Friday, June 13, 2008
Impeachment is off the table--at the Honolulu Advertiser
If you surf the web, read or watch alternative media, or even if you check CNN's website, you are probably aware that Rep. Dennis Kucinich has just read articles of impeachment on the House floor and that the House, Democrats and several Republicans, voted to send that to the Judiciary Committee (which, in all likelihood, probably will not act).
But so far anyway, unless I've missed something, you wouldn't know any of that if you depend only on the Honolulu Advertiser for your news.
If you were looking for any mention of impeachment in the paper today, you would have found instead, across the top of p. A7, the headline "Italy's prime minister heaps praise on visiting Bush." The article was given the entire page, that is, the portion around the large ad.
Suppose they did cover the story. You can bet it would result in letters to the editor, both pro and con, which they would have to sort through and maybe print. This is what newspaper owners don't want you to see—discussion of impeachment on their pages.
Of course, you can read about the impeachment resolution all over the web. There are YouTube videos and it was even on CNN's website.
Kucinich was interviewed today on Democracy Now. The transcript is here, or you can go to the website to see the video or to listen to the interview. It will be on channel 56 at 10 p.m. tonight for Oahu viewers.
Impeach him, heck, try him for murder
Already on the NY Times best seller list (if not mentioned elsewhere in the Times) is the just-released The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, by Vincent Bugliosi. He was the Charles Manson prosecutor who now makes a case for trying the president for the deaths of 4,000 American soldiers in Iraq.
|The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder|
by Vincent Bugliosi
Read more about this title...
Vincent Bugliosi is one of the most successful prosecutors in this country, with a record including twenty-one murder convictions without a single loss. With a new book, he outlines his case for the prosecution of George W. Bush for murder....
...So we know—not “think,” but we know—that when George Bush told the nation on the evening of October the 7th, 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio, that Hussein was an imminent threat to the security of this country, he was telling millions of unsuspecting Americans the exact opposite of what his own CIA was telling him. So if we had nothing else at all, this alone shows us that he took this nation to war on a lie, and therefore, all of the killings in Iraq of American soldiers became unlawful killings and therefore murder.
But it gets worse. October 4th, three days after the October 1st classified top-secret report, Bush and his people had the CIA issue an unclassified summary version of the October 1st classified report, so that this report could be issued to the American people and to Congress. And this report came to be known as the “White Paper.” And in this White Paper, the conclusion of US intelligence that Hussein was not an imminent threat to the security of this country was completely deleted from the White Paper. Every single one of these all-important words were taken out. And the question that I have is, how evil, how perverse, how sick, how criminal can George Bush and his people be? And yet, up to this point, unbelievably—and there’s no other word for it—he’s gotten by with all of this. [Democracy Now!, 6/13/2008]
Newspapers across the country are losing readership. We readers, I think, can understand why. Try and follow news on the Iraq war or on Israeli-Palestinian clashes in your daily paper. As we move towards the general election, see if their coverage of Bush administration failures increases or decreases. They won't miss a smear story on a candidate, though, will they.
When I was little and in school I always looked at the stuff in history class and most of the time asked innocently “why did they do that- it seems so stupid”. When they teach the period of Clinton and Bush in another 10 or 20 years and look at one being impeached for having sex and the other getting away with war crimes arguably worse than the ones prosecuted in Nuremberg only 50 years previously, I supposed those teacher will also tell the kid “just learn the facts and don’t ask so many questions” like they told me.
I think kids do ask. When I was in primary school I once asked the history teacher why we were just learning about a string of wars. War, war, war. Didn't anything important happen that didn't involved killing other people? I don't recall the answer, but I bet children do ask these questions.
If things go on as at present, I wonder who will write the history books for future generations.
People are celebrating the Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision on keeping people locked up forever (me: only 5-4?). What will kids think if we keep them locked up anyway? I will get excited when the cage doors are unlocked and the torture stops, and really thrilled if the war criminals are convicted and put away.
Until then, we are demonstrating that not only do we do wrong, but we know we are doing wrong and we do it anyway. Not a great legacy to leave the next generation.
5-4 is the really scary part. If Scalia’s dissent is in the history books we’re in real trouble, except maybe as the ranting of a genocidal war criminal, the way we read Goerbles Gherig or Himmler, if we can spell them .
I found out that this is all just the first draft.