Mercury Rising 鳯女

Politics, life, and other things that matter

Archive for the ‘Valerie Plame’ Category

Darrell Issa Burns A Few US Agents In Libya, Just So He Can Look Good On The Sunday Talk Shows

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 20, 2012

Remember when Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby burned a high-value CIA agent, Valerie Plame, in revenge for her husband Joe Wilson’s proclaiming that a key Bush-Cheney pretext for the invasion of Iraq — the alleged Niger yellowcake shipments — was bogus?

Now we find that, just so he could score some political points, Darrell Issa, former car thief and now a guy who at $500 million in wealth is the richest member of Congress, just outed a number of currently working CIA operatives, many of whom are in-country Libyans and who were doing some important projects in addition to their CIA work:

One of the cables released by Issa names a woman human rights activist who was leading a campaign against violence and was detained in Benghazi. She expressed fear for her safety to U.S. officials and criticized the Libyan government.

“This woman is trying to raise an anti-violence campaign on her own and came to the United States for help. She isn’t publicly
associated with the U.S. in any other way but she’s now named in this cable. It’s a danger to her life,” the administration official said.

Another cable names a Benghazi port manager who is working with the United States on an infrastructure project.

“When you’re in a situation where Ansar al-Sharia is a risk to Americans, an individual like this guy, who is an innocent civilian
who’s trying to reopen the port and is doing so in conjunction with Americans, could be at risk now because he’s publicly affiliated with America,” the official said, referring to the group thought to have led the Benghazi attack.

One cable names a local militia commander dishing dirt on the inner workings of the Libyan Interior Ministry. Another cable names
a militia commander who claims to control a senior official of the Libyan armed forces. Other cables contain details of conversations between third-party governments, such as the British and the Danes, and their private interactions with the U.S., the U.N., and the Libyan governments over security issues.

“It betrays the trust of people we are trying to maintain contact with on a regular basis, including security officials inside
militias and civil society people as well,” another administration official told The Cable. “It’s a serious betrayal of trust for us and it hurts our ability to maintain these contacts going forward. It has the potential to physically endanger these people. They didn’t sign up for that. Neither did we.”

Again, does this remind you of how Cheney and Scooter Libby outed Valerie Plame — and her entire in-country network of Iraqi contacts — just to get back at her hubby Joe Wilson for saying that he didn’t find any WMDs or WMD precursors in Niger?

The main difference here, besides the fact that this information, though sensitive and tightly held, was not classified, is this: Darrell Issa doesn’t even have the excuse of wanting revenge. He did it for cheap political posturing — and because he could do it, and could get away with it.

Posted in CIA, IOKIYAR, Iraq war, Libya, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Valerie Plame | Tagged: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

What’s wrong with the Department of Justice?

Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2009

First count, conspiracy to deprive defendant of civil rights. Scott Horton:

U.W. Clemon, formerly Alabama’s most senior federal judge, has written a scorching letter to Attorney General Eric Holder itemizing gross misconduct by federal prosecutors involved in the Siegelman case and demanding that the Justice Department open a full investigation into the matter. “The 2004 prosecution of Mr. Siegelman in the Northern District of Alabama was the most unfounded criminal case over which I presided in my entire judicial career,” he writes. “In my judgment, his prosecution was completely without legal merit; and it could not have been accomplished without the approval of the Department of Justice.” Clemon goes on to note that prosecutors engaged in judicial forum shopping, attempted to poison the jury pool, and filed and pressed bogus charges….

In recent weeks, a panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed five of seven counts of the Siegelman conviction in an opinion issued by three Republican judges. The case was referred back to a fourth Republican judge, Mark E. Fuller, for re-sentencing. The ruling prompted further cries for a reexamination of the case, as 75 former attorneys general from 40 states, both Democrats and Republicans, wrote Holder noting gross irregularities in the case and improper conduct by prosecutors who secured the conviction….

Attorney General Holder’s office advised the Huffington Post that notwithstanding the long-standing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, now amplified by a large group of attorneys general and the state’s former senior federal judge, the Justice Department had no investigation of the accusations underway.

Second count, conspiracy to give aid and support to America’s enemies. Naomi Seligman of CREW:

Earlier today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) learned that the Obama administration is opposing our request that the Supreme Court reconsider the dismissal of the lawsuit, Wilson v. Libby, et al. In that case, the district court had dismissed the claims of Joe and Valerie Wilson against former Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Richard Armitage for their gross violations of the Wilsons’ constitutional rights. Agreeing with the Bush administration, the Obama Justice Department argues the Wilsons have no legitimate grounds to sue….In fact, the Obama administration has gone one step further, suggesting Mr. Wilson failed to provide any evidence that Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove or Mr. Libby harmed him.

