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Pardoned Iran-Contra figure aided #Bergdahl hunt

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The Sunday Los Angeles Times has a substantive report about now-freed Bowe Bergdahl's captors. It chronicles the events that led to his release and provides background on the groups involved with his imprisonment. They break down the timeline as best they can in the years-long efforts by the U.S. to find and rescue Bergdahl. It's interesting stuff, worth a read. One nugget in particular caught my eye: How U.S. officials relied on a private company in the search. And one of those hired by that company was a guy who was indicted for perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal.

We paid Sunni militants for peace during Bush's fraudulent war, we paid private contractors to fight that war-- Blackwater. That ended well, didn't it?-- and then we paid a private intel group to aid in Bergdahl's recovery. And in turn, they paid local tattletales. We sure do have a lot of spare cash lying around:

The U.S. search for Bergdahl, and his ultimate release, involved an array of U.S. and foreign military and intelligence agencies.

It also included a private intelligence outfit called the Eclipse Group that was run by a former top CIA operations officer, Duane "Dewey" Clarridge.

In 1991, Clarridge was indicted on seven counts of perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal but was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush before his trial was over. He has said he maintained a network of spies and informants in Afghanistan and Pakistan after he left the CIA.

A former Eclipse member said the group paid local informants to collect intelligence, which was passed on to U.S. military commanders searching for Bergdahl.

According to a senior member of the U.S. military who was part of the search for Bergdahl, the Eclipse reports included not only facts, but also rumors. In spite of the unreliability of some of the information, he said, "We take everything we can get." Even advice from an Iran-Contra perjurer.

The more you know.

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Rafael Cruz Could Be Doing Time In The Big House, Not The White House

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Ted Cruz has made no secret about his land of birth -- Canada. Well, he hasn't kept it a secret lately.

A few weeks back, he released his Canadian birth certificate.  He was born to dual-citizenship, something he knew from childhood. Something he repressed for years, and even thought that closing his eyes would make it go away. But his land of birth really isn't what makes his character. How he acts and what he does is the way to judge a (wo)man.

My problems are with his politics, not his citizenship. Character is the important issue.

So why has he not only hidden the fact that he has dual citizenship with Canada, but he's committed perjury while doing so? It seems that Rafael 'Ted' Cruz has lied on US federal forms. That's a federal crime, BTW.

Prior to entering the Senate, Cruz had a legal career that included stints as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning and as an associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department. Both government department's applications include questions about an individual's background.

TALKING POINTS MEMO:

Peter Kaplan, a spokesperson for the FTC, told TPM on Tuesday that the heads of offices at the agency undergo background checks through the Office of Personnel Management. The OPM has standard forms they use “government-wide for various employment and benefits program purposes.” On the OPM’s list of standard forms there are three questionnaires for jobs of various sensitivity; “national security positions,” “public trust positions,” and “non-sensitive positions.” All three of these questionnaires contain detailed sections on citizenship that ask applicants their “place of birth” and whether they have ever held “dual citizenship.”

Archived versions of the OPM website show these questions were included on all three questionnaires when Cruz first worked at the DOJ in 2001 and when he moved to the FTC later that year.

It seems that calls to Senator Cruz' office have not been returned requesting a comment on this. He has stated publicly a few weeks ago that he was going to renounce his Canadian citizenship which could take 8 months to complete. So this becomes a fun game of
"What did he know and when did he know it."

If Rafeal is to be taken at his word that he only recently found out that he was a dual citizen, this Harvard educated lawyer must be quite a simpleton. He would have and should have known just by being born in Canada that he was part Canadian by birth. To have gone all these years and not looked into it? I find that hard to believe. This man is known for being detail orientated -- impressive in his appearances as a lawyer in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Usually sidewalk shysters don't get to Washington to plead cases in front of SCOTUS.

So, either Rafael Cruz is: A - lying, B - stupid, C - eats Wheaties for breakfast,  or D - all of the above. Though I'd like to go with D, I have a feeling that Raffy's been planning this presidential move for a while and he's just gotten caught with his pants down -- leaving A as the most likely answer.

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Oh, if he did lie, it's a federal crime. He might be looking at 4 -8 years, but in the 'big house', not the White House.

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VIDEO: Florida judge sets bond at $1 million for Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman

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FYI, from MSNBC:

A Florida judge granted bond Thursday for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. It’s the second time Zimmerman has been given bail ahead of his trial.

Judge Kenneth Lester set bond at $1 million, but Zimmerman will only need to come up with 10 percent, with the rest provided by a bail bondsman, NBC News reported.

Zimmerman, 28, has been in jail since last month, when prosecutors told the judge that Zimmerman hid from the court the fact that he raised $135,000 in online donations. Lester then revoked the $150,000 bail he had granted Zimmerman on April 20.

UPDATE:

(CNN) -- But an even bigger challenge is finding a bail bond company that will work with the family on the requirement of $1 million in collateral, defense attorney Mark O'Mara said later Thursday. The family does "not have anywhere near" the collateral amount, according to the attorney.

"We are encouraged we can work this out," O'Mara said in a statement.

Donations to Zimmerman's legal defense fund have dropped significantly while Zimmerman has been jailed, O'Mara said. [...]

The fund has a $211,000 balance, but has $40,000 in payables for defense expenses.

UPDATE: Judge: Zimmerman was going to jump bail with other people’s money... Judge: “Trayvon Martin is the only male whose youth is relevant to this case."

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Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman's wife arrested, charged with perjury

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Remember this? Judge revokes bond for George Zimmerman, charged with Trayvon Martin murder. And then he went back to jail "after prosecutors accused him of withholding one of two valid passports and said his wife did not tell the court about money donated for his legal defense."

Well, now the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that George's wife Shellie was arrested on a perjury charge with bond set at $1,000.

Another Lack of Credibility Moment brought to you by the Zimmermans.

UPDATE: Here is the full statement of probable cause (h/t: Think Progress).

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