16 August 2005

Fitzgerald's investigation appears to be in its final stages

Murray Waas is still in relentless pursuit of the PlameGate story, penning this piece on the cozy Attorney General Ashcroft relationship with Karl Rove and its impact on the investigation.
Several of the federal investigators were also deeply concerned that then attorney general John Ashcroft was personally briefed regarding the details of at least one FBI interview with Rove, despite Ashcroft's own longstanding personal and political ties to Rove, the Voice has also learned. The same sources said Ashcroft was also told that investigators firmly believed that Rove had withheld important information from them during that FBI interview.

During his initial interview with the FBI, in the fall of 2003, Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed Plame with Time magazine correspondent Matthew Cooper, according to two legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter. Federal investigators were also skeptical of claims by Rove that he had only first learned of Plame's employment with the CIA from a journalist, even though he also claimed he could not specifically recall the name of the journalist.

As the truthfulness of Rove's accounts became more of a focus of investigators, career Justice Department employees and senior FBI officials became even more concerned about the continuing role in the investigation of Ashcroft, because of his close relationship with Rove. Rove had earlier served as an adviser to Ashcroft during the course of three political campaigns. And Rove’s onetime political consulting firm had been paid more than $746,000 for those services.

In response to these new allegations, Representative John Conyers of Michigan, the current ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and former chairman of the committee as well, said in a statement: "There has long been the appearance of impropriety in Ashcroft's handling of this investigation. The former attorney general had well documented conflicts of interest in this matter, particularly with regard to his personal relationship with Karl Rove. Among other things, Rove was employed by Ashcroft throughout his political career, and Rove reportedly had fiercely advocated for Ashcroft's appointment as attorney general. Pursuant to standard rules of legal ethics, and explicit rules on conflict of interest, those facts alone should have dictated his immediate recusal. The new information, that Ashcroft had not only refused to recuse himself over a period of months, but also was insisting on being personally briefed about a matter implicating his friend, Karl Rove, represents a stunning ethical breach that cries out for an immediate investigation by the Department's Office of Professional Responsibility and Inspector General."

Sort of like telling an obese person not to eat those doughnuts.

What are the odds that the corrupt Bush cabal can outstonewall Mr. Fitzgerald?


35 countries which America has invaded since 1945

Between World War II and the present, the United States intervened more than 35 times in developing countries around the world. But our research shows that in only one case—Colombia after the American decision in 1989 to engage in the war on drugs—did a full-fledged, stable democracy with limits on executive power, clear rules for the transition of power, universal adult suffrage, and competitive elections emerge within 10 years. That’s a success rate of less than 3 percent.

--Why Gun-Barrel Democracy Doesn't Work

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.

* = successful ouster of a government

China 1949, 1950s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 * (1)
Guatemala 1954 * (2)
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 * (3)
Iraq 1963 * (4)
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 * (5)
Laos 1958 *(6), 1959 *(7), 1960 * (8)
Ecuador 1960-63 * (9)
Congo 1960 * (10)
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 * (11)
Dominican Republic 1963 * (12)
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 * (13)
Indonesia 1965 * (14)
Ghana 1966 * (15)
Chile 1964-73 * (16)
Greece 1967 * (17)
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 * (18)
Australia 1973-75 * (19)
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 * (20)
Jamaica 1976-80 * (21)
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 * (22)
Grenada 1983 * (23)
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 * (24)
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 * (25)
Panama 1989 * (26)
Bulgaria 1990 * (27)
Albania 1991 * (28)
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s * (29)
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 * (30)
Ecuador 2000 * (31)
Afghanistan 2001 * (32)
Venezuela 2002 * (33)
Iraq 2003 * (34)
Haiti 2004 * (35)

--From: Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List, Chapter 15 of Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire by William Blum


Sorry not on this topic Naum, wanted to post on a new board so it is easier to download the web page and read the comments....

(I just found the actual list of 35 countries, which I have been looking for for two years, I even corresponded with the authors of "Why Gun-Barrel Democracy Doesn't Work", without getting the full list. I have wanted this list ever since I heard Howard Zinn personally mention this statistic in a crowd college gymnasium in Salt Lake City....)