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Economist: US collapse driven by ‘fraud’; Geithner covering up bank insolvency

The Raw Story | Stephen C. Webster | April 4, 2009

In an explosive interview on PBS’ Bill Moyers Journal, William K. Black, a professor of economics and law with the University of Missouri, alleged that American banks and credit agencies conspired to create a system in which so-called “liars loans” could receive AAA ratings and zero oversight, amounting to a massive “fraud” at the epicenter of US finance.

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Dear Mr. President: Are you preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution?

Dear President Obama,

After a little over three months in office, you have accomplished so much, and have remained true to your stated ideal of being able to disagree without being disagreeable.  I have not approved of all of your decisions, but I appreciate your willingness to consider various opinions, and I am deeply grateful for the tremendous amount of time you have spent informing the public, and the care with which you have presented your views. I have never doubted that you are deeply committed to the good of your fellow citizens. I sense the deep respect you bear toward the American people, and feel as if am once more part of a living representative democracy after the past eight years of arbitrary and secretive rule.

My question for you is this: What are you doing to address the legal and constitutional violations by the previous administration? I realize that you have much to do, but the wrongdoing by the Bush administration was so extensive and was met with almost no opposition from Congress, that in a few years it will be all too easy for another imperial president to cite the history of our era in order to justify another war of opportunity or further erosions of our civil liberties.

The Bush administration violated our fundamental values as a people. They disregarded the constitutionally mandated division of power between the legislative and executive branches of government. They deceived the American people into supporting a catastrophic war and then violated the Geneva Conventions by the manner in which they prosecuted that war. They retaliated against critics like Ambassador Joe Wilson, Governor Don Seligman, and the U.S. Attorneys who refused to abuse their power to punish political opponents. With the complicity of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris, members of the Bush administration may have systematically disenfranchised thousands of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections. Despite compelling evidence linking such an unthinkable betrayal of the American people to Bush operatives (most notably in BBC journalist Greg Palast’s exhaustively researched book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy), there has yet to be a full Justice Department investigation into these charges of election fraud.

Our leaders serve only by the consent of the governed, but it is not consent if it is granted on the basis of lies. Please make sure that these breaches of our trust do not go uninvestigated and unpunished. Our future depends on it.

With support and respect,

Lisa Moscatiello

Takoma Park, MD

Gordon Clark for Congress

The following email was sent to impeachment supporters in the Takoma Park area; we’ve added a video link to the campaign video mentioned in the second paragraph.

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Dear Takoma Park Impeach Bush & Cheney supporter,

We — Thomas Nephew, Lisa Moscatiello, and Michelle Bailey — are writing to endorse Gordon Clark (Green Party) for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives. We’re confident that as the kind of independent thinker who has supported impeachment, you’ll be very impressed with Mr. Clark, who is opposing incumbent Chris Van Hollen (Democratic Party). For our part, all three of us will be voting for him on November 4th.

To learn more about Gordon Clark, visit his web site at www.clarkforcongress.net. While you’re there, be sure to check out his latest campaign video — a great two minute summary of why Gordon Clark is running for Congress.* There’s also a video of his recent debate with Republican Steve Hudson and Van Hollen legislative aide Bill Parsons (Van Hollen couldn’t attend because of the bailout bill vote).

The centerpiece of Clark’s campaign is a Green New Deal — an Apollo program, Manhattan Project, and Marshall Plan all rolled into one — to put America on the path to renewable energy independence. He also supports universal health care, opposes threatening war with Iran, and wants a complete withdrawal from Iraq; as you’ll see from an issues chart comparison, Chris Van Hollen falls short on these and other counts. There’s more, everything is well documented — and you’ll probably find yourself agreeing with Gordon Clark much more often than not.

There will be a Clark volunteer meeting today (Sunday, October 26th) from 4-6PM at 822 Gist Avenue, Silver Spring; to get in touch with the campaign, contact Sara Gilbertie at 860-233-4097 or sara@clarkforcongress.net, or visit the campaign web site at www.clarkforcongress.net.

