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.