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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
07-03-2007, 09:54 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nation...,0,868307.story


Quote:WASHINGTON - Just when things looked darkest for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, when prison seemed all but certain, President Bush wiped away the former White House aide's 2 1/2-year sentence in the CIA leak case.

Bush's move came Monday, just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. His prospects for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court seemed bleak. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was just waiting for a date to surrender.

After months of sidestepping pardon questions, Bush stepped in. He did not issue a pardon but erased a prison sentence that he felt was just too harsh.



"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a written statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison."

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald disputed the president's assertion that the prison term was excessive. Libby was sentenced under the same laws as other criminals, Fitzgerald said. "It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals."

Libby's attorney, Theodore Wells, said in a statement that the Libby family was grateful for Bush's action and continued to believe in his innocence.

Because he was not pardoned, Libby remains the highest-ranking White House official convicted of a crime since the Iran-Contra affair. But he won't have to serve a day in prison, a fact that his friends cheered, even those who wished he'd received a full pardon.

"That's fantastic. It's a great relief," said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby's defense fund. "Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I'm glad the president had the courage to do this."

Though the leak investigation is complete and nobody will have to serve prison time, the scandal that has loomed over the Bush administration for years did not subside. Democrats were enraged.

"Libby's conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's decision showed the president "condones criminal conduct."

The president left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. The former operative, Valerie Plame, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of Bush's Iraq policy.

"Congress ought to conduct an investigation of whether or not the president himself is a participant in the obstruction of justice," Wilson told The Santa Fe New Mexican in a telephone interview.

Wilson, Plame and their children moved to Santa Fe earlier this year.

Bush said his action still "leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby."

The leak case has hung over the White House for years. Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald questioned top administration officials, including Bush and Cheney, about their possible roles. And Libby's trial revealed the extraordinary steps that Bush and Cheney were willing to take to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.

Nobody was ever charged with the leak, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage or White House political adviser Karl Rove, who provided the information for the original article. Prosecutors said Libby obstructed the investigation by lying about how he learned about Plame and whom he told.

Already at record lows in the polls, Bush risked a political backlash with his decision. President Ford tumbled in the polls after his 1974 pardon of Richard M. Nixon, and the decision was a factor in Ford's loss in the 1976 election.

Bush's father -- former President George H.W. Bush -- issued pardons shortly before leaving office in 1992 for former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and five other former officials who had served in the Reagan administration. The six were involved in the Iran-Contra affair, in which arms were secretly sold to Iran to win the freedom of American hostages, then the money was funneled to anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua despite a congressional ban on military aid.

On Monday, White House officials said Bush knew he could take political heat for commuting Libby's prison sentence and simply did what he thought was right. They would not say what advice Cheney might have given the president.

Bush said Cheney's former aide was not getting off free.

"The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged," Bush said. "His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."

Attorney William Jeffress said he had spoken to Libby briefly by phone and "I'm happy at least that Scooter will be spared any prison time. The prison sentence was imminent but obviously the conviction itself is a heavy blow to Scooter."

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Associated Press Writer Ben Feller contributed to this report.

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07-03-2007, 04:58 PM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
The Untouchables.

Well the JFK Commission pardoned all of his killers.

Oswald was working for the FBI under Hoovers direction from JFK to
shut down CIA-Anti-Cuba insurgency training camps.
Each was shut down three days after Oswald's visit.

No one cares if JFK JR. nose dive was an expert assassin who took out
the fuel switch, most likely a reaction to a UFO beam blast that froze the
engine, controls and set the plane afire. The fire would be the aether aglow
and not real fire, so the pilot acted correctly to set the fuel to off.
But zooming down with no controls like Mantel did, they had no chance.

Why they, Air Force or ??, took out the pilot seat and the pilot must be
for some lack of wanting UFO operations exposed. Or the plan was good
if JJ was the lone pilot story.

Ford was on the JFK Commission and he pardoned NIXON of high crimes.

Eisenhower got out with a farewell address.
Forestall was not so lucky.

http://conspiracycentral.info/index.php?ac...ost&p=78101

Just another conspirator, Wilson called him a traitor.
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07-03-2007, 05:39 PM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
Absolutely predictable and sickening,
how about whiping all sleights clean of people
sentenced to 3 years in jail then ? :pissed:
If Thine I that I spy with my own little I Doeth Offend thee ; Pluck It out.

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07-03-2007, 06:05 PM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
Quote:Absolutely predictable and sickening,

true

but it appears to be a two stage process. update from Reuters:

Quote:WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday refused to rule out a pardon for former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a day after sparing him from prison in a case that helped seal his Iraq legacy and gave ammunition to Democrats.

