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Vice President Cheney indicted


I discuss this on today's Urban Journal. -DS

By ABC 13

McALLEN, TX -- A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.

The indictment criticizes Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees by working through the prison companies.

Gonzales is accused of using his position while in office to stop an investigation into abuses at the federal detention centers.

Another indictment charges state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. with profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies.

Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales of crime

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A grand jury in South Texas indicted U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday for "organized criminal activity" related to alleged abuse of inmates in private prisons.

The indictment has not been seen by a judge, who could dismiss it.

The grand jury in Willacy County, in the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border, said Cheney is "profiteering from depriving human beings of their liberty," according to a copy of the indictment obtained by Reuters.

The indictment cites a "money trail" of Cheney's ownership in prison-related enterprises including the Vanguard Group, which owns an interest in private prisons in south Texas.

Former attorney general Gonzales used his position to "stop the investigations as to the wrong doings" into assaults in county prisons, the indictment said.

Cheney's office declined comment. "We have not received any indictments. I can't comment on something we have not received," said Cheney's spokeswoman Megan Mitchell.

The indictment, overseen by county District Attorney Juan Guerra, cites the case of Gregorio De La Rosa, who died on April 26, 2001, inside a private prison in Willacy County.

The grand jury wrote it made its decision "with great sadness," but said they had no other choice but to indict Cheney and Gonzales "because we love our country."

Texas is the home state of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Bush and his Republican administration, which first took office in January 2001, leave the White House on January 20 after the November presidential elections won by Democrat Barack Obama. Gonzales was attorney general from 2005 to 2007.

(Reporting by Chris Baltimore and JoAnne Allen, Editing by Frances Kerry)

Vice president, former AG, state senator indicted

By Christopher Sherman / Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on state charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.

The indictment, which had not yet been signed by the presiding judge, was one of seven released Tuesday in a county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles in recent years. Another of the indictments named a state senator on charges of profiting from his position.

Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra himself had been under indictment for more than a year and half before a judge dismissed the indictments last month. This flurry of charges came in the twilight of Guerra's tenure, which ends this year after nearly two decades in office. He lost convincingly in a Democratic primary in March.

Cheney's indictment on a charge of engaging in an organized criminal activity criticizes the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison companies.

Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cheney, declined to comment on Tuesday, saying that the vice president had not yet received a copy of the indictment.

The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.

Gonzalez's attorney, George Terwilliger III, said in a written statement, "This is obviously a bogus charge on its face, as any good prosecutor can recognize. Hopefully, competent Texas authorities will take steps to reign in this abuse of the criminal justice system."

Willacy County has become a prison hub with county, state and federal lockups. Guerra has gone after the prison-politician nexus before, extracting guilty pleas from three former Willacy and Webb county commissioners after investigating bribery related to federal prison contacts.

Another indictment released Tuesday accuses state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies. Guerra announced his intention to investigate Lucio's prison consulting early last year.

Lucio's attorney, Michael Cowen, released a scathing statement accusing Guerra of settling political scores in his final weeks in office.

"Senator Lucio is completely innocent and has done nothing wrong," Cowen said, adding that he would file a motion to quash the indictment this week.

Last month, a Willacy County grand jury indicted The GEO Group, a Florida private prison company, on a murder charge in the death of a prisoner days before his release. The three-count indictment alleged The GEO Group allowed other inmates to beat Gregorio de la Rosa Jr. to death with padlocks stuffed into socks. The death happened in 2001 at the Raymondville facility, just four days before de la Rosa's scheduled release.

In 2006, a jury ordered the company to pay de la Rosa's family $47.5 million in a civil judgment. The Cheney-Gonzalez indictment makes reference to the de la Rosa case.

None of the indictments released Tuesday had been signed by Presiding Judge Manuel Banales of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region.

A second batch of indictments targeted public officials connected to Guerra's own legal battles.

Willacy County Clerk Gilbert Lozano, District judges Janet Leal and Migdalia Lopez, and special prosecutors Mervyn Mosbacker Jr. — a former U.S. attorney — and Gustavo Garza — a long-time political opponent of Guerra — were all indicted on charges of official abuse of official capacity and official oppression.

