Wednesday, October 26, 2005

That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.

a crime by any other name...


In a few short days Patrick Fitzgerald, (the special prosecutor who was tapped nearly two years ago to find out whether anyone in the White House broke a federal law by blowing the cover of CIA operative) will make an announcement of his findings. When this occurs one of two things will happen. He will announce despite a thorough investigation, he as been unable to find evidence that anyone created a crime, and therefore is dismissing the Grand Jury, packing up and going home, with no indictments. In this case you will hear a giant sucking sound as the air seeps slowly out of the balloon of hope many a liberal/democrat, (and a few renegade conservatives) has been holding aloft. There will be celebratory parties in the republican/conservative sector. In a world where all things are possible, it could happen just that way.
More likely though, Fitzgerald will announce he has sought and procured indictments against at least two people, and quite possibly more. This is when you will hear the sound of the giant republican spin machine kick into high gear. I say high gear because it's already hard at work in the inner circles in Washington D.C. and the main stream media.
There have already been the attempts to discredit, Fitzgerald (a man approved of by THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF), as an overzealous prosecutor, who thinks he's mission from God (sound like anyone else we know). I guess it's okay for a president to think he's on a mission from God, but no one else is allowed to believe they are being empowered by the almighty.

Then you have people like Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) saying things like "I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment ... it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime, and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste". Now this would be the SAME Kay Bailey Hutchinson who thought President Clinton should be impeached because he committed perjury. Let me get this straight, if you lie to a Grand Jury about sex in the oval office, it's perjury and you should be prosecuted and impeached. If you lie to the Grand Jury about a matter concerning National Security and the outing of a CIA agent, well that's just a technicality. Can you say HYPOCRITE? Of course Ms Hutchinson knows all about getting off on technicalities. Since that's exactly what she did back a few years ago.

So, be prepared. If and when indictments are issued, there will be those on the right who will be screaming foul . They will say Fitzgerald had a political agenda, they will claim it was all just a bunch of politicians and reporters gossiping. They will say, if lies were told, they were lies of omission or confusion. A mere technicality . Certainly not worthy of serious prosecution or even attention. It will be the criminalization of politics as usual.
This is how politicians work. If they can't defend or deny the crime, go on the offense and attack the accusers. Smear them, call them partisan hacks, go after them so aggressively and so nasty that in the end, everyone forgets the actual crime at the heart of the matter. Then they say Mission Accomplished.

Somewhere out there CIA agents will still be expected to put their lives on the line, no longer secure in the knowledge that those in their very own government won't betray them, in the name of politics. Because should they do so the American people would hold them accountable.

Meanwhile you and I, Mr and Ms Average Citizen is left feeling even more disgusted, and disillusioned with our political and judicial system. Maybe it's time we took being citizens of this country a lot more seriously. Maybe it's time to let politicians know, if you break the law, don't count on some slick lawyer getting you off on a technicality. Because WE THE PEOPLE are going to hold you accountable. If not in a court of law, then in the voting booth. Then WE can say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED .

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