Apr 16, 2006

A Bad Leak..?

"This messy episode leaves more questions than answers, so it is imperative that two things happen soon. First, the federal prosecutor in the Libby case should release the transcripts of what Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney said when he questioned them. And the Senate Intelligence Committee must report publicly on how Mr. Bush and his team used the flawed intelligence on Iraq. Senator Pat Roberts, the committee chairman, says the panel will meet this month to discuss three of the report's five sections. That's a step. And it has taken only two years to get this far."

Dear NY Times,

Thanks for the interesting Op-Ed. And yes, it has only taken two years to get this far, thanks in a large part to your very own Judy Miller.

PJF

30 Comments:

Blogger Jackie said...

I read about the good/back leak thing. How twisted. You have a way of explaining law that a 5 year old could understand. Now to mess that up the person must have other reasons. I personally like the time line. It makes it so simple and factual. I really don't think this case will go off. The closer it get to January the little soldier will most likely fold. No friends in high places and no money means time to plea bargin. Oh I read the statures that pretain to your charges ( sweet)!!!

7:55 PM  
Anonymous e said...

I agree totally with the comment on Miller..

8:04 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

If the Bush administration is culpable of incompetence, lying to the American public and cronyism...
the Republican congress has been criminally negligent in their lack of oversight of the administration and their fellow congressmen and women to have been hijacking our system of government for their own purposes. These folks are HIRED by
the American people and should be fired accordingly.

In addition, the MSM bears responsibility for perpetrating this illegality. If the only access that journalists have is to be used for the wrong purposes, they too need new jobs.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

This is the battle of newspapers and media to try to gain the public's pulse. It is interesting that NY Times is trying to gain brownie points for telling the truth about Bush. But, it leaves a bad taste in people's mouths of public trust because of the "Looking for Ms. Goodbar" Judy Miller and let's not forget David Brooks. On the other hand, Washington Post claims that the leak was a "good leak." Again, Washington Post is in the back pocket of the Gerbil Administration. I prefer the opinions and facts from Raw Story, Truthout.org, Thinkprogress.org, and Firedoglake. These alternative media give factual yet non-fluff of the information about the Gerbil Administration. They are also not brought and paid unlike certain local newspapers and media!

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just don't want the truth to come out. But it will.

8:09 PM  
Blogger teak said...

I wonder if we can expect more of the same from lapdog to BushCo., Mr. Pat Roberts? I certainly hope when Roberts comes up for election again, my fellow Kansans vote this fool and questionable crook out of office!

Same for Senator Sam and Rep. 'Sweetdeal' Ryun.

8:10 PM  
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8:25 PM  
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8:30 PM  
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8:32 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Final post,

Fitz's buddy, Katherine Harris, is plummeting in the polls. She may be headed to take meds. I guess many of the Florida people are bellyaching over having her in office!

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) continues to struggle in her bid to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

Nelson currently leads Harris by an astonishing 30 points, 57% to 27%. These numbers have Nelson “counting down the days until May 12,” the Florida filing deadline which would ensure a Nelson-Harris match-up should no other candidates enter the race.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2006/04/14/in_florida_nelson_crushes_harris_in_latest_poll.html

Wow! I will say it backwards: Wow! Harris doesn't have a prayer with those numbers! Signing off! Enjoy your evening, folks!

p.s. Teak,
Gerbil and company will do what they usually do by jumping on the wheel, running real hard, and staying the course! The Gerbil Administration is the definition of insanity by doing the same thing over and over again in order to expect different results.

8:33 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:
I think it is time their wheels come off...and we change their course. :)

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they forgot to mention "Because of Judy Miller it took two years..."
D

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check this blog several times daily. Love the perspective, the humor and the links, among other things. Thank you so much for what you are doing. And please be careful.

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, yes - the NYT, paper of record, protecting the traitorous stenographer, Judith Miller, certainly slowed things down a year or two, huh? Thanks Judy for all you did - NOT. I couldn't sleep at night if I were her; blooddrenched nightmares filled with the agony of the dying, I hope it is with her constantly. Hope that little barb of yours was delivered to the NYT.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous e said...

This WH has simply put the the WH business of the People in the streets...what a way to run a country..
putting all the business of the country up for grabs in the streets..
and their personal hidden agendas behind closed doors...

5:26 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

Well, like your subtle text on Miller and your paragraph closing sentence: ..."It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham."

The shameful thing is, many, whom are able to put one foot in front of the other whilst chewing gum or 'thinking', know that W and Co are the evildoers.. this also means his ability to lead with any authority abroad has been deeply, deeply weakened.

