Saturday, March 17, 2007

Don Williams

Tea Time With Terrorists
By Don Williams

After serving him tea and crumpets, CIA interviewers delicately broached the subject of terror with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, asking whether he was responsible for all the bad stuff that’s been happening in the world the last quarter-century.

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KSM, responsible for every terrorist act since Pearl Harbor, Including stealing apple pies from Grandma's window sill.


DEN said...

After the hearings yesterday into the Plame debacle, is there any reason the whole WH crew should not be kicked to the political curb?

*Crickets chirping*

I thought so.

DEN said...

The simple revelation that NO investigation was being conducted by ANYONE in the WH, to this day, ought to be clue.

Liars don't investigate themselves.

DEN said...

March 16, 2007

The Honorable Joshua Bolten Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. Bolten:

Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to examine the disclosure by senior White House officials of the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. The hearing raised many new questions about the how the White House responded to an extraordinarily serious breach of national security. It also raised new concerns about whether the security practices being followed by the White House are sufficient to protect our nation's most sensitive secrets.

James Knodell, Director of the Office of Security at the White House, testified at the hearing about White House procedures for safeguarding classified information. During his testimony, Mr. Knodell made some remarkable statements about how his office handled the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's covert status. Specifically, Mr. Knodell testified:

# The Office of Security for the White House never conducted any investigation of the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity;

# Under the applicable executive order and regulations, your senior political advisor, Karl Rove, and other senior White House officials were required to report what they knew about the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity, but they did not make any such report to the White House Office of Security; and

# There has been no suspension of security clearances or any other administrative sanction for Mr. Rove and other White House officials involved in the disclosure.

According to Mr. Knodell, the explanation for the lack of action by the White House Security Office was a White House decision not to conduct a security investigation while a criminal investigation was pending. Mr. Knodell could not explain, however, why the White House did not initiate an investigation after the security breach. It took months before a criminal investigation was initiated, yet according to Mr. Knodell, there was no White House investigation initiated during this period.

Mr. Knodell also testified that it would be inappropriate to allow an individual who was a security risk to retain his or her security clearance while a criminal investigation is pending. As members of the Committee pointed out, a criminal investigation can last years, and it would jeopardize national security not to investigate the officials implicated in the leak and suspend their security clearances if there were reason to suspect their involvement. Mr. Knodell did not dispute this point.

The testimony of Mr. Knodell appears to describe White House decisions that were inconsistent with the directives of Executive Order 12958, which you signed in March 2003. Under this executive order, the White House is required to "take appropriate and prompt corrective action" whenever there is a release of classified information. Yet Mr. Knodell could describe no such actions after the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity.

Taken as a whole, the testimony at today's hearing described breach after breach of national security requirements at the White House. The first breach was the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity. Other breaches included the failure of Mr. Rove and other officials to report their disclosures as required by law, the failure of the White House to initiate the prompt investigation required by the executive order, and the failure of the White House to suspend the security clearances of the implicated officials.

To assist the Committee in its investigation into these issues, I request that you provide the Committee with a complete account of the steps that the White House took following the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity (1) to investigate how the leak occurred; (2) to review the security clearances of the White House officials implicated in the leak; (3) to impose administrative or disciplinary sanctions on the officials involved in the leak; and (4) to review and revise existing White House security procedures to prevent future breaches of national security.

I look forward to your response and hope you will cooperate with the Committee's inquiry.


Henry A. Waxman

Tom Davis
Ranking Minority

DEN said...

From the 'here's a nickle go buy a clue dept.';

SOMEWHERE in NORTHERN IOWA — The unthinkable has happened. Senator John McCain met a question, while sitting with reporters on his bus as it rumbled through Iowa today, that he couldn’t – or perhaps wouldn’t – answer.

Did he support the distribution of taxpayer-subsidized condoms in Africa to fight the transmission of H.I.V.?

What followed was a long series of awkward pauses, glances up to the ceiling and the image of one of Mr. McCain’s aides, standing off to the back, urgently motioning his press secretary to come to Mr. McCain’s side.

The upshot was that Mr. McCain said he did not know this subject well, did not know his position on it, and relied on the advice of Senator Tom Coburn, a physician and Republican from Oklahoma.

His press secretary, Brian Jones, later reported that Mr. McCain had a record of voting against using government money to finance the distribution of condoms.

Someone please tell mister McNobrain what to say!

States assume the price for the results of AIDS, it is in their best interest to try to prevent it.

DEN said...

There you have it fodder for discussion. Others welcome.

C'mon in set a spell, hot coffee in the corner, day old pastries on the side, don't make a mess, your momma doesn't work here ya know!

Carey said...


Yes, absolutely Den. I sat watching Olbermann last night and my jaw dropped. Everyone, but everyone's implicated right down to the church mouse. Thanks for posting Waxman's letter.

We knew it would get bad, real bad, especially as we faced a new Bush term in 2005. But this....?

DEN said...

Top-O-the-morning to ya Cary!

I just saw a Leprechaun!

Gotta go after him, be back L-8-R

Carey said...

Don Williams is right on. Cleverly written.

Micki is clearly correct in her prediction that Gonzales is the next sacrificial lamb. It just a matter of days and or even minutes perhaps. Then again....Geez! You never know with Bush.

I'm wondering what Cheney's doing during all of this. Planning the Iran attack, of course.

Alan said...

I hadn't read Don Williams' article yet, but I will. About McCain, I seen where he used the term "tar baby" yesterday in response to a question. I bet we haven't heard the last of that.

K, the next tight spot for Abu Gonzales is coming Tuesday. The investigation that was blocked by the preznit not giving the lawyers the security clearance needed to investigate the Justice Dept. lawyers possible wrongdoings in the warrantless searches/wiretappings. Seems Gonzo knew he'd be one of the targets of that investigation, so he went to Dumbya and told him he needs to hold back security clearances to shortstop the investigation. That would be obstruction of justice by Gonzo, at the least, and if Dumbya knew it, then he broke the law as well. I can't wait to hear what comes of this one.

micki said...

Alan...did you know McCain said on one of his cmpaign stops, (paraphrasing, because I can't recall exactly) "One reason we lost the war in November...." But, quickly corrected himself and said, "One reason we lost the elections in Novmber..."

Maybe he's too old for this campaigning schtick?

micki said...

There once was a group who wrote for relief,
Greeting each day with alarming disbelief,
They held out some hope,
On the slippery slope,
Couldn't wait to be rid of the Commander-in-Chief!

micki said...

There once was a group known as worthsmiths,
Bloggers they were, their words full of 'piths'
Most were good sports,
With their witty retorts,
Not one bought bush lies, spinning and myths!

micki said...

There once was a professor who wrote on a blog,
Who looked for the facts from Pullman to Prague,
In search of the truth,
Not found in vermouth,
He knew the warming warning was the prologue.

micki said...

There once was a day meant to bring joy,
A day to have fun for the hoi polloi,
May there be peace,
May your blessings increase,
Don't 'drink' too much truth, or you'll say, OY!

micki said...

There once was a lass named 'Michaeleen,'
Who fought the good fight against gasoline,
While Al got the glory
For telling the story,
Michaeleen is heard, but not benzene!

micki said...

My crockpot is full of cabbage and corned beef,
But the neocons give me a mind filled with grief,
But laughter still lightens,
My heart 'til it brightens,
I refuse to give in to the president, the thief.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Bravo! Bravo!

Encore! Encore...

micki said...

There once was a prof who asked for one more,
She tried as she might to write an encore,
Benson never hedges,
On warming he pledges,
To get the truth out as often as Gore!