2 More Right from the Start

Arianna posted eloquently today on Judith Miller's plaintive cry, "We were all wrong."

Nuh-uh, Ms. Miller.

The truth is, many ordinary people knew a lie when they saw one. Indeed, most of the world knew the Bushies were pushing lies.

A few politicos had it right from the start, too. A few stepped up when others were still in hiding.

For instance, here's a couple (note--both of whose campaigns I have worked for)--two who not only challenged the Bush lies, but did so eloquently and clearly and prophetically.

GOP Senator Links Indictment, Resignation

GOP Senator Links Indictment, Resignation

Sunday October 23, 2005 11:31 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator said Sunday that it would be appropriate for any White House aide to step aside if indicted in the CIA leak investigation.

President Bush was urged by a Senate Democrat to make clear whether a White House adviser under indictment would remain on the job.

The grand jury that has investigated the disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity for the past two years is set to expire on Friday.

Top presidential political adviser Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, have emerged as central figures in the probe because they had contacts with reporters who learned Plame's identity or disclosed it in news stories.

FBI Never Investigated the Forgeries -- Why?

By Josh Marshall
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/006775.php

A question about the story beneath the story, the origins of the Niger forgeries and who covered up the trail.

The FBI was tasked with investigating the origins of the forgeries, who forged them and why. That was in March, 2003, soon after the IAEA publicly revealed the documents as forgeries.

But no real investigation ever took place. When reports of FBI footdragging became public a year ago, the Bureau begged off with feeble excuses about not having received permission from the Italian government to interview the key player in the mystery.

GOP Senator: Any Indicted Bush Aides Should Resign

GOP Senator: Any Indicted Bush Aides Should Resign

POSTED: 11:44 am PDT October 23, 2005
UPDATED: 11:45 am PDT October 23, 2005

WASHINGTON -- A Republican senator said any presidential aide indicted for allegedly leaking the name of a CIA operative should step down.

Virginia Sen. George Allen said, "I do think that's appropriate."

The grand jury that's investigating the leak of Valerie Plame's identity to the media is set to expire at the end of the week.

Two central figures in the investigation are presidential adviser Karl Rove and the vice president's chief of staff Scooter Libby. They had contacts with reporters who learned Plame's identity or who disclosed it in news stories.

Lawyers in CIA-leak case say charges possible this week

Lawyers in CIA-leak case say charges possible this week
Sun Oct 23, 2005 12:16 PM ET

By Adam Entous
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald appears to be laying the groundwork for indictments this week over the outing of a covert CIA operative, including possible charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, lawyers involved in case said on Sunday.

Top administration officials are expected to learn from Fitzgerald as early as Monday whether they will face charges as the prosecutor winds up his nearly two-year investigation, the lawyers said.

Fitzgerald could convene the grand jury as early as Tuesday to lay out a final summary of the case and ask for approval of possible indictments, legal sources said. The grand jury hearing the CIA leak case normally meets on Wednesdays and is scheduled to expire on Friday unless Fitzgerald extends it.

Revoke Judith Miller's Pulitzer Prize

By Dave Lindorff
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

Click here to call on the Pulitzer Committee to investigate Judy Miller’s prize.

Now that the New York Times’ own ombudsman has weighed in with a scathing critique of Judith Miller’s lies and deceptions about her WMD and Al Qaeda reporting, including a recommendation that the paper not allow her back in its newsroom, it’s time to call for an independent investigation into her much trumpeted Pulitzer Prize, which she won jointly in 2002 with several other Times reporters for her articles in 2001 about Al Qaeda.

How Scary Is This?

By Bob Herbert
The New York Times

The White House is sweating out the possibility that one or more top officials will soon be indicted on criminal charges. But the Bush administration is immune to prosecution for its greatest offense - its colossal and profoundly tragic incompetence.

Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressed the administration's arrogance and ineptitude in a talk last week that was astonishingly candid by Washington standards.

"We have courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran," said Mr. Wilkerson. "Generally, with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita ... we haven't done very well on anything like that in a long time. And if something comes along that is truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence."

