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  • Vanity Question: Has any U.S. President in history ever issued 5 million criminal "pardons" before?

    11/20/2014 5:31:40 PM PST · by epluribus_2 · 33 replies
    today | epluribus_2
    Just asking. Can we all agree that these are "pardons" to give millions of lawbreakers a get out of jail free.
  • Eric Holder’s exit leaves a complicated vacuum to fill

    10/01/2014 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    ".....Why wasn’t the White House, which knew for months that Eric H. Holder Jr. was itching to leave, ready to roll with a successor? More important, given Holder’s foot inching toward the door, why did it not time this departure more intelligently — rather than having it arrive just before an election and the prospect of Democrats losing control of the Senate? Once again, this being baseball playoff season, can’t anybody here play this game? After six years, apparently not. These questions matter not because of what they tell us about the Holder situation but because of what they say...
  • Instead of granting executive amnesty, couldn’t Obama just pardon illegal immigrants?

    08/07/2014 2:37:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A follow-up to my earlier post about what O can and can’t do under Article II. One thing he can do, unambiguously, is pardon people — lots of people if he likes, just as Jimmy Carter pardoned many thousands of draft dodgers after Vietnam. He could also pardon people preemptively, before they’re charged, which is what Gerald Ford did for Richard Nixon. The obvious question, then: If O’s on firm ground constitutionally in using the pardon power, why doesn’t he explicitly frame his upcoming mega-amnesty for illegals as a pardon? Guy Benson and I spent a solid half-hour debating that...
  • DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

    04/24/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Aprilt 24, 2014
    As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail. At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying...
  • Clemency for Drug Offenders is More Presidential Lawlessness Disguised as Pardon Power

    04/21/2014 3:38:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 21, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that dozens of lawyers will be reassigned to the Justice Department’s pardon office in anticipation of a surge of applications from drug offenders for reductions in their sentences — applications the Obama administration has signaled it would look upon favorably. This exercise is another transparent usurpation of legislative power by the president. The pardon power is just the camouflage for it. The pardon power exists so that the president can act in individual cases to correct excesses and injustices. It is not supposed to be a vehicle by which presidents rewrite congressional statutes that...
  • List of Clinton Pardons (They love coke and meth dealers)

    02/21/2014 12:09:44 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 12 replies
    Justice Department ^ | 2000 | US Government
    NAME, DISTRICT, SENTENCED, OFFENSE David Phillip Aronsohn D. Minn. 1961 Failure to pay special occupational tax on wagering, 26 U.S.C. § 7203 Wanda Kaye Bain-Prentice D. Ariz. 1982 Mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1341 Antonio Barucco U. S. Army general court-martial 1945 Desertion in violation of the 58th Article of War Kristine Margo Beck D. Idaho 1981 Bank embezzlement, 18 U.S.C. § 656 David Christopher Billmaier D. N. M. 1980 Possession with intent to distribute amphetamines, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) Terry Lee Brown E. D. Ky. 1962 Interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, 18 U.S.C. § 2312 Joe Carl...
  • Evidence on Mohamed Mursi’s direct link to terror acts in Egypt (like lawless Obama)

    01/29/2014 8:58:18 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Eman Nabih ^ | January 28, 2014 | Eman Nabih
    Mohamed Mursi has a direct link and responsibility for all terror attacks which are taking place in Egypt since 30/6/2013 and also a direct responsibility in creating a climate of violence. Many of the terrorists and thugs elements committed terror attacks after 30/6/2013, were among Morsi’s presidential pardon list and were given a presidential pardon by Mohamed Mursi when he was in power.Mohamed Mursi gave a presidential pardon to more than 810 dangerous terrorist and criminal elements. Mohamed Morsi hijacked legislative and executive powers and authorities, and gave himself immunity against any questioning. Mursi’s authorities were actually blatant violations and...
  • Va. governor restores Scooter Libby’s vote rights

    03/03/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
    Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly. Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the Republican governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. … In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than...
  • Obama issues 17 pardons

    03/01/2013 3:58:09 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    President Obama on Friday granted pardons to 17 people who had been convicted on a range of charges, from theft to conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods. Here's the list, via the White House: Robert Leroy Bebee – Rockville, Maryland. Offense: Misprision of a felony, 18 U.S.C. § 4. Sentence: Two years probation. James Anthony Bordinaro – Gloucester, Massachusetts. Offenses: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1; conspiracy to submit false statements, 18 U.S.C. § 371. Sentence: 12 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine. Kelli Elisabeth Collins...
  • 'Qaeda 7' attorney gets NYC job: Fed prosecutor gig ('Terrorist sympathizer')

