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  • New revelation helps exonerate Scooter Libby

    04/07/2015 4:23:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 7, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    In a book just released, The Story: A Reporter's Journey, Judith Miller, a key witness in the Libby prosecution, states that Patrick Fitzgerald had offered repeatedly to drop all charges against Lewis Libby if he would "deliver" Vice President Cheney to him. In addition, she charges that Fitzgerald manipulated her into incorrectly testifying about a critical conversation she had with Libby and withheld exculpatory evidence from both her and the defense in order to induce her mistaken testimony – testimony the prosecution knew was made because she was acting under a false belief....[must read snip]....Rizzo, of course, is focused only...
  • Scooter Libby went to prison for less than what Hillary did

    08/05/2015 11:34:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-05-15 | DrJohn
    David Petraeus saw his career come to an end for mishandling classified information. Sandy Berger was punished for mishandling classified information. Scooter Libby got it worst of all. And he did virtually nothing. Remember Scooter Libby? Libby was the Bush aide who went to prison for having a bad memory. He was hunted down and persecuted by Peter Fitzgerald who was looking for the scalp of the person who allegedly leaked the name of Valerie Plame. Libby went to prison and he wasn't even the leaker. Richard Armitrage was. Jennifer Rubin: Right Turn readers know my view that former vice...
  • Key Witness: Prosecutor Manipulated Me Into Falsely Testifying Against Scooter Libby

    04/07/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-7-15 | Fred Barnes
    Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter, has blown a big hole in the case against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of lying to avoid blame for outing a CIA agent. Miller was a key witness in Libby’s trial, but in her new book she has repudiated her testimony. Libby was “railroaded in his conviction” by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, she said in an interview on Fox News yesterday. In her book, The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, she writes that Fitzgerald cajoled her into testifying in 2007 that Libby had told her Valerie Plame, the wife of a critic...
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Valerie Plame, ex-intelligence officials slam White House for 'astonishing' CIA leak

    05/28/2014 2:58:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/14 | Leslie Larson
    **SNIP** Valerie Plame, the ex-CIA operative outed by the W. Bush administration, also chimed in. “Astonishing: White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan,” she tweeted in a sardonic message on Monday. The name of the CIA’s chief of station in Kabul, the agency’s top spy in Afghanistan, was listed among the 15 officials briefing Obama upon his arrival at Bagram Air Base. The White House only caught the error when Washington Post reporter Scott Wilson alerted the press office, after Obama’s schedule was included in an email that was circulated to as many as 6,000 members of the media.
  • Fort shutdown imposes another furlough

    10/02/2013 10:19:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — For the second time this year, many civil service employees on post were furloughed, while the federal government struggles with its budget woes. In July and August those furloughed were ordered to give up 11 days without pay, but ended up surrendering six. One thing which will impact active duty and retired military personnel and their families is, starting today, the post commissary is closed until the furlough ends, according to the Post Public Affairs Office. But now, there is uncertainty as to how many days they will be asked to forego pay. Based on the last...
  • Va. governor restores Scooter Libby’s vote rights

    03/03/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
    Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly. Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the Republican governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. … In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than...
  • Al-Qaeda terrorist's son an Obama fundraiser

    06/15/2008 12:54:25 PM PDT · by hecht · 34 replies · 69+ views
    Al-Qaeda terrorist's son an Obama fundraiser Here's another 'associate' that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama may want to throw under the bus. This is a Debbie Schlussel exclusive. Al Churbaji is a Syrian national currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from where he is fighting the Department of Homeland Security's endeavors to deport him. If successful, this will be the second deportation for Al-Churbaji, after a return to the U.S. that violated federal immigration and deportation policies. More on that later. But even if Al-Churbaji is deported, at least two of his six children, a son and a daughter,...
  • Feinstein Takes On Culture of Leaks

    06/14/2012 4:25:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 14, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    It was gutsy for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein to come out against Washington's recent rash of dangerous intelligence leaks last week; she made criticism of the leaks bipartisan. Flanked by the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Dutch Ruppersberger, and GOP committee leaders, Feinstein declared: "This has to stop. When people say they don't want to work with the United States, because they can't trust us to keep a secret, that's serious." A week later, Feinstein is more than halfway through New York Times reporter David E. Sanger's book "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of...
  • VIDEO: Behind the Bias in the Valerie Plame Scandal

