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Thomas Sowell: Pardon Scooter Libby
realclearpolitics.com ^ | January 09, 2009 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 01/08/2009 9:25:52 PM PST by kellynla

In December, I was asked to file a second report on an automobile accident that took place back in September, during a visit to Los Angeles. A truck slammed into my car from behind while I was stopped at a traffic light.

As I sat down to write a new report, I tried to recall the details, beginning with where the accident took place, which I remembered as having been on Wilshire Boulevard.

Fortunately, I had saved a copy of my first report on this same accident, which showed that it took place on Santa Monica Boulevard, not Wilshire, which was the street up ahead.

What if I had not saved a copy of that first report, and had written down and signed a report saying that the accident took place on Wilshire Boulevard, when everyone else involved said it was on Santa Monica Boulevard? If this was a statement made under oath, I could have been prosecuted for perjury.

All this made me think back to a more important case where memories differed and a man's life was ruined because of a perjury conviction. Moreover, it was about something that was no more crucial than the name of the street where an accident took place.

That man was Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, assistant to Vice-President Dick Cheney. He testified under oath that he had not leaked to reporters the information that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, but had in fact learned about it himself from reporters, including Tim Russert.

Unfortunately for Scooter Libby, there was testimony from Tim Russert that he himself did not know that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA at the time of his conversation with Libby.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: gwb; pardon; scooterlibby; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 01/08/2009 9:25:52 PM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

And also pardon the two border agents!


2 posted on 01/08/2009 9:28:07 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: kellynla

Agreed - pardon Libby.


3 posted on 01/08/2009 9:30:41 PM PST by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: kellynla; abigail2; Alia; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; bamahead; ...
Surely President Bush can pardon this man before leaving office.

Thank you Dr. Sowell, Scooter Libby deserves a pardon.

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4 posted on 01/08/2009 9:34:25 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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Posted on 01/08/2009 9:13:36 PM PST by kellynla
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5 posted on 01/08/2009 9:35:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009___________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kellynla

Sure, pardon Libby right after you pardon Ramos and Compean.


6 posted on 01/08/2009 9:39:54 PM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: kellynla

Bush is more likely to pardon Bill Ayers.


7 posted on 01/08/2009 9:52:32 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: kellynla

Since Armitage admitted on day one of the investigation that it was he that had leaked her name, and since the CIA confirmed her employment over the phone to Novak (and I don’t think anyone can argue that the CIA is in the habit of outing their undercover agents over the phone), I have to ask what was Fitz investigating between the time he knew it was Armitage and the time he decided to hang Libby. Just what was he investigating all that time.

Fitz is a disgrace. The fact that he’s going after Blagojevich doesn’t change the fact that he is a disgrace.


8 posted on 01/08/2009 9:54:51 PM PST by marron
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To: kellynla

Yes, agree and pardon the two border agents.


9 posted on 01/08/2009 10:03:55 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: kellynla
P A R D O N
L I B B Y
10 posted on 01/08/2009 10:07:53 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: kellynla
I watched about half an hour of the O.J. trial, before I got so bored my eyeballs were falling out of my head. It was Johnny Cochran, asking a witness the same question, slightly reworded, over, and over, and over. It was obvious he was trying to get the witness to contradict himself.

After a few long days of grilling like that, I don't think anyone could survive a perjury conviction. When they're out to get you, they get you.

11 posted on 01/08/2009 10:08:54 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: kellynla

Libby definitely deserves a pardon.


12 posted on 01/08/2009 10:47:38 PM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: marron
I'm happy to see others are also aware of inconsistencies
surrounding Fitzgerald. It is not a revelation to FR members and there has been much written about the politicization of the CIA. That many insiders were very hostile to the President's policies, including the Plames, who worked for the Gore campaign, is not new. That Fitzgerald is a political operative is beyond question. Appointing Podesta to run the CIA is entirely consistent. That may be part of what was behind the restructuring of the intelligence agencies.

