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  • Sen. Leahy cites the Holocaust in opposing changes to border law

    07/16/2014 3:18:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday cited the Holocaust as he argued against a Republican push to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border by amending a 2008 human trafficking law. “Think of all those Jews that went to the ovens because we forgot our principles,” Leahy said. “Let’s not turn our backs now.” Leahy said Congress can take action to deal with the surge of immigrants without "watering down our laws or turning our backs on our basic values as Americans.” “We can either make good on our laws ... or we can say ‘gee...
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

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

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons legislation

    01/29/2013 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. “She’s talked to me about her assault weapons. The new one. She believes in it fervently and I admire her for that. I’ll take a look at that,” he...
  • Cruz seeks to refocus NSA debate on ‘bad guys’

    01/19/2014 3:56:29 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    NBC Politics ^ | 01/16/2014 | Tom Curry
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.“The federal government has not been effective enough monitoring and surveilling bad guys,” Cruz said this week as the Senate awaited President Barack Obama’s NSA reform proposals which he’ll announce...
  • Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people

    01/19/2014 8:10:03 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2014 | Vince Coglianese
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.
  • Feinstein vows to kill Leahy's NSA bill

    10/03/2013 8:33:59 AM PDT · by shego · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/13 | Brendan Sasso
    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he will push legislation to end the NSA's controversial program to collect records on all U.S. phone calls. He argued that the program invades Americans' privacy rights while doing little to thwart terrorist attacks. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, argued that the phone data program is critical for protecting national security. "I will do everything I can to prevent this program from being canceled," Feinstein said during the hearing....
  • Congressional Delegation Warns Of Impact Of Government Shutdown

    09/24/2013 8:39:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    vpr.net ^ | September 24, 2013 | Bob Kinzel
    If Congress fails to pass a budget by next Monday night, many parts of the federal government will be shut down. House Republicans have passed a budget that includes the de-funding of the Affordable Care Act but it’s an approach that has very little chance of passing the Senate. So the question is whether this stalemate will lead to a government shutdown. Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Patrick Leahy denounced the House Republican approach. “They have no interest in fixing problems or making it better only in blowing it up. They don’t come up with one single idea that...
  • Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria

    09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1,2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM, AUSTIN WRIGHT and JONATHAN ALLEN
    President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administration’s case. For example, Senate Democratic aides are drafting new language for an authorization of military force in Syria, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday. The administration’s proposal is too open-ended — a complaint many lawmakers have — Leahy said after leaving the classified briefing. The current version wouldn’t garner his support, but he indicated that a more tightly written draft might. “I know it’s going to be...
  • Under Senate Immigration Bill, Forging Two Passports Is Not a Crime

    07/18/2013 2:23:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 18, 2013 - 1:22 PM | Curtis Houck
    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) admitted Wednesday that under the Senate immigration bill, forging up to two passports is not a crime, adding that the bill leaves the decision whether to charge someone with passport fraud up to the discretion of prosecutors. On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked Leahy, “One of the provisions has to do with passports; that’s an important component. Do you know how many passports someone is able to forge before it’s a crime?” Leahy said, “Well, it depends upon which interpretation is being used. You could have one form which is two, but then there are...
  • Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

    07/17/2013 5:31:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | Jul 17, 2013 | Sarah Harris
    Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5. In 2011, Lopez was traveling in a friend’s car when a police officer pulled them over for speeding. Lopez was turned over to Border Patrol, detained and released. Since then, he’s helped Vermont’s migrant worker community get access to driver's licenses. Earlier this year, Lopez said that the campaign for driver's licenses is really...
  • Israel fears US may suspend Egyptian aid

    07/05/2013 6:06:18 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 24 replies
    Globes ^ | 4 July 13 | Ran Dagoni
    Israel is concerned that cutting US aid to Egypt because of a military coup could jeopardize the peace treaty. Israel is concerned that the Obama administration will suspend the $1.3 billion annual military aid to Egypt following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, and that suspension of aid could jeopardize the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. Israel may ask the US to find a way to continue the aid program, even though US law bans financial aid to regimes that seized power in a coup, US sources told "Globes" yesterday. The sources familiar with the complicated three-way US-Egyptian-Israeli relationship said that keeping...
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy Tries Pushing Gay Couples Amendment Again Despite Withdrawal Last Month