    04/26/2011 3:55:55 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 7 replies
    Hannity special ^ | Apr 25, 2011 | FoxNewsInsider
  • 'In Libby, There Was No Maybe' About Dangers [Montana zonolite (+asbestos) used as insulation in US]

    12/03/2010 1:21:45 PM PST · by Tirian · 4 replies
    AOL ^ | Nov 29, 2010 | Andrew Schneider
    "...The EPA experts thought it unbelievable that an environmental accident could destroy so many in one tiny town and they didn't know about it. For the most part, the townsfolk themselves had no idea of the scope of the disease that had been killing them for years... Public health and occupational medicine researchers determined that the Libby asbestos may be more carcinogenic than any other type and that it brought on illness more rapidly. While most asbestos has a latency period -- the time from the inhalation of fibers to the onset of disease -- of 20 to 40 years,...
  • HILLYER: Scooter Libby, on the record

    11/18/2010 8:15:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 11-17-10 | Quin Hillyer
    *snip* Memory can be unreliable, and misstatements can happen despite pure intentions. It's only fair game to point this out. So say Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA case manager and Vanity Fair cover girl, and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, former ambassador to Gabon and extravagant self-promoter. Too bad the Wilsons, a power-mad federal prosecutor, an officious federal judge, a confused jury and a badly misled president wouldn't apply those same common-sense considerations to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, wrongly convicted of perjury in the case stemming from State Department official Richard Armitage's public identification of Mrs. Wilson as a...
  • Scooter Libby, on the record

    11/18/2010 7:39:53 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/17/2010 | Quin Hillyer
    "Could [I] have misspoken? Yes, I am male, I'm over 50. By definition, I can misspeak." - Ambassador Joe Wilson, in a July 18, 2004, interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer."Given the incredible pace and scope of my work during that [relevant] period and the subsequent passage of time, I simply did not recall the sequence of events. ... I had completely forgotten [who had suggested a key idea]. I had forgotten [who received a call from whom]. ... I had answered all the questions truthfully, and to the best of my ability. Still, a little voice in my head was...
  • Unfair blame: Truth in flames in Hollywood's Plame 'Game' (Valerie Plame Wilson)

    11/11/2010 11:48:10 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/09/2010 | Staff
    When Hollywood decides a former White House aide is fair game for attack, facts don't come into play. History, however, cannot be so cavalier about the truth. The new movie "Fair Game" - based on the outing of CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson during political battles concerning the war in Iraq - is anything but fair or honest. In depicting former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as a sinister point man in a broad effort to destroy Mrs. Wilson's career while concocting a fraudulent case for the war, the movie perpetuates myths that improperly damage U.S. credibility....
  • 'Fair Game' Glamorizes Distortions and Perpetuates Myths (Scooter was 'Fair Game')

    11/09/2010 8:41:15 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies · 1+ views
    World Affairs Journal ^ | September/October 2010 | Stan Crock
    Valerie Plame says in her memoir that she read the report that the CIA wrote immediately after debriefing Wilson on his trip and also read his column before it was published. She added that she thought the column was accurate. She said the report was only a few pages long. No one, let alone a professional intelligence officer, could have missed the part about Iraq trying to buy yellowcake. She had to know the column was wrong, but evidently said nothing. So she was anything but an innocent bystander as her husband created a political firestorm. In a question and...
  • The Celluloid Capital [Plamegate returns!]

    10/28/2010 8:13:48 PM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/28/10 | Matt Cooper
    ... the title is drawn from how Karl Rove told Matthews that the CIA agent Valerie Plame was fair game for critics of her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson. Wilson, you’ll recall, was dispatched by the CIA in 2002 at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office to investigate whether Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium from the African country of Niger. Wilson came back with the answer no, and he was outraged when President Bush nevertheless stuck with the claim in his 2003 State of the Union address, which made the case for war with Iraq. Just three...
  • Scientists seek former students in toxic MT town

    06/05/2010 9:20:35 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 04, 2010 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Researchers have embarked on an ambitious study to track the health of thousands of high school graduates over a half century in a Montana town where a toxic mine has killed hundreds of people and made it the deadliest Superfund site in the nation. People who attended Libby High between 1950 and 1999 and then moved away are being asked to submit to tests to help determine the extent of contamination caused by asbestos mining and processing in the northwestern Montana town. Researchers will track down many of the 13,000-plus graduates with the help of the...
  • Judge Orders Release of Cheney Interview in CIA Leak Case

