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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Taking a Leak

"There's just too many leaks, and if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 30, 2003

“Dang straight! We can’t have these sensitive government leaks endangering national security. The leaks must be stopped.”

"I want to know the truth. ... I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is, partially because, in all due respect to your profession, you do a very good job of protecting the leakers.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, October 8, 2003

“He may not know, but Dubya will get to the bottom of this. We aren’t going to allow these people to keep hurting national security!”

"I'd like to know if somebody in my White House did leak sensitive information."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, October 28, 2003

“Yes.. Let’s get this out in the open. Let’s make sure that these law-breakers, even if ensconced in the halls of power in the White House, pay for their misdeads!”

“A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded ‘National Intelligence Estimate’ on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.”
-New York Sun, April 6, 2006

“In the words of Jon Stewart.. ‘Whaaaaa?’ Bush gave permission to the leaker? That just can’t be. Let’s find someone else instead, or at least let’s work on bringing down the entire government. If Bush is going, he isn’t going alone..”

“Although not reflected in the court papers, two senior government officials said in interviews with National Journal in recent days that Libby has also asserted that Cheney authorized him to leak classified information to a number of journalists during the run-up to war with Iraq. In some instances, the information leaked was directly discussed with the Vice President, while in other instances Libby believed he had broad authority to release information that would make the case to go to war.

In yet another instance, Libby had claimed that President Bush authorized Libby to speak to and provide classified information to Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward for ‘Plan of Attack,’ a book written by Woodward about the run-up to the Iraqi war.”
-National Journal, April 6, 2006

“But according to Libby's grand jury testimony, described for the first time in legal papers filed this week, Cheney ‘specifically directed’ Libby in late June or early July 2003 to pass information to reporters from two classified CIA documents: an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate and a March 2002 summary of Wilson's visit to Niger.

One striking feature of that decision -- unremarked until now, in part because Fitzgerald did not mention it -- is that the evidence Cheney and Libby selected to share with reporters had been disproved months before.”
-Washington Post, April 8, 2006

“So now Libby and Rove and Bush and Cheney are all involved.. The government is embroiled in yet another scandal revolving around their lies. You know that there is only one thing left to do..”

“The administration of President George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine has reported in its April 17 issue.
The article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that Bush and others in the White House have come to view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler.
‘That's the name they're using,’ the report quoted a former senior intelligence official as saying.
A senior unnamed Pentagon adviser is quoted in the article as saying that ‘this White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran, and that means war.’"
-AFP, April 8, 2006

“That’s right.. Attack another country. When Afghanistan was doing poorly, we lied to give excuses to bomb Iraq. Now that Iraq is going badly (and the lies are coming out), its time to bomb Iran. Whoopie.
By the way, many thanks to TBogg for the weekend blog link to the 9/11 Quotes from last week. My hits on the blog go up about a hundred-fold for a few days when he does that. And, of course, that means that the Quotes need to go on hiatus for a few days, as I’m going to be out of town on business until Friday. Every time I get good bloggy linkage I need to take off for a few. Sigh…”


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