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Friday, November 18, 2005

Wes Pruden nails Mortuary Bob and "Big Wind" Fitzgerald

By Aussiegirl

In perhaps the most sensible column on this whole nonsensical Plame business, Wes Pruden gets it right. A lot of fuss about nothing in the long run, and an out-of-control prosecutor desperate to justify the wasting of 20 millions taxpayer dollars to expose a non-crime. There was no crime. Plame was never covert under the governing statute. And then you throw Mortuary Bob into the mix and you have a real headscratching yawnfest. Is there one person in the normal world that gets up in the morning with a burning desire to know who leaked this has-been's name? Fitzgerald has announced that he will seek additional charges with a new grand jury. Looks like he's going to keep grand jury shopping until he indicts that ham sandwich. How else is he to justify his existence? He doesn't seem to understand that his career just went down in flames. From the prosecutor's prosecutor he's morphed in the the chump's chump. Meanwhile, the real story behind this nonsense is the covert CIA operation that tried to discredit and unseat a president during wartime.

Mortuary Bob exposes another cover-up�-�Nation/Politics�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Somebody even now is writing a play about the Plame game, and it's a musical comedy. It's easy to see why. We can only hope the music will be better than the words. Mortuary Bob wrote the best review of what's happened so far, when he told an interviewer for NPR that "when all the facts come out in this case it's going to be laughable because the consequences are not that great."

The consequences, great or not, are likely to fall hardest on the head of Patrick Fitzgerald. The big wind from Chicago has seen his case against Scooter fall apart over the last 48 hours. Scooter stands charged with perjury, a serious crime that rarely yields a conviction, because he said he learned of Valerie Plame's supposed status as a covert CIA agent from Tim Russert of NBC News, and not from a government official, which would have made it a violation of the law. Mr. Russert says that's not how he remembers it.


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