Assassination By Allegation Of Sex Crimes
late dictator Saddam Hussein was considered evil because he had his political enemies assassinated. Because of the way he
ruled Iraq with an iron fist, he had many political enemies. His behavior is common in governments operating under supreme
the United States and apparently in European nations operating under democratic forms of government, getting rid of political
enemies also is practiced. But instead of beheading the troublemakers, the form of assassination is much more subtle, yet
just as effective. They plant some fake evidence and accuse the target of sex crimes. How does the accused victim successfully
defend himself or herself? Whether found guilty or not, the stigma that goes with such publicity is so tainted it never goes
in point: the recent warrant issued by Swedish prosecutors accusing controversial Wikileaks website founder Julian Assange
with “suspected rape” and molestation. Assange made headlines after publishing thousands of pages of intelligence
information and secret military documents about the war in Afghanistan.
spite of pressure by the Pentagon, Assange says he plans to publish even more documents that were leaked from undisclosed
sources. Military officials say the disclosures have compromised military security and put lives in danger.
strange timing of the Swedish warrants, when Assange was reportedly visiting that country and where the Wikileaks website
is believed to be operating, appears to support the publisher’s claim that he has been the victim of a political smear
these accusations are popping up right now is an interesting question. I have not been contacted by police. These allegations
are false,” Assange is quoted as telling the Swedish daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.
appears to be escaping this assault. After all of the media coverage, Swedish authorities made an about-face and withdrew
the warrant. They said they determined that the document was based on an “unfounded accusation of rape.”
another case, Alvin Greene, the unknown South Carolina candidate who stunned the political world when he won the Democratic
primary to be a state candidate for the U.S. Senate, has strangely been indicted on criminal sex charges.
an unemployed military veteran who spent little if any money in his campaign against a former judge, apparently is turning
out to be an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. Party leaders are clamoring to hold onto and possibly gain more Senate
seats in the November elections. They worry that Greene is not an electable candidate.
suspiciously, Greene is charged with approaching a young woman on the University of South Carolina campus, showing her obscene
pictures and suggesting going to her dormitory room. If convicted he could face up to five years in jail. The charge also
would wipe his name from the South Carolina ballot and smear Greene’s name forever, even if it is nothing more than
a political dirty trick.
must ask if Greene really wants to be a viable candidate for the Senate, why would he do such a foolish act? He is either
nuts or the victim of a political smear designed to destroy him for daring to get in the way of state and national party power
Scott Ritter, the former chief United Nations weapons inspector who argued against President George W. Bush’s push to
launch the Iraq war? Bush based his decision to go to war on allegations that Saddam Hussein was harboring “weapons
of mass destruction” and was therefore a threat to U.S. security.
spoke out strongly against attacking Iraq, claiming that his inspectors were unable to prove that Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction. He may have been the only authoritative voice in the crowd standing up against the Pentagon and the Bush decision
to launch an almost unprecedented assault against another country without justification or provocation.
Ritter was quickly silenced when he was accused of having lewd on-line conversations with police officers posing as underage
girls. While Ritter was arrested, he apparently has never been sentenced for any wrongdoing and his case file has been strangely
sealed. Also sealed was Ritter’s vocal opposition to the Iraq war.
got his way and launched America’s ugly war in Iraq. In the end, after more than 4,000 American deaths and hundreds
of thousands of Iraqi deaths, we all learned that Ritter was right. There never were any weapons of mass destruction.
ugly effect of making public allegations of sexual wrongdoing, especially involving children, young girls and violent acts
like rape, is that the charge is merely that . . . a charge. The old rule that in America a person is not guilty until proven
guilty in a court of law does not apply here. Once encumbered with such a charge, the assumption is guilt by rule of the stigma
that attaches itself to the accused subject.
do we see headlines announcing acquittal of sex crime charges once the trial is over? When do we even hear of trials after
such charges against well-known figures are made public?
is how smoothly and efficiently assassination by accusation works in America. Reputations can be ruined overnight by these
kinds of dirty tricks.