Once upon a time, a US Senator embarked on a mission:
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus al-Shaab palace on Monday received the US senator J. Rockefeller and members of the accompanying delegation.
The meeting was attended by the deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara and the US ambassador in Damascus Theodore Qattouf.
Discussions dealt with results implied by the incidents of September 11, 2001 in the US at the regional and international levels.
The President stressed that fighting terrorism should be based on analyzing reasons behind it, noting that the already debated concept of terrorism is a terrorism which is too far from Islamic values.
He explained that Syria's ancient history shows commitment of its peoples to divine religions. A matter which restores Syria's stability.
Senator Rockefeller expressed happiness to meet with President Bashar al-Assad. He said he feels content after talking to President Bashar al-Assad not only about Syria but about the ME region as a whole.
Senator Rockefeller also stressed the need of deeper understanding of the Arab culture and civilization and of Muslims"
The date, January 8th, 2002.
The very next Day.....on January 9th, 2002, yet another US Senator embarked on a mission to the same destination:
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus al-Shaab palace on Tuesday received W Owens and members of the US Senate: Richard Durban, David Price and Jim Dives and members of their accompanying delegation. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara and the US ambassador in Damascus Theodore Qattouf.
Discussions dealt with the reflections of September11 incidents at the US on various regional and international issues."
Both of these visits occured nearly one year from the date of the Start of the Iraq War. Simple diplomacy? We now know it was not, for one of the travelers couldn't resist keeping the secret hidden and during a televised interview gave up the background and more info:
"WALLACE: Now, the president never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn't it Jay Rockefeller?
ROCKEFELLER: No. I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I'll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11."
Fast forward to January 2006, when I alerted readers to a wide open investigation into the activities of Senator's Rockefeller and Durbin.
Last week yet another NSA "secret" was revealed. It was revealed primary because he has already netted a hugh result. One that many have been waiting to see. In other words it was a diversion - a preliminary defense.
Per "The Blotter", The ABC News Blog, lends this insight which is yet a further attempt to beat off the dogs:
"A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.
"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.
ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.
One former official was asked to sign a document stating he was not a confidential source for New York Times reporter James Risen.
Our reports on the CIA's secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials.
People questioned by the FBI about leaks of intelligence information say the CIA was also disturbed by ABC News reports that revealed the use of CIA predator missiles inside Pakistan.
Under Bush Administration guidelines, it is not considered illegal for the government to keep track of numbers dialed by phone customers.
The official who warned ABC News said there was no indication our phones were being tapped so the content of the conversation could be recorded.
A pattern of phone calls from a reporter, however, could provide valuable clues for leak investigators."
In Rambo speak - You leak, "We're coming after you".
As for the Rocky "road show"?
As long predicted, the preliminary coming forward:
Violation of the Logan Act.
NEXT: Winding down.
PS: Freedom of the Press is NOT freedom to devulge classified information no matter if you agree with it or not. Just in case you were wondering.
UPDATE: What is it with the Left and Goose Stepping?. Man its all about fear of domination and whips and leather.
Hitler fetish perhaps?
Just to be helpful remember what administration began this program to track political enemies, but missed (or allowed) our real enemies kill 3000 people on 9/11.
Truth - it's a bitch ain't it.
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Once upon a time, a US Senator embarked on a mission: