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    Monday, July 18, 2005

    Rove, Rove, Rove Your Bull, Gently Down Our Throats

    Stardate 4264.0

    So how long does it take for these guys to just tell it straight and do what they said, instead of changing their story and digging a deeper hole than ever?

    Bush says he will fire anyone who breaks law

    President appears to qualify standard for firing in CIA-leak case

    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Monday that if anyone on his staff committed a crime in the CIA-leak case, that person will "no longer work in my administration." His statement represented a shift from a previous comment, when he said that he would fire anyone shown to have leaked information that exposed the identity of a CIA officer.

    At the same time, Bush yet again sidestepped a question on the role of his top political adviser, Karl Rove, in the matter.

    "We have a serious ongoing investigation here and it's being played out in the press," Bush said at an East Room news conference.

    You better believe it is being played out in the press. Someone has to hold these guys accountable. This has been goign on for so long that the stories are all bound to change. Now I don't expect them to simply go Fire the guy today, but to simply dismiss it all and then lie about it is blatant.

    Bush said in June 2004 that he would fire anyone in his administration shown to have leaked information that exposed the identity of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame. On Monday, however, he added the qualifier that it would have to be shown that a crime was committed.

    Asked at a June 10, 2004 news conference if he stood by his pledge to fire anyone found to have leaked Plame's name, Bush answered, "Yes. And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts."

    So... now there are conditions to his previous statement about cannign guys. Well what I want to know is how this guy is back in the position he is in, especially AFTER George Senior FIRED him for leaking out information in his second term campaign? Now maybe I am jumping the gun here, but the guy did it before. He did it again.

    The reporter, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper, recalled the phone conversation in 2003 with Rove...

    “I’ve already said too much” after revealing that the wife of the former ambassador apparently was with the CIA.

    The White House of course, maintains that Rove had nothing to do with the leak (they obviously were all listening in on the call) and that Rove heard Valerie Plame's name first from the press. Or maybe that he didn't mention her name but Valerie Wilson? Well is IS the same person of course... so that makes no difference. In fact, it should only make things worse...

    From Newsfare:

    The difference is that, as Valerie Plame, Mrs. Wilson was affiliated with a CIA front company, Brewster Jennings & Associates, engaged in tracking and stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons. As soon as her name was made public, the implications for U.S. national security amounted to a grave breach – far more of a crime than merely violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which has only had a single prosecution since its passage in 1982.

    So either way, the same person's identity was leaked, and anybody could put the two together easily enough. And what happened to the high and mighty Protection Act? Mum's the word I guess...

    “The information exonerates and vindicates, it does not implicate” Rove, Republican Party chairman Ken Mehlman said on NBC's "Meet the Press." “Folks involved in this, frankly, owe Karl Rove an apology.”

    Yeah right. What information? This whole thing stinks more and more every day. Again, these folks must think that no-one in the world can think for themselves, or see what is going on here... George the Monkey is probably quite happy that suddenly the heat is off his arse for Iraq, Terror, Oil, Education, Social Security, and oh forget it.

    Hey, whatever happened to the good old Polygraph test? Or those fancy schmansy truth drugs? Oh wait, that is akin to torture perhaps... or maybe an infringement on th eguy's HUMAN RIGHTS. Lets not start all that again though... :D

    *** UPDATE ***

    This link really says a lot on this :) Great posting! Read it. Do it. DO it.

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