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Sunday Weekly Review

July 24, 2005

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TraitorGate – The Legal Case

July 21, 2005

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Republicans argue that no one should be fired for leaking classified material and the name of a CIA covert agent and praise Bush for flip flopping to say that he’ll only fire Karl Rove if Rove committed a crime.
Was a crime committed here? Let’s legally examine the statute, as well as the crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice: (Click to blog to read entire statute.) Consider it your first taste of law school.
But don’t forget perjury and obstruction. As with Watergate, the cover-up is likely to do more damage to the Bush Administration than the people who outed a covert CIA operative (“the most insidious of traitors” — George H. W. Bush).
Also check out this article describing the damage the leaker caused to national security.

Justice John Roberts?

July 20, 2005

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First impressions on Bush’s choice — neither unqualifed (Thomas), nor wacko (Bork), nor racist (Rehnquist), nor flame-throwing hypocrite (Scalia). Faint praise, to be sure, but praise nonetheless. And yes, he’s a Harvard man…I have to respect that. But is he a corporate shill? A Presidential apologist? Is he at heart someone who respects the rule of law and the checks and balances of the American system or someone who wants to recreate the Constitution in his image? He clerked for Rehnquist. Is he like the Chief Justice, someone whose rulings can almost entirely be predicted based on knowing who the parties are (corporations and government always win against individuals) rather than on what the facts and law might be?
I do not believe Roberts’ conservative views alone necessitate voting against him and certainly not filibuster. But it is far too soon to endorse or condemn a man with such a scant, barely two-year judicial record. If Roberts cooperates in the nomination process, it should give us the answers we need to decide.
PLUS the politics and process. Why Bush chose Roberts early to change the subject of Bush’s flip-flop on agreeing to fire the CIA leaker in Traitor-Gate. (I don’t plan to leave the subject alone…) And why the White House spread false rumors to the press and their Republican allies about two judges named Edith.

The Next Supreme Court Justice – Two-Hour Debate Tuesday!

July 19, 2005

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A very special Two-Hour Debate Tuesday…
(Just after this show, Bush announced his pick to be Supreme Court Justice. He chose Judge John Roberts, former clerk to Chief Justice Rehnquist, to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. Roberts is a judge appointed by Bush to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003 who used to work for the Solicitor General’s office in the Bush Sr. and Reagan Administrations. I have an open mind on Judge Roberts. Though he is obviously a conservative, I will not make a decision on his nomination until I have reviewed his writings and witnessed his Senate testimony. If he — unlike Scalia or Thomas — does not wish to “legislate from the bench,” I will not be in favor of filibustering his nomination.)
But just before Bush made his choice, right-wing talk radio host Jim Greenfield and I made ours: not particular individuals, but the judicial philosophies we believe any future justice should follow. I believe a Justice should strictly abide by the language of the Constitution. Jim Greenfield claims to believe the same. Yet we obviously come to different conclusions…
To do this, I was a guest on the Jim Greenfield show, and he was a guest on THE INSIDE SCOOP.

TraitorGate – The Most Insidious of Traitors

July 18, 2005

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In TraitorGate, the details matter. Learn today why TraitorGate — the White House outing of a CIA covert operative as a dirty trick to punish an exposer of White House lies — rivals Watergate and is far worse than the peccadillos that led to Clinton’s impeachment.
“We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I’m a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors…” George H.W. Bush, April 16, 1999, Dedication Speech, George Bush Center for Intelligence

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