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|By DON VAN NATTA Jr. Published: March 27, 2006 LONDON
— In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the
United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution
condemning Iraq, President Bush's public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was
blunt: Disarm or face war.
Doug Mills/The New York Times Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and President Bush arriving for a White House news conference on Jan. 31, 2003, after a meeting about Iraq that would be summarized in a memorandum by an adviser to Mr. Blair.
Forum: The Transition in Iraq But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
"Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning," David Manning, Mr. Blair's chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides.
"The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March," Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. "This was when the bombing would begin."
The timetable came at an important diplomatic moment. Five days after the Bush-Blair meeting, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to present the American evidence that Iraq posed a threat to world security by hiding unconventional weapons.
Although the United States and Britain aggressively sought a second United Nations resolution against Iraq — which they failed to obtain — the president said repeatedly that he did not believe he needed it for an invasion.
Stamped "extremely sensitive," the five-page memorandum, which was circulated among a handful of Mr. Blair's most senior aides, had not been made public. Several highlights were first published in January in the book "Lawless World," which was written by a British lawyer and international law professor, Philippe Sands. In early February, Channel 4 in London first broadcast several excerpts from the memo.
Since then, The New York Times has reviewed the five-page memo in its entirety. While the president's sentiments about invading Iraq were known at the time, the previously unreported material offers an unfiltered view of two leaders on the brink of war, yet supremely confident.
The memo indicates the two leaders envisioned a quick victory and a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable. Mr. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups." Mr. Blair agreed with that assessment.
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.
Those proposals were first reported last month in the British press, but the memo does not make clear whether they reflected Mr. Bush's extemporaneous suggestions, or were elements of the government's plan.
Two senior British officials confirmed the authenticity of the memo, but declined to talk further about it, citing Britain's Official Secrets Act, which made it illegal to divulge classified information. But one of them said, "In all of this discussion during the run-up to the Iraq war, it is obvious that viewing a snapshot at a certain point in time gives only a partial view of the decision-making process."
On Sunday, Frederick Jones, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said the president's public comments were consistent with his private remarks made to Mr. Blair. "While the use of force was a last option, we recognized that it might be necessary and were planning accordingly," Mr. Jones said.
"The public record at the time, including numerous statements by the President, makes clear that the administration was continuing to pursue a diplomatic solution into 2003," he said. "Saddam Hussein was given every opportunity to comply, but he chose continued defiance, even after being given one final opportunity to comply or face serious consequences. Our public and private comments are fully consistent."
The January 2003 memo is the latest in a series of secret memos produced by top aides to Mr. Blair that summarize private discussions between the president and the prime minister. Another group of British memos, including the so-called Downing Street memo written in July 2002, showed that some senior British officials had been concerned that the United States was determined to invade Iraq, and that the "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" by the Bush administration to fit its desire to go to war.
The latest memo is striking in its characterization of frank, almost casual, conversation by Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair about the most serious subjects. At one point, the leaders swapped ideas for a postwar Iraqi government. "As for the future government of Iraq, people would find it very odd if we handed it over to another dictator," the prime minister is quoted as saying.
Forum: The Transition in Iraq "Bush agreed," Mr. Manning wrote. This exchange, like most of the quotations in this article, have not been previously reported.
Mr. Bush was accompanied at the meeting by Condoleezza Rice, who was then the national security adviser; Dan Fried, a senior aide to Ms. Rice; and Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff. Along with Mr. Manning, Mr. Blair was joined by two other senior aides: Jonathan Powell, his chief of staff, and Matthew Rycroft, a foreign policy aide and the author of the Downing Street memo.
By late January 2003, United Nations inspectors had spent six weeks in Iraq hunting for weapons under the auspices of Security Council Resolution 1441, which authorized "serious consequences" if Iraq voluntarily failed to disarm. Led by Hans Blix, the inspectors had reported little cooperation from Mr. Hussein, and no success finding any unconventional weapons.
At their meeting, Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair candidly expressed their doubts that chemical, biological or nuclear weapons would be found in Iraq in the coming weeks, the memo said. The president spoke as if an invasion was unavoidable. The two leaders discussed a timetable for the war, details of the military campaign and plans for the aftermath of the war.
Without much elaboration, the memo also says the president raised three possible ways of provoking a confrontation. Since they were first reported last month, neither the White House nor the British government has discussed them.
"The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours," the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."
It also described the president as saying, "The U.S. might be able to bring out a defector who could give a public presentation about Saddam's W.M.D," referring to weapons of mass destruction.
A brief clause in the memo refers to a third possibility, mentioned by Mr. Bush, a proposal to assassinate Saddam Hussein. The memo does not indicate how Mr. Blair responded to the idea.
Mr. Sands first reported the proposals in his book, although he did not use any direct quotations from the memo. He is a professor of international law at University College of London and the founding member of the Matrix law office in London, where the prime minister's wife, Cherie Blair, is a partner.
Mr. Jones, the National Security Council spokesman, declined to discuss the proposals, saying, "We are not going to get into discussing private discussions of the two leaders."
At several points during the meeting between Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair, there was palpable tension over finding a legitimate legal trigger for going to war that would be acceptable to other nations, the memo said. The prime minister was quoted as saying it was essential for both countries to lobby for a second United Nations resolution against Iraq, because it would serve as "an insurance policy against the unexpected."
The memo said Mr. Blair told Mr. Bush, "If anything went wrong with the military campaign, or if Saddam increased the stakes by burning the oil wells, killing children or fomenting internal divisions within Iraq, a second resolution would give us international cover, especially with the Arabs."
Running Out of Time
Mr. Bush agreed that the two countries should attempt to get a second resolution, but he added that time was running out. "The U.S. would put its full weight behind efforts to get another resolution and would twist arms and even threaten," Mr. Bush was paraphrased in the memo as saying.
The document added, "But he had to say that if we ultimately failed, military action would follow anyway."
The leaders agreed that three weeks remained to obtain a second United Nations Security Council resolution before military commanders would need to begin preparing for an invasion.
Summarizing statements by the president, the memo says: "The air campaign would probably last four days, during which some 1,500 targets would be hit. Great care would be taken to avoid hitting innocent civilians. Bush thought the impact of the air onslaught would ensure the early collapse of Saddam's regime. Given this military timetable, we needed to go for a second resolution as soon as possible. This probably meant after Blix's next report to the Security Council in mid-February."
Mr. Blair was described as responding that both countries would make clear that a second resolution amounted to "Saddam's final opportunity." The memo described Mr. Blair as saying: "We had been very patient. Now we should be saying that the crisis must be resolved in weeks, not months."
Forum: The Transition in Iraq It reported: "Bush agreed. He commented that he was not itching to go to war, but we could not allow Saddam to go on playing with us. At some point, probably when we had passed the second resolutions — assuming we did — we should warn Saddam that he had a week to leave. We should notify the media too. We would then have a clear field if Saddam refused to go."
Mr. Bush devoted much of the meeting to outlining the military strategy. The president, the memo says, said the planned air campaign "would destroy Saddam's command and control quickly." It also said that he expected Iraq's army to "fold very quickly." He also is reported as telling the prime minister that the Republican Guard would be "decimated by the bombing."
Despite his optimism, Mr. Bush said he was aware that "there were uncertainties and risks," the memo says, and it goes on, "As far as destroying the oil wells were concerned, the U.S. was well equipped to repair them quickly, although this would be easier in the south of Iraq than in the north."
The two men briefly discussed plans for a post-Hussein Iraqi government. "The prime minister asked about aftermath planning," the memo says. "Condi Rice said that a great deal of work was now in hand.
Referring to the Defense Department, it said: "A planning cell in D.O.D. was looking at all aspects and would deploy to Iraq to direct operations as soon as the military action was over. Bush said that a great deal of detailed planning had been done on supplying the Iraqi people with food and medicine."
Planning for After the War
The leaders then looked beyond the war, imagining the transition from Mr. Hussein's rule to a new government. Immediately after the war, a military occupation would be put in place for an unknown period of time, the president was described as saying. He spoke of the "dilemma of managing the transition to the civil administration," the memo says.
The document concludes with Mr. Manning still holding out a last-minute hope of inspectors finding weapons in Iraq, or even Mr. Hussein voluntarily leaving Iraq. But Mr. Manning wrote that he was concerned this could not be accomplished by Mr. Bush's timeline for war.
