"Lindauer claims that from August 1996 to the outbreak of the Iraq war, she served as a back channel intermediary with the Iraqi Mission to the UN in New York and was constantly supervised by her handlers in the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In March 2004, Lindauer was arrested by the FBI at her Takoma Park, Maryland home and charged with acting as an unregistered agent for the Iraqi government from October 1999 to February 2004 and engaging in illegal financial transactions with the Iraqis. Federal prosecutors also charged Lindauer with meeting Iraqi intelligence agents during a 2002 trip to Baghdad, including a meeting at the Al Rashid Hotel. Lindauer claims that she was one of three CIA assets who were covering the Iraqi Mission to the UN. She said she and the other two assets, who were also being run by the FBI, were charged with being agents for Iraq.
From the beginning, the government's case against Lindauer was unique. In his decision ordering Lindauer's release from federal custody, Judge Michael Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan ruled that the government could not force Lindauer to take psychotropic drugs in order for her to stand trial in the case. In in a rare departure, Mukasey commented on the government's case against Lindauer before the trial. He stated, "There is no indication that Lindauer ever came close to influencing anyone or could have." The Justice Department maintained that Lindauer attempted to influence her cousin to prevent a U.S. military attack on Iraq. Lindauer's second cousin is none other than Andrew Card, who served as George W. Bush's Chief of Staff and who is a major source for Bob Woodward's revealing book about the Bush march to war, State of Denial. Lindauer's father is John Lindauer, the 1998 GOP candidate for governor of Alaska, who was defeated by Tony Knowles"
"BTW, we are at Oct. 16, and no October Surprise has yet surfaced.anyone? i'd settle for anything that isn't a new war. saddam's verdict is going to be November 5. I don't think that will do much to bump the polls, but it might give the repugs an 'excuse' to steal the election.
We know it's coming; any bets as to what the October Surprise will be this year?"
update: here's a few from EW's place:
Don't discount the usual Rovian tactics:
Military exercises leading to "precision pinpoint bombing" of "Iranian nuclear weapons facilities" (which will later turn out to be apartment buildings full of women, children and elderly men but that news won't come out until after the election so who cares?)
Another Osama videotape in which he "supports the Democrats"
Orange alert moves to red alert within 10 days before election
Major scary terror plot foiled three days before election (consisting of two actual clueless young Muslim males and 18 agent-provocateurs) whose vaporous nature is revealed only after the voting so who cares?
Gasoline prices hit historic low on Nov. 4th
As Karl would say, success is in the details. And he's got 'em covered.