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I can't believe this. The Hill is reporting that James Sensenbrenner will not allow John Conyers to use offices with which to conduct his Downing Street Minutes investigations.

Sensenbrenner may have just handed us the big story that we need, as many of you have noted below. If the MSM was looking for some signal that the Republcans are hiding something here (aside from Bush and Blair presser last week), this should be it.

[UPDATE: The DNC will be hosting the Downing Street Minutes Investigation. See this diary. That said, we need to keep the heat up on this so it gets LOTS of media attention. Anyone know where I can get a good list of media contacts?]

-- Full story below the fold -- GOP House Judiciary Contact below the fold -- Media contacts below the fold --

Judiciary GOP pulls the plug on Conyers 'forums'
By Albert Eisele and Jeff Dufour

If the Financial Services Committee is the best in the House when it comes to bipartisan comity, then the Judiciary Committee may well be the worst.

In December, ranking Democrat John Conyers (Mich.) began holding "forums" -- gatherings with all the trappings of official hearings -- after Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) refused to hold hearings on topics Conyers requested. The forums have been held in smaller committee rooms, often with C-SPAN coverage and formal witness lists.

In a sign of how far relationships on the committee have soured, majority staff recently announced a new policy to deny any request from a committee Democrat for the use of a committee hearing room.

Majority spokesman Jeff Lungren said the Republicans have given Democrats three opportunities to make clear that the forums are not official committee business. Nevertheless, Lungren said, in at least one case, members were addressing Conyers as "Mr. Chairman."

"They were unwilling or unable to make those changes," Lungren said. "At this point, if they want to hold these forums, they'll have to find some other place to do it."

Sean McLaughlin, deputy chief of staff for Sensenbrenner, recently wrote to a minority staffer in more pointed language.

"I'm sitting here watching your `forum' on C-SPAN," McLaughlin wrote. "Just to let you know, it was your last. Don't bother asking [for a room] again."

A committee source said committee Democrats are still planning to hold the forums when they find other available space.

This is an outrage - less than 48 hours before this extremely important fact-finding session.

Republican Members of the House Judiciary Committee:

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
2449 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5101

Sensenbrenner's District Offices:
120 Bishops Way, Room 154
Brookfield, WI 53005-6294
Telephone: (262) 784-1111

sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov.

Henry J. Hyde
2110 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4561

Howard Coble
2468 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3306
(202) 225-3065

Lamar S. Smith
2184 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4236

Elton Gallegly
2427 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0523
(202) 225-5811

Bob Goodlatte
2240 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5431

Steve Chabot
129 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-2216

Daniel Lungren
2448 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(number?)

William L. Jenkins
1207 Longworth Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6356

Chris Cannon
2436 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-7751

Spencer Bachus
442 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202 225-4921

Robert Inglis
330 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(number?)

John N. Hostettler
1214 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4636

Mark Green
1314 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5665

Ric Keller
419 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2176

Darrell Issa
211 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
(number?)

Jeff Flake
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0301
(202) 225-2635

Mike Pence
426 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3021

J. Randy Forbes
307 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6365

Steve King
1432 Longworth Office Building
Washington DC 20515
(202) 225-4426

Tom Feeney
323 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
(202) 225-2706

Trent Franks
1237 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(number?)

Louie Gohmert
508 Cannon House Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
(number?)

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* thanks to Juno for the contacts.

-fink

Originally posted to fink on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:31 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Abuse of Power (4.00)
    What are the Republicans trying to hide?

    "You think you can intimidate me? Screw you. Choose your Weapon." Eliot Spitzer

    by bonddad on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:33:38 PM PDT

    •  Dude (4.00)
      Did Spitzer really say that?  What was the context?  

      Exactly -- what the HELL are they hiding that can't bear the light of day?  Maybe that's the answer -- hold hearings in the bright sunshine of the Capitol steps.

      There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

      by ThirstyGator on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:37:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It might help get some media attention. (4.00)
        The obvious spectacle of open air hearings could draw the attention of media, highlight the DSM, and futher the publics awareness about republican abuses of power.
        •  Might Help? (4.00)
          We MUST get media attention about this.  First "Tex" Sensenbrener illegal shuts down a hearing and now this?

          We have the Thugs right where we want them.  MAKE NOISE PEOPLE, MAKE LOTS OF NOISE!  This is a cover-up.

          •  THIS ARTICLE (4.00)
            NEEDS TO BE PUT ON THE MAIN dKOS PAGE FOR ALL TO SEE.
            •  Pacifiers for Sensenbrenner Website (none)
              Hey guys,

              I put this up before but WE HAVE TO FOLLOW UP WITH SENLESSBRENNER'S ILLEGAL ACTIONS IF WE GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING.  OTHERWISE THIS GOON & OTHERS IN THE HOUSE (err, Delay) WILL CONTINUE THIS.

              I put a site up based on someone's great idea to send Pacifiers to Sensenbrenner since he was acting like a baby.

              http://senselessbrenner.blogspot.com/

              I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA TO GET MEDIA ATTENTION ON THIS ASSHOLE & EMBARRASS HIM.  NO ONE LIKES A GROWN MAN ACTING LIKE A BABY.

              The more attention we can give this the better B/C LIKE BONDDAD SAID PERFECTLY WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO HIDE???

              the more you suppress things the more it wants to pop up.  it worked for Christianity.  it'll work here.

          •  Historical context. (4.00)
            If we could just get some journalists to include the fact that Sensenbrener silenced the hearing on the Patriot Act on Friday.
            •  ...and then show the crowd's cheers (4.00)
              when those remaining explained why examining the Patriot Act's (un)usefulness is so important.
            •  How about Olbermann? (4.00)
              Or Krugman or Rich?

              The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all- John F Kennedy

              by vcmvo2 on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:14:08 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  This is great news! What splendid arrogance! (4.00)
              It will surely draw attention to the meeting, perhaps a lot of attention, and it reinforces the impression that a lot of people have that the Republicans are out of control and utterly arrogant.

              On a related note:

              PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HEAR THAT C-SPAN PLANS TO BROADCAST THE CONYERS HEARING.  I am planning to target C-Span tomorrow in my Awaken the MSM diary, but no point in wasting a target if they plan to do that already.

              Btw, my diary today went up very late. Here is the link:
              http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/14/143936/397

              Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Epictetus

              by smintheus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:17:09 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  good point (4.00)
                Best way to draw interest is make something controversial.  This fits the bill.

                The "Mr. Chairman" crap is priceless.  What do you call the person who, errr... chairs a meeting?  Or have the Republicans trademarked the use of it?

              •  I have No Problem w/a DNC Forum (none)
                We have the spotlights, Action Camera, Dammit!

                Do it Wherever, but Especially at the DNC!

                Sensenbrenner can't Gavel It Down & Turn Off The Mics & Lights!

                Do It At The DNC!  & Welcome the press, esp CSPAN.

                If the Rethugs refuse to deal w/Dems, don't fucking deal with the assholes.

                That would effectively shut down Congressional business, wouldn't it?

                Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

                by x on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:35:58 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

              •  I hate to repeat myself. (none)
                Really I do. But ...

                Sensenbrenner is an absolute IDIOT. http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2005/6/13/104452/899/18#18

                He is a frickin' walkin', talkin' FUBAR-inducin' IDIOT, single-handedly manufacturing one outrageous mishap after another, which is, of course, a very good thing for us.

              •  "What splendid arrogance!" (none)
                May I borrow that one?  That was a perfect way of putting it.  I think we should weave it into some talking points or something, for internal use.  

                The arrogance has been a scary and infuriating thing for so long.  But if we can predict their political strategy using the Iraq war as an example, they will keep marching forward with arrogance, right off a cliff.  And that would be splendid indeed.  I've been hoping for this.

                Thanks for the great phrase.  I can make good use out of that one.

                "KBO." "It's the order of the day." -- Winston Churchill

                by joanneleon on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:50:24 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

            •  What's up with Sensenbrenner? (none)
              Didn't he resist the original Patriot Act in 2001?
          •  Just sent the following (none)
            to news outlets:

            RE: Republican Majority on Judiciary pulls the plug on Conyers 'forums'

            The Hill is reporting that James Sensenbrenner will not allow John Conyers to use offices with which to conduct his Downing Street Minutes investigations.

            Sean McLaughlin, deputy chief of staff for Sensenbrenner, recently wrote to a minority staffer in more pointed language.

             "I'm sitting here watching your `forum' on C-SPAN," McLaughlin wrote. "Just to let you know, it was your last. Don't bother asking [for a room] again."

            After reading the above, I sent the following to Rep. Sensenbrenner:

            Representative Sensenbrenner, exactly what are you afraid of? What are you trying to cover up? Whatever happened to sunlight being the best disinfectant for corruption?

            Is someone concerned about finding the present administration`s "stained blue dress - Iraqi version" Just thought I'd ask.

            George W. Bush - Often wrong, but never in doubt!

            by auapplemac on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:33:00 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Media? Fat Chance. (none)
            The media is complicit, COMPLETELY COMPLICIT in spreading and perpetuating the lies that started the Iraq War.

            Further the depraved indifference of our mainstream media to growing proof positive of the lies and deceit of the Bush/neo-con policy will mean that the Downing Street Minutes will, I said WILL be treated as "old news" and slip away with no impact what so ever.

            We thought the media would arise about DeLay, it did not.  Indeed many outlets squelched stories about this corrupt fiend.

            We thought the media would come to ask about Kenny Boy Lay, and guess what?  The media croaked a little and Kenny remains free to ponder more and greater klepto-plutocracy.

            We thought the media would chatter on about the Energy Minutes case, we thought the big media would be in a tizzy about coin-gate, we thought the media would be furious about Gannon/Guckert and we thought the media would be all over Plame-gate.

            WELL, WE THOUGHT WRONG.

            And sadly, I have no idea how to get the media's attention about a President and his advisors starting a war that was based on a complete pack of lies.  

            "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

            by boilerman10 on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:56:54 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  No, they have US (none)
            right where they want us....p. 13.  Get real, folks.  MSM watchers:  "sensen what?  Whaddya, stupid?"
          •  Think of... (none)
            ... how the racists wouldn't let Marian Anderson sing in DC because she was black.  So they shut her out of all of DC's concert halls.

            Until FDR invited her to the Lincoln Memorial to sing.

            •  Speaking of Forums (none)
              How about an open air DSM hearing at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?  I think that an articulate black congressman having to hold a meeting at the feet of the Great Emancipator because he was kicked out of the House might just make the MSM.

              A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

              by Webster on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:21:20 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  oust sensennbrenner (none)
            I would be nice to see him womped on in 2006, but he's from a pretty reliably red district. (Rich yuppies in the Milwaukee suburbs) so it might be pretty hard.

            Brett Favre for Wisconsin - Senate 2008 (Feingold for President)

            by Groper on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:59:50 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I'll second that (none)
              Good how I hate driving through his district on my way to Milwaukee. I don't have to look at the exit signs to know where I am on the highway, I only have to look at the bumpers of the cars around me with their fucking "W" stickers.

