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Who are these people serving? Because it sure ain’t us.

Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”.</em>

Well, it does exist, and most likely thousands more like it, by Harman and others. Did voters in California elect Harman to Congress to serve them, or Israel? Did they elect their official to make off the record deals with that slimy dingbat Gonzales that in some fashion helped keep George Bush in power after the ‘04 elections?

Okay, mood not sour enough this morning? Try this:

Rahm Emanuel on ABC News this Sunday:

He believes that people in good faith were operating with the guidance they were provided. They shouldn’t be prosecuted.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What about those who devised policy?

EMANUEL: Yes, but those who devised policy, he believes that they were – should not be prosecuted either, and that’s not the place that we go – as he said in that letter, and I would really recommend people look at the full statement – not the letter, the statement – in that second paragraph, “this is not a time for retribution.” It’s time for reflection. It’s not a time to use our energy and our time in looking back and any sense of anger and retribution. </em>

There ya go. After eight years living under a tyrant, all we have done is exchange the white model for the brown one. One man, Barack Obama, has decided that no one- from the lowliest prison guard at Gitmo to those who sat around walnut tables in the White House and coolly discussed how to hold a man’s head as you smashed his face against a stone wall, and then broke for lunch, none of them, none of the amoral monsters who’s behavior sicken all honest people, none of these people will face any judgment for their actions.

Summation beyond this point is fruitless. Our country has rotten from the inside, abdicated its national sense of responsibility, and is yet again the evidence is plain we are ruled by a tyrant. To all those Obama voters who might be waking up to what you elected, I leave you with the final words of Johnny Rotten, Winterland, 1978:

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”


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