Attorney General Holder Decides to Appoint a Special Prosecutor, to Investigate Bush-Era Torture

Joseph Glatzer

Well, here’s another stupid AP article:

Interrogation probe steams those on right and left

Without reading past the title, the basic assumption here is that the prosecution of torture is a Right vs. Left issue.  In other words, the vindictive Left Wing wants to exact REVENGE! on Bush and his cronies, and the Right Wing has the far more valid “opinion” which is “When you investigate American torture, you’re siding with the terrorists!”

“Agency interrogators once threatened to kill a Sept. 11 suspect’s children and suggested another would be forced to watch his mother be sexually assaulted.”

Absolutely lovely.  I love how they include the part “Sept. 11 suspect” as if to dull the impact of the horrendous shit we did.  After all this time with Guantanamo Bay, our very own torture chamber staying open, how can anyone take anything the government says about “terrorists” seriously?

We were lied to about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, Iran is still allowing International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in its nuclear energy sites yet we’re told they are going to “bomb Israel”, and the lies just go on and on.

This is my favorite part:

“President Barack Obama has said interrogators would not face charges if they followed legal guidelines.”

The President is offering universal, categorical amnesty to war criminals as long as they were “just following orders”.  Isn’t this is the Nuremberg Defense the Nazis used which was deemed inadequate as a defense, and specifically included in the Nuremberg Principles, which the US signed onto?

“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.”

Nuremberg Principle IV

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”

Supremacy Clause, US Constitution

In other words: any treaty the US signs (as we did the Nuremberg Principles) automatically becomes part of the US Constitution, therefore following what we signed onto is not only the right thing to do, not doing so is unconstitutional and criminal.

And one of the few Senators who actually believes in following the law:

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said the Justice Department inquiry doesn’t go far enough.

“The abuses that were officially sanctioned amounted to torture and those at the very top who authorized, ordered or sought to provide legal cover for them should be held accountable,” Feingold said in a statement issued late Monday.”