Political Prosecutions Bumped by Death, Sex

Addressing Bush-era Department of Justice investigations, David Swanson (6/26/09) is asking OpEd News readers the provocative question, “Did you know the United States has in recent years prosecuted hundreds of people for political reasons?”

This is a crime, or rather a crime wave, that has thus far been addressed primarily by ignoring it. You can read a lot about it from bloggers like Larisa Alexandrovna or Scott Horton. But you won’t hear the president mention it on TV.

In an attempt to convince the corporate media that this issue ranked right up there with governors’ sex lives and celebrities’ deaths, a group of notable speakers, judges, attorneys, victims and witnesses gathered and spoke on Friday morning at the National Press Club.

Swanson’s piece includes the text from “what I blogged from the event” and tells us that “you can watch the whole forum on C-SPAN. You won’t find it anywhere else.”