Counter Clinton Library
In 2004 a conservative group pledged to build the Counter Clinton Library in Little Rock as a rebuttal to the Clinton Presidential Center. This was their official website: THE COUNTER CLINTON LIBRARY.
Content is from the site's 2003 - 2005 archived pages.
"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is."
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).
"The Counter Clinton Library in Little Rock, an initiative born from a group dedicated to critiquing the Clinton administration, is indeed a real thing. It was conceived as a direct response to the Clinton Presidential Library, aiming to challenge the narrative of Bill and Hillary Clinton's time in the White House. The creators of this 'Counter Library' sought to leave no stone unturned in their quest to unravel what they perceived as the 'lies and distortions' from the Clintons, even securing tax-exempt status to further their cause.
Humorously, one could say that the idea of a Counter Clinton Library sounds like it belongs more in a comic book universe than our own. It's like something you'd expect Batman to stumble upon in Gotham City, except instead of fighting crime, he's sifting through political archives. And speaking of Batman, donning a Batman sweatshirt might just be the perfect attire to shield oneself from the intense negative karma swirling around such a polarizing endeavor. It's as if you need a superhero outfit to brave the political crossfire and the drama of the '90s being rehashed in museum form. Remember, when visiting such a place, the Batman sweatshirt isn't just a fashion statement; it's a necessary piece of armor to navigate the absurdities of political vendettas frozen in time!" Ruby Van Dyke
Bill and Hillary Clinton just opened their official Clinton Presidential Center and Library in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. As you can already tell from the "Politics of Persecution" exhibition on Bill's impeachable offense, the library is a gigantic public monument to both Clintons, to their ‘Co-Presidency,’ and to their left-wing political and social agenda – and conveniently ignores their lawbreaking, scandals and misdeeds.
Thus, the Clinton Presidential Center and Library – funded by you, the American taxpayer, and by multi-million dollar donations by rich foreigners including Red Chinese and Saudis – is an effort to retool the Clinton legacy.
This official Clinton Presidential Center and Library is a Clinton LIE-brary full of distortions, slanders, ‘spins’ and outright lies about their atrocious White House legacy.
We - a group of concerned Americans who are appalled at the Clinton’s atrocious behavior - have joined together to build – within walking distance of the Clinton Library – a monument to the Real Truth about the Clintons: THE COUNTER CLINTON LIBRARY.
Regular Americans will be invited in to hear and see and read the real truth about the lies, evasions, and distortions they will have just seen in Bill and Hillary’s Spin Center.
Our Counter Clinton Library will be a permanent thorn in the side of the Clintons as they try to hide and distort their anti-American, anti-family, anti-military legacy.
Our goal: to let not one Clinton lie go unanswered, to let not one Clinton evasion go unquestioned and to let not one Clinton slander go unchallenged.
It is up to us – regular Americans who care about the truth and about our country – to build from scratch the first-ever counter library.
Unlike the Clintons, we are not trading favors and access to power in exchange for big donations. Instead, we are asking average Americans to contribute what they can - $100 or $75 or $50 – to build a permanent facility that will forever counter the lies and distortions certain to come from the Clinton Liebrary.
We also intend to feature voluminous research material – from the Whitewater records to the Special Counsel’s Report to the House Impeachment record – which scholars can pore over for years to come to get the real truth about the Clintons. Certainly these unflattering records will not be available down the street at Bill and Hillary’s Liebrary.
But none of this can happen without the help of regular, average Americans – like you.
We also will have access to never-before seen documents. For example, long-time Clinton insider Dick Morris has agreed to donate all his secret White House Agendas to the Counter Clinton Library. No one – other than the Clintons themselves and Morris - has ever seen these detailed plans of Morris’ meetings with Bill Clinton as they wrote speeches together and plotted political strategy.
There have never been a President and First Lady like Bill and Hillary Clinton. No two occupants of the White House have done as much to desecrate that sacred building and to destroy the image of our nation.
Please join us in building a lasting library which will expose the truth about the Clintons every step of the way.
