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No More Bad Apple-ism. Prosecutions Without Immunity for Big Whigs. Release the OPR Report.

Here's what Holder's planning.


And read statements below:

Here's the CIA IG Report and other memos: PDF.

Good analysis from Scott Horton.

Banality of Evil: NY Times claims brutal torture legal because detailed, regimented, documented.

Statement by the former IG who did the report who wants laws enforced: read it.

Not only do we have selective leaking of the OPR report (or of a different OPR report) to allow focus on "bad apples," but we also have a Rendition of Terror Suspects Will Continue Under Obama story planted in the NY Times today. Why? It's not news. Is the point to communicate that torture will continue but be outsourced? Here is a press release about the full recommendations from Obama's task force.

Here are the documents Cheney claimed to want. Nothing in them backs up Cheney's claims that torture works or contradicts the evidence that it does not as presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee and liveblogged by me (as Jesselyn Radack) here, and -- in fact -- these documents consist largely of information allegedly obtained from KSM with no explanation of how it was obtained, except for references to his revealing information once confronted with the testimony of other prisoners. And much of the information relates to plots that were at most in the brainstorming stage. The time bomb wasn't ticking and in fact didn't even exist.

Statement from Attorney General Eric Holder:

"I have reviewed the OPR report in depth. Moreover, I have closely examined the full, still-classified version of the 2004 CIA Inspector General's report, as well as other relevant information available to the Department. As a result of my analysis of all of this material, I have concluded that the information known to me warrants opening a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at overseas locations. The Department regularly uses preliminary reviews to gather information to determine whether there is
sufficient predication to warrant a full investigation of a matter. I want to emphasize that neither the opening of a preliminary review nor, if evidence warrants it, the commencement of a full investigation, means that charges will necessarily follow.

Assistant United States Attorney John Durham was appointed in 2008 by
then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate the destruction of CIA videotapes of detainee interrogations. During the course of that investigation, Mr. Durham has gained great familiarity with much of the information that is relevant to the matter at hand. Accordingly, I have decided to expand his mandate to encompass this related review. Mr. Durham, who is a career prosecutor with the Department of Justice and who has assembled a strong investigative team of experienced professionals, will recommend to me whether there is sufficient predication for a full investigation into whether the law was violated in connection with the interrogation of certain detainees.

There are those who will use my decision to open a preliminary review as a means of broadly criticizing the work of our nation's intelligence community. I could not disagree more with that view. The men and women in our intelligence community perform an incredibly important service to our nation, and they often do so under difficult and dangerous circumstances. They deserve our respect and gratitude for the work they do. Further, they need to be protected from legal jeopardy when they act in good faith and
within the scope of legal guidance. That is why I have made it clear in the past that the Department of Justice will not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the scope of the legal guidance given by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding the interrogation of detainees. I want to reiterate that point today, and to underscore the fact that this preliminary review will not focus on those individuals.

I share the President's conviction that as a nation, we must, to the extent possible, look forward and not backward when it comes to issues such as these. While this Department will follow its obligation to take this preliminary step to examine possible violations of law, we will not allow our important work of keeping the American people safe to be sidetracked.

I fully realize that my decision to commence this preliminary review will be controversial. As Attorney General, my duty is to examine the facts and to follow the law. In this case, given all of the information currently available, it is clear to me that this review is the only responsible course of action for me to take."

Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Leon E. Panetta on Release of Material on Past Detention Practices
August 24, 2009

Today, as part of a number of Freedom of Information Act cases, the government is responding to court orders to release more documents related to the Agencyʼs past detention and interrogation of foreign terrorists. The CIA materials include the 2004 report from our Office of Inspector General and two papers—one from 2004 and the other from 2005—that discuss the value of intelligence acquired
from high-level detainees. The complete package is hundreds of pages long. The declassification process, a mandatory part of the proceedings, was conducted in accord with established FOIA guidelines.

This is in many ways an old story. The outlines of prior interrogation practices, and many of the details, are public already. The use of enhanced interrogation techniques, begun when our country was responding to the horrors of September 11th, ended in January. For the CIA now, the challenge is not the battles of
yesterday, but those of today and tomorrow. It is there that we must work to enhance the safety of our country. That is the job the American people want us to do, and that is my responsibility as the current Director of the CIA.

My emphasis on the future comes with a clear recognition that our Agency takes seriously proper accountability for the past. As the intelligence service of a democracy, thatʼs an important part of who we are. When it comes to past detention and interrogation practices, here are some facts to bear in mind on that point:

* The CIA itself commissioned the Inspector Generalʼs review. The report, prepared five years ago, noted both the effectiveness of the interrogation program and concerns about how it had been run early on. Several Agency components, including the Office of General Counsel and the Directorate of Operations, disagreed with some of the findings and conclusions.
* The CIA referred allegations of abuse to the Department of Justice for potential prosecution. This Agency made no excuses for behavior, however rare, that went beyond the formal guidelines on counterterrorism. The Department of Justice has had the complete IG report since 2004. Its career prosecutors have examined that document—and other incidents from Iraq and Afghanistan—for
legal accountability. They worked carefully and thoroughly, sometimes taking years to decide if prosecution was warranted or not. In one case, the Department obtained a criminal conviction of a CIA contractor. In other instances, after Justice chose not to pursue action in court, the Agency took disciplinary steps of
its own.
* The CIA provided the complete, unredacted IG report to the Congress. It was made available to the leadership of the Congressional intelligence committees in 2004 and to the full committees in 2006. All of the material in the document has been subject to Congressional oversight and reviewed for legal accountability.

As Director in 2009, my primary interest—when it comes to a program that no longer exists—is to stand up for those officers who did what their country asked and who followed the legal guidance they were given. That is the Presidentʼs position, too. The CIA was aggressive over the years in seeking new opinions from the Department of Justice as the legal landscape changed. The Agency sought and received multiple written assurances that its methods were lawful.
The CIA has a strong record in terms of following legal guidance and informing the Department of Justice of potentially illegal conduct.

I make no judgments on the accuracy of the 2004 IG report or the various views expressed about it. Nor am I eager to enter the debate, already politicized, over the ultimate utility of the Agencyʼs past detention and interrogation effort. But this
much is clear: The CIA obtained intelligence from high-value detainees when inside information on al-Qaʼida was in short supply. Whether this was the only way to obtain that information will remain a legitimate area of dispute, with Americans holding a range of views on the methods used. The CIA requested and received legal guidance and referred allegations of abuse to the Department
of Justice. President Obama has established new policies for interrogation.

