Seriously, if you can be bribed with sex you don't deserve to be anywhere near
U.S. national security. People have such short memories that it warrants repeating
so they never forget. We've got a pedophile
at Homeland Security, a child
porn freak at DoD, with the guy once in charge of Operation
Predator pleading “no contest” to being caught playing with himself
in front of an underage girl.
Do I need to mention the recovering drug addict on radio? Ralph Reed's hypocrisy? Libby, who had a high level security clearance, a porn writer.
Sheesh, “family values” my sweet derriere.
As for Duke Cunningham, well, his bribery charges are unprecedented. But now
that it's being alleged that he was bribed
with prostitutes and others may have been too, you've really got to wonder
why anyone is trusting these Republican perverts with national security.
Evidently, Rep. Nancy Pelosi agrees. Get a load of this
letter she sent to Hastert today.
Dear Mr. Speaker:
I am writing to request that you join me in introducing a bipartisan resolution
to direct an investigation by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
into new issues raised in the case involving former Congressman Randy “Duke”
Mr. Cunningham has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of tax evasion and
conspiracy and admitted accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense
contractors. As a result, he was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison
for engaging in “unparalleled corruption,” in the words of the
government’s sentencing memorandum.
However, the issue may be even more serious than it originally appeared.
Mr. Cunningham may not have been alone in this corrupt behavior. The Wall
Street Journal and The New York Times have recently reported that the U.S.
Department of Justice is investigating allegations that Mr. Cunningham and
other Members of the House of Representatives were provided with prostitutes
and the free use of a limousine and hotel suites by two of the contractors
implicated in the bribery charges.
Mr. Speaker, these disclosures, along with other indictments and allegations
of unethical behavior, demand strong action by congressional leaders to uphold
the integrity of the House. Since these new charges uniquely affect the House
of Representatives, I believe that, regardless of what action may be taken
in the criminal investigation, the House must act.
Please join me in drafting and bringing to the floor this week a bipartisan
resolution directing the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to determine
whether other Members of the House participated in unethical or illegal conduct
related to the Cunningham conviction.
This is not the first time I have sought such bipartisan leadership
action in the Cunningham case. On November 30, I asked that you join with
me in introducing a resolution to create a Select Committee to investigate
the national security implications of Mr. Cunningham’s conduct because
of his access to extremely sensitive national security information. Although
I never received a reply to that request, the current reports are so serious
that I am hopeful you will agree to take this bipartisan action without delay.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Republicans make Bill
look like a choir boy.
If you add what the Leaker
in Chief, Deadeye Dick, Karl Rove and indicted Scooter Libby did, which
ended up with a covert CIA operative's cover being blown, no wonder Democrats
have closed the gap on national security.
Now add this… David Shuster confirmed today that
Valerie Plame was working on Iran. (UPDATE: Here's the video.)
Shuster in this rush transcript: “INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE
WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION
OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS.
WILSON'S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN'S NUCLEAR
AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL.”
Bush and his administration outed a CIA agent dealing with Iran. In case you
don't know, if you think our intel on Iraq was bad (it was), Iran's is worse.
Republicans are now way beyond “culture of corruption.” We're into
the hypocrisy of everything on which Republicans have claimed to stand for decades,
which ended up with many victories at the polls. Republicans are not “strong
on national security.” They're strong on marketing. Finally, at long last,
the “strong on national security” myth has been laid bare.