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  • Prosecutor to announce new information in Trayvon Martin shooting investigation in 72 hours

    04/10/2012 6:04:11 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 124 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | AP
    he special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case says she will make an announcement about the case within 72 hours. In a statement released late Tuesday, Prosecutor Angela Corey didn’t specifically say what the announcement will be.
  • Prosecutor: Account that he, police chief opted not to arrest Martin's shooter a 'lie'

    04/02/2012 3:04:40 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | April 2, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    An "outraged" Florida prosecutor fired back on Monday at the family of Trayvon Martin, describing as "outright lies" their account that he and a local police chief met and decided not to follow a detective's advice and arrest the teenager's killer. ... In the letter delivered Monday, the Martin family said that a Sanford police detective "filed an affidavit stating that he did not find Zimmerman's statements credible in light of the circumstances and facts surrounding the shooting." The family said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee and State Attorney Norm Wolfinger met the night of the shooting and disregarded the...
  • Public opinion shifts on Trayvon Martin case

    03/31/2012 3:39:16 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 31, 2012 | David Martosko
    But just two days later, a national poll from Wilson Perkins Allen (WPA) Opinion Research determined that just 48 percent of Americans said police should arrest Zimmerman - a decrease of 25 percent. ... In the WPA poll, 39 percent said they believe Trayvon Martin was "minding his own business" when he was attacked. Just 18 percent said they thought "Zimmerman was attacked" by the teen.
  • Arizona Ballot Access Law vs Brewer's Excuse for Veto

    04/19/2011 5:38:28 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 26 replies
    Arizona State Legislature ^ | 2007 | Arizona State Legislature
    Governor Brewer's "I do not support designating one person as a gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate" doesn't hold water. Under current Arizona law, the Secretary of State is the sole and solitary gatekeeper of the "qualification check" function, for those who seek the office of president of the United States. Arizona Statutes: 16-242. Qualifications for ballot; nomination paper A. A person seeking nomination as a candidate for the office of president of the United States shall sign and cause to be filed with the secretary of state a nomination paper ... C. Section 16-351 does not apply to...
  • Taking the Mystery out of the "Deem Scheme"

    03/17/2010 7:18:01 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 71 replies · 1,466+ views
    Vanity | March 17, 2010 | Cboldt
    The reporting and commentary on the Slaughter Strategy "deem scheme" stunt is based on at least one false premise. As usual, basic and fundamental error is reinforced by the media "echo chamber," with the end result being that the media and uniformed commentators (even the professionals) really don't have a clue. So much for educating the public. If you want to be correctly informed, if you care, then you must do your own homework. The professionals in the media are just talking heads. The professionals haven't even bothered to research or notice the fundamental character of a Concurrent Resolution. Not...
  • Senator Coburn Remarks on Honduras

    07/08/2009 4:38:49 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 28 replies · 772+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | July 6, 2009 | Senator Coburn
    As you read the press clips, what we have heard is there was a coup. That, in fact, is not true. The Supreme Court of Honduras, under the direction of the Congress, asked the military to intercede because the President of Honduras had violated their own laws. Yet our State Department and our foreign policy sided with Hugo Chavez, Raoul Castro, and the former President. There is no question that improvements have been made in the past in Central and South America, but tonight we find ourselves supporting an anticonstitutional President of Honduras when, in fact, the Congress of Honduras...
  • Documents Detail Case for Walpin's Dismissal

    07/01/2009 5:24:15 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 2 replies · 802+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2009 | WaPo Editors
    This week Corporation [for National and Community Service] staffers delivered even more evidence suggesting a difficult working relationship with Walpin, sending the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee several e-mails, memos and even a mock newsletter for their review. ... May 2008 parody newsletterJan 6, 2009 EEOC Memo from WalpinJan 26, 2009 EEOC Memo to WalpinJan 29, 2009 EEOC Memo from Walpin The [May 2008 parody] newsletter contained several fake news articles, including two with racial and sexual jokes referencing the federal procurement process and the government's use of set-aside programs for minorities and disabled veterans. ...
  • For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All

    11/13/2008 5:37:43 AM PST · by Cboldt · 41 replies · 1,170+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 12, 2008 | Jackie Calmes
    A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive - some say invasive - application ever.
  • Senator DeMint on the Bailout

