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Editor Says He Missed Miller 'Alarm Bells' (NYT Editor)
AP & Yahoo ^ | 10/21/05 | John Solomon - AP

Posted on 10/21/2005 5:13:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - The New York Times' Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it, and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have misled the newspaper about her role.

In a dramatic e-mail, Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote Times' employees he wished he'd more carefully interviewed Miller and had "missed what should have been significant alarm bells" that she had been the recipient of leaked information about the CIA officer at the heart of the case.

"Judy seems to have misled (Times Washington bureau chief) Phil Taubman about the extent of her involvement," Keller wrote in what he described as a lessons-learned e-mail. "This alone should have been enough to make me probe deeper."

Keller said he might have been more willing to compromise with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald "if I had known the details of Judy's entanglement" with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Miller's attorney, Bob Bennett, did not immediately return calls seeking her response to Keller.

Fitzgerald is investigating the disclosure of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

In a sign the prosecutor may be preparing indictments, Fitzgerald's office erected a Web site Friday containing the record of the broad investigative mandate handed to him by the Justice Department at the outset of his investigation. Unlike some of his predecessors who operated under a law that has since expired, Fitzgerald is not required to write a final report, so he would not need a Web site for that purpose.

Meanwhile, two lawyers familiar with Fitzgerald's investigation told The Associated Press that Fitzgerald first learned from White House records that Miller had met as early as June 23, 2003, with Libby and discussed the CIA operative.

In her first grand jury appearance Sept. 30 after being freed from prison for refusing to testify, Miller did not mention the meeting and retrieved her notes about it only when prosecutors showed her visitor logs showing she had met with Libby in the Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

The lawyers spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing secrecy of the grand jury probe and the prosecutor's desire to keep his communications with lawyers and witnesses confidential.

One lawyer familiar with Miller's testimony said the reporter told prosecutors at first that she did not believe the June meeting would have involved Plame. Miller said that, because she had just returned from covering the Iraq war, she was probably giving Libby an update about her experiences there, the lawyer said.

However, Miller retrieved her notes and discovered they indicated that Libby had given her information about Plame at that meeting. Fitzgerald then arranged for her to return to the grand jury to testify about it, the lawyers said.

The evidence of that meeting has become important to the investigation because it indicates that Libby was passing information to reporters about Plame well before her husband, Joseph Wilson, went public with accusations that the Bush administration had twisted prewar intelligence on Iraq to exaggerate the threat it posed.

Libby and top presidential political adviser Karl Rove have emerged as central figures in the probe because they had contacts with reporters who learned Plame's identity or disclosed it in news stories.

Fitzgerald began his probe to determine whether presidential aides violated a law prohibiting the intentional disclosure of covert CIA officers, and had tried to out Plame to punish Wilson for his criticism, undercut the credibility of his allegations or silence similar critics.

But the investigation has also examined evidence of a possible coverup. Fitzgerald has made clear to defense lawyers that he could pursue charges such as false testimony, obstruction of justice, or mishandling of classified information. As those discussions have gotten more intense in recent days, the White House is increasingly wary of indictments.

AP reported earlier this week Rove testified Libby may have been his initial source of information inside the White House about Plame before he talked to reporters. Prosecutors have linked the vice president's top aide to contacts with at least three reporters in the affair. Libby met three times with Miller before Plame was outed, though she never wrote a story herself.

Conflicts between presidential aides' testimony and other evidence could result in criminal charges. The grand jury investigating the matter for the last two years is set to expire next Friday.

Keller's e-mail was designed to quell tensions inside a newsroom roiled by Miller's close connections to Libby, a key figure in the leak probe. Miller's reporting on possible weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the invasion bolstered the Bush administration's arguments for action.

Later, after no such WMD weapons were found, she and the paper admitted some information she reported was flawed. The Bush administration likewise acknowledged some of it prewar intelligence was erroneous.

Keller said in his e-mail he believed the paper was too slow to correct the original reporting and to get to the bottom of the facts about Miller's involvement with Libby.

"If we had lanced the WMD boil earlier, we might have damped any suspicion that THIS time the paper was putting the defense of a reporter above the duty of its readers," he said.

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Special Counsel: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/index.html


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alarmbells; cialeak; editor; judithmiller; miller; missed; nyt; nytimes; plamegate

1 posted on 10/21/2005 5:13:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
The New York Times' Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it,

Boy, if this ain't a novel way to drip out bad news.

The headline should be in large fonts on the front page "MILLER CAUGHT HIDING KEY EVIDENCE".

Instead, it's a minor article about a mea culpa from the editor.

