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Series - We The People - WMD Expert vs. White House #30

by Rose Mountain (writer), , December 02, 2007

Since the President and Vice President claim to be concerned about Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD) why did they target and "out" the expert monitoring for WMD in Iraq?

Since the President and Vice President claim to be concerned about Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD) why did they target and "out" the expert monitoring for WMD in Iraq? Valerie Plame Wilson was the expert on Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, a CIA covert agent, until "outed" by the White House and the State Department who gave her name 11 times to the US press which ended her ability to do WMD work and jeopardized the secret information networks she established for the security of the US. Investigative journalists say the answer to WHY is FOR THE OIL and Follow The Money Trail. This article has resources on a variety of related topics--Video of the Congressional Hearing of Plame with a chart of all the officials in the Bush Admin & State Dept that leaked her name to the media; articles on US covert activities in Iraq & Iran, the British leaked 8 Downing Street Memos revealing the US manipulation of Iraq intelligence,etc.

On Nov 20, 2007 breaking news on the White House outing of WMD expert Valerie Plame Wilson case came in an Associated Press article of a pre-released excerpt by the publisher of another inside whistleblower of the Bush Admin, the former White House Press Secretary whose book "blames Bush and Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative" says the AP. McClellan writes"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff, and the president himself."

In this case there are many related side-stories and as always media distortions of facts, but most important is to have an overview understanding of the Bush Admin's agenda and strategies. Libby who worked for Cheney said higher ups approved the leaks of classified information to make their case for war, and at the Congressional Committee Hearing of Valerie Plame Wilson they had a chart with the names of Cheney, Rove, Libby along with others who were responsible for leaking her name to the press. And many presumed Bush, but Blessings to McClellan who makes sure that We The People know. His timing must be important too since his book won't be published until April, and the White House keeps lying about Iran.

So this is not just a leak case as the US media and others keep calling it-- a leak of classified info, the CIA leak, a leak to stop war critics.This is about using the fear of WMD's, about Bush and Cheney trying to brainwash America so Americans will watch the left hand while their right hand does their secret dirty work. Just as the British BBC News Documentary "Power of Nightmares" explains how US neoconservatives have created myths for decades to instill fear in Americans, the most recent is the myth of a global network of terrorism which doesn't exist, and Bush and Blair use these myths of fear to gain power and control over the US & UK. But Blair was forced to step down and the US has hundreds of high-level whistleblowers and their numbers continue to grow, so there's a big crack in the dike of the Regime.

This Article is divided into 4 Sections to provide resources and evidence for all readers, for those who already know this case and want new material and for new readers who don't know the Bush Admin evidence from past articles in this Series. Section 1- Basic evidence on Plame Case includes-- the video of the Congressional Hearing testimony of Valerie Plame Wilson with the chart of all the officials in the White House & State Department who told the media her name; how the White House targeted her before targeting her husband Ambassador Wilson (who investigated the alleged Niger story for the CIA and became a whistleblower on the Niger/Iraq lies in Bush's 2003 State of the Union Speech), etc. Section 2- What's Really Going On? has new articles on Bush's covert war in Iraq and how the "global war on terror" is a fraud,etc. Section 3--WMD Lies & Intelligence Manipulation has links to articles and documents including the British leaked 8 Downing Street Memos of 2002 secret pre-invasion strategy meetings between the Admins of Blair & Bush. Blair knew Bush had no legal grounds for the invasion but together they strategized to manipulate the US & UK & UN. The one memo the US media published was the UK Head of Intelligence saying the US intelligence was being "fixed". Section 4--US covert activity in Iran and evidence that Iran has no WMD.

Since a democracy depends on informed citizens for its survival We The People must see the overview to make sense of what's happening in the US, and We must learn lessons in order to guide and evolve into a new heart direction for our country with humanistic perspectives, methods, goals, policies. For example We know that global warming will only be healed when we stop using oil for industries and cars, and We can also stop the use of other toxins and chemicals to prevent diseases in millions of people and the Earth. Many of us know that technological and ecologically safe solutions already exist to many of our problems so the only real hurdle is claiming our power to move us forward onto a humanistic path where the needs of We The People in the US and all countries are paramount.

We also need to know what's happened to our government for there's no assurance it will easily return to normal in 2008 since its devastation by the Bush Admin. Many longtime professionals in many departments are gone, the employees have been replaced by neoconservatives, political appointments, and people too new to understand what's happening. There's been massive demotions, resigning, and firing of all the employees who wouldn't go along with Bush Admin manipulations. The CIA itself has had several Heads during the Bush Admin, and intelligence has been rerouted and fabricated by other agencies. All the longtime CIA agents "worth their salt" have been fired or left, says an insider. It would be a feat if We The People could return to the policies of destroying most if not all of our WMD's. Peace comes through integrity, compassion, and negotiations with individuals as well as countries, certainly War is not Peace and Peace is not War.

