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A report by the Pentagon's Inspector General, released today, says that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith provided pre-war intelligence "of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of the White House rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community. Spencer Ackerman, senior correspondent for the American Prospect, is covering the story for TalkingPointsMemo.com.
- Correction: The term "of dubious quality or reliability" was actually that of Senator Carl Levin. "Alternative intelligence" was actually the wording found in the Inspector General's report.
Scooter Libby has watched silently as prosecutor Paterick Fitzgerald has methodically presented a perjury case against him. Now it's Libby's turn to respond—and perhaps Vice President Cheney's. Where does the case stand after three weeks of prosecution testimony? What has Fitzgerald revealed that we didn't already know? What can we expect from the Libby defense? Is this a trial about how America went to war or just a petty grudge match led by a frustrated prosecutor who found himself investigating a crime that was never committed? Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell speaks with journalists and attorneys formerly with Congress and the US Justice Department.
Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News (@Isikoff)
Dan French, former US attorney
Victoria Toensing, former deputy assistant attorney general
Stanley Brand, former counsel to the US House of Representatives
Byron York, Washington Examiner / Fox News (@ByronYork)
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