10/19/2005: Today's GEM is...
...from the Chicago Tribune and Clarence Page writing on the Plame matter:
"... As Democratic operative James Carville said in August, "It's going to be very interesting to see whether [Miller's] problem is a 1st Amendment [problem]--i.e., I want to protect a source--or a 5th Amendment [problem]--I was out spreading this stuff too."
And what kind of source was Miller protecting? Libby does not appear to be a whistle-blower trying to expose internal waste, fraud, abuse or corruption. If anything, the administration was exercising a tactic of smearing its critics in order to suppress information that ran counter to its arguments for war.
What separates this episode of political hardball from the usual political fun and games is the law that appears to have been broken, the outing of a CIA agent and a compromise of national security..."
--Clarence Page: A reporter's conflict: Hero or a stooge?.
It's an Excellent piece - distilling the nuggets down to the essential issues and problems with ole Judy's claims of priviledge and duty. 1st Amd. versus 5th Amd. is really more like it.
Now, we can only hope Fitzgerald has some legal footing for that *accountability moment* for this heinous stuff and disreputable bAdministration actions...can't wait to see the indictments forthcoming.
Karen on 10.19.05 @ 08:20 AM CST