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Senior Democrat says decision to demote Halliburton worker will chill whisteblowing


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The top U.S. Army contracting official who first raised criticism over Halliburton's no-bid contract in Iraq was demoted Sunday for what the army called poor job performance -- the first time her performance was rated low in 20 years.

Today, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) blasted the Bush administration’s decision to fire the lead government whistleblower in a statement to RAW STORY.

“Secretary Rumsfeld has lowered the axe on someone courageous enough to speak the truth about an abuse of taxpayer dollars," he remarked. "Ms. Greenhouse was simply being honest, which seems to be enough to get you fired in this Administration.

"This action is meant to send a chilling message to other federal workers: keep your mouth shut," he added.

Lautenberg has repeatedly called for Senate hearings to investigate Halliburton’s contracts, but the Republican leadership of Congress has declined to hold any inquiries.

“Instead of getting to the truth of these contracts, this Administration wants to get rid of anybody who tells the truth,

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Duh! No kidding. I wonder if Rumsfeld considered that possibility.

"Lautenberg has repeatedly called for Senate hearings to investigate Halliburton’s contracts, but the Republican leadership of Congress has declined to hold any inquiries."

Yet another indication that it's not just Bush who's doing this; the whole Republican Party is one giant criminal conspiracy.

We're in the middle of a crime wave by the wealthy, and the fix is in: The Republicans see to it that the worst crimes are simply not investigated, and the corporate media tone down any reporting on it.

Bunny needs to stand with Cindy in asking America's "leaders" what their noble purpose is in this Iraq Invasion! As more and more people who are affected in different ways come forward, Cindy's movement will only become stronger. IF Haliburton profits are part of this noble cause, let Mr. Rumsfield stand up like a man and say that to Bunny and America!

WERE THERE TO END TYRANNY, AND TO SPREAD FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY!

The refernce to the Republican Conspiracy is quite appropriate. How can Americans of good will stand idly by and let these criminals appoint a Supreme court Justice, a UN Ambassador or, for that matter, even a dog catcher?

These evil beings have systematically eroded our civil liberties, made a mockery of the separation of church and state, all but abandonned our Constitutional Democracy, and put the country into a debt that will burden the country for four generations.

Four and one-half years! That is all it has taken Bush, the right wing courts and the Republican Congress to "accomplish" the above for (or is it to) the American people.

I want some right wing Bush apologist to e-mail me to engage in some discussion of the Downing Street Minutes, the Plame outing, the Niger yellow-cake uranium forgery, the Iraq constitution and just about every other "justification" Bush & Co have served up over 4 1/2 years. Please e-mail me at richschaedler@mail2.myexcel.com and please do not do the anonymous Mr. X thing. Most of you righties are so gutless to hide behind annonymity on this site. You can be a real right wing man when your just communicating with this liberal lefty.

Also posted on RAW STORY today is an article stating that Chavez is seeking to extradite Pat Robertson to Venezuela for terrorist actions...if he succeeds,maybe the Iraquis can extradite this administration and put them to trial...interesting thought!

Why don't they, rather than just requesting hearings, which they know won't be held by the Repugs, stop proceedings in congress, call in the press, and very publicly speak out about these outrages?

Via
www.CafePress.com/liberalprogdem
www.ChurchoftheFrontPorch

What press? The Democrats are a fairly lame, and beaten bunch, right now. The revival of any independent political force in this country seems to be up to the likes of...us. It remains to be seen as to what form this will take, but I'm pulling for a new, or different party. Both of the ones we have now are just too corrupt for redemption.

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