Saturday, July 23, 2005


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The CIA-Plame investigation continues even as the psychopaths running America blow smoke trying to persuade everyone that taking illegal drugs and breaking Federal laws is not only OK but good for America. This battle is rather funny to me for I believe the CIA and all the other black bag ops stuff should be stopped because they cause way more harm than good. Thinking clearly, getting to know one's opponents really well, intelligent questioning, an open mind works wonders.

But we want to behave like cannibals and so we slog along as the world blows up in our faces.

Meanwhile, we do have to uphold the pitiful few laws we have. Bad as they might be. To silence a CIA critic who revealed a lot of the dirty laundry, our government passed laws forbidding anyone from revealing agent's sources and work. I assure you, people doing work for the CIA keep it secret from absolutely everyone including pesky, spy prone kids like myself. I had to be very good at my self chosen calling to find out any information at all.

Today, yet another CIA agent is emerging from the Shadows to talk to America about Valerie. The DNC chose him to address the nation this weekend. The Republicans will claim, this negates the message even though the CIA agent, like 99% of them, is a Republican (and you wonder why they are so rotten at finding out information! Heh).

From Atrios, the entire message:
"Good morning. I'm Larry Johnson, an American, a registered Republican, a former intelligence official at the CIA, and a friend of Valerie Plame.

I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985 with Valerie. We were members of the Career Trainee Program. Senator Orin Hatch wrote the letter of recommendation for me which I believe that helped open the doors to me at the CIA.

From the first day we walked into the building, all members of my training class were undercover, including Valerie. In other words, we had to lie to our family and friends about where we worked. We could only tell those who had an absolute need to know where we worked. In my case, I told my wife.

I knew the wife of Ambassador Wilson, Valerie, as Valerie P. Even though all of us in the training class held Top Secret Clearances, we were asked to limit our knowledge of our other classmates to the first initial of their last name.

So, Larry J. knew Val P. rather than Valerie Plame. I really didn't realize what her last name was until her cover was betrayed by the Government officials who gave columnist Robert Novak her true name.

I am stunned that government officials at the highest level have such ignorance about a matter so basic to the national security structure of this nation.

Robert Novak's compromise of Valerie led to scrutiny of CIA officers that worked with her. This not only compromised her "cover" company but potentially every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company or with her.

We must put to bed the lie that she was not undercover. For starters, if she had not been undercover then the CIA would not have referred the matter to the Justice Department.

Val only told those with a need to know about her status in order to safeguard her cover, not compromise it. She was content with being known as an energy consultant married to Ambassador Joe Wilson and the mother of twins.

I voted for George Bush in November of 2000 because I was promised a President who would bring a new tone and a new ethical standard to Washington.

So where are we? The President has flip-flopped on his promise to fire anyone at the White House implicated in a leak. We now know from press reports that at least Karl Rove and "Scooter" Libby are implicated in these leaks and may have lied during the investigation.

Instead of a President concerned first and foremost with protecting this country and the intelligence officers who serve it, we are confronted with a President who is willing to sit by while political operatives savage the reputations of good Americans like Valerie and Joe Wilson.

This is wrong and this is shameful.

We deserve people who work in the White House who are committed to protecting classified information, telling the truth to the American people, and living by example the idea that a country at war with Islamic extremists cannot focus its efforts on attacking other American citizens who simply tried to tell the truth.

I am Larry Johnson.

Thank you for listening.
Naturally, he is a retired agent. Ones at work can't talk. This story is a quicksand pit for the GOP. From the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's lack of action against a top aide involved in the disclosure of a covert CIA operative's identity sends ''the wrong message" overseas, former US intelligence officials said yesterday.

At an unofficial congressional hearing sponsored by House and Senate Democrats, the retired agents said US intelligence gathering had been damaged by the leak of Valerie Plame's name two years ago after her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized the White House's justification for going to war in Iraq.

Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper testified to a federal grand jury that presidential adviser Karl Rove told him that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, but did not disclose her name.

Cooper has also said he discussed the couple with Lewis ''Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
''What has suffered irreversible damage is the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance to us," said Jim Marcinkowski, a former CIA case officer.
The many downsides of the Bush backstabbing are painfully obvious to any observer. The GOP wants to pretend that everything is OK despite the many times they betray their friends, co-workers and allies. The betrayal of vital information last year to dim Kerry's acceptance speech is why we see so many bombs going off today all over the place. Al Qaeda slipped the British-Pakistan noose and is on the loose.
(Mr.Marcinkowski) criticized Republican efforts to minimize the damage caused by the leak.
''Each time the political machine made up of prime-time patriots and partisan ninnies display their ignorance by deriding Valerie Plame as a mere paper-pusher, or belittling the varying degrees of cover used to protect our officers, or continuing to play partisan politics with our national security, it's a disservice to this country," he added.
Bush can call off the media attack dogs. They work for his buddies. He and his buddies sit around, yukking it up as their trained poodles attack anyone and everyone, heroes and fellow Skull and Bonesmen like Kerry or personal aides like Powell. These craven men and women gleefully attack just like the anthrax letter sender only sent letters to people Bush personally wanted to either kill or intimidate.

Bush could have stopped the Swift Boat Liars. He could have stopped the anthrax letters, too, I bet. He can stop all the members of the party he dominates and leads. He could order them to sign the lynching apology. He could do many things.

But he doesn't because he is the author of all this. He is the vengeful psychopath who used to blow up frogs and laugh as they died.
White House officials have sought to put the controversy behind them pending the outcome of a federal investigation.
If they want to stop talking about this, they can. It is called "Shut the F. up." But they won't and they can't.

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