Feb 28, 2007

Sydney Schanberg - Three Thumbs Up..!

Libby Trial Exposes Neocon Shadow Government

Day by day, witness by witness, exhibit by exhibit, Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in the trial of Dick Cheney’s man, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, is accomplishing what no one else in Washington has been able to: He has impeached the Presidency of George W. Bush.

Of course, it’s an unofficial impeachment, but it will also, through its documentation, be inerasable. The trial record—testimony, exhibits, the lot—will be there, in one place, for investigators, scholars, reporters and Congress to pore over. It goes far beyond the charges against Mr. Libby. It is, instead, a road map to the abuses of power that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney and their shadow government of neoconservatives have committed as the neocons carried out what they had been planning for years: an invasion of Iraq—and other military excursions—for the purpose of expanding American dominion.

From the start, when he was named special prosecutor in late 2003, Mr. Fitzgerald seemed to understand and embrace this much wider significance.

Yet he was careful not to overreach, crafting the indictment of Mr. Libby narrowly: He had lied to a grand jury, and to F.B.I. agents, about leaks he had given his favorite media people to discredit a vocal critic of the war.

The critic was former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Mr. Wilson, whose diplomatic service had included work in Africa, was asked in 2002 by the C.I.A. to investigate unconfirmed reports that Saddam Hussein had recently tried to purchase 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger to be further refined to produce nuclear weapons.

Mr. Wilson went to Africa, consulted his sources, and found no meaningful evidence of such a plot. He reported these negative findings to the C.I.A. And further investigations by several parties, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, a U.N. body, established that the uranium story was phony. Yet Messrs. Bush, Cheney and others in the President’s close circle kept presenting the uranium story as part of the pressing rationale for a U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Even as the White House found itself apologizing for a January 2003 State of the Union address which continued to tout the uranium story and other known falsehoods about the Iraqi threat, it continued the push for war. The invasion began on March 20, 2003.

Mr. Wilson responded to the White House in a July 6, 2003, Op-Ed article for The New York Times, charging that the administration had manufactured evidence to win support for the war. It was this story, published in the country’s most influential news organ, that drove the White House into a frenzy—in particular Mr. Cheney, the administration’s leading hawk.

The smear campaign against Mr. Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, went into high gear. Conservative pundit Robert Novak, a frequent conduit for White House whispers, wrote a column on July 14, 2003, attacking Mr. Wilson and outing Ms. Plame as a C.I.A. “operative.” The trial has since identified one of the unnamed senior administration officials Mr. Novak cited as his sources: Karl Rove, the advisor closest to the President.

The Justice Department responded to calls for an investigation into the leak by naming the U.S. Attorney for Chicago, Mr. Fitzgerald, as special prosecutor for the case.

Whether or not Mr. Fitzgerald gets a conviction, he has established a trial record that will establish the administration’s guilt. Sprinkled throughout are the names of most of the neoconservatives who had been planning the current Iraq War ever since the 1991 Gulf War ended with Saddam Hussein still in power.

They came out in the open in 1997 when they formed a Washington think tank of their own—the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Their first public act was a 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton, calling for the swift “removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime.”

Citing those still-undiscovered “weapons of mass destruction,” they said: “[W]e can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition … to uphold the [U.N.] sanctions …. ”

Then, in 2000, just before Mr. Bush’s elevation to the White House by the Supreme Court, the PNAC war-seekers issued a lengthy manifesto calling for a major escalation of the country’s military mission. This 81-page document proposed a buildup that would make it possible for the United States to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars.” The report depicted these wars as “large scale” and “spread across [the] globe.”

Iraq was named as a major threat.

Another aim of this escalation was as follows: “Control the new ‘international commons’ of space and cyberspace, and pave the way for the creation of a new military service—U.S. Space Forces—with the mission of space control.”

Perhaps the eeriest sentence in the document is found on page 51, conjuring up images of 9/11: “The process of transformation … is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.” (The PNAC documents can be found online at newamericancentury.org.)

Among the 25 signatories to the PNAC founding statement: Dick Cheney, I. Lewis Libby and Paul Wolfowitz.

Most of these names echo throughout the Libby trial record. Besides the damning notes from Mr. Cheney, accounts of conversations between Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby and Mr. Libby’s subsequent conversations with other pivotal administration officials, there is at least one document, in Mr. Cheney’s handwriting, that suggests the President had direct knowledge of the campaign to discredit Mr. Wilson.

The trial and its record was always all about the unnecessary war—a war created by massive and deliberate lying about an imminent security threat that wasn’t there. That’s why the President and his men were desperate to shut Mr. Wilson up.

He was the imminent threat—to their delusional empire-building.

EXCELLENT! He gets a big cookie!

Deliberizzles Continue in CIA Leak Case - AP

The secrecy of jury deliberations provides precious few clues about where juries are headed.

