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  • Ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s ‘Embarrassing’ Emails To Hillary

    10/03/2015 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson caused “embarrassment” to a company he consulted for by lobbying then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an email he sent through her longtime friend and ally, Sidney Blumenthal, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller. The company, Symbion Power, made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week by Wilson, who served as ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe during the Bill Clinton administration. Wilson claims that Symbion and its co-founders, Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, engaged in fraud, breach of contract and civil conspiracy...
  • House Of Bribes: How The United States Led The Way To A Nuclear Iran

    10/01/2015 10:53:25 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | New Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    Executive Summary The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Iran’s terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in...
  • America's Descent Into Lawlessness

    09/10/2015 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do you remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby? In 2003, the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, unlawfully disclosed the covert status of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Yet Plame may not have been a covert undercover agent, based on the formal government definition of that role. And even if she were, it was widely known at the time that Secretary of State Colin Powell's subordinate, Richard Armitage, had most likely disclosed her status earlier. In other words, Libby was in an Orwellian position of being accused of a crime...
  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 1:29:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 14, 2015 | Andrew Beatty
    Once thought dead and buried on the battlefields of Iraq, a muscular and militaristic "neoconservative" approach to US foreign policy is making a comeback. For most of the last decade, the "neocons" -- personified by former vice president Dick Cheney and ex-Pentagon boss Donald Rumsfeld -- have been out of office and out of fashion. But the 2016 presidential race has seen Republican candidates embrace ideas and advisors once ostracized for the catastrophes and hubris of George W. Bush's "preemptive war" in Iraq. During last week's Republican presidential debates, 17 candidates tripped over themselves to declare President Barack Obama weak...
  • 'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament

    05/03/2010 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 784+ views
    'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament Activist Students Say Nuclear Weapons Elimination Should Be a Top Priority for Their Generation By HUMA KHAN May 3, 2010— Scott Ibaraki has been on the road for the last three weeks. Ibaraki, 22, has driven from Florida to Washington, D.C., in a dusty green van, accompanied by two colleagues for what he describes as an important mission: warning people about the dangers of a nuclear world. It is so important to him that Ibaraki, at one college campus, used a Pikachu outfit and ran across the campus with a megaphone...
  • Wise-cracking US celebrities endorse Iran deal

    08/02/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 31 July 15 | Unattributed
    Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy. The video uploaded this week onto YouTube comes as President Barack Obama's administration tries to sell the agreement to the public and a sceptical Congress.
  • Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]

    07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.
    Cyber warfare has gone nuclear. So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks. “There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”...
  • 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.
  • Outing Valerie Plame: Remember when she was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters?

    12/23/2014 6:23:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember the outrage when CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name was leaked to newspaperman Robert Novak? Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, accused the Bush White House of doing it in retaliation, because her husband was a critic of its war policy. Wilson said it would be “fun to see Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.” Only one problem: Rove didn’t do it. The State Department’s Richard Armitage did. Now the worm has turned. Last week, Glenn Greenwald, the man who helped Edward Snowden get stolen American secrets published, wrote an article naming the woman — a...
  • Ed Schultz to Valerie Plame's Husband: Didn't Cheney 'Torture' Your Family?

    12/15/2014 3:59:22 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With 2015 only a couple of weeks away, Ed Schultz just managed to sneak under the wire in the race for Most Inane Question of the Year by an MSNBC Host. Speaking to Valerie Plame's husband Joe Wilson on the The Ed Show this evening, Schultz suggested: "Your wife was outed by the Vice-President and now he's saying he has no problem with torture. How do you feel about that? I mean isn't it torture what your family went through?" Wilson wasn't wacky enough to bite on Ed's bait, but in other comments made clear that he would like to...
  • DiFi Absolves One Republican from Blame for Torture

