Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Deep Throat

I was visiting with a choreographer friend today over lunch.

We talked about how there was a small breath of air

in the political wind these days.

I offered that, although it seems totally unlikely,

There is now some possibility that this President may be impeached.

When I came back to the office I found the big story of the day:

Woodward & Bernstein Confirm: Felt Was 'Deep Throat"
Editor and Publisher
By Greg Mitchell
May 31, 2005 6:00 PM ET

"NEW YORK The Washington Post late this afternoon confirmed that W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official, was legendary Watergate source "Deep Throat." Following half a day of speculation set off by a report in the July issue of Vanity Fair, the final word came from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, and their former top editor, Benjamin C. Bradlee.

"Woodward said he is writing an article for Thursday's Post that will provide a personal account.In a statement, Woodward and Bernstein said, "W. Mark Felt was 'Deep Throat' and helped us immeasurably in our Watergate coverage. However, as the record shows, many other sources and officials assisted us and other reporters for the hundreds of stories that were written in The Washington Post about Watergate.

"They had kept the identity of Deep Throat secret at the source's request, saying his name would be revealed upon his death. "We've kept that secret because we keep our word," Woodward said."


Then, as if right on cue, this story pops up in the Boston Globe

The 'I' word
The Boston Globe
By Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese
May 31, 2005

THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.

Minutes from a summer 2002 meeting involving British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveal that the Bush administration was ''fixing" the intelligence to justify invading Iraq. US intelligence used to justify the war demonstrates repeatedly the truth of the meeting minutes -- evidence was thin and needed fixing.

President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton's misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.

The president and vice president have artfully dodged the central question: ''Did the administration mislead us into war by manipulating and misstating intelligence concerning weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to Al Qaeda, suppressing contrary intelligence, and deliberately exaggerating the danger a contained, weakened Iraq posed to the United States and its neighbors?"

If this is answered affirmatively Bush and Cheney have committed ''high crimes and misdemeanors." It is time for Congress to investigate the illegal Iraq war as we move toward the third year of the endless quagmire that many security experts believe jeopardizes US safety by recruiting and training more terrorists.

A Resolution of Impeachment would be a first step. "


Now you need a spark from a Congressman who is willing to be the hunter.

100,000 Signatures Needed on Downing Street Letter
by Congressman John Conyers

I have written to you in this space on a number of occasions about my profound concern about the implications of the "Downing Street Memo," which actually consists of the minutes of a July 2002 meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. During this meeting, Blair and his advisers reveal details about conversations with their American counterparts. These details cast substantial doubt on the honesty of contemporaneous claims made by the Administration to Congress and to the American people about the Iraq war.

First, the memo appears to directly contradict the Administration's assertions to Congress and the American people that it would exhaust all options before going to war. According to the minutes, in July 2002, the Administration had already decided to go to war against Iraq.

Second, a debate has raged in the United States over the last year and one half about whether the obviously flawed intelligence that falsely stated that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction was a mere "failure" or the result of intentional manipulation to reach foreordained conclusions supporting the case for war.

The memo appears to close the case on that issue stating that in the United States the intelligence and facts were being "fixed" around the decision to go to war.

These are not routine questions within a partisan give and take.

Under the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8), the Congress has the sole power to declare war. If the Executive Branch deceives the Congress in this duty, it represents an attack of our democracy of the most serious nature.

These Constitutional questions are not going away and must be answered forthrightly and completely by this Administration. I and 88 of my colleagues (that number is growing - more on that soon) asked the Administration to come clean about these troubling allegations. Our inquiries have been met with silence.

The press has also been negligent in giving this matter the attention it deserves. I am committed to seeing this through until we get the answers we deserve.

But I need your Help. "


Back then, there was a war that was going badly,

and an administration that cloaked itself in secrecy.

Back then, the President had just begun his second term.

Back then, the President had a ruthless, competent staff,

that was not afraid to violate the law.

Back then, there were a few heroes

who busted them.


One was Deep Throat.



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3 Comments:

Blogger Charlie Loving said...

"The only way in which a human being canmake some approach to knowing the whole of a subjct is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdomin any mode but this." John Stuart Mill

And having written that I found the movie boring.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lifted up by the Deep Throat announcement. An FBI guy.

9:53 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

which movie was boring?

oh yeah, that one.

3:35 PM  

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