Brent Scowcroft "Breaks Ranks" with George W. Bush in Major New Yorker Article

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com

Jeffrey Goldberg has written a critique in The New Yorker of the Bush White House that equals Ron Suskind's devastating critique of Bush before the last election titled "Without a Doubt."

In "Breaking Ranks: What Turned Brent Scowcroft Against the Bush Administration?", Jeffrey Goldberg coaxes Brent Scowcroft to delineate his differences with the foreign policy proclivities of George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Cheney, and others.

And in the piece, George H.W. Bush is interviewed about Scowcroft -- and while Bush 41's comments are more elliptical, he stands clearly by Scowcroft's side in clear criticism of the decisions his son made.

Brent Scowcroft on the War in Iraq and the Bush Administration

In "Breaking Ranks" (p. 54), in the October 31, 2005, issue of The New Yorker, Jeffrey Goldberg reports on the growing divide between the Bush Administration and its Republican critics. The criticism from Brent Scowcroft, the national security adviser to George H.W. Bush, has been particularly pronounced, Goldberg writes. Scowcroft recalls advice he gave the first President Bush at the conclusion of the first Gulf War, when there was pressure to remove Saddam Hussein.

It would have been easy to reach Baghdad, Scowcroft said, but what then? "At the minimum, we'd be an occupier in a hostile land. Our forces would be sniped at by guerrillas, and once we were there, how would we get out? What would be the rationale for leaving? I don't like the term 'exit strategy' -- but what do you do with Iraq once you own it?" Scowcroft then said of Iraq, "This is exactly where we are now. We own it. And we can't let go. We're getting sniped at. Now, will we win? I think there's a fair chance we'll win. But look at the cost."

The Republican Rift

http://www.newyorker.com/

This week in the magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg writes about Brent Scowcroft, the national-security adviser under President George H. W. Bush—and the former President’s best friend—who has been at odds with the current Administration. Here, with Amy Davidson, Goldberg discusses Scowcroft and the divide within the Republican party over Iraq.

AMY DAVIDSON: Why is Brent Scowcroft worth writing about now? He’s been out of government for some time.

JEFFREY GOLDBERG: For one thing, he’s a leading proponent of the “realist

How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Vote for (or write-in) your favorite answer to "How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?" (You must be logged in to vote). The current most popular answer is:

130,000. First you have to mass the troops, then, after breaking the first twenty bulbs because you didn't have enough staffing who could read Arabic, you can protect the perimeter and secure the oil wells that supply the power to light the bulb. What, you didn't think oil was involved?

Saddam's Links with International Terrorism

By Carol Moore

Press Conference
Monday 24 October
National Press Club in the First Amendment Lounge at 12:00pm

I am participating in the press conference below to point out the
hypocrisy of US under its neoconservative leaders who continue to ignore
Saddam's real ties to terrorism and in fact support the same group of
terrorists - the infamous pseudo-Marxist Islamic group - Mojahedin el
Khalq (MEK). Neocons want them to help the US achieve regime change in
Iran.
The group was exposed by Human Rights watch last summer as a group
that tortures its dissenting members. See

To A Soldier, From A Citizen

To A Soldier, From A Citizen
[Editor's note: Matthew Carnicelli is on vacation. This Sunday's feature article comes to us from DCP regular Christy Cole. A full coterie of Ms. Cole's writing can be found at the group blog, ReBelle Nation. Our regular Sunday morning feature series, The Tao of Politics, will return when Mr. Carnicelli does. In the meantime, please enjoy the talented writing of our associate, Christy Cole.]

To A Soldier, From A Citizen

To the soldiers of my nation, wherever you are, I send you greetings from the heart of your empire. A grateful nation awaits your homecoming.

Letter Shows Authority to Expand CIA Leak Probe Was Given in '04

Letter Shows Authority to Expand CIA Leak Probe Was Given in '04

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 23, 2005; Page A05

Weeks after he took over the investigation 22 months ago into the unauthorized disclosure of a CIA operative's identity, special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald got authority from the Justice Department to expand his inquiry to include any criminal attempts to interfere with his probe, according to a letter posted Friday on Fitzgerald's new Web site.

Fitzgerald is nearing a decision on whether he will prosecute anyone when the federal grand jury term ends Friday. The letter specified that he could investigate and prosecute "perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and intimidation of witnesses."