    10/01/2009 1:26:50 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 4 replies · 932+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-01-09 | The Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON--A federal judge said the Federal Bureau of Investigation must publicly reveal much of its interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney during the investigation into who leaked the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative. The FBI interviewed Mr. Cheney in June 2004 as it was investigating the leak of Valerie Plame's identity after her husband criticized the Bush administration. Both the Bush and Obama administrations said they wanted to keep the interview confidential because future vice presidents may not cooperate with criminal investigations if it became public.
  • Judge orders partial release of Cheney CIA leak interview

    10/01/2009 9:38:30 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 39 replies · 5,136+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-1-09 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to release notes and summaries of former Vice President Dick Cheney's 2004 interview with Special Prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald in the CIA leak case, but is allowing the deletion of what may be some of the most interesting details in the documents. In a ruling issued Thursday morning, Judge Emmet Sullivan flatly rejected claims by both Bush and Obama appointees at DOJ that the entirety of the records should be withheld because their disclosure could discourage White House officials from cooperating in future investigations. The judge said the prospect of such inquiries was...
  • Richard (Dick) Cheney: America’s 1st Helmsmen “We Don’t Want To Leave Anyone On The Battlefield”

    08/16/2009 9:25:00 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 10 replies · 1,154+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | August 16, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Cheney — code-named Angler by the Secret Service — is a lot like fishing in dark water; there’s a lot going on underneath, but you’d never know it from staring at the surface… “I think it’s fair to argue,” said Cheney, “that we’re not going to have the same safeguards we’ve had for the last eight years.” ... It’s a good thing we had Dick Cheney in the Vice President’s office in the days following the 9/11 attacks. Cheney was the right man at the right time in history and was instrumental in launching the counter-attack against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan...
  • Time Ignores Facts About the Libby Case

    07/24/2009 11:42:40 AM PDT · by Jbny · 12 replies · 1,838+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/24/2009 | Jonathan Tobin
    Time magazine devotes a feature of more than 4,700 words to the dispute between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney over the former’s refusal to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice presidential aide convicted of obstructing an investigation into the leaking of a CIA officer’s identity
  • Supreme Court Ends Plame Case Against Cheney, Libby, Bush Officials

    06/22/2009 7:40:08 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 125 replies · 10,594+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6/22/09 | Lee Ross
    The Supreme Court announced Monday it will not give further consideration to a lawsuit brought by a fired CIA agent and her husband against high ranking Bush administration officials, including former Vice President Dick Cheney. The decision is a victory for Cheney and his former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. They and nine unnamed co-defendants were sued by Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband Joseph after her CIA cover was leaked to reporters.
  • Matalin says Armitage 'devoid of courage'

    04/19/2009 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Def Conservative · 22 replies · 2,707+ views
    (CNN) — Mary Matalin, a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, sharply criticized former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage Sunday for his comments about the CIA's Bush-era interrogation techniques. In an interview with the English language service of Qatar-based network Al Jazeera last week, Armitage said: “I hope, had I known about it at the time I was serving, I would’ve had the courage to resign. But I don’t know. It’s in hindsight now.” In response, Matalin told CNN's John King on State of The Union: "If Richard Armitage, as the number two guy in the State Department,...
  • Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon

    02/17/2009 5:18:50 PM PST · by DBCJR · 27 replies · 2,000+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 11:00 AM | BY Thomas M. Defrank
    WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge. Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence. "He tried to make it happen right up until the very end," one Cheney...
  • Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon

    02/17/2009 7:03:52 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 79 replies · 5,009+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | February 17, 2009 | Thomas M. DeFrank
    Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon BY THOMAS M. DEFRANK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF Updated Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 8:36 AM WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge. Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though...
  •  Another Note on Cheney/Libby

    01/22/2009 8:37:12 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 11 replies · 1,570+ views
    American Spectator ^ | January 22, 2009 | Quin Hillyer
    I just can't seem to get off this topic. The question is, what could possibly possess Bush to refuse to pardon Libby? The more I think about it, the more I come up with bad or even unethical motives by Bush. I will not indulge them here, at least not now, because it is speculation of this sort that leads the nut-roots on the left to make all sorts of baseless allegations. But do let it be said that many reports now are that a number of influential people did try to convince Bush to make the pardon -- and...
  • Cheney Speaks Out on Libby (Cheney Mad at Bush)

