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Wikileaks: Obama Administration Secretly Worked To Prevent Prosecution of War Crimes By The Bush Administration.

Hey, remember when torture and war crimes under Bush were really important to liberals and progressives, soul of the nation, et cetera? Good times.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

Since impeachment was "off the table" for misleading the public, what would make anyone think they would pursue war crimes?

I'm no lawyer but it seems to me that many of the crimes are still being carried out today by different actors. So any pursuit of previous criminals would eventually lead to the current crop.

Submitted by lambert on

Torture on the Orient Express, Looting on the Orient Express... In other words, they're all in on it.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by Jeff W on

From the Jonathan Turley blog post:

…the Obama Administration worked hard behind the scenes not only to prevent any investigation of torture in the United States but shutdown efforts abroad to enforce the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture. This includes threatening the Spanish that, if they did not derail a judicial investigation, it would have serious consequences in bilateral relations.

A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department discloses how the Administration discarded any respect for the independence of the judiciary in Spain and pressured the government to derail the prosecution of Bush officials.

I'm not sure what prompted lambert to post this item now—it‘s from December, 2010—but it never hurts to be reminded of the current Administration‘s stance on the “rule of law” as a continuation—indeed, an embracement—of that of the prior one.

The Mother Jones piece by David Corn, “Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe,” linked to in Turley's post, gives more detail of this relatively little-known instance of bipartisanship.

Every apathetic citizen is a silent enlistee in the cause of inverted totalitarianism.—Sheldon Wolin

Submitted by lambert on

Saw it in FB today. I guess it was a viral outbreak...

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by zot23 on

They are just as culpable as the perps in the Bush Admin themselves. Impeach em all and throw em in the clink together. Perhaps Gitmo?

Submitted by lambert on

Cleaning bedpans, stocking shelves, retail...

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi