Monday, March 26, 2007

You Say Corruption, I Say BushCo

That was a tough week. Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to hold out on the "no politics" pledge, but I made it! Anyway, on with the show....

Gonzales's Senior Counselor Refuses to Testify!

"The senior counselor to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will refuse to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the unfolding U.S. attorneys scandal, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, her attorneys said today."

And the award for most corrupt administration in recent memory goes to...Bush!

Not sure what legal ramifications there are for invoking the Fifth Amendment for a Congressional hearing, but it doesn't look good for BushCo.
via: Americablog

And how does the White House communicate via email? By not using the White House email system (so easy to subpoena, you know), but using the Republican National Committee's email system!

"Multiple congressional investigations have uncovered evidence that White House appointees regularly communicate using email accounts provided by the Republican Party. As CREW has argued, such activity violates the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve such records"

"The RNC has said that the committee provides email addresses to White House personnel so that they can keep their official and political duties separate.

So what's the official/political breakdown for Karl Rove?"

Well, it seems 95% of good ol' Karl's email have been sent using the RNC's email server. Now why would he do that?

via TPMmukraker
Talking Points Memo

Sit back, we're not done yet...

Just how in the pocket of the political elite is the main stream press? Just ask Glenn Greenwald.

"Think about this: there are only two instances in the last six years where real investigations occurred in any of the Bush scandals -- this U.S. attorneys scandal (because Democrats now have subpoena power) and the Plame case (due to the fluke of two Republican DOJ officials with integrity, James Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald). And in both cases, it was revealed conclusively that top Bush officials -- at the highest levels of the government -- repeatedly and deliberately lied about what they did. Isn't that pattern obviously extremely disturbing? And imagine what would be revealed had there been real investigations -- journalistic or Congressional -- of all the other scandals that ended up dying an inconsequential death due to neglect and suppression."

via Glenn Greenwald

Should I go on? No? Yes? Oh, alright, one more.

This whole Attorney's General scandal? Nothing but a mistake made with a blackberry,

"'Either Elston did not scroll down on his BlackBerry to read the last section [of the e-mail] or it made no impression on him, because he knew that it did not reflect the department's plan for replacing the U.S. attorneys who would be asked to resign,' says spokesman Brian Roehrkasse."

No longer can you say, "I don't recall," it's "I didn't scroll."

via TPMmuckraker

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