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The United States v. I. Lewis Libby Paperback – June 5, 2007

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Readers fascinated by politics and the law will want to pick up this book, which features edited trial transcripts from the federal case against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of obstruction of justice and making false statements in the investigation of the alleged outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame (in a July, 2003 column by Robert Novak). Waas begins with a detailed chronology of events, a list of people involved in the case and an insightful introduction, setting the scene nicely for the trial. The bulk of the book is composed of trial testimony from various witnesses, some minor celebrities among them (like NBC newsman Tim Russert). Waas interjects from time to time with background information or analysis, and introduces each witness with a short biography explaining his or her connection to the case. Opening and closing statements from both sides provide a good summary of the issues, and an interesting appendix contains copies of original documents, such as Libby's handwritten notes and Cheney's own copy of Novak's Plame-naming op-ed piece. While this holds limited appeal for all but the most diehard politicos and legal types, it makes an excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand the scandal in general and Libby's case in particular.
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“Murray Waas is our Woodward now...publishing the biggest story in town.”—Jay Rosen, PressThink.Org
“Slowly but surely…Murray Waas has been putting together a compelling narrative about how President Bush and his top aides contrived their bogus case for war in Iraq.”—Dan Froomkin, WashingtonPost.com
“Murray Waas is pretty impressive….he just keeps whaling away with discrete fact after discrete fact until, finally, he sinks the sucker.“—Steve Lovelady, Columbia Journalism Review
“[Waas] suggests a plausible motive for both Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to have misled the grand jury about Plame.”—Greg Sargent, The American Prospect
“Murray Waas is getting his day in the sun…The freelance investigative reporter has racked up a series of scoops. He’s been cited by New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Paul Krugman.”—Howard Kurtz, Media Notes, Washington Post columnist
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Union Square Press; First Edition edition (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402752598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402752599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,822,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan G. McIntosh on June 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Murray Waas may be the most courageous reporter in Washington DC at present. He goes for the deeper story, and the hidden resources, in order to provide us with the truth--a commodity of rare value in this city.

Scooter Libby, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison the day this book came forth, participated in a crime of nearly unthinkable proportions: helping to out a CIA undercover spy during a time of war. Worse, Plame's specialty within the CIA was weapons of mass destruction in not only Iraq but Iran, for which the drums of war are sounding louder by the week. It may be too much to call such behavior treason, but the case remains to be made why there is any good reason that narrow Republican political gain should trump the national interest.

Would the government lie in order to take us to war? Would the government misuse intelligence to persuade the American people to turn over their sons and daughters for death and blown-off limbs? Waas presents compelling evidence that Libby and his co-workers in the Office of the Vice President have already done this once, for the war against Iraq. It seems the strings are warming up for a second movement, called Iran.

If only some conscientious writer would help the average American figure out what is really going on. Good news: the cavalry is here. Thank you Murray Waas.
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I finished this book today and feel like I accomplished a great deal, because I had to burn so much time and energy in reading the trivial and collateral impeachments and rehabilitations by the attorneys--primarily from defense counsel. I really could have enjoyed this book more if I did not have to read such attenuated and minor arguments and could have spent more time reading the many exhibits discussed, but not provided with the text!

The only reason this book gets four stars is because of the compelling story it tells. I do not think Waas did a good job of editing, such that the reader easily and truly understood the whole story behind this fantastic and terrible crime. Kudos to the prosecution, Fitzgerald et al., but that is all.
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Poor Libby had devoted his career defending Bush's administration on its decision to do Iraq, yet was thrown to the Jaws of brutal injustice for trivial mistakes. On June 11, 2003, he was provided with a report from a subordinate, Marc Grossman, as well as from an insider in the CIA, Robert Grenier, that revealed the identity of a CIA agent, the wife of ambassador Wilson, who was sent to Niger to verify the connection between Iraq and the procurement of uranium. Libby never knew or sought such trail of classified information. His main objective was to prove that the guy who was sent to the Niger did not do so on behalf of the Libby's boss, Vice President Cheney.

Even before Libby's release of the agent's name to journalist Miller on June 23, Armitage had already done so on June 13, to Woodward. Armitage never been tried. Both Grossman and Grenier never told Libby that the information they provided him was classified and should not be used, assuming that he should have known better, I guess. The loose cannon Grossman had already broadcasted the information to Armitage and omitted to sort out what was classified and what was not.

So, no matter what Libby did or did not do, the classified information has been leaked from Grossman, to Armitage, to Woodward on June 13. Libby leaked it on June 23 to Miller. Libby paid the high price for simply not saying: Sorry, I did not know that was a big deal or admitted to making a mistake. Instead, Libby made up (or may have been genuinely inflicted with poor memory) a story of his own wishful imagination. Perjury and Obstruction of justice had cost Libby his job, reputation, and more for attempting to defend a losing war in Iraq and exonerating his boss.
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