Sunday, March 29, 2009

What's the Yoose?


Criminal proceedings have begun in Spain against six senior officials in the Bush administration for the use of torture against detainees in Guantánamo Bay. Baltasar Garzón, the counter-terrorism judge whose prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet led to his arrest in Britain in 1998, has referred the case to the chief prosecutor before deciding whether to proceed…

…The officials named in the case include the most senior legal minds in the Bush administration. They are: Alberto Gonzales, a former White House counsel and attorney general; David Addington, former vice-president Dick Cheney's chief of staff; Douglas Feith, who was under-secretary of defence; William Haynes, formerly the Pentagon's general counsel; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who were both senior justice department legal advisers.

Excuse me if I don’t get too excited over the criminal proceedings. First of all the orders for torture came from the top meaning Bush and Cheney. Cheney practically bragged about it on TV. It’s not that I bear any love for the likes of Yoo and the rest of the fry and would dearly enjoy seeing Yoo and the others tossed into prison but why go after them when Bush and Cheney are so clearly and undeniably guilty? Still, even so, I suppose it could open up a whole can of worms for our two worms though I doubt anything would come of it. Secondly it really obscures the fact that the U.S. is still sending prisoners to secret prisons in foreign lands to be tortured and killed. How can Obama possibly open up a criminal investigation regarding the use of torture when essentially he is just as guilty of using torture as the people being investigated? That could be very embarrassing. It is also probably a very good reason why a serious investigation by the U.S. will never happen. Any way, we know how marvelous and wondrous things are wrought when the government investigates itself.

Torture is an ongoing crime it’s not a single incident that took place in the past, so in that light Spain should be investigating not only Bush and his administration but Obama and his administration as well. And a herd of hippopotamuses might fly out of my butt.


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