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  • NYT: Trey Gowdy to subpoena Sid Blumenthal for Benghazi committee

    05/19/2015 9:39:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    To quote Wilford Brimley in Absence of Malice: “Wonderful thing, subpoenas.” Don’t set your DVR just yet, as this subpoena will serve as an “invitation” to a closed-door but transcribed hearing. Still, the move to collar longtime Clintonista Sid Blumenthal qualifies as a major development for the Benghazi Select Committee investigation: Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.Mr. Gowdy’s chief interest, according to people briefed on the inquiry, is a series of memos that...
  • Obama issues 'executive orders by another name (Why Obama didn't issue EO)

    02/19/2015 3:44:22 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    USA Today (see link) ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Gregory Korte
    Executive orders are numbered; memoranda are not. Memoranda are always published in the Federal Register after proclamations and executive orders. And under Executive Order 11030, signed by President Kennedy in 1962, an executive order must contain a "citation of authority," saying what law it's based on. Memoranda have no such requirement.
  • Obama making record use of presidential memos to carry out policy (w/Video Judge Napolitano)

    12/17/2014 9:39:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2014
    Great 3:23 minute video interview at link. President Obama reportedly is using a unique form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum at a historic pace a tactic that allows him to, technically, claim hes not over-using executive orders while still pursuing high-level policy changes without involvement from Congress. A review by USA Today, published Wednesday, shows that, in fact, Obama has issued more memoranda than any U.S. president in history. Hes issued 198 more than the 195 executive orders from his White House. The executive action is strikingly similar to an executive order, with only slight...
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • Senators ask ex-IRS chief to detail communications with White House

    05/20/2013 2:13:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2013 | By Ed O'Keefe
    Signaling that it intends to conduct an aggressive investigation into how the Internal Revenue Service targeted certain conservative-leaning groups, the Senate Finance Committee has asked the agencys outgoing acting commissioner to document any communications with top Obama administration officials about the unfolding scandal. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who lead the Finance Committee, wrote to Steven T. Miller on Monday making 41 specific requests for information. They include documentation of all attempts to elicit information from groups seeking tax-exempt status; a list of all the words and phrases used to target applicants for additional scrutiny; how...
  • Hacker Begins Distributing Confidential Memos Sent To Hillary Clinton On Libya, Benghazi Attack

    03/18/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 87 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3/18/2013 | staff
    In e-mail blasts this weekend, Guccifer sent documents stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide to congressional aides, political figures, and journalists. Armed with confidential memos to Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide, a hacker has distributed some of the documents to a wide array of congressional aides, political figures, and journalists worldwide. In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as Guccifer disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.
  • Source: Charges Unlikely for Lawyers Over Interrogation Memos (because no laws were broken)

    05/05/2009 3:43:32 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 579+ views
    fox news ^ | 5 | ap
    Justice Department officials have stopped short of recommending criminal charges against Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memos approving harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects. A person familiar with the inquiry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says investigators recommended referring two of the three lawyers to state bar associations for possible disciplinary action. The person was not authorized to discuss the inquiry. The person noted that the investigative report was still in draft form and subject to revisions. Attorney General Eric Holder also may make his own determination about what steps to take once the report has been finalized....
  • Rather Still Claiming Bush Natl Guard Story Was True

    09/07/2010 6:20:09 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 41 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 | BY DON IRVINE
    Some people just cant let go and Dan Rather is a case in point. Almost six years after he questioned George Bushs National Guard service Rather is still defending the report that led to his eventual departure from the network. Give it a rest Dan. From TVNewser Rather, of course, famously parted ways with CBS after a story about Former President George W. Bushs service in the National Guard was found to be based on faulty documents. Rather sued CBS over his ouster, and most of the charges have since been dismissed. Still, Rather continues to defend the report to...
  • Computer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier

