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Sacramento Bee (California)
By Pete McCloskey
The eerie parallels between the Richard Nixon and George W. Bush administrations continue.
Once again the famous words of Lord Acton in 1887 come to mind: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Both Nixon in 1972 and Bush in 2004 won re-election to a second term. Both had impressive agendas for domestic reform, but both were at war - Nixon in Vietnam, Bush in Iraq. Both faced what they felt was disloyal, if not treasonous, conduct by former federal employees. Marine veteran Daniel Ellsberg had given the then top secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, and the Times risked prosecution for publishing excerpts, among which was the damning statement by Assistant Secretary of Defense John McNaughton that 70 percent of the reason for fighting the war was to save American face. The Nixon White House was desperate to discredit Ellsberg to preserve dwindling public support for the war - to allow a "decent interval" to elapse before South Vietnam fell to the North, in Henry Kissinger's words.
By Matthew Cooper
Monday 25 July 2005 Issue
Matthew Cooper reveals exactly what Karl Rove told him--and what the special counsel zeroed in on.
It was my first interview with the President, and I expected a simple "Hello" when I walked into the Oval Office last December. Instead, George W. Bush joked, "Cooper! I thought you'd be in jail by now." The leader of the free world, it seems, had been following my fight against a federal subpoena seeking my testimony in the case of the leaking of the name of a CIA officer. I thought it was funny and good-natured of the President, but the line reminded me that I was, very weirdly, in the Oval Office, out on bond from a prison sentence, awaiting appeal--in large part, for protecting the confidence of someone in the West Wing. "What can I say, Mr. President," I replied, smiling. "The wheels of justice grind slowly."
- By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
Sunday, July 17, 2005
(07-17) 12:58 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --
The vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, was a source along with the president's chief political adviser for a Time story that identified a CIA officer, the magazine reporter said Sunday, further countering White House claims that neither aide was involved in the leak.
In an effort to quell a chorus of calls to fire deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, Republicans said that Rove originally learned about Valerie Plame's identity from the news media. That exonerates Rove, the Republican Party chairman said, and Democrats should apologize.
ANTI-BUSH/WAR PROTEST RALLY!
- JULY 23rd, 2005 -Saturday @ 7:00 PM
Downtown Phoenix @ Patriot's Square
Address: 1 W. Washington St @ Central Ave.
This is the 3-year anniversary of the Downing Street Memo.
These minutes & related documents made it clear that British Intelligence believed that President George W Bush had decided on going to war MONTHS even before telling the public or asking Congress. He decided to deceive the public & Congress with lies about weapons of mass destruction & ties to terrorism, and that Tony Blair had in fact, begun the war that summer by drastically escalating bombings of Iraq with NO Congressional approval!
By Martin Bright and Peter Beaumont
Sunday July 17, 2005, The Observer
A controversial fly-on-the wall account of the Iraq war by one of Britain's most senior former diplomats has been blocked by Downing Street and the Foreign Office.
Publication of The Costs of War by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UK ambassador to the UN during the build-up to the 2003 war and the Prime Minister's special envoy to Iraq in its aftermath, has been halted. In an extract seen by The Observer, Greenstock describes the American decision to go to war as 'politically illegitimate' and says that UN negotiations 'never rose over the level of awkward diversion for the US administration'. Although he admits that 'honourable decisions' were made to remove the threat of Saddam, the opportunities of the post-conflict period were 'dissipated in poor policy analysis and narrow-minded execution'.
By valabor, DailyKos
In all the focus on the minutia of the Plame leak, and with a possible Gonzalez Supreme Court nomination, I wanted to remind everyone of this Harkin moment in the Congressional Record (after the flip).
Could Alberto Gonzalez be a subject in the cover-up portion of the Plame investigation???
In short, after Attorney General John Ashcroft delayed mounting any investigation into the Plame leak, he then delayed informing the White House of the investigation (in order to trigger their duty to preserve documents). Once Ashcroft did notify the White House, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez asked if he could wait until the next day to send out the official notice to White House staff to preserve documents relevant to the investigation. Even though the request was extraordinary, and outside any normal prosecutorial procedures, Ashcroft obliged. Harkin laid it all out way back in October 2003:
New York Times
By FRANK RICH
"I am saying that if anyone was involved in that type of activity which I referred to, they would not be working here."
- Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon, defending the presidential aide Dwight Chapin on Oct. 18, 1972. Chapin was convicted in April 1974 of perjury in connection with his relationship to the political saboteur Donald Segretti.
"Any individual who works here at the White House has the confidence of the president. They wouldn't be working here at the White House if they didn't have the president's confidence."
- Scott McClellan, press secretary to George W. Bush, defending Karl Rove on Tuesday.
