Michael Moore Responds to Treasury Secretary’s Investigation Threat


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Michael Moore Responds to Treasury Secretary's Investigation Threat
By Michael Moore, AlterNet. Posted May 12, 2007.

Under investigation by the Bush administration for taking ill 9/11 clean up 
workers to Cuba for better treatment than they received in America, Moore 
answers, "I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide."

Open Letter from Michael Moore to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

Secretary Henry Paulson
Department of the Treasury
Secretary Paulson,

I am contacting you in light of the document sent to me dated May 2, 2007, which
was received May 7, 2007 indicating that an investigation has been opened up 
with regards to a trip I took to Cuba with a group of Americans that included 
some 9/11 heroes in March 2007 related to the filming of my next documentary, on
the American Healthcare system. SiCKO, which will be seen in theaters this 
summer, will expose the health care industry's greed and control over America's 
political processes.

I believe that the decision to conduct this investigation represents the latest 
example of the Bush Administration abusing the federal government for raw, 
crass, political purposes. Over the last seven years of the Bush Presidency, we 
have seen the abuse of government to promote a political agenda designed to 
benefit the conservative base of the Republican Party, special interests and 
major financial contributors. From holding secret meetings for the energy 
industry to re-writing science findings to cooking the books on intelligence to 
the firing of U.S. Attorneys, this Administration has shown time and time again 
that it will abuse its power and authority.

There are a number of specific facts that have led me to conclude that politics 
could very well be driving this Bush Administration investigation of me and my 

First, the Bush Administration has been aware of this matter for months (since 
October 2006) and never took any action until less than two weeks before SiCKO 
is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and a little more than a month 
before it is scheduled to open in the United States.

Second, the health care and insurance industry, which is exposed in the movie 
and has expressed concerns about the impact of the movie on their industries, is
a major corporate underwriter of President George W. Bush and the Republican 
Party, having contributed over $13 million to the Bush presidential campaign in 
2004 and more than $180 million to Republican candidates over the last two 
campaign cycles.

It is well documented that the industry is very concerned about the impact of 
SiCKO. They have threatened their employees if they talk to me. They have set up
special internal crises lines should I show up at their headquarters. Employees 
have been warned about the consequences of participating in SiCKO. Despite this,
some employees, at great risk to themselves, have gone on camera to tell the 
American people the truth about the health care industry. I can understand why 
that industry's main recipient of its contributions -- President Bush -- would 
want to harass, intimidate and potentially prevent this film from having its 
widest possible audience.

And, third, this investigation is being opened in the wake of misleading attacks
on the purpose of the Cuba trip from a possible leading Republican candidate for
president, Fred Thompson, a major conservative newspaper, The New York Post, and
various right wing blogs.

For five and a half years, the Bush administration has ignored and neglected the
heroes of the 9/11 community. These heroic first responders have been left to 
fend for themselves, without coverage and without care. I understand why the 
Bush administration is coming after me -- I have tried to help the very people 
they refuse to help, but until George W. Bush outlaws helping your fellow man, I
have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide.

I demand that the Bush Administration immediately end this investigation and 
spend its time and resources trying to support some of the real heroes of 9/11.

Michael Moore

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Michael Moore is an Academy award-winning filmmaker and author of "Dude, Where's
My Country?"

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