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                            TigerSoft Freedom News Service   5/30/2008     www.tigersoft.com   
                                   Updated 6/14/2008 with materials on Rep. Kucinich's new
                                   Articles of Impeachement, readers views of Nancy "Impeachment-Is-
                                   off-The-Table" and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIRPAC)

  The Smoking Gun of High Treason

                                     It's Official:
                                 BUSH OK'd The OUTING OF

                     IN WAR-TIME THIS IS HIGH TREASON.

           What Will It Take To Get Nancy Pelosi
               To Allow Impeachment To Start?

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                  The Smoking Gun of High Treason
                or Is It That The President Can Do Whatever He Wants?     

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                                                 What kind of person makes a face like this?
                                                         Where has his arrogance taken us?
                                                        Arrogance: the "offensive exhibition of
                                  assumed superiority. Overbearing pride."  "haughtiness, insolence, disdain."

I just heard Bush's ex-Press Secretary, Scott MacClellan,
     say he was told by Bush himself that it was he (The President of the
     US)  who authorized the outing of CIA agent, Valerie Plame,
     through articles by right-wing commentator, Robert Novak.

     See http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mcclellan30-2008may30,0,6516974.story

         (Amazing stuff on Keith Oberman - CNBC at 5:00 PM tonight.)

         Outing (revealing publicly) a CIA agent in war-time is high treason
     under the law. 

          Doing so for political reasons of revenge, to intimidate other
    reporters or whistle-blowers and to slide the US into a $3 Trillion
    war that has killed and maimed one million human beings, all
    based on lies, is surely treasonable.  If outing a CIA agent who
    specialized in collecting information on the nuclear weapons
    capabilities of our enemies is not treason, what is?

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cottie McC: But the other defining moment was in early April 2006, when I learned
                that the President had secretly declassified the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq for the
                Vice President and Scooter Libby to anonymously disclose to reporters. And we had been
                out there talking about how seriously the President took the selective leaking of classified
                information. And here we were, learning that the President had authorized the very same thing
                we had criticized.

                  "Viera: Did you talk to the President and say why are you doing this?

                 "Scottie McC: Actually, I did. I talked about the conversation we had. I walked onto
               Air Force One, it was right after an event we had, it was down in the south, I believe it was
               North Carolina. And I walk onto Air Force One and a reporter had yelled a question to the
               President trying to ask him a question about this revelation that had come out during the legal
               proceedings. The revelation was that it was the President who had authorized, or, enable Scooter
               Libby to go out there and talk about this information. And I told the President that that's what the
               reporter was asking. He was saying that you, yourself, was the one that authorized the leaking
               of this information. And he said "yeah, I did." And I was kinda taken aback"
               ( Source: http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2008/05/29/george-bush-authorized-the-leak-of-valerie-wilsons-identity/ .  )

                          Initially, Bush has told the Special Prosecutor and the Press that who ever authorized the leak of Valerie
                    Plame's name as a CIA agent should be found out and punished.  What does he say now?

         Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose employment was revealed
    in 2003, was married to Ambassador Joe Wilson.  It was Wilson
    who was sent to Africa by the CIA to find out if Iraq was really buying
    materials for a nuclear weapons' program.  He came back and
    told the CIA he had not discovered such evidence and that the
    proof the White House was using to sell the war was false.  When
    the White House persisted with the lies to sell the war, Ambassador
    Wilson published his findings in the New York Times.   The White
    House retaliated and got Robert Novak to disclose that Wilson's
    wife worked for the CIA.  He also released tot he public the name
    of the company that Valerie Plame worked for and highlighted
    its probable connection to the CIA.  "After the name of the company
    was broadcast ..., administration officials confirmed that it was a
    CIA front.

