Monday, November 28, 2005

So here it is, Merry Fitzmas...

...everybody's having fun. Well, everybody apart from Karl Rove.

Yes, Fitzmas is about to come a second time this year. And this time it's going to be Karl Rove facing multiple indictments for perjury and obstruction of justice.

As always, it's the little details that lead to downfall. As one of my favourite writers, Robert Green Ingersoll, said when acting as counsel for the contestants in the "Davis will case":

There is this beautiful peculiarity in nature - a lie never fits a fact, never. You only fit a lie with another lie, made for the express purpose, because you can change a lie but you can't change a fact, and after a while the time comes when the last lie you tell has to be fitted to a fact, and right there is a bad joint; consequently you must test the statements of people who say they saw, not by what they say but by other facts, by the surroundings, by what are called probabilities; by the naturalness of the statement.

Rove's former personal assistant, Susan B. Ralston, had previously testified that Cooper's call to Rove did not appear in the phone logs because Cooper had called the White House switchboard and been transferred, rather than calling Rove directly. Fitz looked through the logs and found other instances of calls being transferred by the switchboard which had been logged (or else he couldn't have found them). Right there you had the bad joint between the truth (transferred calls are logged) and the lie (the call wasn't in the logs because it had been transferred).

With that lie exposed, there is then another bad joint between it and the lie that it had been crafted to fit. Ralston was called to testify again. Faced with a possible indictment for perjury she told the truth: that Rove had instructed her not to log the call.

Another lie exposed. And with that exposure yet another bad joint. This time, Rove's repeated testimony about events. So Rove is now facing multiple indictments for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Who knows? Libby may yet flip and implicate Cheney in order to get a reduced sentence. Rove may cut a deal and implicate Cheney and/or Bush rather than be indicted. Both cases may come to trial, when other lies may be exposed and more bad joints revealed.

Somebody meticulous enough to scour the phone logs in order to expose a small lie, then leverage that up to multiple indictments against Rove, is going to keep researching every little fact until he's indicted everyone he possibly can on every charge he can bring.

Full details of this coming Fitzmas are here.

So here it is

merry fitzmas

everybody's having fun

look to the future now

it's only just begun


Blogger plectic said...


The Associated Press There can be no doubt that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald gave at best a grossly incomplete depiction of known OBL associate and likely double or triple agent, Ali Mohamed, who plead guilty in the trial over the Embassy bombings for which he carried out surveillance. [Be sure to check out Peter Dale Scott sourcing in his footnotes for more background. Some lawyers have suggested that Fitzgerald made things a lot tougher on himself by not bringing a conspiracy indictment which some say was warranted.

Sergeant Ali Mohamed and U.S. Intelligence Links to the Al Qaeda Leadership

The Report describes Ali Mohamed as ³a former Egyptian army officer who had
moved to the United States in the mid-1980s, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and
become an instructor at Fort Bragg,² as well as helping to plan the bombing
of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya (68). In fact Ali Mohamed was an important al
Qaeda agent who, as the 9/11 Commission was told, "trained most of al
Qaeda's top leadership," including "persons who would later carry out the
1993 World Trade Center bombing."[25] But the person telling the 9/11
Commission this, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, misrepresented Ali
Mohamed¹s FBI relationship. He told the Commission that, "From 1994 until
his arrest in 1998, [Mohamed] lived as an American citizen in California,
applying for jobs as an FBI translator and working as a security guard for
a defense contractor."[26]

