by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:
Calling him a “serial child molester” and his actions “unconscionable,” Judge Thomas Durkin sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for his abuse of four male wrestlers under his tutelage at Yorkville High School in Illinois over 30 years ago.
The sentence is remarkable in many ways. As Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, Hastert was second in line to the presidency after the Vice President, making him one of the highest ranking office holders in the history of the United States ever to be put in prison. Not only that, but the 15 month prison far exceeds the federal guidelines of probation to six months for the banking violations of which he has been convicted. And Judge Durkin’s statements during sentencing leave no room for ambiguity about Hastert, his actions, or his legacy. He will forever be remembered as a convicted sex offender, a rapist and a child molester.
But it is not enough. Not nearly enough.
To people like Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistleblower who has been trying to get the media to investigate the story of Hastert’s child sex abuse since he actually was the Speaker of the House, it may be a form of vindication, but it’s a hollow one to be sure. “The real ‘Dennis Hastert Case’ remains covered-up and buried,” she wrote in an email to me yesterday. “In fact, this quasi vindication makes it even more appalling how, and to what extent, they go about covering it up.”
“The media is presenting Hastert and his pedophilic activities as a thing that happened in the past, and in a vacuum. Based on their narrative, Hastert’s predatory actions stopped once he became an honorable US representative. That the man miraculously saw the light, said Hallelujah, and then … well, according to them, then nothing.”
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