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By David Edwards
Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:35 EDT
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama had personally authorized recent intelligence leaks.
On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two U.S. attorneys to investigate leaks about details of drone attacks and special forces strikes. Critics have claimed that the White House disclosed the information to bolster the president’s re-election chances.
“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive,” Obama told reporters during Friday press conference. “And people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.”
But Liz Cheney on Sunday insisted that the president himself could be the one behind the leaks.
“I’d like to see an independent investigation,” she told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “If you’ve got members of the national security team — which is what we know from reading [New York Times reporter] David Sanger’s piece, that’s what he says — giving him chapter and verse of what went on in these National Security Council meetings then somebody’s got to be held accountable for, you know, what is a betrayal to the nation.”
“I do think that it’s important — as Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intel committee, has said — that whoever is looking at this needs to be outside the chain of command so that you can be absolutely sure that it is followed to it’s conclusion,” she added. “And that may well be the president of the United States.”
“If the president of the United States has been authorizing people on his national security team to brief The New York Times about one of our most highly classified programs, the American people have a right to know.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s then-chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in the probe of who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The vice president pushed for a full pardon and then-President George W. Bush eventually commuted Libby’s 30-month prison sentence before he ever served a day in jail.
Many have assumed that Dick Cheney masterminded outing Plame to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, because he had cast doubt on the Bush administration’s rationale for war with Iraq. But the the vice president told prosecutors that “I don’t recall” telling Libby about Plame’s identity.
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox New Sunday, broadcast June 10, 2012.
"Interesting, how Liz Cheney and John McCain are pointing a finger at BO, please be sure to check the CNN link to hear John's take..."By David Edwards Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:35 EDT The daughter of former Vice... more
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:19 PM EDT, Fri June 8, 2012
(CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets.
"The unauthorized disclosure of classified information can compromise the security of this country and all Americans, and it will not be tolerated," he said in a statement.
Holder assigned U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein to lead the investigations.
"These two highly respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads," said Holder.
Earlier Friday, President Barack Obama strongly rejected claims that his White House has deliberately leaked secrets to the media, saying the idea was "offensive" and would put Americans at risk.
Some Republicans, led by veteran Sen. John McCain of Arizona, alleged that the White House must be knowingly involved because of the nature of the leaked information.
But Obama pushed back angrily as he was questioned on the issue at a news conference, saying that he had "zero tolerance" for such leaks and that those responsible would "suffer consequences."
"The notion that the White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it's wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office," he said.
"We are dealing with issues that can touch on the safety and security of the American people -- our families or our military or our allies -- and so we don't play with that."
Intelligence leaks are a source of consistent frustration for his administration as they have been for others, he said, and the White House will carry out "thorough investigations."
In response, McCain said Obama was distancing himself from the controversy.
"What the president did not unequivocally say today is that none of the classified or highly sensitive information recently leaked to the media came from the White House," McCain said. "I continue to call on the president to immediately appoint a special counsel to fully investigate and, where necessary, prosecute these gravely serious breaches of our national security."
A report in The New York Times last week that provided classified details of what it described as a U.S cyberattack targeting Iran's nuclear centrifuge program sparked the bipartisan outrage.
Obama also repeated the statements made by the writers of the articles in question that the White House was not the source of their information.
Other recent possible leaks of classified information included details on the administration's efforts to expand its drone program and Obama's involvement in "kill lists" against militants in Yemen and Pakistan.
The public airing of details surrounding a recently disrupted bomb plot in Yemen by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula also angered intelligence and national security officials.
Congressional leaders said earlier Friday that those responsible for endangering national security by leaking classified information to the media should be sent to jail.
Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said that it was not yet known who was behind the leaks but that someone "committed a crime that is having serious consequences to our national security."
Bipartisan efforts are needed to identify whoever is responsible for the leaks, involving a cyberwarfare program against Iran and other intelligence matters, and "make sure that leaker goes to jail."
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House panel, echoed Rogers' call for the leaker to be "held accountable."
Speaking in the House on Friday, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama asked, "where is the outrage from the White House about these leaks?"
He called for the White House "to get off the campaign trail, show leadership, do the president's job and aggressively pursue the leakers of America's state secrets."
Leaks not only compromise national security efforts, they discourage allies from trusting in the United States, Brooks said. "It's time for the president to plug the holes and protect America's national security," he said.
Rogers said Friday that the recent leaks are "a hundred times the magnitude" of those in the Valerie Plame case and that "someone needs to pay a price for this crime."
Former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted in 2007 in connection with the leaking of CIA officer Plame's identity -- information that was technically classified, though Cheney later implied that information had been declassified.
Ruppersberger said it was vital that bipartisan efforts were made to "follow the facts wherever they go" but reiterated that the source of the information was not known.
"These leaks have been occurring more and more," he said, adding that they were the worst he had seen in nearly 10 years on the intelligence panel.
The leaks could come from within Congress or the executive branch, he acknowledged.
The Intelligence Committee leaders met later Thursday with FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose agency is investigating the leaks, according to legislators.
Rogers said there appeared to be a "pattern of leaks" and a culture of "trying to feed the media things that are classified." He said he was confident that the source of the leaks could be found in a fair and bipartisan way.
In its report, The New York Times said that since shortly after he became president, Obama has ordered cyberattacks targeting computers that run Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities. It attributed the information to participants in the program.
McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, alleged that the White House authorized the leaks for political gain.
"These leaks clearly were not done in the interest of national security or to reveal corrupt or illegal actions about which the public has a right to know, as in the case of legitimate whistleblowers," McCain said. "It is difficult to escape the conclusion that these recent leaks of highly classified information, all of which have the effect of making the president look strong and decisive on national security in the middle of his re-election campaign, have a deeper political motivation."
The White House pushed back, with spokesman Jay Carney saying that "this administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations."
Since Obama took office in January 2009, his administration has greatly increased use of the Espionage Act to prosecute alleged leakers of classified information.
Six prosecutions have been launched under the act by the administration, which is double the total from all previous administrations, according to Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists.
"Hmmm, this is very interesting, perhaps another False Flag around the corner, perhaps another invisible Boogeyman??? What do you folks think???"By the CNN Wire Staff updated 7:19 PM EDT, Fri June 8, 2012 (CNN) -- Attorney... more
A TRAGIC COMEDY & ALLEGORY
Dark humor is the politeness of despair said the optimist…
While homegrown terrorists are abusing women’s rights and murdering their doctors; Uncle Sam is supposedly bringing democracy to the world and saving the fair sex from the hands of obscurantism & repression. http://current.com/items/89940372_from-child-chewing-monsters-to-child-raping-monsters-devolution-anyone.htm
Even more surrealist… While they couldn’t even detect election fraud in their own backyard they sermon & pontificate Iran about it all !!!! http://current.com/items/89318549_robert-f-kennedy-jr-jesse-jackson-and-greg-palast-team-up-for-election-integrity.htm
Are we as confused as we are terrorized ?
Latino KKK, peacenik Zionists, cultural civil war, false flag opinions, crack/meth skidzoids, reptilian masters… Now what ? Executive branch traitors parading their devolution on TV ? http://current.com/items/89619522_chump-galore-is-americas-elite-fair-to-the-rabble.htm
Remember… Capitalism is the exploitation of men by men.
Socialism is the opposite!
AL-LE-GO-RY (nothing to do with All Gore btw ;)
noun, plural -ries.
1.a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
Greek philosopher Plato in his work “The Republic” uses the ‘Allegory of the Cave’ to illustrate how humans can be imprisoned by what they perceive and how shadows on the wall’s cave replaces reality. Imagine coming out to the light and seeing reality. In other words, embraced education & philosophy and become enlightened by it!
Since our whole culture is organized around wealthy people who keep poor people poor, uneducated, and powerless; is ignorance the downfall of all cultures, have we hit bottom, are we returning to the cave? http://current.com/items/89992126_the-politics-of-fait-accompli-an-american-leitmotiv.htm
"America is the first empire to go from barbarity to decadence without going through civilization" - Oscar Wilde http://current.com/items/89362640_rip-usa-republic.htm
Hence this little comedy ditty, designed to illustrate our shortcomings when, as ghoulish & former FBI emperor J. Edgar Hoover said… "The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." Edgar should know for he was one sick sad fuck himself with more murderous, racist & mob skeletons in his closet than anyone in America’s history. Strangely enough he is still considered a hero by the institutions and most people.
Is information power or ignorance bliss ? Spot the loony !
Why would one prohibit black slaves to learn how to read?
Is the dumbing down of America irreversible?
Why did arm dealers & war profiteering corporations bought up so many media
Why is thinly veiled pro-war propaganda spewed upon us 24-7 by the mighty Wurlitzer ? http://current.com/items/89801957_halliburton-kbr-stealing-us-blind.htm
Because “We The Insects” matter?
