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  • Movie Review: "American Hustle"

    12/26/2013 4:22:41 PM PST · by LS · 61 replies
    self | 12/26/2013 | LS
    Every once in a while Hollywood produces a film that is not only well acted but extremely well written. "American Hustle," loosely based on the Abscam sting operation of the 1970s, will certainly be in the running for best picture. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, again based loosely on con man Melvin Weinberg, who pretends to be a front for a "sheik" (played by Michael Pena---a Hispanic playing an Arab itself is a source of some good lines) to entrap congressmen and other public officials including "Mayor Polito," a friend of Rosenfeld's again based somewhat on Camden mayor Angelo Erricheti....
  • The U.S. Navy's Name Game (a new ship named after Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha?)

    01/12/2011 9:44:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 1/09/11 | Mark Thompson
    The U.S. Navy's Name GamePosted by Mark Thompson Sunday January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Prospective parents battling over the names of their unborn kids have nothing on the U.S. Navy, which is in the middle of a spat over the wisdom of naming a new ship for the late Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha. In fact, it has kicked off a bigger battle over just who, or what, should be honored with their names on the great gray hulls of the nation's warships. "It comes down to two points," says military historian James Caiella. "Who and what we are as...
  • USS John Murtha, LPD-26

    04/13/2010 8:25:08 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 49 replies · 995+ views
    CDR Salamander Blog ^ | 13 Apr 10 | CDR Salamander
    How do I feel? Click the Murtha tab to find out - but until then, our friend Phil can pass the good news.The Navy’s 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will be named for Rep. John Murtha, the long-serving Pennsylvania Democrat who chaired the powerful House appropriations defense subcommittee before he died in February. According to a Navy memorandum obtained by Navy Times, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead that he had selected “John P. Murtha” for the previously unnamed LPD 26. It’s the latest example of the Navy breaking a convention for naming...
  • One man's journey: DMC’s link to the 1980 Abscam case

    03/24/2010 3:35:58 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 26 replies · 445+ views
    The Foghorn (Del Mar College) ^ | March 23, 2010 | Paul Lyman
    Del Mar College proved to be an unlikely starting and ending point for an investigation by a citizen investigator and activist that resulted in the downfall of one of the most influential members of the US Congress. In the early 1980s, Congressman John Murtha and fellow house members were accused of participating in a scam, known as the infamous Abscam affair, a sting operation conducted by the FBI in which two FBI agents posed as advisors to a mysterious sheik named “Abdul” who was supposedly seeking asylum in the US. The agents said the sheik was willing to pay large...
  • Politics as Usual? A Glenn Beck case study(Video-Murtha Watch)

    11/19/2009 4:58:27 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies · 1,118+ views
    Fox News-Glenn Beck Show ^ | 11-19-09 | Glenn Beck
    November 19, 2009 Politics as Usual? A Glenn Beck case study Today's Show Segment Video-6:15
  • Did Murtha Say What He Meant?

    03/30/2009 9:28:35 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies · 740+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 3-31-09 | Bill Pascoe - Commentary
    CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS March 31, 2009 – 12:02 a.m. Did Murtha Say What He Meant? By Bill Pascoe, CQ Guest Columnist “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.” So said Rep. John P. Murtha , D-Pa., in a weekend interview with a home-state newspaper. What he was trying to convey was that the only thing his critics can complain about is his success in directing federal dollars to his district — if “taking care of” his district is a bad thing, well, then, he’s all for bad things. It’s a classic example of setting up...
  • Dark Horse Challenging Congressman Murtha Turns Out to be a Thoroughbred

    07/28/2008 6:52:11 PM PDT · by RedRover · 123 replies · 1,235+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | July 28, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Two years after Congressman John Murtha ambushed brother Marines for reportedly slaughtering cowering Iraqi civilians at Haditha, Iraq he is embroiled in another battle--this one for his political life. His unlikely opponent in Pennsylvania's 12th District is an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel named William T. Russell, 47, a Desert Storm and Iraq war veteran who is barred by the Hatch Act from stumping until August 1 when his active duty stint ends. A Cinderella candidate running against the tide of Democratic hopefuls elsewhere, Russell is garnering national attention for his improbable early success. Speaking for Russell until he is free...
  • John Murtha: Tarnished Honor ???

