Henry Ford arrest update: Charges against deputy include incest

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Update: Last week, we told you about the arrest of Adams County Deputy Henry Ford in regard to suspected sexual assault on a child. See our previous coverage below. Now, Ford has been formally charged, and one of the accusations -- incest -- reveals that the alleged victim in the case is his own daughter.

Thus far, law-enforcement sources have been extremely cautious about releasing information about the case against Ford. Indeed, prosecutors shared one detail only to ask the media not to divulge it.

As we previously reported, Ford, who's 37, had worked as a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Office for eight years.

Most recently, he'd been assigned to the jail division.

But that was before he was arrested at his home in Strasburg.

A day later, Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr spoke publicly about Ford's arrest. In remarks shared at a press conference, he avoided specifics about the case against Ford, preferring to speak in general terms.

Sheriff Doug Darr.
"This is a violation of the public trust. We have a responsibility to make sure that the people who work within this agency are qualified, that they have the character and the ability to do the job, and to do it well," he said. "It's always disappointing when one of our own is accused. It's always disappointing when we have to stand in front of the camera like we are today to tell a story like this one."

Yesterday, Ford appeared in court to hear the charges against him: sexual assault on a child as a pattern of conduct, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child and aggravated incest.

The crimes are said to have taken place between August 1, 2015 and April 9, shortly before Ford was taken into custody.

In announcing the charges, the 17th Judicial District DA's office also released the age of the victim. But then, five minutes later, public information officer Sue Lindsay sent out a followup note about the information. It reads: "I know this fact was contained in the news release, but the prosecutors and victim advocate are asking if media can refrain from identifying the victim's age because this will identify her in the small community in which they live. I would appreciate your honoring this request."

Ford's arrest report remains sealed. He's expected back in court on May 2 for a preliminary hearing, as well as a request for bond reduction.

Here's a CBS4 report about his bust and the comments of Sheriff Darr. That's followed by our previous coverage.

Continue to see our previous coverage of Henry Ford's arrest, including more photos.

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I'm glad she finally told on him to someone who could help her. I wonder if the mother knew. It's amazing to me how many women know what their husbands are doing to their daughters and turn a blind eye or blame the poor victim for being raped. I hope he's miserable in jail, cops don't do well, and child rapists do even worse. I hope he really suffers, I hope he thinks about suicide every single day, and quakes with fear every moment. That's what he did to his victim.


Been all across North America from Mexico to Canada.  Even with the police state that is developing on the Canada border/US side, I can attest that Colorado cops are abnormal.  The feds on the border, the state patrols of Idaho, WA, and MT, and all their local police are polite, intelligent, respectful and tend to not hassle people living in their towns, treating them as the neighbours they are.  Not Colorado pigs.  Colorado pigs are PIGS.  Corrupt, inept and STUPID beyond belief.

Richard Jaeger
Richard Jaeger

A.C.A.B. he'll get off with a slap on the wrist like all pigs do.

Joe Cherry
Joe Cherry

"The crimes are said to have taken place between August 1, 2015 and April 9, shortly before Ford was taken into custody." Please fix. This isn't a Tom Cruise movie about future crime... It's fucking horrible.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

There goes the 2016 hopes of yet another Tea party candidate.


If they asked you not to reveal the girl's age in order to not identify her, maybe you should have left out the fact that he was charged with incest and that it was his daughter, which pretty much identifies her.  This article was poorly written and it is clear Michael Roberts lacks journalistic integrity.  

Briana Sims
Briana Sims

Everyone hes ever given a ticket to or arrested himself should be refunded and charges dropped.

George White
George White

Apparently one of the prerequisites for being a sheriff's deputy is morbid obesity. Why are they all tanks?

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

Most WW stories need editing. Because of the paper's cheapness!

Sharon Walsh Thompson
Sharon Walsh Thompson

When reporting a news story facts are important, and it makes me wonder about the quality of reporting, to get something basic wrong Bekki.

Sara Ciancio
Sara Ciancio

Just awful. I can't imagine a father getting a perpetrator. Just terrible.


So it's future crimes now? 

"The crimes are said to have taken place between August 1, 2015 and April 9, shortly before Ford was taken into custody."

Bekki Marsh
Bekki Marsh

Relax folks - I am pretty sure, Sharon, that you are smart enough to recognize a typo! I am a bit taken aback by the fact that you only found the typo to be worthy of comment - You are not disgusted by the story, or concerned for the victim? Need help with compassion or empathy?

muhutdafuga topcommenter

*    Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

*    Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

*    Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

*    Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.

*    Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano was arrested for sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl.

*    Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

*    Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.

*    Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

*    Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.

*    Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

*    Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

*    Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

*    Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.

*    Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

*    Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

*    Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.


Ah-Hmmm.....There's always civil courts and 5 finger justice....

muhutdafuga topcommenter

He's the kind of guy the teabaggers are looking for.


Deputies work the jails, they don't have power to arrest.


That makes no sense... His arrest doesn't automatically make everyone else innocent.. This is why we have a court system..

muhutdafuga topcommenter

This list is FAR from comprehensive.  For example, there is no mention of fishingblues.



DEMOCRAT- Edward Fretwell Prichard, Jr. -  Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky. Convicted of vote fraud in federal court in connection with ballot-box stuffing. Served five months in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Jerry Springer - Resigned from Cincinnati City Council in 1974 after admitting to paying a prostitute with a personal check, which was found in a police raid on a massage parlor.

DEMOCRAT- Guy Hamilton Jones, Sr. - Arkansas State Senate. Convicted on federal tax charges and expelled from the Arkansas Senate.

DEMOCRAT- Daniel Flood - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1947, 1949 to 1953 and 1955 to 1980. Pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge involving payoffs and sentenced to probation.

DEMOCRAT- Otto Kerner, Jr - Governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968. While serving as Governor, he and another official made a gain of over $300,000 in a stock deal. Convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges. Sentenced to three years in federal prison and fined $50,000.

DEMOCRAT- George Crockett, Jr. - U.S. Representative from Michigan. Served four months in federal prison for contempt of court following his defense of a Communist leader on trial for advocating the overthrow of the government.

DEMOCRAT- Cornelius Edward Gallagher - U.S. Representative from New Jersey from 1959 to 1973. Indicted on federal charges of income tax evasion, conspiracy, and perjury

DEMOCRAT- Mark B. Jimenez - Democrat fundraiser - sentenced to 27 months in prison on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit election financing offenses.

DEMOCRAT- Bobby Lee Rush - U.S. Representative from Illinois. As a Black Panther, spent six months in prison on a weapons charge.

DEMOCRAT- Bolley ''Bo'' Johnson - Former Florida House Speaker - received a two-year term for tax evasion.

DEMOCRAT- Roger L. Green - Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for accepting travel reimbursement for trips he did not pay for and was sentenced to fines and probation.

DEMOCRAT- Gloria Davis - Bronx assemblywoman. Pleaded guilty to second-degree bribe-taking.

Colleen Gardner, a former staff secretary to Young, told the New York Times that Young increased her salary after she gave in to his sexual advances. In November, Young, who had run unopposed in the safe Democratic district five consecutive times, w reelected with just 61 percent of the vote. The scandal wouldn't go away, and in 1978 Young was defeated in a Democratic primary runoff.

Howe was arrested in 
Salt Lake City on charges of soliciting two policewomen posing as prostitutes. Howe insisted he was set up and refused to resign. But the Democratic Party distanced itself from his candidacy and he was trounced by his Republican opponent in the November election.

DEMOCRAT- Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) raped his 12 year old male cousin.

The ENTIRE government of the City of Chicago

Two famous democrats who couldn't keep their pants on:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy



DEMOCRAT- Carroll Hubbard, Jr. - Kentucky State Senate from 1968 to 1975 and U.S. Representative from Kentucky from 1975 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Federal Elections Commission and to theft of government property; sentenced to three years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Joseph Kolter - member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1969 to 1982 and U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1993. Indicted by a Federal grand jury on five felony charges of embezzlement at the U.S. House post office. Pleaded guilty.

DEMOCRAT- Webster Hubbell - Chief Justice of Arkansas State Supreme Court in 1983. Pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges - sentenced to 21 months in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Nicholas Mavroules - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud and accepting gratuities while in office.

DEMOCRAT- Carl Christopher Perkins - Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1981 to 1984 and U.S. Representative from Kentucky from 1985 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud in connection with the House banking scandal. Perkins wrote overdrafts totaling about $300,000. Pleaded guilty to charges of filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission and false financial disclosure reports. Sentenced to 21 months in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Richard Hanna - U.S. Representative from California from 1963 to 1974. Received payments of about $200,000 from a Korean businessman in what became known as the "Koreagate" influence buying scandal. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to federal prison.

DEMOCRAT- Angelo Errichetti - New Jersey State Senator was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $40,000 for his involvement in Abscam.

DEMOCRAT- Daniel Baugh Brewster - U.S. Senator from Maryland. Indicted on charges of accepting illegal gratuity while in Senate.

DEMOCRAT- Thomas Joseph Dodd - U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Censured by the Senate for financial improprieties, having diverted $116,000 in campaign and testimonial funds to his own use



DEMOCRAT- Allan Turner Howe - U.S. Representative from Utah from 1975 to 1977. Arrested for soliciting a policewoman posing as a prostitute.

DEMOCRAT- Jerry Cosentino - Illinois State Treasurer. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud - fined $5,000 and sentenced to nine months home confinement.

