Saturday, July 16, 2005

CIA Officers Say, "Mr. Bush Have You No Shame"?

Several members of the CIA who worked with Valerie Plame are blogging at No Quarter where you go if you are tired of the spin in the "No Spin Zone" and the "Hard Ball" pledge of a host [cough*Chris Matthews*cough*cough] who lobs nerf balls.

In a post titled MR. BUSH, HAVE YOU NO SHAME? Larry Johnson writes:

Every American who cares about our national security and the health of our intelligence services should be outraged over the current campaign being directed by the Republican National Committee to continue to smear the reputation and motives of Valerie Plame, an active employee of the CIA, who is not permitted to answer her critics and must sit quietly by while a group of bullies and cowards like Congressman Peter King, RNC Chairman Mehlman, Cliff May, and Victoria Toensing, among others, spread falsehoods about her status and actions. This is wrong and should not stand.

In another post titled: The Intelligence Challenge: Can We Trust Our President? he says:

Based on published information we can only conclude that partisan politics by people in the Bush Administration overrode the moral and legal obligations to protect clandestine officers and security assets

Beyond supporting Mrs. Wilson with our moral support and prayers we want to send a clear message to the political operatives responsible for this. You are a traitor and you are our enemy. You should lose your job and probably should go to jail for blowing the cover of a clandestine intelligence officer. You have set a sickening precedent. You have warned all U.S. intelligence officers that you may be compromised if you are providing information the White House does not like. A precedent, as one colleague pointed out during our brief appearances, allows you to build out a case based on previous legal actions and court decisions. It’s a slippery slope if it lowers the bar.

Under title of THE REAL OUTRAGE IN THE ROVE PLAME AFFAIR Mr. Johnson references the Senate report as biased: the biased Senate intelligence committee report. Even though it was slanted to try to portray Joe [Ambassador Wilson] in the worst possible light this fact emerges on page 52 of the report: According to the US Ambassador to Niger (who was commenting on Joe's visit in February 2002), "Ambassador Wilson reached the same conclusion that the Embassy has reached that it was highly unlikely that anything between Iraq and Niger was going on." Joe's findings were consistent with those of the Deputy Commander of the European Command, Major General Fulford....

At the end of the day, Joe Wilson was right. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was the Bush Administration that pushed that lie and because of that lie Americans are dying. Shame on those who continue to slander Joe Wilson while giving Bush and his pack of liars a pass. That's the true outrage.

Keep an eye on No Quarter. They know what they're talking about.