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  • WikiLeaks cables: US espionage law

    11/30/2010 8:25:59 PM PST · by Racehorse · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 December 2010 | Afua Hirsch
    Experts say that in addition to protections for free speech, there are difficulties with proving leaked documents are classified, under a US government executive order which sets limits on documents that can be properly termed as classified documents. However, if charges are made against Julian Assange under the law in the US, then he would face extradition under the controversial UK-US extradition treaty, which provides special measures for extraditions between the two countries.
  • Former Staffer Slams Diplomats in Iraq (Manuel Miranda's parting memo to Ryan Crocker)

    02/09/2008 3:00:51 PM PST · by eleni121 · 38 replies · 238+ views
    AP via Google ^ | February 8, 2008 | Matthew Lee
    A Republican Party activist and former top GOP congressional aide who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is harshly criticizing the U.S. diplomatic effort in Iraq, accusing American diplomats of gross and potentially criminal negligence and incompetence.
  • Quag_Miers (She's 'unconfirmable', says Bill Frist former aide)

    10/11/2005 7:42:22 PM PDT · by gobucks · 220 replies · 3,304+ views
    Salon ^ | 12 Oct 2005 | Michael Scherer
    As conservative opposition to his Supreme Court nominee stiffens, Bush faces the prospect of a humiliating defeat. At a Rose Garden news conference last week, President George W. Bush displayed little understanding of the political storm facing his second Supreme Court nominee, White House counsel Harriet Miers. "The decision as to whether or not there will be a fight is up to the Democrats," Bush told reporters. "They get to decide whether or not the special interests will decide the tone of the debate." The president had it exactly backward. With only 44 seats in the Senate, Democrats have the...
  • Winning Through Intimidation (Dems SCOTUS Smear Campaign)

    09/20/2005 11:29:18 PM PDT · by msnimje · 10 replies · 803+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 21 Sep 2005 | Manuel Miranda
    The reactionary liberal effort in recent years to slow the march of progress by filibustering George W. Bush's judicial nominees was a political disaster for Senate Democrats in many ways, but it was successful in a few. Although most were ultimately confirmed, liberals stopped the president from placing young Grade A jurists on the federal appellate courts who, had they been confirmed a few years earlier, would now be perfectly suitable for Supreme Court elevation. This is exactly what liberals intended. Proof of that came in staff memos from Dick Durbin of Illinois, quoted by the Wall Street Journal in...
  • The Original Borking

    08/24/2005 12:07:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,041+ views
    Opinion Journal.com (WSJ) ^ | August 24, 2005 | Manuel Miranda
    Lessons from a Supreme Court nominee's defeat. For liberals and conservatives alike, the touchstone for beleaguered Supreme Court nominations is the rejection of Judge Robert Bork in 1987. Supreme Court nominees had been rejected before, 27 times, but never with so much orchestrated fury. Usually the nominees were lesser jurists, if not lesser intellects, if not lesser men, than was (or is) Judge Bork. The Senate rejected George Washington's nominee for chief justice, John Rutledge, in 1795 because of his position on a treaty. Andrew Jackson's nomination of Roger Taney was blocked in 1835, though Jackson later nominated Taney successfully...
  • Let the Sun Shine In

    08/12/2005 4:10:09 AM PDT · by pageonetoo · 8 replies · 807+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, August 12, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT | MANUEL MIRANDA
    <p>The Senate has no business keeping secrets from the American people.</p> <p>"These Supreme Court hearings will be the first in the Internet era and it is important that the Committee be ready for this event." So begins an internal memorandum recently sent by the Senate archivist to all Judiciary Committee staff instructing them that federal law requires the preservation of all documents and e-mails generated in relation to the confirmation of Judge John Roberts, including e-mail correspondence from outside organizations such as "Alliance for Justice, People for the American Way, Judicial Working Group, etc.," as well as "replies." Oh my.</p>
  • A Voting Issue: Filibustering judges has only hurt Democrats.

