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Roberts Rakes Rockefeller
American Spectator ^ | Jed Babbin

Posted on 12/20/2005 10:58:25 AM PST by slowhand520

Roberts Rakes Rockefeller - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 @ 12:53:30 PM

Yesterday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee (and probable source of many leaks of secret information) released a hand-scrawled letter he had written to VP Cheney two years ago after being briefed on the NSA domestic intel effort. Rockefeller, trying to score political points, raised the letter as proof of his doubts about the NSA program, and that his hands were tied, unable to do anything about it. This morning, Intel Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) released this statement which blows Rockefeller out of the water:

"I am puzzled by the release yesterday of a July 2003 letter from Senator Rockefeller to the Vice President regarding the recently exposed intelligence collection program, which was authorized by the President shortly after September 11, 2001.

“In his letter and accompanying press statement, Senator Rockefeller asserts that he had lingering concerns about the program designed to protect the American people from another attack, but was prohibited from doing anything about it.

“A United States Senator has significant tools with which to wield power and influence over the executive branch. Feigning helplessness is not one of those tools.

“If Senator Rockefeller truly had the concerns he claimed to have had in his two and a half year old letter, he could have pursued a number of options to have those concerns addressed:

1. First, he could have discussed his concerns with me or other Members of Congress who had been briefed on the program. He never asked me or the Committee to take any action consistent with the “concerns” raised in his letter.

2. Second, he could have raised objections with the Vice President during one of the many briefings we received. I have no recollection of Senator Rockefeller objecting to the program at the many briefings he and I attended together. In fact, it is my recollection that on many occasions Senator Rockefeller expressed to the Vice President his vocal support for the program. His most recent expression of support was only two weeks ago.

3. Finally, he could have pursued any number of legislative remedies. He chose to pursue none.

“Senator Rockefeller could have taken any of these approaches to adress his “lingering concerns.” He did not. He chose instead to write a letter to the Vice President and for two and a half years, keep a copy of the letter in the Intelligence Committee vault and say nothing to anyone.

“For the nearly three years Senator Rockefeller has served as Vice Chairman, I have heard no objection from him about this valuable program. Now, when it appears to be politically advantageous, Senator Rockefeller has chosen to release his two and a half year old letter. Forgive me if I find this to be inconsistent and a bit disingenuous.”

So do we, Sen. Roberts. So do we.

Posted By: Jed Babbin


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kansas; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 109th; jayrockefeller; jedbabbin; nsa; patriotleak; patroberts; roberts; rockefeller; senate; spying; tas
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To: NRA1995

That's traitor, to be perfectly accurate please.


151 posted on 12/20/2005 12:27:59 PM PST by Marxbites (A citizenry of sheep must in time beget a Govt of wolves)
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To: MikeA

Last I heard, he was NOT for it.....and in agreement with Hillary that this should never be touched because it was "awesome".


152 posted on 12/20/2005 12:36:03 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: slowhand520

I imagine this will be Tom Brokow's and Dan Rather's lead story tonight.


153 posted on 12/20/2005 12:42:03 PM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: frankjr

I don't recall, I don't remember, I was not aware, It depends on the meaning of "present" is. Take your pick of all the excuses for being cowards and people who lack integrity and character. What would you expect though.


154 posted on 12/20/2005 12:43:47 PM PST by laxin4him (They will know by our love not our picket lines)
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To: slowhand520

POWWWWWWWWWW!!!SLAM!!!!!!!BAMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!go get 'em Roberts .is arlen specter on the case?


155 posted on 12/20/2005 12:46:02 PM PST by mcCabesPub (15 years wtc engineer never forgive never forget)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
McCain has no core beliefs besides believing in himself.

This is because of all the mind control indoctrination that happened to him as a prisoner. Navy had him in the process of deprogramming him, but his Dad stopped it and pulled him out of the hospital before the deprogramming was completed. One thing that identifies this is that temper of his.

156 posted on 12/20/2005 12:50:03 PM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: Long Distance Rider
I imagine this will be Tom Brokow's and Dan Rather's lead story tonight.

LOL! They both have long since retired.

157 posted on 12/20/2005 12:52:36 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
...ever since the Rockerfeller memo was made known by The Prowler 2 years ago.

What memo?

158 posted on 12/20/2005 12:53:09 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: slowhand520
His sudden remembrance of the letter smacks of participation in a coordinated media roll-out that was planned, way in advance.

Like the "hawk" Murtha suddenly becoming a ballyhooed dove, when, he had always been a dove; at least as far back as 1980.

The NYT waited until one of their reporters had a book ready, and others planned other aspects of this propaganda campaign, all triggered on the Iraqi elections. I'd love to know who plans these things.

