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Magda Hassan
04-17-2009, 02:09 AM
I look forward to working class people being able to use this excuse to evade justice and responsibility. It is sickening that he has chosen to do this. But not surprising given that he will be in the same boat soon.





It's Official: Obama Will Not Prosecute CIA Torturers

Obama strikes a deal with CIA torturers not to prosecute them. This is a victory for Bush’s lawyers who justified torture.

by Jeremy Scahill

The White House has announced that CIA operatives, including contractors, who followed Bush guidelines for torturing prisoners will not (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5imDvIlEBNgzKdqYgIuTUEzUEImrQD97JNQE80) be prosecuted for these actions, regardless of the Obama administration’s position on the legality of the techniques they used. “t is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution,” President Obama said in a statement (http://rebelreports.com/post/96914298/just-in-obamas-complete-statement-on-release-of) released today. This seems to be part of a deal struck with the CIA over the release of several torture memos today and it is a victory for Bush administration lawyers who sought to provide legal cover for US government torture. [I]The Washington Post also reported (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/16/AR2009041602768.html?hpid=topnews):
For the first time, officials said that they would provide legal representation at no cost to CIA employees in international tribunals or U.S. congressional inquiries into alleged torture. They also said they would indemnify agency workers against any possible financial judgments.
“It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
The ACLU was quick to shoot back at Obama’s announcement. “President Obama’s assertion that there should not be prosecutions of government officials who may have committed crimes before a thorough investigation has been carried out is simply untenable. Enforcing the nation’s laws should not be a political decision,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU.
This comes as the White House released the three “Bradbury” memos, drafted in 2005, detailing CIA ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques and torture. The administration has also reportedly released a 2002 memo written by Justice Department lawyer John Yoo and signed by Jay Bybee. The New York Times (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/secret-interrogation-memos-to-be-released/?hp) described that memo as “a legal authorization for a laundry list of proposed C.I.A. interrogation techniques.”

The Bradbury memos are named for Steven Bradbury, the former acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel under Bush.

The decision apparently came (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/secret-interrogation-memos-to-be-released/?hp) “after a tense internal debate,” culminating with a “final round of deliberations” Wednesday night over the release, which was fiercely opposed by the CIA, which said their release would threaten national security. The administration faced a deadline of today for the release of the documents under a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Bybee memo was put on the table April 2 as part of a negotiation between the ACLU and the White House after the Justice Department asked for a delay of two weeks to make a decision on releasing the Bradbury memos.
“These memos provide yet more incontrovertible evidence that Bush administration officials at the highest level of government authorized and gave legal blessings to acts of torture that violate domestic and international law,” said Romero.

There has been much speculation in recent days that the White House may release redacted versions (http://rebelreports.com/post/96706734/obama-may-redact-bush-era-torture-memos-before) of the memos, which sparked protests from the ACLU and other civil liberties groups and activists. Refusing to release the memos was also opposed by some administration officials, including Attorney General Holder, who reportedly supported a more complete release. In releasing the documents, Obama cited (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/16/AR2009041602768.html?hpid=topnews) “exceptional circumstances” compelling him to release them and a desire to correct “erroneous and inflammatory assumptions” about US actions.
The White House released the memos with redactions, but apparently not on a scale some in the administration—and certainly the CIA—had originally wanted. The release, therefore, appears to be a victory. But, the apparent deal not to prosecute CIA torturers makes it a very sour victory. As the ACLU’s Romero said, “There can be no more excuses for putting off criminal investigations of officials who authorized torture, lawyers who justified it and interrogators who broke the law. No one is above the law, and the law must be equally enforced. Accountability is necessary for any functioning democracy and for restoring America’s reputation at home and abroad.”

Bruce Clemens
04-17-2009, 02:31 AM
Obama:

“It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department,”Please allow me to adjust that quote a smidge...

“It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect The Reich for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by Der Fuhrer.”

So what's all this fuss about John Demjanjuk?
...not that I am defending what he did mind you. Just pointing out 29000 ironies...

Magda Hassan
04-17-2009, 02:43 AM
Exactly Bruce! That is what was going through my mind when I highlighted that. Every bloody nazi would have got off scott free if that rationale had been applied. Far too many of them got off free anyway. Why bother having any justice at all? Why bother having the pretense of law? Let alone aspirations to being 'civilized' or even evolved.

Peter Lemkin
04-17-2009, 04:45 AM
Exactly Bruce! That is what was going through my mind when I highlighted that. Every bloody nazi would have got off scott free if that rationale had been applied. Far too many of them got off free anyway. Why bother having any justice at all? Why bother having the pretense of law? Let alone aspirations to being 'civilized' or even evolved.

Sickening in the extreme! Sadly, making Obama complicit in the crimes, as an accessory after the fact, if not already having done the same [likely] on his own watch. Against all standards of US Constitution [and oath of office!], the Laws of the Land, International Laws and Treaty Obligations and just, as Magda pointed-out, civilized or ethical behavior. I think this sadly sets the tone for this Administration....(i.e. all that Bush did that was criminal will go un-investigated and un-punished; further that it is likely to continue under a 'kinder and gentler' sugarcoated PR lie). Obama was bound to disappoint - but he has exceeded my worst expectations to have done this much so soon. If he ever was a nice, ethical guy who did Community work in Chicago, that guy is gone and the Borg has assimilated him. I hope the Organic Garden will not be the highest moral effort of this term. So far it is, almost.

He broke his Oath Of Office [thus commiting Treason, IMO] with this action, and no doubt others, similar, done secretly in the 'halls of Power'. 'My Country Tis Of Thee, Bittersweet Land of Hypocracy.....' The best (sic) politicians the Men Behind The Curtain will 'allow' us are bad. Well, the truth of 911 and Dallas, etc., et al. are safe from disclosure under an Obama Administration, IMO. The Deep Political Gang are in full flower and completely in power, still. The change from Bush to what we have now will produce only some nice Feng Shui changes - then no doubt back to something that will make Bush look like a progressive pacifist - can't wait! I think America is on the critical list and will expire soon without a complete change. Complete CHANGE. My uncle, who was a legal expert at the Nuremburg Trials and wrote the Genocide Convention, will turn in his grave at the idea of 'looking forward and not back'. Sickening! Barack you've done wrong - and when the Obamaboomers catch-on to you, a National Disillusionment will set in for a generation. Zombie Nation I guess was the plan.