Sunday, April 15, 2012

USA's upside-down justice

From Tom Engelhardt's Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Joining The Whistleblowers' Club
9 years elapsed since "Mission Accomplished"
"... the strange, embattled world of Obama-era governmental whistleblowers. As a group, they are, after all, just about the only people inside the National Security Complex who ever get in trouble for their acts.

"In our era, the illegal surveillers, the torturers, the kidnappers, those who launch and pursue undeclared and aggressive wars, and those who squander taxpayer dollars all run free.

"Later, if they were important enough, they write their memoirs for millions of dollars, peddle their speeches for hundreds of thousands more, and live the good life.

"The only figures in the Complex regularly pursued as troublemakers and possible criminals turn out to be guilty of a single all-American crime: telling the citizenry what they should know about the operations of, and often enough the crimes of, the government they elected..."
Read Peter Van Buren's article: Left Behind, What We Lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012
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