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Monday, August 30, 2010
The story of the year turned out to be a boring waste of time for both whom chose to visit the "Beckoning" and those whom chose to report on it.
While Beck showed us that if he is trying to solidify a seat at the top rung [head prophet] to the Mormon church he has a long way to go. I would image Mormonville, [Utah] Deseret central was cringing at the bumbling Beck!
It appeared to this blogger that the event was a two headed monster, one being the prophet Beck and the other being the three hundred thousand tea baggers pushing a political bashing on the current administration. Clearly the tea bagger doesn't understand their leaders "Beck and call". Speaking of "Beck and Call girl" Sarahnoya showed up to give her two cents worth as well.
While reading Dear Dana's blog today she was more miffed at Reverend Al and his message, as she clearly lost her flame on her fellow bagger Beck. We suspect that she was expecting a tea bagger bash party which may have happened behind closed doors but at the mall all was quiet on the western front, that is until the plethora of reporters queried the masses. None of the interviewed spoke on religion, all the rhetoric was more of the same.....woe is me the country has let me down and the President doesn't care about the constitution.
The bagger claims exceptional turnout....lets see less than .001 % of our country showed up and or tuned into the show. Obviously mathematics is not Dana's or Glenn's forte, but with both barely getting a HS education we would expect nothing less!
After the show was more entertaining as Beck showed up on Fox Sunday news with Chris Wallace and Beck would not retract his "B-ROCK is a racist" saying he would only 'amend' his fubar. Glenn you certainly live up to asshat of the year!
We only look forward to the future "projects' that God tells Beck to cocncoct.
At the end of the day readers, Glenn Beck is a radio and tv talk show host, nothing more. While his dreams of granduer are ever entertaining, he soon too will go away! While Glenn and his cohorts are great propogandist the true American will see these schmucks for what they really are.......hate broadcasters!
This is why we can't revert back to a G.W. Bush regime. This story hits close to me and it bothers me to this day! While the stooge rendition is hilarious the true story behind the outing of a CIA operative is at best treason which in our country if found guilty is solidified by execution!
The above flow chart depicts a vile corrupt President and Vice President with the seething loathing despicable vindictive fecal matter trickling or cascading down the power tree.
And now the rest of the story;
PLAMEGATE - On July 14, 2003, Washington Post journalist Robert Novak effectively ended Valerie Plame's career with the CIA (from which she later resigned in December 2005) by revealing in his column her identity as a CIA operative. Legal documents published in the course of the CIA leak grand jury investigation, United States v. Libby, and Congressional investigations, allegedly establish her classified employment as a covert officer for the CIA at the time that Novak's column was published in July 2003.
In his press conference of October 28, 2005, Fitzgerald explained in considerable detail the necessity of "secrecy" about his grand jury investigation that began in the fall of 2003 — "when it was clear that Valerie Wilson's cover had been blown" — and the background and consequences of the indictment of Lewis Libby as it pertains to Valerie E. Wilson.
Fitzgerald's subsequent replies to reporters' questions shed further light on the parameters of the "leak investigation" and what, as its lead prosecutor, bound by "the rules of grand jury secrecy," he could and could not reveal legally at the time. Official court documents released later, on April 5, 2006, reveal that Libby testified that "he was specifically authorized in advance" of his meeting with New York Times reporter Judith Miller to disclose the "key judgments" of the October 2002 classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). According to Libby's testimony, "the Vice President later advised him that the President had authorized defendant to disclose the relevant portions of the NIE [to Judith Miller]." According to his testimony, the information that Libby was authorized to disclose to Miller "was intended to rebut the allegations of an administration critic, former ambassador Joseph Wilson." A couple of days after Libby's meeting with Miller, then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice told reporters, "We don't want to try to get into kind of selective declassification" of the NIE, adding "We're looking at what can be made available." A "sanitized version" of the NIE in question was officially declassified on July 18, 2003, ten days after Libby's contact with Miller, and was presented at a White House background briefing on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. The NIE contains no references to Valerie Plame or her CIA status, but the Special Counsel has suggested that White House actions were part of "a plan to discredit, punish or seek revenge against Mr. Wilson." President Bush had previously indicated that he would fire whoever had outed Plame.
A court filing by Libby's defense team argued that Plame was not foremost in the minds of administration officials as they sought to rebut charges – made by her husband – that the White House manipulated intelligence to make a case for invasion. The filing indicated that Libby's lawyers did not intend to say that he was told to reveal Plame's identity. The court filing also stated that "Mr. Libby plans to demonstrate that the indictment is wrong when it suggests that he and other government officials viewed Ms. Wilson's role in sending her husband to Africa as important," indicating that Libby's lawyers planned to call Karl Rove to the stand. According to Rove's lawyer, Fitzgerald has decided against pressing charges against Rove.
The five-count indictment of Libby included perjury (two counts), obstruction of justice (one count), and making false statements to federal investigators (two counts).
United States v. Libby
On March 6, 2007, Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice, making false statements, and two counts of perjury. He was acquitted on one count of making false statements. He was not charged for revealing Plame's CIA status. His sentence included a $250,000 fine, 30 months in prison and two years of probation. On July 2, 2007, President George W. Bush commuted Libby's sentence, removing the jail term but leaving in place the fine and probation, calling the sentence "excessive." In a subsequent press conference, on July 12, 2007, Bush noted, "...the Scooter Libby decision was, I thought, a fair and balanced decision." The Wilsons responded to the commutation in statements posted by their legal counsel, Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and on their own legal support website.
On July 13, 2006, Joseph and Valerie Wilson filed a civil lawsuit against Rove, Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney, and other unnamed senior White House officials (among whom they later added Richard Armitage for their alleged role in the public disclosure of Valerie Wilson's classified CIA status. Judge John D. Bates dismissed the Wilson's lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds on July 19, 2007; the Wilsons appealed. On August 12, 2008, in a 2-1 decision, the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the dismissal. Melanie Sloan, of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which represents the Wilsons, "said the group will request the full D.C. Circuit to review the case and appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court." Agreeing with the Bush administration, the Obama Justice Department argues the Wilsons have no legitimate grounds to sue. On the current justice department position, Sloan stated: "We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to recognize the grievous harm top Bush White House officials inflicted on Joe and Valerie Wilson. The government’s position cannot be reconciled with President Obama’s oft-stated commitment to once again make government officials accountable for their actions."
To learn more Valerie wrote a book title "fair game" and the same titled movie is due out this year 2010 with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts starring in the movie.