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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Bring it on!

Bush allies ready to go on offensive in CIA leak probe
claims vs. facts via thinkprogress.org

Indictments are expected this week in the Valerie Plame incident, in which she was "outed", apparently by senior Bush administration officials. Karl Rove, senior Bush advisor, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, are both expected to be implicated in the scandal.

In April 1999, dubya's dad said that exposing a CIA undercover operative was "the most insidious of crimes". In October 2003, Darth Insidious himself said

"...this investigation in finding the truth, it will not only hold someone to account who should not have leaked — and this is a serious charge, by the way. We’re talking about a criminal action, but also hopefully will help set a clear signal we expect other leaks to stop, as well. And so I look forward to finding the truth."

Of course, once the leaks were traced to the White House, dubya refused to comment, claiming there was an ongoing investigation. Now that the investigation is coming to a head, the GOP spin machine is spinning like mad, trying to divert attention away from the true issues.

They're saying that leaks are no big deal, that they happen all the time. Unfortunately for their arguement, exposing an active undercover agent is a treasonable offense, which qualifies as a big deal. "But", they say, "Plame wasn't really an undercover agent, she was a desk jockey". Yeah, right. Trained by the CIA, sent to a foreign country suspected of producing nuclear materials for dubious means, and all she was doing was filing TPS reports? If you believe that, I've got some freshly washed swampland in south Florida to sell you.

They say Joe Wilson lied about his investigation into Iraq buying yellocake from Nigeria, justifying treasonable acts and imperiling national security in order to discredit him. At most, Wilson exagerrated. After all, who was right - Wilson, who said there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or Bush, who said there were. Now that the facts are out there, I think I'd trust Joe before I'd even consider trusting anything dubya says.

They say that the prosecutor is overzealous, desperate and grasping at straws, trying to get indictments on technicalities rather than real crimes. Actually, perjury and obstruction of justice are real crimes, and coming from senior White House officials indicate a culture of misinformation, corruption and outright falsification coming from the highest levels of government. If we can expose that culture and bring it down based on a "technicality", I say bring it on.

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