    07/29/2010 8:54:10 PM PDT · by DaveTesla · 53 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said. The disclosure came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged Thursday to "aggressively investigate the leak" and find ways to prevent further breaches, and told reporters that he had invited the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist the probe. Defense officials said the FBI was investigating whether civilians aided Pfc. Manning in providing the information to WikiLeaks, a Web-based group that this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan. Pfc. Manning already was...
  • Yoo And Baybee Cleared On Interrogation Memos

    02/19/2010 5:40:10 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 3 replies · 175+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | February 19, 2010 | Neoavatara
    John Yoo and Jay Baybee, the two Justice Department officials most responsible for the memos that guided the Bush Administration's policy on harsh interrogations, were cleared by the Obama/Holder Justice Department of professional misconduct. It also cleared Stephen Bradbury, who headed the Office of Legal Counsel. The conclusion resulted from a decision by top career Justice Department executive David Margolis to reverse a recommendation of investigators that found the two lawyers' legal memos did constitute professional misconduct. That tentative conclusion, which was overruled by Margolis, said the lawyers should be referred to their state bar associations for potential disbarment. But...
  • Political offensive targets Bush

    03/18/2006 7:10:43 AM PST · by High Cotton · 96 replies · 2,214+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/18/2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats have mapped a political battle plan for the March congressional recess that calls on lawmakers to stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies. The game plan, devised by the office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is contained in a six-page memo distributed to Democratic senators on Thursday at a closed-door meeting at the Capitol and provided to The Washington Times by a congressional staffer. Titled "Real Security," the political document calls for staged town hall events at...
  • 10 reasons why Nancy Pelosi is in deep trouble over her CIA outburst

    05/16/2009 12:38:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 1,182+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 15, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Could Nancy Pelosi eventually lose her job as Speaker of the House over her incendiary allegation that the CIA lied to her and misled Congress? It's possible and here's why: 1. Her shifting explanations about what she knew about water-boarding and when she knew it indicate at the very least inconsistency and economy with the truth. Check out some of her differing statements here. 2. CIA briefers are professionals - being a briefer is a specialism for fast-track career analysts within the Agency's Directorate of Intelligence. A CIA briefing given to two senior members of Congress without their staffs present...
  • Nancy Pelosi goes to war with "lying" CIA

    05/15/2009 1:33:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 1,426+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 14, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    If there is an independent truth commission into the use of alleged torture, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, could find herself in the dock. After a series of incomplete, belated and apparently contradictory Pelosi accounts of CIA briefings to her and her staff, the big question in Washington today is: What did she know about waterboarding and when did she know it? Former Bush consigliere Karl Rove lays out the charges against her here. Fighting fire with fire today, Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to Congress as a diversionary tactic to cover up lies about Iraq...
  • Nancy Pelosi accuses CIA of lying

    05/15/2009 1:27:49 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 957+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 15, 2009
    The US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has accused the Bush-era CIA of misleading her about alleged torture of suspected terrorists and denied her failure to object to such tactics made her complicit. "At every step of the way, the administration was misleading the Congress. And that is the issue. And that is why we need a 'truth commission,'" to look into controversial "war on terror" tactics, said the top Democrat. Ms Pelosi, a key ally of President Barack Obama, has drawn fierce Republican charges that she knew years ago about harsh techniques such as the controlled drowning known as waterboarding...
  • Democrats were routinely briefed on Bush torture techniques, document shows

    05/09/2009 1:20:55 AM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies · 567+ views
    The CIA has released a devastating document detailing the dates and explicit details of secret Congressional briefings in which members of Congress were told of the Bush administrations torture techniques and when they had been used. The document is explicit (PDF here). Most damning, perhaps, is its description of a meeting held between CIA staff and then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which shows that Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administrations torture techniques in 2002 even though shes publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding. Equally striking, however, is...

