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Earlier today, I noted Mike Isikoff’s report in Newsweek about the dramatic and highly repressive steps taken by the Gonzales Justice Department against Thomas Tamm, a former lawyer they evidently suspect of having told the press about the Bush Administration’s felonious surveillance program. I wondered when FBI agents will be sent to raid the home of Alberto Gonzales, John Boehner and the nameless White House aide who tried to help Gonzales out of his latest perjury rap? That won’t happen, for a simple reason: these are not legitimate law enforcement activities, they are politically motivated repression. And now I see that the folks over at CREW are asking exactly the same question: who is being appointed to handle the probe into the public leaks by John A. Boehner?
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Department of Justice asking that the Counterespionage Section of the National Security Division initiate an investigation into whether House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH) violated the law by leaking classified information.
Then, of course, we need the investigation of Gonzales, and of the White House for their respective leaks as well. For the latter, I’d certainly start with Vice President Cheney’s office. That’s the usual source of national security threatening leaks in Washington these days.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Amount traders on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange can be fined for fighting, per punch:
Philadelphian teenagers who want to lose weight also tend to drink too much soda, whereas Bostonian teenagers who drink too much soda are likelier to carry guns.
Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”