Remember that controversial California law and order ballot measure, back in 1994, that passed by a two-thirds majority? Proposition 184, enacted by that state, came to be known as the "Three Strikes and You're Out" law, and mandated life imprisonment after the commission of 3 felonies. As you recall, other states quickly followed suit in an effort to enable automatic, lengthy prison terms for people who commit 2 or more felonies.
Why do I bring this up? As reported by Peter Yost, a writer for the Associated Press this morning, Scooter Libby, the vice president's former top aide, told prosecutors that it was President George Walker Bush who authorized the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's name. Yes, folks, former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney (of Halliburton and shooting-gate fame), I. Lewis Libby, spilled the beans, and ratted out his boss to the grand jury today saying that it was Mr. Cheney who told him to break the law, and let the cat out of the bag vis a vis Madame Valerie Plame Wilson. Further, Cheney told Libby it was Bush who gave him the heads-up to do so.
I'm no math major, by any stretch, nor am I an attorney, but unless I'm mistaken it's a felony to reveal the identity of a secret agent as it's classified information, and divulging this information puts him, or her, in harm's way, hence Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation into the source of the leak. Likewise, our president broke the law by performing illegal warrantless searches on U.S. citizens thereby bypassing the FISA court. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Proposition 184 a Republican initiative, in California? And, if so, what magnificent irony that they shall fall by their own legislation. Funny, isn't it, how antiquated notions of "law and order" seem in light of Tom DeLay's departure from the Senate, and the other scandals looming large for the Newt Gingrich gang of mid-1990's November revolutionaries.
There are some who might even consider the deliberate misrepresentation of a threat in the form of "weapons of mass destruction" to obtain authorization for an unjustified, and unjustifiable invasion of a sovereign state, and to do so by means of tricking members of Congress into appropriating for, if not approving, an illegal war if not a felony then at least a high crime, in which case reason, and poetic justice, would dictate that it's time the "three strikes" law be applied to this administration. Maybe, to paraphrase the words of a notable California Republican, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's time to tell Bush and Co. "Hasta la vista, baby!"