The CIA must also keep its focus on the primary responsibility of protecting the country. America is a nation at war. This Agency plays a decisive role in helping the United States meet the full range of security threats and opportunities overseas. That starts with the continuing fight against al-Qaʼida and its sympathizers. There, alongside all its other contributions, the CIA is helping our
government chart a new way forward on interrogation, one in keeping with the Presidentʼs Executive Order of January 22nd. You, the men and women of this great institution, do the hard work and take the tough risks that intelligence and espionage demand.

I am very proud of what you do, here and abroad, to protect the United States. Your skill, courage, commitment, and focus on mission make the CIA indispensable to the nation. It is a privilege to serve with you.

Leon E. Panetta

Today’s Actions on Torture Don’t Go Far Enough, OPR Report Still Needed
Statement of Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron

Washington, DC—“The Department of Justice may be releasing the CIA inspector general’s report, but there is still an enormous piece of the puzzle missing: the Office of Professional Responsibility’s report regarding the conduct of the Justice Department’s own lawyers. Reports, and Attorney General Holder’s own statement, now indicate this document will not be available in the immediate future. Prisoner abuse and torture did not take place simply as the result of the actions of a few rogue actors on the ground; they happened within a legal framework designed by lawyers like Jay Bybee, John Yoo and Steven Bradbury. Full accountability requires full disclosure and full investigation.

“Further, Alliance for Justice is dismayed that the special prosecutor named by the attorney general has been given such a narrow mandate. Preservation of the rule of law requires a full-scale investigation presided over by a special prosecutor who can operate without artificial constraints and who has the discretion to follow the facts where the evidence leads, including up the chain of command. No blinders should be put on a special prosecutor, and no artificial barrier constructed to shield certain perpetrators from evidence of a crime.

“Any investigation must reject blame-shifting and include the high-level officials who sanctioned and attempted to justify torture, not just the individuals who carried it out. We cannot tolerate another investigation that ignores the lawbreaking of senior government officials without addressing the systemic problems that led our country astray in the first place.”

CCR Issues Statement in Response to Word of Appointment of Special Prosecutor
CCR Demands Full Investigation of Top Officials for Torture and Other Crimes

August 24, 2009, New York, NY – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the statement below in response to the rumored announcement of the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the torture of detainees by the U.S. Press reports say Attorney General Holder likely to name John Durham, who is currently investigating the 2005 destruction of videotapes of CIA interrogations that included waterboarding and other methods of torture and abuse.

“Responsibility for the torture program cannot be laid at the feet of a few low-level operatives. Some agents in the field may have gone further than the limits so ghoulishly laid out by the lawyers who twisted the law to create legal cover for the program, but it is the lawyers and the officials who oversaw and approved the program who must be investigated.

“The Attorney General must appoint an independent special prosecutor with a full mandate to investigate those responsible for torture and war crimes, especially the high ranking officials who designed, justified and orchestrated the torture program. We call on the Obama administration not to tie a prosecutor’s hands but to let the investigation go as far up the chain of command as the facts lead. We must send a clear message to the rest of the world, to future officials, and to the victims of torture that justice will be served and that the rule of law has been restored.”

Available for comment: CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren, CCR Legal Director Bill Quigley, and the Senior Managing Attorney of CCR’s Guantánamo Project, Shayana Kadidal.

Earlier press accounts suggest the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility report on the role of lawyers in the torture program called for new investigations into cases of the torture and death of detainees previously not taken up by the DOJ. The latest news is that the OPR report is still being reviewed for classification and will not come out today, but the release of a less redacted version of the 2004 report by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the treatment of men held in its secret detention and interrogation program is still expected to be released today, as ordered by a federal judge.

CCR has led the legal battle over Guantanamo for the last seven years – sending the first ever habeas attorney to the base and sending the first attorney to meet with a former CIA “ghost detainee” there. CCR represents current and former detainees who were tortured and abused at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and in the secret CIA detention program.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Panetta Mailing to CIA Employees and Media Demonstrates Need for Broad Investigation
Not Enough Just to Go After Low-Level Interrogators

Washington, DC: Today, Kevin Zeese, an attorney who filed complaints seeking the disbarment of 15 Bush-Cheney torture lawyers, pointed to Leon Panetta’s statement on the Inspector General’s CIA report as indication that a broad torture investigation is needed.

“Panetta claimed that ‘The Agency sought and received multiple written assurances that its methods were lawful’ in a letter to CIA employees that was shared with the media. This attempt to protect CIA interrogators involved with torture with a false legal shield of the Department of Justice indicates that Attorney General Holder must appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate the torture program, not just individual cases,” said Kevin Zeese, executive director of VotersForPeace.US.

“The DOJ is implicated in the torture program because of the memoranda produced by the agency and cannot credibly investigate itself. If the memoranda are not shown to be parts of an illegal effort to facilitate torture than those investigated will have a defense against the war crime of torture. Further, the real culprits, the policy makers who created the policy and directed agents to use torture techniques need to be held accountable. If Attorney General Holder wants to cleanse the reputation of the Department of Justice and the U.S. government he needs to follow the law. The Convention Against Torture requires him to investigate all involved in the program. Such an investigation is not discretionary.” said Zeese.

Zeese sent a letter to the attorney general on August 10th 2009, on behalf of 150 organizations seeking an independent special prosecutor which concluded:

“You can restore our moral high ground and the Department of Justice’s reputation as an agency that follows the law by appointing a special prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, with the very clear mandate – investigate the facts and apply the rule of law wherever it leads – as required by the Convention Against Torture.”

For more information visit a project spearheaded by Velvet Revolution and www.VotersForPeace.US.
See, “Groups Call on Attorney General Holder to Appoint Independent Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture,”

Holder on the Verge of Violating Convention Against Torture With Very Limited Investigation by Special Prosecutor
"The Holder Department of Justice is putting politics ahead of the law."

Washington, DC: Today, Kevin Zeese, an attorney who filed complaints seeking the disbarment of 15 Bush-Cheney torture lawyers, derided the likely appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate less than a dozen cases of torture.