"It isn't like electing a pope, where there are smoke signals after each ballot," said Edward B. MacMahon Jr., a Virginia attorney who defended Zacarias Moussaoui against charges related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

32 Comments:

Blogger jan said...

Fitz!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Go Fitzie!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

TGIT!

Good luck Fitz today!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

Fitz!

Hey, I watching CBS "The Early Show", Larry King is on hawking his new book "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt". The Libby trial was brought up. Larry King implied that could be one of those of "ahem, how could you be sure, cases?"

I don't know about you all, but I've read some things about good ole Larry King and his "friends". (Not the black Larry King, Jr. either) Crap like this to me is just another way to sway public opinion.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Schanberg's essay strongly reiterates what we all have known all along, that the Libby jury's verdict is incidental to the larger issue of the Admistration's disassembling on our involvement in Iraq. We have Mr. Fitz to thank for almost single-handedly bringing us the truth.

Sidney Schanberg is brilliant; if you haven't seen The Killing Fields, please do yourselves a favor and do so (not for the squeemish). . .

10:29 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

That's great news...and now get the violin out for WaPo. Awww....Washington Post Co.'s fourth-quarter net income dropped 6.7% as continued weakness at its newspaper and magazine publishing divisions weighed down results.

They should try publishing the truth, look what telling the truth has done for MSNBC-KOs numbers heehee

10:37 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

http://thinkprogress.org/the-architects-where-are-they-now/

Flashbacks of the war planners/liars.

10:55 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Good Morning Everyone! :)

I'm anxiously waiting to hear about the Jurors question.

From the article...

"The trial and its record was always all about the unnecessary war—a war created by massive and deliberate lying about an imminent security threat that wasn’t there. That’s why the President and his men were desperate to shut Mr. Wilson up."
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Indict, Impeach and remove all of them from office!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Excellent article, Fitzie!

"Of course, it’s an unofficial impeachment, but it will also, through its documentation, be inerasable. The trial record—testimony, exhibits, the lot—will be there, in one place, for investigators, scholars, reporters and Congress to pore over. It goes far beyond the charges against Mr. Libby. It is, instead, a road map to the abuses of power that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney and their shadow government of neoconservatives have committed as the neocons carried out what they had been planning for years: an invasion of Iraq—and other military excursions—for the purpose of expanding American dominion."

11:04 AM  
Anonymous calgongirl said...

Fitz, when this is over- please, take me away!

11:09 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

How is it this JB "From the desk of" gets his hands on those court drawings so soon after they are done?
Not complaining, mind you;-)

Some silly friends of mine sent a cartoonist into one courtroom-another white collar crime-it was the only justice to be had that day-heehee

I think we'll see some real justice in the Libby case;-)

11:21 AM  
Blogger GEEZERPOWER said...

Thanks for the kewl artical, I didn't know about the NY Observer.
Some of us were following the PNAC on their own web site before the invasion of Iraq, and still are, but it is refreshing to see a good synopsis of what is going on in a newspaper that is (i guess)a little closer to MSM.

Maybe more people will now read the information on the PNAC web site. It should be required reading material for high school civics classes, political students and also anyone that is going into the military service.

We can be glad that this web site is mirrored in so many places and much to Bill Kristols editorial wishes, cannot be altered. Heehehe

Project for the Old American Century

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11:24 AM  
Blogger GEEZERPOWER said...

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11:29 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Every single one of those PNAC members should be indicted and convicted for war crimes!

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tally ho Teak
larry king is a piece of CRAP
Mobbed up
Mossed up
he is the lizard man

11:39 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Huh huh.. So it is a question regarding Libby's charge of false statements:

Note from the jury:
We would like clarification on the charge as stated under Count 3 specifically:
Page 74 of the jury instructions, "Count three of the indictment alleges that Mr. Libby falsely told the FBI on October 14 or November 26, 2003, that during a conversation with M. Cooper of Time Magazine on July 12, 2003, Mr. Libby told Mr. Cooper that reporters were telling the administration that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the CIA but that Mr. Libby did not know of this was true. (i.e., is the charge that the statement was made or about the content of the statement itself)
Judge's note at the bottom — I am not exactly certain what you are asking me. Can you please clarify your question?

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is a fake.

I am at the courthouse--this entire blog is a fake.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous corruption-R-us Ohio said...


E-voting on trial in Columbus, Ohio


In a December 2006, an independent audit conducted by voting rights activists trained in signature count audits, found that 86% of 206 Franklin County precincts would not balance with certified results. Most of these were off by significant margins when comparing poll book data and signatures to machine totals.

The Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) has no plausible explanation for these discrepancies other than to say that their error rate is better than most counties in Ohio.
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11:51 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Anon, however, the info isn't fake...