DEMOCRAT- Joseph Waggonner Jr. - U.S. Representative from Louisiana from 1961 to 19 79. Arrested in Washington, D.C. for soliciting a policewoman posing as a prostitute

DEMOCRAT- Albert G. Bustamante - U.S. Representative from Texas from 1985 to 1993. Convicted in 1993 on racketeering and bribery charges and sentenced to prison.

DEMOCRAT- Lawrence Jack Smith - U.S. Representative from Florida from 1983 to 1993. Sentenced to three months in federal prison for tax evasion.

DEMOCRAT- David Lee Walters - Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor election law violation.

DEMOCRAT- James Guy Tucker, Jr. - Governor of Arkansas from 1992 to 1996. Resigned in July 1996 after conviction on federal fraud charges as part of the Whitewater investigation.

DEMOCRAT- Walter Rayford Tucker - Mayor of Compton, California from 1991 to 1992; U.S. Representative from California from 1993 to 1995. Sentenced to 27 months in prison for extortion and tax evasion.

DEMOCRAT- William McCuen - Secretary of State of Arkansas from 1985 to 1995. Admitted accepting kickbacks from two supporters he gave jobs, and not paying taxes on the money. Admitted to conspiring with a political consultant to split $53,560 embezzled from the state in a sham transaction. He was indicted on corruption charges. Pleaded guilty to felony counts tax evasion and accepting a kickback. Sentenced to 17 years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Walter Fauntroy - Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia from 1971 to 1991. Charged in federal court with making false statements on financial disclosure forms. Pleaded guilty to one felony count and sentenced to probation.



DEMOCRAT- Hazel O'Leary - Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration - O'leary took trips all over the world as Secretary with as many 50 staff members and at times rented a plane, which was used by Madonna during her concert tours.

DEMOCRAT- Lafayette Thomas - Candidate for Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1954. Sheriff of Davidson County, from 1972 to 1990. Indicted in federal court on 54 counts of abusing his power as sheriff. Pleaded guilty to theft and mail fraud; sentenced to five years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Mary Rose Oakar - U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1977 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of funneling $16,000 through fake donors.

DEMOCRAT- David Giles - candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington in 1986 and 1990. Convicted in June 2000 of child rape.

DEMOCRAT- Gary Siplin - state senator Florida- found guilty of third-degree grand theft of $5,000 or more, a felony, and using services of employees for his candidacy.

DEMOCRAT- Edward Mezvinsky - U.S. Representative from Iowa from 1973 to 1977. Indicted on 56 federal fraud charges.

DEMOCRAT- Lena Swanson - Member of Washington State Senate in 1997. Pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting unlawful payments from veterans and former prisoners of war.

DEMOCRAT- Abraham J. Hirschfeld - candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from New York in 1974 and 1976. Offered Paula Jones $1 million to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. Convicted in 2000 of trying to hire a hit man to kill his business partner.

DEMOCRAT- Henry Cisneros - U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to the FBI.

DEMOCRAT- James A. Traficant Jr. - Member of House of Representatives from Ohio. Expelled from Congress after being convicted of corruption charges. Sentenced today to eight years in prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks.

DEMOCRAT- John Doug Hays - member of Kentucky State Senate from 1980 to 1982 Found guilty of mail fraud for submitting false campaign reports stemming from an unsuccessful run for judge. He was sentenced to six months in prison to be followed by six months of home confinement and three years of probation.

DEMOCRAT- Henry J. Cianfrani -  Pennsylvania State Senate from 1967 to 1976. Convicted on federal charges of racketeering and mail fraud for padding his Senate payroll. Sentenced to five years in federal prison.

DEMOCRAT- David Hall - Governor of Oklahoma from 1971 to 1975. Indicted on extortion and conspiracy charges. Convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- John A. Celona - A former state senator was charged with the three counts of mail fraud. Federal prosecutors accused him of defrauding the state and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from CVS Corp. and others while serving in the legislature. Celona has agreed to plead guilty to taking money from the CVS pharmacy chain and other companies that had interest in legislation. Under the deal, Celona agreed to cooperate with investigators. He faces up to five years in federal prison on each of the three counts and a $250,000 fine



DEMOCRAT- George Rogers - Massachusetts State House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970. M000ember of Massachusetts State Senate from 1975 to 1978. Convicted of bribery in 1978 and sentenced to two years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Don Siegelman - Governor Alabama - indicted in a bid-rigging scheme involving a maternity-care program. The charges accused Siegelmanand his former chief of staff of helping Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo rig bids. Siegelman was accused of moving $550,000 from the state education budget to the State Fire College in Tuscaloosa so Bobo could use the money to pay off a competitor for a state contract for maternity care.

DEMOCRAT- John Murtha, Jr. - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; Murtha was cited as an unindicted co-conspirator.

DEMOCRAT- Otto Kerner -  governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968 was jailed after the manager of two horse-racing tracks admitted to bribing the then- governor; charges were filed after Kerner left office he was convicted in 1973.

DEMOCRAT- Dan Walker - governor of Illinois from1973 to 1977 served less than two years of a seven-year sentence for receiving improper loans a decade after leaving office.

DEMOCRAT- Gerry Eastman Studds - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1973 to 1997. The first openly gay member of Congress. Censured by the House of Representatives for having sexual relations with a teenage House page.

DEMOCRAT-HiramMonserrate- Queens City Councilman and state Senator-elect - who has claimed to be an advocate of victims of domestic violence - was arrested for breaking a glass over his girlfriend's face. Monserrate, 41, a former cop, won election to the state Senate as a Democrat in November 2008.

DEMOCRAT- James C. Green - North Carolina State House of Representatives from 1961 to 1977. Charged with accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent, but was acquitted. Convicted of tax evasion in 1997.

DEMOCRAT- FrederickRichmond - U.S. Representative from New York from 1975 to 1982. Arrested in Washington, D.C., in 1978 for soliciting sex from a minor and from an undercover police officer - pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Also - charged with tax evasion, marijuana possession, and improper payments to a federal employee - pleaded guilty.

DEMOCRAT- Raymond Lederer - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1981. Implicated in the Abscam sting - convicted of bribery and sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000.

DEMOCRAT- HarrisonArlington Williams, Jr. - U.S. Senator from New Jersey from 1959 to 1970. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Allegedly accepted an 18% interest in a titanium mine. Convicted of nine counts of bribery, conspiracy, receiving an unlawful gratuity, conflict of interest, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. Sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000.

DEMOCRAT- Frank Thompson, Jr. - U.S. Representative from New Jersey from 1955 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting, convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. Sentenced to three years in prison

DEMOCRAT- Michael Joseph Myers -  U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting - convicted of bribery and conspiracy; sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000; expelled from the House of Representatives on October 2, 1980.

DEMOCRAT- John Michael Murphy - U.S. Representative from New York from 1963 to 1981. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest, and accepting an illegal gratuity. Sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000.

DEMOCRAT- John Wilson Jenrette, Jr - U.S. Representative from South Carolina from 1975 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges and sentenced to prison

DEMOCRAT- Neil Goldschmidt - Oregon governor. Admitted to having an illegal sexual relationship with a 14-year-old teenager while he was serving as Mayor of Portland.

Alcee Lamar Hastings - U.S. Representative from Florida. Impeached and removed from office as federal judge in 1989 over bribery charges.

DEMOCRAT- Marion Barry - mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999. Convicted of cocaine possession after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine. Sentenced to six months in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Mario Biaggi - U.S. Representative from New York from 1969 to 1988. Indicted on federal charges that he had accepted bribes in return for influence on federal contracts.Convicted of obstructing justice and accepting illegal gratuities. Tried in 1988 on federal racketeering charges and convicted on 15 felony counts.

DEMOCRAT- Lee Alexander - Mayor of Syracuse, N.Y. from 1970 to 1985. Was indicted over a $1.5 million kickback scandal. Pleaded guilty to racketeering and tax evasion charges. Served six years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Bill Campbell - Democrat - Mayor of Atlanta. Indicted and charged with fraud over claims he accepted improper payments from contractors seeking city contracts.

DEMOCRAT- Frank Ballance - Congressman North Carolina. Pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering related to mishandling of money by his charitable foundation.



DEMOCRAT- Barney Frank  - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1981 to present. Admitted to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex and subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant. Gobie used the congressman's Washington apartment for prostitution. A move to expel Frank from the House of Representatives failed and a motion to censure him failed.

DNC - The Federal Election Commission imposed $719,000 in fines against participants in the 1996 Democratic Party fundraising scandals involving contributions from China, Korea and other foreign sources. The Federal Election Commission said it decided to drop cases against contributors of more than $3 million in illegal DNC contributions because the respondents left the country or the corporations are defunct.

DEMOCRAT- Sandy Berger - National Security Advisor during the Clinton Administration. Berger fined $50,000 for illegally removing highly classified documents and handwritten notes from the National Archives during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings.

DEMOCRAT- Robert Torricelli - Withdrew from the 2002 Senate race with less than 30 days before the election because of controversy over personal gifts he took from a major campaign donor and questions about campaign donations from 1996.

DEMOCRAT- James McGreevey - New Jersey Governor . Admitted to having a gay affair. Resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, rumors of being blackmailed on top of fundraising investigations and indictments.

DEMOCRAT- Jesse Jackson - Democratic candidate for President. Admitted to having an extramarital affair and fathering a illegitimate child.

DEMOCRAT- Gary Condit - US Democratic Congressman from California. Condit had an affair with an intern. Condit, covered up the affair and lied to police after she went missing. No charges were ever filed against Condit. Her remains were discovered in a Washington DC park..

DEMOCRAT- Eliot Spitzer- NEW York governor - resigned from office after being tied to a prostitution ring.

