Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Ever since public office was just a twinkle in Sen. George Felix Allen's eye, "law and order" has been one of his core campaign pledges.
Take no prisoners in the war against crime, terrorism, whatever. The rule of law is sacrosanct.
Now thanks to Truthout, we learn Allen truly doesn't believe his own talking points.
When some folks swindle the government, say corporate fat cats like Halliburton, move along, we've got the perpetual war in Iraq to run.
Last week, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, introduced the "Honest Leadership and Accountability" amendment; and every GOP senator voted against the measure, including our "tough on crime" junior senator from Virginia.
Here is a list of corporate malfeasance the bill would outlaw.
But now, it's grab all the $$$$ you can forever.
"Executes or attempts to execute a scheme or artifice to defraud the United States or the entity having jurisdiction over the area in which such activities occur."
"Falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact."
"Makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations, or makes or uses any materially false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry."
"Materially overvalues any good or service with the specific intent to excessively profit from the war or military action."
The measure called for those found guilty of violating the law to be imprisoned for up to 20 years and be subject to a fine of up to $1,000,000 - a drop in the bucket for these guys - or a percentage of
their ill-gotten gains.
As Howling Latina previously wrote, Allen is extremely selective with his moral outrage. Let's see a little anger directed at war profiteers and the crooks at Halliburton that cost Virginia taxpayers billions of dollars!