UPDATE: (6:20 PM)
Rove to Be Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying, and Possibly Obstruction of Justice
“Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.
During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.
”Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.
”It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.”
Gee…it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving guy!
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Karl Rove to be Indicted!
Truthout Reports: "Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.
" Details of Rove's discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.
" Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed Rove's indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove's situation. A spokesman in the White House press office said they would not comment on "wildly speculative rumors." Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, did not return a call for comment Friday. " MORE
Post/ABC Poll Manipulative, Misleading, and Based on False Statements
By Cheryl Seal
Since 2001, I have identified many patterns of skewing and manipulation in media polls - all aimed at aiding "The Fuehrer." The latest Washington Post-ABC poll that claims that that 2/3 of Americans are OK with Bush's massive culling of priviate phone records of millions of US citizens is an example of an oft-used tactic I call the "preemptive strike." Most editors and journalists know that that it takes a week or more - five days at the least - for new developments reported in the news to fully register with the public. This is almost a rule of thumb - even the Dubai Ports deal which caused such outrage took a week before people were truly up in arms and the letters to the editor and Congressfolk had really started to pour in.
So whenever Bush is threatened with a major backlash from a breaking story, a hasty poll will be run the day the story breaks, or the day after - well before the impact of the story fully registers. A large percentage of people being polled will not even have heard the story yet, and thus will only be connecting with the poll question as asked, not with the question in the context of the latest revelations re: Bush & Co. And then the wording of the Post/ABC poll was VERY much skewed to elicit the answers that would most help Bush. MORE
Now We KNOW They're Hiding Something!
Bush Administration Blocks NSA Wiretap Investigation
The Nation reports: "With news reports exposing the National Security Agency's previously secret spying on the phone conversations of tens of millions of Americans, what is the status of the U.S. Department of Justice probe of the Bush administration's authorization of a warrantless domestic wiretapping program?
The investigation has been closed.
That's right. Even as it is being revealed that the president's controversial eavesdropping program is dramatically more extensive – and Constitutionally dubious -- than had been previously known, the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has informed Representative Maurice Hinchey that its attempt to determine which administration officials authorized, approved and audited NSA surveillance activities is over.
In a letter to Hinchey, the New York Democrat who has been the most dogged Congressional advocate for investigation of the spying program, OPR Counsel H. Marshall Jarrett explained that he had closed the Justice Department probe on Tuesday, May 9, because his office's requests for security clearances to conduct the investigation had been denied.
"I am writing to inform you that we have been unable to make any meaningful progress in our investigation because OPR has been denied security clearances for access to information about the NSA program," Jarrett explained in his letter to Hinchey. "Beginning in January 2006, this Office made a series of requests for the necessary clearances. On May 9, 2006, we were informed that our requests had been denied. Without these clearances, we cannot investigate this matter and therefore have closed our investigation."
Who blocked the request? Who blocked the request? The obstruction has come from the very administration that the president asserts is operating "within the laws of our country" and cooperating with appropriate investigations. MORE
Bush’s REAL Objectives for Massive NSA Database:
Spying on Political Opponents, Insider Trading, Media Preemption
An inside source very familiar with the machinations of the Bush administration and its so-called “intelligence network” predicted several months ago that the scope of the NSA wiretapping would be revealed as far more extensive than anyone realized and for purposes that had nothing to do with national security. The publicly touted justification - “In the name of national security” – was, said my friend, “Just the password that got the Bush operatives into the candy shop.”
The idea, of course, was dismissed as just another outrageous conspiracy theory. Of course the government wouldn’t authorize more than a few thousand very carefully targeted taps! the gullible argued.
But now the other shoe has hit the floor and it is now known that MILLIONS of Americans are now part of the NSA’s private stash of potential inside lines to information. And I don’t mean information on terrorist planning. I mean inside lines into what Bush critics and political opponents are up to, what stories news outlets are planning – weeks ahead of time, and what hot investments could profit the Bush insiders (i..e,. a novel and very sneaky form of inside trading). In addition, the Bush “cartel,” ever more paranoid and demanding of absolute loyalty from its employees, appointees, and consultants, has been – or was planning to – use the NSA’s inside lines to spy on “its own” to insure absolute loyalty.