Garza, the only one who could be immediately reached Tuesday, called it a sad state of affairs.

"I feel sorry for all of the good people this unprofessional prosecutor has maligned," Garza said. "I'm not at all concerned about the accusations he has trumped up."

Banales dismissed indictments against Guerra last month that charged him with extorting money from a bail bond company and using his office for personal business. An appeals court had earlier ruled that Garza was improperly appointed as special prosecutor to investigate Guerra.

After Guerra's office was raided as part of the investigation early last year, he camped outside the courthouse in a borrowed camper with a horse, three goats and a rooster. He threatened to dismiss hundreds of cases because he believed local law enforcement had aided the investigation against him.

On Tuesday, Guerra said the indictments speak for themselves. He said the prison-related charges are a national issue and experts from across the country testified to the grand jury. Asked about the indictments against local players in the justice system who had pursued him, Guerra said, "the grand jury is the one that made those decisions, not me."

The indictments were first reported by KRGV-TV.

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Associated Press writer Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.

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Good luck with that.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...
~Theodore Roosevelt~

that's a repeat. how about the oldie ... sos ... same old shit .... which actually stood for shit on a shingle for biscuits and gravy!

EW

Quit giving away military secrets!

"A country without a Soul is destined for Hell...on Earth."

this looks like a BIGGIE to me! Why isn't everyone excited about this, what am I a-missin' ?

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

a little humor got a little attention! jeesh yank, sometimes you are all alone (along with swanson) so we got to give you a little break ... not as good but we are with you in the peanut gallery. LOL!!!

You ever hear of the peanut gallery? It was back from the times when Hawaii became a state (shortly before Obama was born).

EW

I just caught your drift. Yeah, shit on a shingle is a military secret. I probably should pay more attention to your posts, which I do enjoy. I am stranded on the internet waiting for the "lake effect" snow squalls to lighten up. I have about six more days work left for this year and maybe forever. Weather has me grounded. Thanks, tomorrow the wind will be out of the south and I will be back at my Laborers job, thanks, have a great Thanksgiving!

The fun part is not knowing who the bloggers are!

EW

I'm still a spring chicken compared to the PEANUT GALLERY ;-D , being as I was born a year before Hawaii became a state !

MPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

is chipped beef on toast in my world

SOS (Shit on a shingle) Does not refer to gravy on biscuts but rather to creamed chipped beef on toast.

Thank GOD for those who pursued this! And involving Vanguard! This is a great opportunity for the media to discuss the immorality of prisons-for-profit, let alone fulfilling a national fantasy of seeing Cheney in prison stripes! woo hooo

And if we can vote on censoring the bs comments on this site, I'm all for that. And to the people who don't have more to do than berate people here, look within yourself, and try to find something more constructive to do. Are u frustrated right wingers ? Someone with a grudge? Bored? If yes, then this site can help you do something more constructive than posting here.
http://www.onmylist.com/category/arts/Extraordinary_Art_of_Money_Folding_1

After all the horror and corruption in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib , it finally takes someplace we never heard of to crack this whole cabal wide open? Lord Almighty, this feels like the beginning of the end for Bushco, just maybe...

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

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Cheney was already under sealed indictment since back in 2005, but you probably already knew that.
He and Bush, Mary Matlin, Gonzales, etc. were indicted along with Libby, but Libby was more or less thrown to the dogs and the others' indictments were sealed, so, as one judge put it, the country's government would not shut down, etc..
If Obama and the Dems will do the right thing they will not let the Nazi War Criminals off the hook and go ahead and prosecute them.
Later, joe martin

Lost track of Cheney's lengthy rap sheet.

BTW, someone commented on a Youtube that Bush cannot pardon STATE convictions (only federal). Is that true?

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

The real question is how do we stop it from getting thrown out?

Everytime in the past that Dick Cheney is put under the microscope, magically all documents are declared by some Court to be allowed to remain secret, and Cheney is let off the hook.

We know he'll try to get it thrown out.
How do we stop that from happening yet again??

