Thursday, June 21, 2007


Here is an example of what Corporate Lawyers do best which is to find " loop-holes " in the law & ways to get around the laws when they are seen as mere nuisances or hurdles which corporations need to get over or around . These laws & pieces of legislation are often written in such a way to allow for some " loop-holes" & making the language at times rather vague...
& one wonders how different are these attorneys from those who work for the US attorney General Alberto Gonzales )who is a quisling of the Bush Neocon regime ) who also have a cynical view of the law & of the legislative process & other inconveniences like elected officials or the judiciary & the US Supreme Court
or the opinions of the public at large ... these attorneys believe their loyalty is to the Bush Regime & the Neoconservative Republican agenda & not to the US Constitution or Bill Of Rights or other bits of " liberal Nonsense " is the reason for hiring immigrants one of altruism to help these immigrants to become legal or is it just to be able to pay lower wages & provide fewer employee benefits ...

June 19, 2007
From: ZaZona at YouTube
Christine Romans reports on a video that appeared on YouTube of an immigration seminar. Topics included a tutorial for employers who want to import foreign workers by using H-1B, H-2B, and green cards. The video clips were put on youtube by a law firm called Cohen & Grigsby who held an immigration seminar on May 15, 2007 in Pittsburgh. Some of the subjects covered included instructions to employers how to avoid hiring qualified and interested American workers. Dobbs got it right when he said that this is a blatant attempt to screw American workers.

And here's more:

June 16, 2007
From: programmersguild at YouTube
Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week

also check out more on this story at Daily Koss

How To Not Hire An American
by Bob Oak Mon Jun 18, 2007

" Our goal is clearly NOT TO FIND a qualified and interested U.S. worker."

It's on video, believe it or not, and even presented as a selling point to peddle their services by Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm. That's right, this group of attorneys put an entire seminar on how to screw over the American worker on YouTube. Imagine that, a seminar from lawyers on how to make sure one doesn't have to hire an American worker!

More later on how US government services & departments are being contracted out or out-sourced making government bureaucracies into private concerns with little oversight while hiding the true cost of running these departments & their effectiveness...

Here is an article by William Fisher at TruthOut about abuses of regulations within the State Department to punish those within the department who do not follow the Republican & Neoconservative party line or those suspected of being " whisle Blowers ". The thing is that they are using a process which is legal on the face of it but they are interpreting the language of the regulations in ways that allow them a great deal of leeway- in the hands of a competent lawyers language can be manipulated to serve one's own purposes or agenda-

The point about "whistle blowers " is that someone working in a government department who knows of unlawful or questionable goings-on which affects the department's policies & effectivenes which impact the public surely should be reported as the employees loyalty is first & foremost to the citizenry & the nation & not to the government of the day or the President & his cronies-of course to the Neoconservatives loyalty to President Bush & his appointees & to the Republican Party come first - we see the same sort of behaviour on the part of PM Tony Blair & PM Stephen Harper for them also loyalty is everything- " Loose lips sink ships " as it were ...

Group: Agency Wrongfully Suspended Security Clearances
Monday 18 June 2007

As the US struggles to fill critical posts in its diplomatic missions overseas - including its massive new embassy in Baghdad - the State Department is suspending the security clearances of dozens of experienced Foreign Service Officers based on flimsy allegations or bogus accusations.

This charge is being made by an organization known as Concerned Foreign Service Officers (CFSO), which claims that security clearances often remain suspended for years, thus preventing the employee from doing the work for which he or she has been trained. CFSO is calling for an overhaul of the department's diplomatic security management and practices.

One State Department official, David Firestein, says the practices of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security have turned it into "the State Department's own version of Guantanamo."

CFSO says that once a security clearance is suspended, it often takes years to complete an investigation, and most suspensions ultimately lead to revocation. "For a Foreign Service Officer, losing a security clearance is tantamount to losing a job. Diplomats with suspended clearances are given desk jobs in Washington that require little or none of their expertise and experience. Experienced officers in whom the agency has invested large amounts of training are sidelined and unavailable for use by the agency."

CFSO charges that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) within the State Department is "increasingly misusing a poorly managed and poorly regulated security clearance process to circumvent personnel regulations, to bypass equal employment opportunity and other civil-rights laws, to avoid due process in the established discipline and suitability processes and to punish dissenters and whistleblowers within the agency."

It claims that security clearance investigations are increasingly being carried out by inexperienced personnel, thus greatly extending the period during which a diplomat with a suspended clearance is unable to do any meaningful work.

