Whatever its other legacies, the Bush administration will be remembered for its contemptible disregard for the law in the post-9/11 war on terrorism. From the wiretapping of Americans without a court order to the waterboarding of suspected terrorists to the refusal to abide by the requirements of the Geneva Convention, many of the administration's policies can fairly be described as lawless.Minimally, we should toss the whole lot of them over to Bahgdad to finish this grand "democracy spreading experiment." If they believed in it, truly believed in it, they would volunteer and go post haste directly after 20 Jan. Don't hold your breath.
But were they also criminal? Should officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, be put on trial, either in a court of law or in a forum like South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission? As the Bush administration nears its end, calls for such a reckoning are coming from civil libertarians and some supporters of President-elect Barack Obama. Some even argue that President Bush should be indicted.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Should Bush and The Whole of His Administration Be Held Criminally Liable For Their Actions?
I say yes, and methinks many who blog here also agree. Simply because some one is placed in such grandios policital posts does not put them above the letter nor the spirit of the law.