Posted in Democrats, Department of Injustice, Valerie Plame | 6 Comments »

Wrongdoing With Impunity

Posted by MEC on August 12, 2008

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play one on the Internets. So maybe my reaction to the Appeals Court ruling dismissing Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against Bush Administration officials is too hasty, and there is some legal precedent for it.

As a citizen, I am appalled. Judge David Sentelle (one of the most notoriously rightwing jurists in the country) and his colleagues on the Appeals Court apparently have ruled that government officials can do pretty much anything, even it’s unlawful, and “I was only following orders” is a legitimate alibi.

The court ruled Cheney and the others were acting within their official capacity when they revealed Plame’s identity to reporters.

Government employees who engage in questionable acts, such as abusing prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility or engaging in defamatory speech, cannot be held individually liable if they are carrying out official duties, the court said.

“The conduct, then, was in the defendants’ scope of employment regardless of whether it was unlawful or contrary to the national security of the United States,” Appeals Court Chief Judge David Sentelle wrote in the opinion.

Since when is breaking the law an “official duty” of a government official?

Oh, wait. This is the Bush Administration we’re talking about. That answers my question.

Posted in activist judges, BushCo malfeasance, rightwing moral cripples, Valerie Plame | 1 Comment »

McClellan Says He’ll Testify

Posted by MEC on June 10, 2008

Scott McClellan has said he has accepted an invitation to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA role. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 20.

Let’s see Bush claim Executive Privilege to stop McClellan from testifying, after his minions have been out there claiming McClellan was never party to confidential discussions and never got privileged information.

Scott, stay out of small planes, okay?

Posted in Congressional hearings, doing the right thing, John Conyers, Valerie Plame | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

The other case of treason

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2007

Adrian Levy on Democracy Now reports that the US cut a deal with Pakistan to cover up its Al Qaeda ties and role providing weapons technology to North Korea, Libya, and Iran in exchange for cooperation in the War on Terror. And then this bombshell:

AMY GOODMAN: Adrian Levy, what about the United States firing intelligence agents who were uncovering Washington’s complicity, purging government departments charged with tracking nuclear proliferation and tipping off the Pakistan government about probes into its illicit program?

ADRIAN LEVY: This is absolutely critical. I think that this thing that you picked up on resonates very much in methodology to what one in pre-Iraq and during Iraq. The politicization of intelligence the sidelining, monstering of intelligence officials who attempted to do their jobs. In the case of Pakistan, it was a fierce operation. One arm of government was contradicting what the other was doing. Publicly, the administrations were saying non-proliferation is a gold standard in government and privately, they were undermining us, collaborating. Elements of the CIA still believe that non-proliferation was the gold standard of government and within the bureau, looking at Pakistan, they still believed there agreement was to interdict the Pakistan nuclear program. We have the case of Richard Barlow, a young officer drafted in from the arms control and disarmament agency in the State Department. By the mid-1980s, he is working on the Pakistan desk within the CIA, becoming through many citations and awards and certificates. The pre-eminent researcher on WMD and Pakistan. And Barlow through his diligent research begins to uncover considerable evidence in the distribution cables, cables submitted by officials of the state department to their opposition to cohorts in Pakistan. He begins to undercover a level of complicity, something the state department would called “clientitis” but that the broader public would understand as collaboration, whereby the information appeared to be leaked on sensitive operations. He began to dig some more, and what he discovered was CIA operations to capture Pakistan military agents operating, buying, for the WMD program in America, those operations were being blown at the last minute to the Pakistan government. One operation in particular, involving U.S. Customs Service, was completely blown. He actually came up with the names of two presidential appointees in the state department, both at the Assistant Secretary of State level, who were passing information to the Pakistani government to compromise these operations. He reported this. He reported also the manipulation and the politicization of intelligence that betrayed Pakistan as much further back in the development of its program and his reward for this was to be cold-shouldered and very much to be forced out of the CIA.

AMY GOODMAN: Who were the top officials here reported on? Who did this? Who tipped Pakistan off?

