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'Startling moment' at Libby trial as President Bush is referenced
By David Edwards, Raw Story
Last night on MSNBC's Countdown, correspondent David Shuster provided a breakdown of Monday's events at the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis Libby.
One "very startling moment" occurred when a tape of Libby's grand jury testimony included references to President George Bush.
Grand Jury Tapes Bolster Case Against Former Aide
By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post
Vice President Cheney and other senior White House officials regarded a former ambassador's accusations that President Bush misled the nation in going to war in Iraq as an unparalleled political assault and, early in the summer of 2003, held daily discussions about how to debunk them, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a federal grand jury.
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times
At the Republican National Convention in 2000 that nominated him for vice president, Dick Cheney told a rapturous crowd that Democrats "will offer more lectures, and legalisms, and carefully worded denials. We offer another way, a better way, and a stiff dose of truth."
So, Mr. Cheney, now that the Scooter Libby trial is raising doubts about your own integrity, you owe the nation an explanation. Here are a few questions to help frame your explanation of your activities:
By Larry C. Johnson
Until the start of the Libby trial, most folks and chroniclers assumed that the Nick Kristof piece in May of 2003 spurred the White House to go after Joe and Valerie Wilson. But based on the timeline emerging from the Libby trial the real culprit is Walter Pincus, the legendary warhorse reporter at the Washington Post, whose work on an article that appeared on June 12, 2003 set in motion the events that eventually produced the "outing" of Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassdor Joe Wilson and an undercover CIA officer.
Transcripts from WH Press Briefings and Gaggles Show Faux-Journalist Gannon/Guckert Leading the White House-Approved Attacks on Wilson from the First...
By Margie Burns, The BRAD BLOG
We do not have a political system of government by one man. By virtue of that fact, by definition the man at the top --- the president --- is responsible for what his people do. When former ambassador Joseph Wilson belatedly published demurrals about purported Iraq efforts to obtain uranium, in July 2003, CIA skepticism about the uranium story also gradually became known to the wider public. In simplest terms, what followed was that the White House including Cheney’s office launched a campaign not only against Wilson personally but also against offices within the CIA that still functioned in intelligence gathering and analysis.
By Larry Johnson
Suggest everyone bear down on the Pincus article of 12 June. That event kicked off a whole series of activities. I know Walter and have been a source of his on several stories over the years. Knowing how he works the story that appeared on 12 June 2003 had been in the works for at least a week. It should be no shock that the INR memo (dated 10 June 2003) and the CIA memo faxed to the White House Sit Room on 9 June 2003 were a direct result of the White House tasking the relevant agencies to "tell us what you know about this". CIA and INR did not just wake up and say, "hell, let's draft a memo". Pincus ignited the fuze.
What the Libby Trial Is Revealing
By David Ignatius, Washington Post
Why was the White House so nervous in the summer of 2003 about the CIA's reporting on alleged Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger to build a nuclear bomb? That's the big question that runs through the many little details that have emerged in the perjury trial of Vice President Cheney's former top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
By Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press
Friday 02 February 2007
Washington - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is fighting to keep his grand jury testimony about the leak of a CIA operative's name from being released and broadcast.
Libby's grand jury testimony - the sworn statements he gave investigators about his conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney and journalists - is at the heart of his perjury trial. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald plans to play hours of recordings of that testimony in court next week to bolster his case that Libby lied and obstructed the investigation.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC – Developments in the trial of former Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby revealed a number of startling revelations surrounding the outing of a covert CIA agent during a time of war and the inner workings of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). News accounts today indicate that Karl Rove, the President's top advisor, "told a reporter that an administration critic's wife worked at the CIA" and "Libby then confirmed Valerie Plame's CIA status a day later during an 'off-the-record' conversation." [USA Today, 2/1/07] And, it was also reported that "copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys ... would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case," according to http://truthout.org/.
By Editor and Publisher and The Associated Press
WASHINGTON The "CIA leak" trial resumed today, after two critical days of testimony from reporters Judith Miller and Matt Cooper. As in past days, E&P will provide running updates here.
After a long day or legal wrangling and no witnesses, an FBI agent took the stand shortly before 3 p.m. She is Deborah Bond, a 19-year veteran, called into the probe of who may have leaked name of classified agent.
A judge has ordered Spain's state intelligence agency to declassify any documents it has about secret CIA flights shuttling terrorism suspects, court officials said on Wednesday.
High Court Judge Ismael Moreno issued the order to the National Intelligence Center (CNI) as part of an investigation he began last year to determine whether suspects on CIA flights touching down on the Spanish island of Mallorca were held illegally or tortured, the officials said.
By Patrick Donahue
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- A court in Munich ordered the arrest of 13 people for the alleged abduction of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who says he was seized by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and taken to a secret prison in Afghanistan.
Evidence collected by prosecutors yielded ``clearly identifiable'' individuals who may be undercover CIA agents, the Munich prosecutor, which obtained the warrants, said today on its Web site. FULL ARTICLE
Sorry. I couldn't help myself. Writer's can't make up shit like this.
Now on noquarter.typepad.com
by Larry C Johnson
Give Scooter Libby credit for something, the man is at heart an artist with a firm grip on irony and probably has inked a deal with Danny DeVito to play him when this tawdry event becomes a movie. How else to account for his July 7, 2003 chat with White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. Fleischer testified in court today that during a lunch with Libby, Scooter told Ari that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA in CPD (a division in the Directorate of Operations) and that this info was, "hush, hush and on the QT".
By NBC News
Defense won't know ex-White House spokesman immunity details.
Washington - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday that then-colleague I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told him over lunch that the wife of a prominent war critic worked at the CIA.
Fleischer said the conversation happened on Monday, July 7, 2003, the day after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's op-ed article appeared in the New York Times, and he was a guest on "Meet the Press," accusing the administration of "twisting" intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs. Libby - according to prosecutors - told Fleischer at lunch at the White House that the information that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA was "hush-hush."
By Dan Froomkin, washingtonpost.com
[Froomkin gets under 1,000 Emails in 3 weeks: must be nice! SEND HIM SOME APPRECIATION.]
While Dick Cheney undoubtedly remains the most powerful vice president this nation has ever seen, it's becoming increasingly unclear whether anyone outside the White House believes a word he says.
By MATT APUZZO
WASHINGTON - Amid the furor over the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, bluntly told a White House lawyer, "I didn't do it," the lawyer testified Tuesday.
David Addington, who served as Cheney's legal counsel during the CIA leak scandal, described a September 2003 meeting with Libby around the time that a criminal investigation began.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.