Sunday, December 28, 2014

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

From Raw Story:

The board concludes, 'Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments. Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit. The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.'

More here.

I posted this on facebook with the statement, "If we don't do this, prosecute the torturers, we're a joke."

Then I got a little commentary action.

Zach Interestingly this is impossible for the same set of reasons/pathologies that make it impossible for us to prosecute police officers for murder.

Ron Okay, true to a great extent, but I would argue that super-elites, such as administration insiders, are far less subject to criminal prosecution than low level rank and file government officials. That is, we've already prosecuted some of the Abu Ghraib soldiers, and from time to time we do, in fact, prosecute crooked cops. We've also prosecuted a few very low level bankers, and even Martha Stewart. But the big boys? No way. Even when they got Scooter Libby, Bush pardoned him.

They will sacrifice the grunts from time to time, but there's just no accountability if you're wealthy and/or powerful. None at all. That, too, makes us a joke nation.
'Nuff said.