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Cheney to the Stand

By John Prados, www.tompaine.com

John Prados is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington. His current book is Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA.

Every day, more of the sordid tale of Vice President Dick Cheney’s no-holds-barred effort to get his way on the Iraq war is coming out.

Months ago, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, blasted the Bush administration for its resort to a “cabal” led by Cheney. Now we are getting chapter and verse from the prosecution of another chief of staff, I. Lewis (“Scooter”) Libby, Cheney’s front man until he was indicted for obstruction of justice. Testimony at Libby’s trial in U.S. District Court shows exactly how the cabal operated, in this case attempting to smear Iraq war critic Ambassador Joseph Wilson by blowing the cover of his wife, Valerie Plame, until then an undercover officer for the CIA.

Miller Testimony Contradicts Libby Story

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Reporter Judith Miller testified Tuesday that former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby identified a CIA operative to her on two occasions on dates earlier than he has told investigators he first heard the name from another reporter.

Miller, the former New York Times reporter who spent 85 days in jail trying to avoid revealing these conversations, said Libby identified the wife of a prominent Iraq war critic as a CIA employee in face-to-face meetings on June 23 and July 8, 2003.

Lt. Watada prosecutors surrender on journalist subpoenas

Lt. Watada prosecutors surrender on journalist subpoenas Charges for speaking to the press dropped

Courage to Resist.
January 29, 2007

Army prosecutors of Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first military officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq, surrendered today on two charges of “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.”

War Criminals ‘R’ US

Published on Monday, January 29, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
by Richard Curtis

Many years ago during boot camp I learned a series of General Orders. And while these are difficult to recall (and oddly enough even to find) any longer, one of the things I recall learning was an obligation to follow all lawful orders. Part of what we learned had to do with the military having made changes in training following the War Crimes at My Lai. My clear impression was that the Navy intended us to know our obligations under the Hague Conventions of 1889 and 1907, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Nuremberg Conventions.

Death Squads, American Style

By Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook State University

Even those of us who are implacably against the war are accustomed to thinking that Iraqis are the ones who staff the death squads that are now killing up to 100 people per day in Baghdad.

While it has been amply documented that U.S. personnel who developed the death squad strategy in Central America were brought in to establish these deaths squads, and that U.S. personnel are still involved in at least some (and maybe most) of the death squad attacks, so far I have not heard even the most paranoid among us saying that American soldiers are actually staffing them and committing the assassinations.

Rove, White House Spokesman Get Subpoenas

Published on Saturday, January 27, 2007 by ABC News
by John Hendren

White House Bigwigs Called to Testify in Defense of Former Vice Presidential Aide 'Scooter' Libby

Presidential advisor Karl Rove and White House communications director Dan Bartlett have received subpoenas to testify for the defense at the trial of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, ABC News has learned from a lawyer with knowledge of the case.

Will Rove Testify?

By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

The president's political guru - and counselor Dan Bartlett - have been subpoenaed by Scooter Libby's lawyers. What it means for the most-watched trial in Washington - and who's next on the witness stand.

White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials - including deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby.

Cheney's ex-spokeswoman says VP's office was aware of Plame prior to Libby's talks with reporters

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

In a major development today in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury and obstruction of justice trial, a former vice presidential spokeswoman raised questions about the defense employed by Dick Cheney's former chief of staff. Cheney's former Press Secretary, Cathie Martin, took the stand and told the prosectuion she had briefed Libby and the Vice President on the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame as the wife of Iraq war critic Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

U.S. v. George W. Bush

Justice Wants Spying Lawsuit Dropped

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press

The Bush administration sought on Thursday to drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that concluded the government's domestic spying program is unconstitutional, saying the entire issue is moot since the surveillance now is monitored by a secret court.

Responding, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union said they would continue to push for their day in court since President Bush retains authority to continue the warrantless spying program.

Libby trial evidence depicts Cheney as orchestrating tactics

By Carol D. Leonnig and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney orchestrated his office's 2003 efforts to rebut assertions that the administration used flawed intelligence to justify the war in Iraq and discredit a critic who he believed was making him look foolish, according to testimony and evidence yesterday in the criminal trial of his former chief of staff.

The Twisted Scooter Trail

By David Corn, www.tompaine.com

David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation and the co-author, along with Michael Isikoff, of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War. He is covering the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial for The Nation.