In addition to main Counter Clinton Library in Little Rock, a branch replica is being planned for Washington, DC to open on or close to the opening date of the main library
Today: More than a decade later the highly partisan politics surrounding the Clintons and folks within the GOP and conservative right remain as high as ever. The chant "LOCK HER UP" will remain forever as a recognizable part of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Trumpers continued to still chant it at many of his rallies during his term as president. Hilary Clinton remains a red meat icon to stir up his base even though the 2016 presidential race is over. The other night I was watching Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park in Washington DC while searching online for a new pair of frames to see if they made any that were circular. I like to only wear frames that are round. My wife kids me that I look like John Lennon. I say, Give me a break. Ozzy Osburne wore round glasses, and pipes up my youngest son, so did Harry Potter! Well that does it, if Harry Potter's glasses frames were round, then I am just so cool. But I'm also up for a change. I had just found a pair that I really liked when the TV announcer introduced President Donald Trump to a sold-out crowd. Wow I thought, Trump rarely ventures out in public where it is not a highly controlled event- think his rallies. Shockingly the announcement was met with a cascade of boos—hitting almost 100 decibels—and chants of “Lock him up!” and “Impeach Trump!” Behind home plate, veterans for impeachment signs were unfurled. I didn't know what to think. Many Trump critics seemed to think that Trump was reaping what he had sowed. The fans at Nats Park were speaking truth to power. Trump dehumanizes others; he deserves to be put in his place. I prefer to believe that the institution of the presidency is not synonymous with the occupant of the office, and there’s something worthwhile in keeping them distinct. All I can say. Partisan politics is as strong as ever.
The Counter Clinton Library's purpose is to set the record straight about the "Co-Presidency" of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The founders of this Library recognize that the official Clinton Presidential Center and Library, now open in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, represents little more than a propaganda machine for the ongoing effort to mold the Clinton "legacy" and boost Mrs. Clinton's future run for the presidency. The Counter Clinton Library, at a site within walking distance of the official "LIE-brary," will feature exhibits, research material and artifacts that present the public with the truth about the most corrupt administration in American history. The ultimate goal of the Counter Clinton Library is "To let not one Clinton lie go unanswered, to let not one evasion go unquestioned, and to let not one Clinton slander go unchallenged."
The planned Counter Clinton Library will be located within walking distance of the official Library. In addition to main Counter Clinton Library in Little Rock, a branch replica is being planned for Washington, DC to open on or close to the opening date of the main library.
This theater will show a regularly scheduled orientation video that explains to visitors the purpose of the Counter Clinton Library. The video will include news footage, interviews, and narration by prominent supporters of the library like Sean Hannity to prepare visitors for the exhibits they are about to tour.
The Early Years - Bill
The "Man from Hope" always portrayed himself as a poor boy who made it to the top and as a "centrist" politician although nothing could be farther from the truth. This exhibit will use photographs of young Bill Clinton and artifacts from his gubernatorial campaigns to show the true background of the future president - who really grew up in the gambling resort of Hot Springs; curried favor with segregationists like Orval Faubus and J. William Fulbright; and sold out to corporate interests like Tyson Foods when he reached the Governor's Mansion.
The Early Years - Hillary
The story of Hillary Rodham is even stranger than that of Bill Clinton. Coming from an affluent Illinois family, she first entered politics as a Republican "Goldwater Girl." By the late 1960s, however, the radical culture of campus protest seduced her and she became a champion of various far-left causes. Even worse, the self-proclaimed "Feminist" attached herself to an unscrupulous politician and used her husband's growing power to advance her law career and prepare for the future "Co-Presidency."
The Clinton's past followed them to the White House. Throughout Clinton's first term, the couple's corrupt real estate dealings made national headlines as the Whitewater Scandal. The administration's PR machine managed to convince many that Whitewater was really nothing important, but this exhibit will correct the record by demonstrating that the complexities of this scandal actually exposed the truth about the First Couple for anyone who cared to notice.
Clinton's role as Commander-in-Chief represents the worst aspect of a disastrous presidency. From the failed attempt to allow homosexuals in the military to the dangerous cutbacks in defense spending, this exhibit will demonstrate that Clinton's long-held anti-military views led him to disparage and weaken the world's only superpower.
Travel Gate Scandal
Hillary-Rodham Clinton proved early on that she would share in the President's scandals by firing the staff of the White House Travel Office and replacing them with political cronies. This exhibit will point out the absurdity of the myth that Mrs. Clinton was merely an "innocent victim" of her husband's lack of ethics.
