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CREW Asks Pres. Bush to Suspend Rove Security Clearance Pending Outcome of Plame Investigation
U.S. Newswire ^ | 7/11/05

Posted on 07/11/2005 12:11:46 PM PDT by areafiftyone

To: National Desk

Contact: Naomi Seligman of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, 202-588-5565

WASHINGTON, July 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) sent a letter today to President George Bush requesting that he immediately direct Karl Rove's security clearances be suspended pending the outcome of the government's investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

As reported today in Newsweek, Karl Rove was a confidential source for Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper on the identification of a covert CIA agent. Rove disclosed that Ambassador Joseph Wilson's trip to Iraq to investigate charges that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger was authorized by Mr. Wilson's wife, a CIA employee working on issues related to weapons of mass destruction. At that time, Valerie Plame, Ambassador Wilson's wife, was a covert operative with the CIA whose identity as such had not yet been publicly revealed.

Under federal law, it is a crime to "intentionally disclose () any information identifying" a covert agent “to any individual not authorized to received classified information." 50 U.S.C. (Section) 421(a). Thus, by disclosing to Matt Cooper Ms. Plame's relationship with the CIA and thereby identifying her as a covert agent, Mr. Rove appears to have committed an illegal act.

"Considering that it is a federal crime to identify covert agents, and that President Bush signed executive orders identifying the vital role the President plays in protecting national security secrets from unauthorized disclosure, it is appropriate for the President to suspend Mr. Rove's clearance pending the investigation's outcome," Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today.

"The evidence uncovered so far raises serious questions about Mr. Rove's conduct and his ability to safeguard highly sensitive classified information. Until those questions are resolved, CREW believes it is not appropriate for Mr. Rove to have continued access to classified information. Anything short of suspension raises an unacceptable risk to our nation's security," Sloan wrote to the President today.

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit, progressive legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. CREW drafted the complaint against Tom DeLay, filed by former Congressman Chris Bell, for which DeLay was admonished last year.

For more information, and a copy of the letter, visit http://www.citizensforethics.org or contact Naomi Seligman at 202-588-5565 or press@citizensforethics.org.

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And President Bush should listen to these idiots because......???? The same people constantly with the same gripes! Like a broken record!
1 posted on 07/11/2005 12:11:51 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
And I just sent "W" an e-mail asking that he pick up this Naomi Seligman of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington and ship her to GITMO for further investigation as an AlQaida sympathizer.

I would imagine I get a positive response before she does!

2 posted on 07/11/2005 12:13:22 PM PDT by muawiyah (/sarcasm and invective)
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To: areafiftyone
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW)

Shouldn't that be CERW? Are they that messed up?
4 posted on 07/11/2005 12:14:40 PM PDT by timpad (The Wizard Tim - Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade, Finder of Obscurata)
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To: areafiftyone
If a tree drops in the woods...
5 posted on 07/11/2005 12:14:50 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: areafiftyone

Starnge. They never sent the same note regarding Sandy Berger's pants-stuffing episode...


6 posted on 07/11/2005 12:14:53 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: William Creel

Their initials don't even spell CREW.


7 posted on 07/11/2005 12:15:27 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: timpad
Shouldn't that be CERW? Are they that messed up?

Pronounced "sewer"?

9 posted on 07/11/2005 12:16:35 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: pabianice

That was just a misdemeanor


10 posted on 07/11/2005 12:16:36 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: areafiftyone

Sort of like Judicial Watch an Larry Clayman.

He beat his head against the Clinton Wall but produced nary a crack.


11 posted on 07/11/2005 12:16:48 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P . The wild winds of fortune will carry us onward)
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To: areafiftyone

Did C.R.E.W. ask for a suspension of Sandy Berger's security clearance during his investigation?


12 posted on 07/11/2005 12:16:53 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Echo Talon

If a bear craps in the woods...


13 posted on 07/11/2005 12:16:59 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Conservatives look at Iraqi dual use chemicals and see WMDs. Liberals see tomato gardens.)
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To: areafiftyone

Take a chill-pill, Miz Melanie (or maybe one of MamaT's gin-soaked raisins!) You got the PEST real bad!!!