DEMOCRAT- Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde - the son of newly elected U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, was booked on charges of criminal damage to property for allegedly slashing tires on 20 vans and cars rented by the Republican Party for use in Election Day voter turnout efforts.

DEMOCRAT- Daniel David Rostenkowski - U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1959 to 1995. Indicted on 17 felony charges- pleaded guilty to two counts of misuse of public funds and sentenced to seventeen months in federal prison.

DEMOCRAT- Melvin Jay Reynolds -  U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1993 to 1995. Convicted on sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice charges and sentenced to five years in prison.

DEMOCRAT- Wayne Bryant - NJ state senator- was convicted was found guilty on all 12 counts against him including bribery and pension fraud.

DEMOCRAT- Charles Coles Diggs, Jr.  - U.S. Representative from Michigan from 1955 to 1980. Convicted on eleven counts of mail fraud and filing false payroll forms- sentenced to three years in prison.



DEMOCRAT- Abraham J. Hirschfeld: tampering with witness (Paula Jones), murder

DEMOCRAT- Maria Hsia: illegal fundraising, possible Chinese spy working on Clinton, Gore, Ted Kennedy, Pat Kennedy campaigns

DEMOCRAT- John Huang: arranging $150,000 in illegal campaign contributions

DEMOCRAT- Internal Revenue Service: demanded member list from NRA during one of numerous suspicious tax audits

DEMOCRAT- Mark B. Jimenez - Democrat fund raiser - tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the United States, election financing offenses

DEMOCRAT- Bert Lance, OMB Director: misuse of government funds

DEMOCRAT- James Lanier, power broker, TN: corruption

DEMOCRAT- Fred Phelps: fundraiser for Al Gore

DEMOCRAT- Edward Fretwell Prichard, Jr., DNC delegate: stuffing the ballot box

DEMOCRAT- Tony Rezko, fundraiser for Il. gov. Blagojevich and Barack Obama: extortion, racketeering

DEMOCRAT- Richard Silberman, various CA offices: laundering drug cartel money, stock fraud

DEMOCRAT- Michael Skakel, Kennedy, murderer

DEMOCRAT- William Kennedy Smith, Kennedy, rapist

DEMOCRAT- Lafayette Thomas, Sheriff, TN: 54 counts abuse of power, mail fraud, tax fraud

DEMOCRAT- Paul Ziffren: Capone connection to Chicago and California democrat committees

DEMOCRAT- William Jefferson Clinton- Impeached by the House of Representatives over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice, but acquitted by the Senate. Scandals include Whitewater - Travelgate Gennifer Flowersgate - Filegate - Vince Fostergate - Whitewater Billing Recordsgate - Paula Jonesgate- Lincoln Bedroomgate - Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealersgate - Lippogate - Chinagate - The Lewinsky Affair - Perjury and Jobs for Lewinskygate - Kathleen Willeygate - Web Hubbell Prison Phone Callgate - Selling Military Technology to the Chinesegate - Jaunita Broaddrick Gate - Lootergate - Pardongate

DEMOCRAT- Edward Moore Kennedy - U. S. Senator from Massachusetts. Pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, after his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.



DEMOCRAT- Harry P. Jannotti Phila delphia City Council, Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Former Rep. John Jenrette: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Bolley Johnson, FL Speaker of the House: tax evasion

DEMOCRAT-  Louis C. Johanson, Philadelphia City Council, Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Guy Hamilton Jones, Sr., AK state senate: IRS charges

DEMOCRAT- Erin Kenny, Clark County NV Commisioner, candidate for lt gov: G string trial, cash bribes

DEMOCRAT- Mary Kincaid-Chauncey Clark County NV Commisioner: G string trial, campaign $$$

DEMOCRAT- Joseph Kolter: embezzlement

DEMOCRAT- David Lanier, Judge: eight counts of sexual assault (not harrassment)

DEMOCRAT- Raymond Lederer: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Nicholas Mavroules: plead guilty to 15 corruption counts

DEMOCRAT- Lance Malone, Clark County NV Commisioner: G string trial, cash bribes, wire fraud, extortion

DEMOCRAT- Leo McCarthy: unindicted bribe solicitor

DEMOCRAT- William McCuen, AK Secretary of State: kickbacks, tax evasion, embezzling

DEMOCRAT- Jim McDermott: "willfull and knowing misconduct" that "rises to the level of malice".

DEMOCRAT- Jim McGreevey: unindicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- Cynthia McKinney: battery on US Capitol Police officer at security check

DEMOCRAT- Edward Mezvinsky: 56 federal fraud charges. One more and he could marry John Kerry

DEMOCRAT- John Michael Murphy: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Michael Myers: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Mary Rose Oakar: House banking scandal, pled to campaign violations

DEMOCRAT- Otto Ernest Passman D. LA: accepted bribes from South Korean government, prosecution declined due to age

DEMOCRAT- Carl Christopher Perkins: house banking scandal, overdrawn $300,000

DEMOCRAT- Mel Reynolds, D-IL child rapist pardoned by clinton

DEMOCRAT- Fred Richmond, soliciting SEX from a 16 year old

DEMOCRAT- Don Riegle: Keating five

DEMOCRAT- George Rogers, MA State Sen.: bribery

DEMOCRAT- Dan Rostenkowski: chairman of the House Ways and Means committee House post office scandal

DEMOCRAT- Bobby Lee Rush: black panther, weapons charges

DEMOCRAT- Gus Savage, fondling peace corps volunteer

DEMOCRAT- George X. Schwartz, Philadelphia City Council, Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Don Siegleman (former Alabama Governor): bribes

DEMOCRAT- Lawrence Jack Smith: tax evasion

DEMOCRAT- Eliot Spitzer (former New York Governor): soliciting prostitution, Mann Act

DEMOCRAT- Jerry Springer: soliciting prostitution

DEMOCRAT- Gerry Studds: unindicted child rapist

DEMOCRAT- Lena Swanson, WA State Senate: she gets an asterisk for screwing veterans and POWs

DEMOCRAT- Herman Talmadge: bribery, overcoat full of cash

DEMOCRAT- Frank Thompson: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Robert Toricelli: unindicted mafia tool and bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- James Traficant D. OH: bribes, racketeering, use of staff for personal benefit

DEMOCRAT- James Guy Tucker, Jr.: fraud, Whitewater

DEMOCRAT- Walter Rayford Tucker: extortion, tax evasion

DEMOCRAT- Joseph Waggonner Jr.: soliciting prostition

DEMOCRAT- David Lee Walters, OK Governor: election law violations

DEMOCRAT- Maxine Waters: about $1,000,000 in nepotism (I ain no nepoti'm, donchu call me no nepoti'm!)

DEMOCRAT- Daniel James White, San Francisco Supervisor: murder, and the reason Dianne Feinstein has a carry permit and you don't

DEMOCRAT- Sen. Harrison A. Williams: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Calvin Williams, County Administrator: bribery, "Tennessee Waltz,"

DEMOCRAT- Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House : $145,000 'gift'

DEMOCRAT- John Young, sexual harrassment of staffer

DEMOCRAT- Michael Zucchet, San Diego Council, interim mayor: G string trial, bribes for changing the strip club laws

DEMOCRAT- Bruce Babbitt, Interior Secretary: lied to congress about Indian casino bribes

DEMOCRAT- Sandy Berger: Clinton aide, theft and destruction of classified and incriminating documents

DEMOCRAT- Natale Bellochi: $5,300,000 goes missing from the US operated American Institute in Taiwan. James C. Woods is fired for claiming that it was spent on sexual favors and John Huang.

DEMOCRAT- Ron Brown: fraud, conspiracy

DEMOCRAT- Billy Carter: Libyan agent

DEMOCRAT- David Chang: illegal fundraising

DEMOCRAT- Golan Cipel: made NJ Homeland Security advisor because of gay affair with Jim McGreevy, possible Israeli spy

Democratic National committee: $719,000 fine for campaign violations

DEMOCRAT- Brian Doyle, dem activist child molester

DEMOCRAT- Ira Einhorn, rape and murder

DEMOCRAT- Michael Espy, Secretary of Agriculture: criminal corruption charges

DEMOCRAT- John Wayne Gacy, rapist, murderer, democrat fund raiser

DEMOCRAT- Michael Galardi: G string trial "fund raiser" handed out "$100,000's" of bribes, as well as wire fraud and oral sex, in order to get San Diego and las Vegas strip club laws changed. Harry Reid 'rebuked' John Ashcroft for using the Patriot Act to catch these people



DEMOCRAT- Al Gore: unindicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- James C. Green, NC state rep: tax evasion

DEMOCRAT- Roger L. Green, Brroklyn Assembly: phony travel reimbursements

DEMOCRAT- David Hall: extortion and conspiracy

DEMOCRAT- Richard T. Hanna D CA: accepted bribes from South Korean government

DEMOCRAT- John Doug Hays, KY senate: mail fraud

DEMOCRAT- Rep. Wayne Hays, traded secretary job for blow job

DEMOCRAT- Alan G, Hevesi, Comptroller NY: $172,000 use of state police to drive his wife around

DEMOCRAT- Dario Herrera, Clark County NV Commisioner, congressional candidate: bribes, G string trial, lap dances, oral sex for votes

DEMOCRAT- Allan Turner Howe: soliciting prostitution

DEMOCRAT- Carroll Hubbard, Jr.: conspiracy to defraud FEC, theft of government property

DEMOCRAT- Webster Hubbell, AK Supreme Court Chief Justice: mail fraud, tax evasion

DEMOCRAT- Sen. Daniel Inouye, accused of sexual harrassment

DEMOCRAT- Ralph Inzunza, San Diego Council: G string trial, bribes for changing the city strip club laws

DEMOCRAT- Sharpe James, Mayor of Newark, N.J.: unindicted you name it



DEMOCRAT- Gloria Davis, Bronx Assembly: bribery

DEMOCRAT- Dennis DeConcini: Keating five

DEMOCRAT- Charles Coles Diggs, Jr.: mail fraud

DEMOCRAT- Roscoe Dixon, State Sen.: bribery, "Tennessee Waltz"

DEMOCRAT-Thomas Joseph Dodd: (daddy Dodd) $116,000 in campaign funds diverted for personal use

DEMOCRAT- Edwin Edwards, Governor LA: $400,000 extortion

DEMOCRAT- Angelo Errichetti, Camden Mayor: Abscam

DEMOCRAT- Daniel Flood: payoffs

DEMOCRAT- John N. Ford, State Sen.: bribery, "Tennessee Waltz"

DEMOCRAT- Cornelius Edward Gallagher: tax evasion, conspiracy, perjury

DEMOCRAT- Former Rep. Robert Garcia: Wedtech

DEMOCRAT- David Giles: child rape

DEMOCRAT- Former Sen. John Glenn: Keating five

DEMOCRAT- Neil Goldschmidt, Oregon governor: confessed child molester



DEMOCRAT- Marion Barry: is he still out of office, or is he back again?

