Frank Rich: Plamegate Is About “Protecting The Lies That Took The Country Into 'The Greatest Strategic Disaster In US History'

Frank Rich: Plamegate Is About “Protecting The Lies That Took The Country Into 'The Greatest Strategic Disaster In US History'"...

There hasn't been anything like it since Martha Stewart fended off questions about her stock-trading scandal by manically chopping cabbage on "The Early Show" on CBS. Last week the setting was "Today" on NBC, where the image of President Bush manically hammering nails at a Habitat for Humanity construction site on the Gulf Coast was juggled with the sight of him trying to duck Matt Lauer's questions about Karl Rove.

As with Ms. Stewart, 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.

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Explaining Plame, part 2: Judith Miller does Scooter Libby's laundry

Explaining Plame, part 2: Judith Miller does Scooter Libby's laundry
By Swopa
Oct 15 2005 - 7:42pm

Okay, in Part I, I promised that Karl Rove would be next, but the new pair of Judith Miller articles in the New York Times dictates that I talk about her and Scooter first. (In a chronological sense, it's more appropriate anyway.)

Let's begin with a previously unheralded passage from the Washington Post two years ago, looking back at the weeks just before Joseph Wilson went public in criticizing the White House:

In early June, Wilson told his story to The Washington Post on the condition that his name be withheld. On June 12, The Post published a more complete account than [Nicholas] Kristof's [in the New York Times] of Wilson's trip. . . .

Miller story shows White House-CIA tension

Sunday, October 16, 2005 · Last updated 5:16 p.m. PT

Miller story shows White House-CIA tension

By PETE YOST
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

WASHINGTON -- A New York Times reporter's accounts of her private conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff capture a behind-the-scenes blame game between the White House and the CIA over the war in Iraq.

Cheney's top aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, complained that the CIA and other agencies were trying to shift responsibility to the White House over the failure to find weapons of mass destruction after the U.S.-led invasion, reporter Judith Miller wrote in a first-person story in Sunday's editions.

White House prepares for possible indictments

White House prepares for possible indictments
By Caroline Daniel in Washington
Published: October 16 2005 20:42 | Last updated: October 16 2005 20:42

The White House is bracing itself for the possible indictment of senior officials as Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, prepares to wrap up his two-year inquiry into the leaking of a covert CIA agent's name.

Further details about the role of White House officials were underlined in a report in the New York Times on Sunday.

Judith Miller, the reporter released from jail after 85 days after she agreed to testify before a grand jury, gave an account of her conversations with Scooter Libby, chief of staff to Dick Cheney, vice-president. She also admitted that Mr Fitzgerald had asked whether Mr Cheney had personally authorised Mr Libby to speak.

The Normalization of Treason, the Republicans' gift to America

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

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

Disgrace to Journalism
by Armando
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)

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.

Per Frank Rich and Truthout.

"...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

CYBERCRACKDOWN

CYBERCRACKDOWN

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.

Modern technology has made access to that right even more democratic. With PCs and the Web, virtually anyone can become a publisher. Any citizen — kook, crank or committed grassroots activist — can reach as many readers as...
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Sparring Between McClellan and Reporters Escalates

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

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

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.

Condoleezza Rice, Carl Levin & Louis Freeh

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 stops shoe shopping to tell Americans the Truth on Meet the Press.

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."

There's a scandal hidden in Miller's report

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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.

Clearance

Clearance

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?

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Condi Rice: Verifies What we all Thought

Condi Rice: Verifies What we all Thought

On Meet the Press today, Condi destroyed the premise to go to war with Iraq that the White House pushed on the American people. (full transcript)

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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

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

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?

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...

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.'

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?031027fa_fact

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?

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?

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

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:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,111831...

A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods

A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods
Gar Smith
[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

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.

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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

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.

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