January 25th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Judge Reggie Walton warned the defense that Libby would have to take the stand if he wanted to try t

Judge Reggie Walton warned the defense that Libby would have to take the stand if he wanted to try to persuade the jury his own memory was flawed.

Former Cheney Staffer Testifies in CIA Leak Trial

By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, January 25, 2007; 1:46 PM

 

Vice President Cheney's former public affairs director testified this morning that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby directed her to ask the CIA which journalists were working on stories about a CIA-sponsored trip to Africa, then personally telephoned at least one of them in an attempt to influence the broadcast.

Cathie Martin's testimony, on the third morning of Libby's perjury trial, again made clear that Libby was deeply involved in the effort to gather information about former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who went to the African nation of Niger at the CIA's request to determine whether Iraq was seeking nuclear material there. Wilson later publicly accused the administration of twisting his conclusions to justify the invasion.

Martin's testimony also showed how deeply Cheney himself was enmeshed in the effort in the early summer of 2003 to deflect blame from his office about Wilson's trip, which found no basis for President Bush's claims that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger for its nuclear weapons program.

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Chris Keeley

Diebold voting machine key copied from pic on Diebold site

Diebold voting machine key copied from pic on Diebold site

BoingBoing reader Sejin says,
In another stunning blow to the security and integrity of Diebold's electronic voting machines, someone has made a copy of the key which opens ALL Diebold e-voting machines from a picture on the company's own website. The working keys were confirmed by Princeton scientists, the same people who discovered that a simple virus hack on the Diebold machines could steal an election. Absolutely incredible and another example of how Diebold's e-voting machines pose a great threat to the electoral process.
Link. (thanks to everyone who suggested this)

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Tag Cloud for 2007 State of the Union Address

Tag Cloud for 2007 State of the Union Address

Here's a tag cloud for President Bush's State of the Union address last night. The size of words indicate how frequently they were used in the speech. Example: "security," "terrorists" and "america" are bigger than most, because the President said them more often. Link

posted by Xeni Jardin

http://www.jasongriffey.net/wp/2007/01/24/tag-cloud-for-2007-state-of-the-union/

Chris Keeley

George McGovern/William Polk: National Press Club re Iraq

An Impartial Interrogation of George W. Bush

   George McGovern/Wed Jan 17, 12:57 PM ET/

   The Nation -- I'm glad to be back at the National Press Club.
   Indeed, at the age of eighty-four, I'm glad to be anywhere. In my
   younger years when the subject of aging came up, trying to sound
   worldly wise, I would say, "It doesn't matter so much the number of
   years you have, but what you do with those years." I don't say that
   anymore. I now want to reach a hundred. Why? Because I thoroughly
   enjoy life and there are so many things I must still do before
   entering the mystery beyond. The most urgent of these is to get
   American soldiers out of the Iraqi hellhole Bush-Cheney and their
   neoconservative theorists have created in what was once called the
   cradle of civilization. It is believed to be the location of the
   Garden of Eden. I mention the neoconservative theorists to recall
   Walter Lippman's observance, "There is nothing so dangerous as a
   belligerent professor"

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