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The evidence that Bush and Gonzales have obstructed justice comes from internal Justice Department memos and exchanges of letters between the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), an investigative office, and members of Congress. The documents were leaked to the National Journal, and the story was reported in the March 15, 2007, issue by Murray Waas, who also relied on interviews with both current and former high ranking DOJ officials. Ten months previously on May 25, 2006, Waas broke the story in the National Journal about the derailing of the OPR investigation.

From Waas’s report it is obvious that many current and former Justice Department officials have serious concerns about the high-handed behavior of the Bush administration. The incriminating documents were leaked to the National Journal, the only remaining national publication that has any credibility. The New York Times and Washington Post have proven to be supine tools of the Bush administration and are no longer trusted.

When the Bush administration’s violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was leaked to the New York Times, the paper’s editors obliged Bush by spiking the story for one year, while Bush illegally collected information that he could use to blackmail his critics into silence. As I wrote at the time, the only possible reason for violating FISA is to collect information that can be used to silence critics. The administration’s claim that bypassing FISA was essential to the "war on terror" is totally false and is a justification and practice that the Bush administration, no longer able to defend, abandoned in January of this year.

The known facts: After keeping the information from Congress and the public for one year, on Dec. 16, 2005, the New York Times reported that Bush was spying on Americans without complying with the FISA statute. In response to a request from members of Congress, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility launched an investigation into the Bush administration’s decision to ignore FISA and to conduct domestic spying on American citizens without obtaining the warrants required by law. On January 20, 2006, Marshall Jarrett, the Justice Department official in charge of OPR, informed senior Justice Department officials of his investigation and its scope.

Gonzales informed President Bush about the OPR investigation, and Bush shut down the investigation by refusing security clearances to the Justice Department officials in OPR. In a response to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter on July 18, 2006, Gonzales disclosed that President Bush had halted the OPR investigation.

This is the first and only time in history that DOJ officials have been denied security clearances necessary to conduct an investigation. The Bush administration claimed that the secret spying was too crucial to our national security to permit even Justice Department officials to learn about it. However, even as Bush was denying clearances to OPR, he granted identical clearances to: (1) the FBI agents ordered to find who leaked the administration’s secret spying to the New York Times, (2) DOJ officials in the Civil Division who had to respond to legal challenges to the illegal spy program, and (3) five private sector individuals who sit on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Obviously, the unprecedented denial of security clearances to OPR was done in order to prevent the investigation.

On March 21, 2006, Marshall Jarrett wrote to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty that OPR was being "precluded from performing its duties."

In May, 2006, Jarrett informed Congress: "On May 9, 2006, we were informed that our requests had been denied. Without these clearances, we cannot investigate this matter and therefore have closed our investigation." The National Journal reports: "[Rep. Maurice] Hinchey and other Democratic House members asked Jarrett why he was unable to obtain the necessary clearances; Jarrett’s superiors, according to government records and to interviews, instructed him not to inform Congress that President Bush had made the decision."

When the illegal domestic spying program was launched in 2002, Gonzales was still White House Counsel. Documents and interviews show that most high ranking Justice Department officials opposed the illegal program. Attorney General Ashcroft, Deputy Attorney General James Comey, Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, and James A. Baker, counsel for the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review all raised objections to the illegality and propriety of Bush’s National Security Agency eavesdropping program. Baker went so far as to warn the presiding judge of the FISA court that authorities were improperly obtaining information and bypassing the court. On learning that the administration was violating FISA, one of the federal judges on the FISA court resigned in protest.

Goldsmith was troubled by Bush’s claim that the "war on terror" gave the president virtually unlimited powers. Goldsmith’s objections to the Bush-Cheney-Gonzales view that the president is above the law during time of war brought him under fierce attack from Vice President Dick Cheney and Cheney’s two principal henchmen, Scooter Libby, now a convicted felon, and David Addington.

Goldsmith found an ally in Deputy Attorney General Comey. Comey defied the White House in March 2004 when he refused to reauthorize Bush’s spying on American citizens unless the program was brought within the law. Comey incurred additional Bush-Cheney enmity when he appointed Patrick J. Fitzgerald to investigate the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity, an investigation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff.

In his lengthy and detailed report in the National Journal, Waas quotes a former White House Official: "Comey showed us that he was a guy who wouldn’t be kept on a leash in an administration that likes to keep everybody on a short leash."

A criminal political administration has no choice but to keep everyone on a short leash in order to keep its illegal acts under wraps. Americans have never experienced an administration so replete with crimes as the Bush Regime.

This criminal regime must now be brought to an end. Impeachments of Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales, followed by felony indictments and trials are imperative if the rule of law in the United States is to be preserved.

March 19, 2007

Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholar journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo of Chile: Dos Visiones – La Era Allende-Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad Andres Bello, 2000).

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19 Mar 2007 @ 22:42 by a-d : Don't delete this time, eh? ; )
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http://answercoalition.org/

Seems to me that this is all a 'bit' too late. As in Vietnam the madness will not stop till the soldiers start fragging their officers and especially the wretches coming out for a day or so that get bumped up the chain just for having been marked as there for a day! Assholes all and this war movement the same. However for those that believe that such things actually help... have fun.

PS: If you want the link to be klickable then you have to place something before it as I did above... ;)  



21 Mar 2007 @ 07:53 by ashanti : Boil..ing to the surface
Same shit going on everywhere Vax - here in Africa too. I remote dreamed of a circle of fire, in the night, which included a large part of Africa, into the Levant. I dreamt that America was going to strike into Africa 3 days before they went into Somalia. Meantime, fear and loathing abounds. Surf the global ether, all that is happening is that the muck is being brought to the surface, into the light, for cleansing.

