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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Surreal Cheney, Gonzales Indictments Baffling, Fun

by Jay Allbritton
I did take note of the indictments against Bush Administration super villain Dick Cheney and his willing patsy, Alberto Gonzales. At the heart of the indictment is an industry that I have long been extremely wary of--private prisons.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Cheney is charged with "engaging in an organized criminal activity related to his investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers."

So, after starting a war based on bullshit, funneling no-bid contracts to Halliburton, helping to out Valerie Plame, shooting his buddy, burning all the shit in his safe and all types of other major league violations of both the letter and the spirit of American law, the Mighty Dick Cheney gets indicted over his dealings in the private prison business by a small time prosecutor in a border town? Seriously?

Early word has it that the prosecutor is completely insane. There's also the possibility that the prosecutor is insane and that Cheney is guilty anyway.

The indictment of Gonzales is for allegedly obstructing a 2006 investigation into abuses one of the private prisons.

David Platt at Huffington Post asks, will Cheney Pardon himself? It's not legal for a Vice President to pardon himself, but when has the law ever stopped Cheney?

By the way something, the first hearing on the indictments degenerated into something resembling the end of And Justice for All. Not the greatest beginning to an uphill legal battle, but perhaps the making of a great film one of these days.

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