    12/09/2014 2:26:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush ^ | December 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Folks, Dianne Feinstein today absolved one Republican from any blame. One Republican had nothing to do with torture. Only one Republican would have stood up and demanded it stopped if he had known. Only one Republican out there would have had the honor and the guts to stop it, and therefore only one Republican is worthy of being exempted and absolved of any blame for all of this torture and all of the assault on our good values and so forth. Who do you think that one Republican who is blameless is? I ran this by Snerdley, he said,...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • Valerie Plame Continues to Spin 'Bush Administration Retribution' Myth

    06/06/2014 8:38:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 6, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Richard Armitage. I repeat, Richard Armitage. One more time...RICHARD ARMITAGE. I just made Valerie Plame wince three times once she reads this article. Why? Because the name Richard Armitage completely destroys the myth she is desperately hanging onto after all these years that the Bush administration deliberately leaked her name as a CIA employee in order to discredit her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson who criticized the decision to invade Iraq. Unfortunately for both Plame and the Left who have been clinging to that myth for years, it was completely undone when the name of the real leaker, who was an...
  • Valeria Plame: CIA Outing ‘Stupid,’ but False Equivalence to Compare to Mine

    05/30/2014 7:13:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 05/30/2014 | by Josh Feldman
    Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who was infamously outed during the Bush administration, was on CNN yesterday to react to the accidental outing of another CIA official this week. Plame called it “colossally stupid,” but made it clear this is in no way equivalent to what happened to her. Plame’s outing over ten years ago turned into a full-fledged scandal that implicated a number of Bush administration officials, which she doesn’t believe is in par with one person’s “colossally stupid” accident. Plame told Wolf Blitzer this week’s embarrassment was “an error of huge proportions with tremendous consequences,” but the...
  • When Bushies blew a CIA cover, it was 'treason'; now, it's a mistake

    05/29/2014 12:05:14 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 29, 2014 | 11:10 AM | Byron York
    Valerie Plame doesn't deny that blowing the cover of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan is a serious matter. It's just that, discussing the issue at a Wednesday evening forum sponsored by The Atlantic, Plame seemed to view the outing of the CIA's top spy on the front lines in the Afghan war as more of an embarrassment than an outrage. "My understanding is … it was a military aide who compiled this list of those that were greeting the president when he came," Plame said. "Colossally stupid, but I think it was inadvertent. It was an error … really...
  • Behind the White House Leak of the CIA Agent’s Name Is a Real Story

    05/28/2014 9:45:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    independent sentinel ^ | May 27, 2014 | Sara Noble and Gary Spina
    According to the AP, a CIA agent’s name was leaked by the White House . The AP calls it an “embarrassing flub” even though it was a crime when an aide in the Bush administration leaked the name of part-time agent Valerie Plame. What’s given little attention in the story is the fact that the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story sent his copy to the White House to be checked for “accuracy.” ... First of all, any reporter worth his salt would not depend on the subject he’s reporting on to verify accuracy. That’s just crazy. He’d make...
  • 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.
  • Proof that the Plame case was a hoax

    01/11/2014 7:56:43 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/11/2014 | Clarice Feldman
    CIA official's John Rizzo's revelations in new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, establish beyond peradventure of doubt that the Plame case was a hoax, stirred up by her husband and Patrick Fitzgerald. See these excerpts from the book:
  • Richard Dawkins Talks Religion, Science, and Why He Thinks Obama’s an Atheist with Bill Maher

    10/26/2013 3:57:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/25/2013 | Josh Feldman
    Oxford professor and celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins joined Bill Maher Friday night to talk about his personal evolution from theism to atheism, why a scientific view of the universe does not entail a series of random events, and which public figures he believes are secretly atheists.Maher and Dawkins agreed that people like them are often called “militant” atheists, when, in fact, the real problem people have with them is their “clarity” and how steadfast they are on these issues. Dawkins acknowledged he used to be religious, adding, “When I became a man I put away childish things.”Dawkins dispelled some truly...
  • Bill Maher and Panel Unloads on Obamacare Rollout: ‘Big F***-Up for Liberals’

