Thursday, May 10, 2007

Attention Comrades ~ The Republicon Neocon Nation Is Not In Danger

Ill: Internet Weekly Report

Superlative kingmaker & demigod to scores of Baby Republicons everywhere, Karl Rove, spoke from a concrete-reinforced undisclosed location hidden deep in the state of Denial, about his reaction to embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony before Congress today.

"We're not worried," he said. "'Berto stayed on message, which was, 'I don't know what happened because I was either not supervising anyone or too busy doing other things, but just because I claim not to know what was happening doesn't mean Congress shouldn't believe me when I reassure them nothing improper occurred."

"The unabashed Republicon campaign to turn every branch of the federal government into an arm of the One True Party is safe." Especially the police & law enforcement function at the Department of Justice ~ aren't you relieved, America?

"We've shouldered all the heavy lifting for you! You can either vote for the war or for the war. You can either vote for civil rights for white American Republican men & their duly married wives & concubines & businesses, or for civil rights for white American Republican men & their duly married wives & concubines & businesses. Now go back to your patriotic shopping duties until we need you to 'vote' Republicon again--hehe."

Okay, so DP goes over top of the snarkometer today, because Alberto Gonzales just lied to Congress for (at least the second time with respect to this little scandal, anyway)!

Am I the only one who sees it? The Republicans set out to systematically overthrow democratic government & install themselves in power permanently, & everybody in Congress is just sitting there like lumps on a log, oh-so-tenuously making noises about subpoenaing Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, & George Bush (which George thinks he has a right to refuse -hey--the Constitution isn't set up to support a monarchy, folks, & attempts to make it into same must violate some constitutional legal principle somewhere!) Nor does George have the right to destroy inconvenient evidence linking his beloved "Turdblossom" & chief architect of dirty trix in politix Karl Rove to the entire scheme!

Why are these assholes still in office? Because the docile populace says "oh well" & turns the page of the newspaper while simultaneously changing the channel?

DP's reading list for the day, most entertaining 1st, but don't cheat:

1. Dahlia Lithwick of Slate on 'Berto's magic pixies in the desk drawers of Justice Department offices says, "His only role in this scandal is as decoy: He's the guy who runs out in front of the hunters and draws their fire so nobody pays any attention to what's happening at the White House."

2. A great video overview by Keith Olbermann that also explains why DP has been ranting nonstop about the entire scandal.

3. Former US Attorneys John McKay & David Iglesias, speaking at a public forum here in Seattle Monday say that they expect that criminal charges will be brought:

"Two former U.S. attorneys said today they believe ongoing investigations into the dismissals last year of eight federal prosecutors could result in criminal charges against senior Justice Department officials.

"John McKay, the former U.S. attorney for Western Washington, and David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, also said they believe White House political operative Karl Rove and his aides instigated the dismissals and ultimately decided who among the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys should be fired. But the White House on Wednesday flatly denied the firings were instigated by the White House.

"McKay and Iglesias, who were among those fired, made their assertions during a meeting this morning with Seattle Times editors and reporters. The two appeared this afternoon along with Paul Charlton, the former U.S. attorney for Arizona, during a public-policy forum on the dismissals at Seattle University's School of Law.

"I think there will be a criminal case that will come out of this," McKay said during his meeting with Times journalists. "This is going to get worse, not better."

"McKay cited ongoing investigations into the dismissals by the Senate and House Judiciary committees, and inquiries now under way by the Justice Department's inspector general and its Office of Professional Responsibility.

"McKay said he believes obstruction-of-justice charges will be filed if investigators conclude that the dismissal of any of the eight prosecutors was motivated by an attempt to influence ongoing public-corruption or voter-fraud investigations.
McKay said he believes the strongest evidence of obstruction is related to the dismissals of Iglesias and Carol Lam, the former U.S. Attorney in San Diego.

"Last fall, Iglesias received calls from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., inquiring whether public-corruption charges would be filed against prominent Democrats in the state prior to the November elections. Former New Mexico state Senate President Manny Aragon, a Democrat, and three others were eventually charged in April in what prosecutors say was a kickback scheme during construction of a new courthouse in Albuquerque.

"Lam was investigating former U.S. Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, R-Calif., and Kyle 'Dusty' Foggo, the former third-highest-ranking CIA official, when senior Justice Department officials targeted her for dismissal. Bribery charges were ultimately filed against both men.

"Additionally, McKay and Iglesias said they believe Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty lied under oath when they testified before Congress that the eight prosecutors were fired for performance-related reasons and because of policy disputes with Justice Department headquarters."

4. And, oh, the mysterious missing e-mails: The National Journal has a scoop today from a leaker inside the Administration who says that 'Berto is more than probably lying when he says he doesn't know who at the White House was involved in personally de-selecting US attorneys & selecting their replacements.

"The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas."
"The senior official said that Gonzales, in preparing for testimony before Congress, has personally reviewed the withheld records and has a responsibility to make public any information he has about efforts by his former chief of staff, other department aides, and White House officials to conceal Rove's role.

"'If [Gonzales] didn't know everything that was going on when it went down, that is one thing,' this official said. 'But he knows and understands chapter and verse. If there was an effort within Justice and the White House to mislead Congress, it is his duty to disclose that to Congress. As the country's chief law enforcement official, he has a higher duty to disclose than to protect himself or the administration.'"

While you're there, refresh yourself on SOP with The National Journal's handy-dandy sidebar concerning the ways 'Berto & the Justice Department have arranged to derail other investigations of their internal (spying, shredding the Geneva Conventions) shenanigans by having them covered up & blocked.

I hope you won't be absolutely devastated to learn its 'Berto's patron in the WH, & his brain, from whom we "heard" in DP's facetious introduction here. No wonder 'Berto can afford to seem so zen about the whole thing. He knows who's got his back, &, in turn, whose side he's on.

Still confused? It's NOT the American peoples'! DP just wants to know how much longer we have to continue to pretend they're not fucking an entire country over ~



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