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January 21, 2005

Magicians cry, “Oh truth!” “Oh real!” The magnificently uncowed James Wolcott remarks on the astounding television coverage of yesterday’s pageant, specifically the strenuous efforts taken to avoid noting that it’s extraordinary for an American president to surround himself with displays of force more suited to a second-tier dictatorship’s Independence Day military parade. As Wolcott notes, the mainstream media’s determination to pretend this is normal has now—
gone past way irony now into total cognitive dissonant breakdown. Commentators refuse to recognize the ominous import of the stepped-up militarization of the parade and pageantry, and increasingly of civilian life in this country under a president who likes to wear neat little uniforms that say, “Me commander-in-chief.” It’s ridiculous for Judy Woodruff and Doris Kearns Goodwin (I think it was her I heard nattering) and Jeff Greenfield to wax patriotic about presidents and inaugurals past as if there were some heartening continuum at work when there are snipers perched on the roof of the White House and enough riot police to protect a Latin American dictator. […] What’s on display in Washington today isn’t strength, it’s fear. Fear the White House wants every American to share, so that they won’t mind—will accept—endless rows of men in visored helmets and boots.
In another bulletin from the increasing Sovietization of American life, here’s Media Matters’ chart showing the relative numbers of liberal and right-wing commentators deployed in the cable networks’ inaugural coverage. In 2008, they won’t even bother with Harry Reid; they’ll just trot out the corpse of Alan Colmes, attach the electrodes, and before you can say Fair and Balanced, it’ll be over to you, Sean, and I just can’t help being amazed at how well our incoming President carries himself in his unassuming, manly uniform. Truly, he’s a man of the people, don’t you agree? [08:52 AM]
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Comments on Magicians cry, "Oh truth!" "Oh real!":

Emma ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 10:13 AM:

I was at work, thank God, and didn't see it live, but as I watched some of the evening bow-and-scrape-fest on CNN I had this weird flash of deja vu. It wasn't until several hours later that I realized it reminded me of May Day celebrations. All it lacked was the parade of rockets passing the stands...

fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 10:27 AM:

"it reminded me of May Day celebrations. All it lacked was the parade of rockets passing the stands..."

I'm waiting for the humongous shiny non-military medals to show up. They're giving them out to the tools and the minions; it's just that the current models aren't flashy enough by dictator standards.

Emma ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:27 AM:

Well, Fidelo, I know what those medals are for! There's an old cuban joke about the general who was sent by Fidel to Moscow for a major international celebration. So he meets up with some of his fellow generals and he asks the American one what his medals are for, and the American gives him a long list of battles; and so do the British and the Russian. Finally, the Russian asks him: so, tovarisch, what are your medals for?
And the cuban general smiles proudly and answers: good conduct!
All the prizes handed out by this administration are for good conduct, i.e. towards the Bush family.

Lydy Nickerson ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:30 AM:

We were at W's last inaugaration. It had a frightening amount of security, and he didn't have 9/11 as an excuse, either. Black SUV after black SUV, with the windows tinted black. Ambulance after ambulance, then more blacked-out SUVs. Black clad men on the roofs of the buildings across from us, presumably snipers.

Then came the presidential limo, with Bush and Cheney. Bush was sitting huddled in his seat, staring straight ahead and looking miserable. He made no attempt to connect with the crowd -- of course, I was in the protestors' section. His compulsive avoidance of anything that doesn't please him is as scary as anything else about him, including his schizophrenic ability to speak to God.

Soli ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:30 AM:

Unfortunately I've missed the Daily Show's take on all on the hooplah of both the inauguration and Condie Rice's grilling. I've taken to hiding in books. really really big books. complete with airholes and leftover bomb shelter rations.

David W. ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:33 AM:

I was listening to a commercial FM radio station on my drive into work this morning, and heard one DJ go on, and on, and on, about how "American" all the inaugural pomp and ceremony was. Gag. Me. I wish Old Hickory (President Andrew Jackson) could have called in to tell her about how his first inaugural was open to all the people and you didn't need no stinkin' ticket to occupy a space on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:48 AM:

Thanks to William Gibson for posting this on his blog, albeit 3 weeks before the ReCoronation of Emperor George II, surrounded by snipers and Praetorian Guards in Cadillac SUV chariots:

"I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride."

