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Sunday, July 11, 2004


Back At The Controls

Another beautiful weekend (and a volleyball tournament) has kept me away from the keyboard this weekend. As usual, that means I miss any number of interesting and important stories. Here's a bit of a roundup:

Homespun Bloggers Update

As you know, I decided on Friday to start a Homespun Bloggers for bloggers who do what they do as a labor of love. The response has been promising thus far, with the current membership totaling 11.

The plan is to begin posting 'best of' excerpts from each of the member's blogs on Sunday evening (time subject to change on a whim =)). So keep a look out for high quality soon-to-be-weekly roundup from pro bono bloggers.

Yellowcake in Niger

Here's a story that you definitely don't want to miss. Apparently, Joe Wilson (oh I'm sorry, I mean Joseph C. Wilson IV, don't you know!) is a dirty liar. And...his (im)famous report that supposedly discredited the claim that Iraq tried to buy yellowcake from Niger did no such thing. As a matter of fact, his report apparently supported those claims! Here's the important stuff (via Marcland):

Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly. (emphasis added)

The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address. (emphasis added)
Stupid and a Liar! (In that order.)

The report turns a harsh spotlight on what Wilson has said about his role in gathering prewar intelligence, most pointedly by asserting that his wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, recommended him.

Plame's role could be significant in an ongoing investigation into whether a crime was committed when her name and employment were disclosed to reporters last summer.


The report may bolster the rationale that administration officials provided the information not to intentionally expose an undercover CIA employee, but to call into question Wilson's bona fides as an investigator into trafficking of weapons of mass destruction. To charge anyone with a crime, prosecutors need evidence that exposure of a covert officer was intentional.

The report states that a CIA official told the Senate committee that Plame "offered up" Wilson's name for the Niger trip, then on Feb. 12, 2002, sent a memo to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations saying her husband "has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." The next day, the operations official cabled an overseas officer seeking concurrence with the idea of sending Wilson, the report said. [My, what a coincidence!]

Wilson has asserted that his wife was not involved in the decision to send him to Niger.

"Valerie had nothing to do with the matter," Wilson wrote in a memoir published this year. "She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip."

Wilson stood by his assertion in an interview yesterday, saying Plame was not the person who made the decision to send him. Of her memo, he said: "I don't see it as a recommendation to send me." [I say again: My, what a coincidence!] (emphasis added)
Either Stupid or a Liar, you be the judge (and remember, they're not mutually exclusive!).

The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong."

"Committee staff asked how the former ambassador could have come to the conclusion that the 'dates were wrong and the names were wrong' when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the reports," the Senate panel said. Wilson told the panel he may have been confused and may have "misspoken" to reporters. [Yeah right...every time.] The documents -- purported sales agreements between Niger and Iraq -- were not in U.S. hands until eight months after Wilson made his trip to Niger.
Need I say it again? Ok, I will: Liar!

The article closes with:

The agency did not examine forged documents that have been widely cited as a reason to dismiss the purported effort by Iraq until months after it obtained them. The panel said it still has "not published an assessment to clarify or correct its position on whether or not Iraq was trying to purchase uranium from Africa."
Nonetheless, Wilson knowingly lied at nearly every turn. While doing so, he may very well have put us at risk by shedding doubt where perhaps doubt should not have been shed, putting our leaders in a difficult position. For these transgressions he should never hold another position of responsibility as he has proven himself wholly unworthy.


Wizbang has linked to a column by Mark Steyn about the 16 words from Bush's 2003 SOTU speech. Check it out.
Update 2:

Powerline has a good post on this topic:

So: what Wilson actually told the CIA, contrary to his own oft-repeated claims, is that he was told by the former mining minister of Niger that in 1998, Iraq had tried to buy 400 tons of uranium from that country, and that Iraq's overture was renewed the following year. What Wilson reported to the CIA was exactly the same as what President Bush said in his 2003 State of the Union address: there was evidence that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

Heads Up Black Helicopter Crowd!

For all you Black Helicopter/Conspiracy types out there this story should get you running to retrieve your tinfoil hat:

U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack

Sun Jul 11, 2004 02:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior House Democratic lawmaker was skeptical on Sunday of a Bush administration idea to obtain the authority to delay the November presidential election in case of an attack by Al Qaeda.
I've seen some comment in the past predicting that Bush, Cheney and Satan are holding conference calls to figure out how to rip the guts out of our Representative Republic by playing on everyone's fear of Terror. Specifically, I seem to recall the prediction that the November elections would be 'temporarily delayed' due to Terror of some sort. Well, now you've got your story.

The only problem is that if these contingency plans were not in place, one of two things would be happening. Either everyone would be screaming right now about how the Administration is not doing enough to plan for Terror attacks, or...if a Terrorist attack where to happen around the time of the elections (God Forbid!) everyone would blame the President for not doing enough...

Most of the time, you can't have it both ways. The great thing about this (for the 'other side') is that they only have to have it one way. Fortunately for them, they can make it work either way.

So, the moral of the story, Mr. President, is that you're not going to make these people happy...so don't bother trying (a lesson you have obviously learned). Just do what you know is the right thing and let history be the judge...and in the mean time keep us safe!

File Under Duh!

Who'd-a-thunk-it?! Spidey Crushes 'Fahrenheit' in 2004

Don't Call Him An American

Seriously, Curtis Doebbler has no right to claim the title American...and he's hovering pretty close to losing any claim to Human.

Why do I say these things? Read for yourself:

"Even the people we dislike the most have a right to a fair trial," said Doebbler, who volunteered his services on the 20-member team with lawyers from Belgium, Britain, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia.


In paperwork at the high court, Doebbler said the detention of the Saddam, 67, violates multiple international laws and his constitutional Fifth Amendment right not to be deprived of "life, liberty or property without due process." He also said the war crimes tribunal planned in Iraq was neither independent nor impartial.


Doebbler had filed a brief in the Supreme Court this year encouraging it to rule in favor of legal rights of foreign terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Last week, justices decided the nearly 600 men from 42 countries held at the U.S. prison in Cuba may use American courts to challenge their detentions.

In a dissent to that opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that federal courts will now have to deal with lawsuits from "around the world, challenging actions and events far away." (emphasis added)
In order...

Dislike does not quite convey the feelings that any Human Being has for Saddam Hussein.

I didn't realize that Saddam has any Constitutional Rights!

Unfortunately, the Butcher of Baghdad does have some form of Constitutional Rights based on the last two bolded sections. I think Scalia is right on with this one. All the Court has managed to do is weaken our ability (or at least increased the price tag) to fight Terror. Way to go boys and girls.

Finally, the reason that Mr. Doebbler has absolutely no right whatsoever to call himself an American:

In an article on his website, he wrote, "The world's most powerful army is an army of cowards. They are soldiers who are willing to risk the lives of innocent civilians to protect their own. I don't know about my fellow Americans, but I don't feel very much protected by such cowards."
'nough said.


Congrats and thank you if you made it this far in my Sunday evening blogging! You are an inspiration to us all (or at least to me via Sitemeter =)).

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