The Plame-Wilson Civil Suit And Why Now

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 03:13 PM

Just the other day, if you've been keeping up, Frmr CIA person Valerie P Wilson and her hubby, Joe Wilson are now taking steps to file a civil suit against Darth Cheney, Turdblossom Rove and a host of John Does...

The big questions is, of course, why?

Simple: The criminal proceedings, headed up by a grand jury investigation, headed up by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald....amounts to pure whitewash, smoke and mirrors. What do we have to show for all the effort, one might ask? Do we have the names of those "sources" who told Robert Novak that Mrs. Wilson was a CIA operative?

Sort of. Maybe sort of. Well, are they going to be prosecuted?


For nearly the entire time of his investigation, Fitzgerald knew -- independent of me -- the identity of the sources I used in my column of July 14, 2003. A federal investigation was triggered when I reported that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was employed by the CIA and helped initiate his 2002 mission to Niger. That Fitzgerald did not indict any of these sources may indicate his conclusion that none of them violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

From Novak's own words, we get it: Only Scooter Libby is going to be charged, and with silly things like obstruction and perjury. Libby, ergo, will become the White Slum's patsy in this mess.

Again, and I ask, didn't these persons who revealed this data to Novak violate federal law? Or why isn't Novak himself under arrest? Under indictment?

This, to me, explains why the Wilsons are pressing forward with a civil suit: The goddamned grand jury ain't done shit, sports fans, and that's all there is to it.

Again, federal law was violated. The name of a CIA operative was made public, and even Chimpy himself said we were going to prosecute whoever that person is, correct? We did hear him say that, correct?

No. Obviously not. If Novak's recent piece has any merit, it would then appear the grand jury is going to let certain persons get away with breaking the law. It's just that simple.

But, already, it may not work. Civil suits like this are rare, new, it may not last or may well be dismissed. Still, it's a valiant act at best: Joe and Valerie are not doing it to get money or get's to nail the criminals who broke the law.

And if "they" get away with it? God help us.