10/26/2005: No More Pardons
Add your voice to those insisting that there be NO More Pardons over the forthcoming indictments in the outing of Valerie Plame's CIA NOC status.
Use this link to send a letter on this to the Child-In-Chief. (They have a pre-prepared text for your editing to use as a template.)
Make your postion KNOWN to this administration - Today!
Hat tip to John Conyers (Huffington Post Op-Ed).
Here is the text of my letter:
I write in order to seek your commitment that anyone who has worked or is currently working in your Administration and who is connected to the heinous action in discussing classified information of Valerie Plame with reporters - that you will not pardon such an individual pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution in the event that any such individual is either prosecuted for, or convicted of, a crime in connection or relation with the disclosure of Valerie Wilson's identity as a CIA operative or any related matter.
Your previous assertions that you considered this a "very serious matter" will not be credible if you continue to allow pardons that lower standards of ethical and legal actions taken by your own administration in this matter.
On July 18, 2005, you backed off of your own standards and threshold for terminating anyone involved in leaking the identity of Mrs. Wilson to the necessity for an actual crime to have been committed. Moreover, you have refused to respond to a request by Congressman John Conyers and 90 other Members of Congress that you ask Karl Rove, one of your top advisors, to either disclose his role in the outing of Mrs. Wilson or resign and, indeed, have allowed him to remain on your staff without doing so. This is not the standard of ethical and moral behavior that should be countenanced at the highest levels of your administration.
In many instances, your press secretary, Scott McClellan, assured the American people that neither Mr. Rove, I. Lewis Libby, nor Elliot Abrams were involved in the leak. The current information and indictments forthcoming have indicated that both Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby were sources for Ms. Plame's identity. On repeated occasions, you have permitted your administration and spokes-people to mislead and/or lie to the American people in connection with this matter without disciplinary consequences.
These low ethical standards and moral faliing are unconscionable when they put our agents and operative lives at grave risk. There should be NO action on your part that will allow individuals responsible for this breach of national security to evade accountability and responsibility for these outrageous breaches of National Security.
There is never an excuse that outing an intelligence operative is in the National Security interests under these circumstances. It is one of the most serious offenses under our laws, as it endangers not only the operative, their family, and their employer, but jeopardizes other operatives and intelligence assets, and our nation's security.
It was the DUTY of your administration to protect and defend the Nation and the NOC's and not misuse this information during a time of war for purposes of a political payback to muzzle an administration critic.
Loyalty to those disloyal to our Country is NO loyalty at all.
It is your DUTY to see that these offenses are punished as appropriate under the laws and Constitution and your very oath of office requires it.
There is no justification for using pardon powers in any way to insulate those who would commit such acts of disloyalty against our nation.
So, as a citizen of the United States, I expect our leaders and those in the highest offices to do the right thing and replace those disloyal administration operatives who participated in these heinous actions.
Karen on 10.26.05 @ 08:58 AM CST