SECTION 1--EVIDENCE ON VALERIE PLAME WILSON CASE

*NEWS-"EX-AIDE LINKS BUSH,CHENEY TO CIA LEAK CASE"Article by Associated Press Matt Apuzzo Nov 21,2007 in San Francisco Chronicle (sub title) "Book excerpt says they had role in misleading public" (excerpts) "Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative. In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby were 'not involved' in the leak...." ' There was one problem. It was not true', McClellan writes,"...I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself.' " (SF Chron 11/21/07 pg A6, Google for AP article)

*VALERIE PLAME STATEMENT on website of Valerie Plame "Statement by Valerie Wilson on Scott McLellan's Revelations" (statement)" I am outraged to learn that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan confirms that he was sent out to lie to the press corps and the American public about two senior White House officials, Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby who deliberately and recklessly revealed my identity as a covert CIA operations officer. Even more shocking, McClellan confirms that not only Karl Rove and Scooter Libby told him to lie but Vice President Cheney, Presidential Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and President Bush also ordered McClellan to issue his misleading statement. Unfortunately, President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's felony sentence has short-circuited justice." (end statement) http://wilsonsupport.org

Congressman Conyer's Judicial Committee investigative Report "Constitution In Crisis" http://afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5769 was published as the book "George W. Bush vs The US Constitution". Its introduction was written by Ambassador Joseph Wilson who attended the first Congressional Hearing held by Democrats on the British leaked Downing Street documents. Wilson was at that Hearing and explained he was was asked by the CIA to go to Niger to investigate alleged claims by the Bush Admin from a source that the CIA & UK Intelligence no longer trusted. The source claimed there was an Iraq/ Niger meeting to procure raw uranium. These claims were found unsubstantiated by Wilson and other countries, and later found to be based on forgeries. Wilson became a whistleblower when he wrote the article in the New York Times, "What I Didn't Find In Africa" in response to Bush using these false Niger claims in his 2003 State of the Union Speech to the US public.

Everyone believed that the Bush Admin leaked Valerie Plame's name to the press as a warning to other CIA agents and as retribution for her husband's article. But the CIA asked for an investigation into the "outing" of Plame, and it was revealed in the undisclosed grand jury testimony by Rove, Libby, and others in the Bush Admin that Valerie Plame Wilson was the original target, not her husband, he wasn't targeted until later. The criminal investigation was conducted by Patrick Fitzgerald. In Feb 2006 news from insiders said Libby, the top of VP Cheney's staff, testified at the Grand Jury that in Summer 2003 "Cheney and other White House superiors authorized" his leaking of classified information to journalists to defend the Bush Admin use of prewar intelligence. The Wilsons finally filed a lawsuit against Cheney, Libby, Rove and 10 other unnamed administration officials or political operatives for putting them and their children's lives at risk, but the Bush Admin claimed immunity and said the statute of limitations had expired and wanted the lawsuit to be thrown out.

The British BBC News Investigation "US Secret Plans For Iraq Oil" says these plans were created by the Bush Admin, the State Department, the Pentagon, and Big Oil Companies, weeks after Bush came into office in Jan 2001. So when watching the video of the Congressional Hearing below, and when viewing the chart of the officials in the Bush Admin & State Dept who leaked Valerie Wilson's name to the media thus stopping her WMD work, remember that the Bush Admin & State Dept had secret oil plans as their true agenda.

*CONGRESSIONAL HEARING 3/16/07 Congressman Waxman is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that held the hearing on the outing of a covert officer. From Waxman's website (excerpt) "The Oversight Committee held a Hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. At the hearing, the Committee received testimony from Ms. Wilson and other experts regarding the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred". Overview & Documents http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1205

*CHART from HEARING--WHITE HOUSE & STATE DEPT TELL MEDIA PLAME'S NAME http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20070316173308-19288.pdf

*VIDEO of HEARINGS-1st Plame Testimony, 2nd- White House Lawyers, Dept Head http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1245 (or see C-Span Video http://c-span.org).

*LIVE BLOG of HEARING "BUSH LIED--WHITE HOUSE NEVER INVESTIGATED LEAK"-Blog of 2nd Hearing by founder of After Downing Street http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/19729

*Article "BUSH ADMIN TARGETED WILSON'S WIFE LONG BEFORE WILSON'S ARTICLE APPEARED" by Burns via http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/18952 (article copied) "Trial Docs, Testimony Reveal Admin Reasons for Outting CIA WMD Analyst May Be More Than Simple Retaliation Over 'Yellowcake' Op-Ed...What Were They REALLY After? In today’s Washington Post ombudsman column, “Covert Question, Open Controversy,” Deborah Howell says, “Wilson's New York Times op-ed piece, critical of the Bush administration's use of intelligence, set off a chain of events that led to the disclosure of Plame's job.” But information and testimony revealed during the course of the Libby Trial indicates that it wasn't Wilson's op-ed piece that set the off the chain of events leading to their disclosure of the CIA WMD analyst and her covert network. The Bush administration began its campaign to discredit Valerie Plame/Wilson at least a month prior to the release of her husband's article. I can’t criticize Howell for her focus on the op-ed as the ball that got the campaign rolling. I, and most of the media, having been taking this line, have been basically taking the same line in previous postings on this topic. Most of the writers on the CIA leak have been doing the same. Joseph Wilson’s book, The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity, takes the same tack: that the outing of CIA analyst Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife, was retaliation for Wilson’s July 6, 2003, op-ed column, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa.” But when Wilson wrote his book, he did not have access to the behind-the-scenes discussions about his wife which have now been revealed by the perjury and obstruction trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. Retaliation there was, in spades, but testimony and documents in the Libby trial demonstrate, unrefuted, that administration discussion of Mrs. Wilson began several weeks before Wilson’s column even appeared. The reasons for that are still unclear, and the prosecution was not permitted to delve into other aspects and ramifications of the leak. But that the administration was already targeting both Wilson and his wife, Valerie ---overseeing a crucial intelligence network monitoring WMD activity in the middle east --- is now beyond question. So why, beyond Wilson's op-ed, was the Bush Administration previously so intent on discrediting one of their own crucial CIA assets?... Trial testimony and evidence show the Administration already gunning for Plame/Wilson well prior to her husband's editorial. The prosecution isn't allowed to say so, very directly, because it would be too prejudicial, but here is the timeline of the pre-op-ed activities:" (CONT'D BELOW)

*May 29, 2003 – Libby calls Marc Grossman, then an Under Secretary in the State Department, asking how and why Joe Wilson was sent to Niger about uranium. “late May and early June, 2003” according to Grossman’s testimony --- Grossman gives oral interim reports to Libby that Wilson was the ambassador who went to Niger (mentioned but not named in a May 6 NYTimes piece by Nicholas Kristof, “Missing in Action: Truth”).

