Beg Pardon?

Jun. 5th, 2007 05:47 pm
caraig: (Blogging)
I don't often go on political diatrabes here, but I did have to comment about one thing.

Today, 'Scooter' Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail for 'obstructing justice' and 'perjury.' 30 months? Well, that's pretty reasonable for lying to the court, I imagine. Except,
Libby was convicted of lying to FBI investigators and the grand jury about how and when he learned that Valerie Plame was a CIA officer, and lying about disclosing classified information to reporters.
In other words, he was convicted of lying to the courts about outing a CIA agent, but he was not convicted of outing that CIA agent.

The labyrinthine logic of the modern legal system baffles me. Seriously, am I missing something here? Doesn't it follow that if you are convicted of lying when you said 'I didn't do it,' that you are therefore guilty of 'doing it?' Is this some sort of bizarre political game of some sort?

I really don't particularly give a fig about who's bed Scooty Libby sleeps in. We're talking about, essentially, some flavor of espionage charges at the very least. Perjury is comparatively tame, especially when spending 30 months in 'country club' prison. In the current atmosphere, revealing classified information to the WORLD should almost qualify for a one-way trip to Club Gitmo. But of course Ol' Scotter won't be sent there. To be honest, my faith in the System is so eroded that it will neither surprise me or upset me if Libby gets pardoned.


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