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Feeney Takes (Spring) Break From Abramoff Probe

What (beach) balls!

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), who's been in the spotlight this week for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, is going forward with his "Feeney Spring Break Bash" fundraiser tonight at the American Legion Hall in Washington, D.C.

Feeney spokeswoman Pepper Pennington tells The Sleuth, "It's going to be the fourth annual year of the event. ... We're all looking forward to having a great time."

The party goes on, despite an admission by Feeney's office this week that federal prosecutors have asked the congressman for more information about that infamous 2003 golf trip to the historic St. Andrews golf course in Scotland, a trip that came courtesy of Abramoff.

At the time, Feeney reported on his congressional expense report that the trip cost $5,000. But court documents released Tuesday cited Abramoff's trip as costing about $20,000 per person. Also on Tuesday, former congressional aide Mark Zachares pleaded guilty to conspiracy, revealing new information about the luxury golf expedition.

Adding fuel to the fire, Feeney's longtime former chief of staff, Jason Roe, inexplicably resigned this week from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. (Complicating Roe's life further, his wife Patty is chief of staff to Rep. Rick Renzi, who's also in the federal corruption spotlight.)

FBI agent Kevin Luebke has "refused to say" whether Feeney is under investigation. Feeney's office has declined to comment on the question as well. In a release sent to the St. Petersburg Times on Monday, Feeney's office said the congressman "considers this an embarrassing episode in his 17-year career as an elected official and an expensive lesson for him as a public servant."

At the least, Feeney's fourth annual Spring Break Bash will be a memorable one -- even before it begins.

-- washingtonpost.com's Sarah Lovenheim contributed to this report.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 26, 2007; 6:10 PM ET
 
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It seems that Satan has a second home in Florida. Even before the My Pet Goat Attacks, they were coordinating their racketeering using Bushs intelligence abuse connections. Of course, they were all in bed with Mark Foley but more of this Florida mafia should be exposed. Election theft and intellectual property theft leads to great wealth.

Posted by: Crime Victim | April 26, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Florida Election Stolen

Computer Programmer Reveals Scheme to Steal 2000 Vote

By Christopher Bollyn
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An affidavit signed by the programmer, Clinton Curtis, in Prince George's County, Md., on Dec. 6, 2004, names the individuals involved in a computer vote fraud scheme that he worked with in "the early fall of 2000" as "lead programmer" for a company called Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI), based in Oviedo, Fla...
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By the fall of 2000 Curtis had worked as a programmer for two years with YEI..
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Beside Cohen, two other employees of YEI met with Curtis "in late September or October of 2000" to determine if he could write a program to steal votes on computer voting systems. They were Mrs. Yang and Tom Feeney, "corporate counsel and lobbyist" for Yang Enterprises. At the time, Feeney, a Republican, was also a member of the Florida legislature.

A month later, Feeney became speaker of Florida's House. Feeney was instrumental in the controversial 2002 reapportionment and redistricting in Florida that became known as "the speaker's fix." Feeney had been Jeb Bush's running mate in Bush's 1994 attempt to win the Florida governor's mansion.

As a result of population growth, in 2002, Florida obtained two more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of them, the 24th district, went to Tom Feeney of Oviedo.

Curtis served as "technology adviser" to Feeney at YEI. After consulting Curtis, "Feeney would advise YEI on how best to procure the contracts for these projects."

Regarding a fall meeting in 2000 when Feeney asked about developing a program to steal votes, Curtis wrote:

Mr. Feeney said that he wanted to know if YEI could develop a prototype of a voting program that could alter the vote tabulation in an election and be undetectable. He was very specific in the design and specification required for this program...
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After further discussion, Mrs. Yang told Mr. Feeney that we would attempt to build a prototype for this program so he [Feeney] could see it, test it, and show it to others.

Curtis said he believed that Feeney was interested in creating this program "to be able to detect and prevent" vote fraud--not to commit it.

As directed by his employer and Feeney, Curtis created the vote fraud software prototype...
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Curtis explained to Feeney and Yang how they could detect fraudulent source code so it could be prevented. Mrs. Yang responded, "You don't understand, in order to get the contract we have to hide the manipulation in the source code. This program is needed to control the vote in south Florida."

