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  • Cheney Still Backs Convicted Former Aide { Scooter Libby }

    07/30/2007 3:49:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 464+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney thinks his former chief of staff shouldn't have been convicted in the CIA leak case and that President Bush did right by commuting the jail sentence instead of issuing a pardon. "I thought the president handled it right," Cheney said in an interview Monday with Mark Knoller of CBS Radio. "I supported his decision." However, asked if he disagreed with the guilty verdict for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney said, "I did." Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. The former...
  • 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...
  • Valerie Plame's Lawsuit Dismissed [Drudge siren]

    07/19/2007 11:54:57 AM PDT · by cdnerds · 225 replies · 10,247+ views
    AP via Drudge ^ | 19 03:51 PM US/Eastern | MATT APUZZO
    <p>Judge dismisses Valerie Plame's lawsuit accusing members of the Bush administration of leaking her identity... Developing..</p>
  • Valerie Plame's Lawsuit Dismissed

    07/19/2007 12:12:16 PM PDT · by mak5 · 84 replies · 4,321+ views
    AP ^ | July 19, 2007 | MATT APUZZO
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.
  • CIA dissenters aided secret prisons report ("helped a European probe")

    07/17/2007 8:57:58 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 45 replies · 1,307+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo News ^ | 07-17-07 | Marcin Grajewski
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator said on Tuesday. Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of Europe report on the jails, said senior CIA officials disapproved of Rumsfeld's methods in hunting down terrorist suspects, and had agreed to talk to him on condition of anonymity."There were huge conflicts between the CIA and Rumsfeld. Many leading figures in the CIA did not accept these methods at all," Marty told European Parliament committees, defending his work against...
  • Parsing Powell

    07/09/2007 10:40:18 AM PDT · by Laverne · 14 replies · 1,084+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/9/07 | Clarice Feldman
    From Aspen we get this report of a talk by Karl Rove and a comment from the audience by former Secretary of State Powell: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell stood up in the audience during the question-and-answer period to say that it was his deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage, who sparked the CIA leak case. Powell said that Armitage responded to a question by Novak about Wilson, saying "I think she works for the CIA..." Powell said that Armitage later called him and told him he had been the one who had talked to Novak about Wilson. Powell...
  • Rove takes questions on Iraq, CIA case [PLAMEGATE]

    07/09/2007 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Enchante · 23 replies · 1,280+ views
    Aspen Daily News ^ | 07/08/2007 | Brent Gardner-Smith
    "Look, I make no apologies," Rove said in response to a question from the audience about whether he felt personally responsible for the war. "It was the right thing to do. The world is better off with him gone," he said, referring to Saddam Hussein. "We all thought he had weapons of mass destruction. The whole world did. He didn't." Rove said that Hussein had the intent to develop new weapons, and he tied the war in Iraq to the administration's global "war on terror." "In the aftermath of the removal of the regime, al-Qaida decided to make its stand...
  • [President] Bush unpardonably gives Libby a break (Barf Alert!)

    07/08/2007 1:38:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 684+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 8, 2007 | John Kass
    With supporters running away from him -- on his immigration policy, on Iraq -- with his popularity plummeting, as Republican politicians seek safe harbor, with critics sniping, there are qualities to admire about President Bush. Almost alone, stubbornly, he stands with our allies, including Israel, refusing to back down from Islamic terrorists working American public opinion in Iraq. He continues to pressure Iran on its pursuit of an Islamic theocratic nuclear nightmare in the Middle East. He stands for life, opposed to the popular drumbeat from those who would use some human lives to benefit other, more powerful lives through...
  • Bush: Pardon for Libby Remains on the Table (Ultra Barf Alert)[Fred Thompson mentioned]

    07/03/2007 8:15:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 903+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 3, 2007 | John Nichols
    Prospective Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson and a few others on the extreme fringe of the lawless right have complained that George Bush was insufficiently generous to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby when the president commuted the 30-month prison sentence of the convicted felon who had served as his counselor and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Not to worry. Bush says he may have more favors in the works for Libby, whose deep involvement in the plotting to discredit former Ambassador Joe Wilson by outing his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, as a CIA operative continues to make him a...
  • Editorial: Justice and judgment -- Clemency for Libby keeps questions alive

    07/03/2007 10:22:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 448+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/3/7 | Editor
    President Bush, a recent story in the Washington Post tells us, is obsessed with the question of how history will view him. He has done himself no favors on that count by commuting the prison term of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. In Bush's statement explaining his decision, he said he was sparing Libby from prison because the 30-month sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton was "excessive." In the president's view, the court-imposed fine of $250,000 and the damage to Libby's reputation are punishment enough for the crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice. If this were a...
  • EDITORIAL: Trumping the rule of law

