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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."

Perhaps even more damning are reports that the Top Secret-S/NF document was apparently first delivered to Air Force One when George W. Bush and Colin Powell (who had apparently requested it from analysts within the State Department) were flying to Africa in 2003.

Somehow - nobody knows at the moment - the information in this Top Secret-S/NF document (the identity of Joe Wilson's wife) then migrated from Air Force One to George W. Bush's assistant, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney's assistant, Scooter Libby. Rove and Libby then immediately began "dialing for dollars" - calling reporters with this juicy bit of Top Secret-N/SF information - in an attempt to politically assassinate Joe Wilson.

Which raises the question: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?"

It's unlikely that Colin Powell would have called Rove and Cheney (to give instructions to Libby) with the information in the memo - that was above his pay grade. Ditto for Ari Fleischer. And it's extremely doubtful that the pilots on the plane even knew about the explosive information they were carrying as they flew across the Atlantic.

Which leaves George W. Bush, as the only other person on that plane with the means, opportunity, and motive.

Thus, perhaps, the reports that Patrick Fitzgerald has now subpoenaed the phone logs of Air Force One.

Those of a certain age among us remember well the shocking moment when Nixon's lawyer, John Dean, confirmed to Congress that Nixon himself was involved in the Watergate scandal.

The urgency Bush brought to deciding on and releasing the name of John Roberts coincided relatively closely with a growing press awareness that the Sop Secret-S/NF memo with Plame's identity started it's long path to Bob Novak on Air Force One. Time - and an awakened press corps (and hopefully an awakened Congress) - will tell if Bush's own fingerprints are all over this treasonous act of political revenge.

Thom Hartmann (thom at is a Project Censored Award-winning best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show, and a morning progressive talk show on KPOJ in Portland, Oregon. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection," "We The People," "The Edison Gene", and "What Would Jefferson Do?"


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There is an article on Buzzflash about Iran making a deal with Iraq, to sell refined petroleum to Iraq, in exchange for 150,000 barrels of crude a day. The most interesting part, was the revelation(to me anyway), was that Saddam permanently ruined most of the oil fields in Kirkuik(northern part of Iraq) by deep injection drilling(pumping waste oil products deep into the oil field to bring up the crude faster, but at the same time contaminating what is left). I wouldn't hire Bush to be the assistant manager of a Jiffy Lube. This guy has the Midas touch of running any oil company he touches into the groung.

American's deserve the truth.
And yes they can handle the Bushtreasongate.
Does this road lead to" Niger Yellowcake and the man who forged too much."

Fitzgerald and the grand jury get to the truth and know that many respect,honor and love you for fighting for truth and justice.
Know that many before you fought and died for America,let her be proud and free again!
Remember what many said before you,"Give me freedom or give me death".
For those that truly know what this means,and not many do,it is the foundation of what America stands for.


Beautifully said my friend. I didnt know there were many of you guys left. RESPECT....

This sounds ominous. So much pressure on Prosecutor Fitzgerald. Can one man bear it all? And as power slips away into a disgrace, what will one do to avoid it?

I am afraid of what might happen as we get closer to the truth. My heart never stops pounding these days. I can see why so many people prefer the whitewashed garbage in the MSM. Reality these days is too terrible to stand. Uncle Sam on the slipperiest of slopes, gathering momentum....

Bush remaining in power unchecked would be a far worse scenario for this country, and the world.

I just read a comment by George I thought was relavent."We keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq.Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of smart guys. It has worked for 200 years, and we're not using it any more!

(Carlin that is)

God Bless George Carlin. We can always count on him to make a poigniant and humorous comment. This one is an instant classic.

Of course he knew! Bush is not like Reagan when it comes to secrecy. Reagan didn't want to know what people like North, Poindexter, McFarlane, Abrams, etc. where up to. Bush however as dumb as he appears to be is intimately involved with all aspects of this neo administration. What's the saying, "The fish rots from the head down"!

Not only should congressional hearings begin on the treason charges within Bush administration for divulging an CIA operatives name, but we should remember that the Downing Street Memos and the Niger yellow cake uranium lie along with other WMD lies told to our country to attack Iraq were done on a deliberate basis repeated over and over. This is treason, to lie to our citizens and create a war that has profited Haliburton, KBR, and other private organiztions that are tied to Bush and Cheny. Clinton was impeached for lies about extra marital oral sex that hurt no one. This administration, hiding behind a so called kind, and compassionate act has created an evil empire that threatens all of Eurasia and the Middle East and has already killed millions, justified by lies. How dare they use the word Patriot to steal 250 years of liberty of United States of America citizens. James Madison said it 200 years ago, "If Tyrrany and Oppression come to this land it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy". Americans should be able to see something as simple as cause and effect. Follow the money, follow it from the last 100 years with Grandadddy Prescott Bush,his deals with Hitler, the grand plan for world dominance, with George Herbert Walker Bush's "New World Order", George W. Bush's fullfillment of this empire. How long will we allow theives, liars and murderers to live in our white house? We have had two presidents elected in last 5 years denied their legal claim to the Presidency of the United States. The first election stolen through lawyers and judges, the second stolen through illeagal election laws. Thank God for the few true Patriots in congress and senate that are standing up for this country and it's citizens fighting for more than just the so called blind justice, but for the liberties that are being stolen daily under false pretenses. We veterans that have fought on foreign soil, fought proudly for our country, not for causes that we should be ashamed of, we pray that truth will overcome the evil deeds of this administration and a true Patriot will step forth through these horrendous times to lead our country once again be a nation that is envied, respected by all worlwide. Investigations through the house and senate (if seriously looking for the truth) would reveal enough to impeach, try for treason, convict and clean these murderous theives out of our government.

This isn't a case of political payback, this is serious. Let Bush's indescretions stand for themselves.

Let me guess… the key portions of the Air Force One phone log will have been "mistakenly" erased by a stewardess who thought she was rewinding Bush's audio tape copy of his favorite book "My Pet Goat".

missing minutes

Let's Keep It Simple Seriously.

1) Why would Bush and Co. go to such extreme measures if Wilson was just out to smear?

2) Why would Bush and Co. want to send this country to war if the reasons they gave us are false?

3) Illegally making a case for war requires that we look at all the possible motives and reasons for treason.

4) What did Enron and Bush & Co. have in common?

incompetent man with way too much power takes superpower right down
the shitter (bush's legacy) he and neoCONS try to turn U.S. into theocratic dictatorship but get caught doing TREASONOUS ACTS which
harm national security for years to come. Way to go, meathead!!!!!!!

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