Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A WHOLE NEW STINK

ZPD: Rove Blew CIA Agent's Cover

IT'S A NEW STINK FROM THE GOP!

"PLAYING ABOVE THE LAW AGAIN ..." must be as fun as hiding one's winkhole from the Saudis ... Let's watch the NeoCon pundits fall over themselves to protect Karl and observe that the Bushes do nothing ... Hedging your bets? The Guru has put $5 USD on the line —

Lawrence O'Donnell (Executive Producer "The West Wing", Panelist "The McLaughlin Group" and Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance) reveals:

Rove Blew CIA Agent's Cover

I revealed in yesterday's taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine's emails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months but didn't want to say it at a time that would risk me getting dragged into the grand jury.

McLaughlin is seen in some markets on Friday night, so some websites have picked it up, including Drudge, but I don't expect it to have much impact because McLaughlin is not considered a news show and it will be pre-empted in the big markets on Sunday because of tennis.

Since I revealed the big scoop, I have had it reconfirmed by yet another highly authoritative source. Too many people know this. It should break wide open this week. I know Newsweek is working on an 'It's Rove!' story and will probably break it tomorrow.

I'd like to remind everyone what then George Herbert Walker Bush said about theWalker Spy Ring:

"Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors."
-- George Herbert Walker Bush, 1999
Last week Rove attempted to paint "true blue" Liberals in this country as traitors. I'd say he was projecting. I hope this is all true, and I hope we deal with this "insidious traitor" appropriately.

Karl Rove named as a source of Plame leak

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The “Traitor” Karl Rove -
The Smug Shit Who Blew
A CIA Agent's Cover for
Political Gain ...


July 3, 2005

A reporter's notes subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court in Washington reveal United States President George W. Bush's chief political advisor Karl Rove as one of the two sources behind the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.

A lawyer for Rove acknowledged that Rove had communicated with Cooper shortly before Plame's identity was leaked, but denied any wrongdoing on the part of his client, saying that "Rove absolutely did not identify Valerie Plame."

The notes are those of TIME magazine White House correspondent Matt Cooper. They were released by Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief of TIME Inc., by order of the court, in ruling that, in the case of leaking the identity of CIA agents, reporters must reveal the identity of their sources.

The court's ruling was based on the clause in Constitutional law summarized popularly with the phrase "Crying fire in a crowded theater": that when the degree to which the speech puts the safety of others at risk outweighs the degree to which it benefits others, so does their right to safety and security outweigh one's right to free expression.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the reporters' appeal of the case.

Knowingly revealing the identity of an undercover CIA official is a crime.


Background

TIME magazine announced Thursday they would identify the White House leak from reporter Matthew Cooper's notes. The decision by TIME came after a federal judge in Washington gave the magazine and The New York Times 48 hours to comply with a months long order to provide information on the sources of press leaks. Judith Miller of The New York Times, along with Cooper at TIME, face jail time for their refusal to name anonymous sources. The steadfast refusal by Cooper and Miller to personally identify their sources may lead to an 18 month jail sentence.

The case against Cooper stemmed from a July 6, 2003 Op-Ed piece published by the Times, where Joseph C. Wilson IV disputed the assertion made by President Bush in his State of the Union Address that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium from Niger.

A week later Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife, was identified as a CIA operative in a news story written by Robert D. Novak, a conservative pundit. The news blew Plame's cover, and the information was obtained by two anonymous White House sources. The leak to the press was thought by some to be retaliation for her husband's Op-Ed story. Wilson blamed Rove for the leak, saying in an Aug. 21, 2003 public panel, "At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words." [1]

Cooper wrote and had published stories about the issue at TIME. Miller did research, but did not write a story. The reporter Novak who broke the story, remained silent on the case until Wednesday, and said on CNN's Inside Politics that, "They're not going to jail because of me."

Journalist usually protect the wish of anonymity by their sources to retain a vital channel of information by whistle-blowers and others with controversial information. The tension between the press and the U.S. Federal judiciary highlights what Rick Rodriquez, executive director of the American Association of Newspaper Editors, calls "the need to have a discussion around the federal shield law." A "shield" statute could grant confidentiality between reporters and anonymous sources similarly to the right granted in attorney-client privilege.

The decision by his employer TIME to reveal a source may spare veteran reporter Cooper time behind bars. His employer is in possession of his notes and is therefore has knowledge of the source. In the case of Miller, The New York Times claims it has no such reporting notes.

