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Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Friday, October 28, 2005

Libby Cheney and the Presumption of Innocence

Hi Everyone,

Scooter Libby has been indicted (so far) for 5 counts of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice. He resigned. VP Cheney expressed his "deep regret" and said that Libby should be assumed to be innocent. I'm struck at the difference between Cheney's attitude towards Mr. Libby's presumption of innocence and that principle when applied to Jose Pedilla. Imagine an Arab American in Dearborn, MI who is accused of leaking (or covering up leaking) the identity of a CIA field operative with expertise in weapons of mass destruction. Would such an accused person be presumed innocent by Mr. Cheney and his compatriots in the Bush administration? Or would the unfortunate accused be rotting in a dog cage in "Gitmo?"

I'm sure more detailed posts will be forthcoming as this story develops. The special prosecutor is saying that the investigation is not over.

If the Democrats had control of either House, this would be grounds for a major investigation of the entire administration. It would be THE top story on every newspaper. But because the Republicans control all three branches of government accountability in this matter is extremely limited.


Dr. Strangelove said...

Yeah, Libby is lucky that Fitzgerald was not authorized to use "stress positions" in his interrogations.

Anonymous said...

Those aren't for white people. Sheesh. Terrorists are Ay-rabs or people like Padilla.  

// posted by LTG