    01/22/2009 9:06:39 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 5,656+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/22/2009 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney disagreed publicly with his boss just four times in the eight years they served together. Yesterday, however, on the first day after the official end of the Bush administration, Cheney disagreed with George W. Bush once more. Cheney told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that his former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, whom he described as a "victim of a serious miscarriage of justice," deserved a presidential pardon. Asked for his reaction to Bush's decision Cheney said: "Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and honorable men I've ever known. He's been an outstanding...
  • Libby's Innocent and the President Should Pardon Him

    01/12/2009 5:48:38 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 11 replies · 1,394+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/12/09 | Clarice Feldman
    If the President hasn't already pardoned Lewis (Scooter) Libby, I beg him to reconsider and do so, for Libby is an innocent man. Most of what people believe about the Scooter Libby case was proven wrong at trial. Many wrongly believe: 1) Libby leaked the CIA employment of Valerie Plame; and 2) he then lied to cover his leaking.
  • Bush and Scooter Libby

    12/23/2008 5:48:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies · 1,915+ views
    Online WSJ ^ | 23 dec 08
    Rarely can Presidents improve their legacy in an Administration's twilight days. But President Bush now has that opportunity, by undoing a measure of the injustice inflicted on I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. As the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who suffered in a fiasco made worse by the White House, Mr. Libby deserves a full Presidential pardon. Mr. Bush commuted Mr. Libby's sentence in 2007, an action that kept him out of jail. But that doesn't expunge his conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice. As a felon, Mr. Libby is barred by law from voting or...
  • Cheney's New Chief of Staff Like His Boss

    11/11/2005 9:36:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1,190+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/05 | Deb Riechmann - ap
    WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney chose someone in his own likeness to be his new chief of staff. Like Cheney, David Addington shuns the limelight. And like Cheney, Addington already has made a large imprint on the Bush White House. At Cheney's side since the 1980s, Addington has been a behind-the-scenes player in one after another of the hot-button controversies the Bush administration has faced: _The CIA leak probe. _The fight to disclose which corporations advised the White House on energy policy. _The dispute over the treatment of suspected terrorists. _The White House disagreements with the Sept. 11 commission...
  • Russert dies of heart attack according to Drudge

    06/13/2008 12:30:14 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 782 replies · 9,557+ views
  • Did Cheney Tell Libby to Do It?

    06/04/2008 1:37:59 PM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,318+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03 June 2008 | Dan Froomkin
    Former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told the FBI that it was "possible" that Vice President Cheney instructed him to disseminate information about CIA agent Valerie Plame to the press, according to a redacted FBI report recently examined by Congressional investigators. In part as a result of that revelation, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today reiterated its request for more Plame investigation documents -- including reports on the interviews investigators conducted with Cheney and President Bush. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman also writes that "[n]ew revelations by...
  • Advertisement Anti-corridor rally timed for graduation day

    05/10/2008 6:36:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 537+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    While Gov. Rick Perry was in Johnson Coliseum addressing SFA graduates, on the other side of campus a group of citizens were not so happy about his appearance in Nacogdoches. In the free-speech area of campus, near North Street and Vista Drive, many farmers, property owners and concerned citizens gathered for a Citizens Against the Trans-Texas Corridor Rally. Holding protest signs and using a tractor as a symbol of the farming community, those who gathered wanted to make their cause heard by the governor, as well as the community. Many vehicles traveling on North Street honked in support of the...

    04/11/2008 2:47:24 PM PDT · by Moseley · 51 replies · 2,310+ views
    U.S. State Department DeClassified Memo ^ | April 4, 2008 | Conservative Events
    The Prime Minister of Niger reported to the U.S. State Department in early 2002 that Iraq tried to buy uranium "yellow cake" (ore) -- a June 2003 Memo reveals. A declassified court exhibit introduced in the 2007 trial of Scooter Libbey proved that Saddam Hussein tried to get uranium ore from Niger -- covertly and under the table. This is clear evidence that Saddam Hussein was actively developing nuclear weapons. Iraq already had stockpiles of uranium "yellow cake" that it was not using -- but that uranium was being watched by UN inspectors. Iraq could have no reason for wanting...
  • Former Cheney Aide Libby Disbarred

