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April 28, 2009
Except for a glaring factual error -- Lewis A. "Scooter" Libby served no time in prison -- this IBD editorial is good:
Remember the thrilling days of yesteryear and the alleged outing of the already known CIA officer Valerie Plame? We were told then that the Vanity Fair cover girl's 15 minutes of fame jeopardized our national security even if everybody already knew who she was.
"Scooter" Libby went to prison because his memory of events and who said what to whom regarding Plame differed from the recollections of others, particularly news reporters. Alleged contradictory statements were portrayed as a deliberate and malicious obstruction of justice. So what about Pelosi?
When Libby's sentence was justifiably commuted by President Bush, Pelosi was outraged.
"The President's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct and is a betrayal of trust of the American people," she said.
Revealing CIA interrogation techniques and exposing government officials who kept us alive since 9/11 to prosecution is a betrayal of trust that does not serve justice. These agents and officials acted in good faith. They also kept us alive and safe.