What It's Like
By Paul Begala
From: TPMCafe Special Guests
Tom Petty was wrong. The waiting is not the hardest part.
Sure, all of what Eric Alterman dubbed "the punditocracy" has a severe case of indictus interruptus, but for President Bush and his White House staff, the worst is yet to come. To be sure, waiting on a decision to indict is an exquisite form of torture. But what lies ahead is worse. If special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald does choose to indict one or more senior Bush White House officials, they will be the first top White House aides to be indicted in a decade and a half.
In covering Libby indictment, CNN's King repeated false claim about Niger trip
In covering the October 28 indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for his role in the alleged outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, CNN senior political correspondent John King falsely claimed that on the July 6, 2003, broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband, claimed that Vice President Dick Cheney sent him to Niger in 2002. In fact, Wilson never made that claim on Meet the Press, nor has Media Matters for America been able to identify any instance in which Wilson has claimed Cheney sent him to Niger. The false claim that Wilson stated or implied that Cheney sent him to Niger is significant to the controversy surrounding the alleged outing of Plame. The administration's defenders have claimed that the White House had a legitimate interest in setting the record straight by disclosing that Plame, not Cheney, was actually responsible for Wilson's being sent to Niger. The assertion that Plame recommended Wilson is in dispute, and the CIA has refuted it.
'Official A' stands out in indictment
By PETE YOST
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
WASHINGTON -- In a sign of the trouble lingering for the Bush administration, the indictment handed up Friday in the CIA leak probe refers to someone at the White House known as "Official A."
The unidentified official could become a courtroom witness against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who left his job as vice presidential aide shortly after his indictment on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.
Several other unnamed officials mentioned in the indictment were identified Friday afternoon by Justice Department officials.
This afternoon Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, put out the following statement ...
“It is a terrible day for all Americans when a top White House official is accused of lying and obstructing justice, made all the worse when it’s about a national security matter.
“Revealing the identity of a covert agent is the type of leak that gets people killed. Not only does it end the person’s career, and whatever assignments they may have been working on, it puts that person in grave personal danger as well as their colleagues and all the people they have had contact with over the years.
From the SunHerald.com:
...the criminal charges against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, come at the worst possible time for the Bush administration, and the context is critical.
Libby's indictment represents for the Bush administration something even more serious than the felony charge that it is. It invites a reopening, through a public trial and renewed political debate, of the most important decision of Bush's presidency, the one to wage pre-emptive war in Iraq.
Writing in an Age of Terror
By David Swanson
Remarks delivered at National Writers Union conference in Philadelphia, October, 29, 2005, opening forum with Ed Herman, Danny Schechter, and Linn Washington, on "Writing in an Age of Terror."
Obviously, if this really were an age of terror, an age in which we were all terrorized, there would be no writing. You can't write if you're terrorized. I mean, you can, but your writing will have all the clarity of a campaign speech by John Kerry, or all the relevance of the election-year literature produced by the AFL-CIO, which refused to acknowledge that there was a war in Iraq.
Once Scooter sings, it's a whole new Plame Affair
By James Ridgeway
WASHINGTON, D.C.—If, as the New York Times reports, Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis Libby is to be indicted today in the Plame Affair, then the person in the Bush administration most on the hot seat is actually Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Times today says that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may press charges that “Scooter
By Aaron Nathans
Can't wait until January 2009 to see a change at the White House? Activists throughout the country are taking to the streets on Wednesday to spread the message that they'd like to see change before the next presidential election.
Legally, of course.
Organizers of "The World Can't Wait" hope to see more than 1,000 people march down State Street to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2004 election. They will gather at 12:30 p.m. at Library Mall, and walk to the Capitol.
The Madison event will be one of dozens on campuses throughout the nation.
"There is no exact blueprint for doing something like this," said national coordinator Debra Sweet, originally of Madison. She cited Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 as a blueprint for the group's goal. Nixon was re-elected by a landslide in 1972, only to resign under threat of impeachment two years later.
By Larry C. Johnson
What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean? A good start! That old joke is apropo in light of today's indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice. The indictment makes clear, with no shadow of a doubt, that Valerie Wilson was an undercover officer until exposed by Robert Novak's column. According to the indictment,
Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson’s affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community.
