Wednesday, December 21, 2005


New American export: the Eternal Investigation

Heaven knows that the only issue on which I unreservedly agree with George Galloway on is the need to refuse to bow one's knee before power. Power needs to be exposed, laughed at, ridiculed, and publicly humiliated lest it grow into tyranny. I am offended by the way in which Galloway has been repeatedly subjected to investigation, just as I was offended by the Eternal Investigation of Bill Clinton. People who believe that we are a nation of "laws and not men" understand that the use of the law as a tool to beat people down is an intolerable abuse. And so we learn that the British Charity Commission, stating that its last investigation was incompetent, promises us that a new one won't be: "'The Mariam Appeal has been wound up, but we do need to go back and make sure that everything has been done properly.' The Commission said that its inquiry would take into account the evidence that underlies reports recently published by the US Senate's permanent sub-committee on investigations, and the UN's independent inquiry committee into the Oil for Food programme in Iraq. 'This is a different focus from the original inquiry opened in 2003,' said the Commission's statement." They had all the books before. They just didn't look at them. Riiiiight. I also deplore Senators Coleman and Levin accusing Galloway of perjury and refusing his offer to debate the issue publicly. I don't know whether Galloway is innocent or not, but there's no doubt in my mind that Coleman and Levin have behaved like dirty little cowards on this.
Hmmmm, let's see here: Quasi-legal, politically-motivated action that switches targets rather than giving up when it hits a dry hole, and that's costing far more than the amount of the alleged crime, and doing far more harm to far more people.

Why, we could be talking about the OIC that the 1994 Republican Congress convened to go after Clinton!
I learned something interesting by reading the Wikipedia article on Galloway.

The Mariam Appeal wasn't even set up to be a charity. But the Charity Board decided that it looked like a charity and therefore ought to be set up as one, apparently so that they could investigate it!

The more one reads about this, the more that it looks as if people have decided that Galloway must have done something wrong and have set about to prove it. And, sure, he may have done something wrong, but when one sets up a campaign to tear down one person, it cannot be called a legal investigation.
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