07/20/2001 CMA Newsletter
WHITE HOUSE CONFIRMS, THEN DENIES, THAT A PRESIDENTIAL WREATH WAS SENT TO CONFEDERATE MONUMENT
The White House Military Office confirmed in two different telephone inquiries that a presidential memorial wreath was sent to Arlington National Cemetery and placed at the Confederate Monument in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
In a subsequent inquiry by the press, a response from the White House Media Relations Office denied that President George W. Bush placed a presidential wreath when he spoke during the Memorial Day ceremonies at the cemetery.
Both positions appear to be correct. Although President Bush did not place a presidential wreath at he Confederate Monument, he authorized that one be placed there, a practice that had been suspended by his father when he was president. The announcement that a presidential wreath had been placed on behalf of President Bush was made at Confederate ceremonies the following week and received the applause of the attendees, which included Department of Energy lawyer Stephen Page Smith, attorney Thomas O'Neill, Senator Trent Lott's chief counsel Robert Wilkie, and chief investigator for the National Credit Union Administration David Eno, among others.
BELOW: The crowd at the Confederate monument in Arlington National Cemetery
when the presidential wreath announcement was made.
A FEDERAL INDICTMENT CHARGING FRAUD, WITNESS TAMPERING PREVENTED APPEARANCE OF WITNESS AGAINST CMA
It has now been learned that when Russell Pritchard III was dropped as a witness against the CMA, he was being investigated by the FBI on charges of fraud and witness tampering in a case in Philadelphia where, among other things, he is charged in a federal criminal indictment with defrauding George Pickett V of items that belonged to Confederate General George Pickett.
Court papers filed in the Confederate Memorial Association case show that Mr. Pritchard was to appear as a witness against the CMA and appraise a Confederate flag that he had never seen at $25,000. Another witness, Thomas Weschler, who was said to have originally appraised other items at $33,000, made a subsequent appraisal of these items, that he had also never seen, at $72,000.
John Edward Hurley, president of the Confederate Memorial Association, said he was turning this information over to federal prosecutors.
ABC/TV ANCHOR CITES McCLENDON AS 'WASHINGTON INSTITUTION'
ABC/TV personality Cokie Roberts welcomed senior White House correspondent and CMA board member Sarah McClendon as an honored guest at the Sixth Congressional Flag Day Celebration, calling her a "Washington Institution."
Roberts, who anchors ABC's popular This Week show on Sunday with Sam Donaldson, made the special tribute while emceeing the Flag Day event in the Caucus Room in the Cannon House Office Building.
The event, which includes a concert of patriotic music, is sponsored by the chairs of the Senate and House prayer groups who were, for the 2001 event, Senator John Edwards, Senator Jon Kyl and Representative Bart Stupak.
The co-chairs of the concert's Honorary Committee were Mrs. Annette Lantos and Mrs. Patricia Lott.
The Congress is once again considering legislation to prevent the desecration of the flag. In previous years, the House has passed the bill but the Senate has failed to act.
President George W. Bush strikes a playful pose with
senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon at
the White House. President Bush is the twelfth president
McClendon has covered.
JEFFERSON DAVIS' BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION AT U.S. CAPITOL CANCELED
After nearly a century, the commemoration of the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson was canceled, as visitors who stopped by for the annual event found that no ceremonies took place.
The arrangements for the event are made through the House Speaker's office, which must approve all events in the historic Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol Building.
There was no response to an inquiry to the House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert's office.
The ceremony usually draws crowds of from 50 to 100 who hear distinguished speakers reflect on the life of this leader of the Confederacy who died in 1889 at the age of 81.
COAST GUARD WORKS WITH NAACP, CONTINUES TO COVER UP ROLE IN LAWSUIT AGAINST CONFEDERATE GROUP
The NAACP announced its partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard at its National Convention in New Orleans. The Coast Guard pledged to increase African American participation and promote equal opportunity in officer and enlisted careers.
The Coast Guard, however, remains silent on the charge by the Confederate Memorial Association that it helped finance a massive lawsuit against the Confederate organization.
John Edward Hurley, president of the CMA, said that the Coast Guard had made a completely unsatisfactory response to a Freedom of Information Act request. He said that they had refused to identify the individuals who were working with the Coast Guard and were using Coast Guard facilities and personnel against the CMA, as evidence in the court record clearly indicates.
Hurley said that the FOIA decision by the Coast Guard was being appealed.
Admiral James M. Loy, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, addresses the
NAACP Convention with his theme of "Do the Right Thing."
John Edward Hurley, President of the Confederate Memorial Association,
stands before the U.S. Coast Guard exhibit at the NAACP convention.
Richard Moe, right, President of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation, chats with CMA President Hurley
before his nationally televised speech from the
National Press Club where Hurley appeared at the
head table. Moe chaired a blue ribbon committee that
heard the presentation of Mr. Hurley who was attempting
to save the Lee Boyhood Home in Alexandria, Virginia.
RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION CONTINUES ITS WAR AGAINST THE CMA
Former Reserve Officers Association president and general counsel Herbert Harmon hosted the first annual Courts and Congress Reception at the ROA's headquarters building across the street from the Hart Senate Office Building.
The invitation was sent from the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) to members of Congress and their friends, and promised that it would provide a "special opportunity for judges and lawyers to meet and become acquainted with the Representatives and Senators who make crucial decisions which directly impact our professional lives."
