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June 22, 2009

More On Bush's War Crimes

From Truthout.org:
On January 25, 2002, then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales advised George W. Bush in a memo to deny al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners protections under the Geneva Conventions because doing so would "substantially reduces the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act" and "provide a solid defense to any future prosecution."

Two weeks later, Bush signed an action memorandum dated February 7, 2002, addressed to Vice President Dick Cheney, which denied baseline protections to al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners under the Third Geneva Convention. That memo, according to a recently released bipartisan report issued by the Senate Armed Services Committee, opened the door to "considering aggressive techniques," which were then developed with the complicity of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bush's National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and other senior Bush officials.
And we all know what happened after that.

By the way from the same article, a few paragraphs later:
The Supreme Court held in 2006, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that the prisoners were entitled to protections under the Geneva Conventions.
So I guess AG Gonzales was...wrong?

Prosecute the war crimes.


Heir to the Throne said...

You are quoting the guys who claimed that Karl Rove was Indicted by Patrick Fitzgerald.
When the story turned out to be pure BS, they gave this lame retraction.
"we erred in getting too far out in front of the news-cycle."

EdHeath said...

An organization that got it wrong about an indictment, versus an administration that tortured hundreds, destroyed our reputation around the world, and (oh by the way) invaded a country, killing tens of thousands, based on lies they deliberately made.

Yeah, they're about even.

Kevin said...

funny how quiet the news media has gotton about the whole torture thing when it was exposed that nancy pelosi and the demo's signed off on it and didnt your wonderful nanacy asked if they should do more (i.e) torture . well? what happened? when u slither back out of your hole let me know