Richard Cohen Lied In Today's <em>Washington Post</em>

The lie: Patrick Fitzgerald knew "that no law had been violated." The truth: Fitzgerald has stated publicly that it has been impossible to know the full truth about what laws have been violated.
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The lie: according to Cohen, Fitzgerald knew
"that no law had been violated."

The truth: Fitzgerald believed and has stated
publicly that it has been impossible to know the
full truth about what laws have been violated,
because Scooter Libby's lies threw sand into
the legal procedures that search for truth.

First, Senator Lloyd Bentsen was the original
sponsor of the Identities Law; I spent years of
my life working on it; I worked on a related bill
that provided death benefits to families of those
killed in the line of duty, in part for identities
exposures; and I was thanked and commended
in writing, along with Senator Bentsen, at the
level of Director of Central Intelligence.

So: unlike Mr. Cohen, I know what I am talking
about, and unlike Mr. Cohen, when the lives of
our covert officers are involved I have a sacred
respect for truth, integrity and honor.

I will hold Mr. Cohen to the standard of being
literate enough to read the news pages of the
Washington Post. And I would assume that
Mr. Cohen lowered himself to see or read the
transcript of what Mr. Fitzerald publicly said.

Enough delusion, enough dishonesty, enough
spin, enough waterboy for the defense of the
perjurer, enough obsession and damn right,
enough lies.

Here is another lie often told by the promoters
of perjurers:

They parrot Cheney and say that Valeria Plame
got her husband Joe Wilson the trip to Niger as
a junket.

This is a lie. Valerie Plame did not suggest
Wilson, others at the Agency did. She did not
authorize the trip. She had no authority to
authorize the trip. She did not provide money
for the trip. She had no authority to provide
money for the trip.

This argument, too, is a lie. Those who repeat
it know it is a lie. Yet they persist in telling the
lie nevetheless.

For the record, when Victoria Toensing wrote
her fictional piece bannered in the Outlook
section of the Post, as the case went to jury,
and this lie intended to smear the wife, to
smear the husband was repeated I was the
only person permitted to answer her on the
pages of the Post as the jury got the case.

I tried to set the record straight on this slander
of Valerie Plame, but the truth was censored
by the editor, while the lie was allowed to stand.

It is still said by some, that Valerie Plame was
not covert. This, too, is a lie.

It is said by some that Valerie Plame did not
do covert action abroad within the five years
covered by the law. This, too, is a lie.

That these are lies, is not my personal opinion,
it is verified, public, official, formally stated fact.

Yet they continue to lie.

As some continue to lie about WMD in Iraq.

As some continue to lie about Saddam having
ties to Al Qaeda.

Again, this are public, verified, indisputable,
clear, absolute facts from those who have the
authority to know them, and have said them.

Again and again, it is public record of fact,
versus the public attempt to propagate the

Year after year, lie after lie, blunder after blunder, death after
death, failure after failure,
lie after lie.

The president publicly stated that he "decided"
to surge and escalate after the commanders
urged him to.

In this, the president lied.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously urged
him not to escalate. The Iraq commanders
urged him not to escalate. He ignored them.
disrespected them, demeaned them, pressured
them, tried to intimidate them, but they still
opposed the surge.

Then the president lied about them, then the
president replaced them.

Those who so obsessively and compulsively
promoted this war have propagated lie after
lie, year after year, from the initial lies about
9-11 and WMD to the latest lie on the editorial
pages of the Washington Post today.

To Richard Cohen, I say this: the reason that
the obsessive, compulsive security risks who
call themselves neoconservatives, who reach
the highest levels of our government, are so
desperately pushing for a pardon is their
deep, mortal fear that Scooter Libby will cop
a plea before sentencing, and then we will
know the truth, about whether a crime was
truly committed.

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