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Major scandal erupts involving Dem Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC


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#1 Fiz

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:13 AM

http://www.cqpolitic...3098436&cpage=1

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”


and then in comes gonzo

C]ontrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House. . . .

Justice Department attorneys in the intelligence and public corruption units who read the transcripts decided that Harman had committed a “completed crime,” a legal term meaning that there was evidence that she had attempted to complete it, three former officials said. . . .

Then-CIA Director Porter J. Goss reviewed the Harman transcript and signed off on the Justice Department’s FISA application. . . . Goss, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, deemed the matter particularly urgent because of Harman’s rank as the panel’s top Democrat.

But that’s when, according to knowledgeable officials, Attorney General Gonzales intervened.

According to two officials privy to the events, Gonzales said he “needed Jane” to help support the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about to be exposed by the New York Times.

Harman, he told Goss, had helped persuade the newspaper to hold the wiretap story before, on the eve of the 2004 elections. And although it was too late to stop the Times from publishing now, she could be counted on again to help defend the program

He was right.

On Dec. 21, 2005, in the midst of a firestorm of criticism about the wiretaps, Harman issued a statement defending the operation and slamming the Times, saying, “I believe it essential to U.S. national security, and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities.”

And thanks to grateful Bush administration officials, the investigation of Harman was effectively dead.


the guy that was lobbying her was a major democratic party contributor, israel supporter, and the founder of mighty morphin power rangers.

Why talk now? Either to distract from the torture memos or as retribution for their release.

Who does this hurt? Well Jane Harman is obviously and deservedly screwed. We all knew Gonzo was a heel. AIPAC reminds that it's one of the most powerful and unscrupulous lobbies in the united states. And the NYT puts another nail in the whole "we're liberal" coffin, bowing down to the administrations request that they don't talk about this before the 2004 election.

it's really hard to tell where this will end up because we're obviously just scratching the surface.

Keep updating Glen Greenwald here as well as TPM

#2 Jase

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:21 AM

The evil empire that is AIPAC is nothing new.

Interesting about NYT.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:25 AM

Interesting about NYT.


not really.

the nyt was completely in bush's pocket, and have been an imperialist rag for the better part of a century. the whole "LIBERAL NEW YORK TIMES" has always been a boogey man that conservatives believe without ever thinking too hard about.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:00 PM

But now Times spokesperson Catherine Mathis sends over a more detailed statement from Keller explaining what really happened:

"Congresswoman Harman spoke to Washington Bureau Chief Phil Taubman in late October or early November, 2004, apparently at the request of General Hayden. She urged that The Times not publish the story. She did not speak to me, and I don’t remember her being a significant factor in my decision. In 2005, when we were getting ready to publish, Phil met with a group of congressional leaders familiar with the eavesdropping program, including Ms. Harman. They all argued that The Times should not publish. The Times published the story a few days later."

So Harman did urge the paper’s Washington bureau chief not to publish. While the timing is slightly fuzzy, it seems fair to assume in light of the CQ story that it was in fact before the election.

http://theplumline.w...tapping-expose/

um holy poo

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 10:35 PM

She's stuck

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 01:24 PM

http://www.salon.com...rman/index.html

So if I understand this correctly -- and I'm pretty sure I do -- when the U.S. Government eavesdropped for years on American citizens with no warrants and in violation of the law, that was "both legal and necessary" as well as "essential to U.S. national security," and it was the "despicable" whistle-blowers (such as Thomas Tamm) who disclosed that crime and the newspapers which reported it who should have been criminally investigated, but not the lawbreaking government officials. But when the U.S. Government legally and with warrants eavesdrops on Jane Harman, that is an outrageous invasion of privacy and a violent assault on her rights as an American citizen, and full-scale investigations must be commenced immediately to get to the bottom of this abuse of power.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:17 PM

Harman is pretty hot to be an old chick.


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