I tired, almost two months ago, at the foolishness of my fellow liberals, working the meme “President Obama is playing three-dimensional chess” when discussing the pending (0r NOT!) investigations into the crimes of BushCo.
Particularly at a site that shall remain nameless (but some would call it FaRT) I found correspondents who insisted that not only was Santa bringing a pony, but that Obama was working the Progressive Forces to create a Public Outrage sufficient that he could say to the Reactionary Assholes “What can I do? It is the will of the people that the truth of BushCo’s crimes come out!”
I had an inkling that this was confirmed as nonsense when the president blocked the second court order under FOIA brought by the ACLU for the release of a second batch of torute photos.
It is the president’s support of the clearly Straussian* Graham-Leiberman “You Can’t Handle The Truth” amendment that was just removed from the conference mark-up due to the pressure of liberals in the House, from the war funding bill, that has solidified in my mind the certainty that there will NEVER be any investigations, much less trials, of BushCo.
Oh, the weeping and gnashing of teeth as I dared to push that argument over at Happy Land Tree Fort.
The president has clearly turned away from his commitment to “transparency”, if he ever really meant it. Certainly his vote in favor of Teleco Immunity did not reflect any real commitment to transparency.
We cannot allow the argument that an act of our government could be so hideous, so horrendous, that it is critical that we cover it up as well as we may. That is the argument put forth: that the release of evidence of purest barbarism under BushCo. will endanger Americans.
That would have been a good discussion to have BEFORE invading another country, especially one of such a different culture as Iraq. But there was too much discussion of how all the war opponents were traitors to be bothered to consider the consequences of invasion.
Graham-Leiberman, and Obama as well, are continuing the Cheney logic of You Don’t Need To Know, And If You Did Know, It Would Destroy America, that so poisonously predominated the political debate for the better part of a decade.
No. I stand today and I say: No.
This is supposedly a democracy. We the people are the government. We need to know EVERYTHING that we possibly can know.
And “It would reflect poorly on America or and administration” is not sufficient reason, under FOIA, to repress information. Two courts have said so.
Which would explain why Graham-Leiberman was authored: FOIA simply does not present any legally valid reason to withhold the photos in question.
I say, No.
* (Straussian: a term you MUST know by now! it is a modern spin on Plutocracy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straussian)