Thursday, July 21, 2005

Seize him!

CNN continues to keep their "worldwide resources" pinned to about three stories per day: today's London bombing took over the top spot from U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, who fell to number two. Number three was the manhandling of reporters (including Mrs. Alan Greenspan) following Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her visit to Sudan.

So the feckless, sac-less hosts and reporters at Ted Turner's 25-year-old slacker child were right on Tuesday when they laughingly conceded that, when it comes to being steamrolled by the White House's agenda, they are tiny, tiny kittens with brittle bones, cowering behind the wheel of a redneck monster truck.

Thankfully, there were no casualties in London as of 4:35 p.m. CDT, so this story will likely recede, allowing for the return of the Natalee Holloway search to CNN's "Big Three."

Of course, what this means is that, as far as most of the public is concerned, the Karl Rove story is dead -- as CNN correspondent Bob Franken said, "Karl Rove, you remember him. He was certainly yesterday's story."

Fortunately, there are still members of the press willing to pursue the stories long after Bob "Not Al" Franken and Miles "Of Smiles" O'Brien deem them out of style or soooo yesterday. Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei of The Washington Post published a story today indicating that the identity of Ambassador Joe Wilson's wife was classified "Secret" in a CIA memo, and that "any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials."

From 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.

Anyone reading that paragraph should have been aware that it contained secret information, though that designation was not specifically attached to (Valerie) Plame's name and did not describe her status as covert, the sources said. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a federal official to knowingly disclose the identity of a covert CIA official if the person knows the government is trying to keep it secret."

That means one thing: the pampered porker who revealed the information contained in that paragraph needs to be shackled and dragged out of the West Wing by his curly tail. Ditto to the Cheney toady named after Kermit the Frog's assistant.


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