THE NEWSLETTER

Today's Note From a Madman

Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

 

Every day there is Health-Related news being reported in America's newspapers. And almost every day there is no mention of "fixing" the health care system so the 45 million Americans without health care could see a doctor. Premiums are up, as are co-pays and prescription drug costs while real wages are down. President Bush promised US in 2000 that he would "fix" the health care issue. It appears that GW "fixed" health care the same way he "fixed" the intelligence around the war in Iraq.

 

Hey GW, stop "fixing" things. You're killing US.

 

-Noah Greenberg


 

What does it take for ten former CIA agents, and one former DIA agent and director to expose themselves to the spotlight they have attempted to avoid their entire careers? Check this out: -NG

CIA Agents Letter to US Senate and House

18 July 2005

AN OPEN STATEMENT TO THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE.

The Honorable Dennis Hastert, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Dr. William Frist, Majority Leader of the Senate

The Honorable Harry Reid, Minority Leader of the Senate


We, the undersigned former U.S. intelligence officers are concerned with the tone and substance of the public debate over the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak and other members of the media, which exposed her status as an undercover CIA officer. The disclosure of Ms. Plame's name was a shameful event in American history and, in our professional judgment, may have damaged U.S. national security and poses a threat to the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering using human sources. Any breach of the code of confidentiality and cover weakens the overall fabric of intelligence, and, directly or indirectly, jeopardizes the work and safety of intelligence workers and their sources.

The Republican National Committee has circulated talking points to supporters to use as part of a coordinated strategy to discredit Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. As part of this campaign a common theme is the idea that Ambassador Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame was not undercover and deserved no protection. The following are four recent examples of this "talking point":

Michael Medved stated on Larry King Live on July 12, 2005, "And let's be honest about this. Mrs. Plame, Mrs. Wilson, had a desk job at Langley. She went back and forth every single day."

Victoria Toensing stated on a Fox News program with John Gibson on July 12, 2005 that, "Well, they weren't taking affirmative measures to protect that identity. They gave her a desk job in Langley. You don't really have somebody deep undercover going back and forth to Langley, where people can see them."

Ed Rodgers, Washington Lobbyist and former Republican official, said on July 13, 2005 on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, "And also I think it is now a matter of established fact that Mrs. Plame was not a protected covert agent, and I don't think there's any meaningful investigation about that."

House majority whip Roy Blunt (R, Mo), on Face the Nation, July 17, 2005, "It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the CIA might have been overzealous in sort of maintaining the kind of top-secret definition on things longer than they needed to. You know, this was a job that the ambassador's wife had that she went to every day. It was a desk job. I think many people in Washington understood that her employment was at the CIA, and she went to that office every day."

These comments reveal an astonishing ignorance of the intelligence community and the role of cover. The fact is that there are thousands of U.S. intelligence officers who "work at a desk" in the Washington, D.C. area every day who are undercover. Some have official cover, and some have non-official cover. Both classes of cover must and should be protected.

While we are pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation and that the U.S. Attorney General has recused himself, we believe that the partisan attacks against Valerie Plame are sending a deeply discouraging message to the men and women who have agreed to work undercover for their nation's security.

We are not lawyers and are not qualified to determine whether the leakers technically violated the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act. However, we are confident that Valerie Plame was working in a cover status and that our nation's leaders, regardless of political party, have a duty to protect all intelligence officers. We believe it is appropriate for the President to move proactively to dismiss from office or administratively punish any official who participated in any way in revealing Valerie Plame's status. Such an act by the President would send an unambiguous message that leaks of this nature will not be tolerated and would be consistent with his duties as the Commander-in-Chief.

We also believe it is important that Congress speak with one non-partisan voice on this issue. Intelligence officers should not be used as political footballs. In the case of Valerie Plame, she still works for the CIA and is not in a position to publicly defend her reputation and honor. We stand in her stead and ask that Republicans and Democrats honor her service to her country and stop the campaign of disparagement and innuendo aimed at discrediting Mrs. Wilson and her husband.

