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Victoria Toensing is once again making the rounds of talk shows and I happened to capture her on Washington Journal the other morning spouting her lies once again and I got pissed all over again.

She is trying to rewrite history and smear the Wilsons, I hope this diary proves that she is simply a lying RW operative.

Last year during the Plame scandal she was all over the news, sometimes with another attorney Bruce Sanford. She and Bruce both said they helped write the Intellegence Identities Protection Act of 1982. I did some research and I think they are full of it. I am going to lay out my facts and hope for some imput. Last year when they seemed to be everywhere Slate did an article that said in part...

"Sanford, no First Amendment slouch, helped write the law that special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald is using to hunt Plame's leaker--",


"Victoria Toensing, another framer of the 1982 Act, ..."

Here are links to WaPo that states the same thing.

Victoria Toensing's resume states that she did not go to work in the senate until 1981 and if fact was living in Detroit until 1981.

Bruce Sanford resume doesn't show that he ever worked for the government.

The IIAPA of 1982 was first introduced into the house in Jan 1981 (HR-4) and in the senate (S-391) in Feb. 1981.

For some reason I lose the info when I try and link to direct pages at Thomas but here is a link to the advanced page so everyone can see for themselves. Just put in the bill number, make sure you have put 'bill number' in the dropdown, make sure it's on 97th congress and you can check my facts for yourselves. (HR-4 or S-391)

So, here is my reasoning, if the bills were introduced so early in 1981 they would have been written in 1980, before Toensing joined the senate committee.

According to Thomas there were only 2 committees that worked on the bill in the senate, Judiciary and Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism. Toensing's resume says she worked on the Select Committee on Intellegence, and since the bill was introduced by Sen John Chafee who was on the Select committee, it is probable that they did write the bill, but was Toensing there when it was written?

On the bill page there is a link to "All congressional actions with Committees" This is where I found the most stunning little piece of information.

Senate passed similiar measure H.R. 4 in lieu of this measure by Yea-Nay Vote. 90-6. Record Vote No: 55.8

In other words that bill that was finally passed was the house bill, not the senate bill. I can't imagine what imput Toensing had on a bill written by the house.

So, if the bill was written in 1980 and I don't see any way it wasn't and if the bill finally passed was the HR-4, how in the world can Toesing and Sanford be authors?

If you agree with my analysis I would hope you would help me get the word out about this woman. And if you don't agree, I would really appreciate you're telling my why and how my thinking is faulty. But please be kind, this is my first diary.

 I have sent this info all over the place last year, this was before I became active in blogs. I've recently sent it out again after seeing Toensing on c-span.  Frankly, I'm hoping I never have to see her lying face on TV again unless she in explaining how she could be an author of a bill that was written in the house in 1980, while she was in Detroit.

Originally posted to Kewalo on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 01:29 PM PDT.

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  •  Nice catch. (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope there are others here who can confirm and help get out the word.

    •  Thanks Everest (1+ / 0-)
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      I started looking at this info last year. After Slate printed the article I linked to, I wrote the author and sent him the info I had collected. He wrote me back saying he was a friend of Sanfords, and would ask him about it and then said that they got some of their info from WaPo. I didn't bother to write the paper.

      It was a very frustration time for me because I didn't know what to do with the info. I've recently sent it to Marcy (Squeeky Wheel) she's an expert on the Plame issue and writing a book on it. I just hope she can use my info.

  •  Toensig is a lying twit. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, TeddySanFran

    Impeach. Convict. Imprison. End this REIGN OF MISERABLE FAILURE.

    by whl on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 02:28:21 PM PDT

    •  Personally (2+ / 0-)
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      TeddySanFran, whl

      I think calling Toensing a twit is being much too nice of you.

      I was so pissed watching her lie on Washington Journal and there was no one there to rebut her so she would just say whatever she damn well pleased.

      •  Some old-timey stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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        Various forms of the identities protection act had been floating around DC since George H.W. Bush was head of the CIA.  He wanted it enacted back then, in the Nixon era, but the illegal spying by just about every function in the administration made it absolute folly with the Democrats.  Ronnie Raygun finally got it to flow through Congress.

        And twit is just a nonsexist term, heh?

        Impeach. Convict. Imprison. End this REIGN OF MISERABLE FAILURE.

        by whl on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 04:21:39 PM PDT

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  •  She was in US Attorney's office prior to DC (0+ / 0-)

    and that could explain how she would have been invloved before actually working for the committee.  

    "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law." --George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

    by littlesky on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 03:36:58 PM PDT

    •  Want to add that I despise her for another reason (0+ / 0-)

      She filed as a 'friend of the court' on behalf of the media (3 dozen media outlets) during the early days of the Plame investigation and NEVER made mention of that fact in all her appearances on TV.  The brief was FULL of the same talking points she spouted while on TV and the media just smiled and nodded their pointed little heads.  

      "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law." --George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

      by littlesky on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 03:42:52 PM PDT

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    •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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      But this is from her resume.

      As Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit from 1976-1981, she developed the argument used before the Supreme Court to support profile searches at airports of suspected drug couriers.

      This is not an attack, but I am curious why they would use someone from Detroit to help write the bill?

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