    07/03/2007 10:10:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 585+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/3/7 | Editor
    IN COMMUTING the sentence of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, President Bush sent the message that perjury and obstruction of justice in the service of the president of the United States are not serious crimes. Never mind the president's words about our system of justice relying on "people telling the truth" -- and that those who don't "must be held accountable." His bottom-line action speaks louder than all the platitudes and caveats in the president's statement. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison after being convicted by a jury for his part in trying to stymie an...
  • What the decision on Libby means for White House - Bush commutes sentence, but lets fine stand

    07/03/2007 8:03:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 851+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/3/7 | Carla Marinucci
    When President Gerald Ford pardoned the disgraced former President Richard Nixon in 1976, the shock waves created a political tsunami that swamped the Republican's hopes of remaining in the White House. But Lewis "Scooter" Libby is no Richard Nixon, and President Bush's move to commute the 2 1/2-year prison sentence of the former White House aide famed for his role in the CIA leak case could turn out to be a mere ripple by comparison. With the war in Iraq, immigration and health care reform topping the list of Americans' most pressing concerns, Bush's decision Monday -- more than seven...
  • FReep This Poll! Do you agree with President Bush commuting I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term?

    07/03/2007 12:29:25 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 1,197+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | July 3, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! Here is the poll question in full form... Do you agree with President Bush's decision to commute former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term? Yes No Not sure Link over to the North County Times/The Californian homepage. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side. Vote your choice.
  • A Decision Made Largely Alone [Libby-Commuting the Jail Term]

    07/02/2007 8:47:31 PM PDT · by freespirited · 47 replies · 1,396+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/07 | Michael Abramowitz
    President Bush limited his deliberations over commuting the jail term of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to a few close aides, opting not to consult with the Justice Department and rebuffing efforts by close friends to lobby on Libby's behalf, administration officials and people close to Bush said yesterday. "We were all told to stay away from it," said an old Bush friend from Texas who is close to Libby and would not speak for attribution. "When we called over there, they said the president is well aware of the situation, so don't raise it. None of us lobbied him because...
  • Court Rejects Request to Delay Libby’s Sentence

    07/02/2007 10:49:56 AM PDT · by JohnLongIsland · 1 replies · 599+ views
    AP via NY Times ^ | 7/2/2004 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court refused on Monday to step in and delay former White House aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby's prison sentence in the CIA leak case.
  • Court won't delay prison for Libby

    07/02/2007 10:02:31 AM PDT · by Enchante · 21 replies · 1,191+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/02/07 | MATT APUZZO
    A federal appeals court refused on Monday to step in and delay former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence in the CIA leak case. The unanimous decision is a dramatic setback for Libby's legal case and puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby faces 2 1/2 years in prison on his conviction of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. The former chief of staff to Cheney, he is the highest-ranking White...
  • Appeals Court Unseals CIA Leak Documents

    06/29/2007 11:21:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1,086+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/29/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court said Friday it would release some of the documents it reviewed when deciding to force journalists to testify in the CIA leak investigation. The ruling followed a request by The Associated Press and Dow Jones, which asked for the release of the sworn statements Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald gave to justify subpoenas for New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in 2005. Fitzgerald wanted the reporters' help in his investigation of the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to syndicated columnist Robert Novak. The news organizations argued...
  • Libby Becomes Inmate No. 28301-016

    06/28/2007 11:17:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,671+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/28/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- For years he was known as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and assistant to President Bush. On Wednesday, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby became federal inmate No. 28301-016. Libby, who was convicted in March of lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity, faces 2 1/2 years in prison.
  • Libby's Reply to the Appellate Court on Bond Pending Appeal

    06/27/2007 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Laverne · 16 replies · 977+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/27/07 | Clarice Feldman
    At the close of business today, Lewis Libby filed his response to the Fitzgerald response to his Application for Release Pending Appeal (and to the supplemental 30 page opinion Judge Walton entered after the bond hearing. It is short and and easy to read. Let me tempt you to do so by setting forth the first paragraph, something that should be a model to all legal writers for its succinct and persuasive presentation of this argument: "When a Special Counsel is directed to exercise the "plenary" authority of the Attorney General "independent of' anyone's "supervision or control"; is exempted from...
  • Libby Draws Conservative Appellate Panel