Here’s a primer for those of you who have not obsessively followed the CIA leak case of Scooter Libby now underway.

Former CIA Official Testifies Against Libby

By Carol D. Leonnig and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post

A high-ranking former CIA official testified today that he told I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in June 2003 that the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV worked for the CIA, after an "aggrieved" Libby called seeking information about Wilson's CIA-sponsored trip to Africa.

Robert L. Grenier, a former CIA associate deputy director, became the second prosecution witness at Libby's perjury trial to say he had disclosed information about CIA officer Valerie Plame to Libby weeks before Libby claims he learned her identity from a journalist.

Will Cheney Resign?

Topic raised on MSNBC.

Remember: if Cheney resigns and is replaced, he can still be investigated by Congress and prosecuted criminally, and his replacement's likability has nothing to do with the need to impeach Bush and remove him from office. The new Ford can be voted out in '08 and will be if we impeach Bush.

Lawyers Paint Libby as Sacrificial Lamb

By Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

Scooter Libby lawyers paint former aide as sacrificial lamb in CIA leak case.

Top White House officials tried to blame vice presidential aide "Scooter" Libby for the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity to protect President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove, Libby's defense attorney said Tuesday as his perjury trial began.

I. Lewis Libby is accused of lying to FBI agents, who began investigating after syndicated columnist Robert Novak revealed that a chief Bush administration critic, Joseph Wilson, was married to CIA operative Valerie Plame.

The Plame-gate Plot Thickens

By Robert Parry, www.consortiumnews.com

In the opening statements at the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, new evidence emerged pointing toward a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels of George W. Bush’s White House.

Libby’s defense attorney Theodore Wells described a conversation from 2003 between Vice President Dick Cheney and Libby, his chief of staff, at which a worried Libby complained that “they’re trying to set me up. They want me to be the sacrificial lamb.”

BREAKING: Libby Destroyed Evidence Prior To Testifying, Cheney ‘Deeply Involved’

By Think Progress

Under oath, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff Scooter Libby told a grand jury that he first learned that Joe Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent from conversations with the media. In fact, he first learned that information from Vice President Cheney himself.

Libby is now on trial for perjury. His defense is that he simply forgot who told him that Plame worked for the CIA. But in court today, prosecutors outlined a powerful case establishing that Libby had reason to remember who told him and motive to cover it up. MSNBC’s David Schuster said today’s revelations from prosecutors are “new and will astound a number of people, even those who have been following this case.” Among the new claims:

The Paradox That Is Scooter Libby

Exclusive: The Paradox That Is Scooter Libby
Murray Waas
"Paradox seems to define I. Lewis Libby Jr." So says a New York Times profile of him last night as his federal trial on five counts of making false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice was about to get underway.

Said the Times: "He is the White House policy enforcer who wrote a literary novel; a buttoned-down Washington lawyer who likes knocking back tequila shots in cowboy bars and hurtling down mountains on skis and bikes; and a 56-year old intellectual known to all of us by his childhood nickname, Scooter."

"But now comes the most baffling paradox of all...

Hume declared Libby "not responsible" for Plame leak

By Media Matters

Summary: Brit Hume asserted as fact that Lewis "Scooter" Libby was "not responsible" for leaking the information that Valerie Plame was a CIA officer. However, Libby's indictment alleges that he did discuss Plame's CIA employment with reporter Judith Miller before it was made public, and Miller herself reported this.

On the January 17 edition of Fox News' Special Report, host and Washington bureau managing editor Brit Hume asserted as fact that Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was "not responsible" for leaking the information that Valerie Plame was a CIA officer. However, Libby's indictment does allege that he discussed Plame's CIA employment with then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller before Plame's employment was publicly revealed by Robert Novak in a July 14, 2003, column. And, after sitting in jail for 85 days, Miller herself identified Libby as her source for the information on Plame.

Add Another Reason to Impeach Bush - Prosecute Republicans, Lose Your Job, Even If You're a Republican

Another day, another Bush abuse of authority, another reason to impeach Bush and Cheney. Add another count to the Articles of Impeachment... and be sure to include Torturer General Gonzales.

Last week David posted, "Prosecute Republicans, Lose Your Job", a San Diego Times-Union piece about Smirk canning the Duke Cunningham prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Carol Lam.