    11/02/2007 2:02:32 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 10 replies · 57+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 11/02/07 | vanity
    John Murtha, a fellow Marine, has been hung out to dry by The Washington Post. Deservedly so !
  • Murtha: Primaries may stall Iraq action

    09/17/2007 10:28:18 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 10 replies · 72+ views
    AP ^ | 09/17/07 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON - Rep. John Murtha predicted Monday that Democrats will not be able to pass any meaningful legislation to end the Iraq war until presidential primary elections are over next year. Murtha, a Vietnam veteran and war critic who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing defense spending, conceded that not as many Republicans had broken with President Bush as many Democrats had predicted. "As soon as the primaries are over, you're going to see Republicans jumping ship," Murtha, D-Pa., said in a speech at the National Press Club. He said it will be difficult to get the 60 votes needed in...
  • Murtha remains the king of pork: His pet projects draw $150 million, put him atop list

    08/04/2007 12:50:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies · 1,202+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 4, 2007 | Jerome L. Sherman
    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania's Rep. John Murtha is still the king of the earmark. The Johnstown Democrat has snagged more than $150 million in pet projects in the massive 2008 defense appropriations bill, putting him ahead of all 434 other House members, according to an analysis this week from Taxpayers for Common Sense, or TCS, a watchdog group. Mr. Murtha's ascent is not surprising. When his party won control of Congress last year, Mr. Murtha, one of the most senior members, again became chairman of the House's powerful panel on defense spending. But Democratic leaders have called for a 50 percent...
  • John Murtha dare not cut and run from Haditha

    07/26/2007 10:46:34 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 68 replies · 1,764+ views
    9/11 Families for America ^ | July 25, 2007 | Tim Sumner
    I visited John Murtha's Congressional district office in Johnstown yesterday and delivered these emails, as promised, with Darryl Sharrett's on top of the stack. For the benefit of anyone new to this thread: On May 17, 2006, Congressman Murtha said Marines had, "killed innocent civilians in cold blood," in Haditha, Iraq. Darryl Sharratt lives in the district that Congressman Murtha represents. Mr. Sharratt's son, Marine Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt, is under investigation for the November 19, 2005, deaths of civilians in Haditha. The investigating officer has strong recommended that the charges against LCpl Sharratt be dismissed. On July 10, 2007,...
  • Has Murtha no sense of decency?

    07/26/2007 7:57:18 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 62 replies · 1,474+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter ^ | 7-26-07 | Stephen Cady
    Has Murtha no sense of decency? Recently, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, an investigator in the Haditha massacre case, issued a report recommending charges be dropped against Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt. Not long ago, Congressman John P. Murtha locally declared the Marines guilty. This was done shortly after the incident hit the news and was based on the testimony of locals making the charges and before all the facts could be taken into evidence. The report specifically questions their credibility, since forensic results were inconsistent with the execution-style murders the locals claimed. In his abominable, politically motivated actions, Murtha acted as...
  • Jack Murtha, venture capitalist

    06/26/2007 9:48:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 788+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2007 | Editorial
    Funny how attempts at congressional ethics reform keep running into roadblocks like Rep. Jack Murtha. The Pennsylvania Democrat and chair of the House defense appropriations subcommittee is best known in this context as the man who once called the ethics package "total crap." He represents an economically depressed corner of southwest Pennsylvania whose largest city, Johnstown, has lost 5 percent of its population since 1990. Not even considering the man's unique personal qualities, one senses where this earmark story is headed. "Murtha has almost — but not quite — single-handedly created a new economy in his district," concludes Roll Call...
  • Pelosi Defends Murtha Vs. GOP Reprimand

