Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More on the U.S. Attorney Bait and Switch

The Senate will be debating legislation this week that will roll back the provision in the Patriot Act that gives President Bush the power to bypass congressional approval and appoint interim U.S. attorneys.

Who knows, maybe while they've got the Patriot Act in front of them, they'll do something really novel like read it.

So we have to give the Democrats some credit, they are doing what we sent them to Congress to do: check the Bush Administration.

According to the New York Times, the congressional investigation into the U.S. attorney firings has uncovered evidence that key White House staffers, including Harriet Miers and Karl Rove, have been scheming to replace U.S. attorneys with party loyalists since early 2005.

Miers' original idea was to replace all of the U.S. attorney with party loyalists, but that plan just wasn't practical. The plot evolved mostly through the course of Miers brainstorming ways to undermine the U.S. Constitution in favor of the bestest-president-in-the-whole-wide-world, and bouncing her ideas off of D. Kyle Sampson, a top aide to Mr. Gonzales.

All of this new information was obtained via Sampson's email records of the correspondence between Miers, who left the White House in January, and Sampson, who resigned his position on Monday, March 12th.

All of this just serves to prove that the people in the Bush Administration have no respect for our country, our laws, or our system of government. Their only concern is how they can best manipulate the system to their own advantage.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally, some checks and balances!

Damion said...

We have to give the Dems credit here; if the Repugnants were still running congress, there would have been no investigation.

Jason said...

I feel compelled to mention Clinton. If I don't some right winger will swing through here and say something like "It was okay when Clinton did it." I'm not a Clinton fan mostly because of nafta, but it's worth pointing out that timing is everything. These positions are appointed and it's well expected that when the president changes they're asked to resign. That's what Clinton did, and that's not at all what's going on here. Nixon started firing these guys too when he had a bunch that wouldn't just do whatever he said. He was trying to get rid of the independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox because Cox had him over a barrel about watergate. Nixon fired lawyers that thought the constitution was more important than Nixon until he realized no us attorney in their right mind would do this. So Nixon turned to the solicitor general, Robert Bork who carried out Nixon's will. You reap what you sow. Years later, Bork couldn't be confirmed as a supreme court justice because he wasn't willing to hold up the constitution. Don't let the neo-cons use their regurgitated Limbaugh Hannity talking points. When they start talking Clinton, you know you've got em. Clinton is like the wookie defense. When they've nothing else, they always bring up Clinton. Sometimes I think that was Clinton's job... provide material :)

Heather Annastasia said...

Excellent point, Jason.

What these right-wingers are also failing to mention, which I pointed out in my Check Mate post, is the thing that seperates this from Clinton, Nixon, and every other president ever:

Prrovisions in the Patriot Act allow for intirim U.S. Attorneys to be appointed WITHOUT Senate approval hearings.

This is WHY they wanted to replace so many atorneys(why Miers wanted to replace them ALL), because they had already shaved away enough of our Constitution, that they could't be held accountable for who they appointed.

It looks like they won't be getting away with this one, but like Damion pointed out, that's only because the Dems have control of the Legislative branch. Otherwise, we'd be ranting and raving, but nothing would be happening.

Anonymous said...

One thing that strikes me about this issue and others is the way Liberals twist and spin whatever happens to try and take political advantage. They profess that everyone should have rights but they are the ones trying to take the rights from everyone that doesn't agree with their views. These U.S. Attorneys are political appointees ;. They are appointed at the discretion of the President no matter which party holds the office and serve until the President decides to fire them. It has been happening since the start. The attorneys that were fired are just cry babies. They were looking for a job when they got that one and have to start over. What you seem to be missing in this instance is that none of them happened to be investigating alleged wrongdoing by the President, his family or anyone in his staff. He wanted them to give more attention to investigations that he thought were important, not to hamper investigations that might prove embarassing to him. Liberals need to think with their brains not their emotions.

Heather Annastasia said...

While it's true that the U.S. Attorneys are appointed by the president, they are in fact, attorneys for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. They are NOT the president's personal prosecutors.