    01/09/2011 4:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Michael Maddux
    An embattled former Obama administration appointee -- who was part of a group of attorneys accused of being terrorist sympathizers for defending "enemy combatants" -- has been hired for a post at the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, officials confirmed today. Tali Farhadian was one of several private attorneys who created a rift between Republicans last spring when the Obama Administration assigned them to posts within the Justice Department. Although Farhadian was handling unrelated matters in Attorney General Eric Holder's office, a political watchdog group accused Obama of overloading the agency with officials sympathetic to enemy combatants. Their appointments even...
  • President's Power of Pardon

    11/04/2012 3:51:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Bill Clinton used his presidential pardon power in July 2000 to commute the sentence of Serena Nunn, who was sentenced to 15 years for a first-time nonviolent drug offense when she was 19. The pardon shaved three years off Nunn's sentence. Nunn told me over the phone, "I thought then that it was a great thing that a president used his power to help an average person." Nunn later graduated from college and then the University of Michigan Law School. Last month, having passed a character fitness test, Nunn passed the Georgia bar. On Monday, she will be sworn...
  • Obama Gives Up, Goes Back to DC to Work On His Exit Package

    10/30/2012 11:47:37 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 67 replies
    My Fertile Brain | 30 October 2012 | Myself
    Let me tell you something boys and girls: Obama has given up. He knows it's over. He made this decision in Florida when he decided to "come back to Washington to direct the Sandy relief effort." Poppycock. He knows he's going down, and he came back to DC to (a) spare himself the anguish of having his narcissistic supply on the campaign trail, and (b) to plot the course of his final 83 das in office. Part of the latter is this: what kind of deal is he going to be able to make to get himself and his cronies...
  • Vanity: What Obama Pardons & What Romney Investigations Post-Election?

    10/18/2012 3:54:20 PM PDT · by dagogo redux · 35 replies
    10/18/12 | dagogo redux
    If it is not too early to assume Romney wins: 1. What pardons do you anticipate from Obama as he leaves, and 2. What crimes and scandals will (or should) get new or renewed investigations from a Romney administration?
  • A PSA for executive branch bureaucrats

    10/15/2012 1:53:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    RedState ^ | October 14, 2012 | Moe Lane
    Hi! Are you an employee of the State Department? Treasury? Defense? Justice? Interior? Agriculture? Labor? Health & Human Services? Housing & Urban Development? Transportation*? Energy? Education? Veterans Affairs? Homeland Security? Commerce? [pause] Wow. I didn’t actually think that I’d be able to find shenanigans going on in the Commerce Department. Aside from the Census, it doesn’t really do all that much. …anyway, if you are a member of this or any other government agency, please take this test. Please look around your desk Monday and see if you can see anything that will make you go Man, if Darrell Issa...
  • When Will Obama Reform Presidential Pardons?

    05/27/2012 5:53:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    As a candidate for president in 2008, Barack Obama pledged to "immediately" review federal mandatory minimum sentences "to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the ineffective warehousing of nonviolent drug offenders." Obama also had written memoirs, in which he admitted to using marijuana and cocaine -- "maybe a little blow when you could afford it" -- as a teen. And he's the first black president. Linda Aaron, a black Alabama grandmother, voted for Obama. For years, Aaron had been hoping that President George W. Bush would commute the obscenely long prison sentence of her son, Clarence....
  • Man pardoned by Barbour charged in DUI-death case

    05/16/2012 7:33:51 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 17 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | May 15, 2012
    Man pardoned by Barbour charged in DUI-death case PONTOTOC -- An Oxford man pardoned by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this year has been indicted on three counts related to the 2011 highway death of 18-year-old Charity Smith. Harry Russ Bostick, 55, turned himself in to Pontotoc authorities Friday and is free on $50,000 bond. He’ll be arraigned May 24 when formal charges will be read against him. Bostick has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI-death. The indictment alleges that on Oct. 7, 2011, Bostick was intoxicated when his vehicle hit one...
  • Top 10 Reasons Eric Holder Should Not Be Attorney General