DEMOCRAT- Jim Black: NC Speaker of the house, five years for accepting bribes

DEMOCRAT- Kathryn Bowers, State Sen.: bribery, "Tennessee Waltz"

DEMOCRAT- VDaniel Baugh Brewster: illegal gratuitie

DEMOCRAT- Brian Burke, felony and misdemeanor pleas

DEMOCRAT- Albert G. Bustamante: racketeering, bribery

DEMOCRAT- Robert Byrd: KKK member

DEMOCRAT- John A. Celona: racketeering, mail fraud

DEMOCRAT- Warren Christopher, Secretary of State: fired James C. Woods for suggesting that $5,300,000 missing from AIT visa fund was spent on sexual favors and John Huang.

DEMOCRAT- Chuck Chvala, Wisconson Senate Majority Leader: using state employees to do political work and to illegally funneling money to a state Senate campaign. (19 other counts were dropped and Chvala served no time.)

DEMOCRAT- Henry Cisneros: lying to FBI about $250,000 hush money to mistress

DEMOCRAT- William Lacy Clay, Sr.: ethics charges, house banking scandal

DEMOCRAT- Bill Clinton: unindicted bribe taker, malfeasant, seller of military secrets to foriegn governments, perjurer, rapist

DEMOCRAT- Tony Coelho: bond market and stock market defrauder

DEMOCRAT- Jerry Cosentino, state treasurer: bank fraud (seriously)

DEMOCRAT- William Cotton, County Committeeman: bribery, "Tennessee Waltz"

DEMOCRAT- Gary Condit: murder

DEMOCRAT- Alan Cranston: Keating five (funny how Keating, a republican, seemed to know to bribe democrats)

DEMOCRAT- George Crockett, Jr.: contempt of court for defending communist on trial for advocating the overthrow of the government

DEMOCRAT- Ward Crutchfield, State Sen. : bribery, "Tennessee Waltz"



DEMOCRAT- Alcee Hastings: impeached and convicted judge/representative

DEMOCRAT- William Jefferson: has he been indicted yet?

DEMOCRAT- Ted Kennedy: unindicted murderer

DEMOCRAT- Pat Kennedy: unindicted (censored) drunk

DEMOCRAT- Robert Menendez: unindicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- Kwame Kilpatrick: Detroit Mayor, perjury, obstruction of justice, fired police chief for investigating his mayoral personage.

DEMOCRAT- Jack Murtha: unidicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- Ray Nagin: say, Ray, what really happened to that $250,000,000 ya got from the Corps of Engineers to fix the dike? Didja think they meant dyke?

DEMOCRAT- Harry Reid: unidicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- Ed Rendell: unidicted bribe solicitor

DEMOCRAT- Gary Siplin, FL State Senator: grand theft conviction- props for being different, still in office because stupid Florida Supreme Court allows convicted felons to stay in office until their case is appealed.

DEMOCRAT- Thomas Wright: NC house, six count indictment for fraud/obstructing justice, pending trial and removal from office.

DEMOCRAT- Sen. Brock Adams: rape

DEMOCRAT- Frank Ballance: mail fraud, money laundering

DEMOCRAT- Rep. Marrio Biaggi: Wedtech. illegal use of minority no bid contracting, bribes







DEMOCRAT- Jeramiah Wright-Criminal.

DEMOCRAT-Lee Alexander, Syracuse Mayor: racketeering and tax evasion

DEMOCRAT- Hillary Clinton: unidicted bribe taker

DEMOCRAT- Christopher Dodd: $50,000 bagman for John Huang, blamed it on Don Fowler.

DEMOCRAT- Robert Filner, US Rep, CA: Assault and battery on United Airlines employee at Dulles Intn'l

DEMOCRAT- Barney Frank: unidicted child whoremonger

DEMOCRAT- Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas mayor: bribes, telling fourth graders to bring gin if they are stuck on island

DEMOCRAT- Diane Gordon: New York City Council, convicted of taking bribes



DEMOCRAT-Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee on Sunday denied allegations that he sexually abused a distant relative... According to the report in The Washington Times, family members claim the congressman sexually abused his second cousin Patrick 50 years ago. According to the report, the relatives claim the abuse started when Patrick was 12 and went on for five years... Patrick reportedly is in a psychiatric hospital, but the family members blame Kildee for his problems, according to the report... Kildee initially planned to run again for his seat in 2012, but changed his mind and announced his retirement this past July."

DEMOCRAT- from Elgin, west of Chicago, Keith Farnham (D), who recently resigned from his post as an Illinois state representative, was arrested for possessing child pornography

DEMOCRAT-Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, adding to a long political and legal career marked by controversy, sanctions and, now, allegations of illicit sex...five indictments

DEMOCRAT- Minnesota state Representative Kerry Gauthier is being investigated by police for reportedly having sex with a 17 year-old at a rest stop.

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga You forgot to mention Ronald Reagan who delayed the release of American hostages so that through treason, he could become president.  As payback, he sole weapons to Iran.

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Big money can sure buy lies:

23. Global warming (denial and stalling)

Global warming: denial of manmade origin, followed by minimization of the effects of the manmade contribution, continued reliance on fossil and carbon based fuels, little movement on CAFE standards and conservation, and political interference in scientific reports.

  • March 13, 2001, Bush rejects Kyoto Protocols (finished December 1997 but never ratified by the US Senate) and casts doubt on the causes of climate change.
  • June 11, 2001, in reference to a report by the National Academy of Sciences, Bush questions both the extent of global warming, its impact, and the manmade contribution to it.
  • February 14, 2002, Bush announces his Clear Skies Initiatives which lacks any limits on CO2.
  • April 2002, at the urging of ExxonMobil Bush blocks reelection of Robert Watson, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and advocate of reducing greenhouse gases.
  • June 3, 2002, an EPA report to the UN admits global warming largely due to human activities.
  • June 4, 2002, Bush dismisses the report as "put out by the bureaucracy" and reiterates his opposition to Kyoto.
  • August 19, 2002, White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) chief of staff Philip Cooney a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and a non scientist questions why climate change is mentioned at all. In September 2002, for the first time in six years, the annual EPA report on air pollution "Latest Findings on National Air Quality: 2001 Status and Trends" omits the section on global warming.
  • November 2002, Our Changing Planet, an annual report to Congress on the Climate Change Science Program for oversight and budget purposes is heavily edited by Philip Cooney.
  • April-May 2003, CEQ Chairman Jim Connaughton edits the draft of what will be the August 2003 "Fabricant" opinion.
  • June 23, 2003, the EPA issues "Draft Report on the Environment 2003" in which the section on global warming was pulled after Philip Cooney sought to replace data showing sharp increases in global temperatures with references to a study funded by the API questioning the evidence for global warming.
  • July 2003, the Administration releases its Strategic Plan for the Climate Change Science Program. Philip Cooney along with other CEQ officials made at least 181 edits emphasizing the uncertainty of global warming and 113 de-emphasizing the human contribution to it. The CEQ also inserted language about the possible benefits of global warming and removed recommendations to do something about it.
  • August 28, 2003, in response to a petition by environmental groups to regulate greenhouse gas
  • June 1, 2005, Rick Peltz a scientist at the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (USCCSP) resigns and accuses Phillip Cooney, the then chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) of editing scientific papers so that they would agree with Administration policies on climate change.
  • June 10, 2005, Cooney resigns
  • June 13, 2005, Cooney is hired by ExxonMobil

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Here is the one thing the republiKKKans stand for:

22. Tax cuts for the richest of the rich

Tax cuts for the wealthiest, corporations and on capital gains; retention of the AMT.

  • HR 1836 the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act was signed into law June 7, 2001. It was projected to reduce total surpluses by approximately $1.35 trillion over the 2001-2011 period. Its principal feature was a reduction spaced over the 2001 to 2006 period in the 4 highest tax brackets.
  • HR 2 the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act was signed into law May 28, 2003. It increased the exemption amount for the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT), decreased the tax rates for income from dividends and capital gains, modified tax law relating to bonus depreciation and expensing, and allowed certain 2003 corporate estimated tax payments to be shifted into 2004. Its principal effects would occur in its first 5 years from 2003-2008 and would cost $342.9 billion in this period.
  • HR 1308 the curiously named Working Families Tax Relief Act was signed into law October 4, 2004. Its main feature involved extensions and changes in the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Its principal costs occurred over the 2005-2009 period and were estimated to be $122 billion.