*June 9, 2003, according to Grossman’s testimony – Grossman had a conversation with Wilson, who was “upset” about Condoleezza Rice’s claim the day before on Meet the Press that the White House was unaware of doubts about the Niger uranium story. (In his book, Wilson says this conversation “elicited the suggestion that I might have to write the story myself”; he got in touch with the NYTimes the same day. p.332.)

*June 9, 2003 – classified documents from CIA are faxed to the Office of the Vice President to Libby and colleague John Hannah, mentioning the Wilson trip but not naming Wilson.

*June 10, 2003 – a classified State Department memo written by State’s Bureau of Intelligence & Research (INR) gives Grossman the background on Wilson’s Niger trip, refers explicitly to Valerie Wilson as Wilson’s wife and “a CIA WMD manager.” The memo also strongly debunks the Niger uranium story.

*June 11, 2003 – Robert L. Grenier, then “Iraq mission manager” and “point person for Iraq,” receives a phone call from Libby, then is summoned from a meeting with the CIA Director to talk with Libby about Wilson; tells Libby Wilson’s wife is in CIA. (Grenier is no longer with the CIA.)

*June 11/12, 2003 – Marc Grossman has a “30-second discussion” about Mrs. Wilson with Libby, according to Grossman’s testimony.

*June 12, 2003 – Libby is informed by Cheney in a phone call that Wilson’s wife is in CIA (handwritten note: “CP: his wife works in that div”).

*June 12, 2003 – David Addington, Cheney’s government lawyer, receives the same notes from Libby’s office mentioning Wilson’s wife in CP (typed copy).

*June 13, 2003 – Richard L. Armitage tells Bob Woodward, on tape, that Mrs. Wilson works for CIA, suggests that Mrs. Wilson sent Wilson on the Niger trip.

*June 14, 2003 – CIA daily briefer Craig Schmall briefing of Libby at Libby’s home notes question about Wilson (“ex-amb”) and the Niger trip, notes Wilson and Valerie Wilson by name.

*June 23, 2003 – Libby has a discussion with Judith Miller, mentions Wilson’s wife at “bureau” (CIA). (Miller had returned to the U.S. on June 8.)

*July 6, 2003 – Joseph Wilson’s op-ed criticizing the Niger story finally appears in the NYTimes.

(CONT'D)

"Additionally, on June 20, June 23 and June 27, according to a cautious statement by Bob Woodward in the WashPost, Woodward met with another official, spoke with Libby on the phone and then met with Libby, bringing items including “yellowcake” and “Joe Wilson’s wife” with him. So why were there all these colloquies in the administration, about Wilson’s wife, before Wilson’s article even came out? Retaliation is too simple an answer. Wilson had already expressed doubts about the war and WMD on television programs from January through April, 2003. He seems to have pulled his punches sometimes – undoubtedly wondering whether the White House might actually have some evidence of Iraq WMD – but he still made plenty of public comments that could have irritated the White House into attacking him, or investigating him, at any time. There is no sign that they did so until May – a month when Wilson made few if any public remarks. Nor does the administration seem to have tipped its hand to the Wilsons beforehand to stop Wilson from going public. What did happen in May – between Kristof’s piece and the inquiries to Marc Grossman – is that Seymour Hersh published a devastating New Yorker article, “Iraq Post Mortem,” partly about the forged Niger documents that generated the "yellowcake" brouhaha. Did the administration simply decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Wilson, convinced that his going public would be the last straw on the "mushroom cloud"? Did it go for a two-fer, moving to disrupt analysis in the WMD counter-proliferation unit at the CIA where Mrs. Wilson worked? If so, it moved fast: by the time Wilson’s column appeared, his wife’s name and CIA connection had already been leaked to Bob Woodward of the Post and Judith Miller of the Times – for 23 days and 13 days, respectively. Note: Armitage, Woodward’s source, is another Cheney man and has been since before Bush 41. Whatever the reasons for the activity and whatever the trial outcome, one point continues to be clear: The man at the top who chose Dick Cheney as his Vice, is ultimately --- and Constitutionally --- responsible." (end)

*The Nation magazine March 26,2007 "CHENEY ON TRIAL" by David Corn. (excerpts) "Libby responding to a request from investigators, came across a note in his files indicating that in early June 2003--weeks before the Wilson affair began--Cheney had told him that the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson worked at the CIA's Counterproliferation Division, a unit of the CIA's clandestine operations directorate." "..Cheney apparently was the first to discuss Valerie Wilson's specific place of work". http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070326/corn

*News Article Feb 9, 2006 "CHENEY AUTHORIZED LIBBY To LEAK" By Murray Waas, National Journal, © National Journal Group Inc.(excerpts) "Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter..." http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2006/0209nj1.htm

*British BBC News 2006 says Bush authorized leak of classified material but not Plame name. Also notice Plame called CIA covert but not WMD expert, just like US media.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4885100.stm

*2/1/2006- "CHENEY EMAILS FROM PLAME LEAK PERIOD DESTROYED" (excerpt) "Sources say, in what has been described as "highly irregular," email correspondence from vice-president Cheney's office during the period of the Plame leak appears to have been deleted. Correspondence generated in the official duties of the President and Vice-President becomes the property of the National Archives and does not belong to the chief executives." http://afterdowningstreet.org

