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ACLU Demands Independent Prosecutor for Bush Torture Conspiracy

You may have missed the news this weekend that nearly all the principals of the Bush administration have come out and admitted to the world that they have masterminded a conspiracy to commit torture. The principals who are directly implicated include:

President George W. Bush
Vice President Dick Cheney
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Former CIA Director George Tenet
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft

President George W. Bush has even come out and admitted that when it came to the authorization of torture, “I approved.”

This is a direct violation of federal law and punishable as a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to mount an independent criminal investigation of the President and his cabinet for conspiracy to commit torture. According to the ACLU, the need for an independent investigator comes from the breadth of possible criminal violations (which according to the ACLU include not only federal anti-torture law but also the War Crimes Act and assault laws) and the fact that nearly every relevant executive department appears to have been involved. As ACLU Washington Director Caroline Fredrickson puts it:

No one in the executive branch of government can be trusted to fairly investigate or prosecute any crimes since the head of every relevant department, along with the president and vice president, either knew or participated in the planning and approval of illegal acts. Congress cannot look the other way; it must demand an independent investigation and independent prosecutor.

Spread the word: the line of evidence has been crossed; it’s time to get criminal investigations underway.

1 comment to ACLU Demands Independent Prosecutor for Bush Torture Conspiracy

  • Tom

    The complacent American sheeple will be too busy scrounging around for crumbs to worry about the Bush/Cheney cabal being prosecuted for war crimes.

    Like everything else, it’s a little late for this action when it should have taken place back in 2001, but i’d like to see it come to fruition. i would dance in the streets if they were convicted and put in jail for a lengthy period of time. i won’t hold my breath though.

    Most of us on this blog have been effectively screaming at the top of our lungs for OVER 8 years (because we KNEW this would happen when Bush stole the 2000 election via the Supreme Court decision – which is nowhere in the Constitution). So now that the vultures have come home to roost and we’re living in desperate times (for many), expect desperate acts from those who aren’t going to take it laying down. This summer should be real “interesting”.

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