Friday, February 10, 2006

Every village needs an idiot. The AP is blessed, it has many. Toni Locy is in the running for 'Idiot of the Month'.
Libby Says Leaks Authorized, Papers Show

WASHINGTON - A former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal grand jury that his superiors authorized him to give secret information to reporters as part of the Bush administration's defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq, according to court papers.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in documents filed last month that he plans to introduce evidence that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, disclosed to reporters the contents of a classified National Intelligence Estimate in the summer of 2003.

The NIE is a report prepared by the head of the nation's intelligence operations for high-level government officials, up to and including the president. Portions of NIEs are sometimes declassified and made public. It is unclear whether that happened in this instance…
Ms. Locy might have gained clarity had she spent two minutes searching the Congressional Record using "NIE and 2003 and wmd" as the search criteria in year 2oo3. For then she would have found this:
"I thought it important to include in the Record the declassified portions of the National Intelligence Estimate released by the White House this past Friday. [July 18, 2003] This NIE clearly states the consensus view of our intelligence agencies that Saddam Hussein was attempting to reconstitute his nuclear capacity."

Ms. Locy also writes:
Wilson's revelations cast doubt on President Bush's claim in his 2003 State of the Union address that Niger had sold uranium to Iraq to develop a nuclear weapon as one of the administration's key justifications for going to war in Iraq.
Had Locy spent another two minutes to retrieve the President’s State-of-the-Union Address in question, found here, she would have read Mr. Bush's exact utterance:
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

I don’t see the word Niger or sold or bought or any combination thereof anywhere in that sentence. It says, simply, Hussein was trying to acquire "significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Either Locy is as dumb as dirt or she has agenda. Whether the former or the latter, who could trust anything she writes?

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