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. . . for the sake of the institution . . .

by: teacherken

Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:03:28 AM EDT

It takes many forms:

The Blue Wall of Silence

We must protect the church

We clean up our own messes

You will weaken the Presidency/administration in a time of war/crisis/national emergency

An outsider cannot understand

You will take away the motivation to take risks

... and you can offer your own version . . .

It is the excuse not to public identify wrongdoers or to be subject to outside oversight or to allow criminal investigation and prosecution

The claim is that to do so will weaken the Police Force / Church / Military / Business / Organization

The claim is wrong.  And failure to fully investigate and expose weakens the institution, because it inevitably leads to an arrogance and the same or similar behavior continues, or happens again. . . and again . . . and again. . .

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In a sense, it is all our fault

by: teacherken

Sat May 02, 2009 at 09:31:23 AM EDT

Originally posted at Daily Kos

This will not be a particularly insightful post.  It is a visceral reaction, a recognition of something that perhaps is obvious to others, but is something that was not yet a fully formed thought in my limited brain.  It is, as is often the case, the result of reading words by someone else.  

In this case the words are those of two men.  The first is Scot Lehigh, the very much centrist columnist in The Boston Globe, writing Jay Severin, a punk posing as a pundit, and the second in Bob Herbert of The New York Times, whose piece today, entitled Out of Touch, describe how removed from the reality of most of the American people the ideas, attitudes and expressions of many major Republican figures are.

The visceral reaction - why still so many in this country could vote for a man like Bush, could support torture, could demonize those who differ from them in any way.  So many -  including at times most of us here, even if only in reaction.

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The lying about Iraq is the original sin

by: teacherken

Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 07:48:44 AM EDT

originally posted at Daily Kos

Five years after the Abu Ghraib revelations, we must acknowledge that our government methodically authorized torture and lied about it. But we also must contemplate the possibility that it did so not just out of a sincere, if criminally misguided, desire to "protect" us but also to promote an unnecessary and catastrophic war. Instead of saving us from "another 9/11," torture was a tool in the campaign to falsify and exploit 9/11 so that fearful Americans would be bamboozled into a mission that had nothing to do with Al Qaeda. The lying about Iraq remains the original sin from which flows much of the Bush White House's illegality.

That is one paragraph, towards the end, of Frank Rich's Sunday NY Times column, which is entitled The Banality of Bush White House Evil, itself a reference to the famous phrase penned by Hannah Arendt.  Read the Rich if you want.  I will quote no further.  I will merely focus on the implication s of this one paragraph.

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