As the prosecutor said at today's press conference, this ain't over.
By Dahlia Wasfi
OPEN FOR A COMPREHENSIVE READING LIST WITH LINKS TO ARTICLES
By Jim Oberg
On November 2nd, one year after an election that saw more 'irregularities' than any in recent history, I will be leading a march to the streets to drive out the Bush regime! For me, a 65 year old retiree, who has believed in the orderly transition of power and reasoned argument in the public forum, I can tell you that this is a radical departure from my pattern of support for and trust in our system.
When our vote is taken away or made meaningless, as has now happened, our reality in America is changed in a fundamental way. No longer can we, the citizen, hold those in government accountable for their actions. That is what has happened in America, I am now certain, after examining the many studies done following this election. We now must face the terrible fact that we are ruled by a regime that claims a mandate to do as they please, when in fact they represent an illegitimate and criminal tyranny over us.
Posted on Citizen.org:
Today’s indictment of a top Bush administration official shines a bright light on the moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy of this White House. President Bush’s cronies went to unprecedented lengths to twist the truth about the reasons for invading Iraq and then threatened national security simply to punish a respected public servant who dared to expose the sham. These arrogant officials thought they could smear their opponents and leave no fingerprints. Fortunately for the country, this time, they have been caught. This ethically deprived administration has sunk into a morass of its own lies.
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October 28, 2005
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CINDY SHEEHAN: Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is a welcome development but, the responsibility for lying to the American people and targeting critics needs to go all the way up the chain of command.
WASHINGTON, DC--Cindy Sheehan is holding a week-long vigil which ends today in Lafayette Park to be a daily, visual reminder to those who live and work in the White House of the strong opposition to the Iraq war and the anger of the nation at the more than 2,000 US lives that have been lost in Iraq. Her protest was among more than 1,000 protests throughout the country that were held this week to honor the US soldiers whose lives were lost in Iraq and call for the troops to be brought home now.
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON — In a deep legal blow to an embattled White House, Vice President Cheney's top aide was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury in the long-running CIA leak case.
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five felony counts. He is using crutches because of a broken foot.
Win McNamee, AFP/Getty Images
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, was indicted Friday on one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements.
His indictment came nearly two years after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald began investigating whether Bush administration officials broke the law when they told reporters that Valerie Plame was a CIA employee. (Related: Libby indictment document (.pdf file) | Profile of Libby)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lewis Libby, a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was indicted in the CIA leak investigation, has resigned and left the White House, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Friday.
Libby resigned "earlier today, it was accepted, and he is no longer at the White House," McClellan told reporters.
"We'll have more to say after the special counsel has his press availability," he said. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald planned to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT.
Libby submitted his letter of resignation earlier on Friday, McClellan said.
Libby was indicted on five criminal counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements after a two-year investigation into the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity.
Institute for Public Accuracy
HOWARD ZINN,firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.howardzinn.org
Zinn is author of the widely read "A People's History of the United States" and can address the historical significance of today's indictment events.
DANIEL ELLSBERG, ellsbergD@cs.com, http://www.ellsberg.net
Ellsberg is author of the book "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." After Ellsberg revealed the Pentagon Papers (internal government documents which showed a pattern of governmental deceit about the Vietnam War), the Nixon White House attacked him. In time, the attacks, which included illegal activity, led to the conviction of several White House aides and were a crucial factor in Nixon's impeachment proceedings.
By John Isaacs
Council for a Livable World
IN AFTERMATH OF 2,000 AMERICAN DEATHS IN IRAQ: CONGRESSIONAL RHETORIC STRONGER; SENATE LEGISLATIVE FOLLOW-THROUGH STILL ABSENT; MORE HOUSE PROPOSALS
Sen. Robert Byrd (D‑WV)
The American people seek an end, they seek an end, they want an end to this ongoing bloody war in Iraq, not new conflicts in neighboring countries.
Senate floor statement ‑ October 25, 2005
Sen. Dick Durbin (D‑IL)
Each step the Iraqis take toward the successful establishment of self‑governance should bring our troops a step closer to home . . . The choice we face in Iraq is not a choice between resolve or retreat. The men and women in our military and their loved ones deserve a clear path to stability in Iraq so they can come home as soon as humanly possible.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888
Conyers asks: What Did the President and Vice President Know and When Did They Know It?