    06/20/2007 3:11:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,780+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two of the three judges considering whether to delay former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence were Republican appointees. Libby's request was assigned to Judges David B. Sentelle, Karen Lecraft Henderson and David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sentelle was put on the bench by President Reagan, Henderson by the first President Bush and Tatel by President Clinton. But judicial politics haven't helped Libby so far. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, whom President Bush put...
  • Libby Attorneys Request Prison Term Delay

    06/19/2007 9:10:42 PM PDT · by freespirited · 7 replies · 400+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/19/07 | JASON RYAN and THERESA COOK
    I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense attorneys have filed a formal motion asking the court to allow him to delay the start of his prison term, pending the appeal of his March conviction. A federal jury found Libby guilty March 6 on charges that he lied to the FBI and a grand jury, and obstructed justice in the investigation into the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame, a former covert CIA operative. Tuesday's 122-page filing mirrors the main arguments that the defense team addressed before federal Judge Reggie Walton last week, questions concerning special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's authority to bring...
  • Prosecutor wants Libby imprisoned now

    06/12/2007 10:42:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies · 2,149+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 12, 2007 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON - Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald urged a federal judge Tuesday not to delay former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence in the CIA leak case. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has argued that he has a good chance of winning an appeal and should be allowed to remain free until that challenge has run its course. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, who sentenced Libby to prison for lying to authorities and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, has said he...
  • Judge won't delay Libby prison term

    06/14/2007 11:34:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 63 replies · 1,630+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 14 June 07 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge said Thursday he will not delay a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak case, a ruling that could send the former White House aide to prison within weeks. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton's decision will send Libby's attorneys rushing to an appeals court to block the sentence and could force President Bush to consider calls from Libby's supporters to pardon the former aide. No date was set for Libby to report to prison but it's expected to be within six to eight weeks. That will be left...
  • Libby must begin perjury prison sentence

    06/14/2007 10:38:32 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 190 replies · 6,761+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7-14-07 | Staff
    <p>Judge orders Libby to jail while case is appealed. Expected to surrender in 6 to 8 weeks per Fox news.</p>
  • Libby Case Could Expose CIA to Scrutiny

    06/11/2007 11:26:05 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 30 replies · 1,289+ views
    AIM Special Report ^ | 611/07 | Roger Aronoff
    It is understandable that many in the conservative media have called for President Bush to pardon Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, because of his conviction in the so-called CIA leak case. Libby should never have been put on trial; indeed, new evidence suggests that his alleged target, former CIA analyst Valerie Plame, is the one who should be investigated for allegedly lying under oath before Congress about her role in this affair. Plame's backers in the agency would have great reason to fear such a probe. It might shed light on who in the...
  • Scooter Libby: A Funny Thing Happened On His Way To Jail

    06/09/2007 8:08:49 PM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 18 replies · 936+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | June 9, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Last week Judge Reggie Walton sentenced Scooter Libby to 30 months in the federal penitentiary for allegedly lying about a crime that never occurred and didn't exist. While everything about the case qualifies as script material for The Twilight Zone, acknowledging plot contributions from both Kafka and Heller, the newer developments owe more to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. *** What is newly very apparent is the personal animus that Judge Walton has displayed towards those who have sprung to Libby's defense. *** Judge Walton's order allowing the 12 to file their brief was short, formulaic, curt. It contained...
  • Leak Prosecutor's Authority Questioned

    06/08/2007 10:27:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 2,216+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/8/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A dozen prominent law professors are questioning whether Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had constitutional authority in the CIA leak trial that this week sentenced former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to prison. The push comes as Libby's lawyers, who are making the same argument, prepare to appeal his 2 1/2-year sentence. "The constitutional issue to be raised on appeal is substantial," conservative Robert Bork, liberal Alan Dershowitz and 10 other professors wrote in their nine-page brief, filed Thursday at U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. "To our knowledge, the special counsel appears to...
  • Scooter's Sentence (Satan wearing a parka--Estrich defends Libby!!)

