Neo-crazy media sycophant Judith Miller of the
New York Times, an "embedded" reporter in Bush's war of aggression
against Iraq – and in the subsequent futile hunt for the weapons of mass destruction
she had frequently reported Saddam Hussein had – is currently embedded in jail
for refusing to testify before a grand jury.
On July 6, 2003, the New York Times published an op-ed piece by former
Ambassador Joseph Wilson in which he claimed to have been sent to Niger in early
2002 by the Central Intelligence Agency in response to inquiries from Vice President
Cheney to investigate whether Iraq had recently been seeking to purchase uranium
from Niger. Wilson claimed that he had conducted the requested investigation
and reported on his return that there was no credible evidence that any such
effort had been made.
President Bush had gone to Congress in September 2002 seeking "specific statutory
authorization" to invade Iraq. Bush based his case on the just-completed top-secret
national intelligence estimate (NIE) of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs,
which was presumably informed by Wilson's report.
According to Bush, the NIE contained positive proof that Saddam had been reconstructing
his nuke and chem-bio programs in the several years since the end of inspections
by the UN Special Commission
Now, on Dec. 16, 1998, Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, had made this final assessment of Iraq's nuclear programs:
There were no indications to suggest that Iraq was successful in its attempt
to produce nuclear weapons.
Iraq was at, or close to, the threshold of success in such areas as the
production of HEU through the EMIS process, the production and pilot cascading
of single-cylinder sub-critical gas centrifuge machines, and the fabrication
of the explosive package for a nuclear weapon.
There were no indications to suggest that Iraq had produced more than a
few grams of weapons-grade nuclear material through its indigenous processes.
There were no indications that Iraq had otherwise clandestinely acquired weapons-usable
There were no indications that there remained in Iraq any physical capability
for the production of amounts of weapons-usable nuclear material of any practical
Hence, when Bush "determined" on March 19 that no "further diplomatic
or other peaceful means will adequately protect the national security of the
United States from the continuing threat posed by Iraq," most of us assumed
Bush and our intelligence community had discovered that Saddam had somehow managed
to acquire nukes.
However, in his January 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush merely
stated: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently
sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Nevertheless, Bush, Cheney, and Condi Rice all began warning of the need to
divest Saddam of "the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom
Well, we learned – from the IAEA – just weeks before Bush invaded Iraq
that the "documentary evidence" that Saddam had sought
to buy uranium-oxide (yellowcake) from Niger were "blatant forgeries."
Now, just weeks after Bush invaded Iraq, Wilson was telling us that high-level
officials of the Bush-Cheney administration had known the accusation was baseless
for more than a year before the invasion.
In particular, the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) – which had been set up in
2002 to plan public statements and to control such high-level leaks about the
upcoming war – knew that. So, WHIG apparently swung into action, trying to make
"Democrat" Wilson and his CIA covert-agent wife the issue, rather
than the revelation that the White House had knowingly made false statements
to us and their media sycophants.
Well, two years later, that and perhaps other WHIG activities in the prelude
to – and immediate aftermath of – Bush's war of aggression against Iraq may
be in the cross-hairs of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
How else to explain Judge Tatel's opinion, which contained nine redacted pages
– presumably highly classified – of what Prosecutor Fitzgerald has determined
a person or persons, unknown, leaked to neo-crazy media sycophant Judith Miller.
Quoth the judge:
"Were the leak at issue in this case less harmful to national security
or more vital to public debate, or had the special counsel failed to demonstrate
the grand jury's need for the reporters' evidence, I might have supported the
motion to quash.
"Because identifying appellants' sources instead appears essential
to remedying a serious breach of public trust, I join in affirming the district
court's orders compelling their testimony."