Former Reps. David Skaggs and Porter Goss were recently named co-chairs of the new Office of Congressional Ethics by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner. The office is meant to act as a way for private citizens to express complaints about the House to congressional members. The OCE is not planned to have subpoena power and will only serve to review complaints and forward them to the House Ethics Committee if it deems it necessary. TAP interviewed the co-chairs about their new jobs in the OCE.
Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner have named a group dominated by ex-representatives (including Abner "nobody that nobody sent" Mikva) to run the new Office of Congressional Ethics including Republican former CIA Director Porter Goss who will co-chair the office with democratic ex-Rep. David Skaggs. Recall that Goss was one of the main backers of the USA PATRIOT act which sadly didn't seem to keep him in Bush's good graces as the president replaced Goss with Gen. Michael Haydon soon after. Goss was also against a public 9-11 commission.
Jane Mayerdiscussed her new bookThe Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, with Steven Clemons today at The New America Foundation. The discussion touched on a number of topics in Mayer's book but the most engaging and disturbing part of the discussion was when Mayer was asked if anyone within the Bush White House are war criminals:
You'd think both John McCain and Barack Obama would support competition for government contracts, alongside every other reasonable person. A healthy competition means the end product is the best possible, right? Consider the the Northrop Grumman vs. Boeing competition to build a fleet of refueling tankers for the Air Force. Originally the Air Force awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman.