Wednesday :: Jun 8, 2005

Federal Judge In Tobacco Case Questions Bush Administration Motives In Reducing Settlement


by Steve

Remember last night when we reported on the $120 billion Bush Administration giveaway to Big Tobacco when the Alberto Gonzales Justice Department tanked a racketeering case and only asked for a penalty of $10 billion over five years instead of the expected $130 billion? Guess who else is suspicious of the Bush Administrationís motives in going easy on Big Tobacco?

The judge herself, who today demanded to know if there were any other influences behind the governmentís sudden decision to tank this case. And if the comments from the industry attorneys sound just like the American Taliban and other right wing activists wrote them, thereís probably a good reason for that. Keep in mind that these are the same attorneys who just yesterday expressed surprise that the Bush Administration was only now asking for $10 billion in penalties, rather than the expected $130 billion. But today, the right wing talking points are in place, pushing back once again against "social policy engineering," as if teaching creationism, ignoring global warming science, banning sex education, and forcing women to have babies wasn't social policy engineering.

See, to the American Taliban, their concern for life ends the moment the kid is born. To them, itís OK for kids to take up smoking and die from cancer 10-20 years sooner in life, but itís essential that women be told they must have a baby.

Update: No wonder the judge is suspicious. The lead US Attorney in this case, Robert McCallum, used to be a tobacco company lawyer, and ignored the expert testimony of the government's own witness in cutting the expected penalty amount from $130 billion to only $10 billion. McCallum is also a Yale classmate of Bush, and was selected by Bush to defend the White House in the Cheney Energy Task Force lawsuit. So this move by McCallum has a direct connection to Bush.

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