Granted, a president cannot be indicted while in office BUT that rule does NOT apply to a sitting Vice President, who can be indicted and prosecuted for his role in the commission of war crimes in Iraq and lying the nation into an aggressive illegal war of aggression, the supreme crime against humanity as defined at Nuremberg, Click Here, http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm

A win at last for life revering forces and
a loss big time for those who have no feeling
for life at all -- except to torture and kill
We want an earth free of these dark forces and
this is a win in that direction!!!!!!!!!!!!

We must question the timing. They wait to do this until everyone's all excited about Big O. This is just another one of their tactics to placate the masses; no real change will come about from this.

Anarkhiya Mat Poryadka
Anarchy, mother of stability.

But I just saw it this morning on the news. If more people are aware the VP isn't GOD, well, maybe this exposure is a good thing. Maybe people will have some balls now and let the indictments roll! I'm blog today and giving this traction! Better news than no news!

...who cares? Haven't we all had more than enough of the prospect of seeing these criminals frog-marched into prison?

Call me when they're shackled to the defense table and the jury is in deliberations.

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Crashing Paulson's Ponzi Party

Hey! When did they pull the Youtube? I knew Darth Vader has scary power, but this is just wrong. Oh, well, back to giving this story traction. Take care.

They both played for me.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7737093.stm

Check it out, sounds like a RICO charge to me :

"A Texas grand jury has charged US Vice-President Dick Cheney for "organised criminal activity" related to alleged abuse of private prison inmates. "

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

The positive in this story is that it may give other prosecutors the courage to go through with indictments for Bush, Cheney et all for their really serious core crimes: war of aggression, murder, torture, warrantless wiretapping, and crimes against the Constitution with signing statements and the whole Unitary Executive program.

Personally, I think any discussion of these charges should segue into a discussion of the far more serious charges.

Francis Boyle, a professor at the University of Illinois Law School believes that sitting presidents and VPs can be indicted while in office. This from a radio interview. He was discussion Vincent Bugliosi's book.
Nick Egnatz
NW Indiana Veterans For Peace

Can a sitting president be indicted or must we wait for him to leave office? Attorney Boyle responds
“As for the question whether or not a sitting president can be indicted, Mr. Bugliosi did express sort of an offhand opinion in his book that he didn’t think so. But in our conversation I hope I did convince him that in fact there is authority for indicting a sitting president for murder and I sent him those materials. That would be the following sources: First during the Nixon impeachment proceedings Professor Raoul Berger of the Harvard Law School, who at that time was this country’s leading constitutional law historian, did a very important law review article expressing his opinion that a sitting president could be indicted. Second, at the time Leon Jaworski, the second special prosecutor of Nixon after Nixon had fired Archie Cox, obtained an opinion from his legal staff to the effect that a sitting president could be indicted for crimes. Although in his memoirs Jaworski took the position that he personally did not think the crimes for which Nixon was guilty warranted prosecuting a sitting president, he did state his opinion in his memoirs that he felt certainly that a sitting president should and could be indicted for murder. There are some more recent law review articles generated out of the Clinton impeachment proceedings to the effect that a sitting president can be indicted. Indeed it was reported that the lawyers on the Ken Starr staff also did a memo, which I haven’t seen, to the effect that a sitting president could be indicted. So I don’t believe that this is an obstacle.”

Unbeknownst to the whackjobs that always call us tinfoil hat moonbats, WAR CONSPIRACY actually is a crime:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10036

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

The AP report noted that the indictments "have not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken on them until that happens."

How likely is that going to happen? With all due respect, can someone answer that?

As much as I support this, I do think it should be much harder than just getting a DA and a grand jury to indict him. I don't want our country going down the slippery slope of mob justice. It shouldn't be this easy. I don't want the law run rampant. It's the reverse of what the Bush Administration has conducted. Just as extreme and just as reckless.

...will he/she do it? And what gives a judge the authority to throw anything out that has passed the grand jury test, I don't like that kind of power with one person.

Edit to add: You're right this indictment will be dead before it gets started if the judge does not sign it. I wonder how long it takes in Texas for an indictment to expire without a judge's signature?

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

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