White House Secrecy On Wiretaps Described – washingtonpost.com

Blogger Thoughts: Gonzales really didn’t know squat.

White House Secrecy On Wiretaps Described – washingtonpost.com

No more than four Justice Department officials had access to details of the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program when the department deemed portions of it illegal, following a pattern of poor consultation that helped create a “legal mess,” a former Justice official told Congress yesterday.

Jack L. Goldsmith, former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the White House so tightly restricted access to the National Security Agency‘s program that even the attorney general and the NSA’s general counsel were partly in the dark.

When the Justice Department began a formal review of the program’s legal underpinnings in late 2003, the White House initially resisted allowing then-Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey to be briefed on it, Goldsmith said.

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Ex-Justice lawyer says wiretap program illegal

Parts of government surveillance have no legal backing, former adviser says

WASHINGTON – A former top lawyer for the Bush administration on Tuesday said that parts of the government’s much-criticized eavesdropping program were illegal.

There were aspects of the Terrorist Surveillance Program “that I could not find the legal support for,” Jack Goldsmith, the former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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White House Secrecy On Wiretaps Described – washingtonpost.com

Blogger Thoughts: Gonzales really didn’t know squat.

White House Secrecy On Wiretaps Described – washingtonpost.com

No more than four Justice Department officials had access to details of the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program when the department deemed portions of it illegal, following a pattern of poor consultation that helped create a “legal mess,” a former Justice official told Congress yesterday.

Jack L. Goldsmith, former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the White House so tightly restricted access to the National Security Agency‘s program that even the attorney general and the NSA’s general counsel were partly in the dark.

When the Justice Department began a formal review of the program’s legal underpinnings in late 2003, the White House initially resisted allowing then-Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey to be briefed on it, Goldsmith said.

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com

Ex-Justice lawyer says wiretap program illegal

Parts of government surveillance have no legal backing, former adviser says

WASHINGTON – A former top lawyer for the Bush administration on Tuesday said that parts of the government’s much-criticized eavesdropping program were illegal.

There were aspects of the Terrorist Surveillance Program “that I could not find the legal support for,” Jack Goldsmith, the former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Judge Who Helps Cover Up 9/11 Truth to be Nominated for AG

Update 9/19

Michael Mukasey

This Judge supports the “Patriot Act” and also did not force the government to try Padilla in a court of law. This is a terrible appointment.
Raising money for *settlements* is disturbing. It is one thing to be pro-Israel, it is another thing to tolerate the settlements, but to PROMOTE settlements by raising money. That is too right wing for even many Israelis.
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Update 9/18

The New AG Appointment and the WTC

In introducing his new pick for Attorney General, Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush put great emphasis on Mukasey’s performance during a crucial criminal case: the trial of the “blind sheikh” found responsible for the bombing of a New York landmark in 1993. The target, of course, was the World Trade Center, and prominent mention of that case brings up a nagging question: why was that attack on the WTC treated, successfully (to hear President Bush tell it), as a criminal matter, while the 2001 attack was treated as a casus belli–not one war, but two? A British author published an opinion column over the weekend that raised the question anew, but it’s a question that has been pushed to the margins of our political discourse: to question the very necessity for a “war on terror” at this point in time is now regarded as kooky.

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9/17

Bush Nominates 9-11 Zionist Judge as Attorney General

It is widely reported that President George W. Bush will nominate former Manhattan federal Judge Michael [Bernard] Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.

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Harry Reids Sucks:

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Reid: ‘I’m glad Bush listened to Congress’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave a tentative thumbs-up to President Bush’s pick of federal judge Michael Mukasey for attorney general.

“I’m glad President Bush listened to Congress and put aside his plan to replace Alberto Gonzales with another partisan administration insider,” Reid said in response to the nomination.

The White House on Monday touted Mukasey’s “fresh perspective” and “non-political background.”

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Picking Mukasey as AG should help the GOP and Rudy and should scare civil libertarians.

rudy-drag-NU141.jpg
The selection of terror-case judge Michael Mukasey, a pal of Rudy Giuliani‘s, as the next AG broadly hints at the GOP’s strategy for next year’s elections: Terror 24-7.

Mukasey’s close ties to Rudy make him a simply fabulous choice as attorney general. He’s practically a running mate for Giuliani during the next year of campaigning.

What about Mukasey and the rest of us? For the next year as lame-duck AG, Mukasey, who presided over the trial of the World Trade Center’s 1993 bombers, will be a constant and sympathetic/heroic reminder of the “war on terror.” Maybe that will stoke enough fear in us that we’ll forget the war of terror we’ve created in Iraq.

