What’s your thoughts regarding President George W. Bush commuting "Scooter" Libby from prison

Yesterday afternoon I received a call from Orange County Register reporter Martin Wisckol asking me for my thoughts about the decision by president George W. Bush to commute the 2 1/2 year sentence of vice president Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, former White House aide “Scooter” Libby. While Libby did not receive a presidential Pardon, he will not be locked up in a cell somewhere.

Although we discussed several related issues, Martin did his job and is correct in what was published today. What he failed to include is my remarks that perhaps someone higher up the food chain was more responsible for any alleged crime than Mr. Libby. My main illustration in our interview related to those with connections and those on the lower rungs such asJose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two Border Patrol agents, who are now serving 12 and 11 years respectfully for shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks as he tried to escape.

What a joke. One of the charges against the agents included a Civil Rights violation against a drug dealer who had 800 pounds of marijuana in the back of his van. Why don’t we simply tie the hands of our agents in the field as they attempt to perform Homeland Security measures. No wonder our war against drugs is such a dismal failure.

What is beyond belief is our government brought this drug smuggler back to the U. S., gave him immunity, and provided for his medical treatment. While Compean and Ramos may have violated some government policies, to sentence them to 12 and 11 years is over the top. I wonder what the rules of engagement are when you confront a drug smuggler who is attempting to escape but that’s not my area of expertise.

To summarize. If President Bush felt that a 30 month sentence for Scooter was “excessive” and warranted his intervention, than I shall use the same argument on behalf of these two men. Drop them from the Border Patrol but set them free. Let them do two years of community service as their punishment.

And now for you the Juice readers. What are your thoughts on this story?
As we leave very early tomorrow I will not be able to respond personally for the next eight days. That is not a cop out!

Have a safe 4th of July.

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