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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."

Thomas Norton

Moraga, CA

Oct 15 2008 - 7:36pm

Web Letter

There is a lot this administration had done that warrants investigation, but we must concentrate on the atrocity of the war in Iraq. The number of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed was totally unnecessary. What have we accomplished by spending billions in borrowed money? If there is a way to hold the president accountable for this mess, let's do it. I would gladly support any effort to that effect.

Mike D. Cruz

Ocala, FL

Sep 22 2008 - 8:06pm

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I agree with Mr. Weber below--this case is simply an academic argument, almost pure fantasy. Mr. Bugliosi has not practiced law in over thirty years. His continuous ranting during the O.J. trial brought snickers from most legal experts.

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. will go on to make millions of dollars more in speeches to right-wing think tanks, corporate boardrooms, and from their own investments and board chair positions with said corporations. Should anyone be surprised? No.

Instead of backing a half-baked Jim Garrison-type stunt that is bound to fail, progressives/liberals should make sure Obama is elected, and then hold his goddamn ass to the fire to make sure he doesn't sell us out. I'm not completely hopeful in this regard, but at least there is momentum, hope and a lot of youthful energy here to be tapped. If Obama would only realize who built his campaign, who sustains it and who ultimately, should he decide to sell out, will not go to the polls, ensuring a McCain win.

David Elliott

Dallas, TX

Jun 25 2008 - 9:35pm

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Where is the website gathering contributions to fund this effort?

Thomas Canfield

East Amwell, NJ

Jun 25 2008 - 3:09pm

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Mr. Bugliosi's thoroughly documented book presents an outline of a shockingly plausible criminal case for murder against Bush--which is, by Bugliosi's own admission, a highly doubtful proposition. The startling and troubling message of the book, to me, is that our elected political leaders can commit crimes in plain sight and get away with them.

The Bush presidency in many ways has been a case study in how the safeguards of our consitutional system can be be evaded and nullified. Perhaps Bugliosi's book is a first step in rehabilitating that system.

Robert C. Carmody

Manhasset, NY

Jun 24 2008 - 3:03pm

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As the United States signed the Geneva Convention and put in place federal laws to implement it, there is no doubt that many members of this Administration can be prosecuted in the United states. Further, they can be prosecuted in any country that has signed the Geneva Convention. The only safe place they can travel is Israel, if they don't destroy it through their stupidity.

Pervis J. Casey

Riverside, CA

Jun 24 2008 - 2:48pm

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It is incomprehensible to me that nothing has been done about the blatant misleading of America by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield. Our country is broken. They are not being held responsible for the misuse of America's people and the funds that we very much need for people here--funds that were produced by the same people in need (50 million disenfranchised from medical just for starters). No one can question that America is no longer a democracy. The people are no longer choosing their leaders, and the leaders that are placed by Corporate America serve Corporate America at the great expense of the people, are not subject to any laws and even mislead the whole country. America as we knew it is gone and people are just too hypnotized by the boob tube to even see that laws and morality don't apply to the ruling 1 percent.

This war is for the benefit of the oil industry. Let them pay for it. They certainly have enough money to hire Blackwater themselves. How long before they do just that and point their guns at US citizens? Sound crazy? Our leaders dont care about us, that's obvious. They let our soldiers die and live in "disability poverty" without a minutes concern.

Just because Nancy Palousy has had a lobotomy and refuses to do anything but show up with a hairdo doesn't mean we have to put up with it. Wake up, America. Having this Administration is like having parents that are crackheads. It's all about them, and you are just a nuisance.

Leslie Nova

Spokane, WA

Jun 23 2008 - 6:07pm

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On September 13-14, 2008, Lawrence Velvel, the dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, plans a convention at the school's facilities, the attendees of which will plan strategies to prosecute members of the Bush Administration for war crimes.

Mr Bugliosi, please take note.

Stanley Hersh

New York, NY

Jun 23 2008 - 4:57pm

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A nice prospect, and one every progressive should relish-- especially since it could provide some legal basis for constraining the emerging Imperial Presidency when the Congresscritters (thanks, Jim Hightower, for the term) don't have the political will or guts to impeach.

On the issue of what W. believed after reading the National Intelligence Estimate (which I suspect was beyond his Personal Intelligence Capacity), this is irrelevant. Son of Sam was convicted, and so was Charles Manson, and many others, on the basis of their actions, and their personal delusions did not shield them from prosecution. The same applies here.

(In fact, it could be argued, that there are some discernible motivations--political and personal, the latter including financial--that could be ascribed to the actions of an Administration that at one point contained not a single person at the cabinet level without a financial tie to the oil industry.)

Peter B. Meyer

Taylor Mill, KY

Jun 23 2008 - 4:56pm

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This story restores my faith in this country and its Constitution. And in the nick of time, because I've been dreading reading the particulars of Sen. Obama's compromise with evil in regard to FIISSSaaa--the sound of air leaking out of his campaign tires.

Vincent Bugliosi is attempting to do what John Conyers ought to have done but didn't. Make the indictment, spell it out, declare a finding of facts to be further tested in our legal system.

Thank you, Vincent Bugliosi.

I especially appreciated the comparison between Manson and Bush.

Charlie Keil

Lakeville, CT

Jun 23 2008 - 4:43pm