A Tempest in South Texas?

I wonder if anything will come of this. I’d sure like to see these guys in orange jumpsuits.

McALLEN, Texas – Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.

The indictment returned Monday has not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken until that happens.

The seven indictments made public in Willacy County on Tuesday included one naming state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and some targeting public officials connected to District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra‘s own legal battles.

Well, they got Al Capone for tax evasion…


4 responses to “A Tempest in South Texas?

  1. Of course it was great fun to see this. But on the surface it appears very weak. To claim that a private prison security firm is a criminal organization may not seem like such a stretch to most people, but it would be difficult to establish in a court of law. The alleged abuse occurred quite apart from any direct actions of Cheney. Gonzalez may be in more trouble for squelching an investigation, but it would take a strong legal grounds to proceed. The Democratic party is not in the business of taking unfair advantage of the legal system to punish its foes. We would rather see both of these men be charged for the international crimes of which they are guilty. Hint: Torture.

    There is no Democratic equivalent of the sickening and repulsive abuse of the legal system as perpetrated by Republicans since the Paula Jones/Monica Lewinski debacle and the politicization of the entire federal judiciary under the direction of Karl Rove. There will be no Linda Tripp or Kenneth Starr. We won’t have quotas for Republican and Democratic prosecutions. We simply do not operate in that realm. Only congress or the president can bring meaningful charges against these two mobsters. I think we have already seen that will not happen. What difference would it make anyway? History will come down hard on these two. Just like Napoleon.

  2. Of course one party is more corrupt and crooked than the other! “There is no Democratic equivalent of the sickening and repulsive abuse of the legal system as perpetrated by Republicans…..” How else could a two party system dominate all these years without the yammering masses on each side pointing fingers at the other side? Substitute Republican in the above quote and about half the population
    ‘s sentiments are equally expressed. Even a most cursory examination of history shows an equality of corruption so manifest in American politics.

  3. I agree, FJ – it is weak in the extreme. But I thought it was fun.


    I really do think we should have impeached Bush/Cheney immediately upon gaining control of the Congress. We cannot trust to history. The Republicans have spent decades building up think tanks that make a point of cranking out position papers, pundits and books that completely rewrite it. Through the magic of The Big Lie, the Constitution suddenly becomes a religious document based on “conservative” principles.

    That asterisk of impeachment needed to be there next to their names to prevent this type of historical revisionism.

    Pelosi’s (and some Congressional Democrats’) lack of action in pursuing legal remedies for the impeachable offenses of warrantless wiretapping, outing Valerie Plame and torture, soured me on the Democrats before Obama’s selection, not election, as the Democratic candidate. After the corruption of the primary process by Party Leaders, I am now equally cynical towards both Parties in general. I believe exactly what goesh said – that they both encourage hatred and division among the American people in order to retain power.

    We need to make them work for our votes again. That is why I think we should become non-partisan and elect individuals, not parties. Some Democrats are really good public servants and deserve our votes. I haven’t found too many Republicans I would honor with my precious franchise, but then, I do live in New York, where most Democrats are more Clinton than Pelosi.

  4. I’m not so naive as to believe the Democratic party is 100% clean. Across every government office, in every church and corporation, wherever people have access to money and power there will always be some level of corruption. As far as graft and cronyism, the Republicans do seem to be in the lead today. Witness ex-flying ace Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. But I was talking specifically about the abuse of the power of prosecution. Particularly the groundless impeachment of President Clinton. Somehow his forthcomingness in admitting to an adulterous affair with Lewinski is pertinent to the Jones case and next thing you know he is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Laughable. And they pursued it all the way to the Senate floor.

    It was precisely because of this recent precedent that Pelosi had her hands tied to impeach Bush and Cheney. It would have been tit for tat, despite the magnitude of their high crimes and treason.

    I believe in the two-party system. Nothing could make me happier than a healthy, moral Republican leadership. But they’ve got a lot of work to do. And an apology wouldn’t hurt either.