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Posted on Jan 30, 2007
Scooter Libby

Conflicted journalist Judith Miller added her damning testimony to a mounting heap on Tuesday, saying “Scooter” Libby did in fact reveal to her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. With more and more witnesses contradicting Libby’s account of events, his trial is starting to feel like a technicality on the way to a pardon.

Washington Post:

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified today that the vice president’s former chief of staff first mentioned a war critic’s wife worked at the CIA in a confidential conversation June 23.

Miller said that in a meeting at the Old Executive Office Building a “very irritated and angry” I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby told her that the CIA was trying to unfairly blame the White House for bad intelligence. In that context, she said, Libby complained that a former ambassador accusing the administration of twisting intelligence—Joseph C. Wilson IV—had a wife who worked at the CIA.

Miller told a jury in Libby’s perjury trial that Libby also mentioned Wilson’s wife to her in a July 8 breakfast meeting she had with Libby at the dining room of the St. Regis Hotel.

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By Steve Hammons, January 31, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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The article referenced below may be of interest in regard to former NY Times reporter Judith Miller’s appearance in the L. “Scooter” Libby trial.

This article was first e-published October 27, 2005, shortly after Miller received the “First Amendment Award” Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

Although well over a year has passed, many of the subjects addressed in the article are more valid now than ever. This is explained in a brief forward.

The roles of journalists, the news media and their relationships with government officials and professional colleagues are of increasing importance for our nation. See:

Society of Professional Journalists’ Award to Judith Miller Helps Cover-Up?

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
October 27, 2005

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By Quy Tran, January 31, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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Justice must be served accordingly !

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By Big Al, January 31, 2007 at 4:18 am Link to this comment
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What if Bush pardons him while the trial is in progress?

Would that halt the trial - thus preventing the revelation of more embarrassing (or incriminating) information about what the Bush administration has been up to?

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By mrJJ, January 30, 2007 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
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A Blast from the past…

Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic

President Bush told the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case that he directed Vice President Dick Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter allegations made by former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV that his administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with the president’s interview.

Bush also told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.

But Bush told investigators that he was unaware that Cheney had directed I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff, to covertly leak the classified information to the media instead of releasing it to the public after undergoing the formal governmental declassification processes.

Bush also said during his interview with prosecutors that he had never directed anyone to disclose the identity of then-covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife. Bush said he had no information that Cheney had disclosed Plame’s identity or directed anyone else to do so.

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By Esther, January 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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Most people assume that Libby is a zealous protector of Cheney.

But Libby is more aptly described as a protector of the “Clean Break” plan.

Does anyone here even know about the 1996 paper “Clean Break: a New Strategy for Securing the Realm”, written by Perle, Feith, et al for Netanyahu?

That paper outlines the neoconservative project to destroy all of Israel’s rivals for hegemony in the Middle East through violence—starting with the destruction and occupation of centrally located Iraq, to be used as a launching pad for wars to destroy Iran and Syria.

THAT is what Libby is protecting. He’s only protecting Cheney insofar as Cheney has proved an ardent exponent of the Clean Break plan - which was repackaged in 1997 as the “Project for a New American Century”.

This is not for America. It’s for Israel. And it’s not for Israel’s mere safety or “security”: it’s for Israel’s regional hegemony and monopoly on nuclear technology—and it’s being pursued by means that could prove mortally wounding to the economic, military, and political power of the US.

But that’s OK with Libby. “Israel Uber Alles” is his motto.

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By Gonnuts, January 30, 2007 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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cheney is probably giving the orders to attack Iran as we speak ... about the time he’s being sworn in to testify the first bombs should drop

this is great theater ... seeing just how low and petty these people are will be enough to drive public opinion way over the edge

but is it too late?

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