Thursday, 31 May 2007
GUEST COMMENTARY: VALERIE PLAME'S 'COVERT' STATUS
This writeup, from www.sweetness-light.com, says it
better than I could. So here it is:
May 31st, 2007
From the DNCs house
Was She or Wasnt She?
Arguing that Libby deserves
jail time, Fitzgerald says Plame was a covert agent.
By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
May 29, 2007 - In new court filings, special
counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has finally resolved one of the most disputed
issues at the core of the long-running CIA leak controversy: Valerie Plame
Wilson, he asserts, was a covert CIA officer who repeatedly traveled
overseas using a cover identity in order to disguise her relationship with
Fitzgerald cites Wilsons covert status as
part of his argumentadvanced in two strongly worded memos filed in recent
daysthat I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice President Dick Cheneys former chief
of staff, should be sentenced to up to three years in prison
It was clear from very early
in the investigation that Ms. Wilson qualified under the relevant statutethe
Intelligence Identities Actas a covert agent whose identity had been
disclosed by public officials, including Mr. Libby, to the press, Fitzgerald
wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed late last Friday night
In the unclassified summary of his
memorandum which was based on information cleared by the CIA and became
publicly available Tuesday, Fitzgerald provided new details about Wilsons
previously classified activities at the agency. In January 2002, she
was working for the agency as an operations officer in the Directorate of
Operationss Counterproliferation Division (CPD) and serving as chief of a
unit with responsibility for weapons-proliferation issues related to Iraq. In
that capacity, he added, she traveled overseas in an undercover
She traveled at least seven times to more
than 10 countries, the document states. When traveling overseas, Ms.
Wilson always traveled under a cover identity At the time of the
initial unauthorized disclosure in the media of Ms. Wilsons employment
relationship with the CIA on 14 July 2003, Ms. Wilson was a covert CIA
employee for whom the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her
intelligence relationship to the United States.
One thing that is painfully clear is that
Fitzgerald is a liar. Another thing that is also clear is that Newsweek will
never stop carrying water for the Plames. (Note how Fizgerald gave this to
Spikey Isikoff as an exclusive.)
If Ms. Plame had been qualified under the
Intelligence Identities [Protection] Act, Fitzgerald should have prosecuted
Richard Armitage and whoever else leaked her information.
But he didnt because she wasnt covert in the
sense of the meaning of the IIPA. And up until now Fitzgerald has been careful
to avoid claiming she was. But his bizarre vindictive nature and need to score a
scalp for his DNC masters has gotten the better of him.
In January 2002, she was working for the
agency as an operations officer in the Directorate of Operationss
Counterproliferation Division (CPD) and serving as chief of a unit with
responsibility for weapons-proliferation issues related to Iraq. In that
capacity, he added, she traveled overseas in an undercover capacity.
She traveled at least seven times to more
than 10 countries, the document states. When traveling overseas, Ms. Wilson
always traveled under a cover identity
Even if this is true (and the 2002 date is
awfully convenient since it just barely fits the five year limit), there is no
indication that Plames cover was non-official (NOC).
Besides, the act was designed to protect those
living and working overseas full time. (Cf. Richard Welch.) Not managers
just popping in for a quick visit.
But more importantly, if Fitzgerald has known
this all along why didnt he at least bring this up during Mr. Libbys
trial, where it could have been vetted by the defense lawyers?
No, given Mr. Fitzgeralds history of shaving
the truth with ambiguous if not outright misleading verbiage, it is more likely
that it is all a lie merely designed to get Mr. Libby a longer
For Patrick Fitzgerald (is) far more of a liar
and partisan hack than Mr. Libby ever was. This case has become a personal
jihad for him.
Too bad the judge, (who seems to be of very
limited abilities) will probably fall for this
Some time ago I blogged about public schools in the UK that were eliminating
significant parts of the holocaust from their curriculum because they didn't
want to offend some of their students. Altering history to sanitize
genocide, you see, would be inoffensive.