“The Attorney General does not have the discretion to selectively prosecute torture cases. The Convention Against Torture requires an investigation of all incidents of torture including the policy makers and lawyers who facilitated the policy. It is a shame to see that politics comes before law enforcement in the Holder Department of Justice,” said Kevin Zeese, executive director of VotersForPeace.US.

Zeese sent a letter to the attorney general on August 10th 2009, on behalf of 150 organizations seeking an independent special prosecutor which provided specific citations to the Convention demonstrating that selective prosecution of torture was illegal. The letter concluded:

“You can restore our moral high ground and the Department of Justice’s reputation as an agency that follows the law by appointing a special prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, with the very clear mandate – investigate the facts and apply the rule of law wherever it leads – as required by the Convention Against Torture.”

See, “Groups Call on Attorney General Holder to Appoint Independent Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture,”

“The Convention Against Torture, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan, does not give government’s discretion to ignore torture. It must be investigated and prosecuted. Surely, the Attorney General is aware of these requirements yet he has chosen to ignore the law. His decision is intended to protect policy makers and torture lawyers who participated in violating the law. Sadly, it means the U.S. still has a lawless Department of Justice when it comes to war crimes committed by Americans,” said Zeese.

For more information visit a project spearheaded by Velvet Revolution and www.VotersForPeace.US.

By Stephen F. Rohde

Attorney General Eric Holder should appoint a special prosecutor to fully investigate all aspects of the torture issue and follow the evidence wherever it leads. Recent reports indicate that Holder will soon announce a very narrow probe focusing on limited instances of torture rather than the full investigation required by law. If the Department of Justice is going to restore its credibility and America's reputation as a nation of laws, it must investigate any officials, from top to bottom, who played any role in authorizing, planning, implementing or carrying out torture.

The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted by the United States and signed by President Ronald Reagan, was written in mandatory language to ensure that neither politics nor prosecutorial discretion comes into play when dealing with state sponsored torture.

In the preamble, the convention declares that it was enacted to "make more effective the struggle against torture." Article 1 defines torture as "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity."

Because torture under the convention covers instigation, consent or acquiescence of government officials, the selective prosecution of a few government employees who followed orders, while granting immunity to government officials who gave those orders, would undermine the bedrock principle of equality under the law.

Article 2(2) of the convention clearly states that "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture." Consequently, neither the shock of Sept. 11 nor the desire to "fight terrorism" justifies torture.

Article 2(3) is equally explicit that "An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture." The media is reporting that Holder does not intend to investigate and prosecute Bush officials who created the torture policy or those who followed the Office of Legal Counsel memoranda written by John Yoo and others because they were merely complying with legal opinions issued by the Justice Department.

But such justification is precisely what the convention forbids. Indeed, the Justice Department's involvement in authorizing and justifying torture is one reason why it is critical that a special prosecutor be appointed who is entirely independent of that office and has free reign to follow the facts and law wherever they may lead. If the Office of Legal Counsel memoranda could be used to change the definition of torture, contrary to the convention, and justify torture, then the convention would be meaningless because any country that wanted to use torture would merely have their legal officials dutifully provide memoranda redefining and authorizing it.

Moreover, the "I was just following orders" defense, made famous in the Nuremberg trials after World War II, has been rejected for decades. Nuremberg Principle IV states: "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." This "defense of superior orders" is not a defense for war crimes, although it might influence a sentencing authority to lessen the penalty.

Article 4(1) states: "Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law" as well as any "attempt to commit torture" or any "complicity or participation in torture." The United States has complied with this by enacting a criminal statute prohibiting torture under 18 U.S.C. 2340. This is clearly an enabling statute that Holder cannot ignore. Moreover, in order to comply with Article 4(2) to prohibit "complicity" to torture, the Patriot Act added this language to Section 2340 under subsection (c): "Conspiracy. - A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy." Clearly, those who conspired to torture, such as those who used their official position to justify and order it, cannot be excused from the dictates of the convention's Article 4 or Section 2340.

Article 5 requires the establishment of jurisdiction over persons covered under Article 4, including citizens of that country, and in cases where people are not extradited to face prosecution for torture in another country under Article 8. Clearly, this gives the United States jurisdiction to prosecute American citizens who are complicit in torture and places the duty on Holder to do so unless he intends to rely on Article 8 to extradite Americans who may be indicted for torture by a foreign state party.

Article 6 requires, "after an examination of information available," that a person who committed torture be taken "into custody" and then that "a preliminary inquiry into the facts" be immediately undertaken and shall "submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution." There have been vast amounts of information released, leaked and uncovered, which document who ordered, who committed and who was complicit in torture. No doubt an independent investigation would find more evidence of who aided and abetted these crimes.

Article 7 requires a state party, unless it extradites a torturer to another country for prosecution, "to submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution." This obligation is mandatory not discretionary. In order to follow the law, Holder must investigate and prosecute all those involved with torture and not selectively prosecute certain low level officials involved in only some acts of torture. In the case of American officials who designed, authorized and ordered torture, despite the widespread torture of hundreds of individuals, including at least 98 deaths, not a single case has been prosecuted.

Article 12 provides the strongest language for the appointment of a special prosecutor: "Each State Party shall ensure that its competent authorities proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation, wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committed in any territory under its jurisdiction" and Article 13 requires a state party to investigate all complaints of torture made by persons who have been tortured. Clearly, in the case of torture by American citizens, there is indisputable evidence in various official reports and elsewhere to require an impartial and comprehensive investigation by a special prosecutor.

Holder has repeatedly stated that his Department of Justice "will follow the law." That law, as specified by the convention, not only prohibits the use of torture, but requires the investigation and prosecution of those who committed or conspired to commit torture. Applying the rule of law evenhandedly is a key component of the American system, and that is why the scales of justice should not be weighted in favor of those who hold positions of power. Our nation suffered a grievous blow to her reputation and moral standing when the previous administration intentionally violated the law by advocating and instituting wholesale torture of detainees.

American citizens who ordered and committed acts of torture should be prosecuted in the United States, where they will be given the full panoply of legal protections under our Constitution. At trial, they should be allowed to present any defense under the law, and they should be able to argue whatever mitigating factors are applicable during sentencing. They should not, however, be granted immunity from prosecution in advance of a complete criminal investigation.