"This makes the timing very tight," he wrote. "We therefore need to stay closely alongside Blix, do all we can to help the inspectors make a significant find, and work hard on the other members of the Security Council to accept the noncooperation case so that we can secure the minimum nine votes when we need them, probably the end of February."
At a White House news conference following the closed-door session, Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair said "the crisis" had to be resolved in a timely manner. "Saddam Hussein is not disarming," the president told reporters. "He is a danger to the world. He must disarm. And that's why I have constantly said — and the prime minister has constantly said — this issue will come to a head in a matter of weeks, not months."
Despite intense lobbying by the United States and Britain, a second United Nations resolution was not obtained. The American-led military coalition invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, nine days after the target date set by the president on that late January day at the White House.
|2002 In 2002, after an inquiry to the CIA by the Vice President concerning certain intelligence reporting, the CIA decided on its own initiative to send Wilson to the country of Niger to investigate allegations involving Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium yellowcake....indictment 2002 At all relevant times from January 1, 2002 through July 2003, Valerie Wilson was employed by the CIA, and her employment status was classified. Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson's affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community. indictment How are the AIPAC - Franklin Rosen Weissman and Plame/Wilson cases connected? Larry Franklin worked for Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith (Office of Special Plans, OSP ('cooking' Iraq intelligence center) ( White House Iraq Group, WHIG) who worked with Ahmed Chalabi who worked with Judith Miller who attempted to protect a leak source (Libby, Cheney) in Whitehouse about Plamegate. Nation, 2002 "....Bush is a born-again Evangelical Christian — 'Stand for Israel' is looking to become the Christian counterpart to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby." Forward2002 NewsMax: article: "A copy of the Able Danger chart that identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist operating inside the U.S. a year before the 9/11 attacks is clearly visible in a video of a 2002 speech by delivered by Rep. Curt Weldon to the Heritage Foundation" and see Franklingate.com 2002 Antiwar on DEA, art students, Israeli spies, and see Franklingate Amdocs page 2002 WHIG THE WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP "But someone within the Administration had to coordinate these concerted propaganda campaigns. (Iraq War justification) That was the bailiwick and job-assignment of the WHIG, chaired by Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card, the regular members of which were Karl Rove, the president's senior political adviser; communications strategists Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin and James R. Wilkinson; legislative liaison Nicholas E. Calio; and policy advisers led by Rice and her deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, along with "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff. In other words, WHIG included the key decision makers (Rove, Rice, Card, Cheney-via Libby), and the key propaganda specialists (Hughes, Matalin, et al.)." Public Domain Progress 2002 William Luti, Center for Security Policy Iraq war plans at Franklingate.com and Dual Loyalties, Chalabi, Wolfowitz, Luti newsfollowup.com 2002 Judith Miller shared Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for stories about al Quaeda, Times correspondent in Cairo, covered UN WMD inspection program. The ombudsman of the New York Times will call for a review of Miller in October 2005. Jan 1, 2002 At all relevant times from January 1, 2002 through July 2003, Valerie Wilson was employed by the CIA, and her employment status was classified. Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson's affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community. indictment Jan 16 2002 NewsMax (conservative) 'Spying on America. "Justice Department holding nearly 100 Israeli citizens with direct ties to foreign military, criminal and intelligence services....The spy ring reportedly includes employees of two Israeli-owned companies that currently perform almost all the official wiretaps for U.S. local, state and federal law enforment." (Amdocs and Verint, Comerverse Infosys) see Franklingate on Amdocs Jan. 29: Bush 1st SOTU following 9/11, Bush identifies Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as the "axis of evil," clearly targeting those three countries for "regime change." Feb, 2002 Libby will tell TIME that Cheney heard about Niger yellowcake in Feb 2002. Cheney was keenly interested and a meeting of experts was convened including Wilson and his wife. Aids say Cheney unaware of Wilson's trip. NYTimes Feb 12, 2002 Wilsons trip grew out of a request by Cheney for more info on DIA report. Plame wrote memo about her husbands credentials. She told Wilson he had been selected and introduced him to the meeting on Feb 19, 2002. Bush administration officials tell a different story....say Plame (who worked on WMD issues) suggested Wilson for the trip. Washington Post Feb 19, 2002 CIA meeting on whether Wilson should go to Niger NYTimes Feb, 2002 Libby will tell TIME that Cheney heard about Niger yellowcake in Feb 2002. Cheney was keenly interested and a meeting of experts was convened including Wilson and his wife. Aids say Cheney unaware of Wilson's trip. The Raw Story La Repubblica series. This is a very rough translation ...Talking Points Memo Niger yellowcake, Italy Mar 5, 2002 CIA interviewed Wilson upon returning from Niger. The Raw Story Cheney knew Niger yellowcake documents were a fraud, and ZMag 2005 Mar 5, 2002 CIA interviewed Wilson upon returning from Niger. NYTimes Mar 8, 2002 at Franklingate.com Foxnews Israeli spies and screenprint also: Foxnews Cameron story no longer available screen print March 9, 2002 After trip to Africa, Wilson tells CIA yellowcake allegations are "bogus" and the agency sends a March 9 memo to the White House with Wilson's findings. The Raw Story Mar 9, 2002 After trip to Africa, Wilson tells CIA yellowcake allegations are "bogus" and the agency sends a March 9 memo to the White House with Wilson's findings. Time Los Angeles Times article written Aug 25, 2005 summarizing events leading up Wilson's Niger trip Mar 12 2002 New York Times article: David Satterfield, deputy chief of the United States Mission in Bhagdad, is USGO-2 (US Government Official in Franklin Rosen Weissman Pentagon mole indictment) Miller worked with Chalabi who worked with Feith in WHIG....etc. CIA maintains that Wilson was chosen by officials in the Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division (CPD) (Valerie Plame worked in CPD) Washington Post The Raw Story Mar 16, 2002 Former GSA Official charged with making false statements, obstructing federal investigation. Links between recently arrested David Safavian DOJ, John Bolton, Jack Abramoff...more Bloomberg copy and DOJ (CRM 05-490. reference to May 16, 2002 - January 10, 2004) John Bolton and Judith Miller worked together on Iraq War intelligence propaganda. Mar 24, 2002 "Vice President Cheney, .... is widely credited with having launched the administration's nuclear drumbeat to war in Iraq via a series of speeches he gave, beginning in August 2002." and "March 24, 2002" Salon, Downing Street Memo 2002 Jack Abramoff connections to the Whitehouse. search terms: David Safavian - head of the Office of Management and Budget - will be arrested in Sept 2005 for lying to investigators about relationship with Abramoff. Also, Safavian worked with Abramoff at Preston Gates Ellis Rouvelas & Meeds and was a partner of Grover Norquist (Bush strategist). and ..Safavian traveled to Scotland in 2002 with Abramoff, Rep. Robert Ney (Ohio), and Ralph Reed (2004 election campaign) also Washington Post: Safavian registered as a foreign agent for two African regimes Abramoff will be arrested in 2005 for fraud. Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff...close ties. Other names and connections: Ney's (Ohio) chief of staff, Neil Volz worked with Abramoff at Greenberg Traurig LLP (Miami). and Forward DEA Report, 'Suspicious activities involving Israeli art students at DEA facilities' at Franklingate.com pdf copy from Antiwar, see Franklingate Amdocs page Foxnews Israeli spies and screenprint at Franklingate.com June 11, 2002 Zionist Organization of America, Mission dinner... to make themselves heard. Addresses by Alan Keyes, Michael Ledeen(AEI) and Rafi Barak (Franklin Rosen Weissman indictment FO-1), also speeches by Aaron Miller (Senior State Dept official), Douglas Feith and David Schenker, Assistant Secretary of Defense. July 23, 2002 actual meeting minutes transcribed during the British PM's meeting. Show Bush intent on Iraq invasion. many other documents. Downing Street Memo and Daily Kos Kwiatkowski Aug 2002 Creation of the Whitehouse Iraq Group. Three known members coordinated response to Wilson's 2003 op-ed piece. Downing Street Memo and True Blue Liberal OSP, headed by Shulsky, by now had separate spaces within NESA Daily Kos Kwiatkowski "Vice President Cheney, .... is widely credited with having launched the administration's nuclear drumbeat to war in Iraq via a series of speeches he gave, beginning in August 2002." and "March 24, 2002" Salon, Downing Street Memo Aug 2, 2002 Cheney: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." But on October 2, 2003, David Kay, the Bush administration's weapons inspector, said, "Iraq did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled [chemical weapons] program after 1991..." Village Voice Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington presents the 13 most corrupt members of Congress: Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) -- Rep. Randy Cunningham (R-CA)-- Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)-- Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)-- Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)-- Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)-- Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)-- Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)-- Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)-- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)-- Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)-- Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)-- Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) Sep 2002 Salon.com "it would be a story by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon.....New York Times... September 2002. ...... titled "Threats and Responses: The Iraqis; US Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts." Miller and Gordon wrote that an intercepted shipment of aluminum tubes, to be used as centrifuges, was evidence Hussein was building a uranium gas separator to develop nuclear material. The story quoted national security advisor Condoleezza Rice invoking the image of "mushroom clouds over America." The story had an enormous impact, one amplified when Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Vice President Dick Cheney all did appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, ..... No single story did more to advance the political cause of the neoconservatives driving the Bush administration to invade Iraq." Salon.com Sept. 8, 2002, Miller wrote a story for the Times quoting anonymous officials who said aluminum tubes found in Iraq were to be used as centrifuges. Her report turned out to be wrong. AfterDowningStreet Sept 9, 2002 Nicolo Pollari (head of Italy's military secret service, the SISMI intelligence agency) met at the White House on Sept. 9, 2002, with then-deputy national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley. The Niger claims surfaced shortly thereafter see Niger forged documents page This will not be disclosed in the main stream press until late October 2005 LA Times Hadley denies he got Niger forged docs (Nov 2005): "Focus has centered on Hadley because of his September 9, 2002, meeting with Italy's intelligence chief, Nicolo Pollari. Exactly one month later, on October 9, 2002, an Italian journalist provided the U.S. Embassy in Rome with copies of documents about the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium sale, according to a U.S. congressional investigation. Copies of the documents were then sent to State Department headquarters and the CIA, the congressional report said." Reuters, file Sept 9, 2002 "The Bush administration has always insisted it did not know the uranium documents sent it from Italian intelligence were forgeries. But La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper, last Tuesday (Nov 28, 205) revealed that the documents came from Nicolo Pollari, head of that nation's military intelligence service. The paper said Pollari met secretly on September 9, 2002, with Hadley, at the time the deputy security adviser. A month later, forged papers were cabled to Washington from the U.S. embassy in Rome. Village Voice and see Niger forged docs page October 10, 2002 House and Senate resolutions authorizing force against Iraq site British intelligence report claiming Iraq sought uranium from Africa. Time October 2002 Scoop In memory of Sen. Paul Wellstone, Democratic politicians are twice as likely to die in airplane crashes Nov, 2002 More Miller war hyping.... Dissident Voice and Abrams Dec, 2002 More Miller war hyping.... Dissident Voice and Abrams Dec, 2002 Michael Ledeen and Morris Amitay cofound Coalition for Democracy in Iran, promote regime change, also Frank Gaffeny, Jack Kemp, Joshua Muravchik, Danielle Pletka, James Woolsey. Anti-war's "John Bolton's Yellowcake", McGovern. Henry Waxman Letter and NY SUN John R. Bolton, Wikipedia, yellowcake 2003 DOJ JUDITH MILLER, PETITIONER v.UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MATTHEW COOPER AND TIME INC., PETITIONERS v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2003 DavidCorn.com "Daily News article that reports that Rove informed Bush in 2003 that he was involved in the Plame/CIA leak, Schumer fired off a letter to Bush.." 2003 ABC News 2003 report: Niger / Yellowcake docs Bushed referred to in 2003 State of the Union address just now being investigated and found full of flaws. see Niger forged docs page Jan 2003 There will be little press coverage of Colin Powell's admission that his pre-war address to UN was a "painful" and lasting "blot" on his career. Village Voice, Oct 17, 2005 Bush wanted to go target other countries beyond Iraq, including Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Pakistan and Iran Guardian Rep. Henry Waxman, 11 Security Breaches in Plame Case hearing: "National Security Consequences of Disclosing the Identity of a Covert Intelligence Agent," was chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.). In October of 2005, Miller will reveal :”During the Iraq war, the Pentagon had given me clearance to see secret information as part of my assignment "embedded" with a special military unit hunting for unconventional weapons.” Village Voice ....Is this a conflict of interest? see Daalder (Fellow at Brookings)...Will Fitzgerald be able to turn Miller into a witness against others if he can prove that she revealed classified information with Libby. Village VoiceLawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, accused (in October 2005) Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of collusion to isolate his boss from foreign policy making". UPI 2005 Rosen, Cooperative Research, neocon run-up to war. In Oct 2005: New York Times article: White House, CIA Play Blame Game "In the end, Tenet said the CIA should never have let President Bush in his State of the Union address repeat a British report that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. U.S. intelligence analysts could not corroborate it. ..... Hadley, apologized as well, saying he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from Tenet several months before the president's address raising objections to the assertion" New York Times Mar 2003 Sen. Jay Rockefeller asks for probe into forged yellowcake docs that showed up in U.S. Embassy in Rome, 2002. APFN names Rocco Martino, see Financial Times. and Talking Points Memo Sulzberger, New York Times, neocons, war hype, and the distractions covering their tracks Nile Media, Ahmed Amr. Mar 2003 Bush Invasion of Iraq see Franklingate.com forged yellow cake documents info....and relevance to 2003 Bush State of the Union Speech, leading up to Iraq invasion. Mar 2003 Miller WMD, 'Weapons of Miller's Descriptions' Miller, WMD deception, The Bulletin at Franklingate.com Dailykos, Rove Not Guilty? Cheney stickin' it to the CIA Rice NYTimes article blasts UN report on Iraq's effort to get uranium abroad.....and then Bush's SOTU Jan 28. But Powell dropped Iraq-uranium connection in speech to UN. Two weeks before the war starts, ElBaradei confirms the forged docs facts. Rosebud? Cheney Jan 23, 2003 More Miller war mongering: New York Times article: wrote that Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri claimed that chemical and biological weapons labs were hidden beneath hospitals and inside palaces. see Wikipedia Richard Perle.... Dissident Voice,.AJR War promoting hirelings of Likud, compiled by Jeffrey Blankfort. And see Judith Miller's connections to AIPAC and the Israel / Bush invasion of Iraq. Antiwar on Naor Gilon Apr 21, 2003 New York Times, Judith Miller, "Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is /Said to Assert" More Miller war-hyping? Bolton didn't testify before leak grand jury or was interviewed about it, but was interviewed about a State Dept probe into pre-war intelligence. see FOI Missouri.edu Bolton was major source of national security info to Miller. Search net: Bolton, yellowcake, Niger and see Anti-war's John Bolton's Yellowcake Apr 30, 2003: JINSA sponsors a conference featuring Ledeen, he declares, "It is time to focus on Iran, the mother of modern terrorism.... The time for diplomacy is at an end; it is time for a free Iran, free Syria, and free Lebanon." American Free Press, Spy Ring Busted, on FO-3 (Gilon), daughter, Sometimes, Franklin and FO-3 met at the Pentagon Officers Athletic Club beside the Pentagon and, as a rule, their discussions centered on Iran, its nuclear policy and the strategies being adopted by various U.S. government agencies to deal with Iran. Apr 23, 2003 According to the grand jury, after one such meeting on May 23, 2003, Franklin returned to his desk in the DOD and drafted a memo to his superiors “incorporating suggestions being made by FO-3 American Free PressDailykos, Rove Not Guilty? Cheney stickin' it to the CIA Arab Times on Miller / Libby conversations in June 2003 about Wilson were not disclosed until Oct 6, 2005 May 2003 Fitzgerald looking into Cheney's role in Plame leak Information Clearinghouse May 6, 2003 3. On May 6, 2003, the New York Times published a column by Nicholas Kristof which disputed the accuracy of the "sixteen