Two modes of government are doing battle in America today. The issue of secrecy in government has never been more important. Few Americans realize how radically the Bush Administration changed our systems and processes in order to deny the average American citizen access to information about what the government is doing in our name!
The leaks about secret prisons being run by the CIA around the world has produced near hysteria in Bush Republican circles. Republicans seem to be spinning the controversy into a scandal about leaks. The actual scandal focus should be almost exclusively focused on secret prisons.
Secret prisons are totally against American legal traditions. Europeans nations in several countries are investigating criminally these activities by our government. Dictatorships like the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Saddam Husseins Iraq routinely operated secret prisons. The United States should not be engaged in this kind of behavior. The behavior should not be hidden from the American voters. The government personnel responsible for this behavior should be fired and possibly prosecuted. Tolerating secret prisons operated by our government is a giant step toward destroying American Democracy and American Freedom.
The public needs to be informed of the activities of these organizations in order to guarantee they are not being abused for partisan political purposes. Secrecy is essential to the creation of an American dictatorship. Our government should never be permitted to operate secretly. The risk is great and should not be tolerated.
Financial corruption flourishes in a climate of secret government. The Cheney Energy Taskforce met in secret with executives of oil companies. The Bush Administration has blocked American citizens from knowing what was discussed in the White House in these meetings. Critics naturally suspect collusion between Cheney and the Oil Industry. Was government Energy policy designed to profit specific private oil companies? Was the invasion of Iraq discussed in these meetings which were held before the 9-11 terrorist attacks? Was the oil pipeline negotiations between the Bush Administration and the Taliban in Afghanistan discussed? Did the Bush Administration have advance knowledge about the then upcoming California Energy Crisis? Did the oil company executives suggest specific appointments to government regulatory agencies? Were political campaign donations discussed? American citizens should have the right to have these questions answered!
The falsely named Patriot Act should be repealed. It is not needed to fight terrorism. It has a high potential for abuse. It is a waste of government resources. It goes against all the ideals of our Founding Fathers and the American Revolution. It is simply un-American.
At the core of the conflict is the difference between having a government of elites that rule over our citizens or one that represents the interests and opinions of our citizens. We do not need a new King George or a Wall Street-Republican aristocracy to rule over the American nation. We need a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to trust democracy and promote open, clean government.
Written by Stephen Crockett (co-host of Democratic Talk Radio http://www.democratictalkradio.com ). Mail: P.O. Box 283, Earleville, Maryland 21919. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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