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April 10, 2006

Liar In Chief

Here is a huge bomb dropping. Now wait for the bang:

In early June 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Bush and told him that CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was the wife of Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson and that she was responsible for sending him on a fact-finding mission to Niger to check out reports about Iraq's attempt to purchase uranium from the African country, according to current and former White House officials and attorneys close to the investigation to determine who revealed Plame-Wilson's undercover status to the media.

    Other White House officials who also attended the meeting with Cheney and President Bush included former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, her former deputy Stephen Hadley, and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

    This information was provided to this reporter by attorneys and US officials who have remained close to the case. Investigators working with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald compiled the information after interviewing 36 Bush administration officials over the past two and a half years.
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    Throughout the second half of June, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, and senior officials from Cheney's office kept Bush updated about the progress of the campaign to discredit Wilson via numerous emails and internal White House memos, these sources said, adding that some of these documents were only recently turned over to the special counsel.
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    According to four attorneys who last week read a transcript of President Bush's interview with investigators, Bush did not disclose to the special counsel that he was aware of any campaign to discredit Wilson. Bush also said he did not know who, if anyone, in the White House had retaliated against the former ambassador by leaking his wife's undercover identity to reporters.

    Attorneys close to the case said that Fitzgerald does not appear to be overly concerned or interested in any alleged discrepancy in Bush's statements about the leak case to investigators.

Fitzgerald is smart. He knows impeachment is above his pay-grade.

Posted by b on April 10, 2006 at 19:33 UTC | Permalink

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Impeachment may be above his pay-grade, but what about obstruction of justice?

Posted by: maxcrat | Apr 10 2006 20:17 utc | 1

V(alerie Plame) for Vendetta

Posted by: b | Apr 10 2006 20:18 utc | 2

but what about obstruction of justice

After Libby comes Rove, then Cheney only then Bush. Before Fitzgerald will be there, so much will have leaked that others will take care.

He knows his business :-)

Posted by: b | Apr 10 2006 20:20 utc | 3

i love the poster!!

Posted by: annie | Apr 10 2006 20:31 utc | 4

My SO always said Valerie would take him down. Thanks for the poster, b.

Posted by: beq | Apr 11 2006 0:20 utc | 5

Anybody seen Loose Shanks, a k a, Tainte Aime?

I miss reading tomorrow's headlines today.

Posted by: christofay | Apr 11 2006 1:31 utc | 6

christofay,
aka lash marks had one the other day.

Posted by: anna missed | Apr 11 2006 2:38 utc | 7

Agreed w/christofay...

Speaking of Whopping Lies, those damn Mormons just won't keep their mouths shut about the Mutha of All 'em Lies:

      "It looks like thermite with sulfur added, which really is a very clever idea," Steven Jones, professor of physics at BYU, told a meeting of the Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Letters at Snow College Friday.
      The government requires standard explosives to contain tag elements enabling them to be traced back to their manufacturers. But no tags are required in aluminum and iron oxide, the materials used to make thermite, he said. Nor, he said, are tags required in sulfur.

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Last year, Jones presented various arguments for his theory that explosives or incendiary devices were planted in the Trade Towers, and in WTC 7, a smaller building in the Trade Center complex, and that those materials, not planes crashing into the buildings, caused the buildings to collapse.
      At that time, he mentioned thermite as the possible explosive or incendiary agent. But Friday, he said he is increasingly convinced that thermite and sulfur were the root causes of the 9/11 disaster.
      He told college professors and graduate students from throughout Utah gathered for the academy meeting that while almost no fire, even one ignited by jet fuel, can cause structural steel to fail, the combination of thermite and sulfur "slices through steel like a hot knife through butter."
      He ticked off several pieces of evidence for his thermite fire theory: Physicist says Heat Substance Felled WTC

(Sulfur makes thermite burn even hotter than it ordinarily would.)

Posted by: jj | Apr 11 2006 2:53 utc | 8

@christofay- there was a reported sighting yesterday in the messianic vision thread. other versions to be on the lookout for were listed here.

