If Ms. Plame didn't want her identity out, she shouldn't have gotten her husband a secret mission and then allowed him to wage a public campaign against the president's foreign policy. The leading prevaricator in this case is Mr. Wilson himself.
Monday, October 31, 2005
In order to claim that Libby had perjured himself and obstructed justice, the grand jury goes to great lengths to show how and when he had actually learned about the origin of Wilson's trip. To do so, they refer on page 4 of the indictment to a conversation between Libby and a "senior officer of the CIA" on June 11, 2003:
[Libby] was advised by the CIA officer that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and was believed to be responsible for sending Wilson on the trip.
And again on page 12 of the indictment:
[Libby] was informed by a senior CIA officer that Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA and that the idea of sending him to Niger originated with her.
Of course anyone that has read the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, which leaves out the media, would have seen this;
The CPD reports officer told Committee staff that the former ambassador’s wife “offered up his name” and a memorandum to the Deputy Chief of the CPD on February 12,2002, from the former ambassador’s wife says, “my husband has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activitv.”
And there's more;
(U) On February 19,2002, CPD hosted a meeting with the former ambassador, intelligence analysts from both the CIA and INR, and several individuals fi-omthe DO’SAfrica and CPD divisions. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger. An INR analyst’s notes indicate that the meeting was “apparently convened by [the former ambassador’s] wife who had the idea to dispatch [him] to use his contacts to sort out the Iraq-Niger uranium issue.” The former ambassador’s wife told Committee staff that she only attended the meeting to introduce her husband and left after about three minutes.
It is sad that the President felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who would unify us.
This controversial nominee, who would make the Court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people.
"This is not one of the names I've suggested to the president," Reid said yesterday of Alito on CNN's "Late Edition."
"In fact, I've done the opposite," he said. "I think it would create a lot of problems."
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
But in the short article you find this;
Oct 28, 2005 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The investigation into who leaked the name of a covert CIA agent is not over, even after Friday's indictment of White House official Lewis Libby, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said.
"Is the investigation finished? It's not over," Fitzgerald said at a news conference. "But … very rarely do you bring a charge in a case that's going to be tried in which you ever end a grand jury investigation. I can tell you that the substantial bulk of the work of this investigation is concluded."
Sounds like its over to me...
Basically, he told the grand jury that he told the reporters that he DID NOT KNOW Wilson's wife worked for the CIA when in fact he actually did tell the reporters that she worked for the CIA. It does not appear from the indictment that Libby ever used her name but rather referred to her has Wilson's wife. It does state that Libby discussed "Valerie Wilson" with a CIA briefer but not a reporter.
This indictment almost reads like a "he said, she said" between Libby and the reporters with Libby saying he didn't tell them and them saying he did. In the background materials it certainly appears as though Libby was lying and attempting to mislead the grand jury with these statement. But the original reason for this investigation was to discover who leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative and no where in this indictment does it state that Plame was such an agent. It appears Plame status was classified but not covert.
One question I have is it took 2 years to come up with this? It took two years determine there was no outing of a CIA undercover agent but rather one person, so far, has been charged with lying to a grand jury during the investigation.
UPDATE:In Fitzgeralds press conference he just asked about Valerie Plame's status, whether Libby had outed a covert agent or not and said that Libby was not charged with outing a covert agent, nor are they implying that she was covert. He said her status was classified, he did not say she was covert.
Much to Senator Chris Dodd's consternation on Thursday's Larry King Live on CNN, Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, pointed out a fact rarely mentioned by the mainstream media -- that “most of the analysts at the CIA said that [Joseph] Wilson's findings, when he went to Niger, supported the conclusion that there was some deal with Iraq” for uranium. When Dodd started to counter Woodward, Woodward asserted that “Democrats and the Republicans all signed that report. That is a fact.” Woodward revealed that he had the report “in his pocket”and when King asked why, Woodward answered: "Yes I do because I knew I might be challenged." When King went to an ad break two minutes later, the camera pulled back to show everyone at the table. Woodward then slid forward across the table to Dodd what looked like a few 8-and-half-by-11 sheets of paper with a post-it on top. Dodd ignored it, but in the second before CNN went to black, Senator Lindsey Graham, sitting beside Dodd, picked them up.