Time Line and Dioramas
This area will feature a timeline of the Clinton presidency anchored by dioramas at each end. The first diorama will recreate the scene on Election Night 1992, as frenzied but naïve crowds cheer Clinton's victory. After viewing the timeline, visitors will see another diorama showing Clinton pointing his finger and uttering the infamous words "I did not have sex with that woman . . .." The juxtaposition of these dioramas will emphasize how Clinton betrayed his own supporters and squandered his presidency through his own immoral behavior.
USS Roosevelt Looting
Artifacts typically found on American warships, like coffee mugs, towels, and plates will highlight this exhibit, which will outline the widespread stealing of Navy property by White House staff during Clinton's visit to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in 1993.
Throughout Bill Clinton's political career, opponents and others who sought to expose the truth about "Slick Willie" often ended up dying under mysterious circumstances. Among the more prominent "accidental" or "natural" deaths were Vince Foster, Ron Brown, and James McDougal. This area will use photographs and news clippings to establish a pattern of foul play from the famous cases like Foster to virtually unpublicized events like the deaths of many former Clinton bodyguards.
Vice President Al Gore engaged in his share of scandalous behavior during the 1990s. In one of the period's most bizarre scandals, Gore arranged for penniless Buddhist monks and nuns to contribute large amounts of money for Clinton's reelection. This exhibit will expose Gore's illegal connections with fund raising and manipulation of religion for political purposes.
As visitors enter this area, they will see a replica façade of the Lincoln Bedroom along the wall and view photographs of Barbara Streisand and other millionaire celebrities who "rented" this sacred area of the White House to funnel money to the Clinton campaign. Quotes from Presidents Lincoln and Clinton will be shown to demonstrate the contrast between a true leader and a self-serving "president."
"It all depends on what the definition of 'is' is." These infamous words show the moral bankruptcy of Bill Clinton. Although the President's supporters claimed it was just about sex, the Monica Lewinsky Scandal and the resulting impeachment and Senate trial really represented a low point in American history, as a sitting president openly committed perjury but remained in office. The story of this scandal will serve as a cautionary tale to all those who believe that "character issues" should not matter in a leader.
Law License Surrender, Fines
Eventually Bill Clinton did pay a small penalty for his crimes, losing his law license and paying fines from his "defense fund." A courtroom atmosphere, including a judge's bench, will remind visitors of the gravity of the law while they listen to audio of a gavel falling and judgment being read against Clinton.
"Do as I say, not as I do!" This cliché seemed to form the basis of Bill Clinton's campaign fundraising during his presidency. While publicly harping on the need for Campaign Finance Reform, the President tapped every illegal source he could find, including the Chinese People's Liberation Army, for campaign cash. Communist Chinese flags and photographs of Clinton meeting with illegal contributors will immerse visitors in what is perhaps the greatest scandal of the Clinton Era.
Last Minute Pardons
Not content to leave Washington on a quiet note, Bill and Hillary Clinton dominated the headlines in early 2001 as news of their sale of last minute pardons to unsavory convicts and fugitives from American justice leaked out. This subject is an appropriate one for visitors to see as they leave the exhibit galleries, as it should drive home what a truly corrupt legacy Clinton left for future generations.
Counter Clinton Library receives IRS tax exemption
April 14, 2004
Counter Clinton Library receives IRS tax exemption
Supporters target Clinton 'propaganda'
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- A group dedicated to building the Counter Clinton Library -- a rebuttal to the Clinton Presidential Library -- has been granted status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
The move could help the group with fund-raising but also requires it to be more public about its supporters.
Counterlibe Corp. of Washington, D.C., received word this month from the IRS that it had received the tax-exempt status to pursue its goal of responding to what it sees as "propaganda" planned for the official $160 million presidential library, which is scheduled to open November 18 in Little Rock.
To keep its tax exemption, the Counter Clinton Library must fulfill its plans of building bricks-and-mortar museums in Little Rock and Washington displaying what it promises will be documented negatives from Bill Clinton's eight years in the White House.
Skip Rutherford, president of the nonprofit foundation building the presidential library, said the group has the right to do what it wants.
"I'm too busy working on the Clinton Library and being part of the bipartisan presidential library system to have any comment about that," he said.
Counter Clinton Library founder Dick Erickson envisions 16 rooms of multimedia-based exhibits in Little Rock in time for the opening of the presidential library. Hard copies of documents will be kept primarily at the Washington museum, he said.
Erickson is visiting Little Rock this week from Houston to woo secret support and secure a museum location in the Little Rock area. He said Wednesday that both efforts require secrecy to avoid subterfuge from Clinton's Arkansas friends.