    05/01/2009 3:30:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 762+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 1, 2009 | Adam Brodsky
    IF President Obama were as crafty as, say, Osama bin Laden, you might wonder if his decision last week to release new "torture" photos this month was part of some clever psych-ops scheme. After all, the decision came only a week after Obama & Co. let loose key memos on "brutal" US interrogation techniques. CIA operatives, the memos showed, had "tortured" prisoners and used sinister tactics designed to exploit fears. Now the Obama folks will hand out scores of new photos from investigations at US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. So is this some new publicity campaign meant to deter...
  • Spanish judge uses memos released by Barack Obama to pursue Bush officials

    04/29/2009 4:21:10 PM PDT · by fiodora · 8 replies · 551+ views ^ | Apr 29, 2009 at 19:11:43 | Gerald Warner
    Why draw the line at Spain - why not have Republican officials tried in Cuba for maintaining a blockade? Even if the worst that happens is that former President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and all those who served in their administrations find it advisable not to visit Spain or take international flights that stop off there, it is intolerable that persecution more appropriate to Robert Mugabe should be visited upon former public servants of the most powerful democracy on earth. If such infamy has already been achieved by President Pantywaist in his first 100 days, what further disasters can the...
  • Bybee says no regrets

    04/29/2009 7:07:43 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 4 replies · 517+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 29, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    When Barack Obama released Jay Bybees 2002 memos on enhanced interrogations, the Washington Post reported that Bybee recently expressed regret for his work. The New York Times today says that the Post got it wrong. Bybee stands by his work, even though it has cost him friends and prompted credential investigations:
  • Misconceptions About the Interrogation Memos

    04/27/2009 5:17:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies · 506+ views
    Wall Steet ^ | APRIL 26, 2009 | LLIAM M. MCSWAIN
    WALL STREET JOURNAL * OPINION * APRIL 26, 2009, 10:35 P.M. ET Misconceptions About the Interrogation Memos Their goal was to allow the CIA and military to stay within the parameters of a murky area of the law. By WILLIAM M. MCSWAIN President Barack Obama has reinvigorated the critics of George W. Bush's antiterror policies by opening the door to prosecuting or sanctioning those who crafted interrogation policy in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. These critics -- including the president -- are laboring under numerous misconceptions. Many of them have no experience with or understanding of...
  • McCain differs with Cheney on interrogation memos [next up, McCain attacking Bush directly?]

    04/26/2009 1:31:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 3,083+ views
    White House says Holder will decide on prosecutions; Obama opposes special commission on Bush-era policies. BY WILL DUNHAM WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - Releasing classified memos showing whether harsh Bush-era interrogation methods yielded useful information from terrorism suspects is not necessary, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday in a public disagreement with former Vice President Dick Cheney. After President Barack Obama released four memos this month revealing the Bush administration's legal justification for methods such as waterboarding -- a form of simulated drowning -- Cheney called for declassifying any memos showing that these techniques succeeded in producing valuable information....
  • Those Interrogation Memos Show Bush Cared

    04/25/2009 9:02:01 PM PDT · by Petro · 16 replies · 1,111+ views
    Those Interrogation Memos Show Bush Cared If the Bush Administration didn't care about the legality of those so-called harsh interrogation techniques, we wouldn't have those memos giving legal opinion about their application and limitations. Instead, the "Administration" would have just gone ahead and done the interrogations. But, the fact that memos were being floated between the CIA, the Administration, and the Justice Department shows that there was an intent to stay within the legal boundaries of what is defined or not defined as torture.
  • Congress Knew About the Interrogations (Obama should release the rest of the memos)

    04/22/2009 8:25:26 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 10 replies · 694+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2009 | Peter Hoekstra
    Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair got it right last week when he noted how easy it is to condemn the enhanced interrogation program "on a bright sunny day in April 2009." Reactions to this former CIA program, which was used against senior al Qaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003, are demonstrating how little President Barack Obama and some Democratic members of Congress understand the dire threats to our nation. George Tenet, who served as CIA director under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, believes the enhanced interrogations program saved lives. He told CBS's "60 Minutes" in April 2007:...
  • Hillary Avoids Torture Memo Question By Mocking Cheney -- Rohrabacher Calls Her Out

    04/22/2009 7:24:47 PM PDT · by kellynla · 70 replies · 3,228+ views
    YouTube ^ | 4/22/2009 | Hillary Clinton/Dana
    Hillary Avoids Torture Memo Question By Mocking Cheney -- Rohrabacher
  • Editorial: What the Memos Mean ( National Review )

