Friday, March 30, 2007

it's not nice to fool madam justice

(image by aarrgghh)

remember that margarine commercial from the '70s starring none other than mother nature herself? of course you do. she didn't take kindly to being pranked and from the noise coming out of congress in the wake of the u.s. attorney mess it doesn't sound like her sister madam justice is any kinder.

now that congress is back in the business of asking questions, the answers (and endless "clarifications") coming out of the justice department — and just about every other department of the most pervasively corrupt (and, not surprisingly, pervasively amnesiatic) administration in the nation's history — make it pretty clear that bush's cronies — having for the first time in six years to publicly account for themselves — couldn't fool a blind person.

update: emptywheel @ has posted a schedule of the coming attractions:

march 23: deadline for condi to turn over (condi apparently ignored this deadline — see her upcoming date with waxman below)

march 30 (today!): house and senate [correction — doj wanted joint interviews, but it appears only the house judiciary is involved at this point] judiciary committees begin to interview [in private interviews — so don't look for it on cspan] 7 current and former doj employees on the usa purge; interviewees include:

paul mcnulty
william moschella
michael elston
william mercer
david margolis
monica "five for freedom" goodling
michael battle

march 30 (today!): deadline for state department to turn over information on problems with the dyncorp contract to train iraqi police

april 5: [house oversight] deadline for fred fielding to turn over information on the gwb43 and other non-governmental email practices (with interviews to occur the week of april 2)

april 5: [house oversight] susan ralston scheduled to give deposition on the white house role in the jack abramoff scandal; this will include questions on the gwb43 email server

april 6: [house oversight] deadline for josh bolten to turn over all paperwork on mzm's contract to install furniture sanitize the mail in ovp

april 7: [house oversight] deadline for information related to doj interference in tobacco settlement

april 10: [closed ssci hearing] cia detention

april 12: [closed ssci hearing] national security letters

april 13: [house oversight] deadline for karl rove to answer questions regarding the powerpoint targeting democrats and potential hatch act violations

april 17: soon to be former ag alberto gonzales testifies before senate judiciary committee

april 17: [closed ssci hearing] telecom liability act

april 18: [house oversight] condi visits (ha!) waxman's committee to answer questions on the niger intelligence and all the other things condi ignored from 16 letters waxman wrote her before he got his gavel

april 19: [closed ssci hearing] fisa modernization legislation

may 17: hearing on the wilson's lawsuit

june 5: libby's sentencing hearing


  1. Well, actually, we can't wait for Waxman to subpoeana Rice. That's what Condi is holding out for. Waxman is an angry little bastard who will try to treat Rice like a tobbacco executive.

    You people are too stupid to realize that putting Condi under subpoena is the dumbest thing you could ever do, especially since you have hung your hat on Jumpin' Joe Wilson and Val Plame and the entire Niger thing. So has Waxman, apparently.

    Believe me, this will be fun. Condi will destroy Waxman, and his usefulness to you people will be over. That's why she's ignoring him. It's on purpose.

  2. so let me get this straight, chris: condi is "holding out" and "ignoring him" because "she will destroy waxman and his usefulness to you people will be over."

    poor henry. i think he needs to hear from you before he makes this huge mistake, since smart, deeply concerned and caring folks like yourself have been right about everything so far, haven't you?

    condoleeza rice: "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

    george tenet: "[it'll be a] slam dunk case."

    george bush: "saddam hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from africa."

    rumsfeld: "[the war] could last six days, six weeks. i doubt six months."

    dick cheney: "my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. ... i think it will go relatively quickly, ... [in] weeks rather than months."

    paul wolfowitz: "we’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."

    andrew natsios: "they're going to get in $20 billion a year in oil revenues. but the american part of this will be 1.7 billion. we have no plans for any further-on funding for this."

    george bush: "major combat operations in iraq have ended." (under the banner "mission accomplished.")

    rumsfled: "we know where [the wmd] are. they're in the area around tikrit and baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

    dick cheney: "i think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."