The Normalization of Treason, the Republicans' gift to America
by John in DC - 10/16/2005 06:52:00 PM
If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed a CIA agent during World War II, he'd be shot.
We're at war, George Bush keeps reminding us. We cannot continue with business as usual. A pre-9/11 mentality is deadly. Putting the lives of our troops at risk is treason.
Then why is the White House and the Republican party engaged in a concerted campaign to make treason acceptable during a time of war? That's exactly what they're doing. On numerous news shows today, Republican surrogates, their talking points ready, issued variations of the following concerning White House chief of staff Karl Rove's outing of a covert CIA agent as part of a political vendetta:
CIA leak prosecutor asked about any Cheney role
Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:18 PM ET
By Adam Entous
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor questioned New York Times reporter Judith Miller about whether Vice President Dick Cheney himself was aware or authorized her discussions with his chief of staff, Lewis Libby, about a covert CIA operative, Miller said on Saturday.
Miller also disclosed for the first time that the notebook she used for an interview with Libby in July 2003 contained the name "Valerie Flame," a clear reference to Valerie Plame, the covert operative whose outing triggered a sweeping criminal investigation that has shaken the Bush administration.
Disgrace to Journalism
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM PDT
Judith Miller is clearly a disgrace to journalism - I agree completely with Arianna Huffington, who shamed every member of the Media with her ownership of the NYTimes/Miller story, in this:
The Times articles are inconclusive about a lot of issues, but they are devastatingly conclusive about Miller as a journalist -- including, the confirmation that, within a few weeks of assuming the editorship of the Times, "in one of his first personnel moves, Mr. Keller told Ms. Miller that she could no longer cover Iraq and weapons issues," and including the Times' long-delayed acknowledgement that 5 of the 6 articles in its WMD mea culpa "were written or co-written by Ms. Miller."
Pre-Indictment Plame Analysis (1 x 2 x 6 is the Rosetta Stone)
by pontificator [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:45:59 PM PDT
I just re-read the most important article published on the Plame affair. No, not this weekend's NYT Magnum Opus, but rather, Mike Allen and Dana Priest's Washington Post Article dated September 28, 2003. The infamous 1 x 2 x 6 scoop (One Senior Administration Official Whistleblower, Two Senior Administration Official Leakers, and Six Journalists).
The most important revelation in that article appears to have survived the test of time:
pontificator's diary :: ::
"...Mr. Bush's paroxysm of panic was must-see TV. "The president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts," Dana Milbank wrote in The Washington Post. Asked repeatedly about Mr. Rove's serial appearances before a Washington grand jury, the jittery Mr. Bush, for once bereft of a script, improvised a passable impersonation of Norman Bates being quizzed by the detective in "Psycho." Like Norman and Ms. Stewart, he stonewalled."
Check out the video HERE
By RYAN SAGER
October 14, 2005 -- THE campaign-finance-re form lobby is launching a new attack on one of our most basic rights.
For more than 200 years, Americans have had the right to operate printing presses without having to get a license from the government. The First Amendment was written to protect against just such depredations of freedom of speech, hallmarks of monarchical tyranny.
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Sparring Between McClellan and Reporters Escalates
Bush's Press Secretary Says His Role Is To 'Mix It Up a Little Bit' With Media
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 16, 2005; Page A06
When CBS correspondent John Roberts asked about the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers at a White House briefing last week, he expected a boilerplate answer.
Instead, press secretary Scott McClellan lectured the reporter: "Let's talk about the way you're approaching things . . . I would encourage you -- I know you don't necessarily want to do this -- but to look at her qualifications and record." Moments later, Roberts accused McClellan of "attacking me."
New Questions Arise in CIA Leak Probe
By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 19 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - New details about Judith Miller's decision to cooperate in the CIA leak probe are raising questions about whether Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and his defense lawyer tried to steer the New York Times reporter's testimony.
