Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Chertoff Confirmation Hearings Scheduled

I received the following email from Allan Duncan today. If you recall, Allan was the investigator who first nailed down the connection between Michael Chertoff and alleged terrorist financier Magdy Elamir.

I just found the time and date of the Chertoff confirmation hearings and wanted to make you aware. I have copied the info below and have also copied info on members of the commitee that will be questioning him. I just sent an email to Senator Carl Levin but his website states that he only responds to citizens from Michigan so I don't know if he'll get the info or not.

If any of you have contacts with any of the members who may be friendly to actually questioning Chertoff about his links to Dr. Magdy Elamir, I would appreciate it if you could contact them. Their names are hyperlinked so you can go to each Senators website and either send them emails or call them.

Time is running out. The hearings are a week from today!!!

Here's the information:

U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
Title: Nomination Hearing
Date: 2/2/05
Time (EST): 10:00 AM
Place: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm. 342

Hearing to consider the nomination of Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

Committee Membership

Susan M. Collins Chairman (R-ME)
Ted Stevens (R-AK)
George V. Voinovich (R-OH)
Norm Coleman (R-MN)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Lincoln D. Chafee (R-RI)
Robert F. Bennett (R-UT)
Pete W. Domenici (R-NM)
John W. Warner (R-VA)

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Joseph I. Lieberman Ranking Minority Member (D-CT)

Carl Levin (D-MI)
Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
Mark Dayton (D-MN)
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Believe it or not, this one might actually be turnable with the right pressure in the right places. Though I don't expect Lieberman to rock any Bush boats, the rest of the Dems could stick together. There are at least two Republicans on the committee that could hypothetically be flipped - Chafee and Bennett. Warner can be a pitbull, but he's still solidly in the Bush camp.

If any of these Senators are from your state, ask them to ask the right questions. If you need a reminder of what the questions might be, here's a link. And lastly, there might be some more questions tossed out for the asking in the next day or so.

Again, this is a nomination that is not desireable in the least, if for no more reason that Chertoff's apparent view on the Bill of Rights. But defense of the Bill of Rights is a losing argument. Any shot at derailing the nomination has to start with the shady connections between Chertoff and the New Jersey based-terror network in the mid to late '90s.

More to follow...