03 April 2006

Bush & Cheney Should Be Tried for Treason

In the pursuit of Republican Party Values and their "Faith-Based" Intelligence mandate George Walker Bush, Dick Cheney, and their "Conservative" cabal have purposefully, willfully, and with premeditation, committed treason. This crime should make every patriotic American sick to their stomach. It made me want to vomit.

The definition of treason from the wikipedia is:

"A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship ... is considered to be a traitor. "
From The National Journal (the bible of Washington insders) :
Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks

"According to court papers, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that President Bush authorized disclosure of the contents of highy classified information to the media to defend the administrations's use of pre-war intelligence while making it's case for war in Iraq."
From The Nation:
"U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, D-New York, who has been the most determined Congressional watchdog with regard to the administration's misuse of intelligence information, says that, "If what Scooter Libby said to the grand jury is true, then this latest development clearly reveals yet again that the CIA leak case goes much deeper than the disclosure of a CIA agent's identity to the press. The heart and motive of this case is about the deliberate attempt at the highest levels of this administration to discredit those who were publicly revealing that the White House lied about its uranium claims leading up to the war. The Bush Administration knew that Iraq had not sought uranium from Africa for a nuclear weapon, yet they went around telling the Congress, the country, and the world just the opposite. When Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Valerie Wilson's husband, publicly spoke out with proof that the administration was not telling the truth on uranium, the administration engaged in an orchestrated plot, which now reportedly includes President Bush, to discredit Ambassador Wilson and dismiss any notion that they had lied about pre-war intelligence."
Watch as the Republicans try to explain this away

As usual, bloggers like gay conservative (an insane contradiction in terms if I ever heard of one) Andrew Sullivan are already jumping to attempt to wash away the seriousness of this crime when he prints:
"The president's self-defense at this point must be that if he, the president, decides to leak classified information, like the NIE assessment, then, by definition, it isn't a classified leak. POTUS gets to decide what is and isn't classified. And so he cannot commit the wrong or crime he decries in others. He can break no secrets because the secrets are his to break. He is above the law because, in terms of executive privilege, he is the law."
Perhaps Sullivan is trying to see both sides of this issue, but this is plain wrong. The President exposed an active CIA agent in an attempt to cover up a series of lies that led us into an unwinable war. They used these lies to cover up their "faith-based" intelligence. This is an obvious betrayal of our country on the highest order.
A definition of Faith-based intelligence - I will pick and choose intelligence I prefer to believe. If I have the faith to believe a lie to be true, then I will only listen to people who agree with me and help me propogate my lies as truth ignoring all other facts to the contrary.
According to these same court documents:
"Bush and Cheney authorized the release of the information regarding the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) in the summer of 2003, according to court documents, as part of a damage-control effort undertaken only days after former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV alleged in an op-ed in The New York Times that claims by Bush that Saddam Hussein had attempted to procure uranium from the African nation of Niger were most likely a hoax."
They outed Valerie Plame to punish Joe Wilson for speaking the truth. This lie continues to damage our country, the country of Iraq, all of our men and women serving in the military, the thousands of our military who have died, the thousands of military who are injured and handicapped, made Iraq a most convincing recruitment commercial for Islamist terrorists, wasted billions of dollars, made the US a mockery in the world's eyes, made enemies of our longtime allies around the world, and made Halliburton richer than rich by giving them countless no-bid contracts, which will directly benefit Cheney when he leaves the White House and will resume control of his copious stock in the company he headed, Halliburton, and which is only in a trust while he is veep.

The simple fact that Bush and Cheney ordered this "highly classified information" to be leaked to the press (to conservative reporters Judith Miller and Robert Novak) is proof of his treason. One does not reveal government secrets and out an undercover, operational agent of the government and not commit treason.

Just think what the lying Republicans would be saying if this were a Democratic president! When will the Americans who identify themselves as patriotic wake up?

So I would like to know... Bush said he would fire anyone involved in leaking national security information so is the President planning on firing himself and Cheney?


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