Has he scanned his handwritten note for all to see, or does he merely speak of it?
159 posted on 12/20/2005 12:53:46 PM PST by DBrow
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To: slowhand520

this wreaks of the kerri comment "I voted for the $89 billion before voting against it..."

Rockerfeller and the rest of the rats..."We dissaproved of the eavesdropping plan before approving it..."


160 posted on 12/20/2005 12:55:03 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Soul Seeker

"I suppose Rockefeller was too petrified to use a typewriter to write this note"

HAH! He was worried that we'd check the font!


161 posted on 12/20/2005 12:55:25 PM PST by DBrow
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To: MileHi
Rockefeller memo=The Hill.com=
162 posted on 12/20/2005 12:56:43 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: DarthVader

I like that analogy. I like it.


163 posted on 12/20/2005 12:57:23 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

You really don't think Rocky is dumb???? He's dumber than a box of rocks, and is so stupid he doesn't even know it! I can't believe anyone does not think Rocky is dumb...wow!! The dude is a classic f... up, and would screw up a one car funeral.


164 posted on 12/20/2005 12:58:16 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

By KATHERINE SHRADER
Associated Press Writer
Dec 20 2:54 AM US/Eastern


WASHINGTON - Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted in a series of congressional briefings. "I feel unable to fully evaluate, much less endorse, these activities," West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said in a handwritten letter to Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003. "As you know, I am neither a technician nor an attorney."

.............................

Are Senators window dressing? Potted plants?

This is written after being briefed on a top secret, national security matter post-9/11? Rockefeller, by his own admission and words, makes himself out to be weak, ineffective and pathetic.

This man, apparently, has no role in the war on terror. He's admitted to being incompetent. Absolutely stunning!

This has blown up in his face-- big time.


165 posted on 12/20/2005 12:59:16 PM PST by Jack Bull
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To: slowhand520

That was my first thought ...why the hell didnt he go public if its so dam bad


166 posted on 12/20/2005 12:59:28 PM PST by woofie
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To: MileHi
Plenty of reading material at Google as well.
167 posted on 12/20/2005 12:59:37 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: slowhand520

Our senators suck. There is no need to comment further.


168 posted on 12/20/2005 1:00:52 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.)
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To: geezerwheezer
You really don't think Rocky is dumb????

I've never met the guy, so, I really can't say, nor do I really care.

169 posted on 12/20/2005 1:02:49 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: slowhand520

Thank God for Roberts - he has learned to take on the dems - after they wrote memos about how they were leading him around and Roberts was giving them the info they wanted to get Bush. Glad to see Roberts has not forgotten being stabbed in the back.


170 posted on 12/20/2005 1:03:01 PM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

Sometimes I think Mr. Rockefeller is dumber than Patty Murray.


171 posted on 12/20/2005 1:05:00 PM PST by ShandaLear (Announcing you plans is a good way to hear God laugh. Al Swearengen, 1877óDeadwood)
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To: BigSkyFreeper; Howlin; Dog; OXENinFLA; Peach; hipaatwo
“As an ex officio member of the Committee, Senator Reid is welcome to participate in any Committee activity including ‘Phase II.’ He has yet to do so.

OUCH!!

172 posted on 12/20/2005 1:07:17 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Well, I'll be damned. When did that happen?
Maybe then Peter Jennings will lead with the story.


173 posted on 12/20/2005 1:08:06 PM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: ShandaLear
Sometimes I think Mr. Rockefeller is dumber than Patty Murray.

Patty Murray to her credit makes no bones about the fact she's anti-American.

Rockefeller spends time leaking like an old tire, then goes Clintonian and denies everything when his fingerprints are all over the paper and when he's cornered he goes around and tells the media he's been blackballed and blindsided by the GOP.

174 posted on 12/20/2005 1:08:55 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: Long Distance Rider
Maybe then Peter Jennings will lead with the story.

Maybe. But he's too busy with the Grim Reaper to be bothered with.

175 posted on 12/20/2005 1:11:39 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: Semper911

They all seem pretty happy in that picture. Rockefeller is grinning from ear-to-ear too.


176 posted on 12/20/2005 1:14:00 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Luke 2 : 8-14)
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To: slowhand520
Intel Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) released this statement which blows Rockefeller out of the water

It was beautiful.

177 posted on 12/20/2005 1:14:30 PM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? --- Victory is not a strategy.)
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To: slowhand520

Much the same could be said of the NY Slime.


178 posted on 12/20/2005 1:15:36 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat heros: a malingering traitor and a draft doging rapist)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

"But he's too busy with the Grim Reaper to be bothered"

You gotta be kidding me!

