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John Conyers, the "Downing Street Memo"and are there grounds for impeachment of the Bush administration?
We'll visit with Congressman John Conyers about his "Downing Street Memo" Hearing and Town Halls - are there grounds for impeachment of the Bush administration? You can join in these discussions, too, when we open up phones. That's this Sunday, 9 AM - 11 AM Pacific, [Noon - 2pm Eastern]
GERGEN: 'What did the President know and when did he know it?'
Even David Gergen asks 'The Question' on ABC's This Week!
'I think this is a big, serious story,' says the advisor to three Republican Presidents (including Nixon)
Wow...Even Gergen is asking!
Picking up on my previous post about the "the question" -- What did the President know and when did he know it? -- on the virtual lips of folks across the net this morning, it seems that it was also on the lips of David Gergen, advisor to four Presidents (three of them Republican), on this morning's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC...
Beginning with a one-hour program from 5-6 p.m. ET on July 25, Radio Left will air an After Downing Street update every weekday from 4:05 - 4:15 p.m. ET. Listen here:
Published on Sunday, July 24, 2005 by the Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
The Plame-Wilson-Novak-Rove-Libby-Cooper-Miller-Fitzgerald drama is more than a case of the usual hardball style of White House politics straying a little too far over the line. It's different, because it gets at the very heart of the way in which the U.S. went to war in 2003.
The Bush administration decided to justify a war with Iraq on the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. Plenty of people thought it likely that Iraq possessed nerve agents and biological arms, because the circumstantial evidence was fairly persuasive. Yet there was an unavoidable problem, from the administration's point of view: Even if those stocks had existed, they were a fundamentally insufficient reason to launch an attack. Containment was clearly working. Iraq had putatively possessed such arms for years, and had not used any of them since before the first Persian Gulf war. Iraq, moreover, had no means to launch a biological or chemical attack on New York or St. Louis or Oshkosh, Wis. It posed no threat to the United States.
Here's a video from Truthout.org of the July 23rd DSM Day Event in Los Angeles. Watch it. Share it.
Here's a great report from the Detroit Event by Joel Wendland of PoliticalAffairs.net:
"We Need to Know the Truth": Downing Street Anniversary
Sparks Demand for Investigation
"Our nation's sons and daughters are dying and killing in Iraq out of loyalty to their country but in the name of lies from the Bush throne," charged Al Fishman, head of the Detroit Area Peace and Justice Network, in his statement as part of a panel convened yesterday in Detroit by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to highlight the 3rd anniversary of the Downing Street Memo.
LOS ANGELES -- U-S Rep. Maxine Waters led a rally today calling for the United States to withdraw from Iraq.
Attendees sought to raise awareness about Britain's so-called "Downing Street memos" documents they say raise questions about President Bush's decision to go to war.
The document include leaked minutes of a July 23rd, 2002, meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and top government officials.
The rally was held to coincide with the third anniversary of the meeting.
According to the meeting minutes, top British officials said the White House viewed military action against Saddam Hussein as inevitable following the September 11th attacks. One memo states the U-S government -QUOTE- "scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and Al Qaida is so far frankly unconvincing."
New York Times
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
WASHINGTON, July 23 - His former secretary of state, most of his closest aides and a parade of other senior officials have testified to a grand jury. His political strategist has emerged as a central figure in the case, as has his vice president's chief of staff. His spokesman has taken a pounding for making public statements about the matter that now appear not to be accurate.
For all that, it is still not clear what the investigation into the leak of a C.I.A. operative's identity will mean for President Bush. So far the disclosures about the involvement of Karl Rove, among others, have not exacted any substantial political price from the administration. And nobody has suggested that the investigation directly implicates the president.
Lee pushes for truth on 'downing street' memo
By Michele R. Marcucci, STAFF WRITER
Congresswoman Barbara Lee worked an overflow crowd Saturday at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland in an effort to gain support for an inquiry into pre-Iraq War intelligence.
"We're letting the president and the administration know that we want answers to the questions we asked in our letter," said Lee, referring to a previous letter on the so-called "Downing Street" memo.
"We're going to force them to answer the questions by any means necessary," she said.
Lee introduced a bill Thursday asking the Bush administration to release communications with British officials on Iraq in the months leading up to the war. The bill's 27 co-sponsors, all Democrats, include Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark, D-Fremont, and Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma.
East Bay town halls discuss Iraq war
By Sara Steffens
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Two East Bay congressional representatives criticized U. S. policy in Iraq during separate town hall meetings Saturday.
At city hall in Martinez, Rep. George Miller met with about 100 constituents to talk about issues ranging from the No Child Left Behind standards to Social Security. The Martinez Democrat told the crowd it is time for lawmakers to focus on ending the war in Iraq.
"It's become increasingly clear that no matter how long we stay, this is not going to be a military victory," he said. "We have to start thinking about ... how do we get out of Iraq?"
Blog: Editor's Cut
By Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Congressman Maurice Hinchey had the crowd of more than 900--packed into New York's Ethical Culture Society's sweltering auditorium this beautiful summer Saturday--on their feet.
Hinchey was the second of three speakers at a Town Hall event this afternoon co-sponsored by The Nation and Democrats.com. (He joined former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman--who was brilliant in laying out the legal process available to hold administration officials responsible for torture at Abu Ghraib, as she wrote about in her recent Nation article--and Air America's Randi Rhodes--who alternately made the crowd laugh and wince with her scathing and funny debunking of Administration spin and lies. Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.Com skillfully moderated.)
By Political Desk
Congresswoman Barbara Lee hosted a Town Hall meeting at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland on Saturday to address the manipulation of pre-war intelligence, the unclassified minutes of the Downing Street meeting, and the war in Iraq.
