Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Don't lie for your boss

Even if your boss is the Vice President of the United States.

As you have likely heard, the jury came back this afternoon on Scooter Libby and the charges from the Valerie Plame case.

Reports Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig in the Washington Post:
A federal jury today convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of lying about his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity, finding the vice president's former chief of staff guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice, while acquitting him of a single count of lying to the FBI.
The moral of the story, at least for me, is that people who work for the government, work in support of the Constitution. As Admiral Rochon described to me last week, in his role as the White House Usher, he's not working for the President; he's working for the Presidency.

Perhaps Mr. Libby didn't remember that. He didn't work for Vice President Cheney; he worked for the Vice Presidency.

The federal Office of Personnel Management notes:
As Federal civil servants, we take an oath of office by which we swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution not only establishes our system of government, it actually defines the work role for Federal employees - "to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."
What's that oath? We've all heard it before:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
I don't see where it says to lie to protect the boss. Perhaps I've missed that part...

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