President Puts Controversial Figure Back Before Senate For Nomination!

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By Paul Shannon AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

Alissa Starzak is not a household name, but she has been in the middle of two battles that could cause her problems with a Republican controlled Senate over her nomination as the Army general counsel. She has Senator David Vitter (R-LA) using her as a political pawn over an Army issue with Camp Minden. She was also part of the heavily partisan report released by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that made many Republicans angry and the CIA wanting criminal charges over document handling.

Who is Alissa Starzak

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Here, via Inside Counsel, is who Starzak is.

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President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Alissa M. Starzak as general counsel of the Army, Department of Defense. Starzak is currently deputy general counsel (legislation) at the Department of Defense, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as counsel and a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency.

A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Starzak was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers and a law clerk for The Honorable Judge E. Grady Jolly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit earlier in her career. 

Senator Vitter and Starzak

While it is more about Camp Minden, here, via The Advocate, is what Senator Vitter is having issues with.

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The issue concerns 15 million pounds of explosives and propellant abandoned at Camp Minden, a Louisiana National Guard base in Minden, Vitter said in a news release Tuesday. In 2012, state police discovered that a large amount of explosives were stored improperly at the base by a private defense contractor, he said.  Police investigated after an explosion in a storage bunker, according to a local newspaper account.

The EPA has told the Army to clean the stuff up. In a written reply Monday, the Army refused, Vitter said.

“The Army has been dragging its feet for far too long, and it’s creating a dangerous situation for folks in Louisiana,” Vitter said in the release. “It’s unacceptable for them to ignore this situation.

“Enough is enough,” he said. “The Army needs to take responsibility and clean up this mess.”

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And until it does, Vitter said, he will use his power to block Senate confirmation of the nomination of Alissa M. Starzak to be general counsel of the Department of the Army.

It may not be Starzak’s fault or any of her current concern, but it does put her in shaky footing.

The Senate, the CIA and those stuck in the middle

The investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was nothing more than a partisan push to show that the US has mistreated terrorists and suspected terrorists. It caused more headaches for this nation than solving any problems. During the investigation, a classified file got into the hands of staffers for the SSCI and out of the CIA building. Starzak, having worked for the CIA, knew it should never have left the building.

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