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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Republicans really do have an agenda for the nation after all.
    It's going to be Clinton era all over again. They'll constantly waste time with probe after probe, and then when he doesn't catch Osama bin Laden they'll say he didn't accomplish anything.

    Revisiting GOP attacks on President Clinton - War Room - Salon.com
    "Instead of striking a strong blow against terrorism, the action [launching cruise missiles at Osama bin Laden] set off a howling debate about Clinton's motives. The president ordered the action three days after appearing before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair, and Clinton's critics accused him of using military action to change the subject from the sex-and-perjury scandal -- the so-called 'wag the dog' strategy."
    Rep. Dick Armey, GOP majority leader: "The suspicion some people have about the president's motives in this attack [on Iraq] is itself a powerful argument for impeachment," Armey said in a statement. "After months of lies, the president has given millions of people around the world reason to doubt that he has sent Americans into battle for the right reasons."

    Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y.: "It is obvious that they're (the Clinton White House) doing everything they can to postpone the vote on this impeachment in order to try to get whatever kind of leverage they can, and the American people ought to be as outraged as I am about it," Solomon said in an interview with CNN. Asked if he was accusing Clinton of playing with American lives for political expediency, Solomon said, "Whether he knows it or not, that's exactly what he's doing."

    GOP Sen. Dan Coats: Coats, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement, "While there is clearly much more we need to learn about this attack [on bin Laden] and why it was ordered today, given the president's personal difficulties this week, it is legitimate to question the timing of this action."

    Sen. Larry Craig, U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee: "The foregoing, the premise of the recent film 'Wag the Dog,' might once have seemed farfetched. Yet it can hardly escape comment that on the very day, August 17, that President Bill Clinton is scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury to explain his possibly criminal behavior, Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton has ordered U.S. Marines and air crews to commence several days of ground and air exercises in, yes, Albania as a warning of possible NATO intervention in next-door Kosovo ...

    "Not too many years ago, it would not have entered the mind of even the worst of cynics to speculate whether any American president, whatever his political difficulties, would even consider sending U.S. military personnel into harm's way to serve his own, personal needs. But in an era when pundits openly weigh the question of whether President Clinton will (or should) tell the truth under oath not because he has a simple obligation to do so but because of the possible impact on his political 'viability' -- is it self-evident that military decisions are not affected by similar considerations? Under the circumstances, it is fair to ask to what extent the Clinton Administration has forfeited the benefit of the doubt as to the motives behind its actions."

    GOP activist Paul Weyrich: "Paul Weyrich, a leading conservative activist, said Clinton's decision to bomb on the eve of the impeachment vote 'is more of an impeachable offense than anything he is being charged with in Congress.'"

    Wall Street Journal editorial: "It is dangerous for an American president to launch a military strike, however justified, at a time when many will conclude he acted only out of narrow self-interest to forestall or postpone his own impeachment."

    Sen. Trent Lott, GOP majority leader: "I cannot support this military action in the Persian Gulf at this time," Lott said in a statement. "Both the timing and the policy are subject to question."

    Rep. Gerald Solomon: "'Never underestimate a desperate president,' said a furious House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon (R-N.Y.). 'What option is left for getting impeachment off the front page and maybe even postponed? And how else to explain the sudden appearance of a backbone that has been invisible up to now?'"

    Rep. Tillie Folwer: "'It [the bombing of Iraq] is certainly rather suspicious timing,' said Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-Florida). 'I think the president is shameless in what he would do to stay in office.'"

    Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: "First, it [intervention in Kosovo] is a 'wag the dog' public relations ploy to involve us in a war in order to divert attention from his personal scandals (only a few of which were addressed in the Senate trial). He is again following the scenario of the 'life is truer than fiction' movie 'Wag the Dog.' The very day after his acquittal, Clinton moved quickly to 'move on' from the subject of impeachment by announcing threats to bomb and to send U.S. ground troops into the civil war in Kosovo between Serbian authorities and ethnic Albanians fighting for independence. He scheduled Americans to be part of a NATO force under non-American command."

    Jim Hoagland, Washington Post: "President Clinton has indelibly associated a justified military response ... with his own wrongdoing ... Clinton has now injected the impeachment process against him into foreign policy, and vice versa."
    Clinton couldn't win. If he attacked bin Laden he was trying to avoid impeachment. Even though he did attack bin Laden, he still got blamed for 9/11 even though when he did attack he was censored. We'll be seeing years more of this kind of rhetoric from the republicans towards Obama.
    Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.