    08/01/2005 8:48:26 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 18 replies · 1,183+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/1/05 | MANUEL MIRANDA
    Just one week before the 2002 midterms, the president invited leaders in the fight for his judicial nominees to the White House to a lunch reception. A Clinton administration adviser who'd gotten wind of the event and thought it a waste of time had been overheard saying, "What does that rate as an issue with American voters--somewhere below campaign-finance reform?" The answer, in fact, is that the issue of the judicial nominees mattered--and matters--a lot; you might even say it explains the current Republican margin in the Senate. Allow me to explain why. Back in 2002, the conventional Beltway wisdom...
  • Advice on court picks [not Alberto Gonzales]

    07/12/2005 4:59:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies · 527+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2005 | Manuel A. Miranda
    I don't want to tick off the president of the United States, but I think nominating Alberto Gonzales to be the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court would be like throwing a party to which few people will come. And, loving this president as I do, I feel it is a duty to tell him so. It is not that the attorney general would not be confirmed, he would. But then so will any nominee the president sends no matter how many millions are spent. Once, two swords of Damocles hung over a high court nominee's head — the filibuster...
  • REP. STEVE KING, JUSTICE TOM PARKER, ROY AND NIGER INNIS TO HEADLINE MARCH FOR JUSTICE II

    04/06/2005 12:19:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 45 replies · 3,253+ views
    March for Justice II Announcement Thread ^ | Wednesday, April 6, 2005 | Kristinn
    It's been a long time coming, even if it's only been three weeks in the works, but the speaker lineup for the March for Justice II has finally been set.We are honored to be joined by Rep. Steve King (Iowa), Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, Roy Innis and his son Niger from the Congress of Racial Equality and many other friends for the rally and march tomorrow in Washington, D.C.The rally will be held at Upper Senate Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. After the rally, attendees will form into state delegations and march on the Senate office...
  • Show Me (Media Matters)

    03/17/2005 2:06:17 PM PST · by rightalien · 10 replies · 583+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/17/2005 | Lorie Byrd
    With Dan Rather's departure from the CBS Evening News last week, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not there is a liberal bias in the mainstream media -- as if that were a debatable point. Some pundits and journalists argue that even if a liberal bias existed in the past, that those days ended with the rise of talk radio, Fox News and the blogs. While I am ready to concede that these new media outlets are helping to bring balance to the presentation of news, I hold that the mainstream media still has an unmistakable...
  • Ex-GOP aide [Miranda, who exposed Dem strategy to block W's judicial picks]: Dems derailed hiring

    03/13/2005 1:54:00 PM PST · by cloud8 · 19 replies · 957+ views
    March 9, 2005 | Charlie Savage
    Staffer in spying case says political threats hurt prospects at firm WASHINGTON--A former top Republican Senate staff member who resigned under pressure last year for spying on his Democratic staff colleagues is now accusing them of threatening partners at a law firm that was considering hiring him--including the firm's chairman, a prominent Boston attorney--in order to scuttle his job offer. In an affidavit he submitted to federal prosecutors this week, Manuel Miranda, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, said that Democratic staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee telephoned partners at the firm of McDermott Will & Emory...
  • The Unforgiven (Dems Out For Revenge)

    03/08/2005 4:41:36 AM PST · by Republican Red · 7 replies · 819+ views
    Manuel Miranda, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staffer who was forced to resign last year over spying on Democratic staff members on the committee, said yesterday that Democratic staffers are still hounding him. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office's Fraud and Public Corruption Section, Mr. Miranda accuses Democratic staffers whose internal memos he purloined from the computer of stalking him in his job hunt and scuttling a recent job offer he got from a major Washington law firm. "It appears that Democrat staff and aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee were not satisfied with my client's...
  • Memogate Prequel The right way to handle a pseudo-scandal.

    01/25/2005 3:40:57 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 13 replies · 1,036+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/25/05 | WSJ - Editorial
    Regular readers of these pages will recall our scoop a little over a year ago on what came to be known on Capitol Hill as Memogate. Our publication of Democratic strategy memos on how to defeat President Bush's judicial nominees created a stir in Washington, not least because they showed how Senators Ted Kennedy, Dick Durbin and others were taking orders from liberal interest groups, even to the point of delaying a vote on a candidate for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals until it had heard the University of Michigan affirmative action case. More than a year later, it's...
  • Getting Ready for the Supreme Court battle

    11/30/2004 7:22:51 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 64 replies · 4,876+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing to implement a sophisticated, multipronged plan to confirm President Bush’s expected nomination to replace ailing Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Well-funded liberal groups are also ramping up their efforts to block any conservative nominee. Activists working with White House and Senate staffers say the 80-year old Rehnquist’s battle with thyroid cancer has sharply focused attention. The controversy over comments that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), incoming Judiciary Committee chairman, made downplaying the chances of anti-abortion-rights nominees being confirmed also accelerated planning. “The groups on the center-right are prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice,” said Jay...
  • Bush needs to make it clear (Judges)

