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Scooter going to jail

Lewis “Scooter” Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail for lying to investigators. Libby asked the judge to “consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life.”

Well, Scooter, which part of your "whole life" should the judge consider? Helping Dick Cheney create the lies that got us into Iraq? If this was taken into account then 30 months is a light sentence considering how many people have died because of your lies and distortions.

Reggie Walton, the judge in this case told Libby, "People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem." He did create a problem when he took part in the outing of a covert CIA operative (yes, she was covert - Fitzgerald said so - Victoria Toensig had absolutely no idea of what she was talking about when she floated lies about Plame not being covert - lies that have been repeated by right wingers everywhere).

While I am glad that Scooter is not going to get a free pass from the judicial system for lying to investigators - I do believe that he was a patsy for Cheney, Bush, and Karl Rove. This does not lessen Libby's guilt - he knew he was lying, he knows why he lied, and he hasn't come forth with these reasons to protect people in the administration deemed more important than he is.

What is most telling about this whole episode is the way the Bush administration does business. They feel that they are above the law and their illegal actions carry no consequences. While this is bad, what is really telling about what a bunch of hypocrites they are is that they would throw one of their own under a bus in the way they did. Isn't W supposed to be so loyal to his people? They sure scattered from Libby's defense like rats from a sinking ship. I guess loyalty only goes so far. . .

Posted by Tom Snediker at June 5, 2007 12:24 PM
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Posted by: rahdigly at June 5, 2007 12:48 PM
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I just heard that the courts will be deciding if Libby must begin serving immeadiately or if he will be able to remain free while awaiting his appeal. If he begins serving immeadiately then I will say justice has been done. But my guess is that he will be allowed to remain free and by the time the appeal is over GW’s term will be about up. I expect Bush would allow him a pardon, any time served would be minimal and once again confirmation of a different type of justice for powerful government officials will be validated. A certain level of corruption in government will still be accepted as normal and will be expected by many. These folks who run our country do not truly live by the letter of the law. They do believe themselves above it and are not ashamed or embarased to display that fact. It seems consience dignity and integrity take a back seat to wealth and power.

Posted by: ILdem at June 5, 2007 1:21 PM
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I agree Ildem, and would also like to see Scooter begin his term immediately. I also feel he has gotten the shaft and his loyalty has been snubbed, but a statement must be made. I’ll agree also that there are less than honorable figures in most administrations, but this particular one has had the lions’ share!!!
rah….that was one of your best posts in a long time…….

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at June 5, 2007 2:18 PM
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rahdigly -

I believe that it is newsworthy that the Vice-President’s chief of staff is sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison - when was the last time that happened? Granted, compared to all the other crimes committed by this administration it isn’t the most exciting one.

ILdem - I think you are right that Libby probably won’t serve much if any time for this crime but the judge seems like he is really angry so you never know… it is not wise to tick off a judge. It would be great to see him go away immediately as is rumored.

Posted by: Tom Snediker at June 5, 2007 2:24 PM
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Bad Boys Bad Boys What Ya Gona Do When They Come For You????

Sing that a few times.
Thats what I have been doing.

Posted by: Outraged at June 5, 2007 3:07 PM
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Maybe we should waterboard him to see if he can “recall” more. According to our Attorney General that is a perfectly good method in matters of national security so this should qualify.

Posted by: BillS at June 5, 2007 3:26 PM
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BillS - can’t do it.

He’s a US citizen. You know, Constitutional guarantees and all that nonsense. They’d have to sneak him out of the country on secret flights to countries which torture aggressive interrogation investigative techniques. Some place with a more flexible perception of human rights.

And we all know the Bush administration would never do that…

Posted by: CPAdams at June 5, 2007 5:34 PM
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Scooter going to jail

As well he should.

Lewis “Scooter” Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail for lying to investigators.

And you and me would 30 years for the same thing.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 5, 2007 11:40 PM
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Tom Snediker-

This topic should be called liars, dam liars and

those who are defending liars, an those

people who down right insist that there is not

a problem at all with lying.

The people I am talking about are the

Republicans in the debate last night trying to

defend Scooter Libby! Then we have folks here

that Yawn or in one way or another think Libby

did nothing wrong. What ever happened to all

the Politicians an the folks here on this web.

site at least, tried to be somewhat truthful??

Bring out the best in a person an defend it, bring

out the best in your self an people are more

likely to believe in you or your points of view.

Being Honest an Truthful with yourself just may

make you like your self a little better any way.

Posted by: -DAVID- at June 7, 2007 1:20 AM
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