Check it out at NewsBusters
Consumer confidence dropped, home sales were down and the number of people who lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina climbed above the half-million mark.
The economy has been a baffling issue to Bush and his team. They have not figured out how to convince the public that the economy is doing as well as experts say. It's a hard sell when pension funds are going bankrupt, healt?are costs and gasoline prices are soaring and jobs are being shipped overseas.
But wait, this is from the AP today as well;
WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic activity expanded at an energetic 3.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, providing vivid evidence of the economy's stamina even as it coped with the destructive forces of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.
To these crazy eyes there was nothing wrong with the photo before and the altered version only looks altered within the eyes with the brightness and contrast appearing the same everywhere else in the photo. Me thinks that USA Today got caught and came up with a lame excuse. One has to wonder if their editorial standards would have mattered if Michelle Malkin and other bloggers had not raised questions.
Giving credit where credit is due, first discovered by FromThePen
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
A CINDY SHEEHAN THOUGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From an e-mail:
I understand from somewhere online that Cindy is planning on handcuffing herself to the fence at the White House. Instead of arresting her as she anticipates, what would happen if the White house Police just left her there handcuffed with the understanding that as long as she remained handcuffed she could stay. I understand the weather in Washington isn't all that nice this week. It would serve her right if she caught a nasty cold during her "protest"
"Britain's top High Street banks have ruled the money-boxes are politically incorrect… And one of Britain's four Muslim MPs, Khalid Mahmoud, said: "A piggybank is just an ornament. Muslims would never be seriously offended."
The Koran forbids the eating of "the flesh of swine", and as a result, NatWest and Halifax have taken down promotional posters which feature piggy banks.
The Star helpfully explains: "Children will be encouraged to save their cash in bank-shaped money boxes instead."
"The 2,000th Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine that is killed in action is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations," Boylan wrote.
From an AP article.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 - I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.
Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby's testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.
The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program to justify the war.
Lawyers involved in the case, who described the notes to The New York Times, said they showed that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.
I mean, come on, am I the only one on the planet to have thought of that possibility? Well maybe I'm the other one who thought of it.
Also, I think it is completely possible and probably that Cheney told Libby of Valerie in June and Libby said “yeah, I heard that from the press already”.
Despite the agony he was in, Clooney ruled out taking painkillers because there’s a history of addiction in his family, but the pain got so great, that he considered suicide. Clooney’s complaints were dismissed until spinal fluid started leaking from his nose. He has since had numerous operations.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Tom the anchorman: “Peril, crisis and fear tonight as what appears to be a massive flood has overtaken the town of Beaverton, Colorado, home of the world’s largest beaver dam. Earlier today, a break in the beaver dam which protected the town broke open, trapping people in their houses and destroying their lives.”
Mitch, the reporter: “Tom, I’m currently ten miles outside of Beaverton, unable to get inside the town proper. We do not have any reports of fatalities yet, but we believe that the death toll may be in the hundreds of millions. Beaverton has only a population of about 8,000, Tom, so this would be quite devastating.”
Tom: “Any word on how the survivors in the town are doing, Mitch?”
Mitch: “We’re not sure what’s exactly is going on inside the town of Beaverton, Tom, but we’re reporting that there’s looting, raping and, yes, even acts of cannibalism.”
Tom: “My God, you’ve actually seen people looting, raping and eating each other?!”
Mitch: “No, no we’ve haven’t actually seen it, Tom. We’re just reporting it.”
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
… Bill Clinton's former national security adviser Sandy Berger and longtime Al Gore senior aide Ron Klain have joined other Clintonistas as advisers on "Commander in Chief," in which Geena Davis is President. Hillary operatives are watching the show's ratings as a barometer for how she might fare in '08. "So far, it's doing really well," a source tells The News' Ken Bazinet. …
Fiction: The levee was blown up to destroy the black part of town. -Louis Farrakhan
Fact: While predominantly black (70%) New Orleans is able to be repopulated, the predominantly white (95%) St. Bernard Parish residents are coping with the virtual obliteration of their hometowns.
This accusation has been repeated by numerous individuals (See Al Sharpton, above).