What was not mentioned was that many of these decisions are unconstitutional and directly against the American people. But the American people were not invited, even though the ROA building is the headquarters of the tax-exempt ROA enterprises, and the BADC is also a tax-exempt organization. Although the taxpayers are picking up the tab, they are not permitted to attend.
The legislative, military and judicial elite expects all their contacts to be completely secret as far as the public is concerned. This was illustrated when Confederate Memorial Association President John Edward Hurley was asked to leave before the proceedings got under way, despite the fact that he had received a Congressional invitation and had a reservation.
It was Herbert Harmon who served CMA board member Sarah McClendon in the VA hospital complex in the hope of terrorizing a 90-year-old into voting against Mr. Hurley at the CMA Board Meeting. The ploy failed.
Hurley said that he was hopeful that the Reserve Officers Association would abandon its policy of judicially bombing and strafing American organizations like the Confederate Memorial Association.
Judge John H. Bayly, a personal friend of Harmon, was reported to have enjoyed the reception. Judge Bayly, who has never served in the Armed Forces, has consistently ruled against the Confederate Memorial Association on clearly invented evidence.
McClendon has resigned from the Reserve Officers Association.
Comptroller General David Walker is greeted by CMA President Hurley.
Hurley requested that the GAO investigate corruption in the D.C. Superior Court,
which has no pubic financial disclosure for judges although being paid at the
rate of the federal judiciary.
ANNUAL CONFEDERATE HUNT PARTY HELD
The annual Confederate Hunt Party to benefit the Confederate Memorial Association at Little Washington, Virginia provided an opportunity to enjoy "Southern Horses, Southern Hams and Southern Hospitality." Among the special guests were General and Mrs. Roger C. Bultman. General Bultman succeeds General George G. Kundahl as executive director of the Military Order of the World Wars.
02/08/2001 CMA Newsletter
D.A.R. HONORS C.M.A. PRESIDENT
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution invited Confederate Memorial Association President John Edward Hurley to be their honored guest at their National Board Meeting Dinner at the National Press Club on Friday, Feb. 2nd.
Mr. Hurley acknowledged the gracious tribute by the event's chairman, Dell Dickins Scoper, State Regent of Mississippi, and recalled to D.A.R. President General Georgane Love that they had enjoyed a recent reception at the White House to commemorate the launching of a fund-raising effort for the World War II Monument.
The event was attended by the State Regents of the 50 states.
The Confederate Memorial Association continues to participate with other heritage and preservation groups in their common purpose of educating the public on our nation's history.
C.M.A. BOARD MEETING OUTLINES SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The Annual Meeting of the Confederate Memorial Association was highlighted by descriptions of a variety of activities of the Association.
President John Edward Hurley reported that the national media had picked up on several story themes disseminated by the Association. Not the least of these was the interest in campaign finance abuse, particularly those that were aimed at the Confederate Memorial Association and have been traced to federal government employees and affirmative action contractors.
The topics discussed at the board meeting included the Association's frequent appearance in the major media, as Mr. Hurley continues to be in demand by national talk shows and the major networks to discuss the Confederate flag and cultural issues.
Also discussed were the new membership cards which have been well received by the growing membership.
Service on committees to explore such things as the acquisition of a another building to replace the Confederate Memorial Hall, and for hospitality events, such as the Confederate Embassy Ball, was encouraged
The Board Meeting was held at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel on December 30, 2000.
NEW SITE SELECTED AS CONFEDERATE HUNT PARTY IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3
The Confederate Memorial Association's Annual Confederate Hunt Party will be held at Little Washington, Virginia on Saturday, March 3rd.
The site is not far from Thornton Hill Farm where many of the previous Hunt parties have been held and is near Sperryville on Route 211.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at noon for another truly memorable afternoon of Southern horses, hams and hospitality.
HURLEY TO TESTIFY FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE ABUSE VICTIMS
Confederate Memorial Association President John Edward Hurley is joining Senator John McCain's crusade to end campaign finance abuse.
Hurley and Forensic Investigator James Ruggieri met in McCain's office to discuss the details of the upcoming congressional fight on the legislation. Mr. Ruggieri provided a report of findings concerning Hatch Act violations and back door activities of certain Federal Agencies. Mr. Ruggieri provided evidence showing Hill pressure to revise Federal Regulations to support foreign agents. In one case, Mr. Ruggieri uncovered a circuitous money trail from a Netherlands firm that funneled $300,000 to a US Congressman using a fundraiser facade orchestrated by a Washington DC Lobbyist. In this case, the foreign agent was successful in having critical Federal regulations governing the safety of US citizens, revised to benefit the foreign agent, yet disadvantage many US citizens.
The Confederate Memorial Association has been attacked by federal employees, affirmative action contractors and federal agencies in what was clearly a political vendetta fueled with campaign finance money.
Others who have suffered from politicians using campaign funds to bring action against U.S. citizens have joined in the "Campaign Finance Abuse
Victims" an organization that will present testimony and generally advocate on the issue.
RESTORATION OF LEE'S BOYHOOD HOME WILL TAKE TWO YEARS
Although the Confederate Memorial Association was unsuccessful in its attempt to acquire the Lee Boyhood Home in Alexandria, Virginia as a headquarters site, the Association's interest in the project continues.
The owners have indicated that their $2.5 restoration of the facility will take two years.
After the restoration is completed, the Association believes that the owners will return the Lee shrine to some limited public access.
Confederate Memorial Association President John Edward Hurley and CMA Board Member Frances Hawkins appeared before the National Trust for Historic Presentation to make a presentation to the Trust in an effort to save the Lee home last year."
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