At first glance, 74-year-old James Daniel Bond looks like a grandfather. He is. He doesn’t look like a sexual predator who preys on underage girls. But he is. And this grandfather’s victim was his eight-year-old granddaughter. When Bond entered a guilty plea in Circuit Court in Floyd, Virginia, last November, he told Judge Ray W. Grubbs that he loved his granddaughter. “I guess I just loved her too much,” Bond said. Bond admitted repeatedly fondling his granddaughter’s breasts and genital areas and tried to talk the child into performing oral sex on him. Yet with all that he did, his daughter – mother of the child he molested – didn’t want her father to go to prison.
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should speak publicly about their involvement in the CIA leak case so people can understand what happened, a leading Republican senator said Sunday. “We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated, again, by the American people,” said Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a federal court filing last week, the prosecutor in the case said Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, testified before a grand jury that he was authorized by Bush, through Cheney, to leak information from a classified document that detailed intelligence agencies’ conclusions about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
That deafening silence from Sunday stemmed from the absence of Republicans willing to go on the talk show circuit and defend President George W. Bush’s campaign to discredit Ambassador Joseph Wilson with an orchestrated campaign of leaks of previously-classified information.