HALE: Nonsense! Mister, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah Good, and numerous others that have confessed to dealing with the Devil. They have confessed it.
PROCTOR: And why not, if they must hang for denyin' it? There are them that will swear to anything before they'll hang; have you never thought of that?
The China Post reported on what looks an awful lot like another political prosecution. This one really stinks: the Control Yuan is claiming that 36,000 documents went missing during the DPP administration....
Lo's comment came one day after the Presidential Office pointed out that from 2000 to 2008, only 6.76 percent of total received official documents had been properly filed.Take careful note of the first paragraph I have excerpted there: this comes directly from the Presidential office.
The recently-concluded two-year investigation found that during the eight years of Chen Shui-bian's presidency, 17 senior officials' offices had received a total of 38,924 documents, according to a statement released by the office on Tuesday night.
Officials who worked at the offices under Chen and are now under investigation reportedly include former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), former presidential secretaries general Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), Yu Shyi-kun, (游錫堃), Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟), Chiu Yi-jen (邱義仁), Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Mark Chen (陳唐山), Ma Yung-chen (馬永成) and Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), among others.
These officials could have violated several laws, including the National Archives Act (國家檔案法), the Classified National Security Information Protection Act (國家機密保護法) and the Decree Governing the Transfer of Documents of Civil Servants (公務人員交代條例), according to the Presidential Office.
The DPP pointed out its obvious electoral use -- coming a year before the Presidential and legislative elections, meaning that prominent DPP politicians will be "under investigation" during this critical period. Is that the reek of panic among people at the top of the KMT?
DPP officials point to the obvious political motivation. They also observed that many of the "missing files" may well be items that do not require filing, such as personal letters. Finally, a prominent official swept up in the investigation observed that only high officials are being pursued by the investigation -- the junior officials are not being looked at. Of course ranking officials don't fetch and return files themselves -- that is for peons. But the peons aren't being pursued. This whole thing stinks.
What it really means is this: for the next year prosecutors are able to, at will, enter the residences of DPP officials and search them, during a critical election year, and basically take whatever they want. Recall that a key "effect" of the assault on Chen Shui-bian was giving prosecutors a look at who was donating to the DPP.
ADDED: Taipei Times editorial notes:
After all, that it took the Presidential Office nearly three years to realize that a large bulk of official documents were missing speaks volumes on the Presidential Office’s efficiency — or lack thereof.
Add the fact that in April 2008, Chen set up a seven-member handover task force to take charge of the transfer of power procedures, assisting then--president-elect Ma’s team and answering all their queries and requests concerning information on national defense, cross-strait relations and foreign affairs, among others.
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