I'm sort of astonished. "Scooter" Libby got away with it. I'm sure he had some help (read: George Bush, Dick Cheney) with his appeal.
When politicians can ignore court decisions with impunity, we are in big, big trouble fellow Americans. And only we can do something about it.
Without trying to bore you, I will point out the successes of others who had the power to change court decisions. People like Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Muammar al-Qaddafi, King Mswati III of Swaziland, Isayas Afewerki of Eritrea, to name few.
For what it is worth, my opinion is that "Scooter" could have been given the death sentence for what he did. Giving aid and assistance to the enemy in time of war is nothing short of treason. And it was, indeed, treason.
Consider: he deliberately leaked the full name of an agent assigned to gather information in war time. After that, the agent had no choice. Resign or take your chances with hit squads and/or kidnappers. I don't blame Valerie Plame Wilson. After all, her assignment was to locate Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Yes, a journalist, Robert Novak, printed the story and name and he needs to take some blame, too. But without clandestine information supplied by Libby, she would still be safely doing that job. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, has resigned as an Ambassador.
I do not consider a $250,000 fine and two years probation as a fitting punishment for this man.
Wilson: Springing Libby Shows Administration Is "Corrupt to the Core" New York - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, tonight ripped President Bush's decision to commute the prison sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak case. Appearing in an audio interview on MSNBC's "Countdown," Wilson called the move the latest evidence that the administration is "corrupt to the core." He added that it meant that the president was now participating in the "obstruction of justice." Wilson called on both the president and Libby's former boss, Vice President Cheney, to "come clean" on their roles in the leaking of his wife's name, now that Libby has been spared prison. He called the leaking of the name "treasonous." Asked by host Keith Olbermann if there was a "quid pro quo" - Libby would remain silent about crucial details of Cheney's role in the case in exchange for a pardon or commutation - Wilson answered, "absolutely." Libby was convicted of several counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Wilson warned that the message of the commutation might lead to fewer people being willing to risk their lives as covert CIA operatives. He vowed to continue the civil suit with the aim of getting Cheney and Libby on the stand. And he called on Americans to protest the move by contacting members of Congress. Democratic leaders quickly condemned the Bush act.
I'm including a page sent to me. Enjoy and don't forget to click on the header.
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Have a great Fourth.