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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Traitor hides on a plane ...

CBS NEWS: White House Staff Schooled On Ethics

“... The trips largely will keep Bush's focus overseas while problems are mounting at home. But the president does not get to escape his woes by traveling abroad, as was obvious in Latin America. Protesters in Argentina drew attention to anti-Bush sentiment in the region, and leading South American nations were reluctant to move ahead with Bush's call for opening trade.

Meanwhile, reporters traveling with Bush dogged him about the CIA leak case that is contributing to his all-time low approval rating.

While he was away, Bush ordered mandatory ethics briefings for all staff with security clearances. The sessions come in the wake of the indictment against Vice President Dick Cheney's now-resigned chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Top Bush political confidant Karl Rove also remains under investigation for his role in revealing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, wife of an outspoken critic of the war against Iraq.

But while Libby has been charged with lying to investigators and a federal grand jury, Rove has not been charged with anything, and neither man has been accused of breaking the law against revealing the identity of an undercover officer.

On his trip, Bush would not respond to reporters' inquiries about whether he should apologize to Americans for his administration's assertion that Rove and Libby weren't involved or answer questions about whether Rove told him the truth or should remain in his job.

While there is an ongoing investigation, he will not comment, the president said.

Bush refused even to say whether he had lived up to his 2000 campaign promise that, "We will ask not only what is legal but what is right, not what the lawyers allow but what the public deserves." ... ”

  1. Rove resurfaces, Libby's defense trust set
  2. Unethical revenge by Rove would not surprise his poli-sci prof
  3. Karl Rove Still in Jeopardy Over CIA Leak

HUFFINGTON POST: Adriana Huffington: Judy is Out; Wants It Made Clear She Didn’t Screw Libby (Just the American Public)

“... Fine, Judy didn’t screw Libby. Just the American public. Good riddance. ”
Warmongering faux reporter gets out of Dodge ...

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Judith Miller (journalist)
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Judith Miller (born 1948 in New York City) was a writer for The New York Times. She announced her retirement from The New York Times on November 9, 2005. Miller, based in Washington D.C., was a prominent journalist who had access to top U.S. government officials. Her coverage of these government officials made her a controversial figure. In particular, her involvement in the Plame Affair and her reporting on the Bush Administration’s conclusions about Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Program made her a conspicuous media personality.

In July of 2005, Miller was jailed for contempt of court by refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating a leak naming Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent. Miller did not write about Plame, but is reportedly in possession of evidence relevant to the leak investigation. According to a subpoena, Miller met with an unnamed government official — later revealed to be "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff — on July 8, 2003, two days after former ambassador Joseph Wilson published an Op-Ed in the Times criticizing the Bush administration for "twisting" intelligence to justify war in Iraq. (Plame's CIA identity was revealed by political commentator Robert Novak on July 14, 2003.)

On July 16, 2005, The Washington Post reported that Miller could face criminal contempt charges, potentially extending her jail time well beyond the four months currently anticipated. The maximum sentence for criminal contempt is life imprisonment.[1] The Post also suggested that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was particularly interested in hearing Miller's version of her encounter with Libby. While Libby signed a waiver allowing journalists to testify about their conversations on this subject, Miller had reportedly refused to accept its validity on the grounds that it was "coerced."

Filings by Patrick Fitzgerald refer to Miller's defiance of the court as a "crime."[2] Some have speculated that Judith Miller may have already known about Valerie Plame before speaking with Libby on July 8, 2003 — and thus instead of protecting Libby she was protecting herself or others.

On September 29, 2005, after spending 85 days in jail, Miller was released after a telephone call with Lewis Libby. He had reaffirmed a release of confidentiality that he had given her a year earlier that she had already known about. She testified at Fitzgerald's Plame Case hearings the following day, September 30th. BBC News Report.

On October 12, 2005 Miller testified, again, before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA agent's identity in the Plame affair. Miller spent more than an hour with the federal panel. The prior day, she turned over to special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald notes from her June 23, 2003, contact with I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. In a memo to New York Times staff on October 11, 2005, Executive Editor Bill Keller said Miller would return for a second appearance to the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity. ...

End of Her Career at The New York Times

Miller announced her retirement from the New York Times on November 9, 2005, citing among other reasons difficulty in performing her job effectively after having become an integral part of the stories she was sent to cover [3]. The announcement may not have been voluntary - her journalism had come under intense criticism with accusations that she had been made into a shill of the Bush administration. This criticism generally followed the line that her reporting of cherry-picked intelligence favorable to the administrations pro-war posistions prior to the Iraq war reflected an uncomfortable "entanglement" with administration officials.

External links
We got Skipper - but we need to root out the other traitors ... - Sparks


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