Dennis Hastert: A Portrait of a Political System Termite by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
28 December 2009

The Erosion & Rotting of a Nation’s Foundation

While dictionaries and encyclopedias, including Wikipedia, provide a thorough definition and description of insect termites, none offers any information on the semi-human termites embedded within the political system of our nation, where they feed on the lobby and special interest Political Eco System while they cause serious foundational and structural damage to the welfare of the public majority, and to future generations’ prosperity and liberties. These Political System Termites (PST) and their colonies exist and thrive within various branches and layers of the political governing system, and they go by different names or titles, including Representative, Senator, Secretary, and Advisor. Regardless of title differences and purely cosmetic differentiations and technicalities, they belong to the same political eco system and all are considered members of the PST family. This article will focus mainly on Congressional Termites.

Let’s start by comparing some general overlapping characteristics between the widely acknowledged and recognized insect termites and the still-waiting-to-be recognized and defined Political System Termites (PST):
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Abramoff said he had agreement with White House aide just a month after Bush took office

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by Larisa Alexandrovna
Raw Story
Monday November 17, 2008

Email noting relationship with White House came just a month after Bush took office

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff told his colleagues at his former law firm that he had an “agreement” regarding communications with a former assistant to then-Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, perhaps the most substantial documented tie between Abramoff and the White House to date.

In the email, dated Feb. 27, 2001, Abramoff reprimands a colleague who asked him to use Susan Ralston – Special Assistant to the President George W. Bush and then-Bush senior adviser Karl Rove – to arrange a meeting with the President for one of his clients.

In response, Abramoff writes that Ralston and he have an “agreement with her as to what we are going to ask her and when.”

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via The Raw Story | Abramoff said he had agreement with White House aide just a month after Bush took office

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Judge sentences former lobbyist Abramoff to four years

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Judge sentences former lobbyist Abramoff to four years

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Thought I’d post some good news tonight.  😉  Lo

By Marisa Taylor
McClatchy Newspapers
09/04/2008

WASHINGTON — Jack Abramoff, the one-time super lobbyist who wined and dined the Republican political elite, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for his role in an influence-peddling scheme that ushered in sweeping lobbying reforms in Washington.

Abramoff could’ve received up to 11 years in prison, but Judge Ellen S. Huvelle decided he deserved a more lenient sentence for helping the Justice Department convict a congressman and nine others. Huvelle, however, rejected calls from prosecutors to hand down an even lower sentence.

As part of a deal with prosecutors in 2006, Abramoff pleaded guilty to tax evasion, fraud, and conspiracy to bribe public officials in connection with defrauding casino-rich Indian tribes and encouraging former congressional staffers to violate a one-year lobbying ban. The judge ordered Abramoff to continue to pay more than $23 million in restitution to his former tribal clients.

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McClatchy Washington Bureau | 09/04/2008 | Judge sentences former lobbyist Abramoff to four years.

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