My latest Tomdispatch is about as close as I come to news and the information in it is surprising: In "Plame in the Courtroom: Is the Intelligence Identities Protection Act really impossible to prove?"
former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega considers the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act under which Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was essentially called into existence in the Valerie Plame outing case. Amid floods of articles on the case, the law itself is seldom discussed and yet a media/punditry consensus has formed that it is so specifically, even quirkily, written as to be almost impossible to use in a prosecution (hopeless, in fact, against a figure like Karl Rove or Vice President Cheney's right-hand man I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby). De la Vega, former Chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, begs to differ. Alone among a sea of pundits, she explains that the 1982 law is perfectly a usable one under which, based on what we know at present, a case could be brought against a "senior administration official" and perhaps prosecuted successfully indeed. Don't miss this piece.