N.Y. Times urges Obama to prosecute Cheney

Some great noises from the mainstream media
to hold officials accountable and as they close the article with
powerful statements that were the seed of the idea behind http://SueWrongdoers.com:

“Starting
a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring
that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to
rebuke torture by other governments.

“Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit.
The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the
perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.”

N.Y. Times urges Obama to prosecute Cheney

By DYLAN BYERS |

12/22/14 11:00 AM EST
The
New York Times editorial board has called upon President Barack Obama
to prosecute former Vice President Dick Cheney for the torture of
terrorism suspects.The sharply worded editorial, published Monday,
comes amid an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human
Rights Watch to launch an investigation into U.S. torture practices.

The
two groups will submit a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on
Monday calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor.“The
question everyone will want answered, of course, is: Who should be held
accountable?

That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as
hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order
a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the
actions of a former president,” the Times editorial board wrote.”But
any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick
Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A.
director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal
Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos,” the
board continued. “There are many more names that could be considered,
including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the
destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture
regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/n-y-times-urges-obama-to-prosecute-cheney/#mjiw66QVhcsUGZl6.99

Read the NY Times Article

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

By DEC. 21, 2014

Since
the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice
anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official
government program conceived and carried out in the years after the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He
did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s
destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have
gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W.
Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.
Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without
coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were
authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American
men and women from the highest levels of government on down.
Americans have known about many of these acts for years, but the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality: In addition to new revelations of sadistic tactics like “rectal feeding,”
scores of detainees were waterboarded, hung by their wrists, confined
in coffins, sleep-deprived, threatened with death or brutally beaten. In
November 2002, one detainee who was chained to a concrete floor died of
“suspected hypothermia.”

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture.

So it is no wonder that today’s blinkered apologists
are desperate to call these acts anything but torture, which they
clearly were. As the report reveals, these claims fail for a simple
reason: C.I.A. officials admitted at the time that what they intended to do was illegal.

In
July 2002, C.I.A. lawyers told the Justice Department that the agency
needed to use “more aggressive methods” of interrogation that would
“otherwise be prohibited by the torture statute.” They asked the department to promise not to prosecute those who used these methods. When the department refused, they shopped around for the answer they wanted.

They
got it from the ideologically driven lawyers in the Office of Legal
Counsel, who wrote memos fabricating a legal foundation for the methods.
Government officials now rely on the memos as proof that they sought
and received legal clearance for their actions. But the report changes
the game: We now know that this reliance was not made in good faith.

No
amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in the
report. Indeed, it is impossible to read it and conclude that no one can
be held accountable. At the very least, Mr. Obama needs to authorize a
full and independent criminal investigation.

The
American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch are to give
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. a letter Monday calling for appointment
of a special prosecutor to investigate what appears increasingly to be
“a vast criminal conspiracy, under color of law, to commit torture and
other serious crimes.”

The question everyone will want answered, of course, is: Who should be held accountable?
That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is
to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new
investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions
of a former president.

But
any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick
Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A.
director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal
Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.

One
would expect Republicans who have gone hoarse braying about Mr. Obama’s
executive overreach to be the first to demand accountability, but with one notable exception, Senator John McCain, they have either fallen silent or actively defended the indefensible. They cannot even point to any results: Contrary
to repeated claims by the C.I.A., the report concluded that “at no
time” did any of these techniques yield intelligence that averted a
terror attack. And at least 26 detainees were later determined to have
been “wrongfully held.”

Starting
a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring
that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to
rebuke torture by other governments.

Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit.
The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the
perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.

 

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