Directs Judiciary Committee Staff to Conduct Full and Comprehensive Investigation into Treasongate, Downing Street, Pre-War and Other Deceptions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's decisions to indict Scooter Libby:
Here is an excellent Powerpoint presentation prepared by Michael Smith, the British reporter who originally broke the story of the Downing Street Memo.
That is only one of a number of strange conclusions by those charged with investigating the way flaky intelligence was used to justify the 2003 Iraq War.
The most vociferous advocates of an attack on Iraq were Dick Cheney, the vice-president, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld’s deputy Paul Wolfowitz. They needed Congressional support and they set about obtaining it in a very aggressive fashion, insisting that not only did Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction threaten America and its allies but that he was closely linked to al-Qa’eda.
Carl Bernstein Finds Plame Parallels To Watergate
Link to original
By Joe Strupp
Published: October 27, 2005 7:30 AM ET
NEW YORK As the anticipation over possible indictments in the Valerie Plame case reaches excruciating levels, Watergate legend Carl Bernstein warns that comparisons to the case that made him famous more than 30 years ago must be viewed carefully.
Still, the former Washington Post reporter who shared a Pulitzer Prize for helping to expose the Nixon administration's wrongdoing says some parallels can be drawn between the two investigations, particularly the way both helped uncover extended dishonesty in the White House.
Who supplied Iraqi insurgents with the weapons they’re using to blow up American soldiers? Us, that’s who. Our negligence is at fault.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
by Michael Hammerschlag
There has been much commotion over the lack of armor on Iraq vehicles and vests, but that’s always been a trade-off: if you reinforce a HUMV enough to survive an RPG strike, you may make it too heavy to accelerate enough to avoid getting hit, and full body armor suits are great, except when 120° temperatures causes heat prostration. As our death toll passes 2000, the far more egregious outrage is why these hundreds of thousands of tons of ordnance were allowed to be looted by insurgents in the first place.
By MTV News
21-year-olds account for highest troop fatality rate.
The death of a 34-year-old Army staff sergeant wounded by a roadside bomb marked the 2,000th military casualty of the Iraq war, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, cementing another grim milestone in the two-and-a-half-year-old conflict in Iraq.
It's a number that many are using as a symbol of either a misguided military action or the ultimate cost of freedom. But who are the men and women behind the number? Of those 2,000 troops lost, nearly a third were between the ages of 20 to 22, with the highest fatality rate (11.7 percent) being among 21-year-olds, according to figures from the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, which gathers the bulk of its data from the U.S. government. Soldiers in their mid- to late-20s made up 37 percent of deaths, making almost 70 percent of U.S. casualties under age 30.
This is copied from a PDF file on the official Fitzgerald site (http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/):
SPECIAL COUNSEL PATRICK J. FITZGERALD TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald will hold a press conference at 2:00 P.M. EDT today, Friday October 28, 2005, regarding the status of the Special Counsel's criminal investigations.
WHO: Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald FBI Special Agent-in-Charge John C. Eckenrode
WHAT: Release of public information and press conference
WHERE: Department of Justice 7th Floor Conference Center 950 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D‑MA) - Senate floor statement ‑ October 25, 2005
The Real Cost of the Iraq War to American Taxpayers‑‑$195 Million per Day
For the cost of fighting the war in Iraq for one day, we could .....
One day in Iraq could provide 3.97 million households with an emergency readiness kit.
One day in Iraq could close the financing gap for interoperable communications in 41 small cities, 36 mid‑sized cities, or 6 large cities so that Federal, State and local first responders can talk to one another during an emergency.
Friday 28 October 2005
Rove will not be indicted Friday, sources say.
Washington - Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe, plans to seek an indictment against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, a lawyer involved in the case told CNN Friday.
The attorney said that Fitzgerald believes Libby misled investigators.
Indictments in the case would cap off a nearly two-year investigation into the public unmasking of an undercover CIA operative. Fitzgerald has scheduled a 2 p.m. ET news conference.
The New York Times reported on Friday that lawyers in the case said Libby will be charged with making false statements to a federal grand jury.