Sunday, January 25, 2009

Prosecuting BushCo
My Favorite New Topic

Call me a dreamer, but I have high hopes that President Obama's Justice Department is just itching to bring Bush and his criminal cohorts to justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other criminal acts and high crimes in violation of the charter of the United Nations, international law, the Constitution of the United States and laws made in pursuance thereof.

Ben Smith of wrote:
"President Barack Obama is staffing his Justice Department with some of his predecessor's fiercest critics, and lawyers who have spent years defining the limits of executive power will now be helping to wield it.

The change may be most dramatic at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — which defended some of Bush’s most controversial policies — where a small cadre of lawyers who had an outsized influence on legal criticism of Bush are taking the top three jobs.

Those three — Dawn Johnsen, Martin Lederman and David Barron—and others made the case that Bush’s interrogation policy was justified by flawed legal reasoning. Their arguments precipitated one of Obama’s most dramatic early acts: flatly repudiating all government legal advice on interrogation issued between September 11, 2001, and January 20, 2009....

If the President will allow the Justice Department simply to do their jobs and investigate Bush's 'alleged' crimes, there's no need for him to become embroiled in the sure-to-come claims of witch hunting by the snitty GOP.
Unlike Bush, I think President Obama understands there are three branches of the Federal Government, and I have no doubt he'll remind people of that if the right-wing cry babies start harping about moving forward and letting bygones be bygones.
The crimes millions of people throughout the world believe Bush and his criminal cronies committed include the murder of thousands of innocent people, and there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Rice all have blood on their hands, and at the very least their crimes need to be investigated.

It's true, President Obama has a ton of pressing issues he must deal with immediately. The economy is in critical condition and there are two wars to consider.
But he's not a Justice Department attorney and he needn't immerse himself in the day to day details of investigating and likely prosecuting the corrupt Bush regime.
He has dozens of talented, seasoned attorneys in the Justice Department, and he should let them do their jobs.

Investigating the crimes of his predecessor is just as important to our nation as healing the economy and dealing with Bush's wars.
Without resolving those issues, America will lose its footing as a nation of laws and justice for all.
The world is watching.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I pary to the dark gods that spwaned me thatthey go after Bush and the rest of that gang of criminals.

Lulu Maude said...

You're right.

FranIAm said...

I am doubtful that they will come to justice, but I am also fixated on the fact that they might.

Lisa said...

I'll continue to ask for justice. Keep it up, KZ!

bigsis said...

what FranIAm said.

Katie Schwartz said...

I'm so happy you posted this, babes. I agree with Ben 100%. I think the bush regime need to be held accountable for their actions. If you're a dreamer, so am I. I am definitely holding out hope that after the biggest issues are handled (economy/wars), the Bushettes will be investigated.

nonnie9999 said...

either we abide by the rule of law, or we don't. it's as simple as that. if the law doesn't apply to chimpy & company, i guess we can tell the system to kiss our asses when we want to break the law.

Fran said...

I think once the gitmo detainees begin to have real trials (not th military kangaroo courts bush was running), the truth about the torture (war crimes & violations of Geneva conventions) will see the light of day. This will open the door of prosecuting shrub & co. Bush spewed a whole lot about justice in his final days... I hope it lands on his doorstep.
Liberty & justice for all..... that includes the executive branch for high crimes (plural) and misdemeanors.
It also includes members of the executive branch who declared themselves not a member of the exec. branch (Cheney).