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Scooter Takes The Dive

Via CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Jurors in I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury trial were certain of the former vice presidential aide’s guilt, but they also harbored sympathy for him as a “fall guy,” one of them said Tuesday after the verdict.

Denis Collins, a Washington resident and self-described registered Democrat, said he and fellow jurors found that passing judgment on Libby was “unpleasant.”

But in the final analysis, he said jurors found Libby’s story just too hard to believe.

“It was just very hard to believe how he could remember it on a Tuesday and forget it on a Thursday and then remember it two days later,” Collins told reporters outside U.S. District Court. “Having said that, I will say that there was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury.”

“It was said a number of times, ‘What are we doing with this guy here? Where’s [Karl] Rove … where are these other guys?’

“We’re not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of, but it seemed like … he was the fall guy.”

Collins said the jury believed Libby was “tasked by the vice president to go and talk to reporters.”

“We never even discussed whether Cheney would have told him what exactly to say,” Collins said.

Alright. Everyone’s talking about it, and I’m adding my tuppence.

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty yesterday on all but one of the charges of lying his slimy little ass off to a grand jury. Good. He was a public servant and his job by definition was to serve the public. By lying to a grand jury (and rather badly, I might add) he was lying to us, the people that were paying him.

He deliberately outed CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to reporters, and that offense should put him behind bars for treason.

But what really irks me is what’s to follow.


Nothing.

That’s right. Absofuckinglutely nothing. Sworn testimony clearly indicates that his outing of Mrs. Wilson was in retaliation for her husband’s revelation that the President of the United States of America was lying his ass off to the public when he was telling us about WMDs being sent to Iraq.

A related CNN story gives a little background:

Federal officials began an investigation in December 2003 into how the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame was divulged to reporters in the weeks before Robert Novak named her in a July 14, 2003, column. Libby was not charged with the actual leak.

Novak attributed his information to “two senior administration officials” — later identified as President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove, and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Neither testified in Libby’s trial.

Plame’s husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had openly questioned part of Bush’s basis for invading Iraq. He wrote a controversial New York Times op-ed piece that was published July 6, 2003.

Prosecutors argued Libby lied about how he learned of Plame’s CIA role to protect his job. Her role, they said, was deliberately released in retribution for her husband’s report.

Ambassador Wilson publicly announced that His Holiness the Glorified Houseplant was full of shit when he made his case for invading Iraq. That same testimony also clearly indicates that Libby was acting on orders given by Vice President Dick Cheney. This is more than just political mudslinging and tit-for-tat crap in the political arena.

This is about the deception of the American people by the people who were elected to support and defend the Constitution in order to stage an illegal, illogical, and immoral invasion of another sovereign state.

By any definition, that makes the top two officials of this country war criminals, along with anyone (including Libby, Rove, and Armitage) who was complicit in this deception.

Yet Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in this case, has said that the case is closed. What? Closed? This should be the beginning of the process, not the end. George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney should be in handcuffs, on their way to The Hague, but instead the case is closed.

“The jury worked very long and hard and deliberated at length,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor who led the leak probe. “The jury was obviously convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had lied and obstructed justice in a serious manner.”

“I do not expect to file any further charges,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re all going back to our day jobs.”

Excuse me? Getting a blow job in the White House and then lying to cover it up is an impeachable offense, but lying about intelligence, starting an illegal and unjustified war, outing a CIA operative to silence a whistle-blower, and then lying about the whole thing again is just peachy?

What country did you say this was? I’m a little confused, because that sure as hell sounds a lot more like the now defunct Soviet Union in Stalin’s time than it does my beloved United States of America.

And what are the members of Congress, who should be checking and balancing the executive branch doing about this?

“It’s about time someone in the Bush administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney’s role in this sordid affair. Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.”

Well, that’s a start. What about prosecution of the source of the cancer?

Added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “This trial provided a troubling picture of the inner workings of the Bush administration. The testimony unmistakably revealed — at the highest levels of the Bush administration — a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq.”

Lovely rhetoric, Speaker Pelosi, but what about impeachment proceedings?

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the investigation should go deeper.

“There’s a lot more going on here than just this,” Dean said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“We know that the president was not truthful with the American people when he sent us to war,” he said. “We don’t know if the president committed a crime or not; it would be interesting to find that out.”

Now we’re talking! Lay it on us, Chairman!

However, Dean did not recommend appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Bush.

?

The leading Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, weighed in as well.

“While justice has been served in the Libby case, the real lesson to come from it is that we must be vigilant in ensuring that the intelligence on burgeoning threats to our nation is beyond reproach,” read a statement on Clinton’s Web site.

Obama said in a statement that Libby’s conviction “underscores what happens when our foreign and national security policies are subverted by politics and ideology.”

That’s all well and good, BUT WHAT ABOUT PROSECUTION OF THE OTHER CRIMINALS? Where are the calls for impeachment? What happened to the long arm of the law? What’s all the bullshit about “No one is above the law”?

I guess all that crap we learned in grade school is just that. Crap.

Will somebody please blow the president in the Oval Office so we can bring reality back to the country? First one on their knees before the Big Leather Chair gets my vote to be the next one to sit in it.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Infophile says:

    There’s only one solution for this: Franken for Congress in ’08. He’s said that if he runs, he promises to move to impeach Bush his first day in office.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    Infophile,

    As much as that’s a pretty empty promise considering he won’t be in office long enough to get the impeachment hearings going before His Holiness the Glorified Shrub leaves his own office behind, I appreciate the sentiment enough to consider voting for him anyway.

    That is of course, assuming Dubya doesn’t use the military to remain in power, a scenario that is not as unlikely as I would prefer I’m afraid.

