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  •  Even worse than no reporting (none)
    is that there's just ridicule of the Plamegate investigation by Tierney once again. Read Tierney's tripe here.

    "Mr. Bush's relationship to the environment is roughly that of a doctor to a patient--when the doctor's name is Kevorkian." Bob Herbert, NYT

    by jorndorff on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 10:04:40 PM PDT

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    •  Explaining away treason, I see (none)
      I didn't mean to kill her, judge, I just meant to hurt her. Can I go now?

      I did not receive $ from Ketchum, U.S. Department of Ed or HHS to write this---though I wish I had.

      by Volvo Liberal on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 10:14:15 PM PDT

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    •  Link is to Times Select only. (none)
      •  Excerpts (none)
        A prosecutor could indict just about anyone inside or outside government who deals with defense or foreign-policy information that could harm the U.S. The law could apply to reporters who hear this kind of classified information every day if they "willfully communicate" it to their editors.


        ...


        "Tripping across classified information is unavoidable," said David Sanger, a White House reporter for The Times. "You can't discuss policy questions without getting to the underlying facts behind the policies, and the crucial facts are often classified."

        Fortunately, the law has rarely been enforced, although its use in a few recent cases has journalists worried that it's turning into the American version of the British Official Secrets Act. If it's used against Libby and Rove, the lesson for government officials would be: stop talking to reporters.


        ...


        The lesson for the public would be: stop appointing special prosecutors. The job can turn a reasonable lawyer into an inquisitor with the zeal of Captain Ahab - even more zeal, actually, because he'll keep hunting even after he learns there's no whale. He'll settle for anything else he can scare up.


        ...


        So now the original justifications for the investigation have vanished, which is why I think of this as the Nadagate scandal. But the prosecutor has kept at it for two years. Besides switching to the vague law against disclosing classified information, he might indict Libby or Rove for perjury or obstruction of justice - crimes that occurred only because of the investigation.

        "Mr. Bush's relationship to the environment is roughly that of a doctor to a patient--when the doctor's name is Kevorkian." Bob Herbert, NYT

        by jorndorff on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 11:21:14 PM PDT

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        •  Need I even mention?: (none)
          "Crimes that occurred only because of the investigation" was good enough to impeach Bush's predecessor.

          I carried water for the elephant; Back and forth to the well I went; My arms got sore and my back got bent; But I couldn't fill up that elephant

          by Sylvester McMonkey Mcbean on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 05:15:18 AM PDT

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        •  nadagate? (none)
          as of today 1976 US Soldiers have been killed in Iraq. We went to war because the Bush Crime Family said that we were in danger. Bush/Cheney lied. That is not 'nada"

          Cheney: No Doubt Saddam Has WMD
          Aug. 26, 2002  Dick Cheney, Vice President  
          "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." (popNote) .  

          Bush: Iraq Currently Expanding WMD Production
          Sep. 12, 2002  George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly
          "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons." .  

          Sep. 12, 2002  George W. Bush
           Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
          .  

          Bush: Iraq Has WMD Stockpile
          Oct. 5, 2002  George W. Bush, Radio Address
          "Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons." (popNote) .  

          Bush: Iraq Possesses and Produces Chemical Weapons
          Oct. 7, 2002   George W. Bush
          "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas." (popNote) .  

          Bush: 500 Tons of Sarin, 30,000 Munitions
          Jan. 28, 2003  George W. Bush
          "Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent" and "upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents... " (popNote) .  

          May 30, 2003  
          Bush cites 2 trailers found as evidence of " the weapons of mass destruction" that were the United States' primary justification for going to war.
          washingtonpost  

             "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."
          George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly 9/12/2002

          "Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have."
          George W. Bush, Radio Address 10/5/2002

          "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."
          George W. Bush, Cincinnati, Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

          "We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas."
          George W. Bush, Cincinnati, Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

          "Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."
          George W. Bush, State of the Union Address 1/28/2003

          Sep. 18, 2002  Donald Rumsfeld
          His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons--including anthrax and botulism toxin, and possibly smallpox.

          His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons--including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas.

          His regime has an active program to acquire and develop nuclear weapons.
          (popNote) .  

          Republicans Limit Probe of WMD Issue
          "There seems to be a campaign afoot by some to criticize the intelligence community and the president for connecting the dots, for putting together a picture that seemed all too obvious," said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, of Kansas. The Republican chairmen of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee joined Roberts in rejecting calls for an investigation. June 11, 2003.  

          Fleischer: No Question of Evidence of WMD
          Mar. 21, 2003  White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
          "Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly." .  

          and so on. . .

          Mother Nature are Terrorists

          by donailin on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 05:26:08 AM PDT

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    •  what an android. (none)
      I have to confess to not even reading his swill in recent months. I just sent him hate mail...what a frigging boob.

      i take that back. he gives boobs a bad name.

      I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees

      by tinfoilhat on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 11:18:58 PM PDT

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      •  Think why he is there (none)
        The reason he has a regular spot on the Op-Ed is precisely why the Times has pretty much junked itself as a journal of record.  It is now in the business of selling advertising, not making news.  The old model was, you write real news and people buy the paper to get it; as a by-product you can sell advertising.  But there's the other way to make money -- you provide entertainment by pandering to the prejudices of your audience, and the more ad revenues you get. The more the pandering, the bigger the audience.  This is the infotainment model.  The Times went over to that model when they went national. What proportion of their readership is NYC and what proportion comes from all the places where they print a local edition?

        It's the business model that screwed them.  Just like it screwed network news.

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