Wednesday, March 07, 2007

No Justice Here

A fraud has been committed and we the public are the victims.

Spending millions of our dollars and in the end, no one has been convicted of outing Plame...and why would they?
There were absolutely no national security issues with Plame. She was a paper shuffler, a high paid secretary.
And everyone in DC knew who she was and what she did for a living.

A crime was committed but it is the not the crime prosecuted, it’s the wholesale fraud that the Libby case has anything at all to do with justice, national security, or even perjury.

Democrats and Bush-bashers in the media are chortling with glee, and special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has a high-level scalp on his belt.

Scooter Libby's.

It might not have been the scalp he wanted, but it was the one he got.

Thus ends (pending appeals) a 38-month investigation into the so-called Plamegate case.

Despite the jury's guilty verdict yesterday on four of five counts, it's fair to say that Fitzgerald added nothing to what was well known about the question that ostensibly prompted this probe in the first place: Who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson's name to columnist Robert Novak?

The answer, as Fitzgerald knew for three years, was then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage - in an off-hand conversation, not a leak.

And since Armitage was a critic of the Iraq war, that pretty much shot down any suggestion that the White House had deliberately sought to "out" Plame in order to sabotage her husband's public criticism of Bush's Iraq policy.

So what was this all about?

Scoring points against Bush.

That much is obvious, given prosecutor Fitzgerald's conduct during Libby's trial.

It's not just that his closing argument was blatantly political, charging that Libby's boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, had orchestrated the leak of Plame's name in order to discredit her husband.

In fact, Fitzgerald throughout the case seemed to violate a central rule set down by the judge: Valerie Plame Wilson's actual status at the CIA was wholly irrelevant to the charges against Libby. Whether or not she was a covert agent - meaning disclosure of her name might be a crime - didn't matter.

Yet Fitzgerald broadly suggested that Libby had been "discussing something . . . that could lead to people being killed."

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was quick to hail yesterday's verdict, saying: "It's about time someone in the Bush administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics."

But nothing at the trial even hinted at the administration having manipulated intelligence.

In the end, the jury seemed wholly confused by the case. Indeed, just an hour before delivering its verdict, after 10 days of deliberations, the jurors were sending out notes trying to figure out precisely what Libby was accused of having done.

Maybe the jury was less interested in that little detail than in just going home.

Taken at face value, the verdict means that the jury refused to believe Scooter Libby's claim of having a bad memory - though the witnesses against him all showed equally bad, even conflicting, recollections about the same event.

Libby's lawyers yesterday confidently predicted he'll be vindicated on appeal.

He shouldn't have to wait.

President Bush should make things right - by pardoning Libby.

Sure, he'd take a lot of political heat for it. But Libby was in the dock because of politics - and turnabout is fair play.

Free Scooter Libby.

20 Comments:

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous daniel said...

I haven't followed this story.. yet it seems to comes down to that someone has to take the blame and I suppose it was him. And if Bush pardons him, wouldn't it appear to be a cover up?

"It's about time someone in the Bush administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics.
'discredit war critics'- who? the arm chair generals who are not on the ground!
And Intell that was believed the world over!

FTGF!

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I sincerely hope that Bush pardons Libby.

Plame and her husband took advantage of this and went and got a book deal. What a frighteningly dull and boring read THAT would be - the misadventures of a high paid paper pusher that really wasn't a spy at all.

Besides all of that, she wasn't even attractive. This whole thing was a boring scenario from the onset - and an expensive one for all of us too, all brought at the hands of libtards just wanting to score points against the Bush administration.

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

This is entirely wrong

1 Joe Wilson was a Kerry campaign opperative

2 He ha lied about his wife's role in his hire

3 Two seperate commisions found Wilson lied

4 Plame was never a protected employee and was guilty of serious ethical misconduct.

5 The defense was not even allowed to pursue if Plame was a protected employee.

Joe Wilson should be on trial not Libby.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Libby won't do any jail time, and he'll probably get this BS overturned on appeal.