The dispute arose as the newspaper on Sunday detailed three conversations that Miller had with the Cheney aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in the summer of 2003 about Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson and Wilson's wife, covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Print Reporters: Odd Men Out on White House Plane
By Joe Strupp
Published: October 13, 2005 4:09 PM ET
NEW YORK Restrictions on the number of journalists allowed to tag along on advance trips to foreign countries to be visited by President Bush have raised objections from White House reporters, leading to a formal complaint.
The writers contend that new limits, which have cut in half the number of media people permitted to go, curtails their ability to prepare for the overseas excursions.
In the past, up to six media representatives were given space on the White House plane, said Mark Smith, an AP radio reporter and president of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA). In most cases, the WHCA would divide up the space among four television people, one radio person, and a print reporter. Following the trip, each representative writes up a report for reporters in their designated news field.
Transcript for October 16
Condoleezza Rice, Carl Levin & Louis Freeh
MEET THE PRESS REPLAY
Updated: 11:05 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2005
MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Ballots in Iraq are being counted as millions turned out yesterday to vote on a new constitution. What will this mean for violence and bloodshed and U.S. troop levels? With us, the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. And for the Democrats, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin of Michigan.
Then, the former director of the FBI makes very serious allegations about former President Bill Clinton and the Saudis. And the September 11th Commission is very critical of the FBI. Our guest, the author of "My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror," Louis Freeh.
Condi Rice finally tells the truth (3 comments )
Condoleezza Rice took some valuable time off from her shoe shopping tour and appeared on Meet The Press today. For the first time she was actually being honest with the American people. Whether she was doing so on purpose is another matter entirely. (see the video here) Joining Tim Russert, she said:
"But the fact of the matter is that when we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al-Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings and, therefore, we would go after al-Qaeda and perhaps after the Taliban and then our work would be done and we would try to defend ourselves. Or we could take a bolder approach, which was to say that we had to go after the root causes of the kind of terrorism that was produced there, and that meant a different kind of Middle East. And there is no one who could have imagined a different kind of Middle East with Saddam Hussein still in power."
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Topic: Letters Sent to Romenesko
Date/Time: 10/16/2005 3:34:37 PM
Title: There's a scandal hidden in Miller's report
Posted By: Jim Romenesko
From BILL LYNCH, retired CBS News correspondent: There is one enormous journalism scandal hidden in Judith Miller's Oct. 16th first person article about the (perhaps lesser) CIA leak scandal. And that is Ms. Miller's revelation that she was granted a DoD security clearance while embedded with the WMD search team in Iraq in 2003.
This is as close as one can get to government licensing of journalists and the New York Times (if it knew) should never have allowed her to become so compromised. It is all the more puzzling that a reporter who as a matter of principle would sacrifice 85 days of her freedom to protect a source would so willingly agree to be officially muzzled and thereby deny potentially valuable information to the readers whose right to be informed she claims to value so highly.
It certainly is odd that a reporter would have a security clearance. Their job is to report information to the public, not to be let in on secrets they can't report.
There was some dispute previously about her clearance. The Queen of All Iraq was running around telling people she had one but this was possibly just bullshit (via pressthink).
Perhaps someone should ask Bill Keller how this makes any sense?
Condi Rice: Verifies What we all Thought
Think Progress: This morning on NBC's Meet the Press, Condoleezza Rice explains why we invaded Iraq:
"The fact of the matter is that when we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings and, therefore, we would go after al Qaeda…or we could take a bolder approach...read on"
Condi Rice said nothing that backs up President Bush's "last resort" war. This is a war of choice in keeping with PNAC's view of the middle east. They wanted to change the face of the middle east and 9/11 was their excuse. Thanks for clearing that up for us Condi.
Tim Russert in keeping with his lame follow up questions and kid glove treatment of Condi Rice, refused to take her statement any further by moving on to Syria. Memo to Tim. There was enough in that answer alone to give you sixty minutes of debate. Here's a similar take on her straw man argument. Tim can get real tough when he wants to (remember John Edwards right before the election?), but not in this case.
