HAIL TO THE
"The Gang's All Here!"
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The government which was designed for the people, has got into the hands
of their bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible
empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
– Woodrow Wilson
Sightings from The Catbird Seat
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From PBS Frontline:
Interview with Charles Chidiac
Charles Chidiac is a financier-developer who knew Gene and Nora
Lum in Hawaii. He was also involved in Asian Pacific Advisory
Council-Vote, a Los Angeles Democratic fund-raising group once
headed by Nora Lum. He has a checkered past. He was an
unindicted co-conspirator in the BNL financial scandal....
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Q: Give me an example of corruption in Hawaii in the 1980s.
Chidiac: Well, if you want to do business in Hawaii, you go and you apply for a zoning.
You get a call from an attorney. And he says, "I want to see you."
"Oh, I want to talk about your application." . . .
"But I already have an attorney."
"It's necessary to see you anyway." So he comes over and he says, "Listen, you
applied. This attorney of yours is no good. If you don't hire me, you'll never get your
zoning. . . ."
So, that's how they do it. It's called in Hawaii, "law firming," instead of laundering.
"Law firming" is laundering money through law firms.
Q: In other words, bribery?
Chidiac: Pure, pure bribery, under the cover of being legal work.
Q: Describe Nora Lum.
Chidiac: Well, she is a Japanese woman ... And she's very smart. ... Her husband is an
attorney. ... She knew all the tricks of raising money ...
Q: You had a very close relationship with them for awhile.
Chidiac: . . . I had everything ready and this thing was dragging on and on and on.
And I didn't realize that the state of Hawaii, to extort half a million or a million dollars
from a developer, would go to the extent of destroying a project that would create 3,000
to 4,000 jobs for the poorest part in the islands, where you have 30% unemployment.
The sugar cane industry is collapsing, and they just didn't care. . . . We were planning
to build three hotels ...
Q: Big money?
Chidiac: The project was going to cost somewhere around $800 million.
Q: Did Nora and Gene have access to Governor John Waihee?
Chidiac: All the time, any time. Any time. . . .
Q: What was her stock in trade?
Chidiac: Power pimping ... and greed. She pays for power; she buys power.
Q: Did she ever have big success in Hawaii?
Chidiac: I think I was her biggest success. . . . She introduced me to late Commerce
Secretary Ron H. Brown in Honolulu. ... and she only boasted about her power ...
Q: Did she have many businesses?
Chidiac: She had no business. She was just acting as a power peddler. And raised
money for different councilmen and politicians....
Q: What motivated them?
Chidiac: They told me that ... their only interest was to make money.
Q: How did the Lums and Ron Brown meet?
Chidiac: I think she met him through John Waihee because ... as the governor, he met
Q: Was she talking to big wigs on the phone all the time?
Chidiac: Yeah, -- We had calls from Hillary Clinton. . . . I heard her talking to Ron
Q: Does it surprise you that a woman who owns a souvenir shop and her part-time
lawyer-husband can go in and out of the White House 13 times and accompany the
president to Jakarta . . . Does it surprise you that their daughter ends up working for
Ron Brown? That Gene almost gets on Amtrak's Board of Directors? That Nora can
come and go with Bruce Lindsey, who helps them do an oil deal in Oklahoma? . . .
Chidiac: Well, I mean, if the President is corrupt, everything's possible...
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July 31, 2008
Federal judge rules Bush's aides
can be subpoenaed
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Bush's contention that
senior White House advisers are immune from subpoenas, siding with Congress' power
to investigate the executive branch and handing a victory to Democrats probing the
dismissal of nine federal prosecutors.
The unprecedented ruling undercut three presidential confidants who have defied
congressional subpoenas for information that Bush says is protected by executive
privilege. Democrats swiftly announced they would schedule hearings in September, at
the height of election season.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could soon vote on a contempt citation
against one of the three officials, Karl Rove, formerly Bush's top adviser.
"It certainly strengthens our hand," she said of the ruling. "This decision should send a
clear signal to the Bush administration that it must cooperate fully with Congress and
that former administration officials Harriet Miers and Karl Rove must testify before
That wasn't clear at all to the White House or Rove's attorney. Bush administration
lawyers were reviewing the ruling and were widely expected to appeal. They also could
seek a stay that would suspend any further congressional proceedings.
"We disagree with the district court's decision," White House spokeswoman Dana
With only a few months left in Bush's presidency, there appeared to be no sense of
urgency to make the next move.
"I have not yet talked with anyone at the White House ... and don't expect that this
matter will be finally resolved in the very near future," Rove attorney Robert Luskin
said in an e-mail.
