Obama’s Refusal to Try Bush Torturers Unconscionable
UPDATE: Lawyer friends have analyzed Obama’s statements and said that he has not ruled out prosecuting the authors of the memos, but only those who were “just following orders.” I still find this to be bad–a Nazi defense. But I do want the higher ups more than the drones. And I can’t help noticing that if the lower ranks are given immunity now, it removes the incentive and leverage to have them testify against their bosses. So, while this is better, it’s still not good.
Obama keeps releasing the torture memos of the Bush administration, but he refuses to have Attorney General Holder to appoint a special prosecutor and go after either the ones “just following orders,” (the Nazi claim at the Nuremberg Trials) or those who wrote them. This “I want to go forward” and not prosecute policy is wrong. I want hundreds of thousands of Americans to Whitehouse.gov and demand prosecutions. If we don’t prosecute, this could happen again in another administration.
Obama is protecting the Bush torturers. Contact Congress and demand hearings AND demand that they refuse to pass the budget until the AG appoints a special prosecutor.
AG Holder and Pres. Obama swore to uphold the law. Demand–including with demonstrations if we need to–that the Obama administration uphold the law by prosecuting all those who tortured and authorized torture and related practices.
P.S.: Different subject, but I want to cheer the Alaska legislature, Republicans and Democrats, for rejecting Governor Palin’s choice for state attorney general. This is the first time since AK was a state that they have rejected any nominee for a cabinet post. But this was important: Palin’s choice was a man who had joked “if a man can’t rape his wife, who can he rape?” That should prevent his confirmation by itself.
P.P.S.: Former Under-Secretary of State Richard Armitage (who was second-in-command to Colin Powell) interviewed with al-Jazeera TV and admitted that he should have resigned when he realized that the Bush admin had authorized torture. But since al-Jazeera English is all but banned in the U.S.A., you won’t see this interview over here, although it has been reported.
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