Show Details for April 1st, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

  — Former DA, and former member of Congress during Watergate, Elizabeth Holtzman on the firings of the federal prosecutors

 — Independent journalist Daniel Hopsicker, discussing his research on 9-11, Part Two


— Former DA, and former member of Congress during Watergate, ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN on the firings of the federal prosecutors

As the furor builds about the firing of at least 8 federal prosecutors, The Monitor welcomes someone uniquely positioned to discuss this.  Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will discuss the prosecutor purge with former DA and former member of Congress Elizabeth Holtzman

She writes, “Deploying [federal prosecutors] to conduct witch-hunts of politicians of opposing views or to suppress votes is a blatant misuse of their important power.  If Rove or President Bush tried to do this, it is they who need firing.”


Elizabeth Holtzman was the youngest woman elected to Congress, where she served for eight years, including the Watergate era.  She was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in New York City, serving for eight years. Holtzman was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City, where she was responsible for the management of $50 billion in the city’s five pension funds and the issuance of more then $20 billion in NYC debt. She currently works with Herrick Feinstein, LLP, and lives in New York City.

Holtzman, who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, wrote in January 2005 that it was time to put impeachment of George W. Bush on the table.  She asserts that an abuse of power—a serious and grave abuse of power—provides the grounds for impeachment.  The grounds in her book “The Impeachment of George W. Bush” include deception in taking the country to war in Iraq, indifference to human life in Katrina and Iraq, illegal wiretapping and surveillance, torture, and leaking classified information.

“Questions for Karl Rove and President Bush”
By Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper
March 29, 2007
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“The Impeachment of George W. Bush”
By Elizabeth Holtzman
from the January 30, 2006 issue
The Nation


The Impeachment of George W. Bush (Nation Books, 2006)
By Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper

QUOTE from today’s Washington Post:
“About one-third of the nearly four dozen U.S. attorney’s jobs that have changed hands since President Bush began his second term have been filled by the White House and the Justice Department with trusted administration insiders.
The people chosen as chief federal prosecutors on a temporary or permanent basis since early 2005 include 10 senior aides to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, according to an analysis of government records. Several came from the White House or other government agencies. Some lacked experience as prosecutors or had no connection to the districts in which they were sent to work, the records and biographical information show. … Three of the closest advisers to former attorney general John D. Ashcroft also have become U.S. attorneys in the past two years.”

from “Prosecutor Posts Go To Bush Insiders;
Less Preference Shown for Locals, Senators’ Choices”
By Amy Goldstein and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 1, 2007; Page A01



— Independent journalist DANIEL HOPSICKER on oddities he has found re Sept. 11, Part Two

Independent journalist DANIEL HOPSICKER will discuss some of the gumshoe work he did in Venice, Florida to unravel oddities about the flight schools, Mohamed Atta and the attacks on September 11.  His information seriously clashes with the official 9/11 story.  Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi continues with this interview, which started last week.

Hopsicker is the author of Welcome to Terrorland, Mohamed Atta & The 9-11 Cover-up in Florida (2004: Mad Cow Press). He has also done several series of articles on voting machine companies, as well as on the Duke Cunningham scandal.  Hopsicker lives in Venice, Florida.




Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida

Barry & ‘the Boys’: The CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History

Documentary Mohamed Atta & the Venice Flying Circus


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