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Lockstep Attack on CIA Analyst Larry Johnson!
(Why Hold Anybody Accountable When There Are Still Plenty of Folks Left to Smear?)
By Brad Friedman on 7/25/2005 9:11pm PT  

Looks like the GOP bootlickers in the fake "conservative" "media" received their latest marching orders today sometime around 11am ET this morning.

With their backs against the wall vis a vis TreasonGate, they've been given some fresh smear ammo, apparently, to try and help the White House minimize and obfuscate their unprecedented outing of a covert CIA operative.

Since smearing Ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife have failed, it's time to go after those who have been standing up for them apparently. Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, who testified at last Friday's joint House and Senate Democratic Hearings on TreasonGate (Republicans, apparently, being not particulary concerned about unprecedented breaches of National Security) is apparently the next target for the fake media operatives from the Right. Johnson, who voted for Bush in 2000, also gave Saturday's response to Bush's radio address.

First out of the closet to attack, naturally, was phony reporter Jeff Gannon at 11:40am ET:

But Johnson...did offer his opinions in July 10, 2001 article in the New York Times. In the piece titled, "The Declining Terrorist Threat," Johnson said that except for pursuing business interests in some dangerous places Americans "have little to fear" from terrorism.

And a scant 31 minutes later, Gary Schmitt of The Project for the New American Century (yes, PNAC) posted on Rupert Murdoch's Daily Standard:

On July 10, 2001--two months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon--Johnson wrote an op-ed for the New York Times ("The Declining Terrorist Threat") in which he argued that Americans were "bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism" and, in truth, had "little to fear" from terrorism.

Seriously guys, can't you even try to act like actual reporters? Perhaps the Talking Points should come with a schedule or something, so everyone doesn't repeat them at once.

Anybody out there feel like sharing those Talking Points from which both Gannon and Schmitt were obviously cribbing with us here at The BRAD BLOG? We actually do respect the confidentiality of sources, so you can rest assured it'll be our secret whoever decides to email them to us.

Though, in truth, the only folks currently shilling the Smear Johnson line are deep deep inside GOP operatives of the lowest level, so they probably received a phone call instead of a piece of paper. Paper being all too traceable these days, and phonecalls requiring a subpeona from a Special Prosecutor before one has to lie about them.

First one to spot the attacks coming against Patrick Fitzgerald, please let us know. (Whoops, looks like Kos has already spotted it! Hat tip to David Edwards for finding it just before we hit the "publish" button!)

Oh, and here's a thought: Why not just hold those who have done things wrong accountable for their actions instead of smearing those who point it out?

Just a thought.

(Hat tip also to Crooks & Liars for pointing out Schmitt's attack!)

Even 'The Watergate Paper' Asks 'The Question'...
While the Infamous '12-Hour Gap' Expands to a Three (& a half) Day Gap!
By Brad Friedman on 7/25/2005 6:32pm PT  

WaPo's Dan Froomkin joins the growing chorus today of pundits and prognosticators asking "The Question" about what George W. Bush knew and when he knew it.

We covered yesterday's explosion of voices asking that same question, but Froomkin adds to the mix by taking a fairly detailed look back at the under-reported stories from over a year ago when both Bush and Cheney were questioned in the case by Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald.

He also discusses the growing questions now surrounding the 12-Hour Gap between the time Alberto Gonzales, then head White House Counsel, was told to by DoJ to inform the White House of the investigation --- so they wouldn't destroy any evidence --- and the time that he actually, formally, told the White House. As it turns out, of course, Gonzales didn't "formally" instruct the WH until 12 hours after he learned of the investigation, but he did manage to tell White House Chief of Staff, Andy Card about it. Just to be friendly, we guess.

But The Carpet Bagger today is reporting that the 12-Hour Gap which gave the White House a heads-up to start the shredding machines, may in fact have been a Three Day Gap if one goes back and looks at the dates of a few of the scant contemporaneous reports of the investigation's start up. [UPDATE: MSNBC is reporting that that may actually be a Three and a half Day Gap. The story of the investigation was first reported by MSNBC some 84 hours before Gonzales "officially" informed the White House.]

