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    In the Company of Friends

    Bush may be besieged by charges of cronyism, but they don’t seem to have affected his picks for a panel assessing intelligence matters.


    President Bush last week appointed nine campaign contributors, including three longtime fund-raisers, to his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a 16-member panel of individuals from the private sector who advise the president on the quality and effectiveness of U.S. intelligence efforts. After watching the fate of Michael Brown as head of FEMA and Harriet Miers as Supreme Court nominee, you might think the president would be wary about the appearance of cronyism—especially with a critical national-security issue such as intelligence. Instead, Bush reappointed William DeWitt, an Ohio businessman who has raised more than $300,000 for the president’s campaigns, for a third two-year term on the panel. Originally appointed in 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, DeWitt, who was also a top fund-raiser for Bush’s 2004 Inaugural committee, was a partner with Bush in the Texas Rangers baseball team.

    Other appointees included former Commerce secretary Don Evans, a longtime Bush friend; Texas oilman Ray Hunt; Netscape founder Jim Barksdale, and former congressman and 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton. Like DeWitt, Evans and Hunt have also been longtime Bush fund-raisers, raising more than $100,000 apiece for the president’s campaigns. Barksdale and five other appointees—incoming chairman Stephen Friedman, former Reagan adviser Arthur Culvahouse, retired admiral David Jeremiah, Martin Faga and John L. Morrison—were contributors to the president’s 2004 re-election effort. Friedman also served a year on the intelligence board under President Bill Clinton, who appointed chairmen with very different profiles from Bush's Pioneers: former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William Crowe, former Defense secretary Les Aspin, former House speaker Tom Foley and former GOP senator Warren Rudman. (Clinton did also appoint two donors who gave $100,000 apiece to the Democratic National Committee: New York investment banker Stan Shuman and Texas real estate magnate Richard Bloch.)

    According to the White House, the intelligence advisory board offers the president “objective, expert advice” on the conduct of foreign intelligence, as well as any deficiencies in its collection, analysis and reporting. Created during the Eisenhower administration, the board has played a role in determining the structure of the intelligence community. Indeed, its members have been considered important presidential advisers, receiving the highest level security clearance and issuing classified reports and advice to the president.

    Yet, as with many federal panels, membership on the board has also been doled out to top campaign contributors and supporters of the president—a move the White House defends since panelists are not required to have significant intelligence experience.

    Friedman, a former top economic adviser to Bush during his first term, replaced Jim Langdon, a Washington lobbyist and Bush Pioneer who had been board chairman since February. Langdon himself replaced Brent Scowcroft, a close adviser to Bush’s father who was not reappointed to the panel after he publicly criticized Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq.

    Last summer, Langdon became embroiled in ethical questions after The Washington Post reported that he had helped Akin Gump, the law firm where he works as an energy lobbyist, secure a contract with a Chinese firm seeking to buy Unocal, the California energy company. It’s unclear if Langdon resigned or was simply replaced. A board spokeswoman declined comment, and calls to Langdon’s office were not returned. Last week, Bush named 12 members to the panel, leaving four slots on the committee unfilled. Carol Blair, an administrative officer at the board, tells NEWSWEEK that the positions may remain empty. “The size and scope of the board is really up to the president,” she said. “We don’t know what will happen.”
    Dude. Can. Fly.

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    Is this the one that owns Hunter Engineering?

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    • #3
      QUOTE(dvyyyyyy @ Nov 3 2005, 11:09 AM) Quoted post

      Carol Blair, an administrative officer at the board, tells NEWSWEEK that the positions may remain empty. “The size and scope of the board is really up to the president,” she said. “We don’t know what will happen.”
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      We're waiting for offers of post-President board positions, as well as something for the wife and kids, before we decide who will fill these positions.
      From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

      For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


      I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

      The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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      • #4
        If only he could do the same for the ballclub.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(#1 Jimmy fan @ Nov 3 2005, 12:17 PM) Quoted post

          Is this the one that owns Hunter Engineering?
          [/b][/quote]

          No, that's Stephen Brauer.

          http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/Contribut...m?pioneer_ID=45
          The Dude abides.

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          • #6
            What the hell do those people know about
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            “objective, expert advice” on the conduct of foreign intelligence, as well as any deficiencies in its collection, analysis and reporting[/b][/quote]



            Seriously?..... What does Bill DeWitt know about that shit, is the Cardinal owner a fucking spy?

            Now fucking wonder we are at war over bad intelligence, my god he is asking his buddies about what to do with the nation.

            I cannot believe that even die hard Bush supporters are not outraged by this.
            Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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            • #7
              The graphic on top asks if Hillary should run. The results are pretty telling.

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              • #8
                QUOTE(pgrote @ Nov 3 2005, 09:36 PM) Quoted post
                The graphic on top asks if Hillary should run. The results are pretty telling. [/b][/quote]

                Interesting, I am not sure I want her to run.

                I want the Dems to win back the White House and am scared people will vote against her, not for the republican no matter who it is. And I am not sure men in this country are ready for a woman to lead the nation.
                Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                • #9
                  Maybe Scott Rolen could be Secretary of Defense.
                  Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law ~

                  A.C.

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                  • #10
                    As much ass kissing as Curt Schilling did for Bush he should be in charge of something.
                    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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