September 29, 2003 Monday
Was it Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice or Dubya? Or all of them?
US agent leak under scrutiny
The US Justice Department has been asked to look into whether members of the Bush administration broke the law and revealed the identity of an undercover intelligence agent....
...Under US law, exposing an undercover intelligence officer is an offence punishable by 10 years in jail.
...CNN's David Ensor reports that the leak could constitute a felony. Anyone with whom Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife, may have had dealings, Ensor says, "now knows they were dealing with the CIA. That hurts American national security."
"The leaking of the name of a CIA [operative] is a dastardly act," said Sen. Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, in an interview with Bill Hemmer on CNN's "American Morning" on Monday.
White House loose lips irk CIA
WASHINGTON - Authorities are looking into allegations that White House officials revealed the identity of a CIA operative, in possible violation of the law.
Robert Novak, conservative columnist, is the one who first leaked this information about Joseph Wilson's wife being a CIA agent. Five other reporters were given the same leaked info and did not report it. I wonder who will turn in the White House leaker? If any? Can Novak be prosecuted for outing a CIA agent?
Someone at the White House has a lot of 'splaining to do.
We can't find the weapons of mass destruction or dignity and honor in the White House.
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DIRTY LAUNDRY DONE DIRT CHEAP
"I may not be Mrs. Dorothy Parker, but I did stay at the Algonquin Inn Express last night." - Anita Beer, who wrote one column "Just Shut Up, Bill O'Reilly"; and has now given herself the title of best-selling author.
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Investing in irony
With a chunk of its employee pension fund, Florida is about to buy the nation's most financially imperiled private education management company.
Edison Schools Inc., the private education management
company founded by Chris Whittle, has taken a beating in the financial
markets. Its stock, selling for as much as $36.75 a share in 2001, dropped
to 15 cents last year. Its very survival depends on a white knight to take
it private, some riverboat gambler willing to bet on what seems certain to
be a losing hand.
Florida's state pension fund has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to Jeb's buddies buying Enron stock while it was diving downwards. Will someone throw me a life preserver, I'm drowning down here in Florida.
"So, congratulations to Florida. You're no longer our most damning national embarrassment. Perhaps you can have a wet t-shirt contest to celebrate."
óJon Stewart, on the California recall debate
Kashmir now has a new breed of mercenary
journalists and sound-bite soldiers. Invariably, it's not the facts but the
speed that counts.
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When At Wit's End was a string of angry e-mails and chatroom wars on AOL during the Clinton wars [on a l4.4kps modem] and Bartcop was a weekly newsletter, Joe Conason was pretty much all alone on the frontlines of the major Media.
He fought for the truth then and has been fighting for it ever since. He co-wrote the bestseller, "The Hunting of the President", the Bible of Truth about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy against the Clintons with Gene Lyons. And he has now written a sharp and thoroughly researched tome "Big Lies..The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth"...
click here to visit my friend, Bob Witkowski's website - At Wits End
Thanks to the talented Politically Incowrecked
This is an artist's rendition, released by NASA (news - web sites), of the Galileo Probe as it approaches Jupiter. (NASA Handout)