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Greg Palast: Stop The Insanity!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 7, 2008

The inimitable Palast looks at the Bush Junta’s efforts to accuse Hugo Chavez of — of — well, something:

This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop – and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million – which they’re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!

That’s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.

So: After the fact, Colombia justifies its attempt to provoke a border war as a way to stop the threat of WMDs! Uh, where have we heard that before?

Why, that does have more than a tinge of the yellowcake nonsense about it, doesn’t it? And for good reason:

What the US press did not do is look at the evidence, the email in the magic laptop. (Presumably, the FARC leader’s last words were, “Listen, my password is ….”)

I read them. (You can read them here) While you can read it all in español, here is, in translation, the one and only mention of the alleged $300 million from Chavez:

“… With relation to the 300, which from now on we will call “dossier,” efforts are now going forward at the instructions of the boss to the cojo [slang term for ‘cripple’], which I will explain in a separate note. Let’s call the boss Ángel, and the cripple Ernesto.”

Got that? Where is Hugo? Where’s 300 million? And 300 what? Indeed, in context, the note is all about the hostage exchange with the FARC that Chavez was working on at the time (December 23, 2007) at the request of the Colombian government.
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Posted in Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Canada, Chavez, half-vast rightwing conspiracy, Latin America, liars, Libby trial, media, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking, Venezuela | 2 Comments »

A Republican Gets It Right (Mostly)

Posted by MEC on July 12, 2007

I have next to no use for Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox, but I agree with what he said about the commutation of I. Lewis Libby’s sentence:

If truth is a pillar of our system of justice, then not telling the truth dramatically damages the structural support of that same system of justice. Lying under oath deserves to be punished. And President Bush was wrong to commute Lewis Libby’s sentence.

Unfortunately, Cox tempers his criticism by repeating the lie that President Clinton’s prevarications regarding Monica Lewinsky amounted to perjury, and by claiming it’s “debatable” whether Valerie Plame was a covert agent. But he doesn’t let those Republican talking points distract him from recognizing that Bush’s special treatment of a corrupt White House aide has undermined respect for our system of laws.

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Wednesday, 12:00 PM Eastern, July 11th

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2007


That’s when the hearings into the Libby pardon/commutation start.

Fire Dog Lake’s planning to have some folks down there to liveblog them. Save the date!

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Posted by MEC on July 5, 2007

The Busheviks have the ultimate answer to any criticism of Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis Libby’s sentence for, basically, engaging in a coverup of the White House’s destruction of a CIA network that was seeking out information about weapons of mass destruction:


And the mediawhores, being the mediawhores that they are, are helping them distract us from Bush’s utter corruption by repeating the Busheviks’ deeply dishonest and hypocritical accusations against President Clinton.

And as Keitih Olbermann just pointed out even as I’m typing this, the mediawhores have conveniently forgotten that when President Clinton pardone Marc Rich (cited as the ultimate example of Clintonian corruption), Rich’s attorney who was working so hard on obtaining that pardon was … I. Lewis Libby.

Posted in anti-truth, Busheviks, Clenis, Clinton Rules, distractions, GOP/Media Complex, hypocrites, Libby trial, mediawhores | 2 Comments »

Keith Olbermann Speaks

Posted by MEC on July 4, 2007

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You listen.

Video and transcript of Keith Olbermann’s special comment on Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis Libby’s sentence.

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A New (?) Scooter Lie

Posted by MEC on July 3, 2007

On Hardball this evening, the obnoxious Kate O’Beirne dismissed the CIA request for a criminal referral in the outing of Valerie Plame by asserting it was just “payback” for disputes between the CIA and the White House.

These people truly have no shame.

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Bushevik Values

Posted by MEC on June 14, 2007


If you don’t like the ruling, threaten the judge and his family.

The federal judge who oversaw I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s CIA leak trial said Thursday that he received threatening letters and phone calls after sentencing the former White House aide to prison.

“I received a number of angry, harassing mean-spirited phone calls and letters,” U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said. “Some of those were wishing bad things on me and my family.”

The Bushevik idea of diplomacy is making threats if other countries don’t do what Bush wants. Their idea of public discourse is threatening and punishing people who say things they don’t like. So now we see their idea of the rule of law is making threats if the judge upholds laws they find inconvenient.

I’m not surprised, how about you?

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David Broder Is A Rapist

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 9, 2007

Is he? Literally? Probably not.

But he has the moral vacuity, and the cognitive dissonance, of a serial rapist. Just examine his latest piece of amoral tripe, “Judge Walton’s Lesson“.

The money quote from Broder:

This whole controversy is a sideshow — engineered partly by the publicity-seeking former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife and heightened by the hunger in parts of Washington to “get” Rove for something or other.

Like other special prosecutors before him, Fitzgerald got caught up in the excitement of the case and pursued Libby relentlessly, well beyond the time that was reasonable.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you:

What sort of amorality does it take to ignore the fact that:

1) Dick Cheney outed Valerie Plame in a fit of pique over her husband’s column “What I Didn’t Find In Niger”, and:

2) Outing Valerie Plame not only destroyed her career, but obliterated the far-flung network of Middle Eastern and Iraqi field operatives and contacts she had spent years – decades – nurturing? And does anyone think that the field operatives in Iraq, once Cheney made sure the whole world knew that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent, escaped the notice of the local Sunni insurgents?

David Broder willfully ignores not just common sense, but the reporting in his own newspaper.  To quote the WaPo’s Carol D. Leonnig:

Libby wasn’t charged with the crime of knowingly leaking classified information about Plame; he was charged with lying to investigators. But the overwhelming weight of the evidence at the trial — including reporters’ notes of their interviews with Libby — showed that Libby had indeed leaked classified information about Plame’s identity, even though that wasn’t what put him in the dock. The jury agreed that Libby lied when he said that he’d been telling reporters only what other reporters had told him about Plame’s role at the CIA.What is unclear is whether Libby knew she was a covert CIA agent at the time he discussed her with reporters — a key point in determining whether this was an illegal leak. But Walton said that Libby “had a unique and special obligation” to keep such secrets, well, secret.

Glenn Greenwald has more on the amorality of Broder’s running buddies, Bush and the PNAC Platoon, and the things they condone, such as the “disappearing” of four-year-old children. Hell, at least most rapists don’t kill little kids.

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Scooter skates

Posted by Charles II on June 9, 2007

At least, that’s what Digby predicts may happen. And lays out careful historical reasoning to justify that conclusion.

I keep wondering when the Main Street Republicans, who are along for the tax cuts and keeping the labor force in line, will have enough and throw up.

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Thirty Months

Posted by MEC on June 5, 2007

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“Today [Scooter Libby’s] career as a man on trial ended and his life as professional right wing victim began.” Jane Hamsher, FireDogLake

Libby will rally the base and rake in the bucks by spinning woeful tales of how that “liberal” Patrick Fitzgerald ruined his life. None of his admirers will give a thought to how he and the other Busheviks ruined the life of a skilled an loyal CIA agent. Thirty months seems an awfully short sentence for somebody who helped to destroy a CIA network that was hunting down weapons of mass destruction.

And the same people who insisted that perjury was the worst crime anybody could commit, when they were accusing President Clinton of it, will continue to parrot that Libby was persecuted, not prosecuted, because “There’s no underlying crime! No underlying crime! AWK! Pretty boy!” Well, maybe not that last bit. But you never know.

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