    10/02/2008 7:03:28 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 39 replies · 968+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | October 1, 2008 | Senator Demint
    Mr. DeMINT. Mr. President, I have friends and colleagues whom I respect deeply who are on all sides of this bailout issue. One of them just spoke. We all to want do what is right for America, and I believe those who have crafted this plan had pure and noble motives. They want this country to succeed. They want prosperity. I just do not believe that this bill gets the job done. In fact, in the long term, I am convinced it will do more harm than good. We are the Nation that has been called the bastion of freedom,...
  • Tony Snow dead

    07/12/2008 4:04:15 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 21 replies · 246+ views
    Fox News | Fox News
    Just announced on morning Fox News program. Tony Snow dead at age 53.
  • Libby Says Prosecutor Trying to Keep Post

    03/31/2006 6:18:56 PM PST · by Cboldt · 22 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 31, 2006 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is narrowing the description of his powers in an effort to counter calls for dismissal of the criminal case he brought against Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, defense lawyers said Friday. In a 24-page filing in federal court, the legal team for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said Fitzgerald and the former Justice Department official who appointed him, James Comey, are changing the broad mandate the prosecutor was handed to probe the leak in the Valerie Plame affair. ... The defense attorneys say assignment of unsupervised and undirected power to Fitzgerald requires...
  • U.N. Expert Wants to See Purported Prisons

    03/31/2006 11:28:21 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies · 350+ views
    AP ^ | March 30, 2006 | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER
    GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations' special investigator on torture said Thursday he was certain that there are secret U.S. prisons in Europe and he wants access to them. Manfred Nowak said he had proof that secret U.S. prisons continue to operate in Europe. "I am 100 percent sure. I have evidence," Nowak said in an interview with The Associated Press. He cited a U.S. refusal to provide details or records of interrogations later used in terrorism trials in Germany. He did not explain how that was proof of the ongoing existence of U.S. prisons in Europe, and he did...
  • Prosecutor, Agent Indicted in Detroit - Misconduct Is Alleged in Terrorism Case

    03/30/2006 9:47:58 AM PST · by Cboldt · 5 replies · 492+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 30, 2006 | Dan Eggen
    Page A03 A former federal prosecutor and a State Department security officer were indicted yesterday on charges that they lied during a bungled terrorism trial in Detroit and then sought to cover up their deceptions once the case began to fall apart. Former assistant U.S. attorney Richard G. Convertino, 45, and State Department special agent Harry R. Smith III, 49, were charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements in connection with the 2003 prosecution, according to an indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Detroit. ... Convertino led the prosecution of Karim Koubriti and three...
  • MI5 enabled UK pair's 'rendition' [GITMO/Detainees]

    03/29/2006 11:26:39 AM PST · by Cboldt · 3 replies · 223+ views
    BBC ^ | March 28, 2006 | BBC News
    Telegrams sent by the British security service led to the "extraordinary rendition" of two UK residents now in Guantanamo Bay, BBC News has learned. Flight details sent to US authorities allowed Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil al-Banna to be arrested in Gambia. The UK government has always said it opposes "extraordinary rendition" - secret flights taking terror suspects for interrogation in other countries. The Foreign Office denies requesting the men's detention. Mr al-Rawi and Mr al-Banna were arrested at Gatwick airport in November 2002, BBC2's Newsnight has learned. British intelligence then sent US authorities a telegram saying one of them had...
  • Roberts slams spy bill's referral [NSA Bill passed to Judiciary Cmmtee]

    03/28/2006 11:18:05 AM PST · by Cboldt · 2 replies · 320+ views
    UPI / The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2006 | Shaun Waterman
    Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, thinks that congressional officials were mistaken to send a bill on the president's program of warrantless counterterrorism surveillance to another panel. ... The Senate parliamentarian, a little-known but influential official who makes decisions about the legislative procedure for Senate bills, referred Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine's Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006 to the Senate Judiciary Committee, after much behind-the-scenes negotiations, according to other Senate aides. The judiciary committee, which is also working on a very different bill dealing with the program drafted by its Chairman Sen. Arlen...
  • Bush asks Congress to boost green cards

    03/28/2006 11:13:11 AM PST · by Cboldt · 91 replies · 1,459+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    President Bush yesterday told Congress to increase legal immigration and temporary visas as part of the debate over illegal aliens and enforcement. "I've called on Congress to increase the number of green cards that can lead to citizenship," Mr. Bush said. "I support increasing the number of visas available for foreign-born workers in highly skilled fields like science, medicine and technology." ... The president first called for more green cards in 2004 when he announced his guest-worker proposal. Green cards signify permanent legal residence and are the key intermediate step toward citizenship. Mr. Bush has not said how big an...
  • Dangerous Prosecution ["Publication" of Classified Information]

