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Yesterday's announcement by the Special Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, that "Scooter" Libby was being indicted on 5 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, came as an anticlimax to weeks of speculation. Rumors were flying about the internet- 22 people would be indicted, no 28. Bush and Cheney were on the list. Charges would include conspiracy to harm Wilson's reputation, conspiracy to out an undercover agent, treason. Instead, we have one indictment on fairly narrow, technical charges.

However, Fitzgerald did say that he isn't finished, and that Karl Rove is still under scrutiny. Now some are speculating that he intends to keep the Bush people in suspense for a long time, dribbling out indictments so as to maximize his plea bargaining power with each target. Others are concerned that Fitz may have agreed to some sort of limited, damage containment strategy that will leave the Bush presidency largely intact.

Meanwhile, we the people are hungry for justice. We know that the Libby indictment is just the tip of a huge iceberg, that reaches back to the early days of the Bush administration. We know that a small cabal around Cheney plotted the invasion of Iraq, including meticulous planning of psych-ops, the molding of public opinion that would be necessary in order to accomplish the politics involved, both nationally and internationally.

We know that the "facts and intelligence were fixed around the policy", as the Downing Street memo put it. We know that Dick Cheney made many trips to CIA headquarters in order to ensure that this would happen. We know that his friend Ledeen helped to forge the Niger "yellowcake" documents, purporting to prove that Saddam was developing nuclear weaopns. We know that someone, probably Cheney, made sure Bush mentioned it in his 2002 State of the Union message, over the objections of the CIA.

We know that Joe Wilson had been sent by the CIA to Niger, found that the documents were forged and the claim was false, and said so in the New York Times, after Bush's speech. Bush was forced to retract, and say that he "misspoke".

Wilson was punished for calling Bush a liar, through his wife Valerie Plame, whose undercover CIA status was outed- hence the investigation. Libby is a minor player in this whole sordid tale of an administration bent on lying to and betraying the American people, abusing our trust, our good will, our genuine patriotism and concern for security, not to mention our pocketbooks and the blood of our young people.

We the people want justice, for ourselves, for the Iraqis, for the planet. Fitz and the Grand Jury have indicted Libby for crimes that are a coverup of greater crimes. We the people want those greater crimes, and the greater criminals who committed them, brought to justice.

Matthew 18: 7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

We the people must do our part. Under the Constitution, which is still in operation, last I heard, ultimate sovereignty and authority rests with us. If criminals have usurped the executive branch (the Ohio vote is beginning to unravel- Bush is in office illegally), it is up to us to fire them and bring them to justice. DOJ Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is acting on our behalf,

However, he cannot indict a sitting president. Bush must be impeached first. This process starts in the House of Representatives.

The Progressive Caucus has already gotten busy laying groundwork. Even before Libby's indictment, Rep. Nadler introduced a bill requiring Bush to give up all documents leading to the Iraq war. Kucinich is asking for documents from WHIG, the secret Iraq war planning group around Dick Cheney. Conyers is demanding a full investigation. Senator Rockefeller wants full disclosure of documents that were withheld from the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

We need to send a strong message to ALL our representatives, that we the people will not tolerate the head criminal, George W. Bush, in the White House until 2008. We want Congress to start impeachment hearings NOW, on the basis that Bush knew early on who in the White House outed Valerie Plame, and did nothing. Moreover, he lied to Fitzgerald and to us through his press secretary, claiming that he knew nothing.

This is obstruction of justice at best, and active conspiracy at worst.

We need to pressure Congress for impeachment, organize for impeachment, publicize impeachment.

We the people want justice, not only for the outing of Valerie Plame, but also for the criminal invasion of Iraq, and for the lies that paved the way.

We are looking forward to the day when:

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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions.


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