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Bill O'Reilly blasts Ashcroft and Reno for Corruption
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 4, 2002 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 01/04/2002 8:52:30 AM PST by editor-surveyor

There is something very wrong inside the Justice Department of the United States and there has been for some time.

Various newspapers are now reporting that under President Clinton, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was ordered to stand down on various terrorist investigations.

One of the most egregious examples is the failure of the bureau to investigate fundraising organizations like "The Holy Land Fund," based in Arizona, which allegedly funneled millions of dollars in donations to Middle Eastern terrorists.

Although the Bush administration has now frozen the assets of the fund, it was apparently allowed to operate for 8 years despite the FBI intelligence that was presented to Mr. Clinton and then-Attorney General Janet Reno. One bureau source told the press that Ms. Reno felt any investigation of "The Holy Land Fund" would lead to anti-Arab sentiment and therefore was opposed to such an investigation.

As always, Ms. Reno will not comment on any aspect of her tenure as attorney general that is at all controversial.

There is no question now that under Ms. Reno and then-FBI Director Louis Freeh, Americans were put at great risk. The Wen Ho Lee-Chinese espionage case still has not been explained, and the fact that the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists weren't even on the FBI's radar screen is about as frightening as Janet Reno's passion for political correctness.

The current attorney general, John Ashcroft, has made no attempt to examine Ms. Reno's bizarre behavior or update the public about the Marc Rich investigation or anything else. Mr. Ashcroft specializes in looking dour and stonewalling. While Congress is attempting to get documents about President Clinton's dubious foreign fundraising and FBI abuses in Boston, Ashcroft is refusing to cooperate at all.

And this isn't a political issue. Conservative Congressman Dan Burton and liberal Congressman Barney Frank have actually joined forces to try and pry this information from Ashcroft's hands. If that's not amazing, then nothing is.

The truth is that for nearly 8 years, the Justice Department has been corrupt and inefficient. Janet Reno botched nearly every important decision she had to make including Waco and Elian Gonzalez. Time after time, Ms. Reno refused to approve investigative initiatives sought by the FBI. And time after time, Mr. Freeh sat in his plush government office refusing to let the American people know what was happening.

Now Mr. Ashcroft is doing the same thing. There is no reason on this earth why the public should not know the status of the Rich pardon probe. Or the anthrax investigation. And what about Enron, Mr. Attorney General – are you going to look into that? Millions of Americans were hosed while some Enron executives made millions.

How about a comment on that, Mr. Ashcroft?

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As late as it is in the day, and with as many O'Reilly fans as we have here, I'm surprised not to find this already posted.
1 posted on 01/04/2002 8:52:30 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: .38sw; 185JHP; 1FreeAmerican; 1rudeboy; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; 2sheep; 4TheFlag...
How is this article so disinteresting?

Whether you agree, or disagree, it would seem worthy of comment.

2 posted on 01/04/2002 8:55:09 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: abigail2; abner; adanaC; advocate10; afraidfortherepublic; agitator; alisasny; allthingsnew...
Have we grown so calloused that such accusations roll off like water off of a ducks back?

Have the Clinton years reset the index level of outrage?

3 posted on 01/04/2002 8:58:53 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor
Thanks for the bump and the article.

I might note that O'Reilly earilier this year signed a deal with Westwood One to do a radio version of his Fox News Channel show. I guess we'll see how long that show lasts in the killer Noon-3 ET time slot.

4 posted on 01/04/2002 8:59:18 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: editor-surveyor
O'Reilly had better let the air out of his head soon. His uninformed "opinion" of Ashcroft's job performance is a shame. His interview with Geraldo was embarassing also. He did everything but reach over his desk to kiss him. C'mon O'Reilly, get your back on the ground!!
5 posted on 01/04/2002 9:00:29 AM PST by caisson71
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To: editor-surveyor
It seems clear the Department of Justice was almost totally corrupted under Reno and the investigations of many members of the Republican Party are being held by some of the corrupt members of that party in order to keep the Democrat Party from being fully exposed.

Stay well - Stay safe - stay armed - Yorktown

6 posted on 01/04/2002 9:00:34 AM PST by harpseal
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To: editor-surveyor,madrussian, Askel5, Zviadist, Free the USA, struwwelpeter,NewAmsterdam, Black Jad
Hey Bill, the whole world is laughing.
Facts Altered in Anti-Terror Effort
7 posted on 01/04/2002 9:00:47 AM PST by CommiesOut
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To: editor-surveyor
I am in total agreement with Bill O', this time.
8 posted on 01/04/2002 9:02:32 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: editor-surveyor
While Congress is attempting to get documents about President Clinton's dubious foreign fundraising and FBI abuses in Boston, Ashcroft is refusing to cooperate at all

Reading this, you would think O'Really is an anti-Clinton crusader. Listening to his show, time after time he lets pro-Clinton spinmeisters spew their lies without argument. The guy's schizophrenic -- he started comparing Ashcroft to Reno immediately after he was sworn in -- he was grumbling about his 401K before Bush took office, and now he blames the recession on Bush -- I guess this is what happens when you have no real convictions, except the quest for ratings.