    06/13/2013 7:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/13/2013 | Leonardo Blair
    Despite threats from several Democrats in the Senate that forced him to withdraw an amendment that would allow gay couples to sponsor green cards for their foreign partners last month, Sen. Patrick Leahy decided to file it anyhow to the Gang of Eight immigration bill on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman had withdrawn the amendment during the markup of the bill last month after a contentious debate during which Republicans said they wouldn't have it and Democrats threatened to oppose the measure if it threatened the overall passage of the bill. "You've got me on immigration. You don't have...
  • Leahy sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate

    12/18/2012 10:12:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 12:54 PM EST | Andrew Miga
    Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate. As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy moved to third place in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. Biden swore Leahy in as the successor to Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye in the Senate post. Inouye, who also chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, died Monday at age 88. A vase of white roses was on Inouye’s desk on the Senate floor.
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman: Let’s Legalize 1 Oz. of Pot Nationwide

    12/15/2012 4:00:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he plans to hold a hearing in January to consider changing federal drug laws to allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. On Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a letter that he sent earlier this month to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), asking the nation’s drug czar how the administration intends to proceed now that two states have legalized marijuana use. …
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

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

    05/25/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/25/2012 | Doug Book
    Two months ago, Barack Obama decided he could intimidate the United States Supreme Court into finding his namesake healthcare plan Constitutional. Overturning the Affordable Care Act “…would amount to an unprecedented, extraordinary step of judicial activism” said the President at a rare White House news conference, adding “…I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress.” (1) Though someone with the hyper-arrogant mentality of the Manchurian Candidate doesn’t really need a reason to direct this sort of...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • Senator Gillibrand Thinks PROTECT IP Is About The Internet Kill Switch

    07/18/2011 7:16:08 PM PDT · by Gomez · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Last week, we wrote about how Rep. Anna Eshoo (whose district covers much of Silicon Valley) is apparently so incredibly out of touch on what PROTECT IP is about (despite it having a huge impact on the economy of her district) that she thought it was really about immigration. We were willing to chalk it up to a busy staffer sending out the wrong form letter, but there's growing evidence that our elected officials simply don't know what PROTECT IP is about at all. David Segal from Demand Progress was kind enough to pass on that they've been watching the...
  • The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood

    06/07/2011 3:22:34 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 30 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 05/26/2011
    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood from the not-cool dept Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing. This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written...
  • Gaddafi has a long history as a killer — and must be stopped

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

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

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

    09/29/2010 1:51:58 PM PDT · by paltz · 121 replies
    Washington Times - Water Cooler ^ | 9/29/10 | Kerry Picket
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, has proposed a bill that would allow for retired Supreme Court Justices to sit on the court by designation in cases where the active justice has recused. READ THE BILL Under the proposed bill, the active justices of the Supreme Court would be permitted to vote to designate a retired Supreme Court justice in a particular case in which one or more Justices have recused themselves and allow the court to preempt potential 4:4 split decisions, in which the decision of a lower court stands.
  • Republican Len Britton Has a Winner With First Ad Aimed at Far Left Dem Pat Leahey

    05/17/2010 10:44:12 AM PDT · by curth · 4 replies · 478+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Sunday, May 16, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Republican Len Britton has a real winner with his first short video spot. Britton focuses on voter disgust with Washington’s record spending and debt. Len Britton is running against far left liberal Patrick Leahy. This ad really nails voter disgust with the out of touch Washington progressive socialists. United States Senate candidate Len Britton kicks off his campaign ad season with the witty and entertaining short video Get A Paper Route, Billy. Filmed in rural Vermont, the minute and thirty second spot highlights the national debt crisis with down home Yankee humor.
  • Leahy: Bush Dropped Ball, 9-11 'Could Have Been Avoided'

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

    09/22/2009 3:34:58 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies · 714+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 9/22/09 | Bill Levinson
    Here is a YouTube video of what Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Robert Casey (D, MoveOn.org, PA) just voted to continue funding with taxpayer dollars. Here are the U.S. Senators who voted to continue to fund Barack Obama's friends in ACORN (a "nay" vote is a vote against defunding ACORN). See also this video. Note in the video that, per ACORN's employees, the fake pimp doesn't have to file W-2 reports for his (imaginary) prostitutes because they are under sixteen.U.S. Senators who voted to continue to spend taxpayer money to fund ACORNBurris (D-IL) Casey (D-PA), also accepted the endorsement of an...
  • Acorn's Cash For Hookers