The inadvertent disclosure of the name of a business affiliated with the CIA
                  underscores the potential damage to the agency and its operatives caused by the leak of
                  Plame's identity. Intelligence officials have said that once Plame's job as an undercover
                  operative was revealed, other agency secrets could be unraveled and her sources might
                  be compromised or endangered.  A former diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity
                  said ... that every foreign intelligence service would run Plame's name through its databases
                  within hours of its publication to determine if she had visited their country and to reconstruct
                  her activities. "That's why the agency is so sensitive about just publishing her name,"
                  the former diplomat said
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A40012-2003Oct3?language=printer )


                    OUTING A CIA AGENT IS A HIGH CRIME

       Some right-wingers claim Valerie Plame was a low-ranking
    desk jockey at the CIA.  In fact, her outing had far-reaching
    consequences in the gathering of valid anti-terrorist intelligence.
    She was part of a large very secret counter-terrorism information
    collection group in the CIA.  Her mission was tracking down and
    eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

          "The federal statute making it a criminal penalty to
           knowingly divulge the identity of anyone working
           undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency was
           not enacted in a vacuum. In the early 1970s...a former
           CIA employee named Philip Agee wrote a book revealing
           the identities of several dozen CIA employees, many
           under deep cover and some including agency station
           chiefs in foreign capitals...Richard Welch, a brilliant
           Harvard-educated classicist, had been stationed in z
           Greece as CIA station chief only a few months before
           he was murdered, by a radical Greek terrorist organization
           called the 17th of November, in the doorway of his house
           in Athens on Dec. 23, 1975."  Agee divulged names that
           pointed to Welch being a CIA agent.  As a result he was killed.
           ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-hart/here-is-the-crime-in-outi_b_9489.html )
           Under the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA),
           it is a felony to knowingly divulge the identity of a covert
           CIA operative.  It carries a 10 year prison sentence and
           a $50,000 fine.
Where are the so-called right-wing patriots
           now when they should be condemning Bush, Rove, Cheney,
           Liddy, et al.?

           Bush last year commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby,
      Cheney's chief of staff, to buy his silence in the matter of the
      outing of Valerie Plame.   Obstruction of justice is a crime.
      It is what forced Nixon to resign or be impeached.   Bush was
      at the center of the cover-up of the outing of Valerie Plame.
          Bush is a moral coward.  He knowingly sent Scott McClellan
       to lie for him.  So now it's up to Congress.   The Republicans who
       know scurry around Congress are not like Howard Baker in
       Nixon's day.  They are low-lifers who put party above country
       every day of the week.  They are matched by the likes of Nancy
       Pelosi among Democrats who lack the courage to take on an
       arrogant President who would be an absolute monarch like
       Louis XIV who proudly proclaimed he was not above the law,
       he was the law.  "L'État, c'est moi" ("I am the State").   

        If this is not impeachable, then nothing is.  What will Speaker
    Nancy Pelosi do now?  She should, of course, immediately start
    impeachment proceedings.  We will see if the House Judiciary
    Committee holds hearings soon.  Nancy Pelosi gives no |
    indication that she will change her policies of giving Bush
    almost $200 billion to continue the war and not permit impeachment
    proceedings to start.  She calls the war a "big lie".   But if it
    is such a big lie, why does she do NOTHING to end it.   I wish her
    challengers success in ousting her from office this Fall in San

         Pelosi is no different than Bush or Cheney is disregarding
     the will of 65% of Americans to end the war at once.  And she is
     not different than Scalia on the Supreme Court who gave the
     Presidency to Bush in 2000, despite Gore's having a half million
     more votes than Bush.  Scalia's arrogant response to his critics:
     "Get over it."  

         Yes, people are furious at the arrogant crooks and thieves that
      run Washington.   An outsider like Obama, for all his flaws, can
      not possibly do a worse job of running the country than the
      arrogant bunch now in charge.

                                         From MSNBC website:

                   Former Whote House Spokesman is " making explosive election-year charges about how the
              White House handled the Valerie Plame case and built the case for invading Iraq".
               McClellan said he became “disillusioned” when he realized he was just a pawn in the never-ending
               political game.   “The larger message has been sort of lost in the mix. ... The White House would
               prefer I not speak out openly and honestly about my experiences, but I believe there is a larger
               purpose,” Scott McClellan, the chief spokesman for the White House from 2003 to 2006,
               told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira exclusively during his first interview since excerpts of his
               new memoir hit the Internet on Tuesday.  "McClellan said that it wasn't until he realized that he
               may have been led to deliver false information to the media about two senior administration
               officials’ roles in outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative that he knew he would someday
               have to tell his story."

