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Posted on Mar 16, 2007
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Truthdig tips its hat this week to Valerie Plame Wilson, who packed quite a punch Friday during her first public testimony since her 2003 outing as a covert CIA operative.  The ex-agent proved she was no slouch when it comes to speaking truth to power with her strong words to Congress about the Bush administration’s role in leaking her identity to journalist Robert Novak in July 2003. 

Plame said that Karl Rove was “clearly involved” in the leak, and she called President Bush out for protecting Rove despite Bush’s pledge that he would “immediately dismiss anyone who had anything to do with this.”  She calmly and eloquently critiqued the “creeping, insidious politicizing” of American intelligence and warned that this trend would prove to be disastrous for the nation.  She also made no bones about her shock and dismay about the betrayal, the damaging domino effect that it had on other agents and their families, and her conviction that her “exposure arose from purely political motives.”

Plame paid a high price for the administration’s shenanigans, which led to fall guy I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s conviction last week, but she made her loss the country’s gain by shedding light on some major problems within the intelligence community—and, clearly, within the walls of the White House. 

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Check out Robert Scheer’s analysis of the Plame case from 2005.

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    The Brad Blog has obtained a copy of a letter Henry Waxman sent the White House chiding the administration for failing to conduct a swift and thorough examination into the Plame leak and imploring it to do so now.

     


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    By BackingthePLames, March 21, 2007 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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    Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson have both shown great courage defying an administration that eats critics alive. They’ve also defied the notorious Bush crime family in the process. Her book should be a bestseller.

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    By Truth Be Told, March 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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    It is interesting that the jurors appeared disinterested in hearing from Richard Armitage, the source of the CIA leak.

        Why didn’t Fitzgerald move against Armitage? Plame’s work did not in itself meet the standard required under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982.

        Fitzgerald should NOT have prosecuted Libby due to the fact that there was no underlying criminal violation.

        ANOTHER TAX PAYER EXPENSE FOR A “SHOW TRIAL” THAT IS INHERENTLY POLITICAL!

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    By Dale, March 19, 2007 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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    Hmm. Seems like the good, moral loving christians in the White House are knee deep in this one!

    I for one have nothing but the utmost respect for Ms. Plame and her contributions to this country. Anyone who demeans her or said contributions is truly not worthy of respect in any way.

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    By Ron, March 19, 2007 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment
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    I shouldn’t say this, but Valerie Plame is amazingly smart and h o t HOT. Joe Wilson is one lucky fellow.

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    By Kol Klink, March 19, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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    Wow! I wondered where all the the neo-con lurkers were and when they would speak on an issue. Now we know.

    Its plain for all to see just how much this issue of Valarie and Joe vs. Bushco frightens them by how quickly they pounced on the couple with their usual personnal attacks and total lack of facts to back them up. The Rovian specialty!

    Thanks, chicken hawk neo cons. You have just ‘outed’ yourselves.

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    By pamelawy, March 19, 2007 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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    I’m utterly gobsmacked at some of the comments on this issue. I’m stunned that Jeff Badura, Hondo, and Shirl S. (Stan) Jackson think the way they do, in spite of everything that’s happened in this administration, including an illegal invasion and its slaughter without end. It’s been made quite clear that Valerie Plame, a pro-active Patriot, was giving her all, often in dangerous circumstances, to keep these bozos safe.

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    By Wayne Smyer, March 19, 2007 at 6:59 am Link to this comment
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    Comments From Jeffy Gannon, Ace White House Press Reporter: “It’s so unfair, I outed Valerie before that quack Novak! but he gets all the credit! It’s so unfair! I am going to tell my bestest buddy
    Karly “Turdmaster” Rove on him! So there

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    By James, March 19, 2007 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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    Hondo, hondo, time for school.  You’re dreaming again…

    “Richard Armitage was the leaker, but was never prosecuted. Why?”

    Fitzgerald called a stop to the investigation and prosecuted the weasel that lied to the FBI before getting to the Armitage connection.  This is to avoid getting jerked around with equivocation and pointing fingers in different directions.  You’ll notice that Fleischer demanded immunity before testifying.