The case marked the first time Congress ever has gone to court to demand the
testimony of White House aides.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Bates said there's no legal basis for Bush's
argument that his former legal counsel, Miers, must appear before Congress. If she
wants to refuse to testify, he said, she must do so in person. The committee also has
sought to force White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to release documents on any
role the White House may have played in the prosecutor firings.
"Harriet Miers is not immune from compelled congressional process; she is legally
required to testify pursuant to a duly issued congressional subpoena," Bates wrote. He
said that both Bolten and Miers must give Congress all nonprivileged documents
related to the firings.
Bates, who was appointed to the bench by Bush, issued a 93-page opinion that strongly
rejected the administration's legal arguments. He said the executive branch could not
point to a single case in which courts held that White House aides were immune from
"That simple yet critical fact bears repeating: The asserted absolute immunity claim
here is entirely unsupported by existing case law," Bates wrote.
The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration's efforts to bolster the power of the
executive branch at the expense of the legislative branch. Disputes over congressional
subpoenas are normally resolved through political compromise, not through the court
system. Had Bush prevailed, it would have dramatically weakened congressional
authority in oversight investigations.
That remains a risk, one Republican said.
"Unfortunately, today's victory may be short-lived," said Rep. Lamar Smith, the ranking
Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. "If the administration appeals the ruling,
our congressional prerogatives will once again be put at risk."
Congressional Democrats called the ruling a ringing endorsement of the principle that
nobody is above the law. Shortly after the ruling, the chairmen of the House and
Senate Judiciary Committees quickly demanded that the White House officials
subpoenaed appear before their panels.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House panel, signaled that hearings
would commence in September on the controversy that scandalized the Justice
Department and led to the resignation of a longtime presidential confidant, Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales.
"We look forward to the White House complying with this ruling and to scheduling future
hearings with Ms. Miers and other witnesses who have relied on such claims," Conyers
said in a statement. "We hope that the defendants will accept this decision and expect
that we will receive relevant documents and call Ms. Miers to testify in September."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said, "I look forward to
working with the White House and the Justice Department to coordinate the long
Between now and September, Congress will recess for five weeks of summer vacation.
Bates scheduled a conference between the litigants on Aug. 27 to take stock of whether
negotiations had moved forward, as he urged in his ruling. Congress then returns to a
brief, three-week session before scattering to the campaign trail. All 435 House seats
and a third of the Senate are up for grabs, as well as the presidency.
Republicans said there was little reason to rush to an accommodation, noting that
subpoenas will expire at the end of the 110th Congress in January.
"I'm sure it will be appealed and it will go on into next year, and it will become a moot
issue," said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio.
Several Democratic officials said they expected the subpoenas to be reissued in
January if their party retains control of Congress in the November elections.
June 9, 2008
Rep. Kucinich introduces
Bush impeachment resolution
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential contender,
said Monday he wants the House to consider a resolution to impeach President Bush.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi consistently has said impeachment was "off the table."
Kucinich, D-Ohio, read his proposed impeachment language in a floor speech. He
contended Bush deceived the nation and violated his oath of office in leading the
country into the Iraq war.
Kucinich introduced a resolution last year to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.
That resolution was killed, but only after Republicans initially voted in favor of taking up
the measure to force a debate.
Kucinich won 50 percent of the vote in a five-way House Democratic primary in March,
beating back critics who said he ignored business at home to travel the country in his
quest to be president.
On the Net
The Articles of Impeachment
June 11, 2008
KUCINICH COMMENTS ON REFERRAL OF
Washington, Jun 11 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich released the following
statement upon House action today which approved his motion to refer to committee
Articles of Impeachment concerning President George Bush. "The sheer volume of
the Articles required a referral to provide Members with an opportunity for review,"
"It is now imperative that the Judiciary Committee begin a review of the 35 Articles. I will
be providing supporting documentation to the committee so that it can proceed in an
orderly manner. The weight of evidence contained in the Articles makes it clear that
President Bush violated the Constitution and the US Code as well as International law.
"It is the House's responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to provide an
effective check and balance to executive abuse of power. President Bush was
principally responsible for directing the United States Armed Forces to attack Iraq,"
Kucinich said. "The June 5th Senate Intelligence report convinced me it was time to
In a report just released, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator
Jay Rockefeller, said: "In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly
presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or
even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat
from Iraq was much greater than actually existed."
"I believe that there is sufficient evidence in the Articles to support the charge that
President Bush allowed, authorized and sanctioned the manipulation of intelligence by
those acting under his direction and control, misleading Congress to approve a
resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. As a result over 4,000 United States
soldiers have died in combat in Iraq, with tens of thousands injured, many of them
permanently impaired. Over a million innocent Iraqis have perished in a war which was
based on lies, a war which will cost the American taxpayers as much as three trillion
dollars," Kucinich explained.