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What about Clark’s views on impeachment? Here’s what he told Internet radio host Chip Gibbons earlier this year:

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The Election Files – Help Greg Palast Investigate Bush

Greg Palast is a patriot and a hero. If you think that we have a free press in this country, ask yourself why BBC showed Palast’s films about 2000 and 2004 Florida election tampering, and no major media outlet in the U.S. would touch either story. He is working on a new film on stolen votes in this year’s primaries. He needs to raise about $24,000 right away to release this before election day. Please donate to http://www.gregpalast.com and then call your Congressmember and tell them to investigate the 2000 vote in Florida and subpoena Katherine Harris and Clayton Roberts. They have no claim of executive privilege since they were supposedly not working for George W. Bush at the time.

Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News

Glenn Greenwald | salon.com | August 1, 2008

“By design, those attacks put the American population into a state of intense fear of Islamic terrorism, far more than the 9/11 attacks alone could have accomplished.

Much more important than the general attempt to link the anthrax to Islamic terrorists, there was a specific intent — indispensably aided by ABC News — to link the anthrax attacks to Iraq and Saddam Hussein. In my view, and I’ve written about this several times and in great detail to no avail, the role played by ABC News in this episode is the single greatest, unresolved media scandal of this decade. News of Ivins’ suicide, which means (presumably) that the anthrax attacks originated from Ft. Detrick, adds critical new facts and heightens how scandalous ABC News’ conduct continues to be in this matter.”

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Historic Hearings on the Case for Impeachment

Democracynow.org | July 28, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee held historic hearings on Friday about whether the White House overstepped its constitutional authority during the presidency of George W. Bush and whether or not such abuses would justify his impeachment. The hearing was billed as one on “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations.” Although the title expressly did not include the word “impeachment,” several Democratic Congress members and witnesses used the opportunity to begin impeachment proceedings against the President and Vice President. We play highlights. [includes rush transcript]

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“Imperial Presidency” hearing coverage

US Congressional Panel Hears Testimony on Case for Bush Impeachment
voanews.com | July 25, 2008

House Committee Considers the “I” Word
thenation.com
| July 25, 2008

Hearing Videos

Kucinich enters hearing to cheers:

Rep. Robert Wexler:

Rep. Steve King:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich:

Bruce Fein:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Bruce Fein:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Rep. Baldwin:

More Videos here >>

In one of the overflow rooms at the Judiciary Comittee hearing on Executive Power & the Constitution

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It’s showtime!! “Imperial Presidency” hearing in Congress next Friday, July 25th. Be there.

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2008
Contact: Jonathan Godfrey (Conyers)

(Washington)—Today House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. announced that, on July 25, the House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush and possible legal responses.

“Over the last seven plus years, there have been numerous credible allegations of serious misconduct by officials in the Bush Administration,” said Conyers. “At the same time, the administration has adopted what many would describe as a radical view of its own powers and authorities. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I believe it is imperative that we pursue a comprehensive review commensurate to this constitutionally dangerous combination of circumstances. Next Friday’s hearings will be an important part of that ongoing effort.”

The Committee is expected to examine a range of legal and legislative responses to allegations of administration misconduct and their expansion of executive branch power.

Since the beginning of the 110th Congress, the Committee has conducted extensive oversight into allegations of misconduct by the administration, including: (1) improper politicization of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys offices, including potential misuse of authority with regard to election and voting controversies; (2) misuse of executive branch authority and the adoption and implementation of the so-called unitary executive theory, including in the areas of presidential signing statements and regulatory authority; (3) misuse of investigatory and detention authority with regard to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, including questions regarding the legality of the administration’s surveillance, detention, interrogation, and rendition programs; (4) manipulation of intelligence and misuse of war powers, including possible misrepresentations to Congress related thereto; (5) improper retaliation against administration critics, including disclosing information concerning CIA operative Valerie Plame, and obstruction of justice related thereto; and (6) misuse of authority in denying Congress and the American people the ability to oversee and scrutinize conduct within the administration, including through the use of various asserted privileges and immunities.