Now it it's grown to the Bush cabal dumping five to ten US Attorneys, replacing them with Repugnant cronies and bypassing the Senate confirmation process by taking advantage of a little known provision of the Patriot Act likely inserted last minute by none other than former Senate Judiciary chairman Arlen Specter...

Libby’s Trial Crafted to Protect Bush-Cheney Gang

By William Hughes

"The best way to hide something is to place it in open view." - Dr. John Coleman, author and an ex-member of British MI6.

Irving “Scooter” Libby went on trial this week in the nation’s capital on charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice for lying to the FBI and to a Grand Jury. The case centers on a leak of a CIA operative’s name--Valerie Plame-- to the media. If the Special Prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, had also added a conspiracy count in the indictment against Libby, this matter would have, potentially, placed the Bush-Cheney Gang in the dock for launching a war of aggression against Iraq, based on a pack of lies. Instead, we have a court battle, which will be legally limited to the accused alone, that will decide whether Libby was suffering from a “faulty memory," or not, when he gave his testimony. (1) Even if convicted, Libby, I suspect, like another shadowy Neocon before him, Elliott Abrams, will probably soon be pardoned and awarded a federal government sinecure.

The Paradox That Is Scooter Libby

By Murray Waas, Huffington Post

"Paradox seems to define I. Lewis Libby Jr." So says a New York Times profile of him last night as his federal trial on five counts of making false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice was about to get underway.

Said the Times: "He is the White House policy enforcer who wrote a literary novel; a buttoned-down Washington lawyer who likes knocking back tequila shots in cowboy bars and hurtling down mountains on skis and bikes; and a 56-year old intellectual known to all of us by his childhood nickname, Scooter."

Scooter Libby's Time-Travel Trial

By Robert Parry, www.consortiumnews.com

The trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is being billed by the Big Media as a case study of a favorite Washington cliché – “it’s not the crime but the coverup” – a smugly delivered line suggesting that Libby committed no real offense beyond trimming a few facts when questioned by overzealous investigators.

But the major U.S. news media is again missing the point. The real significance of the Libby trial is that it could demonstrate how far George W. Bush went in 2003 to shut down legitimate criticism of his Iraq War policies as well as questions about his personal honesty.

NGOs to sue US over WMD claims

By The Australian

SOME 30 non-governmental organisations in Niger said overnight they are going to sue the United States for nearly two billion dollars for "unfairly accusing" Niger of selling uranium to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"Our lawyers are about to file a lawsuit against the US calling for damages of about 1000 billion CFA francs ($2.42 billion dollars) for the harm suffered" by the country, Moustapha Kadi, president of the Collective of organisations in Niger defending the right to energy (CODDAE).

Bloggers gain access to "Scooter" Libby trial

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet bloggers will be allowed to cover the criminal trial of former White House staffer Lewis "Scooter" Libby alongside reporters from traditional media outlets, a court spokesman said on Thursday.

Members of a bloggers' association will share at least two seats during the high-profile trial in which Libby's former boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, is expected to testify, said Sheldon Snook, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Washington.

Libby Trial May Show Cheney's Role in Run-Up to War

Libby Trial May Show Cheney's Role in Run-Up to War
Cary O'Reilly and Holly Rosenkrantz
Fri Jan 12, 1:06 PM ET
(Bloomberg) -- The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, may provide ammunition for Democrats looking to attack the White House for its conduct in the run-up to the Iraq war. Libby, 56, is charged with perjury and obstruction for lying to a grand jury probing the leak of a CIA agent's name. He faces as many as 30 years in prison if convicted. The trial starts on Jan. 16 in Washington.

Defense lawyers say they'll call Cheney as a witness to bolster claims Libby was too busy with security matters to accurately remember events. His testifying is risky for both men. What Cheney recalls may undermine Libby's too-busy defense while exposing the vice president to probes by Congress of how the Bush administration promoted the war...

New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trial

By Griff Witte
The Washington Post
Monday 15 January 2007

Provision aimed at contractors, but some fear it will sweep up other workers.

Private contractors and other civilians serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under a new federal provision that legal scholars say is almost certain to spark constitutional challenges.

Former Cheney aide heads to trial in CIA leak case print

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby goes on trial Tuesday over the administration's response to one critic who questioned assertions President George W. Bush made four years ago to justify waging war against Iraq.

Once the right-hand man to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby faces charges of perjury and obstruction of an investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity to reporters.

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