--William James

On a related front, an attorney for whom I sometimes work as consultant was troubled that the Federal Appeals Court in Pasadena has just added, next to the usual framed photo of Bush near the metal detector at the main entrance, a framed photo of Dick Cheney. "What on Earth does Cheney have to do with the Judiciary?" he asked me, over a plate of Bi Bim Bob. "Doesn't Separation of Powers mean that the Executive is coequal with the Judicial and the Legislative, and the Chief Justice of the U.S. is constitutionally coequal with the President and the Speaker of the House? If they want a photo next to Bush, why not Renquist, in his multi-gold-striped black robes, as Judgeman, Superhero Defender of Extreme Pseudoconservatism?"

I mentioned the New York Times article on how Cheney is now in the loop on all Domestic policy. So what is the org chart for the co-emperors Bush, Cheney, Rove, Condi, Rummy, and Goss? And when does Bush declare his godhead and appoint his horse to the Senate?

TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 11:53 AM:

Jonathan, I think even Bush realizes that appointing a horse to the Senate would be redundant, seeing as how the majority is already a bunch of horses' asses.

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:17 PM:

Since I couldn't go to protest this time as I did last time (along with our genial host, his wife, and a crowd of other sf fans), I wore my sweatshirt which said, "Save the Bill of Rights/ImpeachBush.org."

I really cannot express my fear and loathing for the current administration. I just wish I could wake up and find out it's all a bad dream.

MKK

Dr_Maturin ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:18 PM:

I was listening to a DC-based radio show yesterday, and they were remarking on the number of fireworks and lightshow displays that formed "W"s. No "USA", no "America the Beautiful", no "We the People", just lots and lots of "W"s.

I expect giant multi-story portraits of Stal...er, Bush to appear in federal buildings any day now.

Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:22 PM:

I just wore black all day and participated in the meaningless and apparently completely unnoticed protest of Not A Damn Dime Day.

Hearing dubya on the radio this morning talking about tolerance I almost puked up my breakfast bar. A man who used INtolerance to help get him elected, and who plans to push the only Constitutional amendment ever to specifically deprive a particular group of rights, preaching tolerance? What a slimy hypocritical scumbag.

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:35 PM:

I’ve been avoiding TV news for months, so — Uniform?!? Somebody please tell me we’re not talking about an actual uniform here.

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:41 PM:

I wish Old Hickory (President Andrew Jackson) could have called in to tell her about how his first inaugural was open to all the people and you didn't need no stinkin' ticket to occupy a space on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sure, as long as you were white.

Has it come to this? Is our president so appalling that even a genocidal monster looks good in comparison?

Avram ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:43 PM:

As long as we get an incoming president in '08. (Well, '09 really.)

JerryN ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 12:47 PM:

Leave it to Giblets to capture the moment:

Today Giblets is re-coronated Lord High Emperor Giblets of Everything. Long live me! But also: long live Freedom. It is delicious and to my liking and soon Giblets will spread it throughout the world!
Can you doubt the freedom-spreadery of Giblets? Giblets has decreed Iraq to be free and now it is! Oh sure, not in the petty "liberal democracy with equal protection under the law" sense. But in the "infested with terrorists" sense it's as free as they come! Once Iraqis were tortured and killed by an evil dictator. Now they are tortured and killed by freedom! Their genitals are shocked with the electrodes of liberty. They are mowed down by the machine guns of independence!
The Rude Pundit also has some entertaining thoughts.

Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 01:31 PM:

Colin Powell left because he could see the "Night of Long Knives" coming.

We are coming upon a new era of America that will last a thousand years...

David W. ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 01:53 PM:

Sure, as long as you were white.

Jackson, along with Thomas Jefferson, are considered the founding fathers of the Democratic Party, in no small part because of Jackson's efforts to widen enfranchisment by eliminating property requirements as a qualification to vote.

Has it come to this? Is our president so appalling that even a genocidal monster looks good in comparison?

All U.S. Presidents up to 1900 were guilty of genocide if you consider what Jackson did to be such, as all approved the removal of natives from their ancestral lands to make room for non-native settlers, to varying degrees of course. As many natives may have died during Lincoln's term of office as Jackson's, but I think most would agree that Lincoln is hardly in danger of being eclipsed by Dubya.

Avedon ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 01:56 PM:

I'm getting scared. My mother wants me to come home for a visit and all I can think of is the terrible things that could happen.

mayakda ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 02:43 PM:

On the bright side of the inauguration, as heard from a caller to Air America yesterday:
"Maybe this time the oath will take?"

Michael ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 03:29 PM:

I avoided the proceedings, except for the Empower DC benefit last night which was really fantastic: a real reminder of what the DC scene was like in earlier days. Another reason why I want my city back.

We used to have free concerts and midnight strolls along the tidal basin. Now we have barriers and snipers and soon I'm sure there'll be curfews (for adults - we have one on kids) and more.