              "Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug, uh, regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber." Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

              by jkbiscuit on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:58:27 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

      •  Spitzer (4.00)
        He did say that - either in the New Yorker or New York Magazine.  It was in the context of an interview, not a speech or anything.
      •  Spitzer quote (4.00)
        He was being rhetorical, but, tes, he did say that.

        "The people have spoken. The Bastards." -- Mo Udall

        by Dissento on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:59:06 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Here (4.00)
        Context

        "You never want to tell Spitzer to go fuck himself," said one close observer, which is, in effect, what Marsh seemed to be doing by not coming clean. As Spitzer would later say, "I don't know why Marsh reacted the way it did. It will go down as a case study of how not to handle an investigation."

        --New York Magazine, Jan 10/2005

        Apparently not.

      •  out on the Mall would be nice... (4.00)
        ... then get 100,000 or so citizens to come and watch.
      •  What am I missing? What did Spitzer say?? (none)
        Many, many repubs in NY respect him like tremendously.  If he said something about this, I have a number of repubs I would like to send it to.

        "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

        by adigal on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:15:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  um (4.00)
      Everything?

      Why is it so hot in here, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

      by justme on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:37:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What are they trying to hide? (4.00)
      That's easy.  Treason.

      Just about everybody here knows what has been going on.  Conyers isn't going to unearth anything we haven't already come across from half a dozen other sources.  We already know the truth.  For us the DSM is not revelation, but confirmation.

      It's the rest of America that's in the dark.

      "Unk, the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

      by Roddy McCorley on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:38:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Gotta have the hearing (4.00)
        Clearly, the hearing has to go on, even if the do it at IHOP with C-SPAN coverage over pancakes, they have to have the hearing. Does the DCCC have space?

      Winning without Delay.

      by ljm on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:51:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I don't know what they're trying to hide... (none)
      But it's time to knock some sensenbrenner into them!

      (gawd, what a terrible snark)

    •  What are they trying to hide?!?!? (none)
      Well, everything! It's quite simple, really.
  •  The GOP does not own (4.00)
    our Capitol Building or any one of the many other House or Senate Office buildings.  I call bullshit on this one and so should the Demcratic leadership.
  •  Fuck Sensenbrenner! (4.00)
    Conyers can have them at MY house!  Oh, wait....I'm in Texas.

    Conyers should just hold them out on the steps of capitol hill then...I spent many an afternoon out there on the grass, smoking grass and talking politics when I was in high school ('course I'm sure that's not allowed anymore), have the damn "forums" OUTside -- oh, this just pisses me off.

    Make a HUGE spectcle out of this....HUGE. That's the only way to go...

    To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

    by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:34:31 PM PDT

    •  Love it (4.00)
      I love this.  What a fantastic photo op - holding a forum on the grass in front of the capital because Republicans are obstructing.  The media would have a field day.

      Meet me in Cognito, baby

      by out grrl on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:39:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  One could only hope (none)
        ...we'd need to remind everyone not to bring any bacl suitcases though...

        To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

        by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:54:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I agree. (4.00)
        This is an example of a chess lesson my grandpa gave me once: "never force your opponent to do something you don't want him to do."

        That's just what they've done.  Conyers will find a far more media savvy locale, and get increased attention.

        Lovely.

        •  Bravo to your grandpa (4.00)
          A similar notion I always liked in chess was "always control the tempo".  ("Tempo" = being on the attack and forcing your opponent to respond to you so s/he can't control the direction of the game.)

          The Republicans are making a HUGE mistake by overplaying their hand to this extent.

          An outdoor hearing, at an announced time (just in case, you know, a few hundred thousand of us want to show up wearing I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK and BUSH LIED AND OUR SOLDIERS DIED shirts) would be quite nice.

          We had the Schiavo mess.  The Repubs holding a gun to the head of the Senate rules.  This mess.  The DSM.  The towering debacle that the Iraq war has turned into.  One would think that the Republicans would have learned by now that when your gun is empty you don't reload and take aim at the other foot...

    •  What we need to do is find a private house (4.00)
      here in DC with a nice big front yard and let them do it there.  Sorry to say that National Parks are off-limits for political activity by either party (that is a whole other can 'o worms).

      But a nice private front yard... free speach amongst the people being oppressed by the evil majority what a wonderful public relations gift Sensenbrenner may have given us...  The medai would eat it up...

      oh the outrage i feel right now...

      •  BrodyV -- ya out there buddy? (none)
        Know anyone with a bigass yard??

        To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

        by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:56:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Yes! (4.00)
        The corrupt Republican majority has let the mask slip completely from their faces... this is about denying and suppressing Americans who disagree with an oppresive majority in the pettiest way imaginable.

        Imagine if the House Democrats went to a grand town hall meeting... and cited this abuse of power as the reason why... a great public relations coup, and a beacon of light on the truth of GOP abuse of power.

        Somebody get Hannity his enlistment papers... its time!

        by LeftHandedMan on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:00:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Front Lawn (none)
          What about the congressional record? Doesn't this matter?
          •  From what I understand (none)
            they don't get to put it on the official record anyway...

            As always, I could be wrong though.

            To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

            by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:42:42 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  C-SPAN is the post modern record (4.00)
              I can order clips from C-Span a hell of a lot easier than I can find anything in the Official Congressional Record.

              I just wish they would send a DVD which included all the camera angles.  The whole "court reporter" type stenographic record, while still official has little bearing on what historical researchers will be looking at in 50 years.

              "If we outlaw everything some people find offensive, there wouldn't even be a Texas in the first place." - Cindy Campos, Lifeguard

              by jandrewmorrison on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:18:53 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I agree. (none)
                While it won't get into the congressional record (unless somebody slips the transcripts in a "back door")  it WILL be in the open record of the MSM.  Also, by not being in the Capitol, anyone (which should be EVERYONE) that speaks will have the opportunity to slam the Sensenfuerer silly.
    •  They don't "own" the capitol steps. (4.00)
      They may control room reservations, but the capitol steps/lawn is a public forum. Rent some chairs and a table, have conyers buy a gavel and conduct the hearing. Have some cameras for a feed, try to get C-Span, make a big deal out of the fact that they wouldn't let you have a room, and then make a big show of the fact that we are proceeding anyway, WITH OR WITHOUT 'permission' from the Republicans. What are they going to do? call the police and have conyers arrested?? They've tried before, but that won't go over at all.

      PUH-leeze.  This, combined with last Friday, is SUCH an outrage. How can Pelosi be letting this happen? Letters demanding an apology is one thing, but this mess deserves a much sterner, symbolic, and unified response from the whole party, not just those on the judiciary committee.

    •  Yes, yes, yes! (4.00)
      Conyers should have the next hearing right there on the Capitol steps, because the Republican chairman refuses to allow them a room. Can you imagine a photo op like that???

      Oh my God, I almost have pity for how much the other Republican Senators will beat on Sensenbrenner for handing this photo-op to the Democrats, just in time for the session to begin.

      Please let this happen. Any of Conyers' staff who's reading this, please recommend this course of action.

      "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

      by jbeach on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:54:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hold it in a CHURCH (4.00)
      Surely there's a nice UCC or Unitarian church in DC which could be used as a venue.  What better site to shove the truth down the "Christian" Republicans' throats?  And let Sensenbrenner's jackbooted thugs march into a church.

      Journalism is yours! www.epluribusinvestigates.com. Please support ePluribusMedia

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:56:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The weather should be fine... (4.00)
      ...hot and humid today and tomorrow. But 82F and sunny is the forecast for Thurs.

      Reminds me of college when we would have lectures outside...

      •  Well, they blew this one... (none)
        Need to have it in the main briefing room at the freakin' National Press Club!!!!

        You want coverage, make it easy.

      •  The problem (none)
        with holding it at the DNC is that it then runs the risk of being "spun" by Faux "News" and other MSM (if it's mentioned at all) as "partisan": "those traitorous Democrats poking their noses into the righteous work of our God-fearing President".

        I agree: the steps of the Capitol would be much better. Hell, they hold Christian Rock festivals there...

  •  This is how democracy dies (4.00)
    ...by the death of a thousand cuts?

    ...to thunderous applause?

    ...by opposition being outlawed?

    I can't even get outraged anymore, I'm so outraged out.  But please, keep putting these items out there.

    Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

    by madhaus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:35:12 PM PDT

    •  The start of Fascism (none)
      Stealing of elections, Control of the news media, religion intertwineing with government, corporate power is unleasched with massive fraud, labor unions are supressed, and lastly unvarnished corruption at the highest level and absolute cronyiswm.  Sounds exactly like what the Goofy Old Party is doing. I suggest that Conyers take his meeting to the great outdoors and invite every one to attend, including Sensenbrenner and his friend from Indiana PENCE.  

      goofy

  •  I'll send my money in for room rental (4.00)
    Just tell me where to write the check.  Set up a fucking shadow Congress at the Watergate Hotel.

    There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

    by ThirstyGator on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:35:24 PM PDT

    •  and THAT (4.00)
      would be truly poetic justice.

      Please do it. Watergate brought down the last totally corrupt republican president, let it bring down this one too.

    •  ditto.. (4.00)
      even tho I am between jobs and things are tight, I would donate to have these meetings at the Watergate.  Pure kharma.

      The SM-62 Snark was a USAF intercontinental nuclear cruise missile that was operational in 1960-1961.

      by nika7k on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:52:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Watergate Hotel Washington DC... (none)
      Meetings & Conferences webpage.

      The Power Players Meet Here

      What could be more impressive than a conference at The Watergate Hotel in one of our spectacular meeting rooms overlooking the Potomac River?

      With over 10,000 square feet of flexible conference space, we can accommodate up to 850 people and provide state-of-the-art audio-visual technology including cable ready facilities and a professional convention services staff. Additionally, our business centre is open 24 hours to accommodate any assistance you may require.

      Shitbirdbrickhead can go pound salt...

      ...put your flags in the air and march them up and down you can live it up, live it up all over the town... - The Escape Club: Wild Wild West

      by rgilly on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 06:14:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  YEA to the WATERGATE HOTEL (none)
        i think holding the forum at the watergate hotel would be THE perfect place...not only would the Media's interest be (slightly) peaked BUT it would be seen as an IN YOUR FACE Gauntlet being thrown back at the white house....

        with Deep Throat being plastered all over the place last week, the watergae hotel would send a subliminal message about the contents of the DSM that hearings could not.

        this isnt a joke...the watergate hotel conference room is the perfect slap back to sensenbrenners slap at conyers.

        much better then having it at the DNC where EVERYONE can dismiss whatever is said as "just more whining from the loser dimocraps"  <sigh>

        Watergate Hotel...GOOOD!!!!

        DNC BUILDING...baaaaaaaaad

        imho

        "Not even Revelations threatens a plague of vengeful yahoos." H. S. Thompson

        by KnotIookin on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 06:37:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  What asswipes! (4.00)
    They did this when Conyers held the forum around election issues (that's probably the one McLaughlin is referring to).

    He (Conyers) told Ed Schulz today that he's got major coverage for tomorrow.  Let's hope whereEVER it winds up happening, that this lunacy is made known by all.

    here boo, here boo, want a cookie? good girl.

    by tepster on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:36:20 PM PDT

  •  This is an outrage! (4.00)
    They are retaliating against Conyers because he has the balls to call them up on their shit.

