Why the NSA was tapping Jane Harman in the first place is very important and needs to be investigated. The fact that she was doing AIPAC’s bidding is, to this Jewish American, INFURIATING. But, what’s the worst part about this entire affair as far as I’m concerned is this:
Jane Harman helped George W. Bush win reelection by convincing the NY Times to hold their domestic wiretapping story in 2004.How different would things be if Bush didn’t get a second term? How many pieces of horrible legislation would have not come to pass? Bush’s second term and all that followed is on Jane Harman’s head.
For that alone, she should be forced out of Congress. For that alone, I hope she goes to jail. And, I don’t care of the NSA went after her illegally just to gain something over her. It’s the Jane Harmans & Diane Feinsteins and Jay Rockefellers of Congress that have helped destroy everything this country has stood for.
Jane Harman helped George W. Bush win reelectionFrom CA Politics:
Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.
Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.
In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.
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They were widely reported in 2006, along with allegations that the FBI launched an investigation of Harman that was eventually dropped for a “lack of evidence.”
What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.
And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.
Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.