words" in the State of the Union address. The column reported that, following a request from the Vice President's office for an investigation of allegations that Iraq sought to buy uranium from Niger, an unnamed former ambassador was sent on a trip to Niger in 2002 to investigate the allegations. According to the column, the ambassador reported back to the CIA and State Department in early 2002 that the allegations were unequivocally wrong and based on forged documents. indictment May 29, 2003 4. On or about May 29, 2003, in the White House, LIBBY asked an Under Secretary of State ("Under Secretary") for information concerning the unnamed ambassador's travel to Niger to investigate claims about Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium yellowcake. The Under Secretary thereafter directed the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research to prepare a report concerning the ambassador and his trip. The Under Secretary provided LIBBY with interim oral reports in late May and early June 2003, and advised LIBBY that Wilson was the former ambassador who took the trip. indictment May 2003 Fitzgerald looking into Cheney's role in Plame leak Information Clearinghouse June 2003 In or about early June 2003, LIBBY learned from the Vice President that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA in the Counterproliferation Division; indictment Jun 2003 In October 2005 it will be reported that Fitzgerald questioned these Cheney staffers: "Fitzgerald has questioned Cheney's communications adviser Catherine Martin and former spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise and ex-White House aide Jim Wilkinson about the vice president's knowledge of the anti-Wilson campaign and his dealings on it with Libby." Bloomberg June 3, 2003 conversation at the Pentagon Officers Athletic Club, between Larry Franklin and Naor Gilon about Judith Miller included a reference to Valerie Plame. Portland Indymedia June 8, 2003 Condoleeza Rice, NSA, attempts to refute story on Meet the Press. She made "in the bowels of the agency" remark and said Niger claims were true. How are the AIPAC and Plame/Wilson cases connected? Larry Franklin worked for Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith (Office of Special Plans ('cooking' Iraq intelligence center) who worked with Ahmed Chalabi who worked with Judith Miller (now in jail), who is protecting a leak source in Whitehouse about Plamegate. Nation, 5. On or about June 9, 2003, a number of classified documents from the CIA were faxed to the Office of the Vice President to the personal attention of LIBBY and another person in the Office of the Vice President. The faxed documents, which were marked as classified, discussed, among other things, Wilson and his trip to Niger, but did not mention Wilson by name. After receiving these documents, LIBBY and one or more other persons in the Office of the Vice President handwrote the names "Wilson" and "Joe Wilson" on the documents. indictment Jun 10, 2003 A classified State Dept (INR, Bureau of Intelligence and Research) memo created for Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Mark Grossman contained Plame's id. Miller, Libby conversations in June 2003 will not be disclosed until October of 2005, Yahoo Jun 11, 2003 6. On or about June 11 or 12, 2003, the Under Secretary of State orally advised LIBBY in the White House that, in sum and substance, Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and that State Department personnel were saying that Wilson's wife was involved in the planning of his trip. indictment Jun 11, 2003 7. On or about June 11, 2003, LIBBY spoke with a senior officer of the CIA to ask about the origin and circumstances of Wilson's trip, and was advised by the CIA officer that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and was believed to be responsible for sending Wilson on the trip. indictment Jun 11, 2003 On or about June 11, 2003, LIBBY was informed by a senior CIA officer that Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA and that the idea of sending him to Niger originated with her; On or about June 12, 2003, LIBBY was informed by the Under Secretary of State that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA; indictment Jun 12, 2003 "On June 12, 2003, the day of the conversation between Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby, The Washington Post published a front-page article reporting that the C.I.A. had sent a retired American diplomat to Niger in February 2002 to investigate claims that Iraq had been seeking to buy uranium there. The article did not name the diplomat, who turned out to be Mr. Wilson, but it reported that his mission had not corroborated a claim about Iraq's pursuit of nuclear material that the White House had subsequently used in Mr. Bush's 2003 State of the Union address" (New York Times Oct 25, 2005 article) Jun 12, 2003 8. Prior to June 12, 2003, Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus contacted the Office of the Vice President in connection with a story he was writing about Wilson's trip. LIBBY participated in discussions in the Office of the Vice President concerning how to respond to Pincus. indictment Jun 12, 2003 9. On or about June 12, 2003, LIBBY was advised by the Vice President of the United States that Wilson's wife worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the Counterproliferation Division. LIBBY understood that the Vice President had learned this information from the CIA. indictment Jun 12, 2003 10. On June 12, 2003, the Washington Post published an article by reporter Walter Pincus about Wilson's trip to Niger, which described Wilson as a retired ambassador but not by name, and reported that the CIA had sent him to Niger after an aide to the Vice President raised questions about purported Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium. Pincus's article questioned the accuracy of the "sixteen words," and stated that the retired ambassador had reported to the CIA that the uranium purchase story was false. indictment Jun 14, 2003 11. On or about June 14, 2003, LIBBY met with a CIA briefer. During their conversation he expressed displeasure that CIA officials were making comments to reporters critical of the Vice President's office, and discussed with the briefer, among other things, "Joe Wilson" and his wife "Valerie Wilson," in the context of Wilson's trip to Niger. indictment It won't be disclosed until October of 2005 that Cheney and Libby spoke of Plame on June 12, 2003 Reuters. This can only help Fitzgerald's onspiracy investigation...it contradicts Libby's earlier testimony.. Jun 14, 2003 On or about June 14, 2003, LIBBY discussed "Joe Wilson" and "Valerie Wilson" with his CIA briefer, in the context of Wilson's trip to Niger; indictment Who is 'CIA briefer'? Jun 19, 2003 12. On or about June 19, 2003, an article appeared in The New Republic magazine online entitled "The First Casualty: The Selling of the Iraq War." Among other things, the article questioned the "sixteen words" and stated that following a request for information from the Vice President, the CIA had asked an unnamed ambassador to travel to Niger to investigate allegations that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger. The article included a quotation attributed to the unnamed ambassador alleging that administration officials "knew the Niger story was a flat-out lie." The article also was critical of how the administration, including the Office of the Vice President, portrayed intelligence concerning Iraqi capabilities with regard to weapons of mass destruction, and accused the administration of suppressing dissent from the intelligence agencies on this topic. The New Republic: "The First Casualty: The Selling of the Iraq War" 13. Shortly after publication of the article in The New Republic, LIBBY spoke by telephone with his then Principal Deputy and discussed the article. That official asked LIBBY whether information about Wilson's trip could be shared with the press to rebut the allegations that the Vice President had sent Wilson. LIBBY responded that there would be complications at the CIA in disclosing that information publicly, and that he could not discuss the matter on a non-secure telephone line. indictment The New Republic: "The First Casualty: The Selling of the Iraq War" Jun 23, 2003 On or about June 23, 2003, LIBBY informed reporter Judith Miller that Wilson's wife might work at a bureau of the CIA; indictment Jun 23, 2003 In October of 2005, Fitzgerald will learn from 'found' notes (informs Miller of chance of more jail time?) of Libby Miller conversations about Plame that were not previously disclosed. NYTimes copy and SF Chronicle These notes will help Fitzgerald show the Bush administration officials were discussing Wilson weeks before Wilson's op-ed article in the New York Times appeared. Libby and Rove never mentioned any conversations about Wilson before July. This all may lead to perjury and obstruction of justice charges against them. Jun 23, 2003 14. On or about June 23, 2003, LIBBY met with New York Times reporter Judith Miller. During this meeting LIBBY was critical of the CIA, and disparaged what he termed "selective leaking" by the CIA concerning intelligence matters. In discussing the CIA's handling of|