Their job is to uphold the LAW.

You see, what President Bush likes to forget is that HE is working for us . This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

He is not our leader, he is our REPRESENTATIVE.

Anyone he appoints to a position is not his own personal pawn, but a servant of the people of the United States of America.

If he feels that a U.S. Attorney is not properly enforcing the laws of our country, he can fire them and choose a replacement. That replacement SHOULD BE approved by the SENATE (you see, our constitution was set up with a concept called checks and balances because our forefathers didn't want some yahoo getting into power and usurping the rights of the people).

This whole Republican administration needs to go back to elementary school and learn about the concept of American Democracy before they can claim to be protecting it from terrorists!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah all of you Clinton apologists on the left like to think that everything he done was all for the good of the country. LOL. He calculated everything for his own purposes, including firing all of the U.S. Attorneys.

Anonymous said...

How about an investigation of Sandy Burger and the stolen archives.

Heather Annastasia said...

Clinton did more to further conservative causes like free trade and dismantling the welfare safety net than any conservative president could have gotten away with.

Do you honestly believe that my criticizing Bush means I support everything Clinton did, or is attacking Clinton just a knee-jerk reaction when there is no excuse for the conduct of this administration?

Why don't you just say that you're okay with Bush taking dictatorial powers?

Why don't you just say that you care more about the Republican Party than the United States of America?

Our Constitution is in tatters.

We're fighting a war for Halliburton.

Our troops are used, abused, and abandoned.

The economy is plummeting.

And "What about Clinton?" is the best defense you can muster?

Are you serious?

Damion said...

You made an excellent point Heather , all fascists, oops I mean republicans fall back and attack Clinton when they run out of arguments. Personally I think Clinton was a joke, i.e. welfare reform that took a fox in sheep's clothing to pull off! This bush administration rivals none in corruption and it will only become more and more obvious as time goes by. One thing I have to give them credit for is their ability to manipulate all the weak minded simpletons called christians. Hey anonymous, I have a bridge in London? Just saying…

Steven Reed said...

For Immediate Release March 20, 2007:
For Immediate Release via World Wide Web
Contact: Steven Reed

E-mail: stevenlloydreed@hotmail.com
Website: www.reedforcouncil.com

Re: Possible Election Tampering in Missouri USA

Statement: Please find two motions filed in Federal Court concerning elections issues in Springfield, Missouri.

March 2, 2007

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
SOUTHERN DIVISION

STEVEN L. REED, )
) `
Plaintiff )
v. )
) Case No. 05-3133-CV-S-SWH
CHOICE HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, )
INC. d/b/a CLARION HOTEL, et.al, )
Defendants )


PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR COURT ORDERED INJUNCTIONS

COMES NOW Plaintiff Steven Reed request the Court and United States

Magistrate Judge SARAH W. HAYES issue two Injunctions concerning the following

situations:

Plaintiff has worked on “community projects” in southwest Missouri since the

early 1990s to present. From getting Rail Passenger Service to the area to working to get

a Technology Park for better opportunities to many other community projects to help

others. See: www.reedforcouncil.com Because of the importance of these issues

Plaintiff Steven Reed has Filed as an Official Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in

Candidate for Mayor of Springfield with Richard T. Struckoff County Clerk the top

Election Authority for Greene County which oversees the Springfield Missouri Municipal

Elections.

The first requested injunction is to Richard Struckoff the Top Election Official for

Greene County which oversees the Springfield Missouri Municipal Elections and the

City of Springfield. The injunction will say all votes cast for Steven Reed as a Write-in

Candidate for Mayor in the April 3, 2007 election will be counted.

Background

The City Charter does not address the issues of a write-in and there is clearly no

prohibition of write in candidates. State law should give precedent to this situation.

Springfield City Attorney Dan Wichmer says that the City Charter does not allow write-

in candidates. The facts are that the city charter does not speak to write-in candidates so

state law which allows write-in candidates should be the proper decider since State Law

Supersedes local but especially when local law is silent on issues of such legal

Importance to the People.


