Hall of Shame

In a short blog item in TPM, Josh Marshall reminds us of the illustrious past of Rep. Ralph Hall (R, Tex) who is taking over as chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee.  A member of an illustrious extended lobbying family, informally known as "Team Abramoff,"  Hall was the beneficiary of a sun-and-fun junket to the Marianas Islands (CNMI).  In return, he was a good soldier for Abramoff, defending the appalling labor practices of the CNMI (Abramoff's client at the time). Hall's lowest moment came when he attacked, in the Congressional Record, the statement of a young Philippina, known as "Katrina," who, at the age of 14, had been dragooned into prostitution in the CNMI.  


Hall's appalling role in the CNMI protection racket run by Abramoff is briefly seen in my film, "Casino Jack and the United States of Money." 

So let's roll out the welcome mat for the new chairman, who will undoubtedly attack efforts to address climate change with the same vigor that he defamed a 14-year-old girl, who had the courage to try to speak up for human rights. 
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Alex Gibney is the writer, director and producer of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, the Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Johnny Depp. In post-production on My Trip to Al Qaeda, based on the play by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Lawrence Wright, Gibney is also filming a documentary on Lance Armstrong. Gibney served as executive producer for No End in Sight, which was also nominated for an Oscar; a producer for Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, a film about the jazz legend's collaboration with musical talents such as Santana, Sting, and Christina Aguilera; and consulting producer on Who Killed the Electric Car. Gibney's producing credits also include the classic concert film Lightning in a Bottle, directed by Antoine Fuqua; The Blues, an Emmy-nominated series of seven films in association with executive producer Martin Scorsese; and The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Gibney is the recipient of many awards including the Emmy, the Peabody, the duPont Columbia Award, and the Grammy.

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