Thursday, September 01, 2005

Here's what's wrong with our system of government

A United States District Judge who up to now has been relatively receptive to the ACLU's claim to full disclosure of the grossest Abu Ghraib videos and photos, now relapses into judicial mumbo-jumbo, giving deference to the testimony of military types who say that such disclosure would injure the war effort and cause death to our military forces.

Look, Judge Hellerstein, the citizens of this nation are its owners, are its bosses. How dare you stand in the way of an informed citizenry, depriving them of information about their nation's most important facet--war-making--by hiding behind some separation-of-powers nonsense, or worse, a facile fact-finding function! It's the judges, under article 3 of the Constitution, who were placed in the position of reining in the legislative and executive branches of government, who were the guardians of the public's right to know and to express themselves knowledgably, despite the efforts of those who govern them to hide facts and functions.

Judge Hellerstein, there's no debate, no doubt. The voters need to know what their employees, the government, has done in their name. You must order the photos and videos released to the public or else America becomes--no doubt about it--just another nation doomed to destruction by its own lack of honesty and virtue. And you, Judge Hellerstein, are early on the list of those who enabled, ensured, its demise.

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