    “Because Plame wasn’t a covert operative”

    Only in your happy denial universe of Republican honesty.  Valerie Plame was an analyst working in non-proliferation for that well-known government agency ‘Brewster Jennings’.  Being employed by a cover operation makes you an NOC.  We’ll wait for the after-action report regarding everyone else who was placed when the cover was blown, but you right wing astroturfers have a gall.

    You still want to insist that there was no crime to answer after a jury trial and an investigation.  Are you next going to selectively condemn Fitzgeralds actions regarding Ryan and laud those against Daley or are you going to accept that a jury trial is still a method of justice in the USA?

    “Valerie Plame and her idiot husband have so damaged this country with their lies”

    Nope, $3 trillion down the toilet because of the Powell speech, whom, incidentally, has stated that the whole thing was unbelieveable.  Then we have the comments about the politicisation of the CIA by Feith and revelations that they were ‘adjusting’ reports to match a desire to march to war.  You seem to have your head firmly where the sun doesn’t shine if;

    a)  You characterise anything the Plame Wilsons said as ‘A lie’ based on your own feels of insecurity regarding the veracity of Premier Bush.
    b)  You think ‘damage’ has come from those events.  Where are those WMD?  They seem a might elusive for something that can wipe out cities.  Or should we take Bush on his word and accept that there aren’t any, as Joseph Wilson pointed to by stating that there had been no attempts to buy unrefined Uranium from Niger?

    Think carefully.  Bear in mind that _nobody_, but _nobody_ has tried to press the Yellow-cake argument, and very few people would get into the MWD thing now.

    “I don’t know if the damage can ever be repaired”

    Oh, it can.  First the supreme court has to do something with the umbrella of ‘executive privelege’, which smacks of ‘divine infallibility’.  It’s time to find out the truth; for if they have nothing to hide….

    “Scooter Libby was found guilty of being part of the Bush administration.”

    Nope, he was found 2 perjury counts, and obstruction count and one of making false statements.  Nothing there implies that the Administration was targetted, unless you’re into the Pollyanna approach of the administration being infallible and beset with enemies.

    Seriously, Hondo, you’re backing the wrong team with the weakest talking points. We can see your fatigue…you don’t have to bother, unless they’re monitoring your posting rate.  Ultimately the cracks are beginning to show as pressure comes to bear on wrongdoing that these delusional maniacs thought they could get way with as Fox convinced them they were on the right track.

    “Both of those two liars belong in jail, and Bush should pardon Libby.”

    I don’t think Bushes figures can get any lower, and you’re squeaking from the minority, as less that 25% of Americans think that letting someone get away with lying to the FBI is acceptable.  If Bush did pardon him, he’d be breaking a record that included NOT commuting the death sentence of a retarded man, and he’d be implying that if you’re one of theirs, you can get away with stuff.

    I wouldn’t mind the turfing so much if it involved some kind of coherent standpoint rather than this meaningless concatentated talking points memo.  Astroturfers are worse than net peadophiles.

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    By pogblog, March 18, 2007 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment
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    I taped and watched every minute of the Valerie Plame Wilson hearing and Ms. Wilson was profoundly inspiring. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone listen as closely as she does. Her professionalism was stunning.

    The idea of losing all her brilliant years of network building is unbearably stupid. What a perfect NOC (non-official cover) she was.

    Mr. Rove’s grotesque fingerprints are all over this leak even if he wasn’t the first to bring it up. Since his earliest days, he has known that you intimidate people through their families. It’s a ghoulish trademark of his.

    I think of losing my dream and life’s efforts in an instant. And they get away with it.

    Ms. Wilson’s strength gives me courage. Thank you Valerie Plame Wilson. Your extraordinary testimony, your savvy and cool, are a highlight in my long years of political activism.

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    By eddie valiant, March 18, 2007 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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    If this chick was covert, the CIA is in a hell of a mess. She drives her car back and forth from home to Langley for Pete’s sake. What kind of a spy parks in the CIA parking lot? She’s as much a spy as Cluseau was a detective. I can’t wait to see the movie: “Mata Hari meets the Breck Girl,” or “The Spy Who Came in for the Gold.” Coming to your neighborhood soon.

