Tuesday, July 03, 2007

So pissed off

Scooter isn't going to jail, which is good for him because with a nickname like Scooter I'm sure he would have had a rough time. What does it say about our country when Paris Hilton goes to jail (I never thought I would actually mention that here) for some traffic tickets, Guys who haven't even been accused of a crime have been rotting in Gitmo for years, and then the VP's Chief of staff was found guilty in a court of law for perjury and obstruction of justice. This is a serious crime, he knowingly blocked and investigation into the highest level crime there is for a country, treason. As is often the case there is only one website that was able to capture something of the indignation that must be felt by all who feel that the rule of law is a good thing, and that we should preserve that tradition. I'm actually a bit shocked by how polite the post was considering the topic and the author but here are two posts by The Rude Pundit, Short one Here and a Longer one Here. Actually fuck it The first one there I'm going to repost in its entirety, its quick and well worth it.

Scooter Libby Will Not Be Raped In Prison:
So, like, let's just get this straight: a jury convicts Scooter Libby, a court sentences him to jail time, and the President commutes his sentence.

Meanwhile, regarding Gitmo, the Secretary of Defense is trying to figure out "a statutory basis for holding prisoners who should never be released and who may or may not be able to be put on trial."

Seems like justice in America's running just fine.

(Tip o' the hat to rude reader B-Mac for the Gates quote.)
Thank You Mr.Rude, or would Rude be his first name, Mr. One?

But to try to be a little up beat about this whole debacle here is Christy Smith's take from Fire Dog Lake. Interesting if overly optimistic view.

At least the Dems have been willing to denounce the president for this overtly base action.

"The president said he would hold accountable anyone involved in the Valerie Plame leak case. By his action today, the president shows his word is not to be believed," Pelosi said. "He has abandoned all sense of fairness when it comes to justice, he has failed to uphold the rule of law, and he has failed to hold his administration accountable."

"This decision to commute the sentence of a man who compromised our national security cements the legacy of an administration characterized by a politics of cynicism and division, one that has consistently placed itself and its ideology above the law," Obama said. "This is exactly the kind of politics we must change so we can begin restoring the American people's faith in a government that puts the country's progress ahead of the bitter partisanship of recent years."

"Today's decision is yet another example that this administration simply considers itself above the law," said Clinton of Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence. "This case arose from the administration's politicization of national security intelligence and its efforts to punish those who spoke out against its policies.

"Four years into the Iraq war, Americans are still living with the consequences of this White House's efforts to quell dissent. This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice."


"Only a president clinically incapable of understanding that mistakes have consequences could take the action he did today," Edwards said. "President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world. In George Bush's America, it is apparently okay to misuse intelligence for political gain, mislead prosecutors and lie to the FBI.

"George Bush and his cronies think they are above the law and the rest of us live with the consequences. The cause of equal justice in America took a serious blow today."

I'm not going to repeat the drivel that ran out of the mouths of the republicans.

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