    Eliot,

    That’s a hell of a rant. I’ll be sure to check out your site, you’ve piqued my interest now.

  3. Poor Mr. Libby and with pardons in the wind and sympathy from a jury, how blind are Americans? Open your eyes, what about poor Valerie and her husband and poor Americans who no longer feel safe exposing truth in the face of a corrupt administration, against a government that tries to kill them for their efforts. This crime should have been a combination of treason and attempted murder.

    Exposing an operative and exposing all those correlated to that operative has never been done in our history and where the intent was certainly to expose her and destroy her family to cover up the warmongers lying to the American sheep about information used to kill and murder their children. So if the administration does not like you or what you say these days, they shoot you in the face or blow your cover or as in my case they blow your car up. http://www.iviewit.tv/Image%20Gallery/auto/1.htm

    I mean come on who cares about poor Libby and his family except Bush and Chenney, why has there been no sympathy for Valerie and her heroic husband? A husband who tried to save the lives we sent to war for nada, except for Bush to cover up daddy’s crimes in that country, daddy’s mistake. This is horrific that nobody has sent their condolences to the right people. Scoots is a liar to a grandjury, to federal prosecutors and is scum, I hope his cellmate finds a hole. For the Wilson’s a medal should go to them, for her service to our country as an op and her husband for trying to save all these dead American children by bringing them truthful information.

    Bush and Chenney are the Brownshirts that led us into WWII and these guys are trying the same thing here in the USA. They have stripped American’s of their fundamental rights, they have created a propaganda machine of corruption, they have taken over the legal and political system ~ we American’s are under siege, our Constitution holding no more weight than TP now, law is to break, crime is OK?

    We must begin to take back our country and go all the way back to the election fraud that put this administration in place via their ability to manipulate elections, again a crime of treason. These treasonous men must go down and if there was a Constitution it would call you to arms against your leaders at this point, by hook or crook, to save the country.

    America must go on a ballistic revolultion or we will put our kids in real harms way, like Iraq, soon Iran if things continue, China etc. These clowns will try to drop three more buildings, through implosion as was the last case in NY, to scare you, to frighten you that you need sell out your rights for their protection from bad, no, evil terrorists. I state that “it takes one to know one”. So who is the terrorist, Bush or Bin Laden? First, Bin Laden was appointed and funded by Bush’s father, so goes “it takes one to know one”, it also takes one to fund one to power. So who is the terrorist, Bush or Hussein? Hussein was appointed and funded by Bush’s father, again “it takes one to know one”…

    America you are being played, do not believe anything your government is telling you, they are stealing from you, they are raping other countries, they are robbing you of your children, for oil profiteering, war profiteering and stealing inventions from inventors as is the case with me.

    These guys are not politicians, they are thugs, trying to steal America. They have steadly been gaining power, see Skull and Bones info, and now through election fraud, they have stolen the country and you are at grave risk, your children worse. It obviously is going to get hairy as if Americans feel that they cannot get justice from the government they will turn on it.

    Election frauds, false wars, dead Americans in the thousands, dead Iraqi’s in hundreds of thousands, shotgun blasts to the face, lying to grandjury’s, exposing spies, falsifying info regarding information used to act as an agressor nation for the second time in our history (first, also daddy Bush), stolen rights (non-patriot act), supreme court nominations that are ludicrous, what does all this have in common? This is America but where did the Americans go? None of it matters because if elections were manipulated appointments were all to criminals from that point forward. Like they went to legal bars and recruited lawyers who were charged with corruption and promoted them as staff for this administation.

    There will be no way to stop it without going back to the past and removing every single stain these guys planted throughout our government. Supreme Court nominations revoked, political appointments reversed, or else we will continue to get more like our Katrina guy (the horse trader), Rumsfeld (thug, into torture and violating human rights treatises, etc.), Scooter Scoopy Scooty Poopy Diaper Head Libby, etc. Leaves you seeing that the guys running your country are criminals and are preying on you, not protecting you according to the Constitution, since they have no loyalty to that, only to violating it and or re-writing it to try to make crime OK. So the criminals, again through election fraud, have siezed your country. If you catch them they have positioned in the legal/justice elements of our country to protect themselves and collect pensions if they have to serve, or get a pardon.

    Criminals leading us and our kids into sick illegal wars, how do you stop it. I suggest sitting down with your children and getting a copy of the old Constitution, not the new King/Decider Bush’s version and going to the parts dealing with the rights to bear arms and what to do when your leaders are corrupted and not serving the people but themselves. But it must be the people who do the revolutioning, for if they sleep, they get what they deserve, a corrupt leadership and the loss of rights and freedoms.

    All roads lead to Patentgate, which the whole story can be found at http://www.iviewit.tv , where you can see the bomb that was placed in my car to kill me and my family in Boynton Beach FL, to steal my patent pending inventions and try to evade prosecution through attempted murder and crimes against the United States. My kudos and sympathies to the Wilson family and to all those who try to wake the sheep and fight this administration of criminals, who risk their lives to bring you the truth about what is going on, in the face of buckshot in the face.

    Oh yeah, checkout “The Fight for the Grail” at http://www.iviewit.tv/CompanyDocs/Book/index.htm

    Eliot Bernstein

  4. Infophile says:

    Yeah, he said he’d push for a “Quicky Impeachment,” but even if it were theoretically possible, it would only take a single person filibustering for a short time to make it pointless. And you know that that will happen.

    On the other hand, is it possible to try a President for crimes they committed while in office after they’ve left? It should be, at the least.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    Now there’s an interesting question.

    I’d love to explore that, but I’ve got both hands completely full at the moment.

    Perhaps you might remind me in a week or so?

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