The Talking Lion

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Man, can't you just go home...

Sigh. Basically, John Tierney hates me and enjoys making my head hurt with his horrible, horrible columns. Who the hell hired this guy? I mean, whose bright idea was it to put this waste of life in the NYT twice a week?

In today's column he tries his hand at the whole Rove-is-a-dangerous-jerk scandal:
At first it looked like an outrageous crime harming innocent victims: a brave whistle-blower was smeared by a vicious White House politico who committed a felony by exposing the whistle-blower's wife as an undercover officer, endangering her and her contacts in the field.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Unfortunately he doesn't stop there:
The White House felon So far Karl Rove appears guilty of telling reporters something he had heard, that Valerie Wilson, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, worked for the C.I.A. But because of several exceptions in the 1982 law forbidding disclosure of a covert operative's identity, virtually no one thinks anymore that he violated it. The law doesn't seem to apply to Ms. Wilson because she apparently hadn't been posted abroad during the five previous years.

The endangered spies Ms. Wilson was compared to James Bond in the early days of the scandal, but it turns out she had been working for years at C.I.A. headquarters, not exactly a deep-cover position. Since being outed, she's hardly been acting like a spy who's worried that her former contacts are in danger.

At the time her name was printed, her face was still not that familiar even to most Washington veterans, but that soon changed. When her husband received a "truth-telling" award at a Nation magazine luncheon, he wept as he told of his sorrow at his wife's loss of anonymity. Then he introduced her to the crowd.

And then, for any enemy agents who missed seeing her face at the luncheon but had an Internet connection, she posed with her husband for a photograph in Vanity Fair.

There are so many things wrong with this, where to begin? Firstly she wasn't working at CIA headquarters the 5-years before being outed but at a semi-secret location in Boston. Secondly, it is pretty douche-baggish to accuse of Wilson of outing his wife. She was outed before that luncheon and anyone on the other end of our spy-games would have found that out thanks to the (justified) media blitz during the aftermath of the Novak column and the subsequent investigation. So, John, you fucking jerk, none of this is Wilson's fault.

And, in regards to the illegality of Rove's actions: there wouldn't be a elongated investigation by both the Justice Dept and the CIA, if it's so obvious that no crime was committed. (more on that below)

The smeared whistle-blower Mr. Wilson accused the White House of willfully ignoring his report showing that Iraq had not been seeking nuclear material from Niger. But a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that his investigation had yielded little valuable information, hadn't reached the White House and hadn't disproved the Iraq-Niger link - in fact, in some ways it supported the link.

Bullshit. Well, thats a fucking ridiculous twisting of words. Wilson came home with convincing evidence that Saddam had made attempts to aquire yellow cake but none had ever been provided from Niger. Wilson, who was not an intelligence operative and didn't have anywhere near a substantial security clearance, found out that all evidence linking Niger and Iraq were based upon obvious forgeries. He came home and found that the lie based upon these forgeries was being used as propaganda to justify preemptive war with Iraq and he dutifully blew the whistle. So yes, it yeilded "little valuable information" on Iraqi operations but it yeilded tremendous information on just how far the Bush Admin. would go to topple Iraq.
Mr. Wilson presented himself as a courageous truth-teller who was being attacked by lying partisans, but he himself became a Democratic partisan (working with the John Kerry presidential campaign) who had a problem with facts.

Again, fuck off, John. If you outed my (non-existant) wife in order to shut me up, I would do everything I could to keep you from the power to do the like again.

Jeez. Reading his columns is pretty effective cardio, I'm doing jump-flip-kicks thanks to the righteous anger this column is supplying. (In other news, I would like to apologize in advance to whoever's cat that was; she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I cannot be held accountable.)

So now to the word of the law and the legal ramifications of outing a covert-op. Firstly, Valerie Plame was in fact undercover. The CIA refuses to discuss what exactly she was doing in Niger, and Tieney (and allt he GOP asshats) are using that to their advantage. In reality, the CIA believed a crime had been committed by outing their agent. It also brings me back to "if there was nothing wrong committed why did it take more than a year for Rove to come forward?" thought.

Here's the law Rove broke, despite "not know her name" or any other red herring's he throws us:
Intelligence Identities Protection Act
§ 421. Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources
Disclosure of information by persons having or having had access to classified information that identifies covert agent
Whoever, having or having had authorized access to classified information that identifies a covert agent, intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
So, 10 years in the clink for Darling Karl.

PS. I think I need to prepare for future Tierney lambasting. I need new and colorful way of saying he's an willfully-ignorant, jerk-off, douchebag. Any suggestions?

PPS. I cuddle cats, I don't kick them.


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