2 posted on 10/21/2005 5:15:24 PM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: NormsRevenge

New York Times reporter Judith Miller listens to other panellists speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on reporters' privilege legislation on Capitol Hill, October 19, 2005. Miller was jailed 85 days for refusing to testify about her conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff regarding undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


3 posted on 10/21/2005 5:15:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

New York Times reporter Judith Miller (C) listens to Newsday reporter Patricia Hurtado while on a panel discussion during the Society of Professional Journalists national convention at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada, October 18, 2005. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)


4 posted on 10/21/2005 5:16:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

So is thepoint of this that Judith Miller had security clearance and that she leaked classified info?


5 posted on 10/21/2005 5:19:17 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: dirtboy

And yet the Times and Post gleefully declare that Rove and Libby, if indicted, would be charged for NOT BEING FORTHCOMING or not disclosing information, ie. doing what is now said about Miller!
And my question is also this: Why would the editor have been more compromising had he known of her "involvement" with Libby? I thought that protecting sources MEANT protecting sources! Isn't that what they had encouraged her to do? And yet we then find out he had given a waiver a year before!
The NYTimes continues to slide into the pit of fraud.


6 posted on 10/21/2005 5:48:38 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: dirtboy

Miller didn't know why Valerie FLAME was written in her notebook. She said she didn't get it from Libby BUT she couldn't remember who. In short....She got caught hiding knowledge of Plame before Joe's article and Novak's reference to Plame, the operative!! I have no doubt that Novak meant Dem Operative. Novak and/or the Whitehouse had no reason and absolutely nothing to gain by outing her, in fact, just the opposite.


7 posted on 10/21/2005 5:58:07 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ms. Miller, dear, your hair is looking a little flat and your makeup needs to be re-done so the shine will go away.

My wife's beauticians can hook you right up! She hired four of the best.

They'll get rid of that frizz, touch up your makeup, and give you a manicure/pedicure.

Oh, they can do white hair as well. So, sit down and shut up. You need to be beautified! At least you look better than Mother Sheehan. *BLECHT!* There ain't enough beautification in the world to help that thing.


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8 posted on 10/21/2005 5:58:25 PM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: NormsRevenge
From the article: "Later, after no such WMD weapons were found, she and the paper admitted some information she reported was flawed. "

Let me see if I can paraphrase here...

How about: "The Times lied ... people died"

9 posted on 10/21/2005 6:36:39 PM PDT by William Tell (Put the RKBA on the California Constitution - Volunteer through rkba.members.sonic.net)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reminds me of Dan Rather....


10 posted on 10/21/2005 6:39:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
In a dramatic e-mail, Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote Times' employees he wished he'd more carefully interviewed Miller and had "missed what should have been significant alarm bells"

Jayson Blair deja vu

11 posted on 10/21/2005 6:41:29 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: rdb3

She needs to lose the bangs. And it should be illegal to wear that much eyeliner under the eye, outside of a halloween party or got concert.


12 posted on 10/21/2005 6:41:29 PM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (The "Millions More" Marchers.....NAZIs with tans. <courtesy of rdb3>)
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To: The Phantom FReeper

Whoops....that's "goth" concert.


13 posted on 10/21/2005 6:42:01 PM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (The "Millions More" Marchers.....NAZIs with tans. <courtesy of rdb3>)
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To: rdb3

"Journalism" is not pretty.


14 posted on 10/21/2005 6:43:00 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: NormsRevenge
Night and day.

Fame's fleet has left the harbor.

15 posted on 10/21/2005 6:44:14 PM PDT by bvw
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To: dirtboy
Instead, it's a minor article about a mea culpa from the editor.

FWIW, it's in an article by AP's John Solomon, which is about as close to a blockbuster as you're gonna get with a perennial non-starter like this story....

And it's an extremely interesting mea culpa, too. What does Bill Keller know, that he's started backing away from Judith Miller? Clearly there's more afoot here.

And the NYT suffers another black eye.... (sniff. So sad.)

16 posted on 10/21/2005 6:48:01 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: NormsRevenge
The New York Times' Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it, and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have misled the newspaper about her role.

And "Blinky" Matthews and the MSM keep on telling us that its Rove and Libby who are guilty of withholding information from the prosecutor

17 posted on 10/21/2005 6:53:54 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism cannot survive in a free and open society.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They say in this article that Libby revealed Plame's identity BEFORE Wilson wrote the op-ed. But they'll still continue to say that he revealed Plame's identity BECAUSE Wilson wrote the op-ed.