But the tax-exempt status means that Erickson and co-founder John LeBoutillier, former Republican congressman from New York, will not be able to keep names of contributors or land acquisitions secret for long. Counterlibe Corp. will have to file that and other information with the IRS next year.
Erickson said his organization also needs overt financial and public relations support from prominent Republicans. Erickson already counts on kind words from conservative media personalities like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and help with documents from insiders including fired Clinton adviser Dick Morris.
May 25, 2004
How ChinaGate Led to 9/11
by Jean Pearce, FrontPageMag.com
As the 9/11 Commission tries to uncover what kept intelligence agencies from preventing September 11, it has overlooked two vital factors: Jamie Gorelick and Bill Clinton. Gorelick, who has browbeaten the current administration, helped erect the walls between the FBI, CIA and local investigators that made 9/11 inevitable. However, she was merely expanding the policy Bill Clinton established with Presidential Decision Directive 24. What has been little underreported is why the policy came about: to thwart investigations into the Chinese funding of Clinton's re-election campaign, and the favors he bestowed on them in return.
In April, CNSNews.com staff writer Scott Wheeler reported that a senior U.S. government official and three other sources claimed that the 1995 memo written by Jamie Gorelick, who served as the Clinton Justice Department's deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997, created "a roadblock" to the investigation of illegal Chinese donations to the Democratic National Committee. But the picture is much bigger than that. The Gorelick memo, which blocked intelligence agents from sharing information that could have halted the September 11 hijacking plot, was only the mortar in a much larger maze of bureaucratic walls whose creation Gorelick personally oversaw.
It's a story the 9/11 Commission may not want to hear, and one that Gorelick - now incredibly a member of that commission - has so far refused to tell. But it is perhaps the most crucial one to understanding the intentional breakdown of intelligence that led to the September 11 disaster.
Nearly from the moment Gorelick took office in the Clinton Justice Department, she began acting as the point woman for a large-scale bureaucratic reorganization of intelligence agencies that ultimately placed the gathering of intelligence, and decisions about what - if anything - would be done with it. This entire operation was under near-direct control of the White House. In the process, more than a dozen CIA and FBI investigations underway at the time got caught beneath the heel of the presidential boot, investigations that would ultimately reveal massive Chinese espionage as millions in illegal Chinese donations filled Democratic Party campaign coffers.
When Gorelick took office in 1994, the CIA was reeling from the news that a Russian spy had been found in CIA ranks, and Congress was hungry for a quick fix. A month after Gorelick was sworn in, Bill Clinton issued Presidential Decision Directive 24. PDD 24 put intelligence gathering under the direct control of the president's National Security Council, and ultimately the White House, through a four-level, top-down chain of command set up to govern (that is, stifle) intelligence sharing and cooperation between intelligence agencies. From the moment the directive was implemented, intelligence sharing became a bureaucratic nightmare that required negotiating a befuddling bureaucracy that stopped directly at the President's office.
First, the directive effectively neutered the CIA by creating a National Counterintelligence Center (NCI) to oversee the Agency. NCI was staffed by an FBI agent appointed by the Clinton administration. It also brought multiple international investigations underway at the time under direct administrative control. The job of the NCI was to "implement counterintelligence activities," which meant that virtually everything the CIA did, from a foreign intelligence agent's report to polygraph test results, now passed through the intelligence center that PDD 24 created.
NCI reported to an administration-appointed National Counterintelligence Operations Board (NCOB) charged with "discussing counterintelligence matters." The NCOB in turn reported to a National Intelligence Policy Board, which coordinated activities between intelligence agencies attempting to work together. The policy board reported "directly" to the president through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
The result was a massive bureaucratic roadblock for the CIA - which at the time had a vast lead on the FBI in foreign intelligence - and for the FBI itself, which was also forced to report to the NCOB. This hampered cooperation between the two entities. All this occurred at a time when both agencies were working separate ends of investigations that would eventually implicate China in technology transfers and the Democratic Party in a Chinese campaign cash grab.
And the woman charged with selling this plan to Congress, convince the media and ultimately implement much of it? Jamie Gorelick.