Nope, its just easier to abuse an illiterate bunch than an educated & informed citizenry.
"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true." - Henry Kissinger
As the human batteries in ‘The Matrix’ movie; are we but inmates of big media’s storyline,itself designed to tenderize us all into shopping to death and escape our frightful & increasingly clueless existence ? http://current.com/items/89789240_nation-of-whiners-goes-on-suicide-binge.htm
Complacency & systematic pandering to crass intellects are dropping our collective narrative bellow a high-school mental age level indeed ! http://current.com/items/89210589_hope-for-the-best.htm
"Plus on est ignorant, moins on s’en aperçoit." – Louis PasteurA TRAGIC COMEDY & ALLEGORY http://whitenoise.webnode.com/ Dark humor is the... more
Former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove disputed an account in the New York Daily News Tuesday claiming that Vice President Dick Cheney was outraged that the president did not pardon Cheney’s former chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
“I know that he felt strongly about this,” Rove said during an interview on NBC’s “Today Show.” “But I think the tabloids tend to get these things overblown. [Cheney and former President George W. Bush] are two very close men who have a long and enduring relationship that is good and positive.”
The Daily News reported that Cheney was working up until the last minute of his term in office to get Libby pardoned, a report corroborated by Cheney’s own remarks a month ago upon leaving the White House.
“He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon,” Cheney told the Weekly Standard. “Obviously, I disagree with President Bush’s decision.”
Asked by host Matt Lauer if Rove sensed...
Read the rest at link...Former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove disputed an account in the New York Daily... more
The Bush presidency is in its waning days - an administration marked by scandals ranging from the firing of US attorneys for political reasons, the Plame fiasco that resulted in the conviction of Scooter Libby, to the Abramoff lobbying disaster that took down former GSA chief of staff Safavian among others.
Now that senator Ted Stevens (R, Alaska) has been convicted of seven felonies and is embroiled in a close race headed for a recount, the question arises - who will the president pardon?
If Bush decides to roll out the pardons, possible candidates include Stevens, Scooter Libby (whose sentence he commuted but conviction and hefty fine left intact), Safavian, Claude Allen (of Target shoplifting fame), and others.
He might also preemptively pardon anyone involved in Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and the DOJ scandal (Miers, Rove) who might be convicted in the future, as Ford did with Nixon.
Bush's actions will put a finishing touch on the legacy of his presidency, so it will be interesting to see if he goes out in an uproar of controversy like Clinton did, or chooses to maintain his relatively moderate line of pardons so far.The Bush presidency is in its waning days - an administration marked by scandals... more
JAIL TO THE CHIEF !
Conyers, Pelosi, and all members of Congress who oppose the impeachment of George W. Bush are betraying the oath they all swore when they took office and should be condemned for this betrayal. Thrown the bum in jail with the whole of his present & past executive branch to follow ! Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Libby, Rove, Gonzales, Pearle, Bremer, Wolfowitz & friends for high treason (Valerie Plame) & war profiting (KBR/Halliburton) !
And while yoiu're at it ... recall all laws passed after 9/11 as unconstitutional & reinstate the Fair Doctrine for media abuse too... hey a man can dream ;)
A Gang of High-Testosterene, Arrogant Fools Who Strong-Armed America Into a Catastrophe is Searingly Detailed in the Documentary "No End in Sight". If it Were Presented to a Grand Jury, No Doubt Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice, and L. Paul Bremer Would be Indicted for Criminal Malfeasance in the Post-Invasion Conduct of the Iraq War View Trailer at : www.noendinsightmovie.com
Watch it now : http://freedocumentaries.org/theatre.php?filmid=184&id=1066&wh=1000x720
"If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged." - Noam Chomsky
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Watch it now : http://freedocumentaries.org/theatre.php?filmid=130&id=926&wh=1000x720
War for profit? Are companies profiting from the war in Iraq while further endangering the lives of American soldiers and innocent civilians?
KBR / CHENEY / HALLIBURTON POCKET THE MONEY & KILL AMERICANS WITH NEGLIGENCE * "A Senate panel investigating the electrocutions of Americans on bases in Iraq was told last week by former KBR Inc. electricians that the contractor used employees with little electrical expertise to supervise subcontractors in Iraq and hired foreigners who couldn't speak English. The Pentagon has said 13 Americans have been electrocuted in Iraq since September 2003."