OMG just saw the part of PNAC about taking over space! Not one of those "signers" was playing with a full deck! Did they think "space command" would save them when their ground wars and bombs poison the earth? Sheesh -they shouldn't have the nerve to call anyone a tin foil hat wearer!

11:57 AM  
Blogger GEEZERPOWER said...

SQ

Yep...like Zalmay Khalilzad the embassador to Iraq? ;}

SPB

Thanks for the update about the funny question...( :

11:57 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

anon @ 11:43

Go back to your trial Ted...Scooter needs your hand. ;)

11:58 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Geezerpower:

At least the note was not a note to use the restroom. LOL!

At least we know that jurors are paying attention to the instructions and evidence.

Who is that nimrod Anon at 11:43 making an announcement that the blog is fake? Anon, go back to courtroom and hold Scooter's hand.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon@11:43 = Clarice live blogging from bed with an empty box of Ho Ho's and discarded wrappers by her side and laptop resting on her sagging breasts.

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

From Emptywheel:

Here's my take on this. First, if Libby is acquitted of some,but not all, of the charges, it'll be this charge he is acquitted on first. It's a real he said he said charge, and Jeffress really did score some points against Matt Cooper's credibility.

My take on this? Keeping mum. I'm under a gag order.

Anon at 12:08pm:

LMAO! Sagging breasts... You must know more than we know. TMI!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Clarice live blogging from bed with an empty box of Ho Ho's and discarded wrappers by her side and laptop resting on her sagging breasts."

From the upcoming sequel book, The Apprentice: The New Beginning.

*lol*

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Anon at 11:43 is at the courthouse giving free head.

Don't swallow.....

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent summary by Mr. Schanberg! (You both get a cookie) Now the truth is out and recorded about this Administration which, in my opinion, is more important than the actual verdict of Mr. Libby.
D

12:22 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Laura Bush comes out of valium and merlot induced haze to inform us that much Of Iraq is 'Stable,' There's just ''one bombing a day that discourages everybody'' 2-27 lol

http://www.oldamericancentury.org/

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/26/laura-one-bombing-day/

Oh my, no one is cutting any slack nowadays. lol.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Laura Bush comes out of valium and merlot induced haze to inform us that much Of Iraq is 'Stable,' There's just ''one bombing a day that discourages everybody'"

Yup, time to get Laura's chip replaced. I think it malfunctioned. LOL!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Check this out from David Corn:

Last night, the White House released the transcript of a background interview conducted by reporters aboard Air Force Two with a "senior administration official" who was not identified. Under the guidelines of the interview, the journalists cannot identify the "senior administration official." This is how the transcript starts:

INTERVIEW OF A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL BY THE TRAVELING PRESS
Aboard Air Force Two
En Route Muscat, Oman
3:07 P.M. (Local)
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The reason the President wanted me to come, obviously, is because of the continuing threat that exists in this part of the world on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border -- a threat to Afghanistan, clearly, in our efforts there, the Taliban, cross-border operations; a threat to Musharraf and his government. There were something like seven or eight suicide bombings in the last week or two in Pakistan. And obviously also, the threat to the homeland from the standpoint of operations and activities of al Qaeda in this part of the world -- for example, you go back to the airliner plot last fall, second generation Pakistani militants living in the U.K., but with ties back in al Qaeda areas along the Pakistan-Afghan border. So we've all got an interest, obviously, in trying to address those issues.
Let me just make one editorial comment here. I've seen some press reporting says, "Cheney went in to beat up on them, threaten them." That's not the way I work. I don't know who writes that, or maybe somebody gets it from some source who doesn't know what I'm doing, or isn't involved in it. But the idea that I'd go in and threaten someone is an invalid misreading of the way I do business.
I would describe my sessions both in Pakistan and Afghanistan as very productive. We've had notable successes in both places. I've often said before and I believe it's still true that we've captured and killed more al Qaeda in Pakistan than anyplace else. And I think we're making progress in Afghanistan.


So who's the mystery man? Have enough clues? Air Force Two. The use of the "I" word and "me". The claim of progress in Afghanistan. It can only be Vice President Dick Cheney himself--giving a background briefing to reporters about his own actions and thoughts. Makes you wonder about the geniuses in the White House who refuse to identify this "senior administration official" and then put out this press release. What's happened to the secret-keepers of the Bush White House?

And check to see that reported on the news tonight. Thanks, David!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another subject - that of PEACE - a bill recently was reintroduced in Congress to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. (www.thepeacealliance.org)

Just what the country needs. I believe it was Thom Hartmann that said "Peace is not the absence of war". There needs to be a global cooperation between people to create peace. This new department would be a good beginning for us.
D

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was known what half of the people think what actually happened in that bombing that the Taliban said was "for Cheney"; People would be shocked or maybe not. The man has no regard for human life except his own and his own family. He would do anything to save his own ass.

1:27 PM  

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