Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"A Few Bad Apples" Was A Lie of the Torture Administration

We've known it for several years now, but it is now indisputable and confirmed by the man himself: Bush and his highest deputies debated and authorized torture in secret White House meetings. The war criminals include Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzalez, George Tenet, and Condoleeza Rice. They are still free after they sent low-level soldiers to jail who were carrying out their illegal directives and caught at a time the White House was still pretending in public that torture at Abu Ghraib was an aberration rather than (at best) a foreseeable consequence of their decisions.

These high-level criminals are only protected by political reluctance to pursue a serious investigation, "dig up the past," and play the "blame game," and a couple of shoddy and outrageous legal memos constructed by fellow criminals for the purpose of absolving the principals of their sins. No crooked lawyer's letter can whitewash what these people did. Ignoring these crimes will implicitly condone them and encourage their future repetition.

We must never forget that the torturer is the enemy of all mankind.


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