    03/28/2006 10:06:04 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies · 322+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2006 | Washington Post
    Page A22 THE UNITED STATES has never had an Official Secrets Act -- a law that would forbid anyone, even a private citizen, from disclosing information the government wants to keep under wraps. But if the Justice Department has its way in the prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), it will effectively have created one -- without even going to Congress for a change in the law. The case against Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman is heading toward trial. Their conviction would herald a dangerous aggrandizement of the government's power not merely...
  • DP World Exec Withdraws Nomination to Head Maritime Administration [Sanborn]

    03/28/2006 7:12:00 AM PST · by Cboldt · 5 replies · 254+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2006 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON -- An executive with a Dubai-owned company withdrew his nomination as head of the agency that oversees ports in a letter to President Bush on Monday. ... Sanborn, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a retired Naval officer, said in his letter that the day he was nominated was the proudest of his life. Former presidential candidate John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., put holds on Sanborn's nomination, saying they needed to know more about his role in the process that allowed DP World to purchase the port operations in the first place. "I...
  • The Other Side of the Story - A third update on good news from Iraq

    03/27/2006 4:49:08 AM PST · by Cboldt · 12 replies · 402+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2006 | Bill Crawford
    The Other Side of the Story A third update on good news from Iraq. By Bill Crawford Welcome to another dose of good news about Iraq. (See here and here for more.) After my last report, I received an avalanche of positive feedback about the story of the bullet-proof cross, requesting more stories like that. So I've done that, and at the end of this update there are several more stories about the wonderful men and women in our armed forces. ... A major theme of my first two updates was that people who actually go to Iraq are far...
  • Cold Comfort on Islam and Apostasy [Afghan Constitution]

    03/27/2006 4:39:20 AM PST · by Cboldt · 1 replies · 203+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2006 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    No one who's actually read the Afghan constitution should be surprised by the Abdul Rahman case. Heres a riddle: What begins with words In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, a formal Islamic salutation also commonly used by militants in their warnings, fatwas, and claims of responsibility regarding terrorist acts? What extols the virtues of rightful jehad (also known as jihad) in its very first sentence? What in its first article declares its sovereignty to be an Islamic Republic, and in its second installs Islam as the official religion of the state? What, in its third article announces...
  • Dept. of Justice Responses to House Judiciary Committee Questions [NSA]

    03/26/2006 5:15:59 PM PST · by Cboldt · 13 replies · 707+ views
    The Raw Story ^ | March 24, 2006 | US Department of Justice
    RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS FROM CHAIRMAN SENSENBRENNER 1. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) concedes in its 2006 examination of the NSA program, "is a court of appeals and is the highest court with express authority over [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,] FISA to address the issue, its reference to inherent constitutional authority for the President to conduct warrantless foreign intelligence surveillance might be interpreted to carry considerable weight." 6 The FISA Court of Review issued an opinion in 2002 that stated "all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that...
  • Lawyer Cleared to Visit Guantanamo Inmate

    03/26/2006 1:44:37 PM PST · by Cboldt · 2 replies · 191+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2006 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON -- Chronicling a long list of delays by the Bush administration at the Guantanamo Bay prison, a federal magistrate has ordered the government to stop blocking a private attorney from meeting with one of the 500 detainees at the facility. The 33-page opinion released last week by U.S. Magistrate Alan Kay may be among the last by lower-court judges criticizing the administration's conduct at Guantanamo Bay. President Bush signed the Detainee Treatment Act on Dec. 30, which sharply curtails the prisoners' ability to go to court. The Bush administration is seeking to apply the new law to existing detainee...
  • Secret FISA court appointment disclosed

    03/24/2006 5:49:24 PM PST · by Cboldt · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Jurist ^ | March 24, 2006 | Jurist
    [JURIST] US Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed US District Judge and former Whitewater prosecutor John D. Bates [official profile] to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] to replace US District Judge James Robertson [official profile], who resigned [JURIST report] last December, purportedly in protest over the controversial warrantless domestic eavesdropping program [JURIST news archive] promulgated by the Bush administration. Roberts secretly chose Bates to replace Robertson in February, but news of the appointment only came Friday after the Federation of American Scientists [advocacy website] reported in its Secrecy News [report] newsletter that Bates' appointment had appeared in...
  • South Dakota abortion ban opponents seek referendum to block new law

