Thursday, April 06, 2006
President G.W. Bush Authorized CIA Leak
This is my second post today, but it reflects the first post earlier on morality. The Associated Press just released information that President G.W. Bush authorized Libby to leak the information about Valerie Plame. Pete Yost of the AP writes: “Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.” Now, can we please impeach Bush (and company)? Talk about morality and the word I rather use, principles. In 2003, President Bush said, and I watched him say this on TV, that anyone involved in the CIA leak case would be fired, that he would not tolerate any of his staff leaking sensitive information. Now, I am sure that my wording here is not exact, but in a nutshell, this is what Bush said. If Bush is the principled man he claims to be, and if this new information proves correct, it is time, Mr. President, for you to step down or for you to be impeached. I am sure my readers remember how I fought against endorsing the impeachment of Bush for a long time, how I argued against it until very, very recently. “What would be the point?” I thought. However, for a man to state, repeatedly, how important our national security is, how for security reasons Americans must be spied upon without a warrant, how sensitive information must not be released to the press or the world—how can he stand on his “principled” platform and with a straight face lie to the country? Lie about not knowing who released the sensitive information? If these allegations are true, and granted the investigation must be completed, then President G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney are security risks by their own definitions—period. As the article states: “But the disclosure in documents filed Wednesday means that the president and the vice president put Libby in play as a secret provider of information to reporters about prewar intelligence on Iraq.” Bush, Cheney and then Libby knowingly ousted a CIA operative and specifically worked to undermine information offered by Joseph Wilson in order to justify getting into the war with Iraq. To continue to push incorrect information that Iraq purchased “yellowcake uranium” from Niger. Even if the President and Vice President have the power to declassify any information they see fit, they lied to the American people when they said that they did not know where the leak came from. They risked national security to push an agenda built on lies and misinformation. I am asking our representatives in Washington to reconsider their silence, their fear about taking any action against this president, their fear of impeaching. I ask them to do what is right. Our current government from the highest to lowest levels has repeated displayed corruption, deceit, illegal activities and ineptness from all sides, all parties—both democratic and republican. Enough is enough! Take a stand. Say no.