Bush, who angered Democrats but reassured conservatives by saving Libby from serving a 2-1/2 year prison sentence, told reporters who asked about an eventual full pardon for Libby: "As to the future I rule nothing in and nothing out."

Bush's move to spare Libby -- while leaving intact a $250,000 fine and two-year probation -- was seen in Washington as an act of loyalty by an unpopular president attempting to repair ties with disaffected conservatives who had pressed him to keep Libby out of jail.

There were comparisons to pardons issued by his father, then-President George H.W. Bush, in 1992 to key figures in the Iran-contra scandal -- former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and State Department official Elliott Abrams.

The decision was also likened to then-President Bill Clinton's 11th-hour pardon in 2001 of financier Marc Rich from tax-evasion charges.

Libby was saved from a jail term for his conviction in March on charges of lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA officer, Valerie Plame. Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, questioned evidence used to justify the Iraq war.

"It closes one chapter of the sort of life-draining issue of George W. Bush and Iraq," presidential historian Stephen Hess said of Monday's action. "It's totally in keeping with everything he's done up to now, including his sense of loyalty to his people."

Hess said Bush's move will eventually be seen as a footnote to a legacy that will feature Iraq prominently.

But for now the decision has embittered Democrats, increasing a sense that bipartisan compromises may be elusive in Washington in the president's remaining 18 months in office. Continued...

source - http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idU...n_not_ruled_out
Vitam Impendere Vero
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07-04-2007, 03:04 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
Good thing Libby wasn't retarded and facing the death penalty... we all know where that went when Bush was a govenor.
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07-04-2007, 03:21 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
Quote:Good thing Libby wasn't retarded and facing the death penalty... we all know where that went when Bush was a govenor.
he's only retarded as a human being, but then so is the man pardoning him
Vitam Impendere Vero
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07-04-2007, 03:59 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
You know the only other sentences that bastard ever commuted were that of the satanic cult murderers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole when he was still governor. Story has it is they had combined bodycounts of nearly 300 before they were arrested, jailed and slated for the death penalty.

Of all the ways he could have played this Bush deliberately chose to publicly commute his sentence BEFORE he ever set foot in prison. This was a calculated gangster move of rubbing it straight in the public's face, with the subtext reading "Fuck you and fuck the law, that's for you suckers, besides what are you bitches gonna do about it?" followed by echoes of maniacal laughter. Bush could have as easily just claimed Libby was in jail, and faked him ever going there. Who would check and what warden wouldn't back him up?
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07-04-2007, 06:13 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
Quote:You know the only other sentences that bastard ever commuted were that of the satanic cult murderers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole when he was still governor. Story has it is they had combined bodycounts of nearly 300 before they were arrested, jailed and slated for the death penalty.

Thats Get Behind Me Satan in the wrong way, not the Jesus way.

Some dude made a record album with that title and the fan message board had things like
he should do good with backing like that. Don't think he made that type of music.

Quote:Of all the ways he could have played this Bush deliberately chose to publicly commute his sentence BEFORE he ever set foot in prison. This was a calculated gangster move of rubbing it straight in the public's face, with the subtext reading "Fuck you and fuck the law, that's for you suckers, besides what are you bitches gonna do about it?" followed by echoes of maniacal laughter. Bush could have as easily just claimed Libby was in jail, and faked him ever going there. Who would check and what warden wouldn't back him up?


Libby would pull a Hunt demanding a million dollars, which Nixon did raise (See JFK II ?), while
he suffered in jail. His constant whimpering would most likely annoy the pres.
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07-04-2007, 09:40 AM,
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Bush Wipes Away Libby's Prison Sentence
I would like to ask a question...
Did anybody else see that Bush is refusing to rule out the possibility of a pardon for Libby:err:

Regards

Winston


Ah, Britain. Where you can be fined for saying 'f..k' in a private conversation. Where every single child will soon be fingerprinted. Where all people will be ordered to carry an I.D. card at all times, to be swiped every time they withdraw a fairly small amount of money from the bank, buy an airline ticket, apply for a fishing license, purchase property, apply for a library card, get a prescription filled, and so on. Where you can be sentenced to 80 hours of community service for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Where having a pen knife in your car can get you arrested. Where being too fat can get you carted off to a mental institution. Where government workers will come to your home to verify you're not using too much electricity, and to note whether or not you smoke. Where all vehicles' whereabouts will soon be monitored by satellite 24/7. Where you'll get fined for using a pencil instead of a pen when filling out a form. Where people are captured by video surveillance cameras some 300 times a day. Where officials tell you how to go to the bathroom.

The government are keeping many secret that are beneficial to humanity.That is to say that what benefits the majority is suppressed or classified as top secret. They are the enemy of the people. We are their slaves they leech off us like a cancer and the only cure is true knowledge or the truth.
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