Originally Posted by samclem
It's charming that the strongest civil libertarians/backers of the ACLU are now sniping "if she hasn't done anything wrong, why is she taking the fifth?" Funny--a little.
Ah, you presume too much about my affiliations.
I think there is more than enough basis to issue subpoenas. When organizations do things out of the 'norm' it raises visibility. Once people notice they ask why. To accuse the employees of poor performance imputes their professional credibility and they will defend themselves.. what would you do?
And I do understand the difficulty in remembering details when testifying, I have testified on a couple of occasions and have been on a Grand Jury. Problems occur when there are attempts to spin the truth, to be evasive. I talked about convicting a person for perjury on another matter with an attorney. He said that it is difficult to get perjury convictions, the evidence must be overwhelming for juries to convict.
Libby is an attorney, and a able one at that. I think the truth would have put his boss at risk and his actions were predicated on a roll of the dice.. may or may not be prosecuted, if prosecuted may or may not be convicted, if convicted will be pardoned.
I agree that right-wing Republicans themselves made perjury a big deal in the Clinton affair. Hoist by their own petard.
With respect the the relative importance of this issue the the Clinton affair (in both meanings of the phrase), this puts the integrity of the justice system at risk.. the fundamental bulwark of our freedom. Here is a link to a national news commentary today: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/03...y2622741.shtml
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