    We have to fight this and fight it hard!  Protest! Rally! Call! Send letters! The Republicans do not own this country.  We have got to take it back and take it back now!  

    Are you tired of the Dean Bashing? Support We've got Dean's back.

    by Jill Lehnert on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:36:55 PM PDT

  •  Can we contact the majority offices? (4.00)
    And speak to this McLaughlin fellow and others directly?

    Fight terrorists wherever they be found/Well why you not bombin Tim McVeigh's hometown?? - Michael Franti

    by missreporter on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:37:05 PM PDT

  •  This will backfire (4.00)
    Conyers will get 10 times the publicity if he holds the forum in some other venue. And he'll make Sensenbrenner look like a tinpot dictator as well.
  •  Actually, you may be on to something (4.00)
    Public forums may be the way to go.Open it up - high school auditorium, some other public space. C-Span can and does travel.

    I would try very hard to go as public with this as possible. Let Sessenbrenner try and explain his actions; especially in light of his recent behavior of walking off with the gavel

  •  "not official committee business" (4.00)
    said  a stupid, powerhungry staffer...(see fink's link)

    IT'S MY FUCKING BUSINESS!!! AND I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS ABOUT YOUR COMMITTEE!!

    Rep. Conyers should have hearings on the capitol steps as a private citizen, 48 hours from today -- oh, how I wish I still lived in NoVa...

    To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

    by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:39:18 PM PDT

  •  IMPEACH BUSH bumperstickers (none)
    you can get "Impeach Bush" bumperstickers here:

    https://www.cafepress.com/heythisiscool

  •  Conyers on Ed Schultz show (4.00)
    Conyers was on the Ed Schultz show a few minutes ago talking about this.  Outrageous doesn't begin to describe this. Conyers did say he expects wide media coverage of the events, so hopefully a truth-seeking journalist (this may be an oxymoron these days) will try to find out why the Republicans are so afraid and what they are hiding.
  •  Waaaahhh!!! (4.00)
    Sensenbrenner really is a two-year-old, isn't he.
    If it's not straight from The Republican Agenda®, no business will be conducted. Damn. They call us an obstructionist party?

    Why is it so hot in here, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

    by justme on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:42:30 PM PDT

  •  Seriously, what the hell is wrong (4.00)
    with Sensenbrenner? He's not even trying to act somewhat rationally anymore.

    There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

    by SairaLV on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:42:49 PM PDT

    •  He is a coward w/ no honor or decency. (4.00)
      He hates America too!

      SoapBlox - a new blog community. Double-digit UIDs are running out soon.

      by pacified on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:46:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They must've installed (4.00)
      the Republican's "Reelection Insurance Plan" voting machines in his district. It is the only thing I can fathom that would give him the leeway to think he can get away with pulling shit like this.
      •  That's what worries me (4.00)
        There's absolutely no covering how extremist these people are anymore--so why aren't they trying to disguse it, even in light of the whole Schiavo fiasco that clearly shows that people are aware of Republicans overstepping their authority.

        There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

        by SairaLV on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:50:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Wisconsin Voting Regs (none)
        Not in Wisconsin.

        As a WI resident, I know the state voting regs do not allow non-paper trail touch screen machines. Mostly optical scan machines here.

        I am not from Sensenbrenner's district, but I am embarrassed that this slimeball is from my state. Why couldnt' the paranoid sleazebags stop with Joe McCarthy.

        Sensenbrenner is well entrenched in a conservative district, but this over the top fascistic behavior might finally help the opposition to dethrone him.

    •  He is an IDIOT. n/t (none)
  •  Unfreakingbelievable n/t (none)
  •  have it on the capitol steps (4.00)
    i've got a 600 watt PA and plenty of mics that they are more than welcome to use. whatever else they may need we'll come up with that.

    fuck that fat bastard. we'll do it ourselves for the whole world to see.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    check out Daily Gotham, yo!

    by lipris on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:44:10 PM PDT

  •  I sent Rhandi the link (4.00)
    Actually I sent this to her producer since she is on the Air now.She is all over Sensenbrener for Fridays debacle and needs more ammo.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005. BringVisibility.net

    by Tomtech on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:45:01 PM PDT

  •  Can someone give me a hand? (4.00)
    Sorry, I'm at work and trying to copy and paste all this. Does anyone have email addresses for these bums? I'd also like to get up some press contacts. My apologies. I know, my job sucks.

    -fink

    •  some network newpeople email addresses (4.00)
      Here is a dated list of some network newspeople's email adrresses that I have saved before.

      Scarborough: joe@msn.com
      Matthews: hardball@msn.com
      Paula Zahn: paulazahnnow@cnn.com
      Wolf Blitzer: wolf@cnn.com
      Aaron Brown: aaron.brown@turner.com
      Peter Jennings: peter.jennings@abc.com
      Nightline: nightline@abc.com
      20/20: 2020@abc.com
      George Stephanopoulis: thisweek@abc.com
      Dan Rather: evening@cbsnews.com
      Face the Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com
      Crossfire: crossfire@cnn.com
      CNN Saturday Night Anchor: catherine.callaway@turner.com
      Jeff Greenfield: jeff.greenfield@cnn.com
      Robert Novak: robert.novak@turner.com
      Bill Shneider: bill.schneider@turner.com
      Lou Dobbs: lou.dobbs@turner.com
      Candy Crowley: candy.crowley@turner.com
      Judy Woodruff: deirdre.walsh@turner.com
      NPR's Morning: morning@npr.org
      Dateline: dateline@nbc.com
      Today: today@nbc.com
      Matt Lauer: matt.lauer@nbc.com
      Russert: world@msnbc.com

      Political censorship is the root of all evil! It is the antithesis to a functional democracy!!

      by truthbetold on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:31:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  massive media list (none)
        can be found here  It may be hard to wade through all the emails but if they have an email it's in there.  There's also internaional addresses.  good luck

        Impeach Gary Bettman

        by Edanger6 on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:16:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  here's mine. (none)
          There's plenty of wingnuts on this, so use caution... also, I haven't used this list in quite a while, so you're going to get some bounces.  Nonetheless, good luck!

          2020@abc.com, producers@190north.com, 360@cnn.com, 48hours@cbsnews.com, 60ii@cbsnews.com, 60m@cbsnews.com, aaron.brown@turner.com, aaron.zitner@latimes.com, alan.miller@latimes.com, am@cnn.com, amity.shlaes@ft.com, ahanis@suntimes.com, andrea.koppel@turner.com, aradelat@gns.gannett.com, atlarge@foxnews.com, atc@npr.org, beltway@foxnews.com, bjapsen@tribune.com, billy.house@arizonarepublic.com, bill.walsh@newhouse.com, bill.schneider@turner.com, brelis@globe.com, bpc@cbsnews.com, bmccauley@enquirer.com, michael.bowan@infinitybroadcasting.com, brett.lieberman@newhouse.com, bruce.morton@turner.com, bruce.alpert@newhouse.com, brit.hume@foxnews.com, brian.wilson@foxnews.com, brudnoy@boston.cbs.com, bsteiden@ajc.com, bsenftleber@ajc.com, btbtalk@aol.com, bullsandbears@foxnews.com, blevy@suntimes.com, cash@foxnews.com, charliepope@seattlepi.com, cheryl.mcneil@nbc.com, chriscore@630wmal.com, cledbetter@suntimes.com, churt@charlotteobserver.com, citydesk@chron.com, clindell@coxnews.com, collins.spencer@foxnews.com, colmes@foxnews.com, comments@foxnews.com, contact@linktv.org, crossfire@cnn.com, csimpson@tribune.com, ctc-editor@tribune.com, cwarmbold@ajc.com, cweiser@gns.gannett.com, cwbrennan@cbs.com, cynthia@ajc.com, dabrahms@gns.gannett.com, david.ensor@turner.com, david.wood@newhouse.com, daybreak@cnn.com, dayside@foxnews.com, ddepledge@gns.gannett.com, ddouglas@suntimes.com, deborah.barfield@newsday.com, deirdre.walsh@turner.com, dgoldstein@krwashington.com, dru.sefton@newhouse.com, dwells@enquirer.com, earlyshow@cbs.com, editors@newsweek.com, ed@kfgo.com, efm@cbsnews.com, evening@cbsnews.com, factorcorrections@airamericaradio.com, fbremner@gns.gannett.com, fdavies@krwashington.com, feedback@foxnews.com, feedback@ap.org, fjames@tribune.com, fns@foxnews.com, forbes@foxnews.com, forum@kqed.org, foxmagazine@foxnews.com, fshuftan@starnewspapers.com, friends@foxnews.com, ftn@cbsnews.com, gdelama@tribune.com, gedmonson@coxnews.com, georgewill@washpost.com, gmathis@ajc.com, goodman@globe.com, gpalmer@news-press.com, gpierce@washingtontimes.com, grain@cbsnews.com, gwashburn@tribune.com, guyjames@theguyjamesshow.com, heartland@foxnews.com, hklibanoff@ajc.com, howardfineman@aol.com, hrosenkrantz@bloomberg.net, hprzybyla@bloomberg.net, hpost@ajc.com, imusshow@yahoo.com, insideajc@ajc.com, james@edschultzshow.com, jbarron@suntimes.com, jbarry@suntimes.com, jbookman@ajc.com, jdwallace@ajc.com, jcruickshank@suntimes.com, jcrewdson@tribune.com, jcarroll@gns.gannett.com, jeanne.cummings@awsj.com, jeanne.meserve@turner.com, jgreenburg@tribune.com, jfrandsen@gns.gannett.com, jhanchet@gns.gannett.com, jboba@tribune.com, jim.nesbitt@newhouse.com, jim.angle@foxnews.com, jim.walton@turner.com, jimhoagland@washpost.com, jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com, johnson@globe.com, johnandken@johnandkenshow.com, john.membrino@newhouse.com, joshea@tribune.com, jpuzzangherra@krwashington.com, jreynolds@wor710.com, jridgeway@villagevoice.com, jwisser@suntimes.com, jwcary@suntimes.com, jzeleny@tribune.com, jzuckman@tribune.com, kcarroll@ap.org, kcooper@globe.com, kelly.wallace@turner.com, kscott@gns.gannett.com, kyra.phillips@turner.com, lbivins@gns.gannett.com, letters@washpost.com, letters@kcstar.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, letter@globe.com, letters@suntimes.com, letters@economist.com, letters@star-telegram.com, letters@ajc.com, letters@newsweek.com, letters@iht.com, letters.editor@ft.com, lettersbwol@businessweek.com, linda.fibich@newhouse.com, lblack@tribune.com, livetoday@cnn.com, livefrom@cnn.com, live@cnn.com, llipman@coxnews.com, lmarkoe@krwashington.com, lmargasak@ap.org, loudobbs@cnn.com, lou.dobbs@turner.com, lware@radio-one.com, major.garrett@foxnews.com, mguarino@dailyherald.com, marym@suntimes.com, mary.orndorff@newhouse.com, meversley@coxnews.com, mhopgood@coxnews.com, mgroppe@gns.gannett.com, miles.obrien@turner.com, miles.benson@newhouse.com, mike.magner@newhouse.com, mkx@cbsnews.com, mmadden@gns.gannett.com, molly.henneberg@foxnews.com, moneyline@cnn.com, mpossley@tribune.com, mrecio@krwashington.com, msilverman@ap.org, mstearns@krwashington.com, mtackett@tribune.com, myword@foxnews.com, newstips@nbc5.com, news@bet.com, newsnight@cnn.com, newsonline@bbc.co.uk, newswatch@foxnews.com, nightline@abcnews.com, oliphant@globe.com, ombud@globe.com, ombudsman@washpost.com, onthemedia@wnyc.org, ontherecord@foxnews.com, oreilly@foxnews.com, opinion@thewire.ap.org, prbecker@tribune.com, pat.henry@newhouse.com, paul.w.smith@abc.com, paula.zahn@turner.com, paulazahnnow@cnn.com, pbrogan@gns.gannett.com, peterboyles@clearchannel.com, pgast@ajc.com, philip.stephens@ft.com, pnicholas@phillynews.com, pma@cbsnews.com, pr@ap.org, pridemag@aol.com, psinger2@tribune.com, prosen@suntimes.com, quentin.peel@ft.com, rbailey@krwashington.com, rcooklis@enquirer.com, rchebium@gns.gannett.com, rbc@cbsnews.com, rhutcheson@krwashington.com, richard_dunham@businessweek.com, rick.beaudette@newhouse.com, rick.davis@turner.com, rjr@suntimes.com, rkemper@tribune.com, rnarayanan@ajc.com, rxbecker@tribune.com, robert@donharmon.org, robert.novak@turner.com, rranderson@tribune.com, rrhodes@airamericaradio.com, schapman@tribune.com, sean.reilly@newhouse.com, shedges@tribune.com, sneed@suntimes.com, special@foxnews.com, spikeodell@wgnradio.com, sroth@gns.gannett.com, sternshow@howardstern.com, stbusiness@suntimes.com, stphoto@suntimes.com, sundays@cbsnews.com, talk2us@americasblackforum.com, studiob@foxnews.com, windycitytimes@aol.com, theforum@usatoday.com, thunt@ap.org, tbannon@tribune.com, tlang@enquirer.com, tlocy@usatoday.com, traum@ap.org, tsquitieri@usatoday.com, twebb@pioneerpress.com, viewerservices@foxnews.com, viewpoints@chron.com, vwalton@tribune.com, wam@cnn.com, warstories@foxnews.com, wendell.goler@foxnews.com, wendy@edschultzshow.com, wneikirk@tribune.com, wolf@cnn.com, wshapiro@usatoday.com, zays@suntimes.com, zwecker@suntimes.com