    10/25/2013 8:45:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies ^ | October 25, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    <p>Bill Maher admitted at the outset that the Obamacare rollout has been a “big [snip]-up for liberals,” and while he didn’t want to be stuck in an uncritical liberal bubble, he also couldn’t help but recall a time when President Bush screwed up on a colossal level and apologized for nothing. Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, and Valerie Plame all joined Maher in still making clear the GOP’s at fault here.</p>
  • NBC: CIA officer fired after admitting leak- Name is Mary McCarthy

    04/21/2006 4:33:43 PM PDT · by dennisw · 177 replies · 5,325+ views
    msnbc ^ | Updated: 7:23 p.m. ET April 21, 2006 | Robert Windrem and Andrea Mitchell
    WASHINGTON - In a rare occurrence, the CIA fired an officer who acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter, NBC News learned Friday. The officer flunked a polygraph exam before being fired on Thursday and is now under investigation by the Justice Department, NBC has learned. Intelligence sources tell NBC News the accused officer, Mary McCarthy, worked in the CIA's inspector general's office and had worked for the National Security Council under the Clinton and and George W. Bush administrations. The leak pertained to stories on the CIA’s rumored secret prisons in Eastern Europe, sources told NBC. The information was...
  • What Woodward Knew

    11/17/2005 6:12:45 PM PST · by YaYa123 · 117 replies · 4,051+ views
    US News ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Michael Barone
    What to think of the quite astonishing revelation that Bob Woodward was told by administration sources—not Scooter Libby or Karl Rove, it seems clear—that Joseph Wilson's wife worked at the CIA, and told a month before what Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said was the first revelation by an administration source, Libby, to a member of the press? Here's the story from yesterday's Post on Woodward's testimony, and here's Woodward's statement, printed next to the story on the jump page. Here's the story by the Post's excellent media reporter Howard Kurtz on Woodward's apology to Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie for...
  • Woodward Defends Role in CIA Leak Probe [Update]

    11/16/2005 5:17:12 PM PST · by ncountylee · 57 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | November 16, 2005 | TONI LOCY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Post editor Bob Woodward tried to fend off criticism Wednesday over revelations that he didn't reveal to his bosses that a top Bush administration official had told him the name of a CIA operative. "Journalism is a contact sport," Woodward told The Associated Press Wednesday. Referring to criticism he experienced during his reporting on the 1970s Watergate scandal, Woodward said, "I was 29 when people who really knew how to shoot were around." Woodward said he apologized to Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. for not telling him until last month that he had learned about...
  • Woodward Failed His Readers By Holding Back What He Knew

    11/21/2005 4:53:21 AM PST · by shortstop · 50 replies · 1,661+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 11/21/05 | Lead Editorial
       Bob Woodward is one of the most admired reporters in the world, so it was particularly disappointing to learn that for two years he withheld important information about the CIA leak investigation that led to the indictment of Vice President Cheney's top aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. It appears Woodward may have been the first reporter to learn the identity of Valerie Plame, a former covert employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and wife of administration critic Joseph Wilson. Yet during special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's two-year investigation into whether Plame's identity...
  • Pincus: Woodward 'Asked Me to Keep Him Out' of Plame Reporting

    11/16/2005 11:20:59 AM PST · by Pikamax · 313 replies · 12,480+ views
    editor and publisher. ^ | 11/16/05 | Joe Strupp
    Pincus: Woodward 'Asked Me to Keep Him Out' of Plame Reporting By Joe Strupp Published: November 16, 2005 12:45 PM ET NEW YORK Walter Pincus, the longtime Washington Post reporter and one of several journalists who testified in the Valerie Plame case, said he believed as far back as 2003 that Bob Woodward had some involvement in the case but he did not pursue the information because Woodward asked him not to. "He asked me to keep him out of the reporting and I agreed to do that," Pincus said today. His comments followed a Post story today about Woodward's...
  • Washington Post rebukes Bob Woodward