Posted by: b real | Apr 11 2006 3:05 utc | 9

Speaking of bombs dropping, a man named Paul Roberts has this to say from the UK :


The critical requirement of avoiding aircrew casualties or prisoners means that a key component of US action would be a strong dependence on the B-2 long-range stealth-bomber. This plane can carry sixteen individually-targeted, highly accurate bombs; thus, a single aircraft can attack sixteen separate targets in just one operation. The basing of the B-2 far from the region is useful in preserving secrecy, but the plane's dependence on specialised servicing equipment to maintain its "stealth" radar-avoidance ability puts the only four bases worldwide where these are available at an absolute premium.

These four bases are in the United States itself, Guam (Pacific), Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean), and RAF Fairford (Gloucestershire, England). The stealth support facilities already available in the first three locations were joined by Fairford, a major United States air force (Usaf) standby base, in December 2004. This serves as a forward operating facility, especially for heavy bombers such as the B-1B, the B-2 and the B-52. In the approach to the Iraq war, Usaf's 457th air expeditionary wing was based at Fairford; fourteen B-52s flew in from Minot (North Dakota) and deployed there for seven weeks while conducting more than a hundred bombing sorties over Iraq.

Fairford underwent a major two-year development and reconstruction programme, completed in May 2002. Another building project started barely a year later to equip the base with a specialised hangar to accommodate the B-2; the fifteen months since its it came into operation have seen occasional visits by individual planes (the B-2's immense costs and specialised facilities means that only twenty-one have been built and perhaps only fifteen can be deployed at any one time).

The need for an element of surprise in any attack on Iran makes it difficult to gauge exactly when it might be imminent. Fairford offers the possibility of two tangible advance signals. The first is a more coordinated presence of B-2s at the base. It is probable that training for an attack would involve deployments of B-2 aircraft there for a few days at a time, to familiarise air and ground crew with the details of combat operations from a new base. It is likely that the first such exercise took place last week when three B-2s flew into Fairford within a few days in what appears to be the first orchestrated deployment of this kind. This may well be an indicator of training now underway.

The second signal is a sudden increase in base security at Fairford, including the policing of an extended cordon and closure of local roads to minimise any external observation of activities there. If and when that happens, the countdown to war with Iran will almost certainly be well underway. The moment may arrive at any time in the next year or more, quite possibly when it is least expected.

These people are bent on attacking Iran. Of the three legs of the triad : Oil has enjoyed its best profits ever from George's "adventure" in the Middle East and now it's "please sir may I have some more?"; the Israeli far-right has sown death, destruction and chaos in Iraq and would now love to sow the same in Iran; the War lobby, well... need I say more.

All three of thes players has reaped enormous gains from the war in Iraq. None of these players thinks they, personally, really have anything to lose from an attack on Iran.

Analyses based upon the downside for the rest of the world from an attack on Iran are not on the same page as the triad. They just do not care about Iraq or Iraqis, Iran or Iranians, or even about Israelor Israelis. That they have never cared about America or Americans should be as obvious as our American federal debt and our 2354 dead and 17269 wounded.

Britain's Snow is right when he says that an attack on Iran is nuts.

These nuts have reaped billions so far and are ready to keep on keepin' on 'til 20 Jan 2009.

Posted by: John Francis Lee | Apr 11 2006 7:30 utc | 10

I'm sorry... that's Paul Rogers, not Paul Roberts.

Posted by: John Francis Lee | Apr 11 2006 14:43 utc | 11

the b-2 509th bomb wing is based at whiteman afb in central missouri. the 442nd fighter wing’s 303rd fighter squadron recently took the gold in the "Air Force’s version of the Olympic Games for A-10 pilots," "despite having to fly A-10s belonging to another unit because their own aircraft are being prepared for an overseas deployment."

The four parts of the contest tested pilots’ skill in long-range strafing, manual bombing, low-angle strafing and employing the AGM-65 “Maverick,” air-to-ground missile.
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“Most of this competition was based on old-style manual bombing, like they did in Vietnam,” Colonel Hankes said. “It’s like using fixed sights on a rifle instead of a scope with a laser sight. It reduces bombing to pure pilot skill.”
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As the 303rd prepares for actual combat operations with an overseas deployment scheduled for this summer, the victory at Hawgsmoke confirms that the Air Force Reserve squadron has been training well, according to Colonel Hankes.

“The same talent, drive and dedication that served us well for Hawgsmoke will serve us well on our upcoming deployment,” he said.

Posted by: b real | Apr 11 2006 15:16 utc | 12

thanks for the 9/11 update jj

Posted by: annie | Apr 11 2006 15:32 utc | 13

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