    04/22/2009 5:21:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 828+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2009 | staff
    The Obama grandstanding tour took a domestic turn with his release of four highly classified Justice Department legal opinions about interrogation. The political point of their release was to signal the end of a dark and painful chapter in our history, as President Obama put it See, were not like those lawless Bushies. Theres a cost to this preening. Foreign intelligence services will rethink cooperating with us, knowing how bad we are at keeping secrets. Obamas relationship with the intelligence community will be strained. And al-Qaeda now knows important details of the CIAs controversial enhanced-interrogation program and will doubtless...
  • Barack Obama hints that George Bush 'torture lawyers' may be prosecuted

    04/21/2009 12:24:45 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 1,477+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2009 | Tom Baldwin
    President Obama today left the door open to prosecuting lawyers from the Bush Administration who drafted memos authorising the use of harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects. Although he once again stressed that it would be inappropriate to take action against CIA personnel - provided they had followed guidance issued by the White House - Mr Obama added that those responsible for writing the rules could yet be pursued through the courts. "I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the Attorney General within the perimeters of various laws, and I don't want to...
  • Torture memo has put US in danger, CIA tells Barack Obama

    04/21/2009 5:15:57 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 80 replies · 2,250+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2009 | Tim Reid
    President Obama visited the CIA headquarters yesterday to placate officials dismayed by his decision to release top secret torture memos, a move that has provoked accusations that he is willing to compromise Americas safety out of political correctness. Mr Obamas first visit to the CIA, to boost morale there and shore up his own reputation, came as his decision to release the memos detailing brutal interrogation sessions of terror suspects continued to attract criticism. There were claims from inside the agencys ranks that the move had undermined its ability to extract vital intelligence from Americas enemies, and could even blow...

    04/21/2009 2:17:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 588+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE debate over the just-released Jus tice Department memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as they were dubbed the "torture memos." Forevermore, they will be remembered as the legal lowlights of a "dark and painful chapter in our history," as President Obama put it. Rightly considered, the memos should be a source of pride. They represent a nation of laws struggling to defend itself against a savage, lawless enemy while adhering to its legal commitments and norms. Most societies throughout human history wouldn't have bothered. The memos cite conduct that is indisputably torture from a court case involving Serbs...
  • Obama visiting CIA after memos' release

    04/20/2009 12:12:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 31 replies · 1,154+ views
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2009 | CNN
    President Obama on Monday will visit CIA headquarters amid criticism from an ex-CIA chief that he compromised national security last week by releasing Bush-era memos on interrogation tactics. The president will meet with CIA Director Leon Panetta, Deputy Director Stephen Kappes and other officials and also will talk to employees about the importance of the agency's mission to national security. Obama's visit comes a day after former CIA Director Michael Hayden said the decision to release the four memos undermined the work the agency is doing. Hayden, President Bush's CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said the release of the...
  • Barack Obama to meet CIA agents to calm anger over 'torture' memos

    04/20/2009 11:33:42 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 75 replies · 2,971+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 20, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama is to make his first visit to the Central Intelligence Agency in an attempt to calm an uproar among America's spies over his release of secret memos about interrogation techniques. The White House said he would address staff at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia about the "importance of the CIA's mission". His visit came as it emerged that the highly controversial technique of "waterboarding", a type of simulated drowning, was used 266 times on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, two senior al-Qaeda prisoners. Last week, Mr Obama released four memos, running to 126 pages, written...
  • Barack Obama must beware of playing party politics with security

    04/19/2009 3:26:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 861+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 18, 2009 | Con Coughlin
    All it is going to take is a massive terror attack to teach President Obama that there is a world of difference between the politics of the campaign trail and those of high office. You have only to look at his stunning success in last year's election race to see that Mr Obama is the consummate campaign performer. Early in the contest I watched the then Democratic candidate in action in Kansas, where he had managed to persuade thousands of Americans who would not normally involve themselves in politics cowhands, students and disillusioned pensioners to turn up on...
  • Ex-CIA chiefs slowed torture memos release (but Traitor Obama did it anyway!)