In 2005, there was an attempt at another tax cut bill which failed. In 2006, the Republicans broke their tax cuts up into a couple of bills .

  • HR 4297 was signed into law May 17, 2006. It was to cost about $70 billion, split roughly between cuts on dividends and capital gains on the one hand and cuts in the Alternate Minimum Tax (AMT) on the other.
  • HR 6111 was signed into law December 20, 2006. It was a minor catchall bill extending and modifying some expiring tax provisions and was projected to cost $40 billion over the period from 2007 to 2016.

Looking over the various bills, it is likely they became increasing hard to sell over time. They certainly became smaller. Still a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money. It’s just that after Bush got a trillion dollars for the rich in his first bill, everything else seemed small by comparison.

Posted in: Economy, Hugh's List of Bush Scandals

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Speaking of corruption

16. K Street lobbyists (for government you can buy)

K Street Lobbyists, Jack Abramoff, North Marianas, removal of investigating US attorney Frederick Black (Guam), Gale Norton and Steven Griles at Interior, go betweens Italia Federici for Norton and Susan Ralston for Rove, tribal casinos; conviction of Rep. Bob "Freedom Fries" Ney (R-OH) for conspiracy and false statements re Abramoff’s Indian casinos scam.

Posted in: Abramoff, Corruption, Cronyism, Hugh's List of Bush Scandals

Add to this how the Fascist 5 ruled that big republican money could be spent without limit to lie about their fascist agenda, and you have the filth that is the current unAmerican rePEDOPHILIcAn party.

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Isn't it amazing how one fascist can be more corrupt than ALL Democrats put together, along with the many lies of their yappy little cult:


11. Hurricane Katrina and the drowning of New Orleans

Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the destruction of New Orleans, FEMA and "Heck of a job, Brownie," lack of preparation, lack of emergency aid, slowness of reconstruction, Bush ignores for days then gives address from Jackson Square in New Orleans promising aid which never comes or much of which goes to politically connected outstate no bid contractors, disparity between response to Louisiana and Republican Trent Lott’s Mississippi; Bush refuses to waive 10% state match for federal funds (waived in many previous disasters) increasing the bureaucratic paperwork, reducing aid to affected areas, and further slowing and complicating rebuilding.

Posted in: Cronyism, Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, Katrina 12. NSA warrantless wiretapping

Bush authorized warrantless NSA wiretapping in October 2001. However, Joseph Nacchio former CEO of Qwest convicted April 19, 2007 of insider trading reported that the NSA in a meeting on February 27, 2001 (1 month after Bush became President and 6 1/2 months before 9/11) tried to sign Qwest up to a warrantless surveillance program and that when Nacchio refused the NSA pulled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts from the company.

Under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) a warrant would be needed from the FISA court (federal judges entrusted with these decisions in addition to their regular jobs) for domestic to international telephone or internet communication. The bar for such a warrant is extraordinarily low, has almost never been denied, and can be granted up to 3 days after the surveillance as begun (in order to give maximum flexibility in emergency situations). This is in contrast to international to international communications which have always been considered legitimate targets for US intelligence organizations and require no warrant.

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Gore, unindicted?  bushITLER is a war criminal: 

10. Military Commissions Act (torture, kangaroo courts, indefinite detention, and loss of habeas corpus)

The Military Commissions Act: torture, indefinite detention, the end of habeas corpus, and kangaroo courts. One of the last acts of the Congress before the November 2006 elections, it passed the Senate on September 28 and the House the next day and was signed into law by Bush on October 17. The short story on this is that, pre-election, the Republicans pushed it and the Democrats caved on it. As bad as the military commissions envisioned in the act are, the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) which designate who is to be tried are even worse. They were complete shams. Decisions were made on the flimsiest and most general information without challenge or taking into account the methods (torture) used to obtain it. Detainees lacked effective legal representation, and the CSRTs did not come close to meeting minimal standards of judicial process, even a preliminary one. To top it off, as later military judges have found, the CSRTs designated detainees "enemy combatants" which does not meet the Military Commissions Act standard of "unlawful enemy combatants" vitiating their findings to date. Even when they make up the rules they can’t get it right.

The case of Murat Kurnaz shows how flawed the CSRTs are. He was a Turkish citizen who had lived his entire life in Germany. On October 3, 2001, at the point of getting his German citizenship, he traveled to Pakistan to visit religious sites. In December 2001, he was removed from the group he was traveling with, arrested by Pakistani police, and flown to Guantanamo 4 weeks later. In September 2002, he was interrogated by American and German intelligence officers who concluded that he had no links to terrorism and should be freed. This view was repeated in a memo dated May 19, 2003 from the commanding general of the Criminal Investigation Task Force, the Pentagon unit responsible for interrogating detainees. Against this was a memo dated June 25, 2004 by Brigadier General David Lacquement, then head of the US Southern Command’s intelligence unit, who said Kurnaz was a danger because he had among other things prayed during the national anthem, asked how high the basketball rim was in the prison yard (which in Lacquement-speak indicated a desire to escape), and enquired about guard schedules and detainee transfers. There was also the accusation that Kurnaz knew someone who knew a suicide bomber (except this was later shown to be untrue) and had stayed at a hostel in Pakistan run by a religious group linked to terrorism (the group’s link was also untrue). Kurnaz’s CSRT was held on October 4, 2004 where he was determined to be an enemy combatant. His lawyers challenged this in a DC District Court. (This was before the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005.) In a January 2005 opinion, Judge Joyce Green found that the CSRT process had been biased and was contrary to US and international law. This opinion became public on March 25, 2005 when it was inadvertently released by court officials. Nevertheless, Kurnaz continued to be held. In January 2006, a yearly Review Board hearing reconfirmed.that Kurnaz was an enemy combatant. Meanwhile Kurnaz’s detention and German participation in his interrogation was giving the story legs in Germany. Also in January 2006, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought up the case with Bush. On May 31, 2006, the FBI weighed in indicating that it had no interest in Kurnaz. In July 2006, a special Review Board met and determined that he was no longer an enemy combatant. The reasons for this change of status remain classified. Kurnaz was flown back to Germany goggled and shackled where he was released on August 24, 2006. Despite repeated findings by the intelligence community that Kurnaz was innocent of any links to terrorism, flimsy, false, and easily refutable evidence allowed by the CSRTs resulted in his detention without any formal charge for more than 4 1/2 years, a detention that would have continued if it had not been for the accidental leak of details of his case by a DC court and the personal intervention of the head of the German government.

On July 20, 2007, a three judge panel of the DC Circuit in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. US rejected parts of the Detainee Treatment Act (DTA) of 2005 asserting that it will expect to examine all information bearing on a detainee’s case and not just what the government used in deciding to hold a detainee. SCOTUS on June 29, 2007 changed its mind and decided to take a look at these cases in the fall, especially in light of what the Circuit Court might decide. On June 10, 2008, SCOTUS in a 5-4 decision with Kennedy writing the majority opinion and Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas dissenting ruled that that review procedures in the the DTA did not provide an adequate substitute for the writ of habeas corpus, that the CSRTs were deficient, that the Constitutional requirements for its suspension (rebellion or invasion) had not been met, that the Military Commissions Act (MCA) could not strip habeas out, that practical not formal considerations applied to its extension to non-citizens overseas, and that because the US exercised effective if not de jure sovereignty over Guantanamo, accordingly the writ of habeas corpus ran there. This is another indication that the “judicial” structure that the Administration sought to construct at Guantanamo continues to collapse under its own un-Constitutional weight. It also underlines the divide in the Court among those justices who subscribe to the Bush doctrine of the unilateral Executive and those who believe in the traditional doctrine of judicial review embodied in Marbury v. Madison early in the country’s history.

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Rectumlickums can smear and whine, but they CAN'T GOVERN:

5. Afghanistan (leaving before the job was done)

Afghanistan, transferring resources to Iraq before the job was finished, the results: a resurgent Taliban, continuing warlordism, and exploding opium production. On January 30, 2008, three independent non-partisan reports on Afghanistan by the Center for the Study of the Presidency (Jones-Pickering), the Atlantic Council, and the National Defense University concluded that Afghanistan has been neglected and is in danger of becoming a failed state and that a new comprehensive policy for it is needed. You would think that after 6 years we would have one by now but this is the Bush Administration we are talking about.

Posted in: Afghanistan, Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, War on Terror 6. Iran saber rattling

Iran and saber rattling, axis of evil, lack of engagement, refusal to talk to, addressing the nuclear issue through threats, clumsy attempts to blame Iran for the debacle in Iraq and a failure to recognize their very real interests there.

Posted in: Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, Iran, Middle East, WMD 7. North Korea (mishandling nuclear issue)

North Korea, axis of evil, ditching the 1994 agreement and freezing of bank accounts because of dubious uranium program, the plutonium program which led to a fizzled first nuclear test, and something like a return to the 1994 agreement. On June 26, 2008, Bush declared that he would ask Congress to rescind its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. While this move was primarily to establish some sort of a positive legacy for him, it underlines how off track his North Korea policy was during most of his Presidency and how although tenuous this one foreign policy success was due to that most abhorred of all concepts in the Bush Administration: diplomacy.