          Of course he's written in the Lamb's Book of Life. He's the Antagonist.

          by ultrageek on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:11:22 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  The biggest list out there (4.00)
      • Go to Capwiz Media page:

        http://capwiz.com/yo-7/dbq/media/

      • Choose a state.

      • Check off each media outlet to which you want to send.

      • Compose your message.

      • Fill in your info.

      • Submit.

      General Rules for effective letters:

      1. BE POLITE

      2. For newspapers: Most papers won't print over 150 words, so keep it short.

      3. Be polite.

      4. Try to tie it to a recent article or story from that news outlet (check out their web-based news site, if they have one).

      5. Be polite.

      6. Provide your name, town, and phone #. They need to make sure no one is spoofing you.

      7. Be polite (you get the idea).

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.
      What is the White House Hiding?

      by mataliandy on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:59:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  GOOD! (4.00)
    More press. More coverage. It'll happen, they'll find a room, they'll be on CNN and more people will want to know what exactly they are talking about that Republicans feel the need to suppress DEMCORACY.

    Way to go, GOP! Good luck with that strategy.

  •  Front Page it... (4.00)
    This should be front-paged.

    "Hey!  We just got a half-million citizen signatures - you want we should bury them?"

    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Phoenix Rising on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:49:05 PM PDT

  •  Honorable? (4.00)
    What are all these 'honorables'? That's a big lie. Execrable would be better.
  •  Required Reading (4.00)
    http://www.bopnews.com/archives/003669.html#3669

    This is the best thing that could have happened, it shows that the Republicans have too much to hide, and it gives us the weapon we need to win Congress.

    "Give us the votes and we will get your answers."

  •  This won't stop Conyers (4.00)
    I'd love to see it on the Capitol steps, but wherever this "forum" is held, it should get better coverage because of Herr Sensenbrenner's tantrum. Anybody know who, besides Keith Olbermann, might be plannning to cover this? C-Span, hopefully, but who else?
  •  Well (none)
    the solution is for the REAL Honorables (who want to investigate this illegal war based on lies) to get some donated time in some non-gubmint office building and to hold their hearings live on Air America Radio.

    The GOP has no shame. That much is clear.

  •  Hearings to be held at DNC (4.00)
    because Republicans Denying Democrats Use of Rooms on Hill

    On Thursday June 16, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. in the Wasserman Room at 430 S Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C., Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.
    The hearings are being held at the Democratic National Committee because the Republicans controlling the House Judiciary Committee refused to permit the ranking Democratic Member to use a room on the Hill. http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/UndertheDome/index.html Nonetheless, Republicans are welcome to attend.

    http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0614-26.htm

    •  damn it! (4.00)
      That's NOT the place to do it!

      The steps, the grass outside, ANYWHERE but the NDC.  That makes the whole thing look partisan, which it's not.

      I have no problem with partisanship where appropriate, but this forum is the people's business, not the Democrats.  This is the wrong move.

      •  I have to agree here... (4.00)
        ... I am disappointed as well. This should be held in a public space now, damn it.

        Did Assenbrenner pull his stunt at the last minute on purpose?

      •  The important thing is to still have the hearings (none)
        They are scheduled for Thursday.  While there have been many excellent (somewhat more romantic or satisfying) suggestions for where to hold this hearing, administratively there may be a host of reason as to why it would be difficult to pull off in just 2 days.  The DNC probably stepped up the the plate immediately so that the proceedings could occur there without much of a hitch.  Again.. the key is that the hearings happen.  I would rather they happen for sure at the DNC then take the risk of trying to set up something more symbolic that can't be arranged by Thursday.  
      •  ANYWHERE but the DNC! (none)
        Geez, why not just have it in Conyer's kitchen? Bad move. This just makes the hearings a private, Dem party thang. Ho-hum, move along, nothing to see.

        Really, really bone-head move.

    •  Blue FLA - I SOO Agree!! (none)
      This is NOT the way to go. Not at ALL.

      Disappointed, but then, I'm getting really used to it....

      To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

      by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:03:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  agreed (4.00)
        Holding hearings at the DNC inherently politicizes an event that could potentially bring "purple" Republicons over to our side.

        There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

        by ThirstyGator on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:08:33 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I agree---to an extent. (none)
        I agree that they could have picked a more symbolic place to hold this hearing. Hell, I think it would be entirely appropriate to hold it in front of "the Wall" (ie, Vietnam Memorial). But that's just me.

        But, the point of this is to hold the hearing and get the message out there, and nothing outside is going to be very media friendly. It will also be quite hot this time of year, and it could rain...If a room at the DNC is more press-friendly and you can get C-Span coverage there, then by all means they should do so. It is more important that all Americans see this than for us to have immediate revenge on the Republicans. We can always do that later, and as they say, it is a dish best served cold.

        However, they should not let this insult from the Republicans go unanswered either. I still like the idea of wearing american flag gags one day in a sort of congressional 'Day of Silence' protest... and then come back the next day with those american flags tied around their arms as armbands to show solidarity. Symbolic.

        •  It's 94 and 85% humidity here (4.00)
          and I would stand outside all day to be a part of these hearings, and for spectacel, the media will too -- closeting them away in the DNC headquarters is in NO way assuring that ALL AMERICANS are going to see them...ohmifreakinggod, do you know how few people actually watch CPSAN??

          To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

          by deepintheheartoftx on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:21:22 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  How about the National Press Club's Grand Ballroom (4.00)
          That place would be perfect.  My band played there once and it is VERY media friendly.

          Dem in VA

        •  The Vietnam Memorial Wall (4.00)
          would be the perfect place.  No one could see that and not wonder how long the list of the fallen will ultimately be for the war in Iraq.  Great place to have hearings about the Downing Street Minutes, documents that prove Bush was intent on invading Iraq with no regard for the intelligence or the consequences.  
    •  SIT IN (4.00)
      Take the damn Capitol Hill Room and SIT IN.

      And if they call the cops?

      Force the cops to use tear gas on live tv to evict.

      Hal C.

  •  Complete Vindictive Scum (4.00)
    The bottom-feeding rightwing exposes itself again as a petty, manipulative, and corrupt tin-pot dictatorship.

    The Republican party is unfit to lead, and No-Sense-in-Brenner is yet another posterchild -with Tom DeLay and Rick Santorum- of just how corrupt and self-serving the GOP is.

    Somebody get Hannity his enlistment papers... its time!

    by LeftHandedMan on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:56:52 PM PDT

  •  I called Louis Gohmert (4.00)
    I live in his district so I called to express my displeasure at the pure politics of this action.

    Gohmert is on the Judiciary Committee and his constituence here in East Texas is largly Democratic.

    If it wasn't for GWB on the ballot he never would have beaten Martin Frost.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005. BringVisibility.net

    by Tomtech on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:58:32 PM PDT

  •  As someone suggested, Hold the forums (4.00)
    at the Lincoln Monument!
  •  Sensenbrenner to Conyers: (4.00)

    Sensenbrenner to Conyers:
    Go to the back of the (Congressional) bus.

    Sensenbrenner is making Rep. Conyers, one of the most senior and widely respected members of Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus,
    go....to the back of the bus, so to speak?

    Has any White Representative ever been treated as disrespectfully as this? My guess: no.

    Where's the mainstream news media when it comes to the blatant disrespect of ranking minority members?

    •  This has nothing to do with race (none)
      and everything to do with ideology. All dems are ordered to the back of the bus, and as long as we keep taking it, they'll keep getting away with it.
      •  This has everything to do with race... (4.00)
        ...and basic, decent human courtesies which should be paid the one of the, if not the, higest ranking African-American elected official in the U.S.

        It's disrespectful to all of the others you mentioned, and its also disrespectful to the African-American community which Mr. Conyers represents.

        •  Sensenbrenner "Disses" Conyers.... (none)
          should become our mantra for a few days, until we embarrass Sensenbrenner into not only allowing Congressional offices to be used, but to apologize to Mr. Conyers.
        •  Sensenbrenner (none)
          doesn't give a shit whether he's black or white, male or female. He's shutting down the opposition, period, especially when it comes to blowing Bush's game right out of the water. All of us are impacted by this action, ALL of us. His attack on Conyers is an attack on me and an attack on you, and on everyone else who's trying to bring the truth to the surface, regardless of race, religion or gender.
          •  Would he have done this (4.00)
            to Ted Kennedy?  Really?

            I think there's something to this. It may not have been an explicit intention on Senselessbrenner's part, but it's certainly an implicit result.

            Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.
            What is the White House Hiding?

            by mataliandy on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 04:12:03 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Ted Kennedy is a Senator (none)
              You don't think any of the GOP will come down like an anvil on ANYBODY bringing this information forward, unless they're BLACK? They came down pretty hard on O'Neill, didn't they? And Richard Clarke, if I recall correctly. Both of them are WHITE. God knows they attacked Kerry with all their heart and soul, because of the color of his skin no doubt. Stop looking for racial issues that simply aren't there. I heard his remarks when he shut down the hearing. He's solidly focused on shutting up the people who are determined to expose the truth about Bush's war. No testimony is valid testimony because it's laced with broad brush strokes against the entire Administration's policies, according to Sensenbrenner. If you want to turn this into a racial issue then you're the one subverting the process of fighting the GOP to get the truth exposed about them.
              •  As I said (none)
                It may not have been an explicit intent, but it is implicit in the result.

                Yes, I know Kennedy is a Senator. I was shooting for a white person in office for approximately the same period.  So, if you want to be a stickler about house, how about Barney Frank? Would he really have shut down Barney Frank?

                I don't believe he would have done it to any Rep who he thought had enough power. He clearly doesn't think Conyers has enough power to fight back.  The power of black people is often automatically assumed to be less than the power of others. This is a powerful vs powerless scenario - and, in an instance where it's being done against a black person, there are always racist undertones.

                I believe he would have pulled something else against a white person of comparable experience, but not this.

                Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.
                What is the White House Hiding?

                by mataliandy on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:57:07 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  You reckon Blackwell got the same (none)
                  disrespect from the GOP, what with the power of black people being automatically assumed to be less than the power of others. The power of ANY minority is always assumed inferior to that of the majority, and in this case the minority impacted by this action bears the label "Democrats." All democrats, or opposition as the case may be, are affected equally by this regardless of whether they're black, white, green or blue.
          •  How Do You Know... (none)
            ...that Sensenbrenner doesn't care about Conyers' race? Has he ever treated a White member of his committee this way?  
            •  Show me white members of his committee (none)
              holding hearings that criticize the party line, and we'll have your answer to that question.
              •  If it were a Democratic (none)
                committee chairman showing blatant disrespect toward a Republican African-American Congressman
                (assuming the Republicans actually had an
                African-American federal elected official, which they don't), you bet your life that the Republican'ts and their talking head servants in the so-called "news" media would already have raised and be obssessing over speculation about racist motives.

                The question as to whether Mr. Sensenbrenner's blatantly disrespectful treatment towards one of this nation's leading African-American leaders has anything to do with his racial attitude is a legitimate one. Perhaps he doesn't. Would like to hear him; would like to have someone with balls make him have to defend himself, and would like to explore Mr. Sensenbrenner's past with regard to racial matters. His disrespectful behavior towards Mr. Conyers warrants some questions, at the very least.

                •  Yes let's explore the issue (none)
                  in the media, in fact let's make a big stink out of this with the race card so the real suppression of truth surrounding the DSM can slip under the radar while we're all battling this heated racial issue on all the talk shows. Makes for damn good distraction material when there's something significant to hide.
  •  No-Sense Held up the 9-11 Commission.. (none)
    ..recommendations Intel reform together with Duncan Hunter, even though the House was ready to pass the legislation.

    Then Delay-Front man Hastert said he would have an up or down vote...that he wouldn't schedule a vote unless it had support among the majority of the majority.

    When the 9-11 families asked the WH to push for the up or down vote, they said love to but it's outta of our hands.

    Everyone knows that no-sense and Hastert were fronting for Cheney, et.al.

    And Now, No-Sense is fronting again for former House minority whip Dick Cheney, who's really running this.

  •  The Sensen-Minion (4.00)
    Sensenbrenner is a prime example of America gone wrong, an icon for a democratic system turned inside out to serve the few. He sits on his perch as one of this country's highest elected representatives-- and proceeds to smugly undercut every principle this country was founded upon.

    Shame on him.

    "A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy"-- James Madison

    by Bad Cog on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:04:34 PM PDT

  •  You should update and link (none)
    to this post:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/14/17013/5498

    Apparently, the DNC will now be hosting this "forum" on the Downing Street Memo"

  •  Jeu de Paume (Tennis, anyone?) (4.00)
    When the French delegates were locked out by Louis XVI, they held their meeting in a nearby indoor Tennis Court, which become the site of the Tennis Court Resolution, one of the early events in the French Revolution.

    Liberals sat on the left, conservatives on the right.  The labels stuck.

    History repeats itself!  This will draw far even more attention to the event.

    What's the point of a Revolution without general copulation? [Marat/Sade]

    Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
    Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

    by Caelian on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:06:09 PM PDT

  •  I called Conyers (4.00)
    at his DC office and repeated the suggestion, made by others here, that the hearing should be held on the Capitol lawn or steps and that it would be a spectacular media opportunity.

    The staffer thanked me for the suggestion and seemed in a hurry to get me off the phone.  Maybe she thought it was a dumb idea or maybe I am the 100th Kossack to call within the last hour and suggest this.  Maybe it is just getting close to 5 p.m. and she wanted to go home.  She did remind me to watch for the hearing on Thursday though.

    I do think that writing angry emails to the Republicans or trying to convince the media to do the right thing are losing approaches here.  A big attention-getting publicity stunt is completely called for and I suggest others follow my example and urge Rep. Conyers to take this approach.  Otherwise it will be hard to get anyone to care about the issue.

  •  Just sent my email to Sensenbrenner.... (4.00)
    "I just heard how you and your committee are denying Rep. Conyers offices for his hearings on the Downing Street Minutes.  HAVE YOU NO SHAME in your blatant abuse of power?  I am a Wisconsin resident in your district and it brings BILE to my mouth that as an Independent I actually VOTED for your un-American sorry ASS.  Don't worry, it won't happen again - and that goes for every friend and relative I have contacted on this issue.  Denying Americans a forum to speak out on vital national issues is the antithesis of Democracy and freedom of speech.  Your bahavior is disgraceful and appalling."
  •  Call or fax the Majority Judiciary Comm office (4.00)
    Individual member offices will blow you off if you don't live in their district. You avoid that problem by contacting the Judiciary Committee.

    House Committee on the Judiciary
    Majority Office
    2138 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC

    phone: 202.225.3951
    fax: 202.225.7682

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by Cordelia Lear on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:17:06 PM PDT

    •  I just called. (4.00)
      The flibbertigibbet who took my message said that the Democrats were warned about presenting their hearings as "official" and they ignored the warnings, so they can't use the rooms anymore.

      I suggest piling on - clog those lines.

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:48:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How about a conference room at the Watergate? (4.00)
    Are there conference rooms there? It would be an interesting sight to behold having this forum there, and the MSM might just be interested enough to get more coverage on the event...just a thought...
  •  I don't know how much more loudly their behavior (none)
    communicates that they have something to hide or they are GUILTY of fabricating a war that is WRONG!!!!!!

    This bunch just doesn't cease to amaze me.

    The IMPEACHMENT trials can't start fast enough!!! :)

    America's Work Stories
    http://usaworkstories.blogspot.com
    usaworkstories@aol.com

    Senators Kerry & Edwards will win. They're seasoned attys. Kerry will pull us out of the H2O like he rescued the guy in Vietnam! I have faith

    by SeasonedHR on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:21:04 PM PDT

  •  Don't be so sure... (none)
    I feel the outrage so many others have expressed here.  I can't help but wonder how much 'coverage' this affront will receive from the folks whose checks are signed by the MSM.  Any, and every, thing gets swept under the carpet these days...

    danz

  •  Democrats.org (none)
    Actually has the most comprehensive list of media I've seen.  The only drawback is that they only permit 5 contacts at a time.

    Some clever internet savy person will probably figure out how to deal with that.

    3-D Republicans=division, deceit, debt

    by hannah on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:24:12 PM PDT

    •  Media Contacts (none)
      • Go to Capwiz Media page:

        http://capwiz.com/yo-7/dbq/media/

      • Choose a state.

      • Check off each media outlet to which you want to send.

      • Compose your message.

      • Fill in your info.

      • Submit.

      General Rules for effective letters:


      1. BE POLITE

      2. For newspapers: Most papers won't print over 150 words, so keep it short.

      3. Be polite.

      4. Try to tie it to a recent article or story from that news outlet (check out their web-based news site, if they have one).

      5. Be polite.

      6. Provide your name, town, and phone #. They need to make sure no one is spoofing you.

      7. Be polite (you get the idea).

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.
      What is the White House Hiding?

      by mataliandy on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 04:22:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Chicago area media contacts (none)
    Anyone know where I can get a good list of media contacts?

    Try Newstips dot org (go to resources).  This is the website of Community Media Workshop.

  •  We Shouldn't Cave Yet (4.00)
    I hate the idea of having this at the DNC. Conyers should schedule an available Capitol room of his choice, show up Thursday with the media in tow, and dare these Repugs to stop him from having this forum and searching for the truth about this totally unnecessary war and our lying commander-in-chief.

    Put them on the defensive. Make them turn away the Democrats. We can turn this into a big-time media event that will get lots of play.

    In addition, we need to add a "reverse the participants" element to our talking points. Ask what would happen if Bill Clinton had launched this war under identical circumstances, no WMD turned up, documents leaked out hinting that the whole thing was a fraud, Republicans wanted to hold a similar forum, and a Democratic member of Congress (let's say Barney Frank) wouldn't give them the room. Ask what the press would do with a story like this, and demand the same level of outrage.

    Give 'em hell, John Conyers.

    •  the point is that he can't "schedule" (none)
      republicans control the scheduling. So, if he says he has a room schedule, they'll say "no you don't because we didnt' approve it". Now, if they had scheduled it, and then arbitrarily cancelled it, then you might could go that route.

      This way, though, it is hard to argue that we actually have a room scheduled. Do more good focusing on the fact that we tried to get a room and they shut us down. That's the story.

  •  CALL CSPAN NOW (none)
    GET THIS COVERED, DAMN IT
  •  They are desperate...resorting to shutting down (4.00)
    meeting rooms, as though that will keep the truth from coming out.

    Let's be rational here: when I know I am losing, I resort to gestures which don't really mean anything and are petty and ridiculous.   So...hearings are going to be held in a committee room which will show that das Leader, Cheney, planned a war all along.  Rove, Cheney and their puppet Bush are freaking - can they shut Conyers up?  NO!!!  Can they fight the truth??? Not working too well so far!! So they are trying to deny Conyers legitimacy by denying him a venue.  So what??? He doesn't need that venue - and it is making the repubs look really, really asinine, once again.  

    I think Rove lost his "magic" touch (which I never really thought Mr. Direct Mail had) and they are scrambling, desperately, trying to shut these pesky democrats up.  I am kind of enjoying the images that these moves of desperation are conjuring up!
     

    "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

    by adigal on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:29:37 PM PDT

  •  Once again, Sensenbrenner cements... (4.00)
    his fascist credentials.

    What a pompous, moralistic, blowhard.

  •  Watergate Hotel has Conference Rooms! (4.00)
    Just checked...anyone at Rep. Conyers office listening?
    •  F**ing Brilliant! (4.00)
      Then they can be called the Watergate Hearings.

      Soon it will be time for El Chimpo's Swearing Out Ceremony with Billy Graham:

      God damn you, George W -- George W, you son of a bitch!

