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Posted on 11/17/2001 12:26:01 PM PST by Rebeckie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BUSH TO NAME JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AFTER LAWBREAKING ROBERT F. KENNEDY
FRIEND TED KENNEDY CONVINCED G.W. TO HONOR BROTHER
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the non-partisan public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government abuse and corruption, was astonished to learn today that President Bush intends to name the Justice Department after the late Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
The ethical and legal standards of the Bush administration will sink low if the President carries through with his plan of naming the nations top law enforcement agency after someone who spent his tenure in the Justice Department trampling on the civil rights of all Americans. It is widely known that Kennedy urged then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to misuse FBI files to blackmail members of Congress to overlook his brother, President John F. Kennedys, affair with an East German spy. With the possible exception of John Mitchell and Janet Reno, I cannot think of a worse choice, stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel, Larry Klayman.
The Justice Departments own mission statement says the Department represents the citizens of the United States in enforcing the law in the public interest and, yet, Kennedy is perhaps remembered most for three things, the Get Hoffa campaign, which ran roughshod over all legal procedures in a personal vendetta against one man, the wiretapping of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., along with the aforementioned silencing of a congressional investigation into President John Kennedys affair with alleged East German spy Ellen Romisch.
Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio reportedly refused to shake Kennedys hand at Marilyn Monroes funeral because of his belief that he and his brother had something to do with her untimely death. Klayman opined, Joltin Joe was right then and George W. Bush is wrong now. As for reports today in The Washington Post that George W. Bush has become a close friend of Senator Ted Kennedy- a politician who many believed murdered Mary Jo Kopeche and was instrumental in convincing Bush to name the Justice Department after his brother Robert
the President should learn to choose better people to be associated with, Klayman added.
This is the exact event where the phrase "scorched earth policy" was coined; the old man told them that if they exposed JFK that everybody was going down, too.
As in felons? For instance?
I think you can take it for granted that Edward was drunk. He had just been to a party where alcohol was flowing like wine (all right, all right). None of the political Kennedys, Jack, Bobby, or Teddy would be likely to come out of that environment sober.
And I doubt that Edward M started out with the intention of becoming a submarine commander. It just fell his lot when his Oldsmobile decided to plunge off Dyke bridge, no doubt of its own volition.
The thing about which a lot of us at the time were incredulous is that Edward M Kennedy left the vicinity of the 'accident', went back to Edgartown (how he got there is another question mark), and at no time prior to discovery of the drowned car reported what had happened to ANYONE who could have helped.
In fact, the evidence was that he seemed to be trying to prepare an alibi, asking some hotel help loudly about the time in order to establish his presence in Edgartown.
I still view Edward M Teddy Boy with total contempt.
But I don't care if the building is named after Bobby boy. He has achieved immortality in the public mind by being assassinated, and nothing will change the public perception.
Bobby wouldn't have gotten the nomination even with his victory in the California primary...Humphrey would have been the nominee anyway. Bobby would have gone back to being senator from New York and maybe the fatal party on Chappaquiddick Island would never have taken place.
So you aren't a loyal Republican or a Bush supporter, but you claim to be a conservative.
Since no rabid Libertarian would claim to be a conservative, that pretty well puts you in the McCain/Buchanan/Keyes group of sore losers.
What name were you previously posting under?
I vote for a Keyester, myself.
Well, rumor has it, that, GW, offered Teddy, to name the new building the Teddy Kennedy building. The only problem, it couldn't be name after anyone still alive!
This kind offer brought that stunned look out on Teddy's ample face!"
Maybe he was just drunk.
Why don't you tell ol' larr not to assume and use the truth in his title.....
Why don't you tell ol' larr not to assume and use the truth in his title.....
You speak as if Larry Klayman and I actually know each other or something.
I don't know why everyone seems to think that I am either related to Klayman or know him, that assumption is simply ridiculous. I find it hard to believe that I constantly have to defend Larry, a fellow conservative, on a conservative forum. I just believe in what he stands for.
In 1968 I was living in West Berlin as an Air Force wife, pregnant with my son. The Viet Nam War was in full swing, there were troops in the streets of DC, riots on almost all campuses, and the cities of Europe were in turmoil. The democrats were about to nominate Hubert Humprhrey, who had supported Lyndon Johnson's conduct of the war.
Robert F. Kennedy, only 5 years removed from his brother's assassination, stepped forward to make a run for the presidency. Was he a less than perfect person? Certainly. However, in those times, no one knew about any of this...they only knew that the brother of the slain president was running. It was electrifying, and I firmly believe he would have won the nomination if he hadn't been slain, and would no doubt have won the presidency as well. When the news of his assassination reached Berlin, the street in fron of my apartment, Martin Luther Strasse, filled with a hundred thousand people marching to John F. Kennedy Platz, tears streaming down their faces.
Now, years later, we know that he wasn't the golden boy the press portrayed. But the general public, particularly those my age, do not remember anything about him except a promise that was never fulfilled. Bill O'Reilly lists him as his most admired politician.
Now, given this background, and understanding that President Bush is my age, NOT yours, I can full well understand why he would grant this favor to pathetic Ted Kennedy, who has never fulfilled the promise of the Kennedy dream. It is a kindness to an old man, it does no one any harm, and if some people choose to admire the mythical version of Robert Kennedy, well, there are worse things.
Perhaps you will now understand why President Bush is doing this, and why Larry's rant is without merit and in fact is ludicrous.
