Revolution #220, December 19, 2010

A Tale of Two People

This is a tale of two people.

One is on tour promoting his best-selling memoir, bragging about ordering waterboarding—one of the most barbaric, medieval, inhuman forms of torture. Waterboarding is unequivocally illegal under U.S. and international law.

The other is revealing leaked documents that show how the first man, and the U.S. government he headed, carried out torture and other crimes. And how the U.S. coerced, bribed, threatened, and blackmailed governments around the world to back off from investigating and prosecuting these crimes.

One of these people is treated with kid gloves by the media—his crimes absolved by the current President and prosecutors.

The other is in jail. Government and media figures call for his persecution, even for his assassination. Until his arrest, he was hounded by the “law enforcement” agencies of the Western powers. His website was shut down even though it violated no law. Students at prestigious elite universities are told if they want to work for the U.S. government, they better not read the exposed documents.

George W. Bush has the bestseller—and his crimes are ignored. Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is in jail, his website under official siege, and his life threatened by prominent and influential figures in the U.S.

Here’s the question everyone should ask: What kind of a world is it where the greatest criminals are in power, and those who expose them are jailed, censored, and threatened?

And what are you going to do about it?

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