Newsweek on Rove/Plame

Alter trashes Rove, Fineman points to the Espionage Act.

Newsweek has lots on the Rove/Plame story:

* A sensible column from Jonathan Alter which, among other things, destroys the “no harm done” defense and quotes Joe Scarborough (!) on why Bush ought to fire Rove.

* An admiring profile on Patrick Fitzgerald, which includes the most chilling line a defense attorney will ever hear from a prosecutor: “We’ll get back to you.”

* A profile of Rove and the Plame story by Howard Fineman, which (I was heartened to note) mentions, without naming, the Espionage Act. Fineman has a thought on the question that has troubled me most from the very beginning of the story: What were they thinking?

It’s unlikely that any White House officials considered that they were doing anything illegal in going after Joe Wilson. Indeed, the line between national security and politics had long since been all but erased by the Bush administration.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com