Chapter 115 Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections

Section 115.453 August 28, 2006 Procedure for counting votes for candidates.
115.453. Election judges shall count votes for all candidates in the following
manner: (4) Write-in votes shall be counted only for candidates for election to
office who have filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election
to office with the proper election authority….

It is a violation of Plaintiff Steven Reed’s civil, human, and constitutional rights

not to allow him to run as a write in candidate. It appears the City of Springfield is

concerned about the possibility of this pending civil action attracting some attention.

That is why Plaintiff Steven Reed is seeking relief from this court.

As noted in the February 2, 2007 PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR COURT

ORDERED PRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE filed with this court: Plaintiff Reed has

been arrested several times:

“Plaintiff Steven Reed was arrested on election day for handing out flyers in

support of a state minimum wage increase,(the Lady Judge dropped the case but

Reed and another lady was placed on one year probation)…. Plaintiff Reed was

arrested in 2000 for doing volunteer voter registration while then Vice

Presidential Candidate Joseph Lieberman visited Southwest Missouri State

University. Plaintiff Reed was then arrested in 2003 for handing out Draft Claire

McCaskill for Governor flyers, (that concerns this case). In all

these case Plaintiff Reed was placed on a one year probation…


Secondly, Plaintiff Reed argues it is about more than just his candidacy. It is

also about the fact that other people may want to file right now for write in

positions on city council. One example is a candidate that has pending charges and

others may want to run as a write in that zone for city council, of course if

a candidate or someone where to pass away the people need to have the right to file as a

write in.

With over 150,000 people living in the City of Springfield with over half

being registered voters the people should all have the write THE RIGHT OF

SUFFRAGE and being able to vote for additional candidates in this or other

Elections. The City of Springfield elections have around 10% turnout and the City

should be promoting more candidates and involvement rather than using tax payer

money to keep people from running for office.

The second requested injunction request is to Secretary of State of Missouri Robin

Carnahan requiring that as the Chief Election Official of Missouri she will make sure all

elections laws are adhered to in all 118 counties and in Greene County. In Christian

County the Clerk says she understands that write-in candidates are allowed by state law.

In Taney County the current Mayor has made national news as he is currently running as

a write-in candidate against a lady who is on the ballot. Clearly election laws must be

applied on a consistent and equal basis. The Secretary of State is responsible to take

actions against a local election official if they were violating a state law in

the way they are performing their taxpayer paid position of serving the people with fair,

and legal elections.

In conclusion Plaintiff Steven Reed ask that the court notify the Department of

Justice since HAVA money does help pay some of the salaries of the people who work

under Richard Struckoff.


Certificate of Service---I certify that on _____________ a true copy of the above was mailed, postage pre paid or electronically to the last known mailing address of each party to this lawsuit.

Steven L. Reed

Respectfully submitted,
Steven L. Reed _________________________________________________
Steven L. Reed, Plaintiff Pro Se
Signed and dated February 2, 2007
1441 S. Estate Avenue
Springfield MO 65804
(417) 368-1481

stevenlloydreed@hotmail.com

David R. Wichmer, Esq.
City Attorney
City of Springfield
840 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802
Attorney for the Defendants City of Springfield, MO, Springfield MO Police Department, and John and Jane Does

John W. Housley, Esq.
Attorney for Defendant Gail M. Campbell

Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris, LLP
3315 E. Ridgeview, Suite 1000
Springfield, MO 65804

John G. Schultz
2100 Commerce Tower
911 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Attorneys for Defendant Choice Hotels

Also an attempt to e-mail the following is hereby completed on this date:

