Monica's Story on Starr
I'm sitting on the floor of the Barnes and Noble on Lexington and 86th Street,
near my apartment. Discretely, I'm scribbling notes in my PalmPilot. In
my hands, Monica's Story. I don't hate Monica, but I can't stand
the idea of putting part of $24.95 into her hands either.
Monica's book is largely drivel, but I carefully read every page with the
name Ken Starr printed on it. Here, Lewinsky has performed an admirable
service of providing a permanent and public record of the grotesque abuses
of power committed by Starr and his many henchmen.
"Does it bother you that I'm wearing a gun?" asked one of Lewinsky's
interrogators, when they virtually kidnapped her last year. "27 years
in prison" is what you'll get unless you give us what we want, they
taunted. Monica was told she'd better rat on her mother and her lover or
face a prison term so long she could just forget ever getting married or
"Can I call my lawyer?" Monica asked.
She was told her lawyer handled civil matters, not criminal; therefore he
was of no use to her. If you think this is less of a lie than "I did
not have sexual relations with that woman," then you probably believe
Matt Drudge should replace Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News.
Monica's account is gripping because she details how Starr's legalized lynch
mob conspired to get her to commit perjury, all so they would then have
enough rope to string her up, then strangle their real target, President
Clinton. How did they do this? By preventing her from talking to her lawyer,
thus allowing her false affidavit (the one saying she's never been intimate
with Clinton) to be submitted the next day.
The mantra of Clinton critics is that everything Starr's office did is standard
practice among prosecutors across the land. The ends justify the means when
it comes to catching bad guys, or so the reasoning goes. But surely this
is fuzzy moral relativism. When Clinton defenders have pointed out that
politicians, even presidents, have always had more sex partners than your
average monogamist, we are ridiculed as defining deviancy downward and institutionalizing
Well, what about institutionalizing the deviancy of prosecutors? No thinking
person can doubt that Starr's minions repeatedly and blatantly lied, intimidated,
employed psychological terrorism, conspired to stop crimes from being prevented,
and subverted justice in their dealings with Monica.
Virtuecrats like Bill Bennett obviously don't care about maintaining or
improving public morals when they publicly applaud the tactics of the Independent
Counsel's Office. We now know this office operated in a manner that was
morally indistinguishable from the small town sheriff putting a gun to a
black man's head saying, "sign this murder confession or I'll blow
your head off now!"
We are told that it is not enough that Clinton was humiliated and degraded
for the last 14 months, he must be vilified in the history books. Fine,
then the history books also need to reflect that Ken Starr is a bigger un-convicted
criminal than Clinton.
History will judge Clinton for turning the White House into his own personal
"Animal House" at night, but it will also judge Starr for turning
a branch of the Justice Department into the Spanish Inquisition by day.
Monica's Story is but another of many sources to document the singularity
of Starr's ignominious crimes against humanity.
TJ Walker is a North Carolina native, a web publisher (www.tjwalker.com)
and a television commentator who conducts media workshops. He can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 212-735-6292.
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