On all of this, Froomkin takes an appropriate shot at both his own WaPo and the rest of the delinquent Mainstream Corporate Media which failed to do their job for the American People long ago on all of these matters...

Don't remember any of that? Not your fault. It didn't get much ink.

But it's getting a lot of attention today. Why? Possibly because press coverage of the Bush administration, in the first term, failed to sufficiently heed some developments that, in retrospect, seem worthy of more attention.

Something similar happened when the Downing Street Memo first came to light in May. That memo suggested among other things that Bush was already set on invading Iraq long before acknowledging as much in public. In that case, it took the American mainstream press more than a month to acknowledge that it was a story worth writing about again, even though it was, technically, old news.

Froomkin's got many more useful links on all of the above.

(Hat tip to DU's understandinglife for the heads-up!)

And Scottie is asked about 'Treason'...
An update from our Man in the White House
By Brad Friedman on 7/25/2005 4:11pm PT  

Last week, our man in the White House, Eric Brewer of, had planned to ask Scottie McClellan the question we'd asked him to ask on the 7/16/05 BRAD SHOW concerning Rumsfeld's required progress report on Iraq. That report, required by law in the $80 billion war spending bill from last May, was not given to Congress in time to meet the mandated July 11 deadline.

Unfortunately, Brewer was the only reporter not called upon by Scottie that day and so he never got to ask his question.

The "Rule of Law" --- ironically enough --- no longer being applicable to this particular Administration, Rumsfeld's required report was finally given to Congress some days afterwards: ten days late and containing virtually none of the specifics that the law had required.

In the meantime, Brewer was called upon at today's briefing and was able to ask a fresh question. This time on the Bush Administration's unwillingness to forgo Torture as a regular part of our National Foreign Policy --- even with Republicans now calling on him to do so.

As well, Brewer has an update on the new Air America Radio correspondent who enjoyed his first day today in the WH Press Room by choosing to ask Scottie about the "T" word: "Treason".

Brewer has the details on all of the above at BTCNews...

By Brad Friedman on 7/25/2005 1:42pm PT  

Even David Gergen asks 'The Question' on ABC's This Week!
'I think this is a big, serious story,' says the advisor to three Republican Presidents (including Nixon)
By Brad Friedman on 7/24/2005 7:52pm PT  

Wow...Even Gergen is asking!

Picking up on my previous post about the "the question" --- What did the President know and when did he know it? --- on the virtual lips of folks across the net this morning, it seems that it was also on the lips of David Gergen, advisor to four Presidents (three of them Republican), on this morning's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC...

GERGEN: I think this is a big, serious story and the interesting thing about this week...I think the story also started to move toward the President. What did Karl Rove know, what did Scooter Libby know, in the President's and Vice-Presidents office? turn what did the President know and when did he know it?

[Stephanopoulos uses the opportunity to show the Scott McClellalan Oct 7, 2003 press briefing where he says that he spoke to Rove and Libby and can assure the media that "they were not involved." After discussion on things, it then come back to Gergen...]

GERGEN: There are two things about this. One about the President...If Scott McClellan was misled by Scotter Libby and by Karl Rove, was the President mislead?...


GERGEN: ...Or if he was not mislead and he was told the truth, how do they let Scott McClellan go out there with that statement?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Or does he think this is okay?

GERGEN: Yeah...Or does he think it's okay?...So I think...that's why I think this is increasingly gonna be about the President over time.

Video Clip in Windows Media format courtesy of The BRAD SHOW's not-so-secret-weapon David Edwards.

The new Gonzalez/Card '12-Hour Gap' and the Rove Lie that Bush May Be Covering Up.
[UPDATED] Even David Gergen Wants an Answer to 'The Question'!
By Brad Friedman on 7/24/2005 3:40pm PT  

As predicted on these pages one week ago today, the question in the TreasonGate affair has quickly become "What did the President know? And when did he know it?"