    08/06/2004 9:54:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 468+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2004 | Manuel A. Miranda
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Bush needs to make it clearBy Manuel A. MirandaPublished August 6, 2004 Just before closing shop until September, Senate Democrats began filibusters on four more circuit court nominees. The names and the faceless number (now 10) are ever less important with each new obstruction. What matters increasingly is the abuse of the Constitution in the unprecedented use of the filibuster to block the Senate from having an honest vote, up or down.     That is an issue that President Bush and senatorial candidates will take to the American people this election. But what is the debate...
  • PROSECUTING THE GOP

    06/12/2004 8:13:48 AM PDT · by JimRed · 26 replies · 293+ views
    Townhall.com | 6/5/04 | Robert Novak
    U.S. Attorney David Kelley of New York City, who has concentrated on prosecuting rich white-collar criminals, has been assigned to investigate the young Republican aide accused of reading confidential Democratic communications. Manuel Miranda, who formerly advised Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on judicial confirmations, was fired after he uncovered Democratic plans to scuttle President Bush's nominations. Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Frist refused to support Miranda. Miranda, a young father and husband, is currently unemployed. While many conservatives consider him a hero for uncovering the plans revolving around Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Miranda now could...
  • Orrin G. Hatch Fires Back at His Conservative Critics

    06/11/2004 6:43:58 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 385+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06-11-04 | Bolton, Alexander
    Hatch fires back at his conservative critics By Alexander Bolton Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is firing back at conservative critics on and off the Hill who have lambasted him for not moving more judicial nominees out of his committee. The rift stems from Hatch’s handling of a Senate sergeant at arms investigation into the unauthorized access of close to 5,000 internal Democratic Judiciary Committee documents from committee computers. Hatch approved the investigation, which resulted in the resignation of Manuel Miranda, who organized the GOP strategy on judges when he served as an aide...
  • Why is Darby a hero, but Miranda a felon?

    05/18/2004 6:52:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 145+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/18/04 | Mychal S. Massie
    Instead of President Bush repeatedly apologizing over the alleged mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison – he should be asking the following question: "Why is whistleblower Spc. Joe Darby praised as a hero for alerting superiors of photos depicting his counterparts abusing prisoners, when former senior aide to Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Manuel Miranda was lied to, misrepresented, slandered, stabbed in the back first by Sen. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, and then Frist, while being referred to in the most abusive terms for showing no less temerity in what has become known as Memogate?" Someone in the Republican Party...
  • Fighting Filibusters

    05/14/2004 3:20:59 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 154+ views
    NRO ^ | May 13, 2004 | Manuel A. Miranda
    The May 13 edition of The Hill reports that there are again Senate rumblings about the so-called nuclear option to end the unprecedented, unconstitutional Democratic filibusters of judicial nominees. But before anyone gets excited, let's remember that the key question is whether the GOP has the 51 votes it needs to close the deal. The danger is that under Senate practice, a failed effort risks locking in the judicial filibusters forever. If the GOP does not have the votes, better it wait until the next Congress and take the crisis to the American people at the polls this November, starting...
  • Fighting Filibusters: Frist shouldn't use the nuclear option wantonly.

    05/14/2004 5:56:08 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 6 replies · 258+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 13, 2004 | Manuel A. Miranda
    The May 13 edition of The Hill reports that there are again Senate rumblings about the so-called nuclear option to end the unprecedented, unconstitutional Democratic filibusters of judicial nominees. But before anyone gets excited, let's remember that the key question is whether the GOP has the 51 votes it needs to close the deal. The danger is that under Senate practice, a failed effort risks locking in the judicial filibusters forever. If the GOP does not have the votes, better it wait until the next Congress and take the crisis to the American people at the polls this November, starting...
  • U.S. attorney to probe stolen memos

    04/26/2004 10:31:23 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/2704 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The Department of Justice has assigned a U.S. attorney to investigate whether any federal crimes were committed when Republican staffers downloaded thousands of Democratic Judiciary Committee staff memos.</p> <p>In a letter sent yesterday to a bipartisan group of senators who requested the investigation, Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella said the case will be handled with the "utmost professionalism" by David Kelley, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.</p>
  • Ex-GOP Aide Sees Trouble Ahead for Dems on 'Memogate'