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    By Kol Klink, March 18, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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    Valarie Plame’s job was not ‘a low level paper pusher’ as some posts on this topic have claimed. She was running covert ops on Irans nuclear program. When she was outed our chances of tracking the Iranian nuclear program with covert intelligence went down the tube. I leave it to your imagination the fate of her operatives in Iran and elsewhere when her name and occupation was made public.

    Joe Wilson was sent to Niger because he had been a diplomat in the region, had contacts with the governments in the area, and had contacts specifically in the uranium mining industry. He was able to quickly determine that the ‘Iraq buying yellow cake from Niger’ was more bs dreamed up in Cheney’s private intelligence operation.

    When the IAEA was presented with the documents that were purported to show the transactions between Iraq and Niger they quickly determined that they were forgeries. The documents originated in Italy and there is an ongoing investigation in that country to find out why Italian intelligence supplied fake documents to the US.

    The chicken hawks can squawk all they want about the outing of Plame being nothing more than a political ploy by the Dems, but they are just attempting to muddy the water. The facts about what happened and when are out there for all to see.

    There is a s**t storm of subpoenas gathering for these liars, traitors and crooks. The neo cons will rue the day that they began down the slippery slope that they find themselves on, but the rest of us average Americans will have to pay the price for our incompetent, lying, traitorous, chickenhawk, misadministration.

    Its times like these that make me hope the Christians are right and that there really is a hell. I believe that it would be true justice if Bush and his administration of chickenhawks, all that signed PNAC, and all that cow tow to AIPAC, were compelled to spend an eternity in each others company.

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    By Bob Zimmerman, March 18, 2007 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Brit Hume and Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday today, are yet again trying to misrepresent what happened during the entire Niger episode. The entire documented account of what happened was described in the book “Hubris” which these guys need to read. Hume and Kristol are constantly distorting the facts in this case. The political spin in this case has been amazing. Brit Hume tried to say that Joe Wilson was not qualified to go to Niger, even though he had contacts there, had been to the country before, and was a highly respected former Ambassador to Iraq under George Herbert Walker Bush. He got high marks for standing up to Saddam. Valarie Plame not only did not recommend her husband, she did not really want him to go to Niger.  It is really sad how difficult it is to get a conservative network like Fox to get its facts straight.

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    By AJR, March 18, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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    Wow!  I am amazed at the ignorance displayed by those commenters who attack Valerie Plame Wilson for testifying before Congress.  So what if she has a book and a movie in the works?  But for the stupidity and lies of Dick Armitage and Scooter Libby there never would have been a book or movie deal in the first place.  By revealing her identity to the press, Dick Armitage and Scooter Libby and possibly others in the White House destroyed and ended her career as a CIA Agent and jeopardized the intelligence gathering abilities of the CIA and other individuals working in other countries that have assisted with US intelligence gathering efforts.  We will never know how many lives may have either been lost or put in jeopardy by the leak of sensitive intelligence identity information to the press.  What we do know is that this administration has been hell bent on conducting its wars and policies by lying, misrepresenting the truth and disregarding the truth when it does not fit their agenda of action items.  Having once worked for the federal government I know that the oath of office, taken by all federal employees and appointtees, is very clear and easy to understand.  Based on the oath of office alone, NOBODY - no matter their position in the White House, should have ever revealed Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity to the press regardless of the fact that they did not like the conclusions reach by Joe Wilson.  You might recall that Joe Wilson wrote in the New York Times on 07/06/2003 that there were no sales of yellowcake uranium from Niger to Iraq and therefore the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was not credible enough to use as a reason for the United States to go to war against Iraq.  Apparently the White House spin doctors can’t handle the truth.  As the saying goes “If you can’t handle the truth then you don’t belong in politics and you sure as hell are no leader for the United States of America!!!”

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    By Christopher Robin, March 18, 2007 at 11:10 am Link to this comment
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    “White House Security Chief Reveals—No Probe of Plame Leak There” - By E&P Staff

    NEW YORK Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.

