Judge Bates is a Bush II appointee, and therefore prone to the abuse of his position,
and the law, in order to assist his “asshole buddies” (an old Texas expression). On
Dec. 9, 2002, for instance, he ruled that Congress lacked the standing to sue Cheney
over access to the records of the latter’s energy task force. And in August of 2006,
Bates ruled very helpfully that it was okay for the president to sign a bill that had not
been passed by Congress. (See http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/analysis/091, if you
think I’m kidding.)
Thus Bates is what the old-school mobsters liked to call “a stand-up guy.” (As of March,
2006, moreover, he’s been serving on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,
which should make us all feel terrifyingly secure.)
This dismissal of Plame’s lawsuit, then, is no surprise–although it is a major
outrage; and so it has to make you wonder (if you’re reasonably patriotic) how much
more of this far-right judicial activism We the People will accept.
Valerie Plame’s Lawsuit Dismissed
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, July 19, 2007
(07-19) 12:19 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) —
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.
Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her husband’s criticism of the administration.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove, former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.