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"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen


Friday, April 02, 2004  

Notes from an earlier Character assassination
It would seem that the Valerie Plame affair is still getting the "full treatment" from the Bush Administration.


WASHINGTON, April 1; Prosecutors investigating whether someone in the Bush administration improperly disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. officer have expanded their inquiry to examine whether White House officials lied to investigators or mishandled classified information related to the case, lawyers involved in the case and government officials say.

In looking at violations beyond the original focus of the inquiry, which centered on a rarely used statute that makes it a felony to disclose the identity of an undercover intelligence officer intentionally, prosecutors have widened the range of conduct under scrutiny and for the first time raised the possibility of bringing charges peripheral to the leak itself.

The expansion of the inquiry's scope comes at a time when prosecutors, after a hiatus of about a month, appear to be preparing to seek additional testimony before a federal grand jury, lawyers with clients in the case said. It is not clear whether the renewed grand jury activity represents a concluding session or a prelude to an indictment.

The broadened scope is a potentially significant development that represents exactly what allies of the Bush White House feared when Attorney General John Ashcroft removed himself from the case last December and turned it over to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney in Chicago.

The administration's attack on Valerie Plame was a little unusual in that, instead of dropping the trial's of Job on the administration's critic, they went after his missus. Joe Wilson mentioned that the administration's claims that Niger Urnanium\Saddam connection were rubbish and Mrs. Wilson ( ne Plame ) got the "good news".

This would have been pretty standard mendacity on the Administration's behalf were it not for the fact that Valerie Plame headed up the CIA's NBC ( Nuclear, Biological & Chemical ) munitions tracking operation. In naming Plame, the traitor in the Whitehouse blew her cover and her network. I am not sure why it is considered wise, in a period of heightened conflict, to cripple America ability to defend itself against mega-death attack.

Richard Nixon said that nobody hates like Barbara Bush. It would seem that thirty odd years later nobody does revenge like her eldest son. The Bush's are a thin skinned bunch but do they have had a lot of experience developing effective coping mechanisms. God Help us all when they are done with their revenge.

posted by RogueTrooper | 06:37 | |
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