SEPTEMBER 10 2007

1. Congressman Davis Responds to the DOJ: It cannot be that any
government agency can unilaterally declare its decisions off limits to
the very Congress that funds that agency and that passes the laws
that agency enforces.
2. There is no News in the Birmingham News
3. Leura Canary's Stonewall: After lying to Congress about the
existence of the documents (there were in fact over 400), the DOJ
now claims that they are above scrutiny.
4. There is a lot of questionable Justice Department activity for
Congress to sort through. The imprisonment of Don Siegelman, a
former Democratic governor of Alabama, should be at the top of the
list.
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Congressman Artur Davis Responds To DOJ
Failure To Release Documents In Selective
Prosecution Inquiry
Press Release from the office of Congressman Artur Davis

“The Department’s ultimate claim is the kind of expansive executive
privilege doctrine this Administration has advanced before. In my
opinion, the executive branch’s interest in keeping its deliberations
secret has some weight, but it is at its weakest outside the context of
national security and it must be balanced against Congress’s
constitutionally derived authority of oversight.  It cannot be that any
government agency can unilaterally declare its decisions off limits to
the very Congress that funds that agency and that passes the laws
that agency enforces.  

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Exposing a Corrupt Prosecution and Trial in
Alabama
Scott Horton Harper's

Simpson’s testimony is completely accurate, and has in the meantime
been corroborated. And it’s not just that.... the account of a single
telephone conversation is only the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t expect to see anything in the Alabama press. But keep your
eyes fixed on the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Time
Magazine and CBS News. The truth is coming to the surface, slowly,
but with certainty. And when the full story is out, Alabamians should
be approaching the people they turn to for the news and asking: Why
did you betray us?

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There’s No News in the ‘Birmingham News’
Scott Horton Harper's

The Russian newspaper Pravda, which laughingly means “truth,”
used to have a banner under the masthead that read “Organ of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.” So
at least there was some truth in labeling: you could see pretty quickly
exactly whose “truth” it was disseminating.

But Pravda is upstaged by the Birmingham News, which offers no fair
warning. It should say “Organ of the Executive Committee of the
Alabama G.O.P.”

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Leura Canary’s Stonewall is Exposed
By Scott Horton of Harper's

Let’s rehearse the history of the document production request. First
a FOIA request was submitted, and Justice responded with a blanket
denial, and added that there were no documents responsive to the
request. Subsequently the claim that there were no responsive
documents was demonstrated to have been another in the long line
of falsehoods to be peddled by Mrs. William Canary’s office in
connection with this case. Then Congress demanded the documents
in support of a hearing focusing on the now well-substantiated
allegations of politically corrupted prosecution, the single most
prominent and best documented of which comes out of Mrs. Canary’s
office. In the face of this, the Justice Department arrogantly asserts it
is immune from oversight.

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The Strange Case of an Imprisoned Alabama
Governor
By Adam Cohen NYT

Alberto Gonzales is out as attorney general, but there is still a lot of
questionable Justice Department activity for Congress to sort
through. The imprisonment of Don Siegelman, a former Democratic
governor of Alabama, should be at the top of the list. Jill Simpson, an
Alabama lawyer and Republican operative, is heading to Washington
this week to tell Congressional investigators that she heard
prominent Republicans plotting to use the United States attorneys’
offices to remove Mr. Siegelman as a political threat. The case
should be the focus of a probing Congressional hearing this fall.

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Bush ( with Bob Riley at Govenor's
campaign) appointed Alice Martin
(middle) and Leura Canary (rt)  to US
Attorney General positions in
Alabama.
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asks Congress to step up to
the task of oversight.

…………….The relentless and
politically timed prosecution of
Siegelman has raised
eyebrows since it was
undertaken, but the story in
Time shows another, more
disturbing side–that politically
connected officials from the
U.S. attorney’s office and the
Justice Department, many
with direct ties to Pryor and
Sessions, ignored direct
evidence of wrongdoing
connected to those two and
never followed up on the
allegations. If they did not do
so because of the lack of
Lanny Young’s credibility as a
witness, why did he have great
credibility with his allegations
against Siegelman?

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