Republican hack gets 2 years for directing Super Pac fund$ for candidate


One of his regular appearances on Fox News

A former Republican political operative was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and another two years of probation in the first criminal case of illegal coordination between a campaign and a purportedly independent political ally.

The reason for “former”, of course, is that he got caught.

Tyler Harber, convicted in February, told the court he knew he was guilty when he created and helped arrange for the super Pac National Republican Victory Fund to buy $325,000 in ads to help Republican Chris Perkins’ 2012 House campaign. He received $9,100 for setting up the deal. He had pleaded guilty to one count of coordinated federal election contributions and one count of making false statements to the FBI…

Prosecutors said he used an alias and other means to deflect inquiries by a political party official. He also admitted that he told multiple lies when interviewed by the FBI.

Federal prosecutor said Harber’s guilty plea and sentencing was “an important step forward in the criminal enforcement of federal campaign finance laws.”

It’s also the only conviction for a crime as common as white bread. The laws were re-written by rightwing flunkies on the Supreme Court. Existing standards for the Federal Election Commission are so wimpy as to hardly exist.

Getting rid of the Citizens United decision is one of the many tasks Congressional conservatives consider unimportant. Not that they work very hard at anything an American citizen might consider dutiful.

The response from leading Republicans like, say, Jeb Bush, is a call to set aside that portion of the law that calls for separation from anonymous donors and candidates for elected office.

Tyler Harber’s PAC? The National Republican Party Victory PAC.

US refuses to aid Poland investigation of CIA secret prisons


Having no hearts, they put their hands over their wallets

The US is hampering Poland’s investigation into a secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including a Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices…

Published in December, the summary of the report by the Senate’s intelligence committee was redacted and did not mention Poland by name, but other facts in it pointed to the country and a secret CIA prison operating there from 2002 to 2003, where terror suspects were submitted to harsh treatment [they mean torture].

Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said Poland immediately asked US justice authorities for a full version of the document, but has had no response. Previous requests for documents and questioning of the alleged victims – now held in Guantánamo Bay –were ignored, he said, and at one point the US authorities said that providing materials would be against US national interests…

The European Court of Human Rights ruled last year that Poland violated the rights of terror suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri by allowing the CIA to imprison them and by failing to stop the “torture and inhuman or degrading treatment” of the inmates.

The court ordered Poland to pay compensation to the two men. Warsaw said it would abide by the ruling.

The US report prompted Polish leaders at the time, Aleksander Kwasniewski and Leszek Miller, to admit – after years of denials – that they authorised a prison, but not torture.

The world waits for Bush and Cheney to be tried for their war crimes – including illegal detention and torture.

SPCA called for animal rescue — for a fiberglass garden ornament


Joshua

Animal rescuers in Scotland said a reported distressed donkey left tied to a backyard fence turned out to be a fiberglass garden ornament.

The Scottish SPCA said investigators responded to a report Tuesday of a donkey tied to a fence without shelter in Airdrie and they arrived to discover the caller was either a prankster or not an expert in donkey identification.

“The caller stated the donkey was kept in the back garden of a house in Airdrie and tied to a fence without any shelter,” Senior Inspector Bill Little said. “When I arrived, the owner asked me if I wanted a laugh and when she showed me the ornamental donkey it certainly gave me a chuckle.”

The donkey is made of fiberglass and goes by the name Joshua. He used to be kept at the side of the house and could be seen by people walking by so it’s possible someone called us as a practical joke,” he said. “However, it may be that someone was genuinely concerned as it is a rather lifelike model.”

Georgie Baxendale, Joshua’s owner, said she was amused by the confusion.

“This is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. I used to have two donkeys and bought Joshua as a reminder,” she said…I think this could have been a joke or maybe the person who reported it just doesn’t know donkeys very well as real ones don’t stand as still as Joshua!”

Actually, we have a neighbor named Scratch who does his very best to stand absolutely still all day – except for breakfast and dinner.

Scratch
Not a garden ornament