    04/21/2004 11:46:38 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 6 replies · 163+ views
    (CNSNews.com) - Manuel Miranda, the former Senate Republican lawyer at the center of the "Memogate" controversy, said Democrats have a lot to lose - both in the Senate and at the ballot box - by continuing to obstruct President Bush's judicial nominees. Miranda, speaking Tuesday to the Georgetown University College Republicans, said he doesn't regret reading Democrat strategy memos on the nominees. Under growing pressure, Miranda resigned in February as counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. "The bottom line is that there's a much bigger story here," Miranda said. "I think the Democrat memos are going to...
  • American Conservative Union calls for rehire of Miranda (Judicial Committee computer files)

    04/14/2004 10:53:10 AM PDT · by berserker · 1 replies · 179+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    The American Conservative Union (ACU) is spearheading a campaign that has sent hundreds of e-mails to Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee urging them to rehire Manuel Miranda, a former panel staffer and former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). The ACU sent an alert to members this month urging them to demand that Miranda be rehired. Miranda was forced to resign in February after he admitted having access to internal Democratic Judiciary documents. He served as a GOP counsel on the Judiciary Committee from December 2001 to January 2003 and then handled strategy on...
  • GOP scapegoat now hero to conservatives (Tried to expose Dems' shocking memo)

    03/31/2004 10:45:58 AM PST · by Cedar · 11 replies · 85+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 31, 2004 | John M. Powers
    ON CAPITOL HILL GOP scapegoat now hero to conservatives Says promise broken to reveal contents of Dems' shocking memo By John M. Powers Republican leaders have broken a promise they made to expose the shocking contents of memos exchanged among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, says Manuel Miranda, the former GOP aide who is the whistleblower at the center of the so-called Memogate scandal. Miranda told Insight in an exclusive interview that both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, broke clearly stated promises to expose collusion between top Democrats and special-interest groups seeking...
  • GOP scapegoat now hero to conservatives

    03/31/2004 8:04:24 AM PST · by drypowder · 24 replies · 126+ views
    Insight/News World Communications Inc. | March 31, 2004 | John M. Powers
    GOP scapegoat now hero to conservatives Says promise broken to reveal contents of Dems' shocking memo -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 31, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By John M. Powers © 2004 Insight/News World Communications Inc. Republican leaders have broken a promise they made to expose the shocking contents of memos exchanged among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, says Manuel Miranda, the former GOP aide who is the whistleblower at the center of the so-called Memogate scandal. Miranda told Insight in an exclusive interview that both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, broke clearly stated...
  • GOP scapegoat now hero to conservatives

    03/31/2004 12:11:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 124+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | John M. Powers
    Republican leaders have broken a promise they made to expose the shocking contents of memos exchanged among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, says Manuel Miranda, the former GOP aide who is the whistleblower at the center of the so-called Memogate scandal. Miranda told Insight in an exclusive interview that both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, broke clearly stated promises to expose collusion between top Democrats and special-interest groups seeking to thwart President Bush's nominees to federal courts. "Sen. Hatch told me specifically, point blank, that if I resigned he could then talk...
  • Hatch and Frist Fire Whistle-blower

    03/30/2004 9:33:54 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 17 replies · 257+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | March 30, 2004 | John M. Powers
    Hatch and Frist Fire Whistle-blower Posted March 30, 2004 By John M. Powers GOP scapegoat Miranda has become a hero to conservative groups. Republican leaders have broken a promise they made to expose the shocking contents of memos exchanged among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, says Manuel Miranda, the former GOP aide who is the whistle-blower at the center of the so-called Memogate scandal. Miranda tells Insight in an exclusive interview that both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) broke clearly stated promises to expose collusion between top Democrats and special-interest groups seeking...
  • Attorney Fires Back in Judicial Memo Case

    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The attorney for Manuel Miranda fired back at the report issued by Senate Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle. The report focused on the activities of Miranda, the former counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the person accused of improperly obtaining Democratic strategy memos which outline efforts by liberal special interest groups to influence committee activities. In a letter to the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Miranda's attorney, Adam Augustine Carter, called on the members to bring closure to the investigation "not for fear that he would not be fully vindicated, but for the...
  • What Wrongdoing? (Miranda Memos)

