Henri E. Stetter: Can't trust White House

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To the editor:

It is clear that the White House will try everything possible to minimize the significance of Scooter Libby's indictment. But it is also clear to most U.S. citizens that these indictments are about the White House coverups that led to the war in Iraq.

It is equally clear that no one will be able to trust the government until every one of the officials who conspired to mislead the nation into this war is out of office.

It is rather hypocritical that the president chooses to emphasize that Libby is innocent until proven guilty.

Although this is true under U.S. laws, the same rights are denied by the government to other U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, such as Jose Padilla.

One could ask why young men and women are sent to die in defense of "freedoms" that have been forfeited in the United States.

A more important question is whether, as a result of the happenings of the past few years, the authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are now more like America or whether America is now more like them.

Henri E. Stetter

Steamboat Springs

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