Posted in: Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, WMD 8. The War on Terror (failure to capture Osama bin Laden, dubious allies)

Osama bin Laden, where are you? The blown opportunity at Tora Bora. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the roles of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in terrorism. Pakistan’s intelligence service the ISI created the Taliban. Despite $11 billion in US aid from 2001 through 2007, the government of Pervez Musharraf continues to give it safe haven in Pakistan. As for al Qaeda, those efforts which do occur are limited and often timed to the visits of American dignitaries. In addition, Bush’s oft stated policy of spreading democracy was dealt a blow when Musharraf fearing a Supreme Court decision preventing him from holding the Presidency and remaining Chief of Staff of the armed forces declared a state of emergency and instituted martial law on November 3, 2007.

The Saudis for their part fund radical madrassas throughout the Moslem world and have a domestic educational system run by the most extreme of their homegrown extremists. Saudi and Gulf oil dollars find their way to many terrorist groups as well as the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.

Posted in: Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, War on Terror

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Then who could forget Operation Make a Buck, the centerpiece of the bush-lite doctrine that gave us the republican state, better known as the islamic state:

4. Iraq war

Iraq: axis of evil, lack of preparation for occupation, looting, including the National Museum, too few troops, lack of training, lack of equipment, lack of securing loose Iraqi munitions, disbanding the Iraqi army, banning the Baathists, the CPA, cronyism, Paul Bremer, losing tons of money literally, lack of international inclusion in reconstruction and security, weak Constitution, formation of sectarian parties, weak government, denial of actual conditions in Iraq, for example, its civil war, ignoring 4 years of failed policies and the basic proposal of the Iraq Study Group to withdraw, escalating instead, continuing lack of any discernible mission. A brief analysis of casualty figures can be found here:

US Deaths in Iraq by Year Cumulative US Deaths in Iraq
Posted in: Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, Iraq, Middle East, WMD

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3. Libby/Plame Affair (Outing a CIA agent)

Plamegate. Scooter Libby Chief of Staff to the Vice President was convicted on March 6, 2007 on two counts of perjury before the Grand Jury and one count each of obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI. Placing political payback (against an individual and an agency) above national security, the Vice President’s office orchestrated the outing of a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, her cover company Brewster Jennings, other agents which had used this same cover, and her contacts. All this was done in retaliation for an op-ed in the New York Times on July 6, 2003 written by her husband ambassador Joe Wilson. In it, he publicly debunked the "16 words" in Bush’s January 28, 2003 State of the Union which claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to obtain uranium from Africa (Niger). This undercut the argument that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat and showed that the Bush Administration had known this was so in advance of the war. Wilson had been sent to Niger to investigate this charge in February 2002 at the request of the CIA and had reported nearly a year before its use in the SOTU that it was false. After several attempts by among others Karl Rove to pitch Plame’s identity to the media, on July 14, 2003, Valerie Plame was outed in a column by Robert Novak In his closing argument at the Libby trial, Patrick Fitzgerald detailed Cheney’s guiding hand in the conspiracy behind the outing and spoke of a "cloud" over the Vice President. That cloud remains.

On June 5, 2007, Scooter Libby received a preliminary sentence of 30 months in federal prison, with a 2-year term of supervised release following the completion of that sentence, a $250,000 fine, and a requirement of 400 hours of community service. This was confirmed June 14 and bail during appeal was denied. Scooter’s defense solicited letters on his behalf from Washington’s conservative elite. These praised his legal expertise and national security credentials and were likely counterproductive since they made clear he was well aware of the legal ramifications of lying to a grand jury and the security implications of outing a CIA agent. A group of conservative attorneys led by Robert Bork also filed an unsuccessful, last minute amicus brief questioning the legitimacy of Patrick Fitzgerald’s appointment as prosecutor. It called the appointment a "close" question although its rationale depended upon a lone Supreme Court dissent in a case that was not closely decided and its effect would be to prevent independent investigations of high US officials. On July 2, 2007, a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit unanimously denied Libby’s appeal. Hours later George Bush commuted Libby’s sentence eliminating any jail time. This is an Administration that believes it is outside the law and acts accordingly. It is not so much that they have contempt for the law. Rather they have contempt for us. The cloud that was over Cheney now covers Bush as well.

A civil suit filed by Valerie Plame was dismissed on July 19, 2007 by judge John D. Bates who ruled that, while Plame’s complaint had merit, the court did not have jurisdiction.  It was dismissed again on appeal on August 12, 2008 on procedural grounds.

On December 10, 2007, Libby’s lawyers announced that they were dropping his appeal. This is all part of a legal strategy to stonewall and run out the clock. Since Libby had his sentence commuted rather than receiving a pardon, he could continue to assert a 5th Amendment privilege if he were summoned to give testimony before Congress. Beginning an appeal gave a patina of credence to such a contention. However, to go forward with the appeal once this point had been made would have been expensive and unnecessary. The last thing Scooter wanted was a successful appeal since this could have resulted in a retrial and another conviction, very likely after Bush had left office. At that point Scooter would have no one to commute his sentence or pardon him and he could have faced real jail time. This was not the object of the exercise.

Posted in: Criminality, Hugh's List of Bush Scandals, Intelligence, Iraq

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll @muhutdafuga Well this is going to be see, I remember how rectumlickums govern:

1. Patient neglect at Walter Reed Army Hospital

Walter Reed outpatient treatment, poor living conditions, undelivered mail, lack of caseworkers to oversee and facilitate patient care for amputees, brain injured, and psychologically disabled veterans; Walter Reed is not the only military hospital about which questions have been raised; also out there the underfunding of the VA.

The problems at Walter Reed came to the public’s attention through a series of articles by Dana Priest beginning February 18, 2007. Following them, Gen. George Weightman who ran Walter Reed for 6 months resigned March 1, followed by the forced resignation of Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey the next day. Weightman’s boss Army Surgeon General Gen. Kevin "I don’t do barracks inspections at Walter Reed" Kiley who lived across from the notorious Building 18 and who had run the hospital from 2002-2004 lasted one day as the new head of Walter Reed before he was removed. He resigned from the Army on March 12.

One source of the difficulties at Walter Reed was the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision on August 25, 2005 to close Walter Reed. Planned renovations were canceled. Another was the privatizing of support services at the hospital. The workforce dropped from 350 experienced professionals to 50 who were not and the contract was given to IAP. IAP began work at Walter Reed in 2003. In 2004, IAP lobbied successfully against an Army recommendation not to privatize the workforce. The OMB reversed the Army finding and the services contract was given to IAP in January 2006 although its implementation was delayed a year. IAP is run by two former KBR executives and had a well connected board of directors as well as being owned by a powerful holding company the Cerberus hedge fund.

However, the generally low priority given to ongoing patient care for wounded soldiers was probably the single greatest reason for the woes at Walter Reed. It bears remembering that there were problems noted as early as 2004 and certainly by 2005 and that Walter Reed is located in the nation’s capital minutes from the White House, the Congress, and the offices of major media outlets. Washington didn’t know about Walter Reed because it didn’t want to know.

The mindset which gives a higher priority to PR than care of the nation’s wounded continues. An August 2008 USAToday story reported that barracks in Fort Sill, Oklahoma meant to relieve conditions experienced by veterans at Walter Reed had mold problems in their ventilation system. The situation had been known for months, but soldiers were ordered not to talk to the press about it. Chuck Roeder, the social services coordinator, who blew the whistle on conditions at the base was rewarded for his diligence by being forced out of his job.

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  • September 21, 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, Max Mayfield, the Director of the National Hurricane Center in testimony before the Commerce Committee denied a connection between Katrina and global warming, ascribing an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes to natural fluctuations. Mayfield was a popular and respected media figure whose thinking on this was out of the mainstream. His testimony, however, was carefully worked out between committee staff and the Office of Legislative Affairs at NOAA to in the words of one staffer Tom Jones smack "the shit out of this issue."
  • December 2005, NASA climatologist James Hansen reported his work was being monitored and his access to the press limited by a 24 year old Bush political appointee in NASA’s PR department George C. Deutsch. Deutsch also tried to qualify references to the Big Bang as this conflicted with his fundamentalist beliefs.
  • February 7, 2006, Deutsch resigns after it becomes known that he lied on his resume about having a college degree.
  • April-November 2006, the Smithsonian (almost all of whose $1.1 billion budget comes from the government) self censors an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic which it had delayed six months while trying to tone it down.
  • July 20, 2006, Dr. Thomas Karl, Director of the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA had his Congressional testimony on global warming modified and weakened by political appointees at the White House Council of Environmental Quality, the OMB, the Commerce Department, and NOAA.
  • January 30, 2007, the Union of Concerned Scientists releases a report indicating that 150 climate scientists from 8 federal agencies had personally experienced at least one instance of interference in their work in the previous 5 years (for a total of 435 incidents).
  • April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA rejects the Fabricant opinion and requires the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. The commonwealth of Massachusetts argued successfully that it and its citizens had suffered and would suffer ecological damage, including loss of coastal lands, due to global warming.
  • May 2007, Bush continues to use the mantra of short term, unsustainable "economic growth" to oppose meaningful international (G-8) approaches, such as carbon trading and emission caps.
  • May 31, 2007, in an NPR interview, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin admits that global warming exists but doubts that it is a problem "to be wrestled with".
  • September 28, 2007, Bush at a meeting held in competition with a UN conference on global warming called on those countries which emit the most greenhouse gases to set voluntary caps but did not say what those should be, even for the US.
  • October 23, 2007, the White House cut written testimony of Julie Geberding director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from 14 pages to 6 removing references to specific diseases, health problems, and global warming as “a serious public health concern.” As Jason Burnett who resigned June 9, 2008 as associate deputy administrator of the EPA related, this was done at the direction of Vice President Cheney’s office by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to avoid a finding that climate change was a public threat which in turn would have forced action under the Clean Air Act.

