March 19, 2007

Parsing Plame

In today's AmSpec column, I take at a look at Valerie Plame Wilson's fishy testimony on Capitol Hill last week.

Posted by John Tabin at March 19, 2007 12:08 AM

John- While watching Plame testify on C-Span, I was yelling at her like someone watching a basketball game. Politics is a lot like sports, but there aren't any refs present, and thus the contestants get away with all kinds of fouls.

OK, here's my questions. In the forthcoming Wilsons' Civil suit, can Plame (a liar) and her husband (Ambassador Joe, also a liar), get away with lying? Can you perjure yourself in a civil trial? And how can they be granted a civil trial in the first place given they've already both lied out in the open?
Also, if civil trials are to gain financially because you've been slandered or something, it seems to me it should be Scooter Libby suing these two dimwits.
Geez, now I can sleep well knowing our CIA has such brilliant undercover secret agents like Valerie Plame in its employ (is she 001?).

Posted by: gordon at March 20, 2007 01:20 AM

Yes, you can perjure yourself in a civil trial. I hadn't thought of that.

Posted by: John Tabin at March 20, 2007 10:21 AM

I called Tom Davis' office to inquire why he hadn't asked Plame if she was telling him that it was the practice of the CIA to have a covert agent drive daily in and out of Langley, being photographed by a dozen foreign agents. I was told by a staffer that wouldn't be appropriate. I asked why he thought it inappropriate for us to know if the CIA was that careless and if Plame herself were so stupid as to do it. No reply.

Posted by: NightFire at March 20, 2007 07:22 PM