    03/20/2008 8:13:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 2,144+ views
    Former Cheney Aide Libby Disbarred Bush Commuted Libby's Prison Sentence Last Year POSTED: 10:41 am EDT March 20, 2008 UPDATED: 10:55 am EDT March 20, 2008 A Washington, D.C., radio station reports that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has been disbarred. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Court of Appeals stripped Libby of his ability to practice law after he was found guilty last year of obstructing the investigation in the CIA leak investigation, WTOP radio reported.
  • Anti-corridor groups plan Monday workshop at civic center

    03/16/2008 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 16, 2008 | Steven Alford
    There's been a lot of talk about the new Trans-Texas Corridor — the next-generation "super-highway" — and opinions are varying. Now the debate is coming to Lufkin's doorstep. On Monday, the American Land Foundation, Stewards of the Range and TURF will hold a workshop at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Civic Center on how to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor 69. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of Texas citizens have voiced their opposition to the TTC-69 in public meetings held by the Texas Department of Transportation, but believing they are not being heard, four cities and their...
  • Hundreds in Nacogdoches speak out against TTC-69

    02/15/2008 4:53:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Lufkin Daily News ^ | February 15, 2008 | Matthew Stoff (The Daily Sentinel)
    NACOGDOCHES — The rows of extra chairs brought into the The Fredonia's biggest meeting room Thursday night were not enough to accommodate more than 750 people who attended an open house and public hearing on the proposed TTC-69 highway. Texas Department of Transportation officials heard hours of public testimony that continued late into the night overwhelmingly opposed to the construction of new roadways through East Texas. Applause throughout the hours-long meeting never swelled as loudly as it did when the first speaker of the night, state Rep. Wayne Christian, told TxDOT representatives emphatically that "our answer is 'no' on the...
  • Proposal in Texas for a Public-Private Toll Road System Raises an Outcry

    02/10/2008 5:13:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | Ralph Blumenthal
    ROBSTOWN, Tex. — Leon Little’s farm here near Corpus Christi would not be seized for Texas’s proposed $184-billion-plus superhighway project for 5 or 10 years, if ever. But Mr. Little was alarmed enough to show up Wednesday night with hundreds of his South Texas coastal neighbors to do what the Texas Department of Transportation has been urging: “Go ahead, don’t hold back.” Don’t worry. Texans have gotten the message, swamping hearings and town meetings across the state to grill and often excoriate agency officials about a colossal traffic makeover known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, a public-private partnership unrivaled in the...
  • County judge and commissioners take action against TTC/I-69

    02/06/2008 2:39:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 947+ views
    Navasota Examiner ^ | February 6, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Grimes County commissioners and County Judge Betty Shiflett made sure they attended a TTC/I-69 meeting at the Walker County Fairgrounds last week, as residents previously demanded they take a stronger stance against the proposed route through Grimes County. Shiflett received a roaring applause from audience members with her speech that ended with the question, “What part of “no” do you not understand?” Shiflett added that Grimes County was not given an option for having a town meeting, just the environmental meeting. “Representative Lois Kolkhorst stole the show as she announced loud and clear that she was against TTC I-69,” said...
  • I-69 concerns? TxDot brings forum to town

    02/03/2008 2:38:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 855+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | February 3, 2008 | Jimmy Isaac
    Local residents who want to add their two cents about the proposed Interstate 69 construction won't have to fill their tanks to do it. TxDOT is coming to Longview. The Texas Department of Transportation is holding 46 public hearings this month in East and South Texas along the planned corridor, including Tuesday's meeting in Longview. The hearings will give Texans a chance to comment and ask questions about the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, a collection of passenger and freight roadways, utility and rail lines from Texarkana to the Rio Grande Valley. A draft environmental impact statement released in November suggests...
  • No Holiday Pardon for 'Scooter' Libby

    12/11/2007 3:18:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,918+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and an election-laws violator but not to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative. In all, Bush pardoned 29 convicts and reduced the prison sentence of one more in the end-of-the-year presidential tradition. Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said Bush has granted 142 pardons and commuted five sentences since taking office in 2001 — lagging far behind the pace set by most modern presidents. The list was issued with...
  • Libby Drops Appeal in CIA Leak Case

