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 Post subject: Give Sworn Testimony, Or Resign Over Page Scandal
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:31 pm 
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by Brent Budowsky

The full House Page Board should have been immediately and fully notified that a senior Republican was involved in a scandal that might endanger the safety of Congressional pages. The Page Board should then have immediately and fully opened an investigation to protect the safety of all pages and sent to the Justice Department and FBI any evidence of criminal conduct.
They did not, and whoever was responsible must go. Congress must be reconvened, sworn testimony must be taken from the entire Republican leadership, that testimony must be publicly released, and major new resignations will be necessary.

This cannot wait.

This cannot be treated as yet another abuse of the one party Republican Congress.

This cannot be covered up any longer.

We are talking about moms and dads who send their children in trust to Congress and learn of the sickest abuse against one of them, and learn that Republicans leaders did nothing for 11 months and may have known about this years before.

They endangered other children. They continue to endanger other children until we get to the bottom of this.

The great sin here -- and great sin is not too strong a phrase -- is that this should have been treated with grave seriousness from the first day. The entire leadership should have been immediately alerted. Democratic leadership should have been immediately alerted.

Above all, the entire House Page Group that specifically protects pages, should have opened an immediate and full investigation from day one.

For Congressional Republican leaders to cover up this scandal and this abuse from the full House Page Group and treat this as a backroom deal involving the Chairman of the Republican Campaign Committee, while keeping this secret from the full House Page Board, it is an unpardonable breach of duty, honor and trust.

It was unconscionable and grounds for firing that Democratic Congressman Dale Kildee and the entire group with the sole purpose of protecting pages was not immediately and fully notified, did not immediately and fully investigate, and did not immediately and fully notify law enforcement.

The goal here is to protect pages, not to protect Republicans. Yet this was treated as just one more day in the life of one party Republican Washington, with backroom corruption, with insider deals, with cult like partisan secrecy and now the children are the victim and moms and dads all over America should be outraged.

If ever there were proof positive of the need for checks and balances in our democracy, it is this case. If ever there were proof positive of how hyper-partisan one party abuse in Congress is gravely dangerous for the nation, it is this. If ever there were proof positive that the rule of law must come first, and that there are dark forces in our Capitol who have contempt for the rule of law, it is this.

In the name of defending our children these Congressional Leaders should put their hand on the bible now, this week, and tell the nation the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They should release their testimony in public with no more time wasted by this pathetic scampering to coordinate their cover stories, while the dangers to the children continue.

Republican leaders responsible should have the good grace to resign.

The American people in November should have the good sense to fire them.

And anyone who violated the law and safety of our children should spend time behind bars, not backrooms.

Brent Budowsky

Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left goverment in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. He can be reached at brentbbi@webtv.net.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:37 pm 
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i still want to know why congress people have this "need" for 16 year old pages????? i mean, can't they hire adults to be gophers?

furthermore, what type of parent is willing to pimp their son or duaghter off to some congressman just for the luxury of having their kid work for them? the parents were aware of these emails, yet they remained quiet. they're just as much of a whore as foley is.

nothing would please me more than to go down there and kick the living shit out of a few of them.

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It's all about prestige, mga, IMO....these parents think it's a coup for their kid to be chosen as a Congressional page. That gives them one up on other parents who might be in their social circle. They have the same attitude as parents who push their kids into Hollywood movie roles. They don't care about the impact on the kid, just as long as they get their child up there in the limelight.

Maybe these parents are just naive...but I've always wondered about why pages aren't required to be older. Knowing what we do now about the pedophiles that are lurking behind the guise of their political offices, it's no longer such a mystery.

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I know two people who were pages.

One was a friend of the family. He ended up becoming a state representative for our small town.

The other was one of my cousins. He also worked with Ted Kennedy. He is now finishing law school.

Being a page is a great learning experience for young people. The fact that these scumbag pedophiles are ruining a good thing is what pisses me off. In my opinion, I do not think that chopping off their little pricks would in any way be cruel and unusual punishment. Should make em eat the freaking thing afterwards. Maybe they would think twice about touching one of these kids!!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Perhaps it is time to return to the protection of the constitution guaranteed "Chastity Belt".

Of course with the GOP-Gross old pedophiles- in power, it should be called the "Asstity Belt".

Choice of preferential placement of page markers by ruling parties is based on discretionary dependance and use of protective checks and balances. Wear this sonny and walk with freedom and security.

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