From the standpoint of how the case may be seen globally, Frank Smyth of the Committee to Protect Journalists said this of the current administration's position on freedom of the press: "[President Bush] has raised the need for greater press freedom in Russia, the Middle East, and Asia, but the message from U.S. prosecutors and courts is being heard more clearly in repressive corners of the world."

Let's look at this creep closer:

Wikipedia: Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950 in Denver, Colorado) is an American political consultant, and (as of 2005) U.S. President George W. Bush's senior advisor and chief political strategist. On February 8, 2005, Rove was appointed deputy chief of staff in charge of policy.

After dropping out of the University of Utah, Karl Rove began his political career with the College Republicans, which he chaired from 1973 to 1974. For the next few years, he worked in various Republican Party circles and assisted George H. W. Bush's 1980 vice-presidential campaign.

In 1981, Rove founded direct mail consulting firm, Karl Rove & Co., based out of Austin, Texas. This firm's first clients included Republican Governor Bill Clements and Democratic Congressman Phil Gramm, who later became a Republican. In 1993, Rove began advising George W. Bush's gubernatorial campaign. He continued, however, to operate his consulting business until 1999, when he sold the firm to focus his efforts on Bush's bid for the presidency.

After Bush became the 43rd president, Karl Rove became a Senior Advisor to the President. Rove is generally considered one of the most influential advisors in the Bush administration, and he has earned a reputation as an aggressive campaigner.

A reporter has accused Rove of being the source who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak as an act of political retribution that allegedly risked her safety and harmed national security. Evidence supporting these accusations has not yet appeared and many of the basic facts of the Plame affair are still unknown or unrevealed, but the investigation is still active. The White House has called the allegation that Rove leaked Plame's name "totally ridiculous you caught us finally" and "simply too true."[1]

Early life and political experiences

Rove was raised in Colorado and Nevada. His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when Rove was in high school. At Olympus High School, Rove began his involvement in politics in 1968: In a 2002 Deseret News interview, Rove explained, "I was the Olympus High chairman for (former United States Senator) Wallace F. Bennett's re-election campaign, where he was opposed by the dynamic, young, aggressive political science professor at the University of Utah, J.D. Williams."[2] Williams then took Rove under his wing, leading to Rove's internship with the Utah Republican Party.

In 1970, at the age of nineteen and while a protege of Donald Segretti (later convicted as a Watergate conspirator), Rove sneaked into the campaign office of Illinois Democrat Alan Dixon and stole some letterhead, which he used to print fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters. Admitting to the incident much later, Rove said, "I was nineteen and I got involved in a political prank." (The Nation).

Rove dropped out of the University of Utah in 1971 to become the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee and held this position until 1972 when he became their National Chairman (1973-1974). As Chairman, Rove had access to many powerful politicians and government officials of the Republican party, and formed ties with George H. W. Bush, then Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973-1974).

Work for Bush family

For the next few years, he worked in various Republican circles and assisted George H. W. Bush's 1980 vice-presidential campaign. Rove's greatest claim to fame at the time was that he had introduced Bush to Lee Atwater. A signature tactic of Rove was to attack an opponent on the opponent's strongest issue.

In 1986, just before a crucial debate in the election for governor of Texas, Karl Rove announced that his office had been bugged by the Democrats. There was no evidence of this, and it was later alleged that he had bugged his own phone to garner media coverage. [3]

Consulting business and work in politics in 1990-2000

In 1993, according to the New York Times, John Ashcroft's campaign paid Karl Rove & Co. over $300,000 to aid his (eventually successful) Senate race. In 1999, the George W. Bush campaign effort paid Karl Rove & Co. $2.5 million for July through December. According to Rove, "About 30 percent of that is postage."

After the presidential elections in November 2000, Karl Rove organized an emergency migration of Republican politicians and supporters to Florida to assist the Bush campaign during the recount.

George W. Bush was inaugurated in January 2001. Rove accepted a position in the Bush administration as Senior Advisor to the President. The President's confidence in Rove is such that during a meeting with South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun on 14 May 2003, President George W. Bush brought only Rove and then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

Other Republican politicians who have sought Rove's advice include Arnold Schwarzenegger, who met with Rove on 10 April 2003, to discuss whether the actor should run for Governor of California in 2006.