Add Congressman Tom Udall (Dem., N.M.) to the growing list of Congress Members hosting public events in their districts on July 23rd to mark the three-year anniversary of the infamous meeting on Downing Street.
On July 23rd, bloggers from around the country are invited to post reports and links on the homepage of AfterDowningStreet.org. To find an event near you to report from, see: http://heh.pl/&tm To get a username and password that you'll need, contact us here Please send us your name, URL, Email address, and the location of the event you'll be reporting on. Your posts will have to be approved before they show up, but on the 23rd someone will be watching the site at all times and approving post
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Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Invites You to Join Him for a
TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE DOWNING STREET MINUTES:
Mourn the Losses, Learn the Truth, and Investigate the Lies
*SATURDAY, JULY 23RD, 2005*
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wayne State University Law School
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Tony Trupiano, Syndicated Broadcaster and Author
Lila Lipscomb, Co-Founder, Gold Star Families for Peace
Prof. Bob Sedler, Wayne State University Law School
Al Fishman, Coordinator, Detroit Area Peace and Justice Network
Please Join Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Iraq Veterans Against the War & Other Peace Activists for an
Out of Iraq! Teach-in On The 3rd Anniversary of the Smoking Gun Downing Street Memo
Participate in a ...
Day of Truth
Saturday, July 23, noon-3 PM
Covenant Worship Center
425 So. La Brea Ave. (2 blocks south of Manchester in ),
Learn about the Out of Iraq Caucus in Congress & the Resolution of Inquiry
*Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Organizer of the Out of Iraq Caucus
Brattleboro Reformer, VT
The Downing Street Memos have faded from the headlines, overshadowed by the furor over Karl Rove and whether he leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to reporters.
We know it's tough for the Washington press corps to focus on more than one story at a time, but we'll make it easy for them.
Both the Downing Street Memos -- the secret documents from Britain's intelligence agency on the Bush administration's preparations for invading Iraq -- and the ongoing scandal involving President Bush's most trusted advisor are both tied together. They show the lengths that the Bush administration will go to in convincing Americans to accept a unnecessary war. They also show how the White House bullied and discredited anyone who got in its way.
Add another great event to the national lineup for July 23rd:
Chuck Pennacchio, Ph.D., 2006 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Pennsylvania, will discuss the importance of the Downing Street Minutes in Reading, Penn., on July 23rd.
Learn more at:
P.O. Box 739
Plumsteadville, PA 18949
REP. HENRY A. WAXMAN RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JULY 15, 2005
Karl Rove’s Nondisclosure Agreement
Today, news reports revealed that Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the President’s top political advisor, confirmed the identity of covert CIA official Valerie Plame Wilson with Robert Novak on July 8, 2003, six days before Mr. Novak published the information in a nationally syndicated column. These new disclosures have obvious relevance to the criminal investigation of Patrick Fitzgerald, the Special Counsel who is investigating whether Mr. Rove violated a criminal statute by revealing Ms. Wilson’s identity as a covert CIA official.
By David Sirota
I am not one who likes to engage in a lot of speculation, but the Karl Rove/leak scandal has really gotten me thinking: why won't they just fire Rove? The answer is not that Rove is innocent, or even that they can't because he's too powerful - I'm starting to think the reason is because while Rove was definitely involved and definitely deserves to face legal consequnces, he wasn't the root. Somebody else was the root of this leak - and that somebody is likely a person the Bush administration can't just cut loose like they could even Rove, who is after all, a staffer. It must be somebody even higher up on the food chain.
Congressman Barney Frank and AfterDowningStreet.org Co-Founder John Bonifaz will lead a discussion of the Downing Street Minutes in Boston on July 31. Here's a flyer all about it.
"After Downing Street!"
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Woolman Hill Conference Center
Keets Road, Deerfield, Mass.
This month we observe the third Anniversary of the infamous Downing Street meeting. The British Intelligence memo on this meeting gives proof that the US and UK were lying about Iraq's WMD programs in order to make their case for war. Consider with Atty. John Bonifaz, (MacArthur Fellow, national voting rights advocate, and co-founder of www.afterdowningstreet.org) what is to be done about President Bush ordering intelligence to be manufactured.
John Bonifaz says, “Was there a deliberate deception campaign? … That is a question of the highest magnitude for this Congress to consider.
Editor and Publisher
By E&P Staff
NEW YORK Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald may seek criminal contempt charges against New York Times reporter Judith Miller, which could significantly lengthen her time in jail, Howard Kurtz and Carol Leonnig report in today's Washington Post.
They also reveal that, according to two sources, Miller spoke with Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, during the period in July 2003 just before Robert Novak's fateful column appeared.