    03/29/2012 8:37:53 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/9/2011 | Human Events
    Human Events recently editorialized that Eric Holder should have never been confirmed as attorney general and that his priorities are dangerous. Here are the Top 10 Reasons Eric Holder Should Not Be Attorney General: 1. Wants special rights for Muslims: Holder’s Justice Department filed suit against the Berkeley School District in Illinois for denying a request for a 19-day leave of absence in the middle of the semester by a Muslim computer lab teacher who wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Justice Department wants a federal court to grant Safoorah Khan back pay with interest, reinstatement, and award...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court rules Barbour pardons valid

    03/08/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by WKB · 12 replies
    WLB ^ | 3-8-12 | Satff
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled some pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour are valid. Republican Barbour pardoned 198 people before finishing his second term Jan. 10, including four convicted murderers and a robber who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor's Mansion. Of those pardoned, 10 were in jail at the time. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood challenged the pardons. Hood argued before the Supreme Court on Feb. 9 that some pardons didn't meet the requirements of the Mississippi Constitution, which says people seeking pardons must publish notices for 30 days in a newspaper....
  • Ruling delayed on Barbour Pardons. Complete video of hearing.

    01/24/2012 6:09:46 AM PST · by prplhze2000 · 2 replies
    Jackson Jambalaya ^ | January 24, 2012 | Kingfish
    A hearing was held yesterday on Barbour's pardons. AG obtained an emergency temporary restraining order Jan 12. Keep in mind such TRO's are gained without notice to the other side, in this case, many of the pardonees. Hearing with notice has to be held in ten days, which it was yesterday. Judge gave AG a 10 day extension yesterday. Watch the video. You won't believe how incompetent or arrogant the Judge is.
  • Barbour defends controversial pardons as based on the Christian belief in forgiveness

    01/14/2012 3:27:06 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 102 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 13th, 2012 | AP
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers, in his last days in office, telling Fox News that Mississippi is predominantly Christian and believes in forgiveness. The pardons have set off outrage among some victims' families and prompted a judge to block the release of some of the pardoned inmates out of concern that proper notification rules were not followed. Barbour told Fox News that any problem with paperwork was an accident on the part of corrections officials, who needed to...
  • Miss. court halts quick release of some pardoned

    01/12/2012 7:35:11 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | Jan. 12, 2012 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood said he believes Barbour might've violated the state constitution by pardoning some inmates who failed to give sufficient public notice that they were seeking to have their records cleared.
  • Mississippi judge blocks release of pardoned prisoners

    01/11/2012 5:19:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | 1/11/12 | CNN
    (CNN) -- A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Five convicted murderers were released Sunday, officials said. "We have ordered that they report to the Department of Corrections' said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. "It's a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and Gov. Barbour should be ashamed," he said. A court hearing on the matter will be held Monday. Hood said Barbour violated Mississippi's Constitution because the pardon requests for some inmates were not published 30 days in advance, as required,...
  • On way out, Mississippi governor pardons murderers

    01/09/2012 8:08:38 PM PST · by Baynative · 77 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/9/12 | Robbie Ward
    STARKVILLE, Miss., Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday.
  • Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons four killers

    01/09/2012 6:18:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 1+ views
    CNN.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday. David Gatlin, Joseph Ozment, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray received full pardons and were released at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor's mansion, she said. "It is at any governor's discretion," said Singletary. Gatlin was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a residence, she said. Ozment was convicted of murder, conspiracy and armed robbery...
  • Obama pardons drug dealers

    11/22/2011 1:22:33 PM PST · by safetysign · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/22/2011 | AP
    President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business. And he issued his first commutation, ordering the release of a woman next month after serving 10 years on a 22-year sentence for cocaine distribution.
  • Peres: Signing Pardons Does Not Mean I Forgive

    10/15/2011 1:09:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/11 | Gil Ronen
    Attorney Ami Palmor, Head of Pardons Department in the Justice Ministry, arrived at the President's Residence Saturday evening and delivered the files concerning the terrorists that are to be pardoned in the first part of the Shalit deal. Peres will attach a letter to the pardons, as he did when he pardoned child-murderer Samir Kuntar in the Regev-Goldwasser deal in 2008. At the time, Peres wrote: "I used the authority to grant pardons for the release of abducted prisoners Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. My decision does not denote any forgiveness for the murderers for their heinous acts. I do...
  • Holder's Dubious History

    10/05/2011 6:58:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 29 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 5, 2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    House Republicans are now calling for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in congressional testimony about the scandalous Fast & Furious program. Specifically, the attorney general claimed on May 3 that he had only “over the last few weeks” heard about the reckless gun-walking program his Justice Department was running with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — a program in which guns were steered to violent Mexican gangs with predictably lethal results, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent. Contrary to Holder’s testimony, it is now being reported that...
  • Michele Bachmann’s record: Earmarks, farm subsidies and pardons?

