Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Impeachable Offenses, If Not Outright Treason

We need, according to Dave Lindorf at Common Dreams dot org, to understand what the Libby trial was really about.

It was about the lies told by the various satraps and functionaries of the Bushevik regime, including the Dim Son himself, to propel the US into war in Iraq. The foremeost of those lies was the report in the Chimp's 2002 SOTU in which he claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to acquire unrefined uranium in Africa.

You see there was a meeting:
The meeting occurred in December 2001 in Rome, and included Michael Ledeen, an
associate of Defense Department Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith and a key figure in the White House's war-propaganda program, Larry Franklin, a top Defense Intelligence Agency Middle East analyst who later pleaded guilty to passing classified information to two employees of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), convicted Iraqi bank swindler Ahmed Chalabi, then head of the CIA-created Iraqi National Congress, and Harold Rhode of the sinister Defense Department Office of Special Plans, that office set up by the White House and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld under Feith's direction to manufacture "evidence" to justify a war on Iraq. Also at this peculiar meeting were the heads of the Italian Defense Department and of SISMI, the Italian intelligence agency.
According to La Repubblica, it was at that meeting that a plan was hatched to resurrect the forged Niger documents, and to give them credibility by recycling them through British intelligence.
And that is what Bush was referring to when, in his 2003 State of the Union address, he famously frightened a nation by declaring, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Bush lyingly implied that this was new information, when in fact he knew--had to know--that the "evidence" in British hands was the same set of documents he had been offered by Berlusconi almost a year and a half earlier, which had been declared to be bogus.
The story of the Libby investigation, according to Tom Hartmann, is really a distraction to cover-up high crimes in the White House...

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