Spies, Lies and Judicial Activisim

Cheney’s Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair

But Cheney’s notes, which were introduced into evidence Tuesday during Libby’s perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial, call into question the truthfulness of President Bush’s vehement denials about his prior knowledge of the attacks against Wilson. The revelation that Bush may have known all along that there was an effort by members of his office to discredit the former ambassador begs the question: Was the president also aware that senior members of his administration compromised Valerie Plame’s undercover role with the CIA?

Further, the highly explicit nature of Cheney’s comments not only hints at a rift between Cheney and Bush over what Cheney felt was the scapegoating of Libby, but also raises serious questions about potentially criminal actions by Bush. If Bush did indeed play an active role in encouraging Libby to take the fall to protect Karl Rove, as Libby’s lawyers articulated in their opening statements, then that could be viewed as criminal involvement by Bush.

Last week, Libby’s attorney Theodore Wells made a stunning pronouncement during opening statements of Libby’s trial. He claimed that the White House had made Libby a scapegoat for the leak to protect Karl Rove – Bush’s political adviser and “right-hand man.”

Since the Bush administration has conducted itself like a cross between an organized crime family and Joseph Stalin this isn’t much of a surprise. Don Bush the Godfather thinks that one of his enforcers should take the fall to save his loyal lieutenant Rove.

Key Lawmakers Getting Files About Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 — Bowing to bipartisan pressure from lawmakers, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it was turning over to selected members of Congress secret documents with details of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping program.

The decision was made two weeks after Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales faced senators’ withering questions about why the Bush administration had refused to provide details about the legal underpinnings of the program.

It seems like Gonzales and the Bush Whitehouse assured everyone that members of Congress had been briefed on the scope of the program and they knew all that anyone would ever want to know.

Congressional officials said they were pressing the administration for more documents, including President Bush’s original executive order that authorized the program, which was secretly established after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and did not require court warrants for certain wiretaps of calls between overseas and the United States.

Administration officials said they continued to want to limit future disclosures to Congress and were not agreeing to a precedent-setting arrangement in which everything that the special court reviewed would also be subject to Congressional review.

Isn’t that called judicial activism. The Right is always claiming that the courts are making decisions that amount to legislation and now a far Right president is saying that secret courts are the sole arbiters of what is legal and its activities are not subject to the review of a co-equal branch of government. Say good by to Mr. Checks and Balances.

Contempt: How the Right Is Wronging American Justice Which Judge Catherine Crier wrote sometime ago addresses the modern conservatives mangling of constitutional and legal issues in general. Republicanism since Eisenhower have pretty consistently taken a political stance and then tried to shoehorn in a Constitutional justification for it.