    05/20/2007 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,275+ views
    Pelosi Defends Murtha Vs. GOP Reprimand May 20 10:06 AM US/Eastern WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending a close Democratic ally whom Republicans want to reprimand for threatening a GOP lawmaker's spending projects. Pelosi, D-Calif., said she had "no idea what actually happened" during a noisy exchange in the House chamber last week between Reps. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich. "What I do know is that Congressman Murtha has—enjoys—an excellent reputation in the Congress on both sides of the aisle," said Pelosi in a broadcast interview taped Friday and aired Sunday. "He writes the...
  • Murtha Says Petraeus Is A Political Hack

    On “Hardball” last night, John “Okinawa” Murtha bashed Gen. Petraeus, claiming he only came to Washington to “make political statements” and “only talks to the news media.”
  • John Murtha: Caving In to Arabs Since 1980 (Ann Coulter)

    02/21/2007 3:32:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 2,395+ views
    Human Events ^ | February 21, 2007 | Ann Coulter
    Rumored ex-Marine John Murtha, Democrat congressman from Pennsylvania, has become the darling of the cut-and-run crowd for trying to place absurd restrictions on our troops, amounting to withdrawal from Iraq. Were Arab sheiks whispering into his ear? In case you missed the video on "I Love the '80s," Rep. Murtha was caught on tape negotiating bribes with Arab sheiks during the FBI's Abscam investigation in 1980. The Abscam investigation was conducted by Jimmy Carter's Justice Department, not right-wing Republicans. On tape, Murtha told the undercover FBI agent: "When I make a f***in' deal I want to make sure that I...
  • John Murtha and MoveCongress.org knife the U.S. Armed Forces

    02/16/2007 6:07:38 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 9 replies · 286+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 2/16/07 | Bill Levinson
    The U.S. Constitution defines treason as (1) levying war against the United States and (2) giving aid and comfort to its (presumably declared by Congress) enemies. This means that MoveOn.org-endorsed candidate John Murtha is not legally a traitor to our country. His recent actions are every bit as reprehensible as those Vidkun Quisling, Pierre Laval, and Benedict Arnold: another former war hero who turned his coat. U.S. Rep. Murtha touts way to choke off Iraq war reports, "U.S. Rep. John Murtha, a leading congressional opponent of the war in Iraq, on Thursday said his plans for placing conditions on how...
  • MURTHA TO DROP OUT OF RUNNING [Update- Hoyer Wins!!!-Vote 149-86]

    11/16/2006 8:30:20 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 325 replies · 14,982+ views
    Polipundit ^ | Nov. 16, 2006 | Michael Sparxx
    BREAKING NEWS: Conservatives with Attitude! insiders are informing us that Congressman John Murtha will DROP OUT of the running for the number 2 spot in the House as Majority Leader. Even if he does stay in the race, he will fall short by a few votes. This will serve as a big blow to Nancy Pelosi. Michael
  • DECONSTRUCTING THE FBI ABSCAM SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: WHAT DO WE KNOW NOW...

    11/15/2006 6:57:37 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 33 replies · 1,501+ views
    For 26 years, the only portion of the FBI's undercover surveillance video of Jack Murtha meeting with an FBI agent he believed to be the representative of a rich Arab sheik was a 13-second clip that showed Murtha turning down an offer of a $50,000 bribe. Now that the full FBI surveillance video is available for viewing, the public can see for itself what went on in that room. And what it shows is this: For 26 years, Jack Murtha has been living a lie. For 26 years, Jack Murtha told his constituents that the only reason he sat with...
  • Murtha Lashes Out at Dem Opponents