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Ex-Judge Is Said to Be Pick At Justice

Democrats Likely To Accept Him as Attorney General

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9/16/07 8:58 pm

Huffington Post adds little:

WASHINGTON — President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a person familiar with the president’s decision said Sunday evening.

Mukasey, who has handled terrorist cases in the U.S. legal system for more than a decade, would become the nation’s top law enforcement officer if confirmed by the Senate. Mukasey has the support of some key Democrats, and it appeared Bush was trying to avoid a bruising confirmation battle.

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This shows why Glenn Greenwald is sometimes not much help.

Mukasey

09.16.07 — 8:35PM

By Josh Marshall

If the Bush(Cheney) White House is willing to put Judge Michael Mukasey between them and a clutch of felony indictments I come into the discussion more than a little skeptical of the guy. But Glenn Greenwald notes that as Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, the very conservative Mukasey repeatedly sided with the rule of law over the Bush White House in the Padilla case. Worth a read.

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clipped from today.reuters.com

A Democratic Party aide said Mukasey may have an easier time winning Senate confirmation than some others who had been mentioned, including Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who led the drive to force Gonzales out, mentioned Mukasey in March as a possible and acceptable replacement for the attorney general, describing him as among those “conservative Republicans” who “put the rule of law first” and was above partisan politics.

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Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, “I know the name (Mukasey), but I don’t know anything about him.”

However, if Mukasey can convince him that as attorney general he would be the nation’s lawyer, not the president’s, “I could support him,” Biden said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Mr. Mukasey would bring a familiarity with legal issues surrounding terrorism. In 1993, he presided over the prosecution of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, whom he sentenced to life in prison for his role in a plot to blow up New York landmarks and tunnels. In 2003, as chief judge, he ruled that Jose Padilla was an enemy combatant but entitled to access to his lawyers.

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Moreover, “both Mukasey and his son, Marc, are connected with Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as members of the Republican candidate’s justice advisory committee.” A Republican source tells the Post, “conservatives might have some serious concerns with Mukasey.”

UPDATE I: In 2005 the Alliance for Justice named Mukasey one of four Judges who, “if chosen for the Supreme Court, would show the president’s commitment to nominating people who could be supported by both Democrats and Republicans.”

UPDATE II: Mukasey recently penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal where he argued that “terror trials hurt the nation even when they lead to convictions.”

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President Bush has settled on retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, two sources familiar with the decision said Sunday.

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Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General…

The most contentious fights over the next year are likely to be on war-on-terror issues. And as Andrew McCarthy (no liberal softy on such matters!) explained on National Review Online, Mukasey is first-rate on these: “He deftly handled the enemy-combatant detention of Jose Padilla (recently convicted of terrorism crimes), forcefully endorsing the executive branch’s wartime power to protect the United States from an al Qaeda operative dispatched to our homeland to conduct mass-murder attacks, but vindicating the American citizen’s constitutional rights to counsel and to challenge his detention without trial through habeas corpus.” Judging also by what Mukasey has written and said outside the courtroom about the Patriot Act and related matters, we can be confident he’ll be effective at making the case before Congress and the public for tough legislation and sound policies on national security issues.

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9/16/07
Ex-N.Y. judge to be tapped as AG? – Politics – MSNBC.com: “Mukasey”

Blogger Thoughts: It makes perfect sense…..

clipped from www.law.com

A dispute over whether as much as $525 million in insurance proceeds has been jeopardized by an agreement reordering ownership rights at the reconstructed World Trade Center site must be decided in state court, a federal judge ruled last week.

In Port Authority of New York and New Jersey v. Allianz Insurance Co., , Southern District Judge Michael B. Mukasey rebuffed a bid by seven insurance companies to remove to federal court a state lawsuit brought by the Port Authority and developer Larry A. Silverstein seeking a ruling that the new ownership arrangement does not affect the insurers’ payment obligations.

The dispute stems from the decision of the Port Authority to take back from Silverstein ownership of the $2 billion Freedom Tower, which will be the centerpiece of the new trade center.