There must be people in the NSA who have wondered why certain calls were “flagged” for review when they seemed to have nothing directly to do with national security. If these people care about America, care about what is right “under God and law,” then they MUST come forward. Going to anyone in the Bush administration, of course, would be a joke. Even the justice department, with loyalist Gonzalez in charge, cannot be trusted. Alas, the mainstream media cannot be trusted, either. Look how long the “New York Times” sat on the information about the NSA wiretaps in the first place.
Instead, I suggest these true patriots willing to blow the whistle contact at least TWO Congresspeople they believe they can trust. By providing the information to two or more people, if one sits on the info, the other may not. And if one refuses to respond, it will be made abundantly clear who they are working for. And it ain’t their constituents.
New Cheryl Seal Commentary
The Brink of Disaster
Six Reasons NOT to Invade Iran
Before the invasion of Iraq, many of us bloggers pleaded the case against the war, pointing out that thousands of civilians would die, that civil war could be precipitated, that thousands of US troops would die, be maimed, or come home psychologically damaged, that terrorism would increase, not decrease, and that trust and respect for the US would be severely undermined. All of these warnings were ignored, all of them came to pass.
Each of these same warnings obviously apply also to Iran. Yet despite the very recent lessons of Iraq, they are – incredibly enough - once again being ignored or downplayed.
However, there are other, less “obvious” dangers posed by military action in Iran. Perhaps these reasons may be heeded when the more “clear and present dangers” continue to fall on blind eyes and deaf ears.
Here are six reasons NOT to invade Iran: READ THE REST
Declaration of Wrongs
The Democrats’ Best Bet for 2006
Excerpt: “There are things happening in this nation that are quite simply and indefensibly WRONG. Everyone knows they are wrong. And to win in 2006 and regain America's respect, the Democrats must stand up and unequivocally state that these things are wrong and pledge to set things right…..
What is turning public opinion against the Democrats- and I specifically mean the folks in Congress - is not the same thing that has turned the public against the Republicans. People are repulsed by the GOP because of its "culture of corruption," its hypocrisy, arrogance, its indifference to the everyday man and woman's needs, its indifference to other cultures, the environment, and the future.
What pisses Americans off about the Democrats is that no one in the party seems able to come out and make a clear, unequivocal "declaration of war" on what Bush has done to America. Instead, what America hears is a lot of Democratic "bet hedging." Even now, with all the evidence before us, with only 30% of the public approving of the Iraq situation, the Democrats will not, as a unified body, officially condemn the war and call for a near-future withdrawal.
I have yet to hear the Democrats state as a party principle that they are "against torture for any reason, any time, anywhere because that is NOT what American is all about." Or to declare that the oil industry has gone too far and MUST BE STOPPED. Period. Instead, the Dems test the waters and poke around the edges of an issue, as if fearful it might bite. “
Just Where Are those Oil Industry Profits Going?
Neglected BP Plant WORST POLLUTER in US
With annual profits soaring into the billions for the oil industry, you'd think that they would have plenty of jing to spend on things like refinery upgrades - even basic maintenance, for Chrissakes! But nope. The industry is spending LESS, not more on older facilities. Damn the pollution, full speed ahead! Take BP, which posted a net profit for the first quarter of $5.82 BILLION.
AP reports: "The nation's worst polluting plant is the BP PLC oil refinery where 15 workers died in an explosion last year, raising questions about whether the company has been underreporting toxic emissions. BP's Texas City refinery released three times as much pollution in 2004 as it did in 2003... MOREThe increase at BP was so large that it accounted for the bulk of a 15 percent increase in refinery emissions nationwide in 2004, the highest level since 2000. The company is investigating whether it has been accurately documenting pollution, the Houston Chronicle reported on Sunday. There could be more federal fines levied against the energy giant if mistakes are found. BP already faces a record $21.3 million fine from the U.S. "