"Fitzgerald and Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan have both raised the possibility in open court that Miller could be charged with criminal contempt if she continues to defy Hogan's order to cooperate in the investigation of who may have unlawfully leaked the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media," the Post observes.
Resolution charges high crimes and misdemeanors
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
The San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for "high crimes and misdemeanors."
The committee, in a vote Tuesday, asks Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings based on "evidence" that the administration lied to the American people and created a false justification for going to war in Iraq.
The resolution refers to the so-called Downing Street Memo – official minutes of a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the Bush administration – and "new leaks of British documents."
Rep. Jim McDermott to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Seattle to discuss Downing Street Minutes, Rovegate, and the ongoing deception of the Iraq War.
(Seattle, WA) Congressperson Jim McDermott will host a town hall meeting to discuss the manipulation of prewar intelligence, the Downing Street Minutes, White House improprieties committed by Karl Rove and other Bush Administration officials, and the war in Iraq. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Seattle Labor Temple, July 23, 1-3 pm. The Seattle Labor Temple is located at 2800 1st Ave, between Broad and Clay Streets, and the event will be in Hall One.
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By David Swanson
Most Comcast internet customers seem to have horror stories, but in my humble opinion this one is a doozie and may even suggest threats to freedom of speech more significant than the jailing of a court stenographer.
I'm working on a campaign headquartered at www.afterdowningstreet.org that seeks to draw attention to the Downing Street Minutes and to lobby Congress to open an investigation into whether the President has committed impeachable offenses. According to a recent Zogby poll, 42 percent of Americans favor impeachment proceedings if the President lied about the reasons for war, and according to a recent ABC News / Washington Post poll, 52 percent think he did. But this story is nowhere to be found in the corporate media. So, our website attracts a lot of traffic.
UPDATE (8:05 p.m. ET): AfterDowningStreet.org Co-Founder and Democrats.com President Bob Fertik contacted a number of people this evening in the corporate communications office of Symantec, and they fixed the problem. Fertik issued this statement:
"I want to thank the Symantec Corporation for responding in real time upon being notified that their Bright Mail product was the source of the problem."
UPDATE: (6:45 p.m. ET): The manager of Comcast's abuse department now claims that they have a contract with Bright Mail (part of Symantec)and that Bright Mail controls the filter and refuses to lift the blog (claiming to have received 46,000 spam messages with the ADS url in them; but refusing to show us a single such message). Bright Mail also serves OTHER large ISPs, not just Comcast.
Any Emails you've sent in the past week that included "www.afterdowningstreet.org" did not reach a lot of people. And the problem is not fixed. You can work around this by leaving the initial www. off the address afterdowningstreet.org.
Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Congress Must Investigate Leak of CIA Agent's Identity
Distribution Source : U.S. Newswire
Date : Friday, July 15, 2005
To: National Desk
Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov
WASHINGTON, July 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Menendez, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman James E. Clyburn sent a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert today calling on him to direct House committees to immediately schedule hearings into the White House's involvement in leaking the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame.
Rep. Conyers and 91 Members of Congress Call on Karl Rove to Resign or Explain Outing of CIA Operative Valerie Plame
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
News from Rep. Conyer's office:
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, released a letter signed by 91 Members of Congress asking that the President either demand that Karl Rove come forward to explain his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, or that he ask him to resign (a copy of the letter and the list of signatories is available as a PDF).
By Brad Blog
Letter Sent to 'Neutral Legal Authority' at Library of Congress for Clarification of Constitutional Impeachment Clause
Congressmen Express Belief that Clause 'Clearly Applies to High-Ranking Officials!'
The BRAD BLOG has learned that Congressmen John Conyers (D-MI) and Barney Frank (D-MA) have inquired with officials at the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service this afternoon into whether impeachment proceedings would be appropriate for Senior White House Officials.
The release of the letter was accompanied by a press release from the office of the ranking minority House Judiciary Committee member, John Conyers. In the letter, the two congressmen seek clarification from "a neutral authority" of whether the U.S. Constitutions Article II regarding impeachment of a sitting President and Vice-President would also apply to Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove who is currently embroiled in the on-going criminal investigation into who leaked the classified information concerning covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame.
As the Valerie Plame case becomes increasingly the Karl Rove case, and as the rising water of it begins to lap closer to President Bush, there are several truths about this matter that are worth keeping in mind.
1. In the very beginning Mr. Bush said that it was unlikely that the leaker would ever be found. There is every reason to believe that he would then have taken steps to make that true.
2. It is now clear that presidential adviser Karl Rove did discuss Valerie Plame with reporters, however those discussions are now being described or construed. Mr. Bush said he would fire anyone in the White House who did that.