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Judge Who Helps Cover Up 9/11 Truth to be Nominated for AG

Update 9/19

Michael Mukasey

This Judge supports the “Patriot Act” and also did not force the government to try Padilla in a court of law. This is a terrible appointment.
Raising money for *settlements* is disturbing. It is one thing to be pro-Israel, it is another thing to tolerate the settlements, but to PROMOTE settlements by raising money. That is too right wing for even many Israelis.
blog it

Update 9/18

The New AG Appointment and the WTC

In introducing his new pick for Attorney General, Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush put great emphasis on Mukasey’s performance during a crucial criminal case: the trial of the “blind sheikh” found responsible for the bombing of a New York landmark in 1993. The target, of course, was the World Trade Center, and prominent mention of that case brings up a nagging question: why was that attack on the WTC treated, successfully (to hear President Bush tell it), as a criminal matter, while the 2001 attack was treated as a casus belli–not one war, but two? A British author published an opinion column over the weekend that raised the question anew, but it’s a question that has been pushed to the margins of our political discourse: to question the very necessity for a “war on terror” at this point in time is now regarded as kooky.

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9/17

Bush Nominates 9-11 Zionist Judge as Attorney General

It is widely reported that President George W. Bush will nominate former Manhattan federal Judge Michael [Bernard] Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.

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Harry Reids Sucks:

clipped from thehill.com
Reid: ‘I’m glad Bush listened to Congress’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave a tentative thumbs-up to President Bush’s pick of federal judge Michael Mukasey for attorney general.

“I’m glad President Bush listened to Congress and put aside his plan to replace Alberto Gonzales with another partisan administration insider,” Reid said in response to the nomination.

The White House on Monday touted Mukasey’s “fresh perspective” and “non-political background.”

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Picking Mukasey as AG should help the GOP and Rudy and should scare civil libertarians.

rudy-drag-NU141.jpg
The selection of terror-case judge Michael Mukasey, a pal of Rudy Giuliani‘s, as the next AG broadly hints at the GOP’s strategy for next year’s elections: Terror 24-7.

Mukasey’s close ties to Rudy make him a simply fabulous choice as attorney general. He’s practically a running mate for Giuliani during the next year of campaigning.

What about Mukasey and the rest of us? For the next year as lame-duck AG, Mukasey, who presided over the trial of the World Trade Center’s 1993 bombers, will be a constant and sympathetic/heroic reminder of the “war on terror.” Maybe that will stoke enough fear in us that we’ll forget the war of terror we’ve created in Iraq.

blog it

Ex-Judge Is Said to Be Pick At Justice

Democrats Likely To Accept Him as Attorney General

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9/16/07 8:58 pm

Huffington Post adds little:

WASHINGTON — President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a person familiar with the president’s decision said Sunday evening.

Mukasey, who has handled terrorist cases in the U.S. legal system for more than a decade, would become the nation’s top law enforcement officer if confirmed by the Senate. Mukasey has the support of some key Democrats, and it appeared Bush was trying to avoid a bruising confirmation battle.

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This shows why Glenn Greenwald is sometimes not much help.

Mukasey

09.16.07 — 8:35PM

By Josh Marshall

If the Bush(Cheney) White House is willing to put Judge Michael Mukasey between them and a clutch of felony indictments I come into the discussion more than a little skeptical of the guy. But Glenn Greenwald notes that as Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, the very conservative Mukasey repeatedly sided with the rule of law over the Bush White House in the Padilla case. Worth a read.

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clipped from today.reuters.com

A Democratic Party aide said Mukasey may have an easier time winning Senate confirmation than some others who had been mentioned, including Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who led the drive to force Gonzales out, mentioned Mukasey in March as a possible and acceptable replacement for the attorney general, describing him as among those “conservative Republicans” who “put the rule of law first” and was above partisan politics.

clipped from today.reuters.com

Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, “I know the name (Mukasey), but I don’t know anything about him.”

However, if Mukasey can convince him that as attorney general he would be the nation’s lawyer, not the president’s, “I could support him,” Biden said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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clipped from www.truthout.org

Mr. Mukasey would bring a familiarity with legal issues surrounding terrorism. In 1993, he presided over the prosecution of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, whom he sentenced to life in prison for his role in a plot to blow up New York landmarks and tunnels. In 2003, as chief judge, he ruled that Jose Padilla was an enemy combatant but entitled to access to his lawyers.

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clipped from bodypolitik.org

Moreover, “both Mukasey and his son, Marc, are connected with Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as members of the Republican candidate’s justice advisory committee.” A Republican source tells the Post, “conservatives might have some serious concerns with Mukasey.”

UPDATE I: In 2005 the Alliance for Justice named Mukasey one of four Judges who, “if chosen for the Supreme Court, would show the president’s commitment to nominating people who could be supported by both Democrats and Republicans.”

