Sunday, February 18, 2007

Best article yet on the "Scooter" Libby trial

Trial in Error -
"Could someone please explain to me why Scooter Libby is the only person on trial in the Valerie Plame leak investigation?"

I've commented on some of the absurdities of this case previously, but my hat is off to Victoria Toensing, a former deputy assistant US attorney general under Ronald Reagan, for a very comprehensive summary of the elements of the case that don't make sense. In it's own way, this is as great a travesty of justice as the Duke lax case.


At Sun Feb 18, 08:30:00 AM EST, Anonymous Ed Reid said...

I agree regarding the Toensing article. I beg to differ regarding Duke case; Libby is far worse.

The entire process was started by a federal agency which KNEW, with absolute certainty, that the alledged "crime" was non-existent. The "Company" was in full CYA mode, because it KNEW it would be revealed as having acted to embarrass the Administration.

The flames were fanned by the left tributary media (LTM), which COULD have known (and I believe DID know)that neither Rove or Libby was THE original source; and, did IN FACT know who the original source was. However, the LTM was in full "bash Bush" mode, because it suited their purposes.

The prosecutor KNEW very early in the process who the original source was. The prosecutor also KNEW very early that the revelation was not a crime. However, he continued to pursue the case at least in part because he did not wish the LTM to switch to full "bash Fitzgerald" mode.

There is a difference between: a mid-twenties, unmarried mother of two children (now three, all apparently by different "sperm donors") "stripping" to feed her spawn and put herself through college; and, a federal agency responsible for national intelligence and guilty of attempting to undermine the efforts of the branch of government it "serves".

There should be a difference between the "Rag of Record" and its first tier LTM sisters (WaPo, LAT, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) and the Durham, NC "Hang 'em High" and the Raleigh "Notions & Opinions".

There is a difference between a recently appointed county prosecutor and a professional federal prosecutor (or there should be).

I do not suggest that the DUKE case is not reprehensible; it most certainly is. Nor do I suggest that those responsible for it should not be prosecuted for any crimes they may have committed and sued for damages by those they have damaged.

However, I believe that all those federal employees involved in creating and perpetuating the Libby fiasco should also be summarily fired and then prosecuted. If they are not, it will become obvious that such actions by federal employees can occur with impunity, which would be extremely dangerous to the future of liberty in the US.

We are dealing here with the national security and the security of ~300 million people; and, with issues surrounding a war which has cost ~3500 American lives. I view that as far more serious, in the overall scheme of things, though I agree that the issues are related.

At Sun Feb 18, 03:42:00 PM EST, Blogger J. Keen Holland said...

OK, Ed, you convinced me.


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