    The White House had first opposed Knodell testifying but after a threat of a subpoena from the committee yesterday he was allowed to appear today.

    Knodell said that he had started at the White House in August 2004, a year after the leak, but his records show no evidence of a probe or report there: “I have no knowledge of any investigation in my office,”  he said.

    Rep. Waxman recalled that President Bush had promised a full internal probe. Knodell repeated that no probe took place, as far as he knew, and was not happening today.

    Knodell said he had “no” conversations whatsoever with the president, vice president, Karl Rove or anyone about the leak.

    Asked by chairman Rep. Henry Waxman if he knew this was an issue of concern, he said “yes.” Asked if he learned this from the White House or the press, he said, “through the press.”

    Knodell testified that those who had participated in the leaking of classified information were required to own up to this and he was not aware that anyone, including Karl Rove, had done that.

    Rep. Elijah Cummings said all of this was “shocking”
    and said that Knodell’s office’s lack of action was a “breach within a breach.” Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton called this a “dereliction of duty.”

    Knodell, who is a career employee and not a Bush appointee, said he would go back and “review this with senior management.” He admitted that leaking classified information called for action, whether the leak was accidental or on purpose.

    Democrats challenged his assertion that no probe was necessary since a criminal investigation was underway. They said that the criminal probe was narrowly focused, started well after the leak during which the White House apparently did nothing and that in any case, the White House was required to carry out its own probe and deny security clearances to anyone who had leaked classified information.

    They demanded to know why Rove’s security clearance had not been revoked.

    Rep. Waxman at one point said that he regretted not being able to put up a video of the president promising a full probe but added, “I guess we will leave that to The Daily Show.”

    Source:http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003559300


    Right wingers? tell me Bush is not a liar.

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    By walker, March 18, 2007 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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    Of course Valerie Plame was outed as punishment for her husband’s telling the truth about yellow cake uranium in Niger (or the lack of it).

    But, although I’m in favor of anyone and anything that exposes the complicity of the Bush administration, what is Valerie Plame but a CIA operative? And what does the CIA do but wander around the world, covertly attempting to destroy governments that don’t toe the American line?

    And who are the sources she wants to protect but people who are traitors to their own country, in cahoots with the CIA?

    So, yeah, we should get to the bottom of this, but maybe we should also get to the bottom of what, in fact, the CIA itself does.

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    By Lee D., March 18, 2007 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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    I’d like to echo the views of so many other posters here that Valerie Plame is obviously a worthless scum bag. It’s apparent that anyone who says anything against President Bush and his noble efforts is an evildoer. We need to keep in mind that George Bush is a good Christian man and that his crusade in the Middle East will always make him the target of reprobate evildoers and liars like Valerie. We had a similar problem when Robert Oppenheimer began to speak out against on the atom bomb. Like Valerie, Oppenheimer was quickly shown to be a subversive evildoer with absolutely no redeeming qualities.

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    By Ernest Canning, March 18, 2007 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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    Re:  Comment #59072 by Hondo:

    Hondo tells us “Scooter Libby was found guilty of being part of the Bush administration.”  Actually, Mr. Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.  But then, when I think about it, criminality is so deeply ingrained within what has become the most corrupt administration in U.S. history, perhaps merely being associated with the Bush administration should constitute prima facie evidence of a crime—sort of like being a member of the Mafia.

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    By PatrickHenry, March 18, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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    The fact that Plame was actively undercover, between posts or had some other unclassified deskjob somewhere doesn’t matter, she performed NOC duties and therefore it was important for her and others like her to feel assured no one would find out her true identity and come for her in the night.  Whoever in the CIA had access to this info “strict need to know” and passed it off to Rove, Cheney or some other political stooge to use as political fodder, is the true criminal and I’ll bet the CIA’s in house security has a good idea of who it was.

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    By Ben Takin, March 18, 2007 at 5:50 am Link to this comment
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    During Plame’s testimony, she mentioned that the CIA knew for several weeks that Novak was going to write an article revealing her identity, and the CIA contacted Novak and told him NOT to publish this information.

