In Iraq, gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying Iraqi workers to a U.S. airbase in the central resistance stronghold of Baquba, killing more than a dozen people. The deaths came after assailants in two cars attacked the bus. This came a day after gunmen killed at least 24 police, soldiers and government workers on Monday. The latest violence follows a weekend in which more than 150 Iraqis died from suicide bombings.
Bush Backs Off Pledge to Fire Anyone 'Involved' in CIA Leak
Back in this country, President Bush on Monday appeared to backtrack on his pledge to fire anyone involved in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Amid clear evidence that two senior administration officials were involved--namely his senior advisor Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby--Bush now says he will fire anyone who "committed a crime." Earlier statements by the president and the White House spokesperson, Scott McClellan, had promised that anyone "involved" in the leak would be fired. The distinction is an important one given there is little debate that Rove is involved. But there is debate over whether he committed a crime under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which has significant loopholes. For example, prosecutors would have to prove that Rove knew Plame was operating undercover.
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- CIA Leak Investigation Focuses on Ari Fleischer
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- The Hill: Alberto Gonzales Not a Candidate for Court
- Rudolph Sentenced to Life in Prison
- Bush Says Yes to India Nukes
Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports that President Bush authorized covert plans last year to support the election campaigns of Iraqi candidates and political parties with close ties to the White House. Hersh cites unidentified former military and intelligence officials who said the administration went ahead with the plan over congressional opposition. [includes rush transcript - partial]
As pressure mounts for President Bush to fire senior adviser Karl Rove for his role in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, we take a look at her reported work as a "NOC" - "nonofficial cover". We speak with investigative journalist Bob Dreyfuss, the first American reporter to cover the CIA's Non-Official Cover program.
We look back at the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, when forty Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. Five people were killed. No one was convicted. We speak with Paul Bermanzohn, a survivor of the massacre who testified before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission almost 26 years after the massacre.
No, Meachman didn't even know the basic chronology of Wilsons trip! He didn't even understand the simplest facts of this major case! But before we savor that world-class howler, lets look in on more of the ignorance he displayed in this inexcusable outing--in the type of inept performance that gets you fired almost anywhere else.
One hardly knows where to begin, but let's go ten minutes into the segment. Imus, frustrated, tried to get Meacham to answer a basic question--a question he delivered in rambling form, consistent with his own screaming ignorance:
IMUS (7/18/05): So my other question is--well then, who sent Joe Wilson? If Cheney's office said they didn't send him to Niger; and George Tenet and the CIA says they didn't send him; and the information is that his wife, who was a covert agent having something to do with WMDs, authorized the trip--well, she isn't operating in a vacuum! I mean, who, who--somebody had the idea to send him there and, and called over to the CIA, I guess, or someplace, and said, "Lets get somebody down to Niger and find out whats going on." Well, who was that? Who did that?The question is perfectly easy to answer, since there's almost no dispute about it. No, there is no "information" which says that Plame "authorized" Wilson's trip to Niger, although Imus, dumbly, didn't know this. But the general question--Who sent Wilson?--has never really been in dispute. As Wilson explained in his original New York Times column, Cheney's office had asked the CIA about an alleged uranium transaction in Niger; in response, the CIA's Counterprofileration Division--the office in which Wilsons wife worked--decided to commission a fact-finding trip to investigate the matter. Wilson explained that in his original column (although he didn't mention his wife); last year's Senate Intelligence report described the same chain of events. Except for fringe questions about Plame's role, this matter has never been in dispute.
Oddly, it's the latter that he's most proud of. Odd because the business of running a magazine, to me anyway, is not where the joy lies. Oh, I get as excited as the next editor (maybe even a little more so) about the success of a direct mail package. And my pulse quickens when I see an unexpected big donation roll in. Lord knows, we need it.
But the joys of editing, for me, are in the editing: finding the ideal writer for a story, breaking a big investigative piece, overhauling an important but unwieldy story until it is wieldy, glazing the copy of the best writers, and then trying to present a whole issue that leavens urgency and truth with beauty and humor.
Sarah e-mails to note Norman Solomon's "George W. Strangelove and the Triumph of Nuclear Faith" (CounterPunch):
The silver-spooned cowboy in the Oval Office just presented a fine new saddle to the nuclear horseman of the apocalypse.
It was a gift worthy of hell. "President Bush agreed yesterday to share civilian nuclear technology with India, reversing decades of U.S. policies designed to discourage countries from developing nuclear weapons," the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The lead was more understated in the New York Times: "President Bush, bringing India a step closer to acceptance in the club of nuclear-weapons states, reached an agreement on Monday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to let India secure international help for its civilian nuclear reactors while retaining its nuclear arms."
No matter how the story was spun, it could only be read in the world's capitals as further proof that U.S. nuclear policies are grimly laughable -- thanks to policymakers in Washington who simultaneously decry and promote nuclear proliferation. And nowhere will the hypocrisy-laced ironies be more appreciated than in Tehran.
Ms. Simon still possesses one of pop music's friendliest and most intelligent voices, one that expresses a lot more feeling than the bratty tough-girl shout that dominates female pop singing today. By turns impassioned, sisterly and maternal, she conveys her feelings in blunt, sometimes ungainly phrases. When emotional storms boil up, her voice heaves with anxious tremors. But her underlying tone remains welcoming.
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