If you are an investigative journalism major, I suggest you use those skills outside the classroom. This is a press release and complaint without merit. President Bush can name the Justice Department for Barney the Dinosaur, for all that it matters in the scheme of things. And he would have that right as President of the United States.
Oh, yeah, and I guess that I forgot that you were the type to parrot the "I'm older and wiser than you, therefore in the world according to myself, my opinion supercedes yours." Glad to see that you understand the psyche behind George W. Bush's political moves and his mode of compassionate capitulation. Well, I guess we can all say that the world is now a better place because in the world of FreeRepublic, everyone is older and wiser than the stupid college student.
And since you attend the same college as me and know the core curriculum and all of the class projects and papers that I have completed, you just know because you sound like you have just completed Logic 101 and are "trying" to hone your new skills.
Ah, the wisdom in here is just so permeable.
He's not a conservative and we all know what he stands for. He is a pathetic self absorbed shyster who sued his own mother.
Don't you just love it?....... It seems to gush from you also.
Did you ever figure out why on a conservative forum you have to defend ol' larr?
I guess Bobby was a Kennedy first, and atty. gen. after that,so he tried to make deals for his brother.
Anyway, I would just like to see Larry Klayman pick one good fight and try to win it. I think he likes to keep his name in the news so he can solicit contributions.He seems to be mostly mouth.
You are managing to insult a lot of people and are not arguing the facts.
AND, if Larry Klayman is so interested in Clinton's crimes, why is he wasting time with attacking Bush over petty things like this?
For as the United States continues to pound sand in the desert, with Osama bin Laden and his Taliban accomplices holed up in caves and civilian villages and mosques all of which, for so-called political reasons, are off-limits to U.S. bombing the president of the United States has been engaged in a war of words with them, with each side giving its rendition, on television and radio, of not only the progress of the war, but making almost daily threats against each other. The spectacle of this "tit for tat," coupled with our military ineffectuality, has not only placed bin Laden and the Taliban on the same plane as the president of the United States, it has undercut George W. Bush's credibility and promise to the American people and the world that these terrorists would be dealt with severely.
American prestige and power has been significantly reduced. Our timidity to act decisively, coupled with the populace's fear of the unknown, has brought the country to its knees. This sad fact cannot be overlooked simply because tearful Americans proudly and correctly display their flag in exhibitions of love for the country and our fallen brothers and sisters.
The U.S. military, hamstrung by the political calculus of the Bush administration's "proportionate response" to the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings all in an attempt to placate so-called moderate Arab states who supply American tycoons with imported oil has in characteristic "Vietnamesque" fashion spewed forth propaganda about how well the air war is going. It has boasted that bin Laden has a noose around his neck, and that his operations have been disrupted.
But how can this be so when, in almost the same breath, the commander in chief is warning the nation that a huge bio-chemical or nuclear attack could be imminent, our vice president (who is the de facto commander in chief) is "holed up" and in hiding in an undisclosed location outside of Washington, D.C., and members of Congress are putting forth emergency legislation to clarify how to choose representatives of Congress should it lose 25 percent or more of its members? And why has Vice President Dick Cheney said, on more than one occasion, in uncharacteristic pessimism, if not a sense of defeat, that this may be the first war where casualties at home exceed those overseas. If bin Laden has been stopped, even temporarily, why then the predictions of doom?
Our limited military effort in Afghanistan, where bin Laden and Taliban leaders remain on the loose, has given them the time, and wherewithal, to mount a huge counterattack on the United States. The president and vice president know this, and that is why they speak of and are preparing the nation for imminent disaster. Obviously, the Bush administration and their Republican colleagues in Congress do not want to be blamed at the ballot booth for what is now likely in store.
By all means, let's take military advice from Larry Klayman.
In a broad prospective, ol' larr is part of the issue. Press release after press release, suit after suit, all in the name of chasing more money for his 501c3, imo. He can go about his business of legal work without all the hoopla. How many other law firms do you see issuing press release after press release when they file a minor paper with the court or for that matter when the President does something he doesn't like? ol' larr is his own biggest enemy, imo. If he'd go about the job he has chosen without the circus like atsmophere then he'd not be ridiculed, I'd guess.
It's...uh...probably part of some northeastern electoral PR strategy.
You really need to get a hold of yourself. Klayman would be laughed out of that building.
What proof do you and Larry have that RFK was a CROOK? You may not like his politics -- most of us don't -- but what, exactly, was his crime?
You are totally busted. Not just a Klayman supporter, but an honest to goodness Bush hater.
You've just nailed her.
Then Larry should go back to his other cases and stop issuing these stupid press releases. When he puts them out, and you post them as fact, you can bet your butt somebody on this forum is going to come along and correct you.
For instance, this remark:
It is widely known that Kennedy urged then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to misuse FBI files to blackmail members of Congress to overlook his brother, President John F. Kennedys, affair with an East German spy.
is an out and out lie. And it just goes to show Klayman doesn't know what's he talking about.
Beyond that, I didn't see last night and I STILL don't see why this news item would cause anyone to break out in hives. This is a small gesture on the part of the President. So soon we forget what life was like with Bill Clinton in power; this petty "OH NOW THAT'S IT! I'LL NEVER VOTE FOR BUSH AGAIN!!" stuff just makes me shake my head.
If I'm not mistaken, it was J. Edgar Hoover who had those King tapes and played them for Bobby Kennedy. I could be wrong on that, but I think that's the way it went.