    11/14/2006 10:55:14 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 166 replies · 4,999+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/14/2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The race to be the No. 2 House Democratic leader turned nasty Tuesday, with challenger Rep. John Murtha accusing opponents of "swift-boat style attacks" that hark back to his days being investigated in the FBI's 1980 Abscam sting.
  • C.R.E.W.: Murtha 'Most Corrupt'

    11/13/2006 4:48:44 PM PST · by xtinct · 77 replies · 2,156+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 11-13-06 | Newsmax Staff
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's, D-Calif., commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to be majority meader of the House of Representatives. Murtha was listed in CREW's report, "Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch)." As reported in the study and by the news media, Murtha has been involved in a number of pay-to-play schemes involving former staffers and his brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha. Eight incumbents in CREW's report lost their races...
  • Pelosi Puts Weight Behind Murtha in Leader Bid...

    11/12/2006 7:06:18 PM PST · by RDTF · 45 replies · 1,868+ views
    Roll Call via Drudge Report ^ | November 12, 2006 | John Bresnahan
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in line to become Speaker in January, is throwing her support to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in the race for Majority Leader, a move that will be an early test of her influence and will weigh heavily on Murtha's contest with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for the post. Pelosi, in a letter distributed Sunday to newly elected House Democrats, wrote that Murtha's outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq helped change the electoral campaign for the House this fall. Murtha began calling for a U.S. pullout from Iraq a year ago, and his open opposition to...
  • MURTHA DECLARES BUSH A 'FAILED PRESIDENT'; IREY SUGGESTS HE LOOK IN A MIRROR...(IREY/Murtha)

    10/20/2006 12:42:58 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 65 replies · 1,445+ views
    Diana Irey for Congress ^ | 10-20-06 | Press Release
    MURTHA DECLARES BUSH A 'FAILED PRESIDENT;' IREY SUGGESTS HE LOOK IN A MIRROR IF HE WANTS TO SEE POLITICAL 'FAILURE' (MONONGAHELA, October 20) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's declaration in a teleconference press conference earlier today that President George W. Bush is a "failed President" and his is a "failed presidency" -- today released this statement: "Once again, Jack Murtha has proven that shooting from the lip is a recipe for disaster. Earlier today, on a teleconference press conference with U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton and U.S. Rep....
  • DIANA IREY COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY THREAD-UPDATED DAILY!!

    10/16/2006 12:12:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 1,278 replies · 15,981+ views
    Diana Irey for Congress ^ | 10-16-06 | Press Release
    WHY DOESN'T JACK WANT TO DEBATE? REASON NUMBER 21: HE DOESN'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW HE'S VOTED HIMSELF 12 CONSECUTIVE PAY RAISES Monday, October 16, 2006 (MONONGAHELA, October 16) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's refusal to meet with her to debate the issues -- today released this statement: "Why is Jack Murtha scared to debate me? Two leading newspapers in our district -- the Washington Observer-Reporter, and Jack Murtha's own hometown newspaper, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat -- have now urged him to debate. Several TV stations have offered...
  • Jack Murtha (Murtha refers to veterans as "SCUMBAGS")

    10/19/2006 12:01:11 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 69 replies · 2,260+ views
    JohnKerry.com ^ | 10/19/06 | John P. Murtha
    Dear Friend, Do you believe that a veteran who dares to speak out against the Bush administration forfeits his or her right to be honored for service to America? Of course not. But people who do are spending millions of dollars right now spreading lies and smears against veterans. Help The Patriot Project expose and stop anti-veteran hate groups. I've seen first hand the good work that The Patriot Project has done. When the so-called "Vets for the Truth" started attacking me, my record, and my right to speak the truth about the war in Iraq, The Patriot Project fought...
  • WHY DOESN'T JACK WANT TO DEBATE? REASON NUMBER 19 (IREY/Murtha)