I *so* did not sign up for this!

bryan ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 03:51 PM:

'As long as we get an incoming president in '08. (Well, '09 really.)'

that's optimism!

Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 04:08 PM:

(If Saturday Night Live (or anyone else with a parody/political bone) is reading this, they have my full permission to steal this idea I like to call "Subliminal Bush Inauguration Speech")

"On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of (fear) our Constitution, and recall the deep (terror) commitments that (scare) unite our country. I am (infallible) grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the (fearful) consequential times in which we (cower) live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have (ignored) sworn and you have witnessed."

"At this second (terror) gathering, our (war) duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America (preempted) defended our own freedom by (war) standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism (fear) came years of relative quiet, years of (death) repose, years of (terror) sabbatical - and then there came a day of fire (peace)."

"We have seen our vulnerability (defense budget) - and we have (frightened) seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of (america) the world simmer in resentment and tyranny - prone to (neocon) ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder - (unilateral) violence will gather, and multiply in destructive (preemptive) power, and cross the most defended (random) borders, and raise a (infinite justice) mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of (corporate) tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of (impeachment) human freedom."


Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 04:59 PM:

On the bright side of the inauguration, as heard from a caller to Air America yesterday:
"Maybe this time the oath will take?"

Trust me that the Daughters of Night will notice his faithlessness. (They're a little slow in the chasing-him-until-he-dies-of-exhaustion thing, but hey, they're kind of elderly now, and Tisiphone has bad arthritis.)

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 05:05 PM:

Maybe so, David W., but Ol’ Hickory is the one who said “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.” He’s not getting off the hook for that.

Ulrika ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 06:58 PM:

We are coming upon a new era of America that will last a thousand years...

Remind me again how long the Thousand Year Reich lasted? I'm not saying it isn't bad; I'm not saying the times aren't dark, but you know, even the Roman Empire didn't come close to a thousand years, and frankly, the Chinese won't let us remain an economic superpower if our imperial britches get too big.

Jim Henley ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 07:25 PM:

There are always snipers on the roofs of DC for Presidential Inaugurals. I watched Clinton's inaugural from the roof of my store's building at 17th and PA NW with a buddy who had worked personnel for the Secret Service in years past and gotten to know some agents and officers. He pointed all the snipers out to me and noted that their rifles were "accurate up to a mile."

Now the riot police are another matter, as is the obsessive crowd-vetting.

Temperance ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 07:57 PM:

TexAnne posted: Jonathan, I think even Bush realizes that appointing a horse to the Senate would be redundant, seeing as how the majority is already a bunch of horses' asses.

I think Bush himself is Incitatus (the horse) and Dick Cheney is the Caligula who appointed him.

David W. ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2005, 10:46 PM:

David M., quite true. But also recall how when in 1832 South Carolina proposed to nullify federal law and Jackson replied, in so many words, 'nullify this'. And the leaders of South Carolina decided that discretion was indeed the better part of valor when they realized who they were dealing with. One takes the bad along with the good, as always.

Michael I ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2005, 08:10 AM:

Fun quote from George Will on the presidential motorcade during the inauguration (Names and Faces, Style Section, Washington Post, January 22).

(begin quote)

It looked like a military occupation proceeding through a hostile city, like the leader of a banana republic worried about a restive tank regiment.

(end quote)

TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2005, 08:59 AM:

Temperance, I bow to your superior perception. (Except that Cheney is not insane, but evil.)

Chad Orzel ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2005, 09:41 AM:

There are always snipers on the roofs of DC for Presidential Inaugurals.

Or Presidential anything, for that matter.

I saw a Reagan campaign stop in Binghamton in 1984 (he opened his speech with "It's great to be here in Bimmington, Bingington, Bennington-- It's great to be here!"), and there were snipers on the roof of pretty much significant building between the airport and the high school where he spoke.

The paranoia of the Secret Service pre-dates the current administration.

George W. Bush ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2005, 06:12 PM:

Now, I think ya'll are being a little hard on me. Surely, even you weirdo liberals have to see the good I have done for this fine country of ours.

Just look at what I did for the economy. I don't know about you, but I'm makin' money hand over fist. My overseas investments alone are going through the roof.

God as my witness, co-pilot, and fall back if I get into a crunch, we are in a damn site better shape than we would've been if that meat head would have won four years ago. Did you not see my parade? The people love me. Well, at least half of them do. The smart half, the hard working straight half. None of these freeloaders or immoral types, but God told me their would be doubters.