Ari Fleischer Dan Bartlett ok Novak column Mission to Niger Novak misspoke the first time we talked. Rove couldn't remember Rove second source July 14th article. What did Rove tell Bush? Henry Waxman, security breaches in Plame case with Sen. Byron Dorgon (D-N.D.) Cheney's stickin it to the CIA. Novak word operative was journalistic miscue, skeptical. used Valerie Plame and Valerie Wilson Timothy Phelps New York Times INR State Department memo circulated on Bush Africa trip Time A war on Wilson by Cooper Massimo Calabresi and John Dickerson. Quote government officials Wilson's wife is a CIA official who monitors the proliferation of WMD involved in decision to send Wilson to Niger. David Corn of the Nation tells Wilson that leak is a crime. Rove said "I didn't know her name" Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball articles. Andrea Mitchel interview distorted by NBC, to push Wilson smear. Chris Mathews tells Wilson that Karl Rove considered Plame 'fair game'. Consider Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, Gen. Zinni, Gen Shinseki. Stephen Hadley offers to resign on '16 words' Bush refuses resignation. Newsday reports Plame was undercover until Novak outed her. CIA files crime report to DOJ. Bush refuses Rice resignation. Letter to John Conyers. Two top Whitehouse officials disclosed CIA identity. to at least six Washington journalists. New York Times Douglas Jehl, study by the Defense Intelligence Agency Chalabi intelligence was of little or no value. William Bowles. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez notified Andrew CArd of DOJ leak investigation at 8:00 PM, but waited 12 hours (next day) preserve documents. Shredding party? Gonzalez was Whitehouse Council, Ashcroft was attorney general. National Review, Clifford May. Phone logs, emails and Rep. Thomas M. Davis II. Bush joked about leaks with African news session. Whitehouse surrendered thousands of emails, call logs, and calendars. Notes say Wilson was Kerry supporter, advisor. Oficials to sign waivers to overcome reporter obstacles to revealing sources. Pincus Novak said 'no partisan gunslinger' comment and "you know about it too". Was leak retaliation. Bush said 'find out the truth'. Scott McClellan quote "those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. And that's where it stands" Bush: leaker may never be found'. Bush threatened to withhold docs under executive privilege. McClellan spoke about difference between unauthorized disclosure and 'setting the facts straight'. Independent Media TV, Jason Leopold. Mike Allen and Dana Priest: "Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge". Rove Newsweek 'far game' Chris Mathews, MSNBC. Hardball. Investigators are studying Whitehouse reaction to Wilson's first public attack on Bush's case about Iraq. Final deadline. Wall Street Journal article about Bureau of Intelligence Research. John J. Kokal, Near East and South Asia division found dead. Ashcroft briefings stopped. Fitzgerald appointed. Simone Ledeen, daughter of Michael Ledeen goes to Bahgdad, CPA, Coalition Provisional Authority, also brat pack, yellowcake. James Comey is godfather. Aides sign waivers to journalistic privilege. Staff meet informally about immunity. Mary matalin testifies. Pelosi Daschele, Lieberman, Rockefeller ask for GAO investigation of covert status. Jim Loebe knew. Cathie Martin (Cheney aid) interviewed, near combat atmosphere. Grand Jury subpoenas Air Force One phone logs. What was whitehouse PR strategy? Bush outside attorney James Sharp & Associates, Ken Starr removed attorney-client privilege for government lawyers in Clinton smear campaign. Glen Kessler discuss conversations. Bush interviewed by Fitzgerald, Sharp present. Kerry dumps Sandy Berger and Wilson from campaign. Federal Judge Thomas F. Hogan hold Time magazine report Mathew Cooper in contempt of cout and orders him jailed for refusing to reveal source of Plame leak. appeal goes to Supreme Court. politics of truth, joe wilson. Judith miller receives subpoena. powell testified. cooper testified about libby conversations. bush and dan rather flap on military service in the news. bar lowered to committed a crime. LA times doyle mcmanus "if rove is source #2, who is source #1. roy kriger CIA agent fired because he spoke of informant saying iraq' uranium enrichment program dead. Conyers and Slaughter call for investigation of Jeff Gannon, James D. Guckert, as GOP fake journalist plant at whitehouse briefings. free republic. Federal Judge rober sweet ruled miller not required to reveal. in 2001 ARAMCO Cheney CEO signed $140 million contract. Boston Globe. Brewster Jennings & Associates, BinLaden group, Khalid bin Mahfouz, BCCI connections. Vincent Cannistraro said forged niger yellowcake docs were made up in the U.S. mentioned Michael ledeen. see downing street memo. downingstreetmemo.com. Supreme court refuses miller cooper appeal. search jailhouse crock and miller as fake martyr, obstructing justice for personal gain. Did rove break same law as martha stewart? perjury. see Sen Lautenberg calendar. Miller is in Alexandria Detention Center. Sen. Pat Roberts, Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee, will conduct hearings. What is the Federal Tort Claim Act FTCA. Who is Karen Johnson? ask Karl Rove and Business Council, Infrastructure Solutions. George Tennet, John McMclaughlin, Bill Harlow and the stranger who approached Novak. Why did whitehouse shift blame to the CIA for '16 words' in SOTU, State of the Union address speech. Bolton neglected to tell congress about niger yellowcake. Wilson's op-ed piece published. Oliver North and John Poindexter convictions overturned. Novak challenges Harlow warning. Scooter Libby and Judith Miller convesations hot. see columbia jouranlism review and vanity fair, wayne madsen report on asher karni nuclear arms smuggler and district judge ricardo urbina on nuclear triggers. ashcroft recused himself. what is hollinger international, daved radler, lord conrad a. black, richart burt boy-toy. What does miller have to do with tip-off of holy land foundation, global relief foundation and benevolence international foundation. AIPAC officials: Howard Kohr, Richard Fishman, Renee Rothstein, Raphael Danziger. New Yorker, Seymour Hersch story on Bush plans to launch nuclear attack on Iran summer of 2005. Cheney warns of Israeli preemptive strike on Iran. Rosen's lawyer: Abbe Lowell. Perle (Defense Policy Board)gives speech at AIPAC conference, calls for american military action against iran. Iran has Shihab III intermediate range missile. Franklin pleads innocent, Judje T.S. Ellis III. rove said he was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a false premise. Frontpage mag interiviews Kenneth Timmerman. Naor Gilon of Israeli embassy involved. Jack Abramoff indicted and Texans for a Republican Majority. John N. Nassikas III, spy nest exposed. and A.Q. Kahn. David Kelly is confidant of Judith Miller and Pederson and Olivia Bosch at Royal Institute of international affairs. Judge Ricardo Urbina and what did Thomas Dine confirm. Patrick Dorton is AIPAC spokesperson. Harold Rhode is source of plame leak and Jerry Hauer and cofer black. lawmakers urged to support Iran Freedom and Support act and one of unnamed reporters is Glenn Kessler by David Ignatius. USGO-1 is Kenneth Pollack and Bob Dole is baffled. Iran 5 years away from nuclear weapons. Miller and Zacarias Moussaoui together? Michael Ledeen is Rove's brain. Ted Olson was Pollard's defense attorney. July 14th, 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 August September October November December 2003 2004 2001
That gathering involved some of the most powerful names in the Jewish lobby in America, starting with Edgar Bronfman, the chairman of the World Jewish Congress. Others included: Charles Bronfman, Edgar's brother and a top executive of the family's flagship Seagrams Corp.; Leslie Wexler of Limited, Inc.; Charles Schusterman, chairman of Samson Investment Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff, a fabulously wealthy and powerful Baltimore real estate magnate; Laurence Tisch, chairman of Loews Corp.; Max Fisher, the Detroit oil magnate and Republican Party powerhouse; bagel magnate Max Lender; and Leonard Abramson, the founder of U.S. Healthcare
presents the 13 most corrupt members of Congress: Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) -- Rep. Randy Cunningham (R-CA)-- Rep. Tom Feeney(R-FL)-- Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)-- Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)-- Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)-- Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)-- Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)-- Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)-- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)-- Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)-- Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)-- Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT)
|Aug 31, 05 Twenty Things We Know,
Independent TV USGO-1 Identified Middle East analyst: Kenneth Pollack,
National Security Council, Clinton administration. Sept 3, 05 Bob Dole
(baffled by Miller incarceration) visited Miller in jail, NYTimes copy.
Smokescreen on passing federal shield laws that would allow reporters to
protect their souces. Sept 5, 05 Rocky Mountain News, "Weapons of
Mass Delusion" Sept 6, 05 U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III set
this Sept 6 trial date for Larry Franklin, Sept 6, 05 IISS International
Institute for Strategic Studies, 'Strategic Dossier', entitled Iran's
Strategic Weapons Programmes - A Net Assessment. Iran 5 years away from
a nuclear weapon. Why go to the stake to defend a spin doctor planting
bile? Guardian Unlimited todo: Antiwar, In These Times, Is Iran Next?
Counterpunch Zvi Bar'el, Chalabi, Feith and Israel, Theater of the
Absurd Sept 8, 05 Yahoo News Plamegate will rise up in a few weeks. Is
she bargaining?....what about possible criminal contempt charges?
