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Why Judicial Watch is thankful
Posted By Larry Klayman On 11/23/1999 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Since it was founded in July of 1994, Judicial
Watch and its staff have dedicated themselves
to the pursuit of cleaning up corruption in Washington and educating the
American people of the need for honesty and ethics in government. In so
doing, we have not only brought over 43 lawsuits against a corrupt Clinton
administration, but also pursued a number of individual actions against
other government officials who have breached the public’s trust.
At the time I founded Judicial Watch, it was a volunteer organization,
which today has grown into a non-profit group with over 30 direct employees,
scores of volunteers and others. In addition to our Washington, D.C.,
office, we have a satellite bureau in San Marino, Calif. — giving us a
coast-to-coast reach and identity with the American people. In the not too
distant future, we hope to open regional offices in the Southwest and
Midwest — putting us on a par with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Judicial Watch’s accomplishments in its short five-year startup time period
have been remarkable. According to Representative Bob Barr, we are
responsible for uncovering about 90 percent of what we know today about the
corruption in the Clinton administration and communicating this to the
American people to educate them.
In the last five years, Judicial Watch’s lawsuits have contributed to the
demise of the Clintons’ first legal defense fund (which was illegal, as it
bestowed gratuities), the exposing of the campaign finance and Chinagate
scandals — including the role of John Huang at the Commerce Department –
the cutting off of improper insurance payments by State Farm to fund the
Clintons’ defense of a myriad of legal matters, and revelations that the
White House is behind the misuse of the Internal Revenue Service against
critics and legal opponents.
Judicial Watch uncovered the violation of the Privacy Act by Clinton
political appointees and the White House to tamper with Linda Tripp and
Kathleen Willey — material witnesses in the Filegate and Lewinsky
scandals — and the legal circumstances concerning efforts to silence
pathologists who found a .45-caliber size hole in the skull of Ron Brown.
Judicial Watch also quashed the first illegal house loan for Bill and
Hillary Clinton to purchase a mansion in New York State. Finally, Judicial
Watch, in its cases, uncovered that Hillary Clinton is the primary
mastermind of the sale of taxpayer-financed government services for
political contributions, in addition to her central role in Filegate. These
are just a few of our accomplishments as we near the new millennium. For a
list of Judicial Watch’s 40-plus cases, see
The next year and beyond, as we head into likely trials in a number of
our cases, Judicial Watch will be working at full throttle. We hope to bring
about justice much like Dan Petrocelli did in the O.J. Simpson case. When
the criminal system failed, the civil justice system stepped in to preserve
the interests of justice.
While the Clintons illegally use government lawyers to ‘defend’
themselves personally — at taxpayer expense — Judicial Watch and its
supporters must rely on themselves to bring about justice.
The future of the rule of law is at stake.
About a handful of Judicial Watch’s lawsuits are in the hands of federal
and state judges who have the power to change the scope of American history.
Judicial Watch, whose name comes from the purpose of the judiciary – to
watch over and protect the American people from tyranny of the executive and
legislative branches of government – recognized from its inception the
unique role the courts could play in bringing back ethics and morality to
this country. As it is stated in the Old Testament book of Isaiah about the
renewal of a tarnished Jerusalem,
How the faithful city has become a whore! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her - but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water. Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts, They do not defend the orphan, and the widow's cause does not come before them. And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. (1:21-23, 1:26)
Judicial Watch, the American people, and a handful of judges, watch over
our land this Thanksgiving Day.
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