Monday, July 14, 2008

No Question: It *IS* Torture and Torture is a War Crime

"Countdown: War Crimes Prosecutions Possible" [VIDEO]


"Top Bush aides pushed for Guantánamo torture"

He added: "Haynes, Feith, Yoo, Bybee, Gonzalez and - at the apex - Addington, should never travel outside the US, except perhaps to Saudi Arabia and Israel. They broke the law; they violated their professional ethical code. In future, some government may build the case necessary to prosecute them in a foreign court, or in an international court."


"Worries About War Crimes Heat up in the White House"

On those larger issues, the evidence is in, merely awaiting adjudication. Mr. Bush's 2005 proclamation that "we do not torture" was long ago revealed as a lie. Antonio Taguba, the retired major general who investigated detainee abuse for the Army, concluded that "there is no longer any doubt" that "war crimes were committed." Ms. Mayer uncovered another damning verdict: Red Cross investigators flatly told the C.I.A. last year that America was practicing torture and vulnerable to war-crimes charges.


The thugs in the White House don't seem to get it: waterboarding *IS* torture and torture is a war crime. All that's left now is to see if this or any congress we shall see soon has the balls to make a prosecution stick.

The White House administration has done its best to create confusion on the supposed question of whether waterboarding is torture: if it is not torture, then it's not illegal nor a war crime; if it is torture, then it's illegal and war crime - we'll ask our attorneys! There is no question of law to be decided here, there is no doubt that waterboarding is torture and a war crime. Ask the Red Cross, they might know.

The only people asking those idiotic questions and doing all of the hemming and hawing over this bullshit are our own elected officials in D.C. Apparently, they can't do their jobs and defend the U.S. Constitution nor defend us before the international community from being thought of as the people that suborned torture.

Congress's failure to act makes us all into war criminals!