9 posted on 01/04/2002 9:03:31 AM PST by browardchad
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To: editor-surveyor
"The truth is that for nearly 8 years, the Justice Department has been corrupt and inefficient. Janet Reno botched nearly every important decision she had to make including Waco and Elian Gonzalez. Time after time, Ms. Reno refused to approve investigative initiatives sought by the FBI. And time after time, Mr. Freeh sat in his plush government office refusing to let the American people know what was happening."

The Clinton years numbed and shocked most people so that reiterating their outrages is kinda like saying, that water is wet and that fire is hot. Thus,

"Now Mr. Ashcroft is doing the same thing. There is no reason on this earth why the public should not know the status of the Rich pardon probe. Or the anthrax investigation. And what about Enron, Mr. Attorney General – are you going to look into that? Millions of Americans were hosed while some Enron executives made millions.
How about a comment on that, Mr. Ashcroft?"

shouldn't surprise anyone, especially Keyes supporters and those of us who were less than enthusiastic about Bush carrying the flag for the GOP.

10 posted on 01/04/2002 9:05:08 AM PST by Mortimer Snavely
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To: editor-surveyor
Hillary must still be holding the FBI files in her closet.
11 posted on 01/04/2002 9:06:25 AM PST by janetgreen
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To: Mortimer Snavely
I'd like to hear someone in the present Administration say something about Waco and Ruby Ridge, myself.
12 posted on 01/04/2002 9:06:44 AM PST by Mortimer Snavely
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Mohammed A. Goldstein


13 posted on 01/04/2002 9:06:48 AM PST by CommiesOut
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To: editor-surveyor
Have we grown so calloused that such accusations roll off like water off of a ducks back?

Have the Clinton years reset the index level of outrage?

Unfortunately, there is alot more truth in those statements than you might think.

Good article, though.

14 posted on 01/04/2002 9:06:55 AM PST by oldvike
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To: browardchad
I guess this is what happens when you have no real convictions, except the quest for ratings.

This has become my own estimation of Bill's politics. Very disappointing.

16 posted on 01/04/2002 9:08:43 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: editor-surveyor
I'm surprised to find this not already posted.

See this thread. Good article, though.

17 posted on 01/04/2002 9:09:35 AM PST by Mitchell
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To: editor-surveyor
Bump.
18 posted on 01/04/2002 9:09:51 AM PST by Rocko
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To: editor-surveyor
Supplying our enemys or (potential ones) with the wealth and inventory to start another war or economic catastrophe is the only explaination that makes any logical sense. Although it is incredibly hard to believe by the naive.
19 posted on 01/04/2002 9:12:24 AM PST by PRO 1
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To: harpseal
It seems clear the Department of Justice was almost totally corrupted under Reno and the investigations of many members of the Republican Party are being held by some of the corrupt members of that party in order to keep the Democrat Party from being fully exposed.

It seems clear that anything done by government is, by its nature, corrupt. Asscroft is no different from Waco Jane who was no different from, say, Nixon and LBJ. Corrupt. And the people who work for them, like bureaucrats everywhere, live by the basic rule of CYA.

20 posted on 01/04/2002 9:13:02 AM PST by Architect
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To: browardchad
"Reading this, you would think O'Really is an anti-Clinton crusader"

To me, O'Reilly is mostly a pro-O'Reilly crusader.
I've never been one of his fans; I view him as wilfully uninformed on many critical issues, but with this one he is touching one of our pet 3rd rails here at FR:    Is the Bush Justice Dept. covering for the Clinton crimes?

I'm growing more troubled with Ashcroft by the day.     I was hoping for an administration that I could get behind 100%    I'm growing tired of carping; I'd like to smile for a while.

21 posted on 01/04/2002 9:14:22 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: CommiesOut
There have been accusations, especially in Muslim countries, that the U.S. government altered the videotape it released last month in which bin Laden talked about planning the attacks.

I hope that's not your evidence that the whole world is laughing at us.

That article is filled with hearsay and sounds awfully whiney.

22 posted on 01/04/2002 9:14:42 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Mortimer Snavely
shouldn't surprise anyone, especially Keyes supporters and those of us who were less than enthusiastic about Bush carrying the flag for the GOP.

All of you? How many of you were there anyway?

Oh, please tell us all how Mr. Keyes would have handled this. We're all dying to know.

23 posted on 01/04/2002 9:17:30 AM PST by Howlin
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To: editor-surveyor
but with this one he is touching one of our pet 3rd rails here at FR: Is the Bush Justice Dept. covering for the Clinton crimes?

