Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Why we shouldn't feel sorry for Judy Miller

This post explains in detail why we should spare scant sympathy.
for New York Times reporter Judy Miller, who is currently rotting in jail for refusing to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that she should testify about her role in the unmasking of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Miller is in jail not because of her stalwart, principled defense of the first amendment, but rather because she's made a careful legal calculation that it's better to serve an 18 month sentence for contempt of court than it is to tell the grand jury the truth -- which would force her to admit her own role in (at best) abetting the Bushies' efforts to make war on their domestic political enemies and (at worst) actually taking active part in the unveiling of Plame. If Miller indeed did go down the latter route, then eighteen months in jail probably looks like a walk in the park.

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