"Now it is incumbent for the Judiciary Committee to review the evidence. If it fails to
hold any hearings on the resolution within the next thirty days, given the gravity of the
charges and the moment, I will once again bring a similar privileged resolution of
Impeachment to the House. We must not only create an historical record of the
misconduct of the Bush Administration but we must make sure that any future
Administration is forewarned about the Constitutionally proscribed limits of
executive authority and exercise of power contravening the Constitution," he
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June 10, 2008
Ramsey Clark: A decisive moment for impeachment
Your help is needed!
Now is the time that our actions can prove decisive. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has
introduced 35 articles of impeachment. Please read the important statement released
today by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, which is below.
As Ramsey Clark makes clear, the impeachment of George W. Bush is the most
important task of the moment for the safety and security of the people of the
United States, the Middle East and throughout the world. None of us can risk
being plunged further into war.
More than 1 million people have joined together in support of the impeachment
movement launched by Ramsey Clark at ImpeachBush.org. From collecting signatures
in towns and cities across the land to letter writing campaigns to direct congressional
visits volunteers have forced impeachment "on the table."
Now we must act and take the next steps. We are doubling our efforts and we need
everyone to pitch in. Please contact your congressional representative and demand
they support the 35 Articles of Impeachment, and take a moment to make as
generous a donation as you can to support this movement as we make this push.
We are printing thousands of leaflets, organizing door-to-door outreach for volunteers,
phone banking, and exploring the possibilities for internet advertising and more
newspaper ads. What we can achieve depends on the level of financial support
provided by those who believe that the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick
Cheney is necessary.
Message from Ramsey Clark
Impeachment is not a political question. Impeachment is a constitutional duty. It
is the one power and highest duty the Constitution rests in the Congress to preserve,
protect and defend the Constitution of the United States when the President, Vice
President, and other civil officers of the United States commit treason, bribery, or other
High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
George Bush has deliberately, falsely and systematically mislead the Congress and
the American people concerning the most criminal, costly and harmful acts of his
administration, leading us to war, tragic loss of human life, the devastation of Iraq,
military expenses reaching trillions of dollars, disruption of the economy that will take
decades to overcome, a contemptuous assault on the Bill of Rights, an international
humanitarian disaster, deliberate antagonism and provocation of nations and people,
most once friendly, and an enlarging assault on the earth's environment.
On June 5, 2008, a long delayed five year U.S. Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence study and 170-page report unanimously found President Bush, Vice
President Cheney and other top officers had made false charges and systematically
presented a more dire picture about Iraq than justified by intelligence provided only to
them. The Committee included both Democrats and Republicans.
Today President Bush is exerting all his power and influence to repeatedly urge Europe,
Israel and others to support an attack on Iran which he intends to commence in the
remaining months of the presidency. Iran is larger than Iraq and Afghanistan, has
millions of people, richer by a multiple, unimpaired by recent war and will fight fiercely if
attacked. He is negotiating a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq placing the U.S.
on Iran's border.
The next several Presidents of the United States will spend their time in office miserably
fighting wars started by Bush, as our economy is consumed in military spending.
Impeachment, a Constitutional duty, is the only way to prevent George W. Bush and his
cabal from vastly enlarging the disastrous wars he has already inflicted on the world
and the American people. The House of Representatives must quickly consider Bills of
Impeachment long overdue, and the Senate must prepare to sit in judgment of
President Bush, Vice President Cheney other officers who are implicated.
June 10, 2008
January 22, 2008
Study: False statements
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that
President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements
about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign
that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to
war under decidedly false pretenses."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity,
which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study
Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position that the world community
viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence
agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in
speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials
stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or
"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass
destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to Charles Lewis and
Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members,
writing an overview of the study. "In short, the Bush administration led the nation to
war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and
that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the
period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza
Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell,
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari
Fleischer and Scott McClellan.
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to
Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10
about Iraq and al-Qaida.
The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements
over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25
government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.
The cumulative effect of these false statements — amplified by thousands of news
stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost
impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war," the study concluded.
"Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since
acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential
and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media
coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false
statements about Iraq," it said.
On the Net:
Center For Public Integrity: http://www.publicintegrity.org/default.aspx
Fund For Independence in Journalism: http://www.tfij.org/
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Confessions of a Whistleblower
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The Eagle Hooded: The 9-11 Coverups
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The Kissinger of Death
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