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Treasongate: A Flame-ing Lie, It Seems
Picking up from my previous post on Miller-Times-gate, in her article Judith Miller said (emphasis mine):
It is also difficult, more than two years later, to parse the meaning and context of phrases, of underlining and of parentheses. On one page of my interview notes, for example, I wrote the name "Valerie Flame." Yet, as I told Mr. Fitzgerald, I simply could not recall where that came from, when I wrote it or why the name was misspelled.
I testified that I did not believe the name came from Mr. Libby, in part because the notation does not appear in the same part of my notebook as the interview notes from him.
Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor RE: Judy Miller
by Just enough [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:38:24 AM PDT
Dear Mr. Calame,
Please don't disrespect us with another fluff piece such as "Turning the Tables" Oct. 9th ,2005, which treated us, your readers, as distractible fools at a time when your paper is facing its greatest crisis of integrity. The quality of the carefully tailored reporting (interspersed with awkward periods of silence) on the Valerie Plame affair will leave a permanent stain on this great paper. It remains a crisis whether you choose to report thoroughly on it or not.
Who told Judy about Valerie PLAME?
by katerina [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 02:43:08 AM PDT
After reading the two NYT articles about Judy Miller's involvement in the Plame Leak investigation, I came away with one significant question:
Who was Judith Miller's real source as to the identity of Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA operative?
Miller's putative source was Scooter Libby, but Miller claims Libby didn't provide her with Valerie Plame's name or undercover status. If Judy's telling the truth about that (and while the article in the NYT indicates that wagering on Judy's truthfulness may be a sucker bet), then who did?
On the origin of the Niger documents...
by wvillmike [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 04:16:51 AM PDT
Some of the below timeline/information is either paraphrased or excerpted from an excellent article by Seymour M. Hersh in the New Yorker, entitled `The Stovepipe.'
The gist of the article deals with what the CIA calls "stovepiping," or the release of data the agency has collected to the Pentagon and/or White House before it has been properly analyzed--a practice which has rarely occurred in Washington.
At least not before the Bush administration took office.
Did Judy Meet Cheney?
by georgia10 [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 07:03:02 AM PDT
Of all the analyzing of Judith Miller's account of her interactions with the Bush administration, one aspect of her piece has received little attention: her explanation of Libby's letter.
As she admits, Fitzgerald asked whether the letter was meant to shape her testimony. Miller said no, instead offering up this explanation:
When I was last before the grand jury, Mr. Fitzgerald posed a series of questions about a letter I received in jail last month from Mr. Libby. The letter, two pages long, encouraged me to testify. "Your reporting, and you, are missed," it begins.
Aspens Turning, Leads to Cheney?
by teresahill [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 10:49:00 PM PDT
Finally, Judith Miller gives us her take on the creepy "Aspens turning" line in Scooter Libby's letter to her, telling her it was okay to testify.
This from her account in Sunday's NYT :
"Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning," Mr. Libby wrote. "They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them."
How did I interpret that? Mr. Fitzgerald asked.
In answer, I told the grand jury about my last encounter with Mr. Libby. It came in August 2003, shortly after I attended a conference on national security issues held in Aspen, Colo. After the conference, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo. At a rodeo one afternoon, a man in jeans, a cowboy hat and sunglasses approached me. He asked me how the Aspen conference had gone. I had no idea who he was.
If Rove, Libby Indicted, Bush Must resign. No Settling
by letsfight [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 07:36:06 AM PDT
I read an article this morning that said that if Rove is indicted that he will most likely resign -- that such a move would be the only reasonable thing for Rove to do to protect George Bush from the 'aspersions' that such an indictment would bring to the oval office.
I have a visceral reaction to such a scenario. Bush should also resign. We should settle for nothing less.
letsfight's diary :: ::
first, here is the link to the article:
A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods
[Gar Smith is Editor Emeritus of Earth Island Journal, Roving Editor at The-Edge and co-founder of Environmentalists Against War. This commentary was broadly distributed over the internet during November 2003]
Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus.Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Joe Wilson is a contender. When you play hardball with Joe, you better be prepared to deal with some serious rebound.
