This week’s Show:
— Complete statement of former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson before Congress, with additional clips
—We will include a brief discussion with Karen Renick of Vote Rescue of Austin, who has managed to get a bill introduced into the Texas Legislature that could truly reform elections. HB 3894 by Lon Burnam of Tarrant County calls for hand-counted paper ballots, and the elimination of electronic voting systems for elections in Texas. http://www.voterescue.org
—As the war in Iraq ends four years, BradBlog notes these statements:
Don Rumsfeld 2/7/2003: “It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months”
George W. Bush 5/1/03: “My fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”
Dick Cheney 6/20/05: “The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”
<> ~6:20 pm CDT — VALERIE PLAME WILSON testifies before Congress
On Friday, former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson testified before Congress, breaking a silence of four years since her status was revealed by members of the White House and State Department.
We will be playing audio of the statements of Henry Waxman, D-CA, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the ranking minority member Tom Davis, R-VA.
We will play the complete prepared statement of Valerie Plame Wilson.
Q&A with John Sarbanes, D-MD, follows, along with a summary by Waxman. In addition, we will play a clip of James Knodell, Director of the Office of Security at the White House, who testified that there was no investigation of the leak done internally by the White House.
We will also repeat a recent statement on The Monitor by Ray McGovern re the source of the forged documents purporting that Iraq was obtaining uranium for nuclear weapons.
THANKS to KPFT’s Bruce Wayne for the digital audio he provided to The Monitor of the Plame hearings.
For an overview and access to video:
“Hearing Examines Exposure of Covert CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s Identity”
March 16, 2007
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
For the text of Cong. Waxman’s introduction, see http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070316104030-43341.pdf
For the text of Valerie Plame Wilson’s statement, see http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/3/16/111828/917
White House Security Chief Reveals — No Probe of Plame Leak There
By E&P Staff
Published: March 16, 2007 1:00 PM ET
Bradblog.com (includes this chart, which was presented during the Congressional hearing)