    10/18/2006 8:20:37 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 11 replies · 696+ views
    Diana Irey for Congress ^ | 10-18-06 | Press Release
    WHY DOESN'T JACK WANT TO DEBATE? REASON NUMBER 19: HE DOESN'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW HE'S TRIED TO TAKE A $50,000 BRIBE FROM AN UDERCOVER AGENT FOR THE FBI Wednesday, October 18, 2006 (MONONGAHELA, October 18) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's refusal to meet with her to debate the issues, despite newspaper editorials urging him to debate, a League of Women Voters offer to host and sponsor a debate, and local television stations' offer to air the debate -- today released this statement: "Monday we began our...
  • Defense contractors weigh Majority Leader Murtha

    10/11/2006 5:19:49 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 4 replies · 339+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/06 | Roxana Tiron
    The defense industry is assessing the impact that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) will have on its fortunes if the Democrats retake the House in the midterm election. The sector has benefited from increased military spending in the past five years, but several lobbyists and industry insiders argue that long-term profits depend on steady defense budgets and predictable investment in next-generation weaponry. And some within the industry believe that Murtha could be the man with whom to hedge their bets. He is a longtime supporter of the industry and a hawk, but has emerged in the past year as his party’s...
  • Who Said What When (Robt. Novak)

    10/07/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 2,148+ views
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 10-16-06 | Robert Novak
    The publication of Hubris is filled with irony for David Corn, Washington editor of the left-wing Nation magazine. He was present at the creation of the Valerie Plame "scandal," which the enemies of George W. Bush hoped could bring down a president. Nobody was more responsible for bloating this episode. Yet Corn is coauthor of a book that has had the effect of killing the story. Thanks to Corn's intrepid coauthor, Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Hubris definitively revealed then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as my source that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA and suggested her...
  • FBI Tape Reveals John Murtha's Role In Abscam Scandal (Plus Link To Tape/Video

    10/04/2006 3:36:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies · 1,214+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 3, 2006 | Staff
    SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: It was one of the biggest congressional scandals in our country's history. It was called Abscam. Undercover FBI agents posed as Middle Eastern businessman and attempted to bribe members of the U.S. Congress in return for political favors for a fictional Arab sheik. Now, 31 officials were targeted and when the dust cleared, one senator and five members of the House were convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. But one man who was caught on tape with the undercover agents was never indicted. His name: Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Now, after 26 years, the tape of...
  • Political Tidbits 10/04/06

    10/04/2006 3:28:18 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 152+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 10/04/06 | Pat Fish
    Getting close to those November elections and the political arena is heating up. Beginning with Florida's Foley, those emails and damning instant messages. On to the NIE report that has the Dems shaking their cowardly fingers although the thing says essentially nothing. Oh, and the complete transcript of the ABSCAM Murtha video is released and tune in for a blessed rant on this creep. Finally, UN worker falls into nuclear tank, that Arizona 911 memorial from hell and how John McCain blabbed security secrets on national TV.
  • Murtha and the FBI: The Director's Cut

    10/02/2006 8:48:18 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 10 replies · 762+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Published 9/29/2006 | By David Holman
    For more than 26 years, Congressman John P. "Jack" Murtha (D-Penn.) has not been truthful about his involvement in Abscam, court records and the complete video of his meeting with the FBI show. In recent years, only a 13-second video of Murtha's videotaped meeting with the FBI agents was publicly available. TAS has obtained a copy of the full, original video from a source close to the Abscam investigation on the condition of anonymity. The court transcript is publicly available at the National Archives. (To see the full video, click here. For a transcript of the meeting, click here.) Murtha...
  • Post the Murtha ABSCAM video on your blog and websites

    10/02/2006 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies · 494+ views
    Google Video / American Spectator ^ | January 7, 1980 | Jack Murtha
    Here is a simple way to get the facts out about ABSCAM Murtha. If you have a website or blog, it is simple to post a copy of the video as an embed on your website without having to upload a thing. The American Spectator has posted a full copy of the video on Google Video, found here. To get the HTML code, simply click "Blog" and then click "Embed HTML" and the code will be revealed. Paste this code into your blog or website (or even message boards which allow embeds) and the video can be played from your...
  • Murtha Abscam Video about to be shown on Hannity and Colmes!