*Website http://sourcewatch.org is a respected resource for many topics. Links to Plame info, resources & documents http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Valerie_Plame

*The CIA requested an investigation into the "outing" of their covert WMD expert, which the US media covered, the prosecutor Fitzgerald held a trial with testimony by Libby Vice President Cheney's aide, Rove Bush's politcal advisor, and the press members who the information was told to, etc.On website "Statement from Ambassador Joseph Wilson on Sentencing of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby" (quote) "Jun. 5, 2007 Washington, DC – Following the sentencing of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby today, Ambassador Joseph Wilson issued the following statement: “As Americans, both Valerie and I are grateful that justice has been served, reconfirming that our country remains a nation of laws. We are also saddened for the pain that Mr. Libby has inflicted on his family, friends, and the nation. Mr. Libby benefited from the best this country had to offer: the finest schools, a lucrative career as a lawyer and many years of service in Republican administrations. That he would knowingly lie, perjure himself and obstruct a legitimate criminal investigation is incomprehensible. It is our hope that he will now cooperate with Special Counsel Fitzgerald in his efforts to get to the truth. As Mr. Fitzgerald has said, a cloud remains over the Vice President. Every official in this administration must be held accountable for their actions.” http://wilsonsupport.org/node/417

*Ambassador Wilson was sent by the CIA to check information that Vice President Cheney called the CIA about, on an alleged meeting of Iraq in Niger of Africa to find raw material yellow cake to create high-grade uranium for a WMD. Yet the source of this information had already been discounted by the CIA and British Intelligence, and the doscument was later determined to be forged. But since Amb Wilson was known to be an expert in the Niger region he was sent by the CIA to check out the alleged story of a meeting. Valerie Plame Wilson during her Congressional testimony says her Ambassador husband helped former President Bush Senior in the negotiation for hostages during the first Iraq invasion and on their website they show the quote by Bush Senior on the great work the Ambassador did.

*Website of Valerie Wilson and her husband Ambassador Wilson is called "Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust at http://wilsonsupport.org because Valerie Wilson and Amb Wilson filed a lawsuit against many top officials for the White House outing a CIA covert agent. Their website has links to mainstream news articles on their lawsuit being thrown out, Bush pardoning Libby Vice President Cheney's aide,etc http://www.wilsonsupport.org/news

*BBC NEWS July 14,2006 "US Officials 'Betrayed' CIA Agent", Wilsons Lawsuit and background info. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5180906.stm

SECTION 2---WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON?

*Article "Assasinations,Terrorist Strikes and Ethnic Cleansing: Bush's Shadow War in Iraq" by Chris Floyd, TruthOut.org, Posted 2/15/07 (excerpts) "And behind the scenes, in a shadow world of double-cross and double-bluff, covert units of the occupying power run agents on both sides of the civil war, countenancing -- and sometimes directing --assasinations, terrorist strikes, torture sessions, and ethnic cleansing." "Of course Kerr and his Baghdad black-op crew are not alone in the double-dealing world of Iraqi counterinsurgency. The Pentagon's ever-expanding secret armies are deeply entrenched in such efforts as well." "...the vast majority of atrocities then attributed to 'rogue' Shiite and Sunni militias were in fact the work of government-controlled commandos and 'special forces', trained by Americans, 'advised' by Americans and run largely by former CIA agents." http://alternet.org/story/48016

*Article "From Afghanistan to Iraq: Connecting the Dots with Oil" by Richard W.Behan. This is an important article with key evidence and major historical pieces. I don't know what his position is on 9/11, and there may be other details but major pieces are explained. (excerpts) "The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not prompted by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. They were not waged to spread democracy in the Middle East or enhance security at home. They were conceived and planned in secret long before September 11, 2001 and they were undertaken to control petroleum resources." "The 'global war on terror' began as a fraud and a smokescreen and remains so today, a product of the Bush Administration's deliberate and successful distortion of public perception. The fragmented accounts in the mainstream media reflect this warping of reality, but another more accurate version of recent history is available in contemporary books and the vast information pool of the Internet. When told start to finish, the story becomes clear, the dots easier to connect. Both appalling and masterful, the lies that led us into war and keep us there today show the people of the Bush Administration to be devious, dangerous and far from stupid. The following is an in-depth look at the oil wars, the events leading up to them. and the players who made them possible." http://alternet.org/story/47489

*4/7/06 Robert Fisk on Iraq & Palestine, chief Middle East Correspondent for London Independent. Democracy Now http://democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/07/144219

SECTION 3-- WMD LIES & INTELLIGENCE MANIPULATION

*The Britsh News links to the British leaked Downing Street Documents. Background -The British media published many investigations and leaked documents like the Downing Street Documents (links below) that the US media didn't. The British public was outraged at Blair's lies leading to the invasion of Iraq and 23 Parliament Members tried to impeach him. Blair promised to step down within a year and did so in 2007. The British do not have a freepress law for whistleblower leaks of classified information so they have to do calculated manuevers to get the information to the British public. US civil rights lawyers and freepress activists across the politcal spectrum are fighting to retain US freepress laws and whistleblower protections. The British media does censor some news, but citizens in the US and many Democrats in Congress have relied on their investigations and document leaks to discover the truth about the war.