Our friends and colleagues have difficult jobs gathering the intelligence, which helps, for example, to prevent terrorist attacks against Americans at home and abroad. They sometimes face great personal risk and must spend long hours away from family and friends. They serve because they love this country and are committed to protecting it from threats from abroad and to
defending the principles of liberty and freedom. They do not expect public acknowledgement for their work, but they do expect and deserve their government's protection of their covert status.

For the good of our country, we ask you to please stand up for every man and woman who works for the U.S. intelligence community and help protect their ability to live their cover.

Sincerely yours,

Larry C. Johnson, former Analyst, CIA

JOINED BY:

Mr. Brent Cavan, former Analyst, CIA

Mr. Vince Cannistraro, former Case Officer, CIA

Mr. Michael Grimaldi, former Analyst, CIA

Mr. Mel Goodman, former senior Analyst, CIA

Col. W. Patrick Lang (US Army retired), former Director, Defense Humint
Services, DIA

Mr. David MacMichael, former senior estimates officer, National Intelligence
Council, CIA

Mr. James Marcinkowski, former Case Officer, CIA

Mr. Ray McGovern, former senior Analyst and PDB Briefer, CIA

Mr. Jim Smith, former Case Officer, CIA

Mr. William C. Wagner, former Case Officer, CIA

-Forwarded by Robert Scardapane



Two Princes

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States is retiring. The reasons are unimportant (at least to me). Prince Bandar, also known as
BANDAR BUSH is a friend and "advisor" to the Bush family. I guess privilege has no international boundaries.

One son of Saudi royalty is the same as another to me. Just another Israel hater and terrorist supporter disguising himself as a "friend of America". I guess it's easy to fool anyone named "Bush." The NEW ambassador will be Prince Turki al-Faisal. This statement by a Bush administration official who hid behind anonymity says it all:

"Yes, he knew members of Al Qaeda. Yes, he talked to the Taliban. At times he delivered messages to us and from us regarding Osama bin Laden and others. Yes, he had links that in this day and age would be considered problematic, but at the time we used those links." Prince Turki al-Faisal seemed to have "gotten out of that business" since 2001 and that "he understands that times have changed."
-An "Unidentified Bush administration Official

How much disrespect does the Saudi royal family have for our country to name a man like this ambassador to the US? How dare the Bush administration accept this at face value. Don't we deserve better? Couldn't the Saudis have sent an official without al Qaeda ties? Would the US send a religious Jew to be their ambassador to Saudi Arabia? I think not.

Presidents "past and present" had "enjoyed (Bandar's) wit, charm and humor" as well as his advice. "The president bids Ambassador Bandar and his family a fond farewell and wishes them all the best on their return to the kingdom,"
-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

The Bushes may have "enjoyed" Prince Bandar and the Saudis, but the rest of US sure haven't.

 

Let's not forget that 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia; Lets not forget the Saudi-financed Madrassas in Pakistan that teach Wahhabism and hate for the west and Israel; Let's not forget the "telethons" held for the families of terror bombers that killed innocent Israeli men, women and children.

It doesn't matter who the Saudis send our way. They're all the same. Smiling and fooling the Bushes while holding GW's hand on the one side, scheming and plotting and sponsoring terrorism on the other.

(Has anyone seen my Wellstone Airlines one-way plane ticket?)

-Noah Greenberg



Quotes

"I welcome China's announcement today that it is adopting a more flexible exchange rate regime. As we have said, reform of China's currency regime is important for China and the international financial system."
-Treasury Secretary John Snow

You wanna know the REAL REASON China isn't going to peg their "Yuan" with the US dollar anymore? I sure would. Maybe the US dollar is falling so far and so fast that China doesn't want it to bring down THEIR currency.

Is this modest, almost non-existent increase of 2 percent a peace offering from China to the US? Is this increase a China's way of saying "we want to be friends"? Or is it more likely China's way of saying "We want Unocal and we'll say anything to get it, even if we have to be nice." I think the latter.

Remember the last couple of weeks when China kept threatening US with force if we didn't give in to their demands? Make no mistake, China is not our friend and they are not to be trusted as a fair trading partner, among other things. They have figured out that the way to global dominance is to make the other world superpowers reliant upon them. Go ahead, check your drawers and see how many tags say "made in China" on your shirts.

 

Too bad that we have an administration that thinks globally as they sacrifice our national security.

 

-Noah Greenberg


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