The net is abuzz this morning since the confluence of several different reports today. One by Frank Rich in NY Times concerns the 12 hour gap between the time that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was told to notify the White House about the Plame Leak Investigation at 8:30pm on Sep 12, 2003 --- he was to instruct the White House not to destroy anything in regard to the matter --- and the time he actually officially informed the White House at 8:00am the next day.

The follow-up to that came this morning from Bob Shieffer on Face the Nation when he asked Gonzales about that matter, and Gonzales admitted that he waited to give "official" notice to the White House the next morning, but...(get ready)...notified Chief of Staff Andrew Card on the night of Sep 12!

In other words, the White House had a full 12 Hours to shred anything they may have felt needed shredding!

Think Progress has an excellent description of the sitch, including transcript from today's Shieffer grilling and admission by Gonzales. Crooks and Liars has the video natch.

Steven G. Brant covers this as well and notes, to CNN and Wolf Blitzer's continuing shame, Gonzales appeared on CNN with Blitzer after the FtN appearance but he didn't bother to follow up on the Andrew Card issue at all.

Editor & Publisher also covers Gonzales, Schieffer and the "12 Hour Gap".

I would, however, like to point out another issue which I mentioned aloud for the first time on Thom Hartmann's national radio program on Friday and which seems to now be getting some attention elsewhere. (Hartmann himself posted an article titled "What Did Bush Know, And When Did He Know It?" yesterday which points to yet another damning indication of Dubya's own personal fingerprints on the Plame leak.)

NY Times' Richard W. Stevenson nips around the issue I alluded to a bit with Hartmann in an article today headlined --- yes --- "Who told Bush what in leak case, and when was he told?".

So, what I've been wondering about... If Bush spoke to Rove early on, as it was claimed, to find out if he was the leaker, then Rove either lied --- or not --- to Bush. Since we now know that Rove was one of the leakers, he needs to be fired immediately if only for lying to Bush about it. If he didn't lie to Bush --- and chose to share the truth with his good friend by letting him know in some way that he leaked --- then it means that Bush has been involved in a cover-up of that fact this entire time.

Either way, Rove needs to be dismissed immediately, of course, but more to the point: Watch for George W. Bush to be in deep deep doo doo on this matter in the near future. Unless someone comes up with a clever alibi. And quick!

John Aravosis at AMERICAblog has some supporting evidence via transcripts and questions around this same issue today as well...

Bush either relied on McClellan's public statements that Rove had told McClellan he wasn't involved, and Rove lied, or that Bush talked to Rove and Rove lied to the president as well, or that Bush knew the truth and permitted his staff to lie. In the best case scenario for Bush, Rove lied to White House staff about the scandal and let them go public with that lie.

There is now much buzz about all of the above all over the net. I'll leave it to the excellent eagle-eyed BRAD BLOG commenters to include links to additional coverage.

UPDATE: Wow...Even David Gergen asked the precisely those words...during the Stephanopoulos round table this morning on ABC's This Week! He said he felt this is all going to "come back to the President." Video clip and transcript now here...

By Brad Friedman on 7/24/2005 1:32pm PT  

Via AMERICAblog...

On ABC's This Week, Stephanopoulos just read the text of the Classified Information NonDisclosure Agreement that White House employees are required to sign:

"I have been advised that any breach of this Agreement may result in the termination of any security clearance I hold; removal from any position of special confidence and trust requiring such clearances; or the termination of my employment..."

Stephanopoulos: Do you believe that this agreement should be abided by?

McCain: I do, but that also implies that someone knowingly revealed...

Stephanopoulos: This covers negligent disclosures

McCain: Again I don't know what the definition of "negligent" is.

That's our boy.

Crooks and Liars has the video.

