Skip to comments.Bill O'Reilly blasts Ashcroft and Reno for Corruption
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?
Here is the whole article.
Whether you agree, or disagree, it would seem worthy of comment.
Have the Clinton years reset the index level of outrage?
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.
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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.
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.
Mohammed A. Goldstein
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.
This has become my own estimation of Bill's politics. Very disappointing.
See this thread. Good article, though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you say "our," exactly who are you speaking for?
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.
And if you are wondering why we haven't bombed Saudia Arabia, perhaps you need a basic course in international affairs.
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?
Isn't that what he gets paid to do?
Release the Subpoenaed criminal evidence on Bill Clinton to Congress Ashcroft! Now!!!
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?
FR in general, I guess. - There are few here who are not polarized, one way or the other on that issue.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Supposedly, they "know better".
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.