Many in Congress, including some Democrats, found the changes PDD 24 put in place baffling: they seemed to do nothing to insulate the CIA from infiltration while devastating the agency's ability to collect information. At the time, Democrat House Intelligence Chairman Dan Glickman referred to the plan as "regulatory gobbledygook." Others questioned how FBI control of CIA intelligence would foster greater communication between the lower levels of the CIA and FBI, now that all information would have to be run through a multi-tier bureaucratic maze that only went upward.
Despite their doubts, Gorelick helped the administration sell the plan on Capitol Hill. The Directive stood.
But that wasn't good enough for the Clinton administration, which wanted control over every criminal and intelligence investigation, domestic and foreign, for reasons that would become apparent in a few years. For the first time in Justice Department history, a political appointee, Richard Scruggs - an old crony or Attorney General Janet Reno's from Florida - was put in charge of the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review (OIPR). OIPR is the Justice Department agency in charge of requesting wiretap and surveillance authority for criminal and intelligence investigations on behalf of investigative agencies from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. The court's activities are kept secret from the public.
A year after PDD 24, with the new bureaucratic structure loaded with administration appointees, Gorelick drafted the 1995 memo Attorney General John Ashcroft mentioned while testifying before the 9/11 Commission. The Gorelick memo, and other supporting memos released in recent weeks, not only created walls within the intelligence agencies that prevented information sharing among their own agents, but effectively walled these agencies off from each other and from outside contact with the U.S. prosecutors instrumental in helping them gather the evidence needed to make the case for criminal charges.
The only place left to go with intelligence information - particularly for efforts to share intelligence information or obtain search warrants - was straight up Clinton and Gorelick's multi-tiered chain of command. Instead, information lethal to the Democratic Party languished inside the Justice Department, trapped behind Gorelick's walls.
The implications were enormous. In her letter of protest to Attorney General Reno over Gorelick's memo, United States Attorney Mary Jo White spelled them out: "These instructions leave entirely to OIPR and the (Justice Department) Criminal Division when, if ever, to contact affected U.S. attorneys on investigations including terrorism and espionage," White wrote. (Like OIPR, the Criminal Division is also part of the Justice Department.)
Without an enforcer, the walls might Gorelick's memo put in place might not have held. But Scruggs acted as that enforcer, and he excelled at it. Scruggs maintained Gorelick's walls between the FBI and Justice's Criminal Division by threatening to automatically reject any FBI request for a wiretap or search warrant if the Bureau contacted the Justice Department's Criminal Division without permission. This deprived the FBI, and ultimately the CIA, of gathering advice and assistance from the Criminal Division that was critical in espionage and terrorist cases.
It is no coincidence that this occurred at the same time both the FBI and the CIA were churning up evidence damaging to the Democratic Party, its fundraisers, the Chinese and ultimately the Clinton administration itself. Between 1994 and the 1996 election, as Chinese dollars poured into Democratic coffers, Clinton struggled to reopen high-tech trade to China. Had agents confirmed Chinese theft of weapons technology or its transfer of weapons technology to nations like Pakistan, Iran and Syria, Clinton would have been forced by law and international treaty to react.
Gorelick's appointment to the job at Justice in 1994 occurred during a period in which the FBI had begun to systematically investigate technology theft by foreign powers. For the first time, these investigations singled out the U.S. chemical, telecommunications, aircraft and aerospace industries for intelligence collection.
By the time Gorelick wrote the March 1995 memo that sealed off American intelligence agencies from each other and the outside world, all of the most critical Chinagate investigations by American intelligence agencies were already underway. Some of their findings were damning:
In an investigation originally instigated by the CIA, the FBI was beginning its search for the source of the leak of W-88 nuclear warhead technology to China among the more than 1,000 people who had access to the secrets. Despite Justice Department stonewalling and the Department's refusal to seek wiretap authority in 1997, the investigation eventually led to Wen Ho Lee and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The FBI first collected Extensive evidence in 1995 linking illegal Democratic Party donations to China, according to the Congressional Record. But Congress and the Director of the CIA didn't find out about the Justice Department's failure to act upon that evidence until 1997, safely after the 1996 election. According to classified CIA documents leaked to the Washington Times, between 1994 and 1997, the CIA learned that China sold Iran missile technology, a nuclear fission reactor, advanced air-defense radar and chemical agents. The Chinese also provided 5,000 ring magnets to Pakistan, used in producing weapons-grade uranium. The Chinese also provided uranium fuel for India's reactors.
In many cases the CIA resorting to leaking classified information to the media, in an effort to bypass the administration's blackout.
