Thursday, July 14, 2005

Why Karl Rove won't be going to jail.

Hate to break it to the Loony Lefties, but Karl Rove won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell anytime soon. Not for supposedly 'outing' Valerie Plume at least.

You see, the statute which has everyone's panties in a twist, was written to protect people from outing undercover CIA agents for the purpose of assassination. The law is very, VERY specific in it's terms regarding the violation of the law. The quick version of those terms in this case are:

1. That Rove specifically named Valerie Plame.
2. That Valerie Plame was, in fact, working undercover for the CIA.
3. That Rove knew Valerie Plame was working undercover for the CIA.
4. That the CIA was actively trying, and that Karl Rove knew that the CIA was actively trying to protect the identity of Valerie Plame at the time Rove made his statement to the reporter.

Regarding point one, it appears that Karl Rove never specifically named Valerie Plame, but even if he did, so what. Point two makes the whole thing moot.

Valerie Plame was undercover at one time. In 1994. She was pulled off of her undercover assignment after it became apparrent that Aldrich Ames ratted her out to the Soviets.

In the case of point three, I'm pretty sure Karl Rove knew that she wasn't undercover, since she was working a desk job for the CIA, and was able to come and go as she pleased in public.

Regarding point four, if the CIA had been trying to conceal the identity of Valerie Plame, they did a pretty piss poor job of it.

The Democrats would love for you to believe that Karl Rove endangered Valerie Plame's life, and broke, as paT like to say, 'some really real laws'. Too bad that's not the case. It would be hard to break secrecy laws in this case when, as the article states:
Toensing says that on the contrary, the CIA gave Plame a desk job in which she publicly went to and from work, allowed her spouse to do a mission in Africa without signing a confidentiality agreement and didn't object to his writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times about his trip.

Keep trying kids. One day, you might find someone who was wronged by Karl Rove, but today won't be the day.

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1 comment:

Patrick Armstrong said...

Y'know, over here on the left, we don't care if Karly Rover goes to jail...he (and Robert Novak) may not have broken any really real laws (that's what the independent counsel is looking into). But he sure has let his alligator mouth overpower his grasshopper behind. Olbermann has a few notable words:

To paraphrase Mr. Rove, liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers; conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared to ruin the career of one of the country’s spies tracking terrorist efforts to gain weapons of mass destruction -- for political gain.

Politics first, counter-terrorism second -- it’s as simple as that.


Or you can take it from the words of a dedicated public servant to the United States of America who is showing enormous patience and restraint while his wife's name and career have been brought under suspicion all in the name of Rove's political games. He says simply: "Fire Karl Rove."

Which is what we really want. We've had to deal with plenty of this 'you lefties are traitors' nonsense such notable felons as Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy, not to mention the despised Ann "Make It Up as You Go Along" Coulter.

And here's someone, Karl Rove, who is NOT a public servant but a political hack. He describes himself as a "Bush Man" and obviously cares more about political advantage than national security. He goes out in front of the world and burns an agent of the CIA. (It doesn't matter if she was working undercover or in an office, and I just happen to know a little bit about what its like having family members who work undercover and walk publicly into their offices. Those are dangerous jobs in the first place, never mind having your name made front page news.) Rove does this for no more noble purpose than to get her husband to shut up. Then he lies about it and covers it up for years. And you guys on the right are defending him? I hope the whole of the national security apparatus sees how tenative their names and reputations are to your party's politics!

I don't want him to go to jail, I want him humiliated, embarassed, discredited, called out for being the sniveling little maniac he is, and I want Bush to fire him, loudly and publicly. That way, when Townhall & co. open their mouths about my 'traitorous' ways, I can point to him and say - that's your boy.