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The Blagojevich Trial – Jury Deliberations – Day 4

Jurors gone for the day

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 2, 2010 4:53 PM

Day four of deliberations has come and gone without a peep from the jury in Rod Blagojevich’s case.

The 12-member jury has left for the day.

We’ll be back on Tuesday.

Blagojevich trial: Morning hearing canceled, jury back for day 4

By

Sarah Ostman

on August 2, 2010 10:28 AM

The Blagojevich jury is back for their fourth day of deliberations on the 25th floor of the Dirksen Federal Building.

Shortly after jurors gathered in the jury room — which is separated from the rest of the building by a frosted-glass, locked set of double doors — the attorneys and several dozen reporters gathered outside the courtroom for the trial’s daily 9:30 hearing.

But the courtroom was dark inside and the doors were locked. A half-hour later, that was still the case.

Finally, Judge James Zagel’s deputy announced in the hall that there was no business to conduct, and lawyers and media alike were free to go.

Blagojevich jurors gone for the day

By

Natasha Korecki

on July 30, 2010 4:38 PM

Jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s trial have left for the day. They will return Monday for their fourth day of deliberation.

Blagojevich jury’s second question: Can we have transcripts of ALL the testimony?  Day 3

By

Natasha Korecki

on July 30, 2010 10:46 AM

On their third day of deliberations, jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial gave a sign that they’re in this for the long-haul.Their request this morning: a transcript of all testimony for the seven weeks of trial.

“Is it permissible to obtain a transcript of the testimony. It would be helpful,” the note read.

And the answer to that question is no.
However, U.S. District Judge James Zagel said, with agreement by the lawyers, he will respond by telling the jurors that the testimony of certain witnesses would be considered.

Zagel noted that if (and when) that requests comes, it will take time to prepare the transcripts.

For previous updates choose from the options below:

The Blagojevich Trial – The Defense Closing Argument – Day 28

The Blagojevich Trial – Day 27 – Closing Arguments

Blagojevich Trial Update: Wall Street Journal Reporter Handcuffed In Courthouse Lobby

Blagojevich Trial Update – Day 26 – The Media and Crowds Are Waiting Outside The Courtroom

The Blagojevich Trial Updates

Blagojevich Begins His Defense Today

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Obama Wants To Give FBI Power To Seize Internet Records And E-mail

Expanded FBI Access to E-mail and Web Records Raises Fears

Published July 30, 2010| Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law.

With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding it? Only time and a suddenly on guard Congress will tell.

Federal law requires communications providers to produce records in counterintelligence investigations to the FBI, which doesn’t need a judge’s approval and court order to get them.

They can be obtained merely with the signature of a special agent in charge of any FBI field office and there is no need even for a suspicion of wrongdoing, merely that the records would be relevant in a counterintelligence or counterterrorism investigation. The person whose records the government wants doesn’t even need to be a suspect.

The bureau’s use of these so-called national security letters to gather information has a checkered history

The bureau engaged in widespread and serious misuse of its authority to issue the letters, illegally collecting data from Americans and foreigners, the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded in 2007. The bureau issued 192,499 national security letter requests from 2003 to 2006.

Weathering that controversy, the FBI has continued its reliance on the letters to gather information from telephone companies, banks, credit bureaus and other businesses with personal records about their customers or subscribers — and Internet service providers.

That last source is the focus of the Justice Department’s push to get Congress to modify the law.

The law already requires Internet service providers to produce the records, said Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Justice Department’s national security division. But he said as written it also causes confusion and the potential for unnecessary litigation as some Internet companies have argued they are not always obligated to comply with the FBI requests

A key Democrat on Capitol Hill, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont, wants a timeout.  (Full story click FOXNews.com)

posted by rightthingtodo  July 30, 2010

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Breaking News: US Embassy Workers Poisoned By Mail In Paris

U.S. embassy employees poisoned by mail: French police

PARIS | Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:50am EDT

PARIS (Reuters) – Three employees of the U.S. embassy in Paris were being treated for poisoning on Friday after opening mail, a police source told Reuters.

