Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Know Your Repugnant Republican Guard

Criminal probe threatens leading Republicans

(Jonathan D. Salant, Bloomberg.com, September 22, 2005)

The widening investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff is moving beyond the confines of tawdry influence-peddling to threaten leading figures in the Republican hierarchy that dominates Washington. . . . This week's arrest of David Safavian, the former head of procurement at the Office of Management and Budget, in connection with a land deal involving Abramoff brings the probe to the White House for the first time. (why aren't we hearing about this every minute of every day?)

Abramoff diverted funds paid to him by Indian tribe clients that were supposed to be used on lobbying activities to a variety of personal projects, according to testimony and e-mails released at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. The personal projects ranged from an Orthodox Jewish academy to an Israeli sniper school; some money also went to pay off a personal debt, according to the testimony and e-mails. . . . Abramoff and Scanlon took in more than $66 million in fees from 2001 to 2004 from tribal clients, according to Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Indian affairs panel. In one e-mail released by the Senate committee, Abramoff wrote to Scanlon, "I have to meet with the monkeys from the Choctaw tribal counsel." . . . Abramoff also has a relationship with Ney, the Ohio congressman. Ney's former chief of staff, Neil Volz, worked with Abramoff at the Miami-based law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP. . . . Abramoff's links to the party go beyond lawmakers. He worked with Reed, a former director of the Republican-oriented Christian Coalition, and Norquist to kill an effort to bring legalized gambling to Alabama. . .

At Abramoff's behest, one of his tribal clients, whose casino could have been hurt by the competition, sent money to Norquist's anti-tax group, Americans for Tax Reform, which in turn wrote a check to help Reed's effort. . . . One of Norquist's former partners in another venture was Safavian. The two men worked at Janus-Merritt Strategies LLC, a Washington lobbying firm that was later sold to a Richmond, Virginia-based law firm, Williams Mullen. . . . "Safavian is a small fish, but in combination with Abramoff and his ties to Norquist and DeLay, it presents a very inviting target to Democrats," said Ross Baker, a political scientist who studies congressional politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. . . . Safavian was one of three former Abramoff associates who joined the Bush administration. Another was Patrick Pizzella, assistant secretary of labor for administration and management. The third was Susan Ralston, special assistant to White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.


These are a few of the privatization pimps of the world who are attempting to sell off our government owned lands to their pals by either flooding or setting fires to relocate the populace and starting civil wars all around the world. Everywhere they go they attempt to divide and conquer. You can stop them in their tracks by refusing to be paranoid, - trust another person, do some good - reach out and be there for each other. They are not here for us - but we can be here for each other, all around the world...and THAT is something they can never take from us. Stand in light, walk in peace and know the majority of the souls in the world hold you in light.

WE have a lot of consistent, adult, awareness we need to bring to this situation to hold the people we elect to account. Let us be relentless in our desire to restore the republic and the consitution. NO one person is bigger than the Declaration of Independence - no one, our government(s) are not representing us or our democracy, it is time to arrest them for treason.


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