New account suggests dissident faction inside CIA
Sun Oct 16, 5:07 AM ET
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A new account of the CIA leak scandal rocking the White House suggests top presidential aides were seriously concerned about what could be seen as a dissident faction inside the US spy agency that appeared to work even behind the back of the CIA director to debunk the notion Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Charges that the regime of Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was angling to revive its nuclear program served as the prime rationale for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Rove Pressed On Conflicts, Source Says
Questions Said to Focus On Differing Accounts
By Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, October 15, 2005; Page A01
The grand jury investigating the CIA leak case pressed White House senior adviser Karl Rove yesterday to more fully explain his conversations with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame, including discrepancies between his testimony and the account provided by a key witness in the investigation, according to a source familiar with Rove's account.
Making his fourth appearance before the grand jury, Rove answered a broad range of questions for 4 1/2 hours, including why he did not initially tell federal agents about a July 2003 conversation about Plame with the witness, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper, the source said.
A Day of Questioning, More Questioning and . . . No Questions
By Dana Milbank
Saturday, October 15, 2005; A05
Almost three hours after Karl Rove entered the grand jury chambers yesterday morning, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald walked hurriedly from the room and toward the waiting reporters.
"Just going to the men's room," he announced, continuing past the media pack. "Don't want to create any buzz."
The first part of what Fitzgerald said was true. But not wanting to "create any buzz"? It's a bit late for that.
When you call the president's closest adviser for a fourth grand jury appearance, and grill him for 4 1/2 hours with no guarantee he won't be prosecuted, you're pretty much guaranteed buzz. In addition to the 15 journalists lurking outside the grand jury room on the third floor of the Prettyman courthouse -- the same chambers graced by Monica Lewinsky seven years ago -- there were TV cameras encamped at each of the four exits to the building and media spotters stationed in the lobby.
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Posted Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005
Karl rove has a plan, as always. Even before testifying last week for the fourth time before a grand jury probing the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, Bush senior adviser Rove and others at the White House had concluded that if indicted he would immediately resign or possibly go on unpaid leave, several legal and Administration sources familiar with the thinking told TIME.
Resignation is the much more likely scenario, they say. The same would apply to I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the Vice President's chief of staff, who also faces a possible indictment. A former White House official says Rove's break with Bush would have to be clean—no "giving advice from the sidelines"—for the sake of the Administration.
Left I on the News
New York Times reporter Judith Miller "distinguished" herself in the runup
to the invasion of Iraq by uncritically passing on government propaganda
about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Since countervailing
information on those subjects (for example, on the famous aluminum tubes)
was known at the time, Miller's omission of any semblance of balance from
her articles can only be construed as lying, by omission if not by
Now, in what appears to be more of a carefully prepared legal document and
less an actual newspaper article, Miller has written about "My Four Hours
By Cindy Sheehan
I would love to support Hillary for President if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.
I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican.
This country wants this occupation to end. The world wants the occupation to end. People in Iraq want this occupation to end.
Senator Clinton: taking the peace road would not prove you are weak. Instead, it would prove that you are the strongest and wisest candidate. As a mom, as an American, as a patriot: I implore you to have the strength and courage to lead the fight for peace.
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
By Tonia Moxley
BLACKSBURG -- When the United States attacked Iraq a decade ago, Blacksburg resident Pris Sears said she was terrified that the conflict would escalate into a nuclear war.
But she felt helpless to do anything about it.
Two years into the latest U.S. war in Iraq, Sears has found a way to take action by volunteering, some weeks for as many as 30 hours, for afterdowningstreet.org, a national anti-war information network and lobbying organization.
Sears helps maintain the Web site that is the organization's virtual headquarters. Fielding a slew of e-mails and posting articles about the war "is a small thing, but it's something useful I can do," Sears said.