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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sunday Junk

Lotta stuff today.

First:

Britain Says Man Killed by Police Had No Tie to Bombings

Oops.
LONDON, July 23 - Scotland Yard admitted Saturday that a man police officers gunned down at point-blank range in front of horrified subway passengers on Friday HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH the investigation into the bombing attacks here.

The man was identified by police as Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian, described by officers as an electrician on his way to work.
Blimey.
A cousin of the dead man, interviewed on Brazil's leading television network, identified him as João Alves Menezes and said he was an electrician who had been working in England for more than three years. The cousin, Alex Pereira Alves, identified Mr. Menezes' body in London, the network said.

"How could they have done such a thing as to kill him from behind?" Mr. Alves told the Globo Television Network. "How could they have confused and killed a light-skinned person who had no resemblance at all to an Asian?"
Gee. I wonder.

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You know, if things get really nutty in New York...can you imagine the chaos if police start chasing people who simply look suspicious or "look like" terrorists?

"Dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria!"

My God: I mean...pick your subway platform. Where do you start?

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There's long been a story out there 'bout the way that W would play games with his siblings and cousins: Dude was the oldest Bushie, but dude would play to win...and would change the rules in the middle of the game to ensure victory.

Having said that...

White House Won't Show All Roberts Papers

Waaagh.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration does not intend to release all memos and others documents written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts during his tenure with two Republican administrations, a White House representative said Sunday.

Fred D. Thompson (R- LAW & ORDER), the former Tennessee senator who is guiding Roberts through the nomination process on behalf of the White House, said material that would come under attorney-client privilege would be withheld.
Is Fred guiding Roberts through the nomination as himself...or the character (D.A. Arthur Branch) he plays on TV?
Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., said other nominees, including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, have provided material they wrote in confidence while working in the Justice Department.

"There's so much precedence for that," said Leahy, the senior Democrat on the committee. "It's a total red herring to say, 'Oh, we can't show this.' And of course there is no lawyer-client privilege. Those working in the solicitor general's office are not working for the president. They're working for you and me and all the American people," he told ABC's "This Week."
No.

If you work for Bush...you work for Bush. NOT the American people.

Which brings us to...Frank Rich.

Eight Days in July

Key bits from Rich's editorial re: the attack on Joe Wilson:
When the president decided not to replace Sandra Day O'Connor with a woman, why did he pick a white guy and not nominate the first Hispanic justice, his friend Alberto Gonzales? Mr. Bush was surely not scared off by Gonzales critics on the right (who find him soft on abortion) or left (who find him soft on the Geneva Conventions).

It's Mr. Gonzales's proximity to this scandal that inspires real fear.
The next excerpt is key:
As White House counsel, (Gonzales) WAS THE ONE FIRST NOTIFIED that the Justice Department, at the request of the C.I.A., had opened an investigation into the outing of Joseph Wilson's wife.

That notification came at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2003, but it took Mr. Gonzales 12 MORE HOURS to inform the White House staff that it must "preserve all materials" relevant to the investigation.

This 12-hour delay, he has said, was sanctioned by the Justice Department, but since the department was then run by John Ashcroft, a Bush loyalist who refused to recuse himself from the Plame case, inquiring Senate Democrats would examine this 12-hour delay as closely as an 181?2-minute tape gap.

"Every good prosecutor knows that any delay could give a culprit time to destroy the evidence," said Senator Charles Schumer, correctly, back when the missing 12 hours was first revealed almost two years ago.

A new Gonzales confirmation process now would have quickly devolved into a neo-Watergate hearing. Mr. Gonzales was in the thick of the Plame investigation, all told, for 16 months.
God, are they good.

The WH is just a well oiled machine. Having said that...they never expected the anger that's coming from some CIA folk re: Valerie Plame. They had everyone...fairly well...intimidated.

Not anymore

So here we are - in the middle of a growing scandal. With more leaks coming from...?

Back to the article:
Once the unthreatening Ashcroft-controlled investigation began, there was another comfy three months.

Only after that did Patrick Fitzgerald, the special counsel, take over and put the heat on. Only after that did investigators hustle to seek Air Force One phone logs and did Mr. Bush feel compelled to hire a private lawyer. But by then the conspirators, drunk with the hubris characteristic of this administration, had already been quite careless.

It was during that pre-Fitzgerald honeymoon that Scott McClellan declared that both Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, had personally told him they were "not involved in this" - neither leaking any classified information nor even telling any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the C.I.A.

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Most fertile - and apparently ground zero for Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation - is the period at the very outset when those plotting against Mr. Wilson felt safest of all: those eight days in July 2003 between the Wilson Op-Ed, which so infuriated the administration, and the retaliatory Novak column.

It was during that long week, on a presidential trip to Africa, that Colin Powell was seen on Air Force One brandishing the classified State Department memo mentioning Valerie Plame, as first reported by The New York Times.

That memo may have been the genesis of an orchestrated assault on the Wilsons.
Which goes back to my old point: Who had THIS conversation during "those eight days?"
"Joe Wilson? Who the fuck does he think he is?!"