    06/06/2007 8:43:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,255+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 6, 2007 | Susan Estrich
    I suppose I should be pleased about the tough sentence handed down by Judge Reggie Walton, sentencing the vice president's former Chief of Staff Scooter Libby to serve 30 months in prison. After all, he's a Republican, and I'm a Democrat; I'm an opponent of the war, and he worked for one of its architects. I'm certainly no fan of his boss, Dick Cheney, one of the toughest hardball players to occupy the office of vice president. Former Ambassador Joe Wilson was practically gloating this morning when asked to comment on the sentence, declaring it a victory for the rule...
  • The President and Scooter Libby

    06/05/2007 7:37:50 PM PDT · by Tirian · 53 replies · 1,288+ views
    Dean Barnett on HughHewitt blog / ^ | Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Posted by Dean Barnett | 5:10 PM Judge Reggie Walton has sentenced Scooter Libby 30 months in jail. It looks like Walton will not allow Libby to remain free pending his appeal. I’ve written about this case before, saying it didn’t feel like justice. Libby got his own private prosecutor who was determined to send him or someone in his orbit to jail. When the music stopped, Libby was the one without the chair and without any luck. I’ve never met Scooter Libby. I do know several people who know him well who think this case is a travesty and...
  • Scooter Libby gets 30 Months.

    06/05/2007 8:55:52 AM PDT · by tioga · 325 replies · 11,861+ views
    Reported on Fox.
  • Did Valerie Plame Wilson Tell the Truth?

    06/01/2007 7:10:38 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 16 replies · 1,282+ views
    NRO ^ | 5/25/2007 | Byron York
    When Valerie Plame Wilson swore that she did not recommend or suggest her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for a fact-finding trip to Niger in 2002, Sen. Christopher Bond took note. Wilson’s words, given in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, didn’t jibe with what Bond’s investigators had learned a few years earlier when they looked into the CIA leak matter. Now, we know why Bond was suspicious. (last paragraph) Taken in sum, the evidence in Bond’s additional views seems to definitively lay to rest the question of who suggested Joseph Wilson for the trip to...
  • Senators Rebuke Joe Wilson Claims(About time!)

    06/01/2007 10:40:44 AM PDT · by kellynla · 114 replies · 4,049+ views ^ | June 1, 2007 | staff
    WASHINGTON -- In a rare rebuke of a public official by name, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee has issued a scathing report blasting former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV. The report claims Wilson mislead the public and the intelligence committee about his trip to Niger in 2002 on behalf of the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium in Africa. Best know as the husband of former CIA officer Valerie Plame, Ambassador Wilson was catapulted to the limelight after he published an Op-Ed in The New York Times on July 6, 2003, that accused the Bush administration...
  • Yes, Valerie Plame Was Covert

    05/30/2007 12:35:06 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 79 replies · 3,367+ views
    Political Animal via CBS News ^ | May 29, 2007 | Kevin Drum
    In a court filing today, Patrick Fitzgerald provides a summary of Valerie Plame Wilson's status with the CIA's Counterproliferation Division at the time she was outed to the press by members of the Bush administration. Guess what? She was covert: While assigned to CPD, Ms. Wilson engaged in temporary duty (TDY) travel overseas on official business. She traveled at least seven times to more than ten countries. When traveling overseas, Ms. Wilson always traveled under a cover identity — sometimes in true name and sometimes in alias — but always using cover — whether official or non-official cover (NOC) —...
  • Plame was ‘covert’ agent at time of name leak (unclassified document details CIA employment)

    05/29/2007 3:40:41 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 51 replies · 5,009+ views
    MSNBarfC ^ | May 29, 2007 | Joel Seidman
    An unclassified summary of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame's employment history at the spy agency, disclosed for the first time today in a court filing by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, indicates that Plame was "covert" when her name became public in July 2003. The summary is part of an attachment to Fitzgerald's memorandum to the court supporting his recommendation that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former top aide, spend 2-1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation. The nature of Plame's CIA employment never came up in Libby's perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
  • Prosecutors: Up to 3 years for Libby (FitzFong Alert!)

    05/25/2007 2:37:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,601+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/07 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shown no remorse for corrupting the legal system and deserves to spend 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and an assistant to President Bush, is the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-Contra affair two decades ago. In court documents, Fitzgerald rejected criticism from Libby's supporters who said the leak investigation had spun out of control. Fitzgerald denied the prosecution was politically motivated and...
  • Former CIA Operative Valerie Plame Takes Legal Battle to Court

    05/17/2007 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 947+ views
    Former CIA Operative Valerie Plame Takes Legal Battle to Court Thursday , May 17, 2007 AP WASHINGTON — The legal fallout from the 2003 CIA leak scandal continues as lawyers seek dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame contends the administration violated her constitutional rights by leaking her identity to reporters in 2003. She is demanding compensation from Vice President Dick Cheney; one of his former aides,I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; White House political adviser Karl Rove; and former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage. Their lawyers were scheduled to argue Thursday that...
  • Tenet to cooperate with panel’s investigation [Waxfong Alert!!]

