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  • Israel Defends Use of Force in Interrogation (from 1997)

    04/01/2016 6:51:13 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies ^ | May 8, 1997 |
    Israel Defends Use of Force in Interrogation Published: May 8, 1997 GENEVA, May 7— Appearing before a skeptical panel of United Nations experts, Israeli officials today strenuously defended their nation's use of physical coercion in questioning detainees who might have information about terrorism. The hearing was by turns emotional and highly technical, and the Israeli officials for the first time provided a specific example in which they said a bombing had been averted with intelligence obtained through what Israel calls ''moderate physical pressure.''
  • PAT LEAHY’S ISRAEL OBSESSION-Vermont senator’s fixation with the Jewish State turns ugly

    04/01/2016 3:46:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 1, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Pat Leahy’s Israel Obsession The Vermont senator’s fixation with the Jewish State turns ugly. April 1, 2016 Ari Lieberman    Vermont, the state that gave us unrepentant socialist, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is home to another radical liberal breed named Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Along with Sanders, Sen. Leahy represents the left flank of the Democratic Party and often finds himself at loggerheads with its more centrist members. Not unsurprising, Leahy is also a visceral critic of Israel, the Mideast’s only democracy and stalwart U.S. ally. In 2011, citing alleged human rights violations, he proposed a bill that would have cut...
  • Dem. Senator: Investigate Israel's 'gross violations of rights' (Leaky Leahy)

    03/30/2016 7:55:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 3/30/2016, 11:42 AM | Ari Yashar
    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), together with ten House members, has asked the US State Department to investigate claims that Israel has committed “gross violations of human rights,” and depending on the results to cut military aid to the Jewish state. The letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry was dated February 17, and was published by Politico on Tuesday night after the news site received it from “an organization that provided input for it.” Leahy’s letter targets both Israel and Egypt, and is significant because the senator authored a law conditioning US military aid to foreign countries based on...
  • Leahy Predicts GOP Will ‘Lose Control of the Senate’ for Blocking SCOTUS Nomination

    02/16/2016 6:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2016 | 1:07 PM EST | Penny Starr
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted on Sunday that if Republicans block President Barack Obama's nomination to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, voters will give Democrats a majority in the Senate in the next election. "I think what we ought to do is nominate somebody," Leahy told Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" show, one day after the death of Scalia at age 79. "If the Republican leadership refuses to even hold a hearing, I think that is going to guarantee they lose control of the Senate, because I...
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government," was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Unknown Republican Blocks Bill That Will Require Search Warrant Before Police Access Emails

    08/04/2013 11:05:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/4/13 | Jim Hoft
    An unknown Republican Senator is blocking a bill that will require police to obtain a search warrant before accessing emails and online messages. The Hill reported: An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pushed for a vote on the bill before Congress left for its August recess. He secured unanimous support from Democrats, but at least one Republican objected to the bill, according to a Democratic Senate aide. Leahy had hoped to fast-track the bill...
  • Report Claiming Senator Leahy Is About To Make Email Privacy Even Worse Is Flawed

    11/20/2012 4:32:03 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Kashmir Hill
    A report from CNet today claims that a bill up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week that was supposed to increase privacy protections around our email would instead do the opposite, allowing many federal agencies to gain access to your email without a warrant. However, my reporting suggests the article is inaccurate. Here’s what CNet says: [snip - see below] This would be particularly disturbing in the wake of the scandal surrounding Generals Petraeus and Allen, whose emails were exposed during a wide-ranging and questionable FBI investigation and have brought the discussion of limits on the...
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 79 replies
    CNET ^ | |November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
  • Obama and Leahy vs. Sir William Blackstone

    05/25/2012 5:12:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Has President Obama's disrespectful attitude toward the United States Supreme Court caused a trickledown effect among the Democratic leadership in Congress, or was Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's recent invective against Chief Justice John Roberts self-generated? You will recall that in April, President Obama launched a salvo against the court about a pending case -- concerning Obamacare -- seeking to either intimidate the justices into upholding the law or lay a foundation for political criticism should they strike it. At a news conference, Obama said, "Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would...
  • Leahy wants investigation into Arizona sheriff’s tactics

