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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I've got a secret

Two front page stories in the Washington Post today typify the openness and honesty of the Bush administration and the federal government it oversees.

First, you have the Army finally admitting there may be criminality involved in the death of Pat Tillman, the former football player killed in a fratricide incident in Afghanistan. And then, on the same page, a report about the CIA and the Justice Department cracking down on leaks -- and the media who print them.

Tillman, you will recall, was lionized in death by the Bush machine before it was forced to come clean about the friendly fire nature of his death. As in the case with Jessica Lynch, the propaganda needs for the war effort outweighed the value placed on the human beings who, while making significant sacrifices, were not quite the heroes they were portrayed to be.

And of course, Scooter, Karl and Deadeye Dick were quick to launch an attack on Valerie Plame when her husband had the temerity to question 16 words in a Bush speech.

On the flip side, the Bushies have been fighting tooth and nail to prevent the world from knowing about its disdain for the Constitution -- secret wiretaps, secret prisons and torture to name a few.

Here, the media and the public are clearly the enemy -- trying to bring light to questionable legal and moral actions by an administration that claims it gets its direction straight from Upstairs.

This administration is as bankrupt, corrupt and immoral as that of Richard Nixon. The desperation to manipulate events and minds (all terror, all the time) has contributed to a significant stain on America in the eyes of the world and has coarsened the dialogue at home.

Yet I am struck, yet again, about what recourse there might be. A corrupt Congress? A packed Supreme Court? It is up to each of us to stand up and expose the hypocrisy of their "do as I say, not as I do" assault on morality.


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