It's DSM day in America --- will the MSM notice?
We're Being The Media --- because somebody's got to! Blog Along With Us if you please
By Winter Patriot on 7/23/2005 3:43pm PT  

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  • Rep. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA) on her 7/23 'Downing Street' Day Town Forum in L.A.
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  • JIM MARCINKOWSKI Former CIA Case Officer fresh from Congressional Hearings the outing of Valerie Plame and damage to our National Security
  • PAUL RIECKHOFF Iraq War vet, Founder of on Bush Administration troop support (or lack thereof)
  • DAVID DIXON of Handicapped Adults of Volusia County, FL fighting back at National Federation of the Blind's suit against paper ballots in Volusia!
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  • Rep. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA) on her 7/23 'Downing Street' Day Town Forum in L.A.
  • TONY TRUPIANO on John Conyers' 7/23 'Downing Street' Day Town Forum in Detroit
  • JIM MARCINKOWSKI Former CIA Case Officer fresh from Congressional Hearings the outing of Valerie Plame and damage to our National Security
  • PAUL RIECKHOFF Iraq War vet, Founder of on Bush Administration troop support (or lack thereof)
  • DAVID DIXON of Handicapped Adults of Volusia County, FL fighting back at National Federation of the Blind's suit against paper ballots in Volusia!
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    Blasts 'Partisan Obfuscation', 'Ruthless Attacks' on Joe Wilson at Joint House/Senate Hearings!
    Says 'Politics in This Country Trumps National Security'
    By Brad Friedman on 7/22/2005 1:21pm PT  

    FLASH UPDATE: Jim Marcinkowski just added to guest list for tomorrow night's BRAD SHOW!

    Jim Marcinkowski, former CIA case officer, gave some remarkable testimony at today's Joint Democratic House/Senate Hearings on Karl Rove's TreasonGate. He described the leak about Valerie Plame's identity and its subsequent coverup by the White House as "a disservice to our country," resulting in an "increase in the risk to the people of the United States."

    Blasting those attempting to protect themselves with attacks on Ambassador Joe Wilson and others trying to sound the alarm bell about what this Administration has done, Marcinkowski said those who would "shine up your American Flag lapel pin and fix your patriotism to your sleeve, [should] think about what impact your actions are gonna have on the security of the American people."

    The resulting message he says is sent around the world: "Politics in this country does indeed trump National Security."

    Crooks and Liars has the video of his testimony.

    ConyersBlog has more details on today's proceedings.

    Here are a few of the stunning key passages from Marcinkowski's testimony:

    Each time the leader of a political party opens his mouth in public to deflect responsibility, the word overseas is loud and clear: Politics in this country does indeed trump National Security.

    Each time a distinguished ambassador is ruthlessly attacked for the information he provides, a foreign asset will contemplate why he should risk his life when his information will not be taken seriously.

    Each time there is perceived a "political success" in deflecting responsibility by debating or re-debating some minutiae involved in this case, such actions are equally effective in undermining the ability of this country to protect itself against its enemies because the two are indeed related.

    Each time the political machine, made up of primetime patriots and partisan ninnies display their ignorance by deriding Valerie Plame as a mere "paper pusher" or belittling the varying degrees of cover used to protect our officers or continuing to play partisan politics with our national security, it's a disservice to this country.
    So may fool the American public by distracting minutiae, but your not doing it for people overseas. They know better.

    Those who would advocate the "I'm okay, you're okay" politics of non-responsibility should think about the impact of those actions on our foreign agents.

    Non-responsibility means: "We don't care." Not caring means a loss of security. A loss of security means the loss of an agent. The loss of an agent, means the loss of information. The loss of information means an increase in the risk to the people of the United States.

    There's a very simple message here: Before you shine up your American Flag lapel pin and fix your patriotism to your sleeve, think about what impact your actions are gonna have on the security of the American people.

    Think about whether your partisan obfuscation is creating confidence in the United States in general and in the CIA in particular. If not, a true patriot would just simply shut up.

    Those who take pride in their political ability to divert the issue from the fundamental truth, ought to be prepared to take their share of responsibility for the continuing damage done to our national security.