    If this is truly the case, why was Novak not prosecuted?  If a reporter is told that an agent is “undercover” and told NOT to publish their identity, would it be a treasonous act to blow their cover?

    Does anyone know why Novak was not prosecuted?

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    By ongre, March 17, 2007 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment
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    We are all forgetting that the whole yellow cake story used by the Bush people was a sham that has been exposed previously.  Yes, this war came about when the Bush whitehouse and their patsies convinced the ‘world’ that Iraq was creating nuclear weapons of mass distruction.  Oops, none were ever found.  That this Womens husband attempted as a loyal patriotic American to expose the lie that has lead to Heaven knows what consequences and was personally attacked because of his efforts is where the problem lies.  Any republican or democratic ‘lawmaker’ who fell in line with these facists should follow them out the door, hopefully to prison.

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    By Arnold J. Robbins, March 17, 2007 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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    Wow! It is amazing how many of the commenters on this page that do not appreciate and are against and/or negative toward Valerie Plame Wilson’s testimony before Congress are ignoramuses.  Joe Wilson was requested to go to Niger by the CIA after Vice President Dick Cheney’s office asked the CIA to investigate statements in an intelligence report that indicated that Niger sold uranium yellowcake to Iraq in the early 1990s.  The CIA chose Joe Wilson because of his experience and relationships he had developed with representatives of Niger in the years when he served as an ambassador to West Africa (Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe) under President George H. W. Bush and as someone who helped direct Africa policy for the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton.  Commenters on this page who say that Valerie Plame Wilson testified before Congress to make money for her book or that the outing of her status as a CIA agent is “no big deal” are both ignorant and lack the ability of objective analysis.  These commenters are generally died in the wool Republican supporters that would gladly back every and any measure that the Bush White House recommends without question. Obviously, these commenters are quick to share their negative opinions based on mispercptions of the truth or even disregard for the truth.  These commenters are also the fools that support a White House that lead the United States into war on a false pretense because of blind ambition, purposeful disregard of the truth and manipulation of the facts.  When Dick Armitage and Scooter Libby revealed Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity to reporters they destroyed her career.  Armitage and Libby also jeopardized the careers of other CIA agents and individuals in other countries that have helped the United States for years with intelligence gathering efforts.  The fact that Valerie Plame Wilson has a book and/or movie in the works is immaterial.  But for Armitage and Libby and perhaps others in the White House, there never would have been a book or movie.  Scooter Libby is not the only person who deserves to serve time and pay for his stupidity and lies.  So does Dick Armitage and anybody else involved in “outing” CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson.  Having worked for the federal government myself, I know and understand what it means to take the oath of office.  It is one of the first requirements that all people - both federal employees and political employees msut take upon commencement of their work for/or on behalf of the United States government.  The words and meaning of the oath of office are very clear and easy to understand.  Based on the oath of office alone - NOBODY - regardless of their position in the White House - should have ever spoken about Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity to the press.  This is true regardless of whether they agreed with Joe Wilson’s findings on Niger, Joe Wilson’s subsequent article in the New York Times on 07/06/03 and/or whether they liked or disliked Joe Wilson and/or wished to discredit him.  So for those commenters that attack Valerie Plame Wilson on this website - What is it about you and your life that you choose to form opinions and communicate them based on lies, misperceptions and total ignorance or disregard for facts?

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    By Mad As Hell, March 17, 2007 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment
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    Yet again, Badura and Hondo, followed by the Jacksons, take the Marxist approach:

    “Who are you going to believe, us or your own eyes?”

    That’s Marxist as in Chico Marx.

    The Rove Talking Points agenda put out yet again by Badura and Hondo no longer pass the straight-faced test. 

    They would have me think that the weather yesterday was sunny and warm in the NE, despite all the snow and freezing rain that fell, and all the accidents I saw coming home, and all the damn time I spent clearing that white $#!t today that was hard and heavy.

    Valerie Plame has come forth and put her life and freedom on her sworn testimony, and puts it against demonstrated and CONVICTED liars.  How does she know it reached into the White House?