    03/11/2004 8:25:53 AM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 29 replies · 180+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 11, 2004, 10:41 a.m. | By Manuel Miranda
    Washington never ceases to amuse. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), himself no stranger to leaking, is furious that Democrat staff memos on politicizing judicial confirmations were read and disclosed. The fact that Republicans (including myself) read Democrats' documents on an open server to which they had an affirmative grant of access does not stop his histrionics. Just as amusing, the Washington Post ran two recent editorials indignant that Republicans had read and leaked the Democratic memos. But where was the media sanctimony when, during the Clarence Thomas nomination battle, the Post took illegal possession of the Anita Hill documents, or...
  • Hatch caught in embarrassing online tryst with publisher of stolen RAT documents (FR mentioned)

    03/08/2004 10:40:58 PM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies · 252+ views
    The Desert Journal ^ | March 8, 2004 | MoveOn.org PAC's Research Team
    Hatch caught in embarrassing online tryst with publisher of stolen Democratic documents Twice in the days before right wing activist Kay Daly published stolen Democratic documents on her website, Senator Orrin Hatch appeared on fringe internet radio shows with her. On Oct. 29, 2003, he appeared on her Free Republic radio "Daly Show" and on Nov. 11, 2003, he appeared on another Free Republic radio show with her. Manuel Miranda appeared on Ms. Daly's radio show just two weeks earlier. Kay Daly was the first person to publish complete versions of the stolen documents. Miranda still denies leaking the stolen...
  • MEMOGATE - Voters are disgusted with wimpy GOP

    03/06/2004 5:31:12 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 45 replies · 262+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/5/04 | WSJ readers
    <p>If the Republicans ever do stand up to Democratic Judiciary Committee shenanigans, perhaps they can also force the Democrats in the Senate to "stand up" and run a 24/7, month-long, full-blown filibuster of Janice Brown and the President's other female nominees they oppose. The result will be voters going to the polls in November to give the Republicans a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, along with a Bush-Cheney landslide.</p>
  • Miranda Blasts Judicial Memo Report

    03/05/2004 11:09:31 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 11 replies · 171+ views
    gopusa ^ | March 5, 2004 | Bobby Eberle
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Manuel Miranda, the former aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), blasted the findings of a report by the Senate sergeant at arms, who was tasked with investigating Democratic judicial committee strategy memos which were released to the media. Miranda obtained memos through an unprotected Senate computer server which detailed efforts by Senate Democrats and liberal special interest groups to derail and delay votes on President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. Rather than focusing on the seemingly unethical nature of the memos, Senate Democratic leaders, and Republicans such as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch...
  • Memo Report Inconclusive on Criminal Activity

    03/05/2004 2:45:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 4 replies · 126+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-5-04
    <p>WASHINGTON — A fact-finding report by the Senate sergeant-at-arms draws no conclusions about whether two Republican staffers committed any crimes when they read files by Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee about their strategy for handling President Bush's judicial nominees.</p>
  • MOVEON.ORG MEMO- TIN FOIL:KAY DALY/HATCH/RADIO FREEREPUBLIC TROIKA

    03/05/2004 3:02:50 PM PST · by Deep Freep · 47 replies · 441+ views
    move-on star chamber | 3/5/04 | secret source
    Memo to Reporters FROM: MoveOn.org PAC's Research TeamDATE: 3.5.2004attachment. Revealing Picture of Hatch Surfaces On Internet: Hatch Caught in Embarrassing Online Tryst with Publisher of Stolen Democratic DocumentsTwice in the days before right wing activist Kay Daly published stolen Democratic documents on her web site, Senator Orrin Hatch appeared on fringe internet radio shows with her. On October 29, 2003, he appeared on her Free Republic radio "Daly Show" and on November 11, 2003, he appeared on another Free Republic radio show with her. Manuel Miranda appeared on Ms. Daly's radio show just two weeks earlier. Kay Daly was the...
  • Judiciary Democrats Want Criminal Probe of Published Memos

    03/05/2004 4:17:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 65 replies · 235+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3/05/04 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats hinted Thursday that they want two former GOP committee staffers prosecuted for alleged violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawmakers are angry that judicial nominations strategy memos obtained by the pair, which implicate Democrats in allegedly unethical and possibly illegal conduct, were released to the press. A report by the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, released Thursday, said improper implementation of computer network security procedures allowed a GOP aide to read and download 4,670 memos circulated between committee Democrats, their staffs and liberal special interest groups seeking to block President...
  • Memogate: Why won't the Senate GOP stand up to Democratic Judiciary Committee shenaningans?

