Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 01, 2005

Cheney aide's deeds just part of pattern

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. has just been indicted and resigned ("Cheney Aide Indicted," Oct. 29).

The special prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, clearly feels that there was malfeasance in the "outing" of CIA agent Valerie Plame. This issue goes to the roots of the Iraq war.

How can we continue to lose our sons and daughters and husbands and wives, spend billions of dollars and lose our international reputation on a war of suspicious origin?

The entire rationale the Bush administration used to initiate the Iraq conflict clearly needs to be examined by a congressional investigating committee.

Americans need to feel that they know the real truth about how we became involved in Iraq, whatever that truth is.

Dave Clements

Freeland

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.'s indictment is a small drop in a very big bucket.

The issue goes beyond lying during an investigation. Mr. Libby was apparently part of a pattern of deception by the White House to mislead Congress, the media and the American people into a war we didn't need to fight.

This war was based on factually wrong, forged and paper-thin intelligence data.

What we really need is an independent commission to examine our basis for going to war and even a congressional investigation into whether the White House operated under a plan of deception or behaved with simple incompetence, which these days seems to be its modus operandi.

Chester Frazier

Baltimore

I am ecstatic about the news of the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.

Too bad it came too late for more than 2,000 of our sons and daughters who paid a terrible price for this incompetent administration.

The light shining on the dark heart of this White House is late in coming.

But reasonable Americans, regardless of party affiliation, will continue to pursue the truth until no stone is left unturned.

Gilda Carbonaro

Bethesda

Time to consider impeaching Bush

The role of senior Bush administration officials in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame demonstrates the lengths to which the Bush-Cheney administration will go in the pursuit of its agenda, without regard for the interests of this country.

The ripple effect of the leaking of her identity puts at risk the safety of every covert operative with whom she dealt, as well as the contacts of those agents and on down the line.

Why was this done? Political payback. Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV had the audacity to expose the Bush-Cheney administration's lies that led us to war. His family had to pay.

Former President Bill Clinton's lies about his personal dealings led to impeachment proceedings. How can Mr. Bush's lies not be considered a far greater violation of the duties of his office?

What he has cost this country won't be truly measured for years to come.

Why isn't there an outcry for his impeachment now?

Frederick J. Hatem Jr.

Bel Air

Indictment a threat to freedom of press

Regardless of the political fallout, the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. is a mistake that threatens the free press in the United States ("Cheney Aide Indicted," Oct. 29).

We rely on the press to seek, gather and sort out information about government activities and the officials who serve in government.

Allowing prosecutors to use reporters' testimony to prove perjury and obstruction cases against the people who spoke to the reporters will chill the liberties granted by the First Amendment and, eventually, jeopardize the independence of the press.

Francis J. Gorman

Baltimore

Too much attention to Libby allegations

White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. has been indicted on charges he lied to a federal grand jury ("Cheney Aide Indicted," Oct. 29). This is certainly a news story worthy of coverage. But was this story worthy of The Sun's huge front-page headline, plus several pages of copy inside?

Isn't this an awful lot of coverage for perjury and obstruction of justice charges, especially in light of other news stories currently breaking or having occurred in the recent past?

Readers may have missed those stories because of The Sun's failure to give them the amount of coverage and the prominence of its coverage of the Libby indictment.

Examples of underreported stories? The president of Iran just announced that he wants to see Israel destroyed - wiped off the map.

Former Clinton adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger stole secret documents from the National Archives, for which he got very little news coverage and a slap on the wrist.

The United States is being invaded by Mexico - as millions of illegal immigrants now cross the border every year, bankrupting U.S. border states, taking jobs from American citizens and bringing every kind of social problem imaginable to the country.

The Sun's editors choose which stories to report on in the paper, and how much space to give each story. It is both an editorial decision and a political one.

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