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Tomorrow morning at 10am ET, the honorable John Conyers will issue a Resolution of Inquiry in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee forcing both Republicans and Democrats to go on the record with a vote as to whether they believe the White House should come clean concerning the credentialing of hooker cum fake White House journalist James Guckert (a/k/a Jeff Gannon).
BRAD BLOG has Conyers' statement...
We are here today because we have an Administration that is all too willing to flaunt the law, and a Congress that refuses to investigate even the most serious ethical transgressions. Whether it is torture at Abu Ghraib, sole source contracts with Haliburton, or the outing of a CIA operative, this Congress has been unwilling and unable to ask the hard questions or issue the difficult subpoenas.
We are here today because it simply defies credibility that a phony reporter, operating under an alias, who couldn't get privileges in the House or Senate press gallery, could receives scores of consecutive White House "day passes," without the intervention of someone very high up at the White House. Can anyone believe that while Pulitzer Prize winning journalists are being turned down for White House press passes, a fake journalist working for a Republican-controlled media front operation could receive virtually open-ended access to the White House press room in the absence of preferential treatment?
We are here today because the Administration has either rejected or ignored every bona fide request for information concerning Jeff Gannon. On February 9, Rep. Slaughter asked the White House how Gannon was able to obtain his special access - her request has been ignored. On February 10, Rep. Slaughter and I asked the same question of the Secret Service - we received a non-responsive response. On February 15, Rep. Slaughter and I filed a FOIA request with the Department of Homeland Security - again, no response. In the light of this stonewalling, we have no choice but to ask this Committee and this Congress to do its job and request these materials from the Administration.
We are here today because we are simply unwilling to tolerate the continued manufacture of news by our government. Taxpayers don't want their money used to pay reporters to recycle Administration propaganda. Citizens can no longer tolerate paying reporters for their opinions while we can't fund our jobs and poverty programs. Americans don't want the White House press room to churn out releases that reporters like Jeff Gannon plagiarize and report as their own.
What we have today is a government by fiat, not a system of checks and balances. If we won't investigate this scandal, where will we draw the line? If we don't act now, when will we say enough is enough?
On the money, and out of the ballpark as usual, Congressman.
So much for that quaint old "Rule of Law" thing that Republicans used to care about (when they were out of power). Dirty, dirty, dirty boys. RAW STORY once again has the scoop on the rope pulling down Tom DeLay and now more and more of his friends with him.
We get the feeling this thing is just beginning...
That said, DeLay and friends are attempting to defend the fortress by cooking the rules in the House Ethics Committee. They've gone so far as to attempt to change the rule requiring that a congressman must "...conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives." Of course they have.
Dems on the Ethics Committee are, so far, standing tough. But support from the people is paramount! Send an email to demand that legislators don't gut the House Ethics Rules!
UPDATE: Jesse Lee, the blogger of The Stakeholder is helping to up the ante on DeLay's plans for decapitating the ethics rules in order to keep himself out of trouble! See his post at DailyKos right away for more info!
I've been attempting to prepare a few answers (okay, alotta answers) to the many questions posted by readers on the recent story about the mysterious "suicide" case of Raymond Lemme. I've been working on getting further details, speaking with some folks "in the know", and trying to keep up with the now record number of comments left on that article (currently 722 of them as of this posting!) so that I can share with you which points I may be able to help clear up and which points I cannot. Yet.
At the same time, as you'll note at the top of the blog, I've been doing quite a few media appearances concerning both this story and Velvet Revolution's DV4D campaign. (Have you sent your Email to the Voting Machine Companies yet?!)
I'm attempting to wrestle with my personal interest of continuing to investigate and report on the FeeneyGate story and all its remarkable continuing twists and turns, and the need to get the story itself out there.
For the moment, I believe more than enough information has been compiled here over the last three months to merit getting it out there to a wider public. Even if that means my investigation/reporting on new information is a bit slower than I would like. I think the price is worth it, however, to help reach the broadest possible audience with this information.
So this is just a quick note to thank you for your patience at this point in the story, and I will have that promised follow-up to the Lemme piece (and more!) soon. It's just difficult to know how soon for the moment. There are also some other stories brewing...But more on that in due time.