    04/17/2009 5:39:44 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 48 replies · 1,693+ views
    msnbc ^ | 4/17/2009 | ap
    Four former CIA directors opposed releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos, officials say, describing objections that went all the way to the White House and slowed release of the records. Former CIA chiefs Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet and John Deutch all called the White House in March warning that release of the so-called "torture memos" would compromise intelligence operations, current and former officials say. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to detail internal government discussions. President Barack Obama ultimately overruled those concerns after internal discussions that intensified in the weeks after the former directors intervened. The...
  • Barack Obama was reluctant to release CIA 'torture' documents

    04/17/2009 10:42:01 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 54 replies · 1,501+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 17, 2009 | Tom Baldwin and Nico Hines
    The White House has insisted that President Obama was reluctant to release documents detailing harsh CIA interrogation techniques that were kept secret by the Bush Administration. Four memos published last night showed that terror suspects had been subjected to tactics that included being slammed against walls while wearing a special plastic neck collar, kept awake for up to 11 straight days, simulation drowning known as "waterboarding" and being placed in a dark, cramped box. Senior officials explained that the President felt compelled to release the information because of a court case under the Freedom of Information act which ordered the...
  • Barack Obama attacked on all sides over release of terror memos

    04/17/2009 10:14:50 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 51 replies · 3,287+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 17, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    President Barack Obama was attacked from all sides on Friday over his decision to declassify four memos detailing harsh CIA interrogation methods approved by the George W Bush administration for use against terror suspects. Former senior Bush officials criticised the president for giving away secrets to terrorists, and claimed that the tactics had worked. Meanwhile, human rights groups took issue with Mr Obama's declaration issued alongside the memos that agents who had used methods regarded as torture would not be prosecuted. Amnesty International said: "The US Department of Justice appears to have offered a get-out-of-jail-free card to people...
  • Obama consulted widely on memos (then he sided with the terrorist)

    04/16/2009 5:36:54 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 26 replies · 1,168+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 4/16/09 | Mike Allen
    White House senior adviser David Axelrod says President Barack Obama spent about a month pondering whether to release Bush-era memos about CIA interrogation techniques, and considered it a weighty decision. SNIP - A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos unbelievable. It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are, the official said. We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by...
  • Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos

    03/02/2009 3:53:22 PM PST · by Vision · 36 replies · 1,815+ views
    AP ^ | 3/2/09 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects. The Justice Department released nine legal opinions showing that, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration determined that certain constitutional rights would not apply during the coming fight. Within two weeks, government lawyers were already discussing ways to wiretap U.S. conversations without warrants. The Bush administration eventually abandoned many of the legal conclusions, but the documents themselves...
  • Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos

    03/02/2009 4:16:04 PM PST · by RVN Airplane Driver · 361+ views
    <p>Secret anti-terror Bush memos made public by Obama Mar 2 04:11 PM US/Eastern By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Monday released a long-secret legal document from 2001 in which the Bush administration claimed the military could search and seize terror suspects in the United States without warrants.</p>
  • Obama Releases Secret Bush Anti-terror Memos

    03/02/2009 8:42:55 PM PST · by clyde260 · 37 replies · 1,990+ views
    Associated Press Writers ^ | 3/2/2009 | DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects. The Justice Department released nine legal opinions showing that, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
  • Clinton attack memo offered detailed information on Obama's travels?

    03/20/2008 8:46:33 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 85 replies · 2,734+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 13, 2008 | Daniel Malloy
    Two minutes after that, the campaign issued a memo with pointed questions for Mr. Obama on national security, including: "As voters evaluate you as a potential Commander-in-Chief, do you think it's legitimate for people to be concerned that you have traveled to only one NATO country, on a brief stopover trip in 2005, and have never traveled to Latin America?"
  • Is Rush Limbaugh's "Online Auction" of Smear letter Greedy?-Humor.

