Sunday, October 30, 2005

UVF-LVF Feud Ends, LVF to Dissolve

The Loyalist Volunteer Force leaves behind a legacy of criminality, drugs, murder and oppression. Good riddance, they will not be missed.
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Friday, October 28, 2005

"Official A" Identified as Karl Rove

The AP has identified the only anonymous person in Libby's indictment, "Official A", as Karl Rove. The question we must ask is why Fitzgerald chose to use some sort of moniker for other staffers while refraining from using Rove's name.

 On or about July 10 or July 11, 2003, LIBBY spoke to a senior official in the White House ("Official A") who advised LIBBY of a conversation Official A had earlier that week with columnist Robert Novak in which Wilson's wife was discussed as a CIA employee involved in Wilson's trip.  LIBBY was advised by Official A that Novak would be writing a story about Wilson's wife.

There are a number of ways to read into this. The absence of a formal title/name for Official A (who we will assume is in fact Rove) may be an indicator that charges are about to be levied. It's also possible that Fitzgerald is not yet sure of Rove's guilt; therefore, he cannot claim it was Rove who leaked Ms. Plame's identity and CIA position to Robert Novak. 
Puzzling, for sure.
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Cheney Chief Of Staff Scooter Libby Indicted on 5 Counts

I've leafed through the indictment (available here) and noticed a few things.
This is not your average accusation of perjury. As conservatives will surely remind us, people are often indicted on the assumption they lied to a jury. In the case of Libby, there's no question. Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald has noted at least 9 specific dates when Scooter Libby was told of/divulged information regarding Valerie Plame.
a. During a conversation with Tim Russert of NBC News on July 10 or 11, 2003, Russert asked LIBBY if LIBBY was aware that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA. LIBBY responded to Russert that he did not know that, and Russert replied that all the reporters knew it. LIBBY was surprised by this statement because, while speaking with Russert, LIBBY did not recall that he previously had learned about Wilson’s wife’s employment from the Vice President.
Libby is no idiot. He's an accomplished attorney, long-time top aide, and has held a security clearance for ages. How could Libby be so dumb? The simple fact of the matter is that Libby wouldn't commit perjury and lie for two years about Plamegate unless something prompted him to do so. There's (obviously) something deeper here, and chances are he's taking the bullet for Cheney's idiocy.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Flees the Battlefield

Article here.
Not surprising. She was doomed from the start.
I think many of us feared that the Senate would forsake its duty and fall in line with the president's choice. Thankfully, Miers is more intelligent than the president, and knew it was time to step back from the firing squad. If Bush & Co. hadn't chosen a woman who lacked the ability to correctly fill out a questionnaire, it wouldn't be facing down the humiliation that is sure to come.
Add to all of this the fact that Fitzgerald will not announce his findings in the leak case before Friday, and you have a White House full of fear and anxiety.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

McBrearty Refused Entry to US After Filing Error

Amazing how much grief a (purported) mistake in paperwork can cause. Looks like Frank is suing again--the first time, he won 1.5 million in damages.

This is a fine example of US Immigration's hyper-paranoia. Believe me, I'm all no-fly lists, detainment, documentation, etc.(anything shy of religious/racial profiling, really), but there's no need to turn away a victim of framing from an unthreatening nation. The man was with his kids, for Christ's sake.
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No Indictments Today

CNN is reporting that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will not announce any CIA leak case indictments today.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity adjourned Wednesday afternoon and Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald made no public announcement of any action.

But Fitzgerald met with U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan, the chief judge of the District of Columbia, for about 45 minutes after the grand jury met, a court official told CNN.

"I can confirm a meeting took place in the chief judge's chambers after the grand jury met today," court spokesman Sheldon Snook said. He declined to say what they talked about.

However, Raw Story claimed this morning (approx. 11 AM.) that Fitzgerald was prepared to go public with his indictments.

Another day of impatient waiting, it would seem. Another day until Rove and Cheney go down in history as crooked & vengeful criminals.

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McWilliam Needs to Get Real

Gemma Murray, a "Security Correspondent" for the News Letter, writes about Human Rights Cmsr. Monica McWilliams, who claims she has the ability to resolve the mess that the Whiterock parade has become.
"I think a lot of work needs to be invested now rather than leaving it to six weeks beforehand," she said. "People need to get engaged long before that with commissions such as mine, the Community Relations Commission and the Parades Commission. "I know there are members of the community out there who are very reluctant to give the commissions that role, but they have been set up by statutory bodies and they have powers and we ought to be working more closely together.
I have your solution, Mrs. McWilliams. Put an end to the Whiterock march. It baffles me that Secretary Peter Hain and Blair are trying to promote equality in N. Ireland, yet turn a blind eye to the Orange Order and their parades of hatred. This year's chaotic parade, which essentially put half of Belfast on lockdown, should serve as a grisly reminder that Unionist instigation is not to be tolerated.
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Hewitt Takes a Hit

The Brtish Medical Association is dismayed at the cabinet's decision to "ban smoking in enclosed public places in England - with exemptions for clubs and pubs not serving food." It doesn't seem she's ready to admit it, but Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is not pleased either.
"I believe this bill will be very widely welcomed as a major step forward in protecting people from second-hand smoke, and improving the health of the nation," Ms Hewitt said.
It's known that Ms. Hewitt hoped for a ban without exemptions. Every doctor in the UK, along with a large portion of the populace, urged the government to enact a full ban. But it just couldn't happen.
Labour shores up its dissapointing decision with the lame "it was outlined in the party manifesto" excuse. I suppose the very real and very deadly threat of second-hand smoke is not enough to sway the ministers from blindly following their policy. Shame on you, old boys.