Duncan Hunter and National Security

Duncan Hunter has been all over the news lately talking about how much he cares about national security and how hard he's working to secure Americas ports. It's almost as if he's trying to distract us from something else.

Duncan Hunter is convicted felon Randy "Duke" Cunningham's best friend forever, according to today's issue of The Hill.  And it should come as no surprise, really - those two have been working together for years.  

Since 1994, Wilkes and ADCS gave $40,700 in campaign contributions to Rep. Duncan Hunter, a San Diego Republican who now chairs the House Armed Services Committee. Hunter has acknowledged that he joined with Cunningham in 1999 to contact Pentagon officials who reversed a decision and gave ADCS one of its first big contracts, for nearly $10 million. Hunter's spokesman, Joe Kasper, said the congressman was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Did you catch that?  The Pentagon "reversed a decision" to give ADCS the big money contract.  Not only did the military not ask for the ADCS projects, they actively turned it down.  So how did these projects end up in the federal budget? Cunningham and his good friend Duncan Hunter put in a little overtime.

After the Pentagon declined to give ADCS a contract, it awarded the company a $9.8 million deal in mid-1999 after "inquiries from two members of Congress," a Defense investigation found. Hunter and Cunningham have said they asked Pentagon officials about the program.

Cunningham and Hunter worked so closely together they even got the same awards.

Wilkes' ties to Hunter and Cunningham go beyond campaign contributions. In 2003, the businessman's foundation hosted a "Salute to Heroes" gala to give Hunter an award, just as it did for Cunningham a year earlier. The Wilkes Foundation gave $1,000 in 2003 to a charity run by two of Hunter's staffers, records show.

Not bad, though that $1,000 given to the charity run by two of Hunter's staffers is a drop in the bucket compared to the at least $40,700 Hunter himself received.

So the next time Duncan Hunter shows up on a Sunday morning talk show, I'd like to see someone ask him about this, rather than let him try to steal credit for Democratic attempts to secure American ports.

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Patriot Act II: Legislating Liberty as Currency

...Of the ten maverick senators that solidly stood for civil liberties, two of them hail from Cascadia, USA - Patty Murray (Washington) and Ron Wyden (Oregon). making us truly proud of them! And we are also proud and thankful for the leadership shown by Feingold and Byrd, and the patriotism and guts of the other six senators: Akaka, Bingaman, Harkin, Jeffords, Leahy, and Levin. Not coincidentally, of the ten, nine voted in 2002 against giving Bush carte blanche on the Iraq War...

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Bush Veto Threats, AGAIN

Bush is having another temper tantrum.  Any time he gets wind that the party may break from his dictate, he has a temper tantrum and threatens to veto.

His latest threat was only a couples months ago (although media seems to have a short memory and forgets his past threats).

As a matter of fact, Bush was DETERMINED he would not authorize an EXTENSION on the Patriot Act.  He said "renew it or let it run out.  No extensions." When that didn't work, Bush immediately signed a 1 month extension.

DOPE!  

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Why I Don't Fly Anymore

One woman's story - dealing with TSA 'thugs' mauling her child in the name of "safety"; and her hopes for our future...

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Spotlight on the U.S. - Mexico Border

 

 

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation? President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools. The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp; For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation?

President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools.

The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp;

 

For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

 

 

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