    05/15/2012 3:59:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jerry Seper
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to find out if taxpayer dollars received by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office through a federal grant program were used by his deputies to illegally detain Hispanics whom the government alleges were the victims of racial profiling. If so, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, wants the Justice Department to consider ways of getting the money back - a total that could exceed $25 million. “I urge the department to take all appropriate steps to determine whether taxpayer dollars - have been used in connection with the...
  • Gaddafi has a long history as a killer — and must be stopped

    03/15/2011 7:58:12 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2011
    ... If (Gaddafi) wins the current civil war, he will kill his enemies. A bloodbath is coming...He can be stopped, though. When President Ronald Reagan retaliated for the La Belle attack by bombing Libya, Gaddafi got the message and quieted down. When Gaddafi saw that America went after Saddam Hussein’s (suspected) weapons of mass destruction, he rid himself of his own. He even paid reparations for the Pan Am 103 bombing. Moammar Gaddafi is a madman, but not mad. would be productive if the Obama administration got its marbles out of its mouth. Its pronouncements thus far have been...
  • Leahy fears Gitmo will stay open

    03/07/2011 4:52:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Leahy fears Gitmo will stay open By MATT NEGRIN | 03/07/11 6:18 PM Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy warned late Monday that the White House’s order on renewing Guantanamo Bay military commissions will jeopardize the closing of the prison that President Obama has promised to shutter. In a statement released in the evening, Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Obama’s executive order “has done little to change” the damage that the Guantanamo prison has had on the American judicial system. “The process outlined in the Executive Order falls far short of core constitutional values by failing to provide judicial...
  • Democrats demand CIA detainee documents [Leahy & ACLU......}

    11/17/2006 4:54:21 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 1,756+ views
    Democrats demand CIA detainee documents By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago A Senate Democrat who will chair its Judiciary Committee next year asked the Justice Department to release newly acknowledged documents setting U.S. policy on how suspects in the war on terrorism are detained and interrogated. "The American people deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush administration in developing the interrogation policies and practices that have engendered such deep criticism and concern at home and around the world," Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., wrote Attorney General Alberto Gonzales....
  • Video: Sen Leahy finds barry’s missing birth certificate hilarious

    05/11/2010 3:02:58 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,058+ views
    By mattie May 10, 2010 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s comments on the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Seems he and barry find the birth certificate issue comical. If you aren’t aware Leahy was the one behind the Senate Resolution declaring Sen McCain a NBC. VIDEO
  • Leahy: Bush Dropped Ball, 9-11 'Could Have Been Avoided'

    05/04/2010 5:54:25 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 68 replies · 1,530+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As appeals to bi-partisanship go, this could down as recent history's most contemptible and hypocritical . . . On this evening's Ed Show, bemoaning the lack of conservative support for Pres. Obama handling of the Times Square attempted bombing, Dem senator Patrick Leahy has accused Pres. Bush of having "dropped the ball" on 9-11, claiming "9-11 could have been avoided." View video here.
  • EDITORIAL: Academic malpractice--Senators protect turf while killing student-loan business

    02/17/2010 7:50:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 371+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2010 | Editorial
    In the recent annals of senatorial vote-buying, there have been the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase. Now make way for the Bismarck Earmark. Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, seems to be demanding a sop for the Bank of North Dakota to guarantee his support for President Obama's proposed federal takeover of the entire student-loan industry, known as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The senator is willing to impose this awful idea on the rest of the country so long as North Dakota's own program is spared. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, is seeking additional exemptions,...
  • LIVE THREAD- Senate hearings for Judge Sotomayor- Day 2

    07/14/2009 6:39:35 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 647 replies · 23,385+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12 June, 2009
    Supreme Court nominee faces tough questioning from Republican senators about her ability to judge fairly
  • Leahy Agrees With Schultz: Cheney Wants Terrorist Attack On USA

    04/21/2009 5:45:37 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies · 1,841+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It’s one thing for the host of a new MSNBC show, trolling for ratings in Olbermann-land, to make outrageous accusations against a former Vice-President. It’s altogether a different matter for a sitting United States Senator to second the slander. Yet that’s just what happened on this evening’s Ed Show. Host Schultz accused Dick Cheney of wanting America to be “hit again” by terrorists. A few minutes later, Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont agreed with him. ED SCHULTZ: I think that Dick Cheney wants this country to get hit again for political gain. I believe that he thinks in his mind...
  • A "Truth Commission" Against Bush?

