Blix Says US Misled Itself, The World on Iraq

Published on Saturday, October 22, 2005 by the Boston Globe
WMD reports, satellite photos called lacking
By Russell Contreras

MEDFORD, Massachusetts -- Bush administration officials misled themselves on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and ''then they misled the world," Hans Blix, the former United Nations chief weapons inspector said yesterday.

Speaking at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Blix criticized the administration's actions before invading Iraq in March 2003, but stopped short of saying it intentionally fooled the public on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Strong criticism for N.Y. Times' Miller from boss

By Pete Yost
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Judith Miller's boss says the New York Times reporter appears to have misled the newspaper about her role in the CIA leak controversy.
In an e-mail memo Friday to the newspaper's staff, Executive Editor Bill Keller said that until Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald subpoenaed Miller in the criminal probe, "I didn't know that Judy had been one of the reporters on the receiving end" of leaks aimed at Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson.

"Judy seems to have misled" Times Washington bureau chief Bill Taubman about the extent of her involvement, Keller wrote.

The Coming Hurricane Fitzgerald...

Wherein we submit our entry in the "guess how many indictments" pool.
By thepen

As always we feature the action link first, this one to call for the impeachment of George Bush

http://www.millionphonemarch.com/impeach.htm

There is a storm of historic proportions headed for the United States, one that will make Hurricane Wilma (also en route) look like a small splash in the pond by comparison. It's been building and gathering strength in the increasingly hot waters of the Special Counsel's office for almost two years, and in a matter of days it may lay waste to the entire political infrastructure of Washington, D.C., from one end to the other.

Who Is Scooter Libby?

By John Dickerson
Slate.com

The secretive Cheney aide at the heart of the CIA leak case.

Who is I. Lewis Libby? The not-Karl-Rove character at the center of the CIA leak investigation is so mysterious he hides his first name. Rove we know: He's Bush's political id-a self-taught master of political hardball, a brash Texan who has plotted the president's advance for 25 years.

The adviser universally known as "Scooter" represents the other side of the Bush administration: the secret undisclosed side. Like the vice president he works for, Libby prefers to work on policy in the shadows and leave the politics to others. Unlike Rove, or even fellow neocons Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, Libby rarely speaks on the record; he almost never gives public speeches. Unlike the Texas gang, he doesn't boast at being an anti-intellectual and is in fact proud of his intellectual credentials. "Lewis Libby is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law," reads the blurb under his picture on the back flap of his book, a historical novel about Japan at the turn of the 19th century.

Lies Judith Miller Told Us

By Joel Bleifuss, In These Times

In the last few months all manner of gas has been expended on the Valerie Plame case.

Did Karl Rove and Scooter Libby out Plame as a CIA officer to punish her husband Joseph Wilson IV? Who else in the White House knew of or condoned this crime? And is there some kind of medal we can bestow on Judith Miller, who suffered prison to protect her First Amendment rights?

Yes it makes for good drama, but in a perverse way the Plame case obscures the larger story. The media understandably finds it more interesting to ferret out the specific crimes of a Karl Rove than to reflect on the larger, more profound crime: how we were misled into invading Iraq. First, the Bush administration created a catalogue of lies and misinformation in order to justify invasion. Second, some prominent members of the national media parroted those lies.

Editor Says He Missed Miller 'Alarm Bells'

By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer

The New York Times' Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it, and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have misled the newspaper about her role.

In a dramatic e-mail, Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote Times' employees he wished he'd more carefully interviewed Miller and had "missed what should have been significant alarm bells" that she had been the recipient of leaked information about the CIA officer at the heart of the case.

"Judy seems to have misled (Times Washington bureau chief) Phil Taubman about the extent of her involvement," Keller wrote in what he described as a lessons-learned e-mail. "This alone should have been enough to make me probe deeper."

SCOTT RITTER: UNTOLD STORY OF THE INTELLIGENCE CONSPIRACY

Democracy Now!

Friday, October 21st, 2005

http://tinyurl.com/9tso7

Scott Ritter on the Untold Story of the Intelligence

Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam

Hussein

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We speak with Scott Ritter, the chief United Nations

weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998 about

Death toll nears 2,000

Sobering statistics offer reminder of war's human cost
DREW BROWN
Knight Ridder Tribune

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military announced Friday the deaths of four Marines and one soldier, bringing the number of American servicemen and women who've died in Iraq since the war began two and a half years ago to 1,993.