Thanks again for all of your support in all of these matters. You guys make it all very much worth all of the hard work, long hours, lack of sleep and lack of salary! Democracy, as someone mentioned to me of late, is its own reward...
We're delighted that The New York Times has today decided to take notice of Blogcall.org, an organization created by Progressive Bloggers as a way to help see their real stories and real exposés find their way into a corporate media which now consistently slants to the Right.
It is, however, more than a bit disappointing to see that their article on same ends up --- but, of course --- slanting so much to the Right!
We should point out that we are mentioned in the piece by The Times' Jonathan D. Glater, that we were somewhat instrumental in the organization of Blogcall.org and that we were, in fact, the featured guest blogger on last week's call. (We discussed our three-and-a-half month Tom Feeney/Clint Curtis Vote-Rigging investigation and broke the news during the call of the Valdosta, GA police re-opening the related case of the mysterious suicide of Raymond Lemme. That conference call is archived here if you'd like to listen.)
While their online version of the article links to us, it also fails to link to Blogcall.org or even mention it by name.
But far more troubling, however, is that Glater spends well over half his ink discussing and quoting from Rightwing blogs and bloggers in his story!
Undiscussed in the article, the underlying point of Blogcall.org is to bring together the detailed investigative reporting of blogs such as this one with those in the MSM by demonstrating our willingness to take the tough unscreened questions about our work.
Unlike those on the Right, we are more than willing to face those tough questions from all sides concerning the reports which we offer. We don't find it necessary to stack the deck in such a way as to allow only "friendly" questions into the mix as the Right so often does. (Just ask those Americans who aren't allowed into townhall meeting with George W. Bush anymore or those reporters to whom Jeff Gannon/James Guckert simply won't reply or the thousands of Americans who have been permanently banned from posting at repugnant wingnut sites like FreeRepublic.com after simply daring to post a single comment there which doesn't dance in lockstep with "the party line".)
While we admit to having a personal fondness for Glater, having gotten to know him a bit over the last couple of weeks via phone and email interviews, we can't help but point to his article today as an ironic object lesson in how the MSM is simply stacked hard against the Left.
We can do little more than chalk it up to the pervasive reverse "Liberal" bias in the corporate media about which we chatted with Glater on the phone prior to publication of the article. It is clear that the wingnuts have these guys so terrified by their manipulative, cynical (and inaccurate) charges of "Liberal" bias that they are now simply willing to turn back-flips in order to make sure the Right is over-represented in any article that even touches on issues political.
Read the piece for yourself, and let us know what you think. And we more than welcome Mr. Glater's responses as well. Unlike one of the rightwing blogs noted in his article, we actually allow reader comments here. And unlike another rightwing site in the article (FreeRepublic) nobodies comments here are banned or deleted simply because we may not agree with them.
UPDATE: The re-printed, re-edited version of Glater's story over at the International Herald Tribune offers a far more appropriate, far less slanted take on the issue. Had the original Times piece been edited in that way, we likely would have had no problem with it.
43 minutes on GrrRadio with Grace and Rama Schneider for your listening pleasure (or displeasure as the case may be). Mostly on the FeeneyGate players of Clint Curtis, Raymond Lemme and Hai Lin "Henry the Spy" Nee, but we managed to fit in a bit of Joe Biden bashing for variety.
HERO: Scott Ritter
Was right about compromised Iraqi weapons inspections during Clinton, was right about there being no WMD before the Iraq War and was right about Bush Administration lies to get us into it. Is he right about a cooked Iraqi election and war plans for Iran? Why should he stop speaking the truth now? RAW STORY's Larisa Alexandrovna has Part 1 of a 3-part interview with one helluva brave American patriot. UPDATE: Part 2 of the interview with Ritter on "Neo-con Brownshirts", fear as a political tool, and the disintigration of the CIA is now online here.