"Actual funds for levee upgrades were diverted by the city and state to other projects." via Instapundit.
Fiction: "The real criminals drown our people (blacks) in New Orleans." Malik Zulu Shabazz, Million More Movement Rally, October 15, 2005.
Fact: Of the identified victims released to families from the makeshift morgue in St. Gabriel 44% are African American, 47% are Caucasion, 3% Hispanic, 8% Unknown.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
(CBS/AP) Documents given to the Senate on Tuesday indicate that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers once backed a constitutional amendment banning most abortions, except when necessary to save the life of the mother.
Harry? Still feeling the love?
Monday, October 17, 2005
Karl Rove's Garage Proves to Be Typical
Oct 17 2:24 PM US/Eastern
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
Associated Press Writer
He is "the architect" who steered George W. Bush to victory four times, twice as Texas governor and twice as president.
But can Karl Rove organize his own garage? Can the master of Bush's political planning figure out where to put the ladders, paint cans and cardboard boxes?
Rove's wife, Darby, raised the white garage door one morning last week to show journalists outside the million-dollar brick home that the deputy chief of staff, assistant to the president and senior adviser wasn't home. All the interest came on the eve of his testimony Friday before a grand jury investigating who in the White House might have revealed the identity of a CIA operative.
There was no car in the garage. And the stuff left behind turned out not to be much different from what gathers dust inside most American garages.
The inventory, seen from outside:
_Some cardboard file boxes stacked one on top of the other, labeled "Box 6," "Box 4" and what appears to be "Box 7." No sign of boxes 1, 2, 3 and 5.
_What appear to be paint cans stacked alongside a folded, folding chair.
_A rather large wood crate marked "FRAGILE" and painted with arrows indicating which way is up. On top of the crate, two coolers.
_A tall aluminum ladder.
_A snow shovel leaned in front of another cardboard box.
_Wicker baskets inside of wicker baskets on top of a shelf running the length of the rear wall. Transparent plastic storage bins crammed with indiscernible stuff. Another cardboard box.
_In one corner, the rear wheel of a bicycle sticks out, along with what appears to be a helmet.
_Another ladder, this one green, leaning sideways.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating "unusually high" numbers of "yes" votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq's landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting.
Word of the review came as Sunni Arab (search) leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily "no" districts, and that some "yes" areas had more votes than registered voters.
Change a few words and you could be reading Keith Olbermann's nightly monologue in the weeks after the 2004 US Election.
An angry mob, some of them gang members, threw baseball-sized rocks at police, vandalized vehicles and stores and set fire to a bar. More than 100 people were arrested and one officer was seriously injured.
What they don't mention is the idiotic, moronic white-supremacist group had obtained a legal permit for the march which consisted of 12 people. The rioters totaled close to 500 people. So what would have been a non-event by a insignificant group was turned into a "race-riot" even though no white supremacists participated or were arrested. Basically these people used the white supremacists as an excuse to destroy their own town. Good job!
Using a megaphone to make themselves heard over the shouts from the crowd, Mr. Ford and Mr. Bell tried to explain that the Nazis had left hours ago.
“I’ve sat here, and for the last couple of hours, we have tore up our own neighborhood ... The Nazis are gone,” Mr. Bell shouted.
“Why were they allowed to be here? That’s what I want to know,” screamed back one man.
Many members of the crowd yelled that the Nazis should never have been able to march in the first place.
Mayor Ford said he heard one person in the crowd say to him: “I ought to shoot you.”
Someone needs to explain that in this country there is something called free speech. So even if a group that has a warped philosophy like the National Socialist Movement they do have a right to say what they believe, like it or not. It's up to others that know better to act responsibly and not bring themselves down to their rivals level.
See Michelle Malkin for complete information on what really happened, links to the local Toledo newspapers are available with coverage that won't be found in any AP article.
Word of the unexpected results came as Sunni Arab (search) lawmaker Meshaan al-Jubouri claimed fraud had occurred in Saturday's election — including instances of voting in hotly contested regions by pro-constitution Shiites from other areas — repeating earlier comments made by other Sunni officials over the weekend.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Saturday, October 15, 2005
He's a uniter, not a divider;
After some New Orleans neighborhoods, among the poorest in the city, were destroyed in massive post-hurricane floods, Farrakhan speculated that protective levees may have been bombed to destroy black areas. He has repeatedly called for investigations to sort out rumors swirling around the issue.