Three of the Marines were killed Thursday by a roadside bomb west of Baghdad and the fourth died Wednesday in a car-bomb attack in Karbala. The soldier died of wounds sustained during a mortar attack Thursday on a base in Hit, northwest of the Iraqi capital.

With deaths coming at an average of more than two per day, it appears likely that the number of dead will reach 2,000 in a matter of days.

Buttons a test in free speech

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Robin L. Flanigan, Staff writer

BRIGHTON — The Brighton school district is investigating whether it needs to train staffers on First Amendment rights after a Twelve Corners Middle School student was told to remove two buttons bashing President Bush.

As instructed by a teacher's aide Sept. 28, seventh-grader Rebecca Braiman-Dewey took off the souvenirs she had bought four days earlier at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C.

The buttons read "Impeach Bush" and "Fire the Liar" — the latter showing President Bush's face with a Pinnochio-sized nose.

Was the Vote on the Iraqi Constitution Fixed?

Written by Kevin Zeese
A Rotten Foundation is Hard to Build On
http://democracyrising.us

"It wouldn't surprise me if the election was rigged," said a U.S. Army officer in Mosul who requested anonymity from Time and who worked on security arrangements for the poll with Iraqi security and election officials. "I don't even trust our election process."

If democracy is supposed to provide legitimacy to government - what does a fraudulent election provide? The U.S. occupation, already suffering a host of problems - false reasons for the invasion, lack of international support, wanning support in the U.S., Abu Gharib prison scandals, the Fallujah attack, the killing of civilians, a strengthening insurgency, lack of support by former generals and foreign service officers, and generals on the ground saying the presence of U.S. troops are increasing the strength of the insurgency - now has a voting scandal on its hands.

Exit strategy? Honor our troops — bring them home

San Francisco Chronicle
By Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

The Iraq war has accentuated sharp ideological differences among our elected officials and among citizens. But there has been virtual unanimity on one point: A deep respect and gratitude for the young Americans who are risking life and limb both in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, I traveled to Iraq where I received extensive briefings from military commanders and toured our state-of-the-art facilities. But nothing was more informative than sitting down to meals with enlisted soldiers from California.

Many of these soldiers are on their second or third tour of duty. I talked to fathers who have babies back home they have never seen. There were mothers who deployed mere months after giving birth. To a person, they are thoughtful, intelligent and loyal -- to their country, their mission and each other. They were respectful, but also unafraid to ask me pointed questions. They understood that my vocal anti-war activism is in no way inconsistent with my support of them. These are genuine heroes, whose courage and resolve is greater than any accolades can possibly convey.

No vote for open-ended involvement in Iraq: U.S. withdrawal should start by the middle of February

Boston Herald
By Congressman Michael E. Capuano

I recently returned from Iraq. Although I have opposed our presence there, it is important that elected officials review conditions firsthand.

While in Iraq I met with people from every level of the U.S. military, the State Department, the United Nations, various U.S. nonprofit agencies and Iraqi officials. We had many conversations, including assessments of conditions leading to the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum. It is impossible to understate the importance of this event, although entirely possible to miss the most significant aspects.

Two Thousand Too Many

"Not one more death, not one more dollar for war!"

WHAT: Public Candlelight Vigil & March
WHERE: Veterans Building (corner of McAllister & Fulton)
WHEN: 7:00 PM on the evening after the 2,000 soldier falls

Join all of San Francisco and concerned citizens in cities across the US in a
public candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the 2,000th US soldier in Iraq.
Two thousand is too many, and we call upon the Bush Administration,
Representative Nancy Pelosi, and all our elected officials to pull our men and
women immediately out of this needless war.

On the evening after the 2,000th death, we will meet at 7:00 PM at the Veterans

Iraq Slips Away

By Larry Johnson
NoQuarter.typepad.com

Tired of the drum beat of bad news surrounding TreasonGate and the outing of CIA officer Valerie Wilson. How about some good news from Iraq? Sorry, nothing to report. Before you remind me about the apparent success of the recent election, keep reading.
The delusional happiness reflected in Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's remarks this week to Congress about the so-called progress in Iraq ignores hard facts that point to a debacle. The international media appears to be finally catching on that the Washington spin about the purple thumb as a sign of democratic progress is pure nonsense. It is true that more people in Iraq voted in this election than last January. What Rice and other folks out of touch with reality ignore is that the increased number of Sunnis who voted came out to defeat the constitution. Unfortunately, the fix was in. Vote fraud was rampant. U.S. TV crews caught one Shia on tape casting seven yes votes. That's sort of an old style American politics a la Chicago's Daley machine--you know, vote early, vote often. And, results are now, once again, being withheld to "investigate" the irregularities.

