Whatever Bush says is a lie? That MUST be a truth!

Friday, July 08, 2005


Journalist Judith Miller broke the law when she refused to comply with a grand jury subpoena to reveal her confidential sources regarding exposing Valerie Plame's name to the public. Valerie Plame lost her job after senior White House officials revealed to right wing journalist, Robert Novak, that she was a CIA official whose husband went to Niger to investigate whether Saddam Hussein requested uranium for nuclear weapons manufacturing. Robert Novak, Republican insider reporter, claims that it was no secret that Valerie Plame was a CIA official. But does that mean that Robert Novak and the other White House officials, one of them allegedly Karl Rove, can disclose this information to the public?

Valerie Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, was instrumental in revealing the "Yellowcake Forgery" which was the basis for George Bush’s argument for war in Iraq.

George Bush was able to convince many Americans that war in Iraq was a must, when he announced in his January 2003 State of the Union Address “that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa....for nuclear weapons production.” This lie was a blatant betrayal to the Iraqi and the American people.

With this statement, many Americans decided that Saddam Hussein must be defeated and a war in Iraq would be necessary to achieve this end.

Then Valerie Plame's husband, Joseph C. Wilson, exposed George Bush’s lies about the forged documents from Niger regarding the uranium that Saddam Hussein never sought. At this point it was too late. Bush was given his green light to go to war, and there was no stopping him. But still, questions kept popping up in America and more and more people began wondering why in the hell we were in Iraq. No WMDs were found, and Bush had no answers.

Of course the right wing could not sit back and let this exposure of their lies happen without some sort of revenge. So the right wing conspirators revealed Valerie Plame’s name to the media.

Whoever revealed Valerie Plame's name must answer to the American people and to the world. I'm not saying that we shouldn't protect our press, but we should protect those sources that are in the higher echelons of intelligence like Deep Throat and Valerie Plame, too. And we have federal laws that require protecting their anonymity.

Whoever revealed Valerie Plame's name is in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The act applies itself to a person who, as a result of having "authorized access to classified information," learns the "identity of a covert agent and intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent's intelligence relationship to the United States." The statute also applies to persons who expose the identities of such agents "in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States." source

What is deeply disconcerting is the fact that the journalist who is ultimately responsible for leaking Valerie Plame's name to the public, Robert Novak, is facing no heat whatsoever from this Justice Department Investigation. Robert Novak is a Republican insider. In fact, his son was the marketing director for "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth."

Judith Miller does appear to be Novak's scapegoat, however,
Judith Miller is not cooperating, but not for our benefit or for any viable purpose that deserves protection under the U.S. Constitution. Some argue that Judith Miller does not actually know who revealed Valerie Plame's name to Robert Novak, but she should still reveal her own sources of investigation when subpoenaed by the government for a criminal investigation. If she knows the name of the person who revealed Valerie Plame's name and the grand jury subpoenas her to reveal that name, she must reveal it.

This is not a free press, 1st Amendment issue. This is an issue of betraying the American people and invading a country based on a lie, and these right-wing journalists, along with the person that revealed Valerie Plame's name, are criminals for not cooperating with the investigation.

Some speculate that Karl Rove is the mastermind behind revealing Valerie Plame's name, which cost Plame her job. My only hope is that if we do find out Karl Rove was the source that Judith Miller so “gallantly” protects, that justice be served against him for covering up lies that formed the basis of Bush's war crimes.


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