We need to pay attention to the heavy implications of the Bush administration’s lawlessness.
Kagro X at Dailykos has the details (emphasis mine):
One of the most shocking stories to grow out of the U.S. attorney firing scandal was the case of Alabama’s former Democratic governor, Don Siegelman. Seigelman was convicted on corruption charges last year. That conviction, and the pressure that came from the Bush Justice Department to secure it, has been a focus of Congressional hearings, and now a 60 Minutes story that will air on Sunday.
Simpson spoke to Pelley because, she says, Siegelman’s seven-year sentence for bribery bothers her. She recalls what Rove, then President Bush’s senior political adviser, asked her to do at a 2001 meeting in this exchange from Sunday’s report.
“Karl Rove asked you to take pictures of Siegelman?” asks Pelley.
“Yes,” replies Simpson.
“In a compromising, sexual position with one of his aides,” clarifies Pelley.
“Yes, if I could,” says Simpson.
Simpson says she found no evidence of infidelity despite months of observation. She tells Pelley that Rove, who had been a top Republican strategist in Alabama, had made requests for information from her before in her capacity as an “opposition researcher” for Republicans running for office.
Siegelman’s supporters (which includes 52 former states’ attorneys general from both political parties) have been working with 60 Minutes for months to get this story aired in hopes that it will bring renewed interest in the case. Given that the show is going to air opposite the Academy Awards, that seems unlikely.
This man has bipartisan support from top legal officials.
Scott Horton has covered this story in excruciating detail over at Harper’s.
If you haven’t heard of this case, or aren’t 100% clear on its details, you owe it to yourself as an American, as a voter, or just as an educated, capable adult human being with any amount of political awareness, to make yourself familiar with this travesty. CBS will only go so far in helping you do it.
This really demonstrates the lengths to which Bush-Cheney’s hyper-politicized Department of Justice can go. If they can railroad the actual governor of a state into prison and have pretty much nobody really sit up and take notice, what does that say about the extent of the damage to the country? Not just the DOJ (which is a goner), but about the supposed watchdogs of the media, who’ve been in large part either cowed into silence, or distracted by an endless stream of shiny objects?
Seriously, this means they can do this to anybody.
If Bush and company successfully took down an elected official on false charges because of his politics, removing him from power and sending him to jail, then everyone involved should be removed from office and jailed, for a long time. This is nothing less than the destruction of the democratic process for partisan gain. Can you think of a greater treason against a government of the people, by the people, and for the people?