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TraitorGate: Serious Crime, Lasting Damage to National Security

November 2, 2005

Special Guest: CIA intelligence analyst and State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson, member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, who has written extensively defending Valerie Plame Wilson from the Administration criminals who committed treason by destroying her.
In his words: “It is slowly dawning on the American people that the Bush administration attack on Valerie and Joe Wilson was part of a broader conspiracy to hide the fact that our political leaders fabricated a case for war in Iraq. Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, and Karl Rove, among others, apparently preferred to destroy a valuable intelligence asset rather than expose the truth that the United States went to war in Iraq based on misinformation and deception. That is a crime deserving the most serious punishment.”

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  • Skip November 3, 2005 2:20 am

    Maybe a new special prosecuter should investigate “Insanitygate”. I just spotted an article Thom Hartmann wrote a couple of years ago titled “The Genetically Modified Bomb”. If this doesn’t prove the insanity of the neocon cult, I don’t know what will. The BBC’s Power of Nightmares was a cupcake in comparison. I think I’ll look for a job at that astronomical observatory in Antartica. It should be tropical in a couple of decades.

  • Sean November 2, 2005 9:26 pm

    And my 2 cents to Jeff in Jersey,
    We have never met so forgive me if I miss characterize you. I think it is amazing how civil the republicans become when facing their shortcomings. When discussing anything that might reflect poorly on them, they stand up and shout that we all need to be civil, lets not jump to conclusions, lets not convict in the court of public opinion. To hell with that!!
    President Clinton didn’t even break the law or any ethics (yes ethics not morality). Jeff will you say right here on this board that Clinton was NOT impeached – which of course he wasn’t. Will you admit that Rush Limbaugh is a liar – which of course he is? Will you admit that Karl Rove is a liar – which of course he is? No, you will not. You will plead that there is due process, and that we all need to wait and reserve judgment.
    To that I say no we don’t. We do not have to be civil. We can judge right now – and most of us have. We are not legal judges with the power to send people to jail. Our opinions are our own, and we will form them any way we want.
    Most of us form our opinions from facts, as we come across them. We find ourselves disliking the current administration and those people in it because of the countless facts we have collected over the last several years. So please don’t come into these discussions at the tail end and plead for civility.
    We were civil in 2000 when George and some un-American judges decided to put a leader in charge of this country, which was not elected. We were civil when George lied to us and took us into war with Iraq instead of fighting terrorists. We were civil when we were lied to and told the fight on terrorism is happening in Iraq. We were civil when we were lied to and told the contracts for “rebuilding” Iraq had to go to fascist war profiteers. We were civil when we were told the tax cuts would help our economy; when everyone with an IQ over 50 can tell you supply side economics suck.
    We lost our civility when the fascist, supply side, lying, war profiteers went too far and killed FEMA by de-funding and un-staffing it. When a disaster hit, and the American people woke up to the reality that our government can no longer protect us from disasters – that is the very moment when the gauntlet was thrown down.
    To hell with civility, this is war. War to regain control of our government and put the power back to the people. George loves to talk about class warfare – I think that is appropriate and good.

  • Sean November 2, 2005 8:53 pm

    It is important to live in a society that does not reward and promote, to the highest level, people that are rotten and scoundrels. People we all despise should not win; people that lie, and cheat, and sacrifice their ideals to get their way. People like Karl Rove. When you marching motto is “don’t get caught” for the last 20 years or more – you might be a Republican Robber. In fact:
    When you concentrate more on politics than policy – you might be a Republican Robber.
    When you “don’t comment on ongoing investigations” – you might be a Republican Robber.
    If you are known for saying “I am not a crook” – you might be a Republican Robber.
    If you believe the US government has too little privacy, and the US people have too much privacy – you might be a Republican Robber.
    If you think you are above the law – you are most definitely a Republican Robber.
    Democracy is nice, but it is not what distinguishes us from the rest of the world. What makes USA stand out is our balance of powers. We believe in balancing power between different parts of the government. This little discussed fact is highlighted in the Republican reaction to the facts of the current administration. They seem to be saying that they prefer to have their rotten people in power unchecked than to risk fair and balanced elections.

  • Jeff in Jersey November 2, 2005 7:49 pm

    I am enjoying Mr. Johnson’s comments and he does appear to come with credibility and facts. Can he clear up the news sources such as CNN that refer to his letter to congress and radio address in July as “speaking on behalf of Democrats?” It doesn’t appear to me that he is speaking purely from ONE party is he?