Saturday, November 24, 2007

Reasonable Treason?


When Bush administration officials I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Karl Rove, Richard Armitage and Ari Fleischer betrayed Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a covert CIA operations officer, they fell into the category of "the most insidious of traitors." Now we learn from the president's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, that the president himself "was involved" in sending him out to lie to the American public about the betrayal. If his direction to McClellan was deliberate and knowing, then the president was party to a conspiracy by senior administration officials to defraud the public. If that isn't a high crime and misdemeanor then we don't know what is. And if the president was merely an unwitting accomplice, then who lied to him? What is he doing to punish the person who misled the president to abuse his office? And why is that person still working in the executive branch? Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald made clear his suspicions about the culprit when he said "a cloud remains over the office of the vice president." But we may never know exactly what happened because President Bush thwarted justice and guaranteed the success of the cover-up when he commuted Scooter Libby's felony sentence on four counts of lying, perjury and obstruction of justice.

With the exception of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and the intrepid David Shuster, the mainstream media would have you believe that McClellan's revelation is old news. "Now back to Aruba and the two-year old disappearance of a blond teenager." But treason is not old news. The Washington press corps, whose pretension is to report and interpret events objectively, has been compromised in this matter as evidence presented in the courtroom demonstrated. Prominent journalists acted as witting agents of Rove, Libby and Armitage and covered up this serious breach of U.S. national security rather than doing their duty as journalists to report it to the public.

@ HUFFPO
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Yes they are pissed and with good reason. The same administration that ran roughshod over their lives is the same administration doing the same to America.

For corporate gain all else will be forsaken, the relentless pursuit of profit will trump all righteous attempts at returning justice and fair play to America.

The worst part? So far no one has attempted to stop the rampant profit takers.

It's now or never as they say, maybe Scotty Mac can redeem himself......

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21 comments:

DEN said...

SO Cal is on fire again with the Santa Anna winds, burning in the rich community of Malibu, more high winds are expected.

John Howard got his butt kicked out of the Australian Prime Ministers job, and Polands new Prime Minister Donald Tusk wants his troops out of the Iraq hell hole by next year.

Now Carbon emissions reduction work needs doing more than stupid war anyway.

carey said...

I think it's closing in on the time San Diegans/So. Californians have to really think about leaving. We're not there yet but it's foreseeable.

Again I raise the idea of Canada. My sister freaks when either I or her husband mention it. Down the road and that is not all that far off, it looks like we all may be forced to live surrounded by cement and steel.

The Santa Ana winds are back. It's a cold desert wind because of the season. Still highly dangerous.

That's such good news about John Howard. Asshole.

Micki,

Greenfingers sounds like I would really enjoy it. An "open" prison is such an intriguing idea. Reform through the deep pleasures of gardening, neato.

I became interested in prison reform at a young age by writing a term paper on it. Fascination city--I love studying ways to better mankind.

Gerald said...

FYI! I believe that Capt. Kirk on Alternate Reality is composing many of the blogs in comparison to David Corn writing the blogs. Recent blogs seem more in tune with current concerns and less emphasis on Scooter Libby and some other person or issue that won't change matters. Hitler Bush knows that he has total control of the U. S. Congress and the U. S. Supreme Court. He is a diety in Nazi America!!!

Gerald said...

Hands Off of Iran

Remember the people of Iran are also God's children!!!

Gerald said...

Let us hope sanity prevails. But sanity is a rare commodity in a White House that has twisted Trotsky's concept of permanent revolution into a policy of permanent war with nefarious aims--to intimidate and destroy all those classified as foreign opponents, to create permanent instability and fear and to strip citizens of their constitutional rights.

Gerald said...

DEITY AND NOT diety!!!

Gerald said...

I have read that most of Iraq's freedom fighters are from Saudi Arabia and not Iran. Nazi America officials under out dictator Hitler Bush continues to blame Iran. Under Hitler Bush's dictatorship Nazi America is marching clearly into hell!!!

micki said...

Well, the report Dr B mentioned early this week (or late last wk?) about the Santa Ana winds revving up around Thanksgiving was correct. I cannot fathom how people cope with that.

Our winds up here haven't resulted in fire, but the winds alone are mind-boggling. They seem relentless. I hate it. Calm right now. Glory be.