    02/16/2009 2:12:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 833+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | Monday, February 16, 2009 | By Alyssa A. Lappen
    SNIPPET: "Two of Congress's most radical members believe George W. Bush's America was the equal of apartheid South Africa. Last week, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy proposed that Congress establish a “truth commission” to investigate alleged Bush misdeeds. In the House, Judiciary committee chairman John Conyers seconded Leahy's request." SNIPPET: "If the investigation exposes the ongoing, covert measures Bush has taken to keep America safe, Leahy will only smile as they are revealed. He has a long history of exposing the most vital secrets of our nation. At least one operative was murdered after Leahy publicly leaked a 1985 intercept that...
  • Juvenile Court

    02/10/2009 6:11:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 317+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2009
    Washington: Sen. Pat Leahy has proposed a "truth commission" that would probe the activities of the Bush administration. Does the senator really want to take the U.S. down the road of radical Third World politics?Don't forget this is "Leaky Leahy," a nickname the Vermont Democrat earned for his habit of revealing sensitive government information. A series of negligent — some might say deliberate — disclosures led to his 1987 resignation from the vice chairmanship of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Such a person has no moral authority to sit in judgment of anyone. Lawmakers should shun Leahy's witch hunt....
  • U.S. senator seeks Bush-era 'truth commission'

    02/09/2009 11:13:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 1,198+ views
    Senator seeks Bush-era "truth commission" Mon Feb 9, 2009 2:05pm EST By Randall Mikkelsen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. "truth commission" should probe Bush administration policies including the promotion of war in Iraq, detainee treatment and wiretapping without a warrant, an influential senator proposed on Monday. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, called for the commission as way to heal what he called sharp political divides and to prevent future abuses. He compared it to other truth commissions, such as one in South Africa that investigated the apartheid era. "We need to come to a shared understanding...
  • Anthrax Suspicions: others involved

    09/19/2008 9:29:23 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 23 replies · 948+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | September 19, 2008
    "I believe there are others involved, either as accessories before or accessories after the fact," Mr. Leahy said. "I believe there are others who can be charged with murder." Mr. Leahy's skepticism was echoed by GOP Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)...
  • 2 key Dems back attorney general pick

    11/02/2007 2:27:20 PM PDT · by americanflyer1234 · 17 replies · 30+ views
    WASHINGTON - Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein say they will vote for Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey, which likely gives him enough support to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee. ADVERTISEMENT Their decision came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge. "This is an extremely difficult decision," Schumer said in a statement, adding that Mukasey "is not my ideal choice." In announcing her support for Mukasey, Feinstein, D-Calif., said "first and foremost, Michael Mukasey is not Alberto Gonzales," referring to the former attorney general who resigned in September...
  • Leahy: Intel panel about to ‘cave’ on surveillance

    10/18/2007 10:22:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 21+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2007 | Manu Raju
    October 18, 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday condemned Intelligence Committee Democrats for brokering a deal with the White House that would provide retroactive immunity for telephone companies that assisted the Bush administration’s controversial warrantless wiretapping program. At the second day of confirmation hearings for President Bush’s Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey, Leahy warned that “the Intelligence Committee is about to cave on this,” citing pressure from the White House and press reports suggesting the administration had gotten its way. “[Administration officials] know that it was illegal conduct and that there is no saving grace for the...
  • Leahy: Keep Politics Out of Justice

