Found some interesting stuff about the Clinton perjury stuff, whilst researching something else....hey, what can I say? I am easily distracted...ADD I suspect. Anyhow thought I would throw it out here just for added interest.
There have been several articles written about how the charges of perjury against President Clinton stem from an illegal "perjury trap".
This one in Salon The sting by MOLLIE DICKENSON, is a good over view. http://www.salon.com/news/1998/10/26news.html
The first trap was set by the Jones lawyers. Having obtained illegal evidence from Linda Tripp, they were well aware of the exact nature of the Clinton/Lewinski relationship. Their acceptance of a definition of sex, one which excluded oral contact, was not a mistake as is often claimed.
The Jones lawyers shared all of this information with The Office of Independant Counsel. Ken Starr, by using the same tainted evidence, was able to entrap Ms. Lewinski and from her repeat the trap in President Clintons Grand Jury appearance.
There have been several rulings in the courts declaring the illegality of perjury traps as Mark Perkel notes in this article.http://www.perkel.com/politics/clinton/perjury.htm
In "The real truth about perjury"by Michael J. Bellart, gives us a historic view of perjury traps by contrasting those used against Clinton to those used by The House Unamerican Activities Commission during the Red Scares of the fifties.http://thepost.baker.ohiou.edu/archi...turnstile.html
...Just some interesting stuff and food for thought.
By the way...I have met and know a lady whose life was transformed from really wonderful to totally awful by the whole Starr fiasco around Clinton. I spent time with her and her son.
She lost EVERYTHING because she would not lie to satisfy what Starr needed in the Katherine Willey investigation. You would NOT believe what they tried to do to coerce her into saying what they wanted to hear.
All that taxpayer money and time and pain and annoyance; not to mention this lady's losses: home, her family turned on her because they wanted her to say what Starr wanted to hear just to make it all go away, her marriage, her job...and they questioned the legitimacy of the adoption of her son, who was like 4 or 5 years old during this ordeal, whom she adopted as an orphan from Eastern Europe. I mean, this woman suffers from PTSD, her health has suffered, she has no income to speak of because of the horrible stigma, etc.
Fortunately now, she is writing a book. I met her just a little over a year ago. I have kept semi-in-touch with her and her son. She didn't deserve what happened to her. She stood for the truth, and got the shaft. And she is not the only one.
Why am I posting this info? Well, you know, we get all wrapped up in Clinton and his genitalia and forget that other real people were brought to the brink mentally and emotionally, bankrupt financially and essentially lives ruined. There is more to the story...and it ain't pretty.
And then there is David Brock, who was very rightwing to the point of working toward and for the whole "Clintons bad" project. He wrote for the right wing, was supported by Scaife (big tobacco money), and helped the whole thing along. When all was said and done...well, he realized he had been used, and "defected".
He wrote a book called, "Blinded by the Right", was personally smeared regarding his mental/emotional stability, and his sexuality (and if you knew things about who outed him, it would be so typically hypocritical, you would laugh)- for his disloyalty to the powers. And then there is a book called, "The Hunting of the President", by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason. These books pretty well tell it like it is. And I have met both David Brock and Joe C.
While the multilayers of the Starr investigation may never be entirely known, it got the powers that be what they wanted in the long run: control. And they have also retained it, and may retain it for most of the next decade if not longer, should an awakening and mobilization not occur in the meantime.
There is something psychologically pathological about that whole power and control obsession that holds America hostage today, as well as the apparent obsession with sexuality as demonstrated by the likes of Santorum, and others, like never before. The intensity of the hold is about like the McCarthy days I imagine, but there is so much more money, people, and technology providing so many more ways and levels to accomplish the goals of power and control.
The use of shock and awe in assault to render a nation unstable in order to occupy it started LOOOOONG before the Iraqi war, on our own shores.
But I digress...Joyce in the mts.