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Bush wipes away Libby’s prison sentence
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WASHINGTON – Just when things looked darkest for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, when prison seemed all but certain, President Bush wiped away the former White House aide’s 2 1/2-year sentence in the CIA leak case.

Bush’s move came Monday, just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. His prospects for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court seemed bleak. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was just waiting for a date to surrender.

After months of sidestepping pardon questions, Bush stepped in. He did not issue a pardon but erased a prison sentence that he felt was just too harsh.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a written statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison.”

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald disputed the president’s assertion that the prison term was excessive. Libby was sentenced under the same laws as other criminals, Fitzgerald said. “It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals.”

Libby’s attorney, Theodore Wells, said in a statement that the Libby family was grateful for Bush’s action and continued to believe in his innocence.

Because he was not pardoned, Libby remains the highest-ranking White House official convicted of a crime since the Iran-Contra affair. But he won’t have to serve a day in prison, a fact that his friends cheered, even those who wished he’d received a full pardon.

“That’s fantastic. It’s a great relief,” said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby’s defense fund. “Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I’m glad the president had the courage to do this.”

Though the leak investigation is complete and nobody will have to serve prison time, the scandal that has loomed over the Bush administration for years did not subside. Democrats were enraged.

“Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush’s decision showed the president “condones criminal conduct.”

The president left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. The former operative, Valerie Plame, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of Bush’s Iraq policy.

Congress ought to investigate “whether or not the president himself is a participant in the obstruction of justice,” Wilson told The Santa Fe New Mexican. Wilson, Plame and their children moved to Santa Fe earlier this year.

“The president has utterly subverted the rule of law and the system of justice that has undergirded this country of ours for the past 220 years,” Wilson said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

Bush said his action still “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.”

The leak case has hung over the White House for years. Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald questioned top administration officials, including Bush and Cheney, about their possible roles. And Libby’s trial revealed the extraordinary steps that Bush and Cheney were willing to take to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.

Nobody was ever charged with the leak, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage or White House political adviser Karl Rove, who provided the information for the original article. Prosecutors said Libby obstructed the investigation by lying about how he learned about Plame and whom he told.

Already at record lows in the polls, Bush risked a political backlash with his decision. President Ford tumbled in the polls after his 1974 pardon of Richard M. Nixon, and the decision was a factor in Ford’s loss in the 1976 election.

Bush’s father former President George H.W. Bush issued pardons shortly before leaving office in 1992 for former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and five other former officials who had served in the Reagan administration. The six were involved in the Iran-Contra affair, in which arms were secretly sold to Iran to win the freedom of American hostages, then the money was funneled to anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua despite a congressional ban on military aid.

On Monday, White House officials said Bush knew he could take political heat for commuting Libby’s prison sentence and simply did what he thought was right. They would not say what advice Cheney might have given the president.

Bush said Cheney’s former aide was not getting off free.

“The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged,” Bush said. “His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting.”

Attorney William Jeffress said he had spoken to Libby briefly by phone and “I’m happy at least that Scooter will be spared any prison time. The prison sentence was imminent but obviously the conviction itself is a heavy blow to Scooter.”
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Thank you AP News and MATT APUZZO
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If you only knew how this sticks in my throat!

Well Baby Boomers and Americans…now you know what it is like to have a President in your back pocket…if it were you or me, we would already be under 6 inches of prison cement…and serving 25 years!

Pres. Bush just gave a new meaning to the word INDEPENDENCE!

Like Father like son.

Must be nice to be “one of the boys!”

And I ask you…who kind of grown man goes by the name of “Scotter” or Skippy…you don’t see any “Moon Pies or Moon Doggies” breaking the law!

More later from me on this! TO BE SURE!

***This was a post I forgot to post…so here it is…ENJOY!***

The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Bush signs controversial wire tap bill, calls for permanent fix…

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New law gives AG right to OK surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas

The director of national intelligence will also have this authority

The bill passed Congress over the weekend

Critics say the new law makes it possible to abuse Americans’ civil liberties

In from WASHINGTON, President Bush signed a controversial bill Sunday that temporarily revises federal electronic surveillance laws.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois says the wiretapping bill could potentially infringe on civil liberties.

