Judith Regan, the former book publisher, says in a lawsuit filed today protesting her dismissal by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate, that a senior executive there encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Bernard B. Kerik after he had been nominated to become homeland security secretary in late 2004.
In a telephone interview with Fox, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, says he was approached by an operative for the Clinton campaign to ask a planted question about standing up to President Bush on Iraq war funding. The encounter happened before an event on a farm outside Fort Madison, Iowa. The Clinton event was hosted by Iowa State Sen. Gene Fraise.
Cheering the efforts of Fox News is not something I find myself doing often.
Today around 1:28, they reported a story with the specific name of a Clinton Campaign operative trying and failing to plant a question back in March. When the Campaign was unable to make the plant, Sentator Clinton declined to take any questions at the event in question.
I don’t like being caustic. However, anyone who supports Clinton deserves exactly what they get, unless I suppose she ends up running against Rudy, where one can argue she is the lesser of two evils.
Adnan Khashoggi is the individual who owns Genesis Communications Network, famous for hosting such heavyweight radio personalities as Alex Jones, self proclaimed “Grandfather of the 9/11 Truth Movement,” and Jeff Rense.
Nico Haupt’s work is so shoddy here (as shown below) that it becomes unconsciouable:
by Brian Salter questionsquestions.net, 9 September 2004
Update, 29 September 2004:
More information continues to circulate among 9/11 researchers who have been following the John Gray – Ramy el Batrawi – Adnan Khashoggi connection. The following two articles are examples of more direct proof from mainstream media sources of the el Batrawi – Khashoggi partnership extending back years before the Genesis Intermedia affair. Even more alarmingly, the events in question involve a company funded by el Batrawi and Khashoggi which was caught engaging in illegal arms shipments to Iran. (note that the first article uses an alternate spelling, Ramy El Batrawi = Remy Al Batswani).
World War II had just ended, successfully. In fact, it was the last successful (large-scale) war the United States has ever waged, and no small portion of that was due to the actions of the officers of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), led by William “Wild Bill” Donovan. The US’s first formally-constituted covert action unit was staffed by so many sons and daughters of the establishment that OSS was said to stand for “Oh So Social.”
1/5/07 Perhaps no major media figure has played a bigger role in rehabilitating Gerald Ford’s image by polishing the pardon and turning it into a sweeping, heroic act than The Washington Post’s best-selling author, Bob Woodward. The problem though, is that Woodward isn’t always honest about the pardon that he insists was so “gutsy.” Which raises the question, why is Woodward so eager to create not only an aura of goodwill around the former Republican president, but an aura of heroic independence? Read the full Media Matters column here. …
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.
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.
Picking Mukasey as AG should help the GOP and Rudy and should scare civil libertarians.
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.
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.
This shows why Glenn Greenwald is sometimes not much help.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.