This statute generally prohibits lying to or concealing information from a federal official. The purpose of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 is to "punish those who render positive false statements designed to pervert or undermine functions of governmental departments and agencies." United States v. Harrison (1985).
The statute spells out this purpose in subsection (a), which states:
Title 18 U.S.C. § 1001. Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully--
(1) Falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) Makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) Makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry...
Even constitutionally explicit Fifth Amendment privileges do not exonerate affirmative false statements. United States v. Wong, 431 U.S.C. 174, 178, 52 L. Ed. 2d 231, 97 S. Ct. 1823 (1977). As the Court in Wong said, "Our legal system provides methods for challenging the Government's right to ask questions--lying is not one of them.
President Bush and his top administration officials in the White House Iraq group known as WHIG knowingly, willingly, and with criminal intent changed and manipulated CIA documents that specifically stated that Iraq was not an imminent threat to the United States of America. They deleted entire paragraphs, changed entire phrases such as "We judge that" to "Iraq has" etc. to falsify information and make a false case for war in Iraq through blatant lies, misinformation and purposeful anipulation. That is a federal felony under the Title 18 Law I have just documented. This has been documented by the Freedom of Information Act, countless books, videos and articles.
In the part of the FBI website dealing with fraud, the question"Why is it so important?" is answered: because of the honor and principles that supposedly makes this great country so just. So why are criminals being allowed to run this great nation and put our troops needlessly in the line of fire?
Please do something about this outrage!
George Mason, the father of the Bill of Rights (1791-2002), argued at the Constitutional Convention that the President might use his pardoning power to "pardon crimes which were advised by himself" or, before indictment or conviction, "to stop inquiry and prevent detection." James Madison, the father of the US Constitution (1788-2007), added that "if the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter [pardon] him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty."
Oct 15 2008 - 7:36pm