Failure to hold those accountable for torture will have numerous repercussions. Anything less than a full torture investigation by a special prosecutor could result in the indictment of American citizens by other parties to the Convention Against Torture, which will then require Holder to extradite them and provide evidence against them.

The failure to prosecute those suspected of violating the law will embolden other party states and non-party states to ignore international treaties and laws protecting Americans, resulting in future atrocities against our own citizens. Failure to prosecute will also create a de facto exception for future administrations that may decide that torture, or any other atrocity, should be U.S. policy.

Appointing a special prosecutor free to investigate anyone suspected of violating the law is not merely an option or a choice. It is the sworn duty of the attorney general who took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution and a president who promised to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed.

Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer with Rohde & Victoroff in Century City, is author of "American Words of Freedom" and "Freedom of Assembly."

Dear ACLU Supporter,

As a result of shocking revelations in the CIA Inspector General’s report, which was brought to light by an ACLU lawsuit, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate prison abuse cases carried out as part of the Bush torture program.

As anyone who has seen the details of this appalling report can tell you, this investigation is necessary and long overdue, and Attorney General Holder should be commended for taking this important step.

However, the very limited scope of the investigation he launched today is nowhere near as thorough and broad as the torture investigation America really needs.

Urge Attorney General Holder to conduct a thorough examination of the Bush torture program.

According to early reports, prosecutor John Durham’s mandate will be limited to roughly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated U.S. torture laws and other statutes. Moreover, Durham will conduct a 'preliminary' investigation meant to determine whether a full investigation is appropriate.

But justice demands an investigation without such limits -- a comprehensive investigation that doesn’t exempt high-ranking officials.

That’s especially true in the aftermath of today’s release of the long-secret CIA Inspector General’s report detailing outrageous CIA prisoner abuses including mock executions and holding guns and power tools to people’s heads.

We have to be confident that abuses like those documented in this report will never happen again. That won’t be the case if everyone knows that horrendous crimes were committed and that those ultimately responsible faced no consequences.

Urge Attorney General Holder to conduct a thorough examination of the Bush torture program.

The persistence of ACLU supporters like you and of our amazing lawyers and advocates has put accountability for torture at the forefront of the national debate. Now, we must insist that the investigation started today is only the beginning.

For justice to truly be served, we must have an investigation that holds high-ranking officials accountable for any role they played in the Bush torture program’s horrendous violations of the law.

Now that a long-awaited torture investigation is underway, let the Attorney General know it’s essential for it to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

Urge Attorney General Holder to conduct a thorough examination of the Bush torture program.

Thank you for continuing to fight for freedom and justice. Let's keep going until there's real accountability for torture.

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union

Even Doesn't Go Along, which had joined efforts by netroots activists and progressive bloggers calling on Obama to appoint a special prosecutor with a wide latitude to investigate torture, said on Monday that while it "applaud[ed]" Holder's move, it was not enough. "The Department of Justice must not only investigate the CIA, but also those who ordered, approved and sanctioned the torture," said Justin Ruben, the group's Executive Director. "We need to make sure those all the way up the chain of command are held responsible for their actions." Source.

Interrogation Reports Further Demonstrate the Need for Comprehensive Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry
Limited investigation by a special prosecutor will not provide a much-needed comprehensive understanding of troubling past policies

WASHINGTON - August 24 - The Obama administration today made public more portions of the 2004 CIA Inspector General report that examined the agency's interrogation program used for suspected terrorists in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The newly-released information provides additional details on the now widely-discredited legal rationale used to justify harsh interrogation tactics - tactics that have since been prohibited by President Obama.

Also reported this morning is a yet-to-be released report from the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility that recommends reopening nearly a dozen cases of alleged prisoner abuse at the hands of CIA personnel and contractors. Both reports likely contributed to the news accounts this afternoon that Attorney General Holder will appoint a special prosecutor in the coming days to investigate nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened suspected terrorists held by the United States.

The following can be attributed to Virginia Sloan, president of the Constitution Project:

"Today's release of the CIA Inspector General report and the news that a key Justice Department office recommends reopening cases charging abuse further demonstrate the need for a full and impartial investigation into our nation's past national security policies. News accounts this afternoon indicate the attorney general will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate some specific allegations of abuse, but an examination of a dozen cases will not bring the full scope of U.S. policies to light. A bipartisan commission is still needed to provide a comprehensive understanding of past deviations from the rule of law. Until a commission of inquiry is created, Americans will forever be looking over our shoulders, wondering what damning facts will next emerge.

"President Obama has pledged to restore the rule of law and adhere to our constitutional principles. Both steps are badly needed. But for our nation to properly move forward, and for our citizens to be able to hold our leaders accountable, we must know all of the policies that were implemented in our name. Only with a full understanding can we ensure that policies allowing abusive and illegal treatment will stay in our nation's past."

In April, the Constitution Project joined a coalition of 18 other advocacy organizations in a campaign to urge President Obama to appoint an independent commission to investigate the treatment of people detained since September 11, 2001 by the United States or at the direction of the United States as part of antiterrorism or counterterrorism activities.

To see more on the campaign effort, go to:
The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at

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Attorney General Eric Holder just announced that he's appointing a special prosecutor, to investigate torture and other crimes committed under the Bush administration.

Holder's decision came after months of pressure from TrueMajority members. A steady stream of news stories have revealed one atrocity after another - from torture to secret Blackwater hit-squads. And each time you've responded with mounting pressure for a special prosecutor.

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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On The Release Of The CIA IG Report On Detainee Interrogations
August 24, 2009

The claims of former Vice President Cheney and other Bush administration officials that the authorization of harsh interrogation techniques was legal and effective has been repeatedly disputed and disproven by experts in interrogation, law, the military and diplomacy. Now the CIA’s own Inspector General during the Bush administration has rejected the claim. The CIA Inspector General’s 2004 report released today provides clear evidence that interrogators overstepped the already loose legal boundaries they were given by the Bush administration through flawed Office of Legal Counsel memos that excused the use of coercive interrogation techniques.