Yes, rumors he himself started and continues to promote.
Michelle Malkin has much more including Wyclef Jean crying for Saddam...Pathetic!
Friday, October 14, 2005
Yesterday, I (bottom right corner in the picture) was chosen to be among a small group of soldiers assigned to the 42ID's Task Force Liberty that would speak to President Bush, our Commander-in-Chief. The interview went well, but I would like to respond to what most of the mass-media has dubbed as, "A Staged Event."
First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share with the President.
We were given an idea as to what topics he may discuss with us, but it's the President of the United States; He will choose which way his conversation with us may go.
We practiced passing the microphone around to one another, so we wouldn't choke someone on live TV. We had an idea as to who we thought should answer what types of questions, unless President Bush called on one of us specifically.
President Bush told us, during his closing, that the American people were behind us. I know that we are fighting here, not only to preserve our own freedoms, but to establish those same freedoms for the people of Iraq. It makes my stomach ache to think that we are helping to preserve free speech in the US, while the media uses that freedom to try to RIP DOWN the President and our morale, as US Soldiers. They seem to be enjoying the fact that they are tearing the country apart. Worthless!
Read the rest and please pass it on via any means possible...
Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged
Then within the article we have;
It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.
But no where in the article can we find anything that specifically says that the soldiers were told what to say but instead the choreography seemed to be which soldiers would address each issue;
"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"
"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.
"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.
"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.
And so it went.
"If the question comes up about partnering how often do we train with the Iraqi military who does he go to?" Barber asked.
"That's going to go to Captain Pratt," one of the soldiers said.
"And then if we're going to talk a little bit about the folks in Tikrit the hometown and how they're handling the political process, who are we going to give that to?" she asked.
Ok, so where is the staging?? Am I missing something?? Interesting that when the MSM plants a question or two with soldiers that is all fine. Or when the MSM reports on "fake but accurate" documents thats all fine, or when a reporter works for the NY TImes and fabricates just about every article he ever wrote thats all fine.
UPDATE: Of course the NY Times joins in here, as does the Washington Post here.
UPDATE2: I found the staging here and here.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
THOMAS What does the President mean by "total victory" -- that we will never leave Iraq until we have "total victory"? What does that mean?
McCLELLAN: Free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the Middle East, because a free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will be a major blow to the ambitions --
THOMAS If they ask us to leave, then we'll leave?
MR. McCLELLAN: I'm trying to respond. A free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the broader Middle East will be a major blow to the ambitions of al Qaeda and their terrorist associates. They want to establish or impose their rule over the broader Middle East -- we saw that in the Zawahiri letter that was released earlier this week by the intelligence community.
THOMAS They also know we invaded Iraq.
McCLELLAN: Well, Helen, the President recognizes that we are engaged in a global war on terrorism. And when you're engaged in a war, it's not always pleasant, and it's certainly a last resort. But when you engage in a war, you take the fight to the enemy, you go on the offense. And that's exactly what we are doing. We are fighting them there so that we don't have to fight them here. September 11th taught us --
THOMAS It has nothing to do with -- Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
McCLELLAN: Well, you have a very different view of the war on terrorism, and I'm sure you're opposed to the broader war on terrorism. The President recognizes this requires a comprehensive strategy, and that this is a broad war, that it is not a law enforcement matter.
TERRY MORAN On what basis do you say Helen is opposed to the broader war on terrorism?
McCLELLAN: Well, she certainly expressed her concerns about Afghanistan and Iraq and going into those two countries. I think I can go back and pull up her comments over the course of the past couple of years.
MORAN And speak for her, which is odd.
McCLELLAN: No, I said she may be, because certainly if you look at her comments over the course of the past couple of years, she's expressed her concerns --
THOMAS I'm opposed to preemptive war, unprovoked preemptive war.
MR. McCLELLAN: -- she's expressed her concerns.
Of course McClellan is correct when he asserts that Thomas is against the war on terror, but of course the male version of Thomas has to jump to her defense, Terry Moran.