    BECAUSE SHE’S ONE OF THE BEST DAMNED ANALYSTS THE CIA EVER HAD, THAT’S HOW!  If Joe 6-Pack can guess, don’t you think she can?

    “Joe Wilson is the luckiest man on the planet.”

    Second luckiest. There’s NOTHING like a beautiful woman who is brilliant, talented, dedicated and ethical.

    I’m the luckiest.


    “But Your Excellency, I saw you with my own eyes!”—Margaret Dumont as “Mrs. Teasdale”
    “Who-a you gonna believe, Me or your own-a eyes?”—Chico Marx as “Chicolini” in “Duck Soup”

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    By badnana, March 17, 2007 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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    I am amazed at the assaults on Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.  They didn’t invite being “outed”.  By virtue of the storyline, they have “home team advantage” if you will.  This bullshit was cast upon them in a hostile and mean-spirited manner.  Who among you critics would allow your world to be torn away, whatever the reason?  I thought so…..pussies.

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    By zz ziled, March 17, 2007 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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    Memorandum For Immediate Release:

    GOP ‘Media Affairs’ Alert

    From the Desk of:  Karl Rove
    To:  All GOP Sympathetic Media Spokespersons

    Subject: GOP Talking Point Instruction

    Category: Instruction and Alerts in the CIA Officer Valerie Plame Case.

    Reference: This rule is currently in effect for all Republican Commentators until further notice.

    Instruction:

    When things are really politically ugly in the public media, and the information and the source of the ‘ugly’ information is a woman, you are hereby instructed to shift the discussion and waste media broadcast time or media space by ‘talking about fashion’ or/and ‘to critique the speaker’s fashion appearance’ rather than address anything of substance or the unpleasant information directly.

    Instructions should be followed until the discussion is complete ‘off-track’ or media segment ends.

    This rule is in effect until further notice.

    For further instruction and proper applications of this ‘in effect’ media rule, please listen to # 1 and read # 2:

    #1 - First example:

    Public Radio KCRW 89.9 FM broadcast of “Left, Right, Center on the 16 March 07:
    http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/lr/lr070316plame_prosecutors_ro

    Conservative speaker: Tony Blankley, [the editorial page editor of The Washington Times and author of the recently published book, The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?], - executes this instruction correctly.

    Note: Opening statements in the podcast, where he side-tracks serious discussion and wastes valuable broadcast time with the opening statement about Ms. Plame not being a ‘real’ blond and discusses her hair colour, her hair’s dark roots and former President Regan’s hair colour and coif fashions.
    ——————————————————————— 
    # 2: For written examples of this instruction; please read the following: 
           
    E & P Web
    America’s Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry  
    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/columns/pressingissues_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003559607

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    By Lisa W, March 17, 2007 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment
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    In light of sifting through the video testimony (thank heavens for the fast forward!), it appears that they didn’t have the correct witnesses in testifying.  Where was Jeffrey Thompson instead of James Knodell?  Why wasn’t CIA personnel/pertinent management there testifying regarding the culpability in the leak and procedures to avoid such leaks?  Although I became quite nauseated at Representative Davis’ whining, he did raise some valid questions regarding the CIA’s potential negligence.  That, however, should not overshadow any of the executive administration’s negligence at revealing Valerie’s identity.  Nor should Valerie’s statement that our intelligence programs absolutely need to be independent of political ideology and bias be lost in this (potentially meaningless) process. 

    If our congressional leadership really wants to resolve the problems we are facing as a nation, they need to be asking the right people the right (direct) questions.  Our politicians need to cease their posturing and focus on the issues at hand.  Although there were some quality interrogation (primarily Representative Hodes), there is too much posturing and irrelevant rambling which distracts from the process.  Do your job rather than preening to keep your job.  That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it!

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    By Shirl S. (Stan) Jackson, March 17, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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    Come on.  Outing valeri plame would be like introducing your spouse to your neighbor. 
    she has/had a low level, non important bureaucratic job…a minor bureaucrat in a system of minor bureaucrats…like putting a full name tag on a Wal Mart greeter.

