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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:07 AM
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Media not reporting CIA open letter to Congress - SEND TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER
Send it TODAY. And also to any national show, like Inside Politics, Olbermann and Hardball. This way they know we're watching for bias and interested in this aspect of the case.


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




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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:12 AM
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1. Thanks for posting - I hope Randi has a copy of this.
I am certain she would use it.
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:38 PM
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27. she does now.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:14 PM
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30. Let us know if she reports it.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:23 PM
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32. Will do , I'm listening to her now
:hi:
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:12 AM
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2. Link? n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:19 AM
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5. It's up at dKos.....
Hopefully, Skinner will put it up on the Homepage.
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Lecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:04 PM
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53. I'm having problems opening the link at dKos
Anyone else?
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:08 PM
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55. Try AP and CNN. They both have the story up now.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 08:08 PM by blm
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB31SP6EBE.html

11 Former Intelligence Officers Speak Up on Behalf of Protecting Valerie Plame's Identity

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eleven former intelligence officers are speaking up on behalf of CIA officer Valerie Plame, saying leaking her identity may have damaged national security and threatens the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering.

In a statement to congressional leaders, the former officers said the Republican National Committee has circulated talking points focusing on the idea that Plame was not working undercover and deserved no protection.

There are thousands of U.S. intelligence officers who work at a desk in the Washington, D.C., area every day who are undercover as Plame was when her identity was leaked, the 11 former officers said in a three-page statement.

The former officers' statement comes amid revelations that top presidential aide Karl Rove was involved in leaking Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, and that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, also was a source for Cooper on the Plame story.
>>>>>
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:41 AM
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17. Thanks ...

Nominated.

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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:17 AM
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3. I missed this before, it's powerful
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:23 AM
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15. Alot more are going to miss it if we don't force the media to report it.
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MidnightWind Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:19 AM
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4. Are you kidding me?
My local media hasn't reported on ROVE at ALL, except for two small articles spread out over three days and those were the RW talking points that somehow those e-mails he had sent "exonerated" him. What I get for living in a Repug state I guess. :mad:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:36 AM
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8. I'm in a red state, too. Send it to closest city paper.
And don't forget the national shows.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:19 AM
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6. Thank you. Nominated.
This letter deserves due attention.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:44 AM
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9. And deserves widespread distribution, since media is ignoring it.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:21 AM
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7. Kick and nominate
I sent this letter to my regular list of MSM emails.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:50 AM
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10. kick for the greatest nt
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OregonBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:00 AM
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11. Done!
Sent to the usual MSM plus The Oregonian.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:01 AM
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12. sent to St. Pete Times
thanks
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:09 AM
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13. Kick
:kick:
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:19 AM
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14. Done n/t
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:29 AM
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16. Go here for a media resource list ---->
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I decided to forward to ABC, CBS and NBC. I would suggest we hit hard on these and the major cable networks.

Also, is anyone doing a drive on the DSM/Traitorgate/9-11 events this weekend? I'd like to work on getting that information out, too.
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LibertyorDeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:56 PM
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24. Thanks a lot Just Me!
I'm half way thru the list.
put more coffee on :)
Cheers.

Too True "IF THEY THINK WE DONT CARE, THEY WONT, EITHER!"




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Gannett News Service - Billy House, Washington Correspondent billy.house@arizonarepublic.com Phone: (202) 906-8136; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934 (see Phoenix Arizona Republic below)

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Gannett News Service - Deborah Mathis, White House Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 906-8100; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934

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Gannett News Service - Ana Radelat, Washington Correspondent aradelat@gns.gannett.com Phone: (202) 906-8128; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934 (see Jackson Clarion-Ledger below)

Gannett News Service - Susan Roth, Washington Correspondent sroth@gns.gannett.com Phone: (202) 906-8130; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934

Gannett News Service - Katherine Scott, Washington Correspondent kscott@gns.gannett.com Phone: (202) 906-8132; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934 (see Lansing State Journal and Norwich Bulletin below)

Gannett News Service - Brian Tumulty, Washington Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 906-8100; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934

Gannett News Service - Carl Weiser, Washington Correspondent cweiser@gns.gannett.com Phone: (202) 906-8134; Fax: (202) 906-8200; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005-3934 (see Cincinnati Enquirer below)

