Friday, January 16, 2009

Lindauer Exonerated

"Above all, you must realize that if you go ahead with this invasion, Osama bin Laden will triumph, rising from his grave or seclusion. His network will be swollen with fresh recruits, and other charismatic individuals will seek to build upon his model, multiplying those networks. And the United States will have delivered the death blow to itself. Using your own act of war, Osama and his cohort will irrevocably divide the hearts and minds of the Arab Street from moderate governments in Islamic countries that have been holding back the tide. Power to the people, what we call 'democracy,' will secure the rise of fundamentalists." Susan Lindauer to Andrew Card, January 6, 2003

That was the "high water mark" of the federal government's case against Susan Lindauer, the CIA asset who was charged with acting as a spy for the Iraqi government and trying to influence government policy. It's impossible to see, with the benefit of nearly six years of hindsight, how Susan Lindauer was wrong about anything.

Yesterday, Lindauer was essentially exonerated when the DOJ filed a motion to drop all charges both major and minor against Susan Lindauer, thereby waiving the right to prosecute her for these alleged crimes.

Note that it's five days before Bush and Cheney will ooze out of the White House. Liberal, pinko, commie, moonbat, homosexual al Qaida types in their cynicism will no doubt see into this timing a concerted attempt to keep Lindauer gagged and under wraps, thereby providing just enough cover for Bush and Cheney to slip out of town before the nooses get knotted. But one has to admit, it is a helluva coincidence since a new sheriff's coming to town.

Bush and Cheney may not have much to fear from Lindauer anymore but the same can't be said for certain members of Congress who, for the moment, have yet to be named.

Just to recap with the basic facts to give some background to those of you who may be unfamiliar with this case:

Lindauer was a supervised CIA asset who was arrested in March of 2004 for working in collusion with Iraqi intelligence officials and for taking an unauthorized trip to Baghdad in the days leading up to the March 19, 2003 invasion. After sending 11 letters to her second cousin, former WH Chief of Staff Andrew Card, warning the Bush administration of the dire consequences of rushing into war with Iraq with the intelligence at hand, Lindauer was arrested and then held without trial for almost five years.

During this endless pre-trial phase, the prosecution continually lobbied to have Lindauer unfit to stand trial. This tack essentially prevented Ms. Lindauer to allow evidence and witnesses to be called in her defense. The court never saw nor knew of the existence of an independent psychological profile done on Lindauer to counter the one commissioned by the federal government until bloggers entered Judge Michael Mukasey's court.

The Department of Justice then had Lindauer remanded to Carswell Federal Prison, the government's only maximum security prison for women and a sinkhole of human misery, for longer than the legal amount of time and even tried to get Mukasey to allow Carswell to forcibly administer to Lindauer Haldol, a powerful antipsychotic drug.

In other words, Lindauer was gagged and kept out of sight and out of mind for five years and hardly mentioned by either the mainstream media or progressive blogs until the very end of the Bush administration (something that I'd deeply suspected would happen).

Now begins the civil lawsuit and, if there's any justice in this world, Susan Lindauer will end up owning half of what Bush has left of the government.


At January 17, 2009 at 12:16 AM, Anonymous Michael Collins said...

Good for you, you even ran the pic - Shaughnessy, Lindauer and Dr. Godfrey.

As Ricky said to Lucy those many times, They've "got some 'splainin' to do!"

What was this about?

Why lock someone away in a psych ward?

Why have psych testimony and make jusgments *without* her psychiatrist and therapists reports as well. They flat out contradict the court shill's tale?
(speculation is that Mukasey never had a chance to review the evidence form those sources).

Why wasn't it acknowledged that Godfrey told the feds about the 911 predictions well before the competency hearing where the prosecutor ridiculed those same predictions. (Note: I was at that hearing and Dr. Godfrey had the prosecutor for brunch. Godfrey was a cross between Mr. Spock and Walter Cronkite - integrity and unshakable.)

Why was this the only case in anyone's memory where the defendant had to challenge a proprietorial delay of trial due to the defendant's incompetence. Most prosecutors would go forward regardless of the defendant's condition? Was it compassion? Lindauer helped write her appeal for Preska's 9/15 decision and it's a very good one.

"They" think we're idiots. That's called "projection" in the psych industry;) -- putting your own qualities on someone else.

You were one of the first bloggers to get this case. My compliments!

At January 17, 2009 at 2:03 AM, Anonymous Michael Collins said...

