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  •  AIPAC shilling for Harman (0+ / 0-)

    She is a fucking spy.

    ...FBI and Justice Department prosecutors...are examining whether Rep. Jane Harman of California and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) may have violated the law in a scheme to get Harman reappointed as the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, according to knowledgeable sources in and out of the U.S. government.


    The Post and Haaretz are of slightly different minds about the legal issues involved. First, Haaretz writes that:

       Attempting to influence the outcome of the election of Congressional representatives to committees is a federal offense.

    While the Post says this about one of the important lobbying calls made on Harman's behalf by an Aipac donor:

       A congressional source tells TIME that the lobbying for Harman has included a phone call several months ago from entertainment industry billionaire and major Democratic party contributor Haim Saban...A phone call pushing for a particular member's committee assignment might be unwelcome, but it would not normally be illegal on its own.

    The key phrase here is "on its own." In other words, if Haim Saban made the call unsolicited by Aipac, then it would be kosher. If not, then possibly (or definitely?) it would be illegal according to the terms laid out by Haaretz. I've got news for you–anyone who believes that Haim Saban did this of his own volition and without prompting from anyone in Harman's or Aipac's offices is either a member of Harman's immediate family or a card-carrying member of Aipac. The rest of us know better.

    Use Tor and PGP on the net. (google it)

    by fugue on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 08:30:34 PM PDT

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    •  Israel trip. Concept of homeland security (0+ / 0-)

      Israel’s Homeland Security: Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared
      by Rep. Jane Harman

      First is organization. Israel has one integrated national strategy for security, and those responsible for protecting the Israeli people have the authority they need to get the job done. The high level of organization makes Israel able to act swiftly in the event of an attack, and, in many cases, allows her to successfully preempt and disrupt terrorists before they attack.

      America needs this level of organization to implement a homeland security strategy. Currently, responsibility for securing our homeland is scattered across more than 100 federal government agencies. This patchwork makes it difficult to connect the disparate clues that together identify terrorist threats, let alone to organize an effective and coordinated response.

      In July, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, consolidating 22 agencies with jurisdiction over border and transportation security, intelligence and infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness and response and the use of science and technology.

      Use Tor and PGP on the net. (google it)

      by fugue on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 08:53:36 PM PDT

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