*The British newspaper The Sunday Times leaked a total of 8 Downing Street Memos given to the journalist Michael Smith. Downing Street is the name of the street with the British Parliament and the Prime Minister's private residence. The 8 Downing Street Memos or Documents were written by Blair's top cabinet members to Blair to debrief him candidly about their secret Iraq pre-invasion strategy meetings in 2002 with Bush's top cabinet members. Blair knew Bush had no legal reasons to invade Iraq so they strategize together on how to sell an illegal war to the US & UK public and the UN. The Memos or documents were not leaked all at once. The US media finally published one, but only one. Later a 9th Memo was leaked called the White House Meeting Memo which was a direct conversation between Bush & Blair. Memo Names & Dates--Each Memo was written by one of Blair's advisors. Memos were given titles for convenience, most use the advisor's name. Legal Background Paper 3/8/02, Iraq Options Paper 3/8/02, David Manning Memo 3/14/02, Christopher Meyers Letter 3/18/02, Peter Ricketts Letter 3/22/02, Jack Straw Memo 3/25/02, Cabinet Office Briefing Paper 7/21/02, Downing Street Minutes Memo 7/23/02.

The Downing Street Memo is the name given to the only document that the US media published, with the famous quote from the British Head Of Intelligence about his conversation with the US Head of Intelligence at CIA . (excerpt) "C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." The British leaked this document to journalist Michael Smith at The Sunday Times Online, notice famous quote in 2nd paragraph. (Web addresses with "co.uk" are United Kingdom websites, Britain, Scotland, etc) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html

*Article by Michael Smith 6/19/05 "The Leaked Iraq War Documents" http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article535913.ece

*Archive of 8 Downing Street Memos http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/833

*After Downing Street http://afterdowningstreet.org a consortium of hundreds of social justice groups, anti-war and peace groups, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Constitutional Lawyers, a respected site for all archives of reports, investigations, documents, whistleblowers, leaked documents, Congressional Hearings, etc on US/UK illegal Iraq invasion & US covert activity in Iran. KEY DOCUMENTS http://afterdowningstreet.org/keydocuments

*Article Jan 13,2006 "Proof Bush Deceived America" by former CIA Veteran Ray McGovern, from Downing Street Memo realized British Head of Intelligence was talking to Tenet CIA, then it was confirmed by other sources. http://tompaine.com/articles/2006/01/13/proofbushdeceived_america.php

*British BBC News Aug 23, 2003 "Hutton Documents Released" (excerpts) "...inquiry into death of government weapons expert Dr David Kelly". "Government scientist Dr Kelly was the source for the BBC's story about the Iraq dossier being 'sexed up' at the behest of Downing Street to make the case for war." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3176329.stm

*BBC News Sept 24,2003 "No WMD in IRAQ, Source Claims" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3135932.stm

*Article #4,Series We The People-Iraq Lies & Whistleblowers http://sf.broowaha.com/article.php?id=1950 This is the main article in this Series on US pre-invasion intelligence on Iraq. ( also Article #7 Carnegie Report, Bush Lies, excerpts at end of this Section. Article #8 International Tribunals on Bush Cheney US Media). Evidence from US & UK Intelligence, US & UK high-level whistleblowers ex: the Pentagon, Head of Counterterrorism etc, BBC News Investigation, US & UK leaked documents, US & UK journalists--revealing the Bush Admin manipulated the CIA intelligence on Iraq to claim the US was in imminent threat, to create the illusion of a legal invasion to deceive Congress, Americans, and the United Nations, yet the UN Security Council never authorized the US invasion. The evidence in this article is only the tip of the iceburg yet it includes the text of all 8 UK leaked Downing Street Memos and the UK leaked White House Meeting Memo of 2002 pre-invasion strategy meetings between the Bush Admin & Blair Admin. The quantity and quality of all evidence available is overwhelming and even includes the PBS Documentary "The Dark Side", Carnegie Endowment's Testimony in the Senate Intelligence Committee on 6/26/2006 see C-Span TV video http://c-span.org

*Article "NOT ONE CLAIM WAS TRUE" by Joseph Cirincione Director of Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says not one Iraq claim by Bush and Cheney was true. (Also see C-Span 6/26/06 Congressional Intelligence Committee Hearing & Testimony by Carnegie.) Article first appeared in the January/February 2005 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. To access this publication, visit http://thebulletin.org. "Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War" By John Prados, Reviewed by Joseph Cirincione (excerpts) "As George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lower their hands after being sworn in for their second terms, they will be smiling. And with good reason. They will have gotten away with the greatest con in the history of the American presidency. They willfully and systematically misled the American people and our closest allies on the most crucial question any government faces: Must we go to war? Not one of the dozens of claims they made about Iraq’s alleged stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, missiles, unmanned drones, or most importantly, Iraq’s nuclear weapons and ties to Al Qaeda, were true. Not one." "We now know with absolute certainty, as Cheney likes to say, that during the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War Saddam Hussein did not have any of these weapons, did not have production programs for manufacturing these weapons, and did not have plans to restart programs for these weapons." " The weapons were not destroyed shortly before the war, nor were they moved to Syria, as some still claim. They never existed. As Duelfer reported, the weapons and facilities had been destroyed by the United Nations inspectors and U.S. bombing strikes in the 1990s, and he found no evidence of “concerted efforts to restart the program” (Washington Post, October 7, 2004). In short, administration officials “hoodwinked” America, as John Prados carefully and convincingly documents in his book by that name. Because Prados wrote and published his research in early 2004, one might think it has been overtaken by subsequent events, including the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report that provided new details of the false claims. But it has not. It is still a fascinating read for two reasons, apart from the author’s skill as a storyteller. First, Prados does what the Senate Committee refused to do. He describes the political process behind the development of the false intelligence. The Senate report, a valuable and solid piece of work, pulled its political punches. The committee concluded that while “most of the major key judgments” in the October 2002 national intelligence estimate (NIE) were “either overstated, or were not supported by, the underlying intelligence report,” the failures were a result of “systematic weaknesses, primarily in analytic trade craft, compounded by a lack of information sharing, poor management, and inadequate intelligence collection” as well as a “groupthink” mentality, rather than administration pressure. In other words, they blamed the lower-ranking analysts. Au contraire, says Prados. The president and vice president had decided even before September 11, 2001 to overthrow Saddam Hussein. This was to be the beginning of an historic crusade to forcibly remake the geopolitics of the Middle East (for more on this, see Walter C. Uhler, “Preempting the Truth,” September/October 2004 Bulletin)." "...Hoodwinked does double duty and is a valuable research tool for scholars and experts. Most of the documents are available on the web, but it is helpful to have them all assembled in printed form. And Prados’s annotations, of course, are available only in the book." " (This technique is now cropping up in the debate over Iran. Those who favor military action are again making the threat appear closer than it is by minimizing the substantial technological and engineering obstacles that Iran must overcome to be able to enrich uranium and manufacture a weapon) ." Joseph Cirincione, Director of Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is coauthor of WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications (2003), which is available at http://proliferationnews.org. Copyright © 2007 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. All Rights Reserved. http://carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=print&id=16364 and Article #7 Series-We The People-Carnegie Report,Bush Lies http://sf.broowaha.com/article.php?id=2035

