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Armstrong Williams Payments Illegal, Says GAO


By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/30/2005 5:03:00 PM


The Government Accountability Office says Bush administration payments to broadcast commentator Armstrong Williams to promote its "No Child Left Behind" policy were illegal, according to Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Education and Workforce Committee and one of the leading critics of the Department of Education's PR contract with Williams.

In a report requested by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the GAO found that the payments--around $250,000--violated prohibitions on funding "covert propaganda."

The DOE's own investigation found no illegality in the awarding of the contracts, though it found problems with oversight that the department pledged to address, leaving it to GAO to rule on the legality of the practices cited.


GAO also found a Ketchum Communications media analysis of public attitudes toward the Bush administration and Republicans illegal, said Miller Friday.

"This latest report confirms that the Bush administration broke the law when it wasted taxpayer dollars to promote its own political agenda," said Miller in a statement. "This practice is corrupt and deceptive."


GAO and the Justice department, the administration's controlling legal authority, have not seen eye to eye on covert propaganda in the past, specifically on the issue of unidentified packaged video news releases. GAO says VNRs are illegal; Justice says the releases are not, so long as they are fact-based.
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Originally posted by Solomonic:
Ever notice how these conservatives love to blame shift. They'll highjack a thread in a minute too.


Yea, they came up with yet another catch phrase after hurricane Katrina "The Blame Game". They are MASTERS at the so-called blame game. You can't outblame these modern day conservatives.
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
house negroes are such tools of the racist white....yeah him, jcwatts, connerly...it is funny to see how these types become non-existent after they serve their flunky purpose......


He had it coming, the very people that Armstrong loved, trusted and worshiped took him down. Thats what he deserved for being a sell out. F-him.
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Originally posted by Kashir 8:
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
house negroes are such tools of the racist white....yeah him, jcwatts, connerly...it is funny to see how these types become non-existent after they serve their flunky purpose......


He had it coming, the very people that Armstrong loved, trusted and worshiped took him down. Thats what he deserved for being a sell out. F-him.


....so what does this make no good Jesse Jackson?.....

.....a master or premier house Nigga/sellout/poverty pimp.

....the actions of an Armstrong Williams are small potatoes in comparison, yet the Black community can think of nothing but praise for the snake oil salesman/sleaze artist no good Reverend Jesse Jackson.

...instead of F-Jesse, the Black community makes him a hero, an idol, worthy of praise, someone to be honored, while no good Reverend Jesse Jackson and/or his crew make it a point to cheat, steal, lie, etc., in most every instance.
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
house negroes are such tools of the racist white....yeah him, jcwatts, connerly...it is funny to see how these types become non-existent after they serve their flunky purpose......


He had it coming, the very people that Armstrong loved, trusted and worshiped took him down. Thats what he deserved for being a sell out. F-him.



Yeah...it is sad when a negro tries to be something other than what reality designated them as.....whether physically or philosophically......I could never understand their shame....
Kashir 8 said it best....f-k him and the rest.....even the ones in here....since they are too dumb to even answer a qustion directly....why even waste time talking to them....speaking of house negroes....check this out:



Under Rice, Powell's Policies Are Reborn
By Paul Richter
Times Staff Writer

October 11, 2005

WASHINGTON "” For four years, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and his team faced off against administration hawks on one foreign policy issue after another, and usually went down in defeat.

These days, his successor, Condoleezza Rice, is pushing nearly identical positions, and almost always winning.

An administration that was criticized in the first term for an assertive, go-it-alone approach has reversed ground again and again, joining multinational efforts to keep nuclear arms from North Korea and Iran, mending ties with Europe, and softening a hard line on the United Nations and International Criminal Court.

"She's clearly trying to accomplish a number of the goals that Powell was going after, until he found himself stymied," said Stewart Patrick, who served in Powell's policy planning office.

A former senior State Department official put it more bluntly: "It's Powell's policy without Powell."

The shifts have surprised many in the foreign policy community, who had expected a different approach from Rice. As President Bush's first-term national security advisor, she was a blunt advocate for the tough White House line.

But Rice's course says a lot about the arc of the administration's foreign policy in the second term.

The new diplomacy of compromise has grown in part from the way in which the continuing burden of Iraq has limited U.S. options. After a post-Sept. 11 period of military action and assertive self-interest, the United States has been obliged to give ground to other countries to solve problems.

Rice's stance also raises intriguing questions about how much her instincts really differ from those of her predecessor. Although her ringing rhetoric suggests she shares the neoconservative view that America must move aggressively to reshape other countries, her deeds over the last nine months hint at an old-fashioned "realist," someone willing to deal with "rogue" governments and settle for less-than-perfect solutions.

The new direction stems partly from the fact that Rice has shifted from a neutral post as national security advisor to a job in which she is more removed from the influence of other powerful administration figures "” such as Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld "” while facing daily pressure from foreign leaders, said current and former officials and other experts.

The foreign policy change shouldn't be overstated, experts said.

Despite course adjustments, the Bush team remains highly assertive in its dealings with other countries. In many ways, it remains skeptical of international institutions.

Even so, the change has been undeniable.

The most striking shift to an approach reminiscent of Powell's came three weeks ago, when Rice's envoy to the talks on the North Korean nuclear issue joined a tentative deal that promised the government of Kim Jong Il energy aid, light-water nuclear reactors and security guarantees if it forswore nuclear weapons.