    05/14/2007 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Enchante · 8 replies · 552+ views
    THEHILL.COM ^ | Klaus Marre
    Former CIA Director George Tenet has agreed to cooperate with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as the panel investigates the Bush administration’s pre-war claims about Iraq’s efforts to acquire uranium. Tenet will testify before the panel and has agreed to provide a deposition prior to his appearance, according to a committee release. Waxman’s staff also announced Monday that a hearing with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been pushed back to June 19 from Tuesday. Rice has been subpoenaed to appear but has indicated that she will not comply. According to a committee release, however, Waxman still...
  • Waxman threatens to subpoena Card, Rice

    04/21/2007 9:14:01 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 822+ views
    AP ^ | April 21, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    Waxman threatens to subpoena Card, Rice By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 21, 1:51 AM ET WASHINGTON - If President Bush ‘s former chief of staff can chat about the identifying of CIA agent Valerie Plame on Jon Stewart‘s comedy show, he c, , ), D-Calif. "Mr. Fielding‘s position appears to be that it is appropriate for you to discuss these matters on ‘The Daily Show‘ but not before a congressional committee," Waxman wrote to Card on Friday. "You will not be surprised to learn that I take a different view of this matter." Also being considered for...
  • Far From CIA Scandal, Wilsons Settle In

    04/11/2007 1:11:08 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies · 774+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 11, 2007 | Deborah Baker
    Far From CIA Scandal, Wilsons Settle In By DEBORAH BAKER SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - In this liberal-leaning tourist town known for its handmade turquoise- and-silver jewelry, Joseph Wilson has just bought his wife something special in a downtown shop: a red-and-blue pin that reads, "I'm not anti-Bush. I'm pro-intelligence." Wilson and his wife, outed CIA spy Valerie Plame, are finally getting a chance to unwind. Three weeks ago, they arrived at their new 4,600- square-foot hilltop adobe home and have traded in their Jaguar for a pickup truck. Their 7-year-old twins already have found new friends and spotted three...
  • The Fitzgerald cover-up [Plamegate]

    04/04/2007 5:07:06 PM PDT · by Enchante · 6 replies · 867+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 04/04/07 | Clarice Feldman
    It is well past time for the public to know what Patrick Fitzgerald told the Court. I , for one, have every reason to believe he was as disingenuous and loose with the facts with that Court as he was with the public when he announced the indictment and with the jury in his rebuttal argument at the closing of the Libby trial.And I am not shy about saying what the Wall Street Journal hints at: The only conceivable reason Fitzgerald is fighting public disclosure of the redacted portions of the affidavit and opinion is to cover up his own...
  • Fitzgerald's Cover-up

    04/03/2007 9:36:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 1,391+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-4-07 | Editorial
    Fitzgerald's Cover-Up It's time to hold the special prosecutor accountable. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT For a prosecutor who claims to be a truth-seeker, Patrick Fitzgerald sure can be secretive. Even now that the Scooter Libby trial is over and his "leak" investigation is all but closed, the unaccountable special counsel wants to keep his arguments for creating a Constitutional showdown over reporters and their sources under lock and key. Mr. Fitzgerald is fighting release of the affidavits he filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to justify compelling two reporters to testify about their conversations with...
  • Plame's testimony shifting, source says [Hey Fitz, You Missed One...]

    03/24/2007 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 43 replies · 1,537+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Mar 23, 2007 3:00 AM | Rowan Scarborough
    Plame’s testimony shifting, source says Mar 23, 2007 3:00 AM by Rowan Scarborough, The Examiner The public testimony of former CIA officer Valerie Plame before a House committee last week conflicts with what she told a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago, a government source told The Examiner this week. The difference centers on Plame’s role in a CIA supervisor’s decision in 2002 to send former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, her husband, on a trip to Niger to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein pursued uranium for nuclear bombs.The trip eventually embroiled the White House in a three-year criminal investigation.Plame...
  • Democrats' Poor Memo-ries

    03/23/2007 9:25:30 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies · 733+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/23/2007 | IBD
    Democrats unable to frog-march Rove out of the White House think the "political" firings of eight U.S. attorneys might do the trick. But what about their blocking of Bush judicial nominations for political reasons? The pattern was set in Plamegate: Investigate a noncrime, issue subpoenas, get testimony under oath, find inconsistencies and — voila! — you have perjury faster than you can say Scooter Libby. It got no further up the food chain than Libby, but that sound you hear is Bush's enemies, and Karl Rove's, reloading. Democrats are charging that the firings were based not on merit, but on...
  • Was She Covert? [PLAMEGATE]