    10/03/2007 1:08:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 538+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/3/7 | LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has told Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey his confirmation could hinge on demonstrating he'll keep White House influence out of Justice Department decisions. A key test, Leahy said in a letter to President Bush's nominee, would be Mukasey's willingness to answer questions the White House won't about a litany of issues, ranging from warrantless eavesdropping to what Mukasey would do to prevent federal prosecutors from being used to influence elections. White House Counsel Fred Fielding has declared those details off-limits under executive privilege. "Regrettably, the White House has chosen not to clear...
  • Ashcroft accuses critics (Leaky-Leahy) of helping enemy

    12/07/2001 5:45:12 AM PST · by rface · 13 replies · 277+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Washingtion bureau ^ | 12/06/2001 09:30 PM | Deirdre Shesgreen
    <p>" message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends."</p> <p>WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft vigorously defended the administration's anti-terrorism policies Thursday and suggested that critics of the Justice Department's actions were aiding the terrorists.</p>
  • Looking For a Leaker (Jail the reporters and make them talk)

    08/05/2007 4:51:45 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 1,334+ views
    msnbc ^ | 8/5/2007 | Michael Isikoff/Newsweak
    Aug. 13, 2007 issue - The controversy over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer. The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm's desktop computer, two of his children's laptops and a cache of personal files. Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two...
  • Leahy attacks Bush, Roberts [Chief Justice Roberts has made the court an "arm of the Republican..]

    08/01/2007 5:19:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 771+ views
    Leahy attacks Bush, Roberts By: Roger Simon Aug 1, 2007 06:50 PM EST U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Leahy said he thinks the current president does not measure up to the rest. Stating that "history will not be kind to the arrogance and indifference to law shown by this White House," U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sharply rebuked President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Chief Justice John Roberts in an interview Wednesday. In an interview with The Politico conducted in his Senate office, Leahy said: -- Chief Justice Roberts has made the court an "arm...
  • Democrats urge perjury probe of Gonzales

    07/26/2007 8:35:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 75 replies · 2,444+ views
    yahoo news and drudge ^ | 26 July 07 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats called Wednesday for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself regarding the firings of U.S. attorneys and administration dissent over President Bush's domestic surveillance program. "We ask that you immediately appoint an independent special counsel from outside the Department of Justice to determine whether Attorney General Gonzales may have misled Congress or perjured himself in testimony before Congress," four Democratic senators wrote in a letter Wednesday, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press. "It has become apparent that the Attorney General has provided at a minimum...
  • Leahy issues subpoena for Rove

    07/26/2007 11:21:06 AM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 131 replies · 6,166+ views ^ | 7/26/07 | Klaus Marre
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued a subpoena for top White House adviser Karl Rove to compel him to testify about the firing of several U.S. attorneys. “The evidence shows that senior White House political operatives were focused on the political impact of federal prosecutions and whether federal prosecutors were doing enough to bring partisan voter fraud and corruption cases,” Leahy said. “It is obvious that the reasons given for the firings of these prosecutors were contrived as part of a cover-up and that the stonewalling by the White House is part and parcel of that same...
  • Bad News Democrats Dropping the Ball

    07/01/2007 8:23:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 988+ views ^ | July 2, 2007 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Six months into the first session of the Democratic Congress and the last two years of the Bush administration, the news isn't good. The Democrats have staggered and stumbled through an ill-conceived, haphazard agenda that seems to be going nowhere, and they've got the failing mid-semester scores to prove it. Their approval polls have sunk into the 20s, and in some surveys the teens, as Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the job they're doing. The latest Gallup Poll shows that voters are most concerned about the war in Iraq, the economy and jobs, and the costs of health care,...
  • Senator Insists Bush Aides Testify Publicly

    03/19/2007 7:04:44 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies · 637+ views
    NY ^ | 19 Mar 2007 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    The Democratic senator leading the inquiry into the dismissal of federal prosecutors insisted Sunday that Karl Rove and other top aides to President Bush must testify publicly and under oath, setting up a confrontation between Congress and the White House, which has said it is unlikely to agree to such a demand. Some Republicans have suggested that Mr. Rove testify privately, if only to tamp down the political uproar over the inquiry, which centers on whether the White House allowed politics to interfere with law enforcement. But Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the Senate Judiciary...
  • Cheney faces troubled new year

