Miss Incompetence In Court

Oh, my. Where’s the popcorn?

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence officials will be subpoenaed to discuss their conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists, a federal judge ruled Friday in an espionage case.

Lawyers for two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists facing espionage charges have subpoenaed Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams and several others to testify at their trial next year. Prosecutors had challenged the subpoenas in federal court.

Lobbyists Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman have argued that the Israeli interest group played an unofficial but sanctioned role in crafting foreign policy and that Rice and others can confirm it. If they ultimately testify in court, the trial in federal court in suburban Alexandria, Va. could offer a behind-the-scenes look at the way U.S. foreign policy is crafted.

The lobbyists are accused of receiving classified information from a now-convicted Pentagon official and relaying it to an Israeli official and the press. The information included details about the al-Qaida terror network, U.S. policy in Iran and the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors said.

But defense attorneys suggested that top U.S. officials regularly used the lobbyists as a go-between as they crafted Middle East policy. If so, attorneys say, how are Rosen and Weissman supposed to know the same behavior that’s expected of them on one day is criminal the next?

AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

3 thoughts on “Miss Incompetence In Court

  1. PoliShifter says:

    That’s a bit mind blowing.
    If the White House can just refuse Congressional Subpoenas, (such as with Harriet Myers, Rove, emails, documents, etc) can they just ignore subpoenas from a federal court? Won’t Bush/Cheney just cook up a way for them to get out of it?
    Be interesting to watch to see if they do have to testify.

  2. pwapvt says:

    …f so, attorneys say, how are Rosen and Weissman supposed to know the same behavior that’s expected of them on one day is criminal the next…?
    Isn’t that why they made signing statements?

  3. Serving Patriot says:

    one phrase of importance:
    “witnesses for the defense”
    Wonder what they’ll have to say. The agents for the Israeli govt (AIPAC defendants) believe that the classified info they got fromLarry Franklin (now in federal prison) was same as what they were told by the DOZEN federal political appointees that will now testify after being called by the defense. The defendants are probably right. Collusion via the foreign govt body occured (and continues to occur) ALL THE TIME.
    Popcorn indeed. The biggest criminal case in our country today and barely even discussed by the media.
    SP

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