At that time I noted that, having sent two children through the public
schools in my area, I really did not know what THEY were taught about the
holocaust. I made a promise to check and find out.
Ok, I admit I'm a little late on this. But better late than
never. I wandered into the high school today and spoke the the
principal. He was very gracious and has asked a person I believe to
be the chair of the history department to meet with me, show me the textbook and
describe the nature of the course work.
I will report back to you after this meeting takes place.
FRED THOMPSON'S QUALIFICATIONS
One of my biggest problems with would-be presidential candidates is their
lack of qualifications for the office.
I generally prefer people with executive experience (i.e. they ran something
and were responsible for its success or failure) rather than senators, who cast
votes but don't personally run a thing. So, apparently, does the rest
of the country, since only two presidents out of the 43** we have had went
straight from the Senate to the Oval office: Warren Harding and JFK.
Candidates like John Edwards and Barak Obama are ludicrous to me. Edwards,
apart from his many deficits (which I have detailed in previous blog entries), is a
one term senator without any legislative accomplishments, and had a woeful
record of non-attendance at his committee meetings. Barack Obama doesn't
even have the one term. It's hard to comprehend what kind of ego convinces
people like them that they should be considered for the presidency -- and even
harder to understand why some voters think their candidacies are a good
I put Hillary Clinton in the same categry. What, exactly, has she
accomplished since law school? She became a partner in a demonstrably
corrupt law firm in Arkansas when her husband was elected the state's Attorney
General, and then a senior partner when he was elected Governor. She
didn't even have to try cases to pretend she had qualifications for
those promotions. She was a Watergate lawyer, but was so
inept that the chief counsel (Jerome Zieffman, a Democrat) refused to give
her a reference for the work. And as a senator she has had exactly zero
The only two things Hillary Clinton was put in charge of were Arkansas'
Educational system (which went from 49th to 49th with her running the show) and
US health care (a fiasco beyond my ability to articulate, which her own party
voted against just as vigorously as Republicans did).
Then we have Fred Dalton Thompson. Most people know him as a successful
character actor who used to be a senator. That's accurate. But there
is a lot more. Let me tell you about him:
-Thompson worked his way through law school and got his law degree
from Vanderbilt University - where Al Gore flunked out of graduate school, by
-He was an Assistant US Attorney for 3 years, from 1967-69;
-He was the co-chief counsel in the Watergate investigation (and, unlike
Hillary Clinton, apparently performed quite well in that capacity);
-He was personally responsible for the investigation that resulted in a
corrupt Tennessee Governor, Ray Blanton, being removed from office in
disgrace - a case which launched Thompson's acting career (he played himself in
-He then became both an actor and also a highly successful lobbyist in
Washington DC, someone who learned first-hand, and therefore knows,
the inner workings of power;
-In 1994 Thompson was elected Senator, to fill out the unexpired term
of - ironically - Al Gore, who was then Vice President. He won election
to a full term two years later in a huge landslide;
-Since finishing that term in 2002, Thompson resumed his highly successful
acting career. He has also spoken out and written about major issues
affecting this country, with a bluntness and directness that, sadly, is almost
unique in politicians (Rudy Giuliani does this as well. So does Dennis
Kucinich, though he is not a viable candidate so it hardly
As you can see, Fred Thompson is far more than just an ego-driven guy
with a winning smile and a nonexistent resume. In that regard he certainly
sets himself apart from the candidates I spoke about at the beginning of this
Will he enter the race? Can he be nominated? Can he win?
I'm more than a little interested to see how this plays out.
**Yes there were 43. I know that Grover Cleveland, who served two
non-consecutive terms, is only one man, which knocks the number down to
42. But then there is President David Rice Atchison. If you know
about him you don't need me to tell you. If you don't, look it
up. It's a little-known but utterly fascinating piece of Americana.
