Archive for September, 2003

Plame Defenses Quickly Evaporating

Plame was important:

“CIA lawyers followed up the notification this month by answering 11 questions from the Justice Department, affirming that the woman’s identity was classified, that whoever released it was not authorized to do so and that the news media would not have been able to guess her identity without the leak, the senior officials said.”

Um…ouch. So much for “she was no big deal” and “everyone knew who she was.”

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/30/2003 01:31 PM.

More on the Wilson/Plame Flap

Rather than add a lot of commentary, I’m mainly doing my bit on this by compiling a list of relevant articles. I think I have everything up through MSNBC bringing the story into the limelight, but after that I’m picking and choosing. There are so many, they get redundant after a while. However, I’m making a concerted effort to stick to facts. They, in the long run, will speak for themselves.

(by Morgan, Tue, 30 Sep 2003 10:01 AM)

The Empire Strikes Back…Badly

Well, I have to admit, I’m impressed. It’s not every day that you see a group of people display arrogance and desperation…simultaneously.

Arrogance:

McClellan said White House officials were not trying to determine on their own what had happened or who was involved. “Are we supposed to chase down every anonymous report in the newspaper? We’d spend all our time doing that.”

Desperation:

In particular, McClellan said it was “ridiculous” to suggest that Karl Rove, Bush’s top political operative, was involved, as once alleged by Wilson. “He wasn’t involved,” McClellan said of Rove. “The president knows he wasn’t involved. … It’s simply not true.”

I hope that it goes without saying that if the latter statement is accurate, it means that Bush knows who exposed Valerie Plame.

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/29/2003 06:57 PM.

The Other Guy Rule

While I am enjoying the (long overdue) Rove/Bush meltdown regarding Wilsongate, I am more than a little disconcerted by some of the rhetoric in my (left) half of the blogosphere. Are we really talking about forcing reporters to blow the anonymity of sources, here? Do we really want to go there?

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/29/2003 10:40 AM.

Bush’s Last Blunder?

Taking one for Rove wasn’t his smartest move:

“He wasn’t involved,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said of Rove. “The president knows he wasn’t involved. … It’s simply not true.”

Which pretty much says outright that the president does know who it is. And is covering up for them. Which would make him an accessory after the fact.

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/29/2003 10:39 AM.

Wilsongate? We can hope.

Not much to add to this one, but here’s hoping this is the one the Bushies won’t be able to sweep under the rug :-).

Wilsongate Goes Mainstream

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Wilsongate Goes Mainstream

NBC, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, CBS, and the New York Times are all on this story.

The Washington Post story is the most damning:

A senior administration official said two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and revealed the identity and occupation of Wilson’s wife. That was shortly after Wilson revealed in July that the CIA had sent him to Niger last year to look into the uranium claim and that he had found no evidence to back up the charge. Wilson’s account eventually touched off a controversy over Bush’s use of intelligence as he made the case for attacking Iraq.

“Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,” the senior official said of the alleged leak.

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/28/2003 01:43 AM.

The body-politic may be willing…

…But how much flesh is another story.

A reminder of which coalition member nations have sent troops into Iraq (link was to http://apnews.excite.com/article/20030926/D7TQ81V00.html):
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You Know the Military’s Getting Desperate When…

…they’re using mass e-mail marketing to recruit. Received in my inbox today:

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No WMDs

None. Nada. Zero. Zip. Nil.

No WMDs. No facilities for making WMDs. No materials for making WMDs. Not even a plan for making WMDs.

Read more on the Justice Log, 9/25/2003 11:37 AM.

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