    When this unprecedented act first occurred, the President could have immediately demanded the resignation of all persons even tangentially involved. Or at a minimum he could have suspended the security clearances of those persons and placed them on administrative leave. Such methods are routine across the country in every police department in every American citizen understands that.

    That would have at least sent the right message around the globe that we take the security of those risking their lives on behalf of the United States seriously.

    Instead, we have flooded the foreign airwaves with two years of inaction, political rhetoric, ignorance and partisan bickering.

    That's the wrong message.

    In doing so, we have not lessened, but increased the threat to the security and safety of the people of the United States. And we've done since the time of this first breach of trust.

    I thank you.

    UPDATE: Looks like David Corn also has both the transcript and additional info and thoughts on today's hearings.

    RAW STORY has the testimony from Valerie Plame's CIA colleague Larry C. Johnson who sets out to "correct a malicious and disingenuous smear campaign that has been executed against a friend and former colleague, Valerie (Plame) Wilson."

    By Brad Friedman on 7/22/2005 12:16pm PT  

    Another BRAD BLOGGER in the news! (Add him to the list.)

    Yes, in a front page story now up at RAW STORY, our own Winter Patriot --- Official BRAD BLOG Concierge, frequent Guest Blogger, and all around good guy --- gets some ink of his own for his smart Whispering Campaign website.

    Devastatingly simple, the brilliant campaign offers readers single-page, large font versions of important, under-reported stories which can be easily printed out and distributed about town where they may be seen by folks who might not otherwise patronize those websites and blogs which are reporting the real news seen as unfit for our failed modern Mainstream Corporate Media.

    The RAW headline terms Winter a "Modern-day samizdat bring[ing] news to public places." We admit we had to look up the term "samizdat" to find out that it's defined as follows:

    Etymology: Russian, from sam- self- + izdatel'stvo publishing house
    : a system in the U.S.S.R. and countries within its orbit by which government-suppressed literature was clandestinely printed and distributed;

    Given the remarkably Kremlin-like state of our current White House, coupled naturally with an intimidated and repressed American Press Pool that has failed for four-plus years now to report on the unprecedented dangers wrought by this damagingly un-American Administration, a "modern-day samizdat" sounds like a good description to us!

    For being the media...cuz someone's got to...we say: Waytago, WP! Keep up the good work! America --- and The BRAD BLOG --- thanks you! For all that you do, this blog's for you!

    Rep. Barbara Lee Joined by 26 Co-Sponsors
    As Some 300 Third Anniversary DSM/TreasonGate Events are Planned for this Saturday
    By Brad Friedman on 7/21/2005 8:02pm PT  

    The 'Downing Street Documents' continue to cause trouble for the Bush White House, as a formal "Resolution of Inquiry" into the matter was finally introduced in the U.S. House today according to

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Dem., Calif.) today introduced - along with 26 co-sponsors - a Resolution of Inquiry in the House of Representatives which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."

    Lee's resolution, asking the White House for information concerning the Downing Street Documents comes just two days prior to more than 300 nationwide events scheduled for this Saturday, July 23, which are set to mark the third anniversary of the original Downing Street Memo.

    The documents are official high-level British minutes and memos documenting the Bush Administration's plan to "fix" the intelligence and facts around their pre-determined policy to topple Saddam Hussein by military force. That policy, the documents conclude, was based on "thin" evidence concerning Saddam's WMD, included plans to goad Saddam into a war through U.N. sanctions and early bombing of targets in Iraq, and explain that the Bushies had little or no planning for post-war Iraq. They were all written while the Bush Administration was telling the American People and Congress that no plans had yet been made for attacking Iraq.

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will be a guest on this weekend's BRAD SHOW to discuss the DSM/TreasonGate town hall being held in Los Angeles. We will also have reports from John Conyers' Detroit event as well. More details on all the events are here.

    More information on the Resolution of Inquiry, and how you can help by contacting legislators, is here [PDF].