When you say "our," exactly who are you speaking for?

24 posted on 01/04/2002 9:19:49 AM PST by Howlin
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To: editor-surveyor
Thanks for the ping. O'Reilly may be an obnoxious s.o.b. but he has no sacred cows.
25 posted on 01/04/2002 9:20:11 AM PST by Minuteman23
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To: editor-surveyor
Thanks for the heads up! I do think it was a stretch for him to conclude Now Mr. Ashcroft is doing the same thing.

IMHO, the DOJ has been reasonably forthcoming on the anthrax probe. I certainly don't expect prosecutors to reveal information that might alert suspects under surveillance, especially when national security is involved.

The Rich pardon is another story - maybe. His worldwide connections are very odd for an ordinary businessman.

And, I'm sure that the ENRON case will be litigious in the extreme - both civil and criminal - state and federal. I cannot envision a consolidated case that would cover all the potential plaintiffs and complainants.

26 posted on 01/04/2002 9:21:51 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: editor-surveyor
harpseal has the right of it- total, absolute corruption. It will take years ( if ever ) to purge the clinton-appointed rot from all of the federal gov't. One of many reasons he should never have been elected, re-elected, or left in office after impeachment.
27 posted on 01/04/2002 9:24:23 AM PST by backhoe
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To: Howlin
The reason that the tapes were supposedly edited, is that they contained embarassing information about the Saudis. In essence, basically saying it was a well known fact that the Saudis knew what Bin-Laden was up to. If this is so way off-base, please explain to me why 18 of the 20 hijackers were saudi citizens, but we have not made one single demand of the Saudi government. We have bombed Afghanistan and destroyed the Taliban, (rightly, I might add) but have take no measures against the Saudi government, why??
28 posted on 01/04/2002 9:26:17 AM PST by ProudGenXLibertarian
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To: ProudGenXLibertarian
You are wrong; the tapes did, in fact, contain that very language; it was the transcript that was "edited."

And if you are wondering why we haven't bombed Saudia Arabia, perhaps you need a basic course in international affairs.

29 posted on 01/04/2002 9:28:16 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Of course not. AP is quite careful, and rightly so.
Their article is nothing more than a clumsy damage control.
Check EU, Asia or AU media. They don't have to be careful.
30 posted on 01/04/2002 9:28:31 AM PST by CommiesOut
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To: caisson71
His uninformed "opinion" of Ashcroft's job performance is a shame

The shame doesn't lie with Mr. O'Reilly or his opinions. It rests on the US Department of Justice and John Ashcroft.

He has backpedaled on every meaningful investigation into the outrages under his predecessor and in turn her predecessor.

Can anyone here name any signifigant moves by Ashcroft to expose or root out corruption in the DOJ or FBI?

31 posted on 01/04/2002 9:32:05 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: Howlin
Run a search and look up "Alan Keyes."
32 posted on 01/04/2002 9:32:16 AM PST by Mortimer Snavely
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To: editor-surveyor
Johnnet Reno Ashcroft
34 posted on 01/04/2002 9:32:39 AM PST by t-shirt
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To: Mortimer Snavely
So you don't know?
36 posted on 01/04/2002 9:37:16 AM PST by Howlin
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To: editor-surveyor
Bill O'Reilly blasts Ashcroft and Reno for Corruption

Isn't that what he gets paid to do?

37 posted on 01/04/2002 9:39:56 AM PST by been_lurking
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To: Howlin
I dont need a course in International Affairs, to recognize hypocrisy when I see it.
38 posted on 01/04/2002 9:43:10 AM PST by ProudGenXLibertarian
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To: ProudGenXLibertarian
What's your point? That the U.S. government is a hypocrite? Who didn't know that. How does that justify us bombing Saudia Arabia?
39 posted on 01/04/2002 9:45:26 AM PST by Howlin
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To: ninonitti
I can't!

Release the Subpoenaed criminal evidence on Bill Clinton to Congress Ashcroft! Now!!!

40 posted on 01/04/2002 9:49:07 AM PST by t-shirt
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To: editor-surveyor
There are moments that I have doubts about the current DOJ leadership, but these are tempered by my belief that if the total truth was know about the Clinton administration there might very well be chaos in this country. I suspicion that the degree of foreign government infiltration and the embedded government bureaucrats who are dedicated to their own anti-U.S. agenda are such that the whole truth cannot be told at this time, if ever.

One of the comments on this thread that I believe has real merit is the one that says bureaucrats are CYA motivated--which they are. It will take years to root out the rot that has permeated our leadership down to the local levels. And it isn't limited to one party--witness Jeffords, a prime example of the "deep cover" of some of these people. Why can't we have a law that says an elected official must stand for re-election immediately if he/she changes parties?

