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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Decision: Have you made your decision for Christ?

Keep selling the story, man.
BLAKE: A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing! Always be closing!! A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action. Attention -- do I have your attention? Interest -- are you interested? I know you are because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision -- have you made your decision for Christ? And action. A-I-D-A; get out there!
Doing my part to keep the Rove thing alive.

And, strangely, so is the Washington Post:

Plame's Identity Marked As Secret: Memo Central to Probe Of Leak Was Written By State Dept. Analyst

Can't wait for the day when Bush PARDONS one of his top capos.
A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.

Plame -- who is referred to by her married name, Valerie Wilson, in the memo -- is mentioned in the second paragraph of the three-page document, which was written on June 10, 2003, by an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), according to a source who described the memo to The Washington Post.

The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the "secret" level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as "secret" the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.
Oops!

Now...some very key passages.
Prosecutors attempting to determine whether senior government officials knowingly leaked Plame's identity as a covert CIA operative to the media are investigating whether White House officials gained access to information about her from the memo, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The memo may be important to answering three central questions in the Plame case: Who in the Bush administration knew about Plame's CIA role? Did they know the agency was trying to protect her identity? And, who leaked it to the media?
Here's the REAL story:
Almost all of the memo is devoted to describing why STATE DEPARTMENT intelligence EXPERTS DID NOT BELIEVE CLAIMS that Saddam Hussein had in the recent past sought to purchase uranium from Niger.
Did you get that?

INR FOLK - CAREER INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS - DID NOT BELIEVE THE NEO-CONS.

That's why the Bushies are trying to sell a different story - if this thing goes any deeper, "someone" might re-examine the lies in the march to war.
Only two sentences in the seven-sentence paragraph mention Wilson's wife.

The memo was delivered to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on July 7, 2003, as he headed to Africa for a trip with President Bush aboard AIR FORCE ONE. Plame was unmasked in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak seven days later.
Who held that memo? What members of the Administration?

And what snacks did they pass out that day? Eagle Snacks?

Has Air Force One followed the American Airlines plan...and moved to the bagged lunch?

More:
The material in the memo about Wilson's wife was based on notes taken by an INR analyst who attended a Feb. 19, 2002, meeting at the CIA where Wilson's intelligence-gathering trip to Niger was discussed.

The memo was drafted June 10, 2003, for Undersecretary of State MARC GROSSMAN, WHO ASKED TO BE BROUGHT UP TO DATE ON INR'S OPPOSITION TO THE WHITE HOUSE VIEW that Hussein was trying to buy uranium in Africa.
That is KEY.

The memo was drafted...for Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman...who asked to be brought up to date on INR's oppposition to the White House view.

Which...we now know WAS WRONG.

Who asked Grossman to get this info?
The description of Wilson's wife and her role in the Feb. 19, 2002, meeting at the CIA was considered "a footnote" in a background paragraph in the memo, according to an official who was aware of the process.

It records that the INR analyst at the meeting opposed Wilson's trip to Niger because THE STATE DEPARTMENT, through other inquiries, ALREADY HAD DISPROVED THE ALLEGATION that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger. Attached to the INR memo were the notes taken by the senior INR analyst who attended the 2002 meeting at the CIA.
Oh, really?

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has an interesting piece on the ORIGINAL "Niger" memo, the memo the Bushies "used" to make THEIR case against Hussein.

Here.

Excerpts:
We noted yesterday that the main motivation of the White House campaign to discredit the Wilsons had to do with “the particular lie that Joseph Wilson exposed and the essential role it played in the administration’s plans.  The lie was that Iraq was on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons and that, despite Iraq’s inability to deliver such weapons on the U.S., this somehow posed a “grave and gathering” threat.

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This was a problem, especially since U.N. inspectors and U.S. intelligence knew that Iraq’s nuclear program had been destroyed after the Gulf War and there was no persuasive evidence that Baghdad was moving to reconstitute it.  Even the intelligence imagery analysts, whom former CIA director John Deutch gave away to the Pentagon in 1996, could not come up with the evidence needed, despite very strong incentive to please their boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

What a welcome windfall, then, when a deus ex machina appeared in early 2002, in the form of a report alleging that Iraq was seeking uranium in the African country of Niger.  Since Iraq had no other use for uranium, the White House spin machine went into high gear, playing up the report as proof that Baghdad was reconstituting its nuclear weapons development program.  The intelligence analysts had to hold their noses—not only because of the dubious sourcing but because the substance of the report made little sense.  They knew (and Wilson confirmed) that all the uranium mined in Niger is controlled by a French-led international consortium that exercises super-strict control over exports from Niger.  It just couldn’t happen.
McGovern is basically saying that THIS memo was a fraud.
Who authored the forgery remains a mystery, but one that Congress has avoided trying to solve, even though many have expressed outrage at having been snookered into voting for war.  Senate intelligence committee chair Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has demonstrated a curious lack of curiosity. Nothing that ranking minority member Jay Rockefeller could do would persuade Roberts to ask the FBI to investigate.

Those searching for answers are reduced to asking the obvious: Cui bono?  Who stood to benefit from such a forgery? 

A no-brainer—those lusting for war on Iraq. 

And who might that be?  Look up the “neocon” writings on the website of the Project for the New American Century .  There you will find information on people like Michael Ledeen, “Freedom Analyst” at the American Enterprise Institute and a key strategist among “neoconservative” hawks in and out of the Bush administration.
And now...we're way down the rabbit hole.

Oh, look! There's a tunnel to Cheney's office. And John Bolton's. And Condi's!

Well I'll be.

More later...

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