Colleague of outed agent seeks to 'set the record straight'

RAW STORY

Copy of my testimony to be presented on Friday, 22 July 2005 before a joint session of Congressional Democrats. / CORRECTING THE RECORD ON VALERIE PLAME / Larry C. Johnson

I submit this statement to the Congress in an effort to correct a malicious and disingenuous smear campaign that has been executed against a friend and former colleague, Valerie (Plame) Wilson. Neither Valerie, nor her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson has asked me to do anything on their behalf. I am speaking up because I was raised to stop bullies. In the case of Valerie Plame she is facing a gang of bullies that is being directed by the Republican National Committee.

Serrano Calls For Investigation

Congressman José E. Serrano
PRESS RELEASE

On Third Anniversary of Infamous Downing Street Meetings, Serrano Calls For Investigation, Bringing Troops Home

Washington, DC, July 22, 2005—Marking the third anniversary of the controversial Downing Street meetings, during which it was revealed that the Bush administration was determined to push ahead against Iraq regardless of its “thin case

TreasonGate - What Did Bush Know, And When Did He Know It?

By Thom Hartmann

Political smears by right-wingers are nothing new. In the election of 1800, John Adams had a surrogate newspaper publisher write an article about "Dusky Sally," the half-sister of Thomas Jefferson's deceased wife, who was also one of the Jefferson family slaves. Jefferson succeeded in avoiding the issue, and his friends pointed out that it was merely about his personal life, not national security.
George W. Bush may not be so fortunate.

Today comes the revelation in The Wall Street Journal that "A key department memo discussing Joseph Wilson's Niger trip was classified 'Top Secret,' and the passage about his wife's CIA role was specially marked 'S/NF' -- not to be shared with any foreign intelligence agencies."

Rove, Libby Accounts In Plame Case Differ From Reporters

Rove, Libby Accounts on Plame Differ With Reporters' (Update2)
July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Two top White House aides have given accounts to a special prosecutor about how reporters first told them the identity of a CIA agent that are at odds with what the reporters have said, according to people familiar with the case.

Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, one person said. Russert has testified before Fitzgerald that he didn't tell Libby of Plame's identity, the person said.

Alert from The Nation Magazine

Dear EmailNation Subscriber,

Tomorrow, July 23, is the three-year anniversary of the meeting at Ten Downing Street in London, that was recorded in the now infamous minutes known as the "Downing Street Memo." Suggesting that the Bush Administration was intent on going to war with Iraq with or without intelligence on Saddam's WMD, the memo has given new impetus (and vindication) to antiwar critics of the invasion.

To highlight these disclosures, there are more than 150 events for tomorrow planned coast to coast. In New York City, The Nation and Democrats.Com are teaming up to present a public forum at the New York Society of Ethical Culture.

Iraq veterans and military families demand the truth!

U.S. TOUR OF DUTY proudly presents Gold Star mom NADIA McCAFFREY, the woman who defied President Bush by allowing the media to view the coffin of her son, for three Special Reports on Saturday, July 30 (in Anaheim), Sunday, July 31 (in Venice), and Monday, August 1 (in San Pedro). Nadia will be joined on July 31 by TIM GOODRICH (co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War), and on August 1 by independent journalist DAHR JAMAIL, who has gained international acclaim for his "unembedded" dispatches from occupied Iraq. Comedian RICK OVERTON will perform on July 31 and August 1. Come hear first-hand accounts, and see exclusive photographs and video footage of the war being fought in America's name. WARNING: We will present disturbing images that are typically censored by the Bush administration and mainstream media organizations.

All in One Book

The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation has published a booklet containing all the Downing Street Documents, all the legal advice, the resignation letter of Elizabeth Wilmshurst, the UK Foreign Office Legal Adviser who resigned, and the Conyers letter to Bush. It is called The Dodgiest Dossier.
Get it here.

Dear London

By David Swanson

(To be read at the Stop the War Coalition Event on July 23, outside the gates to Downing Street)

We write from the After Downing Street Dot Org Coalition in the United States to thank you for your solidarity on this third anniversary of a meeting that we were never meant to know about, a meeting that took place some yards from where you stand. There are over 300 events like yours happening today in the United States.