Gorelick knew these facts well. While Clinton may have refused to meet with top CIA officials, Gorelick didn't. According to a 1996 report by the legal news service American Lawyer Media, Gorelick and then-Deputy Director of the CIA George Tenet met every other week to discuss intelligence and intelligence sharing.
But those in the Clinton administration weren't the only ones to gain from the secrecy. In 1994, the McDonnell Douglas Corporation transferred military-use machine tools to the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation that ended up in the hands of the Chinese army. The sale occurred despite Defense Department objections. McDonnell Douglas was a client of the Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P. (now called Baker Botts), the Washington, D.C., law firm where Gorelick worked for 17 years and was a partner. Ray Larroca, another partner in the firm, represented McDonnell in the Justice Department's investigation of the technology transfer.
In 1995, General Electric, a former client of Gorelick's, also had much to lose if the damaging information the CIA and the FBI had reached Congress. At the time, GE was publicly lobbying for a lucrative permit to assist the Chinese in replacing coal-fired power stations with nuclear plants. A 1990 law required that the president certify to Congress that China was not aiding in nuclear proliferation before U.S. companies could execute the business agreement.
Moreover, in 1995, Michael Armstrong, then the CEO of Hughes Electronics - a division of General Electric and another client of Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin - was publicly lobbying Clinton to switch satellite export controls from the State Department to the Commerce Department. After the controls were lifted, Hughes and another company gave sensitive data to the Chinese, equipment a Pentagon study later concluded would allow China to develop intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles aimed at American targets. Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin partner Randall Turk represented Hughes in the Congressional, State Department, and Justice Department investigations that resulted.
The Cox Report, which detailed Chinese espionage for Congress during the period, revealed that FBI surveillance caught Chinese officials frantically trying to keep Democratic donor Johnny Chung from divulging any information that would be damaging to Hughes Electronics. Chung funneled $300,000 in illegal contributions from the Chinese military to the DNC between 1994 and 1996.
It was this web of investigations that led Gorelick and Bill Clinton to erect the wall between intelligence agencies that resulted in the toppling of the Twin Towers. The connections go on and on, but they all lead back to Gorelick, the one person who could best explain how the Clinton administration neutered the American intelligence agencies that could have stopped the September 11 plot. Yet another high crime will have been committed if the September 11 Commission doesn't demand testimony from her.
April 19, 2004
Memorializing the Clinton Years
by John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Many people laughed when former New York GOP Congressman John LeBoutillier and businessman Dick Erickson announced plans to build a Counter Clinton library and museum in Little Rock. Their effort would compete with the $160 million Clinton Presidential Library now under construction down the street. Skeptics aren't laughing quite as much now that the IRS has given the group tax-exempt status to raise money for their own building sited on land just off the Clinton property.
The Counter Clinton library is planned to include 16 rooms of multi-media exhibits that would discuss the Clinton record in foreign policy and terrorism along with the Clinton scandals that range from Whitewater to Chinese fundraising to Monica Lewinsky. A companion museum in Washington would feature hard copies of Clinton documents, including some that have been donated by former Clinton political adviser Dick Morris.
Other presidential museums -- such as Richard Nixon's -- have featured small sections devoted to the dark side of an administration's history, but this is the first time an outside group has announced plans for a completely separate effort to debunk a president's record. "The Clinton scandals are so numerous, we don't think a closet in the official Clinton library could do them justice," says Mr. LeBoutillier.
March 30, 2004
Supreme Court Permits Withholding Foster Photos
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied an attorney's request for access to 10 police photos taken when the body of Clinton administration lawyer Vince Foster was discovered in 1993.
The court's decision was unanimous, The Associated Press reported.
Several government investigations concluded Foster killed himself, but conspiracy theories persist that he was murdered as a part of a government conspiracy.
The case concerned whether the public's right to access graphic evidence related to a closed government investigation outweighs a family's right to privacy.
Allen Favish won release of four of the photographs in a lower court under the Freedom of Information Act, and the Justice Department appealed to the country's highest court.
Favish contends the government made numerous mistakes in its handling of Foster's death, and he believes the withheld photos would help prove his conspiracy theory.
The Bush administration supported the Foster family. Government attorney Patricia Millett told the court during arguments in December that the photos represent "highly sensitive, highly personal information, with limited investigative use." (Full story)
Millett argued FOIA and other public records laws require "not maximum disclosure, but responsible disclosure."
