Monday, March 12, 2007

Berger & Libby - A tale of two crimes

Michael Barone tapped out the article reinterating what is on many of our lips of late - "Berger & Libby - A Tale Of Two Crimes" appears today in the online issues of RealClearPolitics.

Encapsulating, the Dems are much better at revisionist history, plus rewriting history itself. Add to that, evidently they are adept at getting away with stolen classified docs,
penalized only with a $57K fine and trash pick up/community service.

The first of these criminal proceedings, not much noticed, was the plea bargain of former national security adviser Sandy Berger for removing classified documents from the National Archives, where he had been reviewing them under the authorization of Bill Clinton in preparation for testimony about 9/11.

What he admitted to doing, after first denying it, is extraordinary. On multiple occasions he removed documents from the room where he was reading them, concealed them in his pants and socks, hid them at a construction site outside the building, took them home, and, in some cases, destroyed them.

Some of these documents may have been unique and may have contained handwritten comments that could have looked bad in light of what happened on September 11. snip

By contrast, Libby faces jail time for making statements contradicted by journalists Tim Russert and Matt Cooper. Leaves one scratching their head in wonder at the inanity of it all.

What's even more frustrating is the lying perpetrators who began this snowball of injustice continue to set themselves up as victims. Their claims of effectively debunking the Nigerian/yellowcake connection is one lie that still drives the old, tired media lie, "Bush Lied - People Died".

Wilson's story, retailed to journalists and then presented in a column in The New York Times, was that he had debunked evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger and that his report had circulated in the highest levels of the administration; he suggested that he had been sent to Niger in response to a request by Cheney.

In fact, as a 2004 bipartisan report of the Senate Intelligence Committee found, all those claims were false, as well as his denial that his wife had recommended him for the Niger trip.

When one makes public deliberately false statements INRE intelligence, as Wilson had done for his own personal reasons, it is not only in order - but integral - that the WH refute these claims. Wilson cannot yell "fire" and expect nothing to happen.

Perpetuated lie #2? Their accusations that Cheney and Rove were out to endanger their lives by revealing Plame's CIA status. Amazing considering the "outing" was determined to be by Armitage, and was found not to be an illegal act with malicious intent.

While I always deplore watching Congress waste their time with witch hunt hearings, I'm truly looking forward to watching them explain away the already "outed" lies told by the Wilsons.

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