Carol Platt Liebau: Fair, But Not Perfect

Friday, October 28, 2005

Fair, But Not Perfect

In this post, Jack Kelly over at Irish Pennants makes an excellent point.

Prosecutor Fitzgerald is, no doubt, a good and honest prosecutor. But it seems to me that by declining to prosecute Libby under the underlying statute (that governs the "outing" of CIA agents), he's lost any reason to be commenting about whether Libby's discussions on the subject of Valerie Plame with the press were right or wrong or inappropriate or not. That's particularly true given that it was reported by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today that the CIA did, in fact, do a "damage assessment" on the leak, and found it to be of negligible impact.

If Patrick Fitzgerald continues to harp on about a supposed offense that he couldn't even find the evidence to prosecute, he will be coming suspiciously close to, as Kelly puts it, "criminalizing conservatism."

And how interesting is it that we still haven't learned who first revealed that Valerie Plame was with the CIA? Don't forget this theory -- that it may have been Joe Wilson himself, working through David Corn.

9 Comments:

Blogger Graham Jones said...

That brings back memories!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

Fitzgerald doesn't have to criminalize conservativism. Conservatives are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

4:42 PM  
Blogger American by Choice said...

Draino, you only get to say that IF you admit, upfront, that the libs already did it to themselves. There is absolutely no way the right is further into the cesspit than the left and, oh, by the way, I am an independent ... like the several million of us that, kast year, understood your pals can't be trusted with governing at this time.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

ABC,

I here you man...I've been voting the lesser of two evils for a long time.

I hope the fact that you put your trust in George Bush last year is working out for you.

(by the way several million people can be mistaken.)

On that note...

1. Go to Google.

2. Type "Failure"

3. Hit "I'm Feeling Lucky".

It may give you a chuckle. We all could use a laugh today.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

And how interesting is it that we still haven't learned who first revealed that Valerie Plame was with the CIA?

Carol, what exactly are you smoking?

Let's start with what Patrick Fitzgerald said in his press conference--to whit... In fact, Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter when he talked to Judith Miller in June of 2003 about Valerie Wilson.

In the indictment there are numerous mentions of numerous reporters to whom Mr. Libby was the first source. The other leaker was the mysterious "Official A." Everyone with knowledge of the case agrees that Official A is a pseudonym for Karl Rove.

Karl Rove and Scooter Libby revealed the identity of an undercove CIA agent to the public. They were the first ones to do so.

Sliming Joe Wilson won't change that fact--it only demonstrates that Scooter and Turd Blossom aren't the only ones who think pesonal attacks on political opponents are justified. Welcome to the club, Character Assassin First Class Liebau.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

If Patrick Fitzgerald continues to harp on about a supposed offense that he couldn't even find the evidence to prosecute,...

And according to Patrick Fitzgerald, he couldn't find evidence to prosecute because of criminal obstruction of justice on the part of a Presidential aide.

That is something to be proud of...

8:28 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

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8:36 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

If Patrick Fitzgerald continues to harp on about a supposed offense that he couldn't even find the evidence to prosecute, he will be coming suspiciously close to, as Kelly puts it, "criminalizing conservatism."

And when the Republican House Managers continued to harp upon Bill Clinton's illicit relationship with Monica Lewinsky, even after the House failed to proffer any charges to the Senate in this manner, where they "criminalizing liberalism?"

Hypocrites.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

That's particularly true given that it was reported by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today that the CIA did, in fact, do a "damage assessment" on the leak, and found it to be of negligible impact.

We have eight blank pages in Judge Tatel's concurrence that say Andrea Mitchell is wrong.

2:11 AM  

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