'Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says

Thursday, October 27, 2005

'Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says

By SAM SKOLNIK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

Visiting Seattle on the eve of possible grand jury indictments against top White House advisers over the leak of his wife's identity as an undercover CIA officer, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson said it was "a sad day for our country."

Wilson said Wednesday he took little comfort that the men he believes have engaged in a campaign of character assassination against him for the past two years -- Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff -- may soon be facing charges and possible jail time.

White House leak scandal started with a blond spy

White House leak scandal
started with a blond spy

Somebody blabbed her name & the President's men could pay

By JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

The clock is ticking down today on a two-year investigation into what originally looked like another run-of-the-mill Washington leak.
A blond spy, Valerie Plame, was unmasked in an apparent act of revenge by an angry White House after Plame's husband criticized intelligence offered as justification for the Iraq war.

But that leak has turned into a torrent of speculation about criminal indictments that could reach deep into the White House.

Buzz about a Karl plea as probers close in

Buzz about a Karl plea
as probers close in
BY THOMAS M. DeFRANK, KENNETH R. BAZINET and JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Jittery Bush aides gnawed their nails yesterday as a special prosecutor zeroed in on White House political guru Karl Rove's role in blowing a CIA agent's cover.
In the closing hours of the grand jury probe, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald paid a visit yesterday to Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, prompting speculation that a plea bargain could be in the works for the deputy White House chief of staff.

It was the latest of several one-on-one meetings between Fitzgerald and Luskin, the Daily News has learned.

The U.S. Park Police

It was a privilege to be arrested at the White House last night protesting the war and to be arrested by the US Park Police. They were efficient, professional, friendly, and human. They spoke to us prisoners as fellow sufferers in the ordeal of working a very late night. I hope that Officer Clark's dog managed to wait and not wet the floor, and I hope and trust that all of the workers at the Anacostia jail understand that we are protesting the crimes of oil barrons who value the lives of working people not at all.

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLICANS

By anonymous - landed in my Email

Mine Eyes have seen the bungling of that stumbling moron Bush;
he has blathered all the drivel that the neo-cons can push;
he has lost sight of all reason 'cause his head is up his tush;
The Doofus marches on.

I have heard him butcher syntax like a kindergarten fool;
There is warranted suspicion that he never went to school;
Should we fault him for the policies - or is he just their tool?
The lies keep piling on.

Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'.
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
His wreckage will live on.

Send Congress Some Spine

After Downing Street is working with the BackBone Campaign to encourage Congress Members to cosponsor a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.

Click here to download a Spine Postcard PDF to print (preferably on cardstock) and send to your Congress member.

or visit the Spine Card page.

USA Today

By David Swanson

The USA Today editorializes thusly: "Despite all the costs and all the mistakes, Iraq is worth fighting for. Not because the decision to go to war was the right one, but because al-Qaeda has since declared Iraq to be its prime battleground. And so it is — one where the outcome is in doubt."

So, it's OK to aggressively attack and occupy a sovereign state for no good reason, after feeding a pile of obvious lies to places like the USA Today -- there need be no repurcussions, no restoration of international law. Instead the focus should be on new bogus reasons for continuing the occupation. But just WHY, do you suppose, or do the arrogant pundits of Gannett suppose, Iraq is such a prime recruiting area for anti-American terrorism? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that Americans are illegally occupying it?

October 26

By Cindy Sheehan

"If you believe in what you are doing, give me your stiffest sentence. If you don't, then resign."
Gandhi

Yesterday, started off with a "bang" when we went to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath in the section where the Iraq War dead are buried. In our group yesterday morning were 3 other members of Gold Star Families for Peace. Juan Torres was with us and his son, Juan, was murdered in Afghanistan.

First of all, I was followed all morning by the Park Police. I guess because I am a very dangerous subversive. I would never hurt a flea, but what I am dangerous to is the lies and corruption of our government.

Film of White House Vigil Wednesday Night

Film: Sheehan, Torres and Bruhns: Vigil at the White House, found at:
http://homepage.mac.com/bhughes2/iMovieTheater160.html

It's in the History Books Now. Civil Disobedience at the Whitehouse


Witnesses to the scene called in the story to us.  It went sort of like this (see here for pictures).

