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The Hubbards visit with Bill and
Leura Canary at the George Bush
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Suppress Investigations
for Political Purposes?
Bush's Blatant Attempt to Obstruct and End the
Abramoff Investigation
Martin Garbus Huffington Post

Let me make this perfectly clear. At the same time that Mr. Hillman
was conducting a grand jury and submitting evidence aimed at
Bush's allies and perhaps Bush himself, he was meeting with Bush,
who was, in effect, offering him a bribe.

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Grime Slides Right Off Teflon Bob
Legal Schnauzer Sept 5 2007

A senate report said that Abramoff had told a tribal official that
former Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin spent $13 million to
help elect Riley. The report said William Worfel, former vice
chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, said Abramoff told
him in 2005 that Martin had spent the money on Riley's campaign
"to get the governor of Alabama elected to keep gaming out of
Alabama so it wouldn't hurt. . . his market in Mississippi."

I like to think I keep up with the news pretty closely, but I had never
seen this story until last week. And a lot of other people must have
missed it, too. The story is so obscure that you can't even find a link
to it on the Web.

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Research Reveals Out-of-proportion Political
Profiling of Democrats in the Bush  White House

An ongoing study of the Bush Justice Department (to be published
in 2009) investigates the implications of the Bush/Ashcroft/Gonzales
Justice Department's blended religious -fundamentalist and neo-
conservative rhetorical vision. The study views the impact of the
Justice Department's vision on the fight against public corruption
and reveals the non-proportionate political profiling of elected
Democratic officials.

Data
* indicate that the offices of the U.S. Attorneys across the
nation investigate seven (7) times as many Democratic officials as
they investigate Republican officials, a number that exceeds even
the racial profiling of African Americans in traffic stops.

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Team Chertoff and the Art of Political Prosecution
Scott Horton Harper's

....Hillman was touted throughout this period as the “Abramoff
prosecutor,” though that’s a title that requires quite a bit of
qualification. Indeed, the Public Integrity Section did go after Jack
Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and a number of other key figures. But a
study of the way their investigation trailed off in Alabama raises
strong suspicions. Evidence pointed to the funneling of millions of
dollars in Mississippi Choctaw Indian money into the campaign of
Don Siegelman’s adversary, Bob Riley. The project involved a
significant number of Riley’s Congressional and campaign staff,
many of whom had direct links to Abramoff. However, instead of
looking into these connections, Hillman began to channel his
investigative and prosecutorial resources into an amazing quest to
“get Siegelman.” And that assured that the Alabama leads of the
Abramoff case were dropped and went dead. In fact they seem to
have been dropped right about the time that President Bush
decided to have a secret meeting with judicial candidate Hillman.

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"Where there's Smoke, there's fire". But who lit
the fire?

“A GOP gubernatorial candidate, U.S. Rep. Bob Riley, R-Ashland,
slammed the governor for corruption. ‘They say “Where there is
smoke, there is fire,” and our state government is choking on a lot of
smoke right now,’
[MR, Owen, 2/12/02]

At the same time....

The Vice Chairman of the Mississippi Indian Tribes testified in the
2006 McCain Investigation of Indian Affairs that Abramoff was
funneling (laundering) millions of Mississippi Indian Casino money to
Riley  from 1998-2002 to defeat the lottery and Siegelman.

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Systematic and Pervasive Corruption

Prosecutors handling the Siegelman case sought a thirty-year
sentence for Siegelman, arguing that it was “part of a systematic
and pervasive corruption” of public office. As things stand right now,
Siegelman has been convicted, but the far more potent evidence of
systematic and pervasive corruption points to the conduct of the
justice officials handling this case. It’s about time to start a serious
investigation of this whole prosecution, from the beginning.

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