Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Trickle-Down Effect

Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch; there's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.

President Bush 9/30/03

A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.

New York Sun 4/6/06


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can hear it now. Since the President "said" it was declassified and since Plame wasn't "really" undercover then no law was violated. Therefore, Bush is innocent.

I don't believe that, but I know that's what my pro-Bush acquaintance will argue. In fact, I no longer have to bring anything up with him now. I can predict his arguments ahead of time.

4/06/2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Maybe his poll numbers will drop even lower! Maybe people will finally be outraged enough that they'll harass their representatives. Maybe not. I've been waiting for outrage to overwhelm the populace for years. But so long as playing the 9/11 card silences critics and anesthetizes the masses, nothing will happen. C'mon everyone. Prove me wrong.

4/06/2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Lynx said...

About outrage, an interesting article posted in The Economist. From an international perspective the whole horse and pony show that is US politics is tragic and funny at the same time.

The rebirth of outrage:

4/06/2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger David the Gyromancer said...

Welcome to Bushworld, where a "leak" is only a "leak" if it's something the cabal didn't want "leaked."

4/06/2006 4:12 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

I'm looking for a leak about about Nicholas Rumsfeld. I finally established that Rumsfeld has three kids, Marcy, Valerie and Nicholas.

Nicholas, 38 (and not too old for military service), was last described several years ago as an "internet entrepeneur", whatever the hell that means. Crook is usually a good starting point.

Since then, all references to Nicholas appear to have been scrubbed from the internet which means that the f**king weasel is up to no good and probably is busy ripping off the US taxpayer like everyone else in Washington DC.

Too bad we can't find out how Nicholas Rumsfeld holds up under interrogation techniques refined by Rumsfeld's Defense Department.

Here's a suggestion for "Rummy" - get Nicholas to volunteer his leg or his arm or half of his head to show support for the troops.

If Rumsfeld has grandchildren old enough for military service, he should start coughing them up.

4/06/2006 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it depends on what your definition of 'leak' is.

4/06/2006 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the person will be taken care of...

As in, Karl Rove still has a security clearance and works in the White House, and Lewis Libby is paid off at a right wing "think tank" and also has a funded defense fund. Yes, these people are indeed "taken care of."

4/06/2006 5:16 PM  
Blogger Bravo 2-1 said...

This is EXACTLY the type of near supreme power that this White House believes in. Alito's nomination. Signing statements. The ability for the president and VP to declassify at will.

This is HUGE.

4/06/2006 6:03 PM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski a leading voice from the “isolationist” cum libertarian right who resigned from the Pentagon’s Near East-South Asia Policy Department at the onset of the Iraq war was on C-SPAN earlier this week.

She said the following:

“Brunner (ph), a [pro-Israeli political appointee].... He made colonel shortly after I got there […] Colonel Brunner (ph), nice guy, but he never wore his uniform, always wore civilian clothes. And I asked him once why because, in fact, for several weeks I thought he was a civilian, and then they said he’s having a promotion party. And I’m saying, well, why? Civilians don’t have promotion parties. And it turned out he was a colonel being promoted to 06 in the Air Force. And I asked him why he never wore his uniform. He said, ”Well, I have lots of meetings downtown, you know, I have to do a lot of meetings downtown.” And I was told not by him but by co-workers, ”Well, he’s Chalabi’s handler. He’s the guy that sets up all the meetings with Chalabi (ph).”

And also:

“when they talk about the sources of some of the things that the president was saying and [the Pentagon’s] Office of Special Plans was putting in our own talking points that they were handing out for us to use, they did have sources. They just weren’t legitimate intelligence sources.”

4/06/2006 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all DO realize that absolutely nothing will come as a result of Bush authorizing this leak, don't you?

That is because the American public has tuned out politics, and what little does seep into their uneducated minds is through filters such as Rush Limbaugh and the mainstream media. These sources will not only say it's no big deal, but actually tell them the President did it (whatever it is this time) to 'protect the country'.

Since analytical thinking is way beyond about 70% of the population, they will agree and go back to watching American Idol and stock car racing/football/the Olympics/baseball or going to church. (where they'll get yet another course in 'not thinking'.)

we're screwed..might as well join 'em; I bet they are a whole lot happier than us thinking folk

4/06/2006 6:42 PM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Dave Neiwert had a similar list today as well.

I find it hard to believe that the administration spinners didn't see this coming, but they sure don't seem to be coming back with anything....

4/06/2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger semper fubar said...

This won't matter to Bush's supporters. Nothing will change their minds.

Today, in an email exchange with a hard core republican at work, after I pointed to the Abramaoff case as an example of republican scandal, the Bush supporter told me that "Abramoff was an undercover democrat in disguise, who was trying to make republicans look bad." He meant it.

The bubble is strong. The bubble shall not be breached.

4/06/2006 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This administration prevents me from voting for a republican for a very long time to come. The list of reasons is now endless.

4/06/2006 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think David Studhalter is correct. I think we have gone past the semantics of Plame's status to the question of presidential power. Bush thinks that because he is president he can classify/declassify at his will and according to his determinents - regardless of whether those determinents are in direct contradiction to laws and guidelines.

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