I got yer justice right here: Former CIA Operative Valerie Plame’s suit filed against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Dick Armitage, seeking damages for revealing her identity, has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates “on jurisdictional grounds.”
He explained: “The alleged means by which defendants chose to rebut Mr. Wilson’s comments and attack his credibility may have been highly unsavory. But there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism, such as that levied by Mr. Wilson against the Bush administration’s handling of prewar foreign intelligence, by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants’ duties as high-level Executive Branch officials.”
Steve Benen notes: “Bates was named to the federal bench by—you guessed it—George W. Bush. Better yet, Bates was a prosecutor on Ken Starr’s Whitewater team, and in 2002, ruled in Dick Cheney’s favor in keeping his energy-task force secret.”
Bush administration justice. Smell it.