THE REGULARS AT CROOKSANDLIARS.COM
It's been a while since I have posted a sampling of the wit and wisdom from
regular visitors to www.crooksandliars.com.
As you may be aware, crooksandliars.com is one of the most heavily
trafficked websites out there. It is also a hardest-of-hard left site that
attracts the LAMB** crowd in all its glory.
Today one of the blog entries involves President Bush. And the regulars
truly outdid themselves. Following is a small sampling of their comments
about the President. If you want to read them all, just go to http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/05/31/bush-thumping-his-chest-i-am-the-president/ and
click on "comments" at the bottom of the page.
Please remember that the thoughts (a charitable word to use here), grammar,
and language quality are theirs, not mine:
I don't know what the big deal is. It's obviously no surprise that he's pretty
much exactly how SNL portrays him..a whiney, attention starved, power hungry,
completely inept and mildly retarded politician. Further, he's proud, stubborn,
stupid, cowardly-chicken-hawk-toughguy cowboy.
He's easily overqualified
for a conviction in probably any court in the world for crimes against
humanity..but since he isn't being pursued for it (if it mattered to congress,
they'd have done it by now), we'll just keep taking this childish evil-doer up
I've decided to not talk shit about Bush anymore. Since I will
not do anything about it (even though I've already asked my congresswoman to
pursue his criminal conviction) anymore. Nor will I complain. WE (yes, YOU
C&Lers and I and everyone else in the world) are going to watch him finish
his term, watch him pretend to go out good (starting with the false EPA and AIDS
funding gestures) and watch him slip into retirement and continued wealth and
corruption and we'll have just been raped for the last 8 years and do nothing.
George bless the USA!!
Just paint a little mustache on that picture.
Those who ignore the
mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.
We are in the hands of a
madman. A total sociopath.
And he is a mere puppet of the real
Rove must really have his arm up the chimps ass for him to act like that.
knew he was that good of a ventrilloquest?
ha ha ha!!! Im picturing the chimp beating on his chest n' shit, too funny!!!
someone throw him a banana... actually just drop an entire crate of bananas on
his ass! ha ha ha ha!!!! "Mighty Kong!"
We all know he's a crazy fu*ker and we all also know he's the most dangerous
crazy fu*ker in the world.
Don't run with scissors, don't play with fire
and don't let a crazy fu*ker have the button that can blow up the world. It's
just common sense.
"I am the preznit!" -- no George, youre a piece of shit and I wouldnt piss on
you if you were on fire.
Really, what are we going to do about this
guy? He's about 10 hairs away from being a monkey, he's got his finger on that
little red button, his wife is so zoned out on drugs she makes Britney Spears
look sane and the rest of us are so powerless, we can only watch and weep. I
need a drink and a nap.
Let us hope our georgie goes the way of England's George
Is that the BOOZE, the DRUGS, or cheney's hand
stuck up your ass doing the talking?
If the American people press for, and get, impeachment of this lunatic, the
world will judge us as a country that was against the man and his circle of
henchmen; and will back off (somewhat) on the hate and terrorist plots.
If he is allowed to stay until the end of his term, the world will judge
us as the people who voted for this Crusader TWICE; and will be planning more
9/11s for decades.
We have to impeach this idiot so our children can
live in a less dangerous world.
Losing" in Iraq was always the
They have a completely different game plan in mind, and
it's called ACQUISITION OF RESOURCES AND TERRITORY combined with mass exodus or
mass extinction of the population.
Some of us have been telling you this
for the better part of three years, and have had to endure the slings and arrows
of those of you who accused us of being "conspiracy theorists."
right - we are conspiracy theorists - and that's why we are the few who
recognized the conspiracy for what it is.
If you're not a conspiracy
theorist, how can you ever hope to understand the conspiracy being revealed
before your very eyes?