"I was shocked that they were actually trying to steal the election and told her that neither I nor anyone else could produce any such program," Curtis wrote. "She stated that she would hand in what I had produced to Feeney and left the room with the software."

Curtis said he attended subsequent meetings between Feeney and Yang prior to the 2000 election.

"It became clear to me," Curtis wrote, "that Mr. Feeney was well aware that by artificially reducing the margin of victory of the opposition party in areas where they were the strongest, the overall outcome would then favor his candidate."

According to Curtis, Feeney "bragged" that he had implemented "exclusion lists" to reduce the "black vote." Feeney also said, "proper placement of police patrols could further reduce the black vote by as much as 25 percent," he wrote. "Shortly thereafter, I resigned from YEI, and took another job at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 26, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

In case my post above gets deleted for violating copyright provisions, please read this and tell me why Feeney isn't going to prison, and why you think Bush "won" the florida presidential election.
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/florida_election_stolen.html

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 26, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Tom Feeney's crimes against the United States are far more serious than taking bribes. He's one of the most despicable men in American history.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 26, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Get a rope!

Posted by: RopesAreUs | April 27, 2007 7:39 AM | Report abuse

The worm turns.

The GOP of the 109th/110th Congress makes the Teapot Dome look like chump change.

BTW, Tafts are still big players in ohio and DC, shaping State/feoreign policy and legal stratagies, and stealing the highest office for AWOL in Ohio.

Posted by: Mr.Murder | April 27, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

sobastard: He won because he is the prez & your postings will never change that, so this will always be a "disputed" election. Nixon would have been prez in 1961 if not for dead people and multiple voters for JFK in Chicago. Get over it.

Crime Victim: As to Feeney being satan, I thought satan was the number one bad guy. There a plenty worse than Feeney and they are not limited by political affiliation.

Posted by: r man | April 27, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Crime Victim: As to Feeney being satan, I thought satan was the number one bad guy. There a plenty worse than Feeney and they are not limited by political affiliation.

Posted by: r man | April 27, 2007 09:56 AM
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Gee R Man, I'm glad you think Feeney is such a swell guy. As for me I think he's utterly vile. The difference between you and me is that I believe Democrats who are corrupt deserve to go to jail and I don't believe in Satan. Don't blame a myth, blame the perp. BTW The Florida voter fraud wasn't the only crime he's committed. He needs to go to prison.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 27, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

sobastard, where did I say he's a swell guy? Like most politicans he's probably an egocentric jerk with his own agenda for power, wealth and personal agrandizement. I don't believe in satan either and agree that if you can prove a criminal act was committed by any of these so-called "representatives of the people" they should do time. If you've some of my other comments on this blog you would know I have a low opinion of career politicians. They virtually all lie, exagerate, spin and obuscate to maintain their hold on office. The greatest flaw of the U.S. Constitution is the failure to limit congressional terms. As I've said before the founders of this nation probably did not think anyone in their right mind would want to be a career elected official. BTW the "r" I'm using has nothing to do with my politics.

Posted by: r man | April 27, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

In case my post above gets deleted for violating copyright provisions, please read this and tell me why Feeney isn't going to prison, and why you think Bush "won" the florida presidential election.
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/florida_election_stolen.html

Seriously, do you people believe everything you read on an extremist website?The areas in question did not use computerized ballots in 2000! Remember the butterfly ballots, the hanging chads, the hand recounts of punch-cards, etc???

You people really are something.

Posted by: Silent Cal | April 27, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to restoring honor and dignity?

Some recent incidents:

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war as deputy defense secretary, acknowledged he erred in helping a female friend he is dating to get transferred to a high-paying job at the State Department while remaining on the World Bank payroll. The revelations fueled calls from the bank's staff association for him to resign.

• Matteo Fontana, a
Department of Education official who oversaw the student loan industry, was put on leave after disclosure that he owned at least $100,000 worth of stock in a student loan company.

• Lurita Doan, head of the General Services Administration, attended a luncheon at the agency earlier this year with other top GSA political appointees at which Scott Jennings, a top Rove aide, gave a PowerPoint demonstration on how to help Republican candidates in 2008. A congressional committee is investigating whether the remarks violated a federal law that restricts executive-branch employees from using their positions for political purposes.