    03/04/2004 9:08:43 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 14 replies · 227+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 03/05/04 | MELANIE KIRKPATRICK
    <p>This page's scoop last November--revealing Senate Democratic strategy memos on how to defeat President Bush's judicial nominees--created quite a kerfuffle. The excerpts appeared in an editorial on a Friday. On Monday, the Capitol Police swooped down on the offices of the Senate Judiciary Committee in search of evidence of who leaked the documents. Now, nearly four months later, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms has delivered a report confirming that 4,700 files were downloaded and that security was extremely lax on the Judiciary computers.</p>
  • Two New Democratic Memos (Important)

    03/04/2004 4:17:42 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 11 replies · 169+ views
    NRO ^ | March 04, 2004 | Byron York
    As the investigation into the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic strategy memos reaches a climax, National Review Online has obtained two new Democratic documents that were downloaded by a Republican staffer sometime in the period from late 2001 to spring 2003 Ironically, the two documents, apparently written by an aide to Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, concern a Republican memo that had been mistakenly sent to Democrats. In November, 2001, a top aide to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch sent a strategy e-mail to several other Republicans. One of the intended recipients was a Hatch staffer whose last name was Johnson. But instead...
  • Memos Might Reveal Profit Motive in Senate

    03/04/2004 4:45:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 209+ views
    Insight ^ | March 4, 2004 | Paul Weyrich
    A hot topic of recent political news is the so-called "Memogate." If you have followed such things then you know that some memos from the files of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made their way into the hands of the media. Thereafter, committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) expressed outrage that such a thing would happen on his watch. And somewhat later, Manny Miranda, who worked for Hatch and more recently has handled judicial nominations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), resigned. But not before he wrote a tough letter to the Senate Ethics Committee suggesting that the...
  • Hatch Plans to Release Report on Political Memo 'Snooping'

    03/04/2004 11:11:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 97+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3/03/04 | Jeff Johnson
    (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Thursday said he plans to release a redacted version of the report dealing with how Republican staff members on the committee gained unauthorized access to Democrat political strategy memos. The memos involved the plans of Democrat senators and liberal special interest groups to torpedo President Bush's conservative judicial nominees. Judiciary Committee Democrats are objecting to Hatch's plans to reveal the report, which was compiled by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, Secret Service agents and a computer consultant. At the center of the investigation is former Judiciary Committee Republican counsel Manuel Miranda,...
  • Ex-staffer holds ground as 'Memogate' unfolds

    03/03/2004 10:18:48 PM PST · by kattracks · 35 replies · 175+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/04/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Manuel Miranda, a central figure in what has come to be known among Capitol Hill insiders as "Memogate" or "Mannygate," is not the sort of guy with whom you want to get into a dispute.</p> <p>One month after being forced to resign over his role in viewing internal Democratic memos written by Senate Judiciary Committee staffers, Mr. Miranda is leading a spirited battle against Democrats he views as duplicitous and Republicans he sees as wimpy and unprincipled.</p>
  • Report on Judiciary memo snooping likely topic of Thursday meeting

    03/03/2004 5:18:09 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 29 replies · 209+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2004 | Jesse Holland
    From the AP: _________________________________________________________ Report on Judiciary memo snooping likely topic of Thursday meeting JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press March 3, 2004 Senate investigators wrapped up their probe Wednesday into how Democratic computer memos on judicial nominees got into GOP hands as senators prepared for a public debate on who's to blame. Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont got a private briefing by Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle and his investigators. The committee is expected to hash out the report at a Thursday hearing. But it was not yet clear when or if the report,...
  • New information in "Memogate"

    03/02/2004 7:18:25 PM PST · by Ritwngr · 14 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Republicans.net ^ | 3/2/2004 | Manuel Miranda
    Republican Senators with "egg on their faces" March 2, 2004 In the middle of the contentious fight over judicial nominations, we accused Republicans of surrendering to Democrats over what has been termed "Memogate" by some journalists. We said it was wrong for GOP senators to fire and scapegoat one of their most effective staffers, Manuel Miranda. It appears we were right. New information has surfaced showing that not only did Republicans act hastily, but the real blame does lie with the Democrats. Click here for Manuel Miranda's full statement, only released a few hours ago.
  • New Witness Comes Forward in 'Memo-gate' Scandal