    03/24/2006 3:03:51 PM PST · by Cboldt · 11 replies · 360+ views
    Jurist ^ | March 24, 2006 | Jurist
    [JURIST] Abortion rights activists in South Dakota [JURIST news archive] on Friday announced that they will seek a referendum [press release] that will overturn the state's newly-enacted abortion ban [PDF text]. The campaign [Reuters report], led by the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families [advocacy website], must collect 16,728 signatures by June 19 in order to get the issue on the November 7 ballot. If enough signatures are collected, the law will not take effect as scheduled on July 1. Gov. Mike Rounds [official website] signed the legislation [JURIST report] two weeks ago, after it passed the Senate [JURIST report]...
  • Judge in Libby Case Grants Delay in Production of CIA Documents [Doc 70]

    03/24/2006 1:40:59 PM PST · by Cboldt · 2 replies · 738+ views
    U.S. District Court District of Columbia ^ | March 24, 2004 | Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 70 Filed 03/24/2006 Page 1 of 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) ) CR. NO 05-394 (RBW) v. ) ) I. LEWIS LIBBY, ) also known as "Scooter Libby" ) NOTICE OF PROPOSED CONSENT ORDER The United States hereby submits, with the agreement of defense counsel, the attached Proposed Consent Order. /s/ Kathleen M. Kedian DC Bar No. 473579 Office of Special Counsel United States Department of Justice 1400 New York Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 514-1187 Attorney for the United States Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 70...
  • Mood hardens against Afghan convert

    03/24/2006 10:38:49 AM PST · by Cboldt · 74 replies · 1,309+ views
    BBC News, Kabul ^ | March 24, 2006 | Sanjoy Majumder
    Increasing international pressure over the case of Christian convert Abdul Rahman is forcing the Afghan government to play a careful balancing act between its Western allies and religious conservatives at home. ... "The Prophet Muhammad has said several times that those who convert from Islam should be killed if they refuse to come back," says Ansarullah Mawlafizada, the trial judge. "Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, kindness and integrity. That is why we have told him if he regrets what he did, then we will forgive him," he told the BBC News website.... The president has yet to comment...
  • Gaddafi gives lesson on democracy

    03/24/2006 10:19:18 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies · 426+ views
    BBC ^ | March 24, 2006 | BBC
    Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has given US academics a lecture on democracy, declaring his country's government freer than any in the West. "There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet," he told an audience at New York's Columbia University via live satellite link. ... Col Gaddafi was appearing as a panellist at a two-day conference on democracy at Columbia University. ... Challenged by a US moderator on the issue of freedom of speech, Col Gaddafi said every Libyan could express their opinions at the congresses. He described them as better forums than a newspaper,...
  • Japan court orders reactor closed

    03/24/2006 10:14:29 AM PST · by Cboldt · 2 replies · 191+ views
    BBC ^ | March 24, 2006 | BBC
    A court has ordered Japan's newest nuclear reactor to be shut down over fears about its safety in the event of an earthquake. ... The plant, which only began operating nine days ago, will stay open until an appeal filed by the company is heard. ... The protest group, which has 135 members and is based near the Shika plant in Ishikawa, first filed the lawsuit six and a half years ago, when construction first started on the country's second largest reactor. The local residents said the Number 2 reactor was constructed using outdated government safety guidelines. ... Japan relies...
  • Laura Bush on "Larry King Live," 9 p.m. ET [March 24, 2006]

    03/24/2006 9:46:19 AM PST · by Cboldt · 5 replies · 334+ views
    CNN ^ | Macrh 24, 2006 | CNN
    Friday's show Exclusive: In a rare one-on-one from the White House, Laura Bush shares her urgent message to America's women. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Of Course It's a Civil War [Iraq - Krauthammer]

    03/24/2006 6:07:58 AM PST · by Cboldt · 34 replies · 940+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    Today's big debate over Iraq seems to be: Is there or is there not a civil war? ... This whole debate about civil war is surreal. What is the insurgency if not a war supported by one (minority) part of Iraqi society fighting to prevent the birth of the new Iraqi state supported by another (majority) part of Iraqi society? By definition that is civil war, and there's nothing new about it. ... This is doable. That is not to say it will be done. It is to say that those who have decided that because of "civil war" it...
  • Saad withdraws name for seat on 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

    03/23/2006 3:18:06 PM PST · by Cboldt · 19 replies · 697+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2006 | KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad has withdrawn his nomination to the federal appeals court, ending a long quest to be seated on the bench amid a partisan fight over judicial appointments. Saad, of Bloomfield Hills, was nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals four times, most recently in 2005, but a Senate agreement reached last May made no commitment to ending the filibuster blocking his nomination. He had been opposed by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. Saad, 57, informed the White House on Wednesday that he was withdrawing his nomination, said Michigan Republican...
  • FEAR FACTOR - Bill O'Reilly's baroque period.