UPDATE II: Mukasey recently penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal where he argued that “terror trials hurt the nation even when they lead to convictions.”

blog it

President Bush has settled on retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, two sources familiar with the decision said Sunday.

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clipped from weeklystandard.com


Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General…

The most contentious fights over the next year are likely to be on war-on-terror issues. And as Andrew McCarthy (no liberal softy on such matters!) explained on National Review Online, Mukasey is first-rate on these: “He deftly handled the enemy-combatant detention of Jose Padilla (recently convicted of terrorism crimes), forcefully endorsing the executive branch’s wartime power to protect the United States from an al Qaeda operative dispatched to our homeland to conduct mass-murder attacks, but vindicating the American citizen’s constitutional rights to counsel and to challenge his detention without trial through habeas corpus.” Judging also by what Mukasey has written and said outside the courtroom about the Patriot Act and related matters, we can be confident he’ll be effective at making the case before Congress and the public for tough legislation and sound policies on national security issues.

blog it

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9/16/07
Ex-N.Y. judge to be tapped as AG? – Politics – MSNBC.com: “Mukasey”

Blogger Thoughts: It makes perfect sense…..

clipped from www.law.com

A dispute over whether as much as $525 million in insurance proceeds has been jeopardized by an agreement reordering ownership rights at the reconstructed World Trade Center site must be decided in state court, a federal judge ruled last week.

In Port Authority of New York and New Jersey v. Allianz Insurance Co., , Southern District Judge Michael B. Mukasey rebuffed a bid by seven insurance companies to remove to federal court a state lawsuit brought by the Port Authority and developer Larry A. Silverstein seeking a ruling that the new ownership arrangement does not affect the insurers’ payment obligations.

The dispute stems from the decision of the Port Authority to take back from Silverstein ownership of the $2 billion Freedom Tower, which will be the centerpiece of the new trade center.

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Cannon May Be On to Something

Cannonfire

A mystery poster on Gonzales, the RNC emails, and more

In my post below, I give voice to the increasingly popular suspicion that the NSA surveillance program at the heart of the controversial testimony by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was being used to “mine” data on the administration’s political enemies in an election year. A good case can, I think, be made for this idea.
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To those who are asking for views/comments/reactions, I would encourage you to take a large perspective on this Gonzalez situation. I’m going to point you to something that may not seem related, but with time you’ll see there is something to this. 1 Enter at URL [ http://mpuc.informe.org/easyfile/easyweb.php?func=easyweb_query ] 2. At the second block, “Case ID” — Enter this number [ ] The case file you are looking at is the backup information and messages related to the Maine Power Utility Lawsuit against Verizon. This relates to the recent ruling that the state AG’s of Vermont, Maine, Missouri, and New Jersey can proceed with the litigation on re NSA at the _state_ level. Recall DoJ threatened to sue the state AGs to dissuade them from taking action, in re Honorable Vaughn R. Walker. There are some important things to notice in the casefile: If you go through the records, as you have with the DOJ E-mail dumps you’re going to see some interesting things. * Disclosed Verizon E-mail Addresses Link To NSA, FISA Intermediaries [Disclosures mean Verizon cannot hide e-mails from Grand Jury]

Cannon May Be On to Something

Cannonfire

A mystery poster on Gonzales, the RNC emails, and more

In my post below, I give voice to the increasingly popular suspicion that the NSA surveillance program at the heart of the controversial testimony by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was being used to “mine” data on the administration’s political enemies in an election year. A good case can, I think, be made for this idea.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – — – – –

To those who are asking for views/comments/reactions, I would encourage you to take a large perspective on this Gonzalez situation. I’m going to point you to something that may not seem related, but with time you’ll see there is something to this. 1 Enter at URL [ http://mpuc.informe.org/easyfile/easyweb.php?func=easyweb_query ] 2. At the second block, “Case ID” — Enter this number [ ] The case file you are looking at is the backup information and messages related to the Maine Power Utility Lawsuit against Verizon. This relates to the recent ruling that the state AG’s of Vermont, Maine, Missouri, and New Jersey can proceed with the litigation on re NSA at the _state_ level. Recall DoJ threatened to sue the state AGs to dissuade them from taking action, in re Honorable Vaughn R. Walker. There are some important things to notice in the casefile: If you go through the records, as you have with the DOJ E-mail dumps you’re going to see some interesting things. * Disclosed Verizon E-mail Addresses Link To NSA, FISA Intermediaries [Disclosures mean Verizon cannot hide e-mails from Grand Jury]