Tech Central Station has a ‘must-read’ post up on Pelosi’s choices for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee:
With majority status in the “people’s house” comes a share in responsibility for the security of the Republic. This is why we are so concerned about a shadow which darkens presumptive Speaker Pelosi’s triumphant morning, a shadow which will only grow longer if she allows it to begin appearing prominently in the media coverage of the global war on terrorism, metastasizing into her first “intelligence failure” even before she takes the gavel from outgoing Speaker Hastert. That is the shadow of Alcee Lamar Hastings, the reelected Democratic Representative from Florida’s 23rd District.
Mr. Hastings was, in the outgoing 109th Congress, the second-ranked Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But the Washington Post’s Charles Babington first reported more than a year ago, in a story that has never been denied (indeed, it has been confirmed in the congressman’s hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald) that Ms. Pelosi plans to replace the committee’s current ranking Democrat, California Representative Jane Harman, with Mr. Hastings who would be installed as committee chairman when the 110th Congress begins. The move would be a payback to the Congressional Black Caucus, to whose support Pelosi owes her election as Minority Leader and whose members she angered by picking Ms. Harman to be ranking member over Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop in 2003. The incoming Speaker must also mollify the Black Caucus for having pushed Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson (he of the frozen cash) off the Ways and Means Committee.
So what’s the deal, you say? Pelosi pays off a political debt. Pols do it all the time. Right. But do they pay their debts by appointing an impeached judge, a felon, a known criminal with questionable appointments to his own staff? To the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee??
Hastings was impeached, disbarred, and tarred and feathered by the Congress:
Mr. Hastings became only the sixth judge in the history of our Republic (and only the third in the 20th Century) to be removed by Congress. He was, and is, an utter disgrace to the nation and to the legal profession. Among those voting to impeach him were Ms. Pelosi herself, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip who is likely to become the new House majority leader, and Mr. Hastings’ fellow African-American Congressman, Michigan’s John Conyers, who took pains to deny that race had anything to do with the removal of the bribe-taking jurist.
Believe it or not, even though felons can’t vote, they can run for office. And so he did. And there he sits, a metastasizing cancer — a creep with neither principles nor integrity — now being seriously considered for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee in order to pay off a political debt.
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Just to give you a flavor of his “intelligence” votes, here you go:
The disgraced judge-cum-legislator’s record on national security—the most basic criterion for leading the intelligence committee at any time, much less in the midst of a war on terror—has not been reassuring. In the 109th Congress alone, Mr. Hastings voted consistently against key counterterrorism tools, including the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution, and the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act. He has been an opponent of the trial by military commissions of unlawful terrorist combatants as well as border control, NSA communications intercepts, and terrorist financing tracking measures.
I haven’t even begun to cover the slime which oozes from this personage. Please click the link to TCS and read the rest.
That sound you hear is our intel community being flushed down the toilet. Welcome to the Dem-Dim world. Ugly and unremittingly dangerous.
I wish I could say this is the worst of it, but the creatures floating up from the bottom-feeding Democrats in Congress have not even begun to feed. This is merely the prologue to what promises to be an ongoing nightmare.
Think of it: we have a Speaker of the House who voted to impeach a convicted, disbarred felon. Now she is considering him for the Chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee as a payoff. Hard to get your mind around the quality of corruption we’re going to be subjected to, isn’t it?
These people make the Republican corruption look amateurish.
Hat Tip In From the Cold.
This is the point in the movie where the beleaguered heroes set a Honey Trap, right? Like on a boat, say…”The Left Hand”
Speaking of another contender for a leadership position, Murtha was almost indicted in that affair as well.
Murtha has repeatedly maintained his innocence in the Abscam sting operation, even as recently as this year. However, his November 20, 1980 testimony in the trial of Congressmen Frank Thompson (D-N.J.) and John Murphy (D-N.Y.) and the FBI’s complete undercover video of his January 7, 1980 meeting with its agent and informant reveal a man showcasing his political influence and apparently tempted to take a $50,000 bribe.
I think the Donk’s charge of ‘Culture of Corruption’ wasn’t so much a slight as it was projection.
Thanks for the heads up!
I think part of our charge is to monitor, report, and record what goes on in the 110th Congress with the express intent of keeping it before the electorate so that it might not happen again.
At least on our watch.
She doesn’t just want to appoint Hastings to appeas the CBC, she also wants to punish the Senior Dem on the committee ans presumptive chair, fellow Californian Jane Harman, for being too accommodating of the Bush administration (thus throwing a bone to the ravening lefties)
Signs indicate she may be looking for an alternative. To some degree, the WaPo, The LA Times and the NYT have all been critical of the Hastings choice. In the NYT piece, Pelosi indicates that she may be searching for a way out.
“Representative Silvestre Reyes. Democrat of Texas and also a committee member, has emerged as a possible compromise candidate. But Ms. Pelosi has also told colleagues that she could select someone who is not currently on the committee.
Appearing Wednesday on CNN, Ms. Pelosi said that it was her prerogative to select an entirely new Intelligence Committee at the beginning of each Congress, and that it is the one committee on which seniority rules are not recognized.”
I would guess she is eager to be seen as a leader, not just as a fighter, at this point. On the other hand, she may feel she can’t ignore the CBC, since after all, racial preferences are a Dem core value. How she comes down on this will certainly be illuminating.
WHOOPS! Sorry about the bad link above.
Hope that one works
Those who yell about corruption are generally the most corrupt. the ethical do what they can about it and go on.
Predictably, Al-Qaeda declared victory after the party of surrender swept both House and Senate. You know, there may be a little over-confidence here as to the strength of the USA vs the weakness of EU. The Dems are NOT any better then the EU elites when it comes to standing up to Islam. When several thousand US casualties in Iraq result in a Dem victory, it just shows the vast majority of Americans have no idea of what our troops are actually fighting against over there and what they are fighting for. Which is not entirely surprising as most of them get their information from MSM.
There is a truly disturbing article about Rep. Hastings here.