[Viggo Mortensen, Perceval Press]
The White House wants to “look forward, not back”. That is the stated reason given (again) by President Obama’s Administration for not wishing to examine evidence that makes it unavoidably obvious even to U.S. Senate Democrats that Dick Cheney conspired to illegally keep certain C.I.A. counterterrorism activities secret from Congress.
This is not the first time that President Obama has ignored the need to hold the Cheney/Bush Administration responsible for the many instances of domestic and international criminality that it can and should be tried for. The latest accusations against Cheney — which are no news at all to anyone paying the slightest attention to the man or to the administration he used as his own neocon fiefdom for 8 years — are, in the mainstream media coverage, being given the aura of a noble conservative crusade: controversial, maybe, but certainly justifiable activity in “times of war”. There is a lot more to the matter, and it is cause for grave concern to anybody interested in democracy and the rule of law, not to mention common decency and the moral high ground that Cheney and his ilk so frequently claim as their exclusive dominion.
When will the U.S. media, the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party, and the Congress of the United States of America get some spine? When will these parties show the integrity required as regards Cheney’s manipulating C.I.A. information, as well as of many other proven instances of serious legal and ethical violations on the part of Cheney, Bush and others in their administration? What are the government, the mainstream media, and the Democrats afraid of? In whose interests are they working for?
Certainly not, in the matter of holding public servants as responsible for their criminal acts as they would you or me for stealing a loaf of bread, those of the citizens of the United States of America.