• Julie MacDonald, who oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service but has no academic background in biology, overrode recommendations of agency scientists about how to protect endangered species and improperly leaked internal information to private groups, the Interior Department's inspector general said.

Increasing coziness between federal officials and the industries they oversee "is not endemic to any particular administration in Washington," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, which seeks to reduce the role of money in politics. "This has been an ongoing problem for some time now."

Potential conflicts "come into heavier play in the second term of two-term administrations because people who have been there for some time start leaving," said Wertheimer.

Both the House and the Senate, responding to voter frustration with corruption and special interest influence in Washington, have approved ethics and lobbying measures. But they apply only to members of Congress, restricting their gifts and free travel, and not to the executive branch.

Republicans like to emphasize that scandals, some large, most small, happen under Democratic presidents too. But Bush's critics say the number of current ethics allegations is unusually high. And they say evidence is strong of close links between the Bush administration and certain industries such as energy and defense.

For instance, Philip Cooney, a former oil-industry lobbyist who became chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, acknowledged to a House committee last month that he edited three government reports to eliminate or downplay links between greenhouse gases and global warming -- and defended the changes. He left the government in 2005 to work for Exxon Mobil Corp.

Former Air Force procurement officer Darleen Druyun served nine months in prison in 2005 for violating conflict-of-interest rules after agreeing to lease Boeing refueling tankers for $23 billion, despite
Pentagon studies showing the tankers were unnecessary. After making the deal, she quit the government to join Boeing.

Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President
Dick Cheney, became the first high-level White House official to be indicted while in office in more than 100 years.

He was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in a grand jury's investigation of the outing of
CIA operative Valierie Plame. The trial also implicated Rove and Cheney in a campaign to discredit her husband, retired diplomat and Iraq war critic Joe Wilson (news, bio, voting record).

Ties between Bush administration officials and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff also taken its toll in the executive branch, as it has in Congress.

J. Steven Griles, a former oil and gas lobbyist who became deputy interior secretary, last month became the highest-ranking administration official convicted in the Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, pleading guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a Senate committee about his relationship with Abramoff. Abramoff repeatedly sought Griles' intervention at Interior on behalf of Indian tribal clients.

Former White House aide, David H. Safavian, was convicted last year of lying to government investigators about his ties to Abramoff and faces an 180-month prison sentence. Roger Stillwell, a former Interior Department official, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for not reporting tickets he received from Abramoff.

Not all the administration officials who have left under a cloud have been accused of white-collar misconduct.

Claude Allen, who was Bush's domestic policy adviser, pleaded guilty to theft in making phony returns at discount department stores. He was sentenced last summer to two years of supervised probation and fined $500.

Posted by: Don | April 27, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"DELAND, Fla., Nov. 11 - Something very strange happened on election night to Deborah Tannenbaum, a Democratic Party official in Volusia County. At 10 p.m., she called the county elections department and learned that Al Gore was leading George W. Bush 83,000 votes to 62,000. But when she checked the county's Web site for an update half an hour later, she found a startling development: Gore's count had dropped by 16,000 votes, while an obscure Socialist candidate had picked up 10,000--all because of a single precinct with only 600 voters."

-- Washington Post Sunday , November 12, 2000 ; Page A22

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie. Something strange indeed. But what exactly? In the above report (click for full version), written days after the election, hotshot Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank goes on to attribute the strange 16,022 negative vote tally from Volusia's precinct 216 to an apparently innocent cause. "[F]aulty 'memory cards' in the machines caused the 16,000-vote disappearance on election night. The glitch was soon fixed," he wrote. But thanks to recent investigations into Black Box Voting by Washington State writer Bev Harris, we now know this explanation is not correct. In fact it is not even in the ballpark. According to recently discovered internal Diebold Election Systems memos, Global Election Systems' (which was later purchased by Diebold) own technical staff were also stumped by the events in Volusia County. In Chapter 11 of her new book, Black Box Voting In the 21st Century, released early today in PDF format at Blackboxvoting.com and here at Scoop, Ms Harris observes:

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"If you strip away the partisan rancor over the 2000 election, you are left with the undeniable fact that a presidential candidate conceded the election to his opponent based on [results from] a second card that mysteriously appears, subtracts 16,022 votes, then just as mysteriously disappears."

