Friday, February 19, 2010

Time to prosecute Cheney.

Wow, so maybe there are Bush loyalists still pulling the levers inside the US Department of Justice.

Dick Cheney's taunting from Glenn Greenwald at Salon.
Dick Cheney went on ABC News this weekend and boasted of the role he played in ordering the waterboarding of detainees. Andrew Sullivan has written several posts accurately describing this statement as a "confession of committing a war crime on national television." Harper's Scott Horton identifies the specific criminal statute Cheney confessed he violated, makes clear that -- as the Attorney General himself previously said -- there is no reasonable debate possible regarding the criminality of waterboarding under U.S. and international law (notwithstanding the efforts of Politico and friends to pretend otherwise), and then asks: "What prosecutor can look away when a perpetrator mocks the law itself and revels in his role in violating it?"

Apparently, Eric Holder can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Eric Holder needs to "hold" back because he got bitch-slapped today:

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/02/cleared-bush-era-lawyers-cleared-of.html

"Six months ago Attorney General Holder announced an unprecedented investigation. For the the first time in American History, a new administration had launched a politically motivated legal investigation against its predecessor, as the Obama administration went after the lawyers who wrote the legal decisions blessing enhanced interrogation techniques such as water-boarding for the Bush Administration.

This evening the two lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee were cleared of professional misconduct in connection those memorandums authorizing harsh interrogations. Interestingly, the ethics lawyers in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), concluded that two department lawyers had demonstrated “professional misconduct.” It said the lawyers had ignored legal precedents and provided slipshod legal advice to the White House in possible violation of international and federal laws on torture."