Saturday, March 17, 2007

Toensing Lies Under Oath?

It depends on what the meaning of "stationed" is.

Toensing was asked to be a witness, at the Judiciary Hearing looking into the outing of Valarie Plame, by the Committee's Republican members. Her arguement is that Valarie Plame was not outed by the White House because Plame was not actually covert. Toensing used the word "Stationed Overseas" as the key to defining whether a "covert agent" is protected under the criminal law. She helped write the law 25 years ago so she should know the language in the law, and who it protects, shouldn't she?

Her argument was that it is only illegal, under criminal law, to "out" and agent, if they are covert. Toensing testified that to be defined as "covert" an agent must be "stationed overseas" or "have been stationed overseas, in the last five years." Since Valarie Plame was not stationed overseas, and had not been stationed overseas, in the last five years, by definition, Plame could not have been "outed" under the criminal code.

It turns out that Toensings testimony was false. Here is the actual language in the statute:

"(4) The term "covert agent" means -
(A) a present or retired officer or employee of an
intelligence agency or a present or retired member of the Armed
Forces assigned to duty with an intelligence agency -
(i) whose identity as such an officer, employee, or member
is classified information, and
(ii) who is serving outside the United States or has within
the last five years served outside the United States; or..."

Now I hate to be nit-picky but the term "stationed" and the term "served" are vastly different. One means you "live" overseas, and the other means you "go" there. Does this Republican shill, Toensing, actually expect me to believe that she does not know the difference?

Does she expect me to believe that she could participate in writing a law where a CIA agent could have their cover legally blown, if they had resided in the US for five years, no matter what work they were doing for the CIA while "living in the US?

Let me get this straight, Toensing is arguing that she wrote a law that says this: if I was a covert operative, during the cold war, and I do not live in Russia, yet travel there all the time collecting secret information. I can legally have my cover blown, because I have not been "stationed" overseas.!

I believe that Toensing lied under oath about a law that she wrote. She did so to protect the White House. They should call her back and blow her scrawny butt out of the water.

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