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|Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:38 am Post subject: TRUTH JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY
From Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:00 am to Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|As most of you know the law suit against Christie Whitman was thrown out of court as It appears that a judge did not want to set a dangerous precedent that would make public officials fear making public statements in the future.
Last year the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's falsely reassuring and misleading statements of safety after the September 11, 2001 attacks were "without question conscience-shocking." The court also found the facts "support an allegation of a violation of the substantive due process right to be free from official government policies that increase the risk of bodily harm" by Whitman's misstatements regarding the air quality of the affected area.
So now the courts are basically stating that government officials can lie and put us at risk and we have no recourse.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency can not be held responsible for lying to the people she was being paid to protect.
I would be more worried about that dangerous precedent being set.
So what do you think any elected official will do when they have has to decide between the truth (no matter how damaging) or a lie (to cover up mistakes and deficient government performance).
Now that the courts have made it easier to lie.
But I guess it doesn't really matter as even when people in these positions are convicted they wind up getting a presidential pardon any way.
The only losers in this game are people like you and me.
Would have been nice if the courts had determined that elected officials and their agents should be held accountable for their actions.
"Truth, Justice and the American Way"
Unfortunately that seems only to be true in comic books.
Court rules ex-EPA chief not liable for reassuring residents on 9/11 air
by Associated Press Tuesday April 22, 2008, 11:05 AM