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Furthest From the Truth

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking Commentary

February 28, 2010

By Perry Redd

I watched this story on CBS that pissed me off and affirmed my persistent call for public officials, prosecutors and white people to be arrested and incarcerated for executing gross injustices upon people of color—especially me—in their versions of “bringing the wrong-doers to justice.”  They’re doing what’s best for our country…nothing could be further from the truth.

 

CBS’s “60 Minutes” had obtained an FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy for cash. The video, which had never been made public before, offered a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrated how China’s spying may now pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.

“60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley reported that Gregg Bergersen, a civilian Pentagon worker with a high-security clearance, is shown taking money, about $2,000, from the Chinese spy, Tai Shen Kuo. Bergersen then discusses how he will let Kuo look at secret documents. The documents included the types of weapons the U.S. was selling to its ally Taiwan as well as plans for a classified command and control system that was going to be used by Taiwan.  Can you believe it?

Bergersen clearly implicates himself on the videotape. “I’m very, very, very reticent to let you have it because it’s all classified, but I will let you see it,” he tells Kuo. “You know you can write all…the notes you want…it’s just I can never let anyone know…I’d get fired for sure on that,” says Bergersen. “Well, not even get fired, I’d go to *** jail!”

That’s where Bergersen is now, serving almost five years in federal prison for communicating national defense information. Kuo, a naturalized American citizen, was given 15 years for espionage. Both men pleaded guilty after being shown the tape and other evidence against them.

That’s all well & good…America caught the bad guy, right?  Wrong!  It’s NOT well & good.  The a**hole got 5 damned years for broaching “Homeland Security.”  Don’t conservative politicians claim that to be the pinnacle of American’s worries?  Help me understand: I was “gifted” by the government with a 10 year sentence for possessing MY handgun and a bogusly-charged 3 grams of crack cocaine!  What sense does that make?   Bergersen put our whole damned country at risk, and the sorry person who prosecuted me, accused me of being a threat to my community!  Where’s the justice in this? 

More than that, where are you?  Of course, all those people who claimed to be my friends, stood by and kept quiet while our government arranged a false narrative.  No one cried for justice.  When you see this travesty of justice, phony story-telling, why aren’t you speaking up?  Don’t you know that next time, they’ll be accusing you?  And when you try to tell the true story, there’ll be nothing further from the truth than your story.

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