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A Good Start


By Larry C. Johnson

What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean? A good start! That old joke is apropo in light of today's indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice. The indictment makes clear, with no shadow of a doubt, that Valerie Wilson was an undercover officer until exposed by Robert Novak's column. According to the indictment,

Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson’s affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community.

As the prosecutor said at today's press conference, this ain't over.

Some interesting tidbits that will need to be clarified:

On page 4 we read:

On or about May 29, 2003, in the White House, LIBBY asked an Under Secretary of State (“Under Secretary

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The thing that struck me the most about the press conference was that Fitzgerald is a man who deals with facts. He answered questions for about an hour, and there were a number of questions asking him about hypotheticals. At one point telling a woman reporter "I don't know who gave you your talking points". As I listened to him, I more fully understand that there is a whole group of people who make a living dealing with completely made up bullshit. On both the left and right. It won't simply be left alone as Libby being indicted. A whole host of self important sleaze will create an alternate reality for anyone unfortunate enough to listen them.

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