Friday, February 10, 2006

MoJo Blog: VA Nurse in New Mexico accused of sedition

Here is part of the text of a letter to the editor written by Laura Berg, a clinical nurse specialist in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

I am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence of this government. The Katrina tragedy in the U.S. shows that the emperor has no clothes!...The public has no sense of the additional devastating human and financial costs of post-traumatic stress disorder....

Bush, Cheney, Chertoff, Brown, and Rice should be tried for criminal negligence....This country needs to get out of Iraq now and return to our original vision and priorities of caring for land and people and resources rather than killing for oil. . . . We need to wake up and get real here, and act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit.

Otherwise, many more of us will be facing living hell in these times.

Berg, who works at Albuquerque's VA Medical Center, wrote the letter to the weekly paper, the Alibi. When it was published in late September, VA officials seized Berg's computer, accusing her of using it to write the letter, and accused her of sedition.

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So, why is this woman being charged with sedition and not the rest of us?

We have all called for regime change at home. We have called for impeachment, first, because it is our only legal recourse against an executive who just keeps on committing high crimes (hell they don't even bother with misdemeanors).

We believe that, as a free and dignified people, we must exhaust every legal means of ridding our government of crooks and war criminals.

We have never said that we, as a people, should stop there if, in fact, we find that we no longer have a government that functions as a Democratic Republic, being responsible to the people, who are, through their constitution and elected Representatives and Senators self-governing.

Read the Declaration of Independence!

If this woman is sentenced to prison for even one friggin' day for sedition, we should all travel to Washington, D.C., to the VA and demand that we all be charged.

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