    10/02/2006 6:02:27 PM PDT · by jrooney · 61 replies · 1,612+ views
    Fox News | 10-02-06 | jrooney
    Murhta's Abscam video about to be shown for the first time in 26 years on Hannity and Colmes!
  • Stephanopoulos to Murtha: "Democrats are worried about your leadership"...

    10/01/2006 3:46:22 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 52 replies · 1,738+ views
    BootMurtha.com ^ | 10/1/2006 | IPWGOP
    Stephanopoulos to Murtha:  "Democrats are worried about your leadership" Congressman John Murtha was questioned this morning by Sunday morning talk show host George Stephanopoulos regarding his announcement Friday that he is again campaigning for House Majority Leader. Stephanopoulos said Democrats are worried about his leadership. The reason? Murtha's questionable ethics. Stephanopoulos cited ABSCAM and tens of millions of Defense contract dollars going to the KSI lobbying firm of Murtha's brother as reason for Democrats' concern. Murtha responded that he was 'cleared of all charges" in the ABSCAM case; and his brother's millions were acquired ethically. "Everything we do in...
  • Full 54-minute Murtha ABSCAM Tape now available

    09/29/2006 4:55:09 AM PDT · by Coop · 22 replies · 2,258+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 9/29/06 | L. Eddy
    The question of whether Rep. John Murtha is a crook or not is now definitive. Congressman John Murtha’s full 54-minute ABSCAM meeting is out. An article in today’s American Spectator, based on the 54-minute video and scores of sworn testimony given by Murtha under oath, reveals a congressman anxious to cut a deal on his terms. The article includes a link to the full 54-minute video online. Here Everyone would expect a congressman who had a near-fatal brush with the ABSCAM scandal to steer as far away from further controversy and ethical questions as possible. This has not been the...
  • Murtha and the FBI: The Director's Cut

    09/28/2006 9:54:16 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 85 replies · 1,949+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 29, 2006 | David Holman
    For more than 26 years, Congressman John P. "Jack" Murtha (D-Penn.) has not been truthful about his involvement in Abscam, court records and the complete video of his meeting with the FBI show. In recent years, only a 13-second video of Murtha's videotaped meeting with the FBI agents was publicly available. TAS has obtained a copy of the full, original video from a source close to the Abscam investigation on the condition of anonymity. The court transcript is publicly available at the National Archives. (Too see the full video, click here. For a transcript of the meeting, click here.)
  • A New Line from Liberal Vets

    09/28/2006 5:50:43 AM PDT · by Coop · 37 replies · 856+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/28/06 | Editorial board
    ... John Murtha did his own version of Bill Clinton's recent tear on Fox News. Mr. Murtha's reaction was misdirected; the reporter represented Reuters, which is not known for vast right-wing conspiracy bona fides. The reporter: "...[y]our position paper calls for a pullout of all combat troops by 2008. Do you folks have a plan to prevent Iraq from becoming a failed state that could prove a breeding ground for more terrorism that could directly threaten the United States?" Mr. Murtha: "Where have you been? ...[i]t's cost over $400 billion today. Let me tell you they said that they would...
  • Atop my list of "Things to Do This Weekend"

    09/28/2006 5:11:57 AM PDT · by Coop · 111 replies · 3,267+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 9/28/06
  • Bob Kerrey, Wesley Clark to speak at Murtha's anti-war counter rally Saturday

    09/27/2006 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Coop · 71 replies · 1,344+ views
    <p>Sept. 26, 2006... Local Johnstown, PA station WJAC-TV announced during their 11PM news cast that former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry will be speaking at the Murtha anti-war counter rally this Saturday. Murtha's counter rally is organized by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia. Former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark is also expected to speak.</p>
  • IREY ADVISORY: DIANA IREY TO CALL FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO MURTHA FUNDRAISING PRACTICES

