George Drops a Bombshell On "This Week"

Sunday :: Oct 2, 2005
George Drops a Bombshell On "This Week"

It looks like things are about to get interesting on the Fitzgerald investigation into who within the Bush Administration was involved in exposing the identity of Valerie Plame. And if George Stephanopoulos has a credible source, then things are about to get much worse for the administration than they already were. According to Judd Legum over at ThinkProgress, George dropped a bombshell this morning on “This Week.

Analysis: Can Patrick Fitzgerald Indict Bush and Cheney?

Analysis: Can Patrick Fitzgerald Indict Bush and Cheney?
by DC Pol Sci [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 11:14:45 PDT
If Patrick Fitzgerald is indeed either contemplating the indictment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney or contemplating naming them as unindicted co-conspirators in the plot to out Valerie Wilson as a CIA agent, we are entering uncharted legal waters. The one example history presents us, that of Watergate, differs in a very important respect: Leon Jaworski, the Watergate special prosecutor, had a House Judiciary Committee that was willing to take action and provide a remedy in the form of impeachment. Since the current House Judiciary Committee is obviously not so inclined, Fitzgerald is essentially faced with three options: 1) Indict Bush and Cheney and provoke a constitutional crisis on the question of whether a sitting President is indictable; 2) Name Bush and Cheney as unindicted co-conspirators and watch them get off scot free, to be tried only in the court of public opinion; or 3) Do nothing and let them get off without even public criticism.

Bush Directly Involved?

Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal
Near the end of a round table discussion on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb:

Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.

This would explain why Bush spent more than an hour answering questions from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. It would also fundamentally change the dynamics of the scandal. President Bush could no longer claim he was merely a bystander who wants to “get to the bottom of it.

Plame affairs

Plame affairs
by kos
Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 09:57:29 PDT
This is getting good. On ABC's This Week:

[Stephanopoulos:] Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it's a manageable one for the White House especially if we don't know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.

And this is entirely relevant, because Fitzgerald may be moving toward the "conspiracy" route.

OIL FOR FREEDOM

By David Bacon
The Progressive, October 2005

BASRA, IRAQ -- The morning of April 9, 2003, started like any
other at Basra's huge, dilapidated oil refinery. Workers knew the
US/British invasion of their country might begin anytime. Still, no
one expected American tanks when they suddenly pulled up at the gate.
After thirty years of Saddam Hussein, the vast majority of the
refinery's laborers had had their fill of war and repression. While
there was always a small core of Baathist loyalists among them, most
were prepared to welcome almost any change that removed the old
regime, even foreign troops.

Attn: Cindy Sheehan. Can you help this student defend his first amendment rights?

Attn: Cindy Sheehan. Can you help this student defend his first amendment rights?
by Rojo [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 09:29:39 PDT
I was over visiting the Web site Information Clearing House,which is a great source of information for those capable of individual evaluation of sources, when I came across this appeal to Cindy Sheehan:

Cindy Sheehan is scheduled to visit [Holyoke Community College]in November. We will be trying to contact her to notify her of the recent police brutality and to ask her to make a statement in support of students. If anyone reading this can help us get in touch with her, please let us know.

Bush Moves to Block Torture Probe

Reuters

Washington - The White House on Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill in the Senate because it wasn't enough money for the Pentagon and also warned lawmakers not to add any amendments to regulate the treatment of detainees or set up a commission to probe abuse.

Last summer, Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and John Warner of Virginia and others sought legislation banning cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners.

The administration has been criticized for holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay indefinitely. Critics have also questioned whether administration policies led to abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

U.S. Generals Now See Virtues of a Smaller Troop Presence in Iraq

By Mark Mazzetti
Los Angeles Times
October 1, 2005

WASHINGTON — The U.S. generals running the war in Iraq presented a new assessment of the military situation in public comments and sworn testimony this week: The 149,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq are increasingly part of the problem.

During a trip to Washington, the generals said the presence of U.S. forces was fueling the insurgency, fostering an undesirable dependency on American troops among the nascent Iraqi armed forces and energizing terrorists across the Middle East.

For all these reasons, they said, a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops was imperative.

National Guard sent to protect oil, not people

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
STACY BANNERMAN, GUEST COLUMNIST

Hurricane Katrina blew apart President Bush's rickety arguments about how invading Iraq would make us safe.

We don't know Hurricane Katrina's death toll, or how many Americans might have lived had the thousands of National Guard troops trained to help in the wake of hurricanes and floods not been protecting oil in the desert.

But we know 35 percent of Louisiana's and 40 percent of Mississippi's National Guard troops were in Iraq while their towns were leveled. National Guard officers repeatedly had warned officials about the catastrophic impact of having so many Guardsmen deployed in the event of a major natural disaster.

