“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
“It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it.” ― The Charlemagne Pursuit
I went to see the Warner Brothers film “Richard Jewell” produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is a docudrama about the July 27, 1996 bombing in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics. Here is a video about the film:
Here is the official Warner Brothers trailer:
Warner Brothers issued the following after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution took issue with the portrayal of Kathy Scruggs as a woman journalist who traded sex for stories. It was Scruggs who initially broke the story of the FBI’s targeting Richard Jewell as a terrorist:
The film is based on a wide range of highly credible source material. There is no disputing that Richard Jewell was an innocent man whose reputation and life were shredded by a miscarriage of justice. It is unfortunate and the ultimate irony that the Atlanta Journal Constitution, having been a part of the rush to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now trying to malign our filmmakers and cast. ‘Richard Jewell’ focuses on the real victim, seeks to tell his story, confirm his innocence and restore his name. [Emphasis added]
History has indeed repeated itself but in a much more nefarious way.
The Two Most Powerful Forces in The World – The United States Government and The Media
In the film Richard Jewell’s lawyer Watson Bryant, played by Sam Roswell, says:
His accusers are two of the most powerful forces in the world. The United States Government, and the media.
As I watched the film I could not help but think about how the FBI and media attacked an innocent man named Richard Jewell in 1996. Fast forward to today and we find that the FBI was once again used to attack people involved in the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and even the President of the United States himself.
Oh, the irony of history.
After the release of the Department of Justice report on FISA abuses by the FBI, we see that history has repeated itself, but with a twist.
Richard Jewell was an innocent man who was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. Today we learn that innocent members of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign were falsely accused by the FBI of colluding with Russia. The twist is that today the FBI has become a weapon to be used against one’s political opponents. This is whole a new, and frightening, level of corruption. Why? Because no American is immune, not one.
In the end Richard Jewell was exonerated when on October 26, 1996 the US Justice Department announced that Richard Jewell was no longer a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. February 2, 1998 Eric Robert Rudolph was named as a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.
The FBI and Fake News
We have also learned, as was the case with Richard Jewell, that the President of the United States, members of his campaign and members of his administration have been falsely accused of collusion with the Russians. In the case of Roger Stone, who has been convicted and imprisoned, the story is ongoing. The lives of many individuals, like General Mike Flynn, have been ruined.
This is a who new level of corruption. This is a new level of hate. This is something that our Constitutional Republican form of government has never seen.
The FBI and fake news media have been the fuel that has driven the engine of impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
As I write this on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 it is expected that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.
As President Trump wrote in a letter to Speaker Pelosi:
I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.
The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!
By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy. [Emphasis added]
Every American is under siege. Every American is at risk.
Every American is a Richard Jewell.
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