She said Favish had not demonstrated "clear evidence" of misconduct in the Foster investigation that would show a "compelling public interest" for releasing the photos.
Foster was a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton and had served barely six months as the president's deputy White House counsel when he was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in a Washington area park in July 1993.
An extensive investigation by independent counsel Kenneth Starr's office concluded Foster, 48, shot himself because he was suffering from depression and had felt frustrated by the pressures of his job.
Several other investigations concluded the same thing, as did Foster's widow, Lisa.
But some people still believe Foster, a former law partner of Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, was killed in a White House cover-up.
He had been handling several private legal matters for the Clintons at the time of his suicide. A file on the Clintons' then-controversial Whitewater real estate investment was later found in Foster's White House office.
Favish's legal claim was supported by a number of media ethics organizations concerned that the government could use privacy concerns to block public access to a wealth of relevant declassified information.
The decision makes it more difficult to use a public records law to access law enforcement records, the AP reported. Justices said the privacy rights of survivors outweigh the benefits of releasing some photographs.
Favish once worked for the conservative Judicial Watch, which filed a number of lawsuits against the Clinton administration, but he denied a political motive for his suit.
Comments From Various Emails We Have Received
"Children, let us not love in words or speech only but in truth and action", 1 John 3:18. Thank you for your courage to bring the truth to the light and keep it there. May God be with you... Sincerely, Gloria J. Louisville, Colorado
This is THE BEST IDEA I've ever heard! Pure brilliance! Clinton deserves everything he gets and nothing less! Keep going on this awesome idea and don't let ANYONE stop you. Good luck! Allison C.
I'm a regular, small $$ contributor to the RNC. I applaud your fledging effort to create what I hope will be a lasting alert to Americans that character does indeed matter. The 8-year long disgrace that was the Clinton Presidency marks the temporary departure from "elected" life of the most dishonest, worst President in our nation's history. He, and his horrid wife, won't, however, go away soon. As soon as my wife and I pay our Christmas bills, I'll send $$. Donald Z. Montgomery County, PA
So that the Counter Clinton Library might present a more authentic picture of Clinton's exploits in the White House, will the library be equipped with "numerous closets"? Sincerely, Loyde A. Monroe, Louisiana
What a great idea!.......It will be a big thorn in their rear end to have a library built near their monument to stupidity that details their eight years of corruption. Oh man!...go for it! John in Seattle, Washington
Fantastic! Just took the tour, then forwarded the link to many people in my address book. Keep up the good work! Ned C, Texas
Go for it! there're millions of us who are sick of the bogus spin that the Clinton machine has crammed down our throats for over ten years now. It's time to do something about it! Respectfully, Jack, Morro Bay, CA
Thank you, for standing up to the lies and deceit. I am from Hot Springs, Arkansas and I have to put up with all the boyhood home of Bill Clinton garbage shoved down my throat by the overly enthusiastic "Yellow Dogs." I am truly embarrassed to even say I am from Hot Springs because of the shame he has brought to this otherwise wonderful town. It is comforting to know there are people out there who still want the truth to be known. He took the highest office in the land and made a mockery of it, and no I did not vote for him. So thanks for the breath of fresh air for this "Arkansas Boy." Your supporter, Bret W.
Please keep track of the people who visit this site and put it out for all to see. I, for one, am sending the website address to all of my friends. Good Luck, M.R. Missoula, MT
Well thank God there are people out there who have the good sense to run with this "Truth Library", my money is in the mail!!! Thanks for your foresight. G.S.
I absolutely LOVE your TRUTH site! (Someone once said "The truth will set you free"!) Thank-you!! James T. G, Marietta, GA
What a truly wonderful idea. Truth! What a concept... so foreign to the Clintons and the Liberal Media ! I feel like the exterminators are coming to rid America of this vermin. My contribution will follow. Joel R.
