What if, based on the very real actions of the W, Rove and Co, they were found in violation of the law, the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions and who knows how many other laws that are out there? Would we then be forced to empty our jails because of it?
Really, I think Moxie Grrl was the first person I heard this phrase from, but because of very real Presidential malpractice, we could be forced to release real terrorists because they actually violated the rights of many innocents.
Rummy may be the first domino to fall in such a case:
A federal judge on Friday appeared reluctant to give Donald H. Rumsfeld immunity from torture allegations, yet said it would be unprecedented to let the departing defense secretary face a civil trial.So, you see: The folks who claim to have been doing all they can to "protect" the American people actually seem to be placing us deeper and deeper in jeopardy. As to why the
"What you're asking for has never been done before," U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan told lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union.
The group is suing on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lawsuit contends the men were beaten, suspended upside down from the ceiling by chains, urinated on, shocked, sexually humiliated, burned, locked inside boxes and subjected to mock executions.
If the suit were to go forward, it could force Rumsfeld and the Pentagon to disclose what officials knew about abuses at prisons such as Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and what was done to stop it.