In his official statement, President Bush says he believes it’s Libby’s reputation that has been “forever damaged,” adding, “his wife and young children have also suffered immensely.”

Nearly 3,600 American men and women and an estimated more than 70,000 Iraqi civilians are dead in Iraq. Their families suffer immensely. Scooter Libby, aka Federal Inmate No. 28301-016, walks free.

From Michael Winship – Truthout.org

Say “When.” 

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  1. illa morales

    When I first heard the news on Monday, I just couldn’t believe it. Every time I think George Bush and his administration have gone as far as they could, they sink to a new low.

    Forget the politics for a moment. Scooter Libby is a convicted felon who was implicated in a national security case and convicted of obstructing justice. Yet, he will not spend even one hour in jail and not because he was innocent or because he received an unfair trial. Rather, today Scooter Libby is a free man because the President believes he and his buddies are above the law.

    George Bush allowing Libby to go free for his role in covering up the outing of a CIA operative shows contempt for the rule of law and a disregard for the security of the United States.

    But it could get worse. We know that George Bush is considering a pardon. Join me and we can stop him.

    Read it, add your own comments, and join me in telling George Bush this goes too far.

    ——————————————————————————–

    July 2007

    Dear President Bush,

    Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted on federal charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators. It was a fair trial and a fair sentence.

    You are simply wrong to commute his sentence and I am disturbed about the message you are sending to the American people and to the people of the world — namely, that the rule of law is not absolute and that loopholes do exist for people with the right friends, or the right secrets to keep. That is not the American way and it once again demonstrates the breathtaking arrogance that unfortunately has come to characterize your Administration.

    Will you also commute the sentences of others who obstructed justice and lied to grand juries? Will you commute the sentences of others convicted in cases that compromised our national security? Or will you only protect those who you know and who have acted to hide the actions of your administration from the American people?

    I am beyond disappointed. I am incensed. And today I ask that you immediately declare you will not, under any circumstances, make this situation worse by pardoning Scooter Libby.

    You may have arranged that he not serve a day (or even an hour) of his sentence, but if you want to preserve any of your credibility, you must not erase his crime completely.

    I implore you — the American people implore you — do not pardon Scooter Libby.

    Sincerely,

    Governor Bill Richardson

    Join me and co-sign my letter now.




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