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“This law gives our intelligence professionals this greater flexibility while closing a dangerous gap in our intelligence-gathering activities that threatened to weaken our defenses,” Bush said in a written statement issued by the White House.

The new law gives the attorney general or the director of national intelligence the authority to approve surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas.

The bill went through Congress over the weekend after heavy pressure from the Bush administration, which demanded that lawmakers remain in session until it passed.

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Congress responded by approving the revisions for six months.

The measure updates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which governs electronic surveillance in intelligence cases.

“Over the past three decades, this law has not kept pace with revolutionary changes in technology,” Bush said. “As a result, our intelligence professionals have told us that they are missing significant intelligence information that they need to protect the country.”

That ruling concluded that FISA required a warrant for eavesdropping on communications between people overseas because so many phone calls and e-mails are sent through U.S. switching centers, U.S. officials said.

The administration initially proposed to give the authority only to the attorney general, but agreed to add the director of national intelligence after Democrats objected to putting more power into the hands of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Top Democratic and Republican senators have accused Gonzales of giving misleading testimony to Congress about a U.S. no-warrant eavesdropping program, the existence of which Bush acknowledged in 2005.

Critics say the program which included the monitoring of communications into and out of the United States by people suspected of having links to the al Qaeda terrorist network violated FISA.

FISA was passed in 1978 after Watergate-era abuses by intelligence and law enforcement agencies that were wiretapping within the country. Early this year, the Bush administration agreed to submit the program to the FISA court.

Bush insists the program protects the civil liberties of Americans.

But Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union objected to provisions in the GOP-backed bill that grant the attorney general and the director of national intelligence the authority to approve all wiretaps even if one party is in the United States with minimal court oversight.

Bush said Congress will need to pass a more comprehensive reform bill when it reconvenes in September after its August recess. Congress will be called to address what Bush called “meaningful liability protection” for those who took part in the eavesdropping program.

The ACLU says the administration’s proposals would effectively “gut” FISA. And Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the third most powerful Democrat in the House, said lawmakers “are not going to leave Alberto Gonzales as the gatekeeper on American civil liberties.”

“That’s the fundamental problem, and we’re going to fix it when we come back,” Emanuel told reporters Sunday.

“We had to do it. We did what we needed to do. The Democrats are united in fixing this flawed law.”
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Here’s a good one for you Baby Boomers…Thumbs up or thumbs down???

Personally, I don’t like giving Big Brother an inch or a leg to stand on!

From WASHINGTON, of all places, A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by outed spy Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Dick Cheney and other top Bush administration officials.

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A judge threw out the lawsuit from ex-spy Valerie Plame and husband Joseph Wilson.

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Plame had accused members of the Bush administration of leaking her identity. To knowingly disclose classified information to unauthorized recipients is a crime, and Plame’s position was classified.

U.S. District Judge John Bates said the lawsuit raises “important questions relating to the propriety of actions undertaken by our highest government officials.” But in a 41-page decision, he found Plame and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, failed to show the case belongs in federal court.

Plame’s identity as a CIA operative was exposed in July 2003 after Wilson publicly challenged a key argument in the Bush administration’s case for the invasion of Iraq. The couple argued the disclosure destroyed her career and was done to retaliate against Wilson, who said the administration had “twisted” the evidence used to justify the invasion.

Bates, a Bush appointee, agreed with defense arguments that federal law protects Cheney and the other top administration officials from being sued for actions taken as part of their official duties.

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The way the defendants handled criticism from Joseph Wilson “may have been highly unsavory,” the judge wrote, but “there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism … by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants’ duties as high-level executive branch officials.”

Valerie Plame’s exposure ignited a criminal probe that led to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s conviction in March on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents investigating the leak. President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison term earlier this month, calling it “excessive,” but let the verdicts stand.