    05/17/2011 1:12:28 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 83 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/15/11 | Matt Lewis
    When it comes to Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party rhetoric doesn’t always match the record. Should she launch a serious bid for president, Bachmann would likely find herself defending a slew of questionable votes and decisions, including on earmarks, pardons and farm subsidies.
  • Huckabee is in.

    05/10/2011 7:22:30 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 152 replies
    This link is up. Huckabee is asking everyone to pray for him as he decides about running for President. This is purely political to fire up his christian right base. He has already decided to run , one does not really pray in public with a website if they have not already decided.
  • Raw Video: Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

    11/24/2010 11:39:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | November 24, 2010 | annem040359
    Today, once again in the grand tradition of Presidents, President Barak Obama today pardoned Thanksgiving Day turkey. From the AP posting:”President Barack Obama has pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Continuing a decades-old White House tradition, Obama issued pardons Wednesday to a gobbler named “Apple” and its alternate, “Cider.” Enjoy this yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition.
  • Convicts' requests are denied

    10/28/2010 1:08:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    Polirico44 ^ | 10/28/10 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    After advocates spent months pleading with him to take action, President Obama has finally considered hundreds of requests for sentence commutations and dozens of criminal pardons but has denied them all — continuing a pace that would make him the nation’s third-slowest president to officially forgive a federal convict.
  • About the Presidential Power to Pardon (Would Hussein DARE to try and Pardon Illegals?)

    10/04/2010 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 32 replies
    The President's pardon power is established under the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2: The President ... shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment... But how, if at all, should such a power be limited? A proposal introduced by Connecticut's Roger Sherman to make Presidential pardons subject to the consent of the Senate was considered but quickly rejected by the Convention (the Senate was deemed to be powerful enough already). So was Luther Martin's suggestion of confining pardons to convicted persons only... With the single exception of...
  • Journalists Visited Local ACORN Office

    09/16/2009 7:18:01 PM PDT · by BAW · 85 replies · 3,869+ views
    NBC San Diego (local channel) ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | GENE CUBBISON
    The journalists at the center of an embarrassing scandal for the grass-roots organization ACORN also paid a visit to the ACORN office in San Diego County. Grass-roots organizing has gotten a black eye on the national stage after undercover videos involving ACORN, a controversial group with a local office, were released that were shot during a series of visits from a hidden-camera crew. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a video was broadcast on Fox's "Hannity" that purported to show a San Diego ACORN staffer discussing human trafficking with two people who were undercover. Earlier in the day, local ACORN officials,...
  • President Obama Should Pardon CIA Interrogators

    08/30/2009 3:18:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 702+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2009 | Debra J. Saunders
    When he served as deputy attorney general, now Attorney General Eric Holder gave a "neutral leaning positive" recommendation that led to President Bill Clinton's pardoning of gazillionaire fugitive Marc Rich, who was on the lam in Switzerland hiding from federal charges of fraud, evading more than $48 million in taxes, racketeering and trading oil with Iran in violation of a U.S. embargo. Holder also had a role in the 1999 Clinton pardons of 16 Puerto Rico independence terrorists -- members of the bomb-happy FALN or the splinter group Los Macheteros -- who had been convicted on such charges as bank...
  • Virginia Gov. Pardons 3 Serving Life For Rape, Murder (after contributions)

    08/16/2009 7:45:56 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 40 replies · 2,084+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | Judicial Watch | Staff
    Virginia’s Democratic governor has ignited public outrage by pardoning—at the request of a major political donor—three men convicted of raping and killing a teenager. Gov. Tim Kaine ordered freedom for three of four former sailors who raped and murdered another sailor's 18-year-old wife in 1997. The men had all confessed to the gruesome crimes and were serving life sentences before the good governor came to their rescue this week. Kaine said he decided there are “serious doubts about at least the level of their complicity in the crime,” though the governor did find that the “combined weight of all the...
  • MLB commissioner Bud Selig mulling pardon for hit king Pete Rose

