Report: Former Dick Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby May Not Have Been Guilty

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A new book argues Irving Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, did not reveal the identity of former CIA undercover officer Valerie Plame.

Libby was convicted on four felony counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2007 and was acquitted on one count of lying. President George W. Bush commuted his sentence, but never issued a full pardon.

But Judith Miller, a former reporter for The New York Times, has published a new book entitled “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey,” where she suggests the prosecuting attorney, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, misled her. Peter Berkowitz has the details in the The Wall Street Journal:

Scooter Libby did not ‘out’ CIA employee Valerie Plame. That was done by then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a critic of the conduct of the Iraq war.

Mr. Armitage disclosed to columnist Robert Novak that Ms. Plame, who at the time held a desk job in the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division, urged the agency to send her husband, retired Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, to Africa in early 2002 to investigate whether Iraq had sought uranium. Presidential aide Karl Rove and then-CIA Director of Public Affairs Bill Harlow confirmed Mr. Armitage’s disclosure for Novak’s July 14, 2003, column.

Miller initially refused to testify in Libby’s trial and was jailed for 85 days. Berkowitz continued:

Ms. Miller’s new memoir recounts that after her conditions had been met and Mr. Fitzgerald asked the court to release her from jail in September 2005, she was summoned to testify before the grand jury.

While Mr. Fitzgerald prepared her, she recalls, his pointed queries led her to believe that a four-word question regarding Joseph Wilson surrounded by parentheses in her notebook—“(wife works in Bureau?)”—proved that Mr. Libby had told her about Ms. Plame’s CIA employment in a June 23, 2003, conversation (well before Mr. Libby’s phone conversation with Russert). She so testified at trial in 2007.

Three years later, Miller was reading Plame’s memoir “Fair Game” and learned she “had worked for the State Department as cover.” This had Miller up in arms as the State Department is organized into “bureaus,” while the CIA is made up of “divisions, which led her to believe that “If Libby, a seasoned bureaucrat, had been trying to plant her employer with me at our first meeting in June, he would not have used the word Bureau to describe where Plame worked.” Berkowitz concluded:

Mr. Fitzgerald, who had the classified file of Ms. Plame’s service, withheld her State Department cover from Ms. Miller—and from Mr. Libby’s lawyers, who had requested Ms. Plame’s employment history. Despite his constitutional and ethical obligation to provide exculpatory evidence, Mr. Fitzgerald encouraged Ms. Miller to misinterpret her ambiguous notes as showing that Mr. Libby brought up Ms. Plame.

If Ms. Miller had testified accurately, she would have dealt a severe blow to Mr. Fitzgerald’s central contention that Mr. Libby was lying when he said he was surprised to hear Russert mention Ms. Plame.

h/t: Right Wing News

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Obama Vs. Conservatives: Sports Edition!

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It’s the opening week of baseball season… the last week of March Madness (in April)… and most real sports fans are just waiting for hockey and football seasons to resume. We kid, we kid! We love ALL sports, equally. Kind of.

In honor of this most momentous week in 2015 sports culture, we give you the President, a self-proclaimed athlete, vs. conservatives who are actually athletic. Enjoy!

BASEBALL – Throwing like a girl is what we’d call it, if the incident in the video below wasn’t a complete insult to all females, everywhere.

Compare President Obama’s wild pitching motion to the signature perfect strike of former President George W. Bush:

 

BASKETBALL – nothin’ but bricks for the President’s favorite sport! Ouch.

But you know, Sarah Palin was a real high school basketball star.  Talk about shootin’ like a girl!

 

GOLF – 200 plus rounds. Really slow rounds. Like 5 and 6 hours slow. That’s what happens when you’re a 20+ handicap, I suppose…

Compare that to President George H.W. Bush – who’s in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was given the PGA of America Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and the USGA’s 2008 Bob Jones Award and the PGA TOUR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Not only could the man golf; he made huge contributions to the sport itself!

