Tuesday :: Mar 28, 2006

Rubber Stamp Republicans show their commitment to....

by eriposte

Fraud and Perjury? Or at least that is what appears to be the case here.

Anonymous Liberal (emphasis mine):

Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. The Court will be called upon to determine--among other things--whether a provision in last year's Detainee Treatment Act ("DTA") effectively strips the Court of jurisdiction to hear Hamdan's case. The Government contends that it does and in support of this position, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John Kyl have filed an amicus brief with the Court.

This amicus brief argues that the legislative history of the DTA supports the Government's position. Specifically, the brief cites a lengthy colloquy between Senators Kyl and Graham themselves which purportly took place during a Senate floor debate just prior to passage of the bill.

Sounds harmless, huh? Here's the catch:

Apparently this entire 8 page colloquy--which is scripted to read as if it were delivered live on the floor of the Senate, complete with random interruptions from other Senators--never took place.

A.L. points out the Emily Bazelon at Slate was the one who first confirmed this after lawyers for Hamdan pointed this out in their brief (emphasis mine):

In their own brief to the court, Hamdan's lawyers said that Kyl and Graham's colloquy didn't take place on the floor of the Senate. As evidence, they cite the C-SPAN tape for the debate leading up to the Dec. 21 voice vote. Kyl and Graham don't appear. (See for yourself.) Senate officials confirm that the Graham-Kyl colloquy was inserted.
At another [point], Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., appears to interject a question. "If I might interrupt," he begins.

I called Brownback's office to ask if he'd given this testimony live on the Senate floor. "Yes, it was live," an aide told me. I said that I'd been told otherwise by Senate staffers and mentioned the C-SPAN tape. "Let me call you back," the aide said. She never did. Nor did Kyl or Graham's press reps.

Folks, regardless of whether you support Bush or not, if what Hamdan's lawyers and Bazelon report is true (and it appears to be true) this is fraud of the worst kind - fabricating a debate/conversation just to prove their rubber-stamp loyalty to the weak King George (who is so weak he has no guts to fire anyone and meekly accepted the resignation of Andy Card).

You can help here. Please call the offices of these Senators and ask each of them to state on the record whether:

(a) they are stating under penalty of perjury that the conversation they claimed to have on the Senate floor actually occurred on the Senate floor prior to the passage of the Detainee Treatment Act (DTA) of 2005
(b) this conversation ever occurred, and if so, where it occurred

Contact information below the fold from their respective websites:

Senator John Kyl

  • Email
  • 730 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, Phone: (202) 224-4521, Fax: (202) 224-2207
  • 2200 East Camelback, Suite 120, Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3455, Phone: (602) 840-1891, Fax: (602) 957-6838

Senator Lindsey Graham

  • Email
  • 290 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, (202) 224-5972
  • 101 East Washington Street, Suite 220, Greenville, South Carolina 29601, (864) 250-1417
  • 508 Hampton Street, Suite 202, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, (803) 933-0112

Senator Sam Brownback

  • Email
  • 303 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510, Phone: (202) 224-6521, Fax: (202) 228-1265
  • 811 North Main St., Suite A, Garden City, KS  67846, Phone: (620) 275-1124, Fax: (620) 275-1837
  • 11111  West 95th, Suite 245, Overland Park, KS  66214, Phone: (913) 492-6378, Fax: (913) 492-7253

Please let me know in the comments if you get any response to your questions.

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