9aa6de02-064e-41ef-98d0-7449c0e5381d.jpgd45d3753-080b-43cb-b442-4398d7948d09.jpgThe DNC, the DCCC, the DSCC and all the 08 presidential candidates think they deserve money today because George Bush commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence. Yet none of them are saying what needs to be said — that his act is obstruction of justice, pure and simple.

We anticipate that John Conyers (and hopefully others) will be having hearings to investigate this criminal conspiracy and when they do, Marcy Wheeler and I will be in DC covering them. Unlike critically stupid and willfully ignorant hacks like Tim Noah and David Brooks, we’re actually cognizant of what has happened and capable of discerning the truth. We need your support to do that.

We published Marcy’s seminal book on the subject, Anatomy of Deceit, with donations made by people on this blog. We likewise financed our groundbreaking coverage of the Libby trial in Washington DC with your contributions, which heavily influenced the media’s reporting on the event (and to imagine what things would have been like without the blogs, as Digby always says just think “Whitewater.”) We are at a very important time in our history and if the voices of outrage at the administration’s flagrant lawbreaking are going to be raised it isn’t going to be reported in the MSM (have a look at the AP article where the reporter doesn’t even seem to understand that the “commutation” was a deliberate attempt to give Libby the right to plead the 5th and remain silent, something we explained very clearly yesterday).

Where else is that kind of information going to become available to the public?

Today MoveOn is calling for Dick Cheney to be subpoenaed to appear before congress to answer questions in the matter, and if he refuses to answer these questions, they are demanding he be impeached. The MSM thinks this is silly and whimsical. We don’t. If that’s what it takes to rout out the corruption in the system and get some accountability back into government, then that’s what has to happen. And if you think our work is important in that process, that our ability to bring you the analysis of lawyers like Christy Hardin Smith and Jeralyn Merritt and of experienced Plame bloggers like Swopa and Marcy Wheeler who serve as the institutional memory of the story, then please hit the PayPal button and help us to continue. We want to be there to tell the story, to encourage members of congress to have the courage of their convictions, and to cover these investigations as they unfold.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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