Cheney, Rove and Bush look like the silly freshman trying attempting to play varsity ball and when the coach says 'no, you aren't good enough yet', they threaten to pull a 'Columbine' on whatever country they believe they need to go and steal their oil, next.

In this case and in Iraq, a dangerous endeavor .. and in my beliefs - a game to them.

None of them have ever risked their lives, only too willing to get deferments or get 'Daddy' to pull strings, but send thousands to their deaths for their
'game of oil'.

In the end, that's all they care about -- oil and setting themselves up for when they're out of office.

Absolutely -- vile.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One Question: Are you going to release the transcripts on Cheney and Bush?

9:17 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/ Evening Folks!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Easter!

In today's news:

1. It's tax day. The Gerbil is again on the soap box on giving tax breaks to the wealthy. From Thinkprogress. org:

TAXES -- BUSH USES TAX DAY TO PUSH FOR MORE TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY: "Over the weekend, before tax filings were due, President Bush used his radio address to ask Congress to extend his tax cuts permanently. "Tax relief has done exactly what it was designed to do," Bush said. "It has created jobs and growth for the American people." But the Los Angeles Times found that as the tax code's progressivity decreased under Bush, "tax rates have contributed to huge increases in the wealth of the wealthy, but so far most people haven't seen significant economic improvement." "It's as if Santa Claus dropped bags of money down everybody's chimney," said the Tax Policy Center's Leonard E. Burman. "Only he dropped extra-big bags in rich people's homes, and extra-small ones in smaller homes." One recipient of Santa's largest "bags of money" this year is Vice President Dick Cheney, who reportedly is entitled to a $1.9 million tax refund."
And of course, Christmas came early for Cheney!

2. From Thinkprogess.org:

"Bush orders national parks to “to show that they can function at 80 percent or less of their operating budgets.” “But park officials in the field said the initiative was forcing ‘gut-wrenching’ decisions that visitors will notice.” Amazing...

3. The best and wost senators according to Time magazine:

The Best Senators
• Thad Cochran
• Kent Conrad
• Dick Durbin
• Ted Kennedy
• Jon Kyl
• Carl Levin
• Richard Lugar
• John McCain
• Olympia J. Snowe
• Arlen Specter
The Worst Senators
• Daniel Akaka
• Wayne Allard
• Jim Bunning
• Conrad Burns
• Mark Dayton

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1184028,00.html
They left off the list for best senators: Russell Feingold and Barbara Boxer. Which do you think is your best and worst senator in your state???

11:01 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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11:16 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

More in Monday news about the Administration:

1. It seems Josh Bolten has a lot more power in the WH:

Bush's New Chief of Staff Signals Shake-Up

"WASHINGTON - Signaling a possible shake-up among President Bush's senior advisers, the new White House chief of staff told top presidential aides Monday to expect changes that "refresh and re-energize the team." He invited anyone who is thinking of leaving before year's end to do so now.

But Bolten has Bush's full authority to make changes to the president's staff, which has had a low turnover rate, with many aides serving him for years. Bolten already has had closed door meetings with some top advisers and plans more in the coming 10 days or so to talk about their roles going forward, McClellan said.

McClellan said Bolten told the aides to expect "some changes and adjustments "after he's gone through the process of talking to the staff."
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2006/04/17/ap/headlines/d8h1pu900.txt
This is scary that Bolten has full authority from the Gerbil. It means more problems in the WH of the power of beings: Cheney and Rove.

2. From Thinkprogress.org:

"After lauding Rumsfeld on Friday, President Bush’s appearance today with Treasury Secretary John Snow “may be intended to send a message to Snow’s critics in Washington and on Wall Street that Bush isn’t letting this top Cabinet secretary go anytime soon, either,” NBC reports." We shall see if Snow is on the chalk off list to be giving the boot by Bolten.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Former Fed said...

When I first lived in DC many years ago, I read the evening paper (I think it was the Star, but I could be wrong) which was much better than the Post. Then over the years the Post got better - I think it corresponds to the time that Kate Graham was in charge.

Now it is nothing more than an apologist for the Bushies. I am dropping my subscription to the Weekly National version and the only thing I now look at on a regular basis is the Toles cartoon which is a worthy successor to Herblock.

I am close to giving up my subscription to the NYT. It has certainly declined in competence during the last few years.

Even though both my Senators are on the "Best" list I would have to say that I certainly don't agree with the Time list. I have lost almost all faith in McCain and Kyl is too right wing for my taste.

