It was a Republican Senator, Hiram Johnson of California, who is credited with saying in 1917, "The first casualty when war comes is truth." His words were borne out by the censorship and civil repression that accompanied the U.S.'s entry into World War I and this has been true to the nth degree in regard to our own "war on terror" and the war in Iraq. But there are degrees of casualty ranging from a cut on the finger to loss of limb, shattered spine, or death itself. And in our current situation, where the very legitimacy of the Bush administration is a lie due to its corrupting of the electoral process and the Constitution, truth is in fact dead.
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