John Dean Says Scooter is the Cheney Firewall

John Dean Says Scooter is the Cheney Firewall
by Jane Hamsher

Crooks & Liars is taking a nap and then going to a party with Mark Kleiman but tomorrow they will have the video up of John Dean on Countdown tonight with Keith Olbermann. The transcript is not available yet but Dean basically reiterated what David Gergen said earlier today, that Fitzgerald's tactics are probably meant to squeeze Scooter. He referred to Scooter as the firewall to Cheney, and said that the indictments brought down today were quite probably intended to test the resilience of that firewall.

We've known since Judith Miller's testimony that Fitzgerald has been inquiring about Cheney. At the very least today's indictments, if brought to trial, will give Fitzgerald the opportunity to question Cheney on the witness stand as he testifies against his former Chief of Staff. And at worst? Well, the threat of thirty years might make a guy like Scooter rat Big Dick out sooner rather than later.

Special Counsel Fitzgerald Previously Prosecuted Bin Laden, Sheik Rahman

Special Counsel Fitzgerald Previously Prosecuted Bin Laden, Sheik Rahman
By VOA News
28 October 2005

Patrick Fitzgerald arrives at his office, Friday
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was named Special Counsel in December 2003 to investigate the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

Since then, he has interviewed President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and at least 20 other people, in an effort to determine who revealed to reporters that Valerie Plame was a covert officer for the CIA.

The president has praised Mr. Fitzgerald for conducting a dignified investigation.

Colleagues describe Mr. Fitzgerald as a brilliant, hard-working, non-partisan and relentless prosecutor. Several people who have worked with him say he is driven to follow the law wherever it takes him in an investigation.

Who's on First?

Who's on First?
By Maureen Dowd
The New York Times

Saturday 29 October 2005

It was bracing to see the son of a New York doorman open the door on the mendacious Washington lair of the Lord of the Underground.

But this Irish priest of the law, Patrick Fitzgerald, neither Democrat nor Republican, was very strict, very precise. He wasn't totally gratifying in clearing up the murkiness of the case, yet strangely comforting in his quaint black-and-white notions of truth and honor (except when his wacky baseball metaphor seemed to veer toward a "Who's on first?" tangle).

Scooter Libby Works For President Bush

Scooter Libby Works For President Bush
By Casey Morris

Josh Marshall hits on a point that I was thinking about:

Remember, I. Lewis Libby doesn't just work for the Vice President.
From the beginning of the administration, a key root of Libby's power at the White House is that he works both for the Vice President (as Chief of Staff and National Security Affairs Advisor) and the President of the United States (as Assistant to the President).
Why is this important? Because as the spin machine gets going, you will begin to see the Republicans try to narrow the story and isolate Libby from the President, and just associate him with the Vice-President. But let's remind the media at every opportunity and folks that we talk to that Libby, as a National Security Affairs Advisor and as an Assistant to the President. He was advising the President regularly before and during the lead up to the Iraq War. He was an instrumental advisor to the President on security matters, such as, say, yellowcake in Niger.

All the Vice President's Men

All the Vice President's Men
By Juan Cole
Salon.com

Friday 28 October 2005

The ideologues in Cheney's inner circle drummed up a war. Now their zealotry is blowing up in their faces.
As Washington waits on pins and needles to see if special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald hands down indictments, the focus falls on Dick Cheney's inner circle. This group, along with that surrounding Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made up what Colin Powell's top aide, Lawrence Wilkerson, called "a cabal" that "on critical issues ... made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made." Cheney is the first vice president to have had, in effect, his own personal National Security Council. This formidable and unprecedented rump foreign policy team, composed of radical hawks, played a key role in every aspect of the war on Iraq: planning for it, gathering "evidence" to justify it and punishing those who spoke out against it. It is not surprising that members of that team, and Cheney himself, have now also emerged as targets in Fitzgerald's investigation of the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson to the press, along with Bush advisor Karl Rove.

Will There Be More Indictments?

Will There Be More Indictments?
by Hunter
Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 10:44:56 PM PDT
I've been playing things close to the chest, at the moment, content to post the various sometimes-well-sourced, sometimes-questionably-sourced reporting of various outlets. But the obvious question on everyone's mind is this: will we see more indictments?

That's a very, very difficult question. More difficult than I think the vast majority of people -- in the media, in the punditry, and on the blogs, and on both sides of the partisan divide -- are giving proper credit. The only proper answer is maybe, and anyone laying out odds in either direction is almost certain to be burned.

Patrick Fitzgerald, David Radler and the Ghost of Fitzmas Future

Patrick Fitzgerald, David Radler and the Ghost of Fitzmas Future
By Jane Hamsher

Aug 19, 2005 (AXcess News) Chicago - F. David Radler, the ex-publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, was charged with criminal fraud by federal prosecutors for his role in stealing $32 million from the paper's parent company, Hollinger International.

Patrick Fitzgerald acquitted himself superbly today. A country weaned on the corrupt, leering hackery of Ken Starr -- who squandered millions of taxpayer dollars in a partisan witch-hunt -- got to watch as a guy with an inner core of decency got up and frankly spoke about his investigation with professionalism and honesty. We got to be proud of the Justice Department again. We got to enjoy a moment of confidence that if there is a bottom to be gotten to in all of this there is a man in charge who will honorably and doggedly find it.

What It's Like

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 Libby indictment, CNN's King repeated false claim about Niger trip
— S.S.M.

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 is Rove

'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.

Our Senate

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com

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.

Libby indictment likely to spark new debate about Iraq war

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

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.

If Libby's Indicted, Cheney Will Feel the Heat

Once Scooter sings, it's a whole new Plame Affair
Village Voice
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

State Street march will support Bush ouster

Capital Times
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.

A Good Start

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.

Reading List on War Lies

By Dahlia Wasfi

OPEN FOR A COMPREHENSIVE READING LIST WITH LINKS TO ARTICLES

How Has it Come to This?

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.

President of Public Citizen Calls for Congressional Investigation

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.

Statement from Cindy Sheehan on the Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 28, 2005

CONTACT:
Karen Pomer 310-463-7025
Shay Lohman 626-833-0105
Gael Murphy 202-412-6700
Andrea Buffa 510-325-3653

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.

Grand jury indicts Libby in CIA leak case

USA Today
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)

Libby resigns after indictment

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.

Analysis of the Indictment Story

Institute for Public Accuracy

HOWARD ZINN,hzinn2@yahoo.com, 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.

Congressional Rhetoric

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.

Conyers asks: What Did the President and Vice President Know and When Did They Know It?

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html
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:

A Power Point from Michael Smith

Here is an excellent Powerpoint presentation prepared by Michael Smith, the British reporter who originally broke the story of the Downing Street Memo.

SLIDE1
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.

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