    03/23/2006 6:58:34 AM PST · by Cboldt · 7 replies · 727+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 23, 2006 | Johany Goldberg / Nicholas Lemann
    Nicholas Lemann has a very interesting piece on Bill O'Reilly. Fans, like Derb, may not enjoy as much as I did. But one thing I think everybody would find interesting is that O'Reilly wrote a revenge-fantasy novel in which a serial killer (and the cop who pursued him) was based on O'Reilly himself. ... ... In 1998, after the launch of "The O'Reilly Factor," but before superstardom, he published a thriller called "Those Who Trespass," which is his most ambitious and deeply felt piece of writing. "Those Who Trespass" is a revenge fantasy, and it displays extraordinarily violent impulses. A...
  • Cardinal Errors [Immigration Related]

    03/23/2006 5:36:10 AM PST · by Cboldt · 17 replies · 322+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 23, 2006 | Editorial Opinion
    The American Catholic bishops are waging an intense, sophisticated campaign to promote their version of immigration reform, which happens also to be big business's version of immigration reform. The campaign comes complete with brochures, a well-designed website, prayer cards, bracelets, and phony arguments. In Wednesday's New York Times, Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles made his case. He not only opposes the House Republicans' immigration bill, which emphasizes enforcing the laws against illegal immigration, but has directed the priests of his archdiocese to disobey it if it becomes law. The bill, he writes, "would subject [priests], as well as other...
  • Third Motion of Libby to Compel Discovery [Witness List : Doc 68]

    03/23/2006 5:05:44 AM PST · by Cboldt · 43 replies · 1,425+ views
    U.S. District Court District of Columbia ^ | March 17, 2006 | Ted Wells for I. Lewis Libby
    Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 68-1 Filed 03/17/2006 Page 1 of 39 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) ) v. ) CR. NO. 05-394 (RBW) ) I. LEWIS LIBBY, ) Oral Argument Requested also known as "Scooter Libby," ) Defendant. ) THIRD MOTION OF I. LEWIS LIBBY TO COMPEL DISCOVERY UNDER RULE 16 AND BRADY Theodore V. Wells, Jr. William H. Jeffress, Jr. James L. Brochin Alex J. Bourelly Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton Baker Botts LLP & Garrison LLP 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 1285 Avenue of the Americas Washington, DC 20004 New York, NY...
  • Libby's Defense to Lay Blame for Leak on State Department

    03/23/2006 4:23:21 AM PST · by Cboldt · 22 replies · 711+ views
    The Washinton Post ^ | March 19, 2006 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    Lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the indicted former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, want access to many Bush administration documents they say will demonstrate that an undercover CIA officer played a "peripheral role" in the government's debate over prewar intelligence and that Libby had no motive to lie about her, according to new court filings. In documents filed late Friday, Libby's attorneys cast a wide net for information that they said would help demonstrate that Libby did not discuss the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame as part of a supposed administration effort to besmirch her husband,...
  • More Californians forgoing quake insurance

    03/22/2006 3:01:44 PM PST · by Cboldt · 57 replies · 705+ views
    Associated Press / Boston Globe ^ | March 22, 2006 | Scott Lindlaw
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Charlie Bott got an offer in the mail recently for earthquake insurance, he stared long and hard at the bottom line. Then he threw it away. ''It was way beyond anything you pay for house insurance. Not even in the same league," said Bott, a nuclear engineer with a baby on the way. Now, like millions of others, he is hoping that the Big One doesn't strike, and if it does, that the government will come to the rescue. ... Some Californians called their insurance agents and signed up for quake coverage. But for many others,...
  • Fitzgerald Motion re: Clarification of PDB Order and Seeking Time Extension for Production