We write to thank you for your example. You have, through the course of this war and the long sales pitch that preceded it, shamed us by organizing larger protests than we have in this country.

Lee pitches resolution on Iraq memo

Oakland Tribune

An Oakland representative introduced a resolution Thursday demanding answers from the White House about the "Downing Street memo" suggesting intelligence was "fixed" to justify the war in Iraq.
"Americans deserve to know the truth about the circumstances under which our troops were sent to war," U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said in a news release.

Lee's bill, which has 26 co-sponsors, would require the president and secretary of state to give Congress all information relating to the administration's communication with British officials regarding U.S. policy in Iraq between Jan, 1, 2002, and Oct. 16, 2002, the latter date being when Congress authorized the use of force in Iraq.

Democratic Club meeting to focus on war memo

South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Palm Beach Democratic Club plans a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Beach Towers in Palm Beach to mark the anniversary of the meeting that gave birth to "The Downing Street Memo." Critics of President Bush and the war in Iraq contend the memo shows the administration fixed intelligence around its policy in Iraq.

"It is time for us, as citizens, to demand accountability from our government," club officials wrote in an announcement.

The club has invited Florida U.S. senators and several members of the House to the event. Contact Elna Laun at 561-686-2060or David Presnky at 561-832-8511 for more information.

Looking at the leaks

Colorado Daily
By PAULA PANT Colorado Daily Staff

Boulder will be one of 300 cities across the U.S. that will host an event today commemorating the third anniversary of a British government meeting on Downing Street, the leaked minutes of which have been dubbed the "Downing Street Memo."

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (RMPJC) is hosting a public press conference at 10 a.m. today in front of the Boulder County Courthouse to draw attention to the memo and encourage Congress pass a Resolution of Inquiry examining whether President Bush committed impeachable offenses in building the case for war with Iraq.

300 Events to Call for Bush's Impeachment over 'Downing Street' Allegations

Abid Aslam
OneWorld US

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jul 22 (OneWorld) - Activists seeking to impeach President George W. Bush have planned 300-plus events nationwide Saturday to mark the third anniversary of a top-level meeting of British officials that they say proves the White House manipulated intelligence and lied to Congress to justify its war against Iraq.

Members of Congress were to headline at least eight of the town hall meetings and rallies organized by the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition in Detroit, Seattle, New York, Inglewood and Oakland, California, and other cities.

Organizers said they hoped the events would galvanize the public by raising awareness of the so-called Downing Street memo, which summarized a July 23, 2002 meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and his inner circle at Blair's official residence, No. 10 Downing Street.

GOP candidate calls for impeachment

Rutland Herald (Vermont)
By Gordon Dritschilo Herald Staff

A Congressional candidate who wants to impeach President Bush insists he can win the Republican primary.

Dennis Morrisseau, 62, of West Pawlet, plans to seek the Republican nomination to run for U.S. House of Representatives. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who plans a run for the U.S. Senate.

A central part of his platform, Morrisseau said, will be bringing articles of impeachment against Bush.

He will most likely face Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, in the September 2006 primary, along with any other candidates who might get themselves placed on the ballot between now and then.

Barbara Lee Submits Resolution of Inquiry on Downing Street Memo

Barbara Lee Submits Resolution of Inquiry on Downing Street Memo

Will Hold Town Hall Meeting Saturday on Bush Administration Case for War

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry calling on the Bush administration to produce information to answer questions raised by a series of classified British memos that suggest that pre-war intelligence was fixed in order to justify the invasion of Iraq.

“These documents offer strong evidence that the Bush administration ‘fixed’ intelligence in order to mislead our country into war, evidence the administration has failed to dispute or answer,

Rep. Lee Wants Inquiry on Downing Street Memo

American Chronicle
By Political Desk
July 21, 2005
Lee Will Hold Town Hall Meeting Saturday on Bush Administration Case for War

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry calling on the Bush administration to produce information to answer questions raised by a series of classified British memos that suggest that pre-war intelligence was fixed in order to justify the invasion of Iraq.

