"Above all, you must realize that if you go ahead with this invasion, Osama bin Laden will triumph, rising from his grave or seclusion. His network will be swollen with fresh recruits, and other charismatic individuals will seek to build upon his model, multiplying those networks. And the United States will have delivered the death blow to itself. Using your own act of war, Osama and his cohort will irrevocably divide the hearts and minds of the Arab Street from moderate governments in Islamic countries that have been holding back the tide. Power to the people, what we call 'democracy,' will secure the rise of fundamentalists." Susan Lindauer to Andrew Card, January 6, 2003
That was the "high water mark" of the federal government's case against Susan Lindauer, the CIA asset who was charged with acting as a spy for the Iraqi government and trying to influence government policy. It's impossible to see, with the benefit of nearly six years of hindsight, how Susan Lindauer was wrong about anything.
Yesterday, Lindauer was essentially exonerated when the DOJ filed a motion to drop all charges both major and minor against Susan Lindauer, thereby waiving the right to prosecute her for these alleged crimes.
Note that it's five days before Bush and Cheney will ooze out of the White House. Liberal, pinko, commie, moonbat, homosexual al Qaida types in their cynicism will no doubt see into this timing a concerted attempt to keep Lindauer gagged and under wraps, thereby providing just enough cover for Bush and Cheney to slip out of town before the nooses get knotted. But one has to admit, it is a helluva coincidence since a new sheriff's coming to town.
Bush and Cheney may not have much to fear from Lindauer anymore but the same can't be said for certain members of Congress who, for the moment, have yet to be named.
Just to recap with the basic facts to give some background to those of you who may be unfamiliar with this case:
Lindauer was a supervised CIA asset who was arrested in March of 2004 for working in collusion with Iraqi intelligence officials and for taking an unauthorized trip to Baghdad in the days leading up to the March 19, 2003 invasion. After sending 11 letters to her second cousin, former WH Chief of Staff Andrew Card, warning the Bush administration of the dire consequences of rushing into war with Iraq with the intelligence at hand, Lindauer was arrested and then held without trial for almost five years.
During this endless pre-trial phase, the prosecution continually lobbied to have Lindauer unfit to stand trial. This tack essentially prevented Ms. Lindauer to allow evidence and witnesses to be called in her defense. The court never saw nor knew of the existence of an independent psychological profile done on Lindauer to counter the one commissioned by the federal government until bloggers entered Judge Michael Mukasey's court.
The Department of Justice then had Lindauer remanded to Carswell Federal Prison, the government's only maximum security prison for women and a sinkhole of human misery, for longer than the legal amount of time and even tried to get Mukasey to allow Carswell to forcibly administer to Lindauer Haldol, a powerful antipsychotic drug.
In other words, Lindauer was gagged and kept out of sight and out of mind for five years and hardly mentioned by either the mainstream media or progressive blogs until the very end of the Bush administration (something that I'd deeply suspected would happen).
Now begins the civil lawsuit and, if there's any justice in this world, Susan Lindauer will end up owning half of what Bush has left of the government.