Fitz, glad to know you are putting in lots of hours - but we all know that it is for the best of causes - literally the future of our country. Keep it up, and I, like most of your posters, would gladly voluteer to help you in any way we could. Just let us know.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Teak,

Just letting you know that I took a peek at Warerflake's website. My latest article is posted. Happy reading!

11:23 AM  
Blogger teak said...

SPB, I already gave my answer, LOL.
Please put Pat Roberts under oath.

I really wonder now what Bush wanted when he came to Kansas State University--along with Roberts and Senator Sam Brownback. Little did Bush know that Governor Kathleen Sebelius would be stuck in the car with them (due to bad weather, they couldn't fly to Manhatten)anyway, the Gov. hit Bush up about the Nat'l Guard equipment lost in Iraq and Medicare Part D. Way to go, Kathleen!

There are more Governors now questioning Bush about their state's equipment since natural disasters like the flood in this state and the states' equipment being in Iraq. Bush's standard response---"I'll get back to you."

Dick Cheney will be gracing KS with his self at Fort Reilly soon, public not invited. whoopie!!

Off to read your article at Waterflake's site!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Teak,

Thanks for the info from the Gerbil and company in your state of Kansas. It figures that Bush would say: "I'll get back to you." Glad that Govenor Sebelius would corner the Gerbil on National Guard equipment. She certainly showed that sitting President the meaning of responsibilty.

Switching gears:

The spotlight of today is attorney, Sean Berkowitz. It is his big day in court to crossexamine Unskilling Skilling. From WSJ:

The Main Event: Berkowitz v. Skilling
Posted by Peter Lattman

"HOUSTON — In the three-day trial break this weekend, at least one commentator, NYT’s Joe Nocera, speculated that Skilling would crack this week under the cross of prosecutor Sean Berkowitz.
At this point, though, the Law Blog isn’t betting against Skilling.
After watching Petrocelli’s skilled direct examination, the Law Blog spent the weekend reading “The Smartest Guys in the Room,” the Enron book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. (Yes, the Law Blog needs to get a life.) It’s uncanny how much of the book’s narrative identically tracks Skilling’s testimony from last week.
Here’s the thing: After hearing his direct testimony, supplemented by reading a 400-plus-page not-so-sympathetic portrait of him, the Law Blog isn’t entirely convinced of Skilling’s guilt.
While Skilling undoubtedly bears responsibility for Enron’s collapse and should be held accountable, it’s a very different issue of whether he’s guilty of committing any crimes. Today Sean Berkowitz’s job will be to try and convince the jury of just that – beyond a reasonable doubt. "

Go Sean go!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous e said...

printed the time line..
my favorite thing to do come to this site ..read all while eating my Haagen Dazs peanutbuter choclate ice cream....
you're just tooooo good guys..
I don't wanta be fat..:)

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Up in Michigan said...

"6 miles": I, too, love that "travesty of a mockery ..." line. I'm thinking about writing music for it so I can turn it into a song. Hip hop? Country western? Nah. Rock 'n' roll.

Here's a gentle warning to all about the Time magazine list: Don't you dare say anything bad about my beloved Sen. Levin on here!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

All this talk about who's staying and who's going only Bolten knows for sure. What I found interesting this morning is the article on thinkprogress. Steve Forbes an insider to the Bush Administration said the US has to invade Iran for the oil. Now all this saving the world think is really about middle east oil. These guys are dummber that I thought. Watch for the middle east to stick it to the man (Americans) by withholding/raising prices of oil. Was that Bush's plan when taking office in 2000? As that seems the direction they have taken from day one.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berkowitz is going to fry Unskilled Skilling and make him join little Soldier!!!

Release the indictments on the double, lets get this ball rolling downhill forever and fast!

Ken Lying Lay is up next to bat!

8=D

12:08 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

And yes, indeed Anon! Can't wait to hear how Berkowitz does at the end of the day. I will be following it. For sure, Unskilling Skilling, Lying Lay, and the little soldier will indeed fry on the skillet! Can't wait for Lay on bat. His testimony will be the joke in the courtroom. Cheers!

12:12 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Great job on the timeline, SPB. I have awful fibromylagia and really have 'brainfog' today and I understood it. Yippee! Thank you.

Mr. Berkowitz seems like he will do a fine job on Skilling and Lay.

Westar in Kansas (I think that tied somehow into Enron, too.) took 2 trials before they convicted Whittig and Lake. Whittig got sent up earlier than his 'set jail date' because he got caught putting things in his wife's name. Where do these rich crooks do time? I heard Whittig got to go to some medical prison on the east coast. And Lake wants to go to the east also because his family is there. What----the scene of the crime isn't good enough---Kansas? As in Leavenworth. Just sayin'.

12:49 PM  

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