Monday, March 3, 2008

A Personal Note From Governor Siegelman

I got the following letter today, handwritten by former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from his federal prison cell in Louisiana.

Maybe you've heard about the trumped up Bush regime charges leveled against Democratic former Gov. Siegelman for some time. 60 Minutes on February 24 aired an exposé on the combination of Washington-based and Alabama-based political operatives and corrupt federal judges and prosecutors who brought charges against Siegelman and jailed him for over 7 years in a blatant political prosecution unprecedented in recent American history.

Fifty-two former state attorneys general have asked Congress to investigate whether the prosecution of Governor Siegelman was pursued, not because of a crime, but because of politics (he was the most successful Democrat in Alabama).

Governor Siegelman is incarcerated in the Oakdale Federal Prison Camp in Louisiana. He is the highest ranking American political prisoner to date.

Let us wish him the best and an earliest possible release from his confinement that was engineered by a GOP cabal that includes Alabama Governor Bob Riley, federal judge Mark Fuller, Bush lapdog Karl Rove, and others.

It says a lot about the man that, in his reply to my letter of moral support, he didn’t concentrate on his own case but, rather, focused on the larger issue of what is being done to the Republic by those who would put their personal and political vendettas above the rule of law.

Governor Siegelman's mailing address is:

Governor Don Siegelman
FPC PO Box 5010
Oakdale, LA 71463

You may send letters and cards, as well as copies of articles but no books or packages.

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is delaying action on the Siegelman case and Gov. Riley, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Alabama Attorney General Troy King have pressured the media, including CBS, not to pursue the Siegelman case.

During the airing of "The Prosecution of Governor Siegelman" on 60 Minutes, CBS affiliate WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama, which covers much of the northern half of the Heart of Dixie, had a mysterious "blackout" which lasted for almost the entire Siegelman segment and then -- you guessed it! -- "corrected itself" once the exposé had finished. WHNT is owned by an investment firm called Oak Hill Capital, which is led by Robert Bass, who belongs to an influential Alabama family with long ties to Republicans.

Please contact your congressional representatives and demand that they bring pressure on the Bush administration to release Siegelman during his appeal. (Good luck if they are Republicans!)

Steve Elliott



Thank you!

My dear friend, thank you for your uplifting words!

Karl Rove (and others) responsible for perverting our country's sense of right and wrong must be held accountable.

The U.S. House must hold Rove in contempt, then go to court to enforce the citation.

Congress must seek the truth -- Rove's documents, emails and phone records will prove his abuse of power and misuse of the DOJ [Department of Justice] for political purposes.

Please write Congress to encourage them to take the next important steps to the truth.

Hope you had a chance to see "60 Minutes"! Go to:

to see "The Prosecution of Governor Siegelman" as aired on CBS '60 Minutes' 2.24.08.


(Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman)

60 Minutes: The Prosecution of Don Siegelman (Part 1 of 2)

60 Minutes: The Prosecution of Don Siegelman (Part 2 of 2)

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