The source was not immediately able to specify the nature of the poisoning or the seriousness of their condition. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Nicolas Bertin and Gerard Bon; Editing by Peter Graff)

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 30, 2010

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Beck Finishes Series On Socialism Or Liberty – Your Choice

Third and last installment of Glenn Beck’s series on the Radicalization of America.  We are just waiting for the “I-word” to roll off of Glenn’s lips.  It has to be a matter of time.  Obama must be impeached.  This must be priority of the Republican controlled House of Representatives this coming November.  We have no time to waste.

Here’s Glenn exposing the radical plans of the Weather Underground Manifesto, which may be Obama’s blueprint to destroy America.

Part 1

Will the FBI be given power to seize your internet records without a judge’s court order?

Part 2

“The Man, The Baby Killers and The Pigs”

Part 3

President Obama is surrounded by radicals influenced by Weather Underground Manifesto

Part 4

Our youth and traditions are being targeted by Obama and the radicals

Part 5

The actions of the Obama Administration resemble the Weather Underground Manifesto.  We need to draw a line in the sand.  More next week.

Part 6

Glenn puts on a Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears jersey to show comraderie with the former NFL star.  Good job, Glenn!

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We Have To Impeach Obama To Save The Country

More and more the “I-word” is being used by Americans who are worried about the direction of the country.  I never thought that I would see the likes of President Obama, an enemy of freedom and liberty, become the President of the United States of America.  He is a man who is working hard to destroy the American system.  He has no apologies.  He is cold and calculating.  I believe that a lot of people want to give him a chance thinking that he will come around to the traditional way of governing.  Not on your life.  He is grabbing more power everyday and we are watching him do it.  This has to stop.

H/t to Warning Signs for the following post.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Talk of Impeachment

By Alan Caruba


The last time I recall the nation being this concerned over the state of the presidency was during the Lewinsky scandal and ensuing impeachment proceedings against President Clinton. Before that it was during the slow revelation of the Watergate scandal that finally forced Richard Nixon’s resignation.

On Thursday, July 22, an editorial opinion by Tom Tancredo in The Washington Times called for the impeachment of President Obama. A column by Jeffrey Kuhner was titled “President’s socialist takeover must be stopped.”

Tancredo, a former five-term member of Congress, is now the chairman of the Rocky Mountain Foundation. Kuhner, a Times columnist, is president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

Burke, an Irish orator, philosopher and politician (1729-1797) is best known for his warning that “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, but he also said, “Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time.”

It is the conceit of every generation that those that preceded it were less sophisticated, but it is clear from Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Paper number 65, published in the New York Packet on March 7, 1788, that the question of impeachment as defined in the Constitution was being debated, the subtleties of the issue were not only understood by the author, but by Americans of his era as well.

Hamilton wrote: “A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.

They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself. The prosecution of them, for this reason, will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused.”

The removal of Barack Hussein Obama from the office of the presidency is increasingly spoken of among concerned Americans and now has risen to the level of discussion in print. The two Times articles enumerated the reasons why.

Tancredo began by reminding us that “every citizen elected to serve in Congress or any person appointed to any federal position” must swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

“For the first time in American history,” said Tancredo, “we have a man in the White House who consciously and brazenly disregards his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.” Going straight to the heart of the issue confronting all Americans, Tancredo said, “Our president is an enemy of the Constitution and, as such, he is a danger to our safety, our security, and our personal freedoms.”

