The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove

By David Swanson

Embedded below is a stunning video. The Bush-Cheney-Rove Justice Department prosecuted 600 elected officials plus 2,500 collateral cases (children, elderly parents, children of defense lawyers, etc), and 85 percent of the officials were Democrats. And — this is something the filmmaker came to understand after producing this film — most of the rest were moderate Republicans, not Federalist Society Republicans.

The prosecutions were concentrated in presidential election swing states, as were the U.S. attorney firings.

The cases overwhelmingly — almost all of them — went to the small number of judges who had been appointed by George W. Bush.

All the cases that resulted in short prison terms included probation periods until after the next election.

Top fundraisers and staff of presidential candidates Clinton, Edwards, and Obama were indicted.

Let each of those facts sink in. Then watch this video.

Ignore the bit at the end where the filmmaker claims Ronald Reagan never would have cheated on anything (ever heard of the Iran hostage release deal?). But more importantly, ignore the bit where he says we shouldn’t prosecute the people who did this. If we do not, we can kiss any sort of democracy goodbye.

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