No need for pardons yet!

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

American Crusader, I think the Clinton witch hunt cost a lot more than this. Anyway, I'm surprised that the lack of VA funding isn't on your front burner rather than this relatively trivial trial.

It's not as if the results are going to change the facts that the right suckered everyone into the great Iraqi fiasco.

This is all noise until Chucklenuts Bush is behind a plexiglass shield in The Haque, anyway.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Ducky,

I agree the Clinton witch hunt was disgraceful. That was why I voted for Clinton in 96. I was just as outraged then as I am right now.

There are just two words to sum up the events here:

Richard Armitage!!!!!!!!

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Mr. Ducky said...
American Crusader, I think the Clinton witch hunt cost a lot more than this.

Apples and Oranges but I'm not going to try convincing you otherwise. Whitewater and sexual assault are on an entirely different plain.
Both were sorry examples of American politics. In the end, both parties did more damage than good.

As for this being a relatively trivial trial, 38 months at taxpayer expense is anything but.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Its an embarassing sham...truly.

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous USpace said...

This is a total sham, Bush should pardon Libby. Someone on radio said today that Cheney, siting health reasons, should step down, then Bush can appoint Joe Lieberman, and then the CT Gov can appoint a Republican replacement.


absurd thought -
God of the Universe loves
prosecutors gone wild
.

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

So what was this all about?

Scoring points against Bush.


That's my impression, though I haven't followed the case closely.

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Honestly,
I haven't followed it either. But I do know one thing, lying to the feds is big trouble. Best to not.

I know Libby is appealing, though.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

AC...thought you might like this article:

John Thompson sees no conflict between his work combating terrorism and organized crime and his Roman Catholic faith

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Good Article fc. I don't see any conflict either. Being Catholic or Christian doesn't mean laying down for Islamic radicals. Although Christianity isn't spread by the sword, it can definitely be protected by the sword.

 
At 7:40 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

I agree completely, AC, this was a total waste of taxpayer's money!

Ducky compares this to "the Clinton witch hunt". First off, what Clinton did was not a fabrication such as this is. Secondly, we didn't have to "hunt" for the witch; she's married to Clinton.

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

No! No! NO!

This outrage against the fair Belinda cannot go unpunished. Restore her possessions and the crime can go unpunished. But restore it not and Justice must be served. A rape has indeed occurred. Doubt it NOT!

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

FJ

The imagery from the movie that you take your avatar from was amazing.

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

+ Hassan Abujihaad served on United States Navy destroyer Benfold:
Mr. Abujihaad, 31, of Phoenix is accused of supporting terrorism with the intent to kill American citizens and with transmitting classified information to unauthorized recipients. He was arrested and charged in Phoenix on Wednesday, and next he will be transferred to Connecticut, where his case is part of larger investigation of a suspected terrorist network based in Britain. According to the United States attorney’s office in New Haven, the Web site that Mr. Abujihaad contacted was run by Babar Ahmad, a British citizen. In 2004, Mr. Ahmad was indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging the purchase of potential terrorist tools.

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I had to watch it twice when I rented it, FN. It was very true to the play as well... and the "modern" elements they added didn't detract. It's my favorite Shakespeare play, bar none. Remember its' lesson well. Only the best should rule. And if you ARE the best, you have a duty to rule.

WE are the best.

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Farmer...I cannot lie (well sometimes..but not now) I made it through the first three stanzas before stopping.
I could go no further

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Were you reading Titus Andronicus or the Rape of the Lock? The Rape is a parody of the Epic-heroic style by Pope and was intended to show how a writer could take a trivial event and make it seem bigger and grander than it really was (like the Libby trial). I think FN was talking about the movie "Titus" (and I was talking about the play Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare). If it was the latter, AC, try renting the movie. If it was the former, I wouldn't worry too much about it... I'll admit it's not as great a read as it was an "idea" (which liberals like to use to great effect).

 

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