Today’s Transparency Recap begins with former Congressman Mark Foley’s successor, Florida Congressman Tim Mahoney. CREW blog‘s “Florida Congressman, Tim Mahoney, implicated in payoff from campaign to former ‘mistress,’” details the sex-related scandal. According to CREW blog, “West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL)…agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him.” The source of this information was Mahoney and current and past staff members of his campaign committee.
“Mahoney, who is married,” CREW blog writes, “also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000 a year job for two years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising, the staffers said.”
This marks a pattern in Florida Congressmen, being involved in sex scandals. Although they are human, these are representatives trusted with the great responsibility of leading and maintaining the United States. Elected officials must be held to a higher moral standard.
With the heightened national concern and precaution for terrorist attacks, Secrecy News reports, the US Army has come up with the “Kidnapping and Terror in the Contemporary Operational Environment” report. The 168-page document, the 6th of an Army Instructional series, details theories regarding kidnapping based on numerous, modern case studies.
Shifting gears to All Things Whistleblower blog’s ”On Debate Transparency,” where “both presidential campaigns, and the Commission on Presidential Debates, have declined to publicly release the 31-page memo dictating the terms of the four debates this season, as outlined by this San Francisco Chronicle article.”
The memo states the agreed rules of the debate such as direct-response line of questioning, rules for the moderator, rebuttal time and other important rules. All Things Whistleblower blog writes:
There is historical precedent for releasing the memorandum. In 2004, the Bush and Kerry campaigns consented to the memorandum’s release before the debates. No cataclysm resulted. Rather, there was a healthy discussion of the agreement between the campaigns, and voters were able to understand the restrictions the candidates had placed on themselves.
With previous memos made public during an election with less favorable candidates, it should behoove the Commission on Presidential Debates and both campaigns to inform the public of the debate’s regulations. The American people are typically weary when the facts are purposely withheld.
The topic of transparency brings us to the American Constitution Society Blog’s “Supreme Court Declines Review of Georgia Death Penalty Case.” Troy Anthony Davis is an African American man who was charged with the murder of an off-duty Savannah Georgia police officer, Mark MacPhail in 1989. Davis has maintained his innocence since 1989. Since convicted, the testimonies of seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their testimonies, claiming to have been threatened by police to attain their testimonies. Several of those who have recanted their testimonies have identified one of the remaining accusers as the real shooter. Those who have recanted their testimony could face possible jail time and other repercussions.
ACS Blog writes:
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the death sentence of Troy Anthony Davis… The high court had blocked the execution on Sept. 23, but today decided not to hear an appeal in Davis v. Georgia…the justices’ decision clears the way for Davis’ executionâ€¦ former FBI Director William S. Sessions argued that the high court should block the execution, citing the large number of witnesses who have recanted their original testimony against Davis and the poor quality of representation Davis received at trial. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in six cases this week, including Bartlett v. Strickland, a case dealing with whether a racial minority group that makes up less than 50 percent of a proposed legislative district can bring a vote dilution claim under Sec. 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Being that seven of the witnesses recanted their testimonies and the questionable quality of the trial Davis received, this matter must be further investigated before a hasty decision is made.
e.the People’s Conversations blog “The Republican Party is growing into a Rabid out-of-control Lynch-mob!” explains “McCane’s” reaction to a “hate-mongering crowd.” The smears against Senator Barack Obama from a Senator e. the People’s Conversations blog refers to as “McCane,” have evoked much partisan angst and negativity. During the recent town hall meetings and conferences, some McCain supporters have referred to Obama as an untrustworthy Arab in cahoots with terrorists. The falsehoods in those arguments can be seen with rebuttal from the man himself here. Urging his crowd to respect Obama, Senator McCain was pummeled by barrages of boos.
e.the People’s Conversations blog raises the issue of selective and uninformed extremism in campaign supporters. The increase in citizen interest in the political process is beautiful, but if we as voters turn into the audience at a professional wrestling match, I don’t think we’ve advanced.