 

BOWLING – we didn’t even know it was possible to bowl a 37 until Barack Obama became President and promptly showed us how it’s done! Just. So. AWKWARD.

President Nixon may be best remembered for Watergate, but he was also an avid sports fan. President and Mrs. Nixon both enjoyed bowling, and in 1969 had a one-lane alley built beneath the North Portico of the White House using private funds. His high score? A pretty impressive 232.

President Nixon bowling at the White House Bowling Alley.  3/10/70.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The White House Bowling Alley first opened in 1947 while Harry S. Truman was in office.  In 1955, it was moved across the street to the Old Executive Building. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Richard and Pat Nixon both enjoyed bowling, and so in 1969 they had a one-lane alley built beneath the North Portico using private funds. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> -More photos from the Nixon Centennial at the Nixon Library

 

FOOTBALL – Barack Obama said he’d never let his son play football. Considering how he himself “plays” football (and most other sports), that’s probably best.

Did you know Ronald Reagan attended Eureka College in Illinois on an athletic scholarship? He played football, ran track, captained the swim team, AND served as student council president. Now there’s a man’s man for you.

 

BIKING – the Presidential picture that’s worth a thousand words. Seriously.

President George W. Bush does some biking of his own. Real biking. With wounded warriors. Across deserts. And mountains. It’s a 100K. AWESOME.

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WATCH: This Disgusted Military Officer Just Blasted Obama For Not Being…Starts With ‘M’

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“If President Obama developed athlete’s foot, he would blame George W. Bush.” That’s one of many criticisms of the president that Lt. Col. Ralph Peters fired off in a discussion with Sean Hannity Tuesday night. That particular quip came in reaction to Obama’s recent attempt to blame Bush for the rise of ISIS.

Col. Peters charged that Obama is wrong about so many things, especially when it comes to the military and foreign policy, because he “never really had a job in his life, has no contact with gritty, hard reality.”

In his appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Peters also came down hard on the president for what the colonel claimed is a fundamental problem — “President Obama is just not manly.”

You can see exactly what Col. Peters meant by that comment and watch the rest of his interview with Sean Hannity by clicking on the video above.

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A Time For Truth About George W. Bush And His Disastrous Iraq War

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FRONT ROYAL, VA –  If there is one common theme in the religious, cultural, and political collapse which we see all around us, it is cowardice.

Some people simply don’t want to know. And they don’t want us to know either.

When Catholic bishops met in Dallas in June 2002, they confronted the greatest scandal in the history of the American Church: not only had a small percentage of clerics sexually abused children – most of them adolescent males – but a majority of the bishops sitting there had actually for years covered up for the abusers.

When one honest bishop made a motion requiring the bishops’ conference to study the causes of the scandals, his motion didn’t even get a second.

And the bishops haven’t investigated the causes, even to this day.

When zealous Mohammedans began beheading and incinerating Christians in the chaos that was post-war Iraq, American Christians who had supported the war fell silent. The valiant Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf actually took to the floor of the House of Representatives last summer to condemn members of both parties for turning their eyes the other way.

Frank Wolf didn’t get a second, either.

And why?

The Christian patriarchs of the Middle East told the truth: George W. Bush’s war had caused such chaos in the region that, according to Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Kirkuk, Bush’s war had made it possible for Moslems to achieve what they had not been able to accomplish since the time of Mohammed: wipe out Christianity in its most ancient enclaves in Iraq.

Yet the famously “Christian Bush” has never ventured forth from his self-imposed hibernation to apologize for his pivotal contribution to this historic religious, cultural, and political catastrophe.

He had been warned: Saint Pope John Paul II had sent Cardinal Pio Laghi to warn him sternly that his proposed invasion would cause the chaos and suffering that we know today has indeed come to pass. Bush responded with what in diplomatic terms can only be called the back of his hand.

Instead of listening to the Pope, Team Bush listened to Richer Perle, Ahmed Chalabi, Curveball, and a gaggle of provocateurs, all of whom urged him on – for their own private reasons, mostly money – because, as today’s new multimillionaire Tony Blair assured him, “history will vindicate us.”