They Are Not Numbers

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

I received this email the other day. I have removed the names:

Dear Ms. Sheehan ~ I wasn't sure how else to contact you, so am sending this thru the gsfp website. I just want to thank you for posting your essay entitled, 'A Peaceful Day' dated October 17th on the commondreams.org website, a site I visit every weekday.

My cousin, "brave soldier", 30, originally of Indiana, was one of the five U.S. soldiers killed on Saturday, October 15th -- Iraq's 'peaceful day.' He is survived by his wife, his two children, his parents, his sister, our grandma, his aunt, his two uncles and his two cousins. We are currently awaiting confirmation per dna identification.

Miller's Tale

Can the reporter--or the New York Times--be trusted?
By FAIR

The New York Times editorial page told readers over and over again that Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail for 85 days for a noble cause--the protection of confidential sources. But to many outside observers, the principles that Miller went to jail for were far from clear, with many fundamental questions left unanswered. Readers and media watchers were eager to hear Miller's side of the story, and to see the newspaper devote its considerable journalistic energy to investigating a crucial political story that its reporter was in the middle of: the efforts of Bush administration officials to punish a critic by leaking the covert identity of Valerie Plame Wilson to the media.

Louisville Peace Action

Community (LPAC) will join groups across the nation in marking the loss of 2,000 US soldiers in Iraq by displaying 2000 t-shirts strung on 100ft. lengths of clothesline. We will have our action on Friday, October 28, from 4:00-6:00 pm. We will gather at the corner of Lexington Rd. & Grinstead Ave. and spread out in groups holding the shirts along Grinstead from I-64 to Ray Avenue. We'll have signs to explain that each shirt represents one fallen soldier and peacekeepers will direct people to their location.

LPAC has organized many protests against the US invasion of Iraq--starting three years ago in October 2002. We are angry and frustrated that this war has gone on so long with such a huge loss of American and Iraqi lives. We believe it is important to commemorate this sad milestone and encourage you to contact your family & friends and ask them to join us. Please let us know if you can help at jmunroleighton@gmail.com

2000 Too Many!

By UFPJ

Be in Times Square the day after the 2000th soldier dies in Iraq!

As of today, 1992 soldiers have died in Iraq. Over 15,000 have been wounded. Tens of thousands Iraqis have died. How many more will die before Bush ends this senseless war?

Two thousand have died while a majority of people in our country believe the war is a mistake and our troops should come home. We must go to the military recruiting centers which promote war as the only alternative for our children and say: Not another death in this immoral war!

Join military families, veterans and United for Peace and Justice/NYC at the recruiting center in Times Square from 6:00-7:00 pm on the day after the 2000th death. Bring flowers to lay on the doorstep of the recruiting center in remembrance of those who have died. Bring your signs and banners.

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Bush Critic Became Target of Libby, Former Aides Say

By Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
The Los Angeles Times

Cheney's chief of staff reportedly sought an aggressive campaign against Wilson.

Washington - Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson's television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say.

Those efforts by the chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, began shortly after Wilson went public with his criticisms in 2003. But they continued into last year - well after the Justice Department began an investigation in September 2003, into whether administration officials had illegally disclosed the CIA operative's identity, say former White House aides.

Fitzgerald Is No Ken Starr

By Joe Conason
Salon.com

The same pundits who are absurdly smearing Fitzgerald as a partisan zealot were notably silent during the Whitewater disgrace.

With the mounting anticipation that Bush administration officials will be indicted in the CIA leak investigation, we have arrived at the stage that was always inevitable: a wave of preemptive attacks on special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his expected prosecutions.

While the attackers have various motives, their arguments tend to share the same specious themes: that the special counsel has "run amok"; that he is pursuing the "criminalization of politics"; that no crimes were committed except possibly in covering up administration misbehavior, which supposedly are not crimes worth prosecuting; and that Fitzgerald is somehow comparable to Kenneth W. Starr, the Whitewater independent counsel whose gross abuse of his office led to its abolition.

White House Defense Shaky in CIA Leak Case

By Pete Yost
The Associated Press

Even if White House aides leaked a covert CIA officer's identity, they were simply passing along information they'd already heard from the news media, the administration's supporters maintain in a defense that looks increasing shaky as new evidence accumulates.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald now knows that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, met three times with a New York Times reporter before the leak of Valerie Plame's identity, that Libby initiated a call to NBC newsman Tim Russert and that Libby was a confirming source about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson for a Time magazine reporter.

