Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hoekstra, Weldon and Senator Santorum

* laura:
"Guess what is the source of the documents recently promoted by Congressmen Hoekstra, Weldon and Senator Santorum, on the 500 buried, 20 year old chemical munitions in Iraq? The Army National Ground Intelligence Center (the NGIC), where Mitchell Wade's MZM got its start, by, as Walter Pincus has reported, hiring relatives of top NGIC officials, and then the NGIC officials themselves."
* laura:
"We now have more evidence that Farina's article in August 2004 saying the French ran Niger forgeries middleman Rocco Martino was part of a paid Sismi disinformation campaign. Because Sismi and its director Pollari were truly desperate to keep the truth of Sismi's role in the forgeries from coming out. That desperate. Can you imagine?"
* ew has a post on mzm and aluminium tubes. it's a bit dizzying.

* and ew has her post up about novak - read it all, but there's this:
"Why did Novak publish this now, rather than mid-June after Rove learned he escaped charges?

Two possible answers to that question. First, maybe Novak didn't get the all-clear sign until just now. Maybe there were additional items that Novak had to clear up. Though that's not really likely if Novak didn't testify after Libby's indictment.

One other possibility, a real wildarsed guess. I've read that the statute of limitations on a civil suit, if the Wilsons were to pursue one, is three years. That means, if they were to sue, they'd have a deadline of Friday (which is the 3-year anniversary of Plame's outing, July 14) to file. I don't know if that information is correct or not. But how convenient would it be, if the Wilsons were about to file suit against Karl Rove, to publish a column and do two Fox appearances reiterating Karl's innocence. Add in the real ad hoc nature of this reporting (sudden announcement on Drudge, the funny print bit described above), and it seems like this press binge was a last minute thing."
WakeUp has suggested that the statute of limitations is only 2 years.

5 comments:

LeeB said...

Now we get to have some fun . . .

On Crooks and Liars:

Novak calls Murray Waas a liar

Hannity and Colmes. No video yet, but . . . mebbe soon?

lukery said...

i suspect that waas won't take too kindly to that :-)

next move: murray

LeeB said...

. . . now where did I stash that extra box of popcorn . . .

Simon said...

Luke,

(That's better, able to load the page today, and shortening the front page helps too!)

On Laura and the 500 munitions, I found this:

Congress set to send Bush $87.5 billion in spending

•$100 million for securing and destroying conventional weapons in Iraq.

So they found these old weapons during this rather expensive effort? $200,000 for each one found then - clearly a bargain.

lukery said...

aha! nice one.

although do these qualify as 'conventional'?