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Bush Administration Officials Should Be Prosecuted

  • 02/05/09
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High officials in the Bush administration should be prosecuted for crimes that involved the torture of captives at Guantanamo, physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, illegal wiretapping, lying to Congress and extra-terratorial kidnappings.  Based on Pentagon investigations, publicly released documents, and admissions of other officials in the Bush Administration, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez,  Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and other high officials in the Bush administration conspired to violate the Federal Civil Rights Act, 18, U.S.C. Section 242, the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act, and treaties adopted by the United States, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture.  They should be prosecuted because holding these officials accountable will serve as a warning present and future officials, it will help to redeem the image of the United States overseas by demonstrating our commitment to the rule of law, and it will demonstrate that the powerful can be held accountable when they commit enormous crimes just as the weak are held accountable for petty crimes.  Our new Attorney General,Eric H. Holder Jr., recently testified that “Waterboarding is torture”  and he acknowledged that “We prosecuted our own soldiers for using it in Vietnam.”  He noted that waterboarding had been used to torment prisoners during the Inquisition, by the Japanese in World War II and in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.  If these high officials are permitted to violate the law with impunity, order the torture people held in secret prisons, illegally spy on American citizens and lie about their actions to Congress, our democracy and our freedom will be further eroded.

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