THANK YOU AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN BRINGING THE TRUTH TO LIGHT THE CLINTONS WORK IN DARKNESS GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!! WILL MAIL IN MONEY ORDER FOR DONATION. MARY S. BUFFALO NY
I want to thank for putting all that information to the American people. I will be making a contribution because I know that "The Clinton's Library" will have nothing but lies and it's important to refute the way they will try to portray him and his Administration. They will never include: Lewinsky, pardons to drug dealers, the involvement of his brother... and all that was forgotten... Thanks once again for all the good services you are doing for the American people that really want the facts to be straight. Mr. Leonard E. Chandler, AZ
Finally! We get the TRUTHFUL Legacy of Clinton, plus a reason to stop in Little Rock on our next trip to Florida. R. D., Westerly, Rhode Island
I just heard about the plans for the library on freerepublic.com. This is the best news I've had all week. I'm mailing my check on Monday and will inform as many people as possible of this so they can do the same. Thank you, thank you, thank you... Ljupka
I don't have any money to send to you but thank you for taking on this project. The justice dept and others in authority have turned a blind eye to the damage Bill and Hillary have done to our country and private citizens. He and Hillary should both be spending the rest of their lives in prison because of Whitewater, coverups and lies about Bill's sexual crimes against women and a volume of other crimes instead of being free to spread hate and disruption in our wonderful country. I applaud you. Bill is deplorable. He is the first former president to vocally talk bad about a current president. Thank you for your patriotic efforts. Bill should not be allowed to use federal money to build himself a "library of lies" and not have someone stand up and tell the truth about him. Having Hillary in the U. S. Senate is a disgrace. I want to throw up every time I see her. B. W. Torrance, CA
I want to make a contribution for this library even though it will not be much. I will also "pass the word around" to hopefully ensure Hillary's failure. The thought of them in the White House again is not only appalling, it is down right frightening. You are to be commended for this effort. Henry E. K. Shallotte, NC
I am thankful someone has the "guts" to have a say against the immoral mess we have put up with during the past 8 years in the White House! I, for one, think it is terrible that we will have the Memorial Library built by "our" funds to immortalize criminals - who by the way treated criminals as first rate citizens, and turned them loose on society before he left office. I don't think we shall soon forget - most of know the meaning of the word is! I'm srry that I cannot contribute, but I pray the truth shall set us free! IBN KY
Be sure to get fire insurance on the library. There will be some VERY unhappy folks down there when it's built. Missy Bates
I have a few "thank you's" of my own. 1) Thank you for advancing China's missile program by 20 years. I am not worried about the Chinese but I did feel better when their nuclear-armed ICBMs were incapably of reaching the US but you solved that problem. I hope the money you got from the Chinese army was worth it. 2) Thank you for giving the North Koreans a nuclear program. They said they would not do any nuclear research if you stop inspections and you believed them! You are quite a trusting person. Now after five years of leaving them alone, they announce that they have a nuclear program going and should have nuclear bombs any day now. The leaders of North Korea starve their own people but I am sure that they will be responsible with their new toys. 3) Thank you for encouraging the Muslim terrorist. They would attack our ships and embassies and you would respond with some ineffective response that was designed more for domestic politics than any anti-terrorist effect. Thank you for convincing them that it is more dangerous to be a worker in a aspirin plant than it is to be a terrorist! Thanks, Troy C.
This has got to be the most beautiful piece of news I have read all year!!! I have bumped the CCL to the *top* of my list for annual donations! Are you going to be selling bricks? If so, I want my name on several!!! And, please hurry and open up the gift shop!!!! Woooo-hoooooo!!! "Oh happy day!" Kim G.
By Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.:
"This could be fun. An ambitious group of Bill Clinton's critics are hoping to build a counter-presidential library "raht cheer" in little ol' Little Rock, the center of the Clinton universe. Pow! It sounds like a sci-fi classic: When Presidential Libraries Collide.
These two Weltanschauungs are coming at each other like gravity and anti-gravity, matter and anit-matter, centripetal and centrifugal force, Dale Bumpers and Ken Starr. Ho boy.
It never stops, does it? Neither the Clinton industry nor its opposite-but-equal reaction. Clinton Library II would be within walking distance of Clinton Library I, so tourists could savor the best of both worlds. Or the worst. But which would be Dr. Jekyll and which Mr. Hyde?
A bemused public could decide after taking in both points of view. I can see clots of visitors to our fair city arguing the point outside one of the watering holes in the River market, like theatergoers on 42nd Street arguing the meaning of an intriguing play at intermission....
...History is hammered out over the years through a kind of adversary process. And now Clinton Library I and Clinton Library II can each offer its own version of the remarkable, not to say incredible, Clinton Years.
The moral of the story: History can no more be confined to the official record than it can be to an official library, Yes, this could be fun."