Kuhner wrote that Obama is “slowly, piece by piece, erecting a socialist dictatorship. We are not there yet, but he is putting America on that dangerous path. He is undermining our constitutional system of checks and balances, subverting democratic procedures and the rule of law…”

Tancredo listed what he regards as impeachable offenses which the Constitution describes as “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Impeachment has twice been attempted in the nation’s past and neither succeeded. Among those cited by Tancredo are:

# Disenfranchising General Motors and Chrysler bondholders in order to transfer billions of investor dollars to his supporters in the United Auto Workers;

# Implementing a third ban on off-shore drilling despite the rejection by two federal courts.

# The appointment of judges who want to create law rather than interpret it.

# The failure to defend the nation’s southern border against an invasion of illegal aliens.

Tancredo could have added the questionable demand that BP create a $20 billion fund to cover the cost of the oil cleanup and the losses incurred by those affected by it. That was entirely without any previous historic or legal precedent.

The creation, too, of an entire level of presidential advisors (czars) within the White House who appear to have been granted greater powers than Secretaries of various federal departments in determining policy is highly questionable. Few underwent any examination by the Senate.

Kuhner warned about Obamacare’s funding of abortion, along with the creation of “a command-and-control health care system, “a frontal assault on property rights”, the new financial reform act that he deemed “essentially nationalize the big banks” while noting the same effect on the financial sector, and the student loan industry. He too noted the takeover of the automakers.

Kuhner warned that Obama’s “comprehensive immigration reform” would grant amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal aliens “would sound the death knell for our national sovereignty.” The Obama Justice Department’s decision to sue Arizona for its immigration law was deemed as “siding with criminals against his fellow Americans” and desecrated his constitutional oath. Kuhner deemed it “treasonous.”

Kuhner urged that, should the Republicans win back Congress in November “formal investigations into this criminal, scandal-ridden administration” should be launched.

I doubt that even Republican control of Congress in both houses would undertake impeachment proceedings against Obama. That did not go well when it was tried against Clinton.

At best a Congress in which they controlled either or both houses would become a bulwark against further predations by the first Marxist president ever elected in America and, hopefully, the las

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 29, 2010

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Sarah’s New Book, ‘AMERICA BY HEART’

NEW YORK — (AP) The cover photo for Sarah Palin’s new book is a portrait in red, white, blue and gray.

The Alaska ex-governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate is photographed in close-up, wearing a gray sweater and American flag pin, which matches her flag bracelet. Her book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” comes out in November.

HarperCollins, which also published Palin’s million-selling “Going Rogue,” revealed the cover design Thursday.

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Gov. Jan Brewer Files Appeal With 9th Circuit – “I Will Be Relentless”

Arizona Governor Brewer files appeal against blocking of certain parts of Immigration Law

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

By Monica Lawrence

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) – Governor Jan Brewer filed on Thursday an expedited appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the blocking imposed over controversial parts of the SB 1070, the Arizona’s Immigration Law.

“Today I filed an expedited appeal with the Ninth Circuit asking the court to lift the injunction put in place by Judge Bolton yesterday against certain provisions of SB 1070,” Brewer said. “I have also asked the Ninth Circuit to expedite the briefing schedule and its ruling, since Congress and the President have once again failed to act.”

STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR JAN BREWER


On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked sections of the SB 1070 that allow police to determine the immigration status under certain circumstances and also blocked a portion that makes it a crime in the state for a legal resident alien to travel without immigration papers.

“Illegal immigration is an ongoing crisis the State of Arizona did not create and the federal government has refused to fix. SB 1070 protects all of us, every Arizona citizen and everyone here in our state lawfully. It ensures that the constitutional rights of all in Arizona are undiminished.”

Brewer blamed the federal government of the current dispute for considering that the Obama administration has not honored its responsibilities to enforce the laws. The Arizona Governor also remarked that the state cannot sustain the elevated costs of immigration and the continued erosion of their time-honored legal immigrant traditions.

Despite the claims expressed by Brewer, Judge Bolton’s ruling has been approved by most federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.

“As Governor of the state of Arizona, I will honor my core principles and my sworn oath to protect the citizens of this great state and, therefore, I will not back down,” Brewer concluded.

“KEEP THE FAITH, GOVERNOR BREWER – WE STAND UP WITH ARIZONA

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