“These documents offer strong evidence that the Bush administration ‘fixed’ intelligence in order to mislead our country into war, evidence the administration has failed to dispute or answer,

New Flyer for Activism Aimed at U.S. House

Here is a flyer for activists promoting co-sponsorship of Congresswoman Lee's Resolution of Inquiry, H. Res 375.
PDF here!

These are the committee members.

Rep. Lee Introduces Resolution of Inquiry into Iraq War Planning

THE COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON SEPT. 14, 2005: ACT NOW!!!
Ask Your Congress Member to Co-Sponsor!

HOW TO CONTACT CONGRESS.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Dem., Calif.) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry in the House of Representatives (H. Res 375) which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."

New Flyer for Activism Aimed at U.S. Senate

Here's a new flyer for activists aimed at influencing the U.S. Senate.

PDF here.

A catalogue of warnings

New Statesman Monday, July 25, 2005

Terror and the UK - Blair was told about Muslim rage not just by his critics, but by some of his closest advisers, writes Michael Smith

_____________________

Tony Blair has been at his most contemptuous when dismissing the idea that the bombers might have been angry about Iraq, Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo. "Their cause is not founded on an injustice," he declared. "It is founded on a belief, one whose fanaticism is such that it can't be moderated. It can't be remedied. It has to be stood up to."

The trouble is that in the minds of those four young men their cause almost certainly was founded on injustice. Nor can this be any surprise to the government, for it was warned many times, officially and unofficially, on the record and off. Even at the heart of the security establishment people are well aware of this.

Editorial: Criminals at Large

By People's Weekly World

Our page 3 story highlights the longstanding slimy, criminal tactics of Bush-Cheney mastermind Karl Rove. It points out how Rove’s lying, cheating, backstabbing methods, dating back to the Nixon days, helped the ultra-right seize the pinnacles of political power in our country.

But, as in the past, so too today, Rove is a minor figure in a major crime syndicate.

Nearly 2,000 American soldiers are dead and thousands more seriously injured, many scarred for life in body and spirit, from a war based on lies. Many thousands of Iraqi people have been killed and maimed, and their country lies in ruins. Today’s Karl Rove scandal is not just about the CIA operative he “outed.

Downing Street memo topic of gathering

Village Soup (Maine)
By Staff

BELFAST (July 21): Jane Sanford is hosting a Rep. John Conyers House party at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23 to bring people together to discuss the Downing Street memo from the Chief of British Intelligence regarding the Iraq war and also Karl Rove and CIA operative Valerie Plame.

There will be a conference call with Rep. Conyers and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame's husband. There will be a video about the issues raised, followed by a discussion about questions Conyers can pose in a Parliamentary hearing and discussion about what actions US citizens can take.

PB Dems to discuss Iraq memo Saturday

Palm Beach Daily News

The Palm Beach Democrats will hold a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday to discuss the Downing Street Memo.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in the Cypress Lounge of the Palm Beach Towers, 44 Cocoanut Row. The public is invited to attend the meeting; there is no admission charge. Copies of the memo will be distributed.

The Downing Street Memo is one of several leaked British documents that purportedly show the U.S. and British governments knew that evidence of weapons of mass destruction was tenuous before invading Iraq.

For more information , call Elna Laun at 686-2060 or Dr. David Prensky at 832-8511.

`Rovegate' sets the spin machine awhirl

BY ROBERT STEINBACK
Knight Ridder Newspapers

(KRT) - I'm less intrigued by Karl Rove's ultimate fate than I am by how White House-allied strategists have responded to the scandal threatening to engulf him. Never before has the dark magic of the Republican spin machine - and the willingness of loyalists to embrace it - been so nakedly obvious.

This rare glimpse came courtesy the alternative Web site Raw Story, which obtained a copy of the "special" July 12 Rovegate edition of Republican National Committee's D.C. Talkers memo - the infamous party Talking Points sheet. View it at www.rawstory.com (link is under "Blogs/Media").

Why Was Miller Fit To Print?