Ali Mohamed was not just an FBI job applicant. Unquestionably he was an FBI
informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989.[27] And almost certainly he
was something more. A veteran of the CIA-trained bodyguards of Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat, he was able, despite being on a State Department
Watch List, to come to America around 1984, on what an FBI consultant has
called ³a visa program controlled by the CIA², and obtain a job, first as a
security officer, then with U.S. Special Forces.[28] In 1988 he took a
lengthy leave of absence from the U.S. Army and went to fight in
Afghanistan, where he met with Ayman al-Zawahiri (later bin Laden¹s chief
deputy in al Qaeda) and the ³Arab Afghan² leadership.[29] Despite this, he
was able to receive an Honorable Discharge one year later, at which point he
established close contact with bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Ali Mohamed clearly enjoyed U.S. protection: in 1993, when detained by the
RCMP in Canada, a single phone call to the U.S. secured his release. This
enabled him to play a role, in the same year, in planning the bombing of the
U.S. Embassy in Kenya in 1998.[30]

Congress should determine the true relationship of the U.S. Government to
Ali Mohamed, who was close to bin Laden and above all Zawahiri, who has
been called the ³main player² in 9/11.[31] (Al-Zawahiri is often described
as the more sophisticated mentor of the younger bin Laden.)[32] In
particular Congress should determine why Patrick Fitzgerald chose to
mislead the American people about Mohamed¹s FBI status. In short, the al
Qaeda terror network accused of the 9/11 attacks was supported and expanded
by U.S. intelligence programs and covert operations, both during and after
the Soviet Afghan War. Congress should rethink their decision to grant
still greater powers and budget to the agencies responsible for fostering
this enemy in the first place.

Sane voices clamor from the Muslim world that the best answer to terrorism
is not war but justice. We should listen to them. By using its energies to
reduce the injustices tormenting Islam, the United States will do more to
diminish terrorism than by creating any number of new directorates in

[25] Cf. 9/11 Commission Report, 68.
[26] Patrick Fitzgerald, Testimony before 9/11 Commission, June 16, 2004,, emphasis added.
[27] Fitzgerald must have known he was dissembling. Even the mainstream
account by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon (The Age of Sacred Terror [New
York: Random House, 2002], 236) records that ³When Mohamed was summoned
back from Africa in 1993 [sic, Mohamed in his confession says 1994] to be
interviewed by the FBI in connection with the case against Sheikh Rahman
and his coconspirators, he convinced the agents that he could be useful to
them as an informant.² Cf. Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 9/16/02: ³In
1989...Mohamed talked to an F.B.I. agent in California and provided
American intelligence with its first inside look at Al Qaeda.² Larry C.
Johnson, a former State Department and CIA official, faulted the FBI
publicly for using Mohamed as an informant, when it should have recognized
that the man was a high-ranking terrorist plotting against the United
States. In Johnson's words, "It's possible that the FBI thought they had
control of him and were trying to use him, but what's clear is that they did
not have control² (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/04/01).
[28] Lance, 1000 Years, 30 (Watch List); Williams, Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of
Terror, 117 (visa program); Bergen, Holy War, Inc., 128 (security officer).
[29] Yossef Bodansky, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America (New
York: Random House/Prima, 2001), 106; cf. Richard H. Shultz, Jr. and Ruth
Margolies Beitler, Middle East Review of International Affairs, June 2004, In 1995 Mohamed
accompanied Ayman al-Zawahiri of Islamic Jihad, already effectively merged
with al-Qaeda, on a secret fund-raising trip through America (Bodansky, Bin
Laden, 105; Peter L. Bergen, Holy War, Inc. [New York: Free Press, 2001],
[30] Cf. 9/11 Commission Report, 68. The Globe and Mail later concluded that
Mohamed "was working with U.S. counter-terrorist agents, playing a double
or triple game, when he was questioned in 1993² (Globe and Mail, 11/22/01,
[31] al-Zayyat, The Road to Al-Qaeda, 98: ³I am convinced that [Zawahiri]
and not bin Laden is the main player in these events.² In contrast the 9/11
Commission Report (151) assigns no role to Zawahiri in the 9/11 plot. Was
Mohamed in touch with Zawahiri at this time? The San Francisco Chronicle has
written that ³until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was
already under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya,
Somalia and at least a dozen other countries² (San Francisco Chronicle,
[32] Burke, Al-Qaeda, 150.

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