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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bush cronies Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales indicted by Texas jury

And now, some news that'll hopefully brighten your day:
A grand jury in South Texas indicted U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday for "organized criminal activity" related to alleged abuse of inmates in private prisons.

The indictment has not been seen by a judge, who could dismiss it.

The grand jury in Willacy County, in the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border, said Cheney is "profiteering from depriving human beings of their liberty," according to a copy of the indictment obtained by Reuters.

The indictment cites a "money trail" of Cheney's ownership in prison-related enterprises including the Vanguard Group, which owns an interest in private prisons in south Texas.
Is it any surprise than Cheney has money sunk into private prisons? George W. Bush and his henchmen are for the privatization of everything, it seems. Social Security? Let Wall Street take that over. Security abroad? Hire Blackwater. Logistics and supplies for our troops? Give Halliburton or another no-bid contract. These guys have a pretty scary vision for America.

It's about time they were held accountable.

By the way, if you haven't heard, ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is already in legal trouble thanks to Purge-Gate:
[August 15th, 2008 - ABC News]

Six attorneys rejected from civil service positions at the Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and three other top officials for allegedly violating their rights by taking politics into consideration in the hiring process.

The suit is an attempt to hold top officials accountable for the hiring scandal that ultimately led to Gonzales' resignation last year, said Daniel Metcalfe, attorney for the plaintiffs who is also executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy at American University's Washington College of Law.
We hope that justice is served in both these cases.


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