    10/17/2007 8:33:20 AM PDT · by AirBorn · 2 replies · 68+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 10/17/07 | Darth Airborne
    FIRST THREAD by BLUE TURTLE : Rush Limbaugh to auction off Harry Reid's letter to CLEAR CHANNEL on EBAY Earlier on Drudge: FLASH: Rush Limbaugh to auction off Harry Reid's letter to CLEAR CHANNEL on EBAY; Money goes to Marine Charity.... Developing... And.... Rush Limbaugh Auctions Off Harry Reid Letter On E Bay By SKIMASK....Hey FReepers Rush is auctioning off the letter Dingy Harry sent to Clear Channel denouncing Rush's "Phony Soldier" remark
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 10-5-07

    10/05/2007 5:28:49 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 120 replies · 1,528+ views
    President Bush met with his economic team today in the Oval Office. August 2007 marked the 49th consecutive month of job growth since 2003. And that's the longest uninterrupted job growth on record for our country. (Transcript) The president also took this opportunity to speak about terrorism and to defend US interrogation policy since some people, like Senator Jay Rockefeller (Democrat-W.Va.) and the good folks at the New York Times, apparently have nothing better to do than worry about terrorists rights. (Source) By the way, according to a recent FOX News poll, 1 in 5 Democrats thinks the world will...
  • Homeland Security memos contradict U.S. attorney

    01/31/2007 2:23:32 AM PST · by Man50D · 48 replies · 1,644+ views ^ | January 31, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi
    In the high-profile case of two U.S. Border Patrol officers imprisoned after shooting and wounding a Mexican drug smuggler, two Department of Homeland Security documents apparently contradict the version of events put forth by the U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted the case. The internal Department of Homeland Security memoranda which have been denied Congress despite repeated requests by two House members show that within one month of the shooting incident involving Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, government investigators had identified the smuggler as Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila. But this seems to contradict U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's claim...
  • Bill Bennett Show: SANDY BERGER LIES PARODY SONG CONTEST (get ready to sing songs on this thread)

    01/12/2007 8:47:34 PM PST · by doug from upland · 123 replies · 1,716+ views
    Bill Bennett website ^ | 1-12-07 | Bill Bennett
    In response to the outrageous and undercovered national security scandal involving Sandy Berger, Bill Bennett is holding a song contest to shine the light on this. Having created a few political parodies, I thought I would give it a try. I'll bring the 34 songs I did this week into this thread either one at a time or in small groups. I hope you will find something you like. Sandy Berger Lies Contest Rules 1. Write lyrics to an already existing song, or song you write yourself, that tells the story of the Sandy Berger archives scandal. E.g., "Sandy Berger...
  • Bush Advisers Memo Cites Doubts About Iraqi Leader : another LEAKED Memo ?

    11/29/2006 6:32:38 AM PST · by AirBorn · 27 replies · 1,094+ views
    Drudge ^ | 11/29/06 | Staff
    " Bush Advisers Memo Cites Doubts About Iraqi Leader " WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 " A classified memorandum .... by President Bushs national security adviser expressed serious doubts about whether Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq and recommended that the United States take new steps to strengthen the Iraqi leaders position. The Nov. 8 memo was prepared for Mr. Bush and his top deputies by Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and senior aides on the staff of the National Security Council after a trip by Mr. Hadley to Baghdad....
  • Nigeria: The Tell-It-All Letters And Memos (More William Jefferson D-La. bribery fallout)

    09/19/2006 2:25:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 769+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/18/06
    Nigeria: The Tell-It-All Letters And Memos Vanguard (Lagos) DOCUMENT September 16, 2006 Posted to the web September 18, 2006 Office of the Vice President GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ASO ROCK/'ILLA. AHUJA MR. PRESIDENT MEMORANDUM From:VICE-PRESIDENT Reference: Subject:RE: REQUEST .. FOR.ASSISTANCE .. IN THE..INVESTIGATION OF US CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM JEFFERSON: REQUEST FOR EFCC REPORT On Tuesday, September 5, 2006, I was questioned by a five-man Committee led by the Attorney-General of the Federation on matters relating to the Investigation of US congressman William Jefferson. This was the culmination of a series of inquiries in writing by the Chairman of...
  • Dan Rather mulling CBS lawsuit

