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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Bush Lies!

Liberals rejoice! The end is nigh for these dirtbags in the Whitehouse and the Senate. Delay resigns and Bush and his press secretary get caught in bold face lies. They'll spin their way out of this by Wednesday next week at lunchtime, but it's nice to see them squirm a bit now and then.

(soon to be ex)-President Bush in September, 2003 [lies in bold]:
"I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take appropriate action."

From the NYT:

For months, Mr. Bush and his top aides have campaigned against leaks of classified information as a danger to the nation and as criminal acts. A Washington Post report on secret overseas jails run by the C.I.A. and a New York Times report on domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency have led to criminal investigations, and scores of intelligence officers have been ordered to take polygraph tests.

In that context, the report that the president was himself approving a leak may do serious political damage, said Mr. Shenkman, who has a blog on presidential politics. "It does give the public such a powerful example of hypocrisy that I think it might linger for a while," he said.

McClellan Lies!
Scott McClellan argued Friday that the president staunchly opposes releasing classified information that could affect U.S. security. And he pointed out that the president reserves the right to declassify material.

Looking at the specific 2003 case, McClellan said, "Because of the public debate that was going on and some of the wild accusations that were flying around at the time, we felt it was very much in the public interest that what information could be declassified be declassified, and that's exactly what we did."

But the court documents show that Bush approved the release of the information 10 days before the White House said the information was declassified.

The information was released on July 8, 2003, according to the documents.

On July 18 of that year, McClellan told reporters "this information was just, as of today, officially declassified."

Another gem from McClellan: "There is a difference between providing declassified information to the public when it's in the public interest and leaking classified information that involved sensitive national intelligence regarding our security."

More good news! Because these "Disclosures Are Called Unrelated To Plame Case" (or so says Libby's lawyer) that means that they're unrelated to the old "ongoing investigation" saw the and Administration should be able to allow itself to talk this issue to death. That is, unless the President asks the DOJ to start an investigation of himself.

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