Working in parallel with Ms Harris, Scoop has also been inquiring into the events on election night in Volusia county. Much of the material that follows is similar to that which appears in Chapter 11 of her book. The starting point in this shocking discovery about election 2000 came in a series of internal Diebold ES technical support memos. The following is an abbreviated version of the exchange concerning the peculiar events in Volusia county. For the purposes of research the exchange is included in full as an Appendix to this report (APPENDIX TWO). The discussion took place in early 2001 as an audit was underway in Volusia county into the events.

(NOTE: The names below each extract link to the full text of the emails in the appendices below)

I need some answers! Our department is being audited by the County. I have been waiting for someone to give me an explanation as to why Precinct 216 gave Al Gore a minus 16022 when it was uploaded. Will someone please explain this so that I have the information to give the auditor instead of standing here "looking dumb". Lana Hires - Volusia County Florida - January 17, 2001 8:07 AM My understanding is that the card was not corrupt after (or before) upload. They fixed the problem by clearing the precinct and re-uploading the same card. So neither of these explainations washes. That's not to say I have any idea what actually happened, its just not either of those... The problem is its going to be very hard to collect enough data to really know what happened. The card isn't corrupt so we can't post-mortem it (its not mort). Ken Clark - Diebold ES R&D Manager - January 18, 2001 1:41 PM - the negative numbers on media display occurred when Lana attempted to reupload a card or duplicate card. Sophia and Tab may be able to shed some light here, keeping in mind that the boogie man may me reading our mail. Do we know how this could occur? John McLaurin - Diebold ES - 18 Jan 2001 15:44:50 The problem precinct had two memcory cards uploaded. The second one is the one I believe caused the problem. They were uploaded on the same port approx. 1 hour apart. As far as I know there should only have been one memory card uploaded. I asked you to check this out when the problem first occured but have not heard back as to whether this is true. When the precinct was cleared and re-uploaded (only one memory card as far as I know) everything was fine. ... Given that we transfer data in ascii form not binary and given the way the data was 'invalid' the error could not have occured during transmission. Therefore the error could only occur in one of four ways: ... [4.] There is always the possiblity that the 'second memory card' or 'second upload' came from an un-authorized source. Tab Iredale - Diebold ES - 18 Jan 2001 13:31 If this problem is to be properly answered we need to determine where the 'second' memory card is or whether it even exists. Heh. Second shooter theory. All we need now is a grassy knoll. Ken Clark - Diebold ES R&D Manager - 18 Jan 2001 16:42:50 I will be visiting with Lana on Monday and will ascertain the particulars related to the second memory card. One concern I've had all along is "if" we are getting the full story from Lana. I'll be back in touch and thanks for all of y'alls (that's southern for all of you) help. John McLaurin - Diebold ES - Thu, 18 Jan 2001 16:56:06

www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Thompson_Diebold-2000-Fraud.htm

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Clear the Capital of SLEAZEY, CORRUPT, NEO-CON-PIGS-AT-THE-TROUGH!

SEND THEM ALLLLLL TO PRISON!

Posted by: JBE | April 27, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What the news networks and the Al Gore camp do not realize at this point in the evening is that over 24,000 of votes that make up this significant lead are attributable to two Diebold Election Systems computer errors. First there are the 16,022 votes stolen from Gore in Volusia county by the "faulty memory card". Meanwhile over in Brevard County another error - also involving Global Elections System (the predecessor of Diebold) equipment is responsible for a further 4000 votes being lopped off the Gore total. And it is also worth noting that nobody knows whether the Brevard and Volusia county errors were the only ones in play at this time. These errors were both big ones

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

So the acid proof: Bush did not suffer vote reductions like Gore did.

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

And it is there that the narrative in this tale ends and the analysis starts. In its internal conclusions about these events the CBS inquiry team found the two Diebold County level errors, Volusia and Brevard, were conclusive in their networks decision to call the race to Bush.

