Friday, April 18, 2008

"War Criminals — so what ... Snooze ..."


Credit: The Washington Independent by Spencer Ackerman [link http://www.washingtonindependent.com/view/torture-and-the-law]

With nine months remaining in President George W. Bush's term, virtually no legal analyst expects that anyone in his administration will face indictment and prosecution in connection with the torture of detainees.

However, a new admission from Mr. Bush last week has some legal analysts contending that the case for such prosecution has gotten significantly stronger. ABC News reported on April 9, 2008, that Condoleezza Rice chaired an informal panel of top administration officials when she was National Security Adviser that approved specific brutal interrogation tactics for use on three suspected al-Qaeda detainees. The panel consisted of Vice President Richard B. Cheney and former Bush administration officials: former Defense Secretary Donald S. Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former CIA Director, George Tenet, and former Attorney General John Ashcroft (pictured above).

This group debated and eventually approved specific methods of interrogation that is abusive and harsh and considered to be torture, like "Waterboarding." Detainees could be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep, or subjected to simulated drowning [Waterboarding] ABC reported.

Danz View: "Waterboarding" is torture and a felony under the federal torture statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2340, U.S.C. § 2340A, et seq. That law is a standard, not an option. It also violates our legal obligation under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions [FYI: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/AP-Guantanamo-Geneva-Conventions.html ]

So, are the admissions of "Waterboarding" indeed enough to charge, indict, prosecute, and try these current and former officials? That remains to be seen - but, they should and FYI: there are several others with insider knowledge of those crimes (John Yoo, Douglas Feith, Alberto Gonzales, et al).

Bottom Line: Our national honor is at stake — does it matter? It should... Especially if (God forbid) any of our soldiers are captured or detained.

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