"The time to lay down is right now.  Those who are willing to be
arrested will not get up.  Others will get up and will observe the
scene.

David
has layed down as has Cindy, Ann Wright, Gail, and others from Code
Pink and the World Can Not Wait Organization.  Now the police are
beginning to arrest people.

Leak grand jury meets prosecutor

Leak grand jury meets prosecutor
By Adam Entous
Wed Oct 26, 1:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity met on Wednesday with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald amid signs the prosecutor was preparing to seek criminal charges.

Fitzgerald, who has interviewed many senior White House figures as he seeks the source of the leak, declined comment as he left the session that lasted three hours.

It was unclear whether the grand jury voted on indictments during the secret meeting. An announcement could still come on Thursday or Friday, when the panel could meet again for a final time. The grand jury is scheduled to expire on Friday unless Fitzgerald extends it.

Update from The mob...

This update is on the long side, but you've made so much happen, and so creatively, that we couldn't help it!

You Pushed Back for Privacy, We're Winning: Schools On Board
Since the launch of Leave My Child Alone in May, you have held more than 500 Leave My Child Alone events in 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. You put on ice cream socials, made radio ads, designed fliers, produced shows on local access TV, held rallies, got op-eds published, met with your elected officials, spoke at PTA meetings, showed the movie, hosted potlucks, went to school board meetings, and gave opt-out forms at football games. You got the NEA on board, the national PTA, you wrote resolutions with your local Dem clubs, brought your ACLU chapters in, dogged reluctant principals, and stood tall at Back-to-School Nights. Some of you are now looking at runs for school board! It is an utterly impressive batch of activity, far beyond our hopes back in May.

Two Thousand Dead – and for What?

Two Thousand Dead – and for What?

by Patrick J. Buchanan
These are not the halcyon days of George W. Bush.

With his approval rating below 40 percent, his reputation as a decisive leader ravaged by Katrina, his conservative base shattered by Harriet, and his closest aide facing indictment, the president is said to be shouting at and blaming subordinates for the lost opportunities of his second term.

None of the above problems is insoluble. For if or when the Miers nomination dies, and Bush sends up a Michael Luttig or Edith Jones, his base would rally and he could lead his coalition in a decisive battle over whose judicial philosophy should guide the Supreme Court.

Background to Betrayal, Behind the CIA leak investigation

Background to Betrayal
Behind the CIA leak investigation
by Justin Raimondo
Has I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff, made a deal with CIA leak investigator Patrick J. Fitzgerald – and turned on his boss in return for leniency?

It sure looks like it. Or else how is it that Scooter suddenly discovered his notes of a "previously undisclosed" conversation held with Cheney on June 12, 2003, in which the vice president was the first to tell him that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA? Prior to Scooter's eleventh-hour revelation, he had been telling the grand jury that he got the information from journalists.

Conyers Responds to Gonzales

May 20th DOJ Response

October 26, 2005

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Mr. Attorney General,

I am in receipt of your response to my May 20, 2004 request for a special counsel signed by myself and 14 other members to investigate the role of senior officials in the abuse of detainees. Dated July 11, 2005, your response took 14 months to craft and failed to explain why your office refuses to appoint an independent investigator to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against members of the Bush Administration. I respectfully submit that your response is inadequate and unacceptable.

Grieving families find little peace

''He's a warmonger," [Kevin] Regnier said of the current president. ''If . . . we must do this, then why isn't he sending any of his family? Why [aren't] the politicians' families over there?"
-- Kevin Regnier is the father of Specialist Jeremy Regnier, 22, of Littleton NH, KIA in Iraq Oct. 13, 2004

2,000 AMERICAN DEATHS IN IRAQ
Grieving families find little peace
By Thomas Farragher, The Boston Globe October 26, 2005

There are 2,000 of them now.

Two thousand Purple Hearts. Two thousand knocks on the door. Two thousand flags folded smartly into triangles.
Modern warfare is waged with laser-guided weapons and the sophistication of satellites, but its symbols of loss endure.