    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- A former aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee has come forward with additional information which disputes claims by the Democrats that Republican staffers "hacked" into protected computers to obtain Democratic "strategy" memos.
  • 'Memogate' report delayed as new witness steps forward

    03/02/2004 5:40:57 AM PST · by Little Pig · 18 replies · 139+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 2, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate sergeant at arms’ final report on whether Republican aides hacked into Democratic Judiciary Committee files has been delayed as a former committee aide stepped forward with new information that seems to undercut Democratic claims that a criminal investigation was warranted. The report was scheduled to be given to Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) yesterday. Democrats on the judiciary panel have called for a criminal investigation of how Republican aides accessed internal Democratic documents and whether they then circulated them to the media, the Department of Justice and the White House. But...
  • Ex-intern attests to staffers' accounts on poached memos

    03/01/2004 10:07:39 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/02/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The computer glitch that let Republican staffers see internal memos on Democratic staffers' computers was widely known and reported to officials long before the memos were obtained by journalists and published, a former Republican intern on the Senate Judiciary Committee said.</p>
  • A Statement from Manuel Miranda

    03/01/2004 9:37:20 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 44 replies · 477+ views
    Press release | March 1, 2004 | Manuel Miranda
    From MANUEL MIRANDA For Immediate Release Contact: March 1, 2004 NEW PROOF COMES OUT OF DEMOCRAT TECH NEGLIGENCE “I told you so,” Miranda says. Washington, DC. Today a former Grassley intern, with deep computer security experience, has stepped forward with a sworn affidavit attesting that he knew over two years ago that the Senate Judiciary Committee network lacked security protocols and was an open server, and that he discovered that documents of both Republican and Democrat staff could be accessed in the same manner recently described by Hatch staffers. The affidavit also states that the Grassley staffer informed other Grassley...
  • Kennedy/Leahy/Durbin/Schumer Demand White House disclose its contact with Boyden Gray & Kay Daly

    03/01/2004 8:49:31 PM PST · by conservativegadfly1 · 26 replies · 301+ views
    Roll Call | March 1, 2004 | Paul Kane
    Judiciary Report Unveiled Today By Paul Kane Roll Call March 1, 2004 As Senate investigators put the final touches on a report on the handling of leaked memos, Judiciary Democrats took their grievances to the White House, demanding to know if Bush administration officials had access to the controversial documents. In a letter to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, four senior Democrats on the Judiciary Committee formally asked the White House whether administration officials had any knowledge of or access to the thousands of memos that were taken from Democrats over a roughly 18-month period from 2001 to early 2003....
  • ‘Memogate’ report delayed as new witness steps forward

    03/01/2004 6:00:17 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 34 replies · 321+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3-1-04 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate sergeant at arms’ final report on whether Republican aides hacked into Democratic Judiciary Committee files has been delayed as a former committee aide stepped forward with new information that seems to undercut Democratic claims that a criminal investigation was warranted. The report was scheduled to be given to Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) yesterday. Democrats on the judiciary panel have called for a criminal investigation of how Republican aides accessed internal Democratic documents and whether they then circulated them to the media, the Department of Justice and the White House. But...
  • Final report due in probe of leaked Judiciary memos

    03/01/2004 12:49:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/01/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The Senate sergeant-at-arms is expected to deliver a final report to Senate leaders today on his investigation into how internal Democratic Judiciary Committee memos were seen by Republican staffers and wound up in print in The Washington Times and elsewhere.</p>
  • Miranda Feels 'Disappointment' in Lack of GOP Support (Memogate)

    02/24/2004 1:26:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 132+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 2/24/04 | Jeff Johnson
    (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee is "disappointed" that Republican senators have not defended him more forcefully for uncovering Democrat memos laying out plans to derail President Bush's judicial nominees. Manuel Miranda said he has done nothing wrong and believes he deserves an apology from his accusers. "My first reaction was disappointment in men who I had raised up as heroes," Miranda told CNSNews.com , referring to the Republican leaders he formerly served. He seemed especially hurt by the reaction of his former supervisor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "I certainly do...