Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Prosecute White House Propaganda Crimes
Last week, an official government investigation determined that the Bush Administration broke the law when it used taxpayer dollars to hire fake journalists like Armstrong Williams to promote its political agenda.
It’s not only unethical, it’s also illegal. The only way for justice to be served is for you and 50,000 others to add your name to a letter I am sending to Congress and the Justice Department demanding prosecution. A copy of your letter will be sent to all the leaders of the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees.
Please put your name next to mine in demanding a full prosecution.
This White House has a knack for evading prosecution. Our strength is in our numbers -- I need you to stand by me and make the charges stick against an administration that has set aside more than a quarter billion dollars to push covert propaganda on the public. No other administration has spent so much to deceive so many.
In a report released on Sept. 30, the Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Education illegally used taxpayer dollars to fund a covert propaganda campaign, funneling money to Williams to tout Bush's education policies in advance of the 2004 elections. The investigation also dug up other instances of abuse, including a previously undisclosed case in which the Bush administration commissioned a newspaper article that praised the White House's role in promoting science education. But these abuses may just be the tip of the iceberg.
We need the White House to provide a full accounting of the more than $250 million in taxpayer funds spent to promote its political agenda.
Tell Congress and Justice to prosecute these crimes to the full extent of the law.
The administration's silence on propaganda speaks volumes. Without popular dissent, an emboldened White House will continue to throw up obstacles to full disclosure. It is now up to the public to pressure our government to enforce the law and stop propaganda crimes.
Take action today -- and don't forget to tell your friends.