Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Plame complaint

Just a few thoughts as I'm reading over the Plame lawsuit against Cheney, Libby, Rove et al....

I certainly hope no one is intent on arguing that they're too busy, or that they're too occupied with pressing national security issues in a post 9-11 world to deal with such trifles as a civil lawsuit. I think if a lawsuit over sexual harassment is deemed worthy of occupying a President's time, then an outed CIA agent's suit for damages for the loss of her career against a Vice-President and senior aides would certainly be an even more pressing suit to proceed. I'm sure that these types of arguments won't be brought forth, right?

See paragraph 20 for a statement by Patrick Fitzgerald, a reminder that Valerie Plame's status at the CIA was indeed classified information at the time her identity was outed by these incompetents. To date, I still hear it being argued by conservative spinners that her status was no big deal. Enough.

Paragraphs 30 & 31 remind us of the absurd White House Press Secretary's public assurances in October of 2003 that he checked with Rove, Libby (and one other, unnamed) and they had assured him that they were not "involved in this." Further, at the time he stated that the idea of Rove being involved was "totally ridiculous." Now some of this may have been pawned off on McClellan for perhaps over-eagerly defending his confreres, but the point is there has been no accountability for the White House putting out these lies. Other than a consistently low approval rating, of course.

So I say, best of luck with this lawsuit, hit 'em where it hurts, right in the old wallet. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of fellas.