Thursday, January 01, 2009

DOJ To Prosecute Those That Use Torture - But Of Course, Not Americans!

As usual, Glenn Greenwald is spot on about the United States' double standard when it comes to torture, and the prosecution of those that order it and/or administer it.

There's something beautifully illustrative about this torture prosecution. Apparently, it's not just appropriate, but necessary and urgent, for American courts to be used to prosecute the leaders of small African nations who order torture exclusively in their own land. Doing that is necessary to uphold what the Bush DOJ calls "respect for and trust in authority, government and a rule of law."

But -- say Bush loyalists and our pliant political class in unison -- the one thing that we cannot tolerate is for American courts to be used to impose accountability on American leaders who authorized illegal torture. And, of course, the only thing worse than doing that would be to subject them to prosecution by another country or, creepier still, an international tribunal. That would be an intolerable infringement of our sovereignty, we say as we prosecute the son of Liberia's President for acts he undertook exclusively inside Liberia.

I'm sick and tired of the U.S. politicians saying we should "move forward" and disregard all of the illegal shit the Bush administration has done these past eight years. That simply does not happen in real life to real Americans. You lie, cheat, steal, torture, maim and kill, you get prosecuted to the max. Hell, in this country, if you take drugs, and god forbid, get caught buying and/or selling them, you really get prosecuted to the full extent of the law! But politicians (not to mention corporations) that lie, cheat, steal, torture, maim and kill, we as Americans are supposed to just overlook prosecuting such actions, because that's just "partisan" and water under the bridge.

I personally think Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and others should be investigated, prosecuted and sent to jail for the raping and pillaging of the American nation, not to mention starting two wars, resulting in the needless deaths of countless Americans as well as the citizens of the countries in which we are practicing such wars.

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