"There is no more solemn or important decision that a President or a nation can make than that of putting troops in harm's way and going to war," said Lee. "The Downing Street memo and other classified documents have raised grave and serious questions about the circumstances under which our troops were sent to war, and the American people deserve to know the truth."
Published on Saturday, July 23, 2005 by David Corn
A CIA Vet's Messge for the Save-Rove Spinners:
"A True Patriot Would Shut Up"
by David Corn
I've wasted too many hours of my life going on talking head shoutfests with conservatives who pooh-pooh the Plame/CIA leak matter (now known as the Rove scandal), who claim there was little damage done, who say that Valerie Wilson was only a desk jockey and dismiss her undercover status as "light" or "flimsy," who argue that no crime was broken and no wrongdoing occurred, and who are lightning quick to depict the controversy as nothing but a game of politics. These folks are spinning to save Rove and to protect the White House, and they distort, disinform, and dissemble for the team.
On July 23rd, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, Jim Marcinkowski, and then at 10 p.m. ET Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Tony Trupiano, will be on the Brad Show to discuss the day's events in Los Angeles and Detroit.
The event in Northampton is overflowing! Someone from the building just came in and asked if we could move to a different room because there's an overflow of people in the hallway; a "wonderful problem", mused Tim Carpenter from the Progressive Democrats of America, who are cosponsering this event. He would later speak after the showing of an 8 minute film, "Hijacking Catastrophe", produced by the Media Education Foundation. This film ties together events before 9/11 to point out the Bush administration's intention to invade Iraq, such as the letter from the Project for the New American Century sent to then President Clinton. This letter advocated taking action military action in Iraq, and of those neoconservative who signed it, Bush hand picked many of them to be in his cabinet.
You will be able to access the audio feed, live from The Society of Ethical Culture, in New York City, by cutting and pasting the following URL in your web browser.
The Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm.
By Anthony J. Sebok, FindLaw columnist
Special to CNN.com
(FindLaw) -- In 1998, President Bill Clinton was almost forced from office because he lied about whether he had "sexual relations" with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition. The deposition was conducted by lawyers for Paula Jones -- who had sued the president under federal civil rights law and Arkansas tort law.
One of the greatest features of the American civil justice system -- especially its tort law -- is that it gives average citizens the power to force anyone to answer them in court. Could Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose identity was leaked to the press, take matters into her own hands and use the civil justice system to get Karl Rove -- who may, it seems, have been the leaker -- to answer her in court?
Loyal GOP mouthpieces insisted Valerie Plame had a desk job. Now that we know she was a covert CIA operative, will they apologize? Of course not.
By Joe Conason
July 23, 2005 | Under intense political pressure, once scarce information about the CIA leak prosecution is suddenly emerging from "persons familiar with the case." Should those whispers prove accurate, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove and vice-presidential Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby may yet be held accountable for whatever roles they actually played in the exposure of Valerie Wilson's CIA identity -- and in the coverup of that potential crime.
The Nation Magazine
By Michael Klare
There is no evidence that President Bush has already made the decision to attack Iran if Tehran proceeds with uranium-enrichment activities viewed in Washington as precursors to the manufacture of nuclear munitions. Top Administration officials are known to have argued in favor of military action if Tehran goes ahead with these plans--a step considered more likely with the recent election of arch-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's president--but Bush, so far as is known, has not yet made up his mind in the matter. One thing does appear certain, however: Bush has given the Defense Department approval to develop scenarios for such an attack and to undertake various preliminary actions. As was the case in 2002 regarding Iraq, the building blocks for an attack in Iran are beginning to be put into place.
Los Angeles Times
By Douglas Frantz, Sonni Efron and Richard B. Schmitt
Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation has shifted his focus from determining whether White House officials violated a law against exposing undercover agents to determining whether evidence exists to bring perjury or obstruction of justice charges, according to people briefed in recent days on the inquiry's status.
Differences have arisen in witnesses' statements to federal agents and a grand jury about how the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA agent, was leaked to the press two years ago.
Distributed to newspapers by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information Services
Published on Friday, July 22, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Mark Weisbrot
The Bush Administration has ploughed through so many scandals that it is easy to cynically dismiss the current controversy over White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove as just another inside-the-beltway, partisan tussle that will soon be as forgotten as all those Bush Administration officials with ties to Enron. Or the Harken Energy Corporation and Halliburton scandals (to which the President and Vice President were personally linked). The 9/11 intelligence failures, the missing weapons of mass destruction, Abu Ghraib - nothing sticks to these guys. So why should this scandal be any different?
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.
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").
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.]
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.
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.
From Downing Street to Tavistock Square: How will a Terror Attack in London Change British and World Policy toward Iraq? (Recorded Wednesday, July 20)
Norman Birnbaum, author and Georgetown University Law Professor
David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org
Bill Fletcher, President, TransAfrica Forum
Moderator: John Cavanagh, Director, IPS
By Molly Ivins
Now it's getting funnier and funnier. The entire Republican Party is shocked (!) anyone would think that Karl Rove (!!) would leak a story to damage a political opponent. Oh, the horror.
Attacking an opponent's wife is standard operating procedure for Rove. Have Republicans actually convinced themselves that he wouldn't do such a thing? People, sometimes party loyalty asks too much.
Actually, we are missing the point here. The point being that there are by now innumerable pieces of evidence that this administration lied about why we went to war in Iraq. After they got done lying about weapons of mass destruction and about connections to Al Qaeda, they switched to the stomach-churning pretense that we had done it all for democracy. Urp.