Thursday, November 03, 2005

Is Karl Rove out of a job?

Hard to say right now if he is. Jonathan Alter believes that Karl Rove may be a security risk for what he did.
According to last week’s indictment of Scooter Libby, a person identified as "Official A" held conversations with reporters about Plame’s identity as an undercover CIA operative, information that was classified. News accounts subsequently confirmed that that official was Rove. Under Executive Order 12958, signed by President Clinton in 1995, such a disclosure is grounds for, at a minimum, losing access to classified information.

Section 5.1 of Clinton’s executive order prohibits "any knowing, willful or negligent action that could reasonably be expected to result in an unauthorized disclosure of classified information." While the law against revealing the identity of a CIA operative requires that the perpetrator intentionally disclosed such classified information (a high standard, which may be one reason Fitzgerald did not indict on those grounds), the executive order covers "negligence," or unintentional disclosure.
What Karl Rove and Scooter Libby both did were wrong. Libby did the honorable thing by resigning but Rove is still under investigation.

Give Tom Delay's money to charity. Congressman Tom Delay will not get away with what he did. Anne Northup recieved money from Delay and she will not return it. She recieved at least $10,000 from ARMPAC.

This is interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has caused a divide in Sydney, Australia. I'm not even sure how that was able to happen.
A former US vice-president is at the centre of a row that has divided Sydney Jews and prompted a prominent Jewish property developer, Harry Triguboff, to warn of the dangers of a "civil war".

Some NSW Jewish leaders are refusing to attend a fund-raising appeal organised by the Jewish National Fund and headlined by the one-time presidential candidate Al Gore.

The protest has been sparked by a clash in the dates of the communal calendar established 30 years ago to stagger the fund-raising efforts of Jewish community charities in Sydney.
The event sold out 1,000 seats!

Senator Barack Obama is building up his credentials in foreign policy. He's on my short list for Vice President in 2008 but it's probably too early for him.
Obama and Lugar have formed a political joint venture and mutual admiration society: the white-haired chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who has served in the Senate since 1977, and the man 30 years younger than he, the glamorous Great Hope for Democrats in 2012 and beyond.

This week Obama and Lugar reported on their trip to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan to inspect weapons dumps and sites where nerve gas, as well as smallpox, plague and other deadly pathogens are kept, under not very secure guard in some cases.

Back in 1991, Lugar, along with then-senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, devised the cooperative threat reduction program under which the United States has spent $5.7 billion to buy up and dispose of former Soviet nuclear warheads and other weapons. Otherwise they might be sold to, or fall into the hands of al Qaida.
Senator Lugar is one of the more respectable Republicans with his speaking out against the way the administration has handled the war.

Get the chance to meet Lt. Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia as he finishes up the general election campaign to become the next Governor of Virginia! The polls are way too close and Tim Kaine needs your support.

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