“While we are obviously very disappointed by today’s decision, we have always expected that this case would ultimately be decided by a higher court. … We disagree with the court’s holding and intend to pursue this case vigorously to protect all Americans from vindictive government officials who abuse their power for their own political ends,” she said in a statement.

Joseph Wilson said the decision was “just the first step in what we have always known would be a long legal battle.”

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“This case is not just about what top government officials did to Valerie and me,” he said in a statement issued to reporters. “We brought this suit because we strongly believe that politicizing intelligence ultimately serves only to undermine the security of our nation.”

Lea Ann McBride, Cheney’s spokeswoman, said “the vice president is pleased that the court has dismissed the lawsuit.”

The Libby defense team declined to comment. Libby, with his appeal still pending, has deferred to defense attorney Ted Wells to speak for the Libby family. Barbara Comstock, a spokeswoman, told CNN “there will be no statement.”

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In addition to Libby and Cheney, the lawsuit also named former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser.

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During the course of the leak probe, Rove and Armitage were found to have been the two “senior administration officials” columnist and former CNN contributor Robert Novak cited in identifying Plame as a CIA operative. Both cooperated with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation, and neither was charged with a crime.
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Thank you CNN News
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Baby Boomers I truly try to stay out and off politics…but they keep dragging me back with such huge definitons of JUSTICE/INJUSTICE.

You tell me…thumbs up or thumbs down.

I do believe that these folks do know what it is like to be thrown to the lions, or is that to the wolves!!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Bush wipes away Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence to serve time for CIA leak…

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Birds of a feather…flock together…and so do vultures!

In form WASHINGTON…Just when things looked darkest for Lewis “Scooter” Libby, when prison seemed all but certain, President Bush wiped away the former White House aide’s 2 1/2-year sentence in the CIA leak case.

Bush’s move came Monday, just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. His prospects for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court seemed bleak. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was just waiting for a date to surrender.

After months of sidestepping pardon questions, Bush stepped in. He did not issue a pardon but erased a prison sentence that he felt was just too harsh.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a written statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison.”

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald disputed the president’s assertion that the prison term was excessive. Libby was sentenced under the same laws as other criminals, Fitzgerald said. “It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals.”

Libby’s attorney, Theodore Wells, said in a statement that the Libby family was grateful for Bush’s action and continued to believe in his innocence.

Because he was not pardoned, Libby remains the highest-ranking White House official convicted of a crime since the Iran-Contra affair. But he won’t have to serve a day in prison, a fact that his friends cheered, even those who wished he’d received a full pardon.

“That’s fantastic. It’s a great relief,” said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby’s defense fund. “Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I’m glad the president had the courage to do this.”

Though the leak investigation is complete and nobody will have to serve prison time, the scandal that has loomed over the Bush administration for years did not subside. Democrats were enraged.

“Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush’s decision showed the president “condones criminal conduct.”

The president left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. The former operative, Valerie Plame, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of Bush’s Iraq policy.

Congress ought to investigate “whether or not the president himself is a participant in the obstruction of justice,” Wilson told The Santa Fe New Mexican. Wilson, Plame and their children moved to Santa Fe earlier this year.

“The president has utterly subverted the rule of law and the system of justice that has undergirded this country of ours for the past 220 years,” Wilson said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

Bush said his action still “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.”

The leak case has hung over the White House for years. Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald questioned top administration officials, including Bush and Cheney, about their possible roles. And Libby’s trial revealed the extraordinary steps that Bush and Cheney were willing to take to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.

Nobody was ever charged with the leak, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage or White House political adviser Karl Rove, who provided the information for the original article. Prosecutors said Libby obstructed the investigation by lying about how he learned about Plame and whom he told.

Already at record lows in the polls, Bush risked a political backlash with his decision. President Ford tumbled in the polls after his 1974 pardon of Richard M. Nixon, and the decision was a factor in Ford’s loss in the 1976 election.