    11/20/2005 5:28:55 PM PST · by Daralundy · 52 replies · 2,363+ views
    Reuters via CNN ^ | November 20, 2005
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Washington Post's ombudsman rebuked journalist Bob Woodward on Sunday for withholding what he knew about the CIA leak probe from his editor and for making public statements that were dismissive of the investigation without disclosing his own involvement. One of the best-known investigative reporters in the United States, Woodward revealed last week that he testified under oath to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that a senior Bush administration official told him in mid-June 2003 about CIA operative Valerie Plame's position at the agency. Fitzgerald announced a few days later in court papers that his two-year criminal investigation...
  • Woodward Claim on CIA Leak Disputes Charge

    11/16/2005 4:25:17 PM PST · by notes2005 · 162 replies · 3,801+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 16 | By TONI LOCY and PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Bob Woodward's version of when and where he learned the identity of a CIA operative contradicts a special prosecutor's contention that Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide was the first to make the disclosure to reporters. Attorneys for the aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, described Wednesday's statement by the Washington Post's assistant managing editor as helpful for their defense, although Libby is charged with lying to a grand jury and the FBI, not with disclosing the CIA official's name. "Hopefully, as information is obtained from reporters like Bob Woodward, the real facts will come out," lawyer Ted...
  • Woodward Apologizes to Post for Withholding Knowledge of Plame

    11/16/2005 12:27:27 PM PST · by NewMediaFan · 92 replies · 3,533+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2005; 1:18 PM | Howard Kurtz
    Bob Woodward apologized today to The Washington Post's executive editor for failing to tell him for more than two years that a senior Bush administration official had told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame, even as an investigation of those leaks mushroomed into a national scandal. Woodward, an assistant managing editor and best-selling author, said he told Leonard Downie Jr. that he held back the information because he was worried about being subpoenaed by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the case. "I apologized because I should have told him about this much sooner," Woodward said in an interview....
  • Valerie Plame Gets It Right (and is looking mighty fine I might add)

    10/01/2013 4:21:40 PM PDT · by tom h · 52 replies ^ | 10/1/2013 | Self
    Valerie Plame warns the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts that the NSA surveillance program should not just worry terrorists, but all of us.
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • White House invite for dictator who has stolen billions from his impoverished African nation

    06/09/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies ^ | June 9, 2011 | Daniel Bates
    Barack Obama has come under fire for extending a formal invitation to a shamed African dictator who has ruthlessly plundered billions of dollars from his own country. The U.S. President will today have a coveted private meeting with President Ali Bongo of Gabon in the Oval Office despite his appalling track record. Bongo’s family has ruled the impoverished African nation with an iron fist for five decades and have used its oil riches to fund a life of outrageous luxury. Meanwhile one third of people in Gabon live on less than $2 a day and thousands starve to death each...
  • 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...
  • John Kiriakou, ex-spy and media darling

    01/29/2012 11:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 1/29/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his Loyal Opposition blog, New York Times ed page editor Andrew Rosenthal goes after the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute former CIA officer, former Democratic Senate staffer and Huffington Post blogger John Kiriakou for leaking classified information — including the names of CIA operatives — to journalists. Rosenthal writes, That may seem simple: CIA officer, classified information disclosed, prison. But take a closer look. He’s been charged with revealing that two men accused of organizing the Sept. 11 attacks, Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were tortured. So the man who blew the whistle on torture may go to...
  • The Truth About the Valerie Plame Case Finally Emerges (Scooter Libby Innocent)

    12/08/2011 4:39:47 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 52 replies
    New American ^ | Sam Blumenfeld
    Now that memoirs by the late Bob Novak, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, and former President George Bush have all been published, we now know much more about the Valerie Plame case than we did before these individuals put what happened to paper. (Plame, if you'll remember, was a CIA agent whose identity was leaked to the press during a newsman's investigation into George W. Bush's explanation for going to war against Iraq.) Yet, the one book that still needs to be written is a memoir by Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the VP’s assistant, the only individual indicted by the Special Prosecutor...
  • WaPo – Sean Penn Movie “Fair Game” Full Of Lies

