Monday, May 18, 2009

Torture Roundup

The 13 people who made torture possible

01. Dick Cheney
02. David Addington
03. Alberto Gonzales
04. James Mitchell
05. George Tenet
06. Condoleezza Rice
07. John Yoo
08. Jay Bybee
09. William "Jim" Haynes
10. Donald Rumsfeld
11. John Rizzo
12. Steven Bradbury
13. George W. Bush


These people are an embarrassment to the rest of us in the United States. Right now, Obama is choosing to do exactly the wrong thing about it - which is nothing. He claims he doesn't want to look at the past but rather toward the future. The problem is that he is tasked as President of the U.S. to prosecute exactly these sorts of crimes. Obama is the chief law enforcement officer on matters of national policy with this much gravity. So choosing to do nothing sends the message that there are people that are above the law; or alternatively, beneath the notice of the current Prez.

I would suggest the following two options:
1. Prosecute every one of these assholes to the fullest extent of the law and then hopefully throw them in jail once they've had their day in court.
2. Pardon them for their various crimes by first enumerating each and every one of said crimes and then explaining why the grant of a pardon is somehow in keeping with the national policies or security interests of this nation.

Personally, I'd like to see a real prison time price paid for these types of crimes. Torture is an ugly crime and a blot upon our national pride. A simple political spanking will not do in my opinion.

But doing nothing is completely unacceptable, Mr. Prez.