    09/15/2009 5:52:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,615+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 15, 2009
    Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It's time to investigate.After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block...
  • Bill Proposes Immigration Rights for Gay Couples

    06/03/2009 4:00:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 794+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 6/2/2009 | JULIA PRESTON
    Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Democrat from Vermont who is the powerful chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is adding another controversial ingredient to the volatile mix of an immigration debate that President Obama has said he hopes to spur in Congress before the end of the year. Mr. Leahy has offered a bill that would allow American citizens and legal immigrants to seek residency in the United States for their same-sex partners, just as spouses now petition for foreign-born husbands and wives. The senator has said the bill should be part of any broad immigration legislation that Congress considers. To...
  • Sen. Leahy: Attacks On Sotomayor Are "Vicious"

    06/02/2009 10:58:03 AM PDT · by politicalhub · 45 replies · 1,412+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/02/2009 | Real Clear Politics
    After meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said criticisms of her are "vicious." Sen. Leahy was referring to Rush Limbaugh who called her "racist" and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) who compared her to the KKK.
  • Leahy Agrees With Schultz: Cheney Wants Terrorist Attack On USA

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

    02/20/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies · 1,232+ views
    Time ^ | 2/19/2009 | Patrick Leahy
    ....The parallels with today are clear, and so are the lessons. Then, as in recent years, some were willing, in the name of security, to trade away the people's rights as if they were written in sand, not stone. For much of this decade, we have read about and witnessed such abuses as the scandal at Abu Ghraib, the disclosure of torture memos and the revelations about the warrantless surveillance of Americans. So what is to be done about the abuses of the Bush years? Some say do nothing, and a few Senators even tried to make Attorney General Eric...
  • A "Truth Commission" Against Bush?

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

    02/10/2009 6:15:18 PM PST · by slomark · 15 replies · 610+ views
    (video) Speaking as if he had stepped out of the pages of George Orwell’s novel 1984, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said he wants to appoint a “Truth Commission” to investigate a whole range of decisions made during the Bush administration. He says it’s not intended to “humiliate” people, but to discover the truth. Specifically, Leahy wants to look into detainee abuse, politically-inspired actions at the Justice Department, and matters of Iraq prewar intelligence. “I’m doing this not to humiliate people or punish people,” Leahy said, “but to get the truth out.” “And after we get the Truth Commission going,” Leahy...
  • Juvenile Court

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

    02/09/2009 12:12:40 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies · 788+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/9/2009 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is calling for a “truth commission” to look into alleged abuses inside the Justice Department during former President George W. Bush’s time in office, including a review of Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized “enhanced interrogation techniques” against detainees, the warrantless surveillance program and other hugely controversial policies. Leahy said such a panel would not seek to build criminal cases against Bush officials but to “get to the bottom of what happened — and why — so we make sure it never happens again.” Some Democrats have called for criminal investigations of...
  • U.S. senator seeks Bush-era 'truth commission'

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

    12/26/2008 10:55:55 AM PST · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 2,200+ views
    email | Starbeau
    Interesting angle, posting for the irony. Taking after the Great Train Wreck, I would like to submit this observation. I believe that Obama/Democrats have been caught in their own trap. I believe that the Democrats expected Obama to select Hillary as his VP. The analysis below would have resulted in a win-win for Hillary if Obama was declared ineligible, but that is now moot. But Obama is trapped and every single Senator has, by voting for the Resolution, has spoken on the meaning of "natural born". They cannot have it both ways. I also believe that the SC, in denying...
  • Exclusive: Questions of KGB ties for activist

    12/17/2008 7:42:33 AM PST · by mnehring · 6 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON – A foreign activist lobbying in Washington to draw American attention to a war over a Russian-backed breakaway region has had frequent meetings and conversations with a high-level KGB agent there, she acknowledged to The Associated Press. Unknown to her, years of her phone calls were secretly recorded by spies. Calling attention to war crimes against South Ossetians, self-described independent activist Lira Tskhovrebova lined up meetings at the U.S. State Department and on Capitol Hill. She visited with staff for Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of a panel overseeing foreign aid. The U.S. government itself paid for an academic event...
  • Senate Shutdown

