Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Crime and Non-Punishment

Libby pardon sends a message – and it isn't pretty…

By Justin Raimondo

"In commuting Scooter Libby's sentence so that the vice president's former chief of staff won't spend a minute in jail, the president is sending a message, one that, while going out to multiple recipients, consists of a sentiment succinctly summed up in two words: Screw you!

The first recipient is the general public, which is being disabused of the notion that America is a country without an aristocracy. As chief prosecutor Patrick J. "Bulldog" Fitzgerald averred: "It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals." Yet the commutation – and the Bushies still haven't ruled out a total pardon – tells a different story, one that presents a much more realistic picture of what life in post-9/11 America is all about......"

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