Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Bush Gestapo to human shields: Pay fines for going to Iraq or go to prison 

At Leona Helmsley's 1992 tax evasion trial, her housekeeper testified that Helmsley told her, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." While Helmsley drew a four-year prison sentence, one can almost hear the Bushies and their friends tittering, "Only the little people have to obey the law."

And a group of "little people," who put their lives on the line by going to Iraq to act as human shields in the effort to prevent George Dubya's illegal invasion and destruction of that country, are being told by the Bush Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to pay fines of $10,000 or face 10 years in prison for "violating U.S. sanctions that forbade most travel to Iraq and commerce with Saddam Hussein's regime," according to the Washington Post.

The Post doesn't mention whether Treasury spokesman Taylor Griffin had a straight face when he said that there is no political motivation in enforcing the "prewwar sanctions."

If trying to stop a criminal invasion of a sovereign country can get you a 10-year stay in a prison cell, what must George W., Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Condoleeza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and the corporate crooks be facing for all ttheir crimes? Oops, only the little people have to obey the law.

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