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July 18, 2005

Rove Scandal Update - SF 312 Security Agreement

-- by Dave Johnson

The Carpetbagger Report is asking questions about Rove's Security Clearance Agreement. You'll be hearing a lot more this week about this - it's a big deal. Standard Form 312 is a nondisclosure agreement for federal officials, laying out rules for discussing classified information. We know from Rove's lawyer's own statements that Rove, of course, broke those rules.

In Memo To Rove: Read the Classified Information Nondislcosure Agreement, Think Progress goes into some detail. Swing State Project is also on it.

Rep. Henry Waxman wrote Friday about Karl Rove's Nondisclosure Agreement, pointing out that Rove clearly violated the Agreement and the White House has not come through on its obligation to revoke Rove's clearance.

Under the executive order, the White House has an affirmative obligation to investigate and take remedial action separate and apart from any ongoing criminal investigation. The executive order specifically provides that when a breach occurs, each agency must "take appropriate and prompt corrective action."

. . . The executive order further provides that sanctions for violations are not optional.

. . . There is no evidence that the White House complied with these requirements.

More on this at The Stakeholder. As does Liberal Oasis' Bill Scher, blogging at Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, Cooper Learned of CIA Wife From Rove Call

Time magazine's Matthew Cooper says a 2003 phone call with White House political adviser Karl Rove was the first he heard about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson apparently working for the CIA.

[. . .] The White House had insisted for nearly two years that neither Rove nor Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, had any connection with the leak of Plame's name.

Democratic Veteran asks, Could it be any clearer than this?

It seems that all the major media outlets are falling for the easy republican talking point that there is no problem for Rove, because Wilson (and his report were discredited) by many, many wise men. What does this talking point ignore? That Valerie Plame's cover as a CIA operative was compromised, and by doing so all the operations and operatives she had worked with and groomed to feed information back to CIA about actual Weapons of Mass Destruction (and or components, precursors, transactions and anything related) were terminally and completely fucked from then until forever. Who knows if people lost their lives, livihoods and of course confidence in being able to cooperate with CIA never knowing whether or not their contributions to our National Security will be sold down the river by a petulant partisan politician.

Nice job on the whole keeping our country safe morons. What's next, blue state flypaper?

TalkLeft has a Question About Cheney and Wilson. Cheney claims he had not met Wilson and didn't know him - Jeralyn shows pretty convincingly that Cheney must have. (And remonds us of Cheney claiming never to have met John Edwards -- until a picture surfaced.)

Have you been reading Left Coaster's Treasongate series? (New installment here.)

Crooks and Liars has a great video of Bob Schieffer blasting the White House.

BooMan Speculation on Rove,

I'm guessing that the big enchilada was the March 8th, 2003 meeting where the decision to investigate Wilson was made. That meeting allegedly took place in the office of the Vice President, and was attended by Cheney, "Scooter" Libby, Newt Gingrich, Steven Hadley, and perhaps Rove.

I don't know what Fitzgerald's got, or how high he wants to set his own bar. But if this were containable wouldn't Rove be gone already?

Grey Matter
Democrats can't rely solely on Air America and the liberal blogosphere to keep this controversy on the front-and-center burner. Instead, they need to take a page from the Clinton playbook and assemble a control center (ala Carville/Stephanopoulos) that conducts intensive research and strategy, and responds immediately.
Iddybug brings Michael Ledeen into the mix.

Shakespeare's Sister says, Don’t Insult Me:

Something that drives me absolutely insane is when I am treated as a fool. You see, I have a brain, quite a good one as it happens, and I like to use it. When someone tells me something that is so obviously a lie, so clearly absurd and counter to everything that reason and logic would otherwise suggest, it absolutely infuriates me—more so that they demonstrably think I am an idiot, than because of the underlying lie.

This is how the Bush administration treats us all, relying on the fact that most Americans, unfortunately, are either trusting, ignorant, or crooked enough to take them at their empty word. Well, I’m neither gullible, nor uninformed, nor a fan of their Machiavellian ends-justify-the-means strategies, and I’m tired of being treated as a fool. It’s time to get real. And this is the reality…

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 18, 2005 8:19 AM

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Comments

Actually, Frank Rich's piece in the Times this weekend, which treats the whole thing as a Hitchcock film, is the smartest thing I've read on it.

Posted by: richard at July 18, 2005 11:41 AM

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