Friday, February 06, 2004

Neocon Errand-boy Picked to Head Iraq Commission

From "This Modern World":

"I hear George W. Bush's hand-picked whitewashing of the Iraq intel failures will be co-chaired by Laurence Silberman.

Described simply as a retired federal judge by most news reports, Silberman was until recently one of the three judges of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which oversees sensitive domestic surveillance issues and approves of wiretaps of suspected terrorists. After 9/11, this became the judicial body which would uphold John Ashcroft's agenda in the Patriot Act and (in the words of the ACLU -- read down in the collection of articles) 'rubber-stamp government applications for intrusive surveillance warrants.'

In other words, Silberman hardly seems disinterested, and more like a full-fledged member of Team Death Star.

Silberman is also one of the two judges who threw out Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction. Later, he served as a 'mentor' to American Spectator writer David Brock during the years of constant character assassination against Bill Clinton."

Whatta suprise . . .


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