May 27, 2006
the tip of the iceberg?
Something more than what meets the eye is happening here. When congress-critters from BOTH political parties circle the wagons TOGETHER, they're trying to hide something BIG.
I don't buy their suddenly deep concerns about the Constitution, either. The assclowns never let something as trivial as the Constitution slow them down when they wanted to pass ridiculous legislation infringing on MY rights, so why are they acting so holy and evangelical now?
It certainly can't be because they are shocked... shocked!... by the idea of a crooked Louisiana politician taking bribes (finding an HONEST Louisiana politician would be a lot MORE shocking), so I've gotta wonder--- what's REALLY happening here?
I don't want to sound like some kind of tinfoil-hat conspiracy-theorist here, but something in this milk just ain't clean.
(UPDATE: Here are some lawyer notes, which explain clearly why all the doofus-talk about congressmen being immune from search warrants or the notion that we're looking at an abuse of executive power here is pretty damned ignorant of both the law AND history. But a lot of that talk is coming from congressmen and newspaper reporters, so what ELSE do you expect?)
They may be trying to use the Artical 1, Section 6 clause which says in part,
"They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same;"
I would certainly think that taking a $100,000 bribe. and having others who have already confessed that $400,000 was paid to him, constitutes a FELONY.
At times like this we need to remember what the 2nd article of the Bill of rights was placed there for.
yeah, they're trying to invoke that clause plus the clause which deals with seperation of branches.
the above clause wont wash because the silly bastard wasnt arrested...he was just served with a search warrant.
i predict this mess (and congress's reaction in toto) will cause more irreparable harm to congress than any other scandal in its history. and that's a good thing. enough is enough.
and kudos to gonzales et al for standing up to this idiotic hypocrisy.
There have been reposts that a lot of the house members are under investigation and Jefferson is just the 'tip of the iceberg'
Now, think about this: What if this whole gotdam thing is a political ploy by the administration to get the house to approve the sneate (and Bush's) immigration bill. What if Bush promises to call off the FBI investigation of the house members if they will approve his amnesty bill--you might say amnesty for amnesty? The way the gotdam government is working right now I will believe about anything...
Gotta watch out for that ole Constitutional argument.
Clinton,,,er Jefferson was served with a court order 9 months or so ago to turn over the records from his office, a prefectly legal actiion. When he refused to follow the court order, search and seizure is the only other (legal) action. The Federal Judge that issued the search warrent was correct in going after a weasel that thinks he's 'above the law'. along with several other weasels in congress. I hear you could have got enough drugs out of the trash the day after the raid to get half the nation high and that there was a complete sellout of paper shredders.
All the screaming and hollering is simply a bunch of BS and those throwing a hissy fit should be investigated, something stinks on Capitol Hill and it's not a fart. I don't think Congress wants to piss off the current attorney general, he's on to their crimes and coverups, and he doesn't seem to care what side of the fence they're on. May be a good man for the job.
So, the FBI, in the course of an investigation into felony charges on a congressman, demands said congressman turn over pertinent documents. Congressman arrogantly refuses. The FBI gets a warrant and searches and seizes the aforementioned papers. The actions of the FBI are completely legal and sanctioned by the US Constitution. The power drunk, arrogant, high and mighty, holier-than-thou Congress (for the most part) disagrees. Then...wait for it...they threaten to gut the budget of the Justice Dept. in retaliation if the papers aren't returned. They have this power because they control the purse strings of the budget.
I mean, what's next? Why, members of Congress might actually be held accountable for their action! *Gasp* Oh, the horror! Being treated like, and being held to the same standards as the people they were elected to serve! Why...that's so...so...THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE!!!!
Of course they're not upset about the bribe. Which is why they're screaming over the "intrusion". However, you'd think a politician would have enought sense not to freeze his assets.