Saturday, October 08, 2005

Stephen Hadley's memory

emptywheel in The Next Hurrah (found via wotisitgood4) considers the possible role of Stephen Hadley in the Plame scandal, and the particular use by the White House of National Security Advisor staffers like Hadley to hide shenanigans under the President's executive privilege:

"This White House - actually all recent White Houses - have long used National Security Council staff as a tool to shield executive activities from Congressional or legal scrutiny. Because the National Security Advisor position evolved as a special advisor to the President, it fell under executive privilege guidelines that accrued to the President himself. As the NSA became an increasingly important position (think Henry Kissinger), this privilege came to extend to the staffers who reported to the NSA."

Hadley might actually be the Rosetta Stone in tying the whole thing together. The key to Plamegate isn't the outing of Plame, but the original lies told to fool the American people into the attack on Iraq. One of the main lies was based on the forged Niger uranium documents, the forger of which has never been found (and the FBI is peculiarly uninterested in asking the main Italian witness about it, just as they are peculiarly uninterested in really investigating the anthrax attacks). Bush tried to use the Niger claim in his Cincinnati speech in October 2002, but Tenet saw a draft and phoned Hadley to specifically order it out. The same issue came up in the infamous January 2003 State of the Union address, but Hadley claims he forgot about the matter and left the offending words in the speech. How do you forget about a call from the head of the CIA three months before referring specifically to this very issue? Hadley's implausible forgetfulness is evidence of a conspiracy to sneak the sixteen words, based on the forged documents, into the State of the Union address, where they formed one of the main platforms for the successful propaganda battle by the neocons to fool America into war. The sixteen words became the focus of Wilson's attack on the White House. Hadley ties together the sixteen words and the forged Niger uranium documents, supplied through the neo-cons in the White House, and the later attempt to blame the whole thing on Tenet and the CIA (that part is the cover-up of the conspiracy, the part which always seems to get the conspirators in trouble). Tenet was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom for agreeing to take the blame, and the actions of Tenet and Hadley are just part of the conspiracy and cover-up. Hadley would have been used because he could hide the trickery behind executive privilege. It would be nice if Fitzgerald were to turn his inquiry into more than just an investigation of who talked to whom, but a full investigation of the original lies that led to the war and their source in a White House conspiracy leading back to the neocons and the forged Niger documents.