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This is pretty much a verbatim recall...

The topic was the hearings that start on Monday. Babbin said that he had spent much of today talking on backkground with his sources in the intelligence community. He said flat out that they know that Rockefeller is the source of the leak to the NY Times.

The administration is not sure how to proceed. Babbin doesn't think they have the guts to indict a US senator. He said it would cause a battle royal on the Hill, if not a constitutional crisis.

He did say however, that any senator or Congressional staffer that holds a security clearance can be asked at any time to take a polygraph. The individual can of course refuse to take the test, but failure to do so is reason to remove that person's security clearance.

Babbin said further that Rockefeller, Durbin, and Wyden, and some on their staffs will soon be requested to take polygraphs.

If indeed this is true, it has obviously staggering implications. You would have the co-chair of the Senate Intelligence committee unable to in effect, do anything..

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Note: There is something, which, IMHO, gives this story a great deal of credibility. If you happened to see any of the committee hearing this week at which Negroponte and Goss testified, right before the hearing ended, Rockefeller made what seemed at the time to be an idiotic statement. He said that he expected that the source of the leaks would turn out to be the Executive Branch...i.e. the White House. Negroponte looked at him like he (Rockefeller) was deranged..It made NO sense to me at the time...but now, with these comments...it makes a lot of sense..he's trying to deflect what he expects is coming his way....Possibly someone can dig up the heatring transcript and post Rockefeller's comments..

1 posted on 02/03/2006 8:47:23 PM PST by ken5050
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I can't see it being the senators themselves - they would order someone on their staffs to leak it.


2 posted on 02/03/2006 8:49:25 PM PST by oceanview
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give them all tests until you find the leaker.


3 posted on 02/03/2006 8:49:58 PM PST by Echo Talon
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Babbin said further that Rockefeller, Durbin, and Wyden, and some on their staffs will soon be requested to take polygraphs.

Not holding my breath, but this would be better than (a) Lewinsky!

4 posted on 02/03/2006 8:50:32 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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I'm SHOCKED... Shocked I tell you!

Yeah, right... SHOCKED!

5 posted on 02/03/2006 8:50:33 PM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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Hasn't Jaybird sung before? I seem to recall his involvement in something similar.

As for that lisping Wyden and Turbin Durbin, it makes me sick that they're privy to national security secrets.


7 posted on 02/03/2006 8:51:35 PM PST by onyx
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Let Jack Bauer do the investigation. HE WILL find out the truth....


8 posted on 02/03/2006 8:51:38 PM PST by el_texicano (Liberals, Socialist, DemocRATS, all touchy, feely, mind numbed robots, useless idiots all)
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bump


9 posted on 02/03/2006 8:51:44 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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Jay will be given a chance to fall on his sword gracefully. imho.


10 posted on 02/03/2006 8:51:53 PM PST by Agent Smith (Fallujah delenda est. (I wish))
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Oh, and your French toast was excellent...lol.


12 posted on 02/03/2006 8:53:22 PM PST by onyx
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Now we know why rockefeller was trying to point the finger of blame at the WH,as the leakers.

rockefeller has done irreparable damage to the intelligence community and must be charged if he is found to be the leaker. It`s obviously a left-winger somewhere.
13 posted on 02/03/2006 8:53:26 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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Dang...I meant to listen to Batchelor's show and forgot...and I LOVE Jeb Babbin.

Okay....I sort of understand why the Bush wouldn't want the "hassle" of trying to indict a sitting Senator...especially one that is the Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee...BUT...

If they can find someone who can/will testify to Rocky's involvement in getting this stuff to Risen or the NYTimes...then Bush would have no choice.

He is responsible for keeping this country safe...and if a Senator is working against him on this...then he must be removed, and if he broke a law in the process...then he must be adjudicated..

My gosh...look at Libby...


14 posted on 02/03/2006 8:54:17 PM PST by Txsleuth (l drink tea, not kool-aid.)
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bump


15 posted on 02/03/2006 8:54:57 PM PST by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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How delicious if they could nail Rockefeller! Probably a long shot but what the h*ll, a girl's gotta dream!


21 posted on 02/03/2006 8:57:12 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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January 9th:

http://macsmind.blogspot.com/2006/01/rockefeller-did-you-teller.html


23 posted on 02/03/2006 8:57:39 PM PST by LucyT (All terrorist are muslim.)
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The administration is not sure how to proceed. Babbin doesn't think they have the guts to indict a US senator. He said it would cause a battle royal on the Hill, if not a constitutional crisis.

If they don't now, on this, they might as well forget about ever trying to any thing else.

They gave all the Clinton corruption a pass.

Jay Rockerfeller was also the Senator who made a fast trip to Syria and the ME not long before the invasion of Iraq, too.
24 posted on 02/03/2006 8:57:54 PM PST by TomGuy
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He's got a track record of shooting off his mouth while trying to sink the USA


27 posted on 02/03/2006 8:58:41 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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I said that Rockefeller was the probable source of the leak already back on January 1st.
29 posted on 02/03/2006 8:58:53 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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The prospect of Durbin, Rockefeller and Wyden refusing to take a polygraph makes smile REAL BIG.


;OD


30 posted on 02/03/2006 8:59:27 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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"Who will not rid me of this turbulent priest!"

Sorry,my favorite CYA line of all time.

Of course Rockefeeler will never be convicted of anything. You don't become a US Senator without learning how to cover your tracks.

Doesn't mean we can't try...


35 posted on 02/03/2006 9:01:11 PM PST by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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You're right about Babbin----he is trustworthy and sharp. I'm not a huge fan of Batchelor but Babbin is stand-up.


37 posted on 02/03/2006 9:02:04 PM PST by wolf24 (Rat 2006 Slogan: "Impeach Bush for listening to conversations between terrorists!")
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