14 posted on 07/11/2005 12:17:57 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: pabianice

"Starnge"?

LOL!! You trying to be funny?


15 posted on 07/11/2005 12:17:59 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: areafiftyone
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) sent a letter today to President George Bush requesting that he immediately direct Karl Rove's security clearances be suspended

Where were these guys when Sandy Burglar was caught stuffing classified documents down his pants?

16 posted on 07/11/2005 12:18:01 PM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: All

Heard Henry Waxman also sent one of his famous (OINK) LETTERS!


17 posted on 07/11/2005 12:19:09 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone
It's hard to pay any attention to someone who has a two car garage attached to their face.
18 posted on 07/11/2005 12:20:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Conservatives look at Iraqi dual use chemicals and see WMDs. Liberals see tomato gardens.)
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To: dirtboy

No, but they sued the Swifties.


19 posted on 07/11/2005 12:21:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: areafiftyone

"Neeeever heard of em."

20 posted on 07/11/2005 12:21:25 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: areafiftyone

I just called them and asked them if they requested Sandy Berger's clearance be suspended and the answer was "no, our group did not feel he committed a crime". I was in middle of asking if they felt Mr. Rove committed a crime and they hung up on me.


21 posted on 07/11/2005 12:21:41 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: areafiftyone
CREW? Never heard of 'em! Of course I'm sure they were out front denouncing Sandy Berger for his felonies! No? What a surprise.....
22 posted on 07/11/2005 12:23:12 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: areafiftyone

That 'Rat-infested "CREW" can go pound sand up their ass.


23 posted on 07/11/2005 12:23:17 PM PDT by Mad Mammoth
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To: tobyhill

Mr. berger didn't commit a crime?

Taking sensitive documents and cutting them up is not a crime? How did they ever get their jobs anyway? They hung up? Figures, huh? Man, they are all the same. Cant' debate so they attack, get mad or hang up. Losers all.


24 posted on 07/11/2005 12:23:51 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know! :))
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To: timpad
Whoever founded this organization must be dyslexic.

I never heard of this group before either. Probably another three-staffers-and-a-fax-machine outfit (like the so-called "Catholics for a Free Choice").

25 posted on 07/11/2005 12:24:18 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: areafiftyone

Did these same people ask to do the same for Sandy Berger? I can pretty much guarantee not.


26 posted on 07/11/2005 12:25:09 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: KC_Conspirator

Looks like cubreporter called and asked that question and they said they didn't think he committed a crime. "In otherwords he was a liberal and liberals are exempt of course. Only Republicans commit crimes! "


27 posted on 07/11/2005 12:26:43 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone

28 posted on 07/11/2005 12:27:11 PM PDT by evets (</sarcasm>)
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To: evets

LOL


29 posted on 07/11/2005 12:28:01 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: cubreporter
Just called again and asked if they knew for a fact that Karl Rove knew Plame was an undercover CIA op. I advised them that if they had such knowledge, they have an obligation to appear in front of the Grand Jury with their evidence. The guy on the phone then said,"he didn't have time for this" then again hung up. Call, they're a fun one to piss off.
30 posted on 07/11/2005 12:30:39 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: muawiyah
IMHO President Bush should send a truck load of Iraqi sand, with the instructions on how to pound it.
31 posted on 07/11/2005 12:31:43 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, Over there, we will be there until it is Over there.")
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To: areafiftyone

Mrs. Wilson wasn't an undercover agent and everyone knew she worked for the CIA anyway ... but Rove should be suspended, better yet drawn and quartered?

Because it's not the nature of the reality but the seriousness of progressive delusion we're dealing with here?


32 posted on 07/11/2005 12:34:14 PM PDT by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: pabianice

Berger should go to jail for what he did. And I'm beginning to wonder if he should be sharing a cell with Rove.


33 posted on 07/11/2005 12:39:28 PM PDT by PFC
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To: timpad

Maybe they're french?