The Bush administration was accused Thursday by senators in both parties of minimizing health hazards from the toxic soup left by Hurricane Katrina, just as they said it did with air pollution in New York from the Sept. 11 attacks.Well its not that bad...
More than a month after the storm, compounded by Hurricane Rita, Environmental Protection Agency officials said 1 million people lack clean drinking water around New Orleans. Some 70 million tons of hazardous waste remain on the Gulf Coast.
While EPA officials have warned of serious health hazards from bacteria, chemicals and metals in the region's floodwaters and sediment, they haven't taken a position on New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's aggressive push to reopen the city.
The floodwater that covered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was not unusually toxic and was "typical of storm water runoff in the region," according to a study published yesterday.
Most of the gasoline-derived substances in the water evaporated quickly, and the bacteria from sewage also declined over time, the scientist leading the study said. The water's chief hazard was from metals that are potentially toxic to fish. However, no fish kills have been reported in Lake Pontchartrain, where the water that once covered 80 percent of the city was pumped.
Really unbelievable and pathetic. When is the MSM going to start taking responsibility for all of their inaccurate and outright wrong reporting that quite clearly is to blame for a lot of the slow response.
The only thing they have appeared to get correct was that there was a hurricance.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
They See Al Gore by a Nose in 2008
Is Al Gore coming back? If allies we talked to have their way, the former veep will be the next president. "It's Gore Time," says a political strategist and fundraiser who is opening a bid to get Gore into the race. Gore friends see his recent political and business moves as proof he's preparing to run. Allies say that in speeches, Gore has found his voice to address domestic and world issues. And in raising money for his Current TV network, which targets the critical youth market, Big Al has built an issue base and donor network that's competitive with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's. Our source--a top aide in the previous Bush administration--is planning meetings with Gore's team to push an early entry while Clinton runs for re-election in New York. It doesn't end there: The Gorebots want him to pick Sen. Barack Obama, the youthful Illinois African-American, as his No. 2.
Jackson said President Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, is overseeing reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, and that he and others in the White House are using Katrina to push their political agenda. He said black, Democratic-leaning voters have been radically dislocated and are being kept in "permanent exile."
Say what? Bush's master plan is to distribute Democratic leaning voters across the US?? What a plan! And how many people in St. Louis took him up on his offer to shuttle them back to New Orleans?
Organizers said three people boarded the bus in St. Louis. Two spoke Spanish only.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
And a close-up;
Monday, October 03, 2005
He said the shortfall means that the army will not be able to increase in size to 502,000 as planned, and instead will lag at around 492,000 to 493,000.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered near catastrophic failures due to endemic corruption, divisions within the military and troop shortages caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry into the disaster has revealed.
The confidential report, which has been seen by The Independent, details how funds for flood control were diverted to other projects, desperately needed National Guards were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had to "sneak off post" to help with relief efforts because their commander had refused permission.
What an absolute load of crap. The Independent is peddling the same garbage about National Guard shortages when it has already been reported that there were 300,000 NG troops available for Hurricane Katrina relief. And I love the troops had to sneak off post from Iraq to New Orleans stuff? Give me a break!
'COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF' SUTHERLAND: BUSH WILL DESTROY OUR LIVES
Choking back tears, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF star Donald Sutherland warned this week: President Bush "will destroy our lives!"
The star of the new ABC drama, which follows the first woman President of the United States, lashed out at the real White House during a dramatic sit down interview with the BBC.
Sutherland ripped Bush and his administration for the war and Hurricane Katrina fallout.
"They were inept. The were inadequate to the task, and they lied," Sutherland charged.
"And they were insulting, and they were vindictive. And they were heartless. They did not care. They do not care. They do not care about Iraqi people. They do not care about the families of dead soldiers. They only care about profit."
At one point during the session, Sutherland started crying: "We stolen our children's future... We have children. We have children. How dare we take their legacy from them. How dare we. It's shameful. What we are doing to our world."
Sutherland went on rip Karl Rove's "methods and means" against people like Cindy Sheehan.
"We're back to burning books in Germany," Sutherland said of NBC's editing out of Kanye West's comment on Bush during a hurricane relief telethon.