    01/01/2007 1:21:01 AM PST · by STARWISE · 78 replies · 2,363+ views
    FinancialTimes ^ | 12-29-06
    Dick Cheney has forged a reputation as the most powerful but also least visible vice-president in recent history. In the next few weeks, however, he will be forced to fight some of his battles in the open – in the courtroom and on Capitol Hill. The first test will come in the criminal trial of his former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, charged with lying to a grand jury during an investigation into how a CIA agent’s name was leaked. The trial, due to begin in two weeks, is likely to set an ignominious precedent when Mr Cheney becomes...
  • Sen. Leahy to FBI Director: Give Me Secret Information

    12/08/2006 6:14:50 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 43 replies · 1,695+ views
    MND ^ | December 08, 2006 | By Jim Kouri, CPP
    While Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) isn’t scheduled to takeover as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee until January 2007, he already sounds as if he’s the man in charge of oversight of our nation’s law enforcement and courts. And considering his history of being kicked off the Senate Intelligence Committee due to his propensity for revealing classified information, Americans should be afraid — very afraid. On Wednesday, Sen. Leahy — or, as he’s known inside the Beltway, “Leaky Leahy” — rapped FBI Director Robert Mueller for refusing to show how the has curbed terrorist activity in the United States. Mueller...
  • Democrats' Secret Weapons

    11/24/2006 8:44:15 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 21 replies · 1,816+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Nov. 24, 2006 | IBD
    Intelligence: Senate Democrats are focusing their new powers on one thing above all else: wrenching as many national security secrets as possible from this White House and using them for political assassination. Giving Leahy and his staff secrets would, quite simply, be a security risk. Since the 1980s, Leahy's nickname inside the Beltway has been "Leaky Leahy" because of his willingness to provide the press with juicy secrets to be used against Republican presidents. "The American people," Leahy wrote in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, "deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush...
  • Leahy: President censored warming research

    10/29/2006 1:46:56 AM PST · by proud_yank · 20 replies · 574+ views
    Rutland Herald ^ | Oct 29, 2006 | Kevin O'Connor
    BURLINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., joined the world's leading researcher on global warming Saturday to charge that the Bush administration's use of censorship to foil terrorism is hurting the fight against climate change and other environmental threats. "If you have information that points out a problem, the only way you're going to make a correction is if you find out about it," Leahy said. "I have never seen an administration, either Republican or Democratic, as secretive as this one. It has become absolutely farcical, except that the country has been damaged by it." Leahy, speaking in Burlington, punctuated...
  • Pat "Leaky" Leahy Aided NSA Phone Taps

    05/19/2006 10:11:40 AM PDT · by Dog · 83 replies · 5,993+ views ^ | May 19 2006
    In 1994 Sen. Pat "Leaky" Leahy co-wrote a law that forced telecommunications carriers to build convenient wiretap features into their networks enabling the kind of telephone records collection now at the heart of the controversy over the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance operation. In recent days Leahy has called the NSA's actions troubling and potentially illegal - saying they show that the Bush administration is treating Americans like terrorists. "'The secret collection of phone call records of tens of millions of Americans?" he exclaimed after USA Today blew the lid off the program last week. "Are you telling me that...
  • Senators steam over new report of N-S-A phone calling scrutiny (Specter-Leahy

    05/11/2006 8:44:43 AM PDT · by hipaatwo · 204 replies · 2,959+ views
    A Republican senator says it's time to "find out exactly what is going on." A Democrat senator is asking, "Where does it stop?" The furor on Capitol Hill is over a U-S-A Today report that three big phone companies have turned over the records of tens of (m) millions of calls to the National Security Agency, as part of a government effort to compile a complete database of phone calls. Chairman Arlen Specter says he wants A-T-and-T, Verizon and BellSouth to appear before his Senate Judiciary panel to explain. The ranking Democrat on the committee, Patrick Leahy, says he's angry...
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