Dean calls for end to 'culture of corruption'

Dean calls for end to 'culture of corruption'
By JOSIE HUANG, Portland Press Herald Writer
LEWISTON — The Bush White House is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history since President Warren G. Harding's, said Howard Dean during his first visit to Maine as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Dean's comments Saturday came as top White House advisers are being investigated for their roles in the outing of a CIA operative and Tom DeLay, the former second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, faces conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

"The first thing we're going to do is we're going to have ethics come back to Washington again," said Dean, the keynote speaker at Saturday night's annual fundraising dinner for the Maine Democratic Party at the Lewiston Armory.

Torture in Iraq

Torture in Iraq
By Human Rights Watch

Thursday 03 November 2005

The following article is an excerpt, in somewhat modified form, from "Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division," a report issued by Human Rights Watch on September 25, 2005. The full report is available at http://hrw.org/reports/2005/us0905.

On their day off people would show up all the time. Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration you show up at the PUC tent.(1) In a way it was sport. The cooks were all US soldiers. One day a sergeant shows up and tells a PUC to grab a pole. He told him to bend over and broke the guy's leg with a mini Louisville Slugger that was a metal bat. He was the fucking cook. He shouldn't be in with no PUCs.

Leak Prosecutor Is Called Exacting and Apolitical

Leak Prosecutor Is Called Exacting and Apolitical
By SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON
Published: October 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - In 13 years prosecuting mobsters and terrorists in New York, Patrick J. Fitzgerald earned a public reputation for meticulous preparation, a flawless memory and an easy eloquence. Only his colleagues knew that these orderly achievements emerged from the near-total anarchy of his office, where the relentless Mr. Fitzgerald often slept during big cases.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
Patrick J. Fitzgerald leaving court in Washington last week. He is expected to decide soon whether to bring charges in the C.I.A. leak investigation.

GOP Talking Points: Don't Indict On Perjury "Technicality"

Sunday :: Oct 23, 2005
GOP Talking Points: Don't Indict On Perjury "Technicality"
The new GOP talking points are in place, and according to the same people who thought that perjury stemming from a consensual relationship was an impeachable offense, perjury stemming from a breach of national security, media manipulation, public disinformation, and political payback is now a “technicality.

Bush 41 Security Adviser Scowcroft: US is Moving In The Direction Of The Vietnam War…

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From October 31, 2005, issue of The New Yorker:

[...] The neoconservatives—the Republicans who argued most fervently for the second Gulf war—believe in the export of democracy, by violence if that is required, Scowcroft said. “How do the neocons bring democracy to Iraq? You invade, you threaten and pressure, you evangelize.

Fitzgerald Must Broaden Investigation

Fitzgerald Must Broaden Investigation
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sat Oct 22, 7:55 PM ET

The Nation -- "The CIA leak issue is only the tip of the iceberg," Congressman Jerry Nadler told me when I ran into him on the street near our offices on Friday afternoon. He was quick to tell me of a call--led by Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Nadler, along with 39 of their House colleagues--for Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation to be expanded to examine whether the White House--President, Vice-President, and members of the WH's Iraq War Group--conspired to deliberately deceive Congress into authorizing the war. And, as Nadler reminded me, lying to Congress is a crime under several federal statutes.

Lawyers in CIA-leak case say charges possible this week

Lawyers in CIA-leak case say charges possible this week
Sun Oct 23, 2005 12:16 PM ET
By Adam Entous
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald appears to be laying the groundwork for indictments this week over the outing of a covert CIA operative, including possible charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, lawyers involved in case said on Sunday.

Top administration officials are expected to learn from Fitzgerald as early as Monday whether they will face charges as the prosecutor winds up his nearly two-year investigation, the lawyers said.

Fitzgerald could convene the grand jury as early as Tuesday to lay out a final summary of the case and ask for approval of possible indictments, legal sources said. The grand jury hearing the CIA leak case normally meets on Wednesdays and is scheduled to expire on Friday unless Fitzgerald extends it.

Colonel quits as fears grow for the safety of his men

Colonel quits as fears grow for the safety of his men
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
(Filed: 23/10/2005)

A senior army officer serving in Iraq, who voiced concerns over a lack of armoured vehicles for his men, has resigned. Details of the resignation emerged just days after another of Lt Col Nick Henderson's soldiers was killed in a bomb attack in Basra.

