Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Diagram of The Plame Game

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Our job on this committee is to find out how the breach happened. Now, I'd like to show you a chart that we prepared on the committee --- you'll see it up on the screens, and we're putting it up here on paper. That chart is a graphic depiction of all the ways that your classified CIA employment was disclosed to White House officials and then to the press.

Every colored block on that chart is an individual, and every arrow shows a disclosure of classified information. That classified information was your CIA employment status. And the arrows are based on the testimony in Mr. Libby's criminal case and press reports. This chart shows over 20 different disclosures about your employment. Let me ask you, looking at this chart, are you surprised that so many people had access to the classified information about your CIA employment?

MS. PLAME WILSON: Yes, I am, Congressman. And I'm also surprised at how carelessly they used it.

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Putting politics before patriotic and professional duty will be the epitaph of this era. Waxman is right and has been right all along - these people must be impeached. And by "These People" I mean Bush, Cheney and all co-conspiritors. And then convicted. And then Prosecuted for racketeering, war crimes and treason.

This particular crime is, of course, treason. And if we are to believe "this is a time of war," then it would be treason during a time of war.

Karma. It's a bitch.

McCain commits to his "base" in Dumfuckastan

McCain sews up the dead-ender vote with this correction to a "mistaken" comment by a staffer.
t r u t h o u t | McCain: I'd Spy on Americans Secretly, Too: "[N]either the Administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the ACLU and the trial lawyers, understand were Constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001. [...]

We do not know what lies ahead in our nation's fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution."
The mistake was thinking there was an ethical bone remaining in McCain's body.

McCain's new position plainly contradicts statements he made in a December 20, 2007, interview with the Boston Globe where he implicitly criticized Bush's five-year secret end-run around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop.

Canada votes to grant asylum to US war resisters

Parliament on Tuesday voted to allow US resisters of the Iraq war who fled to Canada to stay in this country, thus avoiding military court-martial in the United States.

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Apolitical Warm Fuzzies!

The Cat House on the Kings is a true feel-good video. It's a real place, too, and it deserves your support. All you have to do to feel good is pass this around and - I hope, drop a couple dollars into the tip jar.

Sunday, June 01, 2008



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