This report provides conclusive evidence of the concerns that I have long held about how this program was used, and it is why I fought for access to this and similar documents for years. I support President Obama’s decision to prohibit the use of such tactics. The conduct that is documented in this report illustrates the perils of the dark road of excusing torture down which the Bush administration took this nation. I also believe it underscores why we need to move forward with a Commission of Inquiry, a nonpartisan review of exactly what happened in these areas, so that we can find out what happened and why. Who justified these policies? What was the role of the Bush White House? How can we make sure it never happens again? Information coming out in dribs and drabs will never paint the full picture.

The Office of Professional Responsibility has recommended reopening prisoner abuse cases closed by the Bush administration. Attorney General Holder has already demonstrated the independence that was lacking in the Justice Department during the last administration. I am confident he will continue to work to restore American confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

The inadequate legal justifications offered by earlier officials of our own Justice Department for these interrogation practices showed a disregard for our laws and values. Now we see through the nonpartisan review conducted by the CIA’s Inspector General that even the permissive legal restrictions that those flawed memos allowed were disregarded when the techniques were actually applied, and that torturing detainees in U.S. custody did not make us safer.

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Conyers and Nadler Applaud Appointment of Special Prosecutor
Policymakers and Lawyers Must Also Be Held to Account

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued the following statements in response to the Department of Justice decision to appoint a special prosecutor to review certain cases of alleged abuse of detainees.

"I applaud the attorney general’s decision to appoint a special US attorney to review interrogation abuse cases rejected for prosecution by George Bush’s Justice Department," said Conyers. "The Obama administration also deserves praise for the release of the 2004 CIA inspector general report as well as related DOJ memos. These materials are truly disturbing, including the CIA’s basic conclusion that ‘unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented detention and interrogation techniques were used’ in its program. Reading about misdeeds such as threats to kill a detainee’s children or the staging of mock executions leaves us appalled.

Today’s release – even of these still heavily redacted materials – is thus an important step toward restoring the rule of law in this country, and rebuilding our credibility around the world. But much more remains to be done. The gruesome acts described in today’s report did not happen in a vacuum. It would not be fair or just for frontline personnel to be held accountable while the policymakers and lawyers escape scrutiny after creating and approving conditions where such abuses were all but inevitable to occur.

"I have long believed that department rules require a special counsel to review the entire interrogation program to determine if any crimes were committed. An independent and bipartisan commission should also be convened to evaluate the broader issues raised by the Bush administration’s brutal torture program."

"The CIA inspector general’s report on interrogation practices under the Bush administration is a disturbing record of abuse that details why this must never happen again and why action on the part of the Justice Department is essential," said Nadler. "Today’s news that the attorney general has listened to our many requests and is poised to appoint a special counsel is very much welcome. I applaud the attorney general for this first step. But, we must go further. As I have said for many months, it is vital that this special counsel be given a broad mandate to investigate these abuses, to follow the evidence where it leads, and to prosecute where warranted. This must be a robust mission to gather any and all evidence where it leads, and to prosecute where warranted. Seeking out only the low-level actors in a conspiracy to torture detainees will bring neither justice nor restored standing to our nation."

Senator Feingold: (Source.)

"I applaud Attorney General Holder’s decision to appoint a prosecutor to review the shocking violations of law that took place under the Bush administration. We cannot simply sweep these abuses under the rug. This investigation should not be limited to those who carried out interrogations or to whether the abuses they engaged in were officially sanctioned. 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.”

ACLU Obtains Detailed Official Record Of CIA Torture Program
Justice Department Documents Describe Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Used As Late As 2007

NEW YORK – The government today handed over to the American Civil Liberties Union a detailed official description of the CIA’s interrogation program. That document, a December 2004 CIA background paper sent to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), provides a detailed official account of the CIA’s detention, interrogation and rendition programs – from a detainee’s initial apprehension, to his transfer to a CIA “black site,” to his interrogation – and describes the use of abusive interrogation techniques including forced nudity, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation and stress positions. The document was one of dozens of documents, comprising hundreds of pages, that were made public today in response to two ACLU Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits for documents related to the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody overseas.

“The background paper is a profoundly disturbing document that illustrates, as well as anything could, how far the CIA strayed from the law and from values that are integral to our democracy,” said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. “That the barbaric methods outlined in the paper were approved by the country’s senior-most officials is particularly appalling.”

Another document provided to the ACLU is a July 2007 memo from Steven Bradbury, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, to John Rizzo, Acting CIA General Counsel. The memo describes six “enhanced interrogation techniques” to be used against prisoners then in CIA custody, including dietary manipulation, extended sleep deprivation, facial hold, attention grasp, abdominal slap and insult/facial slap. Notably, President Bush announced in September 2006 that 14 prisoners in CIA custody had been transferred to the Defense Department at Guantánamo and that at that time no prisoners remained in CIA custody.

“The background paper and the rest of the Justice Department OLC documents turned over today shed further light on the origins and scope of the Bush administration’s torture program,” said Amrit Singh, a staff attorney for the ACLU. “These documents provide critical details about the CIA’s detention and interrogation program following the enactment of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibited the cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas. It is troubling to see that many of the CIA’s coercive interrogation methods survived despite the passage of that law. Collectively, the OLC documents, along with the CIA Inspector General report released earlier today, further underscore the need for a full investigation into the torture of prisoners and those who authorized it. The Obama administration made a commitment to transparency, and the release of documents related to the Bush administration’s torture program is a positive step.”

The OLC documents are available online at: and

Earlier today, the ACLU released a CIA Inspector General report on the agency's "enhanced interrogation" program and related documents. Those documents are available online at:

More information about the ACLU's FOIA litigation is at:

U.S. Accountability: Detainee Abuse Investigation Welcome First Step

NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2009—Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to investigate specific detainee interrogations in U.S. counter-terrorism operations overseas is a positive step toward justice and accountability, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said today. ICTJ also welcomed the declassification of additional portions of the CIA Inspector General's report on this topic, while stressing that a far broader investigation was needed.

"The Attorney General's appointment of a prosecutor is a good start," ICTJ U.S. Accountability Project Director Lisa Magarrell said. "However, information already in the public realm indicates that the abuse of detainees was not a matter of isolated cases. In fact, a key question is whether the legal guidance coming out of the Office of the Legal Counsel at the time itself violated U.S. legal obligations under international and federal law. We expect that this preliminary inquiry must eventually look at the bigger picture of systematic interrogation abuses spread across detention sites, involving a range of agencies and responsibilities, and responding to a high-level policy."

