Editorial

Blood on their hands

And it should change Rick Perry’s mind too. There is a chance he and other top Texas officials didn’t know Texas law enforcement was drowning in a sea of child exploitation before Rodney Williams attacked. There is no chance now.

Perry and other top Texas officials were officially put on notice this spring, after PROTECT, the Surviving Parents Coalition and others went to Austin to campaign for Alicia’s Law, a bill to fund child rescue in Texas. Major players in the Dallas Republican political world put personal pressure on top officeholders in an effort to prevent more savagery against children. Assurances were given at the highest levels.

And yet, the paltry $3 million promised to Texas’s three Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces has vanished, after appropriator vandals changed a statutory “shall” to a “may,” leaving the funding once again to the discretion of (as yet) unmotivated state politicians.

Three men now have the power to rescue Alicia’s Law funding, and in doing so rescue thousands of Texas children from hell.

As governor, Rick Perry can take time from his presidential race to find the $3 million or secure it through budget execution authority.

As lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst can take time from his U.S. Senate race to do the same.

And as attorney general, Greg Abbott can take time from his gubernatorial race to fund the child rescue effort from his existing budget.

Any one of these men could be a heroic Texas protector. Or have the blood of children on his hands.

Grier Weeks is executive director of PROTECT (www.protect.org).