Huffington Post Sept 10, 05 The Alexandria facility where Miller is,
also housed Zacarias Moussaoui..(just one floor above Miller's cell) The
gas station tapes of the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 are 'classified'
because of his trial. They would reveal the real truth about what
aircraft slammed into the Pentagon that day. see NewsFollowUp.com/flight77
missile? National Press Club, honors Judith Miller see Franklingate
links page see Pakistan Daily Times on Iran latest news...and Michael
Ledeen, Rove's brain, AEI, prominent proponent of a violent regime
change in Iran. Ledeen has close ties to all Plamegate players. and see
Ledeen's ties to the Niger forged docs that led to Iraq War. It's all
one story. Lies of Ommision Progress Sept 11, 05 Peace Page, 9/11 poem
by Kristy we should share the shame search terms: Texas Secretary of
State, Roger Williams, Bush campaign, Karl Rove, Elizabeth Reyes. Sept
12, 05 Iran Mania News One week to U.N. meetings on Iran. Cooperative
Research, neocon run-up to war, timeline see Ted Olson links to Jonathan
Pollard, Pentagon, Perle, Lehman, Feith.... Ted Olson's wife 'died' on
Flight 77, 9/11? Sept 14, 05 New 'Amdocs' page, information on Israeli
owned telephone billing co. and connections to 9/11, AIPAC, neocons,
Iraq war, Iran war mongering. Against Bombing old timeline, not updated,
but some interesting links, stories DNC Democratic National Committee,
Plamegate Rovegate, Treasongate, Leakgate page Crosswalk, conservative
publication, Democrats keep focus on Plamegate Sept 15, 05 Bush / Rice
failing in Iran war mongering efforts. India, China and Russia nix U.S.
and EU effort to get a majority of IAEA board to refer Iran to UN
Security Council for sanctions. India says the plan will backfire.
search:Ahmadinejad. NYT copy David Fiderer on the "Abort the Plame
Investigation Act" or H.R. 581. Feb 05. Bob Dole and the
Republicans smokescreen tactics are difficult to see ...will they work?
Framing the issue around source id privilege keeps the buzz off what
Miller is hiding...just what they want. also see CSM Holt wants docs,
Fitzgerald says will harm investigation see SpinWatch on indictment Sept
16, 05 Asia Times review of Bush whitewash book..by Craig Whitney. DOJ
won't turn over docs to Congress and While You Were atching Katrina
House Republicans derail probes of Plame affair Village Voice Sept 17,
05 Some Miller elite visitors: Bob Dole, John Bolton, Tom Brokaw,
Gonzalo Marroquin, Sept 18, 05 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
old but relevant story, Israeli spies in America. Amdocs, Report of
Israeli Eavesdropping on White House Telephones Gets Varying Media
Treatment Sept 19, 05 This article climbing in the search engines:
Frontpage Mag calls Plamegate non-event, "endless spider-web of
lies by Joe Wilson", "The media has gone out of its way to
question the credibility of Karl Rove", "non-leak of Plame's
non-secret identity',....and on...and on. and NFU-Franklingate research
on Amdocs, 9/11, art students, Israeli spies Sept 20, 05 Yahoo article:
What Show Did You Watch During the War Daddy? Iraq War, lost and now a
civil war....north to south, oil. Sept 21, 05 Jurist article: David
Radler, former President and COO of Hollinger International and former
publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, will plead guilty to fraud charges.
Robert Novak is Sun-Times columnist. Aljazeera "Is it possible that
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is assisting Israel
in betraying American spy networks in Iran in return for the Iranians to
offer the release of captured Israeli spies?" AEI search on
Jonathan Pollard results in "Web of Conspiracies" book by
Michael Rubin. search Kwiatkowski, OSP, Mondale. Sept 23, 05 Register:
More on Amdocs corporate espionage. And The Age Police question Amdocs
exec...at least 19 arrested for infiltrating competitors computers.
World Net Daily, Stephen Hadley mentioned, prior knowledge of 911
information on Atta in Rep. Weldon (Republican) Book "Countdown to
Terror" Shaffer stopped from testifying about Able Danger data
mining. Gonzales will name D. Kyle Sampson as chief of staff (DOJ) and
in related article KerrySharesOurValues on D. Kyle Sampson, Raul Yanes
..and (Ted Ullyot) All three have been lawyers in the White House
counsel's office under Gonzales. ... Ullyot (Ullyot stepped down) and
Yanes were the coordinators of the White House's response to the
investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Gonzales and Ashcroft will recuse, but will these three also? Sampson,
Ullyot and Yanes have represented tobacco companies. search Kirkland
& Ellis or (Tobacco.org), Kenneth Starr. tobacco thread articles /
timeline Iraqwar.org on Israeli spying and Lowell Sun Online The
invasion of Iraq was the “greatest strategic disaster in United States
history,” a retired Army general said yesterday, strengthening an
effort in Congress to force an American withdrawal beginning next year.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom, a Vietnam veteran, said the invasion
of Iraq alienated America's Middle East allies, making it harder to
prosecute a war against terrorists Imam Intikab Habib's....was swept out
of his FDNY appointment....Over the weekend, the message was pounded in
by the New York and other media that those who question the Official
Conspiracy Theory.... 911Truth.org Sept 25, 05 search internet: Kurzberg
Shmuel Ellner Marmari Amdocs for supporting evidence on Amdocs links to
9/11 WTC or search amdocs fema israel or amdocs foxnews and Amdocs page
Sept 26, 05 New Franklingate / DOJ selected press releases page Sept 27,
05 Shalom Center, article from 2004: "Neo-Cons, AIPAC, Israel,
& Alleged Spying " Oct 28, 05 The federal grand jury delving
into the matter expires Oct. 28. .. prosecutors could pursue a criminal
contempt of court charge against Miller. Sept 28, 05 Conk Websearch,
Encyclopedia entry on AIPAC, supporters, critics and quotations. Fatma
Nevin Vargun, is a Kurdish women's rights activist. Libby poem in a
letter to Miller in jail: "You went into jail in the summer. It is
fall now. You will have stories to cover -- Iraqi elections and suicide
bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out West,
where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in
clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work -- and
life. Until then, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers -- With
admiration, Scooter Libby." from Salon.com Sept 29, 05 Foxnews
"U.K.: Military Action against Iran, 'Inconceivable'. and "On
Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution
putting Iran on the verge of referral to the U.N. Security Council
unless Tehran eases suspicions about its nuclear activities"
"(Fitzgerald) was ready to extend her imprisonment for up to 18
months. ...on September 29, she walked out of prison ready to talk,
having secured a personal waiver of confidentiality from her own source,
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of
staff." Guardian Sept 30, 05 Miller testified before the grand jury
about two conversations with Libby in July 2003 Red Nova "Quality
of Iran's Nuclear Fuel Sheds Doubt on Weapons Capabilities" Daily
Star "Britain rules out military action against Iran over nuclear
program Tehran to vote on scaling back cooperation with IAEA Forward
Steven Rosen (AIPAC) seeking dismissal on the grounds that the U.S.
government has refused to disclose key evidence. Franklin will plead
guilty, Harretz ....Miller released, will testify, and Red Nova coverage
Oct 1, 05 Miller testified,...Fitzgerald agreed to limit his questioning
to Libby contacts regarding Plame. Miller was his final witness...the
interview lasted 4 hours. Libby's attorney Joseph Tate puzzled at a
second request for a release...it had been a year since they believe
they gave her a waiver. Oct 2, 05 Net search terms: Judith Miller,
Stephen Hadley, Able Danger, missing chart Oct 3, 05 Weldon's Able
Danger hearings will backfire on GOP "...both Miller and Libby
collaborated for months on manufacturing the bogus WMD hoax.."