ICTJ Acting President Alex Boraine said, "Informing the public about what was done in its name is a painful but necessary step. Without the truth, it will be impossible to restore the public trust, reclaim the moral standing of the United States as a country deeply committed to human rights, and place appropriate checks on authority and the use of power. We hope that an independent and comprehensive inquiry will ultimately reveal the full extent of abuses and those responsible."

About ICTJ

The International Center for Transitional Justice assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved. For more information, visit

Schakowsky Statement on CIA IG Report and DoJ Preliminary Review

WASHINGTON, DC (August 24) – U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, Chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued the following statement regarding the 2004 CIA Inspector General report on detainee treatment and the Attorney General’s announcement to initiate a preliminary review into the interrogation of certain detainees:

“Today’s release of the CIA Inspector General’s 2004 report on detention and interrogation practices under the Bush Administration gives the American public a better understanding of how the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ described in the Office of Legal Counsel memoranda were carried out in the field. It leaves no doubt that, in several instances, the line was crossed and detainees in CIA custody were subjected to torture.

“When coupled with occurrences of torture at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and secret prisons around the world, these incidents can no longer be blamed on an occasional rogue individual. Instead, they can be attributed to an Administration that created an atmosphere in which torture was acceptable.

“President Obama has correctly banned the torture practices of the Bush Administration, but such persistent and appalling findings cannot simply be ignored. As I have long-believed, this is a question of America’s moral standing in the world. It is also a question of national security, one that requires continued congressional scrutiny and the attention of the Justice Department. To that end, I welcome the Attorney General’s announcement today that he will initiate a preliminary review of the facts discussed in the report.”

Statement of Senator Feinstein on Release of Documents Related to CIA Interrogation and Detention Program and Renewed Commitment to Army Field Manual Standard for Interrogations

“The documents released today provide evidence that the CIA detention and interrogation program exceeded its authority as follows:

· Beating a detainee in Afghanistan, who later died in custody, with a heavy flashlight;

· Threatening a detainee with a handgun and a power drill;

· Staging a mock execution;

· Threatening to kill a detainee’s family;

· Choking a detainee to the point of unconsciousness;

· Applying waterboarding in ways that beyond what the Office of Legal Counsel had authorized, and not informing OLC of how waterboarding was being done in practice prior to the Inspector General’s report.

The IG report also noted a case in which the interrogators at a ‘black site’ recommended ending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on a detainee, but were overruled by officials at CIA headquarters and told to resume waterboarding the detainee.

I first learned of this and other IG reports, starting in September of 2006. I expressed significant concern with the program and introduced legislation in 2007 to limit CIA interrogations to techniques authorized by the Army Field Manual. This provision was passed by Congress in 2008, but was vetoed by President Bush. I reintroduced this legislation in January.

President Obama has committed to requiring that the CIA only use the proven and effective interrogation techniques authorized by the Army Field Manual, and I strongly agree with that position.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a comprehensive, bipartisan study of all aspects of CIA’s detention and interrogation program. This study includes how the program was created and operated, how it was briefed to the Congress and other parts of the Executive Branch, its compliance with guidance from the Department of Justice, and the information produced. The study is ongoing. We have reviewed thousands of documents on a number of high-value detainees, and will review the cases of all such detainees.

The Committee’s study will continue until we complete our work, regardless of any decision by Attorney General Holder on whether to proceed to a criminal investigation. I look forward to continued cooperation with our work from the CIA and the Administration.”

Demand real accountability for torture, beyond Holder's limited 'preliminary inquiry'

Over the past several months, BORDC supporters have repeatedly raised their voices to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture and prosecute all officials involved. BORDC launched an email campaign in April, and, on behalf of thousands of concerned Americans who signed them, submitted a series of letters in June to Attorney General Eric Holder and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees demanding accountability. This Monday, Holder responded to these and other efforts by announcing the appointment of special prosecutor John Durham to investigate torture of detainees while in U.S. custody.

While BORDC is pleased that Attorney General Holder has heeded calls for accountability, we are disappointed in the artificially narrow scope of the investigation. Durham will selectively investigate fewer than a dozen cases among many more potential violations, and will examine the actions of only CIA interrogators, not senior officials who authorized torture policies. A limited inquiry that includes only scapegoats--effectively providing immunity for senior officials who bear the greatest responsibility--is simply not enough. In fact, by conferring false legitimacy on officially approved techniques, a limited investigation could be worse than none at all. Justice demands a full investigation, not this limited "preliminary" inquiry.

If the Obama administration will not hold those who authorized torture accountable, private citizens must take action. That is why, in addition to demanding a formal investigation and potential prosecution, BORDC is also supporting ethics complaints in state bar associations around the country seeking the disbarment of government lawyers who provided legal arguments in support of torture--including John Yoo, William Haynes, David Addington, and others. Sign a letter demanding a robust investigation by state bar associations today, and check back in the coming weeks; letters to more state bar associations are coming soon.

America's reputation abroad; the safety and human rights of our soldiers, civilian contractors, and others; our credibility as an international human rights leader; and the legitimacy of our own criminal justice system all depend on keeping our commitments to the Geneva Conventions and United Nations Convention Against Torture, which require prosecution of all those responsible for torture as a matter of law.

To help restore the rule of law, please consider supporting BORDC's work with either time or resources. Join us in demanding that no one, not even senior U.S. officials, enjoy immunity from investigation and potential prosecution for enabling torture.


Shahid Buttar
Executive Director
Bill of Rights Defense Committee

New York Times Editorial
August 26, 2009
The Torture Papers

The Obama administration has taken important steps toward repairing the grievous harm that President George W. Bush did to this nation with his lawless and morally repugnant detention policies. President Obama is committed to closing the Guantánamo Bay camp and creating legitimate courts to try detainees. He has rescinded the executive orders and the legal rulings that Mr. Bush used to excuse the abuse of prisoners.

The Defense Department has taken the important step of reversing policy and notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross of the identities of militants who were being held in secret at camps in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a prosecutor to investigate the interrogation of prisoners of the Central Intelligence Agency, whose inhuman treatment was detailed in a long-secret report written by the agency’s inspector general in 2004 and released on Monday.