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

So are you Silent Cal

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

So are you Silent Cal

Posted by: No Name | April 27, 2007 02:19 PM
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Good job No Name. The great state of Vermont has given us Patrick Leahy, Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders, Jim Jeffords, Bill Stafford.... Calvin Coolidge is the only dud in the whole lot.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 27, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, do you people believe everything you read on an extremist website?The areas in question did not use computerized ballots in 2000! Remember the butterfly ballots, the hanging chads, the hand recounts of punch-cards, etc???

You people really are something.

Posted by: Silent Cal | April 27, 2007 01:23 PM
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Seriously Cal, Do you take the word of one of the most corrupt men in the history of American politics over a non-partisan computer programmer?
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In September 2006, Feeney was named one of the "20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress" in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; he was also listed in the first report by the organization in January 2006, when he was one of 13 named members. The organization said "His ethics issues arise from trips he has taken in apparent violation of House travel and gift rules and from his failure to disclosure his ownership of rental property."

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 27, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mary Ann -- why don't you and Mike Isikoff join me and David Broder for a nice quail on the porch of my cabin? Good Bushies take care of each other. - Karl

Posted by: Karl Rove | April 27, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the premiere of a film *How Ohio Pulled It Off* which was an investigation into Ohio elections of 2004 and 2006. One of the interviewees was Clinton Curtis talking about Feeney. The film also showed Delay, Ney, and Feeney speaking in Jan 2005 when election results were certified by Congress. Feeeney used the exact line about "get over it". I conclude therefore this a standard talking point of crooked Republicans.

So is the old chestnut about 1960. If Republican whiners remember 1960 47 years later to justify the 2000 election decided by Republican appointees on Supreme Court, you can bet some folks will never forget the Worst President Ever was installed by Supreme court who used the threat of Iraq to win in 2002 and 2004.

Posted by: whealeydj | April 28, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

ARTICLE I. FAILURE TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION

In violation of the oath of office, which reads: `I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States', George Walker Bush, in his conduct while President of the United States has demonstrated a pattern of abuse of office and of executive privilege, and disregard for the Constitution itself.

This conduct includes the following:

Manipulating Intelligence and Lying To Justify War

In violation of the separation of powers under the Constitution and his subsequent obligation to share intelligence with the Congress, George Walker Bush, while serving as President of the United States of America, in preparing the invasion of Iraq, did withhold intelligence from the Congress, by refusing to provide Congress with the full intelligence picture that he was being given, by redacting information by, for example, removing portions of reports such as the August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief, and actively manipulating the intelligence on Iraq's alleged weapons programs by pressuring the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies to provide intelligence such that `the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy' as revealed in the `Downing Street Memo'. To this end, President George Walker Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld created the Office of Special Plans inside the Pentagon to override existing intelligence reports by providing unreliable evidence that supported the claim that Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction posed an imminent threat to the United States of America. By justifying the invasion of Iraq with false and misleading statements linking Iraq to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and falsely asserting that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program for which it was importing aluminum tubes and uranium, these assertions being either false, or based on `fixed' intelligence, with the intent to misinform the people and their representatives in Congress in order to gain their support for invading Iraq, denying both the people and their representatives in Congress the right to make an informed choice, George Walker Bush, President of the United States, did commit and was guilty of high crimes against the United States of America.

ARTICLE II. ABUSE OF OFFICE AND OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE

In violation of his oath to `faithfully execute the office of President of the United States', George Walker Bush, in his conduct while President of the United States, has consistently demonstrated disregard for that oath by obstructing and hindering the work of Congressional investigative bodies and by seeking to expand the scope of the powers of his office.

This conduct includes the following:

Failure To Uphold Accountability

In abrogation of his responsibility under the oath of office to take care that the Laws be faithfully executed, by which he agreed to act in good faith and accept responsibility for the overall conduct of the Executive Branch, a duty vested in his office alone under the Constitution, George Walker Bush, failed to take responsibility for, investigate or discipline those responsible for an ongoing pattern of negligence, incompetence and malfeasance to the detriment of the American people.

