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Libby to Be Pardoned?

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Posted on Jul 3, 2007

Cronyism may reach ever greater heights in the “Scooter” Libby case, as it seems that President Bush—after commuting the former Cheney aide’s sentence Monday—may consider pardoning him.


BBC:

On Tuesday Mr Bush declined to rule out a complete pardon for Libby at a later time.

“As to the future I rule nothing in and nothing out,” he told journalists in Washington. But he also reiterated that he thought Libby’s non-prison punishments should stand.

Mr Bush described what he said was a “very difficult decision.”

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By great_satan, July 5, 2007 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

Two comments:
1. I am appalled at Mr. Kucinich’s campaigning skills. Rather, I am embarrassed, because I support his politics and admire his integrity. He was on CNN today and Suzanne Malveaux asked him upfront about the Cheney impeachment, whether he thought he could actually get it or if it was symbolic. He had the opportunity to tell people to contact Pelosi or their local reps, but aside from a brief mentioning of some progress, he just went on with this cheesy, cartoon-like campaigning rhetoric. In the end, she actually helped him out.

2. Is impeachment of both George and Cheney a good idea? If it happened immediately, we’d have a solid year of President Pelosi and the 2008 election would put a Republican in every available seat in the government.

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By Verne Arnold, July 4, 2007 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Calm down, eat your Pablum, burp and go take your nappy.  All of you grumpy people out there must remember; if you want to be happy, you gotta take your nappy.

What more could you possibly ask for?

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By cyrena, July 3, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

#83706 by Chris on 7/03 at 5:44 pm

Wasn’t this the same man who, as Governor of Texas, refused to commute the death sentence of Karla Faye Tucker, despite world wide protest.

Yep Chris…very same dude. He also refused to meet with the sister of James Byrd, the African-American man who was tied to the back of a pick-up truck by 3 fairly typical white guys, (at least for a place like Jasper) and dragged to his death. Just for kicks.

His sister had flown over from somewhere in Hawaii, well into a difficult pregnancy, to talk with the shrub about creating some anti-hate crime legislation in the “great” state of Texas. The appointment and everything had been set-up well in advance. When she arrived, he wouldn’t even see her. Told his sec to tell her he was busy.

Besides, why would Texas need such a thing, when everybody’s so “friendly” down there? And, they all have their own guns, so if they hate somebody, they just kill ‘em, just ‘cause they “needed killing”. No need to make a law about it.

This is why it always amazes me to hear Americans go on and on and on about the “barbaric” practices of Muslims. “Public Hangings”? We have the nice humane “DEATH Penalty”, where Texas also holds the prize on executions. They have a tendency to be VERY Public. Maybe not the “town square”, but they’ve started doubling-up on the kill schedule now, (to save expenses maybe) by doing at least 2 executions in the same session. And, outside the execution structure, there are always tons of people, some denouncing this savage way to kill people, with just as many shouting REVENGE!!

The heartbreaker was Karla Faye Tucker though, because she had in fact turned herself around, and what the hell harm could it do, for her to just stay in jail the rest of her life?

But, georgie got a taste of the kind of power that lets him decide if someone will live or die. You all know the rest…

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By Frank Cajon, July 3, 2007 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment

Come on, everybody, yeah it pisses you off but is there any one on this entire fucking board who doesn’t expect Cowboy George to not only wipe Libby in a prearranged pardon for silence arrangement but also set him up after he gets out of office in a seven-figure CEO job? This was a take the hit for Cheney from day one and I agree with eeg 83547 that I am not bunching my shorts about the injustice of it all when this is SOP from these bastards, who are above the law now that they are not concerned with re-upping in ‘08. 
What is the big deal? Cowboy hasn’t flinched sending to slaughter countless thousands in a war he has admitted he made up the reason for, including 3600 dead US troops, at a cost of half a trillion bucks, much of that profit for the Saudis, arms dealers and no-bid contractors that have bankrolled his party’s regime for eight years. Do you think for a split second he hesitated about setting a four-time felon free who lied to protect his VP and Chief of Staff? WTF?

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By guntotin ganglion, July 3, 2007 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if Libby’s registered yet as a lobbyist? Even Count Dickula doesn’t have testoids big enough to bring the Scootmeister back to his old job. But, no way he could match lobbyist wages against his old government job anyway (even with the “perks”), so best to just move on and start getting rich supporting the congressional-military-industrial complex from the other side of the procurement continuum. Scooty-pie has long since proven himself to be steely-balled, willing to take one for the team, in the nuts if necessary…he will now be well taken care of, period. Look toward a lucrative contract as a political commentator on Fox News, just to sweeten the deal. Perhaps co-hosting with Oliver North, another former felon…oops, I’m jumping ahead to the pardon…pardon me, no really, pardon me….then pardon Scoots.

