George Bush remains free and charged with no crimes, despite lying the American people into an illegal war and occupation that has so far cost taxpayers $700 billion (by the time you read this) and resulted in the deaths of nearly 4,500 American soldiers, as well as an estimated 800,000 to 1.3 million dead Iraqi civilians, 4.5 million Iraqi war refugees, and left Iraq shattered and possibly ungovernable for decades.
Bush remains free despite crimes of negligence and incompetence in relation to 9/11 and Katrina that left thousands of Americans dead; despite demonstrable election fraud in Florida and Ohio; despite instituting illegal detention, and ordering torture, murder, and disappearances in Afghanistan and Iraq; despite authorizing illegal spying on Americans without warrants; and so on.
Dick Cheney remains free and charged with no crimes despite perhaps even more culpability than Bush in Iraq's illegal invasion, as well as neglect and incompetence in relation to 9/11. He also betrayed the identity of an American CIA agent; presided over conflicts-of-interest and profited enormously from war profiteering in Iraq and Afghanistan; and masterminded and instituted the illegal and utterly depraved program of detention, torture, and disappearances after 9/11--a policy he still strongly defends.
Wall Street profiteers not only remain free and charged with no crimes, but continue to reap insanely huge salaries, obscene bonuses, and lavish perks, despite defrauding taxpayers of nearly $13 trillion (at last count) and bringing the world's economy to the brink of a disaster we may still not avoid, in the process causing the losses of hundreds of thousands of American jobs and millions of homes.
I could go on, but you get the idea. Warrants have never been issued for these crimes--and probably never will be. Yet this morning, it was reported that acclaimed film director Roman Polanski, 76, has been arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, on an arrest warrant issued in 1977, when he was 44 years old. In the warrant, he was charged with offering drugs to and engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Polanski, well known to Americans for "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown," and "The Pianist," was charged with luring Samantha Gailey (now Geimer) to a photo shoot at the Mulholland area home of actor, Jack Nicholson, in Los Angeles. Once there, according to Wikipedia:
"We did photos with me drinking champagne," Geimer says. "Toward the end it got a little scary, and I realized he had other intentions and I knew I was not where I should be. I just didn't quite know how to get myself out of there." Geimer testified that Polanski performed various sexual acts on her, after giving her a combination of champagne and quaaludes. In the 2003 interview, Geimer says she resisted. "I said no several times, and then, well, gave up on that."
Rape and the sexual exploitation of a child by an adult are serious crimes and Polanski should have been prosecuted and punished. At the time, the Jewish director--who barely survived World War-II Poland (his mother was killed in Auschwitz) and whose pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson and his "family,"--agreed to a plea bargain in which he plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. According to the terms of the agreement, he reported to Chino State Prison for psychiatric evaluation, and was released after 42 days. Before further proceedings, he fled to Europe, where he remained, avoiding travel until now to any country with an extradition treaty with the U.S.
During the intervening years, serious questions have been raised regarding the behavior of the trial judge, now deceased, and attempts have been made to have the charges dismissed. These failed, in part due to demands that Polanski return to California to finalize the terms, and his refusal to do so.
Geimer has publicly forgiven Polanski. Wikipedia quotes her as saying,
"Straight up, what he did to me was wrong. But I wish he would return to America so the whole ordeal can be put to rest for both of us." Furthermore, "I'm sure if he could go back, he wouldn't do it again. He made a terrible mistake but he's paid for it".
Geimer stated in an interview that she wishes Polanski would be forgiven, "I think he's sorry, I think he knows it was wrong. I don't think he's a danger to society. I don't think he needs to be locked up forever and no one has ever come out ever - besides me - and accused him of anything. It was 30 years ago now. It's an unpleasant memory ... (but) I can live with it."
This story illustrates conservative Americans' obsession with sex, and their double standards toward crimes committed by liberals versus by their own.
Have Ted Haggard and David Vitter been legally prosecuted for their crimes involving drugs and prostitution? Has Mark Sanford been forced to resign his office for vanishing-without-leaving-contact-information to fly down to South America on taxpayer expense to sleep with his mistress while serving as governor of South Carolina? What about married Nevada Republican Family-Values Senator John Ensign, who paid nearly $100,000 in hush money to his mistress' family?
Why is Congress seeking to remove funding to ACORN after unproven and uncharged allegations of fraud, while continuing to lavishly fund and ignore actual criminal indictments of fraud, murder, sexual misconduct, prostitution, and criminal negligence against Blackwater, Haliburton, and other military contractors? (Thank you, Rachel Maddow, for doggedly covering this story!)
To sum up my feelings, serving and possibly extraditing a 76-year-old, gifted artist on a 32-year-old warrant for a sex-crime in which no one lost their life and the injured party has publicly called for clemency, while at the same time obfuscating and doing everything you can to avoid criminally prosecuting high-placed, wealthy, conservative criminals whose offenses resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the theft of trillions of taxpayers' dollars (sorely needed to rebuild our own country), and that rival in callousness the most heinous in history, is not only a colossal waste of money, but a gross miscarriage of justice.
I am outraged.