Thursday, August 25, 2005

What part of CRIME do they not understand?

Summary of “The Bombs in the Basement” by Ernest Partridge
The Bush administration has reasons to be nervous. Not just because of mismanagement or incompetence, although there is certainly plenty of that. But they are guilty of criminal activity – indictable and impeachable violations of the law.

Among these open and confirmable crimes:

  • Lying to Congress is a crime.
  • Disclosing the identity of a covert intelligence agent is a crime.
  • Perjury is a crime.
  • Influence peddling ("graft") is a crime.
  • Torture of prisoners and violation of the Geneva Conventions is a crime.
  • Violation of civil liberties (denial of rights to counsel, trial, etc.) is a crime.
  • Failure to obey a court order (i.e. of the Supreme Court) is a crime.
  • Misprision (i.e., incitement) of a felony is a crime.
  • Voting fraud is a crime.
  • Obstruction of Justice is a crime.

Congress refuses to investigate, and the mainstream media refuse to investigate and report, which means that the Congress and the media are (in an unindictable sense) "accessories" to these crimes.

Can the public be aroused from its slumbers? On that question, history will turn.

We, the public, need not sit silently, as helpless spectators, hoping for a reversal of fortune while our democracy is being taken from us. In fact, a significant and growing portion of the public is taking action, as the Bush administration and its bodyguard media lose credibility. The mainstream media remains answerable to its stockholders. That media might thus face the choice of either becoming irrelevant or, to avoid bankruptcy, practicing honest journalism again.

Thus it remains the responsibility of each private dissenting citizen to join the struggle – a thousand, better millions, of "points of light," to use George H. W. Bush’s metaphor in a manner he never intended. The citizen can act with boycotts, letters to editors, demonstrations, and by supporting progressive voices in the independent media and the internet. The citizen can act by being heard in public meetings and private conversations, and, if sufficiently resourceful and courageous, with acts of civil disobedience.

But can private citizens make a difference? Ask that question of the protesters at Camp Casey, and you will find your answer. Joseph Wilson made a difference. Cindy Sheehan made a difference. Colleen Rowley made a difference. Who’s next? Maybe you.

As Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

The Bush Administration is engaged in a contest against the truth and against reality, as it spins out lie after lie, and as it rewrites and censors scientific reports. This is a contest that it must eventually lose. Our job as responsible citizens is to pull away the curtain and expose the wizard as soon as possible, to minimize further damage to our country – to its economy, to its international reputation, to its honor.

For, to quote the late physicist Richard Feynman in his dissent to the Challenger Disaster report, "reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."

1 comment:

JimActivist1 said...

In the morning we will all be up and beginning our daily routine, but with a difference to some. Our loved one will not be there to share a smile about the previous day, to give or get a kiss for the morning, to have a morning cup of coffee with, to discuss the events coming up or the latest football score.
They were murdered because of a war that was illegally concieved and illegally carried out with money that should be going to education, health and welfare of our children.
The culprit?
George W.Bush the illegally elected president not once but twice.
The architect was and is up for indictment is none other than the notorious Karl Rove, self styled mouth and brain of George W.
Let's get rid of the problem by impeachment. It can be done and should be done.