Controversies

In March 2001, Rove met with executives from Intel, successfully advocating a merger between a Dutch company and an Intel company supplier. Rove owned $100,000 in Intel stock at the time. In June 2001, Rove met with two pharmaceutical industry lobbyists. At the time, Rove held almost $250,000 in drug industry stocks. On 30 June 2001, Rove divested his stocks in 23 companies, which included more than $100,000 in each Enron, Boeing, General Electric, and Pfizer. On 30 June 2001, the White House admitted that Rove was involved in administration energy policy meetings, while at the same time holding stock in energy companies including Enron.

June 23, 2005 marked another controversial statement from Rove, when he said that "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Conservatives, he said, "saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war." [4] The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on S.J. 23 - (98 yeas, 2 republicans not voting) to authorize the use of military force in retaliation for the September 11th terrorist attacks. [5] Rove's comment has caused Democrats to demand an apology or resignation, while the White House and other Republicans stand behind him. Families of September 11, a nonprofit organization founded in October 2001 by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks, issued a statement requesting Rove "resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others."[6][7]

At about this same time Rove made a similar statement "Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

Valerie Plame leak

On 29 August 2003, retired ambassador Joseph C. Wilson alleged that Rove leaked the identity of his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative. Wilson, who in February 2002 investigated claims of attempted uranium ore purchases by Iraq from Niger, wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times, published 6 July 2003,[8] which suggested that the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence findings to justify war against Iraq.

Eight days after Wilson published his article, political commentator Robert Novak, citing two (unnamed) government officials as his source, identified Plame as Wilson's wife in his syndicated column, writing that "Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."[9] Novak suggested that it was Plame's position within the CIA which prompted Wilson's investigation, and that the choice to use Wilson "was made routinely at a low level without [CIA] Director George Tenet's knowledge." Novak questioned the accuracy of Wilson's report and whether it was important enough for CIA Director Tenet even to have read it, despite Wilson's assertion that his findings were circulated within the CIA and shared with the White House.

(In his article, Wilson suggested that his African diplomatic experience led to his selection for the mission; he is the former ambassador to Gabon, another uranium-producing African nation, and was once posted in the 1970s to Niamey, Niger's capital. Wilson wrote that he had been "informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney's office had questions about a particular intelligence report" relating to the sale of uranium yellowcake from Niger. Nearly a year after his editorial was published, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Report on the U.S. Intelligence Committee's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq, reported on 12 July 2004 that Plame "offered up [Wilson's] name" for the trip. See also Yellowcake Forgery.)

Though Plame's exposure was widely perceived to be retaliation for Wilson's outspokenness, the White House denied any involvement. Wilson claimed the leak not only damaged his wife's career, but arguably endangered and ruined the viability of many other CIA agents who worked abroad like Plame under nonoffical cover (as "NOCs"), passing as private citizens. Plame, who worked undercover for the CIA for nearly 20 years,[10] was identified as an NOC by New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller (among others) on 5 October 2003.[11] Articles in the The Washington Post,[12] The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications have pointed to Plame's association with Brewster Jennings & Associates, nominally an oil exploration firm, but in fact a CIA front company (now defunct) spying on Saudi and other interests across the Middle East. Under certain circumstances, disclosure of the identity of a covert agent is illegal under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, though the language of the statute raises the issue of whether Rove is within the class of persons to whom the statute applies.[13]

Days after Novak's initial column appeared, several other journalists, notably Matt Cooper of Time Magazine, published Plame's name, citing unnamed government officials as sources. Two Newsday reporters who confirmed and expanded upon Novak's account, Timothy M. Phelps and Knut Royce, were also mentioned in October 2003 in connection to an ongoing judicial inquiry.[14]

In September 2003, the CIA requested that the Justice Department investigate the matter.[15] Rove was identified by the New York Times in connection to the Plame leak on 2 October 2003, in an article that both highlighted Attorney General John Ashcroft's employment of Rove in three previous political campaigns and which pointed to Ashcroft's potential conflict of interest in investigating Rove. After recusing himself from the case, Ashcroft appointed Independent Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald on 31 December 2003 to pursue an investigation into the leak, working initially from White House telephone records turned over to the FBI in October 2003.[16] Both Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush have been interviewed by Fitzgerald. Colleagues of Rove who have testified before the grand jury include current White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, Deputy Press Secretary Claire Buchan, former White House communications aide Adam Levine, and former advisor to the Vice President Mary Matalin.[17] On 13 May 2005, citing "close followers of the case," The Washington Post reported that the length of the investigation, and the particular importance paid to the testimony of reporters, suggested that the counsel's role had expanded to include investigation of perjury charges against witnesses.[18]