The organization adds that these "acts of diplomatic security malfeasance and incompetence threaten the national security of the United States by reducing the reliability and integrity of State Department security operations...."

And here is a related American story dealing with the separation of
Church & State & issues of racial or sexual discrimination or other forms of discrimination from Americans United Congress Should Block Backdoor Move To Endorse Discrimination By Colleges, Says Americans United Wednesday, June 20, 2007

AU's Lynn Says Education Measure Could Be Used To Support Educational Institutions That Push Discriminatory Policy

The U.S. Senate should halt a backdoor effort to endorse discrimination by religious universities, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a June 20 letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Americans United and other civil liberties groups called for changes to the Higher Education Amendments of 2007.

Currently the measure includes language that could allow the U.S. Department of Education to force the nation’s accrediting agencies to grant accreditation to universities with histories of religiously based discrimination, such as Bob Jones University. The measure states that educational accrediting groups must “consistently appl[y] and enforce standards that respect the stated mission of the institution of higher education, including religious missions.”

Some religious colleges are aggressively lobbying Congress to force accrediting agencies to override their nondiscrimination policies and to accredit colleges claiming a religious reason to discriminate against students and staff.

“I am appalled that the Senate would consider giving a green light to discrimination in our nation’s colleges and universities,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The Senate should ensure that our nation’s accrediting agencies will not be strong-armed into approving religiously based discrimination against students and staff.”

The Americans United letter notes that “the nation has a long and shameful history of colleges and universities that have discriminated against faculty and students,” citing Bob Jones University as an example. The university, founded in 1927, pushed policies barring admission of African-Americans and prohibited students from interracial dating. The university’s founder also attacked the Catholic Church as a “satanic cult” and claimed that gay alumni could not return to campus.

“If the bill passes,” the letter states, “without removing the accreditation provision at issue, the historical role of accreditation associations in ending discrimination in education will be thrown into jeopardy.

“We expect that colleges and universities that would like to discriminate will pressure the Department of Education to stop accrediting bodies from refusing to accredit universities that engage in discrimination,” the letter continues. “We urge the Committee to amend the Higher Education Amendments to provide explicit protection for accrediting associations to enforce their own nondiscrimination provisions, as well as require compliance with federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws.”
And even more disturbing is the fact that the Bush Regime is outsorcing government jobs & even departments & so policies & such are at the mercy of private interest who may be more interested in making a good profit than in providing a service to the public to which the public is entitled & becomes just another boon-doggle for the Neocons their friends & for the Republicans-one can imagine a government funded orphange for instance where to cut down cost facilities are not kept up to par or that that the food for the children is rationed out in a miserly fashion ala Oliver Twist" Please could I have some more " ah well we are moving backwards into the Golden Era of the Victorian Age when people knew their place & didn't try to go beyond their " station " when there were workhouses & the treadmill laws & debtors prisons... an age which the Neoconservatives dream about re-creating bit by bit ... and so it goes

By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
The sprawling $43 billion homeland security department is
known for being in charge of America's color-coded
terrorist-threat alarm system, a sham that obscures HSD's
real mission: to serve as a giant federal cookie jar for
corporate America.

And as he points out :
Government by corporation

A monumental shift has quietly and quickly been taking place in the way the public's business is done -- and We the People have not even been informed about it, much less been asked to discuss and okay it. Corporations are taking over our government. No longer is it just a matter of big business's lobbyists and campaign donations perverting public policy. Now, politically connected corporations are also seizing day-to-day governmental operations for their own profit.
Since the Carter years, Washington has drifted toward more and more outsourcing of public functions to private contractors, but Bush Incorporated has turned that gradual increase into a fullblown, jet-powered rush to privatization. The shadowy and highly lucrative world of government contracting has boomed under George W, rising 86% since he's been in office and now totaling nearly $400 billion a year. Get this: There are now more people doing federal jobs under corporate contracts than there are people employed directly by the government. In other words, in today's government, corporate servants outnumber civil servants.

The lesson the Neocons have learned is that there are more ways than one to get rid of various departments or social programs or to effectively change policies & programs so that they better fit with the Neoconservative agenda & while your at it make some big bucks for yourself & your friends- otherwise one has to wait for changes in legislation or new & favourable rulings from the Supreme Court or changes or amendments to the constitution & that's all just a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo or Hooey so they change things by using a whole host of legal & not so legal tricks- as for them being legal or not or immoral or unethical is not relevant since the Bush Regime is made up of " True Believers " who would claim they are doing what is just or fair & necessary & best for the elite which they represent ... & you thought Nixon was a bad guy ...

take care ,

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