    12/05/2010 2:03:36 PM PST · by Starman417 · 50 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-05-10 | Curt
    During Thanksgiving weekend I went to see the movie REDS with Bruce Willis. Awesome movie and I highly recommend it. But during the trailers they showed the movie FAIR GAME with Sean Penn, supposedly based on the Plame/Wilson affair. I groaned when I saw it. It appears my groan was warranted. Here is the WaPo: (h/t Dan Riehl) In fact, "Fair Game," based on books by Mr. Wilson and his wife, is full of distortions - not to mention outright inventions. To start with the most sensational: The movie portrays Ms. Plame as having cultivated a group of Iraqi...
  • Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy

    12/04/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by FTJM · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/3/10 | Editorial
    WE'RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews. But the recently released film "Fair Game" - which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq - deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it. The protagonists portrayed in the movie, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and former spy Valerie Plame, claim that it tells the true story of their battle with the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Ms. Plame's exposure as a CIA agent. "It's accurate," Ms. Plame told The Post. Said Mr. Wilson:...
  • Naomi Watts Toughens Up For'Fair Game'[Plame-Wilson Film "Reinforces Their Patriotism"]

    11/11/2010 10:49:15 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 51 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 12, 2010 | Mal Vincent
    Minutes after Naomi Watts, movie star, arrived at the CIA’s secret Virginia training center called The Farm, she was thrown to the ground in a way that left bruises. When she cried out in pain, her instructor glared and informed her, “Don’t say 'ow’ again unless you need to go to the hospital.” During the days that followed, she was “stripped of everything that cloaked her in specialness,” said director Doug Liman. The actress chose the rough treatment, Liman said. He chose Watts to play Valerie Plame Wilson, the spy who was outed in one of the most controversial episodes...
  • 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...
  • Where are they now? See what some of your favorite political friends are up to this month.

    10/25/2010 3:03:46 PM PDT · by mikalasukala
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | October 24, 2010 | Consigliere5
    WHERE ARE THEY NOW? [taken from October 2010 articles/blog posts]NASA's Islam Outreach Minister Charles BoldenGOP lawmakers are critical of Charles Bolden for leaving last week on a trip to China just as the agency he leads begins pursuing an ambitious new agenda. It is the latest in a series of controversial moves that some speculate could result in Bolden's ouster. A law signed a week ago gives NASA four months or less to develop a dozen different plans for the future, including a detailed report on how it would replace the retiring space shuttle.It's an ambitious schedule, one that NASA...
  • ISLAMYWOOD: Guess Who Financed & Produced Valerie Plame’s Movie? (Debbie Schlussel on a roll)

    09/22/2010 2:10:31 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 6 replies
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | September 22, 2010, - 3:26 pm | Debbie Schlussel
    While Imagenation Abu Dhabi is behind a number of overtly pro-Muslim and pan-Arabist arthouse movies that will be shown in the U.S. to smaller audiences, it also has its hands in a number of bigger feature films, including–surprise! surprise!–a movie starring philo-Semite Mel Gibson (“The Beaver”) and directed by his biggest defender, Jodi Foster. Plus the company has partnered with Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks studio. Imagenation Abu Dhabi hired a former top Walt Disney pictures exec, Edward Borgerding, as its CEO, as well as many other top Hollywood veterans to run the company’s operations, because these monied Muslim oil...
  • WaPo Writer: Twisting Facts in Political Movies Okay in Order to Tell Larger 'Truths'

    08/22/2010 7:02:58 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 22, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine a movie about Abraham Lincoln's assassination that neglects to include the character of John Wilkes Booth. Ridiculous, right? Well, that is pretty much what has happened in the movie Fair Game in which the person who leaked the name of Valerie Plame to Robert Novak, Richard Armitage, never appears in the film. So how to excuse such an absurd situation? Simple. Just write off complaints about this as political insider nitpicking. That is what Washington Post writer Ann Hornaday has done in her article that sets up laughable excuses in advance to what is sure to be a firestorm...
  • Valerie Plame 'Fair Game' Movie Tosses Name Leaker Richard Armitage Down Memory Hole