*British News by The Guardian on June 18, 2007 "LORDS TO LOOK AT LEGALITY OF IRAQ WAR" by Clare Dyer, legal editor. (excerpt) "Britain's highest court is to hear a case which could force the government to hold an independent inquiry into the way the attorney general reached his conclusion that the war in Iraq would be lawful. The law lords have agreed to hear an appeal by mothers of two soldiers killed in Iraq, who argue that the government violated their sons' right to life by rushing into war on inadequate legal grounds." http://guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,,2105195,00html

*On 1/8/2006 UK News Agencies (excerpts) "British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the Iraq war", a leading British Army officer was quoted as saying by Britain's the Mail on Sunday. "I think the politicians should be held to account ... my view is that Blair should be impeached," General Sir Michael Rose, a former UN commander in Bosnia, said in a television documentary to be aired on Channel Four television on Friday, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP). "That would prevent the politicians treating quite so carelessly the subject of taking a country into war. US President George Bush and his war alley Blair invaded Iraq in March 2003 without a mandate from the UN Security Council on claims of possessing weapons of mass destruction, none of them had ever been found. "I would not have gone to war on such flimsy grounds," Rose said. Clare Short, a former minister who quit Blair's government over the Iraq invasion, has said the government never held an honest debate concerning Iraq's WMDs and most ministers saw little intelligence and knew only what they read in the press. In 2004, an official inquiry blasted the British pre-war intelligence as unreliable and seriously flawed. Martin Bell, BBC television's former war correspondent who made the documentary – "Iraq: The Failure of War" – backed impeaching Blair. "Ordering the armed forces to war is the most serious decision any government takes. On Iraq it was taken with a degree of nonchalance bordering on negligence," said the former independent member of parliament...... Twenty-three British lawmakers attempted in November 2004 to file a motion to impeach Blair on charges of "gross misconduct" over the US-led invasion. Although it fell by the wayside despite attempts to revive it during the general election last May, it was the first such bid to impeach a British prime minister in 198 years. A recently-leaked government memo revealed that Blair had already committed himself to a regime change in Iraq by force eight months before the invasion of the oil-rich Arab country. In a 13-page legal advice to Blair on March 7, 2003, British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith raised doubts over the legality of the Iraq war." (Google or archived at http://afterdowningstreet.org)

*Article #9 Series We The People-Censored Responses to Bush http://sf.broowaha.com/article.php?id=2064 (excerpts)This article is a glimpse of the events happening during the Bush Admin's years of abuse and deceptions that have been censored by the US mainstream media. In March 2003 people on 5 continents protested the looming illegal invasion of Iraq but the Bush Admin ignored the people of the world, the United Nations Security Council, the US Constitution, the CIA Intelligence, the US Military Intelligence,etc. A few of the high-level whistleblowers include: former Head of CIA George Tenet; former Bush adviser Clarke the Head of Counterterroism for 4 Presidents; former Bush Admin Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil; former US Military General at Abu Ghraib prison; the covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson the Middle East expert on Weapons of Mass Destruction; former CIA analysts like Ray McGovern; former FBI analysts; former Pentagon analysts, etc,etc,etc. Now that Democrats control Congress the whistleblowers' accounts can finally be heard in Congressional Testimony on C-SPAN like Congressman Waxman's Committee of Government Oversight, the Senate Intelligence Committee Hearings, and Congressman Conyers Judiciary Committee. When the GOP controlled the Congress Congressman Conyers of the Judiciary Committee held a Downing Street Hearing which the GOP refused to attend. The hearing was based on the UK leaked Downing Street Memos and Conyer's Judicial Committee Report "Constitution in Crisis" at http://afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5769 Chapter 3 of his report is on the Bush Admin's retribution against whistleblowers. Conyers Report became the book "George W. Bush vs The US Constitution"--subtitle "The Downing Street Memos and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War and Illegal Domestic Spying". The book includes detailed findings for each area of the Articles of Impeachment against Bush.