Hearst News Service - Gary Martin, Washington Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 943-9237; Fax: (202) 333-1184; Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 (see San Antonio below)

Hearst News Service - Charles Pope, Washington Correspondent charliepope@seattlepi.com Phone: (202) 943-9229; Fax: (202) 298-7862; Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 (see Seattle below)

Hearst News Service - Stewart Powell, White House Correspondent stewart@hearstdc.com Phone: (202) 298-6920; Fax: (202) 298-7862; Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Hearst News Service - Helen Thomas, 82, White House Correspondent : helent@hearstdc.com Phone: (202) 298-6920; Fax: (202) 298-7862; Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

al-Jazeera - Hafez al-Mirazi

Jewish Telegraphic Agency - Sharon Samber, White House Correspondent samber@jta.org Phone: (202) 737-0935; Fax: (202) 737-4455; Address: 1025 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Koenig's International News - Bill Koenig bill@watch.org ("Christian News")

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Ruby Bailey, Washington Correspondent rbailey@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Detroit Free Press below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Alan Bjerga, Washington Correspondent abjerga@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Wichita Eagle below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Frank Davies, Washington Correspondent fdavies@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Miami Herald below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - David Goldstein, Washington Correspondent dgoldstein@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6105; Fax: (202) 383-6100; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Kansas City Star below) also dgoldstein@kcstar.com

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Steve Goldstein, Washington Correspondent slgoldstein@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Charles Hurt, Washington Correspondent churt@charlotteobserver.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Charlotte Observer below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Ron Hutcheson, White House Correspondent rhutcheson@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6057; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: Washington Bureau, Washington, DC 20045

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Tim Johnson, Washington Correspondent tjohnson@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Miami Herald below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Lauren Markoe, Washington Correspondent : lmarkoe@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Chris Mondics, Washington Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Philadelphia Inquirer below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Peter Nicholas, Washington Correspondent pnicholas@phillynews.com Phone: (202) 383-6000; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Philadelphia Inquirer below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Jim Puzzanghera, Washington Correspondent jpuzzangherra@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6043; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see San Jose below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Maria Recio, Washington Correspondent mrecio@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6103; Fax: (202) 383-6100; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Fort Worth Star-Telegram below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Matt Stearns, Washington Correspondent mstearns@krwashington.com Phone: (202) 383-6009; Fax: (202) 383-6100; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Kansas City Star below)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers - Tom Webb, Washington Correspondent twebb@pioneerpress.com Phone: (202) 383-6049; Fax: (202) 383-6075; Address: 700 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Saint Paul Pioneer Press below)

McClatchy Newspapers - Kevin Diaz, Washington Correspondent kdiaz@mcclatchydc.com Phone: (202) 383-0003; Fax: (202) 393-2229; Address: 420 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Minneapolis Star-Tribune below)

McClatchy Newspapers - Greg Gordon, Washington Correspondent ggordon@startribune.com Phone: (202) 383-0005; Fax: (202) 393-2229; Address: 420 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Minneapolis Star-Tribune below)

McClatchy Newspapers - Rob Hotakainen, Washington Correspondent rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com Phone: (202) 383-0009; Fax: (202) 393-2229; Address: 420 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Minneapolis Star-Tribune below)

McClatchy Newspapers - Liz Ruskin, Washington Correspondent lruskin@mcclatchydc.com Phone: (202) 393-2228; Fax: (202) 393-2229; Address: 420 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Anchorage Daily News below)

McClatchy Newspapers - John Wagner, Washington Correspondent jwagner@mcclatchydc.com Phone: (202) 662-4380; Fax: (202) 393-2229; Address: 420 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Raleigh News & Observer below)

Media General News Service - Kevin Begos, Washington Correspondent kbegos@media-general.com Phone: (202) 662-7672; Fax: (202) 662-7675; Address: 1214 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Winston-Salem Journal below)

Media General News Service - Keith Epstein, Washington Correspondent kepstein@mediageneral.com Phone: (202) 662-7660; Fax: (202) 662-7675; Address: 1214 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Tampa Tribune below)

Media General News Service - John Hall, Senior Washington Correspondent jhall@media-general.com Phone: (202) 662-7664; Fax: (202) 662-7675; Address: 1214 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045

Media General News Service - Peter Hardin, Washington Correspondent : phardin@mediageneral.com Phone: (202) 662-7669; Fax: (202) 662-7675; Address: 1214 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045 (see Richmond Times-Dispatch below)

