Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals

In June 2005 U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. had ordered the Bushies and the CIA to protect “all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.” The following month a similar order was issued by U.S. District Judge Kessler. Still the CIA or more specifically those in the loop that knew about the tapes might have a technicality to cling to. The tapes were in one of Bush’s secret prisons not named in those orders from Judges Kennedy and Kessler, CIA Destroyed Tapes Despite Court Orders. Still the argument could be put forth that the administration did not act in good faith by concealing the whereabouts of those tapes. As is usually the case with the Bush gang they may have created enough a crack to escape legal culpability for obstruction of justice, maybe not.

It looks like the Senate wasn’t completely out to lunch, CIA Interrogation Tapes: “Bad” is Hardly the Word — Call it Criminal

In 2005, the Senate Intelligence Committee repeatedly tried to determine if CIA interrogators were complying with interrogation guidelines. The CIA refused twice in 2005 to provide the committee with its general counsel’s report on the tapes.

Further down in the same post by Hurley,

In 2005, the Senate Intelligence Committee repeatedly tried to determine if CIA interrogators were complying with interrogation guidelines. The CIA refused twice in 2005 to provide the committee with its general counsel’s report on the tapes.

It s high school, but since Republicans in particular insist on acting like petulant 15 year olds it only fair; every Republican that doesn’t think water boarding is torture needs to get in line to be water boarded,

GWEN IFILL: I just would like to — but do you think that waterboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?

SEN. KIT BOND: There are different ways of doing it. It’s like swimming: freestyle, backstroke.

Kit obviously has a low threshold for moral sensibilities of and an IQ to match.

From a Critic of Tribunals to Top Judge 

The paper was prickly at times, referring to Bush administration “spinmeisters” and dismissing the argument that the new challenges of fighting terrorism meant that civilian judges and juries would be endangered by federal trials.

Prior terrorism and organized crime cases, he wrote, showed that “the existing United States criminal justice system does not have to be put aside simply because the potential defendants have scary friends.”

If we had another president and officials that had created a climate of trust and ethics then maybe military tribunals could work, but those are obviously not the conditions that we’re working under. If the administration can find a way to shoe horn their agenda into proper legal military proceedings they will.

Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals. ~ Albert Schweitzer