Fitzgerald Prepares to Pin Down GOP Neo Cons
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
The hour of doom is crawling ever nearer as prosecutor Fitzgerald closes in on the criminals in the White House. Here are some of today's memorable moments.
From the NYT:
You might have thought that the White House had enough on its plate late last month, what with its search for a new Supreme Court nominee, the continuing war in Iraq and the C.I.A. leak investigation. But it found time to add another item to its agenda - stopping The Onion, the satirical newspaper, from using the presidential seal.Did the Onion use this seal?
The newspaper regularly produces a parody of President Bush's weekly radio address on its Web site (www.theonion.com/content/node/40121), where it has a picture of President Bush and the official insignia.
"It has come to my attention that The Onion is using the presidential seal on its Web site," Grant M. Dixton, associate counsel to the president, wrote to The Onion on Sept. 28. (At the time, Mr. Dixton's office was also helping Mr. Bush find a Supreme Court nominee; days later his boss, Harriet E. Miers, was nominated.)
Citing the United States Code, Mr. Dixton wrote that the seal "is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement." Exceptions may be made, he noted, but The Onion had never applied for such an exception.
Priorities! Obviously, the lawyers working for Bush have a lot of dikes to plug, don't they? Meanwhile, Jr is flying to Florida to act Prezidential. Comforting people who refused to build or plan for hurricanes that obviously will rake the place.
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald met Wednesday with the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, putting the finishing touches on a two-year criminal probe that has ensnared two senior White House aides.I can't wait.
Fitzgerald and the grand jurors entered the courthouse around 9 a.m. EDT, with just three days left before the jury's term is set to expire. Away from the jury, FBI agents conducted a handful of last-minute interviews to check facts key to the case.
Lawyers representing key White House officials expected Fitzgerald to decide as early as Wednesday whether to charge I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, and top presidential political adviser Karl Rove.
Can we arrest all the media guys who joined in this criminal conspiracy? And everyone who knew about 9/11 before it happened. Let's investigate THAT!
From Gary Hart
It is now fashionable among columnists supporting the Bush administration, New York Times journalist Judith Miller, Robert Novak and the increasing network of senior administration officials implicated in the Valerie Plame Wilson outing to say, "So what? Where's the crime?"Unfortunately for America, he had a sex life typical of males so he was disqualified even though Bush Sr was doing exactly the same at the same time but who cares about reality!
The federal statute making it a criminal penalty to knowingly divulge the identity of anyone working undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency was not enacted in a vacuum. In the early 1970s, in part as a result of the radicalization of individuals and groups over the Vietnam War, a former CIA employee named Philip Agee wrote a book revealing the identities of several dozen CIA employees, many under deep cover and some including agency station chiefs in foreign capitals.
Many of the countries in which those CIA employees were working themselves had extremely radical and violent elements stirred to hatred over their opposition to America's conduct in the Vietnam War. So, by revealing their identities, Agee had knowingly and willingly placed these American citizens at risk. Violent consequences were predictable.
Gads, again, our world would have been different if Gary had been allowed to have a normal political life.
If you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there, according to the flip one-liner. And if you smoked pot, it's highly unlikely that you can recall exactly how many times. (Related: Opposing view)Anyone who can remember if they smoked a joint 12 times vs 20 times can be an FBI agent.
Many surely did "experiment." Indeed, almost 100 million Americans - nearly half of all adults - have used marijuana at least once, according to the latest National Institute on Drug Abuse survey. Only a tiny percentage became stoners and slackers. The vast majority became responsible adults. Some even became members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and president of the United States (albeit without inhaling).
Many could not, however, become employees of the FBI. The bureau prohibits hiring anyone who has used marijuana within the past three years or more than 15 times ever.
The FBI is rethinking this pointless ban, one that has already been relaxed by other U.S. intelligence agencies and police departments. No new policy has been proposed and there is no timetable for change. But the FBI's arbitrary policy - smoking pot 15 times is OK, but 16 isn't? - impedes efforts to improve national security.
FBI managers are frustrated that they're unable to hire otherwise qualified intelligence analysts, linguists and other professionals because of the bureau's policy about past drug use. (Candidates to become special agents would still be subject to the existing rules, FBI spokesman Stephen Kodak says.)
The way things are going, I would suggest acid heads would make the best agents. Hire Cheech and Chong for god's sake. They know the hood. And the trunk as well as the tires.
Gads, no one is dumber than totally straight people. They can't see all those lovely colors out there or hear the really neat music. Instead they insist on watching reality TV.
Give me more reality TV, show Rove frogmarching out of the White House. Show Bush standing trial next to Saddam.
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