Media General News Service - Kirsten Mitchell, Washington Correspondent kmitchell@media-general.com Phone: (202) 662-7660; Fax: (202) 662-7675; Address: 1214 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045

Medill News Service - Samantha Santa Maria, Washington Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 662-1836; Fax: (202) 662-1847; Address: 1325 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (see Gulfport Sun Herald below)

Nation Magazine - John Nichols, Washington Correspondent (fantastic guy - why can't John be at the Press conferences?!?!) info@thenation.com (attn John Nichols) Phone: (202) 546-2239; Fax: (202) 546-1415; Address: 110 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

NBC News - Campbell Brown, White House Correspondent campbell.brown@nbc.com Phone: (202) 885-4363; Fax: (202) 885-4460; Address: 4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

NBC News - David Gregory, White House Correspondent david.gregory@nbc.com Phone: (202) 885-4200; Fax: (202) 362-2009; Address: 4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Newhouse News Service - Bruce Alpert, Washington Correspondent balpert431@aol.com Phone: (202) 383-7861; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see New Orleans below)

Newhouse News Service - Jim Barnett, Washington Correspondent jim.barnett@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7819; Fax: (202) 383-7860; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Portland Oregonian below)

Newhouse News Service - Robert Cohen, Washington Correspondent robert.cohen@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7823; Fax: (202) 383-7804; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Newark Star-Ledger below)

Newhouse News Service - Terence Kivlan, Washington Correspondent terence.kivlan@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7826; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Newhouse News Service - Mark Libbon, Washington Correspondent : mark.libbon@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7818; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Syracuse Post-Standard below)

Newhouse News Service - Brett Lieberman, Washington Correspondent blieberman@patriot-news.com Phone: (202) 383-7833; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Harrisburg Patriot-News below)

Newhouse News Service - Mary Orndorff, Washington Correspondent mary.orndorff@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7837; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Newhouse News Service - Scott Orr, Washington Correspondent scott.orr@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7816; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Newark Star-Ledger below)

Newhouse News Service - Sean Reilly, Washington Correspondent sean.reilly@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7815; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see Mobile Register below)

Newhouse News Service - Bill Walsh, Washington Correspondent bill.walsh@newhouse.com Phone: (202) 383-7817; Fax: (202) 296-9537; Address: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (see New Orleans Times-Picayune below)

Newsday - Deborah Barfield Berry, Washington Correspondent deborah.barfield@newsday.com Phone: (202) 626-8476; Fax: (202) 393-7043; Address: 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Newsday - Kenneth Fireman, White House Correspondent ken.fireman@newsday.com Phone: (202) 626-8472; Fax: (202) 393-7043; Address: 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Newsweek Magazine - Martha Brant (aka "Martita"), White House Correspondent letters@newsweek.com (attn Martha Brant) Phone: (202) 626-2032; Fax: (202) 626-2011; Address: 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/834704.asp

New Yorker Magazine - Seymour Hersch, Washington Correspondent themail@newyorker.com (attn Seymour Hersch) Phone: (212) 286-2860; Fax: (212) 286-5047; Address: 4 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

New Yorker Magazine - Joe Klein, Washington Correspondent joe_klein@newyorker.com Phone: (212) 286-2860; Fax: (212) 286-5047; Address: 4 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

New Yorker Magazine - Nicholas Lemann, Washington Correspondent nick_lemann@newyorker.com Phone: (212) 286-2860; Fax: (212) 286-5047; Address: 4 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

New Yorker Magazine - Jane Mayer, Washington Correspondent jane_mayer@newyorker.com Phone: (212) 286-2860; Fax: (212) 286-5047; Address: 4 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

NPR - Mary Ann Akers, Washington Reporter makers@npr.org Phone: (202) 513-2000; Fax: (202) 513-3329; Address: 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753

NPR - Pam Fessler, Washington Correspondent pfessler@npr.org Phone: (202) 513-2000; Fax: (202) 513-3329; Address: 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753

NPR - Don Gonyea, White House Correspondent dgonyea@npr.org Phone: (202) 513-2000; Fax: (202) 513-3329 Address: 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753 Secrecy at the White House http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/20030102.atc.13.ram

NPR - Jennifer Ludden, Washington Correspondent jludden@npr.org
Phone: (202) 513-2000; Fax: (202) 513-3329; Address: 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753

