Saturday, January 07, 2006

Fitz: After Rove, Go for FISA Violators!

OK, Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald. The holidays are over. Lobbyist Abramoff has been pled guilty to corruption and pledged to cooperate in taking down more corrupt Republicans. DeLay, indicted in Texas, has caved to Republican demands that he give up his dreams of returning as Congressional majority leader, and more indictments against him seem likely. It's time for Rove to be put out of action as well.

I would suggest, however, that you team up with some state prosecutors to make sure there are state charges against Rove as well as federal. (Possibly Rove could be charged with obstruction of justice in connection with his involvement in Bush's removing the Guam U.S. Attorney from office just as he was investigating Abramoff.) Bush doesn't have the power to pardon on state indictments or convictions.(But does Guam have non-federal laws in place?).

It would be nice if Rove, Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, Rice and Rumsfeld could all be charged as conspirators in violating the FISA Foreign Surveillance Act. It's a five year felony for each occurence. They've admitted to re-authorizing the illegal taps at least 30 times. Since hundreds of U.S. citizens have likely been illegally tapped, that would be enough to get the whole lot of them impeached, removed and jailed.

Wow, Hadley,Cherfoff, the whole National Security Council and perhaps even John Bolton could be charged with FISA violations. Each illegal tap might even establish violations of state criminal laws as well. State convictions would insure that Bush couldn't pardon them all.

Please, Mr. Fitzgerald, hurry up and indict Rove and Cheney on Plamegate, so you can go on to prosecute the entire Bush administration for FISA felonies, including, no doubt, the illegal tapping of the Plame-Wilson household. The sixty-four billion dollar question (inflation, you know) is whether Fitz could prove that the Bush administration has been illegally wiretapping his phones and that of his investigators and cooperating witnesses. Proof of that would crumble the entire Bush cabal. Let us pray...