HEROES: EV1 Rescuers
For four weeks now, a small group of American heroes have stood vigil night and day outside of a General Motors Facility in Burbank, CA, attempting to stop GM from sending the last remaining vehicles from their now-cancelled non-polluting all-electronic EV1 line of cars to be crushed, literally, in an Arizona scrap heap. The small band of great American patriots who give a damn about our environment --- and who we haven't noticed receiving much coverage on Fox "News" --- have been braving torrential rains out here in their 24 hour-a-day attempt over the last months to get GM to allow them to buy the last of these cars before they're destroyed. We're certain these are just the type of folks willing to quietly make great sacrifices in their lives for the good of the world and their country, who cowardly chickenshit wingnuts who've never put their lives on the line for anything would label "America Haters". Kudos patriots! Give us a call if you need some thermoses of hot chocolate! And thank you!
HEROES: U.S. House Democrats
Specifically, Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV) and the other House Dems on the Ethics Committee who are standing tough for a change against the Republican bullies and backslappers. Mollohan, with a reputation for bi-partisanship is disallowing work on the committee to continue until the Republicans undo bogus new rules put in place (without consulting Dems) which make it easier for their GOP buddies to avoid the trouble DeLay has recently found himself in. With increasing frequency of late, thugs like DeLay and Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) seem to regard themselves above The Rule of Law. Thanks to a few Dems with the courage to stand up for what's right ('bout time!), perhaps the bad guys may actually be held accountable for once.
ZEROES: U.S. Senate Democrats
Specifically, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and the other Dems who voted in favor of ending debate on the bogus "Debt Slavery Act" --- otherwise known as the Bankruptcy bill --- from steamrolling through the Senate at the behest of their high-rolling funders from the Credit Card lobby. Biden's vote is particularly disappointing as he had been, for us at least, one of the few remaining Dems in the Senate with any creds left. And this on top of refusing to sign onto a letter calling for an investigation in the Gannon/Guckert scandal after blowing smoke on Bill Maher's Real Time the week prior claiming "The Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate should be investigating it, the House Judiciary Committee should be investigating it. And if it were the other party in charge, it would be investigated." It seems you're full of shit, Joe, and this week you've succeeded in losing at least one potential vote of support for your '08 Prez bid. The other Senate Dems who, to quote Gannon/Guckert, "seem to have divorced themselves from reality" on this one, at least in regards to where their party is going with or without them: Byrd (D-WV), Carper (D-DE), Conrad (D-ND), Johnson (D-SD), Kohl (D-WI), Landrieu (D-LA), Lieberman (D-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Salazar (D-CO) and Stabenow (D-MI). (BTW, see Talking Points Memo's Special Bankruptcy Bill Blog for excellent coverage on the fine points.)
ZEROES: The Bush Administration
Specifically...well, the entire Bush Administration...But to zero in on the Zeroes of note this week, let's focus on the jackasses responsible for bungling nearly every step of the post-War phase in Iraq and who managed to simply lose track of billions (with a "b") of American Tax Payer dollars via their completely incompetent boondoggle. Part of which is highlighted in this current investigation of the post-war chaos and the nobodies who were given enormous million dollar security contracts to guard the Baghdad Airport. Just one of the perks of being a favored friend of this decidedly non-Conservative adminstration? Being handed $2 million worth of $100 bills, signed off with a handwritten receipt and no legal requirement to be accountable for any of it. Who re-elected these guys anyway? We're certain you don't want our answer to that right now.
ZEROES: ABC Television Network Execs
The good ol' boys at the top of the corporate media structure were apparently just looking out for their own this week when they axed references to Fox "News" and Bill O'Reilly from a Boston Legal episode which highlighted a school principal who blocked the Propaganda Net from the school's televisions because he felt it to be biased hate speech. All references to Fox "News" and O'Reilly were removed at the request of the ABC censors who, apparently, were too cowardly to face the predictable wrath of Rupert Murdoch's marching band of brownshirts. No doubt they'd have unleashed their fake outrage upon any American network to dare suggest that the Masters at Propaganda Central may not have quite as much of the American Spirit as they pretend. Thanks to ABC, the lock-stepping ditto-heads can focus their "American" hatred elsewhere this week.