Reuters America - Steve Holland, 46, White House Correspondent steve.holland@reuters.com Phone: (202) 898-8392; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reuters America - Lawrence McQuillan, White House Correspondent editor@reuters.com (attn Lawrence McQuillan) Phone: (202) 898-8300; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (see USA Today)

Reuters America - Randall Mikkelsen, White House Correspondent randall.mikkelsen@reuters.com Phone: (202) 898-8392; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reuters America - Arshad Mohammed, White House Correspondent arshad.mohammed@reuters.com Phone: (202) 898-8392; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reuters America - David Wiellser, Senior Washington Correspondent editor@reuters.com (attn David Wiellser) Phone: (202) 898-8321; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reuters America - Patricia Wilson, White House Correspondent : patricia.wilson@reuters.com Phone: (202) 898-8300; Fax: (202) 898-8383; Address: 1333 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Salon - Jake Tapper, Washington Correspondent jtapper@salon.com
Phone: (202) 265-2100; Fax: (202) 955-1014; Address: 1642 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Scripps-Howard News Service - Tom Hargrove, Washington Correspondent hargrovet@shns.com Phone: (202) 408-1484; Fax: (202) 408-5950; Address: 1090 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (see Albuquerque Tribune and Birmingham Post-Herald below)

Scripps-Howard News Service - Jennifer Sergent, Washington Correspondent sergentj@shns.com Phone: (202) 408-2719; Fax: (202) 408-5950; Address: 1090 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (see Vero Beach Press Journal below)

Scripps-Howard News Service - Bill Straub, White House Reporter straubb@shns.com Phone: (202) 408-2707; Fax: (202) 408-5950; Address: 1090 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Stephens Media Group - Tony Batt, Washington Correspondent tbatt@stephensmedia.com Phone: (202) 783-1760; Fax: (202) 783-1955; Address: 666 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (see Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Stephens Media Group - Samantha Young, Washington Correspondent syoung@stephensmedia.com Phone: (202) 783-1760; Fax: (202) 783-1955; Address: 666 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (see Asheboro Courier-Tribune below)

Syndicated News International - Elizabeth Rabin, Washington Correspondent lrabin@sni-news.com Phone: (305) 448-9805; Fax: (305) 441-2559; Address: 2809 Bird Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Talk Radio News Service - Ellen Ratner, White House Correspondent dougstephan@radioamerica.org (attn Ellen Ratner) Phone: (202) 408-0944; Fax: (202) 408-1087; Address: 1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Talk Radio News Service - Gareth Schweltzer, White House Correspondent letters@talkradionews.com (attn Gareth Schweltzer) Phone: (202) 337-5322; Fax: (202) 337-1174; Address: 2541 Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Talk Radio News Service - Adam Sharon, White House Correspondent : letters@talkradionews.com (attn Adam Sharon) Phone: (202) 337-5322; Fax: (202) 337-1174; Address: 2541 Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Time Magazine - Jay Carney, White House Correspondent letters@time.com (attn to Jay Carney) Phone: (202) 861-4056; Fax: (202) 861-4085; Address: 555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Time Magazine - John Dickerson, White House Correspondent letters@time.com (attn to John Dickerson) Phone: (202) 861-4086; Fax: (202) 861-4085; Address: 555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Univision - Lourdes Meluza, Washington Correspondent (no e-mail given) Phone: (202) 783-7155; Fax: (202) 737-6039; Address: 444 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

UPI - Kathy Gambrell, White House Correspondent kgambrell@upi.com
Phone: (202) 898-8000; Fax: (202) 898-8057; Address: World Headquarters, 1510 H Street, Washington, DC 20005

UPI - Nicholas M. Horrock, White House Editor nhorrock@upi.com
Phone: (202) 898-8000; Fax: (202) 898-8057; Address: World Headquarters, 1510 H Street, Washington, DC 20005

USA Radio Network - Connie Lawn, White House Correspondent conniel@usaradio.com Phone: (972) 484-3900; Fax: (972) 243-3489; Address: 2290 Springlake Rd, Dallas, TX 75234

USA Today - Mimi Hall, White House Reporter mhall@usatoday.com Phone: (202) 906-8155; Fax: (202) 906-8220; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