    03/22/2007 9:47:22 AM PDT · by Enchante · 21 replies · 1,658+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 03/22/07 | Robert Novak
    Waxman and Democratic colleagues did not ask these pertinent questions: Had not Plame been outed years ago by a Soviet agent? Was she not on an administrative, not operational, track at Langley? How could she be covert if, in public view, she drove to work each day at Langley? What about comments to me by then CIA spokesman Bill Harlow that Plame never would be given another foreign assignment? What about testimony to the FBI that her CIA employment was common knowledge in Washington? Instead of posing such questions, Waxman said flatly that Plame was covert and cited Hayden as...
  • Plamnesia--II

    03/20/2007 9:27:43 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 580+ views
    WSJ / OpinionJournal ^ | March 20, 2007 | James Taranto
    BY JAMES TARANTO Tuesday, March 20 Plamnesia--II Yesterday we noted that Kerfuffle Gal Valerie Plame testified she did not know whether she was a "covert" CIA agent as defined under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in 2003, when her supposedly secret identity surfaced. Reader Jim Lucas makes a crucial point that we missed: The Intelligence Identities Protection Act makes it a federal crime to intentionally reveal the identity of an agent whom one knows to be covert. So how can anyone be accused of knowingly revealing Valerie Plame's identity as a covert agent if Valerie Plame herself didn't know if...
  • Plame's 15 Minutes Extended to Overtime

    03/20/2007 8:51:12 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 5 replies · 593+ views
    Republic of Biloxi ^ | March 18th, 2007 | Biloxi
    I hope the Republicans learn from the experience of the November 2006 elections. They need to understand the consequences of their failure to lead and pandering to the left. It got them ousted from power in both houses of Congress and has ultimately led to the gridlock of pointless Congressional investigation. We now face hearings into the absolutely common political function of replacing political hires in the fired federal prosecutors imbroglio, We have seen the Scooter Libby trial where a man was convicted for a poor memory, and we are now seeing hearings related to that very same case. Patrick...
  • Valerie Plame Wilson: I worked on secret missions

    03/16/2007 4:17:30 PM PDT · by Billy Jacks blog · 87 replies · 2,743+ views
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2007
    I'm grateful for this opportunity to set the record straight. I served the United States loyally and to the best of my ability as a covert operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. I worked on behalf of the national security of our country, on behalf of the people of the United States until my name and true affiliation were exposed in the national media on July 14, 2003, after a leak by administration officials. Today, I can tell this committee even more. In the run-up to the war with Iraq I worked in the counter proliferation division of the...
  • Democrats Alter Oath For Witnesses: Leaves Out God (Does not look like Plame testified under oath)

    03/16/2007 5:52:23 PM PDT · by jrooney · 37 replies · 1,383+ views ^ | 3-16-07 | Penraker
    Democrats Alter Oath For Witnesses: Leaves Out God Henry Waxman just swore in Valerie Plame. He said it was the custom of his committee to put all witnesses under oath. He then administered this oath: "Do You promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth?" That seems awfully weak. Waxman omitted, the traditional "So help you God" He also omitted the requirement to "swear" to the honesty of her testimony. She was only required to "promise" which seems to be a much lower standard. People break promises all the time; they dare to break oaths much less frequently....
  • Bush's CIA Critic Claim Exposed as Untrue (More CIA Attempts to Undermine Bush and Sell Books)

    09/14/2006 9:21:47 PM PDT · by MikeA · 16 replies · 1,008+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 09/13/06 | Ronald Kessler
    WASHINGTON -- In a "60 Minutes" interview on April 23, Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's Europe division, made a sensational charge. He claimed that President Bush and his White House ignored intelligence before the invasion of Iraq indicating that Saddam Hussein had no had weapons of mass destruction. On the CBS-TV show, and in subsequent media interviews that appeared throughout the world, Drumheller said that the White House was excited about the fact that the CIA was getting information straight from Naji Sabri, the then Iraqi foreign minister. But when the White House found out this source...
  • Committee Will Hold Hearing on Disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson's Identity

    03/12/2007 11:46:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,047+ views
    Chairman Henry A. Waxman announced a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. At the hearing, the Committee will receive testimony from Ms. Wilson and other experts regarding the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 16. In addition, the Committee today sent a letter to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald commending him for his investigation and requesting a meeting to discuss testimony by Mr. Fitzgerald before the...