I wonder if The Decider Guy could just start approaching the mic from the backside, and only blow his speeches out of his ass, so he can let us all know what (and how) he really thinks (of us). Having the Moron-Lecturer King mule and puke about honoring the jury while pinching a massive steaming dump on their heads is surreal Bizarro world stuff. We’ve gone permanently off the reality superhighway onto some Dali-esque backroads and we’re heading into some Bosch-like hellscape country, the country of The Decider Guy’s dreams…and how batshit looney is that??? Friggin’ looney-toons! Badeep badeep…that’s all folks!!!

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By Chris, July 3, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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Wasn’t this the same man who, as Governor of Texas, refused to commute the death sentence of Karla Faye Tucker, despite world wide protest?

She had apparently turned her life around in a major way in prison. Requests from all over the world, including from the Pope, came into Governor Bush, to commute her death sentence. They had no effect. He refused to commute her death sentence. He was not going to stand in the way of the legal process in Texas.

He also bragged about how efficient the death penalty was in Texas. More people were put to death in his time as Governor than any other state. Law and order for this man.

Of course, two and a half years in prison for “Scooter” Libby, well, how unfair for his poor friend, and he’s the “decider”, you know…

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By DennisD, July 3, 2007 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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As day follows night, Libby will be pardoned and Congress will watch and do nothing. Representatives of the people, the rich and connected people that is. No wonder why justice is blind it gets jerked off every day.

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By Chaseme, July 3, 2007 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if actions like this have anything to do with why people lauded the OJ Simpson verdict?

Just a question!

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By VirginiafromVirginia, July 3, 2007 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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Libby should have gotten a 30 YEAR sentence.  He tried to cast doubt on Joseph Wilson’s report that the Iraq-Niger-yellowcake connection was false.  Libby was trying to fool us Americans so that we would support the Bush Administration’s war.  The outing of Valerie Plame was just colateral damage.  The selling of the Iraq War with lies has cost the lives of thousands of our troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.  The blood of the dead is on Libby’s hands.  He’s evil.

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By faith, July 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

Hank Van den Berg brings up an important point.  We currently have a sitting president with a very hot temper.  He seems to lack common sense or clear thinking when he gets angry.  Consider just how many times he has expressed his lack of clarity in small matters and large matters:  He humiliated a reporter because the reporter wore dark sunglasses at a press conference, thus lacked decorum for the commander in chief.  It turns out the reporter was going blind.  He attempts to intimidate and humiliate any reporter who dares ask serious questions concerning the war.  He gets mad because Saddam Hussein made a fool of his father and the result is hundreds of thousands dead in Iraq, orphaned masses of children, 30+ thousand wounded and maimed American vets, 3,500 American vets dead - all due to the president’s, preemptive sucker punch- Bush would not even bother to wait for the analysis and review by the U.N. Nor did he make any connection or see an inference that the majority of the 9/11 attackers were Saudis.  They were not Iraqis.  This man thinks his cronies deserve no bid contracts in Iraq-going on five years. And he thinks that person’s involved in telling the truth when it does not agree with White House statements, should pay the price - as in outing an american spy, meaning no serious penalty or charges of treason against those facilitating the outing.  Dangerous and scary.
Tragic consequences for future generations of Americans.  Wouldn’t you think his Dad would tell him it is time to step down.

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By vet240, July 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

Did anyone really think that a potential co-defendent would do any less for his partner in crime?

This is called a quid pro quo. Libby didn’t tell what he knew so bu$h has to cover him in order for all things to stay equal.

bu$h/Chainey,Rove, Libby and other un-named co-conspiritors should be investigated and tried under the RICO Act.

They are running a criminal enterprise out of the Whitehouse, OUR HOUSE!!!!

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By 911 student, July 3, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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Once one even just begins to comprehend the incredible egregiousness of the high crimes and treason of which this rogue administration is guilty (and of which the Dems are guilty of overlooking), it’s crystal clear that the spooks in the White House cannot afford to have ‘Scooter’ “Libby Knows” Libby around with any kind of axe to grind…

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By felicity, July 3, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

George Bush’s entire adult life has been devoted to covering his own ass. (In fact, on close investigation it’s the only thing he’s ever been good at.)  He’s never been particularly concerned about anybody else’s ass - note the 3,000 plus other Americans he’s gotten killed in Iraq. 

The fate of Scooter’s ass hardly kept George up nights. It was only when the possibility arose that Scooter, should he end up in jail, might uncover George’s ass that George got scared. George is, if nothing else, consistent.

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By Ed, July 3, 2007 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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This country, since its inception and in spite of the constitution, has never served equal justice and the wealthy and powerful, for the most part, have always been corrupt. What sets this administration apart is its blatant corruption. And they get voted into office again in 2004. The no cover-up strategy worked brilliantly on the voters.