"Career diplomat, sir. Plays both sides of the fence."

"The fuck he does! I want a report - on every aspect of his miserable fucking life - yesterday!"

"Done and done, sir."
And...who read that report?

KnowwhatImsaying?

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Quick time-out from Rove-gate.

Dozens of Chemicals Found in Most Americans' Bodies

According to the LA Times, "The concentration is especially high in children, a national study says. But experts aren't sure what the health effects are."

How about - I don't know - CANCER?
In the largest study of chemical exposure ever conducted on human beings, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that most American children and adults were carrying in their bodies dozens of pesticides and toxic compounds used in consumer products, many of them linked to potential health threats.

The report documented bigger doses in children than in adults of many chemicals, including some pyrethroids, which are in virtually every household pesticide, and phthalates, which are found in nail polish and other beauty products as well as in soft plastics.
I'd like to add my own findings: The chemicals found in and around...

Red Lobster
Home Towm Buffet
Miracle Whip
Zacky Farms
Sunny Delight
McDonald's
Tombstone Pizza
Carl's Jr.
TV Dinners
Applebee's
Store bought burritos
Mountain Dew
Slurpees
Oscar Meyer Bologna
Lunchables
Velveeta
Power Bars
Taco Bell

And KFC.

And Doritos.

Ever eaten a whole bag? Takes a day off your life.
The discovery of pyrethroids in most people is especially important, as no one had looked for them in the human body before. Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of natural compounds found in flowers, and they have been considered safer than older pesticides, such as DDT and chlordane, that build up in the environment and have been banned in the United States.

But in high doses, pyrethroids are toxic to the nervous system. They are the second most common class of pesticides that result in poisoning. At low doses, they might alter hormones.

The compounds are used in large volumes in farm and household pesticides and are sprayed by public agencies to kill mosquitoes.
I loved "Raid"commercials when I was a kid. Wanted the stuff in the house.

Used to spray myself in the face. 'Splains a lot about me.

Onward Christian Soldiers.

Here's an interesting bit from UK's Guardian:

Bush aide misled FBI, say reports

Quickly:
The investigation into the White House leak of a CIA agent's identity is now focusing on whether two top administration officials provided misleading statements to the FBI, it was reported yesterday.

According to press accounts, Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice-president's chief of staff, both provided testimony that was later contradicted by other evidence.
More importantly...
Meanwhile, a PARALLEL INVESTIGATION is under way into who FORGED the NIGER DOCUMENTS.
You know, the ones that Bush & Co. used to go to war. And to make that little 16-word statement in his now famous 2003 State of the Union address.
They are known to have been passed to an Italian journalist by a former Italian defence intelligence officer, Rocco Martino, in October 2002, but their origins have remained a mystery.

Mr Martino has insisted to the Italian press that he was "a tool used by someone for games much bigger than me", but has not specified who that might be.
Please read my post on Thursday for Ray McGovern's thoughts on "who that might be."

THIS IS HUGE.
A source familiar with the inquiry said investigators were examining whether former US intelligence agents may have been involved in possible collaboration with IRAQI EXILES determined to prove that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear programme.
Former US Intelligence...and Iraqi exiles: That would be some Neo-Con folk...and Ahmed Chalabi.

Man, this is huge.

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"We need a document. Something that proves...something."

"Give me ten minutes."

"I like your style, dude."

"Well, I like your style, too, man. Got a whole cowboy thing going."

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And another note re: John Bolton - a sort of footnote to my post on Friday re: Bolton's past efforts to get info on opponents.

This is from yesterday's Washington Note.
TWN has just learned from a highly placed source -- and in the right place to know -- that John Bolton was a regular source for Judith Miller's New York Times WMD and national security reports.
Wow.
The source did not have any knowledge on whether Bolton was one of Miller's sources on the Valerie Plame story she was preparing, but argues that he was a regular source otherwise.
Related to Rove-gate?

"No."

I didn't think so.

Finally, THE WHOLE ENCHILADA FROM HENRY (D-CA) WAXMAN'S OFFICE.

Waxman put together a great time-line for Rove-gate.
On July 14, 2003, columnist Robert Novak revealed that the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a covert CIA agent. This disclosure of classified information has triggered a criminal investigation by a Special Counsel and led to calls for congressional investigations.

The Novak column, however, appears to be only one of multiple leaks of Ms. Wilson's identity. As this fact sheet documents, there appear to be at least 11 separate instances in which Administration officials disclosed information about Ms. Wilson's identity and association with the CIA.

Under Executive Order 12958, the White House is required to investigate any reports of security breaches and take "prompt corrective action," such as suspending the security clearances of those involved. Unlike prosecutions for criminal violations, which require "knowing" and "intentional" disclosures, the executive order covers a wider range of unauthorized breaches, including the "negligent" release of classified information.

There is no evidence that the White House has complied with its obligation to investigate any of the 11 reported instances of security breaches relating to Ms. Wilson or to apply administrative sanctions to those involved.
Click on the link to read the timeline and the "11 reported instances" of security breaches.

A MUST, MUST READ.

And a great way to see Rove-gate in it's current entirety.

TTFN.

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