ADRIAN LEVY: There’s only one name I can tell you officially, Bob Peck, who sadly, is no longer with us and was Assistant Secretary of State was one of the two. The second one I can tell you, is one of America’s leading – continues to be one of America’s leading diplomats. But for legal reasons, we are not allowed to name him. Although there is substantial evidence to point to him, but we’ve been asked by our legal team not to do that today. Now, I should just add one other thing before I move onto the second phase of the monstering of Barlow, the undermining of Barlow. I should say that there are other figures and characters who recur throughout this and the other one being General Inesoll, who became under Reagan the National Intelligence Officer for WMD. And Inesoll actually, in a closed session of Congress, was openly distorting and lying about information with Pakistan in order to support security relationship. And he would be supported by officials slightly below him within the state and political appointees and the CIA in a move that one long-term state officials described to me as making many of the people in the State Department deeply cynical about governments.

But if we pick up with Barlow, when Barlow goes to the Pentagon to go to work for Dick Cheney, then Defense Secretary. He is tasked almost immediately with writing an intelligence estimate for Cheney to go to the president in 1988, 1989, looking at the state of play with Pakistan. In his report to go to Cheney, he tells Cheney what I have told you. The entire chronology of events vis a vis the rise of the Pakistan program and U.S. collaboration in it. He also makes a specific point that Pakistan is till procuring for the program and it has adapted its American supplied F-16 fighter jets as its platform to drop a nuclear bomb. Next thing you know, literally pretty much overnight, Barlow’s security clearances evaporate; a vicious whispering campaign begins in the Pentagon, accusing Barlow of being potentially a spy, adulterer, a drunkard, and his wife Cindy who is also in the CIA is very much set against him. This may sound remarkably like another case, the Plame-Wilson case. And it’s the same cast of characters essentially, on the periphery. With Barlow case it involves once again Louis Scooter Libby, Stephen Hadley, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Eric Adelman, still in the Pentagon negotiating with Pakistan. All of these people revolving around the Barlow case, helping to spread the smear. And it really would take years until there is a triple inquiry by the Inspector-general for the CIA, for the State Department and for the Pentagon that rules pretty much unanimously that Barlow was monstrously smeared, and was never working against his country. And his lawyers discover his report to Cheney had been rewritten. Rewritten to say the exact opposite of what he had written: that Pakistan had no bomb, was not advancing its program, couldn’t use American F-16 jets to deploy its bomb. And the reason for that was that the Pentagon was considering a 1989, 1990 selling another several billions worth of F-16s to its client, Pakistan.

Posted in our tax dollars at work, Pakistan, terrorism, treason, Valerie Plame | 5 Comments »

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!

Posted in Libby trial, madness of King George, Valerie Plame | 1 Comment »

In Which I Agree (for the most part) With The Cato Institute

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 3, 2007

George Antoinette

(Portrait of Georgine “L’droit, c’est moi!” Antoinette from the Tuileriles, ca. 1789.) 

I’m scared.

Here’s a portion of a piece from the Cato Institute with which I largely agree: Commute THESE Sentences, Mr. President

Mandy Martinson — 15 years for helping her boyfriend count his drug-dealing money.

DeJarion Echols — 20 years for selling a small amount of crack and owning a gun, causing Reagan-appointed federal judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. to say, “This is one of those situations where I’d like to see a congressman sitting before me.”

Weldon Angelos — 55 years for minor marijuana and gun charges, causing the George W. Bush-appointed judge Paul Cassell, previously best known for pressing the courts to overturn the Miranda decision, to call the mandatory sentence in this case “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.”

Anthea Harris — 15 years when members of her husband’s drug ring received sentence reductions to testify against her, although she had not been directly involved in the business.

Posted in abuse of power, madness of King George, Valerie Plame, wrong way to go about it | 5 Comments »

The Silver Lining To The Libby Scam

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 2, 2007

Bush and Cheney have tacitly admitted that a) the GOP is going to go down in flames next year anyway, b) they don’t give a rat’s ass about what happens to the GOP so long as they themselves stay out of prison, or c) both.

Check out the SUSA polling figuresRepublicans don’t like this deal.  And Indies despise it as much as Democrats do.

Posted in 2008, Abraham Lincoln, madness of King George, Valerie Plame | 2 Comments »

Help Valerie Plame Get Justice for Bush Administration Betrayal of Anti-Proliferation Program

Posted by Charles II on June 10, 2007

It’s easy.  Click here and follow your heart.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Uncategorized, Valerie Plame | Comments Off on Help Valerie Plame Get Justice for Bush Administration Betrayal of Anti-Proliferation Program

Thirty Months

Posted by MEC on June 5, 2007

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

“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.

Posted in Libby trial, Republicans acting badly, Valerie Plame | 3 Comments »

%d bloggers like this: