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How America has changed

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At one time, the US seemed to believe that if it were discovered that someone broke the law, then they would get a trial and, if convicted, be sentenced. John Mitchell, for example, was Attorney General under Nixon, but when he was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and he did in fact serve time (19 months), which is more than can be said about “Scooter” Libby.

Nowadays, it seems to be that there’s some kind of “immunity” card that allows some people to commit crimes—horrendous crimes, including torture and murder—and yet not be investigated or prosecuted. And our Establishment likes it this way, because  being part of the Establishment is worth a lot toward an immunity card.

I find this new aspect of the US very disturbing. We have seen other nations have this attitude, and it never ends well: once a group knows that they have an immunity card, they start to use it.

Glenn Greenwald has a good discussion of this today. I suggest you read this column.

Written by Leisureguy

9 January 2009 at 1:59 pm

Posted in Government

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