We keep pouring the light, processing the muck - flowing the power of Love, transmuting it all.

On other levels, it is getting better and better, each day. :)

Love you.

- ashanti

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Hi Ashanti. Thankyou for the dream sharing. I know Africa is on the hit list, has been for quite some time, but...

It is good to know that you are feeling more in theta then entheta... heck, that's our task isn't it? Change the entheta to theta? ;) Just becasue there are those who wish to hide the tech doesn't mean they have it... heh heh heh!

Good to see you out and about a bit.

Love ya...  



21 Mar 2007 @ 08:52 by jazzolog : The New World Order
Great comments above here! I am among those who have hopes for practical remedies for this nation, other countries we have infected (including perhaps South Africa) and our suffering planet. The stakes are high. These globalists, openly invited into our Treasury by Reagan and Bush, are neither stupid nor generous and they want control of every resource. I am not naive about the origins of this country. I know George Washington was essentially a military landowner, but Jefferson and the New England transcendentalists were different. The Shot Heard 'Round The World was for a good cause. The Constitutional Convention was hard work and should be studied by every child at some point of schooling. At least that remains my opinion. The present showdown between the Legislative and Executive branches over congressional subpoena vs. executive privilege will tell the story---and the Supreme Court's current validity may get involved as well. Does the entire history of the United States now depend on this Karl Rove guy?

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And for you fine sir:

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry 4 August 1822
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"Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking." -- William Mather Lewis - President ,George Washington University 1923 -1927
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"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours, 24 April 1816
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'Fortunately, many people would prefer to live a simple life in a good society than a life of riches and power in a horrible society." -- Randy Schutt, Inciting Democracy


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http://www.ichblog.eu/text/

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Financial and Banking Cover-ups
Key Information and Facts Reveal Major Cover-up


"The Federal Reserve is neither truly federal, nor a full reserve, nor is it owned by the U.S. government. The fact that the words "United States Federal Reserve System" are printed on every U.S. bank note thus raises serious questions."


Dear friends,

Reliable, verifiable information and facts revealing what is going on behind the scenes in banking and in our financial system are very hard to come by. The world's wealthiest bankers guard their secrets very closely. Our educational system teaches us amazingly little about how banks operate, how money is created and managed, and what causes the huge banking scandals and bankruptcies that have happened.


http://www.wanttoknow.info/financialbankingcoverup  



21 Mar 2007 @ 15:10 by a-d : Karl Rove...
Jzzo, ( as I, A-d see it) You, Jazzo, Choose and Decide that with what you choose and decide to ENVISION the Outcome to BE-come! We could all get together and decide and CHOOSE a BETTER Outcome; like Heaven On Earth (After the purging of the "shit" which also what Ashanti is talking about here. This is why it so important to know the shit, so we don't continue like we've done the last 6000-10000 years what a small group of spiritually ill people decided upon and chose. Coz WE didn't do the same; deciding and choosing _our Pic for Tomorrow, theirs then came to pass UN-challenged! That is where we are Today , still.

Now we are at the Crossroads of understanding this Cosmic Thing -or not!....

Will You, jazzo, choose to understand? For every person who joins Ashanti and me and Vax et Al; the millions of others, who have grasped this, the stronger OUR Choice and Decision gets-and with that much more leverage, so to speak. ( is this not correct Vax & Ashanti? : ) )))
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Oh, I'd say our leverage is considerable. A matter of choice and a decision. Righto...

I choose life and that more abundantly for everyone and resurrection for those opposed...

Thanks A-d  



21 Mar 2007 @ 20:12 by vaxen : Karl Rove...
looks like Chucky. You know, that Chucky. Doesn't he?

As for Reagan and Bush letting the globalistas into the treasury? Now that is a bit off keel. The Federal Reserve Criminal Banking concern (Central, by the way...) was established in 1913, then of course we can look to Jekylls Island for the aftermath and subterfuge wherein the nation was gutted, thanks FDR.

And the Constitutional Convention? Conventional.

The Constitution wasn't signed by me or you or anyone within your close family, that is to say those within your past few generations. Commercial Law rules this country and nothing else. The rest of the shpiel is subtext. It is all nothing but a pack of lies!

It really doesn't matter one way or the other. Not my game. And one can assuredly see where "Their" game is headed. After it is all over we'll come down from our mountain peaks and up from our underground cities for a look see to see if there is anything salvagable in those areas of the globe not experienceing Nuclear winter.

What is correct is that each one of us are responsible for what is going on. We made it...

So have fun with it. The old game is over. What remains is residual sweep...  



23 Mar 2007 @ 01:56 by a-d : To Ashanti, our AfricanGoddess! : )
Thanks for being you! Thanks for being "there"!
http://www.lightmovie.com/  



23 Mar 2007 @ 02:04 by a-d : Vax , madaalin,
you can remove this. I will transfer the comment from here to Jazzo's site; more appropriate for its contents. : ) Thanks Sweety! Luvvv/A-d  


24 Mar 2007 @ 07:23 by ashanti : Hey y'all :)
Ah, its good to stop by, even if briefly. Jazzolog, I LOVE your writings, musings - you are such an archetype, and should be a published writer. You are right, South Africa and most of Africa has been infected. Astrid - wow, thanks - right back acha!!! As for Vax, well, you're a Love! A truly OMNI-potent Being. :)

In a while, I'll spend more time here again, when I have some time, and some clean access. At the moment, I am rushing around at a speed I haven't ever done before. So much to do! But it IS getting better and better, despite the outward appearances.

More in a while when I can, but had to let ya'all know how much I love and appreciate you!

Love,

- ashanti

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Ditto, Lady Ashanti. Can't wait (I'll have to!) till you're on 24/7! KOB IRL! ;)  



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