Saturday, January 07, 2006

Letter to Congressman Conyers: Ask Fitz to Investigate FISA Violations

Dear Congressman Conyers:

I am writing to urge you to request Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate FISA act violations by President Bush and numerous members of his administration.

President Bush has admitted to authorizing surveillance in violation of the FISA statute. Cheney was instrumental in pushing for warrantless surveillance. Steven Hadley, Condi Rice, Alberto Gonzales and likely Rumsfeld and Bolton were also involved. Were all these people to be charged and convicted of violating the FISA Act, a five-year felony, they could all be impeached and removed.

It would not be necessary to seek the appointment of another special prosecutor to investigate FISA violations as Fitzgerald already has the authority to follow the Plame leak investigation wherever it leads.

It is highly likely that under Bush's authorization, the NSA was tapping Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson, as well as other governmental officials and journalists. Might they not also have tapped Fitzgerald phones and that of his investigators and cooperating witnesses? (And would Congressman Conyers and his staff have been spared?)

Please ask Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the FISA violations as part of his brief. We know he is competent and ethical.

Thank you for considering my views.


Fitz: After Rove, Go for FISA Violators!

OK, Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald. The holidays are over. Lobbyist Abramoff has been pled guilty to corruption and pledged to cooperate in taking down more corrupt Republicans. DeLay, indicted in Texas, has caved to Republican demands that he give up his dreams of returning as Congressional majority leader, and more indictments against him seem likely. It's time for Rove to be put out of action as well.

I would suggest, however, that you team up with some state prosecutors to make sure there are state charges against Rove as well as federal. (Possibly Rove could be charged with obstruction of justice in connection with his involvement in Bush's removing the Guam U.S. Attorney from office just as he was investigating Abramoff.) Bush doesn't have the power to pardon on state indictments or convictions.(But does Guam have non-federal laws in place?).

It would be nice if Rove, Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, Rice and Rumsfeld could all be charged as conspirators in violating the FISA Foreign Surveillance Act. It's a five year felony for each occurence. They've admitted to re-authorizing the illegal taps at least 30 times. Since hundreds of U.S. citizens have likely been illegally tapped, that would be enough to get the whole lot of them impeached, removed and jailed.

Wow, Hadley,Cherfoff, the whole National Security Council and perhaps even John Bolton could be charged with FISA violations. Each illegal tap might even establish violations of state criminal laws as well. State convictions would insure that Bush couldn't pardon them all.

Please, Mr. Fitzgerald, hurry up and indict Rove and Cheney on Plamegate, so you can go on to prosecute the entire Bush administration for FISA felonies, including, no doubt, the illegal tapping of the Plame-Wilson household. The sixty-four billion dollar question (inflation, you know) is whether Fitz could prove that the Bush administration has been illegally wiretapping his phones and that of his investigators and cooperating witnesses. Proof of that would crumble the entire Bush cabal. Let us pray...

Well, It Could Have Been Tom Delay...

War and Piece
"Comedy, Congressional GOP style. Ellen Miller writes:

Dennis Hastert is making the House take a refresher course on ethics rules.

Guess who the instructor is?

That would be "Representative #1" from the Abramoff plea agreement, a.k.a Bob Ney.

Posted by Laura at 04:19 PM"