Posted by Curt on 7 March, 2007 at 9:40 am. 2 comments already!

Clarice Feldman, someone who has followed every tiny detail about the Plame case, has written an excellent article today about the travesty we know as the Libby verdict.  She details all of the wrongs committed on Scooter and ends with this:

How preposterous is it to watch Nancy Pelosi strutting about the forum  today-her record filled with appointments like William Jefferson’s to head Homeland Security and John Conyers to head the Judiciary? A Speaker who has  the chutzpah to say,

"Today’s guilty verdicts are not solely about the acts of one individual. The testimony unmistakably revealed — at the highest levels of the Bush Administration – a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq."

And I explode with laughter at the Cassius-like Kerry who sneered,

"This verdict brings accountability at last for official deception and the politics of smear and fear…. This trial revealed a no-holds barred White House attack machine aimed at anyone who stood in the way of their march to war with Iraq. It is time for President Bush to live up to his own promises and hold accountable anyone else who participated in this smear. It is also well past time for Vice President Cheney, who according to the testimony was protected by Scooter Libby’s lies, to finally acknowledge his role in this sordid episode."

Sordid the episode is, but not because of anything Libby did. And "a troubling picture" of Washington it is-but not of this Administration. The Bush crowd is guilty only of terminal naiveté and  the foolish idea that high standards of probity will ever beat the opposition’s utter unscrupulousness and willingness to misuse the legal system to their own partisan ends, even if it means the ruination of an innocent and capable man and enormous hardship to his family.

Here are a few of the wrongs she is calling for justice over:

Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame who cooked up a series of lies to undermine the Administration in the middle of the war?
The media, which megaphoned them and falsely suggested that someone had deliberately outed an undercover agent for political reasons, following the lead of The Nation’s David Corn?

Former CIA head Tenet, who insisted  the Department of Justice investigate a routine referral for reasons which are still unclear but seem to be pique and revenge? Who refused to clarify the record about Wilson: who sent him, and what he found, and what happened to those findings? For dragging out the declassification of the National Intelligence Estimate which showed the Wilson report supported rather than contradicted the estimate?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his Deputy Dick Armitage, who knew Armitage leaked and hid from the President and public that fact, letting Libby and the entire White House staff  be put through the wringer?

The FBI which poorly investigated the matter, jiggered the notes of the interrogations and somehow lost the key inculpatory notes?

Former Attorney Ashcroft who allowed himself to be nose ringed by the mandarinate into recusing himself from looking into the matter?

While Plame and Joey practically put her status in neon lights around Washington we get a prosecutor who was determined to convict a member of the Bush administation, no matter what.  Doesn’t matter if it wasn’t about the actual crime he was investigating.  No, he wanted the headlines.

Then we have the fact that one of the jurors was an ex-washington reporter….I mean Libby had no chance.  How in the world did this guy get onto that jury?

This was a disgraceful sham that should inspire the right to stop the despicable political frauds from getting anywhere near the houses of governmental power in ’08.

Hopefully.


UPDATE

Tom Maguire updates us about that reporter juror and some of the thinking involved to come to this verdict:

Denis Collins, reporter and Libby juror, continues his fifteen minutes with a long account of the trial and deliberations available at the Huffington Post (don’t wait for the book.)

I like this:

We’ve also heard testimony that [Libby] received from the Vice President a July 6 New York Times article by Joseph Wilson with a handwritten note about Wilson’s wife.

Mission accomplished for Fitzgerald, then.  In reality, Libby testified that he never saw that marked-up op ed, and Fitzgerald offered nothing to contradict him.  Instead, it was offered as "state of mind" evidence – if it was important to Cheney, it must have been important to Libby

Funny thing is that there was ever any testimony about this article.  I could be wrong since I didn’t follow it daily but I believe it was entered into evidence without testimony.  But it played a big part in a finding of fact?

WTF!

I mean, think about it.  Fitz never presented any kind of evidence that this scribbling was written before the Novak article came out.  So how in the world could the jury ever come to the conclusion that Libby saw the scribbling before he talked to Russert?

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