Bush’s father former President George H.W. Bush issued pardons shortly before leaving office in 1992 for former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and five other former officials who had served in the Reagan administration. The six were involved in the Iran-Contra affair, in which arms were secretly sold to Iran to win the freedom of American hostages, then the money was funneled to anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua despite a congressional ban on military aid.

On Monday, White House officials said Bush knew he could take political heat for commuting Libby’s prison sentence and simply did what he thought was right. They would not say what advice Cheney might have given the president.

Bush said Cheney’s former aide was not getting off free.

“The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged,” Bush said. “His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting.”

Attorney William Jeffress said he had spoken to Libby briefly by phone and “I’m happy at least that Scooter will be spared any prison time. The prison sentence was imminent but obviously the conviction itself is a heavy blow to Scooter.”
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Thank you AP News and MATT APUZZO
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If you only knew how this sticks in my throat!

Well Baby Boomers and Americans…now you know what it is like to have a President in your back pocket…if it were you or me, we would already be under 6 inches of prison cement…and serving 25 years!

Pres. Bush just gave a new meaning to the word INDEPENDENCE!

Like Father like son.

Must be nice to be “one of the boys!”

And I ask you…who kind of grown man goes by the name of “Scotter” or Skippy…you don’t see any “Moon Pies or Moon Doggies” breaking the law!

More later from me on this! TO BE SURE!

The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Hello Baby Boomers…

So many of us are losing our mates. There are plenty of reasons…death, divorce. terminal illness.

So for those of you who have spent a life time [or so it seemed] and now are faced with the possibility of looking for a new partner…this is a good article.

Being one, who has been out there for the last 12 years, my personal advice is never to lie! If you are going on line to look for your soul mate or other mates…be honest…Those lies will catch up with you. Starting any relationship based on lies will get you a dishonest relationship.

And remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take your time…be selective. The best part of any relationship is always the first part…so make it last.

Well. those are a few words of sage from me…good luck Baby Boomers…I am here if you need me.

Hugs and kisses,
SMILE!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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LOVE TRIANGLE? Or just news HYPE…?

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In HOUSTON, Texas, the space shuttle pilot at the center of a bizarre love triangle that included a former astronaut who now faces attempted kidnapping charges is leaving the space agency, NASA said Friday.

Cmdr. Bill Oefelein will leave NASA on June 1, nearly four months after authorities believe his cooled relationship with Lisa Nowak led her to drive 900 miles from Houston to Florida and confront her romantic rival.

NASA requested a reassignment, and the Navy agreed, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Doug Gabos.

The Navy expects to assign Oefelein to the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia, where he will work in the field of satellite communications. Oefelein will likely report for duty in July, Gabos said.

Spokesman Jim Rostohar declined to comment on the reason behind Oefelein’s reassignment.

“NASA has determined that Cmdr. Oefelein’s detail is no longer required for the purposes it was originally granted,” Rostohar said.

A call to Oefelein’s home phone was unanswered Friday.

Oefelein, 42, was previously in a relationship with Nowak, a Navy captain who has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an attack on Oefelein’s girlfriend, Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, at the Orlando, Florida, airport on February 5.

Police say Nowak raced through five states to confront Shipman, wearing an astronaut diaper so that she would not have to stop.

Nowak, 44, was charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery. Oefelein told detectives he had a two-year relationship with Nowak but ended it some time after he started a relationship with Shipman.

NASA released Nowak from the astronaut corps a month after her arrest. She is now working at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

Oefelein was a pilot during the last shuttle mission in December, which continued construction of the international space center.

He has since been working in the astronaut office, supporting the shuttle program, Rostohar said. will leave NASA on June 1, nearly four months after authorities believe his cooled relationship with Lisa Nowak led her to drive 900 miles from Houston to Florida and confront her romantic rival.
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Thank you AP News…
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Cmdr. Bill Oefelein must have some really great MOJO! {wink}

What a shame that his whole carreer was lost because of this incident. There is probably a moral clause for astronauts, since they are so publically in the news.

Three lives greatly affected…I wonder how far the ripples really go…?

Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS…TELL ME SOME OF YOURS….

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~