Stop the International Crimes Against Humanity

Stop the International Crimes Against Humanity
Speak Out at the White House Encampment to “Drive Out the Bush Regime

Judy Miller, the Armstrong Williams of WMD

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

As the Plamegate scandal grows, it now appears that Judy Miller’s role was something akin to that of Armstrong Williams, the “journalist

Excerpts from the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week

Kristol is just an Ivy League Goebbels, whose only interest is ensuring that his bumbling, law breaking, lying, failed neo-con pals maintain their grip on power, even if they drag America down with them.

So for advocating the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying about oral sex, while condoning illegal Bushevik actions that put America at greater risk from Weapons of Mass Destruction, we name William Kristol the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

http://www.gophypocrites.com/2005/10/hyp05043.html

Note: And if Billy Boy Kristol starts with that "I'm deeply offended because I am Jewish and BuzzFlash is trivializing the Holocaust" stuff, we'd like to remind him that the editor and publisher of BuzzFlash is Jewish, and his relatives who died in the Holocaust would weep over Kristol's support of neo-fascism and criminal behavior in America.

Iraq Symposium Planned in Maryland

From Democracy for Maryland

PDF flyer.

We are co-sponsoring an Iraq Symposium at the University of MD on October 29th. This will be a panel discussion with three great speakers, followed by a question and answer period. We are inviting across the political spectrum. So the Q & A session should be interesting.

This speakers include Dr. Lawrence Korb, Asst. Secr. of Defense under President Reagan, Ambassador Edward Peck who has 32 years experience in the Mid-East including Iraq, and Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraqi veteran who heads Operation Truth - an organization that is largely responsible for forcing the Pentagon to address the problems our troops have faced in Iraq.

Oh, Well That's Not So Bad Then

CIA Leak Queries Look at Disclosure Of Classified Data
By JOHN D. MCKINNON, ANNE MARIE SQUEO and JOE HAGAN
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

WASHINGTON -- The range of questions that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has asked witnesses in the CIA leak case suggests he may be exploring whether to charge White House officials with leaking garden-variety classified information.

Mr. Fitzgerald's initial mission was to see if the leaking of Valerie Plame's name violated a 1982 act that bars the intentional disclosure of an undercover intelligence operative's identity.

TRACING THE LEAK

Tomgram: Facing a Nameless War

Name That War
By Tom Engelhardt

In September 2001, the President announced that we were at war with terrorism. It was to be a conflict far longer than World War II, a titanic generational struggle more in line with the Cold War in its prospective length. It was a war that naturally deserved a name. Administration officials promptly gave it the somewhat less than sonorous, slightly tongue-twisting label of the Global War on Terrorism, which translated quickly into the inelegant acronym GWOT. That name would be used endlessly in official pronouncements, news conferences, and interviews, but never quite manage to catch on with the public. So somewhere along the line, administration officials and various neocon allies began testing out other monikers -- among them, World War IV, the Long War, and the Millennium War -- none of which ever got the slightest bit of traction.

'Do You Think He's Dead, Mom?'

AntiWar.com
By Dr. Teresa Whitehurst

The call came late at night. My youngest child called from college, her trademark perky voice suddenly tense, halting.

"I haven't heard from D. since last Tuesday. When I talked to him, he said he couldn't say much over the phone anymore, or on e-mail. He sounded strange, like something was wrong, but he wouldn't tell me what was up. I thought maybe he was just depressed – he's depressed all the time now, and isn't allowed to tell me where he's being sent or how he's being used – but he hasn't answered any of my e-mails, which he always does. So I wondered if you could – do you think he's dead, Mom?"

Oversight - The Other Meaning

Eat The Press with Harry Shearer
HuffingtonPost.com

I've opined before here, based on nothing but my own nose for human perversity, that the real story behind the Plame outing story was the larger war between the Cheney wing of the Administration and the CIA, over who would bear the blame for the faulty intel used to market the Iraq War.

The Senate Intelligence Committee last year promised to release a phase two of its report on Iraq intel--the first part was finding fault with the intelligence community, the second was to be a look into administration use and misuse of intel--as long as phase two came after the November election. As best as can be determined, we're way after that election, and phase two has long been rumored to be on the back burner, if not having tumbled completely off the stove. Now, Laura Rozin in the American Prospect reports it's still alive, though on life support, but adds this provocative note:

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