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Pity for a Constitution Stomper?

Congresswoman Jane Harman is indignant.  A National Security Agency wiretap reportedly picked up her conversation seeking favors from a suspected Israeli agent in return for Harman lobbying the Justice Department to drop the lawsuit against AIPAC’s former top officials.

Harman denies the charge and swears that her good name has been defiled. (Har!). Harman sent a letter today to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to release the transcripts of some of her NSA-tapped phone calls and to “investigate possible wiretapping of other Members of Congress and ‘selective leaks of investigative material which can be used for political purposes.’”

Harman was a champion of illegal wiretaps on average Americans.  She even [1] urged the New York Times not to publish its original expose on Bush’s massive domestic warrantless wiretaps, and she suggested that the New York Times should be prosecuted when they did finally uncork the story.  

Jeff Stein’s superb CQ article on Sunday revealed that Attorney General Gonzales had rebuffed proposals to prosecute Harman after the wiretpped conversations in part because Harman became a vigorous cheerleader for Bush’s destruction of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable, warrantless searches.

The feds should release the records of Harman’s phone calls (at her request) – and all the other evidence regarding members of Congress, White House and other exeuctive branch officials,  lobbyists, and other insider players who have sought to pull strings to squelch the trial of AIPAC’s former leaders.

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#1 Comment By DirtyHarriet On April 21, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

Release the transcripts, let us see what ‘favors’ she was seeking from the Israeli agent.

#2 Comment By MattSwartz On April 21, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

Her interview on All Things Considered tonight was laughable. She denied any wrongdoing, but did so in the most sophistic, lawyerly, plausibly deniable way possible in modern english.


If she were in the opposite party and had the agents of some other nation on the line, this would be Blagojevich v2.0, international treason edition.

As it stands, it’s just an isolated incident, I guess.

#3 Comment By Robert Byers On April 21, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

If she is innocent then let this be established.
Yet this does show that once again the unnatural agenda of a lobby group for the interests of a foreign people/country will always beget trouble for all in consent with that groups agenda.
Americans can only be for Americans and not for foreigners, save dire human rights abuses, or they should not be allowed the name of Americans.
This group is a part of the passion for Israel from Jewish citizens, Jewish groups, Jewish influence in the establishment and political party’s , and some general opinion among non Jews. this passion is the origin of much injustice, trouble , and loss of God’s favour (Evangelica Christian here) to America and the Arab/Muslim peoples.
A man can be loyal only to his own people and country. Otherwise only common humanity or he’s not actually of the people/country he’s living it.
A traditional opinion of historic mankind.l

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#5 Comment By EliteCommInc. On December 20, 2012 @ 10:00 am

If she is guilty let the record be established. It seems another one of my icons could not resist the trappings of power.

Tis a sad sad day. It appears that the terroists continue to win battle after battle as we contin ue to eat awat at what has made the country a symbol of something better.