Fitz does seem to be a disgrace, and it may not be a ‘fact’ that he is going after Blagojevich. The supposed surveillance tapes may be the equivalent of Craig Livingston's FBI files. They may suggest a variant of “pay-to-play” along the line of “pay-to-stay”. That Fitz could be paid by our justice department to disable a very capable man, Scooter Libby, for two years, crippling his career and condemning him to some years in prison for a crime Fitz knew he didn't commit raises the question of why Fitz has not been charged? This is not about justice but about vicious political power plays, and I don't see how Fitz is on the side of truth and protection of The Constitution, which he swore to uphold and protect. Fie on G.W. Bush if he doesn't correct the misdeed. One must wonder what his enemies have on him.

13 posted on 01/08/2009 11:26:52 PM PST by Spaulding (Wagdadbythebay)
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To: kellynla

We’ll know soon.

Keeping my fingers crossed...


14 posted on 01/08/2009 11:28:09 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: Spaulding
That Fitz could be paid by our justice department to disable a very capable man, Scooter Libby, for two years, crippling his career and condemning him to some years in prison for a crime Fitz knew he didn't commit raises the question of why Fitz has not been charged?

Nailed it.

15 posted on 01/09/2009 12:51:16 AM PST by marron
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To: All

Pardon me too


16 posted on 01/09/2009 12:55:25 AM PST by woofie
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To: kellynla

This whole thing was an outrageous miscarriage of justice. The person who should have been prosecuted was the special prosecutor who knew almost from day one that: 1) there had been no law broken because the stupid twit Phlame was not an undercover agent, and 2) that Armitage was the leaker. Another governmental screw up.


17 posted on 01/09/2009 2:11:22 AM PST by jhroberts
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To: Beaten Valve

I still have a lot of faith in President Bush and I have a feeling that he will pardon all three of them before he leaves office. Recall that a number of Clinton’s pardons were actually signed on January 19, so President Bush still has plenty of time left to do so.


18 posted on 01/09/2009 2:59:31 AM PST by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: kellynla
The Scooter conviction and the whole dragged-out Plame/Wilson & (political hack) Fitzgerald is a justice system disgrace. Likewise the Ramos/Campeon prosecution. President Bush must have the honor to pardon these three innocent political pawns.
19 posted on 01/09/2009 3:40:01 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: kellynla

I think Scooters dad donated once to the Repbulican party so Bush won’t pardon him.


20 posted on 01/09/2009 3:46:16 AM PST by Galactica
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To: marron
I still shake my head in disbelief that this happened in my country. US v. Libby was a political show trial worthy of the old Soviet Union. Libby was guilty of nothing more than working in a Republican administration. It is disgusting how many pubbie’s lives have been ruined by rabid rat politics.
21 posted on 01/09/2009 3:56:54 AM PST by Jacquerie (Had the SS shouted "Allah Akbar" at Auschwitz, would the Bill of Rights have protected Nazism?)
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To: kellynla

I’m hoping (but not holding my breath) that our self righteous George W. Legacy will come to his damn senses at 11:00 am on January 20th and pardon Agents Ramos and Compean.

At LEAST commute their sentences to time served, which is what he did with Libby.

Unfortunately, as another poster said: it’s more likely GWB will pardon Bill Ayers before he does anything to offend his ‘dear friend’ Johnny Sutton and the open-border traitors that he calls his ‘friends’.


22 posted on 01/09/2009 4:00:21 AM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Amen!


23 posted on 01/09/2009 4:06:10 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Spaulding

2000 late or JANUARY 2001 : (CHIEF OF STAFF PODESTA REMARKS ABOUT BUSH AT THE END OF CLINTON’S PRESIDENCY) One morning at the nub end of Bill Clinton’s presidency, Clinton chief of staff John Podesta walked into a senior staff meeting in the Roosevelt Room waving a copy of USA Today. Holding the paper aloft, Podesta read the headline out loud, “Clinton actions annoy Bush.” The article detailed the new rules and Executive Orders the outgoing President was issuing in his final days, actions aimed in equal measure at locking in Clinton’s legacy (in areas like environmental protection) and bedeviling his successor. “What’s Bush so annoyed about?” Podesta asked with a devilish smile. “He’s got four years to try to undo all the stuff we’ve done.” - “Rolling Back Clinton : As Bush takes action to reverse chunks of his predecessor’s legacy, the nation waits to see just how conservative this new President really is,” by James Carney and John F. Dickerson, With reporting by Ann Blackman, Sally B. Donnelly and Douglas Waller/Washington , CNN.com, January 22, 2001 Web posted at: 1:12 p.m. EST (1812 GMT)


24 posted on 01/09/2009 4:07:47 AM PST by piasa
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To: kellynla
Pardon Scooter Libby
. . . and while you're at it, shred the "FBI files" on anyone who you considered for appointment to anything during your entire administration.