    03/22/2006 10:21:48 AM PST · by Cboldt · 11 replies · 897+ views
    U.S. District Court District of Columbia ^ | March 21, 2006 | Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW - Document 69-1 - Filed 03/21/2006 - Page 1 of 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. I. LEWIS LIBBY, also known as "Scooter Libby" CR. NO 05-394 (RBW) GOVERNMENT'S MOTION FOR CLARIFICATION AND TO ADJUST SCHEDULE FOR ASSERTING PRIVILEGE The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, by PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, SPECIAL COUNSEL, hereby moves this Court for an Order clarifying its Order of March 10, 2006, and adjusting the schedule for any assertion of privilege with respect to materials to be produced pursuant to that Order. In support of the motion,...
  • An Affront to Civilization [re: Afghan Christian Convert]

    03/22/2006 7:29:55 AM PST · by Cboldt · 31 replies · 705+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 22, 2006 | Opinion Editorial
    We should have no illusions that Afghanistan -- in many ways the backwater of the Islamic world -- will soon embrace Western-style religious pluralism. But the trial of Abdul Rahman, who faces a potential death sentence for converting to Christianity some 15 years ago, is an affront to civilization. If there is always a balancing act between accommodating the religious beliefs of a traditional society like Afghanistan and coaxing it toward reform, the Rahman case is not a close call -- killing or jailing someone for his religious beliefs is always wrong, and is especially galling in a country so...
  • Anger over Christian convert in Kabul who faces death

    03/21/2006 2:47:29 PM PST · by Cboldt · 27 replies · 795+ views
    Afghan News Network : The Times (UK) ^ | March 21, 2006 | Tim Albone
    ABDUL RAHMAN, a 41-year-old Afghan, was a Muslim for 25 years before he began working for an international Christian group helping his fellow countrymen in Pakistan. Within a couple of years he had converted to Christianity. Fourteen years later, the decision may cost him his life. After four years in Peshawar Mr Rahman spent the next nine in Germany. His problems began when he returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and tried to recover his two daughters, now aged 13 and 14, who were living with his parents in Kabul. His parents refused to return them. The matter went to the...
  • Chertoff calls for chemical plant regulation

    03/21/2006 9:06:47 AM PST · by Cboldt · 3 replies · 378+ views
    CNN / Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called for government regulation of chemical plant security on Tuesday but said the industry should come up with its own protective measures, to be verified by private auditors. ... Congress is considering legislation for federal regulation of the nation's 15,000 privately operated chemical facilities, which counterterror experts have warned are at the top of the list of likely terror targets. ... The leading bill, by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Connecticut, would give Homeland Security authority to shut down plants that fail to submit acceptable security plans. Large chemical corporations...
  • Citing Foreign Law [WaPo criticises Justice Ginsburg]

    03/21/2006 5:46:04 AM PST · by Cboldt · 8 replies · 471+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2006 | Opinion Column
    IN A SPEECH last month at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made some unfair insinuations about critics of the use of foreign law in American courts. Justice Ginsburg was defending what is, in our view, a perfectly defensible proposition: that American courts should "learn from legal systems with values and a commitment to democracy similar to our own." Yet in doing so, she managed to link those who take an opposing view to the legacies of slavery and apartheid and to paint them as "fuel[ing] the irrational fringe" in its threats against judges. ... ......
  • Libby to Fitzgerald: If You Won't Name the CIA Leaker, I Will

    03/20/2006 7:57:28 AM PST · by Cboldt · 101 replies · 4,390+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 20, 2006 | Byron York
    It's sometimes difficult to remember, given the legal twists and turns it has taken, that the CIA leak investigation was begun to find out who exposed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Wilson to columnist Robert Novak and whether that person violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in doing so. After more than two years of investigating, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not charged anyone with that crime -- if indeed it was a crime -- nor has he publicly answered either question. Fitzgerald has even refused to provide lawyers for the only person indicted in the case, former Cheney chief...
  • The President and the Courts [Hamdan]

    03/19/2006 8:59:40 PM PST · by Cboldt · 14 replies · 387+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2006 | Opinion Column
    Since the Republican majority has decided to allow President Bush to usurp Congress's role in matters of national security, the battle to save the constitutional balance of powers moves to the judiciary. A critical test of judicial independence will come this month, when the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that has become a focus of Mr. Bush's imperial vision of the presidency. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni national accused of having been a bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, has been detained since 2002 in Guantánamo Bay. He filed suit to challenge the legitimacy of...
  • New proposal on NSA surveillance [DeWine]

