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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Above the law

More bad news:

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.

Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her husband's criticism of the administration.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove and former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

These guys have made themselves immune from any punishment.

Update: I guess it will come as no great surprise that John D. Bates also found that Congress had no standing to sue Cheney. Nor will it come as any great surprise that John D. Bates was a Bush II appointee.

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