Friday, May 2, 2008

Arrest Bush

I'm down wit dat!

Ted Rall

The high-level discussions about these ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ were so detailed, [Bush Administration] sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed — down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic. These top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top Al Qaeda suspects — whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding, sources told ABC news.”

Bush knew.

Not only did he know, he personally approved it. He likes torture.

“Yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue,” he confirmed. “And I approved.”

George W. Bush has publicly confessed that he ordered torture, thus violating the Convention Against Torture. He, Cheney, Rumseld, Rice and the other Principals must therefore be arrested and, unlike the thousands of detainees kidnapped by the U.S. since 9/11, arraigned and placed on trial.

Because the torture ordered by Bush and his cabinet directly resulted in death, they must additionally be charged with several counts of murder. Fifteen U.S. soldiers have been charged with the murders of two detainees at the U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan in 2002. They were following orders issued by their Commander-in-Chief and his Principals.

Having spent considerable time with 'principals' in high school, arrest 'em all for torture I say!

The Supreme Court has never resolved the question of whether a sitting president can be arrested by civilian authorities. Even if he were charged and convicted, many legal experts say he could issue himself a pardon.

There is, however, a person who could begin holding Bush and the others accountable for their crimes.

She is Cathy L. Lanier, the 39-year-old chief of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. Chief Lanier, take note: you have probable cause to arrest a self-confessed serial torturer and mass murderer within the borders of the District of Columbia. He resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Go get him.

Fuckin' A! Here's my scenario: lock the sonofabitch up and let the legal proceedings start. Given Bush's holdings in Paraguay, he's a flight risk, so deny him bail and leave him in remand while his case grinds its way slowly through the system. Hell, there are lotsa guys in jail who weait months, if not years, in jail like that.

He can go ahead and pardon himself. Only the walls will hear him.

Don't forget Cheney. He can't be left loose to officially become president. He needs to go to Gitmo or Bulgaria or somewhere to await trial. Given that he's the Dark Lord, maybe Azkaban. The Dementors will be disappointed because he has no soul to suck out, but that's tough shit.

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