Those whom George Walker Bush, as President of the United States of America, has failed to hold to account include but are not limited to the following top-level officials in his administration:

(a) RICHARD CHENEY- In violation of his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, Richard Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America, played a key role in manipulating intelligence in the interest of promoting the illegal invasion of Iraq by pressuring analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency to `fix' their intelligence estimates of the danger posed by Iraq in relation to weapons of mass destruction, whereby Richard Cheney, Vice President of the United States, did commit and was guilty of high crimes against the United States of America.

(b) CONDOLEEZZA RICE- In violation of her Constitutional duty to share and provide accurate and truthful intelligence information with the Congress, as former National Security Advisor to the President, did play a leading role in deceiving Congress and the American public by repeating and propagating false statements concerning Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction program, including false information that the purchase of aluminum tubes demonstrated that Iraq was pursuing a nuclear weapons program, false information that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium and false information that Iraq sought help in developing a chemical and biological weapons program; whereby Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State of the United States of America, did commit and was guilty of high misdemeanors against the United States of America.

By neglecting to superintend the conduct of these officials and to hold members of the Executive Branch responsible for their negligence or violations of law, George Walker Bush, President of the United States, did commit and was guilty of high misdemeanors against the United States of America.

Wherefore, by their aforementioned conduct, George Walker Bush, Richard Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice warrant impeachment, trial, and removal from office.

ARTICLE III. FAILURE TO ENSURE THE LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED

In violation of his duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America to `take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed', George Walker Bush, during his tenure as President of the United States, has violated the letter and spirit of laws and rules of criminal procedure used by civilian and military courts, and has violated or ignored regulatory codes and practices that carry out the law.

This conduct includes the following:

Illegal Domestic Spying

In violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [50 U.S.C. Chapter 36], George Walker Bush did clandestinely direct the National Security Agency and various other intelligence agencies, in secret and outside the lawful scope of their mandates, for purposes unrelated to any lawful function of his offices, to conduct electronic surveillance of citizens of the United States on U.S. soil without seeking to obtain, before or after, a judicial warrant, thereby subverting the powers of the Congress and the Judiciary by circumventing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts established by Congress, whose express purpose is to check such abuses of executive power, provoking the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to file a complaint and another judge to resign in protest, the said program having been subsequently ruled illegal (ACLU vs. NSA); he has also concealed the existence of this unlawful program of spying on American citizens from the people and all but a few of their representatives in Congress, even resorting to outright public deceit as on April 20, 2004, when he told an audience in Buffalo, New York: `any time you hear the United States Government talking about wiretap, it requires . . . a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so', whereby said George Walker Bush, President of the United States, did commit and was guilty of high crimes against the United States of America.

In all of this, George Walker Bush has repeatedly and unapologetically misled the American people and has sought to undermine the system of checks and balances established by the Founding Fathers. Wherefore George Walker Bush, by such conduct, and in the interest of saving our Constitution and our democracy from the threat of arbitrary government, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

Posted by: Rick/Sneads Ferry NC | April 29, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Ever heard of Satan's most loathed rejects? Feeney could surely make it to that list and do better than we think.

On a scale of one to ten, he could probably out-scale most political wild-beasts in the Bush Administration; which, incidentally, is full of real bad guys.

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | April 30, 2007 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Has there been any response to the many cogent arguments raised in objection to the very questionable sourcing in the story about Hillary Clinton and Firedoglake? If there has been, I'd like to read it. Carrying on as if the past doesn't exist is intellectually dishonest. Fobbing off blog entries to "Sarah Lovenheim" does not excuse Mary Ann making a complete reply to the serious questions raised about her journalistic ethics and acumen.

Posted by: Mr Blifil | April 30, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Gee...and this guy Feeney once said that Al Gore was a disgrace for the challange he made on the thief of the 2000 elections...I love to watch the worm turn on this guy..!

Posted by: Gene Campbell | May 1, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

COULD BUSH'S PET GOAT BE SATAN?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Re: whealeydj's April 28th comment about a new documentary called "How Ohio Pulled It Off." Arrangements have been made to get a copy to Brad Friedman (of The BradBlog). Showings also are being worked out for other festivals than the one here in Athens, Ohio. Google for further developments.

Posted by: jazzolog | May 7, 2007 4:53 AM | Report abuse

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