Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Passion Free From Reason

The Anchoress has a must-read post about the latest spin from the Left on the Valerie Plame affair. In point of fact, the Left is spinning so fast, I'm sure they long ago forgot some of the essential points in this case and are simply just repeating all the wonderful tidbits they are telling each other.

Like today's headline from the NY Times: "No Final Report Seen in Inquiry on C.I.A. Leak" .

Hello? Get a grip here. We are talking about a Grand Jury and a regular old ordinary prosecutor. Grand Jury testimony is secret. It is not revealed. On the basis of the Grand Jury deliberations, indictments are issued because there is reason to believe a crime was committed. Then the case is brought to a regular jury where evidence is presented by both a prosecutor and a defender.

In case you are interested, here are the rules related to Grand Juries (including Federal Grand Juries).

As The Anchoress correctly points out, Fitzgerald has never been committed to making a final report of the Grand Jury findings; and in fact, such a report would not be permitted under the operating rules of a Grand Jury. She rightly points out:

So, what is this whole NYT article, really? Is this simply the Democrats feeding a new meme, planting a new narrative to the press, in order to hedge their bets so that if the desired indictments don’t come down the pike, and no “final report” does, either, the mechanism to raise political hell is already in place? A mechanism based on a lie? A way to discredit everyone connected to this sham-scandal and begin re-beating the incessant drums of hate and doubt and…oh yeah, impeachment?

Because nothing has to be true, anymore, you know. Nefarious people only have to plant an idea in the right place, whether the idea is true or not - whether a thing is possible or not - because the “idea” only has to make headlines and talk shows for a few days before the truth is meekly acknowledged as false and the story put away. By then, the damage is done.

Funny thing, though. Even when the real truth comes out, there are those who continue to believe in the earlier inaccurate news stories; the frenzied wishful thinking rampant in the blogs; and the lies of people like Joe Wilson.

I happen to believe that there is noone who is above the law. But as Aristotle said, "The law is reason free from passion."

It is NOT passion free from reason--as so many of the spinners would have us believe.

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