    Grow up, this gal is working the public for a book deal…and Hollywood, will buy it to bash Bush.  I’m not a Bush supporter, but this gal is making a big deal out of nothing, to get something…a one way ticket to stardom.

    We are being taken here folks…dig into that truth and you will have a real story. ssj.

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    By Manny Yunker, March 17, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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    While she is clearly in a position to testify about the damage done to her career by the leak, how would she know who did the leak, and the motives behind it?

    She didn’t work in the White House, so she would have no knowledge of Rove’s involvement, or whether any consipiracy was involved.

    I hope that at least one of the congressmen there took her to task on that.  People’s testimony should be based on their own knowledge and things that they witnessed, not simply repeating what they had read in the paper.

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    By Shirl S. (Stan) Jackson, March 17, 2007 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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    Come on.  Outing valeri plame would be like introducing your spouse to your neighbor. 
    she has/had a low level, non important bureaucratic job…a minor bureaucrat in a system of minor bureaucrats…like putting a full name tag on a Wal Mart greeter.

    Grow up, this gal is working the public for a book deal…and Hollywood, will buy it to bash Bush.  I’m not a Bush supporter, but this gal is making a big deal out of nothing, to get something…a one way ticket to stardom.

    We being taken here folks…dig into that truth and you will have a real story. ssj.

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    By anonymous, March 17, 2007 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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    Joe Wilson is the luckiest man on the planet.

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    By Duris Maxwell, LL.B, March 17, 2007 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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    Ms. Wilson’s testimony has punched a hole in the ceiling of the Bush administration’s Imperial and bletcherous inner chamber. However, it will interesting to see what all this daylight actually achieves.

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    By Mad As Hell, March 17, 2007 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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    As President Catastrophe and his barbarian horde mix up which lies they told when, as their spinning ties them up in their own web, here comes Valerie Plame Wilson to put the nail in the coffin.
    1) Despite the lie that it was “common knowledge on the cocktail circuit” that she was CIA operative, Ms. Wilson stated unequivicably that her employment was classified, and that despite her desk job she frequently worked overseas under cover.
    2) The next lie put out to pasture is that no crime was committed.  Ms. Plame clearly and succinctly laid out that IRREPARABLE damage to American intelligence that this caused.
    3) The lie that no harm was done was destroyed as she detailed, as much as she could, just how many lives are now at risk.
    4) The further harm is that both domestic and foreign potential officers and agents will now be tougher to recruit because THEY DON’T TRUST THE US GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY (and their safety).
    5) One of the nasty, insidious, dirty Roveian lies now accepted as “fact” is that Valerie Plame Wilson recommended her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson for the job of investigating sales of yellowcake by Niger to Iraq.  Ms. Wilson UNEQUIVOCABLY testified, UNDER OATH, that this was TOTALLY untrue, that she made no recommendation or suggestion whatsoever.

    Who you gonna believe: Rove’s Malevolent Mischief Machine with their history of Swift-boat lies, or a 20+ year CIA veteran with a SPOTLESS record?  When the White House can’t keep their lies straight, and she testifies under oath and pain of prison if she lies, you just gotta believe her.

    6) Despite the spin, lies and Limbaugh/Hannity bullshit, Ms. Wilson testified that on the morning of the 14th of July 2003 when her husband brought her the newspaper, she “felt like I had be hit in the gut” and that in that instant KNEW (as a talented brilliant professional) that her career was over.

    The “smoking gun” that forced Nixon to resign keeps getting closer and closer to that arrogant, ignorant coward who holds the office of President.

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    By Bert, March 17, 2007 at 4:59 am Link to this comment
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    Ok, so something happened that wasn’t supposed to happen, who else does she think should be let go over it, does she support impeachment, is she just having fun being on TV, what’s REALLY going on, here? Hmmm…frankly the whole thing STILL stinks like used motor oil, wonder where she stands on green-tech, or does she drive around in a ‘Burban?