I have a lot of good ideas left in me, what til you see how I define my dynasty. We are talking the whole shebang. Welfare reform hell, I am getting rid of the whole thing. They can just go get jobs like the rest of them. Hell I might even fire some of the illegals at my ranch and let them work for me. Abortion? Not in my US of A. You can take those crimes to Canada or Mexico where God doesn't care about the people anyways.

If you think it's good now, just see what I do for us over the next four years. I will fix this country so good that not even if you guys get a democratic in the office for the next sixteen years you lefty's won't be able to break it again.

I am single handedly going to eliminate the unemployment rate. If you can't find a job after three months, you will be automatically be recruited into the armed forces. If the size of our military gets to big, I will find more uses for them. There are plenty of suckers out there that need a good butt-kicking’. As long as they have money to pay my good buddies at Halliburton to rebuild them after we bomb them back into the stone age.

I do wish you guys would stop talking so bad about me though, some of my best people have left my side after falling for your propaganda. It couldn't be that they see something that makes them not want to be around me anymore.

Well, I had better get back to running this country back into the grou.. er future.

Good night and God bless me, oh and America.

Dubya, out!


skeeter ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2005, 08:52 PM:

Didn't Ol' Hickory's inauguration turn into a drunken riot? Or did the inauguree hisself show up three sheets to the wind? Or maybe both. There was some sort of likkered-up scandal associated therewith.

Not that I hold that against him. However, regardless of Jackson's efforts to expand the franchise, his power-grabbing genocide makes me more than a bit loathe to claim him as an icon for the Democratic Party. Besides, whatever expansion of voting rights he achieved was wiped out, and then some, post-Reconstruction.

It looked like a military occupation proceeding through a hostile city, like the leader of a banana republic worried about a restive tank regiment.

This was George Will? Did Dubya throw his clothes out on the front lawn, or what?

John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: January 23, 2005, 03:53 PM:

Skeeter,
I think you're right—in fact, I heard on a local radio station covering the event that Jackson and friends actually fled the White House and retired to a nearby hotel because the place was inundated by "the masses."

Of course, trusting the historical accuracy of radio stations affiliated with Fox News is a dicey proposition at best, I know.

We're snowbound here in Newton, MA; I've shovelled what needs to be shovelled, my daughters are playing in the snow in the back yard, and it's time to make a a couple of margaritas before the AFC playoff....

Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 23, 2005, 07:26 PM:

The WashPost recently had a bit on the Jackson inauguration that fits that description:

" Perhaps the most rambunctious inaugural meal occurred in 1829 after the swearing-in of Andrew Jackson. The celebrated frontiersman and democrat, who instead of receiving bows had bowed to the people after taking the oath of office, had planned a modest reception at the White House featuring wines, cakes, ice cream and orange punch. He was, after all, still mourning the death of his wife a short time before.

So enthusiastic were his rough-hewn followers, however, that 20,000 men, women and children stormed the White House, brawling, tracking in mud, breaking furniture and china, sucking down all the punch and sending Jackson fleeing out a side window to refuge in a nearby hotel. Harried White House cooks filled tubs on the lawn with whiskey to lure the merrymakers out of the executive mansion."

This is part of an article on what Presidents had for their inaugural lunch:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17547-2005Jan18_2.html

Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2005, 12:40 PM:

Dubya, out!

I certainly agree with this line. Not sure it needs a comma, though.

first_real_online_law_student@yahoo.com ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2005, 01:51 PM:

Reply to your comment about kstreetfriend's post:

According to the New York Times: Recently, a number of for-profit colleges have faced inquiries, lawsuits and other actions calling into question the way they inflate enrollment to mislead/increase the value of their parent company's stock.

In the last year, the Career Education Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has faced lawsuits, from shareholders and students, contending that, among other things, its colleges have inflated enrollment numbers. The company acknowledged that it was under investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In February 2004, F.B.I. agents raided 10 campuses run by ITT Educational Services of Carmel, Ind., looking for similar problems.

Kaplan is wholly own by the Washington Post Company. I provide the S.E.C., Department of Education, and federal courts information that appears to prove Kaplan inflated the Concord School of Law enrollment, telling investors that the "flagship" of its higher education division has as many as 600 to 1000 or more students.

Why didn't the Justice Department and S.E.C. included Kaplan in their investigation?

fidelio sees spam ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2005, 02:41 PM:

The comment spam is creeping over from Making Light.

Gareth Wilson ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2005, 07:28 PM:

"I saw a Reagan campaign stop in Binghamton in 1984 and there were snipers on the roof of pretty much significant building between the airport and the high school where he spoke."