    07/13/2006 6:17:19 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 168 replies · 5,040+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/13/06 | Paul J. Gough
    NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather says he has considered filing a lawsuit against the network where he had worked for 44 years. Appearing Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," Rather paused after a question from King and then said he wouldn't talk about whether he would file a lawsuit against CBS. But he acknowledged, "I can't say that I've never thought about it." It wasn't clear from the interview what Rather considered to be possible grounds for a lawsuit. A CBS spokesman commented late Wednesday after the interview, saying, "CBS believes that it...
  • Mary Mapes: In Defense Of Dan Rather

    06/07/2006 8:58:30 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 44 replies · 1,587+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mary Mapes
    (NOTE TO FReaders. I would not normally alter the basic article, but it so full of delusional thoughts and outright lines that direct attribution is needed so FReader will see what is being references, much like DUmmie Funnies from PJ Comix) STORY FOLLOWS By Mary Mapes My first thought when I read the NY Post's latest Page Six item on Dan Rather was that Dan must have missed a hush money payment or something. Reading on, I realized this was actually an opening publicity volley for a new book, one that is probably guaranteed a small but ready readership. (IT...
  • Clinton Appointee Linked to Bombshell Anti-Bush Intel Memo

    11/07/2003 8:58:47 AM PST · by kattracks · 244 replies · 1,226+ views ^ | 11/07/03 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    A former member of the Clinton administration is being linked to a bombshell Senate Intelligence Committee memo outlining a strategy to use information gathered by the committee to help drive President Bush from office in 2004. In an editorial Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports: "[Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-WV] refuses to denounce the memo, which he says was unauthorized and written by staffers. If that's the case, at the very least, some heads ought to roll. A good place to start would be minority staffer Christopher Mellon, who serves as deputy assistant secretary of defense for...
  • Now Right Demanding Dem Memos

    09/14/2005 9:46:13 PM PDT · by Coastal · 54 replies · 1,930+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9-15-05 | Alexander Bolton
    Conservative strategists are drafting a letter to Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding the release of hundreds of internal memos detailing contacts between the lawmakers and liberal interest groups opposing John Robertss nomination to the Supreme Court. By planning to press Democrats on the sensitive subject, conservatives seem to be pulling a page from the Democrats own political playbook. In the weeks leading up to the confirmation hearings, Senate Democrats have repeatedly called on the White House to give them memos Roberts penned while he was deputy solicitor general in President George H.W. Bushs administration. Sen. Patrick Leahy...
  • The Democratic Party: Hypocrisy and Revisionism - (Teddy, Howlin' Howie & John Franois)

    07/28/2005 10:10:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 1,008+ views
    Howard Dean has decried Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a right winger. John Kerry is demanding that the White House release Supreme Court nominee John Roberts records in total. And Teddy Kennedy, well, Teddy continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth. If it were possible to hear eyes roll the sound would have thundered across the country with each one of these statements. Whether it is their manipulation of our nations sitcom attention span or the elite medias bent agenda is irrelevant. The Democratic sideshow barkers are getting away with it. Recently, at one of his many anger-fests...
  • Roberts' early writings argue against judicial activism - (believed safely conservative)

    07/28/2005 4:32:58 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 444+ views
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.COM ^ | JULY 28, 2005 | Jill Zuckman and Sam Singer , Chicago Tribune
    WASHINGTON - Thousands of pages of newly released documents from John Roberts' first government job show a highly intelligent, politically savvy young man, wrestling with charged legal and political issues on behalf of the deeply conservative Reagan administration. As a special assistant to Attorney General William French Smith in 1981 and 1982, Roberts advocated positions and drafted memos on issues from judicial restraint to voting rights to affirmative action, which were as controversial then as they are now that Roberts is no longer a twenty-something aide but a nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court. Roberts generally took strongly...