25 posted on 01/09/2009 4:10:18 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Change is what journalism is all about. NATURALLY "change" is a winning political slogan.)
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To: kellynla

Moreover, Russert testified, under oath, that he didn’t remember going on Imus on the day of the indictment, or having uttered the phrase “first time in a hundred years.”


26 posted on 01/09/2009 4:46:16 AM PST by Homer1
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To: Homer1
If Bush leaves office without a pardon for each of these men I will lose what little respect I have for the man. It is one thing to be obstinate but quite another to be an ignorant a hole.

Vince

27 posted on 01/09/2009 4:59:03 AM PST by Mouton
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To: Mouton
It is one thing to be obstinate but quite another to be an ignorant a hole.

I think there are few people who are obstinate (versus tenacious) who are not also a-holes.
28 posted on 01/09/2009 5:00:54 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Mouton
I agree 100%. The whole Plame affair was an attempt to “get” Dick Cheney, failing that Fitzgerald laid Libby on the altar and President Bush allowed it.
I firmly believe that Fitzgerald blew the whistle on Blago prematurely to save Obama and figured they could pressure Blago to resign in exchange for not prosecuting. I doubt it will ever go further than impeachment or being Chicago, an accident.
29 posted on 01/09/2009 5:24:55 AM PST by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: marron

Yep Fitz is the Face of the disgrace of the USDOJ and Paulson/Bernake/Greenspan are the face of the disgrace of the Politically corrupt US Economic leadership...etc., etc. All is indicative of the disgrace of this country’s leadership. If not now then when do we fight for our freedom from this travesty?


30 posted on 01/09/2009 5:40:52 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: kellynla

Libby is doing OK
Pardon Ramos and Compean George Bush or I will bad mouth you forever.


31 posted on 01/09/2009 5:42:41 AM PST by dennisw (On the 31st floor a gold plated door won't keep out the Lord's burning rage ---FBB)
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To: aruanan

Perhaps you are right, “Ignorant” may have not been the right word or phrase. Tone deaf is more appropriate.

This guy has been in favor of amnesty and anything that even remotely undermines that belief, he is against. He was pulled kicking and screaming toward a border fense when there was no political advantage to be otherwise.

As far as Libby goes, I cannot believe he did not step in far earlier to right that wrong. Based on how long that took for a half hearted action, I hope those border agents who were doing their jobs are not holding out false hopes they will be pardoned.

Meanwhile, I did see that Bush found the time to give an award to the head honcho of the Border Patrol, a guy who was supportive of Sutton’s persecution (SIC).

Vince


32 posted on 01/09/2009 5:43:48 AM PST by Mouton
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Here, here, on all accounts. Both are a joke/travesty which boggles the mind.

JB


33 posted on 01/09/2009 6:40:45 AM PST by thatjoeguy (Just my thoughts)
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To: marron

I read somewhere that going after Libby was part of some personal vendetta, due to Libby’s role in lobbying for Marc Rich’s pardon.


34 posted on 01/09/2009 9:38:25 AM PST by dbz77
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To: midwyf
I firmly believe that Fitzgerald blew the whistle on Blago prematurely to save Obama and figured they could pressure Blago to resign in exchange for not prosecuting. I doubt it will ever go further than impeachment or being Chicago, an accident.

I think you are correct.....

35 posted on 01/09/2009 10:09:51 AM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's heart is blacker than the devil's riding boots...............)
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To: Spaulding
Appointing Podesta to run the CIA is entirely consistent

I believe you mean Panetta, not Podesta (another former Clinton underling.) I get your drift though, and your point still stands with the correction.

36 posted on 01/09/2009 12:11:51 PM PST by murdoog (http://babydoc3.livejournal.com)
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