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Special Report Protects Bush By Lying

Reported by Janie - April 7, 2006

On Special Report Thursday (4/6) Fox White House Correspondent Carl Cameron filed a report on the revelation that George Bush leaked the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to the media in July 2003 to strengthen his case for the invasion of Iraq since he was under pressure because no weapons of mass destruction had been found. In typical Fox fashion, the report was filled with lies and misperceptions which left any viewer with complete pro-Republican propaganda.

Cameron opened, "President Bush was making his case in NC for toppling Saddam Hussein as word spread that federal documents suggest that in July 2003, he personally authorized public disclosure of parts of the CIA's classified National Intelligence Estimate or NIE in order to help bolster his decision to invade Iraq.

The information surfaced in the case against former vice president chief of staff Scooter Libby, who resigned after being charged with perjury and obstruction for allegedly lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters about the identity of CIA staffer Valerie Plame.

Significantly, Libby is not charged with disclosing Plame's identity, nor leaking any classified information."

Comment: Notice how Cameron refers to Plame - as a "staffer", when Fitzgerald clearly stated that she was a covert operative in Libby's indictment. Fox is trying to make light of the situation and provide their viewer with blatant misinformation.

He continued, "Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in a court filing late Wednesday, wrote that Libby resisted authorization from the VP to disclose the information but quote 'defendant testified that vice president later advised him that the president had authorized the defendant to disclose relevant portions of the NIE.' Furthermore quote 'Defendant testified that he also spoke to David Addington, then counsel to the vice president, whom defendant considered to be an expert in national security law, and Mr. Addington opined that presidential authorization to publicly disclose a document amounted to declassification of the document."

Comment: Funny that they don't mention who David Addington is NOW, or what else he's known for. Mr. Addington, who seems to think the President can leak whatever he wants, is the man that took Scooter Libby's job immediately after Libby resigned. According to the Washington post profile on Addington (hat tip to MYDD):

"Where there has been controversy over the past four years, there has often been Addington. He was a principal author of the White House memo justifying torture of terrorism suspects. He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.
Addington also led the fight with Congress and environmentalists over access to information about corporations that advised the White House on energy policy. He was instrumental in the series of fights with the Sept. 11 commission and its requests for information.
. . .
Colleagues say Addington stands out for his devotion to secrecy in an administration noted for its confidentiality.
. . .
Even in a White House known for its dedication to conservative philosophy, Addington is known as an ideologue, an adherent of an obscure philosophy called the unitary executive theory that favors an extraordinarily powerful president.
. . .
Addington's influence -- like Cheney's overall -- extends throughout the government in his bid to expand executive power. He goes through every page of the federal budget in search of riders that could restrict executive authority. He meets daily with White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and often raises objections to requests for information from Congress or the public, officials say. He also routinely works to defeat proposals from the State Department, where the pervasive internationalist philosophy is at odds with Cheney's neoconservatism."

Yeah, this is a guy I trust to tell me what the President of the United States can and can't do. This guy would have made Nixon proud.

Cameron went on to bash Democrats for even bringing this up, "But at a hearing on capital hill, Democrats ripped in to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and the administration, repeatedly accusing Mr. Bush of leaking secrets."

Anthony Weiner (clip): "When the President does it, that means it's not illegal, that is exactly what President Richard Nixon said. You have taken a position that essentially says the President has the right to leak information whenever he sees fit."

CC: "Over in the Senate, New York's Charles Shumer accused the President of hypocrisy."

Comment: The definition of hypocrisy is: "The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness."

Well, I think this fits the definition quite well:

“There’s just too many leaks, and if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.” [GWB 9/30/03]

"This is a town of — where a lot of people leak. And I’ve constantly expressed my displeasure with leaks, particularly leaks of classified information. And I want to know, I want to know the truth. I want to see to it that the truth prevail." [GWB 10/7/03]

"I’d like to know if somebody in my White House did leak sensitive information. As you know, I’ve been outspoken on leaks. And whether they happened in the White House, or happened in the administration, or happened on Capitol Hill, it is a — they can be very damaging. And so this investigation is ongoing and — by professionals who do this for a living, and I hope they — I’d like to know." [GWB 10/28/03]

Chuck Shumer (clip): "This administration has been very very strong against leaks, now if the President leaked for whatever purpose, we ought to know that and then we ought to know what distinguishes his leaking information from all the others who leaked information and were condemned by the President."

CC: "Shumer demanded to know if the President can declassify information quote 'willynilly'. In February, the Vice President told Fox that he and the president both have power to declassify intelligence."

Dick Cheney (clip): There is an executive order that specifies who has classification authority. And it obviously focus first and foremost on the President, but also includes the Vice President.

CC: "In court documents, special prosecutor Fitzgerald doesn't question the president's authority to declassify the NIE, which experts point out is not related to Libby's perjury and obstruction case."

Victoria Toensing: "The President of the United States has absolute authority to authorize disclosure of any classified document. I'm just surprised we're having this discussion about the NIE document, because it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Valerie Plame matter."

Comment: Let's just call this what it is - an outright lie. The authorization of the leak was what led Libby to speak to Judy Miller from the New York Times in the first place. Had the NIE never been leaked, Libby may never have told Miller about Plame in their meeting.

CC: "The White House reiterated its refusal to comment on this ongoing investigation, even as some Democrats on capital hill blasted the president as the "leaker-in-chief". That's perhaps a more political than legal charge, since even the prosecutor doesn't question the president's authority or power to declassify information and make its disclosure legal."

Comment: This statement is preposterous - the fact that Fitzgerald doesn't bring up whether the President had the right to leak the information is completely irrelevant - he just isn't looking into that, hence, he didn't bring up the question in his court filings.

While the leak may very well be legal, the problem is that on July 18th Bush's press spokesman, Scott McClellan said that the NIE was declassified on the 18th, not the 8th, when the leak was authorized. If McClellan states the NIE was declassifed on the 18th, that means on the 8th it was still classified.

Not to mention this whole scenario begs the questions, if Bush authorized the NIE leak did he also authorize the leak of Plame's name? And would the leaking of a CIA operatives name be legal for the President if he can leak anything he wants?

The viewer was left with a totally distorted view of the case, and Fox once again lied and distorted to protect Dear Leader.

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