Wednesday, April 27, 2005

When Will Justice be Meted Out?

While numerous reichwingers are distracted from the real call for Justice, there are folks who would like to see the right people with their feet in the fire.

Of course, at the time of Atonement, no one will escape her/his fate. Most certainly, some will pay heavily for their sins regardless whether they are held accountable in this mortal life.

Do you think that crimes committed will be forgiven simply becuase they were perpetrated under the auspices of and at the behest of W, Rove and Co.?


It has now been one year since the appearance of the first pictures of U.S. soldiers humiliating and torturing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Shortly after the photos came out, President George W. Bush vowed that the “wrongdoers will be brought to justice.”

In the intervening months, it has become clear that torture and abuse have taken place not solely at Abu Ghraib but rather in dozens of U.S. detention facilities worldwide, that in many cases the abuse resulted in death or severe trauma, and that a good number of the victims were civilians with no connection to al-Qaeda or terrorism. There is also evidence of abuse at U.S.-controlled “secret locations” abroad and of U.S. authorities sending suspects to third-country dungeons around the world where torture was likely to occur.

To date, however, the only wrongdoers being brought to justice are those at the bottom of the chain-of-command. The evidence demands more. Yet a wall of impunity surrounds the architects of the policies responsible for the larger pattern of abuses.

As this report shows, evidence is mounting that high-ranking U.S. civilian and military leaders — including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, formerly the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Major General Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — made decisions and issued policies that facilitated serious and widespread violations of the law. The circumstances strongly suggest that they either knew or should have known that such violations took place as a result of their actions. There is also mounting data that, when presented with evidence that abuse was in fact taking place, they failed to act to stem the abuse.

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Even if you don't agree with these folks, there is certainly cause for suspicion that warrants the hiring of an independent investigator a la Ken Starr. Certainly these war crimes are more egregious than someone getting a blow job in the oval office.

1 comment:

Sar said...

Good post - even better point.