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Thursday, February 09, 2006  


Cheney 'Authorized' Libby to Leak Classified Information

By Murray Waas, National Journal
? National Journal Group Inc.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006

Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been 'authorized' by Cheney and other White House 'superiors' in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records.

Libby specifically claimed that in one instance he had been authorized to divulge portions of a then-still highly classified National Intelligence Estimate regarding Saddam Hussein's purported efforts to develop nuclear weapons, according to correspondence recently filed in federal court by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

Beyond what was stated in the court paper, say people with firsthand knowledge of the matter, Libby also indicated what he will offer as a broad defense during his upcoming criminal trial: that Vice President Cheney and other senior Bush administration officials had earlier encouraged and authorized him to share classified information with journalists to build public support for going to war. Later, after the war began in 2003, Cheney authorized Libby to release additional classified information, including details of the NIE, to defend the administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case for war."

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006  

via Daily Times - Site Edition

Cartoons were vulgar and offensive: Washington Post

By Khalid Hasan

WASHINGTON: While pointing out that extremists and political opportunists across the Muslim world are rushing to exploit the controversy over the cartoons, the Washington Post said in an editorial on Wednesday that their “vulgarity and offensiveness” was “beyond question” and that they were published as a “calculated insult by a right-wing newspaper in a country where bigotry toward the minority Muslim population is a major, if frequently unacknowledged, problem”.

The newspaper also pointed out that the Danish government depends for support in parliament on a far-right populist party with an anti-immigrant agenda, adding that this may have been why Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen “arrogantly refused to meet with ambassadors from Muslim countries last fall, when the controversy might have been defused”."

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via ActForChange : Act Now

Congress: Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Illegal Domestic Spying

Contributed by Working Assets

Shockingly, it has come to light that President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on conversations of Americans and others in the United States. This spying apparently occurred without any court order and was focused on telephone and e-mail communications of 'hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States.'

Even under the insidious USA PATRIOT ACT, electronic surveillance law generally prohibits non-consensual eavesdropping in the U.S. without a court order based on probable cause. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance, except as 'authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order.' Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies at George Washington University, has said that Bush's secret order may amount to the president authorizing criminal activity."

posted by Gary Williams at 3:23 PM | link |

Sunday, February 05, 2006  

YOur choice:

via Defense Tech: "Ralph Peters: 'If you found your hilltop house on fire, would you (A) put out the flames, or (B) buy flood insurance? If your answer is 'B,' you're suited for a job in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). At a time when our Army and Marines bear by far the heaviest load of our nation's security burdens, OSD proposes reducing the number of soldiers to free up funds for wasteful Cold-War-era weapons systems.'"

posted by Gary Williams at 9:04 PM | link |

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