USA Today - Laurence McQuillan, White House Reporter lmcquillan@usatoday.com Phone: (202) 906-8154; Fax: (202) 906-8220; Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (see Reuters)

U.S. News & World Report - Kenneth Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent kwalsh@usnews.com Phone: (202) 955-2502; Fax: (202) 955-2049; Address: 1050 Thomas Jefferson St, Washington, DC 20007

Village Voice - James Ridgeway, Washington Correspondent jridgeway@villagevoice.com Phone: (202) 331-7718; Address: 1312 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Wall Street Journal - Jeanne Cummings, White House Correspondent jeanne.cummings@awsj.com Phone: (202) 862-6628; Fax: (202) 862-9266; Address: 1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Wall Street Journal - Greg Hitt, White House Correspondent greg.hitt@wsj.com Phone: (202) 862-9200; Fax: (202) 862-9266; Address: 1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

WorldNet Daily - Les Kinsolving les@wcbm.com

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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:39 PM
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35. You deserve a medal ! ! ! eom
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Lecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:02 PM
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52. You Rock!
Thank you for all those emails! Bookmarking this thead to save.
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LibertyorDeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 10:12 AM
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75. Thanks Lecky
:toast:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:06 PM
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25. Thanks for adding the media link.
You should ask your other question separately, so more people can read it. It might get lost in this thread.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:36 PM
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34. Presently, I think it would get lost anyway.
Maybe, when things calm down a bit (hopefully tomorrow???) I'll try posting.
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dogonarug Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:43 AM
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18. Kick
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:46 AM
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19. Rec'd.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:49 AM
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20. One of the things that most makes me want to cry is not the deaths
and the horror that this regime has inflicted--maybe that is just too much to take in--and not the meanness of pushing medical costs through the roof, depriving the elderly, and plans to loot Social Security, to throw the elderly into the streets, or any of these obviously wicked, criminal, low-minded, thieving, stick-it-to-the-poor policies. What gets me into a state, and brings tears to my eyes, is the breaches of faith.

Young soldiers--brave, idealistic young people, with patriotism and service to country in their hearts--being used as cannon fodder for oil wars, and the older men sending them to their possible deaths having nothing in their hearts. Nothing. Greed. Power.

Elderly black people standing out in the rain in ten hour lines to vote--and believing that they can make a difference.

Young people voting in droves--believing they could make a difference--and finding their college precincts shorted on voting machines. What a terrible assault on the future!

People caught in the military vise, who choose to stand on their principles--people who have refused to torture, or have whistleblown on torture--because it violates their ethical sense and the laws they were taught to respect. The Geneva Conventions, sacred to all soldiers.

Military people who have refused to participate in this unjust war--and who have had to flee the country or are in prison--believing in justice, and lawfulness and fairness.

Our old allies--the French, the Germans, the Canadians, and the people if not the leaders of England--who count on us to help uphold international law; and the people or countries all over the world who are turning toward peace, justice and democracy, sometimes having learned those values from us (or from our ideals).

And the Iraqis--many of them--who wanted liberation--and instead got massive theft by the Bush Cartel, and Bush-funded death squads, and torture, and mayhem.

And the Israelis and Palestinians--most of them, I'm sure--who want peace, and had looked to us to help them achieve it.

And the people who have worked for a company all their lives, only to see the company corporatized, and their jobs shipped elsewhere, and their pensions looted, and their communities destroyed.

And all the millions of people who have paid into Social Security, every week, all their lives, who may face no return, due to looting and mismanagement and unjust war.

And all the honest taxpayers--the poor and middle class--who have dutifully paid for everything (schools, hospitals, roads, libraries, airports, fire protection, police, parks, environmental protection, food safety, clean water, gov't salaries and pensions, national security, the military) to find Bush buddies at Enron just outright stealing $9 billion from the state of California, or as much by Halliburton, Bechtel and Co. every month from the U.S. treasury, ad infinitum.

All the small businesses who have played by the rules, and treated their workers well, and contributed to their communities--only to find bigger and bigger corporations and global conglomerates getting more and more tax breaks and preferences, and gobbling up small concerns, and destroying community values, and abandoning communties and the country--with this predation endorsed and promoted by their own government.

All these broken hearts, broken faiths, betrayals. It is so sad. All this belief, loyalty, hope and courage, and faith in government--abused, disregarded, despised. What an outrage!

