Conservatives don't believe that Plame was covert

What else is there to tell them (conservatives)? Either Plame is telling the truth or she is lying.  I believe that she was telling the truth.  The evidence by my reading supports this. 

Victoria Toensing, a Foxpert, has made a living over last 2 or 3 years stating that Valerie Plame was not covert.  Her own knowledge comes from writing the law (Intelligence Identities Protection Act) back in 1982.  She was counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.  She stated flatly in her WaPo OpEd on 2/18/07, “Plame was not covert. She worked at CIA headquarters and had not been stationed abroad within five years of the date of Novak’s column.”  Well, maybe Ms. Toensing should read the law that she helped create.  The definition of covert is not stationed aboard.  The definition states serving overseas.

(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

(B) a United States citizen whose intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information, and—

    (i) who resides and acts outside the United States as an agent of, or informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency, or(ii) who is at the time of the disclosure acting as an agent of, or informant to, the foreign counterintelligence or foreign counterterrorism components of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or

(C) an individual, other than a United States citizen, whose past or present intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information and who is a present or former agent of, or a present or former informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency.

Maybe Ms. Toensing believes that the words (stationed and served) are the same.  They are not.  They are the difference between living overseas and just visiting overseas on business (definition of serve – to furnish a professional service, to furnish or supply with something needed or desired).  I’m waiting for Ms. Toensing to come clean and do an Emily Litella – Never Mind. (Oh, did I mention that Toensing and Novak are friends?  Novak was among 70 invited guests to Toensing’s 60th birthday party.  Novak has also written about her in his column.  I’m just saying that she is about as impartial as the rest of these folks.) 

My 2 cents will probably not convince one conservative that I’m right but I tried without resorting to name calling or talking about some one’s momma.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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