    09/26/2006 7:13:20 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 69 replies · 2,873+ views
    Diana Irey for Congress ^ | 9/26/06 | Press Release
    IREY ADVISORY: DIANA IREY TO CALL FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO MURTHA FUNDRAISING PRACTICES Tuesday, September 26, 2006 (PITTSBURGH, September 26) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- the woman standing up to U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha -- will hold a press availability today, Tuesday, September 26, on the sidewalk outside the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, at 700 Grant Street, in Pittsburgh, at 11 AM. Irey will release a letter she is delivering today to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan requesting an investigation into Rep. Murtha's fundraising...
  • Boot Murtha: President's Commentary

    09/04/2006 7:04:15 AM PDT · by Coop · 58 replies · 2,803+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 9/2/06 | Larry Bailey
    September 2, 2006 Well, it seems that my briefing have gotten a little behind schedule, and I apologize for that! In self-defense, however, I have to say that things have been hectic. Since the last update, a lot of things have happened, most of which Linda Eddy has already put up on the website. But let me just mention a few things that have happened and are still happening; we are on the MOVE! First, we have confirmed that the Oct. 1st rally will be indoors in a climate-controlled environment—in the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Next, we have lined...
  • Descending on Johnstown (just a month away)

    08/29/2006 5:57:55 PM PDT · by Coop · 144 replies · 2,518+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 8/29/01 | Coop/VFTT
    Come to the National VFTT Boot Murtha Rally Sunday, Oct. 1st in Johnstown, PA Rally Location: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 2 p.m. If you're considering going and spending the night, book your room now! The Max Cleland groupies that are rallying the day before aren't simply there to counter us. They're also trying to fill hotel rooms before we do.
  • Max Cleland plans pro-Murtha rally -- the day before VFTT's Boot Murtha Rally in Johnstown, PA

    08/26/2006 11:36:20 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 248 replies · 4,655+ views
    BootMurtha.com ^ | 8/26/2006 | IPWGOP
    WELCOME BACK, MAX!Max Cleland is coming back to Johnstown!! Former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia is throwing a rally in Johnstown, PA for Rep. John Murtha -- the day before Vets for the Truth's Boot Murtha Rally.The news is highlighted in the following release from Murtha's re-election committee: [EXCERPT:]JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Aug. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Murtha for Congress Committee said that former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) announced last night he's leading a large-scale effort among his veteran brothers to support U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), who is coming under attack from "radical right-wing forces in the...
  • VFTT/BootMurtha mans booth at Patriot Biker Event in PA -- finds voters saying 'no' to Murtha!

    08/27/2006 12:38:59 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 72 replies · 1,334+ views
    BootMurtha.com ^ | 8/27/2006 | IPWGOP
    August 26, 2006... Operation Street Corner Action Report! Boots on the Ground for the soldiers in the fieldOSC goes to the Great Patriot PA Biker Event!– A hot day outside of Monaca, PA –Aug. 26, 2006, Monaca, PA... Vets for the Truth / Boot Murtha took its traveling OSC displays to the Rolling Thunder (PA Chapter 4) Great Patriot Biker Event. The event was held just outside Monaca on a great strip of land right along Route 18 at the Midway Bar & Grill. We were able to meet multitudes of great people and American patriots and discussed issues one-on-one with our...
  • Veterans Against Murtha

    08/25/2006 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Coop · 73 replies · 1,390+ views
    Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 8/25/06 | Coop/Gordon Crow
    LETTERS, FAXES AND E-MAILS TO THE EDITOR (Star-Telegram) Veterans against Murtha Jim Wright and other Democrats have been bemoaning a potential "Swift-boating" of Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. (See Sunday commentary "Another casualty of war.") Beautiful poetry aside, let's set the record straight. In 2004, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth provided a tremendous service by exposing the disgraceful Vietnam War conduct of John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee. I happily donated to their cause and would proudly join them again in defense of our nation's military. But that stellar organization isn't involved with the planned Oct. 1 rally...
  • It's been over three months -- so what??

