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January 17, 2007

The Government Goes on Trial

In the midst of all the other news, there is an amazing trial going on in DC.  This is of course the trial in which Scooter Libby, former Chief-of-Staff to Vice President Cheney, is accused of lying to federal investigators, perjury and obstruction of justice.  To remind you, Libby is accused of lying about his leaking of the Valerie Plame's CIA identity to journalists.  It is presumed that he did so to hide his role and his boss, Dick Cheney's, role in attempting to discredit Plame's husband, Joe Wilson.   Wilson was on to the Bush Administration and wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that he had gone to Niger at the request of the CIA and found no evidence that Saddam had attempted to purchase uranium.  Wilson alleged that "the Bush administration had manipulated and distorted intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq". 

There are a group of bloggers and a journalist who have taken the lead unearthing information on this case.  They have done a phenomenal job in the past and are gearing up to cover the trial.  I wrote about most of them when they were all on a panel at YearlyKos.  At the time, I said that that panel was the best panel I've ever seen anywhere on any topic.  I stand by that. 

So, they are back on the case.  With the help of Arianna Huffington, they have coveted press passes to the trial and today they began covering the trial.  Here are the places to go if you are interested in staying on top of this case:

Murray Waas, writing at the National Journal, who for most of this time has been the only journalist in American being paid regularly to write about this story.  He has a recent article summarizing the entire attempt to go after Wilson on the part of the Bush administration. 

Marcy Wheeler, researcher and writer, who blogs as emptywheel at The Next Hurrah.  Marcy has written the definitive book on the case.  With financial support of the blogosphere, the book,  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy, was published just in the last few weeks.   

Marcy will join Christy Hardin Smith, aka Reddhead, who has been covering the case on Firedoglake from the beginning.  She is a former prosecutor, has studied special investigator Patrick Fitzgerald pretty carefully, and has a pretty good idea about the way that prosecutors handle their cases. 

Jane Hamsher, founder of Firedoglake, orchestrated the Firedoglake coverage just as she orchestrated the extraordinary panel at YearlyKos.  With her and Christy and Marcy will be Pach and a few other regular hands. 

As Digby says:

This is the first time since 2000 that anyone has officially taken the Bush administration to task. Patrick Fitzgerald has run the tightest lipped investigation in Department of Justice history and the only things we really know about his case are from official filings and informed speculation. Anything could happen. Dick Cheney is probably going to testify. Maybe Rover.

So keep your bookmarks poised and some popcorn handy. The Bush administration is finally going on trial.

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 17, 2007 at 12:29 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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