A letter I received:
There was a story in the LATimes this am that has gotten no blog coverage at all and IMHO it needs some as I feel it is very important – the headline is “Court Lets Cheney Keep Talks Secret“.
The key paragraph (to me) is down near the end –
“During the Clinton administration, the same appeals court gave the 1972 law a broader scope, saying it applied to the health policy task force led by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Then, the court said outside participants in a White House advisory group were “de facto members” of the group, and therefore the public had a right to know about the meetings.”
What I read from this is that IOKIYAR is now OFFICIAL POLICY. Laws will OFFICIALY be interpreted one way for dems & another way for rethugs. If you read this the same way I implore you to please comment!!!!
BTW, although the article doesn’t specify the court I am certain it is the one with Silberman on it. Anyway, RIGHT HERE are the ACTIVIST JUDGES taking a dump on the US Constitution and on “EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW”. Please do something with it (or tell me I’m mistaken)
Yep, that is exactly what the battle over judges is about.
Previously at Seeing the Forest, The Right Will Fight Dirty,
A few years later, after the Iran/Contra arms scandal investigation began, Lawrence Walsh wrote about the nature of The Party apparatus that had infiltrated the government and obstructed his efforts to find out for us what had happened. The following is from The Impeachment Conspiracy by Robert Parry:
“The North case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1990 and the Poindexter case followed in 1991. Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, a Republican himself, encountered what he termed “a powerful band of Republican appointees [who] waited like the strategic reserves of an embattled army.”
Walsh recognized that many of the appeals judges held a “continuing political allegiance” to the conservative Federalist Society, an organization dedicated to purging liberalism from the federal courts.
“It reminded me of the communist front groups of the 1940s and 1950s, whose members were committed to the communist cause and subject to communist direction but were not card-carrying members of the Communist Party,” Walsh wrote. [For details, see Walsh’s Firewall.]
A leader of this partisan faction was Judge Laurence H. Silberman, a bombastic character known for his decidedly injudicious temperament. Silberman had served as a foreign policy advisor to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign and had joined in a controversial contact with an emissary from Iran behind President Carter’s back. [See Robert Parry’s Trick or Treason.]” [emphasis added]
Law itself is under attack. That’s what is behind the push to confirm their Federalist Society judges. And to get that done they are working on getting rid of the right to filibuster in the Senate.
He first shows up as one of the people from the Reagan campaign who met with the Iranians in the Iran Hostage Crisis:
[. . .] Then he’s one of the judges who let Ollie North off the hook on a technicality.
Later he shows up as one of the main behind-the-scenes Clinton-haters: …
… Got that? The people investigated in Iran-Contra – which yielded many convictions, including Ollie North, and many last-minute pardons that avoided sure conviction – are said to be investigated unfairly and reimbursed for their expenses, while those investigated in Whitewater – in which all the charges were found to be completely without merit – are not.
Not to mention that this panel of judges has assigned far-right investigators to every case since Iran Contra. These investigators have found no wrongdoing by any Republicans but hounded Democrats.
Also see Court Denies Clintons’ Request for Legal Reimbursement.
There is no more law. There is no more justice. There is only Republican corruption. W.A.T.C.H. Y.O.U.R. B.A.C.K.S!