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- No, just the current US regime.Dec 8, 2012
- There was no reason that the U.S. people would have supported to go into Iraq without all of the lies. Many factions of this country hold interests diametrically opposed to ours. The WMD story was a blatant lie. Just ask Joe Wilson and his wife, who a few traitors outed. But, even if it were true, that's not a reason to invade a country, because they didn't pose a threat to us, despite how Condolezza Rica tried to make it out. Mushroom cloud? And there isn't any evidence that nukes were smuggled to Syria.
As for the problems here, there are two solutions to start with: (1) nationalize the Federal Reserve (and so put the power of printing money back into the hands of the people where it belongs) and (2) raise the reserve requirements on banks gradually to 100%. They shouldn't have the privilege of lending out money they don't have in order to acquire real (emphasis on real) estate through foreclosure. Nor should they use this fantasy money to play the equivalent of fantasy football in the stock market through derivatives trades.
The debt crisis should be balanced on the backs of Goldman Sachs and the like...in addition to prison time.Dec 8, 2012
- Thanks for the ironic pat on the back. But, I'm not saying that Sarin gas couldn't have been smuggled out. I haven't seen any evidence of it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It'd be nice to see a link or two pointing to the evidence. But as for the claim that nuclear bombs were smuggled into Syria, that's a blatant lie. You'll never find any evidence of that. That's what that scandal involving Joe Wilson was about. G. Bush wanted to claim that Saddam was smuggling yellow cake uranium from Niger. Joe Wilson went to investigate it and found it to be false. This put a damper in the Bush administration's pre-conceived conclusions (along with the UN weapons inspectors showing again and again that the claim of Saddam having nukes was false). So, the Bush administration decided to out Wilson's wife who was a CIA secret agent, thus jeopardizing her life, the life of all connected to her through her clandestine operations. Traitors.Dec 9, 2012
- I'm surprised that you both didn't catch this story. It was big for quite a while. Why do you think Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury? I hope no one minds if I post an entire article on here, but I figured I should get an article from the most respectable source possible; unfortunately, since its a research site, you can only access it with a library card, or some other form of subscription.
American Law Yearbook , 2008
A crime that occurs when an individual willfully makes a false statement during a judicial proceeding, after he or she has taken an oath to speak the truth.
Libby Convicted for Lying About His Role in CIA Leak
A federal jury in March 2007 convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, on four criminal charges related to his role in the leak of the identify of an undercover agent of the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. Jurors said after the trial that Libby's defense that he had could not remember facts related to the case was weak. However, members of the jury also indicated that they believed Libby to be the fall guy, taking the blame for other members of the administration of President GEORGE W. BUSH.
The case stemmed from a statement made during Bush's State of the Union address in 2003, where he indicated that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had bought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Reporters learned that this information contradicted reports from former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who visited Niger in 2002. Wilson later wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times in which he said that Bush had exaggerated the threat of Iraq's nuclear weapons program.
Journalists learned shortly thereafter that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was an operative of the CIA and had been involved with sending her husband to Niger. Robert Novak, a syndicated columnist, revealed Plame's identity in an article published on July 14. He attributed his information to two unidentified "senior administration officials." Shortly after Novak's piece was published, three reporters for Time also said that government officials had disclosed Plame's identity to them. In September 2003, the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT authorized the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION to begin a criminal investigation into the leak of Plame's identify.
The investigation led to the convening of a grand jury for the U.S. District Court for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. The grand jury called several witnesses, including Bush, Cheney, Presidential Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley, Assistant to the President Dan Bartlett, former press secretary Art Fleischer, and advisor Karen Hughes. Libby testified under oath on two different occasions during March 2004.
The grand jury investigation became embroiled in more controversy when reporters for the New York Times and Time refused to cooperate. Over the next several months, the reporters and their employers fought subpoenas that the grand jury had issued, and two of the reporters were eventually found in contempt of court. Over the next year, New York Times reporter Judith Miller continued to refuse to divulge her sources, even after she was sent to jail for her refusal. Time reporter Matthew Cooper faced similar penalties for not cooperating with the grand jury.
Miller finally testified on September 30, 2005. About a month later, the grand jury indicted Libby on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements, and perjury. Shortly after his indictment was announced, Bob Woodward, editor of the Washington Post, said the senior government official who had released Plame's identify was not Libby. By December 2005, special prosecutor Robert Fitzgerald began presenting evidence against Bush advisor Karl Rove before a new grand jury. Rove was never officially charged in the case.
Throughout much of 2006, Libby's attorneys tried to obtain notes and other information about the CIA leak from various journalists. Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that Libby was not entitled to know the identity of the official who had revealed information about Plame to two journalists. Reports in March 2006 suggested that the source of the leak was former STATE DEPARTMENT official Richard L. Armitage. However, no other official was charged in the case.
Libby's trial began on January 16, 2007. Libby told investigators that he had forgotten that he had learned about Plame from Cheney in June 2003 that that he mistakenly believed that he learned of her from NBC's Tim Russert about a month later. Miller contradicted Libby's statements by testifying that she had learned of Plame's identity from Libby on June 23, 2003. However, six journalists testified on February 12 that Libby was not the source of information about Plame' identity and that they had learned about her from other sources within the administration.
Evidence at the trial suggested that Cheney was trying to disparage Wilson, who had been openly critical of the war with Iraq. Wilson clearly implied that the results of his findings would have been reported to Cheney, meaning that Cheney would have known that Bush's statement about the alleged uranium connection between Iraq and Niger were false. Defense attorneys had suggested that they were going to call both Libby and Cheney to the stand, but neither of the men testified at the trial.
On March 6, the jury convicted Libby on four of the five charges, including obstruction of justice, making a false statement to the FBI, and two counts of perjury. The jury acquitted Libby on a charge that he made a false statement related to a conversation that Libby allegedly had with Cooper in July 2003. Libby faces a possible prison term of 1 1/2 to three years under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Cheney said in a written statement that he was "disappointed with the verdict." Jurors said that they did not believe Libby's defense that he could not remember the source who told him of Plame's identity. However, one juror said that the jury had a "tremendous amount of sympathy" for Libby and that the members of the jury questioned why other White House officials were not also charged. The juror also indicated that the jury believed that Cheney had told Libby to speak with reporters about Plame's identity.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning.
"Perjury." American Law Yearbook. 2007 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008. 144-146. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 10 Dec. 2012.
Gale Document Number: GALE|CX2689900076Dec 10, 2012
- I suppose you could say that Scooter Libby was a scapegoat. He was Dick Cheney's chief of staff and so it's possible that, while Cheney gave the order to out a CIA agent, Scooter took the blame. Or, perhaps, they both had a hand in it and the less powerful one was punished. That often happens. Many more officials in the Bush White House could've had a hand in this. Unfortunately, the wheels of justice are pretty rusty now-a-days. Otherwise, Cheney and Bush would've been compelled to testify under oath and separately; and, more convictions would've occurred, even up to impeachment.
You keep believing anything you like, if it makes you feel good.
By the way, have you read The Pentagon Papers?Dec 12, 2012
- Let the Arab League take care of their own. Not our mess.Dec 16, 2012