Last month the 43-year old commanding officer of 1st Bn Coldstream Guards, who is married with children, made a request to senior officers for extra Warrior armoured personnel carriers.

Lt Col Nick Henderson
It is understood that Lt Col Henderson, whose battalion is responsible for security in the southern Iraqi capital of Basra, was concerned that Land Rovers did not offer his men enough protection from terrorist bomb attacks, which have left nine soldiers dead since May. It is unclear whether that request was authorised.

4 U.S. deaths bring toll to near 2,000

By Lee Keath
Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops and warplanes killed 20 insurgents Saturday while destroying safehouses for foreign militants near the Syrian border, and four more American military deaths edged the war’s U.S. death toll closer to 2,000.
Iraqi election officials, meanwhile, said no significant fraud had been detected in last weekend’s constitutional referendum as they released partial results. Officials indicated the final count would not come for at least a few more days.

The day’s heaviest fighting came when U.S.-led forces raided five houses suspected of sheltering foreign fighters in Husaybah, a town near Iraq’s border with Syria, the military said. The troops reportedly killed 20 insurgents and captured one.

San Diego Setting Example for Activists

2,000 Too Many!
Must see flash video: http://theunitedamerican.blogs.com/Movies/2000A/2000.html
National Call to Action!
Vigil in San Diego the day AFTER the 2,000th U.S.
serviceperson's death is announced,
4:00 TO 7:30pm
COME to Horton Plaza!

and join the hundreds of peace and justice groups throughout the country as we tell the President, Congress and the world that 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq is 2,000 too many.
WE the PEOPLE, in one unified voice, can STOP this WAR!
For more information contact: San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice www.sdcpj.org (619) 263-9301 info@sdcpj.org

Karl and Scooter's Excellent Adventure

By Frank Rich
The New York Times

There were no weapons of mass destruction. There was no collaboration between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda on 9/11. There was scant Pentagon planning for securing the peace should bad stuff happen after America invaded. Why, exactly, did we go to war in Iraq?

"It still isn't possible to be sure - and this remains the most remarkable thing about the Iraq war," writes the New Yorker journalist George Packer, a disenchanted liberal supporter of the invasion, in his essential new book, "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq." Even a former Bush administration State Department official who was present at the war's creation, Richard Haass, tells Mr. Packer that he expects to go to his grave "not knowing the answer."

An Interview with Rev. William Sloane Coffin

Published on Saturday, October 22, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Ralph Nader

I recently spoke to Rev. William Sloane Coffin about the war in Iraq and what concerned citizens can do to stop this illegal and unjust war.

Rev. William Sloane Coffin was a leader against the war in Vietnam and is a leading advocate for civil rights and opponent of nuclear weapons. Coffin was an Army officer in World War II. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale in 1956 and was ordained a Presbyterian minister.

In 1977, he became senior minister at Riverside Church in New York City. He currently resides in Vermont.

Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Millions of Iraqis believe that suicide attacks against British troops are justified, a secret military poll commissioned by senior officers has revealed.

The poll, undertaken for the Ministry of Defence and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shows that up to 65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country.

It demonstrates for the first time the true strength of anti-Western feeling in Iraq after more than two and a half years of bloody occupation.

Week of Milestones Fails to Reassure Frustrated Iraqis

Referendum and Trial Called Diversions
By John Ward Anderson and Bassam Sebti
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, October 22, 2005; A16
http://tinyurl.com/e3gez

BAGHDAD -- Thaer Abbas Shammari smiled contentedly and leaned on a table crammed with merchandise outside his Baghdad convenience store on constitution referendum day last weekend, bantering with neighbors, customers and passersby. But when the talk turned to voting, he stood bolt upright.

"Look!" he bellowed, lifting his shirt and one pant leg to display neck, stomach and ankle scars that he said were inflicted during 14 years as a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein. When he pointed to a picture of his brother taped to the front door -- a "hero and martyr" executed by the former government for supposedly belonging to an outlawed political party -- it seemed natural to assume that Shammari would march to the polling center 100 yards away and cast his ballot.

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