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Avoiding accountability

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:(Re: “Administration seeks ‘new ways to harm our country,'” Aug. 6 Aspen Times.)In a speech delivered at the signing ceremony for a $417 billion defense spending bill, President Bush is quoted as saying: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”Such a statement is commonly called a Freudian slip and, as such, would suggest that the Bush administration is unconsciously engaged in thinking about new ways to harm our country. Without subscribing to any conspiracy theories, what comes to mind are all the innovative and resourceful ways this administration has come up with for avoiding accountability.From keeping Vice President Cheney’s energy task force sheltered from public scrutiny to escalating the role of private contractors for military purposes – all this seems to be carefully calculated as a way to avoid accountability. Such obvious lack of public candor is ultimately putting our country and its democratic institutions into harm’s way.Joel BrenceAspen


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