The Truth Does Not Matter

Politicians are sometimes accused of not being completely truthful. Some might say a recent court ruling is giving them license to say whatever they want.

 

Politicians are sometimes accused of not being completely truthful. Some might say a recent court ruling is giving them license to say whatever they want.

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich claimed Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha damaged his reputation by saying the squad he was leading in Iraq engaged in "cold-blooded murder and war crimes." So Wuterich filed a lawsuit against the congressman.

A Federal appeals court has now ruled in Murtha's favor. But the court's ruling isn't based on whether Murtha did or didn't damage the reputation of Wuterich and other Marines when he accused them of murdering Iraqi civilians "in cold blood" during an attack in Haditha in 2005.

The judges agreed with Murtha that he was immune from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker

when he made the comments to reporters.

Wait a minute. Are the judges saying that as long as your a politician you can say whatever you want, whether it's truthful or not, because it is within "their official role as a lawmaker." One could interpret the ruling to mean part of the role of a politician is to not tell the truth.

Wuterich is accused of ordering his men to clear several houses with grenades and gunfire, leading to the civilian deaths. He has pleaded not guilty. It seems some, who should know better, aren't waiting for a trial to pass judgment!

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    What else would one expect of John Murtha an extreme liberal dem. This man really belives he is entitled to what ever he wants, as does the speaker of the house (Nancy the cheer leader). No the truth does not matter, just look at our congress men and women. Heck look at our current president.
  • by love this country on Apr 24, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    i think all politicians should be held to the same standards that are expected from civilians. after all, it is the civilians who elected the politicians. in what context was the accusation? was it in a subpoena, a court, or on the news? the public nature of the accusation would be the determining factor. in america, its 'innocent until proven guilty'. until the facts were laid out, i think murtha should have kept his mouth closed. if anything, its showing the people that he either has privy to alot of sensitive information (and should be suspected of picking and choosing information to share which supports his agenda) or that he disregards the justice system.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 24, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Well, I did some digging on my own and it appears that if you have a willing court as did Congressman Murtha you could interpret 28 U.S.C. 2679 Exclusiveness of remedy (US Code) in such a way as to shield Lawmakers from such lawsuits. I was surprised (not really) to learn that despite the court's decision in this case they allowed cases brought by detainees at Guantanamo Bay to proceed against President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld even though they did rule in their favor.
  • by Judith Location: Washington on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    I am extremely bothered by this! I thought the courts were supposed to be part of the "Balance of Power" protecting us from dishonest members of the Legislative and/or Executive Branches of our government. If the courts will not do a better job than this ... which I also interpret as a blank check for lying, offered to every "lawmaker" ... how in the world are we ordinary folks to have any trust left in our present "system" of government?
  • by ace on Apr 16, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    Congressman just trying to get votes. Bet he was never in the armed forces. Get him out of office. He was trying to make a point but for the wrong reason.
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