Fitzgerald: Civil Rights Charges?

Fitzgerald: Civil Rights Charges?

Larry Johnson just alerted me to this incredible scoop. For anyone out there who has ever read Ender's Game, this is a perfect example of Ender's classic decision to focus on the goal, and not on playing the game. For those who haven't had the pleasure of reading Ender's Game, here's the deal: Instead of Fitzgerald focusing on the crime of leaking an undercover operative's name—a task difficult to prove—Fitzgerald may instead be focusing on the goal of that crime: damaging Joe Wilson's career. Since the attack was so over the top, Fitzgerald may be trying to show that the coordinated White House effort was intending to violate a private individual's civil rights.

That's strategic innovation. Everyone in Washington has just been assuming that attacking your enemies—Karl Rove's specialty since he ran around the country teaching Republicans "dirty tricks"—was fair play.

If this intel is accurate, Fitzgerald just drew a new line in the sand here in Washington.

Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue

Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue
By Richard Sale, long-time Intelligence Correspondent

This comes to us courtesy of Pat Lang at turcopolier.typepad.com. I've found Richard to always be on target in my experience.
Larry Johnson
Two top White House aides are expected to be indicted today on various charges related to the probe of CIA operative Valerie Plame whose classified identity was publicly breached in retaliation after her husband, Joe Wilson, challenged the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy enriched unranium from Niger, acording to federal law enforcement and senior U.S. intelligence officials.

Plan Your Nonviolent Protests Here

Wednesday October 26, 2005

UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush, meanwhile, sets his
sights above the fray with a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq at
9:20 am and remarks to the Economic Club of Washington at 1:00 pm.
[MSNBC.com, 10/26/05]

NEW* CHENEY in Washington, DC: Vice President Cheney travels from
Wyoming back to Washington, DC today after receiving his regular
briefings. He will deliver remarks at the National Building Museum this
evening at a bipartisan tribute for Congressman John Dingell (D-MI)
which begins at 6:30 pm EDT. [ABCNews.com, 10/26/05]

NEW* RICE in Washington, DC: 11:45 a.m. Bilateral and working lunch for

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving While Intoxicated

In a sense, the president or prime minister of any country can be thought of as the driver of the vehicle of State. While Congresses and Parliaments certainly have their say as to the direction of a country, the president or prime minister must be said to be at the wheel. Here in the United States, we consider Driving While Intoxicated (or DWI, as it is more commonly known) a serious offense.

The rationale behind our distaste for DWI is sensible. For instance, one of the key arguments behind DWI laws is that an intoxicated driver is likely to be overconfident in his or her ability to navigate the perils presented by the road they are traveling, or overestimate their ability to respond to the actions of other drivers with whom they share the highway – and in doing so, recklessly endanger the lives, health, and property of others. In this intoxicated state, they are unlikely to drive defensively – which most reasonable observers suggest is the best way to guarantee a safe and successful trip for everyone. It is also fair to argue that DWI can represent a serious character issue, since only a profoundly selfish person would even risk endangering the lives of others by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. And we also know that most drivers who are arrested for DWI have driven in this condition many times before getting caught. And some will continue to do so afterwards until they are either caught again (and again), or kill themselves. On the other hand, an emotionally intelligent person will opt for calling a cab, or having a designated driver, or even sleeping it off in the back of their car.

Iraqi Death Toll Much Higher Than U.S.

Iraqi Death Toll Much Higher Than U.S.
By JIM KRANE, Associated Press Writer
Tue Oct 25, 9:49 PM ET

The number of Iraqis who have died violently since the U.S.-led invasion is many times larger than the U.S. military death toll of 2,000 in Iraq. In one sign of the enormity of the Iraqi loss, at least 3,870 were killed in the past six months alone, according to an Associated Press count.

One U.S. military spokesman said it is possible the figure for the entire war could be 30,000 Iraqis, which many experts see as a credible estimate. Others suspect the number is far higher, since the chaos in Iraq leaves the potential for many killings to go unreported.

