Black and White Horizon wallpaper, The Media Declares Crimes Shoudn’t be Prosecuted

Black and White Horizon wallpaper

Robert Parry does a piece on a WaPo news article that belonged, if not in the trash, at least in the editorial section,  WPost Again Flacks for Bush’s Crimes

Or the Post might have mentioned the opposition to torture from trained FBI interrogators who left the Guantanamo Bay prison in disgust over the illegality and ineffectiveness of the brutal interrogation tactics that had supplanted their own approach which they felt had been working.

They quote Dick Cheney as though he had jst offered up the Theory of Gravity,

“Those were programs that have been absolutely essential to maintaining our capacity to interfere with and defeat all further attacks against the United States,” Vice President Cheney said in an interview this week with CBS Radio. “If I had advice to give, it would be, before you start to implement your campaign rhetoric, you need to sit down and find out precisely what it is we did and how we did it, because it is going to be vital to keeping the nation safe and secure in the years ahead.”

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee 12 retired gemerals and admirals wrote about Alberto Gonzales,

Among his past actions that concern us most, Mr. Gonzales wrote to the President on January 25, 2002, advising him that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to the conflict then underway in Afghanistan. More broadly, he wrote that the “war on terrorism” presents a “new paradigm [that] renders obsolete Geneva’s” protections.
The reasoning Mr. Gonzales advanced in this memo was rejected by many military leaders at the time, including Secretary of State Colin Powell who argued that abandoning the Geneva
Conventions would put our soldiers at greater risk, would “reverse over a century of U.S. policy and practice in supporting the Geneva Conventions,” and would “undermine the protections of the rule of law for our troops, both in this specific conflict [Afghanistan] and in general.” State Department adviser William H. Taft IV agreed that this decision “deprives our troops [in Afghanistan] of any claim to the protection of the Conventions in the event they are captured and weakens the protections afforded by the Conventions to our troops in future conflicts.”

How many American troops have been captured, tortured and killed because of  Bush’s policies. WaPo could not even be bothered to ask. Dick Cheney must know, Bush must know, because these two chicken-hawks are the premiere experts on all matters related to renditions, torture, and national security. How about asking if torture wasn’t used would that have ultimately been more effective. As Parry points out WaPo’s own achieve shows that not torturing Iraqis helped win Sunni support and helped capture Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Kid Curious

Obama Leaves Door Open (a Bit) On Prosecuting Bush Officials.

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: “We’re still evaluating how we’re going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth. And obviously we’re going to look at past practices. And I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards. And part of my job is to make sure that for example at the CIA, you’ve got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don’t want them to suddenly feel like they’ve got to spend all their time looking over their shoulders and lawyering up.

The issue isn’t about low level CIA personnel following what they believed was a lawful order from the Decider Guy. Its what the administration and its lawyers like Gonzales, John Yoo and David Addington said and did. If as the beltway pontificates like Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas, who, in even worse fashion then WaPo in another opinion piece presented as news (Obama’s Cheney Dilemma) truly think that Obama shouldn’t hold investigations into Bush White House crimes because it might hurt an operative; that is what Congressional immunity is for. Stop pretending that it doesn’t exist or that the real issue is what a few agents did. The issue is George and Dick doing their best impression of paranoid adolescents drunk on Stalin-lite.

I don’t hate Joe Wurzelbacher. I don’t even hope he goes away. He is one the Right’s shinning examples of the unjustified belief passing for informed opinion. Shouting something loud enough and long enough, through the pixie dust of Conservative magic makes it true,

I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting. You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, “Well look at this atrocity,” well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it.

Much of the media has been lax to irresponsible the last twenty years – thus the growth of blogs. Its Joe the former welfare recipient and anti-government zealot that says government is always bad and can never be trusted – that would be the same government that he wants to dispense the news as they see fit without the admittedly lame watchdogs we have now. So Joe’s been sipping some of that Stalin-lite brew himself. Poor Joe in his brew fogged stupor cannot tell the difference between holding the media accountable and doing away with an essential ingredient to having a democracy. A thorough Fisking of Roger Simon ( Joe is the new Hemingway?) and Joe here, America’s Newest Fun Family, The Idiots! and a brief, but accurate take from Jesse Taylor here, The Red Badge Of Plumbage