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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Vote Caging - How to Send Rove Bye-Bye
By Greg Palast
This Monica revealed something hotter --- much hotter --- than a stained blue dress. In her opening testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, Monica Goodling, the blonde-ling underling to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Department of Justice Liaison to the White House, dropped The Big One....And the Committee members didn't even know it.
Goodling testified under oath that Gonzales' Deputy AG, Paul McNulty, perjured himself, lying to the committee in earlier testimony. The lie: McNulty denied Monica had told him about Tim Griffin's "involvement in 'caging' voters" in 2004.
Huh?? Tim Griffin? "Caging"???
The perplexed committee members hadn't a clue --- and asked no substantive questions about it thereafter. Karl Rove is still smiling. If the members had gotten the clue, and asked the right questions, they would have found "the keys to the kingdom," they thought they were looking for. They dangled right in front of their perplexed faces.
The keys: the missing emails --- and missing link --- that could send Griffin and his boss, Rove, to the slammer for a long, long time.
Kingdom enough for ya?
But what's 'caging' and why is it such a dreadful secret that lawyer McNulty put his license to practice and his freedom on the line to cover Tim Griffin's involvement in it? Because it's a felony. And a big one.
Our BBC team broke the story at the top of the nightly news everywhere on the planet - except the USA - only because America's news networks simply refused to cover this evidence of the electoral coup d'etat that chose our President in 2004.
Here's how caging worked, and along with Griffin's thoughtful emails themselves you'll understand it all in no time.
The Bush-Cheney operatives sent hundreds of thousands of letters marked "Do not forward" to voters' homes. Letters returned ("caged") were used as evidence to block these voters' right to cast a ballot on grounds they were registered at phony addresses. Who were the evil fakers? Homeless men, students on vacation and --- you got to love this --- American soldiers.
Oh yeah: most of them are Black voters.
Why weren't these African-American voters home when the Republican letters arrived? The homeless men were on park benches, the students were on vacation --- and the soldiers were overseas. Go to Baghdad, lose your vote. Mission Accomplished.
How do I know? I [Palast] have the caging lists...
I have them because they are attached to the emails Rove insists can't be found. I have the emails. 500 of them --- sent to our team at BBC after the Rove-bots accidentally sent them to a web domain owned by our friend John Wooden.
Here's what you need to know --- and the Committee would have discovered, if only they'd asked:
'Caging' voters is a crime, a go-to-jail felony.
Griffin wasn't "involved" in the caging, Ms. Goodling. Griffin, Rove's right-hand man (right-hand claw), was directing the illegal purge and challenge campaign. How do I know? It's in the email I got. Thanks. And it's posted below.
On December 7, 2006, the ragin', cagin' Griffin was named, on Rove's personal demand, US Attorney for Arkansas. Perpetrator became prosecutor.
The committee was perplexed about Monica's panicked admission and accusations about the caging list because the US press never covered it. That's because, as Griffin wrote to Goodling in yet another email (dated February 6 of this year, and also posted below), their caging operation only made the news on BBC London: busted open, Griffin bitched, by that "British reporter," Greg Palast.
There's no pride in this. Our BBC team broke the story at the top of the nightly news everywhere on the planet --- except the USA --- only because America's news networks simply refused to cover this evidence of the electoral coup d'etat that chose our President in 2004.
And now, not bothering to understand the astonishing revelation in Goodling's confessional, they are missing the real story behind the firing of the US attorneys. It's not about removing prosecutors disloyal to Bush, it's about replacing those who refused to aid the theft of the vote in 2004 with those prepared to burgle it again in 2008.
Now that they have the keys, let's see if they can put them in the right door. The clock is ticking ladies and gents...
(Ed Note: You can easily contact your Congress Members to call and/or email them this information. Let them know they need to take action. Now. And feel free to point them towards this article, httP://jaebrysonblog.blogspot.com
What Are We Conserving?
I've been reading about Monica Goodling who reveals herself proudly as a conservative, Christian woman. An attendee of Liberty University and a spiritual godchild of Jerry Falwell, who in death somehow was cursed for his political conservatism, while escaping unscathed for his staunch segregationist views (well beyond the time it was discovered that black people don't have tails).
This new and improved Justice Department that Goodling worked in sought to push African American calls for redress to the far fringes of society. Instead, it worked mightily to ensure that Christians, particularly white, conservative Christians, aren't being discriminated against.
The question that beggars the imagination is how can people who have ALL of this society's blessings (free, white and 21, remember) possess the hypocrisy to paint themselves as victims. Victims of what? Certainly not black on white or even brown on white crime. Despite the screaming headlines on the front of your corporate daily newspaper; those are statistical anomalies. Black on black or brown on brown is far more common. Much of the time, we don't even live in the same neighborhoods.
Are they being victimized by higher taxes? Well, I'm sorry, the reality is that that's not the racial issue some would have you believe. Defense is the white elephant in the room, not welfare. Call that what it is -- "white on white, black, brown and red" crime. And, (once more with feeling) African Americans do not recieve even a quarter of the nation's payouts in welfare. African Americans receive a fractional amount in welfare. And, in overall numbers, when social services are cut, those cuts hurt white families even more than they hurt black families.
So, I have to ask. What are conservatives conserving? Is it Reagan's racial dystopia, where a privileged white few set all the rules and social uprising is met with mass firings, or being fired upon?
Is it Reagan's voodoo economics, where the only indicator of economic health that matters is how well the nation's millionaires and billionaires are doing?
Is it Reagan's "small government" manifesto? Which resulted in the coldblooded policy of dumping half a million human beings into the street, thus creating a "homeless problem"?
Is it Reagan's ethical mores? Or, should I say the Ollie North Morality, which, like Hitler's fervently believes that any ends justifies the means -- including flooding poisonous crack cocaine into the nation's black communities to fund a war that supported a repressive regime?
So, in the areas of taxes, race, economics, limited government and ethics, I see little but intolerance and cruelty on the part of conservatives. So, I assume Monica Goodling must have a deep-seated belief in war because that seems to be the only thing that doesn't seem to be deteriorating under their watch.
To all the Goodlings and CBs of the world, I have to ask -- is this really what you want to conserve?