Out of this fire may come a better country, as people discover for the first time what they really believe in, and learn to fight for it, and as they redisover our country's founding principles: that all men are created equal, and that all governments require a "balance of power" to prevent tyranny.

We may do something about private, rightwing interests owning and controlling our election system; and about Corporate Rule and their news monopolies; we may achieve a better balance between social needs and trade. We may learn from it. Many already are.

But--as with these CIA officers--it is wrenching to see their commitment and loyalty and courage spat upon and ignored.

Their desire for non-partisan support in their dangerous work on our behalf touched me in particular, because I know that such support will not be forthcoming from these Bush "pod people" in Congress--a wretched lot of toadies and yes-men, many of whom hold office illegitimately, and who care for nothing except money and power.

How paltry they are--what empty men!--compared to those who are pleading with them for moral support in the line of duty--for some minimal protection of their lives!

A fascist coup like this Bush Cartel could break a country. It could disrupt loyalty and commitment forever more, and tear up the fabric of our common identity as a nation. I don't think it is. And I don't think it will. I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I know that the things that truly move us--our love of justice, our desire for good government, our democratic ideals, our generosity, and our love for solving practical problems (like the non-transparency in electronic voting)--will win out, in the end.

Have faith, my friends--in each other, and in human progress. We are the majority.




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dogonarug Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:30 PM
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21. Kick
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:45 PM
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22. The BushCO/neoCON cabal have betrayed us, all of us.
:kick:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:53 PM
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23. I hope more eyeballs see your eloquent post.
It deserves greater attention.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:04 PM
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58. Beautiful Post PP !!! - Outstanding !!!
:yourock:

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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:19 PM
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59. What an awesome post!
I forwarded it to all my friends...
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shelley806 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:12 PM
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26. Thanks..kicked and nominated...This is the real issue, not the sand in
our eyes nomination of SCOTUS nominee.
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:40 PM
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28. Thanks to you and the original poster for your excellent essays.
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:43 PM
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29. This is critical
KICK :kick:
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methinks2 Donating Member (894 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:23 PM
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31. Thanks, just sent it to Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:29 PM
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33. Looks like we have good response from the Florida contingent.
Any states want to challenge the Florida crowd?

;)))))))))))))
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:22 PM
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36. This is so sad, it's heartbreaking. Our CIA has to write for Attention.
I'll bet everyone of them is saying the samethings I do these days, "how did this all happen?" And, "how can they get away with all this?"

CIA: I'll stand-up for you and add this to my calls to Senators/Rep's.

Sad. Disgustingly sad. How did our country get to this, but sadly we all know... PNAC right. Heritage and this new gang of fricked thugs!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:56 PM
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38. Why isn't the broadcast media booking these agents on their shows?
If it was a Clinton administration pulling this crap, these agents would be booked on ALL of the shows 24/7 for months until they were household names.
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:41 PM
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61. Really, Really, Really!
:banghead: Did you ever think - ever this would happen? I mean, ever? Right out of your worst nightmare!
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:29 PM
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37. kick
let's not lose this.
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shoanete Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:57 PM
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39. Done
Thanks for posting!
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Lecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:59 PM
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40. Let's keep this kicked all day!
:kick:
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:20 PM
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41. YES - this needs a wider audience to be effective.
This "open" letter will be ignored unless we make it an issue!
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:02 PM
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42. kick n/t
:kick:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:31 PM
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43. GOOD NEWS: AP just put up the letter story last hour.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 08:09 PM by blm
BAD NEWS: Probably too late for most of their client newspapers. The bigger ones may add it late, but the smaller and midsize papers tend to have way smaller staffs at night.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB31SP6EBE.html

11 Former Intelligence Officers Speak Up on Behalf of Protecting Valerie Plame's Identity

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eleven former intelligence officers are speaking up on behalf of CIA officer Valerie Plame, saying leaking her identity may have damaged national security and threatens the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering.

In a statement to congressional leaders, the former officers said the Republican National Committee has circulated talking points focusing on the idea that Plame was not working undercover and deserved no protection.

There are thousands of U.S. intelligence officers who work at a desk in the Washington, D.C., area every day who are undercover as Plame was when her identity was leaked, the 11 former officers said in a three-page statement.