"proprietorial delay" 2nd to last paragraph. Should read "prosecutor's delay" ... sorry, long "delay", er day;)

At January 17, 2009 at 11:59 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i hope she sues, and sues big. her case mimics many of the detainees of the bush/cheney system of gulags.

except she's an american. i hope that there is a way to hold some of the people personally reponsible. cheney made wads off money by directing his no bid/no work contracts to his buddies and to companies he held stock in. he has gotten filthy fucking rich off of these filthy fucking wars.

break them. make them poor. give them a taste of what the rest of us are dealing with.

(aside to flannigan: mike, the animal thing is off. we couldn't get the label suits to budge off the name ownership. i don't get it. i had to remove myself from the negotiating team because i was getting frustrated over not being able to understand what the fuck those suits were after. instead of all of us making a little money, we all get to rake in a pile of jack fucking shit. too bad, we were set to have o'keefe manning the B3. i loves them B3s)

At January 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story is mind-boggling.
Why has no mainstream journalist written about this?
The fact that she is a relative of Andrew Card makes the story even more compelling.

I'm still amazed at what the administration did to Padilla- with no [MSM] journalistic outcry.

Am I correct in believing he was convicted for having his fingerprints on an Al-Quaida recruitment form?
The story went away so fast, I couldn't determine if I heard that right. In any case, his treatment is worthy of a movie.

Mike Barnicle recently said {subbing for Chris Matthews], bloggers were "nitwits with computers"

I think the only true journalism comes from people like you JP, and some good [marginalized] print journalists.

At January 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Anonymous Mike Flannigan said...

Would that be Phil or Danny O'Keefe, dude? Sorry to hear about the Warner deal. It's a big loss for all concerned. Remember that scene when The Simpsons' Lionel Hutz imagined a world without lawyers?

Shit still holds true, dude.

At January 17, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Blogger nunya said...

Thanks for posting this JP. I agree with MB, Lindauer should sue, big-time.

At January 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Anon: Mike Barnicle is a fucking idiot, a guy with as much on the ball intellectually as his marine namesake. It's a typical reaction from print journalists who either see us as a threat to their circulation or blogging as a quasi-profession into which they'll have to (ugh) wade.

I have no idea why print journalists except for Michael Collins devoted any time and ink to this or why bloggers or Buzzflash also thought this was radioactive. Lindauer, as Minstrel points out, is an American citizen. Lindauer could've become the exception, not the rule and she was a cautionary tale as to what could happen in this Kafkaesque society if you speak truth to power.

Yes, Padilla was basically convicted because of one fingerprint on an al Qaida application form, something I never knew existed. The al Qaida terrorist network snared in the red tape of a bureaucracy in a maze of cubicle farms populated by paper-pushers. Go figger.

At January 17, 2009 at 8:39 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

Yep, the ONLY place I hear about this is JP's blog. NO ONE else has mentioned this one bit.

This is why JP can't stop blogging... He's the ONLY one that talks about important things.

At January 18, 2009 at 12:34 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

danny. i was really looking forward to working with him again. he's a fucking prince.

At January 18, 2009 at 12:42 PM, Anonymous Diane said...

WHat does that say about Mr. Andrew Card, that he was willing to sell his family down the river in order to march lock step with the bush Brigade.

I hope she sues and writes a book.

This is an example to all the republicans out there that were OK with what this administration did in the last 8 years.
If you were an "American" or not guilty of anything, it would not happen to you. Right!!!

At January 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

She'll do both. She's told me so in private emails several times. I, for one, cannot wait until both days.

At January 18, 2009 at 12:52 PM, Blogger SadButTrue said...

Locking political dissidents up in psych wards is pure police state shit, reminiscent of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. After half a century of fighting this kind of thing the US is now embracing it.

At January 18, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"After half a century of fighting this kind of thing the US is now embracing it."

And the US's official policy on torture also proves that the Republican Party says we were on the wrong side in WWII.

If the Bush clan had been in power in the late 1930s, we would have sided with the Nips and Krauts. Indeed Bush's grandpa sat on the board of directors of several pro-Nazi companies.

Judging by history AND today, the Bush family ARE Nazis.

At January 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't express how disgusted I am with my country!

At January 18, 2009 at 5:14 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Hell, dude, Bush's grandpappy Prescott tried to make America teh Berlin of North America. Of course they're Nazis.

At January 19, 2009 at 9:34 AM, Blogger joshyMinor said...

Speaking of Pottersville, when is the HArry Potter movie coming out??



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