    02/22/2005 10:13:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 369+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Justice Department has backed away from a court battle over its authority to classify and restrict the discussion of information it has already released, handing a local advocacy group a victory by granting it explicit permission to publish letters written by two senators that contain the contested information. The case was considered a potential test of limits to the government's power to restrict access to information in the public domain on national security grounds. Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft had strongly defended the practice in this case by likening it to putting "spilt milk" back in a jar...
  • Is the Valerie Plame-CIA Leak Case Crumbling? (Plameout)

    11/18/2005 4:52:46 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 82 replies · 3,218+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 11/18/2005 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    What a difference a few weeks make in the world of politics. One day, the Democrat Party and the mainstream news media are celebrating the indictment of a key White House staff member, then suddenly facts start to emerge that just might put a damper on the prosecutors case. Recall how Patrick Fitzgerald announced the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice charges. During his jovial press conference, Mr. Fitzgerald lectured Americans about how serious it is to leak classified information. He avoided using the term "covert" when describing Valerie Plame, because in order for...
  • Reid, Leahy Urge Bush To Select Consensus Nominee

    10/29/2005 8:41:27 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 51 replies · 689+ views ^ | 10/28/2005 | P. Leahy and H. Reid
    October 28, 2005 The Honorable George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: Today the Senate received your withdrawal of the nomination of Harriet Miers to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. We agree with Senator John Danforth, until recently a high-ranking official in your Administration, who has called the circumstances of Ms. Miers’s withdrawal “a power play” by “the right wing of American politics.” We regret that Ms. Miers was not even afforded the opportunity to answer her right wing critics at a Judiciary Committee hearing. The...
  • The investigation is not complete

    07/27/2005 12:22:11 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 15 replies · 651+ views
    Herald Bulletin ^ | 7/27/05 | Carolyn Carmany
    The investigation is not complete Mr. Wiseman wrote that Karl Rove is a traitor. But the investigation has not been completed. Memory fails me, but several years ago someone leaked the names of undercover agents in other countries which put their lives in jeopardy. But the leakers or leaker were not put on trial. There was no outcry from the movers and shakers at the time. It was more like tough luck. Joe Wilson’s wife was not in a foreign country on a mission. She was here in the United States. Her life was not put in danger. It is...
  • ACU Files Ethics Complaint Against Harry Reid

    05/19/2005 3:51:22 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 897+ views
    ACU News ^ | May 19, 2005
    Advocacy Group Says Minority Leader Guilty of Gross Violation: Leahy and Levin Also Named ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Conservative Union, the nations oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization, yesterday filed an ethics complaint against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The complaint comes in response to Sen. Reid's May 12th reference to judicial nominee Henry Saad's confidential FBI file on the floor of the United States Senate. "Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway…," said Reid on the floor of the Senate. "All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report...
  • Already Time To Remove Arlen Specter From Chairmanship Of Senate Judiciary Committee

    01/06/2005 10:18:06 PM PST · by AJAY · 18 replies · 740+ views
    C-Span and NewsMax ^ | 1/6/2005 | Ajay
    Left-wing Republican Senator Arlen Specter presided at the confirmation hearing of Judge Alberto Gonzales today. He urged Judge Gonzales to share sensitive, confidential information with him and the ranking Democrat Senator Pat Leahy (Leaky Leahy), even if too sensitive to let the other members see it. Specter indicated that both of them could be trusted with the most sensitive information. This is the same Senator Leahy who was forced to resign from the Intelligence Committee for leaking secret information endangering the lives of American agents. This is a sad situation--you'd never know the Republicans won the 2004 elections as you...
  • Senator to US: 'Take a Deep Breath' Over UN

    12/15/2004 7:14:11 PM PST · by nypokerface · 56 replies · 1,155+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/04 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, visiting the United Nations, cautioned his Congressional colleagues to "take a deep breath" before making a political football out of the world body by withholding dues. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said he disapproved of moves by several Republicans to withhold U.S. payments unless the world body fully cooperates with Congressional probes into the oil-for-food scandal in Iraq. "I think we ought to take a deep breath. This is not a time to make a political football out of the U.N.," Leahy told reporters after seeing U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. "We need them...
  • Bush/Cheney Campaign Officials Angered over Sen. Pat Leahy's Attendance at VP Debate Tonight

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