June 26, 2013
Just So

Robert Scheer on the duty to blow whistles:

As Principle IV of what came to be known as the Nuremberg Code states: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.”

That is a heavy obligation, and the question we should be asking is not why do folks like Ellsberg, Snowden and Bradley Manning do the right thing, but rather why aren’t we bringing charges against the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

Is there an international manhunt being organized to bring to justice Dick Cheney, the then-vice president who seized upon the pain and fear of 9/11 to make lying to the public the bedrock of American foreign policy? This traitor to the central integrity of a representative democracy dares condemn Snowden as a “traitor” and suggest that he is a spy for China because he took temporary refuge in Hong Kong.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 26, 2013 12:05 PM
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Oh, to see any one of the old Bush gang hauled before the bar!

Not gonna happen, though. We're in the New America. This is the America that spies upon its own citizens, that now claims the power to kill Americans without trial or even hearing, that arrests citizens and detains them without charge or trial or access to an attorney for indefinite lengths of time, that tortures terrorist suspects, that invades sovereign countries using obviously false pretenses.

This is the America where white-collar criminals are exalted, rewarded, and promoted to positions of ever greater power and prominence. And all in the name of "looking forward."

This is the America where being at the helm of an enterprise that fails spectacularly because of your decisions means bonuses, promotions, and eager headhunters showing up at your door.

In sum, this isn't even a vague shadow of the country most of us grew up in.

Posted by: Derelict on June 26, 2013 4:11 PM

Exactly.

Posted by: My Info on June 27, 2013 5:49 AM

You forgot, deports its own citizens without trial...

Posted by: knowdoubt on June 27, 2013 6:40 AM

I dunno, Derelict. The country I grew up in wasn't so great. We had McCarthy and the Red scares and all the simple-minded propaganda.(Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System took the junior class of my high school on a tour of Bell Telephone every year.) Girls had to wear skirts that covered their knees, and boys couldn't wear work clothes like jeans. Then the boys got drafted by the millions, except the ones like Cheney, and they were dropped into the jungle to kill and be killed; they were all affected in bad ways. Black people in the South couldn't vote, and some got killed trying. The help-wanted ads were divided into male jobs and female jobs, and the female jobs mostly depended on typing speed.

We had Dita Beard and Spiro Agnew for political scandal, and we murdered Salvador Allende and Patrice Lumumba. We had a president in so much hot water (of his own boiling) that he quit before he was impeached (and the Senate would have convicted this time). I won't even get into more recent history, like Reagan attacking the sovereign nation of Nicaragua, after Congress specifically told him not to.

Anyway, all my life I've been expecting things to get better. Some things have, but nobody gets to enjoy the improvements before the world takes some other awful turn for the worse. My goals have gotten narrower, like outliving Oliver North.

Posted by: JoyfulA on June 29, 2013 1:14 AM
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