Kudos to Former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband Ambassador Joseph Wilson for having the courage to sue Vice President Dick Cheney, top White House aide Karl Rove and “Scooter” Libby for their role in the disclosure of her classified CIA status.
This comes just one day after conservative columnist Robert Novak said Rove — Bush’s top political advisor — and former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow had confirmed what one other unnamed administration official told him about Plame.
The lawsuit alleged “a conspiracy among current and former high-level officials in the White House” to “discredit, punish and seek revenge” against Plame’s husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, for publicly disputing statements made by Bush justifying the war in Iraq. Plame and Wilson’s suit said the couple suffered violations of their constitutional and legal rights, including an invasion of their privacy, and that the disclosure of her name destroyed her CIA career.
Well hoorah for some parties telling the truth here. It is about time that Novak came clean and it is the right time that the Wilsons take the opportunity to shout from the roof tops that they were maligned, that their rights were violated and that Ms. Plame’s career as a covert CIA operative was destroyed.
There are so many violations of Constitutional rights that the Bush administration has breached it makes your head spin. But no violation was a personal and insidious as what the administration did to Ms. Plame. It was ugly, personal, and vindictive. Since when did it become acceptable for the Executive Branch of our gonverment to use its clout to go after one individual or, for that matter, any person or group of people who disagree with the Administration? This is Nixonian politics at its worst.
When the President of the United States or those acting on his behalf begin wielding a stick of this magnitude to beat their detractors down our democracy is at risk. There is no greater danger than when those in power decide to use that power to curtail open dialogue and political dissent.
Thank you to the Wilsons for standing up for our right to disagree with those in power. As Winston Churchill said “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” we need to ensure that absolute power does not take a foothold in our government.