      [It was orignally Richard Nixon, from a Watergate-era humorous record.]

      Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
      Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

      by Caelian on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:38:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  More symbolic... (none)
        I agree that scheduling this here would be more symbolic than at the DNC, particularly in context with the recent Deep Throat media circus.

        The issue, though, will be whether those rooms are available. With only two days before it is time, I think it might be difficult, particularly if the Watergate is holding some other convention or some such. Someone in DC care to call and check on availability?

    •  Perfect! (4.00)
      Even if they have already locked-in the DNC as venue for the forum, there's nothing to keep them from holding the press conference at the Watergate...

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.
      What is the White House Hiding?

      by mataliandy on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 04:24:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sensenbrenner is shit scared ... (4.00)
    of THE TRUTH, as are the rest of his GOP ilk.  He may believe that by shutting down Conyers, he's shutting down the investigation, or the public's curiosity about this issue ... he's mistaken.  As the alien Kosh said on "Babylon 5": The avalanche has begun ... it it too late for the pebbles to debate.
  •  I heard (none)
    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (forgive if misspelled) tell Randi Rhodes after the hearing that Sensenbrenner shut down last week, that, after the forum they held on the media, that the Repugs forced them to have at 8:30 on Friday, with less than 48 hours notice, that the Democrats would no longer be allowed to use Congressional meeting rooms for their 'forums.'

    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. - Orwell

    by TracieLynn on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:34:35 PM PDT

  •  Freep the media (none)
    email hundreds of media outlets. Remember to send them BCC:

    "The American people will trust the Democratic Party to defend America when they believe that Democrats will defend other Democrats." Wesley Clark

    by mperloe on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:35:24 PM PDT

  •  just called his office (4.00)
    and asked the staffer what Congressman Sensenbrenner thinks the Republicans have to hide if he won't let Democrats use the office spaces for their forums on the Downing Street Minutes.  When the staffer offered to transfer me to (I think) the Judiciary Committee offices, I said no thanks, I just wanted Congressman Sensenbrenner to know that people are paying attention to how he performs his official duties.

    I voted for Kerry and all I got was this stupid President.

    by grrtigger on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:37:51 PM PDT

  •  If we can't get a hearing in our own house (4.00)
    If we can't get a hearing in our own goddamned house, then hold it in cyberspace.

    "..we've got to make it look like an accident."

    by cdelia on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:40:04 PM PDT

  •  Not the DNC!!!! (4.00)
    Not that I have any party related shame, but this issue is waaaaaay too big to give them the opportunity to paint it with the partisan brush.

    There are so many wonderfully symbolic venues that have been mentioned in this thread. Washington is rife with such opportunities, all of which will bring much greater publicity than if it is held at the DNC HQ.

  •  Sensenbrenner (4.00)
    Was acting like a real jackass to Conyers in the U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act hearings, too.

    I wonder if it's personal or if Sensenbrenner just got word from On High that Conyers was to be hindered...

    The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

    by Shapeshifter on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:52:16 PM PDT

  •  I just called the Judiciary Committee, (4.00)
    they're still answering the phones.  The woman told me the Democrats were denied a meeting because they keep holding their "forums" as official hearings.  They were warned and have now lost privileges.  I asked her why Rep. Sensenbrenner didn't ask to hold formal hearings and she actually said that it is not up to the Congressman but it is up to the committee.  I then reminded her that this was not going away and  the media will be much more interested if it looks like the Repubs are trying to cover up the memos.  She thanked me for my opinion.

    She did not sound happy.

    •  "Privileges"?????? (none)
      Fuck that. Reserving a room is not a privilege. It is a RIGHT for any member of congress. That building and the rooms in them are public property and any elected representative has the RIGHT to schedule and use those rooms for whatever the FUCK they want to schedule and use it for.

      How DARE they? HOW FUCKING DARE THEY??? This burns me up SO fricking much.

  •  TOO MANY WORDS, PEOPLE ! (4.00)
    We've got to stop using disqualifiers, bendovers and time-wasters like "trying to."

    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?
    What are they hiding?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:57:12 PM PDT

  •  My Note to Rep. Sensenbrenner (4.00)
    Jim,

    Just wanted to write and say thank you for denying Rep. Conyers rooms to holds his hearings on the Downing Street Memo. You have just given Conyers hearing a huge publicity boost.

    Do you realize how big a mistake you just made? With republicans like you in charge, it won't be long until the democrats take back congress. Again, thanks a bunch.

    Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

    by DrSpike on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:58:41 PM PDT

  •  Media E-mail Addresses (none)
    I can't vouch for accuracy, but http://www.rumormillnews.com/MEDIA_EMAIL_ADDRESSES.htm has a huge list of media e-mail addresses.
  •  How could we... (none)
    be losing to these morons. They just keep diggin themselves deeper and deeper. Maybe they're trying to dig all the way through and escape through the other side.

    "...an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!"

    King Lear

    by Norwell on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:00:32 PM PDT

  •  I got the perfect solution for a place.... (3.50)
    Why dont Democrats hire G. Gordon Liddy, he must have some pull at one of the hotels near the Capitol.....

    Seriously though, Sensenbrenner is another retard.  God forbid anyone ask questions and second guess this adminstration.  From the sounds of it, it seems like the Red Army is marching into Tacoma as we speak....

  •  DO NOT, I REPEAT (3.80)
    DO NOT have this at the DNC. What genius picked that place????  Squander one more opportunity like this, and I'll lose my damn mind.  

    DO NOT have this hearing at the DNC.  

    "In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power." - Cicero

    by KOWALSKI on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:05:17 PM PDT

  •  I just got into this... (4.00)
    so haven't had time to read this whole thread, but I love the idea of holding it at the Watergate, as someone suggested.  I just called Conyers' office and made the suggestion...I agree that party HQ isn't the best idea.  Maybe if more people call his office the idea will get some steam.  His staffer (Rachel) was very nice and seemed to like the idea.

    (202) 225-5126
    (202) 225-0072 Fax

    Decisions are made by those who show up.

    by poe on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:06:36 PM PDT

  •  Media and other contacts (4.00)
    Use what you want, but you might want to include some organizations, some of them have huge memberships and can put the word out, get a letter campaign going, etc.  

    MEDIA

    2020@abc.com

    48hours@cbsnews.com

    atc@npr.org

    Colmes@foxnews.com

    comments@foxnews.com

    radio@c-span.org

    events@c-span.org

    dateline@nbc.com

    earlyshow@cbs.com

    editor@usatoday.com

    editorial@progressive.org

    james@edschultzshow.com

    evening@cbsnews.com

    fair@fair.org

    Foxreport@foxnews.com

    afranken@airamericaradio.com

    ftn@cbsnews.com

    Hannity@foxnews.com

    hardball@msnbc.com

    info@ap.org

    info@cnbc.com

    klanpher@airamericaradio.com

    letters@latimes.com

    letters@newsweek.com

    letters@nytimes.com

    letters@usnews.com

    letters@washpost.com

    blueders@isthmus.com

    mail@democracynow.org

    mike@mikemalloy.com

    morning@npr.org

    msnbcreports@msnbc.com

    netaudr@abc.com

    newshour@pbs.org

    nightline@abcnews.com

    nightly@nbc.com

    nytnews@nytimes.com

    ombudsman@washpost.com

    Ontherecord@foxnews.com

    Oreilly@foxnews.com

    phil.boyce@abc.com

    readers.rep@latimes.com

    rrhodes@airamericaradio.com

    rush@eibnet.com

    ed@edschultzshow.com

    Special@foxnews.com

    tctvoice@madison.com

    tips@upi.com

    today@nbc.com

    totn@npr.org

    tawalker@airamericaradio.com

    wort@terracom.net

    wsj.ltrs@wsj.com

    ORGANIZATIONS

    Working Families Network
      peoplepower@aflcio.org

    Women's Action for New Directions
      info@wand.org

    Grandmothers for Peace
      lorraine@grandmothersforpeace.org

    Veterans for Peace
      vfp@igc.org

    Code Pink
      info@codepinkalert.org

    Josh Silver/Media Reform
      jsilver@mediareform.net

    Sojourners: Christians for Peace & Justice
      sojourners@sojo.net

    Operation Truth
      info@optruth.org

    US Labor Against the War
      info@uslaboragainstwar.org

    Military Free Zone
      info@militaryfreezone.org

    GO FOR IT!

  •  Constitution Hall! (4.00)
    I'd like to see the DAR turn down Conyers.
    Not a chance.
    Hold the forum there.

    Their greed will be their downfall -- Capt. John Aubrey

    by angry blue planet on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:26:01 PM PDT

  •  Media list: (4.00)
    I don't know how current these are ... I've never had to go on a news bombing spree.

    2020@abc.com, thisweek@abc.com, nightline@abcnews.com,
    factorcorrections@airamericaradio.com, mike@mikemalloy.com,
    rrhodes@airamericaradio.com, alan@alan.com, info@alternativeradio.org,
    info@alternet.org, talk2us@americasblackforum.com, jmccoy@atpco.com,
    tnaegele@atpco.com, feedback@ap.org, jloven@ap.org, kcarroll@ap.org,
    lmargasak@ap.org, msilverman@ap.org, opinion@thewire.ap.org,
    npickler@ap.org, rfournier@ap.org, sjohnson@ap.org, pr@ap.org,
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    "That's disgusting! It must be from the internets." The C&J Cafe.

    by Baldwiny on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:27:26 PM PDT

  •  Room Available (4.00)
    Maybe Conyers can borrow a room from the Ethics Committee.

    Since the Ethics Committee isn't being allowed to conduct its business -cough- Tom DeLay -cough- they should have a spare conference room sitting around. And since it's split 50/50 between the parties maybe the Dems can make that decision on their own, I don't know, administratively speaking.

    I'm just saying.

    The sleep of reason produces monsters. Francisco Goya

    by Dire Radiant on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:29:22 PM PDT

  •  I can't believe this........! (none)
    Who the hell do these people think they are...? Would some one please drag these fat corrupted pieces of SH*T..out of their spider holes and drag them through the streets on meat hooks...hang them by their heels......WHEN WILL YOU SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...WHEN WILL YOPU GET MAD?
  •  Let's not forgot the brave families of GSFP (none)
    They have some things scheduled in D.C. as well. Gee, maybe all of D.C. will suddenly become "unavailable" for these events too. Sensebrenner disgusts me, particularly in comparison to these heroes.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usnw/20050614/pl_usnw/gold_star_and_military_families_c all_for_truth_regarding_downing_st_memo_members_to_visit_congress116_xml

  •  Bingo (none)
    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

    Believe or not, F. Scott Fitzgerald was not writing about Bush's insistance on repeating the Vietnam tragedy in Iraq.

  •  was a crime committed? (4.00)
    Mr. Sensenbrenner, if you are covering up a crime, should you be prosecuted?

    Bloggin Blagojevich's Blunders: do you want to see Roddy B challenged in the Dem Primary?

    by Carl Nyberg on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:42:25 PM PDT

  •  Question about Lungren (4.00)
    Majority spokesman Jeff Lungren said the Republicans have given Democrats three opportunities to make clear that the forums are not official committee business. Nevertheless, Lungren said, in at least one case, members were addressing Conyers as "Mr. Chairman."

