A Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Plea to Address the Growing Income Inequality in the U.S. (and Around the World) in the Form of a Letter
to the Editor (of the New York Times 12/30/10)

Dear editor:
Re: A Question of Fairness. As you admit at the beginning of this editorial “the country (the U.S.) continues to pay a very high price in both security and reputation for the Bush administration’s many violations of inter-national law at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba.” I would add that there were many violations of our own constitution (i.e. cruel and unusual punishment) and our own national laws and the Uniform Code of Military justice were also egregiously violated as there is every reason to believe that the capital crimes of kidnapping, homicide and murder were committed at numerous sites around the world. In fact we know that totally innocent victims from Germany, Canada and Italy were kidnapped and tortured either in U.S. facilities or to foreign governments they were rendered to almost certainly to be tortured. At the very beginning of the Obama administration they were given the strongest mandate possible to investigate what happened at Guantanomo And the white washes and massive cover ups of multiple crimes when Scott Horton and Harper’s Magazine published a piece that blew away the official explanation of three alleged “act of war” suicides at Guantanomo which testimony of the guards that night place at a secret “special ops” center not the individual cells of the almost certainly tortured if not murdered victims (two of whom were on the verge of being released). However, there are multiple reports of torture at this facility whose name has become one thing with human rights abuse which have never been properly investigated. Indeed, the inability of this country to carry out even a systematic investigation of the huge Ponzi scheme in securitized mortgages (the Republican members of the investigating committee just broke off and issued their own separate report which blamed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who currently are holding the bag for 90% of all mortgages written in the U.S. And the individual mortgage holders (who were ripped off by the largest private predatory lenders in the world) is now an open invitation to more bankster fraud. At this point Obama should be impeached and put on trial with Bush and Cheney for continuing on multiple levels the war crimes and the worst sort of ruling class theft from the citizenry. While we may see Obama impeached it surely will not be for these actual crimes so associated with the Bush/Cheney regime. However, it is Obama’s own fault that these investigations which should have occurred did not, and there is no reason to sympathize with him (or his corporate poodle Attorney General Eric Holder) for the predicament which their failure to apply the law has left them. Obama, Holder and indeed a huge portion of the legal profession in the U.S. are now as culpable as Bush/Cheney for the crime spree of the last ten years which continues to make the rule of law in the U.S. into a very, very bad joke. At this point I could care less about people actually going to jail but only an admission of guilt that takes into account the series of editorials you have written over the last at least three years documenting the vast and grotesque failure of our legal system can deal in any way with the systematic crime of the last ten years. The center of this crime wave was clearly the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Justice Dept. Until the lawyers who perpetrated this rape of their own mission are removed from power everything the Justice Dept. does is hollow satire of justice and the spine of the law will not be able to stand.

For real,
James E. Van Looy


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine. James intended the above letter as a companion piece to this week’s piece “Up in The Air.”