Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell: Pardon Scooter Libby
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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And also pardon the two border agents!
Agreed - pardon Libby.
Thank you Dr. Sowell, Scooter Libby deserves a pardon.
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Posted on 01/08/2009 9:13:36 PM PST by kellynla
Sure, pardon Libby right after you pardon Ramos and Compean.
Bush is more likely to pardon Bill Ayers.
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.
Yes, agree and pardon the two border agents.
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.
Libby definitely deserves a pardon.
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.
We’ll know soon.
Keeping my fingers crossed...
Pardon me too
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.
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.
I think Scooters dad donated once to the Repbulican party so Bush won’t pardon him.
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’.
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)
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.
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.”
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?
Libby is doing OK
Pardon Ramos and Compean George Bush or I will bad mouth you forever.
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).
Here, here, on all accounts. Both are a joke/travesty which boggles the mind.
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.
I think you are correct.....
I believe you mean Panetta, not Podesta (another former Clinton underling.) I get your drift though, and your point still stands with the correction.