    So, is this Jeff Lungren related to Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) who also happens to be on the Judiciary Committee? Dan Lungren, former AG and gubernatorial candidate (and, earlier, another stint in Congress) from California. Could it be?

    Yes, indeedy!!!!

    Under the Dome
    February 1, 2005  

     WASHINGTON - When Rep. Dan Lungren was sworn into office for the first time in 1979, his 5-year-old son, Jeff, was with him. Earlier this month, when Lungren was sworn in to the House again after a 15-year absence, Jeff was present on Capitol Hill again. But this time, he was drawing a paycheck.
    Jeff Lungren is now communications director for the House Judiciary Committee, on which dear old Dad now sits again.

    How things change, the congressman told a breakfast sponsored by The Hill last week: "Now I have reporters coming up to me and saying, `Are you Dan Lungren?' I say yes, and they say, "Are you possibly related to Jeff Lungren?' I have to confess that he's my son."

    House Republican leaders restored Lungren's four terms of seniority on the Judiciary Committee, but the move wasn't without its problems.

    "I found out that the payroll of the Judiciary Committee was held up until my son signed a sheet of paper saying that he's my son," said the congressman. But the Lungrens aren't running afoul of any ethics rules. "He's grandfathered in," Lungren said. "He got the job before I ever got there."

    Nine years ago, to be exact. Besides, added Jeff Lungren, he doesn't speak for his father, only for Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

    The Hill caught up Friday with Jeff Lungren, who remembers his dad's first swearing-in well. It was his first time on an airplane, he said, and was also a "long day for a 5-year-old." He fell asleep on the floor -- a moment that The Washington Post captured on the front page. (He still has the photo framed in his office.)

    "It's very exciting and special" to have his father back in Congress, he said.

    We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

    by kainah on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:55:22 PM PDT

  •  Send Censorbanger a Thank You Note (4.00)
    At asshole Censorbanger is doing more to keep this issue alive than we could do with full pages ads in all the major daily newspapers.

    I just sent him a thank you note, thanking him for helping our cause.  

    We could not rent or buy assholes that would be as effective as he is being.

    Everyone loves to pull for the underdog when the bully is on the play ground.  

    "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  

    "The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority . . . . "  

     John Emerich Edward Dalberg

  •  don't get mad, get organized (none)
    Wanna organize weekend trips to Sensenbrenner's suburban Milwaukee district to knock on doors?

    Bloggin Blagojevich's Blunders: do you want to see Roddy B challenged in the Dem Primary?

    by Carl Nyberg on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 04:22:12 PM PDT

    •  Calling ColdFusion4-- (none)
      I think he's in Sensenbrenner's district.  He undoubtedly has a lot of insight into the thinking, or should I say following, behavior of Senselessbrenner's constituency.

      "What would Jesus do? Probably not give huge tax cuts to rich people".

      by historys mysteries on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 05:55:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's time... (4.00)
    It's time for high-profile, million-person demonstrations in Washington.  This nonsense has gone on long enough.  We've got to speak up, peacefully but forcefully.
  •  Thanks to everyone. (4.00)
    I appreciate everyone's response to this news. I hope everyone continues to follow this closely and really pushes CSPAN to cover  the hearings on Friday.

    Does anyone have a success story or interesting news from their calls or emails to the media? The ball is in their court now. They have a story in which they are forced to explain the Downing Street Minutes now.

    Thanks again.

    -fink

  •  Conyers/Amy Goodman 6/15 (none)
    Just fyi, Congressman Conyers is scheduled for tomorrow's edition of Democracy Now to discuss the DSM. I'm betting he'll mention this.
    Also appearing to discuss the DSM is former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

    Iirc, DN is now broadcast to over 300 affiliated stations nationwide, on Dish Network & also via the web at democracynow.org.
    So the story will certainly be getting out tomorrow along these channels.

  •  Sensenbrenner is right (none)
    He wanted to...

    make clear that the forums are not official committee business.

    Since the official business of the committee, and of the House in general, is to uncritically pass every initiative and nominee put forth by the White House; to rubber stamp all legislation wanted by the neocon cabal, no matter how harmful to the country as a whole, preferably without reading it first; to cover up Bush's mistakes and obfuscate, hide and lie about any errors in judgment or gross incompetence on the part of the administration; and to suppress any dissent or fair airing of the facts, Conyers' hearing is quite obviously not official committee business.

    How could you possibly disagree with that?

  •  dem bloggers is taking sugestions (none)
    for their conyers interview .NOW! please support their site.
  •  WAAAHHH!! (none)
    I want to be there, for the hearings!!  I want to rally, chant, wave signs, sit-in, and support John Conyers.  
  •  Does it Matter Where Dems Hold the Hearings? (none)
    Can't they hold them in the local Denny's and get just as much media coverage as if they were in the House office building?

    I agree that this is a travesty that should be hammered on, but the show will go on, wherever. If I were Conyers, I'd pick a very high-profile local building:  aha! How about the Watergate complex? "Live from the Watergate. Memogate. Wolf Blitzer reporting." [right]

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 05:20:08 PM PDT

  •  Jawohl! If It Acts Like a Nazi Thug (4.00)

    Sensenbrenner probably didn't start life as a fascist scumbag, just as a go-along, get-along pol who found that as he got older, and fatter, having power and money helped him with the ladies.  Or guys, or mules, whatever.

    I recall an old "New Yorker" cartoon, in which two corpulent dead white guys are chatting in Hell, as demons stab the damned with pitchforks and such -- y'know, the Lake of Fire, wailing and gnashing of teeth.  What They Do down there.

    "I always tried to Go With the Flow," one is saying to the other, "But I had no idea that the flow would end up HERE."

    That's how I envision Sensenbrenner's career.

    Jimbo just introduced a resolution for a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the 22nd Amendment.

    Please, brothers and sisters, reflect on that.

    Bush's approval rating is in the low 40s, and sinking.  He's gotten zip on Social Security.  To say the economyis "precarious," for the non-rich, is headily optimistic.  The war?  Why, it's going badly, not to mention the huge revelations about how it was planned -- a crime against peace.  The kid of stuff you SHOULD get impeached, tried, and jailed for.  There are scandals piled on top of scandals, scandals within scandals, and scandals that haven't even broken on the blogs yet.

    This administration is making me nostalgic for Richard M. Nixon.  Well, almost.  But certainly for the press coverage, the activism, the ability of the body politic to shake that SOB off.

    But now, as the shit strikes the revolving blades, they're proposing to make Monkey-Boy President for Life.

    Let me suggest as kindly as possible that, if up to now you have snickered at my Tinfoil Hat as regards Diebold, the 2004 election, and how from now on it's supposed to be a fucking freak show, an amusement, a cover for the exchange and laundering of untold billions, the political equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters versus the New Jersey Suckjobs, the idea that Jimbo thinks it's even conceivable that Monkey Boy could win 2/3 votes in both houses of Congress, plus ratification of repeal of the 22nd Amendment by 3/4 of the State Legislatures, ought to frighten you to the fucking bone.

    This ain't your daddy's nasty Republican government, folks.  These motherfuckers are serious.

    So, Jimbo's definitely With the Flow now, he's got no choice that doesn't involve not fucking anyone but his wife (er, if he has one, dunno) so he's acting quite the National Socialist bully there, cutting the microphones, and whatnot.

    What matters with the venue is that it be good for C-Span and that every press person who wishes to attend can get in and so forth.  I think an outdoor venue is a terrible idea, for practical reasons, and that "getting a room" is the least of our problems.

    Let me say as I try to at every opportunity here:  Rep. Conyers is, this month and for these past several months now, the Most Heroic and Indispensable Merkan.  "Hero" doesn't begin to say it.  Hmmm.  This might:  I admire and respect and am thankful for John Conyers, about as much as I loathe and despise George W. Bush.

    If the Constitutional Amendment shtick doesn't worry you, each time new revelations come to light regarding war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity, there is a drumbeat (muffled, but insistent) regarding H5N1, Avian bird flu, mass bird deaths in Asia, the low level of preparation in Merka, laws that W can quarantine people . . . then, I know y'all don't like really scary stuff, but goddammit this stuff IS scary -- there are the 40 or so top-drawer microbioligists dead, mostly murdered or otherwise under suspicious circumstances, since 9-11.

    Who would benefit from a mass-casualty pandemic, killing millions of poor people, and caving in what little resistance there might be in Merka to outright, no-fucking-around, death camp Nazi-in-fundie-preacher-suit fascism?

    And who would not only benefit, but has the reach and the clout to whack dozens of top scientists, engaged mostly in hugely-important, potentially zillions-of-lives saving work?  So that, once unleashed, the worldwide horror could not be stopped?

    Time is short.  Events are evil.

    "I'm happy tonight. I'm not fearing any man." (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 4/3/1968).

    by proudtinfoilhat on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 06:03:43 PM PDT

  •  I just emailed Keith Olbermann... (none)
    and Senselessbrenner.
  •  Rage. Fury. Disgust. (none)
    Many, many nouns referring to various types of anger.  

    This is one of the ballsiest abuses of power I have ever heard of.

  •  WTF! (none)
     I am a Democrat I pay taxes my taxes pay for that building! Are my taxes not equal to Repug taxes? That building belongs to the PEOPLE! Where in the hell do they get off telling Dems they cannot use the rooms? I think the suggestion above that Conyers use the Watergate Hotel is exactly the right place for this "forum"
     We have to flood the media. I have one word to decribe how I feel.
     "COVERUP"

    The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
     Lord Acton

    Protect Life Bring Home The Troops!

    by arkdem on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 07:46:02 PM PDT

  •  When we are back in power (none)
    I want EVERY republican to find themselves with a hot poker up their ass.

    From this day forward, our goal should be sweet revenge.

  •  Par for the course for a fascist pig (none)
    Somewhere there is a lampost missing a Sensenbrenner.
  •  When the Dems take control of the House again (none)
    hopefully no Democrat would stoop to this and refuse access to a commitee room should the Republican side of a committee want to hold some type of forum.

    "Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law"- Immanuel Kant

    by LeftistIndependent on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:21:45 AM PDT

    •  Dems ought to run on a manifesto of reform (none)
      and point out incidents that the Repubs. did such as this one and run on principles such as fairness, openness and so forth.

      "Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law"- Immanuel Kant

      by LeftistIndependent on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:30:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hold the Hearings in a Tavern (4.00)
    They should hold them in a tavern.

    I'm serious. But not just any tavern.  

    The Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.

    When the House of Burgesses protested the Townshend Acts in 1769 and Governor Botetourt dissolved the chamber for its disrespect, bolder members reconvened at the Raleigh tavern. There they formed a nonimportation association, agreeing to suspend the purchase of various goods from British merchants. It might have been called a boycott, but the word would not be invented for another 111 years.

    Meeting at the suggestion of burgess Richard Henry Lee in a private room at the Raleigh in 1773, a group that included lawmakers Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Francis Lightfoot Lee, and Dabney Carr planned the introduction of a resolution to create a standing Committee of Correspondence. The committee participated in the circulation of letters and other communications among the legislatures of the restive colonies--an important step toward Continental unity.

