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OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 4/18/09

"The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove"

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Message Mark Crispin Miller
While we're all focused on Obama's willingness to let Bush/Cheney's torturers take a pass, let's also note another of his shocking failures to bring that criminal regime to justice. It is a failure just as grave, although it doesn't have the blogosphere on fire, or Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann and John Dean freaking out.

That other failure will, however, raise another national ruckus if and when the facts about it get around--and that will happen, if we circulate "The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove," a staggering documentary by John McTiernan:

Although McTiernan is a master of suspense and horror (he directed Predator and Die Hard), this 52-minute film is certainly the scariest he's ever made, since its story is no fiction, and concerns a massive strike against the rule of law, and democratic government, right here in the USA. This documentary lays it out as clear as day: Karl Rove's careful orchestration of at least six hundred partisan prosecutions by the Department of Justice, so as to give the GOP a big leg up on this or that Election Day.

Watch this film, then ask yourself: Why all the outrage over the misconduct of the prosecutors only in the case of Sen. Ted Stevens? Is it not because he's a Republican? (It's not because he happened to be innocent, as careful readers of that story know.) Is that why the Attorney General dismissed all charges against him--while making no attempt to deal with all those Democrats who've been illegally, and groundlessly, harassed and punished? And, if that's the case, why is this president allowing Bush and Rove, and their accomplices, to skate? Although he used to promise "change," and frequently invoked the sacred memories of FDR and Lincoln, this guy's looking more and more like Gerald Ford.

Now, every time Obama pulls some stunt like this on Bush & Co.'s behalf, his defenders tell us that it's merely "tactical," and that he's doing it in order to accomplish this or that Good Thing, etc. But what Good Thing could possibly outweigh, or justify, acceptance of a government that just keeps winking at enormous violations of the law? And, to speak in more pragmatic terms, what exactly does Obama think the right will give him in return for such surrenders? If he thinks they're going to cut him any slack, he is radically misjudging them--and that's why they have not been rightly judged.

So let's not let Obama, or his party, off the hook for that huge abdication of responsibility. Watch this stunning film, and then see to it that a lot of other people watch it, too.

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Mark's new book, Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008, a collection 14 essays on Bush/Cheney's election fraud since (and including) 2000, is just out, from Ig Publishing. He is also the author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform, which is now out in paperback (more...)
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