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On September 24, 2007 in the Khadr case, a military appeals court found that on hearing more evidence a military judge had the power to determine that an alien enemy combatant was also an "unlawful" one. If upheld, this could clear the way for trials under the MCA. On November 8, 2007, the government informed Khadr’s defense that it had an exculpatory eyewitness which it had known about from the beginning but only chose to tell the defense about several years into Khadr’s detention. On May 29, 2008, the Pentagon announced that the judge in Khadr’s case Army Colonel Peter Brownback had been removed. No reason was given but there was a push on to start trials before the November 2008 elections and Brownback had threatened to suspend proceedings because the prosecution had been stalling about sharing records with the defense concerning Khadr’s detention. On June 8, 2008, it came out that Khadr’s attorney Lieutenant Commander Bill Kuebler had come across a military directive which ordered interrogators to destroy their handwritten notes of interrogations, i.e. destroy evidence, obstruct justice. The notes are important because they give a blow by blow account of interrogations and are far more complete than the sanitized summaries put together later based on them. They could, as the defense contends, show that Khadr’s various confessions were the product of torture. And their destruction effectively poisons the well in any prosecution of Khadr. On June 9, 2008, Kuebler was to submit an affidavit on this to SCOTUS in the Boumediene case. (see also item 85)

On October 5, 2007, the chief Guantanamo prosecutor career Air Force Colonel Morris Davis resigned in a dispute with reserve Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann (until recently a corporate lawyer now legal adviser to the convening authority for the Military Commissions Susan Crawford). The function of the convening authority is to approve or reduce charges against the accused or make plea agreements with them. It is supposed to be an arbiter, but in a clear conflict of interest, Crawford and Hartmann pressed the prosecutor’s office to file the most serious charges possible in an attempt to drum up publicity and support for the military commissions process. Davis has since said another reason for his departure was the placement of his office under that of the Department of Defense’s General Counsel. The DOD GC is William Haynes (See item 194) who signed off on the torture memos prepared by John Yoo for the Department of Defense. No matter how rank and foul this travesty of American justice is, it seems to have a never-ending capacity to get worse.

In Congressional testimony on December 11, 2007, Hartmann refused to say whether waterboarding was torture or whether waterboarding of an American soldier by a foreign government would be considered torture. He did suggest that he had no problem with evidence gained by torture being admitted into court proceedings.

On March 8, 2008, Bush vetoed the Intelligence Authorization bill because it outlawed waterboarding and required intelligence agencies to adhere to interrogation methods authorized by the Army Field Manual. Bush reiterated his standard lies on the subject:

While details of the current CIA program are classified, the Attorney General has reviewed it and determined that it is lawful under existing domestic and international law, including Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. I remain committed to an intelligence-gathering program that complies with our legal obligations and our basic values as a people. The United States opposes torture, and I remain committed to following international and domestic law regarding the humane treatment of people in its custody, including the “Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 [On this last, he appended a signing statement saying that he would follow the DTA only if and when he felt like it].

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2. US Attorney firings

Firing of US attorneys. Most of the country’s 93 US attorneys are usually replaced within the first 2 years of a new administration and this is what happened when Bush came into office in 2001. US attorneys are political appointees and are chosen to reflect the policy priorities of a President. Still their primary job is to uphold the law, and the law is not supposed to be partisan. Karl Rove, of course, had other ideas. He believes that government should be politicized and populated with compliant partisan hacks loyal to him and his.

The plan was to create a list of political hires and fires of US attorneys under the direction of the White House (i.e. Rove and Harriet Miers) which Gonzales (and Bush) would then dutifully sign off on. There were two components. First, on February 7, 2006, regulations were published giving Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the power to hire and fire all non-civil service employees of the Justice Department (DOJ). On March 1, 2006, Gonzales signed an order delegating this power (subject to his nominal final approval) to two fairly junior and inexperienced staffers: Monica "Loyalty oaths" Goodling his senior counselor and liaison with the White House and his Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson. Second, sometime late in 2005 (shortly before the conference report for the Patriot Act Extension was filed on December 8, 2005), language originating at the DOJ was surreptitiously inserted into the act by Brett Tolman (see 97) which allowed Gonzales to make indefinite interim US attorney appointments without Senate approval. The conference report was passed and became law on March 9, 2006. So again, the two parts were first to set up a system where Rove could control the hiring and firing of US attorneys and second to bypass the Senate confirmation process which might interfere with the first part.

On December 7, 2006, eight US attorneys were notified that they would be fired. Most came from swing states. Most were considered not to have aggressively enough prosecuted Democrats or voter fraud cases in the run up to November 2006 elections, the idea being that such prosecutions would have helped Republicans in close elections. Worse some were investigating and had even prosecuted prominent Republicans. And then there were those partisan hacks waiting in the wings to replace them.

  1. Carol Lam, Southern California, convicted Rep. Duke Cunningham and indicted the former No. 3 at the CIA Dusty Foggo.
  2. H. E. Cummins III, Eastern Arkansas, had been asked to investigate the Republican Governor in the neighboring state of Missouri. He announced the investigation finished in October 2006 a month before the election but was fired anyway to make way for Timothy Griffin, an aide to Karl Rove who had been the principal opposition researcher in the Bush 2004 campaign.
  3. David Iglesias, New Mexico, angered Republican Senator Pete Domenici and Representative Heather Wilson when he refused to push for indictments of Democratic officials before the election after they inappropriately contacted him.
  4. Daniel Bogden, Nevada, similarly was replaced by Brett Tolman who was crucial to bypassing Senate scrutiny of these appointments.
  5. Paul K. Charlton, Arizona, was investigating Republican Representative Rick Renzi for corruption.
  6. John McKay, Western Washington, angered state Republicans for not creating voter fraud cases in the 2004 Governor’s race which Democrat Christine Gregoire won by 129 votes.
  7. Margaret Chiara, Western Michigan. It is not clear why she was fired. She was on the Native American Issues Subcommittee (NAIS) of US attorneys. It may have been to make way for Russell Stoddard who had been languishing out in Guam as First Assistant Attorney after Frederick Black got demoted for investigating Abramoff’s activities in the North Marianas. In July 2008, it came out that Monica "It’s against my religion" Goodling may have sought to remove Chiara because of unsubstantiated rumors that she was in a lesbian relationship with an Assistant US Attorney Leslie Hagen (see item 336).
  8. Kevin V. Ryan, Northern California, is the only one of the 8 who deserved to be on the list because he did run his office poorly. DOJ actually wanted to keep him on but a federal judge forced the issue and his name was added to the list.


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-- Republican Commissioner ( of Richland County, Ohio ) David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

-- Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

-- Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth anti-abortion activist who gained fame during the Schiavo media-circus, was convicted of two charges of raping a child in 2002 .

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

-- Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

-- Republican pastor Mike Hintz,a First Assembly of God youth pastor whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

-- Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

-- Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.

-- Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

-- Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, the Susan Smith who drowned her adorable two sons "in cold blood" in a South Carolina lake in 1995.

-- Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

-- Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

-- Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

-- Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

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A November 1, 2008 story in the Miami Herald reports that Thomas Hartmann has decided to retire from the military effective February 17, 2009. With vacation time, he would be gone before the inauguration. This may be a classic case of getting out of Dodge. He is currently facing two different investigations by the DOD for his Guantanamo activities.

On November 18, 2008, the chief military judge at Guantanamo Marine Colonel Ralph Kohlmann announced his immediate retirement. He was previously scheduled to retire in April 2009. His departure confuses further an already thoroughly dysfunctional and discredited process.

On November 20, 2008, a conservative federal district court judge in Washington, DC Richard Leon in the first habeas review of Guantanamo detainees ordered the release of 5 Algerians. These were Lakhdar Boumediene, Saber Lahmar, Mohamed Nechle, Mustafa Ait Idir and Hadj Boudella. Leon ruled that a sixth Algerian Bensayah Belkacem who was considered the leading al Qaeda operative in Bosnia had been lawfully detained. The six had been seized by US forces in Bosnia citing a plan to blow up the US embassy there. They were taken to Guantanamo in 2002 and have been held there ever since this despite a Bosnian court having decided that there was insufficient evidence against them. In October 2008, the government had withdrawn the bombing plot charge but claimed the men had been on their way to fight in Afghanistan. Leon noted that the government’s case rested on a classified document from a single unnamed source and termed it a “thin reed”. On December 16, 2008, the government returned 3 of the 5 (excluding Boumediene and Lahmar) to Bosnia.

A January 14, 2009 story in the Washington Post reports that Convening Authority Susan Crawford did not refer Mohammed al Qahtani, the man who was supposed to be the 20th 9/11 hijacker, for prosecution because he had been tortured. While saying that the interrogation techniques used against Qahtani had been authorized, Crawford indicated they had been abused in his case.

Also on January 14, 2009, federal district judge Richard Leon ordered the release of another Guantanamo detainee Mohammed el Gharani, a citizen of Chad. Gharani was arrested in Pakistan where he was learning English in 2002 when he was 14. He was accused among other things of belonging to an al Qaeda cell in London in 1998 although he was 11 and living with his parents, poor immigrants working in Saudi Arabia at the time. Even among the many egregious cases of dimwittery in the War on Terror, this one stands out in its stark injustice.

