BTS 10/31/2005: Scooter Libby and Plamegate; Samuel Alito Nomination; CA Special Election Propositions

Listen: Arianna Huffington - Elizabeth de la Vega - Emily Bazelon - Jamie Court

On this Halloween night we look into the developing scandal engulfing the White House which has now resulted in 5 indictments and the resignation of VP Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. Does it stop here? Patrick Fitzgerald underlined the seriousness of the charges, but limited his scope to the legal questions on the outing of Valerie Plame.

We begin tonight with Arianna Huffington – who has never let us forget this is about concocting a false rationale to invade and occupy Iraq. We then speak to former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega who lays out a legal argument for Criminal Conspiracy. The news cycle of the past few weeks has been breathtaking – each day’s revelation out-shadows the previous day.

In quick succession Harriet Miers withdrew, indictments were handed out implicating the Cheney wing of the White House, and this morning, Bush nominated Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. We speak to Slate’s Emily Bazelon for more.

Finally, in one week California goes to the polls in ‘Arnold’s’ special election. Here to discuss some of the propositions is consumer advocate/watchdog, Jamie Court.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Arianna Huffington – author of ten books, founded and writes for the Huffington Post, ran in the 2003 California recall election against Schwarzenegger (hybrid vs. hummer ), co-host of KCRW’s Left, Right and Center, and more than anyone else, has penetrated the fog on the Judith Miller/plamegate story.

2. Elizabeth (Betsy) de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor with more than twenty years' experience. During her tenure she was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and chief of the San José branch of the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. She has just published “The White House Criminal Conspiracy" (published online at TomDispatch.com and in the November 14, 2005 issue of The Nation)

3. Emily Bazelon is a senior editor of Slate magazine. Previously, she was a senior editor of Legal Affairs. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones and other publications. She has worked as a freelance journalist in Israel and as a reporter in California's Bay Area. She graduated from Yale Law School and worked as a law clerk for Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has posted "Alito v. O’Connor" on today’s Slate.com.

4. Jamie Court is President of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom...and What You Can Do About It, and co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health. Court helped to pioneer the HMO patients' rights movement in the United States, sponsoring successful laws in California and aiding them elsewhere. He also inspired the nation's first flat-rate, low-cost auto insurance program for the poor and other consumer protection laws.