Democrats said they had serious voting rights concerns about the bill and worried that elderly and the poor wouldn't be able to get photo IDs.
Tim Golden (D-Valdosta), head of the Democratic Caucus, said, “White Democrats joined black ones to show their solidarity.”
He spoke of “the irony of getting rid of Jim Crow laws tomorrow while putting another on the books today.”
Republican sponsors of the bill said it was an effort to cut down on voter fraud. But Democratic critics compared it to the poll taxes, literacy tests and other laws aimed at suppressing black votes during segregation.
The AP version of the same story, by the way, quotes one Republican with the audacity to say: [emphasis added]
Is that really your "intention", Senator? If so, we hope you'll endorse Velvet Revolution's "Divestiture for Democracy" campaign immediately, sir. Please feel free to email us with your intention to do so or if you'd like further information on how we can really take steps to avoid "voter irregularities".
By the way, the voters weren't irregular at all. We haven't heard of too many "lawsuits" against voters for committing fraud, have you? And we've heard of not a single instance where a photo ID would have changed a damn thing beyond continuing to supress the minority vote.
The election, on the other hand, sir, was marred beyond a shadow of legitimacy thanks to the way lawmakers like you determined the votes of the people would be "counted". Jerk.
It's always worth taking notice whenever we find ourselves in agreement with actual Conservative, Pat Buchanan (as opposed to those fake Conservatives who make up the bulk of the Bushville Faction, the great majority of whom haven't a clue what the word "Conservative" actually means).
Yes, he's also a bigot. But Buchanan has been a correct and vocal critic against Bush's War on Iraq in the past, and this week in his American Conservative magazine, he provides a smart antidote to the knee-jerk series of pro-Bush P.R. articles we've seen over the past week or so from the supposedly "Liberal" media. Of course, those folks couldn't wait more than an hour after a single Anti-Syria demonstration last week in Lebanon to declare "Bush was right!" (Yes, Newsweek, we're talking to you...you might have waited an hour or so for the even bigger Pro-Syria, Anti-America demonstrations that followed just a minute or so later before slobbering all over the Bush administration to demonstrate your we're-not-the-Liberal-media creds in your absurd coverpage splash this week.)
Anway...Buchanan provides a Reality Check on the State of the Empire to counter-balance the administration's effective P.R. work aided and abetted by that not-so-Liberal-after-all media over the past week. Here's the money...and the reality which doesn't get nearly the amount of Newsweek Cover time...
Germany, France, and Britain are negotiating a deal by which Iran, if she will submit to regular IAEA inspections, will be permitted to enrich uranium for nuclear power, be granted security guarantees, and be brought into the WTO. America opposes the three allies' concessions, but there is no NATO support for U.S. military action. Should Bush exercise that option, America will be alone in fighting insurgents from the eastern border of Syria to the western border of Pakistan. U.S. generals are advising the president that his legions are already stretched thin.
The Iraqi elections appear to have deposed our client Allawi and empowered Shia parties with ties to Iran and Kurds who covet Kirkuk and its oil and look to ultimate independence.
This has the Turks grumbling as well as the dispossessed Sunnis, among whom the newly reignited insurgency first arose. Whatever the neocons' vision of Iraq—as strategic base camp for World War IV or crown jewel of Middle East empire—Americans seem to be looking for an exit.
As for the Bush Doctrine—no axis-of-evil nation will be allowed to acquire weapons of mass destruction—it is being tested by Tehran and defied by Kim Jong Il, who has crossed every red line Bush has put down and now claims to have nuclear weapons. America's response? Please come back to the six-power talks.
Russia's Putin is consolidating power in the czarist tradition, seeking to resurrect Moscow's old sphere of influence, and is conducting military exercises jointly with Beijing.
And openly contemptuous China lectures us on our failure to rein in our voracious appetite for imports, which is sending the dollar the way of the peso. Beijing refuses to pressure North Korea to terminate its nuclear-weapons program, permits Pyongyang to use Chinese territory to transship missiles and nuclear materiel, and spends a goodly slice of its $160 billion trade surplus with America to build up air, naval, and missile forces for the showdown with Taiwan.