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    By Steve Hammons, March 16, 2007 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Going through CIA training, working overseas with a “non-official cover (NOC)” status, which was dangerous, Valerie Plame is a role model for all of us.

    In fact, it might be useful for all of us to consider ourselves covert intel operatives like Plame ... for we are gathering intel all the time, as well as disseminating it.

    Food for thought:

    “Gathering intelligence: Grassroots intel by and for the people”

    By Steve Hammons
    Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
    Populist Party of America
    January 30, 2007

    http://www.populistamerica.com/gathering_intelligence_grassroots_intel_by_and_for_the_people

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    By Hondo, March 16, 2007 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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    There is no greater example of liberal dishonesty and hypocracy than the Valerie Plame affair. Richard Armitage was the leaker, but was never prosecuted. Why? Because Plame wasn’t a covert operative, therefore, no laws were broken. Valerie Plame and her idiot husband have so damaged this country with their lies (aided by their willing accomplices in the mainstream media)that I don’t know if the damage can ever be repaired. Scooter Libby was found guilty of being part of the Bush administration. Nobody in the Bush administration broke any laws. Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson both lied, and some of that lying came while under oath. Both of those two liars belong in jail, and Bush should pardon Libby.

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    By ManipulationNation, March 16, 2007 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
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    It’s incredible to me that the White House would be brazen enough to leak a CIA agent’s name to the press in response to an opinion piece written by her husband in the “New York Times.” 

    What’s next?  Where do they draw the line? Will our phones be tapped to gather information about people who say anything negative about them?

    Is this how we want “All the President’s Men” behaving in our up-to-now free society?

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    By Ernest Canning, March 16, 2007 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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    One of the more poignant moments in Ms. Plame-Wilson’s testimony occurred after Republicans tried to confront her with an earlier statement made by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it had been under Republican control.  Three members of that committee had claimed that one of her collegues at CIA had claimed that her husband’s trip to Niger was her idea.  Ms. Plame-Wilson revealed that the collegue came to her and her superior; insisted that the Republican members of the Senate committee had deliberatedly distorted what he said.  The collegue asked to be permitted to return to the Senate Intelligence Committee to set the record straight, but they didn’t let him.  He recorded his denial and the record of that denial will now be sought by Congressman Waxman.

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    By Jeff Badura, March 16, 2007 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment
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    what has come out today, was that the CIA messed up, and didn’t make it clear that she was undercover !! (if she really was) also, her husband should have never been sent to Niger anyway, he is a political figure from the Clinton era!! “She” stuck her head out and is mad she was identified!! if she was all about being a secret agent she should have stayed in the shadows, and not gotten her husband involved in the pre-war political debate !!! now she wrote a book and is going to cry all the way to the bank !!! how convenient !!  how many books would she have sold if this never happened ??? it couldn’t be better for her, if she planned it !!  what was she going to do as a undercover agent anyway ??? really ??? go overseas (not the Middle East) and ply her good looks to get pillow-talk secrets ??? because shes to female and too blond to go to Pakistan and track Bin Ladden or anyone else in the region !! she was an undercover agent, like the Dem’s are serious about winning the war in Iraq !!! its all talk !! look giver her a face lift and change her name and be done with it ???  no !! she doesn’t want that !! too many photo ops like today ahead for the outed “agent who wished not to be” -illgramaticus knee ‘o’kaun

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    By Kol Klink, March 16, 2007 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment
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    Thank you Valarie Plame, Thank you Joseph Wilson, Thank you Robert Sheer and a big thanks to the staff that does the hard work to keep Truth Dig going. You have the best site on the internet for those of us that want to read the truth and add our own comments.

    If enough of us continue to plug away long enough the so called major media outlets will eventually figure out that they are losing their viewers/readers to great sites like Truth Dig.

    I have already noticed a slow change in the way CNN selects its program content. After all, this is a capitalist country and just maybe they would prefer to make money and attract viewers more than air bs programming about dead Playboy centerfolds and lose their audience?

    Please keep up the good work.

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    By Quy Tran, March 16, 2007 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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    Just bring those who got involved to justice from the top down to the bottom.

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