    07/27/2009 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 65 replies · 1,552+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 072709 | Bill Madden
    COOPERSTOWN - Thanks to the behind-the-scenes lobbying from some of the most influential Hall of Famers, commissioner Bud Selig is said to be seriously considering lifting Pete Rose's lifetime suspension from baseball. The tip-off that Selig may now be inclined to pardon baseball's all-time hit king was Hank Aaron's seemingly impromptu interview session with a small group of reporters in the lobby of the Otesaga Hotel on Saturday. In declaring for the first time that he would want an asterisk put on the achievements of any steroid cheats elected to the Hall of Fame, Aaron brought up Rose, who, in...
  • Behind the scenes of the most famous pardon that never was (The continuing saga of Scooter Libby)

    07/23/2009 9:35:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1,483+ views
    Hotair ^ | 7/23/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The saga of Scooter Libby continues with an in-depth report from Time on the final hours of the George Bush administration and Dick Cheney’s desperate attempt to get clemency for his former aide. Cheney “really got in the President’s face” like never before, according to one source close to Bush, but to no avail. By that time Bush had already been burned on one pardon — and for the president, the issue came down to one question: ----------------------------------------------------- On the Sunday before he left office, Bush invited Sharp to the executive mansion for a farewell cigar. While packing boxes in...
  • Holder at War; In the AG's office, radical is as radical does.

    04/03/2009 4:09:30 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 4 replies · 694+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 03, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We have plenty of basis and evidence that [Binyam] Mohammed is dangerous. But Holder’s sense of “responsibility ... as attorney general ... for the safety of this nation” did not stop him from agreeing to Mohammed’s release and transfer to England — where he now plots freely while on the British dole. Naturally, having discerned that all the tough talk was just that, talk, British authorities are back on the administration’s doorstep, demanding the release of Shaker Aamer. He’s a bin Laden confidant who trained aspiring terrorists at al-Qaeda camps, met with shoe-bomber Richard Reid, and traveled widely in the...
  • Shady Iraq oil deals: The ANC connection

    02/22/2004 4:11:12 AM PST · by Ironfocus · 19 replies · 717+ views
    SA Sunday Times
    Top brass flew to Baghdad with publicity-shy empowerment businessman Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Jessica Bezuidenhout and Andre Jurgens Two of the ANC's most powerful officials travelled to Iraq with a controversial Johannesburg businessman just weeks before he landed a R1.2-billion state oil deal. Sandi Majali is one of about 270 people around the world who have been named in an alleged sanctions-busting scam involving oil from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime. The names appeared in Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organisation documents found after the fall of Saddam. Majali, 41, who heads the media-shy empowerment company Imvume Resources, has for the...
  • Cheney Speaks Out on Libby (Cheney Mad at Bush)

    01/22/2009 9:06:39 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 5,656+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/22/2009 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney disagreed publicly with his boss just four times in the eight years they served together. Yesterday, however, on the first day after the official end of the Bush administration, Cheney disagreed with George W. Bush once more. Cheney told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that his former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, whom he described as a "victim of a serious miscarriage of justice," deserved a presidential pardon. Asked for his reaction to Bush's decision Cheney said: "Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and honorable men I've ever known. He's been an outstanding...
  • No Pardon For Libby

    01/19/2009 6:47:50 PM PST · by Justaham · 27 replies · 1,058+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1-19-09 | Michael Isikoff
    In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies, President Bush has decided not to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for his 2007 conviction in the CIA leak case, two White House officials said Monday. On Bush's last full day as president, Bush did commute the sentence of two former Border Patrol agents—Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos—for shooting a Mexican drug dealer and then lying about it. But White House press spokesman Tony Fratto told NEWSWEEK "you should not expect any more" pardons and commutations from Bush before...
  • No Pardon For Libby

    01/19/2009 2:31:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,540+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | January 19, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies, President Bush has decided not to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for his 2007 conviction in the CIA leak case, two White House officials said Monday. On Bush's last full day as president, Bush did commute the sentence of two former Border Patrol agents—Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos—for shooting a Mexican drug dealer and then lying about it. But White House press spokesman Tony Fratto told NEWSWEEK "you should not expect any more" pardons and commutations from Bush before...
  • Clinton Pardons

    01/19/2009 1:33:05 PM PST · by DBCJR · 4 replies · 950+ views
    Commutations Ronald Henderson Blackley Bert Wayne Bolan Gloria Libia Camargo Charles F. Campbell David Ronald Chandler - federal death row inmate[1]. Lau Ching Chin Donald R. Clark Loreta De-Ann Coffman Derrick Curry Velinda Desalus Jacob Elbaum Linda Sue Evans Loretta Sharon Fish Antoinette M. Frink David Goldstein Gerard A. Greenfield Bob F. Griffin, former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, who was serving two years on bribery charges[3] Jodie E. Israel Kimberly Johnson Billy Thornton Langston Jr. Belinda Lynn Lumpkin Peter MacDonald - Navajo Chairman (sentence for 14 years in 1993 for fraud and racketeering convictions.) Kellie Ann Mann...
  • 10 Bush pardons to watch for

