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Slip of the VIPS Sinks Ships

Before Nicolas Kistoff's May 6th, 2003 article on Joe Wilson's "tea party" with the "gang" in Niger, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) were already beginning to run 'interference' and had been involved in what could be described as a "jilted lover" campaign with the White House, publishing letter after letter mostly on the progressive website, Commondreams, since 2002. In fact, when you read these letters and memos and Kristoff's piece it's almost as if the "two were one."

Most of these letters of the same subject, "i.e: No WMD, no case for war, and assorted and sometimes hysterical conspiracy theories. For those who don't know VIPS is made up of ex members of the intel community, primarily Raymond McGovern, David MacMichael, Col. Pat Lang, Patrick G. Eddington, and others familiar to us who worked during the Reagan years. Suffice to say these guys and gals are the reason for the tag, "Rogue CIA", which is to me no suprise that they may find themselves up to their their butts in the Plame Game when all is said and done.

In fact, one such Memorandum for the President they posted right on July 14th, 2003, which you will know is the day of Bob Novak's article. You know, and I have it on good ground that the man who approached Bob Novak on Pennsyvania Avenue (referenced in Wilson's Book), was in fact Ex-op Larry C. Johnson, another member of VIPS whom Wilson sent to "bait" Novak.

But back to the memo. In the second paragraph of a diatribe called, "Intelligence Unglued", is this interesting quip or perhaps 'slip':

"It is now dawning on our until-now somnolent press that your national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, shepherds the foreign affairs sections of your state-of-the-union address and that she, not Tenet, is responsible for the forged information getting into the speech. But the disingenuousness persists. Surely Dr. Rice cannot persist in her insistence that she learned only on June 8, 2003 about former ambassador Joseph Wilson’s mission to Niger in February 2002, when he determined that the Iraq-Niger report was a con-job. Wilson’s findings were duly reported to all concerned in early March 2002. And, if she somehow missed that report, the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristoff on May 6 recounted chapter and verse on Wilson’s mission, and the story remained the talk of the town in the weeks that followed."

Opps...."talk of the town in the weeks that followed Wilson's 'tea party'" You mean talk of the Washington establishment? Like Cliff May said, "Who didn't know?"

Which makes me wonder, who was helping Joe to "shop around his story"?

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