Is Melanie or her husband corrupt? I do not know. Obviously it is risky to ask questions such as this of a former Federal Prosecutor. She might bring one of her numerous lawsuits against me. Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is bringing a lawsuit against journalist Peter Lance. Fitzgerald wants to cover up government involvement in the 9-11 attacks by suppressing Lance’s book, "Triple Cross".
Sloan has listed fifteen Congresspersons and accuses THEM of "egregious" corruption. Melanie may be correct, they might be among the most corrupt. But her list includes three Congresscritters, opposed to the Iraq War, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel and John Murtha. Melanie herself has a conflict of interest with respect to these three anti-war Democrats. Her husband Eric Anderson was part the Iraq genocide and has profited from it. Anderson may be part of a privatized intelligence network, SAIC, supporting NSA spying on Americans.
Melanie has no problem making accusations. Maxine Waters, "By using her position as a member of Congress to assist a bank to which she has financial ties, Rep. Waters violated House conflict-of-interest rules and engaged in conduct that does not reflect creditably upon the House." Charlie Rangel’s ethics issues include "Improper Use of Congressional Stationary", "Improper Rental Arrangements", and "Improper Vehicle Storage". Conservative Democrat John Murtha is hardly a saint, Melanie says he may take bribes.
"If, as it appears, Rep. Murtha accepted donations to his campaign and political action committees in direct exchange for earmarking federal funds, he may have committed bribery and honest services fraud and engaged in conduct not reflecting credibility on the House."
I do not know if these folks are corrupt but they are widely hated by neo-conservatives because of their opposition to the Iraq War. Obviously, our congressional system is corrupt, especially because of corporate lobbyists and their Pay-To-Play campaign shenanigans. But they have street credibility and for fairness there are some facts that should be considered. Waters and Rangel voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War. Waters also questioned CIA drug running.
Following a 1996 San Jose Mercury article alleging the complicity of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Los Angeles crack epidemic of the 1980s, Waters called for an investigation into the matter. In her request, Waters asked whether "U.S.-government paid or organized operatives smuggled, transported and sold it to American citizens."
Rangel has taken on both George Bush and Dick Cheney.
On September 22, 2005, Rangel compared Republican President George W. Bush to Bull Connor, the former Public Safety Commissioner of Birmingham, Alabama, stating: ""George Bush is our Bull Connor."…The feud between Vice President Dick Cheney and Rangel "reignited as the Harlem lawmaker ripped the veep as a draft dodger who found it ‘easy to fight [a war] with other people’s children’" and said that Cheney is "’like a chess player; he likes to move other people’s pieces. In this case, it’s sending other people’s kids to war’,"
Murtha earned the hatred of neo-cons by opposing the Iraq War in 2006. Murtha is also opposed to the Afghanistan "surge" that would escalate the eight year failure with more US troops and casualties.
Recently Melanie has another campaign, she loves her corporate lobbyists and she wants us to love them too. Melanie was quoted by something called the "Public Affairs Council". This is similar to the American League of Lobbyists, being a Lobby for Corporate Lobbyists and Public Relations. Not all members of this outfit are evil, just many of them. Their membership includes Exxon, Wellpoint, Dow, Nuclear Energy Institute, Federal Reserve, Pfizer, Shell Oil, Unum, Hunt Oil and on and on. The corrupt, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, will address the Public Affairs Council’s fall board meeting. Sadly, lobbyists do not want to be identified as lobbyists.
"Part of what we haven’t appreciated is that by all of our lobbyist-bashing, people now don’t want to identify themselves as lobbyists," Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told the magazine. "People used to register out of an abundance of caution, and now the opposite is happening. They aren’t registering because they are embarrassed or worried about their job prospects. It’s a matter of concern because the administration wants more disclosure, not less."
Melanie’s husband Eric Anderson works for SAIC. SAIC fabricated "intelligence" about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. This included false "intelligence" supplied to Douglas Feith that Saddam had a nuclear weapons program. If you need a job, SAIC is seeking more "spooks" in Iraq to continue the military occupation of Iraq and theft of their resources, that is OIL. But it is top secret.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) NYSE: SAI is a FORTUNE 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company headquartered in the United States with numerous federal, state, and private sector clients. It works extensively with the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Intelligence Community, including the National Security Agency, as well as other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.
Melanie supports accountability and she needs to tell us how much lobbyist money has made its way to CREW. More important is her conflict of interest with respect to Iraq. Is this a neo-con campaign against anti-war Democrats?