    03/19/2006 5:40:21 PM PST · by Cboldt · 22 replies · 643+ views
    Scotusblog ^ | March 16, 2006 | Lyle Denniston
    Four Republican Senators on Thursday [March 16, 2006] proposed new legislation that would give the President clear authority to authorize electronic surveillance that could reach Americans as part of investigations of suspected terrorists, and to do so without a court order "for periods of up to 45 days" and perhaps longer. The bill, titled the "Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006," apparently is an effort to fill any gap in authority that may now exist for the President to continue the existing secret program of National Security Agency monitoring of telephone calls and e-mails potentially involving terrorist communications, when the contact...
  • Libby trial could expose feud over lack of WMD

    03/19/2006 2:16:56 PM PST · by Cboldt · 19 replies · 756+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times / AP ^ | March 19, 2006 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide are signaling they may delve deeply at his criminal trial into infighting among the White House, the CIA and the State Department over pre-Iraq war intelligence failures. In a prelude to a possible defense, lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby also are suggesting that the State Department -- not Libby -- may be to blame for leaking the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame to the media. ... "If the jury learns this background information" about finger-pointing "and also understands Mr. Libby's additional focus on urgent national security...
  • Fitzgerald Response to Libby Motion to Dismiss

    03/19/2006 1:12:38 PM PST · by Cboldt · 11 replies · 950+ views
    U.S. District Court District of Columbia ^ | March 17, 2006 | Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW : Document 67-1 : Filed 03/17/2006 : Page 1 of 34 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. I. LEWIS LIBBY, also known as "Scooter Libby" CR. NO. 05-394 (RBW) GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT'SMOTION TO DISMISS THE INDICTMENT The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, by PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, SPECIAL COUNSEL, respectfully submits the following response to the Motion of I. Lewis Libby to Dismiss the Indictment. INTRODUCTION On October 28, 2005, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging defendant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with obstruction of justice, perjury, and making...
  • Prosecutor Defends Authority in Libby Case

    03/18/2006 6:09:57 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies · 831+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2006 | Associated Press
    Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald yesterday disputed the claim of Vice President Cheney's former top aide that the prosecutor lacks legal authority to indict him in the CIA leak investigation. Fitzgerald opposed I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's request that a judge dismiss the five-count indictment against him in the Valerie Plame affair. In court papers, the prosecutor argued that being allowed to operate outside any control of the Justice Department is constitutional and in accordance with federal law. ... Yesterday, Fitzgerald replied that the attorney general has been granted broad legal authority by Congress "to delegate any of his functions to...
  • Judge allows aviation witnesses in Moussaoui case

    03/17/2006 3:23:20 PM PST · by Cboldt · 8 replies · 274+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 17, 2006 | CBC
    Prosecutors in the trial of al-Qaeda loyalist Zacarias Moussaoui will be allowed to present new witnesses about aviation security after the first witnesses were compromised, a federal judge ruled Friday. Judge Leonie Brinkema initially decided to exclude all aviation security evidence after it was revealed earlier this week that lawyer Carla Martin had improperly contacted officials from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) who were witnesses for the case. But she partially reversed that decision Friday and said prosecutors could present exhibits and a witness or witnesses if they had no contact with Martin. Moussaoui is on trial to see if...
  • Did the Justice Department Really Want to Investigate the CIA Leak?

    03/17/2006 2:26:01 PM PST · by Cboldt · 7 replies · 753+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 14, 2006 | Byron York
    One of the mysteries of the CIA-leak case involves the series of events through which the publication of CIA employee Valerie Wilson's identity led to a Justice Department investigation, which in turn led to the appointment of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Just how did that process work? Was it influenced by political pressure? Was there a consensus of opinion that an investigation should go forward -- or was it a matter of some debate? ... But now there are clues, contained in recently released court papers, that the documents which Fitzgerald does not want to release might reveal that the...
  • Frist Pushes For Quick Vote On Immigration

    03/17/2006 6:26:17 AM PST · by Cboldt · 39 replies · 810+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    Frustrated by the Senate Judiciary Committee's slow progress on politically sensitive immigration legislation, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) introduced his own bill last night to secure the nation's borders and crack down on illegal immigration. Frist's bill will go directly to the full Senate. But he said he will allow Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) to substitute a committee bill if Specter's panel could approve one March 27. Otherwise, the majority leader will stick to a strict, two-week schedule to finish work on what he conceded would be "as challenging a bill as any we'll have to...