October 2005


Fitzgerald said on his press conference:

But I think what we see here today, when a vice president’s chief of staff is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, it does show the world that this is a country that takes its law seriously; that all citizens are bound by the law.

But what we need to also show the world is that we can also apply the same safeguards to all our citizens, including high officials. Much as they must be bound by the law, they must follow the same rules.

So I ask everyone involved in this process, anyone who participates in this trial, anyone who covers this trial, anyone sitting home watching these proceedings to follow this process with an American appreciation for our values and our dignity.

Indeed.

Let me also point to the article titled “One indictment for a thousand crimes”, which nails down the whole story better than any before. 

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This is my response to this post commenting on my previous opinion. Let me get back to those two claims I’ve made:

The nation was involved into war based on forged evidences and 20,000 – 50,000 people died

No, I do not think that WH was involved in forging the Niger evidence (good overview of this story is here).  The fact that Cheney asked to investigate that claims supports that.

But once Wilson got back from Niger and his report reached Cheney strange things happened. Cheney had two good options to react on the Wilson report: “This guy is probably not credible enough check it again, but we will hold off from spreading the story for now? and “Ok, this Niger evidence is a hoax, let drop it?.

Instead, they behaved in a very strange and suspicious way. First, they continued to use the Niger story to promote the war, especially in the Bush State of the Union speech that happened one year (!!) after the report. Is one year enough to read and understand a piece of paper?

Second, they started digging over Wilson identity to find any way to discredit him. As I recall just after the Bush speech Wilson anonymously leaked his story to the press. It took Cheney several months to find out that his wife worked for CIA. At the moment Wilson published this article the WH Iraq team was ready and immediately started the operation to dismiss the credibility of his report. I would say that probably they also tried to dismiss the possibility that his report was known to WH at the moment Bush did a speech. Is it strange or not?

The unknown number of CIA agents, possibly dozens went uncovered because they were related to Valerie Wilson. It is likely that serious damage to nuclear intelligence was done

As explained here her identity was indeed secret. It took Cheney a year to figure it out, and he learned it from the memo prepared by CIA. And so why CIA went ballistic if it was no big deal?

I think you are more partisan than I am 🙂

I want to join the concerns of fellow bloggers here, here and here about very dangerous development in Iran.

The first thing I want to see is the peace in the Middle East. The latest developments in Iraq war scandal was giving me the hope that the US aggression in Iraq in order to get control on oil using manufactured evidences will result in a political damage that will prevent the West from doing it again.

After all, we don’t consider possible anymore that Sun or IBM management will hire killers to remove Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer? So then we should not approve Bush killing 20,000 people to get better price for oil. It’s just not a proper way to do business. And I think the public opinion was drifting in that direction.

The only thing Iran had to do is to sit and wait until the next elections will replace US hardliners with moderates who value dignity in politics. But president Ahmaninejad blew it off.

I know Iranians are getting more and more educated, the students from Iran are all over the world, and the Iranian movies are now for rent in Netflix. I’d love to see Iranian bloggers to speak about this. Please, speak in english and post under “Iran” tag: we will hear you!

This blog claims that if the only reason for indictments is perjury and obstruction of justice but not the Agent Protection Act – why not just close the affair and go home? Let me remind the real damage that resulted from the Cheney/Rove/Libby/etc cabal actions:

  1. The nation was involved into war based on forged evidences and 20,000 – 50,000 people died
  2. The unknown number of CIA agents, possibly dozens went uncovered because they were related to Valerie Wilson. It is likely that serious damage to nuclear intelligence was done

Let me ask you – isn’t that enough of damage to keep digging?

This is my answer to this post claiming that the ’82 statute protects agents that are covert at the moment the identity leak happens.

This is wrong. The agent establishes connections that are secret for years. Practically it means the identity of a retired agent must be protected for 15-20 years, but the law protects it indefinitely. We don’t know how many agents Rove and Libby have uncovered – it might be 10 or even 20 people, not just Valerie Wilson.

We will never know the exact damage done by outing agent Plame, but if one day terrorists will blow a nuclear device on american soil, don’t forget that Mr. Cheney, Rove and Libby did their part of the job.

Stephen Hadley is a new person to track for development of Plamegate. He might be related to forging the evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium. This story is not new, but new details are coming, mostly hinting the reason of the fury of White House over Wilson investigation. Details are here and here. cake

There are more facts to follow-up my previous story about turture of detainees. Apparently 21 person died in custody during creative interrogation sessions. hangmans

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