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  •  Bolton hearings belong in the timeline (4.00)
    Don't forget about the Bolton hearings.

    "During the Bolton hearings, however, it emerged that when he was at the State Department, Bolton on several occasions received summaries of intercepts between foreigners and "U.S. persons" and requested that the spy agency tell him who those Americans were. The agency complied.

    Following this revelation, Newsweek discovered that from January 2004 to May 2005, the National Security Agency had supplied names of 10,000 American citizens in this informal fashion to policy makers, intelligence services and law enforcement agencies.

    Democrats took advantage of Bolton's transgression in the nomination battle, playing up his reputation as a sharp-elbowed brute and implying that he might have used the intercepts to intimidate Washington adversaries. Bolton, for his part, told Congress that he asked the spy agency for the names in order "to better understand" summaries of intercepted conversations: "It's important to find out who is saying what to whom.

    •  thanks, (4.00)
      updated with new information.

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      by remove office on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 02:36:32 PM PST

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      •  another choice tidbit from Bolton hearing era (4.00)
        The recess appointment was all about avoiding the release of this info, thanks to  Bush and Frist

        ....according to reports from those close to this negotiation process, Frist backed off from all of his offers (on release of NSA materials) and chose not to pursue the matter further. It's not clear whether Frist was trying to demonstrate some illusion of progress or whether the White House -- when it learned what Frist was negotiating with Biden -- told Frist to back off and stop trying to "successfully" negotiate a deal on the NSA intercepts and the Syria testimony -- two of the three pending document requests made by Senators.

        •  Bingo (none)
          So anyone want to bet Frist knew that if that got out (the NSA taps on domestic people) that it would toss BushCo. into a huge legal black hole?

          So... are we seeing here the surface shapes of the GOP doing a CYA for Shrub by putting Bolton's nomination in neutral then Bush pulling the trigger on the recess appointment to clear the deck on the NSA thing. not to mention trying to deflect the melt-down the nomination hearings were turning into for them politically?


          Mitch Gore

          Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

          by Lestatdelc on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 03:37:45 PM PST

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    •  asdf (3.83)
      Was this why Voinovich was on the verge of tears during the comittee vote?  Did he get an inkling of what the administration was up to during the hearings and  become horrified and conscience stricken?

      Republicans - For Saddam until they were against him.

      by calipygian on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 02:54:01 PM PST

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