Can't have the revisionist history both ways. Either the notes on Plame from June were in there because Libby told her, or Libby outed Plame because of the op-ed in July.


18 posted on 10/21/2005 6:59:43 PM PDT by Wendy44
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To: The Phantom FReeper
She needs to lose the bangs. And it should be illegal to wear that much eyeliner under the eye, outside of a halloween party or got concert

It's okay. My wife's girls will hook her right up.


If you want a Google GMail account, FReepmail me.
Also, please see The Backside of American History
You'll love this 187 page .pdf (1.99 MB)

19 posted on 10/21/2005 7:09:43 PM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Does this guy think kicking Judith Miller to the curb will placate the liberals who work for him? Yeah, the Times' problem is that it wrote about weapons of mass destruction. Brilliant.


20 posted on 10/21/2005 7:12:02 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: NormsRevenge

They went to the Aladdin for their convention?!? Gee, those Professional Journalists need a better convention planner, or maybe the Bellagio, THEhotel, Wynn and the Venetian didn't want them.


21 posted on 10/21/2005 7:17:06 PM PDT by pbear8 (We loved Wynn Las Vegas)
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To: NormsRevenge; Peach; Fedora; Grampa Dave; STARWISE; justshutupandtakeit; Lancey Howard; Howlin; ...

Did Judith Miller act as the point-person for springing this whole MSM/Joe Wilson trap on the WH?? Did she tell him things that helped to push the saga forward and/or draw him out on matters that he should have avoided? I'm not suggesting Libby will not bear legal responsibility if he crossed any red lines, though that remains to be seen, but it may well be that Judith Miller (and other MSM reporters) played a role of entrapment, getting Libby into discussions and details he should have avoided. I'm not sure why any Republican WH official would EVER want to risk their name and reputation in talking with treacherous MSM reporters, anyway, but they may feel they have to do so to try to get the WH story out in the face of continual MSM/Democrat smear campaigns.

Consider these points:

1) She had means and opportunity, i.e., meeting with Libby on June 23 before Wilson's op-ed had even appeared (but weeks after he had been quoted anonymously by Kristof in NY Times and Pincus in WaPo).

2) We know from her statement about "Victoria Wilson" that she had a technique of popping a somewhat incorrect but similar name at a source to see if they knew the correct name and corrected her. Perhaps she was pulling the same kind of thing with "Valerie Flame" to see if Libby would correct her with "Plame"???

3) As stated above, she certainly had means and opportunity to try to draw Libby into the trap. Here's why she may very well have felt MOTIVE: by mid-June 2003 the clamor about "no WMDs" in Iraq was becoming intense and Miller was on the spot, more than any other individual in US journalism. [speculation here]: Could she have seen her best chance at redemption with the NY Times and fellow journalists to ensnare Libby and the WH in the emerging Joe Wilson/Niger uranium saga??? I'm not saying she consciously intended to set a trap for illegal behavior for Libby or anyone else, but she certainly may have resented Libby very strongly by that point in time and may well have wanted to draw him into an open battle with Joe Wilson that she could write about and referee.....


22 posted on 10/21/2005 7:24:14 PM PDT by Enchante (Joe Wilson: I only have two wives I'm willing to admit to....)
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To: Enchante
Good theory. I think you raise some interesting points.

I would die a happy woman if the indictments were Judith Miller, Matt Cooper, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, and the Wilsons.

23 posted on 10/21/2005 7:28:27 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Enchante
"Here's why she may very well have felt MOTIVE: by mid-June 2003 the clamor about "no WMDs" in Iraq was becoming intense and Miller was on the spot, more than any other individual in US journalism. [speculation here]:"

hmmm. The timelines. Ok Powell addresses the UN Security Council on Feb 5th with Tenet at his side, talking about WMD programs and Weapons believed to be in Iraq. So in that respect, one could assume she and others where plotting to see what damage they could do in the future. So with some three plus months to incubate what could be done, perhaps what you suggest may be more then speculation.

24 posted on 10/21/2005 7:47:31 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Miss Marple; Marine_Uncle

Hey, all, I just thought of something wonderful (I think) about this mass email from the Exec. Editor of the NY Times: HE HAS NOW TOTALLY UNDERMINED THE CREDIBILITY OF JUDITH MILLER AS A WITNESS in any future court proceedings on these matters. I'm not saying there cannot still be indictments, but in front of a real jury any decent defense attorney will now be able to impeach Judith Miller's credibility with the words of her very own Exec. Editor.

