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I’ve watched the political persecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman for more than a decade in abject horror that such a political assassination of a much-loved governor could happen in the United States of America. But it did, and justice was not served in any manner.

Siegelman was targeted by Karl Rove and brought down on false charges of bribery in a case antithetical to the concept of democracy. Having served more than five years in federal prison for no crime, Siegelman finally tells the whole story in his new book, Stealing Our Democracy: How the Political Assassination of a Governor Threatens Our Nation (out Tuesday!). He issues some stark warnings about what can (and did) happen, and some prescriptions for fixing the many problems that plague American society today. Governor Siegelman joins me for most of the hour today, as we have a lot of ground to cover. I hope you’ll share today’s program with everyone who needs to hear about America’s Political Prisoner #1.

I played a new song by Jill Sobule at the top…