War, Racism and Global Warming

Future Hope column, October 1, 2005
By Ted Glick

The three days of anti-war actions in Washington, D.C. last
weekend organized primarily by United for Peace and Justice
were a huge victory for the progressive movement. From the
Saturday rally and march co-organized with ANSWER, to the
Peace and Justice Fair all day on the Washington Monument
grounds, to the highly successful Operation Ceasefire
concert/rally Saturday going late into the night attended by
tens of thousands, to the tent revival inter-denominational
religious service Sunday evening, to the mass lobbying of
many hundreds on Capitol Hill Monday morning followed by

We're Going to Hire Mainstream Pollsters...for Impeachment!

We're Going to Hire Mainstream Pollsters...for Impeachment!
by The Bulldog Manifesto [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 02:40:53 PDT
You might recall back on September 22, 2005, when I told you about how Impeach Bush Coalition member Luke Ryland of the blog Wot is it Good 4 had finally managed to get Zogby International to admit that it would not poll the national public on impeachment related issues again unless simebody hired Zogby to do so (or unless Congress raised the impeachment idea again)

(If you don't recall, see the Recommended Daily Kos story HERE)

Well finally, the IBC has joined up with Luke and AfterDowningStreet.org to raise money so that we can pool donations together to hire at least one mainstream pollster to go out and survey the public on impeachment related questions.

Gutless, Spineless and Clueless

Bush is Falling, But the Democrats are Sinking Faster
By RALPH NADER
CounterPunch.org

You would think that with all the troubles surrounding George W. Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress ­ from the life-costing bungling of Hurricane responses to the deepening quagmire in Iraq to the front page stories of corruption, self-dealing and national security leaks ­ you would think th Democrats would be in the ascendancy.

Not so. The polls are plummeting for George W. Bush on a whole variety of questions, including the key approval rating being at a record low for him. But the Democrats seem to be sinking right along with the besieged Republicans. Stan Greenberg, a leading Democratic Party pollster, declares that "feelings about Democrats are at a 54 month low." Another pollster, John Zogby, reports that the Democrats are floundering because people do not perceive them as having any credible national leaders.

Role of Rove, Libby in CIA Leak Case Clearer

Bush and Cheney Aides' Testimony Contradicts Earlier White House Statement
By Jim VandeHei and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, October 2, 2005; A05

As the CIA leak investigation heads toward its expected conclusion this month, it has become increasingly clear that two of the most powerful men in the Bush administration were more involved in the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame than the White House originally indicated.

With New York Times reporter Judith Miller's release from jail Thursday and testimony Friday before a federal grand jury, the role of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, came into clearer focus. Libby, a central figure in the probe since its earliest days and the vice president's main counselor, discussed Plame with at least two reporters but testified that he never mentioned her name or her covert status at the CIA, according to lawyers in the case.

In Support of Weakness on National Security

In Support of Weakness on National Security
By David Swanson

A senior staff person for one of the most progressive and courageous members of Congress recently advised a room full of peace activists that they won't be able to persuade Democrats to oppose the war simply by showing them polls finding that a majority of Americans oppose the war. Rather they must assuage the Democrats' fears of being called "weak on national security."

But that's not possible. Opponents of a war will inevitably be called weak on national security. And even if that ceases to be the case, Democrats will continue to fear it for a generation or more. My advice to you, Democratic Members of Congress, is to embrace it and change the discourse. Don't run scared of someone else's language. Learn to recognize when the greatest gift you could ask for is to be attacked by your discredited, despised, and indicted opponents.

Ryan

October 01, 2005
Ryan
This is Ryan's family. I met them Saturday at the Peace Rally.


Aunt Kathleen and Aunt Ann

Uncle Fred, Brother Corey, and Aunt Rose

Ryan's aunt told me his story.

Ryan is a Marine serving in Iraq, but Friday September 23, 2005, Ryan was scheduled to return home to his family. He hopped on the plane leaving Iraq (yesterday), excited for his journey home and relieved that he was leaving Iraq in one piece and alive.

Unfortunately, the powers-that-be changed Ryan's plans. As Ryan sat on the plane and waited to take off, an officer suddenly came on board. He called out three names.

Ryan's was one of them.

As CIA leak probe passes Rove, Cheney is eyed, lawyer says

As CIA leak probe passes Rove, Cheney is eyed, lawyer says
RAW STORY

Excerpted to highlight Cheney's role from an article Saturday in the New York Times. The Times' reporters remark: "Ms. Miller's grand jury appearance increased anxiety in the White House and throughout Republican circles about how the investigation might end."

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A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby's account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson's criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney. This lawyer and others who spoke about the case asked that they not be identified because of grand jury secrecy rules.

Body Armor for the Troops - A Response

Friday :: Sep 30, 2005
Body Armor for the Troops - A Response
Here's one for the Democrats to ponder this weekend. John over at AMERICAblog has a fine idea on one of those consequences of having idealogical fruitcake thugs running things in this country in conjunction with timid and idea challenged Democrats as ineffectual opposition.

It's time for Democrats to take an obvious issue handed to them by God himself and run with it in an intelligent, strategic way.
We shouldn't be offering stupid amendments to help the soldiers get reimbursed for armor they already purchased (that's the current Democratic plan)...

Ain't That The Truth!

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Judy and Cheney?

Judy and Cheney?

