Friday, February 10, 2006

Cornered Rats

According to today's Daily Progress Report, the rats are getting mean.

First, Scooter's turning on his boss:

Fresh evidence emerged yesterday that the CIA leak scandal extends to the highest levels of the White House. Court documents filed by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald reveal that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, "told a grand jury that he was authorized by his 'superiors' to disclose classified information to reporters." In October, Libby was indicted "on five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice" for "willfully misleading...investigators about his role in exposing Valerie Wilson as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency." The National Journal reports that those superiors were "Vice President Cheney and other senior Bush administration officials." Cheney and others "encouraged and authorized him [Libby] to share classified information with journalists to build public support for going to war." After the war began, "Cheney authorized Libby to release additional classified information, including details of the National Intelligence Estimate [NIE], to defend the administration's use of prewar intelligence."
And then so is Brownie:
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who previously "refused to answer even the simplest questions" about Katrina, will testify today before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I feel an obligation to answer any questions they put to me," Brown said. "The public needs to know the entire picture of what was going on." Brown's lawyer said his client would testify "about particular communications he had" with the White House, and Brown's "testimony will make clear...that senior administration officials, including President Bush, recognized the severity of the problem in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the storm." Congressional investigators have already discovered that the administration was warned about the severely breached levees earlier than it has claimed. Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff has said he learned about the breaches on "midday Tuesday," but new e-mails show his department learned about the situation at 9:27 pm Monday night. "There is no question in my mind that at the highest levels of the White House they understood how grave the situation was," Brown said.

Now if only some Democrats would start acting like good rat-killing cats. Unfortunately, they're more likely to just act like pussies.