give rise to the kind of conflict of interest that has prevented more than one candidate to fail.”

What does “prevented to fail” mean? I used to wonder if reporters had their story straight, now I wonder if they even know what they are trying to say.

3 posted on 06/05/2008 2:59:17 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: RipSawyer
I tripped over that also.

It probably should read "conflict of interest that has caused more than one candidate to fail."

4 posted on 06/05/2008 3:12:54 AM PDT by browardchad ("We are all mavericks now." -- Rush Limbaugh)
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To: 1Peter2:16

Zak Hernández

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Zak Hernández Laporte
1970June 10, 1992
Place of birth Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Place of death Panama
Allegiance United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Awards Purple Heart Medal

Sgt. Zak Hernández Laporte (b. 1970June 10, 1992), was a 22-year-old member of the United States Army who was killed in Panama City when the Humvee in which he was riding was ambushed on the eve of President George H. W. Bush's visit to Panama. His accused murderer, Pedro Miguel González Pinzón, was acquitted in 1997 in a trial mounted by Panama's judiciary. Two years later he was elected to Panama's National Assembly and, in September 2007, was chosen by his peers as National Assembly President, an event which has generated protests from the governments of the United States and Puerto Rico. This event also jeopardized U.S. Congress' ratification of a Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Panama, a pact that was previously ratified by Panama and was, until Pedro Miguel Gonzalez's elevation, considered likely to receive bipartisan Congressional approval.


[edit] Incident

On June 10, 1992, a group of Panamanians were protesting the scheduled visit of United States President George H. W. Bush to their country. One of the main reasons behind the demonstrations was the invasion of Panama by the US for the arrest and conviction of Head of State Manuel Noriega in 1989, during which anywhere between 200 and 4,000 Panamanian civilians were killed by US forces.[1] Among the protesters was Pedro Miguel González Pinzón.

On that day Sgt. Hernández, a Puerto Rican soldier stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, and his comrade Sgt. Ronald Marshall, were in their Humvee on the outskirts of Panama City, close to the area where the demonstrators were protesting, when suddenly they were ambushed. Hernández was killed and Marshall wounded.[1]

Pedro Miguel González Pinzón was indicted in the United States Federal Court of Washington D.C., for Sgt. Hernández' murder and the attempted murder of Sgt. Marshall.

After disappearing to Cuba for several years, once his party was returned to power, González Pinzón was brought by his late father, Gerardo Gonzalez (then President of the National Assembly and head of the PRD party) to "surrender himself" to Panamanian President Ernesto Perez Balladares. After two years of confinement, González Pinzón was acquitted in a 1997 trial marred by witness intimidation, harassment of the prosecutor, and ex parte communications by the judge with Gonzalez's father and others. All seven jurors were civil servants who owed their jobs to the PRD. The U.S. government and other outside observers maintain that the trial was a sham resulting from Panama's notoriously corrupt judiciary, where influence peddling remains common. Longtime Gonzalez friend and now current PRD leader and Panamanian President, Martin Torrijos, was Vice Minister of Government and Justice at the time of Gonzalez's trial. In September 2007, González Pinzón was elected President of the National Assembly.[2]

[edit] International protest

His election has been protested by the Government of the United States. Tom Casey, a spokesman for the United States State Department, said that the United States government was

"deeply disappointed that the Panamian National Assembly elected Pedro Miguel González Pinzón from among its members" and that "The United States wants those responsible (for Zak Hernández' murder) face justice".[3]

On September 4, 2007, the Senate of Puerto Rico approved a resolution expressing its "profound preoccupation" that a person indicted for Sgt. Zak Hernández' murder has been elected president of the Panamanian National Assembly. During a previously scheduled courtesy visit to his office, Senate President Kenneth McClintock on September 6 presented a copy of the resolution to Panama Supreme Court Chief Magistrate Graciela Dixon.

Key members of the U.S. Congress, such as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and the committee's ranking Republican member, Charles Grassley (R-IA) have signaled that Gonzalez's elevation to National Assembly President represents an obstacle to Congress' ratification of the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. (In assuming the presidency on September 1, 2007, Gonzalez said he would step down should be become an obstacle to FTA ratification by the U.S. Despite clear signals from the U.S. Congress and Bush Administration officials that he indeed poses such an obstacle, Gonzalez has thus far refused to step down.)

Zak Hernández' name appears on "El Monumento de la Recordación" (The Wall of Remembrance} at the Puerto Rico Capitol complex as the only Puerto Rican casualty in the 1992 United States military operation in Panama.[4] The U.S. consulate in Panama also displays a plaque in memory of Zak Hernández.

[edit] References

  1. ^ WTOP News
  2. ^ Panama News
  3. ^ Top Panama Lawmaker Sought in U.S. Death
  4. ^ "El Monumento de la Recordacion" (The Wall of Remembrance}

[edit] See also

5 posted on 06/05/2008 4:51:03 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Obama Campaign Open to Helping Clinton Pay Off $20 Million Debt
[gee, I wonder where the money came from, and how much tax will be paid?]
Yahoo | Jonathan D. Salant
Posted on 06/05/2008 2:13:24 AM PDT by DemforBush

6 posted on 06/05/2008 11:01:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ( updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: 1Peter2:16


I see the Clintoons are still at work. LOL!

7 posted on 06/05/2008 2:51:13 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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