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Memo To Broder: It Is A Criminal Matter

broderella.JPGThis morning Glenn Greenwald picked up on yet another atrocity from David Broder, this time from a chat in the WaPo, in which a reader asked him why we shouldn’t be impeaching George W. Bush for using propaganda and false information to induce the country into invading another under false pretenses. His answer was a Village Classic:

You’ll have to forgive me, but I am reluctant to see every big policy dispute turned into a criminal or impeachable affair.

Of course not. Now, blow jobs, that’s a different matter.

But then, it might be handy to remember — as we’ve pointed out a coupla times — it is in fact very much against the law to engage in such propaganda. Specifically, it not only violates standard provisions of the Appropriations Acts, it violates the Anti-Deficiency Act.

You could argue, perhaps, that those violations alone do not rise to the level of impeachable crimes. But these laws exist for a specific reason — to keep government from turning its propaganda powers against the American public. This is particularly true for military propaganda and psy-ops operations — which historically have been carefully relegated to the target populations of enemy combatants, not the American taxpayers who pay their salaries.

Not so under Bush. And combined with the fact that, as Glenn notes, this propaganda was used in the perpetration of a moral atrocity that cost thousands of lives, the case for impeachment — for Bush and Cheney alike, thank you very much — grows more powerful.

But first we need to establish the case with evidence and facts. Go here to sign a letter urging Congressional leaders to take action with immediate hearings on the propaganda generals.

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.