Thursday, May 31, 2007

Libby Letters Update

Yesterday, Blue Girl and I figuratively went to Washington on behalf of Watching Those We Chose, and all bloggers, in relation to the issue of public transparency for the sentencing of Scooter Libby. Libby's sentencing is set for June 5, 2007. Under the specific ruse that bloggers might mock the efforts of the friends, supporters and co-conspirators of Libby to convince the Court that Libby was a great American who should be set free and feted as a hero, Libby's lawyer, William Jeffress, sought to secrete and seal said letters to the Court. A main stream big media consortium filed a brief opposing Libby's request, and we matched them pound for pound with our own brief on behalf of the interests of bloggers. Just so you know how we fared, WE WON!!

In a ruling issued a short time ago this morning
, Judge Walton entered his order releasing to the public all letters submitted on the Libby sentencing, with said release to be made immediately after the sentencing has concluded. This was the right decision for Judge Walton to make, but he should be commended for having done so, because there will be very powerful people very unhappy that their brazen efforts to soft peddle the criminal actions of Scooter Libby will be exposed for the whole world to see. That is a real shame isn't it?

Folks, Al Gore is right when he says that the internet is the last, best, great hope at equalizing the political discourse in this country. This is a great example of how that power can be implemented. A person in the west, me, collaborated with a person in the mid-west, Blue Girl, to file an important brief in a criminal case in the east, Washington D.C. This was all accomplished in less than two days following a holiday weekend and, on the third day, we have positive results. This is real power to accomplish really positive things. You all have it; now get back to work and use it, because we have more dragons to slay!