A January 25, 2009 story shed further light into just how much of a fraud the commissions process at Guantanamo has been. A declaration by Darrel Vandeveld, a former Guantanamo prosecutor (see September 24 above), reported that, despite having 6 years to prepare them, the Pentagon had no real case files on any of the detainees. There was no central repository for files and evidence, no chain of custody for physical evidence, not even a cataloguing system so that material held in various locations and databases could be assembled into such a file. It is difficult to express what a serious professional breach this is. Case files are the basis of any serious prosecution. It says so much about what a kangaroo process Guantanamo was that neither the Convening Authority nor prosecutors bothered to create such files and guard their integrity.

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On March 11, 2008, the House failed to override 225-188.

On May 9, 2008, the judge Captain Keith Allred presiding over the first Guantanamo trial, that of Salim Hamdan, ordered Hartmann to have no further contact with the proceedings because he was too closely associated with the prosecution.

On August 6, 2008, Hamdan was convicted of giving material aid to terrorists but acquitted of the more serious charge of conspiracy in the African embassy bombings and to kill Americans in Afghanistan. The prosecution argued that Hamdan was more than Osama bin Laden’s chauffeur but also a bodyguard. It could not explain, however, why Abdallah Tabarak in that case who was bin Laden’s chief of security was released from Guantanamo in 2004 after 3 years detention there. It also pointed to the precedents of Nuremberg but again could not explain why Erich Kempka, Hitler’s driver, was never charged with anything. The defense pointed to testimony of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed that described Hamdan who has only a 4th grade education as a primitive Bedouin fit only to wash cars and change tires. When Hamdan was detained, two shoulder fired missiles were found in his car, and this appears to be the basis for his conviction on the one count. In this sense, the commission acted correctly and in adherence with its rules, but this trial in no way validates those rules.

Hamdan was determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by the thoroughly discredited, sham process of the CSRTs. He was held for years without trial and subjected to coercive interrogations and denied the benefit of legal counsel during these. He was sent before a military commission where his lawyers were severely limited in the defense they could present. They had little access to evidence or ability to challenge it or present exculpatory evidence of their own. Evidence derived from coercive interrogations was allowed. The surprise is that under these conditions and before a handpicked military jury who did not even need unanimity to convict the prosecution still could not make the main part of its case. Yet even if Hamdan had been acquitted on all charges, his indefinite detention would not have ended.

Nuremberg was about holding leaders responsible but Hamdan is the very opposite of a leader. He is very much a pawn, perhaps not quite an innocent, certainly not a fighter. He is a small man caught up and by larger events. And this is what the Bush Administration’s War on Terror has produced after 7 years and the commitment of untold resources: the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s driver on a lesser count. Could anything be more ridiculous and pathetic?

The following day on August 7, 2008, Hamdan was sentenced to 66 months. The judge indicated he would credit current time served which amounts to 61 months making the effective sentence 5 months. The prosecution was asking for 30 years. What happens when Hamdan’s sentence is up remains unclear, but it will occur shortly before the inauguration of the next President.

On November 25, 2008, Hamdan was sent to Yemen where he will be held until December 27 and then released.

On August 14, 2008, Hartmann who is supposed to act as a neutral supervisor was barred from further involvement in a second trial that of Mohammed Jawad due to bias in favor of the prosecution by trial judge Colonel Stephen Henley. Also on August 14, 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Diane Zierhoffer, a military psychologist supervising Jawad’s interrogation, invoked her article 31 rights. Article 31 is the military version of the 5th Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination. Despite Jawad being a juvenile, known not to have any intelligence value, and rapidly deteriorating mentally, Zierhoffer recommended that techniques, such as prolonged periods of extreme isolation and sleep deprivation, be continued with him, resulting in Jawad attempting suicide. This isn’t us, or at least it shouldn’t be.

On September 24, 2008, citing a lack of due process and the supression of exculpatory evidence in the case of Mohammed Jawad, the prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld quit. Jawad, a juvenile at the time of his capture, was accused of throwing a grenade at Americans. In a sealed affidavit, Vandeveld stated that prosecutors knew that Jawad may have been drugged prior to the attack and that two other men had, in fact, confessed to it. It says a lot about how rotten the military commissions process is that even military prosecutors can’t stomach it.

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A 9th US Attorney Todd Graves (Western District of Missouri) was asked to resign before the others on January 24, 2006. This resignation took place under pressure from Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) as payback for frictions his office was having with Sam Graves, a Republican Representative also from Missouri and Todd Graves’ brother.

As they say, it is not the crime but the coverup. Gonzales has given so many different and contradictory stories about the firings that it is hard to keep up and then there is his memory. In his Senate testimony of April 19, 2007, he answered he couldn’t remember by some counts 71 times. He didn’t know who had called for such a list. He couldn’t remember having been very involved in the process. He even forgot to mention the March 1, 2006 order in his testimony. In fact, he knew very little about what were major decisions at the department he supposedly ran but, despite this, he did know there was nothing improper in any of it. Testifying in the House on May 10, 2007, his memory and his believability were little improved. Kyle Sampson too had memory problems but did contradict Gonzales’ claim that he had not been involved. For his part, Sampson described himself as just the guy that others dropped their files off to and his contribution to the process was to keep them in his desk drawer. Initially, Monica Goodling took an indefinite leave of absence, then resigned, then said she would take the 5th in any Congressional testimony. On May 23, 2007, after a grant of immunity she testified that Paul McNulty the Deputy Attorney General was more aware of events surrounding the firings (although this is far from clear), that she had crossed the line (i.e. broken the law) in asking career DOJ hires about their political affiliations, that Gonzales’ statements were inaccurate (i.e. he lied), and that Gonzales had sought to harmonize their stories (i.e. obstruct justice). Goodling, like Sampson, tried to portray herself as a bit player despite Gonzales’ extraordinary grant of authority to them both. On June 21, 2007, Paul McNulty testified before the Congress and basically stonewalled, saying that he was out of the loop, that he didn’t know who created the firing list, that there was no problem at the DOJ, and that there was no contradiction between his testimony and that of anyone else, including Monica Goodling. On July 11, 2007, Sara Taylor who left her post of White House political director in May randomly invoked Executive privilege and otherwise and like so many others had a bad memory. She did state that she had had no dealings with Bush concerning the firings. Along with her selective use of Executive privilege, this contention further undermined the claim that an Executive privilege was involved and left the possibility of a contempt citation. An unintentionally revealing insight into the mindset of those who work for this Administration came in Taylor’s testimony when she stated, “I took an oath to the president, and I take that oath very seriously.” Her oath was, of course, not to the President but to defend the Constitution. On July 12, 2007, former White House counsel Harriet Miers refused to appear pursuant to a House Judiciary Committee subpoena, leaving her open to contempt proceedings as well.

From this use of Executive privilege, it is clear that the White House, and more specifically Karl Rove, was involved in the firings and was, in fact, calling the shots in this affair, and that those at Justice, including the Attorney General, were just the eager, if dim, facilitators of it.

In addition to the Sampson and Goodling resignations, Michael Battle Director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys (EOUSA) who informed the US attorneys of their firing left the DOJ on March 16, 2007. Paul McNulty the No. 2 at the DOJ and Deputy Attorney General announced his resignation on May 14, 2007 to become effective later in the summer. Although left out of the loop on the details of the firings and giving false Congressional testimony as a result for which he apologized, McNulty did approve the firings and through his Chief of Staff Michael Elston warned several of those fired to stay quiet about them. Elston announced his resignation on June 15, 2007. On June 22, 2007, Bill Mercer who was Acting Associate Attorney General (the No. 3 spot at the DOJ) withdrew his nomination for the permanent position. On August 27, 2007, Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation as Attorney General effective September 17, 2007.

The DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) informed the Senate in June 2007 that it was investigating Goodling’s claim that Gonzales had tried to tamper with her testimony.

Congress intervened and changed the relevant provision of the Patriot Act to re-instate the Senate’s role in confirming US attorneys (May 22, 2007). This was signed into law June 14, 2007. Provocatively, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continued to make interim appointments right up to the Presidential signing.

In September 2008, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and Office of

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@muhutdafugaIZZAtroll Professional Responsibility issued a joint report on the US Attorney firings. Their investigation was hampered by an unprecedented lack of cooperation from within the Executive Branch itself. Not only did major players like Harriet Miers and Karl Rove decline to be interviewed but the White House refused to provide relevant materials or redacted them to the point of rendering them useless. Even more extraordinary Justice’s own Office of Legal Counsel (which now acts as more of an adjunct of the White House in the Justice Department) also refused to share materials. Monica Goodling, of course, declined to cooperate as did Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Pete Domenici (R-NM).

As happens in most IG reports, this one pulled its punches. It sought to ascertain if there was a credible rationale for each of the firings, an approach fundamentally at odds with the political nature of the firing process itself. Chiara might have been fired for performance reasons and not sexual orientation. With Lam, it might have been about guns and immigration. McKay, a disagreement about a file sharing system. Charlton, a death penalty case. But all these miss the point. Credible rationales were not the object of the exercise.

As the report concludes:

. . the process the Department used to select the U.S. Attorneys for removal was fundamentally flawed, and the oversight and implementation of the removal process by the Department’s most senior leaders was seriously lacking. In particular, we found that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty failed to adequately supervise the U.S. Attorney selection and removal process, and they were remarkably unengaged in the process. Instead, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Kyle Sampson, with very little input from other Department officials, designed, selected, and implemented the removal process, with little supervision or oversight.

This is certainly damning, but it still invites us to accept an incredible scenario, that the senior management of the Justice Department, faced with significant high level personnel changes in which they either had a direct say or substantial interest, simply took a walk, asked no questions, and left it all in the hands of a virtual nobody. While this DOJ OIG-OPR report fills in details, the real story behind the US Attorney firings remains to be told.

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