Al Gore III Is Paying the Time for His Crime… When Will the Bushies Do the Same?

I just looked at The Register, and noticed this. Al Gore III pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of prescription drugs and marijuana. He’s just been sentenced to 90 days in at a residential rehab program in Malibu. If Al Gore III successfully completes the program, the conviction will be stricken from his record next year. 

That’s nice to see. OK, so he’ll probably have it easy at rehab in Malibu. I’m sure it will be a lovely facility on well-manicured grounds filled with other fabulous celebrities who’ve also been caught with drugs. But you know what? At least Al Gore III has confessed to his crimes, and at least he’s willing to do the time.

Our Great Leader Dubya won’t even allow for Scooter Libby to serve any jail time for obstructing the investigation into who leaked covert CIA officer Valerie Wilson to conservative pundit Bob Novak. Congressional Republicans still don’t want to investigate Alberto Gonzales and the many injustices that are still being committed in the “Justice” Department. Heck, there’s still resistance to the thought of even a censure of Bush and Cheney for the many crimes they’ve committed against our Constitution and our nation. Why can’t these folks be held accountable for all their crimes?

If Al Gore III can plead guilty for his drug possession and agree to go to rehab, then why can’t the Bushies do the time for their crimes? Why can’t justice actually be served more often? Ah, if only all the Bushies could be caught doing 100 miles per hour in a Prius on the 5 in Mission Viejo. Maybe then, we can finally see justice served.

  5 comments for “Al Gore III Is Paying the Time for His Crime… When Will the Bushies Do the Same?

  1. Cube
    July 30, 2007 at 7:40 pm
  2. July 31, 2007 at 5:37 am

    ust to clear up a few things:
    1. Valerie WIlson/Plame was NOT a covert agent. She was a records protect functionary. There IS a difference.

    2. Al III already flunked out of a rehab program when he got busted for drugs while a student at Harvard. He was also charged with a DUI this time, but they dropped that for the guilty plea. So he will do no time for his crime either… but Libby WILL pay a fine of $250,000 for his errors.

    3. Bush fired 8 U.S. Attorneys… Clinton fired 93. And yes, you can rest assured that the reasons were political… so why does one get raked over the coals while the other does not?

    4. What “crimes” did they commit?

    I know that there are evils on both sides of the political fence, but before you start throwing stones in either of those glass houses and offering specious comparisons, you might want to check your facts.

  3. July 31, 2007 at 5:53 am

    You may be correct that Plame was a “records protect functionary” and that there’s a difference (though I suspect it’s only a distinction). Regardless, the fact of her being a CIA agent was not known. National security assets were lost as a result of her unmasking.

    You’re correct that both Clinton and Bush fired U.S. attorneys. Most presidents do. When a president comes into office he (or his Justice Department) places a priority on certain types of prosecutions (drugs, organized crime, securities fraud etc). He fires and hires US Attorneys based on their ability to, and interest in, prosecuting the types of cases he has established as priorities. That’s normal.

    The difference between Clinton and Bush and the US Attorney firings done by them is that Clinton did the above — he made changes based on the types of prosecutions he was interested in, while Bush fired people because of their lack of willingness to prosecuted SPECIFIC CASES. Not types of case, but specific cases.

    That’s the difference, and it’s a great deal more than a mere distinction.

  4. Andrew Davey
    July 31, 2007 at 8:06 am

    OK, just to clear up Sniper’s confusion:

    1. Valerie Wilson was under UNOFFICIAL COVER, which is even RISKIER than official CIA cover. Had Wilson been on a CIA mission when Karl Rove the “mysterious source” leaked her name, she probably wouldn’t be alive today.

    2. At least Al III is paying his time for doing the crime… And Daddy Gore didn’t pull any strings to save him. OTOH, Scooter Libby got his sentence commuted for obstructing the investigation into the leak of Valerie Wilson’s identity. Oh, and I doubt The Dubya will be leaving office WITHOUT pardoning criminal traitor Scooter Libby.

    3. Clinton fired those 93 US attorneys in 1993… AS ALL NEW PRESIDENTS DO WHEN THEY ENTER OFFICE!! The Dubya did the same in 2001 in firing all of the Clinton-appointed US Attorneys… And THEN, beginning in 2005, he began firing the attorneys he hired in 2001 when they were actually doing their jobs instead of following Karl Rove’s political orders. That’s not standard operations… That’s OBSTRUCTING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS.

  5. RHackett
    August 1, 2007 at 6:01 am

    Sniper,

    The CIA Director is on record as saying Valerie Plame worked undercover in both official and non-official cover status.

    Could you please tell him Plame wasn’t a covert agent? I believe he needs an update.

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