Steven Lloyd Reed stevenlloydreed@hotmail.com

Warren E. Harris wharris@taylorstafford.com, jyoung@taylorstafford.com

John W. Housley jhousley@lowtherjohnson.com

Thomas E. Rykowski trykowsk@ci.springfield.mo.us, ttreat@ci.springfiled.mo.us

John G. Schultz franke.schultz@micro.com

Warren S. Stafford wstafford@taylorstafford.com

Daniel R. Wichmer dwichmer@ci.springfield.mo.us

Carl Stephen Yendes cyendes@ci.springfield.mo.us

###


March 9, 2007

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
SOUTHERN DIVISION

STEVEN L. REED, )
) `
Plaintiff )
v. )
) Case No. 05-3133-CV-S-SWH
CHOICE HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, )
INC. d/b/a CLARION HOTEL, et.al, )
Defendants )


PLAINTIFF'S ADDITIONAL ARGUMENTS FOR COURT ORDERED INJUNCTIONS

COMES NOW Plaintiff Steven Reed ask that the following request to the Court

and United States Magistrate Judge SARAH W. HAYES issue two Injunctions

concerning the following situations be added as additional reasons why the City of

Springfield Missouri, USA must under law allow write in candidates for City Council and

the Mayor Race on April 3, 2007:

Plaintiff believed a few months ago that the City of Springfield does not have that

much of a gang problem. But after going door to door in the last several weeks it has

became clear there is a growing gang problem. Plaintiff says that seeing neighborhoods

over the last five to ten years and seeing them now is upsetting. Older homes and

families are starting a down hill slide. Some areas are even having the homes torn down

after they are hit with graffiti.

Plaintiff believes one reason the City should support the Technology Park issue of

new innovations concerning new companies and jobs of the future. Plaintiff believes the

City should work to bring better Paying Jobs to the area is that some people are more apt

to get into the drug trade or involved with gangs if they and their family have money

problems.

Plaintiff Steven Reed says it is upsetting to go into north Springfield and go down

one street with big fancy buildings that say federal property no trespassing and millions

of dollars of military equipment like humbies. All that fire power to fight wars around

the world and a few blocks away at night gangs are moving around. Governor Matt

Blunt should call up the National Guard for 30 days to weed the bad elements out. The

Governor had called out the Guard during the ice storm.

Clearly the current Mayor and City Council do not seem to be taking the issue

very serious. I.E. many others think we have a major growing problem and allowing

anyone who wants to run for office should be something that gets addressed “ahead of

everything else the government has to do on the local, state, or national” level argues

Plaintiff Reed. Also we do not have a real economic plan on a national level and very

little on the state level. So the citizens of Springfield should have the right to vote and

run for office to try and change their destiny and future. Which is the main pillar our

nation stands on.

Certificate of Service---I certify that on _____________ a true copy of the above was mailed, postage pre paid or electronically to the last known mailing address of each party to this lawsuit.

Steven L. Reed

Respectfully submitted,
Steven L. Reed _________________________________________________
Steven L. Reed, Plaintiff Pro Se
Signed and dated February 2, 2007
1441 S. Estate Avenue
Springfield MO 65804
(417) 368-1481

stevenlloydreed@hotmail.com

David R. Wichmer, Esq.
City Attorney
City of Springfield
840 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802
Attorney for the Defendants City of Springfield, MO, Springfield MO Police Department, and John and Jane Does

John W. Housley, Esq.
Attorney for Defendant Gail M. Campbell

Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris, LLP
3315 E. Ridgeview, Suite 1000
Springfield, MO 65804

John G. Schultz
2100 Commerce Tower
911 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Attorneys for Defendant Choice Hotels

Also an attempt to e-mail the following is hereby completed on this date:

Steven Lloyd Reed stevenlloydreed@hotmail.com

Warren E. Harris wharris@taylorstafford.com, jyoung@taylorstafford.com

John W. Housley jhousley@lowtherjohnson.com

Thomas E. Rykowski trykowsk@ci.springfield.mo.us, ttreat@ci.springfiled.mo.us

John G. Schultz franke.schultz@micro.com

Warren S. Stafford wstafford@taylorstafford.com

Daniel R. Wichmer dwichmer@ci.springfield.mo.us

Carl Stephen Yendes cyendes@ci.springfield.mo.us

###

Heather Annastasia said...

Um.... Okaay...