George W. Bush was a puppet. Recent news reports make it increasingly clear that Vice-President Dick Cheney ran the White House, not President George W. Bush. Once the fodder of late night comedians, the latest revelations show it was no joke. Working on the premise that the executive branch was above the law, Cheney not only authorized torture of suspected terrorists, he ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to withhold information about such illegal activities from the U. S. Congress, a crime in itself.
In the panic that ensued Washington after 9/11, Cheney obviously believed the United States should be protected “by any means necessary,” a common but faulty thread among ultra-conservatives. Such thinking pervaded the Bush/Cheney Administration and led to numerous atrocities, including the degradation and humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, the secret, illegal, and unnecessary wiretapping of innocent American citizens, incompetent cronyism, and the indefinite counsel-deficient imprisonment of suspected “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Prison in Cuba.
Photo of new Attorney General Eric Holder swearing to uphold the law
Now reports are circulating that Attorney General Eric Holder is considering setting up a legal inquiry into former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s illicit and repugnant secret authorization of systematic torture. While many in the media and government oppose such a move, citing its effect on America’s world reputation, how can he not act? Cheney did not have “executive privilege,” no matter what his Republican cronies say. America must send the correct message to the world, i.e. the United states believes in true compassion, the Geneva Convention, and that war criminals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, regardless of political office.
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