    04/03/2008 5:56:02 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 51 replies · 77+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4/2/8
    It's not every day that a Member of the world's greatest deliberative body stops by to chat about his plans "to close the Senate down." Especially if his name is Arlen Specter. But the Pennsylvania Republican tells us he's concluded that this is the only way to prod Democrats to vote on, or even hold confirmation hearings on, President Bush's appeals-court nominees. A look at the numbers explains why the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is spitting mad. In the last two years of Bill Clinton's Administration, when Mr. Specter was in the chairman's seat, the Republican-controlled Senate...
  • White House, Cheney's Office, Subpoenaed

    06/27/2007 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 128 replies · 5,161+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office Wednesday for documents relating to President Bush's warrant-free eavesdropping program. Also named in subpoenas signed by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D- Vt., were the Justice Department and the National Security Council. The committee wants documents that might shed light on
  • Fort Dix Terror Plot and Immigration -(Sen. Menendez D-NJ claims amnesty could deter terrorists)

    05/11/2007 12:19:10 AM PDT · by Baladas · 28 replies · 970+ views
    The Border Line ^ | May 10, 2007 | Eunice Moscoso
    Will the arrests of three illegal immigrants in an alleged plot to attack Fort Dix, N.J. hurt the effort in Congress to pass a major immigration bill? Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said Thursday it would actually help the case for the legislation. “It makes it more compelling. I would rather know who is here in America to pursue the American dream versus who is here to destroy it,” he said, in a conference call with reporters. An immigration reform that requires all current illegal immigrants to register with the government and go through background checks “creates for...
  • The Phony Attorney General Scandal

    04/25/2007 9:34:40 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 10 replies · 674+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 04/25/2007 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    This firing of the attorneys is a fabricated and contrived scandal http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=18257739&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=576361&rfi=6
  • I’m Sorry, I Don’t Remember

    03/29/2007 3:51:28 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 191+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/29/07 | Purple Mountains
    So far, the current uproar over the replacing of some U.S. Attorneys (something any president has the perfect right to do) looks like another attempt by Democrats to manufacture a scandal where there is none. Of course, it may well turn out that someone did something wrong, we don’t know yet; but the case has raised another issue that must be faced. Foolish or not, when Martha Stewart was arrested, tried and convicted for lying about a situation that did not involve any illegalities, I decided I would never answer any questions put to me by any federal agent.
  • Pentagon's Covert Activities Come Under Senate Scrutiny

    01/31/2007 4:34:53 AM PST · by Brilliant · 11 replies · 388+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 31, 2007 | SCOT J. PALTROW
    Congress's new Democratic majority is expanding its review of the Bush administration's push for broad executive power, as the Senate is set to look into how the Pentagon has increased its covert intelligence operations. Lawmakers plan to study whether the Pentagon obtained the proper authorization for covert operations and notified Congress as required under the law. The inquiry will also explore whether the Pentagon engaged in activities that legally are the responsibility of the Central Intelligence Agency. The hearings, to be conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee beginning March 1, stem from concerns of some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, about an...
  • NRO Posts Audio of Leahy Suggesting Federal Probe of (Laura) Ingraham

    11/17/2006 10:57:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies · 1,970+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | November 17, 2006 | Tim Graham
    NRO Posts Audio of Leahy Suggesting Federal Probe of Ingraham Posted by Tim Graham on November 17, 2006 - 06:52. National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez updated yesterday's story on Patrick Leahy pushing for a Justice Department probe of Laura Ingraham with MP-3 audio. (She joked, "Good luck with that, man. Oh, maybe this Democrat Congress thing could be a wee bit fun to watch.") Here's the transcript of Senator Leahy's inquiry to Wan J. Kim, the assistant attorney general for civil rights. Leahy's asking about a show he clearly hasn't listened to, since he couldn't accurately pronounce the host's name:...
  • WuzzaDem: Patrick Leahy Down Through History

    09/29/2006 1:59:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies · 269+ views
    WuzzaDem ^ | September 29, 2006 | John
    January, 1861President Lincoln has failed to stop seven states from seceding from the Union, and unless he's willing to compromise on certain labor and property issues, there's a good chance that even more will follow suit.
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 5/13-5/14/06 (not the live thread)

    05/13/2006 3:29:13 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 33 replies · 877+ views
    Network and Cable News | 5/13/06 | Network and Cable News Shows
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 5/13 - 5/14 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: It's Mother's Day - they want the day off to be with Mom.Put Biden and Hagel on... it's autopilot time... we can phone this one in!We say that the NSA programs are all bad, therefore they're bad.  Don't listen to anyone else.See?  We're not being mean to (Laura) Bush, which means we're fair and...
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

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