Ahmed Amr, Palestine Chronicle (copy), and Nile Media Oct 4, 05 Miller
still trying to limit issue to her conversations with Libby? NY Times
copy Oct 5, 05 Libby Lawyer says Miller in jail on her own accord, was
given waiver a year ago Washington Post see changes to Franklingate
AIPAC page World Peace Herald: Able Danger report expected soon. Oct 6,
05 San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Carrol, "Everyone pretty much knows
that the Judith Miller story doesn't add up, except for her employers at
the New York Times" Indictments Any time? Editor & Publisher
Oct 7, 05 Live Journal "U.S. Preparing for a Strike on
Iran.....Scott Ritter, the former UN weapons inspector to Iraq
.......warned in apocalyptic terms in London"
|McClellan WH briefing excerpt|
|Press Briefing by Scott McClellan The James S. Brady Briefing Room 12:47 P.M. EDT MR. McCLELLAN: I do want to make one brief statement. The House right now is voting on the conference committee report on the legislation that would ban the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion. This is will be an important step toward building a culture of life in America. And we look forward to the House passage and urge the Senate to move quickly on this important piece of legislation, as well. Q Scott, has the White House received any subpoenas for documents in the leaks case? MR. McCLELLAN: No. Q Are you aware of any individuals who have received any? And will you tell us if the White House is subpoenaed or if individuals are? MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, that question came up earlier. I expect that we will discuss that matter with the career Justice Department officials who are looking into this. And if they are okay with me notifying you of that information, I will certainly do so. My intention is to share with you the information you need to do your job, as long as that's consistent with preserving the integrity of the investigation. Q I was just going to say there is a precedent for revealing this. We had this in a previous administration, and it has come up. Is that being taken into consideration as you look at this? MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, that's why I said, what we want to do is discuss that matter with the Department of Justice. And if they are okay with us notifying you of that information, then we will do so. Q I gather you're asking about subpoenas for things, information, or records -- I'm asking if that applies, as well -- have any White House officials been nterviewed yet by the FBI? MR. McCLELLAN: Not to my knowledge. But again, the Justice Department officials may decide they want to talk to people individually. So I wouldn't necessarily know. And I should say not to the White House's knowledge, when I say that, when I'm saying me, not to the White House's knowledge. Q So would that mean that there's -- MR. McCLELLAN: At this point, we've received -- Q No senior staff has been interviewed then? MR. McCLELLAN: Not to our knowledge. Q How about the CIA? MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry? Q Are you aware of anybody at the -- MR. McCLELLAN: You'd have to ask the CIA that question, or the Justice Department that question. Q Can I ask a follow-on point I just wanted to -- why does the White House feel that it's appropriate to coordinate an attack on Joseph Wilson in coordination with the RNC and Republicans in Congress, to attack him on his partisanship and his record as a partisan? Why does the White House feel that that's appropriate and relevant here? MR. McCLELLAN: What we are focused on is getting to the bottom of this investigation. That's what the President wants to happen. He wants the -- he wants the Justice Department to get to the bottom of this, the sooner the better. So our focus is on this investigation and getting to the bottom of it. That's what we are doing. Obviously, there are -- that's what the subject of this investigation is about, and that's why it's important to -- Q Right, but my question still hasn't been answered. I mean, you're not denying that there are challenges and attacks on Joseph Wilson's character because he's a partisan, and the partisan nature that the White House believes is irrelevant here -- I'm asking you, why that's relevant in all of this and why the White House feels it's appropriate when there's an investigation going on to coordinate such attacks with the Republican National Committee and with Republicans on the Hill -- MR. McCLELLAN: David, I have said from this podium that it is not my place to question someone's motives. That is something that is part of your reporting that you do in your profession. So that's -- Q But it is the place of others who are working at the White House. MR. McCLELLAN: I have made it very clear on that matter that it is just simply not my position to get into questioning someone's motives. Q Right, but you're speaking for the White House, and the White House is coordinating with Republicans on the Hill and with its arm, which is the political arm, which is the RNC, to go after this guy. So why is that appropriate? Why is it relevant? MR. McCLELLAN: Again, the President wants everybody to focus on getting to the bottom of this investigation, and that's what we are doing. We are working -- Q Well, why won't you answer this question? MR. McCLELLAN: -- to cooperate with the Department of Justice. And I have answered that -- I answered that question yesterday. Q Scott, between the time period of mid-July when this story first broke, and late September when it became much more public, what, if anything, did White House officials -- the President, National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff, others, general for the Counsel's Office -- do to address the leak problem that emerged in July? MR. McCLELLAN: I'll tell you what we were doing in that period. We were focusing on the priorities of the American people. We were focusing on moving forward on the legislation to strengthen and improve Medicare for America's seniors. We were focused on strengthening the economy that's growing faster now, but we want more action done. We were focusing on the energy legislation and focusing on addressing some of the problems there. That's where our focus was. Now, there was -- there were articles which happen all too often in this town, of allegations that were made -- unsubstantiated allegations citing, I believe, senior administration officials, not even specifically White House at that point. And we didn't have -- we had no information beyond these unsubstantiated allegations in media reports to suggest there was any White House involvement in the matter you are raising. But the process that is in place for that is for the CIA to look at those issues, and, if they feel a need to, to report information to the Department of Justice. They did that. Q I did not mean to suggest that the President and his staff had no other focus or no other responsibilities; obviously, tremendous responsibilities. But this was one thing that had happened which the CIA's General Counsel has now determined a crime that hurt national security. Did the CIA -- Director Tenet or anyone else -- during the time period, mid-July, late September, communicate to the President or his staff that this was very serious, that it looked like it was heading towards a criminal investigation, that they wanted some cooperation from the White House? MR. McCLELLAN: No, I'm not aware of any such conversation. Q Senator Schumer is calling on John Ashcroft to recuse himself from this case, Scott. Do you see any need for the General to do that? MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that the Department of Justice will make decisions of that nature. They -- the Department of Justice has publicly stated that all legal options are on the table. That's where it stands. But I would remind you that the career Justice Department officials are the ones who are leading this investigation. These are individuals with vast experience and are in the best position to get to the bottom of this. The Justice Department wants to get to the bottom of this. The President wants to get to the bottom of this. The American people want us to get to the bottom of this. So that's a shared goal, and that's a -- that's what we are -- that's why we are working cooperatively with the Department of Justice to get to the bottom of this. And, as I said, the sooner the better. And if anyone, anyone inside or outside the administration has information that is relevant to this investigation, they should report that information to the Department of Justice so we can get to the bottom of this. Q How does the President feel about so many of his friends possibly profiteering business-wise from his invasion of Iraq? MR. McCLELLAN: Who are you suggesting? Q Groups, Allbaugh for one is forming a group for -- MR. McCLELLAN: I think those individuals can address those matters. If they -- you're talking about former administration officials? I think that those individuals, you have to ask those questions. I don't have any specific information about what individuals are seeking to do outside of the administration. Q But they seem to be using their name and part of this -- former part of this administration to make inroads into business in Iraq. MR. McCLELLAN: You're asking me about people outside the administration. Q Yes, I am. MR. McCLELLAN: You need to talk to the people outside the administration. I don't have specific information on what they're doing. Q I asked the President's opinion on that. MR. McCLELLAN: Opinion on people outside the administration seeking business in Iraq. Q His cronies, his friends, yes. MR. McCLELLAN: I don't have any specific information about what these individuals are doing. If you do, you can ask those individuals about it. Q You've been reading the papers, haven't you? MR. McCLELLAN: These are people outside the administration that do not work in the administration? Q Scott, Steve mentioned Senator Schumer, but it's not just him. Senator Specter, a fellow Republican, also said today that he believes that Ashcroft should recuse himself in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest because of his relationships with Karl Rove. What do you think of that? Is that something that you think might make sense, considering the fact that you do want this to stay at the Justice Department in the hands of career officials? MR. McCLELLAN: I think that's a matter for the Department of Justice to decide. Q But in terms of the perception of this, when you have Republicans now saying that perhaps John Ashcroft should recuse himself in order to let the career -- MR. McCLELLAN: We talked about this yesterday, the President spoke about it the other day. The President believes that the career Justice Department officials at the Department of Justice, the ones who have a vast amount of experience in these issues, are in the best position to get to the bottom of this. And that's exactly what he wants those officials to do. And that's exactly what those officials want to do. Q But what Senator Specter is saying is that they report to John Ashcroft, who might have a conflict because of his past work with Karl Rove. MR. McCLELLAN: And the Department of Justice has said that all legal options are on the table. They will make those decisions. Q Scott, on Tuesday when you shared with us the second memo by Judge Gonzales to the staff, it named three reporters. And it said pursuant to the Justice Department request, please preserve records of contacts with these three reporters. Was Judge Gonzales singling out those three reporters, or did the Justice Department single them out? MR. McCLELLAN: No. Actually, if you look back at the letter, the language in that letter that we shared publicly with you was verbatim from the Justice Department. That was the request that they sent us the other day. Q So there was -- that was the entire text -- MR. McCLELLAN: And those names were -- those names were verbatim from the text of that letter. Q Scott, in addition to the