GENERAL ACCUSES BUSH ADMIN OF WAR CRIMES * Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees." He called the abuse "systemic and illegal." And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE ?
* ARE WE AMERICANS TRULY SAVAGES ? By Robert Scheer * Are we Americans truly savages or merely tone-deaf in matters of morality, and therefore more guilty of terminal indifference than venality? It's a question demanding an answer in response to the publication of the detailed 370-page report on U.S. complicity in torture, issued last week by the Justice Department's inspector general.
TIME TO PROSECUTE YOUR LEADERS AMERICA !
* Just add balls, dignity & follow the magic footsteps described in DYING REGIME 2...
THE WORLD IS WATCHING ! TAKE A STAND ! YOU CAN DO IT !
"We have become a monster in the eyes of the whole world – a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us… No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you." – Hunter S. Thompson
"We are watching a poorly staged rendition of Wag the Dog, interpreted for the morbidly stupid and performed by the criminally insane." - Jules Carlysle
JAIL TO THE CHIEF ! Conyers, Pelosi, and all members of Congress who oppose the... more
McClellan told Congress on Friday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wanted him to say that Scooter Libby wasn't involved in the leak of a CIA operative's identity, an assertion that turned out to be false.McClellan told Congress on Friday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney... more
I was furious when Bush commuted his sentence. At least he is getting nailed professionally (though is he probably financially set for life). The whole Bush Administration has been about making "Friends" wealthy at the cost of our Democracy.
I was furious when Bush commuted his sentence. At least he is getting nailed... more
Finally! Please go read part 2 as well:
Thank GOD for freedom of speech.
Finally! Please go read part 2 as well:... more
Here's an interesting Op Ed from the NY Times today written by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton who served as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the 9/11 commission. It's about how the newspaper asked the CIA numerous times for information after the law was put into effect to release all information about these serious attacks on America.
Don't get me wrong, I love my country as I love my wife. But the lies and deceitfulness incorporated into many facets of our Government needs to be stopped dead in its tracks.
Lies from the city, county, state governments to lies on Capital Hill. Lies that put people in prisons, Lies that keep people in prisons, Lies that keep people below poverty level, lies, lies and lies. Lies about our Social Security system AND Numbers. The old SS Cards had a disclaimer on the bottom that said: The SS# Will never be used for Identification purposes.
Now we are merely a number with our government. Furthermore, the SS system is unfortunately broken. Another major lie is that SS helps people after retirement or if they are disabled. Some, but not all that deserve it.
This CIA bit really brings out the problem the people of our country need to address when the votes start. We need to lobby for laws making lies by our government officials a major felony without any pardoning (look at the Valery Plame case, what a crock that turned out to be with 'Scooter' getting pardoned!) We need to clean up the governments act and hold people responsible for their lies. On every level of government. Lies from a prosecuting attorney to get someone convicted? Give that attorney the max the law provides for the crime he was prosecuting. A rule/law like this for every level in government would almost stop the lies. Lets call it the SLAM law: Stop Lies in America More
Read the article and comment back on how we can clean our government up. It's all summed up in the last paragraph there.....
"What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront this country. We call that obstruction."
I call it a terrible and destructive evil that is tearing our Government apart.
Here's an interesting Op Ed from the NY Times today written by Thomas H. Kean and... more
Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to the FBI in the investigation into who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, but didn't serve a day for it after Bush granted him clemency. The conviction still stands, but now that Libby isn't appealing the decision (due to strain on his family, financial and time costs etc.), the pressure is on ole Bushie to pardon his pal. Think he'll do it on his way out of the White House?Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to the FBI... more
Bush has a history of acting on a "basis of principle." Barry Bonds, who is charged with 5 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, may have a friend in the White House who has already shown his willingness to forgive.Bush has a history of acting on a "basis of principle." Barry Bonds, who is... more
Former White House counsel Harriet Miers is still taking orders from the Prez, and skipped a heariing before a House panel today about the federal prosecutor firings. The panel voted 7-5 that Bush's executive privilege claim that his former advisers can't be summoned before Congress is "out of order". Next would be to say that Miers is "in contempt of Congress", but that would have to be voted on by the full house. This thing may yet end up in court, but as with just about everything else in this administration (the war, Scooter Libby, the firings, who knows what all else), I can't help but feel that this all can't end soon enough.Former White House counsel Harriet Miers is still taking orders from the Prez, and... more