Conyer's Congressional Hearing & Testimony on the Downing Street Memo was held on 6/16/05 (new "White House Memo" not yet leaked) (See Article # 4 in Series "Iraq Lies & Whistleblowers" for text of all 9 UK leaked documents ) Hearing led by Congressman Conyers and 100+ Democrat Members of Congress on behalf of the public. The Republican Congressmembers were the controlling majority at this time yet refused to hold a Hearing and refused to attend this one, and blocked all meeting rooms for this Hearing, so the Hearing took place in a small basement room. But C-Span was there. Testimonies--*One Congressman explained how the Bush Admin deceived 10 members of the Congressional Intelligence Committee, they were taken by members of Bush Admin to the Defense Dept & shown slides of Iraq's WMD sights. The Congressman asked questions about the photos and was given confirmation that they were recent photos and no doubt that they were WMD sights. · Testimony by mother Cindy Sheehan whose son was killed, and other members of Gold Star Families For Peace.· Former CIA Analyst of 27 years Ray McGovern became a whistleblower, he discussed how over the decades the CIA became more of a political climate that could at times be swayed by Presidents, yet was horrified by the Bush Admin abuses and pressure that led to analysts being demoted or fired if they weren't willing to be swayed. McGovern talked about the abuses by the Bush Admin, saying VP Cheney made 8-12 visits to the CIA which he said is unprecedented because VP's never visit. Inside sources said Cheney's visits did put pressure on them to change intelligence information. Then McGovern contrasted the timing and text of the Bush Admin public speeches with the UK Leaked Downing Street Memos. Congressmembers spoke on the implications of Bush, Cheney & Admin deceiving Congress & Americans. *Testimony by former Ambassador Wilson on the CIA'S request for him to investigate the alleged story that Iraq sought raw uranium from Niger. The UK had already discredited the source and story of Niger, but the Bush Admin used it anyway so the CIA asked Wilson to investigate. Wilson & experts from other countries each determined the Niger incident never happened. An investigation revealed the Niger document was forged. But Bush kept using it as evidence told to the US public including in his State of the Union Address, so Wilson published his findings on 7/7/03 in the NewYork Times.( transcripts & video at C-SPAN or http://johnconyers.com http://afterdowningstreet.org )

*Intelligence Professionals For Sanity, headed by former 27 year veteran of CIA Ray McGovern. This group has become activists, whistleblowers on war, and are speaking in cities nationwide on various issues. Google for website.

Section 4- US COVERT ACTIVITIES IN IRAN--

Background, then articles & links

Remember Iran has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, and many historians reveal that the US overthrew the democratically elected President of Iran in the 1950's and installed the Shah of Iran so we could take control of their oil, after the British Empire was pulling out of Iran. And there is a current timeline (below) of covert US activity in Iran, we've been in their country covertly for a few years trying to cause trouble, and the Bush Admin is accusing them of doing what we're doing, but all investigators I trust say that Iran is not responsible for anything Bush has acccused them of, in terms of activities in Iraq. The Bush Admin did the same goading games with Iraq, like bombing raids on Iraq started months before the US Congress knew, and those who investigated like Conyers were outraged, and I believe it's in his articles of impeachment.

It wasn't many years ago, before 2000, that the US policy was scaling down and destroying our massive stockpile of WMD's. WMD's are the most ignorant invention I've ever heard of.
From what I've read Iran is in compliance with International Standards and at least 5-10 years away from being able to create anything related to WMD's and we don't even know that they want to. (Remember Syria or Korea had a treaty with the US signed with Clinton, and they didn't threaten to break it until Bush included them in the axis of evil speech.)The US has no authority to say anything to Iran, and yet the US is now pressuring the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) so they've been restating their findings on Iran to sound somewhat less than 100% confident. But just last month on the CNN news bullentin at the bottom of the screen was an advisory to the US from the IAEA telling the US to stop harassing Iran.

The British BBC News had a wonderful series to teach people the major differences between civilian uses and military uses of energy reactors, and the different grades needed for uranium and plutonium, and the extensive time process it takes to upgrade raw uranium into a form capable of being used for weapons grade material. And the process to make civilian grade or military grade is a divergent process that is unmistakeable. It is Americans ignorance of the basic facts on many subjects that makes us pawns for propaganda.

*Article "The Next Act" 11/20/06 by Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker via Truth Out, see pages 4,5,7 International Atomic Energy Agency and CIA say no Iran evidence of WMD. http://truthout.org/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/66/23964

*Article Evidence of US Coercion of IAEA Members Against Iran http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/1456

*Website International Atomic Energy Agency, Press Releases http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/PressReleases/

*US in Iran Timeline by RawStory http://rawstory.com/printstory.php?story=4461

*Escalation US Military Plans by RawStory http://rawstory.com/printstory.php?story=4488