    12/10/2007 8:27:14 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 26 replies · 1,224+ views
    AP ^ | 12-10-07 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is no longer appealing his conviction in the CIA leak case, a tacit recognition that continuing his legal fight might only make things worse. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction but President Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence in July. As a convicted felon, Libby will lose his law license and, in some states, cannot vote. He might have had a chance to avoid those consequences had he won on appeal, but at a new trial his commutation...
  • Libby to Drop Appeal in CIA Leak Case

    12/10/2007 7:50:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 931+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/10/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is dropping his appeal in the CIA leak case, his attorney said Monday. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction for lying about his conversations with reporters about outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. "We remain firmly convinced of Mr. Libby's innocence," attorney Theodore Wells said. "However, the realities were, that after five years of government service by Mr. Libby and several years of defending against this case, the burden on Mr. Libby and his young family of continuing to...
  • NBC's David Gregory Falsely States Libby 'Went to Jail'(during McClellan interview)

    11/21/2007 7:14:23 PM PST · by RDTF · 23 replies · 680+ views
    Newsbusters via Drudge Report ^ | Nov 21, 2007 | Justin McCarthy
    NBC News White House correspondent David Gregory, accused of being a partisan, made a false statement about the "Scooter" Libby case. In reporting former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s charge that the Bush administration fed false information, Gregory claimed Libby "went to jail for obstructing the leak investigation." Although Libby was sentenced to 30 months of prison, Libby never actually went to jail as Gregory claims. President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, eliminating the prison term yet still upholding a hefty fine and probation. "Today," however, did not spend a lot of time on the McClellan charge, just a brief...
  • Six Reasons the Plame Episode is a Farce

    10/21/2007 7:58:18 PM PDT · by RussP · 19 replies · 472+ views ^ | 2007-02-03 | Plame, SixtyMinutes
    Six Reasons the Plame Episode is a Farce 2007-02-03 -- In a syndicated newspaper column by Robert Novak on July 14, 2003, Valerie Plame (aka Valerie E. Wilson) was identified as a CIA "operative on weapons of mass destruction." Plame was married to former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had worked briefly for the CIA and had written a scathing editorial a week earlier in the New York Times accusing the Bush administration of "twisting," "manipulating," and "exaggerating" intelligence about Iraqi weapons programs "to justify an invasion." Bush's adversaries quickly concluded that he or someone close to him had illegally...
  • Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column

    10/07/2007 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies · 689+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/6/07 | Mike Soraghan
    Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail. “He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said. Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said. Novak forcefully defended his handling of the column...
  • Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column

    10/06/2007 4:16:17 PM PDT · by james500 · 25 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 06, 2007 | Mike Soraghan
    Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail. “He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said. Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said. Novak forcefully defended his handling of the column...
  • Scooter Libby should never have been prosecuted

    07/22/2007 8:17:40 AM PDT · by Clive · 22 replies · 1,210+ views
    National Post ^ | 2007-07-21 | George Jonas
    The hypocritical braying that has greeted George W. Bush's commutation of White House aide "Scooter" Libby's (pictured) prison sentence continues. "The president's critics are contrasting his leniency for Libby with his overall advocacy of stiff sentences," writes the San Francisco Chronicle this week. I think the scandal isn't the President's lenience for Libby, but that Libby was prosecuted in the first place. Here are the facts. A former ambassador named Joseph Wilson wrote an article in 2003, suggesting that the President had played fast and loose with intelligence to justify his invasion of Iraq. The piece appeared in The New...
  • Senate tells Bush not to pardon Libby

    07/20/2007 1:14:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 2,341+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | July 20, 2007 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON - A brawl over presidential pardons punctured the normally courtly ambiance of the Senate on Thursday night, but Republicans and Democrats agreed to bury the hatchet and erase the evidence before the sun rose Friday. In the heat of a partisan spat, Democrats forced a vote on a nonbinding measure to instruct President Bush not to pardon former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. But there's no record of the 47-49 vote in the daily record of congressional proceedings — or anywhere else. That's because senators agreed less than an hour later to undo their vote...
  • Federal Court to Valerie Plame Wilson: "No"

    07/19/2007 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 5 replies · 414+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | July 19, 2007 | Leibowitz
    U. S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has dismissed the lawsuit that Valerie Plame Wilson filed against Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration, saying there was no legal basis for the suit. The judge commented that the act of rebutting public criticism—such as that levied by Joseph Wilson against the administration—by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of employment for members of the Executive branch.