Raw Story: A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby's account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson's criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney. This lawyer and others who spoke about the case asked that they not be identified because of grand jury secrecy rules....read on

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Rumsfeld's Stupidity

Rumsfeld's Stupidity

You remember Donald trying to explain to our soldiers why they didn't have the proper armor when questioned in early Dec.

" You go to war with the army you have not the army you might want or wish to have?"

During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he appeared with several Generals to discuss the state of Iraq and the training of their armed forces. (The Iraq forces are down to one battalion) Ted Kennedy said to Rummy:

In the Spirit of Ghandi and MLK...

September 26, 2005
In the Spirit of Ghandi and MLK...
Today's activities for democracy are two: I've got the easier one: I'm speaking with my Congressmember (and then flying home.) But a new friend of ours is going for the gusto! She will be participating in today's civil disobedience. The following letter is from her, describing her thoughts about today's actions:


We've got Stephanie's back...

Craziness! Just 3 days ago I was back home in Buffalo not knowing where I'd be staying while in DC let alone if I'd participate in the civil disobedience.

Plan B for Baghdad

David Swanson, a co-founder of After Downing Street, will speak about the Downing Street Memo at this event in Denver on October 15. The keynote speaker will be Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

The story of my White House Arrest

The story of my White House Arrest
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 06:47 PM by meganmonkey

I'll start my story on Sunday, the day before the arrest. The weekend thus far had been a blast - I had fun partying with DUers, marching, yelling, celebrating the solidarity of the movement. But Sunday, I woke up in a very different state of mind. I went into the city at around noon, and my first stop was Camp Casey. As soon as I got there I started weeping. It was as if I finally remembered why I was there in the first place, and it hit me that every one of those crosses in the field represented not only a soldier, but also hundreds of Iraqi citizens, and I wept. A very kind stranger approached me and held me and said 'You are too young to feel this way' and wept with me. That moment has stayed in my heart since then - I am typing through tears now and I am only on my first paragraph. This is going to be a long story....but this is my personal permanent record of it, so forgive me.

The Lies Created These...

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From the Peace March in Washington, DC on September 24, 2005

Polling--Keep it simple!

(Editor's note: This letter was submitted by DaveW to afterdowningstreet.org.)

President Bush's initial reasons for invading Iraq have proven to be false. His administration promised that weapons of mass destruction would be found. None were found. Administration claims that the Iraq regime aided the September 11 terrorism have also remained unsubstantiated.

1. Do you believe the Bush administration misled the American people on its motives for invading Iraq?

2. If so, do you believe Congress should initiate impeachment proceedings against George W Bush?

Government Accountability Office Says Bush Adm. Violated Law By Disseminating "Covert Propaganda"…

Government Accountability Office Says Bush Adm. Violated Law By Disseminating "Covert Propaganda"…

From the wire:
Posted at 9:50 PM on September 30, 2005. Wire

Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.

Miller's Testimony Increases Anxiety In The White House And Republican Circles About How Investigation Might End…

Miller's Testimony Increases Anxiety In The White House And Republican Circles About How Investigation Might End…
From the wire:
Posted at 8:08 AM on October 1, 2005.

Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, spent Friday morning testifying to a federal grand jury investigating whether Bush administration officials leaked the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative.

Ms. Miller made her appearance at the federal courthouse here a day after she and her lawyers reached an agreement with the prosecutor for her to testify and she was released from a jail in Virginia where she had been incarcerated for 12 weeks for refusing to testify to the grand jury.

US Generals: Presence Of Troops In Iraq Is Fueling Insurgency… Urge Reductions…

US Generals: Presence Of Troops In Iraq Is Fueling Insurgency… Urge Reductions…

From the wire:
Posted at 9:54 AM on October 1, 2005.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. generals running the war in Iraq presented a new assessment of the military situation in public comments and sworn testimony this week: The 149,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq are increasingly part of the problem.

During a trip to Washington, the generals said the presence of U.S. forces was fueling the insurgency, fostering an undesirable dependency on American troops among the nascent Iraqi armed forces and energizing terrorists across the Middle East.

Retired general: Iraq invasion was 'strategic disaster'

Article Launched: 09/29/2005 11:01:00 AM

Retired general: Iraq invasion was 'strategic disaster'
The Lowell Sun

WASHINGTON -- The invasion of Iraq was the “greatest strategic disaster in United States history,

Rogue Soldiers or Rogue President? Scapegoating Small-Fry

By Ray McGovern
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

The news that yet another Army private, Lynndie England, 22, of Fort Ashby, West Virginia, has been convicted and sentenced for posing for the infamous photos of torture at Abu Ghraib, while her superiors duck responsibility, is a sad commentary on the extent to which the Bush administration has corrupted the US Army.

The reminder of the photos of those inexcusable activities was sickening enough, and England deserves to be punished. But I am of the old-Army school where officers took responsibility for the actions of those under their command. For anyone who cares to look, there is abundant documentary evidence that the Army brass and its civilian leadership are responsible for the torture. They continue to dance away from taking responsibility.

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