The former officers' statement comes amid revelations that top presidential aide Karl Rove was involved in leaking Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, and that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, also was a source for Cooper on the Plame story.
>>>>>
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:36 PM
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44. We're still being effective. We have to embrace that!!!
Yes?
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:01 PM
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50. Absolutely. Most media would've let it slide if they could.
They had the excuse of the SC story to hide behind, that's why they need to be pressured.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:52 PM
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47. Outstanding !!!!!!
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Burried News Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:44 PM
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45. From post #20 Peace Patriot - well said
"But--as with these CIA officers--it is wrenching to see their commitment and loyalty and courage spat upon and ignored.

Their desire for non-partisan support in their dangerous work on our behalf touched me in particular, because I know that such support will not be forthcoming from these Bush "pod people" in Congress--a wretched lot of toadies and yes-men, many of whom hold office illegitimately, and who care for nothing except money and power.

How paltry they are--what empty men!--compared to those who are pleading with them for moral support in the line of duty--for some minimal protection of their lives!

A fascist coup like this Bush Cartel could break a country."
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:48 PM
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46. Exactly. Maybe Peace Patriot will repost her reply in a thread of its own.
I hate when such an eloquent piece is missed because it's in an older thread that some will pass by.
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rndmprsn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:56 PM
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48. CNN hit it up...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:00 PM
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49. good deal...did you catch a time on it?
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:01 PM
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51. Says 8:03 pm. nt.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:06 PM
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54. Thanks. Y'know, THEY should've had the story up before WE even heard about
it. That's the thing about all this that just keeps me pissed off.

Heh...and THAT is why we're here.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:16 PM
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56. HHHMMMM...maybe they're starting to count on us... n/t
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:17 PM
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57. Demand Democrats w/media access talk about it on TV shows too
If the media ignores it, it does not mean our DEMs with media access get a free pass either.
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Starfury Donating Member (615 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:30 PM
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60. This can't receive too much attention - bumped and nominated! n/t
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ripple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:57 PM
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62. Passed on, with a rant
To my local newspaper forum...small town...believe me, it will be read. I'll also put in another, larger newspaper forum in the city I work, once the site finishes switching servers. I don't want to wait for the LTTE thing. This needs to get out now!

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linazelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:21 PM
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63. kick!
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:24 AM
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64. Thanks for this thread
I was looking all over for the story. I heard about it on Air America, but the News reports were very slow.

:thumbsup:
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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:36 AM
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65. Sent to the LAT
n/t
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:47 AM
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66. Done - I Try To Send 3 Media Letters Each Day
thanks for posting, I sent to Denver Post to all pertinent editors.
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Pallas180 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:11 AM
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67. Nominated & sent to Lou Dobbs
extraordinary that the Congress says nothing about it.

Where's the hearings?

Where's Rockefeller and Pat Roberts on the Intel Oversee Committee?
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:16 AM
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68. Wow, this knocked my socks off!
Here's an early morning :kick: and I'm off to sending this to my local paper.
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Pallas180 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:18 AM
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69. Just realized best place : Drudgery! here goes - & UK Guardian -
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 01:19 AM by Pallas180
might as well give the Brits something to throw at Tony.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:39 AM
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73. Thanks for the reminder, Pallas...I always forget about the UK media.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:52 AM
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70. Sent to Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly
This is just heartbreaking. Kick for the good guys!
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SlowDownFast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:54 AM
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71. Done.
Emailed this along with WP and AP stories to news tips on both local papers...
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:49 AM
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72. Good Morning!
:donut:
And good morning to our CIA friends.
:kick:
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:53 AM
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74. Surprisingly, my local paper, the Hartford Courant had it today
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 07:56 AM by NewJeffCT
I'll get a link in a few minutes. They picked up the WP story...

http://www.courant.com/hc-leak0721.artjul21,0,1598951.s...

Memo Is Key To Plame Identity Case
Government Officials Say Classified Information On CIA Officer Was Marked `Secret'
July 21, 2005
By WALTER PINCUS And JIM VANDEHEI, Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, according to current and former government officials.

That designation is a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, sources said.

Plame - who is referred to by her married name, Valerie Wilson, in the memo - is mentioned in the second paragraph of the three-page document, which was written on June 10, 2003, by an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, according to a source who described the memo to The Washington Post.

The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the "secret" level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as "secret" the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.

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im10ashus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 11:31 AM
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76. Thanks for the link!
:hi:
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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 11:43 AM
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77. kick
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