    01/19/2009 4:46:13 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 19, 2009 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    As the clock ticks down on his presidency, George W. Bush has shown few signs he plans to indulge in the frenzy of last-minute pardons that marked Bill Clinton’s final hours in the Oval Office. But Bush could quickly leap back into the spotlight in the next two days if he issues a blanket pardon immunizing CIA and military interrogators, as well as their bosses, from criminal prosecution over harsh treatment of prisoners from the war on terror. “I’m sure he’s under pressure from some people to issue blanket pardons,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) told Politico. “I don’t think it’s...
  • Prosecutor of Jailed Border Patrol Says Sentences Too Harsh -- Time For Bush To Pardon

    01/17/2009 8:59:52 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 72 replies · 1,615+ views
    NUMBERS USA ^ | JAMUARY 16, 2009 | ROY BECK
    Mr. Bush, please listen to your federal prosecutor who doggedly tracked down a convicted drug smuggler in Mexico to convict Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos for allegedly over-zealously shooting at the smuggler after a car chase and then a foot sprint back across the border. To many supporters of the Border Patrol, Prosecutor Sutton himself was guilty of overzealousness in pursuing a criminal conviction of these agents. But this is what Sutton says about the two agents rotting in prison after two years separation from wives, children, parents and life (with nearly a decade still to serve): I...
  • GOP's Cornyn Makes Final Plea to Free Border Agents

    01/17/2009 6:08:38 AM PST · by BellStar · 44 replies · 1,203+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 12:26 PM | Dave Eberhart
    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made a final plea this week to President George Bush to commute the sentences of jailed U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. “Because of the excesses of the prosecution against them, they will continue to sit alone in those cells for another decade,” Cornyn wrote, according to a report in the WorldNetDaily. “That is unless President Bush commutes their unjust sentences. In his remaining days as president, I ask President Bush to show mercy and use his clemency power to give back Agents Ramos and Compean the next 10 years of their lives.”
  • Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemency (Eric Holder - Thursday) Hussein & terrorists?

    01/14/2009 9:20:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,091+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | PETE YOST
    Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemencyBy PETE YOST Associated Press Writer Originally published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM WASHINGTON — New York police detective Anthony S. Senft's life changed forever when a bomb set by Puerto Rican separatists exploded, blowing him 15 feet in the air and blinding him in one eye. Now, he's angry that Eric Holder, who played a key role in awarding clemency to the bombers, is in line to be attorney general. Holder, as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, worked closely with the Justice Department's pardon attorney to raise the possibility of...
  • Marc Rich Among Those Facing Madoff Losses

    01/08/2009 3:11:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies · 555+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/8/09 | ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    Many investors who have lost money as clients of the financier Bernard L. Madoff have done what anyone might be expected to do in that situation: seek recourse through the courts. But one potential victim, Marc Rich, is not likely to go that route because of his own legal issues. Mr. Rich is the commodities trader who fled to Switzerland in 1983 to escape prosecution for financial crimes and later received a pardon from President Bill Clinton on the last night of his administration in 2001.
  • Pardons R Us

    01/06/2009 2:43:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 291+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Conventional wisdom last week decreed that President-elect Barack Obama had done such a fine job culling his Cabinet that only one pick - Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder - would present a problem, but most likely, a surmountable hurdle. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson - Obama's presumptive commerce secretary - stepped on that happy tale when he withdrew his name from consideration Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe. Back to Holder. Inside money would bet that Republicans will use Holder's Jan. 15 Senate confirmation hearing to grill him on his role in President Bill Clinton's notorious last-day-in-office pardon...
  • Idaho soldier's dad says White House pardon is under review

    01/06/2009 7:35:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 59 replies · 1,756+ views
    AP ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | AP
    A White House letter tells the father his request on behalf of Sgt. Evan Vela will be 'seriously considered.' The father of an eastern Idaho soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi says the White House has confirmed that President Bush is considering a request for a pardon. Curtis Carnahan said he received a letter from the White House last week. "Please know that your views on this matter will be seriously considered," it said. Sgt. Evan Vela,a 24-year-old U.S. Army sniper,was convicted in February and sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who stumbled...