controversy surrounding Ambassador Wilson's wife, we've seen open, public dissension in the State Department; the EPA Inspector General has made claims that the White House doctored air quality reports, and Senator Clinton is using this to hold up the nomination of Governor Leavitt for the EPA post. Still, others leave the administration, write an op-ed criticizing the administration, and then join a Democratic presidential nominee's campaign. My question is: Is the President or anyone else in this administration concerned that the Clinton holdovers are undermining the administration? MR. McCLELLAN: In a certain department? Q Yes, in these various departments. MR. McCLELLAN: I think that the President has assembled a team that is working together to implement his priorities. We have a strong team that is in place that is trying to implement what the President's focus is. Q But time and time again you'll see one holdover from various departments criticizing the administration and -- MR. McCLELLAN: People have the right to express their views. Q Scott, in the midst of this "leakgate" situation, has the White House unofficially or officially told the Press Office or senior administration officials how they should deal with the press in reference to sourcing information, giving us information on any new situation -- not just this, but anything? Has anything changed in reference to this in how the White House relates with us? MR. McCLELLAN: Has anything changed in reference -- Q How the White House deals with the press, in giving information, ever since this "leakgate" situation has happened? MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know what you're referring to specifically. Q I'm referring to, like, we will be able to email you, or some other White House staffers, talk to them on the phone. Has anything been put in place, in motion, to kind of curtail -- has the White House maybe tapped -- MR. McCLELLAN: Try to curtail? Q Has the White House maybe tapped phone lines, looking through emails -- no, I mean, I'm not trying to be funny with this, I'm being very serious. Is there some kind of thing to prevent this kind of "leakgate" from happening again? MR. McCLELLAN: I appreciate what you're saying. At this point, what we have done is sent the letter -- sent the text of the letter from the Department of Justice to White House staff. We have shared that letter, the text of that letter with you, as well, because we released that memo for you. Q But has anything changed in the way White House officials are dealing with the press to prevent -- MR. McCLELLAN: No. To prevent? Q To prevent this kind of situation, Justice Department probe -- into giving confidential information that could ultimately result in someone's -- affect someone's life. MR. McCLELLAN: Well, you're suggesting that that happened in the White House. Q I am not suggesting that happened -- MR. McCLELLAN: Well, by that question -- Q -- but there is a probe that is going on because there are allegations. MR. McCLELLAN: What we're trying to do is get to the bottom of this investigation, and work cooperatively with the Justice Department to do that. But, no other -- we have sent the memo out with the text of the letter in it to White House employees to make sure that they understand that it is the request of the Department of Justice that they preserve and maintain all information that could be related to their request. And the President has directed the White House to cooperate fully. And that's what we expect staff members to do. That's what we've done. Q On the reconstruction aid to Iraq, it looks like Senate Republicans now are saying that they'd like to see some of it in the form of loans, rather than grants. I'm wondering if the White House is still 100 percent committed to doing this is in grants? Or would you be willing to listen to a loan package? MR. McCLELLAN: We went through a little bit of this yesterday. Our position remains the same. This is an $87-billion package. And we view it as one package. It is a wartime supplemental that will help us prevail in the central front in the war on terrorism, which is Iraq now, and it is in the form of grants. The people of Iraq have been saddled with a debt from a brutal regime that went through 30 years of neglect and was more interested in building palaces than building the infrastructure for the Iraqi people. Q So does that mean you're opposed to what Senate Republicans are proposing? MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we put forward a wartime supplemental and we are urging Congress to pass that wartime supplemental as it is. Q But then again, I'm still not clear, does that mean you oppose what the Senate Republicans -- MR. McCLELLAN: It means we support what we've put forward and that we want that package passed as it is. That's what it means. And we're working with Congress to get that done; the sooner, the better. Q Scott, I'd like to take another crack, if I may, at Steve's question. You keep using the phrase "career Justice Department investigators leading the investigation." But really what Senator Schumer is concerned about is the fact that the Attorney General, a political appointee, in some cases has to sign off on subpoenas. And is the White House concerned that there just may be an appearance here that there's foot-dragging. We're this far into it, we haven't heard any subpoenas have been served or investigators have come on. Is there just any concern on the part of the White House that because the Attorney General is a political appointee and he does have a hands-on role in this, is Senator Schumer right to say that the best thing for the White House would be to call for a recusal? MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I've addressed this question. The Justice Department has addressed that question. In response to that very question you're bringing up, the Justice Department said that all legal options remain on the table. But I think it's important to keep in mind that the criminal division that is investigating this matter at the Department of Justice is headed by career Justice Department officials who have a lot of experience in these matters. And that's why they're in the best position to get to the bottom of this. And it's important to keep in mind that the Justice Department wants to get to the bottom of this, too. If someone in the administration, anywhere in the administration, leaked classified information, we want to know who it is. The President has always made it clear that the leaking of classified information is a very serious matter. And I think the Justice Department shares the White House's concern about the leaking of classified information. So we're working toward the same goal here. And we're working cooperatively with them to get to the bottom of this matter. Q Can I follow up, Scott? Just quickly? MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we've -- I mean, we've been through this before. Q Can I just -- just very quickly. You talk about the fact that all legal options are on the table. But this isn't a question of legal options, this is a question of a potential conflict of interest, a perception of that, with John Ashcroft. And that is why the two senators are calling for him to recuse himself. MR. McCLELLAN: And those are decisions for the Department of Justice to make. Q What's the President's view of the comment that got Rush Limbaugh in trouble? MR. McCLELLAN: I think that Rush Limbaugh addressed the matter. Q You know, Scott, when you click onto the White House website and you enter the word, "bigotry," the President has addressed this issue 136 times. Why would not -- why wouldn't you, on his behalf, want to address it in this instance, where someone has associated the selection of athletes on the basis of their race for certain positions on the field? MR. McCLELLAN: I did answer the question, and I think that he addressed the matter -- I think that Rush Limbaugh addressed the matter. Q Is it because Limbaugh is a political ally and often someone who supports administration causes and so forth that you don't want to address this yourself? MR. McCLELLAN: You've asked the question, and I've responded to it. Q Thank you. Two -- first on Korea, any comments on their statement that they are developing atomic weapons? MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we've seen them make those statements previously -- don't have anything to confirm what they're saying. But what needs to happen is North Korea needs to recognize that all that they are doing with these kinds of threats and bluster is isolating themselves. The international community has made it clear that escalation by North Korea will only lead to further isolation. I think many countries -- the United States at the forefront -- have expressed concern about the reprocessing of spent-fuel rods. There is no legitimate use for plutonium harvested during this procedure. And it's a clear indication -- it would be a clear indication that they are intent on enlarging their nuclear arsenal, despite the call from the international community for North Korea to change its behavior. North Korea -- we've been talking about these issues in the six-party talks. And North Korea has received the message from all these nations that they need to end the nuclear weapons program in a verifiable and irreversible way, once and for all. Q And on Korea, on the extension of the security fence in Korea -- I'm sorry, Israel -- are you concerned about that? Have you communicated -- MR. McCLELLAN: The President has expressed his concern about the fence. We've been talking with the Israelis about that matter and we are continuing to discuss it with the Israelis. Q That was my question, but I have another one. Scott, there are indications the economy is improving. But many major U.S. companies, such as Levi Strauss are still fleeing the country to take advantage of cheap labor overseas. This is putting hundreds, if not thousands of Americans out of work. What is the President doing to stop this loss of American jobs? MR. McCLELLAN: The President is acting to get our economy growing stronger, and he wants to -- he's emphasized the importance of acting on additional fronts, in addition to what we've already done. If we strengthen our economy and make sure that we have a level playing field in trade matters, those are important steps that we can take to improve the economic situation here at home. It's already -- the economy is moving in the right direction, but there's more to do. That's where his focus is. Q Scott, just a quick follow-up on that. A number of news organizations in recent days have got polls showing that the American public is increasingly disapproving of the way he's handling the economy. I understand that you say the economy is improving, that there's still more to do. But I'm wondering, how concerned is he about this perception that he's not up to the task? MR. McCLELLAN: I think, one, I reject the way you phrased that. I reject that premise. But the President -- the American people want a President who leads and acts. This President is acting to strengthen our economy. That is -- one of his highest priorities is to get the economy growing even faster. That's why we took the action that we did. The President -- we inherited a recession; the President acted to get us out of the recession. It was a very shallow one because of the actions that we took. We obviously went through a difficult period where -- the September 11th attacks, the corporate scandals, the march to war that the President refers to. But the President is not satisfied because there are people who are still looking for work who cannot find a job. That's why he's urging action on additional fronts, as well. That includes expanding trade; that includes reforming -- lawsuit reform; that includes making the tax cuts permanent so people can have certainty for their planning purposes; that includes passing a comprehensive energy plan. So there are a number of other things we can do to strengthen our economy even more.|