"There are also growing suspicions that Rove coordinated the exposure of Plame and her network through an entity called the White House Iraq Group -- an entity created to manage the propaganda for the war..... .....The entire White House Iraq Group is considered suspect in knowing beforehand about the leak and participating in the subsequent conspiracy to cover it up -- both in conversations between Air Force One en route to Africa and Washington, DC and in group strategy meetings to deal with the subpoena of documents and testimony before the Grand Jury. Although the focus is now on Rove, many insiders also believe Scooter Libby phoned reporters to divulge Plame's identity.."
Karl Rove is a Traitor (imho) No matter how he paints his self-portrait of his part in the Plame "outing"
As more information gets out here, thought is crystallizing among the public that one of the people Judy Miller is protecting, by not talking, is Karl Rove. All signs point to him as a traitor.
Oh, sure - he has probably testified that he didn't "knowingly" expose Valerie Plame's CIA identity, but the public knows that Rove is vindictive and extremely passionate about winning for the GOP. The more we learn, the more we understand that Karl Rove "knowingly" or unknowingly, chose to betray his country for the sake of a political grudge when he opened his fat mouth and spilled his impulsive and traitorous guts to so many journalists. He bragged to Chris Matthews, as an affirmation of a leak, that Plame was "fair game". That, alone, makes him a traitor in many eyes.
He went far, far too far this time. He needs to resign and face all legal consequence. His failure to do so will stain the Bush administration forever (as if they need more stains upon them). There was a time in our history when traitors were hung.
How can a nation impeach one President over a sexual incident and allow a traitor to the nation to remain working for the current Executive? How does this make any sense?
President Bush recently siad this about Alberto Gonzales - and it has to make you wonder....
"I don't like it when a friend gets criticized. I'm loyal to my friends. All of a sudden this fellow, who is a good public servant and a really fine person, is under fire. And so, do I like it? No, I don't like it, at all."
Will President Bush choose his loyalty to his good friend Karl Rove over loyalty to his country?
Read this statement from Ronald Reagan in 1982:
"...the enactment of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act is clear evidence of the value this nation places on its intelligence agencies and their personnel. It's a vote of confidence in you by the American people through their elected representatives. It's also a tribute to the strength of our democracy.
The Congress has carefully drafted this bill so that it focuses only on those who would transgress the bounds of decency; not those who would exercise their legitimate right of dissent. This carefully drawn act recognizes that the revelation of the names of secret agents adds nothing to legitimate public debate over intelligence policy. It is also a signal to the world that while we in this democratic nation remain tolerant and flexible, we also retain our good sense and our resolve to protect our own security and that of the brave men and women who serve us in difficult and dangerous intelligence assignments."
Karl Rove transgressed the bounds of decency. He thought nothing of stripping Valerie Plame's protected identity (and in doing so, the national security) away for a political grudge. Karl Rove is a traitor.
Judy Goes to Jail Judy serves the public interest by going behind bars to protect source
As much of a gullible soul I believe Judy Miller was on the infamous unprofessional WMD story, I am irate about the fact that she's going to jail for protecting her trusting confidential source and I respect her for not using the White House's scummy information for the purpose of revealing Valerie Plame's secret activity in the press, as the douchebag-waterboy for the Bush administration, Bob Novak, did.
Is this America or a Soviet state? Who came and stole the 1st Amendment while we were sleeping?
Larisa Alexandrovna [Raw Story] gets a statement from Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame:
"The sentencing of Judith Miller to jail for refusing to disclose her sourcesis the direct result of the culture of unaccountability that infects theBush White House from top to bottom. President Bush’s refusal to enforce his own call for full cooperation with the Special Counsel has brought us to this point. Clearly, the conspiracy to cover up the web of lies that underpinned the invasion of Iraq is more important to the White House than coming clean on a serious breach of national security. Thus has Ms Miller joined my wife, Valerie, and her twenty years of service to this nation as collateral damage in the smear campaign launched when I had the temerity to challenge the President on his assertion that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium yellowcake from Africa. The real victims of this cover-up, which may have turned criminal, are the Congress, the Constitution and, most tragically, the Americans and Iraqis who have paid the ultimate price for Bush’s folly."
Related: Amy Goodman spoke to Newsweek's Michael Isikoff for a Democracy Now segment.
Lex Alexander is a journalist with the Greensboro News-Record. Given his experience and knowledge of the business, voices such as his especially matter:
"I've seen speculation elsewhere that Rove may have "laundered" his tip to Novak and/or Cooper through her. If so -- and, obviously, I have no way of knowing -- he'd need her testimony to make a perjury case against Rove ... and I think that ethically, she ought to give it.
And please God, let this case be a lesson to reporters on why you should never, EVER grant anonymity to a source without a clear understanding that speaking in an attempt to undermine rather than serve the public interest nullifies the agreement."
"Strange how the Republicans, captured by the far right wing of the party, morphed into what they used to detest -- big-government coercers, reckless military adventurerers abroad, intrusive collectors of all sorts of private data about its citizens, moral relativists -- and the Democrats have become the old-fashioned conservators of what is best about America. Difficult to fathom. If anybody has any solid explanations that explain this shift, I'd love to hear them."
Here is a reprise from February of 2005, an article written by Ernest Partridge for CrisisPapers.org recommending a new progressive alliance whuch will "slay the dragon at the gate: the regressive, oligarchic, theocratic regime that now “owns” our media and our government."
That alliance begins with an explicit statement of common and binding principles:
1. Allegiance to our founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
2. The assurance of open, fair and verifiable elections.
3. Freedom of expression, with open access of diverse views to an independent media, free of government control and corporate conglomeration.
4. An affirmation of obedience to the rule of law, including international treaties. Bringing to justice those in public office who have violated the law.
5. A restoration, “with all deliberate speed,” of a balanced budget, and with it the securing of the integrity of our national currency, the dollar, in international trade.
Colleen Rowley has made a formal announcement that she will run for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd district in 2006. Rowley, as you may recall. was one of Time Magazine's 'Persons of the Year' in 2002, having blown the whistle on her former employer, the FBI, after the 9/11 attack.
Rowley, along with the likes of Daniel Ellsberg, John Dean, Sibel Edmonds, Karen Kwiatkowski and other “whistleblowers” have bravely demanded, in public, that patriots within and outside of the US government who are in possession of crucial information, should come forward and expose the corruption and wrongdoing of the Bush Administration.
"At the Republican National Convention last year, Gov. Pataki praised President George W. Bush for having the courage to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein. And just as Bush did in his speech Tuesday night, the governor strove mightily to link Hussein to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
Gung-ho Governor Pataki's Son Opts for Sunshine Patriot Deferment
At Newsday, Sheryl McCarthy would like to know why NY State governor George Pataki, who was so gung-ho about the Iraq War, is not counseling his son, a U.S. Marine, to go and support his country in a time of need? Why, instead, is Teddy Pataki opting for a student deferment?