42 posted on 01/04/2002 9:52:44 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: Howlin
"When you say "our," exactly who are you speaking for?"

FR in general, I guess. - There are few here who are not polarized, one way or the other on that issue.

43 posted on 01/04/2002 10:02:54 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor,flamefront,ChaseR,Chapita,Fred Mertz,ratcat,golitely,LSJohn,honway,roughrider,Ori
My opinon is that Ashcroft and Mueller are absolutely corrupt particualrly when it came to their handling of the OKC bombing case-I have written many replies and several articles on this subject.

GW BUsh needs to realize ( unless he is one of the causes of the problem) that it will become highly damaging to his reputation and public trust for his using executive privledge to block (stonewall) Ahscroft from testifying before and answering 13 subpoenas from Burton's committees FBi and DOJ corruption.

Keeping corrupt Clinton holdovers in DOJ and in the FBI that he could easily replace even without congresssional confirmation. is not the way for GW Bush to convince people that he himself is not corrupt. His choices of AShcroft and Mueller are an extremly suspect indication of his bad judgement at best and at worst of his own corruption.

And Bush's recent decisons to keep intelligence activites away from even a limited few in COngress , to use the CIA for domestic spying without adequate controls and to direct AShcroft ot wiretap conversations between attorneys and their clients without legal review (this was not an interim war time provison) further gives the impression that GW Bush is a corrupt gestapo dictator himself who is flagrantly violating the law and the Constitution

Bush is doing nothing adequate to restrain China and Russia but instead is proping them up economically (MFN, computers) and militarily (computers, missile defense operational details and tech,unilateral disarmament of our nuke missiles). Bush policy with China and Russia ,when it is well known they are strongly helping terrroist groups and nations, is another indication of the evil behind GW Bush.

44 posted on 01/04/2002 10:04:53 AM PST by OKCSubmariner
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To: editor-surveyor
FR in general, I guess. - There are few here who are not polarized, one way or the other on that issue.

The vast majority of "us" do NOT believe that the Bush administration is covering up for Bill Clinton.

That IS what you said, isn't it?

45 posted on 01/04/2002 10:05:37 AM PST by Howlin
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To: editor-surveyor
O'Reilly sees something that is obvious to those who have their eyes open. Republicans are just as dirty as Democrats. Let's do an exercise.

There are only two possibilities concerning Clinton: He's innocent or guilty of the things he was accused of. If he is innocent, then the Republicans in congress would have been aware of it and should have ended the "politics of personal destruction." The fact they didn't is damning.

On the other hand, if Clinton was guilty of even one of the many egregious things he's been accused of (my personal belief is he's guilty of all), then the Republicans who were in power should have convicted him after impeachment, or impeached him on many other things. At the very least, failing this due to lack of information, the investigation should have continued. The fact that this didn't happen is also damning, and the fact that Ashcroft appears to be obstructing further attemtps to get to the truth is even more damning. This is what is setting O'Reilly off.

To tell the truth, I feel lost. As a conservative, I can't abide the Democrats, don't agree with many of the Libertarian positions on drugs, abortion, etc. I feel completely let down by the Republicans which have been elected to office. What can we do? All I want is a little justice.

46 posted on 01/04/2002 10:07:03 AM PST by RepRivFarm
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To: Mortimer Snavely
I'd like to hear someone in the present Administration say something about Waco and Ruby Ridge, myself.

As luck would have it, Danforth wiped Clinton's and Reno's bloody hands clean under cover of election crisis on November 8, 2000.

Despite Clinton's public apology only weeks before the report's issue, HE DID NOTHING WRONG AFTER ALL!!

So ... turns out Bush was ever-so-wise to specifically refrain from mentioning the conflagration down the road a piece from "Prairie Chapel" lest it politicize the presidential campaign.

What a guy ... what a Texan.

47 posted on 01/04/2002 10:12:36 AM PST by Askel5
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To: Howlin
"That IS what you said, isn't it?"

Do you know what the term 'third rail' means?

It signifies a divisive issue, on which people have strong opinions. - Do you not see evidence on this thread that such is so?

I'm not trying to tell you, or anybody else here how to think. - I pinged you so you can tell us.

48 posted on 01/04/2002 10:13:40 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: RepRivFarm
Republicans are just as dirty as Democrats.

Dirtier.

Supposedly, they "know better".

49 posted on 01/04/2002 10:14:08 AM PST by Askel5
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To: editor-surveyor
It signifies a divisive issue, on which people have strong opinions.

Well, this ain't it. You may want it to be, but you'll have to keep digging.

Do you not see evidence on this thread that such is so?

As I said, most of us do not think the Bushes and their administration are criminals. A few of you do, but this is NOT an issue that will divide FR.

You, yourself, said you couldn't believe this article didn't get more reaction. That should tell you something.

50 posted on 01/04/2002 10:19:49 AM PST by Howlin
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