Skip to comments.A Rahm Bomb for Jane Harman?
Posted on 04/20/2009 9:45:31 AM PDT by Scanian
Congressional Quarterly just reported a highly secret National Security Agency wiretap report on Rep. Jane Harman.
Before we get to the content of the wiretap, all you ACLU types should be hitting the ceiling in rage. Because NSA wiretaps are the most carefully protected, super-secret operations carried on by the Federal government. Even during the Bush Administration, when the CIA carried on an unconcealed war on the Bush policy in the War on Terror through selective and politically damaging leaks to the New York Times, no wiretap recordings were released. Wiretaps of Members of Congress are even more sensitive, especially prominent Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.
Keep that in mind as we go on.
The news report quotes three or four sources (it's hard to tell). But the release of an NSA wiretap transcript, in the absence of a court order or public court proceeding, is unprecedented.
So this leak has to come from the top. If these sources are to avoid prosecution and/or loss of their jobs, they must have been assured that the Obama administration explicitly authorized it, and that Attorney General Holder would not prosecute. NSA presumably will not even complain about this leak of its top national security means, content and procedures. Without that top-level assurance, everybody involved in this report has to fear an instant subpoena from the Justice Department and from the House Intelligence Committee.
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I’m sure the msm will howl as loudly about this as they did during the Valerie Plame fiasco...not.
Prediction: 0 will have to issue a blanket pardon for Rahmbo well before his term is up.
nor the stupidity of the people who think that their Dems are as clean and pure as fresh snow...
Un-believable! Obviously,a hit was done on Harman.
This is what is going to happen time and time again! The Liberal Jews voted for this POS administration and now it is going to come home to roost! If they had cared one bit for Israel and our brothers and sisters over there, they would not have elected these tyrants.
This is Rahm Emanuel's 'dead fish' to Jane Harman. He is a corrupt jerk.
Having read the CQ article though it looks like Harmon was given a pass by Bush administration in order to get her support on their wire tapping.
Obama’s team leaked the information for some form of political payback though.
The MSM will cover for these jerks - the MSM has one standard: right or wrong - when the Dems say it’s news, it’s news. When the dems say it’s NOT news, it’s NOT news. eff ‘em. (If we’re wrong - they’ll yell about this - I hear crickets.)
The other is Nancy Pelosi.
I had the same impression, misterrob. This could be just as much about going after Bush, Gonzales, etc., as much as going after Harman.
“Take it all, B*tch....all of it!”
Rahm Emanuel's 'landlord'.
The house where Rahm Emanuel sleeps on Capitol Hill (for the last five years) is also owned by DeLauro's husband, Stan Greenberg, chairman of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a pollster who got paid $4.5 million to do polling and strategy work for the Clinton Administration. DeLauro has said she and Emanuel are friends, and House ethics rules allow gifts, such as free lodging, on the basis of personal friendship. However, gifts over $250 in value require the advance, written approval from the Standards Committee. If such a ruling exists, DeLauro and Emanuel just need to produce it.
So, Emanuel crashed with DeLauro and Greenberg for five years for free.
She’s a Democrat though. What did she do to draw White House fire?
So....is that Delauro or Greenberg?
From the article:
“Does the fact that Jane Harman agreed with the Bush Administration in significant ways come into this?
I’ll bet it does.”
Looks like a pretty good free-loader to me. Lots of liberals are.
Now THAT’s kinky!
He’s a little short for the role but he seems to aspire to what the old Jewish people call a starker. A strong-arm guy.
WORST TYPO EVER!
RATS consider Harman way too moderate for their lefty agenda.
That is why I give props to Alan Dershowitz for his militant support of Israel, in spite of his liberal politics. Too many of the Palm Beach and Broward County-type Jewish Americans see Israel as so out of sight and out of mind. They conveniently forget that the 9/11 gang trained and prepared right there in their South Florida midst.
1. Harman supported Bush in the War on Terror.
2. She enjoys the non-partisan respect of the intelligence community whom she helps oversee.
3. She also is a supporter of Israel. Not a popular thing to be in the Obama administration.
4. She is the enemy of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (something about Queen Bee status among California female politicians).
In other words, "The Politics of Personal Destruction" are now being brought to bear on an elected representative of the people by the apparatchnik of the state.
There will be more of this...
It sure is. And the Obots may view her that way, though she is in fact one of the more responsible Dems.
Bump for later reading
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To harm Israel.
The story meme: evil Israel seeks influence in the USA.
It’s step one in casting Israel as an evil that must be put down.