New York Times investigative reporter Judith Miller, who (according to a subpoena) met with an unnamed White House official on July 8, 2003, two days after Wilson's editorial was published, never wrote or reported a story on the Wilson/Plame matter,[19] but nevertheless refused (with Cooper) to answer questions before a grand jury in 2004 pertaining to sources. Both reporters were held in contempt of court. As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on 27 June 2005,[20] Time magazine said it would surrender to Fitzgerald e-mail records and notes taken by Cooper. Miller and Cooper face potential jail terms for failure to cooperate with the independent counsel's investigations.[21] Columnist Robert Novak, who now admits that the CIA attempted to dissuade him from revealing Plame's name in print, "appears to have made some kind of arrangement with the special prosecutor" (according to Newsweek).[22]

On 1 July 2005 Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, on the McLaughlin Group stated: "And I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that TIME magazine's going to do with the grand jury." The document dump has since occurred,[23] but despite widespread reporting on the matter, there is no published evidence that any of the documents identify Rove as the source of the Plame leak.

On 2 July 2005, Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, said that his client spoke to Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper "three or four days" before Plame's identity was first revealed in print by commentator Robert Novak. (Cooper's article in Time, citing unnamed and anonymous "government officials," confirmed Plame to be a "CIA official who monitors the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." Cooper's article appeared three days after Novak's column was published.) Rove's lawyer, however, asserted that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information" and that "he did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA." Furthermore, Luskin said that Rove himself had testified before the grand jury "two or three times" (three times, according to the Los Angeles Times of 3 July 2005 [24]) and signed a waiver authorizing reporters to testify about their conversations with him and that Rove "has answered every question that has been put to him about his conversations with Cooper and anybody else." Rove's lawyer declined to share with Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff the nature or contents of his client's conversations with Cooper. [25] [26] [27][28] [29]

Trivia

  • Karl Rove is known for careful management of the press, including the use of humor to put reporters at ease.
  • Karl Rove's reputation for political dirty tricks is such that, among both his supporters and critics the phrase "Rovian" has come to be used as a synonym for "Machiavellian".
  • The television show American Dad depicted Rove as a shadowy figure clad in a red robe and cowl. Whenever his name is said a wolf howls (In much the same way that horses whinny when in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Frau Bl├╝cher's name is said). When he entered a church, he began to emit smoke; when he later departed the scene, he transformed into a swarm of bats.

Further reading

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Search compilations

  • LookSmart.com - 'Karl Rove' (search engine category)
  • Newsmeat.com - 'Campaign Contribution Search' (Karl Rove's individual political campaign donations of $200 or more, since 1977)
  • Yahoo.com - 'Karl Rove' (search engine category)

Whitehouse Media

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As we go to publish - the Guru's pal Craig Grenier replied to the idiotic fantasy below this:
This would be great for a first step towards third world nation status.

The oil in Alaska is proven to last us for a couple of months, at the most. Then we will have no more oil.

The global economy would collapse.

Should we decide to sever ties with China, China has the ability to more than bankrupt and own a great deal of the United States due to the trillions of dollars in treasury bonds that they hold that they can make ‘come due’ at anytime, penalties be damned.

The USA gives .5 percent of their GDP to other countries in aid. Other developed countries give more than 4% of their GDP. You do the math.

While I would like our troops to be home where they belong, our leadership has entrenched us into this battle that military leaders now estimate will take at least 5 years and closer to 10 for the fighting to stop. They are now stating it could be more than 30 years before Iraq has been stabilized. It is said if we were to leave right now, civil war will break out.

The leadership of our country considered this a “slam dunk” when this began. Look it up; that’s an exact quote. Now that things aren’t going well and they are getting chastised, they are backed into a corner and are raising their hackes. Nothing would make me happier to see our troops come home and for the terrorists to go away, but that isn’t very probable.

Forwarded from: Kenneth Condor
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?

My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of Iraq regime has been completed.

Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now to begin the reckoning.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

T he American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.

I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York

A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil.

Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.

We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there. They care.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn tootin."

Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to eliminate World Cup Soccer from America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you and we won't forget.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.

God bless America. Thank you and good night.

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

(Please forward this to at least ten friends and see what happens! Let's get this to every USA computer!)

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