    08/21/2010 8:16:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 21, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    The only way we even know the name of Valerie Plame (and fame seeking hubby Joe Wilson) is that that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage leaked her name as a CIA officer to columnist Robert Novak. That is what set in motion the long drawn out Plamegate affair in which only Scooter Libby was convicted of something other than leaking her name. So you would figure that the supposedly biographical movie scheduled for a November USA release about Plame, Fair Game, would feature Armitage front and center as the principal villain. Right? Wrong. The fact is that "Fair...
  • Blago, Scooter, and Fitz (very interesting)

    08/18/2010 12:03:23 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-28-10 | Tom Rowan
    The Valerie Plame affair can shed some light on Rod Blagojevich's trial. It was Plame's husband Joe Wilson who put the lie into the "Bush lied us into war" slogan. Bush rightly told the nation that Hussein had sought yellow cake uranium from Niger. Joe Wilson claimed he was sent by Dick Cheney to go to Niger to find out. Wilson was found to be lying in parts large and small. But the damage was done. The entire focus of the war shifted to the lack of yellow cake uranium and other WMD. Turns out that Dick Cheney did not...
  • New York Times About to Put American Troops in Deadly Peril

    04/14/2010 9:57:01 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 49 replies · 3,863+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | april 14th | Brad Thor
    I have just received word that the New York Times is preparing to go public with a list of names of Americans covertly working in Afghanistan providing force protection for our troops, as well as the rest of our Coalition Forces. If the Times actually sees this through, the red ink they are drowning in will be nothing compared to the blood their entire organization will be covered with. Make no mistake, the Times is about to cause casualty rates in Afghanistan to skyrocket. Each and every American should be outraged. As chronicled here, here, here, and here the Central...
  • Democrats: Outing Valerie Plame Bad, Outing Karzai's Brother Good

    11/03/2009 9:20:07 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies · 577+ views
    11/3/09 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Democrats said that the outing of a CIA agent, personnel, whatever, was bad, and said that someone's head in the Bush Administration had to roll. Democrats wanted Cheney, but didn't get him. When the New York Times outs Karzai's brother as supposedly being paid by the CIA to do who knows what, Democrats act as if it is no big deal. What gives?
  • 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.
  • The Plame Blame Game, for Real

    08/21/2009 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 10 replies · 1,773+ views
    Special to FreeRepublis ^ | 21 August 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The Associated Press reported today (Friday) that lawyers for certain detainees at the Gitmo Prison in Cuba, possibly violated federal criminal law by releasing the identity of CIA covert operatives. The current Justice Department investigation connects to both the Valerie Plame matter a few years ago, and the current issue of where and how Gitmo detainees should be charged and tried. First, the Plame affair. According to the mainstream media, that was about the “outing” of a CIA “covert operative” in violation of federal law. But that law applied only to people who had been a covert operative “within five...
  • Nancy 'Scooter' Pelosi

    04/28/2009 11:19:34 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 901+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Mon Apr 27, 2009
    Security Breaches: Scooter Libby went to prison for the "outing" of a desk-jockey CIA agent. He forgot conversations. Pelosi forgets briefings. And the outing of our entire intelligence apparatus by Democrats is OK. Remember the thrilling days of yesteryear and the alleged outing of the already known CIA officer Valerie Plame? We were told then that the Vanity Fair cover girl's 15 minutes of fame jeopardized our national security even if everybody already knew who she was. "Scooter" Libby went to prison because his memory of events and who said what to whom regarding Plame differed from the recollections of...
  • SCOTUS urged not to hear Plame appeal

    05/20/2009 1:20:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 1,145+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-20-09 | Josh Gerstein
    Justice Department (through Solicitor General Elena Kagan) urges Supreme Court not to hear appeal from former CIA officer Valerie Plame, after lower courts threw out her lawsuit claiming damages from alleged scheme to invade her privacy by exposing her as a CIA employee. Plame’s exposure led to conviction of Cheney aide Lewis Libby on obstruction of justice charges. -- Josh Gerstein (3:31 p.m.)