Libby found guilty in CIA leak trial

Not exactly 9/11-related news but definitely interesting from an impeachment-ish POV:


Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Libby found guilty in CIA leak trial

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers 3 minutes ago

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to reporters.

He was acquitted of one count of lying to the FBI.

Libby had little reaction to the verdict. He stood expressionless as the jury left the room. His lawyer, Theodore Wells, said they were "very disappointed" with the verdict.

The verdict was read on the 10th day of deliberations. Libby faces up to 30 years in prison, though under federal sentencing guidelines likely will receive far less.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered a pre-sentencing report be completed by May 15. Judges use such reports to help determine sentences.

Libby faced two counts of perjury, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he discussed Plame's name with reporters and, fearing prosecution, made up a story to make those discussions seem innocuous.

Libby's defense team said he learned about Plame from Cheney, forgot about it, then learned it again a month later from NBC newsman Tim Russert. Anything he told reporters about Plame, Libby said, was just chatter and rumors, not official government information.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said that was a lie. But Libby's defense team had argued that it would be unfair to convict Libby in a case where so many witnesses changed their stories or had memory problems.

Wells said he would ask the court for a new trial by April 13. Such requests are common following criminal convictions.

"Despite our disappointment in the jurors' verdict, we believe in the American justice system and we believe in the jury system," Wells told reporters outside the federal courthouse. "We intend to file a motion for a new trial and if that is denied, we will appeal the conviction. We have every confidence that ultimately Mr. Libby will be exonerated.... We intend to keep fighting to establish his innocence."

Libby will be allowed to remain free while awaiting sentencing, which is set for June 5.

As the verdicts were read, Libby's wife choked out a sob and sank her head. Moments later, she embraced the defense attorneys.

The jury acquitted Libby of one count of lying to the FBI about his conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.

Libby and his lawyers walked into the courthouse after Wells' statement, holding on to each other by the wrists, apparently so they wouldn't be separated in the crush of reporters and camera crews. They paused briefly when a cameraman fell.

During the trial, prosecutors said Libby made up a ludicrous lie to save his job during the CIA leak investigation by telling investigators he'd forgotten Cheney told him about the CIA status of Wilson's wife. Cheney had passed the information to Libby more than a month before Plame's identity was outed by conservative columnist Robert Novak.

Libby told investigators he learned of Plame's identity from NBC reporter Tim Russert, saying that he'd forgotten at the time he talked to the reporter that he'd been told of it earlier by Cheney.

Russert testified he never told Libby about Wilson's wife, and underwent a grueling cross-examination as Libby's legal team tried to discredit Russert's testimony.

Wells and Fitzgerald clashed over how important Libby and Cheney considered CIA officer Plame.

"The wheels were falling off the Bush administration" in the summer of 2003, Wells argued. How could Libby, serving Cheney as both chief of staff and national security adviser, remember Plame's job when 100,000 U.S. troops were in Iraq and hadn't found the weapons of mass destruction the administration had cited to justify the war? Wells asked.

"And he still had his day job of trying to prevent another 9/11" terrorist attack, Wells said.

Fitzgerald noted that eight witnesses, including an undersecretary of state, two CIA officials, two top Cheney aides, two reporters and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said they discussed Wilson's wife with Libby in a one-month span before Plame's CIA employment was publicly revealed.

Libby is a PNAC author!

Libby is a PNAC author, OSP member, and was the top Neocon of Cheney's office. Granted, he's not on trial for 9/11, but this is a major crack in their armor. This story shouldn't be ignored, but then again we have Trey Parker and Matt Stone talking with a fat magician about how kooky we are. iy-yi-yi...

The first conviction of many to come...

I consider this 9/11-related news. 9/11 was what men like Libby used to launch their propaganda campaign and get the US into war. Now, special prosecutors are busting their asses for the illegal ways in which they did it. And if they can't nail them for breaking the law, they can nail them for lying about it. Now the Neocons know they can't just lie and make things go away. Fitzgerald is a true hero for pursuing this. Now we can move on to bigger and better things. This is a major breakthrough.

Remember everything goes back to 9/11.

It's gonna be a fun next couple of years.


He was mentored in college by Prof. Paul "Holy socks!" Wolfowitz. AND he served as the lawyer for billionaire fugitive Marc Rich who waqs pardoned by Clinton on his last day in office. Small world, eh? So Clinton gets blow jobs from young interns, Scooter writes about pre-pubescent japanese girls having sex with bears--I wonder what Marc Rich is like?!


Real Truther a.k.a. Verdadero Verdadero - Harvard Task Force


Libby guilty

No offence guys but I wouldn't start the celebration yet. An appeal is already planned and people like Libby rarely pay for their crimes. I hope I'm wrong here. I hope the tide is turning against high level corruption.
BTW what's the deal with school girls and bears? Never heard that one.

old scootdawg's resume in under a minute...

Cheney's former ormer chief of staff from 2001 until October 2005
Also named Cheney's assistant for National Security Affairs
wrote Defense Planning Guidance with Wolfowitz and Zalmay Khalilza (this later became the core of PNAC ideology)
Studied under Wolfawitz at Yale
Hudson Institute (with Perle and Abrams)
PNAC author
Co-wrote PNAC's (magnum Opus) Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century (the New Perl Harbor doctrine)
Lawyer for 15 years for the wanted Mossad agent Marc Rich (Zionist billionaire who was pardoned by Clinton) .
OSP member
OVP as well
Helped foster with Cheney the "Saddam Hussein met with lead hijacker Mohamed Atta" myth.
Indicted for the Plame Affair
Caught up in Niger-gate
A federal grand jury charged Libby with five felonies alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury, and making false statements to FBI agents. He is currently on trial and spilling the beans.
And this might not be relevent, but just to get into this guy's head, he wrote a book "The Apprentice" detailing underage rape and sex with animals (alive and dead).
Dual citizen with Israel

Neocon Lit

from "The Apprentice" by Scooter Libby

"The young samurai’s mother had the child sold to a brothel, where she swept the floors and oiled the men and watched the secret ways. At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest. Groups of men paid to watch. Like other girls who have been trained this way, she learned to handle many men in a single night and her skin turned a milky-white."

Ok. So Libby is probably into little girls. Who would write that?

Well soon enough (hopefully), Libby will be in a cage getting raped by a bear himself.

jury wanted to get Cheney and Rove

"I will say there was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury. It was said a number of times, 'What are we doing with this guy here? Where's Rove? Where are these other guys?' " Collins said. "I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells put it, he was the fall guy."

Convictions are to be had, where are the prosecutions?

Justice deferred is justice denied-MLK

maybe he will squeal

... to save his own hide. This is a little progress. By the way, does anyone know what his first initial stands for?

Fighting for G.O.D. (Gold, Oil, and Drugs) is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

Irving. But don't you think


But don't you think "Scooter" is a tailor-made prison nickname?

He's a fall guy

for Cheney.....This will all pass.He might get 6 months at the club med prison,will be restricted to only 9 holes of golf a day.....Then Dubya will pardon him.

Good ole'...

Joseph Wilson said...

"I have obviously followed the inquiries into 9/11 and I know Dick Clarke and Rand Beers very well but I am not an expert. I look to the "Jersey Girls" who have so assiduously pushed the case in the memory of their late husbands, for real understanding. I have great admiration for them and for what they have done. They are not satisfied, so neither am I."

"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton