For all that, the Bush regime has reason to be nervous. For its continuing success depends totally on the public 's inattention to, apathy toward, and even ignorance of several potentially explosive issues which, if brought to light, publicized, investigated, and then criminally prosecuted, could demolish the House of Bush and the Republicans. These "bombs in the basement " of the GOP establishment are not disarmed. They are fully armed and ready to go off, if only the opposition can get to them and mobilize the public. And the Busheviks know this all too well.
Among these open and confirmable crimes:
--- Lying to Congress is a crime.
--- Disclosing the identity of a covert intelligence agent 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.
Yet the 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.
Each of these is a momentous offense, totally incompatible with a political order that claims to function under the rule of law. Yet there they are, recognizable and still unpunished and tolerated by a public that appears to be unwilling or unable to appreciate the gravity of the crimes openly committed by their government.