The July 25 hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Additional information, including witness participation, will be announced next week.

Gordon Clark (Green-MD-8th CD) on Congress and impeachment

Gordon Clark is a former SANE/Freeze, Peace Action, and Public Citizen state and national organizer who is challenging Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, MD 8th C.D.) in the November election, as the Green Party candidate for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat in Congress. As befits a Green Party and progressive candidate, he’s centering his campaign on the issues of the Iraq war, global warming, and to some extent on the storm clouds gathering for a possible Iran war; as I noted at the time, I first learned about the execrable H.Con.Res.362 bill demanding a blockade of Iran via a press release from the Gordon Clark campaign.

I was curious where Mr. Clark stands on impeachment, accountability, and the dream of a healthy constitutional democracy in the United States. Via his website, I just got through listening to an interview he gave on June 13th on the (quite excellent) BlogTalkRadio news show “Radio Resistance,” hosted by Chip Gibbons. The Clark interview begins at around 32:30 minutes*; the key part, for me, is here:

GIBBONS, “RADIO RESISTANCE” (at around 44:52): If you were in Congress right now instead of Representative Van Hollen, would you be pursuing impeachment of George Bush?

CLARK: As I said, I think it’s a tough call in some ways. I’ll start off by saying: yes, I would. [...] If I were in the legislature right now, there’s no question that this administration has committed crimes that deserve impeachment and I would be forced to vote for it.

(All emphases are mine.)

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Cardin to support Dodd-Leahy-Feingold amendment to FISA Amendment Act; Mikulski position not yet clear

Just spoke with a staffer at the Cardin office, who confirmed that Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will be supporting the Dodd-Feingold-Leahy amendment to the FISA Amendment Act. Their amendment removes language conferring immunity from civil lawsuits to telecommunications companies who worked with the NSA warrantless surveillance program. A staffer at Senator Mikulski’s (D-MD) office was unable to say how she would vote on that amendment.

You can use the easy Blue America tool I did to contact your own Senators; it connects you with the right office, provides a brief bit of phone coaching, a script, and a place to record what happened. (Via “Get FISA Right”, which also recommends a Electronic Freedom Foundation tool, which is about the whole FISA bill.

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Graphic and button via firedoglake, where you’ll find a lot of good links to Chris Dodd, Glenn Greenwald, and others.

(– Thomas Nephew)

Activism is Patriotic – At the Takoma Park, MD July 4th Parade

Thomas Nephew dressed as the Town Crier and talked with parade-goers about the FISA Amendment Act — “a terrible idea.”

Thomas Nephew of Takoma Park, MD

Thomas Nephew of Takoma Park, MD

(photo: Michelle Bailey)

Celebrate the US Constitution this 4th of July! Tell the US Senate and Barack Obama to get FISA right before voting Tuesday July 8th. Don’t let illegal wire-tappers off the hook!

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Without your help right now, a flawed FISA bill will give George Bush and the phone companies a pass next Tuesday for years of illegal spying on millions of US citizens.

What can you do to defend the Fourth Amendment? How about something easy, patriotic and fun?

(1) Call your Senators and especially Barack Obama and ask that they vote against the current FISA bill on Tuesday. Don’t let illegal wire-tappers off the hook!

Senator Cardin 202-224-4524
Senator Mikulski 202 224-4654
Barack Obama HQ 866-675-2008

(2) Visit “newsrackblog.com

Learn more and get active about this online – including how to join “Senator Obama – Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity – Get FISA Right” groups at “facebook” and “mybarackobama.com.”

 


Related:
Judge Rejects Bush’s View on Wiretaps

 

Eric Lichtblau, reporting for The New York Times, writes: “A federal judge in California said Wednesday that the wiretapping law established by Congress was the ‘exclusive’ means for the president to eavesdrop on Americans, and he rejected the government’s claim that the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief trumped that law.”


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