    Florida County at Center of Battle Between Several Disabled Rights Groups
    Emergency Appeal Filed by Group Who Received $1 Million Donation from Diebold
    By Brad Friedman on 7/21/2005 7:27pm PT  

    Within the past few hours, The BRAD BLOG has learned, a Federal District Court has ruled against the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) who had filed suit against Volusia County, Florida earlier this month to force the county to use paperless Electronic Voting Machines in the upcoming fall elections there.

    The court order denying NFB's motion has been obtained by The BRAD BLOG and is available here [PDF].

    The BRAD BLOG has also learned that the NFB has decided late in the day to file an emergency appeal to that Federal District Court decision.

    This debate, and the decision by the District Court in Orlando, could have far-reaching implications in the national debate concerning touchscreen voting machines for which the NFB has been an advocate nationwide.

    The objectivity in regard to the NFB's national campaign for paperless touchscreen voting machines, or DRE's, has been questioned by several groups due to the NFB's receipt of a $1 Million contribution from America's largest voting machine company, Diebold, Inc.

    On the ground in Volusia, another disability advocacy group, the Handicapped Adults of Volusia County (HAVC), says they are "opposed to spending money on machines that do not provide a paper record of a person's vote," according to a report by The New Standard.

    HAVC joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a court brief which opposed the now-rejected motion brought by the NFB. The decision of the suit will be stayed pending the NFB's emergency appeal.

    Earlier today, NFB member and vice-president of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Jim Dickson --- who has been very outspoken nationally in support of the paperless touchscreen voting machines made by Diebold --- told The BRAD BLOG that U.S. District Judge John Antoon II was wrong in his verdict siding against the NFB and in favor of Volusia County's decision to not purchase voting machines made by Diebold.

    Dickson, who has also been alleged to have accepted money from Diebold, which he has denied, said the decision was "crap"...

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    Cites Several Hundred Instances in Floor Debate Today over Act's Renewal
    Supports Most Provisions, But Concerned about 'Protecting Civil Liberties While Fighting Terrorism'
    By Brad Friedman on 7/21/2005 1:53pm PT  

    Earlier today, Larisa Alexandrovna of RAW STORY reported on the 70-page position paper released by House Judiciary Democrats outlining their disenting view on the renewal of the PATRIOT Act as now being debated on the House floor.

    In a statement obtained by The BRAD BLOG for today's debate, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, called several of the PATRIOT Act provisions --- 16 of which are now up for renewal --- into question, cited hundreds of instances of "abuse" and outlined those provisions which he viewed as the most significant threat to our civil liberties.

    Citing evidence of "a few provisions that are subject to abuse, and need greater checks and balances," Conyers outlined three of the provisions specifically of concern during debate today of "HR 3199 USA Patriot and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005"

    Amongst those which Conyers' expressed concerned about is Section 215 which allows for the FBI to obtain any record "relevant" to an investigation, including library books and medical records. Conyers said that targets are not allowed to tell anyone --- even their own attorneys --- about such records requests. The provision has been "abused," said Conyers', citing reports from the American Library Association alone of some 200 such requests since September 11.

    Another concern is Section 505 which allows the FBI "to obtain financial, telephone, internet and other consumer records" without requiring prior judicial approval. Though this provision has been found unconstitional by Federal Courts, the Bush Administration continues to use it, according to Conyers.

    Conyers also cites the provision which allows so-called "sneak and peek" searches in homes, cars and business, even when there is no emergency. The provision --- which Conyers' says was not in the version of the PATRIOT Act that came out of Judiciary Committee conference but was added by the Administration "in the middle of the night" --- has been "subject to wide spread abuse." The provision, the statement says, has been used more than 240 times...Moreover, only 10% of these uses have had anything to do with terrorism, the purported justification of the PATRIOT Act."

    Conyers also calls for renewed "sunsets" to the current PATRIOT provisions, rather than making them permanent as the Bush Administration has called for.

    The BRAD BLOG has obtained Conyers' statement which follows in full [emphasis from the original document as obtained via Conyers' office]...

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    By Brad Friedman on 7/21/2005 11:50am PT  

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