"Reasonable doubt" will be everywhere in these cases if there's not a great deal more than MSM reporters' unreliable statements. As for Miller, a defense attorney will now have the wonderful email from her own NY Times Executive Editor, Bill Keller, telling the entire staff of the NY Slimes that he does not trust her judgment, that she MISLED the paper, etc. Her credibility has now been nicely impeached by her own Executive Editor!!!


25 posted on 10/21/2005 8:17:13 PM PDT by Enchante (Joe Wilson: I only have two wives I'm willing to admit to....)
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To: Enchante
I think you are right. She has been done in by her own hand. Surely the NYT is going to distance itself as far as it can from her. The guy even admitted his remittance in not being more carefull in giving her the go ahead. Unlike CommieBS and blather, the NYT knows when it is time to bail out.
And Judy baby is now tainted meat.
26 posted on 10/21/2005 8:27:50 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Wendy44
Libby was passing information to reporters about Plame well before her husband, Joseph Wilson, went public with accusations that the Bush administration had twisted prewar intelligence on Iraq to exaggerate the threat it posed.

Which has been proven by the Senate Select Committee Report that that's a lie. Joe Wilson LIED to the Washington Post and other reporters about his wife and the trip.



Plame's Input Is Cited on Niger Mission
Report Disputes Wilson's Claims on Trip, Wife's Role

By Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 10, 2004; Page A09

Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly.

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The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.

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The report may bolster the rationale that administration officials provided the information not to intentionally expose an undercover CIA employee, but to call into question Wilson's bona fides as an investigator into trafficking of weapons of mass destruction. To charge anyone with a crime, prosecutors need evidence that exposure of a covert officer was intentional.

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"Valerie had nothing to do with the matter," Wilson wrote in a memoir published this year. "She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." Wilson stood by his assertion in an interview yesterday, saying Plame was not the person who made the decision to send him. Of her memo, he said: "I don't see it as a recommendation to send me." snip

The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong."

"Committee staff asked how the former ambassador could have come to the conclusion that the 'dates were wrong and the names were wrong' when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the reports," the Senate panel said. Wilson told the panel he may have been confused and may have "misspoken" to reporters. The documents -- purported sales agreements between Niger and Iraq -- were not in U.S. hands until eight months after Wilson made his trip to Niger.

snip

According to the former Niger mining minister, Wilson told his CIA contacts, Iraq tried to buy 400 tons of uranium in 1998.

27 posted on 10/21/2005 8:41:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: NormsRevenge

The NYT seems to be missing the alarm bells on more than Miller. They still refuse to admit the Joe Wilson editorial is a pack of lies.


28 posted on 10/21/2005 10:08:16 PM PDT by jess35
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To: NormsRevenge
Keller said in his e-mail he believed the paper was too slow to correct the original reporting and to get to the bottom of the facts about Miller's involvement with Libby.

"If we had lanced the WMD boil earlier, we might have damped any suspicion that THIS time the paper was putting the defense of a reporter above the duty of its readers," he said.

Time to give Okrent his job back...

29 posted on 10/21/2005 10:11:58 PM PDT by GOPJ (Protest a dem -- light your hair on fire -- and the MSM still won't take your picture.)
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To: Enchante

Well, that makes a whole lot of sense. :-)


30 posted on 10/22/2005 2:15:17 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: Miss Marple

"I would die a happy woman if the indictments were Judith Miller, Matt Cooper, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, and the Wilsons."



Add the publisher and the top dozen editors of the NY Slimes to your list, and I will join you in eternal happiness.


31 posted on 10/22/2005 9:02:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Jamie Gorelick is responsible for more dead Americans(9-11) than those killed in Iraq.)
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To: Grampa Dave

It's none of those. It is Cooper's wife. Not Wilson's wife.


32 posted on 10/22/2005 9:09:21 AM PDT by Owen
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To: Owen

Add her and Plame's boss at the CIA, Foley to the list.


33 posted on 10/22/2005 9:16:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Jamie Gorelick is responsible for more dead Americans(9-11) than those killed in Iraq.)
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To: Enchante; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Southack
The NY Slimes stock, NYT, has been in a free fall since Jan 04. That was when the NYT went all out with its lies, spins, miss quotes to electronically lynch GW.

The Slimes may now see itself in a fight for its survival. If the Grand Jury shows that this Plame/Wilson bs started with the top Slimes editors and publisher, they could be a real has been as a newspaper.

So expect them to say anything to keep the truth from emerging in this fabricated mess. Their survival as a company and individuals may be at stake here.

34 posted on 10/22/2005 9:29:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Jamie Gorelick is responsible for more dead Americans(9-11) than those killed in Iraq.)
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