New York Times?

Is it still there?


179 posted on 12/20/2005 1:15:47 PM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: oldbrowser
This Roberts guy looks like a straight shooter, and I think he just hit Rockefeller right between the eyes.

Yep, Roberts buried the sleazoid liar.

180 posted on 12/20/2005 1:15:56 PM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? --- Victory is not a strategy.)
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To: Jack Bull
This has blown up in his face-- big time.

And more is incoming....when all is said and done...the rat party will have to announce when their funeral will be held.

181 posted on 12/20/2005 1:16:11 PM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: slowhand520

Jay Rockefeller is not the sharpest tack in the box. His money bought him a safe seat in the Senate so he could position himself for President, but to know him is to discount him. The Rockefeller strain has pretty much gone to seed. As more and more millionaires fill the Senate, it becomes more and more like a House of Lords, full of men with more money than talent.


182 posted on 12/20/2005 1:22:25 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: RobbyS

Years of in-breeding will do that to a family.


183 posted on 12/20/2005 1:25:15 PM PST by ShandaLear (Announcing you plans is a good way to hear God laugh. Al Swearengen, 1877óDeadwood)
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To: Soul Seeker

McCain was on that Stephanopolis show on Sunday and said he supports drilling in ANWR but didn't like it being tacked on to a defense appropriation bill, which as you point out is rather hypocritical.


184 posted on 12/20/2005 1:25:26 PM PST by MikeA
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To: Sacajaweau

Maybe I heard him wrong on the Stephanopolis show then.


185 posted on 12/20/2005 1:26:09 PM PST by MikeA
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To: ShandaLear

Regression to the mean. The same thing happened to the Medici family.


186 posted on 12/20/2005 1:28:47 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Ahhh. Well now I have to agree with your post.

Thanks

187 posted on 12/20/2005 1:31:42 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ScreamingFist
Sen. Jay Rockefeller...to F'ing stupid to understand...

Before suggesting someone is "f'ing stupid", suggest you look up the correct usage of "too".

;^)

Carry on!

188 posted on 12/20/2005 1:33:42 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: oldbrowser
This Roberts guy looks like a straight shooter, and I think he just hit Rockefeller right between the eyes.

189 posted on 12/20/2005 1:35:05 PM PST by Bratch
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To: slowhand520

Justice Dept., drag these men from the Senate floor in cuffs!


190 posted on 12/20/2005 1:37:46 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: DCPatriot
Before suggesting someone is "f'ing stupid", suggest you look up the correct usage of "too".

Thank you, I'll make sure I run my posts by the grammar and spelling police before posting again.....let me know where to send them....

191 posted on 12/20/2005 1:43:26 PM PST by ScreamingFist ( The RKBA doesn't apply if I have a bigger gun than your bodyguard. NRA)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Rockefeller is grinning from ear-to-ear too.

Yup!

192 posted on 12/20/2005 1:45:32 PM PST by Semper911 ("We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it." -Marge Simpson)
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To: DCPatriot
Before suggesting someone is "f'ing stupid", suggest you look up the correct usage of "too".

Additionally....I'm not a F'ing SENATOR, I'm TOO F'ing stupid to represent commies and pork barrel politics....much to my checkbook's demise....

193 posted on 12/20/2005 1:49:53 PM PST by ScreamingFist ( The RKBA doesn't apply if I have a bigger gun than your bodyguard. NRA)
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To: ScreamingFist

I'm feeling your pain.


194 posted on 12/20/2005 1:52:39 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: shield
Jay Rockhead to duck the press on this one claiming that this is top secret material and he can't discuss it. Thus he'll never have to answer for his admission that he is a bonehead.
195 posted on 12/20/2005 1:54:48 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: USS Alaska
This is one large BITCH SLAP, BITCH SLAP, BITCH SLAP, BITCH SLAP. I could go on, but you get the idea.

You got it in before me but it is so apt. Rarely does a senator use another's name so many times in such a release, and more rarely is such damage done.

196 posted on 12/20/2005 2:06:43 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: Lizarde

" The Bush administration found a key ally on Capitol Hill Monday .."

And predictably, CNN is crowing about the fact that two " Maverick " Republicans have joined with the Democrats demanding an investigation into why the special rights of Al Queda have been violated.
According to their patrons, Al Queda has a special right to plot to kill Americans with impunity.
The two Mavs who have joined the AlQuedacrats are Snowe and drum roll please... Chuck Hagel.


197 posted on 12/20/2005 2:09:56 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: PMCarey

OK...when is this jerkoff up for re-election?


198 posted on 12/20/2005 2:10:14 PM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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