Free Roger Clemens and All Other Political Prisoners!
by William L. Anderson
The New York Times and all of the usual mainstream media outlets were blaring out the news that the Obama Department of “Justice” had indicted former perennial all-star pitcher Roger Clemens on charges of “lying to Congress.” Indeed, with the DOJ actively pursuing cycling legend Lance Armstrong allegedly for using steroids (although Armstrong, who has been randomly tested often, never failed a drug test), it seems that the government is ramping up its efforts to imprison as many prominent athletes as possible.
Clemens’ indictment, I believe, is a new low, especially since the “evidence” that the government has is based upon conflicts in testimony given by Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, and another statement by a former Clemens friend who says that Clemens told him that he took human growth hormone about 10 years ago. In other words, we have a “criminal” case based entirely upon hearsay.
Keep in mind that Major League Baseball at the time had not banned any of the products that Clemens is alleged to have taken, and, furthermore, MLB is a private organization, and breaking the rules of private organizations should not be a crime, period. Last year, Candice E. Jackson and I had this article in which we examine the tactics that the federal government has used to criminalize actions that might not even be violations of private rules, much less infractions of criminal law.