Snap out of it.
don't forget, chimpy is losing it, but he has his demented finger on the
"mushroom cloud" button. he can cause total devastation to the entire human race
with one of his insipid "chest thumping" moments. i would be very frieghtened.
bush is just that insane.
I'd like to thump his head with a big rubber
Weed + Jack Daniels =Bush's
Sounds like King Georgie is having a temper tantrum or
suffering bunker mentality. Time for his diaper change. LOL!
And many, many more. Go to the site and see for yourself.
** As readers of this blog know, a LAMB is a member of the Lunatic-left And
MORE HILLARY HYPOCRISY
I have a legal right to sit on my front porch and look at an upside down copy
of Ranger Rick. The reason I don't is that it doesn't make any sense and
doesn't appeal to me.
I have a legal right to stand in Union Square (New York or San Francisco, you
pick) and speak out in favor of ending the budget deficit by eliminating social
security. I don't do it because I don't believe in it and think it would
There is a difference between what we have the right to do and what we
actually will do. That difference, in large part, defines what our true
beliefs are, as well as the quality of our character.
With this in mind, I offer you this from the Associated Press
today. As usual, the bold print is mine:-
LAS VEGAS (AP)
- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she followed all
Senate rules when she accepted rides on a private jet from a longtime
"Whatever I've done, I complied
with Senate rules at the time. That's the way every senator operates," the
Democratic presidential contender said in an interview with The
Associated Press during a campaign stop in Las Vegas.
Clinton's travel, along with and consulting
fees paid to her husband, the former president, have come to light recently in a
lawsuit against Vinod Gupta, a Clinton contributor and chief executive of the
data company, InfoUSA Inc.
The lawsuit by company shareholders accuses
Gupta of excessively spending millions of dollars, including $900,000 worth of
travel on the Clintons.
Sen. Clinton, who complained about
corporate America's largesse and skyrocketing executive pay during campaign
events Wednesday, said she did not believe her message was undermined by her
acceptance of the private flights. In line with Senate rules then in effect,
Clinton's campaign has said she reimbursed Gupta at the cost of a first-class
flight, typically a significant discount off the expense of a private jet.
the rules. You'll have to ask somebody
else whether that's good policy," she said.
There you have it. The senator from New York doesn't believe in this
kind of activity. But she engages in it. Why? Because she can,
Is it just me, or is Ms. Clinton's inevitable candidacy getting more and more
"evitable" every day?
CABLE NEWS RATINGS FOR MAY
As cable networks put out their bulls....er, promotional material to convince
you of how well they are doing, I thought you might be interested in the actual
Here, from www.mediabistro.com, are
the 15 most watched cable news shows, and the average number of households
MAY '07: 4/30/2007 -
FOXN THE OREILLY
FOXN HANNITY &
FOXN ON THE RECORD
FOXN THE FOX REPORT
FOXN SPECIAL REPORTW/BRIT
FOXN THE OREILLY FACTOR
CNN LARRY KING
FOXN THE BIG STORY W/J
FOXN FOX AND
CNN LOU DOBBS
WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO 731,000
FOXN STUDIO B
FOXN FOX NEWS
FOXN LIVE DESK
A few observations:
-13 of the top 15 are on Fox News Channel
-The other 2 are on CNN. That means MSNBC has no shows in
the top 15.
-keith olbermann's leftwing-fest, "Countdown" again doesn't break the
top 15. In fact, it is in 17th place, with 598,000 viewers on
average. After four years of increasingly shrill, bitter sarcasm, whining envy
and viciously personal attacks from Mr. olbermann, Bill O'Reilly still
generates more than three times the audience. In fact, the REPEAT of
O'Reilly, at 11PM, gets over 50% more viewership than Countdown. That,
folks, is a drubbing.
It sort of makes you wonder what the Democratic party is thinking,
as they shun Fox News Channel for their debates. Maybe they figure that
avoiding places where tougher questions might be asked, and just preaching to
the choir, is enough to win in 2008.