IF JUSTICE IS REALLY BLIND, SENIOR BUSH AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS MUST NOW BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE
What the world learned yesterday about the US government’s torture practices makes Watergate seem like a tempest in a teapot.
Impeachment? How about prosecution and imprisonment of those responsible for writing this dark chapter of American history. For, The CIA torture practices would have made Gestapo proud.
And not just the Bush administration officials are to blame. See below how Obama’s White House also stonewalled Senate Committees REPEATED requests for Information in 2013.
Which is why we need an independent Special Prosecutor to prosecute the criminals in our government. Several US and international agencies have already called for it, too.
Human Rights Watch, for example, is one of them. They also called on Obama to appoint a special prosecutor.
“The Senate report summary should forever put to rest CIA denials that it engaged in torture, which is criminal and can never be justified,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The report shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are utter fiction.”
“Unless this important truth-telling process leads to prosecution of officials, torture will remain a ‘policy option’ for future presidents.” HRW said in its today’s release (see http://www.hrw.org/node/131091).
Here’s an excerpt from the 500-page Executive Summary of the actual declassified Senate report:
“This Committee Study documents the abuses and countless mistakes made between late 2001 and early 2009… The Study describes the history of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program from its inception to its termination, including a review of each of the 119 known individuals who were held in CIA custody.”
Which means that as horrific and widespread the CIA’s torture practices have been, they are only a fraction of the criminal practices what the US government and its agents carried out.
Here’s a quote from the footnote of Page 9 of 299 of the Executive Summary:
“The report does not review CIA renditions for individuals who were not ultimately detained by the CIA, CIA interrogation of detainees in U.S. military custody, or the treatment of detainees in the custody of foreign governments, as these topics were not included in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.”
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SENATOR MCCAIN ALSO CONDEMNS CIA TORTURE
I can’t think of many times in recent memory that I agreed with John McCain on any subject. In fact, I can’t think of ANY time during the last 25 years that the former Republican presidential candidate and I were on the same side of a political issue. Not since I told off the Senator face-to-face for his role in the “Keating Five” scandal (S&L era corruption case – “the only honest politician is the one who stays bought” – see “McCain: Our Fraud Hero“, Mar 2000).
Well, yesterday, McCain surprised me. His personal experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam outweighed his Republican party loyalties. Speaking on the Senate floor on Dec 9, McCain said those…
,,,(CIA) security policies “stained our national honor, did much harm and little good.”
Saying that “the truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow,” an emotional Sen. John McCain, subjected to torture himself, praised the release on Tuesday of a report on CIA torture of terrorist suspects.
Check out this story, including a video of McCain’s speech, on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1D4rwCk
Nor were such criminal activities limited to just the Bush Administration.
Here’s another quote from the footnote of Page 9 of 299 of the Executive Summary about how Obama’s White House Also Stonewalled Senate Committees Repeated Requests for Information in 2013:
“The Committee did not have access to approximately 9,400 CIA documents related to the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that were withheld by the White House pending a determination and claim of executive privilege. The Committee requested access to these documents over several years, including in writing on January 3, 2013, May 22, 2013, and December 19, 2013. The Committee received no response from the White House.”
Nor did Obama take any action after a four-year investigation by his own Justice Department:
“From January 2, 2008, to August 30, 2012, the Department of Justice conducted a separate investigation into various aspects of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, with the possibility of criminal prosecutions of CIA personnel and contractors.”
NO SUCH CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS TOOK PLACE
And since silence implies acquiescence, this makes Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder also culpable as accessories to CIA/Bush crimes.