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By Rose Mountain on December 03, 2007 at 12:16 pm
Dear Cactus, there's only one way to prove the earth is not flat. *Call Republican Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia and ask him if on 3/16/07 he was in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for the Hearing & Testimony by Valerie Plame Wilson the Weapons Of Mass Destruction expert a covert CIA agent until "outed" by members of the State Dept and White House. *Call MCClellan, the former Press Secretary for the White House turned whistleblower. Ask him if he has a book being published in April that blames Bush and Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative. Ask him if he wrote in his book--"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff, and the president himself."
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By Parker on December 03, 2007 at 05:33 pm
- to be an apprentice of love and truth one must always see yourself in the eyes of others less fortunate than thy self. NY BrooWaha writer Credo Our President and his administration do not know love or truth so they are unable to practice it. It's telling that George W Bush always says "you" rather than use "us" when he speaks. Of course, him coming from wealth and privledge, he has no concept of the less fortunate, nor does he want to.
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By Annonymous on December 03, 2007 at 11:16 pm
uh it's CACTUS FOOTHILL, but I agree with you whatever name he's badgering certain BrooWaha memebers under. I'll bet he creates another account now he's been outed with this one.
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By Mark J on December 04, 2007 at 06:43 pm
"Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool" Plato Thank you Rose Mountain.
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By Annonymous on December 04, 2007 at 06:46 pm
Sassy, he also doesn't approve of Tumerica or Charles Harmison. You're so correct, he writes some funny stuff when he's not after those on his shit list.
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By Charles, Jr on December 04, 2007 at 08:55 pm
Sassy, you are right. And I am glad to see the interest in Rose's articles increasing. I think though that it's more due to the fact that like 80% of Americans are right there with here in what she's been publishing. Since I discovered it, I've told a lot of people about BrooWaha and many of it's articles, Roses included.
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By Rose Mountain on December 05, 2007 at 03:31 am
Thank you to all my supportive readers. It would be great if we could change this Comment Section back into sharing information with each other,etc.
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By Annonymous on December 05, 2007 at 05:09 pm
I lifted this wonderful comment from Venditto (NY BrooWaha) “people who wish to remain anonymous yet voice opinions are universally accepted as cowards. Just so you're aware.”
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By Mock One on December 05, 2007 at 05:48 pm
Turns out what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia was oh so correct according to the latest and greatest in US Intell. No nukkie bombs there in his country or capability for another ten or so years. So he and King George both did a good job of Mock The Fool, the fool here being George W Bush. Then the Supreme Court attorney just asked the Justices if George is a King or a President. A King above The Rule of Law, or a President subject to the United States Constitution. Savvy Mate
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By Rose Mountain on December 06, 2007 at 01:43 am
Gandhi said first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. I have a sense of humor, but not for the Jerry Springer show, it's way too painful. My sense of humor left with the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, International Law, fair elections, vote machines that count votes, uncensored news, the Rule Of Law, etc etc. I guess the rightwing is still brainwashed but not completely, they're fixated on this Series, the news they don't hear anywhere else. I understand Bush Junior tricked people when he ran on a platform that sounded like a moderate Democrat. He even convinced them he cared about bringing democracy to another country, which is a Democratic Party value not something Republican leaders have never wanted to do. In a poll of Republican voters several years ago they admitted that for decades the Democrat Party held the values they believed in most, on social issues, environmental issues, health issues, etc etc. So the people in the US are more heart evolved, and the only way for rightwing Republicans to win elections is to steal them, I've seen the numbers. A moderate Republican could perhaps win but most are too scared to speak up. Many Republican voters have switched their registration to Independent or Democrat.
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By Rose Mountain on December 06, 2007 at 12:36 pm
Dear Cactus, as I said earlier, I'm sorry you're so fixated on this Series of news articles that you know nothing about. Manipulation, lies, and betrayal are devastating from those you trust. But one of these days or decades perhaps you'll realize that good ole Rose Mountain was the one with the courage to tell you the truth. Until then, why don't you focus on your articles and readers?
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By Annonymous on December 06, 2007 at 07:47 pm
Ok, I've held off getting into the cat fight and just read the articles and the comments but, my tail switch, another tail switch - Cactus is not expressing criticism in courteous, temperate, and constructive terms, but does have one maybe two valid points with the rest gibberish. I've read and agree with Rose's articles and enjoy reading the comments from all the parties; kitties and lions included. Why did Tumerica get brought into this cat fight?
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By Brett M on December 07, 2007 at 12:49 am
also not realy an article - more of a good resource of stuff I also agree with.
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By Rose Mountain on December 07, 2007 at 01:07 am
Dear Supportive Readers of Series We The People--UPDATES Thank you for all your support during November and December, and your Excellent Votes & Reviews on all the articles you've read. This Series is stabilized now yet each new article is still attacked as soon as published but you have supported it with your Votes & Reviews. Most important to me is that I can help spread some of the highlights of the news to those without time to do research. And I hope all of you will spread the news too. Call your Congresspeople regularly tell them and everyone you know about the main investigations like the British BBC News Investigation "US Secret Plans For Iraq Oil", as the reason that we're in Iraq. For those who have news to share, please share it in these Comments Sections. One reader wrote info about Blackwater which I was so glad to see, there's so much news and so little time. I was going to write an article on Blackwater and other privitization schemes used to take control of the resources that belong to We The People like water,etc Remember what Perkins says about this. This has already been done in other countries and now in the US, but certain countries in South America have finally succeeded in blocking corporate control of their country and resources, so there is hopeful news and solutions. Kucinich's Impeach Cheney Bill is in the Judiciary Committee of Congress, We can't let this Bill die in Committee. Join a group for guidance on actions to take. Conyers earlier Impeach Bill for both Bush & Cheney had 120-200 co-sponsors. We need to get as many Congressmembers as possible to support Kucinich's current bill. I have to check to see what the current number of co-sponsers are. Call Congressmembers like Pelosi and Feinstein to remind them they take an oath of office to defend the US Constitution. Senator Boxer, Rep Lee and others support it. Also remind them how much damage is done every day in the US and world by the Bush Admin. There's a Congressional Bill to outlaw all nationwide electronic vote machines, but it wouldn't be effective until 2012, after the next Presidential Election. I have to check the update on this Bill. We need to tell our Congresspeople to support it, BUT also to write another Bill effective now. They know these machines aren't secure, the GAO Government investigative Report done a couple years ago acknowledges the Vote-Switching from one candidate to another on these machines, tell Congress this is a true national emergency, tell them We need old-fashioned Paper Ballots and hand-counting of Ballots. That's the only safe solution for now. The optical-scan vote counting machines in the US and still in California are not safe. The CA Sec Of State has done such an amazing job. I've been meaning to write an article on the vote machines and nationwide stolen elections, I did this research years ago, I will write it soon. Soon I also want to write articles on some of the hopeful news and heart-evolved solutions in the US and world. But readers who have some hopeful news please share it in these Comment Sections. Thanks for the wonderful community feeling surrounding this Series due to all your support and caring and heart wisdom.
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