The Bush administration decided to announce to Washington Post reporters Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein its view that it has the power to block the Justice Department, and its U.S. Attorneys, from criminally prosecuting Executive Branch employees who refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas, notwithstanding a statute enacted by the American people through their Congress requiring such prosecution where Congress issues a contempt citation. We do not know who specifically in the administration announced this obviously radical position because the Post courteously granted them a shield of anonymity to hide behind. (more…)
By FRANK RICH
Published: July 22, 2007
IT’S not just the resurgence of Al Qaeda that is taking us back full circle to the fateful first summer of the Bush presidency. It’s the hot sweat emanating from Washington. Once again the capital is titillated by a scandal featuring a member of Congress, a woman who is not his wife and a rumor of crime.
by Mary Ellen Marino
If we do not impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, we establish that it is permissible for future presidents and vice presidents to deceive Congress and the public into futile wars, engage in widespread illegal spying on Americans, detain prisoners without charge, engage in torture, operate in secrecy and re fuse to execute laws passed by Congress.
By KYLE WHITMIRE
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 12 — Six years ago, three union leaders were kidnapped and slain in northern Colombia. Now, 2,000 miles away, a federal jury here is being asked to decide whether an Alabama-based coal company, Drummond Ltd., aided in the killings and took sides in Colombia’s decades-old civil war.
By Amy Goodman
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” says the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Unless, of course, you are a friend of the president. By commuting “Scooter” Libby’s sentence, President Bush is also protecting himself and Vice President Dick Cheney.
During the course of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s trial for obstruction of justice and perjury, we learned a lot about his bosses.
When he commuted the sentence of I. Lewis Libby Jr., President Bush sounded like a man worried about what a former loyalist might say when actually staring into a prison cell.
Former HealthSouth CEO who beat fraud charges will spend years behind bars for bribery conviction
Richard Scrushy, the rehabilitation king turned TV preacher, is trading his 92-foot yacht for a jailhouse bunk.
June 9, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
The latest news-as-entertainment spectacular is the Paris Hilton criminal justice fiasco. She’s in! She’s out! She’s — whatever.
Far more disturbing (and much less entertaining) is the way school officials and the criminal justice system are criminalizing children and teenagers all over the country, arresting them and throwing them in jail for behavior that in years past would never have led to the intervention of law enforcement.
The murder rate rose slightly in the United States last year, but the number of robberies skyrocketed by 6 percent, preliminary FBI data released Monday show.
Three people were arrested and another was being sought Saturday for allegedly plotting to blow up a fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods, authorities said. The plot never got past the planning stages. It posed no threat to air safety or the public, the FBI said Saturday.
Richard Guthrie, 92, was tricked into giving banking data to telephone callers, who then stole money from his account, investigators say
Victims of Eric Rudolph, the anti-abortion extremist who pulled off a series of bombings across the South, say he is taunting them from deep within the nation’s most secure federal prison, and authorities say there is little they can do to stop him.
Braun, 59, was standing at her front door late Friday when an assailant came out of the bushes and tried to take her purse, said her spokesman, Kevin Lampe. When Braun resisted, the man pulled a knife and cut the strap of the purse.
April 3, 2007
By CLYDE HABERMAN
Any New Yorker with a sliver of decency was disgusted by the recent mugging of a 101-year-old woman, Rose Morat, in the lobby of her Queens apartment building.
Since the release of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s dramatic confessions, moral outrage at the extent of his crimes has been mixed with doubts. Can his claims be trusted?
* Rape verdict rejected after consensual sex act
* Court of Appeal erases criminal record
* State Government to table new rape laws
An arrest and overwhelming kindness from around the world have brought relief and hope to a St. Paul girl.
There ought to be some kind of American federal criminal statute for fabricating the reasons for war, as well as completely mismanaging the same war — a war which has produced nearly 30,000 American casualties — then brazenly resisting honorable and proven exit strategies while lying about the progress of the war when it’s clear that the cause is lost.
If there is, in fact, a federal law against these things, then why hasn’t it been enforced?
Tony Blair could face the prospect of an International Criminal Court investigation for alleged coalition war crimes in Iraq.
The court’s chief prosecutor said at the weekend that he would be willing to launch an inquiry and could envisage a scenario in which the British Prime Minister and US President George Bush could one day face charges at The Hague.
A laptop computer was stolen Saturday night or early Sunday morning from the office of the Minnesota DFL’s Interim Communications Director, Nick Kimball.
No other computers were taken, and at present it appears Kimball’s laptop was the sole target of the robbery.
Wednesday on CNN’s Situation Room, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) blew off White House signals that Karl Rove and other senior Bush officials may resist testifying before Congress on the U.S. Attorney purge.
“Frankly, I don’t care whether [White House Counsel Fred Fielding] says he’s going to allow people or not. We’ll subpoena the people we want,” Leahy said. “If they want to defy the subpoena, then you get into a stonewall situation I suspect they don’t want to have.” Asked whether he’ll subpoena Rove, Leahy answered, “Yes. He can appear voluntarily if he wants. If he doesn’t, I will subpoena him.”
March 11, 2007
By DAN BARRY
COTTAGE GROVE, Wis.
The big wall clock tells the minister he has less than an hour before tonight’s Bible class down at the church. No time for supper.
(Wallingford-WTNH) _ The two robberies happened just hours apart in Rocky Hill and Wallingford
(East Hartford-WTNH, Feb. 23, 2007 5:20 PM) _ Flags around the state are flying at half-staff for Connecticut’s latest casualty of war. Forty-year old Army Sergeant Richard Ford died from combat injuries on Tuesday.