Say Your Prayers for Libby
One of the creepiest testimonials on behalf of Scooter Libby — you know, the letters that Judge Reggie B. Walton ignored when he sentenced the Cheney aide to 30 months in prison — came from the bowels of one of D.C.'s most fascinating religious institutions: the 10,000-member McLean Bible Church, home of Ken Starr, Joe Gibbs, and a host of Congress members.
The church is pastored by Lon Solomon, a former Jewish hippie and self-proclaimed recovering drug dealer who now preaches salvation through Jesus H. Christ alone. (Read this 1998 story in the Washington Post for more on the church and Ken Starr. See my earlier post for the Post's links to all the Libby letters.)
This particular letter on behalf of Libby came from Lauren Allgood, former executive assistant to the deputy director of the Bush regime's National Economic Council.
What's creepy about this is that Allgood is a staffer at the church and in fact is the main contact person for the powerful congregation's "Future Leaders" program. This is what you call networking. That's all we need: more and more sanctimonious people bringing their blessings upon our government.
The heavily politicized church (no suprise, given its membership) has actively helped the Defense Department's pro-war "America Supports You" propaganda campaign, giving strategy tips to agitprop operatives.
All gory to God. Allgood's letter, dated May 1, of course adopts a spiritual tone, as she says:
And why not? She was working in the legislative affairs office for U.S. CEO Dick Cheney in 2001 when she first met Scooter, she wrote:
And for her as well:
And then there was the time in 2002 when her family and Scooter's family ran into each other at Jackson, Wyoming, and he was so damn kind and nice:
Wonder if any of those moral tales from this pious servant of Lord and country had to do with Valerie Plame or the coverup of the Iraq war plotting that he was constantly engaged in during 2002.