Justin Raimondo
Cheney’s Staff Connected to CIA Leak Case
Sun May 14, 2006 18:24

From: APFN apfn@apfn.org
Date: Fri Feb 6, 2004 11:35 am
Subject: Cheney’s Staff Connected to CIA Leak Case

# Re: the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity — Richard Sale, Fri Feb 6 01:27

* Neocons Busted! - Dick Cheney is over — Justin Raimondo, Fri Feb 6 15:08
o (Cont'd) I pointed out in my last column,... — Justin Raimondo, Fri Feb 6 15:16
* Where's the Outrage? — Ruth Rosen, Fri Feb 6 02:50
o CHENEY SHINES IN ISRAEL — Yoram Ettinger, Fri Feb 6 14:54


* Neocons Busted! - Dick Cheney is over — Justin Raimondo, Fri Feb 6 15:08
o (Cont'd) I pointed out in my last column,... — Justin Raimondo,

Justin Raimondo
(Cont'd) I pointed out in my last column,...
Fri Feb 6 15:16:19 2004


As I pointed out in my last column, the President's attempts to provide cover for the War Cabal may prove fruitless in light of the Justice Department's investigation in the Plame affair. Two figures at the very heart of the neocon network are very close to being indicted: the Vice President's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby (as I predicted in a special article, posted in early October of last year) and John Hannah, in charge of Middle East policy in the Vice President's office. Hannah is a former deputy director of Washington Institute for Near East Policy, widely known as the thinktank division of Israel's amen corner in Washington.

This is how we prevent a small cabal of ideologically-motivated moles from taking over: dig them up, root and branch, and then jail them.

And it won't end with Scooter and Hannah. As the Washington Times/UPI/Insight Magazine reports:

"'We believe that Hannah was the major player in this,' one federal law-enforcement officer said. … The strategy of the FBI is to make clear to Hannah 'that he faces a real possibility of doing jail time' as a way to pressure him to name superiors, one federal law-enforcement official said."

By going after Libby and Hannah, federal prosecutors are homing in on the command center of what Borger in the Guardian calls the "shadow government" that pushed us into war. Borger writes:

"The president's most trusted adviser, Mr Cheney, was at the shadow network's sharp end. He made several trips to the CIA in Langley, Virginia, to demand a more "forward-leaning" interpretation of the threat posed by Saddam. When he was not there to make his influence felt, his chief of staff, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, was. Such hands-on involvement in the processing of intelligence data was unprecedented for a vice-president in recent times, and it put pressure on CIA officials to come up with the appropriate results."

What the Justice Department is now uncovering is evidence that the Libby-Hannah-OSP Axis of Neocons also prosecuted the war on the home front, breaking the law in the process.

And there's more good news to report: rumor has it that Richard Perle, the neocons' Prince of Darkness, is next to be indicted. (Whether in connection with the Boeing tanker deal, the Hollinger brouhaha, his paid speaking engagement at a terrorist fundraiser, or yet another of Perle's multifarious business investments that somehow cashed in on his government connections, remains to be seen.)

They thought they could get away with it. The neocons really believed that they ruled Washington, and that their power was unassailable. But in the end their own hubris was their undoing, just as it will be the Waterloo of our Napoleonic foreign policy.

Dick Cheney is over. And so are the neocons. The only question now is: will they plea bargain, or fight? I'm betting on the latter. And how long before we hear the cry go up that these people are being persecuted and that's it's all an "anti-Semitic" conspiracy? I give it a few hours, at the most….

But that isn't going to work -- not this time. As I said in my last [February 4] column:

"So keep your eye on the prize, and think of the glory and wonder of a future headline reading: Neocons Behind Bars."

It looks like Patrick J. "Bulldog" Fitzgerald is living up to his nickname after all, and much sooner than even I dared to hope.

As the immortal Jackie Gleason used to say: How sweet it is!

– Justin Raimondo

Cheney’s Staff Connected to CIA Leak Case
UPI is reporting that federal law enforcement officials have developed hard evidence that two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office were involved in the unlawful illegal outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame last year. Plame was the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson who publicly questioned part of the Bush administration’s case for war against Iraq. According to UPI the two employees in Cheney’s office are his chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby and John Hannah. Hannah is identified by one source as the major player in the leak. According to UPI the FBI is threatening to send Hannah to jail for his role.

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