Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Think Progress » DoJ blocks voting section chief from testifying.DoJ blocks voting section chief from testifying. The House Judiciary Committee’s scheduled hearing tomorrow on the Civil Rights Division’s voting rights section has been canceled because “the Justice Department has refused to allow the chief of the section, John Tanner, to testify.” Read More...
At point does this congress say, "Enough!! All already!" And start Inherent Contempt proceedings against anyone not coming before the presiding oversight committees. Last night I caught part of one of the discussions on MSNBC on what congress can do about a contemptuous Executive Branch.
I found out that congress can under Inherent contempt:
The procedure for holding a person in contempt involves only the chamber concerned. Following a contempt citation, the person cited for contempt is arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House or Senate, brought to the floor of the chamber, held to answer charges by the presiding officer, and then subject to punishment that the House may dictate (usually imprisonment for punishment reasons, imprisonment for coercive effect, or release from the contempt citation.)
Concerned with the time-consuming nature of a contempt proceeding and the inability to extend punishment further than the session of the Congress concerned (under Supreme Court rulings), Congress created a statutory process in 1857. While Congress retains its "inherent contempt" authority and may exercise it at any time, this inherent contempt process was last used by the Senate in 1934, against a U.S. Postmaster. After a one-week trial on the Senate floor (presided by the Vice-President of the United States, acting as Senate President), a former Postmaster, William P. MacCracken, was found guilty and sentenced to 10 days imprisonment.
The Postmaster had filed a petition of Habeas Corpus in federal courts to overturn his arrest, but after litigation, the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress had acted constitutionally, and denied the petition in the case Jurney v. MacCracken, 294 U.S. 125 (1935). Excepted from Wikipedia Contempt of Congress Section
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Judge: Libby order surrounded by doubt
Photo Credit: gmarceloA federal judge suggested on Thursday that President Bush had come very close to acting unconstitutionally in the way he fashioned legal relief for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis Lobby, but the judge ultimately concluded that he had to uphold the President's clemency action. In a ten-page opinion bristling with actual and implied criticism of the President's handling of the Libby commutation Read More...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Nadler: Attorney General Gonzales Must Resign, Special Prosecutor Needed"Attorney General Gonzales has shown an apparent reckless disregard for the rule of law and a fundamental lack of respect for the oversight responsibilities of Congress," said Rep. Nadler. "The man entrusted with enforcing our nation’s laws must also abide by them – and Mr. Gonzales has apparently failed in that duty. Providing false, misleading or inaccurate statements to Congress is a serious crime, and the man who may have committed those acts cannot be trusted to investigate himself. A Special Prosecutor is necessary to investigate this and the countless other violations of the law apparently committed by this Executive Branch." Read more...
Technorati Tags: Gonzales, DOJ, Congress, Scandal
Monday, July 09, 2007
List compiled in 2005! on Salon.com
- Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft
- Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case
- Dark Matter: The Energy Task Force
- The Indian Gaming Scandal
- Halliburton's No-Bid Bonanza
- Halliburton: Pumping Up Prices
- Halliburton's Vanishing Iraq Money
- The Halliburton Bribe-apalooza
- Halliburton: One Fine Company
- Halliburton's Iran End Run
- Money Order: Afghanistan's Missing $700 Million Turns Up in Iraq
- Wiretapping the United Nations
- The Boeing Boondoggle
- The Medicare Bribe Scandal
- Tom DeLay's PAC Problems
- Tom DeLay's FAA: Following Americans Anywhere
- Tom DeLay's Golf Fundraiser
- The Medicare Money Scandal
- Ground Zero's Unsafe Air
- Intel Inside ... The White House
- Iraq: The Case for War
- Niger Forgeries: Whodunit?
- In Plame Sight
- Abu Ghraib
- Guantánamo Bay Torture?
Now This is just part of one list from 2005 more have been added in the last few years like Katerina, Dick Cheney's Hunting accident.
Drudge RetortDOJ Attorney: Bush Worse Than Watergate
John S. Koppel: As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time. The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful.
Technorati Tags: Scandal, White House, Potus, VPotus
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Photo Credit: ortonesque
Counterterrorism Blog: A Hezbollah Coup Attempt This Summer?This week, MEMRI issued a report entitled "Possible eruption of violent crisis in Lebanon after July 15." The report either cites or quotes previous reports published by Lebanese and Arab media, both pro and anti-Syro-Iranian. Read More...
Technorati Tags: Middle East, International Affairs, Hezbollah
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
It should be noted, for future record, that the President of the United States has just used his power of clemency to sabotage an active criminal investigation into the office of his own Vice President. In some parallel universes, I have heard tell that such a thing was once itself considered corruption, or obstruction. Read more...Technorati Tags: White House, Scandal, Pardon
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Judge questions supervision of LibbyLawyers were ordered to file papers by Monday on "whether the defendant should be required to report to the Probation Office immediately, whether he should be allowed to remain free of supervision until some later, more appropriate time, or, indeed, whether the plain meaning of [the statute] precludes the application of a term of supervised release altogether now that the prison sentence has been commuted." Read More....
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All in all. This just increases my dissatisfaction for our current government.
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Monday, July 02, 2007
This disgusts me.
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Mechanical Fingers Give Strength, Speed to Amputees
If the X-Finger looks like a prop from The Terminator, relax. It isn't out to kill you, and it isn't robotic. In fact, it's a mechanical prosthetic finger so effective it provides articulation as fast and flexible as the real thing.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
A federal appeals court refused on Monday to step in and delay former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence in the CIA leak case.
I can't be more happy that Libby is going to see some jail time before any of the Neo-Con's can get the Shrub to pardon him. I feel, that in some ways, we are watching the beginings of a long slow death of the Republican Party.
And that like the Wig Party that they came from, some new national party may come out of the ruin that these fools have created for themselves and the country. I really believe that in the next 5-7 years that party will not be anything like what we see now.
Technorati Tags: Scandal, White House, VPOTUS