Monday, February 11, 2008

HENRY WAXMAN, A SELL-OUT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CAN'T BOTHER WITH SIBEL EDMUNDS AND CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM ROGER CLEMENS

February 11, 2008

Committee Chairman Criticizes Clemens’s Lawyer Over Remarks



The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticized one of Roger Clemens’s lawyers Sunday for remarks he had made about a federal agent’s plan to attend a committee hearing Wednesday.
The lawyer, Rusty Hardin, fired back Sunday night with a letter accusing the agent, Jeff Novitzky, of having tried to intimidate witnesses.
Hardin told The New York Times on Saturday that plans by Novitzky, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service who has been leading a steroids investigation, to attend the oversight committee’s hearing while Clemens testified Wednesday were “unbelievable” and “brazen.” He had added, “I can tell you this: If he ever messes with Roger, Roger will eat his lunch.”
In a letter to Hardin, the committee chairman, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, said his remarks could be interpreted as “an attempt to intimidate a federal law enforcement official in the performance of his official duties.” Waxman asked Hardin to clarify his remarks as soon as possible.
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Does it seem to you that worrying about Roger Clemens' use or not-use of steroids is a bit of a stretch for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's mandate?
Oversight of what, Henry? The Waxman Grandstand takes on Roger Clemens, who has no even slightly tangental connection to 'Oversight and Government Reform,' unless you think his fastball or change-up and its authority are matters for government reform.
Meanwhile, Waxman has shoved under the table--way under the table--an actual responsibility of his committee. Oversight of the FBI is more clearly the priority of the moment and that includes Sibel Edmunds and everything she knows.
Everything she has been prevented from telling since being gagged by the rarely-invoked "States Secret Privilege"
Everything she hasn't been allowed to tell since 2002, about the criminal penetration of the FBI where she worked, and at the Departments of State and Defense;
  • everything she heard concerning the corruption and illegal activities of several well-known members of Congress;
  • everything she's aware of concerning information omitted and/or covered up in relation to 9/11.
  • All of the information gleaned from her time listening to and translating wire-taps made prior to 9/11 at the FBI.
Corruption and illegal activities of several well-known members of Congress, Mr. Waxman. The FBI, Hank. No time for that, but plenty of time to stick your increasingly worthless and self-aggrandizing nose into Major League Baseball. Your guilty of dereliction of your duties, Henry. Aiding and abetting the crime of treason is . . . well, what else but . . . treason itself.
(www.bradblog.com) She has met with, and told her story to, U.S. senators including Republican Charles Grassley and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both of the Senate Intelligence Committee, both who found her extremely credible. "Absolutely, she's credible...And the reason I feel she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story."
In fact, the FBI itself has done so. Their Inspector General found her allegations, as described in the unclassified version of his report [7], to be "credible," "serious," and "warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI."
As far back as 2002, Grassley and Leahy co-wrote letters on Edmonds' behalf [8] to Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and DoJ Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, calling on all of them to take action in respect to the allegations she's made.
  • Information omitted and covered-up regarding documented and confirmed case of a long-term FBI Informant & Asset who provided the FBI with specific information and warnings in April & June 2001 regarding 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Information omitted & covered up regarding documented information in the possession of the FBI in July 2001 regarding blue prints and building composite information of Sky Scrapers being sent to certain groups in the Middle East by certain Middle-Eastern suspects in the State of Nevada.
  • Information omitted & covered up regarding arrangements made between the State Department and certain countries to deport certain Middle-Eastern and Central Asian detainees from jails in New Jersey & New York off the record and without having them interrogated in November 2001. (Documents related to these suspects were forged at the FBI).
  • Information omitted & covered up regarding nuclear related information illegally obtained by certain foreign entities and US persons (government officials) from several US labs being sold to a certain Middle-Eastern group in the United States in 1998-2000. The operation involved individuals with Diplomatic cover, foreign Ph.D. students, and US employees.
  • Information omitted & covered up regarding money laundering & narcotics operations, some of which involved entities from the Middle East and the Balkans, in several US cities.
  • Information omitted & covered up regarding certain Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI)-related activities linked to the 9/11 attacks between August & October 2001.
  • Certain terrorist related Counterintelligence/FISA information & investigations were prevented from being transferred to counterterrorism & criminal division by the Department of State and the Pentagon; "preserving sensitive diplomatic relations" and "protecting certain US foreign business relations (mainly involving weapons procurement)" were cited as reasons.
  • Intentional mistranslation & blocking of foreign language intelligence of FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations.
Sibel says, "Before the elections, I had a promise from Congressman Waxman's office." She claims they told her, before the election, "the only reason they couldn't hold hearings, was because the Republicans were blocking it."
"They said 'your case will be one of the first ones we will hold investigations on,'" she told us. Now, however, since the Democrats have become the majority in the House, Waxman's office is "going mum." They won't even respond to her calls.
It's 2008, Mr. Waxman. What's the holdup, other than Roger Clemens? Why does this newly dominant Democratic Congress insist on pissing away every opportunity for credible national governance? The likes of self-serving, spotlight-loving, weak-kneed and ineffectual legislators like Henry Waxman are the surest proof that American government is broken way beyond the ability of either political party to fix. Treason, Mr. Waxman. That's the charge.