TomPaine.com
Russ Baker
July 21, 2005

Investigative reporter and essayist Russ Baker is a longtime contributor to TomPaine.com. A contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, he is the founder of the Real News Project, a new organization dedicated to revitalizing investigative journalism. He can be reached at russ@russbaker.com.

It would be a great understatement to say that The New York Times is in a difficult position when it comes to reporting on the case of Judith Miller, the paper's reporter who is currently in jail for refusing to identify sources in the Valerie Plame Wilson leak investigation. No one wants to see a journalist in jail—much less one who labors on behalf of the same news organization.

Join Rep. Rangel's Online Town Hall on the War on Iraq, Friday, 7/22 at 12:00pm (EDT)

Congressman Charlie Rangel (NY-15)
Please Join Me for an e-Town Hall Meeting On the War in Iraq

Go HERE.

Today, after more than two years of war in Iraq, 1,750 brave American troops have been killed and more than 12,000 wounded. Two shameful facts have become clear: first, the President's justifications for the invasion were untrue; and second, the Bush administration was committed to regime change in Iraq long before Nine-Eleven.

The tragic war in Iraq is the most important issue facing our nation. You are invited to join me at an e-Town Hall meeting on Friday, July 22nd, from noon to 1:00 p.m., to answer your questions about the origins of the war, the unfair burden on our troops, and what can be done to end the greatest military catastrophe since Vietnam. Your questions will inform me of your specific concerns.

Third Anniversary of the Downing Street Memo

Institute for Public Accuracy

On Saturday, July 23, over 300 events organized by the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition and Rep. John Conyers will mark the three-year anniversary of the meeting at No. 10 Downing Street in London that was recorded in the now infamous minutes known as the "Downing Street memo." Members of Congress will be hosting some of the events, including ones in Detroit, Inglewood, Calif., Seattle, Oakland, Calif., and New York City.

BOB FERTIK, http://www.afterdowningstreet.org Fertik is co-founder of the group After Downing Street. He said today: "The invasion of Iraq was a war crime based on lies. A recent Zogby poll found that 42 percent of Americans believe George Bush should be impeached if he lied about Iraq, and the Downing Street minutes prove that Bush lied." [This Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bob Fertik will moderate an event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture that includes Rep. Maurice Hinchey and former Rep. Liz Holtzman.]

Plame's Identity Marked As Secret

Memo Central to Probe Of Leak Was Written By State Dept. Analyst
By Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 21, 2005; A01

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.

Plame -- who is referred to by her married name, Valerie Wilson, in the memo -- is mentioned in the second paragraph of the three-page document, which was written on June 10, 2003, by an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), according to a source who described the memo to The Washington Post.

Bradley urged to call for Bush's impeachment

By COLIN SHEA
Prague, Czech Republic

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley.

Documentary evidence of presidential high crimes and misdemeanors has been in full public view for six weeks now and you have been shamefully silent. Seven citizens of New Hampshire are dead for no reason, yet you continue to participate in the disgusting charade of the Iraq war. This must end. Serious discussion of impeachment must finally take place in the House of Representatives.

On May 1, a British newspaper published a secret memorandum from August 2002 from the very highest levels of the British government. It shows conclusively that the Bush administration had already decided at that time to attack and occupy Iraq. This was eight months before hostilities commenced, and three months before the release of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the Iraq threat — the purported basis for war.

Rove-Plame Scandal Leading to Deeper White House Horrors?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Bernie Weiner, The Crisis Papers

At long last, Plamegate -- the scandal surrounding the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson by two "senior administration officials" -- has exploded out of the D.C. beltway to become a major national news story.

It would appear that this scandal goes way beyond Karl Rove and who said what to whom when about Ms. Plame. It certainly is true, though, that turning over that slimy Rove-Plame rock was the way into the larger issues upon which Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his grand jury apparently are focusing.

Rep. Maurice Hinchey Discusses the Downing Street Minutes

Congressman Maurice Hinchey discusses the Downing Street Memo at the State University of NY at New Paltz on July 7, 2005 - He is Joined by Professor Rob Miraldi who Discusses the Media's Role in Informing the Public.

Download or listen here.

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