From Robert Novak:
Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Republican
members of the Helsinki Commission monitoring human rights, have written
protests to illegal firing of four Republican commission staffers after the
Democrats won control of Congress.
The commission's new chairman, Democratic
Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, began the firings under oversight of Spencer
Oliver, a longtime Democratic operative famed as a victim of the Watergate
burglary. Oliver, secretary general of an international body dealing with human
rights, was assisting the U.S. commission as an observer. Under the commission's
founding laws, three of the committee's four lawmakers must concur in any staff
Hastings is expected to change the commission's focus away from
religious freedom in Belarus and European sex trafficking and concentrate on
alleged U.S. abuses at Guantanamo.
What, the pina coladas too warm? The inmates at club GITMO are afforded priveleges of the free exercise of religion denied to the average American schoolchild. Puuuleeeze! I smell a witch hunt to provide fodder for Obama and Hillary's campaigns.