34 posted on 07/11/2005 12:41:02 PM PDT by rabidralph (Stop surveilling--start arresting!)
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To: tobyhill

If you really want to set them off ask them if Khobar Dicky Turbin's clearance should be suspended for giving aid to the enemy on the floor of the Senate.

It will be ironic if it comes out that Joe Wilson didn't have an active clearnace at the time of his double top secret mission to Niger. He hadn't worked for the Go'vt for nearly 4 years.


35 posted on 07/11/2005 12:47:42 PM PDT by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: tobyhill

In other words the LEFTISTS don't have time for the TRUTH!


36 posted on 07/11/2005 12:50:31 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Probably another three-staffers-and-a-fax-machine outfit

Uh huh. That was my first thought, somebody with a kit from Leftism-In-A-Box.
37 posted on 07/11/2005 12:52:48 PM PDT by timpad (The Wizard Tim - Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade, Finder of Obscurata)
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To: areafiftyone

I am sure the President is treating her letter with all of the respect it deserves. I think is was spotted on a roller in one of the Oval Office lavatories.


38 posted on 07/11/2005 12:56:03 PM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: tobyhill
Call, they're a fun one to piss off.

Call 'em back and ask if they realize their initials as stated in the press release spell CERW. Their website has it right, though.
39 posted on 07/11/2005 12:57:15 PM PDT by timpad (The Wizard Tim - Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade, Finder of Obscurata)
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To: PFC
Berger should go to jail for what he did. And I'm beginning to wonder if he should be sharing a cell with Rove.

Why exactly would you place Rove in a jail cell?
40 posted on 07/11/2005 1:02:17 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (I think I'll have the Orange Glazed Chicken Entree today - Here at CLUB GITMO!)
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To: timpad
Shouldn't that be CERW? Are they that messed up?

It is just indicative that this organization is not going to let details get in their way.

41 posted on 07/11/2005 1:02:33 PM PDT by oldbrowser (You lost the election.....get over it.)
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To: oldbrowser
It is just indicative that this organization is not going to let details get in their way.

It just indicates that this organization is not going to let details get in their way.

Sorry, watching TV, typing and eating lunch at the same time.

42 posted on 07/11/2005 1:04:58 PM PDT by oldbrowser (You lost the election.....get over it.)
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To: PFC

"Berger should go to jail for what he did. And I'm beginning to wonder if he should be sharing a cell with Rove."

I agree, I see alot of conservative apologists in these Plame/Rove threads all bringing up Berger. Just because Rove is W's right-hand man and a political genius does not mean he didd't break the law. If he did then he should be busted no matter how much we like the guy (same goes for Rush and his oxycotin binge)


43 posted on 07/11/2005 1:05:14 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: timpad
I just called back, 3rd time, and advised them that No Child Left Behind was designed for their benefit since they don't even know their own acronym. The lady advised me that if I had any further issues with them to put it writing.
44 posted on 07/11/2005 1:10:10 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: areafiftyone

Special prosecutors are like the Energizer Bunny: they just keep going & going. How much does anyone want to bet that the Plame investigation will be going on long after GWB leaves office? Suspending Rove 'until the investigation is completed' would therefore be tatamount to firing him.


45 posted on 07/11/2005 1:13:18 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: areafiftyone

To: Naomi Seligman, CREW
From: George W. Bush, POTUS

Bite me.

Best Regards,
George


46 posted on 07/11/2005 1:30:29 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: areafiftyone

This is the way the Left works. Everyone is guilty until proven innocent. Why should Rove's security clearance be pulled now? God, anything to trash Bush.


47 posted on 07/11/2005 1:34:12 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: areafiftyone

Must be a new organization founded (and funded) by liberal weenies to trash Rove - or maybe trash the whole Bush Admin.


48 posted on 07/11/2005 1:36:09 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

Exactly. Anything to trash Bush or better yet in their delusional minds to impeach Bush!


49 posted on 07/11/2005 1:37:59 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: Let's Roll
Mrs. Wilson wasn't an undercover agent and everyone knew she worked for the CIA anyway...

Then why is one reporter in jail and why was another threatened with jail?

50 posted on 07/11/2005 1:41:42 PM PDT by atlaw
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