Valerie Plame on Sixty Minutes - Part Two
She says she has “harsh words” for President Bush. They weren’t harsh enough. Every investigator knows that you solve a complex crime perpetrated by a criminal organization from the ground up. Start as high up as you can. When that guy is facing serious time, he will find it easier to roll over on the guy above him. Then you prosecute that guy, and he then rolls on the next guy up. That is how it works. If you pardon one link in that chain, take the fear of consequences out of the realm of possibility, you effectively stop the investigation in its tracks. Could you imagine if every drug lord could just buy his street thugs out of jail time every time, and the thugs knew it. How much information do you think they would give up?