Friday, October 28, 2005

Lies on top of Lies

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby stands indicted of two counts of perjury, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame case.
While the Bush apologists try to comfort themselves with the notion that perjury or lying to investigators isn't all that bad, let us keep in mind that the purpose of the lies perpetrated in this investigation was to keep the lies that got us into war from being exposed.
The NYT reports that a seperate FBI investigation is looking into the forged documents that were the basis for the charge that Saddam Hussein sought uranium from Niger. As Murray Waas reports in the National Journal, Cheney and Libby tried to cover their tracks with Congress as well:
Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to Bush administration and congressional sources.

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