Powell's State Department wanted the kind of engagement with the North Koreans that led to last month's deal. But the more hawkish officials who dominated in Bush's first term hoped they could force an agreement from the Pyongyang government without concessions, and allowed the State Department officials only limited contacts.

In 2002, when Assistant Secretary of State James A. Kelly wanted to try to open a discussion with North Korea, other senior officials decided that he could travel to Pyongyang only in the company of other U.S. aides, who would keep an eye on him.

"They made sure that there couldn't be anything like the kind of engagement that led to this [new] deal," said one former Powell aide, who declined to be identified.

On the Iran nuclear issue, Powell pushed to have U.S. officials work with European countries. He obtained clearance from the White House to begin working in this way, but only over the objections of others in the administration, who argued that the Europeans would be too conciliatory toward Tehran and that their efforts would yield nothing.

In March, Rice took a significant additional step in this direction by announcing the administration's official support for the efforts of Britain, France and Germany to work out a deal with Iran.

Another important foreign policy shift came in April, when the administration for the first time set aside its strong objections to the International Criminal Court.

Administration officials, led by U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton, then the State Department's arms control chief, had taken an unyielding line on the court, which was created to judge war crimes and genocide cases. Bolton and other officials argued that the tribunal infringed on U.S. sovereignty and could lead to foreign judges' trying U.S. troops and military and civilian leaders.

But in April, U.S. officials abstained from voting on a U.N. resolution, thus allowing the United Nations to recognize the court's jurisdiction over cases arising from the fighting in Sudan's Darfur region. Powell had recommended an abstention months earlier, former aides noted.

Bush administration officials say policies have changed along with circumstances.

"We're in a different period," said an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his department's policy. "We had to respond militarily after 9/11.... Now the overriding goal is to try to help the Iraqis and Afghans achieve political victories and build new states. There aren't military solutions to either of those problems."

R. Nicholas Burns, the undersecretary of State for political affairs, said in an interview that Rice had emphasized from the beginning of her term that she intended to stress diplomacy and international institutions to advance the president's agenda. Burns cited the administration's approach in the North Korea and Iran talks, the International Criminal Court abstention and the U.S. decision at last month's meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to soften ambitious demands for reforming the world body's management.

At the same time, Burns said, "we're prosecuting a war on terrorism with military and intelligence means, and we'll be tough as nails where we have to be."

Some analysts argue that Rice's vigorous effort to further the president's "democracy promotion" campaign in the Middle East lines her up with neoconservatives.

Yet there is a debate over how aggressive that effort has turned out to be.

In June, Rice took a bold step with a speech in Cairo that challenged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to reform his government.

But when Egypt's Sept. 7 presidential election drew widespread criticism, the Bush administration responded in a muted fashion, pointing out two of the election's shortcomings yet calling it a "landmark" step.

Rice, who calls her approach "practical idealism," has repeatedly called for Saudi Arabia to broaden democratic participation, while emphasizing that it must do so in its own way and at its own pace.

James Dobbins, a former administration envoy now directing Rand Corp.'s International Security and Defense Policy Center, said the democracy promotion effort could not be portrayed as contributing to a new moderation in administration policy.

Yet dealings with individual countries, with the possible exception of Syria and Lebanon, are "being pursued with some degree of pragmatism," he said. "They've been looking for incremental progress rather than dramatic change."
Who's richer, the so-called leaders or us? The only freedom one has is when sliding out the birth canal and being carried to the grave in the casket. The whole era of one's life is spent filling someone's pockets with go-gobs of cash. I'm taking a hiatus. All this sh!t's too much stress. The Lexus, the yacht, yo' money and all the rest of the jazz and razz-ma-tazz ain't going with you. I like to take timeouts and kiss one of these little children God bestowed upon me. All the time, sorry that my mother's no longer here; thankful I wasn't displaced by Katrina and sorry for all the folks that were.

Hello, Mr. Robert Davis!!!!!!!!!
Armstrong Williams got busted because he didn't understand the rules.

What cracks me up is how anti-business people think that all corporations are crooked. It reflects their own attitudes about money.

If somebody offered you a lot of money, you wouldn't know what to do with it. Why, because you assume that there's a racist conspiracy. So you take the money without understanding any of the legal responsibilities that you have when you make lots of money - you've spent too much of your braintime thinking about the common man and his 20k salary.
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Originally posted by Cobb:
Armstrong Williams got busted because he didn't understand the rules.

What cracks me up is how anti-business people think that all corporations are crooked. It reflects their own attitudes about money.

If somebody offered you a lot of money, you wouldn't know what to do with it. Why, because you assume that there's a racist conspiracy. So you take the money without understanding any of the legal responsibilities that you have when you make lots of money - you've spent too much of your braintime thinking about the common man and his 20k salary.


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Originally posted by Shadow:
If Mr. ARm STrong Williams is to be blamed?
Then Maxine Waters and her family should recieve the same blame. Her family made over a million dollars doing the same thing.


Well said Cobb, and Shadow,

Indeed what you say is true Shadow, and furthermore, all Black people do not have praise and respect for Maxine "Kerosene" Waters!

....funny how so many individuals from our own community will condemn an Armstrong Williams, who has yet to betray the Black community, while remaining silent as silent can get, and/or giving atta boys of admiration to Reverend Jesse Jackson, and all the remaining sleazy Black leadership!

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