                                                    The American Media Must Be More
                           Than A Propaganda Arm of The White House

          It is high time the media stop giving scare-mongering, war-mongering Presidents a
                free ride as they start wars or have the CIA overthrow popularly elected foreign governments.
                Here is an article written before the Iraq war about Bush.  It was exactly on target.   But
                the media cowardly props up and legitimizes an arrogant President and the damage to the
                US alone is horrendous.

                                                                The Libby Pardon

                            "Not everybody agrees on every detail of Constitutional interpretation, but
                  Madison and George Mason
have opinions that ought to carry a little weight, since they
                  wrote the thing.
And they both thought impeachment would be applicable if a president were
                  ever to pardon someone for a crime that he himself had something to do with
                  (Source: David Swanson http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/34135    When
                  Bush pardoned Libby for the obstruction of justice charge in the matter of the outing
                  of Valierie Plame, he brought onto himslef yet another reason for being impeached.   Libby
                  lied and refused to cooperate in the investigation to protect the Vice President and the
                  President.   Libby was Chief of Staff of the Vice President.  He has been pardoned to
                  keep him of testifying honestly. 

In June 2008, Dennis Kucinich introduced the following article of impeachment along with 34 others: 

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed", has both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, together with the Vice President,

(1) suppressed material information;

(2) selectively declassified information for the improper purposes of retaliating against a whistleblower and presenting a misleading picture of the alleged threat from Iraq;

(3) facilitated the exposure of the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson who had theretofore been employed as a covert CIA operative;

(4) failed to investigate the improper leaks of classified information from within his administration;

(5) failed to cooperate with an investigation into possible federal violations resulting from this activity; and

(6) finally, entirely undermined the prosecution by commuting the sentence of Lewis Libby citing false and insubstantial grounds, all in an effort to prevent Congress and the citizens of the United States from discovering the deceitful nature of the President's claimed justifications for the invasion of Iraq.

In facilitating this exposure of classified information and the subsequent cover-up, in all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office."

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Rep. Kucinich Files 35 Impeachment Articles against Bush

   "Representative Dennis Kucinich, Democrat-Ohio, defied the chiefs of his party on Monday by preparing 35 articles of impeachment against the United States President, George W. Bush. Most of those articles are related to United States’ war launched by Bush in Iraq.

   "Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, presented his intention to propose more than two dozen articles against Bush on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He accused the current U.S. President of implementing a "calculated and wide-ranging strategy" to mislead U.S. citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to our nation and that Saddam Hussein had ties with the 9/11 attacks.

   "However, the impeachment attempt against Bush isn’t expected to have much success. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly underlined the fact that such an attempt would be divisive and most likely unsuccessful.

   "Kucinich had a similar attempt in April 2007 when he tried to impeach Vice president Dick Cheney. The outspoken Iraq war critic failed to move that resolution forward."
Source: http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Kucinich_Files_35_Impeachment_Articles_against_Bush_18821.html  

See also
Quotes from those watchng Nancy Pelosi's            Refusal To Impeach Bush:

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(For more see
http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=18399 )

Scott said, "I really like Kucinich. Too bad that not being bought by corporate america means no air time on corporate american media."

Ian said, "Impeachment now is almost an insult after he has been allowed to run amok with impunity, but it’s got to happen. There must be accountability for the actions of the presidency and not only should George W. Bush be impeached but he should be tried for high treason as co-conspirator of the events of September 11, 2001 and tried as a war criminal!"

gmknobl said, "

This is a mistake that the democrats and the U.S. will rue for a long time to come. Proceedings should have begun a long time ago and everyone in the admin who had a connection with the deliberate lies leading up to the Iraq War should be impeached or criminally prosecuted if at all legally possible.

By not impeaching we are sending a notice to the world that we know they are corrupt but we don’t care. We are telling the world that we live in a double standard where we can do what we want yet tell everyone else to do something different. This non-impeachment further erodes our good will in the world, if indeed, we have any good will left.

What the heck is she waiting for? Until she gets paid extra money for pursuing it? And as far as holding to some bargain with the Repugs, there’s no point since they haven’t held to any bargains with the Dems anyway. Something is fishy. I think someone should follow the money on this issue."




Davol said, "I want Nancy Pelosi off the table! "

mugwort said, "
Pelosi is a Traitor, a criminal, a liar, a hypocrite and a fraud. She belongs in jail."