Yet despite these commendable individual steps, Mr. Obama and his political advisers continue to shrink from the broad investigation of the full range of his predecessor’s trampling on human rights, civil liberties and judicial safeguards that would allow this country to make sure this sordid history is behind it for good.

Indeed, the administration seemed reluctant to make public the C.I.A. report, which was released under a court order and was heavily censored, with whole pages blacked out — including the four pages of recommendations. Before Mr. Holder announced his investigation, the White House made it clear that it was unhappy with his decision — repeating its sadly familiar line about “looking forward, not backward.”

Mr. Holder displayed real courage and integrity in ordering the investigation. But he stressed that it was limited to the specific interrogations outlined in the C.I.A. report, and did not amount to a full-blown criminal investigation of the Bush-era detention policies.

The interrogations are certainly worthy of criminal investigation. The report describes objectionable and cruel practices well beyond waterboarding. They included threatening a detainee’s family members with sexual assault and threatening to kill another’s children; the staging of mock executions; and repeatedly blocking a prisoner’s carotid artery until he began to faint.

The report said the interrogations generally followed guidelines approved by Mr. Bush’s Justice Department, which dedicated itself to finding ways to authorize abuse and evade legal accountability. But it offered a scathing condemnation of those guidelines, which it said diverged “sharply” from the practices of military and police interrogators, and the positions of pretty much everyone else, including the State Department, Congress, other Western governments and human rights groups.

The inspector general said that, in some cases, interrogations exceeded even the Bush Justice Department’s shockingly lax standards.

The report offers one more compelling reason for a far broader inquiry into Mr. Bush’s lawless behavior. It is possible to sympathize with Mr. Obama’s desire to avoid a politically fraught investigation. But the need to set this nation back under the rule of law is no less urgent than it was when he promised to do so in his campaign.

That will not be accomplished by investigating individual interrogators. It will require a fearless airing of how the orders were issued to those men, and who gave them. Only by making public officials accountable under the law can Americans be confident that future presidents will not feel free to break it the way Mr. Bush did.

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John J.Coghlan

The turkeys in Congress and the President and his people are not going to look at a thing on your long list of things that need to be done. They are representing the people who's money put them in office. They could give a s**t about torture, accountability, or the American People.

Do you think you are going to get rid of them come next election? The only people who will be running against them are representatives of the same big money interests. Television is owned by big business, and the only candidates that they present to the American people are their candidates, a Democrat, or a Republican. I don't remember seeing Cynthia McKinney on television at all during the last election. If this women were to get a good spot on Prime Time National Television, may be the couch potatoes would listen to her, and start to think. The powers that be wouldn't want that to happen.

Our country has been taken over by Big Business. Our President has just proposed that all Americans be forced to give their hard earned money to private health insurance companies, weather they want to purchase health insurance or not. The greed of the rich, and their stooges in Washington are trying to squeeze the last drop of blood out of working people. If we continue in this direction the Rich are going to have it all, and the poor are going to be their slaves.

I do not support violence, but a revolution of some sot is going to be necessary. We have tried to change things by voting. Media control, and crooked elections have prevented that. A hundred thousand of us have marched on Washington many times. The only people who are aware of these monumental events are the people who are there. The media aether doesn't cover it or they misrepresent it, to make it seem smaller, and less important than it is. We have sent partition after partition to Washington and they are simply ignored. What progressives have been doing have been getting them nothing. Continuing to do the same is going to get them the same. We need a far more aggressive strategy. If working people don't take back America soon, it is going to be gone forever.

about the working people of the United States? Certainly not Corporate America! Here's just a few examples of how Corporate America has reacted to what the working people want and need:

1. Corporate America owns the Government
2. Corporate America owns the major Media Outlets
3. Corporate America owns the majority of all elected officials
4. Corporate America owns the leadership in the Congress
5. Corporate America decides who is a candiate for all elections
6. Corporate America is accountable to no one
7. Corporate America has a bottomless pit of financies to get their way, every time
8. Corporate America ignores the working people of the United States
9. Corporate America ignores the terms 'Honesty, Truthfulness, Fairness, ETC'.
10. Corporate America has established: " A GOVERNMENT, for THE GOVERNMENT, by THE GOVERNMENT". Owned and Controlled by what Corporate America wants to do.

Orders were isssued from the top down and the policies authorizing torture, war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity, were authorized and pursued at the top by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice/Powell. At Nuremberg, United States Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson went after Goering, Keitel, Ribbentrop, Streiker, and other top Nazis leaders and secured convictions for all. Bush needs to be charged, indicted, and prosecuted as well, "Hold Bush Accountable for Murder" Link

John J.Coghlan

They are not going to hold Bush or anybody of any importance accountable for war crimes. It is not in their interests and they are not going to do it. Obama was given his job by a giant criminal organization, and that is who he works for, not the American People.

The handsome, well spoken, young black man that we now have as our president is just a new front man for the same people who have been in charge all along. Most of the Bush policies have not changed, and some of them have even been taken a step further. The escalation of the war in Afghanistan, the health care rip off, rendition, and yes even torture is continuing.

All they have to offer the American People is lies, and spin. The next publicity stunt that the government is going to pull is to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate people who's torture went further then the Bush guidelines. They are planing to do the same thing that they did when the Abu Ghraib photos were released. They rounded up a bunch of dumb ass, uneducated people who stupidly did what they were told, and they said, these are the bad apples that are responsible for torture.

The entire world is aware that it is The United States Of America, and their leaders that are responsible for the torture. Why is the rest of the world aware of this, and many people in this country are not. The world has a Free Press, and open Television News coverage, and we do not. The corporations which control the government, also control the newspapers, and the TV stations,and all we get is propaganda, and lies.

The Nazis didn't prosecute their war criminals, and neater will we. If our leaders are ever held to account for war crimes, it will be done in an International Court.

How is someone who is guilty of a crime going to prosecute others for torture? I know rendition during the Clinton admin was not as widespread or publicized as the Bush Cheney era torture but it is still torture. I believe this appointment of a special prosecuter will lead to nothing more than low level patsies taking the fall. Chris Dorsey, RVA4Peace

Medieval Torture is an AMERICAN issue.

After being waterboarded 183 times in one month, Khalid Sheik Mohammed subsequently confessed to 9/11, the assassinations of both Kennedys, the Jack the Ripper murders, blowing up the Hindenburg, blowing up Challenger, blowing up Columbia, disguising himself as an iceberg to destroy the Titanic, the crucifixion of Christ and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

This is NOT a joke!

