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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

In the USA and around the world, an increasing cry to prosecute BushCo and underlings with war crimes



Personal Message:
Bush Admin plays CYA - to protect the guilty, including themselves. (CYA= cover your ass)

What do you do when you have committed crimes and are threatened with charges? It is simple - pass laws making the guilty unaccountable for their crimes.
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War Crimes Act Changes Would Reduce Threat Of Prosecution

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.

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3 Comments:

  • At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 3:29:00 PM , Blogger Ingrid said...

    I saw it earlier too and I thought, good grief, how obvious can you be! Meanwhile, people are wondering how Springer is going to dance and who the heck Tucker Wilson is...
    (which I think some of my blogger friends are hoping to elicit a few spoof posts from..dance Tucker DANCE!...why could they not give us Anderson Cooper instead, so much prettier to look at..sigh..sorry, I digressed. It's hot and my brain is slowly frying and shortcircuiting...changing laws for your own convenience..who heard of such a thing..
    tss
    Ingrid

     
  • At Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:50:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    In my imperfect understanding, this should be taken as an admission of guilt by the administration.
    I forget what it's called exactly, but there's some law, a part of the constitution, I believe, that states that it is unlawful to declare a thing illegal and then prosecute someone for doing it before it was illegal.
    By the same token, it stands to reason that it would be unlawful to commit an illegal act and then declare it to be legal. You used to see a lot of this with capital punishment cases, where the month & year the crime was committed had great importance as to whether the prosecution could seek the death penalty.
    And just as flight and escape can be admissible as evidence of guilt, this seems to be the paperwork version of flight and escape.

    Other than that, this makes me think of the legal standing there is in an oath. I took an oath when I joined the service. I took a legally binding oath when I joined a trade union, to be governed by their by-laws and convention. I'm fairly certain the FBI, CIA, and others enumerated also have taken such oaths.
    Just saying...

     
  • At Thursday, August 17, 2006 2:55:00 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Well, PT, we the people of the rank and file are bound to oaths and laws. But you know who is The Decider, and he decides who shall be accountable and who shall not, and what is legal for whom and what is not. It is as he decides it is.

    Americans MUST get that Patriot Act repealed.

     

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