Her hands are stained with the BLOOD of HUMAN BEINGS.

Eyes Wide Shut said, "If you want to know why she immediately took impeachment “Off the table” and keeps it there, follow the AIPAC money. If we Americans want our counrty back, we must kill the power of the Israeli lobby."

Colonel Panic said, "
So who died and made her God? Lady Douchebag needs to remember that we “the people” put her in office, and we can take her out."

JimD said,  "Go, Dennis !!! Let’s send Bush off to the Hague for WAR CRIMES TRAILS - AND CHENEY TOO !!! As for Pelosi, “Off” with her head !!! What happened to Sheehan’s challenge to Pelosi ?"

Dave W said, "Bush and Cheney should have been brought up on impeachment charges long ago, removed from office, hanged for high treason (whatever that is in a democracy), and have their heads tour the country on pikes. It is the moral thing to do."

Nixon's Ghost said,  "President Bush is a MURDERER. Thanks to his lies, our soldiers are still dying in Iraq.  President Bush is solely responsible for their deaths.

It is against the Uniform Code Of Military Justice to knowingly cause the deaths of US soldiers without just cause. As President Bush is Commander-In-Chief of our armed forces, and as he knowingly sent 4,000 + (and counting) men and women to their deaths, he needs to be arrested and tried for treason, murder, conspiracy, and numerous other crimes.  He is a traitor. Period. "

Mustard said, "The most Powerful Republican In The World has referred to the Constitution of the United States as “just a goddamned piece of paper”.

More On Nancy Pelosi's arrogance:

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Right-Wing American Israeli Lobby: "It has been consistently ranked among the most powerful and most influential lobbies in Washington.[1]  AIPAC's original name was the American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs. According to UCLA political science professor and author, Steven Spiegel, "the tension between the Eisenhower administration and Israeli supporters was so acute that there were rumors (unfounded as it turned out) that the administration would investigate the American Zionist Council. Therefore, an independent lobbying committee was formed, which years later was renamed [AIPAC]."[2] 
(See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIPAC   and
American Everyman.


                                      CNN reporter talks of pressure to be patriotic
                                                   By DAVID BAUDER

"CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin said Thursday she was referring to her time spent at MSNBC when she said she felt pressure not to report stories critical of the Bush administration during the time leading up to the Iraq war.

"Yellin's initial comments, made during a discussion with Anderson Cooper on CNN Wednesday, shifted attention to the news media's performance following release of a critical assessment of the Bush administration by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. He wrote that Bush's strategy for selling the war was less than candid and honest.      

"During her CNN appearance, Yellin said
the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives to make sure the war was presented "in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings."     The higher Bush's approval ratings, the more pressure she felt from news executives to put on positive stories about the president, she said. Pushed by Cooper to explain, Yellin said her bosses would turn down critical stories about the administration and try to put on positive pieces.

"The charges against MSNBC aren't new, however. A prime-time show with Phil Donahue received consistent pressure to present panels tilted in favor of the war, said Jeff Cohen, that program's former senior producer. Donahue's show was on for less than a year before being cancelled less than a month before the war began. He once witnessed a producer scolded for organizing a discussion with pro- and anti-war sentiments presented equally, said Cohen, a liberal activist who wrote a book about his experiences with TV networks...

"McClellan offered criticism of the media's performance. He said reporters were "complicit enablers" by covering the preparations for war instead of more aggressively questioning the need for it."
( http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080529/ap_en_tv/tv_war_coverage )

               The Media Has Already To Started To Call McClellan "Traitor"
             "I guess that last vestige of decency is gone," said Ari Fleischer, who was Bush's first press secretary.

                "Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, said people are
              free to think and say whatever they want, but the unwritten rule for presidential advisers is to wait
              until the president is out of office before publishing a book.  (POr until after the next election,
              so that 4 more years will go by before people find out the truth!)

                " If a presidential spokesman finds the White House policy so distasteful, he should quit, not package
              it up in bundles of notes and then write a tell-all book, said Sheila Tate, who was press secretary
              to Nancy Reagan and to George H.W. Bush during his presidential campaign."  (He did quit just
              after Bush told him, it was he *Bush) who ordered the outing of Valerie Plame.)

              The internet offers critics the best place to research and test the validity of their view points:  Here are some
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