Saturday, March 06, 2004

Looking Bad for the Bushies

Even while Marc Racicot invites the jobless to eat cake and Dubya retires to his ranch for the weekend, things just are not looking good for the Treason Administration:

The White House said on Friday that it had received subpoenas in late January in the investigation into the leak of an undercover C.I.A. officer's name and that it was complying with the demand for an array of information, including records of phone calls to and from Air Force One during President Bush's trip to Africa last summer.

Confirming a report published Friday in Newsday, the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said the White House had received the subpoenas from a federal grand jury looking into how the C.I.A. officer's name came to appear in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak last July 14.

Mr. Novak attributed the information to two "senior administration officials." Knowingly disclosing the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer can be a crime.

It "can be a crime?" No, friends, it is a crime - it's treason. We used to stand people up in front of a wall and shoot them for that.

The Houston Chronicle has more:

A transcript subpoenaed in the CIA leak investigation reveals the White House media operation began efforts to personally discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson days before a columnist blew the cover of his CIA-officer wife.
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The efforts to discredit Wilson came after he went public July 6 with criticism of President Bush for mentioning the uranium rumor in January 2003 in his State of the Union address, which helped make a case for the Iraq war.

In the subpoenaed July 12 transcript of a briefing in Nigeria, then-press secretary Ari Fleischer called Wilson a "lower-level official."

Meanwhile, many of the journalists on the subpoena's list have reported various attempts by the Bush administration last year to discredit Wilson by suggesting his wife arranged for the CIA to send him to Niger.

In fact, of course, Wilson was right - but his info just didn't fit in with Dubya's necrophilous wish to start a war in Iraq. All of this is going to make wonderful history one day, but damned hard for those of us living through it.

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