The Iraqi death toll

The Iraqi death toll
by Chris in Paris - 10/26/2005 03:24:00 AM

So is Bush also laughing about the thousands of Iraqis who have died as well? Estimates vary but a reasonable starting point seems to be around 30,000 Iraqi deaths since the beginning of the US/UK invasion of Iraq. With the faux constitution that does not address any of the serious issues (once again put off for another day) there is no reason to think that the Iraqi deaths will decrease. The numbers are pretty bad:

One U.S. military spokesman said it is possible the figure for the entire war could be 30,000 Iraqis...

Here is the crime in outing of CIA agent

Here is the crime in outing of CIA agent
By Gary Hart
Denver Post Guest Commentary

It is now fashionable among columnists supporting the Bush administration, New York Times journalist Judith Miller, Robert Novak and the increasing network of senior administration officials implicated in the Valerie Plame Wilson outing to say, "So what? Where's the crime?"

The federal statute making it a criminal penalty to knowingly divulge the identity of anyone working undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency was not enacted in a vacuum. In the early 1970s, in part as a result of the radicalization of individuals and groups over the Vietnam War, a former CIA employee named Philip Agee wrote a book revealing the identities of several dozen CIA employees, many under deep cover and some including agency station chiefs in foreign capitals.

New York Times Reporter Miller Is in Talks Over Her Job Status

New York Times Reporter Miller
Is in Talks Over Her Job Status

Move Follows Public Break
With the Newspaper;
Severance Package Discussed
By JOE HAGAN
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
October 26, 2005; Page B3

New York Times reporter Judith Miller has begun discussing her future employment options with the newspaper, including the possibility of a severance package, a lawyer familiar with the matter, said yesterday.

The discussion about her future comes several days after the public rupture of the relationship between the Times and Ms. Miller, a 28-year veteran of the paper. Both the editor and the publisher of the Times have expressed regret for their unequivocal support for Ms. Miller when she spent 85 days in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the unmasking of a Central Intelligence Agency operative.

Poll: Few doubt wrongdoing in CIA leak

Poll: Few doubt wrongdoing in CIA leak
LINK TO ORIGINAL

(CNN) -- Only one in 10 Americans said they believe Bush administration officials did nothing illegal or unethical in connection with the leaking of a CIA operative's identity, according to a national poll released Tuesday.

Thirty-nine percent said some administration officials acted illegally in the matter, in which the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, was revealed.

The same percentage of respondents in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll said administration officials acted unethically, but did nothing illegal.

Plamegate Indictment Names Are Here!

Plamegate Indictment Names Are Here!
by ccnwon
Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 09:05:18 AM PDT
Rove and Libby are to be indicted.

There will be no announcement today, but likely Friday.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/mparent7777/3896336.html

Richard Sale is a long time intelligence correspondent.

Scoop: Richard Sale: Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue

On the flip:

ccnwon's diary :: ::
Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue

By Richard Sale, long-time Intelligence Correspondent

Two top White House aides are expected to be indicted today on various charges related to the probe of CIA operative Valerie Plame whose classified identity was publicly breached in retaliation after her husband, Joe Wilson, challenged the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy enriched unranium from Niger, acording to federal law enforcement and senior U.S. intelligence officials.

"The British government," said the president in the famous sixteen words...

(October 25, 2005 -- 09:25 PM EDT // link)
As I hinted at in this post from earlier this evening, in his 2003 State of the Union address President did not say "Iraq purchased uranium from Niger" or even that "the British say that Iraq purchased uranium from Niger." He said something much more specific and couched, using language the significance of which would only become clear months later.

"The British government," said the president in the famous sixteen words, "has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

As we learned later that summer and fall, those carefully chosen words had a very precise rationale behind them. The White House tried and failed to get the uranium claim into the October 7th, 2002 Cincinnati speech. The same battle was refought in late January of 2003 as the same parties struggled back and forth over whether the claim would be inserted in the State of the Union address. The CIA refused to countenance the use of the claim. So a compromise of sorts was struck. The president wouldn't be a fact witness to the allegation. He'd hang it on the Brits.

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