Well, keep your eye on the Middle East ball on Tuesday. Miss Condi's day to shine.

I wonder if bush will be prepped to look like he gives a shit. He's made some profoundly ignorant remarks on the Palestinian-Israeli issue.

Onward.

micki said...

Carey -- yes, I think you'd like "Greenfingers."

A bonus: Helen Mirrin (sp?) plays a featured role in the movie.

We got it from Netflix.

Gerald said...

Here is my assessment of Hitler Bush!!!

Assessing the President

There are generals and church people who say that George W. Bush was chosen to be president by God. I cannot prove or disprove what people are saying. So, I offer you my assessment with some trepidation.

George W. Bush and his regime have been an experiment in mendacity with the American people. His disciples claim that he is the messianic messenger but his message has obfuscated the American people. His character lacks the probity to be a leader and his actions are more reflective of a nefarious person. George W. Bush expects Americans and the media to obsequious to what he says because he says it.

Before I accept the hyperbole that George W. Bush was chosen by God to be president and that God speaks to him, he must possess the virtues of my God which are humility, love, mercy, and patience. Personally, Mr. Bush does not possess any of these virtues. I see him more as a controlling, punitive, and vengeful person, totally lacking in compassion.

George W. Bush displays a depraved indifference toward the killing of living human beings.

carey said...

I adore Helen Mirren. Yes, our official umbrella groups of protectors have been on standby. The winds are here. Yes, it is scary. Distressing. The air quality so suffers, it causes people problems and a general burning, ill feeling. Ash is super hard to clean up too.

Thanks Gerald for your posts. I always enjoy. The disgust I hold for these people, unbelievable.

I hate to say it, but I don't think the Scotty thing will go anywhere. Cheney rules.

Again, it's really all there--all the evidence. No one want to truly confront the elephant in the room. Impeachment.

carey said...

One of the ironies of Santa Anas: it brings lovely, dry, hot weather. But the ions go negative, moods change. Headaches abound. The air is always dirty. It used to be because San Diego had clean air once. The smog blew in from the the Riverside basin in the northeast to filthen our lungs.

So now, with the current intensity of weather phenomena, we get doubly dirty air on top of the already smoggy stuff that sits like a soiled blanket on top of us.

Whatever, I get tired thinking of it. Lack of good air can be fatiguing I tell you!

carey said...

Micksters,

I forgot to mention that your weather has been featured nationally, which is actually not all that abnormal. We have heard about the wind up there. I remember your description of the sound of it once, it gave me an Edgar Allen Poe type feeling.

carey said...

Oh, shoot, one more thing. The peace summit?

Yeah, right, you jerks. Laughable. Believe me, the world is. The corporate press won't cover that, of course, the worldwide laughter.


It came to me this morning that Bush/Condi are going to announce a Palestinian state has been achieved (not now, but soon). It will be in name only just like everything else Bushco calls an accomplishment. Like the "mission" in Iraq.

micki said...

Meanwhile, The Senlis Council think tank poohbahs claim that the majority of Afghanistan is now under Taliban control. Poppies are blooming. U.S.-led counter narcotics policies are greatly annoying the public and the Taliban is gaining legitimacy in the minds of the Afghan people.

I know it's not *fair* to blame everything on bu$h and his boyfriend$, but I will anyway....

micki said...

It came to me this morning that Bush/Condi are going to announce a Palestinian state has been achieved (not now, but soon).

Bingo.

David B. Benson said...

"One by one, Marshall McLuhan's wackiest-seeming predictions come true. Forty years ago he siad that modern communications technology would turn the young into tribal primatives who pay attention not to objective 'news' reports but only to what the drums say; that is, rumors. And there you have blogs. The universe of blogs is a universe of rumors and the tribe likes it that way."

--- Tom Wolfe.

micki said...

So, Carol, when are we going to hear about your Thanksgiving at the DAC?

micki said...

Cyberspace meetings of opinionated prose,
Are office "water coolers' everyone knows,
Blogs can be rumors,
Those are the tumors,
Bloggers disagree with Wolfe, so they compose!

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Cool.

Water cool...

DEN said...

wow, busy day, feel a tinge, better have a grape byproduct.

Keep on Keepin on!