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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    the associated press is the complainant, progressives

    and the careerists at dhs the whistle blowers

    obama's the obfuscator

    ie, he LIED

    seeya in committee, comrades

    bring the ap

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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    today:

    President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

    The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.

    “Our understanding going into the meeting was that it would have a pool photographer and a print reporter, and it turned out to be a private meeting,” Bass [of OMB Watch] told POLITICO. “He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard by reporters and the public interest community and the public generally.”

    Just hours before the White House put off the original event, White House press secretary Jay Carney was defiant in his defense of Obama’s transparency record against criticism that it might have been premature.

    This president has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness that is greater than any administration has shown in the past, and he’s been committed to that since he ran for President and he’s taken a significant number of measures to demonstrate that,” Carney said in a testy exchange with Fox News reporter Wendell Goler on March 16.
    Shh! Obama gets anti-secrecy award | POLITICO 44

    LOL!

    these are ROGER SIMON's officially DRUG TESTED and PROFESSIONAL LEFTISTS from JOURNOLIST doing the GUFFAWING, here, comrades

    why wasn't there a POOL REPORTER?

    did someone lock him IN A CLOSET?

    why weren't the ASSOCIATED PRESS or at least some of the STAFFERS from dhs invited?

    this president is a JOKE, from his lame brained economics to his half baked military interventions to his phony professions of faith

    his credibility is SHOT

    cuz if you've lost ROGER SIMON's boys...
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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    Two investigations found that Freedom of Information Act requests sent to the DHS were reviewed by Obama administration political appointees.

    The department’s Office of Inspector General found that many records requests were filtered through Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s office.

    The investigations found that information requesters were identified by party affiliation in some cases. During the hearing, Mary Ellen Callahan, chief FOIA officer and chief privacy officer for DHS, could not answer why.

    “According to our weekly report, we are supposed to indicate who is a Democrat and who is a Republican,” Callahan told the committee. “I think that is how members of Congress are addressed. I don’t know why, but career staff added that in 2006.”

    The report from DHS Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards did not allege corruption, but did say the department must make changes.

    “We also determined that the Office of the Secretary has had unprecedented involvement in the Freedom of Information Act process beginning in 2009,” the IG report said. “For several hundred requests deemed significant, components were required to provide for headquarters review all materials they intended to release.”

    The IG report also says, “Potentially embarrassing wording was redacted in other cases as well. In November 2009, a senior DHS official suggested limitations on the release of particular requests that a component was processing.”

    The DHS has taken unprecedented measures, John Verdi, director of open government for the watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center.

    We are not aware of any other program that has singled out FOIA requests based on politically sensitive content or the identity of the requestor,” Verdi told the committee. “Political review delays the release of records and raises the specter of wrongful performance.”

    He further said that “federal law simply does not allow agencies to select” what requests to respond to based on political considerations.
    Investigations Find Unprecedented Political Review of FOIA Requests

    issa goes so far as to call dhs' efforts to conceal, called out by the dept's own inspector general, as nixonian

    the ig specifically criticizes issa for going so far

    but, then, the ig goes pretty far himself

    also, reports find that the political screeners at dhs have now taken to communicating with each other and their staffers via telephone so as to avoid leaving an email trail

    fyi

    transparency, anyone?

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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    The right would be screaming out like a demented animal if he received the award publicly. And they don't know enough to know whether he deserves it or not, so why bother to give you ammo for your crazy?

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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Republicans really do have an agenda for the nation after all.
    Issa is running the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; should he fall asleep on the job?

    You see Chappy, we have separate branches of government. It's not a Monarchy, though folks seem to think it is when a Leftist is elected.

    Sorry, Leftists must be held accountable for their actions too. That means investigations at times. Sometimes the opposition will feel there are lots of them.

    The people can express their opinion about this at the ballot box in 20-months.

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    Re: GOP plans wave of White House probes

    on march 3, cbs reported that the doj had sold thousands of assault rifles to members of the mexican drug cartels, at least a couple of which might have been used to murder american agents south of the border

    Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico - CBS Evening News - CBS News

    on march 26, obama denied knowledge of operation fast and furious

    Obama: I didn't know about U.S. Government gun-smuggling operation into Mexico

    today:

    The Obama administration was surprised to receive a subpoena from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of an investigation into a program to track U.S. guns sold in Mexico, considering they had agreed to cooperate, a senior Justice Department official wrote to the committee’s chairman.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the top investigative committee in Congress, subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for documents related to Operation Gunrunner, which traces weapons sold by American dealers to drug cartels in Mexico.
    Darrell Issa subpoenas DOJ on gun probe - Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com
    Last edited by The Prof; 04-01-11 at 10:14 PM.

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