I wouldn't swear that there were snipers on the roof when Bill Clinton came to Christchurch to speak. Black-clad men lugging supicious equipment, certainly.

"Fear the White House wants every American to share, so that they won’t mind—will accept—endless rows of men in visored helmets and boots."

The visored helmets became slightly less intimidating when you realise why the men are wearing them.


Dave ::: (view all by) ::: January 25, 2005, 11:18 AM:

When you are paranoid, everything you see reaffirms your paranoia.

Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 25, 2005, 01:17 PM:

Dave:

"Just because you're paranoid does NOT mean that they aren't out to get you." -- anon.

"A paranoid is someone who is just beginning to figure out what's really going on."
-- William Burroughs

[paraphrase]: "If the patient is paranoid, the psychiatrist should hire someone to follow the patient around. Then the patient's thoughts reflect reality, hence the patient is not paranoid."
-- Woody Allen

Mr. Bill ::: (view all by) ::: January 25, 2005, 03:26 PM:

Colin Powell left because he could see the "Night of Long Knives" coming.

Do you all think Andy Sullivan could play the role of Ernst Rhoem this time?

Asheesh Siddique ::: (view all by) ::: January 25, 2005, 05:17 PM:

I'm disturbed as much as you are by the proliferation of right-wing commentators over progressive ones on most news outlets (though Faux's bias comes as no surprise at all). Having worked for one of the major network shows (if only as an intern), I can say that although I wasn't working during the inauguration (but was during the election), that generally they do an okay job but that there might be a sort of bias rightward.

But here's the catch. The problem, I believe, is with progressives (and I'm a progressive, though one who believes that we need to be self-critical in order to be effective). I think that there aren't enough progressives who are really articulate about their beliefs, or even ones who have really good convictions. Witness Congressman Rahm Emmanuel on MTP a few weekends ago (Steve Clemons has an excellent discussion on his blog). The man is supposed to be a forward-thinking Democrat, but he waffled under Russert. It's awful to read (almost glad I didn't watch it).

There's a lot of talk among progressives for the need to correct the right-wing imbalance in the media. Excellent work has been done by the likes of Media Matters and my friends at the Center for American Progress to uncover these biases. What progressives need to work on now is a comprehensive media strategy. This starts with putting the most articulate people in the movement out to tell the world what we're about. As shown by Rep. Emmanuel's sorry display on MTP, progressives have a long way to go in this vein.

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2005, 11:58 AM:

A few years back, Virginia lost most of the Democratic side of its government in a tragic voting accident. Things looked pretty grim here, with George Allen and his magic tax slash ray, but then something very fortunate happened. Members of the GOP started breaking off -- not all of them, but enough -- in the direction of sanity, and becoming sort of de facto Democrats and bringing something approaching bipartisanism back into the government.

I see now that some on the right are starting to see the truth about their boy George. Will Republicans come to the rescue on the national stage? My pessimistic soul says not to count on it, and my optimistic pancreas says it sort of happened here, anyway. In a limited fashion. Void where prohibited by law.

tom ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2005, 01:45 PM:

I forced myself to watch the Jan 20 debacle. I felt it was imperative for someone who disagrees with the POTUS so much to see what kind of ominous crap we can expect.
Bush's use of "freedom" and "liberty" (score? 27-15 by the Daily Show's tally) was not nearly as creepy as his comment at the very beginning of his speech. He said (loosely quoted): "When our forefathers set in motion this New Order of the Ages blah blah blah blah"

This is creepy to anyone who knows that the phrase "Novus Ordo Seclorum" (New Order of the Ages) appears on the 1 dollar bill, on the Great Seal of the US. Even creepier is the fact that this phrase and seal appeared on the dollar bill the last time it was changed at the same time the seal disappeared from the front page of the Freemason's handbook.
Bush sr. talked about the "new world order" a lot, too.
Not to be a bug-eyed conspiracy nut, but Shrub's utterance of the phrase is just confirmation that ugly, shadowy people are pulling his marionette strings.

That "new world order" crap was only slightly creepier than having to suffer through John Ashcroft's shitty song "let the eagle soar" sung by some unctuous wanker, while the camera showed the bush family processing thru the capitol, imperial-style.

Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: February 18, 2005, 02:02 PM:

Part of Emperor Bush II's Plan for Keeping America Strong:

"Michael Sears, Boeing's former chief financial officer, has been sentenced to four months in prison and fined $250,000 by a federal judge in Virginia for his role in hiring a former Air Force purchasing officer...."
18 Feb 2005: Former Boeing CFO Sears sentenced to prison, fined