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Criminal Prosecution and Accountability
By Chitra Ragavan, US News & World Report
A federal judge has ruled that a CIA agent identified only as "Doe," allegedly fired after he gathered prewar intelligence showing that Iraq was not developing weapons of mass destruction, can proceed with his lawsuit against the CIA. The judge has ordered both parties to submit discovery requests-evidence they want for their case-to be completed by March 15, according to the CIA agent's lawyer and a spokesman for the Justice Department, which is defending the CIA in court.
By Associated Press
Washington - Sworn testimony in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shone a spotlight on White House attempts to sell a gone-wrong war in Iraq to the nation and Vice President Dick Cheney's aggressive role in the effort.
Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald rested his case against Cheney's former chief of staff on Thursday in a trial that has so far lasted 11 days. The defense planned to begin its presentation Monday.
By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post
Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus testified in court this morning that then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, not I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was the first person to tell him that a prominent critic of the Iraq war was married to undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Testifying as the first defense witness at Libby's perjury trial, Pincus for the first time publicly disclosed the confidential source inside the White House who told him in 2003 that the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV worked at the CIA on matters relating to weapons of mass destruction.
By Associated Press
By MATT APUZZO - Robert Novak, who triggered an FBI investigation in 2003 by revealing the identity of a CIA operative in his syndicated column, is among witnesses that lawyers said were ready to testify Monday in the perjury and obstruction trial of former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby.
The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is charged with lying and obstructing the investigation into how Novak and others learned the identity of Valerie Plame, whose husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a prominent critic of the Bush administration's Iraq war policy.
Role of the Big Guys Is Becoming Clear in Plame Case
By Joe Conason, Truthdig
At long last, the fog of mystification generated by the Bush administration and the Washington media is lifting, so that everyone can see clearly why I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is on trial and why his prosecution is important. Whether or not the jury eventually finds the former White House aide guilty of perjury, the evidence shows that his bosses, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, have misled the public from the very beginning about the vengeful leaking of Valerie Plame Wilson’s CIA identity.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- The Kuala Lumpur War Crime Commission chaired by former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad heard nine charges against US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the sufferings of the people in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.
Some in the defense team believe the prosecutor's presentation has been strong and persuasive and therefore would open both Cheney and Libby up to a grilling when they were cross-examined, which would not help sway the jury, the source with knowledge of the discussions said.
It was the expectation of the defense team to put both Libby and Cheney on the stand to help buttress its case, the source said.
By Associated Press
ROME - The Foreign Ministry on Thursday urged the United States to cooperate on judicial matters after a court indicted a U.S. soldier for the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad. Spc. Mario Lozano, a member of the New York-based 69th Infantry Regiment, was indicted Wednesday for murder and attempted murder in the death of Nicola Calipari, who was shot in 2005 on his way by car to Baghdad‘s airport shortly after securing the release of an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped.
Reservist accused of reaping thousands in kickbacks from bogus reconstruction contracts
BY WAYNE WOOLLEY, New Jersey Star-Ledger
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Debra Harrison returned to New Jersey after 17 months in Iraq with a Purple Heart and vivid descriptions of at least two brushes with death in the combat zone.
By David Corn, The Nation
After jurors in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury trial on Wednesday heard the defendant--on tape--cite Meet the Press host Tim Russert as his alibi, the alibi, using crutches, hobbled into the Washington courtroom and shot a hole in Libby's cover story.
For three days, the jury had been listening to audio tapes of Libby's two appearances before a grand jury in March 2004, when Libby repeatedly claimed that in July 2003, before the leak appeared that outed Valerie Wilson as a CIA officer, he knew nothing about her until Russert told him that "all the reporters knew" she worked at the CIA. Libby acknowledged to the grand jurors that weeks earlier Vice President Dick Cheney had told him that Valerie Wilson was a CIA employee, but he said that he had completely forgotten this and had learned about her "anew" when Russert passed him this gossip during a phone call. It's an essential part of Libby's tale. When the FBI and a grand jury were looking for administration officials who had leaked information on Wilson to reporters--and Libby was a potential target--Libby told the Bureau and the grand jury that he had not disclosed any information gathered from official sources; he had only shared with a few reporters a rumor he had picked up from Russert. And you can't prosecute a guy for spreading gossip. Again and again, during his grand jury testimony, Libby pointed to Russert: he told me, and, boy, was I surprised.
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.
Criminal trials are not designed to produce truth. They produce winners and losers. The prosecution and defense each present a version of reality—which can be highly selective—and a jury decides which side is more convincing. Consequently, anyone who expected the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to yield new information about the CIA leak scandal and clarify what happened has reason (so far) to be disappointed. The trial—which is at the halfway point—has probably raised (or intensified) more questions than it has answered.
Libby told grand jury he was ordered to leak intelligence
By Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON · Former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney was upset by an ambassador's public questioning of the Iraq war and that President Bush, Cheney and Libby were involved in a plan -- kept secret from other senior White House officials -- to leak previously classified intelligence to reporters to counter the criticism.
By Jonathan Kent, BBC
Kuala Lumpur -- A tribunal to try UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for war crimes will be convened on Wednesday.
It is no surprise that neither man will be attending the proceedings - they may not even be aware that it is taking place.
But start it will, at a conference in Kuala Lumpur called as part of the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's campaign to criminalise war.
'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.