23 Apr 2009

Remember AIPAC?

They're one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington.

Rep. Jane Harman is a Democrat, and (formerly) a member of the intelligence committee that allowed the Bush administration almost limitless wiretapping of... anyone.

Petard. Hoisted. Her. By. Own.

The National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped her talking to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) promising to take action against the Justice Department's efforts to prosecute 2 AIPAC lobbyists accused of spying.

"In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win."

As a rather unusual subplot, Harman is now asking for the recordings to made public (possibly a gamble in the hope that the Attorney General refuses, thus nipping the issue in the bud) and in a public statement yesterday she declared that she was "very disappointed my country could've permitted a gross abuse of power." Yeah sure - you backed this abuse of power you fool.

Doesn't seem to have made the news here yet, but I'll be looking out for this.

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