Thursday, July 05, 2007

Obstructor in Chief

"[I]n America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

"[I]n a republic . . . every magistrate ought to be personally responsible for his behavior in office." - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #70

"I guess I don't know what you mean by equal justice under the law." - Scott Stanzel, White House Press Briefing, 7/5/2007


President Bush commuted the sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a man duly convicted by a jury of his peers of perjury, lying to investigators and obstruction of justice, all relating to an independent investigation (that President Bush pretended to support) concerning the leaking of a covert CIA agent's identity. After decrying the "severity" of Libby's sentence, President Bush has instead substituted it with NOTHING, to the cheers and applause of the press and the Washington elite.

With this move, President Bush has furthered the criminal conspiracy and cover-up, and himself obstructed justice. He has sabotaged an ongoing investigation that reaches into the doorstep of the White House. He has ensured that Libby will never "flip" and testify against either he or the Vice President, and by failing to fully pardon him, he has ensured that Libby can continue to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify about his crimes before Congress. This is an outrage.

Add this to the impeachment bill that will never be passed (despite support from a growing majority of Americans), but would never be more deserving, add it together with his illegal war in Iraq (and the criminal conspiracy to lie and forge our way into it), his unconstitutional detentions of American citizens and civilians without due process, his international torture ring, and his illegal and unconstitutional spying on Americans, among numerous other offenses.

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