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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 08:03 PM
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The Bush, Cheney perpetual crime machine: ~ 843 days and counting
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As of 1630 PST, October 30, 2005, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney remain in persistent violation of Executive Order 12958.

Mr Libby signed an SF312 as has Mr Rove.

Mr Libby reported both to Mr Bush and Mr Cheney.

Mr Rove reports to Mr Bush.

Irrespective of Mr Libby's resignation on October 28, 2005, he still has not been sanctioned by either of his bosses, and neither has Mr Rove. Mr Bush and Mr Cheney continue to be willfully derelict to their responsibilities as specified by Executive Order 12958:


Under the executive order, the White House has an affirmative obligation to investigate and take remedial action separate and apart from any ongoing criminal investigation. The executive order specifically provides that when a breach occurs, each agency must "take appropriate and prompt corrective action." (see Reference, below) This includes a determination of whether individual employees improperly disseminated or obtained access to classified information.

The executive order further provides that sanctions for violations are not optional. The executive order expressly provides: "Officers and employees of the United States Government shall be subject to appropriate sanctions if they knowingly, willfully, or negligently disclose to unauthorized persons information properly classified."

There is no evidence that the White House complied with these requirements.


The above is quoted directly from Karl Rove's Non-Disclosure Agreement, a Fact Sheet prepared by Congressman Henry Waxman:

Executive Order No. 12958, Classified National Security Information:

On July 18, 2005, Mr Bush and his Press Secretary, Mr McClellan were challenged to comment on the fact that Mr Bush had yet to do anything regarding the outing of a CIA covert operative. Let's reminisce for a moment:

Q What is his problem? Two years, and he can't call Rove in and find out what the hell is going on? I mean, why is it so difficult to find out the facts? It costs thousands, millions of dollars, two years, it tied up how many lawyers? All he's got to do is call him in.

MR. McCLELLAN: You just heard from the President. He said he doesn't know all the facts. I don't know all the facts.

Q Why?

MR. McCLELLAN: We want to know what the facts are. Because --

Q Why doesn't he ask him?


Bill Scher was paying attention and he blogged that day at Huffington Post comments that some WaPo, NYT, LAT, ...., reporter ought to use as the basis of an article they publish tomorrow.

By July 18, 2005, as Mr Scher tallies, Rove had been in violation of his SF 312 at least 738 days - same, give or take a day or two, Mr Libby. To wit:

It has been 738 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking corrective action.


Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement (Standard Form 312) -- Briefing Booklet (read carefully the section on 18 USC 793 and 798)

As GOPers furiously try to bat back The Leak scandal, they generally argue that 1) Rove got his info from a non-classified source, a journalist, and 2) Rove didn't know that info was classified. That theoretically could save him under one of the laws in question, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. But it would not save him from his SF-312 nondisclosure agreement.

Under SF-312, it does not matter where he got the info from. It does not matter if he knew it was classified.

If he came across some gossip about a CIA agent, he has an obligation to check with the CIA before he goes blabbing about it.

And under SF-312, the White House cannot simply sit back and wait for a Special Counsel criminal investigation to finish its job. It must do its own investigation and any breach of security requires "corrective action."

If Rove was simply being careless with classified info, he should have his clearance revoked. If he was using classified info for political payback, he should be fired. It's been 738 days. Where is the corrective action?


Every place you see "Rove" you can add "Libby."

It's now been (at least) 843 days that both Mr Libby and Mr Rove have been in violation of their respective SF312 obligations.

Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush have not applied any sanctions.

The neoconster tradition of anti-Americanism is thriving tonight at the White House and at the Vice President's United States Naval Observatory residence.

Isn't it time they are both forced to resign and then dealt with by the full application of the law?

I had posted the following two past threads and received the request that I post them again in a new thread:

"Either way, the president has painted himself into a corner."

Bush committed another crime today, in plain sight, on National TV

I hope the new thread is of use as we all attempt to focus folk on the persistent disregard for our National Security that is standard operating procedure for the Bush neoconster regime.

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