Karl Rove's connections to the imprisonment of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman
by cornbreadprogressive, Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 10:28:34 AM EST
As many of you may know, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman
was convicted in 2006 on corruption charges, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison. However, even prior to this case, there is growing evidence that not only was this case contrived on political motives, but also part of a concerted effort to discredit him long before this case.
This Sunday, CBS will air a 60 Minutes special showing how far Karl Rove went to discredit him in favor of one of his political allies, current Alabama Governor Bob Riley.
Please read, recommend, and take action--more political indictments from the GOP are reportedly scheduled to take place in Alabama following the 60 Minutes special!
Take time to revisit the many instances in which due process was circumvented during the 2002 Alabama Gubernatorial election
, in which Siegelman was denied a recount after a electronic voting malfunction.
Also, consider the timeline
of this controversy, as it involves many GOP operatives and ranking members--from Karl Rove to Bill Canary, from to Bob Riley and Bill Pryor. The evidence of political misconduct does not bode well for the GOP.
Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine has done a superb job in revealing the connection between the attorney scandal and Sigeleman's case.
Another allegation has come from a former Alabama Republican lawyer and operative Jill Simpson
, who testified of the political motivations in Siegelman's case, is also claiming that Rove "asked her to take compromising pictures of... Gov. Siegelman," as part of a coordinate smear campaign to discredit Siegelman during the 2002 election.
Now it is reported that members of Alabama GOP and Riley camp are targeting the journalists
, including Horton, who have broke the story. The timing of this is related to new allegations to be released on CBS 60 Minutes
airing this Sunday. Not only are they going after the journalists, it is reported that more political indictments are expected
in the wake of the 60 Minutes special:
Sources say perhaps nine Democrats will be dragged from the floor of the Legislature in handcuffs, and that the Alabama wing of the Bush Justice Department is trying to include one Republican lawmaker among the indictments to make it appear the two-year college probe - reported on ad nauseum by Alabama's corporate, chain press - is non-partisan.
The GOP political hit machine needs to be dismantled in every state. It is not only a matter of providing due process and justice for a man convicted on political charges, it is also a matter of restoring integrity to the process of our democracy. I encourage each of you to take action
and spread the word. please rec this so more people can get involved and please watch the CBS 60 Minutes special this Sunday!
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