May 28, 2003

Busted: investigation links Texas probe to Feds
AG trying to block depositions of 3 DPS officers

A Texas official who answers to Gov. Rick Perry provided state troopers with the information they needed to get a federal terrorism-fighting agency involved in a state political battle, according to a legislator investigating the situation.

The Homeland Security Department is supposed to protect law-abiding citizens from terrorists," said Rep. John Mabry, D-Waco. "We shouldn't have to worry about protecting law-abiding citizens from the Homeland Security Department."

The House General Investigating Committee is looking into how DPS coordinated its search. The committee also wants to know whether anyone associated with U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a supporter of the redistricting plan, helped direct the search and why DPS officials ordered some records on the issue destroyed on May 14.

The Travis County district attorney, the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration also are conducting investigations into the search. - link.

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