Can we start the war crimes tribunal yet?

PHOTO: Cupcakes

Back when the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke, most intelligent human beings realized that the blame didn’t rest solely with Private Lynndie England. The news of “extraordinary rendition” and CIA black sites cemented the fact that torture wasn’t an aberration of U.S. policy, but it was U.S. policy.

Last week, thanks to ABC, we learned that Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Tenet and Ashcroft met in the White House to “exactly how those prisoners would be interrogated. Whether, for example, they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.”

So, for our war crimes defendants we have Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Ashcroft, Yoo, Addington, Gonzales and…

The President of the United States:

Yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved. […] I told the country we did that. And I also told them it was legal. We had legal opinions that enabled us to do it.

That’s an open and shut case if I ever seen one.

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Call on your members of Congress to demand an independent prosecutor to investigate possible violations by the Bush administration of laws including the War Crimes Act, the federal Anti-Torture Act and federal assault laws.

Sign on to the petition started by the ACLU and C&Ls.

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In case you were wondering, the accompanying photo of cupcakes was inspired by this blog post by Daniel Koffler, which you should read in its hilarious and poignant entirety.

Flickr photo of cupcakes by chodta

2 Comments

  1. Ian

    But hey at least we don’t abuse human rights like China, am I right? Haha, of course I am. Free Tibet!

  2. Chris

    Ian,
    Don’t free Tibet, free Nepal.