    The very next year, on May 27, Governor Dunmore dissolved the House of Burgesses again for objecting to the closing of the Port of Boston after its Tea Party, and 89 burgesses reassembled at the Raleigh to form another nonimportation association. George Mason drafted the association agreement, and George Washington introduced it.

    Benson J. Lossing, a 19th-century journalist who visited Williamsburg to gather material for a book, wrote, "The Raleigh Tavern and the Apollo Room are to Virginia, relatively, what Faneuil Hall is to Massachusetts."

    And make sure no one misses a chance to mention the symbolism. "When our Founding Fathers' voices were silenced by tyrannical rule, etc...." Bet you'd get some damn publicity then.

    Dulce Bellum Inexpertis. -Erasmus

    by JDRhoades on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:23:46 AM PDT

  •  Sent... (none)
    thanks for the list...

    I am a man without a Nation, without a voice... BushsAmerica

    by Ioo on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:01:25 AM PDT

  •  MY CALL TO SENSENBRENNER'S OFFICE (none)
    ok here's the jist of MY call to sensenbrenners office...

    I got some guy who told me he had no idea what the heck i was talking about....when i asked if there was someone there who COULD comment on Why the congressman pulled the plug on Conyers forum.i was told NO...when i asked to speak to the press office i was told they had no idea when anyone in Sensenbrenners press office would be in....

    i was then tranfered to the judiciary committee office...where i spoke to someone named Jeff Longren.

    He told me "Rep Conyers has been warned to stop holding forums designed to FOOL the American people into thinking these are official house committee hearings"...when i asked if i could qoute him on his FOOL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE comment he got quite testy but eventually said YES.

    he also claims Conyers never invites a single republican to attend his 'forums'  I pointed out that Republicans seem to have been invited to attend the 'forum' which has been moved to the DNC offices..to which he stuttered (literally) and said "well i know nothing about this" and then said he had IMPORTANT work to get to and I had taken up enough of his time and he hung up.

    anyone who would like to follow-up on Mr Longrens comment that John Conyers is out to FOOL the public should feel free to do so.

    "Not even Revelations threatens a plague of vengeful yahoos." H. S. Thompson

    by KnotIookin on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:40:50 AM PDT

    •  Letter to media (none)
      Who's Fooling Whom?

      Dear Editor,
      Representative John Conyers, the senior Democratic member of the House
      Judiciary Committee can't get a room to hold a hearing on the lead-up to
      the Iraq invasion because, as a staffer (Jeff Longren) explains, "Rep
      Conyers has been warned to stop holding forums designed to FOOL the
      American people into thinking these are official house committee hearings."
      Unfortunately, most Americans probably weren't aware that in allowing a
      Republican majority in Congress to stand, they were depriving themselves of
      the opportunity to learn the truth.  Most Americans probably don't know
      that all committees are chaired by Republicans and that only the
      Republicans can determine what's going to be considered.
      Some Americans probably know now, after Representative Sensenbrenner's snit
      on C-SPAN the other day, that when Republicans don't like what they hear
      from people who come to tell them the truth, they just shut down the
      hearing and hurry off to another fund-raising event.
      Now, if the Mainstream Media just did a little of what they are supposed to
      do as the Fourth Estate, then by the time the next elections are held, the
      American people will have a clear idea of who's been obstructing what and
      tell these Republicans to cut it out.
      Posted on Wednesday 15 June 2005

      3-D Republicans=division, deceit, debt

      by hannah on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:46:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MY CALL TO CONYERS OFFICE (4.00)
    called Conyers office to beg them to NOT hold the DSM hearing at the DNC offices and was told the Conyers hearing will now be held in the capital...the very nice woman on the phone said she didnt know exactly where...anyone have any info on this new change of venue for the DSM hearing???

    "Not even Revelations threatens a plague of vengeful yahoos." H. S. Thompson

    by KnotIookin on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:02:31 AM PDT

  •  My Call to C-SPAN (none)
    couldnt get through on the scheduling line (765) 464-3084 so i also called the main number  (202) 737-3220....

    i politely requested C-Span cover the Conyers hearing on the DSM..the girl said ok, got it, thank you very much..before she hung up I did get to ask if c-span will be covering the hearing and she said (as of 9:51am est) 'c-span hasnt made that decision yet"

    MORE CALLS TO C-SPAN ARE NEEDED ASAP

    "Not even Revelations threatens a plague of vengeful yahoos." H. S. Thompson

    by KnotIookin on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:05:01 AM PDT

  •  OUTSIDE!OUTSIDE!OUTSIDE!!! (none)
    Sorry for that, but I just couldn't restrain myself.  Pick the most ridiculously public place that it can be legally held, so Conyers can play these two points to the hilt:  1. "We've been kicked OUT." 2. "This needs a little sunshine."  It would seem to me that the MSM is going to have a hard time ignoring a bunch of reps sitting on folding chairs in the middle of a strolling public.  Apologies as well, if anyone came up with both of these points, but I just saw everyone getting close, but not quite there, so I had to.
    •  What about the U.N.? (none)
      Take it to the U.N.

      Imagine the fun of the U.N. investigating the U.S. administration.  Turn the tables on Bolton, et al.

      "I'd rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian." -Martin Luther.

      by antirove on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:04:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Conyers should hold hearing in park (none)
    One big problem with fighting the neo-fascists who have seized control of the Republican party is that they mostly are observing the letter of the law.

    But when the Democrats figure out any way to put any kind of clear image of the neo-fascist proposals in the mind of the public, then the neo-fascist arm of the Republican party runs into trouble. (E.g., the wingnuts wrecking Social Security; the "nuclear option" (even though few people can explain what the nuclear option is, hardly anyone is enthusiastic about anything with a name like "nuclear option").

    When Sensenbrenner makes Conyers meet outside of Congress, then he helps show that the neo-fascists who have seized control of the Republican party are people who shut opponents out of the Capitol Building.

    But I think Conyers made a mistake when he decided to hold his hearing at the DNC headquarters. I think he would have been better off if he had held the hearing on the Capitol Hill steps, or in a (lightly) air conditioned tent in the Capitol Hill parking lot, or else maybe in a tent in a park near the Capitol Building to emphasize how Sensenbrenner is shutting opponents out of the Capitol Building.

  •  Justice will prevail... (none)
    even if it has to be conducted out of a broom closet.

    BTW...Outside on the main mall under a big tent "Democracy Revival"-style would be much more of a news event.

    Then they would wish that they had given them a room.

  •  Suggestions for registering dissent as constiuent? (none)
    I'm a Democratic constituent of Sensenbrenner's district and would like to call his office and ask my friends to do the same. Apparently since we have the "right" area code, they are obliged to call us back or at least hear us out. Just wondering if any of you Kossacks with experience working in congressional offices can offer suggestions about the best way for us to convey an effective message in this matter? I guess there is little chance of persuasion, but I'd like them to know that this is not going unnoticed. I'm not inclined to tell them off--I'd rather let them know that rational people strongly disapprove. What would you say?

    I'm also going to write a letter to the editor and will let the Sensenbrenner aides know (when I call over the phone) so that they know there is continuing political fallout for this move. For those following this story, please post any links to stories in major newspapers, which would help in identifying where we could send letters. From past experience, I've had the best luck getting letters published when they are concise and sent quickly. So one good strategy is to draft a letter and wait for a timely story in, e.g. the NY Times or Wash Post. Once you add a quick reference to that article, fire it off early via email to their letters editor.

  •  So late in this post for new info re Sensenbrenner (none)
    but here goes.  He wants to introduce a bill that removes the two term restriction on running for president.  Could Bush actually be the president for life?

    See this:
    http://www.eactivist.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=7722281&content_dir=ua_congressorg

    These folks really do want to bring the United States, as we knew it, to an end.

    •  Whatever happened to... (none)
      ...that budding movement about removing the limitation on foreign-borns to be electable as President? Is there still that little clique who want to put Der Gropenfuehrer in the WH?

      Card-Carrying Member of the Unitarian JihadTM

      by Ari Mistral on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:05:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  letter to right wing hacks (none)
    Here is the text of a letter I sent to Sensenbrenner and others on the list of this diary:

    As a patriotic American, I am appalled at your blatant disregard for the democratic process. You are attempting to stifle an investigation by Representative John Conyers into the Downing Street Memo and other relevant information, to determine if Bush and his associates planned the Iraq invasion regardless of the evidence against doing so. You put the Republican party above the welfare of your Country. You can either continue with your strategy and actions, as an unpatriotic, un-american neofacist Republican party hack, or do the right thing and cease and desist in stonewalling this investigation, and let Representative Conyers hold hearings in the buildings that I and other hard working middle class Americans pay to maintain.

  •  FLASH: Hearings to be held at US Capitol (none)
    Sounds like they'll be using the DNC offices for overflow....

    On Thursday June 16, 2005, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room HC-9 of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.

    The hearings had been planned for the Democratic National Committee offices because the Republicans controlling the House Judiciary Committee had refused to permit the ranking Democratic Member to use a large room on the Hill.

    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=155

    •  Oh thank goodness (none)
      My head was going to explode if it was going to be at the DNC.

      (Exhales, relieved)

      "In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power." - Cicero

      by KOWALSKI on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 10:37:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Headline: Bush Repubs say No Room for the Truth! (none)
    Well, a girl can dream, can't she?  
  •  Just in from C-SPAN (none)
    LIVE ON C-SPAN 3
    2:30p-4:30p
     
     CONYERS TO HOLD DEMOCRATIC HEARING ON DOWNING STREET MEMO AND LEAD UP TO IRAQ WAR
     

                WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday June 16, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of House Judiciary Committee, and other Democratic Members will hold a Democratic hearing to hear testimony concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.

                 The June 16th hearing will attempt to answer the serious constitutional questions raised by these revelations and will further investigate the Administration's actions in the lead up to war with new documents that further corroborate the Downing Street memo.           

    WHAT:                Democratic hearing on Downing Street Minutes and Pre-war intelligence        

    WHEN:                Thursday, June 16, 2005, 2:30pm

    WHERE:             HC-9 The Capitol                60;           

    WITNESSES:     Joe Wilson, Former Ambassador and WMD Expert

                     0;                &# 160; Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA analyst who prepared regular Presidential briefings 

                     0;           during the Reagan administration

                     0;           Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen American soldier

                     0;           John Bonifaz, constitutional lawyer

    On May 1, 2005 a Sunday London Times article disclosed the details of a classified memo, also known as the Downing Street Minutes, recounting the minutes of a July 2002 meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair that describes an American President already committed to going to war in the summer of 2002, despite contrary assertions to the public and the Congress. The minutes also describe apparent efforts by the Administration to manipulate intelligence data to justify the war.

    3-D Republicans=division, deceit, debt

    by hannah on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:02:13 AM PDT

  •  OK.. they have changed back to the Capitol. (none)
    What is the "official" reason for the change.

    Memo to Sensenbrener:  Thanks for changing back, I'm guessing you just got hit with a shit storm. Guess what? It still doesn't go away.  Until we think of something better your new nickname is "Abuse of Power" Sensenbrenner.

    I wonder if W. will use that as your new buddy name.  Nah.

  •  More from the Hill (none)
     An update from the Hill.
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