December 5th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Waxman Asks Mukasey for Libby Papers

Waxman Asks Mukasey for Libby Papers

By Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 5, 2007; A27

 

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) is asking new Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to release transcripts of interviews of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other senior officials from the now-completed CIA leak investigation.

Waxman, who has been investigating the nature of the revelation of former CIA analyst Valerie Plame Wilson's identity in the summer of 2003, asked Mukasey in a letter released on Monday to intervene in his dispute with the White House, saying that Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald has already turned over notes and transcripts of non-grand-jury interviews with CIA and State Department officials.

But, Waxman said, Fitzgerald has been blocked by the White House from releasing the documents.

Former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of four charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in the leak investigation, but his federal prison sentence was later commuted by Bush.

Waxman said that, with the investigation closed, release of these interview documents cannot interfere with an ongoing investigation. During the Clinton administration, Waxman said, the White House turned over to Congress dozens of FBI interview documents related to the most senior officials, including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

The White House and Justice Department declined to comment yesterday about the Waxman letter, as did Fitzgerald's office.

Chris Keeley

If W. can shape the intelligence to match his faith-based beliefs, as with Iraq, then he will believ

Even though Sy Hersh claims that the top echelon of the White House has long known of the conclusion that Iran had stopped its nuke program, and that Dick Cheney “has kept his foot on the neck of that report,” the president says he was briefed on it only last week. Others conspiratorially speculate that the president had to have green-lighted the report to take the air out of the hawks’ Iran push.

December 5, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Seven Days in December?

WASHINGTON

At the White House news conference yesterday, The Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva gingerly snuck up on a state-of-mind question.

“I can’t help but read your body language this morning, Mr. President,” he said. “You seem somehow dispirited, somewhat dispirited.”

W. did look like a kid who’d just had his toys taken away. But he acted humorously exasperated, as he always does when the talk turns introspective.

Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Chan Marshall’s transformation

Chan Marshall’s transformation

Photograph by Ethan Levitas.

Marshall is a conjurer; she brings a song home by resisting standard line readings. Photograph by Ethan Levitas.

Marshall is a conjurer; she brings a song home by resisting standard line readings. Photograph by Ethan Levitas.

On Dec 5, 2007 4:27 PM, Studio Manager <studio@elprojects.com> wrote:

If you are going to take the photograph from the New Yorker website and use for your posting, you must credit the photographer. He worked way too hard for you to show it without attribution. What were you thinking? No need to answer, just please correct the mistake.

Attribution should be:

Photograph by Ethan Levitas for the New Yorker

Regards,
Studio Manager
Ethan Levitas Studio


by Sasha Frere-Jones 
Tsinger and songwriter Chan Marshall performs under an alias—Cat Power—with superhero connotations, but she sometimes struggles simply to get through a concert. She was born Charlyn Marie Marshall, in Georgia, and began appearing in clubs in Atlanta, in the late eighties, while she was still in her teens. I first saw her play in 1995, at a now defunct club called the Cooler, in New York’s meatpacking district. She performed alone, seated, with a black-and-white Danelectro guitar. Light-brown bangs covered much of her face, and she slouched, wearily, as if she were entering the fourth hour of an interrogation. When she spoke, she sounded drunk and disoriented. Occasionally, her bangs would swing away from her face, revealing freckles, a heart-shaped mouth, and clear brown eyes. Her voice kept me from leaving; when she was audible, there was a palpable ache in her singing, as well as flashes of sharp, high tones. There were also uncomfortably generous silences.

Whatever else was going wrong, though, Marshall knew how to dramatize a song, alternating bursts of passion with unintelligible whispers. It’s hard to know what to call the music that she was playing. She strummed her guitar tentatively, repeating a few simple chords. It sounded a bit like the quieter moments in songs by Sonic Youth, but stripped of confidence. At one point, there was a long and painful pause as Marshall nervously tuned her guitar. She mumbled apologies while a sympathetic audience member tried to quiet the chatter in the room.

Collapse )
Chris Keeley

The Iran NIE and the Eight-year Carnival of Lies

The Iran NIE and the Eight-year Carnival of Lies 

From: *William PFAFF*
Date: Dec 5, 2007 7:03 AM
Subject: The Iran NIE and the Eight-year Carnival of Lies

Of possible interest...


*The Iran NIE and the Eight-year Carnival of Lies *

*William Pfaff*

Paris, December 4, 2007 – The newly released American National
Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran's nuclear status has been like the
discovery of a freshwater spring in a Carolinas swamp.

In its clarity, professionalism and evident concern for exact statement
it could not be in more contrast with the bombast, distortion, political
rhetoric, dissimulation and sheer lies with which the American public
debate over Middle and Near East policy has been conducted during most
of the past decade – and thanks to Washington, in most of the western
world as well. How could this have happened?

Collapse )
Chris Keeley

My apologies to Mr. Ethan Levitas

If you are going to take the photograph from the New Yorker website and use for your posting, you must credit the photographer. He worked way too hard for you to show it without attribution. What were you thinking? No need to answer, just please correct the mistake.

Attribution should be:

Photograph by Ethan Levitas for the New Yorker

Regards,
Studio Manager
Ethan Levitas Studio

http://drugaddict.livejournal.com/3038382.html

Being an award winning Internationally exhibited Photographer myself I can fully understand your Concern and request.
It was done in haste and Completely through appreciation and Flattery

My apologies to Mr. Ethan Levitas

Respectfully
Chris Keeley

http://drugaddict.livejournal.com/3038382.html
Chris Keeley

Judith Todd Event at DACOR

This is for those who live in the Washington DC area.

The noon forum at DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired) on
this Friday, December 7, from noon to 2 p.m. will feature a book
presentation by Judith Todd about her memoir entitled "Through the
Darkness: A Life in Zimbabwe." It includes a reception, lunch ($15 per
person), talk about the book by the author, and sale and signing of
copies for those interested. You don't have to be a member to attend,
but please make a reservation at 202-682-0500, extension 15. Dacor Bacon
House is at 1801 F Street N.W.
  Ms. Todd's parents, Garfield and Grace Todd, were missionaries from
New Zealand who started a mission school in Southern Rhodesia before
World War II, branched out into ranching, entered elective politics, and
Garfield  became Prime Minister and an advocate of democratic rule
prior to the era dominated by the late Ian Smith and  apartheid-style
unilateral independence. Judith and her father were both imprisoned by
that regime. Judith went into exile in Britain for eight years, but
returned in February 1980 as a new constitution and elections in April
brought legitimate independence. She ran the Zimbabwe Project Trust to
assist veterans of the civil war, and helped found the independent Daily
News, which was eventually banned. Her earlier books about Rhodesia were
banned. She was harassed by the Mugabe regime and in 2003  had her
citizenship and passport cancelled. She now lives in Cape Town, South
Africa.
  Given the scant coverage of the current situation in Zimbabwe by our
media, Ms. Todd's talk will be informative and no doubt provocative.