it starts off with the testimony of former FEMA manager, Michael Brown in front of Congress (Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat, Former FEMA Chief Blames DHS). He is claiming that the Bush administration abandoned him and there was nothing he could do. I think it was a combination of incompetence and apathy all around. Some records show that Bush, again, lied about the surprise's he felt when the levies broke (White House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm). No surprise there.
But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight.
Libby's defense (unconfirmed) may be that Cheney 'OK'd' him to leak the info about Valerie Plame to the media to discredit her husband Joe Wilson (Libby Says 'Superiors' Authorized Leaks, Libby Testified He Was Told To Leak Data About Iraq, Cheney 'Authorized' Libby to Leak Classified Information). Of course the claims are beyond the leaking of Plame's name, but a whole host of other classified information. Hmmm... classified info... national security... hypocrisy... I guess classified info being leaked is only dangerous if it is Democrats doing the leaking. Otherwise, it is perfectly ok.
Additionally, it looks like the connections between Abramoff and the White House are more than what the White House wants to let on too (E-Mail Notes Say Lobbyist Met President Many Times).
And last but not least, former CIA chief analyst, Paul R. Pillar, is also making the claim that Bush manipulated pre-war intelligence to make the case for war (Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq).
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
But, I am sure the White House will find some reason to discredit him also.
But, of course to divert attention, Bush and Cheney are doing exactly what they always accuse the democrats of doing - politicizing the war on terror (Besieged Bush touts foiled plot, Cheney Says NSA Spying Should Be an Election Issue). It is nothing new for the duo, but Cheney is especially keen on pulling the 'vote for me or Bin Laden will have sex with your wife' out for political gain time and time again. I watched Cheney on The News Hour earlier this week talk about who the NSA program saved bazillions of American lives over the past years. Every time I watch him, I can't help but think what a great Hannibal Lecter he would make. I could so see him sitting down to a filet de bebe with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti Classico.