Torture, as long since known from the times of the Catholic Inquisition, the Spanish Inquisition and the Bolshevik Revolution, is about getting a confession, not the truth.

One has to wonder just how many "sick pieces of work" in this government were getting sadistic pleasure from seeing the photos, and reading the reports, some of which are too disgusting for me to mention.
Truly civilized and moral Americans would have refused to order this or participate in this. And why?

1. The use of Torture by the US, for all intents and purposes, pulls the US out of any and all human rights treaties to which the US has ever been a signatory, including the Geneva Accords.

2. The use of Torture by the US is completely antithetical to every American moral value expressed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

3. The use of Torture by the US has made the US into a laughingstock to the civilized world for it's brazen hypocrisy. The global message is now crystal clear. The civilized world understands that any values our leadership talks about wanting to "export" like democracy, human rights, and human dignity, are the same values the US actually holds in the most despicable contempt.

4. The use of Torture by the US against foreign nationals and military gives other countries carte blanche to Torture US foreign nationals and US military personnel.

Anyone who has family members or friends in the US military community; that last one should put a shiver up your spine.

The problems with the US government having, for all intents and purposes, walked away from observing the Geneva Conventions and the current government's refusal to hold war criminals/profiteers like Richard Bruce Cheney, George Walker Bush and Donald Rumsfeld accountable for anything they have done are multifold and President Obama's legendary cowardice speaks for itself.

First, no US government official can ever again speak with a straight face about human rights, human dignity, and freedom until it' own war criminals are given a Fair Trial. That would be obscene hypocrisy. And secondly, by Institutionalizing Medieval style Torture, any American man, woman or child, either civilian or military, who gets captured or arrested by any foreign government can expect no better treatment than what was meted out at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo by 'Americans'. Bush@Co have turned friends into adversaries.

Chew on that for a while.

In spite of all this, documented truth and empirical evidence can no longer be censored by America's propaganda medias like the sleazy "Fox News":

Richard Bruce Cheney and George Walker Bush used secrecy, fear, deception, intimidation, projectionism and lies to galvanize public opinion and deceive the most credulous US public into support for their unwarranted, unnecessary Nazi style invasion of Iraq and they Tortured people to get false confessions as an 'excuse' for it.

1. Iraq never had anything to do with 9/11.

2. Iraq had no 'weapons of mass destruction'
3. Iraq had no 'nookular' weapons.

4. Iraq had no connection to 'alQaeda'.

5. Iraq did not purchase any enriched uranium from Niger.

6. The Center for Public Integrity documented over 935 Lies from Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and Rice during the Bush 'tenure' and that was only 6 months worth of compiled lies!

7. The only real life weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is Bush's illegally ordered Depleted Uranium which has a Half Life of 4.5 Billion Years and America's own soldiers have been unknowingly poisoned from it all along! Heaven help any returning soldiers who procreate children.

8. While Saddam Hussein was not a benevolent Dictator, Iraq's Oil was none of our damned business in the first place! Bush's incompetent Criminal Enterprise cost Americans so many Trillions of Dollars that the US dollar has been irreparably devalued. When the price of Oil increased by over 700% during Bush's 'tenure', it cost unwarranted economic hardships to everyone. It would have been a lot less expensive to purchase Iraq's Oil Honestly instead of plundering it for Bush's oil robber baron buddies.

9. Shortly after Cheney/Bush were '(s)elected' in January of 2001, Richard Bruce Cheney threatened Afghanistan's Taliban to accept his Afghanistan Oil Pipeline 'deal' with a either a "carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs" and had mapped out Iraq's vast untapped Oil Fields (Cheney's Secret Energy Task Force Meetings) SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE 9/11 EVER HAPPENED. And George Walker Bush had been illegally spying (Domestic Wiretapping) on innocent Americans ever since January of 2001, SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE 9/11 EVER HAPPENED.

10. Even today, Cheney continues to enjoy his obscene Stock Option Profits from No Bid Iraq War Contractors like Halliburton (of which Cheney was a former CEO) and KBR. One of the most disgusting aspects of this 'war hawk' is the fact that during the Vietnam War Richard Bruce Cheney filed an incredible FIVE DEFERMENTS to avoid ever serving in the US military himself! The vandalism and malicious harm perpetrated by these "neoconservatives"/ neocruds against America's Constitutional Republic and honest Americans is unfathomable.

Shortly after the war mongering Republicans were repudiated in the 2008 primary election, Cheney crawled out of his undisclosed location for a media blitz and paraded his daughter as a media prop for his damage control in one of the the most debased spectacles of nepotism ever seen.

America's propaganda medias have been trying to censor this kind of rubbish for over 7 long years.

Over 4,700 dead US soldiers and God knows how many more have been tragically maimed. According to ADS, over 1.3 million Iraqis have been unnecessarily murdered plus millions of women and children displaced, rendered homeless and destroyed. The provocations of religious Civil Wars. And Much of humanity's most ancient historical Sumerian records and priceless artifacts pertaining to earth's human history have been destroyed. Priceless historical records that belonged to every man, woman and child on this planet have been destroyed by Bush&Co and Rumsfeld, the same man who poisoned millions of Americans with toxic Aspartame additives, laughs about it.

If these greedy charlatans are found Guilty of Treason, Conspiracy against the US, Conspiracy to Defraud the US, Torture, Mass Murder, Crimes Against Humanity, Thefts and Election Frauds, then seize their ill begotten assets, punish them with extreme prejudice and put their ugly chapter in American history behind us.

If president Obama is too cowardly to deal with it then remand these War Criminals to another country that will.

As Mr. Coghlan rightfully points out, the International Criminal Court could be the only entity left that can legitimately deal with this since Bush@Co have vandalized America's 'rule of law' too.

Mr. President, Red Herring distractions like non-productive Health Care Reforms will not save your ship from sinking but you have successfully demonstrated to everyone why America needs a Third Party. Quite frankly, diplomatic BS is still BS.

The Civilized World demands these International War Criminals be given a Fair Trial. Nothing else will do. A so called "Truth Commission" is an insult to our intelligence that will not be tolorated. Honest, hard working Veterans and Americans are sick and damned tired of being slandered as 'terrorists'.


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