    08/24/2006 6:34:34 AM PDT · by Coop · 29 replies · 1,357+ views
    Moi ^ | 8/24/06
    MATTHEWS: Draw us a picture of what happened in Haditha. MURTHA: Well I'll tell you exactly what happened. One Marine was killed and the Marines just said we're gonna take care...we don't know who the enemy is, the pressure was too much on them, so they went into houses and actually killed civilians and...I... MATTHEWS: Was this My Lai? When you say cold blood Congressman, a lot of people think you're basically saying you've got some civilians sitting in a room or out in a field and they're executed on purpose... MURTHA: That's exactly what happened. MATTHEWS: ...not because any...
  • Is Murtha Getting the Last Laugh?

    08/20/2006 6:01:23 AM PDT · by Coop · 75 replies · 2,698+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 8/20/06 | Margaret Talev
    "...[w]hen people lose confidence in that official, they have no power at all." [said Murtha] Mr. Murtha's outspokenness has made him a target. A North Carolina-based group called Vets for the Truth has launched a "Boot Murtha" campaign, inviting protesters to an Oct. 1 rally in Johnstown. Organizer Larry Bailey is a retired Navy SEAL who said he was driven not by Mr. Murtha's stance on troop redeployment but by the congressman's assertion in May, before a thorough investigation, that Marines in Haditha had killed innocent Iraqi civilians "in cold blood." "I have some misgivings myself about what's going on...
  • Murtha is assailed for daring to speak out

    08/09/2006 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Coop · 113 replies · 1,937+ views
    Centre Daily/Phil. Enquirer ^ | 8/6/06 | Editorial staff
    John Murtha... is taking obscene criticism from the right for daring to point out that the Bush administration has given our troops an all-but-impossible job in Iraq. The 17-term congressman had already inflamed the Swift Boat crowd last year by calling for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces. The fallout reached a ridiculous low point last fall when a Republican congresswoman who'd never been within several time zones of a battlefield called Murtha, winner of two Purple Hearts, a coward on the House floor. [Coop note: Any bets as to how close any of these editors ever came to a...
  • IREY TO MURTHA: WHY DO YOU WANT A CEASE-FIRE WITH PEOPLE WHO MURDERED MARINES?

    08/08/2006 10:52:33 AM PDT · by WeDontKnowJack · 11 replies · 982+ views
    Diana Irey campaign web site ^ | August 8, 2006 | Diana Irey
    IREY TO MURTHA: WHY DO YOU WANT A CEASE-FIRE WITH PEOPLE WHO MURDERED MARINES?(MONONGAHELA, August 8) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's stated desire for Israel to lay down its arms and stop defending itself against attacks from Marine-murdering Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon -- today released the following statement: "Last Wednesday, Jack Murtha said he wanted an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. "That is, he wants Israel to lay down its arms and no longer defend itself against terrorists who have already rained thousands of crude...
  • Of Rightroots, Nutroots, and Knuckleheads

    08/07/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Coop · 37 replies · 507+ views
    Wizbang Politics ^ | 8/7/06 | Jim Addison
    When the Rightroots effort began, it sounded like a great way to counter the KosKids/Nutroots incursions into key congressional races. One of the weaknesses of the Nutroots seemed to be picking candidates with their emotions rather than with their brains {if any}. Many of those Kos selected had no practical chance to win, so not only was the money raised a waste, but with each new defeat the project took on the air of windmill-tilting. Then, when The Florida Masochist gave Rightroots his "Knucklehead of the Day" award, I began to worry. Diane Irey, opposing anti-war, anti-Marine John Murtha, is...