For those who may not know, Jane Harman is one of the few patriotic Democrats left in congress. She is on a key committee, and the Dems threatened to remove her until the stink caused them to refrain.
No question that they’d like to discredit her and replace her with a certified moonbat.
Lieberman is known as a patriot in matters of national defense. My impression of Jane Harman is that, if anything, she is more admirable than Lieberman.
I always liked her on talk shows—she seems to be from the Scoop Jackson school. And, though she’s getting on in age, she was once a rather nice-looking lady, especially for a congress critter.
That's one possible future.
House web site bio
a Michelle Malkin link
The Harman-AIPAC wiretaps
If even half of whats in Jeff Steins CQ exclusive is true, this is a blockbuster scandal of historic proportions. It makes all of the pay-to-play scandals to date look like kindergarten games. Heres the upshot:
Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.
Harman was recorded saying she would waddle into the AIPAC case if you think itll make a difference, according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.
In exchange for Harmans help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.
Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, This conversation doesnt exist.
“Jane Harman is one of the few patriotic Democrats left in congress.”
Which is why Pelosi and the Democrat leaders *HAD* to remove her from a position of responsibility.
This is a "family-friendly" website!!!
There will be more of this...
We haven't seen nothin' yet!
They may out do the Clintons.
Isn’t that just about the most disgusting display for so-called professionals that you have ever seen?! They should really get a room!
Sickening. It would be funny if it were not true.
Have you no sense of decency?
The messiah hath cometh....
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appears
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Her husband is the dim poller, Stan Greenberg.
"So this leak has to come from the top. If these sources are to avoid prosecution and/or loss of their jobs, they must have been assured that the Obama administration explicitly authorized it, and that Attorney General Holder would not prosecute.
NSA presumably will not even complain about this leak of its top national security means, content and procedures. Without that top-level assurance, everybody involved in this report has to fear an instant subpoena from the Justice Department and from the House Intelligence Committee.
Who would have authorized it? If I had to bet, it would be the President or his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, or the National Security Advisor.
Why was the leak dropped at this moment in time? Because the anti-Israel forces are rising to power in the Obama Administration. They are dropping this Rahm Bomb to discredit pro-Israel members of Congress in general, and Rep. Jane Harman in particular.
But Jane Harman was one of the few Members of Congress who seemed genuinely upset about the wholesale leaking against the Bush Administration by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
This is payback.
It has to come from the top.
It is politically timed.
It's a Rahm Bomb. Last week Rahm Emanuel came out in the press, telling the media that Israel would have to withdraw from Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to get US cooperation on the Iranian nuke threat.
That was a direct threat to the new government in Israel, putting the cart before the horse.
It makes no strategic sense, because all of Iran's neighbors, including the Saudis, are shaking in their sandals about Tehran's forthcoming nukes.
All these events are closely related. The NSA leak bears the power-loving stamp of the radical Left, which could not care less about wiretaps, violations of privacy, and the super-secret status of the NSA.
Shades of J. Edgar Hoover. We're back to the FBI dropping political bombs to strong-arm LBJ.
Civil liberties advocates take note. This is only the first such leak. There will be more.
Combined with the DHS attack on "rightwing extremists" last week, it bodes ill for this administration's respect for the rule of law, not to mention personal privacy."
"Allegations that Harman intervened in this case in an effort to win the spot as chair of the Intelligence Committee have been widespread since 2006, but an FBI investigation into Harman was dropped for lack of evidence. As CQ Politics reports:
What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.
And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for lack of evidence, it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bushs top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.
Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administrations warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.
When Justice Department officials reviewed the transcript of the wiretaps on Rep. Harman, its attorneys determined she had committed a completed crime, which, according to CQ Politics is a legal term meaning that there was evidence that she had attempted to complete it.
The Justice Department attorneys wanted to open a case on her, but they needed the green light from top intel officials to confirm it rightly constituted a national security investigation. Porter Goss, who was then the CIA director reportedly approved the investigation and was preparing to notify then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Dennis Hastert and, through them, Harman herself:
But thats when, according to knowledgeable officials, Attorney General Gonzales intervened."
This is a vicious, evil group, and I don't know who's more brutal and cold-blooded: 0 or Rahm. And if they'll do this to their own ..............................
This should be in Breaking, in my opinion... it's HUGE.
This should be in Breaking, in my opinion... it’s HUGE.
IT’ll get there..
Just getting started on the thread. What was it Obama said? He was taking names. Add to that: Nancy Pelosi would love nothing better than to neutralize Harman.
Crap. I thought for sure when they started destroying their own the dems will speak up. We shall see.