Yup The SECRET GUVMINT hard at work.  We need to come up with an ACTION PLAN 
  Get On With getting our Republic Back !
  He's a dose of what is really going on !

Vigilius Haufniensis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

    March 19, 2007
  Our Highest Law Enforcement Officials are Criminals  Crime Blotter: 1600 
Pennsylvania Avenue  By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
  While serving as President Bush's White House lawyer, Alberto Gonzales 
advised Bush that the president's war time powers permitted Bush to ignore the 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and to use the National Security 
Agency (NSA) to spy on US citizens without obtaining warrants from the FISA 
court as required by law. Under an order signed by Bush in 2002, NSA illegally 
spied on Americans without warrants.
  By spying on Americans without obtaining warrants, Bush committed felonies 
under FISA. Moreover, there is strong, indeed overwhelming, evidence that 
justice was obstructed when Bush and Gonzales blocked a 2006 Justice Department 
investigation into whether Gonzales acted properly as Attorney General in 
approving and overseeing the Bush administration's program of spying on US 
citizens. Also at issue is whether Gonzales acted properly in advising Bush to 
kill an investigation of Gonzales' professional actions with regard to the NSA 
spy program.
  We are faced with the almost certain fact that the two highest law 
enforcement officials of the United States are criminals.
  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 
  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 
  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.
  Paul Craig Roberts held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at 
the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University and 
was Senior Research Fellow in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He 
served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the Reagan 
administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be 
reached at: [EMAIL PROTECTED]



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