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July 6, 2007

Libby was accused of obstructing an FBI inquiry into the outing by the Bush administration of a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, ending her career. The administration may have been taking revenge for outspoken criticism of the Iraq war by her husband, the former US ambassador Joe Wilson.

Steve Bell

Sidney Blumenthal at argues that Bush is entirely within his narrow right to use the pardon power in the Libby case.

But it violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the law governing that power because it is a consummate gesture of self-exoneration, at least if the vice president is an "entity within the executive branch." Bush rewards Libby's cover-up, thwarting the investigation into Cheney's and perhaps his culpability. Bush's commutation is the successful culmination of the obstruction of justice.

Bush will probably issue a full pardon just before leaving office in January 2009.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:07 AM | | Comments (9)


That power is supposed to be a check and balance on a tyrannous judicature. Not a political tool.

you are dead right. Also a check and balance on the Legislature?

However, it is being abused--not just by Bush, but Clinton and Ford.

The veto for legislation that is repugnant is the check and balance from the executive on the legislative. The pardon is aimed squarely at the judicial IMO.

That executive power has been abused increasingly over time. American practice has a habit of permeating into Auian politics, it will be interesting to see if the pardon does or if responsible government is adhered to.

I think the Govenors can pardon people on death row too. Thats there laws in their country. Whats it got to do with us? Other than to give people something to whine about.

Took me back to'76 and Ford's pardon of Nixon.
Remember being far more angered on that day than ever I was even with the 'sixties assassinations, or the worst of Watergate.
These were symptoms of a societal illness. What followed was the wilful refusal to treat that illness and bring releif to millions of anxious lovers of democracy.
A presidency was destroyed within hours of its commencement- the man who gave his name to that presidency a lame duck before he ever walked, such was the loss of prestige for the Ford presidency.
Now the conservatives have been able to repeat this most egregious of blows to democracy.
How DARE a grub like Bush YET AGAIN pervert the course of justice, when people's lives are damaged by the offences and leadership from the top is required to relegitimise Democracy.
Instead, spivs like Howard, the world over, get encouragement to carry on dishonest politics and the sum total of global misery is inevitably increased.

Les, Whats it got to do with us? Other than to give people something to whine about.

Australian Governors can pardon too.

Cam, Yeah so what
My point is that you's lot always see the negative side of political issues. Whine Winge Crumble like a bunch of old women sitting on the bus stop complaining the bus is 2 minutes late. Take a pill or something!

you ignore that the rule of law and checks and balances are part of, and help to define the political system, and that these are founded on a written constitution. So politicians are required to work within them.The Supreme Court (US) or High Court (Australia) makes sure they do as this Court is the guardian of the Constitution. Parliament is not supreme.

I appreciate that conservatives talk about the rule of law and are prepared to trash it whenever it suits them. From my perspective that means conservatives stand outside liberal democracy and spend their energy white anting it.

But they don't have the courage to say that they think that constitutional liberalism sucks and the executive should rule. Australian conservatives are not known for their political honesty.

How many Presidential pardons have there been in George Bush's presidency?

How many Australian(governors?)pardons have there been?