Other than that...how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
Yesterday morning Air America's Unfiltered program discussed the latest wrinkles in the Clint Curtis/Raymond Lemme revelations reported here earlier this week. It was a quick hit. Just a few minutes during a short segment on some recent news items with host Rachel Maddow and her guest, Isaac Davey Aaronson (we hope that's how it's spelled!).
A few points in the story were bungled and they missed one big one (the photos that didn't exist!), but they mentioned BRAD BLOG enough times that we're more than willing to overlook any innocent transgressions on their part. (Never let it be said we aren't generous!)
By the way, we'd be happy to guest on Unfiltered to give 'em the unbungled skinny if they'll have us. Feel free to suggest it to them!
(Thanks to eagle-eared BRAD BLOG friend, Jaime, for catching it, and letting us know! And thanks to Air America Radio Place for making AAR archives available! We've heard tell of many BRAD BLOG mentions on AAR in the past, but never knew where to go back and hunt 'em down until now! Free BRAD BLOG T-Shirt to the next BRAD BLOG reader who catches another BRAD BLOG cite on AAR!...If we should ever have BRAD BLOG T-Shirts that is...And while you're at it, ask Randi Rhodes to have us on as well!...And Al Franken...And all the rest!...Let's go, people! I can't do everything around here!)
While Mr. Big Shot is out doing media interviews and just oooh sooo busy and oooh sooo important that he couldn't possibly find time to blog...you can make noise without him in this Open Thread...
(P.S. Mr. Big Shot hopes to catch up with a few items over the weekend!)
Rockin' and rollin' in the name of democracy at 6am(!!!) this morning on The Power Hour with Joyce & Dave. A very lively hour and a half interview with lots of really smart callers and a really smart host. Sadly, no wingnuts called in today. But we had fun anyway. Mostly discussed Velvet Revolution's "Divestiture for Democracy" and other missions for America, with a bit of Clint Curtis thrown in for flavor. Oh, and great election machine related bumper music to boot!
Had a blast doing Harrell Carter's show out of WNWS in the Tennessee/Mississippi area. Was booked to do 30 minutes with him, and ended up doing an hour and a half. Discussed everything from VR to Clint Curtis to the state of the Media in America today. Lots of good calls, including quite a few wingnuts who are always fun to chat with
Sadly, I had a problem recording, but will try to get an aircheck from the station. In particular, I think you guys will enjoy the last two calls taken. I know I did. If I can get at it, I'll post 'em.
As well, Feeney seems to keep digging. But the good news is, the House Ethics Committee has told him he has nothing to worry about. Well, that's a relief!
More on that, and a good deal of follow up to the many good comments and questions posted in the Lemme thread soon. Have been having many interesting phone calls and emails over the last 24 hours which I hope to speak about soon and/or when the time is right. Again, I beg your forgiveness for those to whom I am not able to reply. It's getting much harder to do so --- but I try --- and I do read them all.
For the moment, I've got a 6am(!!!) PST interview on The Power Hour with Joyce & Dave for which I need to go prepare by sleeping for an hour or two. I believe I'll be on for an hour and half and we'll be taking calls! So don't be a stranger...but leave a few lines open for the wingnuts! We'll be insulted if we don't hear from them!
P.S. Great interview with Conyers in RAW STORY. There's still one or two of the good guys left in the Halls of Congress.
P.P.S. For those many of you who have sent in contact info for Det. Shannon Floyd. Got it. Thank you! I hope she will be willing to discuss some of these concerns and perhaps help clear some of them up.
P.P.P.S Should the troops come home? Send in your vote to Congress!
Just finished an interview with Don Grady of Louisiana Live. Lots of fun. Discussed Clint Curtis, VR's DV4D Campaign and took some calls. Even from an angry Republican who it's always nice to hear from. He has (Don Grady, not he angry Republican) invited me back to "do this on a regular basis" and we're looking forward to it.
For reasons still unexplained, our interview scheduled for today with Louie B. Free on WWOW in Ohio did not occur. Hopefully that one will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the list at the top of the main page for other upcoming live appearances when I'm able to keep 'em updated!
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