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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

 

Fair Game - Valerie Plame Wilson

The lack of real WMD in Iraq in 2003 embarrassed the Bush Administration. Either they are incredibly incompetent to tragic proportions never before achieved, or they are so evil as to kill hundreds of thousands of people, waste American soldiers, and destroy U.S. credibility by invading a country on a profound lie. This level of stupidly is unequaled in history, even the Nazi's of the 1930's had some intelligence about their evil ambitions. Yet Bush 43 and his clan are willing to causes irrevocable harm to this country, to Iraq, even the entire world, and for what? If all their reasons were either mistakes or lies? Why did we invade Iraq?

But I digress. For it was the Ambassador to Niger, Joe Wilson, who first spoke up. He reputed the claims of Nigerian uranium 'yellow cake' being shipped to Iraq. Claims made by Collin Powel in front of the United Nations, and by Bush himself in his now infamous sixteen words during his 2003 State of the Nation. But Wilson would pay a price for his whistle blowing, or rather his wife would. Valerie Plame Wislon, CIA operative, assigned to work on the proliferation of nuclear weapons, would be outed by White House advisor Karl Rove and his first lieutenant "Scooter" Libby.

In an act of pure treason, the White House leaked Valerie Plame's name to the press. Using their corrupt reporter contacts, the administration attacked Joe Wilson's family in order to discredit him. This case would eventually indite and convict Libby, but not before dragging on for years, and smearing the American Press and our system of government with the filthy sweat of our hard working leaders.

Now, out of work, and with two young boys to raise, Valerie Plame Wilson, a woman I consider to be one of the United States most courageous female heros, has written a book documenting what she went through. Every patriotic American should buy a copy and keep it out on the coffee table as a reminder of what the powers of government can do to you if you speak against them.

Once that career was destroyed, she wrote this account of her experiences as a means of both supporting herself and settling scores. She was contractually obligated to submit a draft of the book to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Publications Review Board. That draft came back heavily expurgated. She was then expected to rewrite her book so that it made sense despite many deletions.

But Ms. Wilson and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, contend that much of the censored information is in the public domain — and that the suppression of information is itself part of Ms. Wilson’s story. So “Fair Game” has been published with the censor’s marks visible as blacked-out words, lines, paragraphs or pages. The publisher amplifies the book with an 80-page afterword by Laura Rozen, a reporter, who uses matters of public record to fill in some of the gaps.




Watch the whole story unfold on PBS FRONTLINE

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