Well, we know how that went.

George W. Bush is still in seclusion. But Roger Cardinal Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles, is not. Mahony spent a cool billion dollars of the faithful’s money to keep himself off the witness stand in public court until the statute of limitations on his role in the abuse scandals had expired. He was finally reprimanded by his successor, to no avail: after his public disgrace, he boasted on his blog that he was welcomed in Rome to the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Apparently, former presidents don’t have to obey anybody either. And the same goes for former vice presidents. A snarling Dick Cheney, the poster boy for the war profiteers, routinely shows up on Fox TV, defending torture, attacking Obama, and generally embarrassing Republicans who consider him a ball and chain impeding the party’s chances for presidential success in 2016.

They wish he’d go join W in the Memory Hole.

Many Catholic bishops seem to feel that same way about the scandals. They have long insisted that “the scandals are behind us”; but lawsuits and settlements continue to mount, with no end in sight.

Bishop Conlon of Joliet, an honest man, admits that their credibility is “shredded.”

And so is the credibility of the GOP Establishment.

Ever since 2008, Republican presidential candidates (except Ron Paul, of course) have desperately avoided even mentioning George W. Bush. But it has always been conservatives, not liberals, who study the past, honor its traditions, and seek to preserve its morals, its institutions, and its truths.

Why hide from it now?

Today, countless “conservative” journals, blogs, and politicians are afraid of the past. For them, everything is Obama’s fault; and no mention is permitted of Bush-Cheney’s massive invasion of individual liberties and privacy, their embrace of “Big Government Conservatism,” or their other disasters that led directly to the handing of the presidency over to Barack Obama on a silver platter.

The cowardice seems to be contagious. Today, true conservatives shudder as the historic Republican Congress and Senate shrink from their responsibilities. Yes, the pols insist – properly – that Obama is ignoring his constitutional duties while flouting the law. But they refuse to exercise the powers conferred upon them by the Constitution to address those crimes and misdemeanors.

And the Church? She has always been the standard-bearer for truth and morality in a Protestant America. But today, its credibility is “shredded,” severely weakening its ability to defend itself against the virulent anti-Catholicism that prevails throughout the secular culture.

The results can only be called bizarre: Catholic bishops quietly line up with other NGO’s to receive billions of taxpayer dollars in government welfare contracts, while Nancy Pelosi coos that congressional Democrats will do everything they can to keep Speaker John Boehner in power.

To paraphrase George H. W. Bush, “this will not stand.”

Indeed, it cannot.

It’s time for truth.

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WATCH: The Former VP Takes Off The Gloves In His Attack On Senate Dems For Their ‘Crap’ CIA Report

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Among the latest reactions to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “Torture Report” on the CIA’s terrorist interrogation techniques is one just issued by the Russian government — a harsh condemnation of the intelligence-gathering methods the report describes.

The New York Times says that the regime of Vladimir Putin wasted no time in claiming that the document released by Senate Democrats provided “confirmation of gross, systemic human rights violations by the American authorities.”

“We are urging the human rights community and responsible international organizations and structures to seek from Washington the disclosure of the full spectrum of information about human rights abuses committed in the framework of this ‘global war on terror’ and to bring those guilty to justice.”

Presumably, one of those Russia wants prosecuted and brought to “justice” is the man who talked extensively with Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier on Wednesday evening — former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney was blunt, direct and unwavering in his broad critique of the Senate document and of the Democrats behind its preparation and release. In the exclusive “Special Report” interview, the number-two man in the administration of George W. Bush called the results of the committee’s investigation “deeply flawed” and strewn with “lies.”

Cheney defended the CIA’s efforts in the post 9/11 period and said it was successful — “they did a helluva job” — summing up the Senate Democrats’ partisan investigation in six words: “The report is full of crap.”

You can watch a pithy portion of the Vice President’s interview with Bret Baier by clicking on the video above.

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