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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

High Crimes And Misdemeanors

Bush gives Gonzales the stinkeye as seen at Raw Story

Law professor and constitutional scholar Jonathon Turley said it: the White House's involvement in the decision to destroy tapes of CIA interrogations showing torture could constitute up to SIX crimes. Raw Story has the details.

There ya have it, folks. How much evidence of wrongdoing does the country (I'm looking at you, Nancy Pelosi) need? A criminal in the highest office of the land, and impeachment is "off the table"?

It's time to start writing those letters again, folks. These are just the latest six or so crimes. Let's not forget the lying us into a war of occupation in Iraq; the million or so Iraqis killed by the invasion and subsequent violence; the disappearance of billions of dollars in cash, armaments, and no-bid "reconstruction" contracts that never happened; the inferior equipment handed off to the troops fighting this useless "war"; the criminal neglect of the victims of Hurricane Katrina; the illegal and unwarranted spying on the people in violation of the Fourth Amendment; and various other attempts to destroy the Constitution.

And all for what? A load of crap, is what, according to Raw Story's report on a retired FBI agent who reviewed the case file of the tortured detainees. A snippet:
Coleman and others in the FBI believed Abu Zubaida had mental problems and was little more than a lackey within al Qaeda who claimed to know more than he really did about the terror organization.

"They all knew he was crazy, and they knew he was always on the damn phone," Coleman said, referring to al-Qaeda operatives. "You think they're going to tell him anything?"
Sheesh. Any kid who's beaten up other kids or been beaten up on knows quite well: when you're on the receiving end of some severe pain, you'll say anything to make it stop.

For anyone who doesn't believe waterboarding is torture, there's a very simple test. Find a neutral third party. Not your mother or spouse, who can't bear to see you suffer, but someone who doesn't particularly like or hate you. Allow them to demonstrate waterboarding on you. After several such experiments, you will speak with authority on the nature of waterboarding. Assuming, of course, that you survive without serious physical, mental, or emotional damage.

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