Bush claims Libby’s punishment for perjury was too harsh. In that case, he should commute the prison sentences of all those convicted of perjury. Would someone care to come up with a list for our president?

All things remaining the same, this country is eventually going to get the type of justice meted-out during the French revolution.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 3, 2007 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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The Chimp in Charge has certainly changed the culture in Washington.He took it from misdemeanors to felonies.Who said the Sopranos ended?It just seems that this Mafia saga in Washington never goes to black.
This mafia family has something Tony Soprano never dreamed of, the power of the pardon.

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By Greg Bacon, July 3, 2007 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

Now people, you’re getting all worked up for no reason.

You labor under the delusion that this is a democratic republic.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Apathy, ignorance and just plain stupidity helped drive the nails into our nation’s coffin and the Supreme Court nailed it shut by appointing Bush as King George back in 2000.

So, chill out. Relax and enjoy this pseudo-holiday.

Listen to some Turdy Keith, drink some Pudwizer and leer at your wife’s cute looking cousin… man, she’s got some legs.

When King George and President Cheney need your advice, they’ll peel your lips off their crotch for a comment.

BTW, the WH Comment line closed this afternoon.

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By pogblog, July 3, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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IF you want to call the Besmirched House (aka White House) to express outrage over the ‘Commutation’ of Mr. Libby’s jail time, the direct Comments number is 1.202.456.1111. This number is available 9A-5P EDT (6A-2P PDT). Any time in the next 10 days is good. Sooner, better.

The number will doubtless be busy. If you have redial, it’s easier to persevere, but the trick to get through the rope-a-dope of a busy line is to hang up (or redial) the nano-instant you hear the first busy signal. (Once you’re in the busy signal mode, no amount of waiting will change it to an active ringing.) I usually get through in 5 redials whether manual or auto.

The system will ask you to press 1 for touchtone or stay on line for rotary. It saves a step to just stay on line for rotary. When they offer you the ‘direct number,’ don’t be fooled —you’re already in the direct number system.

There will be a long dead-air silence before an operator comes on. No waiting music. The operator will ask What state you’re from. (The state of Rage isn’t the answer they’re expecting . . . haha.)

I said something short along the lines of ‘I’m deeply offended by the so-called ‘commutation’ of Mr. Libby’s sentence. I’m 63 years old and I am appalled that there’s one kind of justice in my beloved America for rich, connected people and a lesser justice for the rest of us. It’s awful.’

The importance of making the phone call is that one person who perseveres counts for tens of tens of thousands of people to whom it matters. That you bother to persevere is twice as potent as an email, tho if you can do that too, do.
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By QuyTran, July 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Bush/Cheney sit on the U.S. justice then peeing down
From now on don’t blame anyones who violated the laws

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By Dale Headley, July 3, 2007 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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There is a very simple explanation here:  George Bush will not take the possibility of a pardon off the table with Libby in possession of information that could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back as far as corruption in the White House is concerned.

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By eeg, July 3, 2007 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Wake up: this is small potatoes for an administration that has consistently subverted the Constitution and engineered the massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocents in their phony wars.

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By Dan, July 3, 2007 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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Hope it’s clear to everyone.

***
By commuting Libby’s sentence Bush sent a message to
all of his partners in crime -

“DON’T WORRY!!!
Keep up the loyal-criminal behavior,
don’t rat and I’ll protect you”
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Gotta impeach to prevent him from pardoning every criminal buddy forever.

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By mojo, July 3, 2007 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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The Bushman said he is using his Executive Priviledge (The Tyrant’s Special)
and pardoning his Boss’ (Dick man’s) aide (Libby)  whose sentence was excessive, he feels.

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By FedUp, July 3, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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Kevin99999
“The public should ignore the laws as well.”

You bet!

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By Fedup, July 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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Where is the outrage?  Why do we as American’s continue to let this happen?  Amazing.

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By kevin99999, July 3, 2007 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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This is a case of the U.S. president directing his staff to commit criminal acts and then pardoning him if after he got caught. The public should ignore the laws as well.

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By dick, July 3, 2007 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Bush & Co. have done enormous harm and damage to this country, even more than convicted traitors. I believe they should all be impeached and removed from office. The future of the republic is precarious.

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By Hank Van den Berg, July 3, 2007 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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This is classic George W!  Complain about attacking Afghanistan, and he invades Iraq too.  Show him the election results demanding withdrawal from Iraq, and he surges.  Now, people complain about commuting Libby’s sentence, and he responds by suggesting he may just pardon him altogether.  When are we going to impeach this thug?

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By Jutta Kay, July 3, 2007 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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Surprise…surprise. Did anybody really think he was not going to let him off? He knows too much and would have too much time in jail to writea bestseller.Cheney couldn’t have that happen, could he? A “difficult decision” indeed.

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